The 9pm Edict

The 9pm Edict is a podcast looking at the news and its frustrations. Series 1 of The 9pm Edict, a total of 20 episodes, was completed in March 2012. Since then, episodes have continued to appear for reasons that are not entirely clear. The world is not a just place, it seems.

Dr Alice Gorman

This is the pilot episode of The 9pm Probe, a long-form interview with an interesting person. Today, space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman aka Dr Space Junk from Flinders University in South Australia.

As some of you may know, I was a bit of an enthusiastic Space Age kid, so this is a very self-indulgent conversation.

We talk about: How the live TV images of the Apollo 11 mission were really quite dull; Vanguard 1, currently the oldest human satellite in space; how civilian and military space programs have always been closely intertwined; citizen science in space; a brief mention of the Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL); CORONA and the movie Ice Station Zebra; the International Geophysical Year (IGY); the International Polar Year; why people get angry about the concept of space archaeology; Australia’s early involvement in the Space Age; the Woomera test range; the Zuni rocket; WRESAT; the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO), the forerunner to the European Space Agency (ESA); rocket playgrounds; Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Rocket Man”; the inevitability of Uranus jokes; the start of the Second Space Age; our shared love of the Soviet technological aesthetic; the cube-sat revolution; the recent launch of rogue satellites; space tourism; Australia’s planned new space agency; SpaceX’s recent work, including firing a Tesla into space; Rocket Lab’s Humanity Star; the live video feed from the International Space Station; the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European colonisation; and colonial processes in space.

At the end, I also mention the licenses you need to fly a spacecraft.

This episode was recorded on Monday 26 March 2018 at Flinders University.

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The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Adelaide is “heaps good”, as the saying goes. This Public House Forum episode was recorded in that city, and suggests that it might well be true.

The first Public House Forum for 2018 is also the first one recorded in Adelaide, and the panel is simply wonderful.

  • Tory Shepherd, state editor of The Advertiser.
  • Katie Spain, editor of Fritz Magazine.
  • Dr Hannah Brown, a postdoctoral fellow in paediatrics and reproductive health at the University of Adelaide.
  • Nicholas Fryer, presenter of The Arch Window and all-purpose misanthropist.
  • Sebastian Fryer, a young person, also appears briefly.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton, Adelaide, on Saturday 24 March 2018.

There’s talk of Lego, starting a family, fritz, crumpets, Maggie Beer, orgasms, collusion to commit lexicography, infertility, and underage drinking. Amongst many other things.

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The Hope and Anchor

In an episode recorded live but in private in Hobart, Tasmania, we hear about sexuality and neuroscience, the sexuality of the stars, and the curious sexualities of the sex industry.

In this episode there’s talk of truth in advertising, Pluto, foetal development, frisbees, autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), the recently-discovered glymphatic system, the escorting business, the beginning of the universe, and much more.

Our guests are:

We also mentioned the Ig Nobel Prize.

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Thank you, Media Freedom Citizenry!

This episode was made possible by its listeners, mostly through supporting The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania, which spawned a podcast of the same name.

Issuing a GOATY CHALLENGE were Peter Lawler, Reselsnark, and Paul McElwee; ASK A GOAT questions came from Stuart Young, Peter Lawler, PointZeroOne, Christopher Neal, Johan de Wit, and four people who choose to remain anonymous; SLIGHTLY LESS BASIC TIPs from Simon Harris, David Heath, Nick Andrew, Andrew Groom, Paul Williams, Katrina Szetey, Paul Kidd, Daniel O’Connor, Nicholas Fryer, Ric Hayman, Kathy Reid, twiddlekins, Norman Ma, Sean Minney, Syl Mobile, Tim Bell, Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Groom, Melissa Madsen, Kate Carruthers, Adam Fitzpatrick, Chris Gentle, Bob Ogden, and seven people who choose to remain anonymous; BASIC TIPs from, Errol Cavit, Matt Moore, and one person who chose to remain anonymous; and three other very generous souls.

Peter Lawler also pledged to receive a FORUM QUESTION, which didn’t happen. I owe you one.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please throw a few coins into the tip jar.

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[Photo: The Hope and Anchor in Hobart, Tasmania, claims to be the oldest hotel establishment in Australia. It opened in 1807, and was photographed here on 27 February 2018. This is not the hotel where the podcast was recorded.]

Willow Creek Talisa da Kisser

It’s all goats all the time, nearly, as we bring you many wonderful things from GoatFest Tasmania in Launceston.

In this episode there’s talk of cheese, meat, milk, politics, and more. Miniature psychic goat Willow Creek Talisa da Kisser predicts the result of the Tasmanian state election. And Nicholas Fryer takes a look through The Arch Window.

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Thank you, Media Freedom Citizenry!

This episode was made possible by its listeners. Issuing a GOATY CHALLENGE were Peter Lawler, Reselsnark, and Paul McElwee; ASK A GOAT questions came from Stuart Young, Peter Lawler, PointZeroOne, Christopher Neal, Johan de Wit, and four people who choose to remain anonymous; SLIGHTLY LESS BASIC TIPs from Simon Harris, David Heath, Nick Andrew, Andrew Groom, Paul Williams, Katrina Szetey, Paul Kidd, Daniel O’Connor, Nicholas Fryer, Ric Hayman, Kathy Reid, twiddlekins, Norman Ma, Sean Minney, Syl Mobile, Tim Bell, Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Groom, Melissa Madsen, Kate Carruthers, Adam Fitzpatrick, Chris Gentle, Bob Ogden, and seven people who choose to remain anonymous; BASIC TIPs from, Errol Cavit, Matt Moore, and one person who chose to remain anonymous; and three other very generous souls.

