Most well known as author of the best selling Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert chats with Jennifer Byrne about life after a literary smash hit, writing and her forthcoming new release, The Signature of All Things.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who can hold his breath for over 20 minutes; a man who can see using his mind, even though he was born blind; a human magnet; and a man with the ability to insert deadly objects into his nose.
Chatline: Your Week In Review
Now it's time to hear what you had to say about some of Lateline's major stories this week. Here's Jamie Cummins with Chatline.
Could A Robot Become The Next Pablo Picasso?
This week we looked at the increasing role of artifical intelligence in society. But can a machine ever be imaginative or creative? Lateline's Tierney Bonini reports.
Late Debate: Arthur Sinodinos and Jim Chalmers
David Lipson speaks to industry, innovation and science minister Arthur Sinodinos and shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers about the escalation in tensions between North Korea and the US, the upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite and Lateline's AI week.
Binging, streaming, surfing, or just settling down with a bucket of popcorn in front of a good old-fashioned cinema screen. Host Chris Taylor helps guide you through the choices of what screen content to watch, and where.
This series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history. The Book of Thoth, said to have been written by the Egyptian god himself, which apparently provides the wisdom behind the Tarot and is said to have inspired early Freemasons. It is also suggested its ethos was adopted by the 'flower power' generation, and embodied in the rock and roll music of the 1960s. However, archaeologists are becoming increasingly doubtful the volume ever existed.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors, and investigations into the popularity of writing genres like crime, sex and romance and fantasy. In this episode, Jennifer and guests embark on a fascinating exploration of one of the most popular writing genres - literary hoaxes.
Frances Daingangan is a 45-year old mother of three who comes from the remote community of Ramingining in North East Arnhem land. Like many young girls, Frances dreamed of being a movie star - a dream that came true when Rolf de Heer cast her in the lead female role of Nowalingu in Ten Canoes. Her journey from traditional tribal life to red carpets and awards ceremonies is unlike any other.
Tonight, in the third match of the Randling season, we meet Roget's Ramjets: Silver Logie-winning actor Rob Carlton teaming up with head librarian, Robyn Butler. The Ramjets take on The Help, a gentlemanly outfit comprised of former Thank God You're Here winner Angus Sampson and Toby Schmitz, a theatre actor so in demand right now that we had to book him in 2005, five years before we even thought of Randling.
This week Daniel Browning Smith is in Vegas to meet Brian Jackson who blows up a hot water bottle until it explodes. Daniel takes Brian to a lung specialist to measure the power output and pressure of his lungs.
This documentary series explores the fact that from Google, and Facebook and Wikipedia to the systems of democracy, finance, manufacture and the law; many aspects of modern life owe their existence to a single defining period: the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century.
Creative writing for the stage and music composition are explored in this series. Join the many well-known and newer scribes such as Nick Enright, Thomas Keneally and Fay Weldon sharing their wisdom and experiences.
After a long campaign to find the skeletal remains of England's most notorious monarch, Richard III, they were eventually discovered under a Leicester council car park in September 2012 - and finally laid to rest on 26 March 2015. Jon Snow hosts this program which covers Richard's reburial service, attended by members of the royal family, as the king is formally reinterred by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the east end of Leicester Cathedral.
All over the world people are constantly talking about what to watch, from hit TV shows, home grown documentaries to big cut-through movies, or quirky low-budget obscurity served up to you by the recommendation algorithms.
Animals are imbued with incredible abilities, like echo-location, super-sight. This time Daniel is on a mission to find four people who claim they have the ability to match nature's super-powered animals. It's man versus beast.
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. In the 15th century, the Aztec ruler Moctezuma I consolidated power in Central America through skilful political alliance, marriage and murder. Within a few generations, a king that shared his name, Moctezuma II, would see the utter ruination of the Aztec Empire. Ancient enmity with their vassal states led to devastating betrayal. The Spanish - those strange bearded men in steel clothes astride huge four-legged beasts - cleverly played tribe against tribe and destroyed an empire.
The Carthaginians were sly merchants and cruel child killers - at least according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. But research shows that they weren't as bad as their reputation. The Carthaginians' story began around 3000 years ago, when settlers left their homes in what is now Lebanon to set up new colonies around the Mediterranean. The most splendid and powerful of these settlements was Carthage, a bustling Metropolis in what is now Tunisia with a port that was the envy of the entire world.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who claims to be immune to cold; a man who has become the fastest backwards runner on earth; Master Zhou who says he can produce heat in his hands; and Yokke Sommer, the Birdman.
