Compass revisits radical religious and social movements in Australia's recent past. From the Orange People to the Charismatics ... from Hare Krishnas to young volunteers on Kibbutz ... All were swept up by powerful spiritual beliefs, philosophies or ideals that changed lives, and left a lasting legacy.
In this four-part special, Jane Caro delves into the fascinating world of parenting, specifically the bond between fathers and daughters and mothers and sons. We meet the five families, each one sharing their unique story.
What makes a good life? Why are we here? Is there a God? Whether you believe or not, many of us search for answers. Theologian Scott Stephens returns to Compass with a host of new guests to continue the search for meaning.
This week at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney's south-west Anglican Chaplain Graham McKay is visiting Sharren. She's battled disability and diabetes ever since a horrific car crash 28 years ago left her paralysed down one side. Now Sharren's left leg is not getting enough blood flow and must be amputated. Meantime, at Royal North Shore Hospital, Uniting Church Chaplain Julie Telfer meets Kerina who is being treated for an infected hand and has an interesting story to tell.
Geraldine Doogue goes back to dinner with women across Australia to find out how their faith and values, hopes and dreams, careers and relationships have fared. In 2005 Compass put the great Australian suburban dream to the test over dinner in Kellyville in Sydney's north-west. Geraldine got up close and personal with five fabulous women, quickly dubbed the real desperate housewives, who were all juggling jobs, mortgages and raising families in the 'McMansion' belt. It was a lively, no-holds-barred discussion. In this program they do it all again, and we find out how the women's hopes and dreams have survived the past seven years.
Every day in Australia over 40,000 patients are in hospital. While medicine tends their bodies, hospital chaplains tend their souls. Over eight episodes we follow our chaplains' journeys alongside the patients and their families at three major hospitals. They are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist. Regardless of their faith, they all meet the same challenges - to help make sense of the mystery of illness, pain, suffering and despair. This series offers a unique bedside view of the daily life and death drama of hospital life through our chaplains' eyes.
In the first of a three part series on modern prophets, Geraldine Doogue interviews writer Tim Winton, a deep thinker whose life has been underpinned by his faith and commitment to making a difference.
Jarrod McKenna and Teresa Lee are Christian activists. They share their home in Perth with refugee families and work to make their transition to Australian life as positive as possible while demonstrating in politicians' offices.
Age delivers frailty but also brings healing sweetness to a combative relationship, a son accepts that he will never know his origins, a mother becomes a grandma and a family discovers that good things can come from dark places.
In which parts of a changeroom is it okay to walk around naked? What's the tooth fairy's going rate? Is it ever okay to pick up at a funeral? Should you discipline other people's kids, dump a partner by text, or have the in-laws on Skype while your partner is giving birth? From dinner parties to supermarkets, the workplace to the gym, Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine will escort you through the unwritten rules and necessities of modern society.
This week Compass examines the impact Women's Lib really had on our culture and attitudes. After the massive achievements of the late 1960s and 1970s, is sisterhood still powerful? Interweaving powerful archival footage with the experiences and accounts of those involved, Compass explores the legacy of the women's movement through three generations.
In this episode Scott invites comedian and television producer Julian Morrow to reflect on his beliefs, background and his work in television. Julian is the executive producer of The Chaser. Its unique brand of guerrilla comedy has made it one of television's most popular and contentious programs. Scott talks to Julian about some of the show's more controversial sketches, his Catholic upbringing and experiences that have changed his life.
Anzac Day is a time to commemorate the men and women who fought and died; the battles won and lost. But there's another story rarely told, about the women who waited at home, and were left bereft and alone. Around 100, 000 Australian women are classified as 'war widows'. Many lost their husbands in wartime; others in war related circumstances afterwards.
This week at St Vincent's Hospital in the heart of Sydney, Rocco's double lung transplant has taken him to death's door five times in the past six months. He and his devoted wife Elizabeth are firm favourites on Catholic Chaplain Father Laurie Christie's rounds. Their love for each other and deep faith humbles and inspires him in his work. Meantime, at Liverpool Hospital, Chaplain Hanh helps heal an old wound as a mother relives the traumatic story of the birth of her 'miracle' baby.
In this episode, a Newcastle mother-of-three collapses with a brain aneurism and is airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery after doctors detect dangerous bleeding in her brain. ICU Chaplain Di Roche helps the family through the crisis, particularly 12-year-old Sally who is afraid to see her mum unconscious and on life support after the operation.
On the coldest day of the year, hundreds of volunteers gather at Sydney Town Hall to welcome homeless people as guests for the day and provide a range of services including dental and medical care, lunch, clothing and free hugs.
Anne Deveson was the first female talkback broadcaster in Australia, a writer/filmmaker/mental health activist/mother. At 85, she grappled with Alzheimer's as she prepared to donate her papers to the National Archive.
Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine teach us how to deal with a noisy neighbour, the etiquette of bin night and the rules for borrowing from next door. Special guest Myf Warhurst stops by to discuss neighbourly behaviour.
