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Understorey: How Australia got the Sydney Opera House

Wednesday 6th November / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

If art can help us understand ourselves, the parabolic sails and interior of the Sydney Opera House might tell us a little about how Australia finds and makes beauty.  The place wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been championed and built by working people for working people, but in a power struggle under a different government, the professional man with vision, Jørn Utzon, was more or less told to go back home where he came from.  Journalist Helen Pitt, winner of the 2018 Walkley Book prize for “The House,” recounts a few of the people behind the making, and near-unmaking, of one of the world's design icons of the twentieth century.  (Images: Sydney Opera House profile; Studio Roosegaarde Waterlicht, Fremantle; Helen Pitt; by A. Glamorgan)

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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.

Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.

Uncover insights about our precious world biodiversity hotspot, the South West, our life on the Swan Coastal Plain, and multiple environmental issues that cross our continent and connect across our globe. RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.

Expect trails less travelled, from suburban backyards and nature strips, to threatened urban bushland, wondrous wetlands, and connective cities. Travel the wide open woodlands, clean up beaches, assess abandoned minesites and their policies, plan a post-fossil future, follow yellowcake to broken nuclear reactors, hear from delegates in the foyer of climate talks, and check out an invertebrate that lives most of its life underground: there’s always more to explore with Understorey.

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