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The Swing

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Join us as we delve into the wonderful world of politics.

From local, national and international issues, Danae Gibson and Chris Wheeldon take a look at the what is happening in the halls of power.

The Swing includes interviews with experts from across the spectrum of politics, media and broadcasting.

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Thursday 15th October 2020

The Swing – Episode 15

A packed show on "The Swing" this week with three interviews covering this weeks political drama.

William Bowe the Poll Bludger joins the show to breakdown all the polling data behind the Queensland and US Election.

Professor Gordan Flake, the founding CEO of the Perth US/Asia Centre discusses the US election and how it will influence politics in the indo pacific region.

Student protests have erupted over the past weeks over the governments proposed changed to working laws. Danae Gibson spoke with Ella S. Prihatini a Indonesian  journalist from her base in Jakarta.

Wednesday 7th October 2020

The Swing – Episode 14

The Australian Federal Budget is the agenda today as The Swing team break down the budget in the most financially unstable years since World War 2.

Professor David Gilchrist is economic historian from the University of Western Australia and is in studio to give insight into this important budget rollout.

It's been a huge week in US politics with the "bin" fire of a first Presidential debate and an outbreak of COVID-19 in the White House.

Danae and Chris discuss how this could affect the election with only 27 days left in the race for the White House.

Friday 2nd October 2020

The Swing – Episode 12

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court died at the weekend, at the age of 87. To explain the political ramifications of RBG’s death, Bryan Cranston, Academic Teacher, from Swinburne University chatted with Chris and Danae.

Curtin University’s International security expert, Professor Alexei Muraviev, talked about the ongoing protests in Belarus. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Wednesday 16th September 2020

The Swing – Episode 11

This week on The Swing, Chris Wheeldon is joined by James Hall to discuss 'the week that was' in politics.

A cliche in the making, each week The Swing delve into what has happened in the week of politics.

In this episode they chat to Professor John Fitzgerald from Swinburne University on the rising tensions between Australia and China.

Danae also speaks to Canadian Economist and Author of The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalisation, Jeff Rubin.

Plus, Ron Howard's tweet and Trump's chat with Bob Woodward. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Friday 11th September 2020

The Swing – Episode 10

Sally Whyte from The Canberra Times shares the latest political news from the nation's capital and Dr Chris Salisbury shares his thoughts on the looming Queensland election.

This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The Swing – Episode 9

Nick Bryant, BBC's New York correspondent and author of When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present and Bryan Cranston, US electoral politics expert from Swinburne University are the guests on The Swing. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Wednesday 26th August 2020

The Swing – Episode 8

Another jam-packed edition of The Swing this week!

Rose Kerr speaks to U.S. political expert Jared Mondschein, about Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as Vice Presidential candidate.

Jesse Begley talks to a leading expert on international security, Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev, about the results from the recent Belarus Presidential election.

Finally, Chris and Danae review the U.S. Democrat and Republican National Conventions. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 25 August 2020.

Tuesday 11th August 2020

The Swing – Episode 6

A massive episode of The Swing this week!

Chris and Danae catch up with WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt about the state economy, government investment and maintaining the hard border.

We take a heartbreaking look at the Beirut Blast and the chaotic future of Lebanon.

Finally, Jesse Begley speaks with Turkish human rights lawyer Meline Çilingir about femicide in Turkey, the Istanbul convention and the Women supporting Women hashtag campaign. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Wednesday 5th August 2020

The Swing – Episode 5

This week on The Swing we delved into the world of  COVID-19 economics with Matt Cowgill of the Grattan Institute.

We also looked into Clive Palmer's High Court Challenge to WA's hard border closure with Murdoch University's Lorraine Finlay.

Danae also delved into the Happiness Index and New Zealand's new way of governing.

We checked out the Trump Golf Count and headed to Turkey for a potential disastrous decision for domestic violence and women's rights.

This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Wednesday 29th July 2020

The Swing – Episode 4

This week on The Swing, Danae Gibson and Chris Wheeldon delve into the week that was from the world of politics.

Jesse Begley speaks with The Poll Bludger, William Bowe about the science of polls and why they can be so wrong but also so right.

We also speak about where the local politics and where the Australia economy is heading, and what is a 'suburban voter'.

Plus, the happiness index and Dads with leaf blowers. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 28 July 2020.

Tuesday 21st July 2020

The Swing – Episode 3

The Swing is our weekly look into the world of politics in Australia and around the world. Danae Gibson and Chris Wheeldon look at the serious and the silly.

This week, Jared Mondschein from the United States Studies Centre spoke to us about Trump's 2020 chances, COVID-19 and that interview with Chris Wallace.

Plus, RTRFM favourite and Senior Politics Lecturer at Murdoch University Dr Ian Cook spoke to us about the Polish Election, why the Australian Parliament can't set up a Zoom meeting and what Job Keeper and Seeker extensions mean for the country.

Plus, The Whip Around and What to Look Out For and a tribute to Civil Rights Leader, John Lewis. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Tuesday 14th July 2020

The Swing – Episode 2

The Swing is our weekly look into the world of politics in Australia and around the world. Danae Gibson and Chris Wheeldon look at the serious and the silly.

This week, Deakin University's Dr Geoffrey Robinson discussed the potential political fallout of the current second wave of COVID-19 in Victoria. Will the electorate remember this in 2022 when Premier Daniel Andrews is up for re-election?

Essendon Bomber tragic and bloody funny comic, Geraldine Hickey, talks about remote broadcasting at our community radio cousin, Triple R,  as part of The Breakfasters show. We find out what lock down again has meant for her and the world of broadcasting.

Plus, The Whip Around and What to Look Out For. This episode of The Swing aired on 14 July 2020.

Tuesday 7th July 2020

The Swing – Episode 1

Join us for the first episode of The Swing, our weekly look into the world of politics in Australia and around the world.

With your hosts Danae Gibson and Chris Wheeldon, they look at the serious and the silly.

This week they were joined by Senior Lecturer of Politics at Murdoch University, Dr Ian Cook, to discuss how Americans may vote (how and who) in the November election, the Eden Monaro by-election over the weekend and the growing divide in USA between Republicans and Democrats.

We were also joined by Dr Sam Han, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at University of Western Australia to chat about Joe Biden's campaign, how folks in the US are feeling with increasing COVID-19 numbers and where to for them in the battle against the pandemic.

Plus, The Whip Around and What to Look Out For. This episode of The Swing aired on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

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