The Looking Forward Podcast

Ep 40: Whose Right to Know?

October 23, 2019

Right to Know is a great principle to get behind, but why should journalists be given special legal privileges? And wouldn’t they need be licensed?  (2:05-19:03) Who would get to distinguish truth from lies in election campaigns under proposed new election advertising? (Hint: not you) (19:03-34:14) This Nobel Prize season the welcome focus on African achievements gets us thinking: how best to secure economic growth in the developing world? (34:14-47:12) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell and the Young IPA Podcast’s Peter Gregory to answer these questions as well as talk about their culture picks including so called whistleblower Edward Snowden’s memoir Permanent Record, Harold Bloom’s national bestseller The Western Canon, classic action film To Live and Die in L.A. and Netflix’s latest season of its Brummie crime drama Peaky Blinders (47:12-1:06:09).


Show Notes:           

Army’s reports kept secret to avoid flak on social media; The Australian

Liberal MPs complain about GetUp at inquiry into 2019 election; The Guardian

AEC reveals candidate privacy breach, while MPs call for truth in advertising laws; The Age

Promoting peace and reconciliation

Research to help the world’s poor

Can privatisation solve Ethiopia’s problems? Marginal Revolution

The Atlas Network’s Doing Development Differently Project.

Book Review: The White Man’s Burden; The Institute of Public Affairs

Culture Picks:

Permanent Record; Edward Snowden

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages; Harold Bloom

The Western Canon reviewed by Scott Hargreaves; 100 Great Books of Liberty

List of books recommended by Harold Bloom in the Western Canon; Adelaide University

To Live and Die in L.A; William Friedkin 

Peaky Blinders, Netflix

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