Not Quite Art series 2 is an insightful and humourous journey through an increasingly fragmented cultural landscape - where the internet and communications have given us a set of cultural choices and influences unimaginable even a decade ago. The second episode in the series, Unpopular Culture, looks at why the culture that a whole generation of creators has grown up with is considered illegal. Digital remixing and sharing on the internet has turned our culture into a dirty, digital collaborative pool that exists at or outside the margins of copyright law.
Jennifer Byrne and a panel of esteemed guests are presenting a sinfully good seven weeks' viewing of deadly sins. This week the final sin Gluttony will be discussed in all of its 'guilt inducing glory'.
This program revisits the story of an inventor from Byron Bay whose battle with Microsoft has made headlines around the world. We first brought you the story of Ric Richardson three years ago, when an American court had just awarded him $US 400 million in damages over anti-piracy software he'd invented. But what appeared to be a done deal was swiftly overturned when a judge threw out the finding, sending Ric Richardson and his company back into the courts for another round of legal wrangling.
Jack Charles is an actor, ex-addict and former burglar who's been jailed 22 times. He's now left drugs and crime behind and is devoted to helping other Aboriginal offenders turn their lives around. #OnePlusOne.
Kim Jong-il was also one of the most elusive and secretive world leaders. Now the lid is lifted on the man who lead North Korea with his finger on the nuclear trigger and ensured this legacy lived on through his son, Kim Jong-un.
Featuring new ideas on how to provide telecommunications systems where phone infrastructure has been destroyed; secure knots for tying hooks and lures to fishing lines; measure a patient's joint angles to assess their injury.
Are there common factors that lead to success and happiness? Peter Thompson is joined by Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia's leading psychologists who specialises in childhood and adolescence. Together, Thompson and Carr-Gregg look back at the formative years of some this year's most extraordinary guests and explore their paths to success. After being diagnosed with cancer at 19, and being told he had eight weeks to live, Carr-Gregg went on to found the Canteen charity for teenagers with cancer. Now among the numerous activities Carr-Gregg is currently involved in, is the role of an official ambassador for the National depression initiative 'Beyond Blue', and of 'MindMatters', one of 16 youth suicide prevention programs run by the Federal Government.
This month is a special Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) edition of The Book Club. Host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by SWF guests Lauren Beukes and Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who claims he has the strongest teeth on earth; a college student with a killer throw; the best jet-pack pilot on earth; and a man who has spent his life trying to become impervious to pain.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man born with proteus syndrome, giving him one arm much bigger than the other; a human rollerskate with incredible speeds; the deadliest knife thrower on earth and a human wrecking ball.
This time Stan wants Daniel to meet four people who claim to be fear-proof, and push man's limits to the very edge, performing staggering feats at extreme heights that would paralyse any normal person with fear.
The Indian Farmers Being Forced Off Their Land To Make Way For The Metropolis Of The Future
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power promising to lift people out of poverty, but his vision to build 100 'smart cities' is seeing farmers forced off their land without fair compensation.
Interview: Nick Xenophon, NXT Senator For South Australia
Senator Nick Xenophon on the senate committee inquiry into the disastrous online census failure.
Indonesia's First Female Muslim Standup Comedian Challenges Islamic Fundamentalism With Humour
For years Sakdiyah Ma'ruf snuck around behind her parents' backs, hiding her job as one of Indonesia's first female Muslim stand-up comedians - but not anymore.
Interview: Julie Bishop, Foreign Affairs Minister
Emma Alberici speaks to deputy Liberal leader and foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop about the ongoing investigation into the Manchester bombing, and the rising tensions in the South China Sea.
Indigenous Leaders Call For Change Ahead Of 1967 Referendum Anniversary
This weekend marks 50 years since the referendum which paved the way for the nation's first peoples to be included in the census and gave the Commonwealth powers to create laws for them. In the intervening decades the fight to formally recognise Indigenous Australians has stalled. This week's talks at Uluru are an attempt to change that - but divisions run deep, Indigenous affairs editor Stan Grant reports. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following story contains images and voices of people who have died.
Interview: Ian Rankin, Author
When Scottish writer Ian Rankin published Knots And Crosses in 1987, he never imagined its main character, Detective Sergeant John Rebus, would have a literary life beyond that first novel. Three decades on, the maverick detective has appeared in another 20 bestselling books. Barbara Miller spoke to Ian Rankin about the long life of his literary creation.
Stories include, 'Government happy as Senate approves legislation', 'Boys survive 50 days adrift in ocean', 'Victoria ready to go to the polls', 'Victorian election on a knife edge', 'ASIC seeks Storm damages', 'Storm case may not end up before court', 'Twain biography a publishing sensation'.