Part comedy, part social anthropology... How Not To Behave is like Seinfeld meets Attenborough. Each episode tests the boundaries of a familiar theme providing a 'how-to' guide for all of us, offering solutions to our social shortcomings once and for all.
Gretel and Matt teach us how to address hygiene issues amongst co-workers; explain the rules of the changing room; and examine the 'man hug'. The hosts also talk to special guest and shark attack survivor, Paul De Gelder.
Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine teach us the rules for meeting your partner's parents, teach us the right age to move out and deliver a masterclass in cross generational small talk. Singer Christine Anu stops by and talks all things family.
Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine teach us how to dress our age, discuss the dos and don'ts of tattoos and the rules of honesty. Plus, award-winning costume designer Tim Chappel shares his views on fashion faux pas.
The Exodus Foundation has been providing a free hot Christmas lunch to those who need it for over twenty years. This year founder Bill Crews is expecting meals to be served to 3000 people in two gigantic sittings.
Scott meets rising star of the Australian film industry, Warwick Thornton. His debut feature Samson & Delilah, shot with untrained actors in Central Australia, won a swag of international awards and put Warwick on the world stage. But life could have been very different for the kid who grew up wild on the streets of Alice Springs. Warwick talks to Scott about religion, redemption, awe and passion.
Is it a school's job to teach kids about sex? Is the biological aspect of relationships still taught by fitting a condom on a banana? In the second of a 3-part series about sex and faith, we turn up for class to find out.
Scott's guest tonight is Dr Philip Nitschke, one of our most controversial Australians. Philip's stand on voluntary euthanasia has inextricably connected him to death, but he has a lot to say about the meaning of life too. Scott talks to Philip about life, death, tragedy, sorrow, love, hate, forgiveness, God and betrayal. His answers are disarmingly frank and surprising.
Humans have always shared a special relationship with certain animals, but how are animals venerated in Australia today? This program explores an intriguing range of animal related rituals, prayer and blessings.
For the first time on television God in The Lodge examines an aspect of Australian politics often overlooked: the religious beliefs that have shaped and driven our prime ministers. This week Compass takes a look at Australia's leaders from 1966 to 2014, including John Gorton, William McMahon, Gough Whitlam, Paul Keating, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.
Scott's guest tonight achieved fame for the wrong reason. Di Fingleton became Australia's first and only serving Chief Magistrate to be sent to prison. Wrongly, as it turned out. But Di was no stranger to hardship. She endured a violent upbringing to pursue a career in women's legal aid and women's reforms. Di talks to Scott about faith, resilience and forgiveness.
This week in the Special Care Nursery, at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, Uniting Church Chaplain Julie Telfer supports the anxious parents of a premature baby. Breanna's journey to life has been perilous. Her mother Janet's still is. She's upstairs in another ward having chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Meantime, at St Vincent's Hospital, Catholic Chaplain Father Laurie Christie has been asked to visit 82-year-old Khanh who has terminal lung cancer. Khanh knows he is dying but is restless. Father Laurie understands why. All Khanh's children have arrived for a final farewell, but one crucial family member is still missing.
This week at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, Uniting Church chaplain Julie Telfer is visiting a patient struck down with Devic's Disease, a rare illness that damages optic and spinal nerves. Sandra is gradually going blind and is also having difficulty walking. Her treatment is acutely painful, and now she's had a big setback. Julie's on hand to support her through it.
Cana Farm provides a new way of life for some of society's most marginalised people through its prison release support program. Here inmates learn both practical and life skills as they try to reintegrate into society.
Is the need to confess an imperative all humans share? Kumi Taguchi reveals what confession looks like today; the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Catholic tradition, and a secular urban confession offered on street corners.
Tree surgeon and filmmaker Robb Leech is an ordinary white middle class boy from the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth. So too is his stepbrother Rich. But a little over a year ago, Rich became a radical Islamist who now goes by the name of Salahuddin. He associates with jihadist fundamentalists and believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law.
Follows the experiences of five Year Nine students from Geelong Grammar School's Timbertop campus in the Victorian Alps, as they undertake a world first experiment when their school introduces a controversial new approach to education. The brainchild of renowned psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman, Positive Education has been adapted for schools from Positive Psychology, a relatively new branch of psychology that focuses on developing positive emotions, strengths based character and healthy institutions.
The suspicion on Karen is quickly transferred to Major Simon Hamilton & continues to mount due to his missing Ferrari, abusive reputation, no alibi for the night of Todd's murder & a shipping container full of handguns.
Black Power with Stan Grant: Looking back on pivotal events like the founding of the tent embassy and the Freedom Rides, Stan asks how far have we come? Is there such a thing as an Indigenous nation and how does it define itself?
Julie McCrossin charts the rise of Australia's LGBTQI rights movement. From the first Mardi Gras to legislative and social changes, we hear from those who put everything on the line in the fight for equality.