Biddulph Grange, the best-surviving Victorian garden in the country, takes the visitor on a whistle-stop journey around the world from China to Egypt in a series of gardens connected by tunnels and subterranean passageways. Biddulph was created at the height of the British Empire by James Bateman, the son of a wealthy industrialist.
The proposition of this IQ2 Debate in Sydney is Should God and His Prophets be Protected from Insult? It goes to the heart of the matter about freedom of speech and whether we need to tread carefully around religious sensibilities and what constitutes vilification and denigration. Just who or what should we be protecting?
Muslims make up less than 3 percent of the Australian population, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood. In this series, 10 Muslim Australians with vastly different views on their faith live under one roof for eight days to explore what it means to be a Muslim in modern, multicultural Australia. While the housemates are united in faith, they are divided on what it means to be a 'good Muslim'.
Michael is Australia's public advocate #1 for smoking Marijuana. He is ambassador for life at Nimbin's Hemp Embassy, a co-creator of Australia's annual celebration of all things hemp, Mardi Grass, a foundation member of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) political party and a man who has smoked his own body weight in marijuana over the course of his lifetime. Kerryn is a former junkie who is now a drug educator and a woman who believes marijuana is the gateway to a lifetime of potential addiction and ruin. Will they find a greater understanding of one another after ten days - or remain enemies?
Last time, our Agony Aunts and Uncles took us through The Agony of Modern Manners - charting our behaviour at work, at home, dinner, travelling, online, weddings and funerals. It was a funny, bombastic and controversial examination of human behaviour. Now the team has regrouped and refreshed its playing list, and is back for a one-off special episode to examine The Agony of the Mind.
With almost 20,000 North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, how are they adjusting to life in one of the world's most technologically and economically advanced societies, when they come from one of the world's most isolated communist states? Amos Roberts meets defectors trying to adjust to their new life, and speaks to South Koreans about their fears of reunification.
Alice in Wonderland is said to be the most quoted book in print, second only to The Bible, with a passionate army of fans who regularly congregate around the world to celebrate its rich and playful world. But what of its creator, the mild-mannered and unassuming Oxford University Mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll?
This week Ruth is in Kent helping the Rogers family bring Riverhill Manor back to its former splendour. The house is an 18th century rag stone manor set in 130 acres of historic gardens. Four generations of the Rogers family live there including 87-year-old great grandmother, Evelyn Rogers, who has lived in a house in the grounds since the end of World War II.
In this satirical documentary Charles Firth (The Chaser, CNNNN) goes to Washington in the the lead up to the 2008 election in the hope of scoring an exclusive meeting with President George Bush. Along the way he explores the relationship between politics and Hollywood in America, talks to experts about the hard issues, provides a comprehensive lack-of-analysis of the Obama and McCain campaigns, and hits the streets to find out what the average American has to say.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
Narrated by Terence Stamp, this is the story behind one of the world's most loved films, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's about three unlikely hero-(ines) who find themselves in a backwater at the arse-end of the world, dare to step out of the shadows in their shimmering sequinned glory and be counted. It's also about how a low-budget Australian film about three 'cocks-in-frocks' changed the course of history and loudly and proudly brought to the world a celebration of gay culture that continues to resonate twenty years later.
Stories include, 'Hospitality businesses pinched by penalty rates', 'Nick Kaldas discusses recent shootings', '15 year old Australian qualifies for Grand Slam' and 'Western Australia's art industry strikes gold'.
Stories include, 'Five diggers die in bloody day in Afghanistan', 'Cantwell joins Lateline', 'Afghan ambassador joins Lateline', 'Asylum seekers rescued off Java coast', 'Labor only interested in legacy: Hockey', 'Ryan accepts GOP's vice-president nod', 'Democrats label Romney as out of touch' and 'Patel to face new trial'.
Most of us can be bought or sold. And that sometimes actually feels good. We're all coerced and serenaded by advertising, an industry devoted to changing our minds and our behaviour. But advertising is not the only industry that wants to get inside our heads and move the furniture around. Which brings us to spin, branding, and image control.
Making Data Beautiful with co-creator of We Feel Fine, Jonathan Harris, at Vivid Festival. Then, writing and illustrating for kids in a session called Creation Stories and Fairytales from the Eye of the Storm Festival in Alice Springs.
They're rigged, they're addictive and they're everywhere. For the first time, the masterminds behind pokie machines reveal how they're programmed for addiction. And we show how governments became the biggest addicts of all.
Panellists include: Todd Sampson - Advertising CEO and Gruen Transfer regular, Sophie Mirabella - Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science, Sue Cato - Commentator and Spin Doctor and Neil Lawrence - Kevin 07 Campaign Creator.