Thanks also to Carl and Jan Roberts from Willow Creek Miniature Goats, and all the friendly goat people who spoke with me. I was a lovely day.

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[Photo: Miniature goat Willow Creek Talisa da Kisser, photographed at GoatFest Tasmania on 25 February 2018.]

UPDATE 15 February 2018: The Pozible campaign was successful. Details of what I’ll be doing will be posted on Saturday 17 February.

The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania: Click for Pozible campaign

Let’s talk about Goats! GoatFest Tasmania is Tasmania’s Only All-Breeds Goat Festival and Field Day, with everything you ever need to know about goats and goat products all under the one roof. It’s on Sunday 25 February in Launceston, and I want to go. I need to go.

What’s not to love? Like, goats, right!

From now until Thursday 15 February at 2130 AEDT, you can help support The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania, a Pozible crowdfunding campaign. You can ASK A GOAT or its goatherd a question, or set me a GOATY CHALLENGE.

If we reach Target 2, I’ll continue on to Hobart to record a Public House Forum episode like the last one. If that happens, the usual rewards will be available: ONE TRIGGER WORD and THREE TRIGGER WORDS and FORUM QUESTION.

For details, click through now, or listen to this “excellent” promo, either here or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.

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You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #9pmgoatfest.

[Goat sounds recorded at Turkana Lake, Kenya, in December 2016 by Freesound user peterkotrha.]

Senator Eric Abetz

We’ve survived the first year of the Trump presidency, and isn’t it wonderful! But America isn’t looking so good in the eyes of the rest of the world. And here in Australia, Senator Eric Abetz is swimming upstream to spawn.

In this episode there’s talk of Donald Trump, dumplings, stupid people, landlords, disinformation, and the blockchain. Amongst many other things. And Nicholas Fryer takes a look through The Arch Window.

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Merry Christmas, you fucking Muppets

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The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 5 being recorded

Ah, 2017. A year when too much politics is not enough. What a year in Australia. What a year in the world.

For the penultimate episode of this podcast for 2017, join us for this live and extremely wonkish conversation from the wilds of suburban Sydney with two smart and informed panellists.

  • Paula Matthewson aka @Drag0nista, political analyst and author.
  • Josh Taylor, news editor, BuzzFeed Australia.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the West Ryde Hotel in Sydney on Sunday 17 December 2017.

There’s talk of the Bennelong by-election, Australia’s two-party political system, chocolate, the same-sex marriage postal survey, Donald Trump, China, and even the National Broadband Network. Amongst many other things.

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West Ryde Hotel

In less than three days the citizens you can hear around me — if you listen — here in Eastwood, Sydney, will be voting in the Bennelong by-election, a critical test of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership as Prime Minister of Australia.

The day after, Sunday 17 December, we’re recording Public House Forum 5 at the West Ryde Hotel. Guests include BuzzFeed news editor Josh Taylor, and political commentator Paula Matthewson aka @Drag0nista.

Come and eat and drink with us. There’s still time to book a free audience spot, so click through for the details. Or listen live from 1400 AEDT via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps.

Here’s an audio update. Listen here, or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.

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Oh we won’t just be talking politics. It’s about the year, the world, the universe…

[Photo: West Ryde Hotel, photographed on 13 December 2017.]

Australian White Ibis

The 9pm Edict cover art version 2, 150 pixelsWe explore one of the world’s greatest coincidences. President Donald Trump finally does something sensible. And we bring you the latest in science.

There’s also talk of Bitcoin, bin chickens, nuclear weapons, and UFOs. And Nicholas Fryer takes a look through The Arch Window.

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The 9pm Edict Summer Series: Click for Pozible campaign

We’ve made it! Thanks to more than 50 supporters, there will be extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. With something secret and special added, because it’s, you know, summer.

You can expect:

  • Sunday 17 December: Public House Forum 5, recorded at a pub (TBA) with a live audience in or near the federal electorate of Bennelong in Sydney during the afternoon and streamed live.
  • Tuesday 19 December: A regular episode of The 9pm Edict, streamed live at 2100 AEDT.

Thank you.

But wait, there could be more. The more you pledge, the more podcasts there’ll be.

You have until tomorrow night, Thursday 23 November at 2130 AEDT, to help support The 9pm Edict Summer Series via the Pozible crowdfunding campaign.

To see how you can buy 25 WORDS HATE or TWO MINUTES HATE, or ONE TRIGGER WORD or THREE TRIGGER WORDS, or a FORUM QUESTION in a Public House Forum episode like the last one, click through now.

Or listen to this audio update, either here or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.

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You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #9pmsummer.

And don’t forget, the next episode of The 9pm Edict will be recorded this Thursday 23 November at 2100 AEST, streamed live via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps. Tune in for the final tally.

[Photo: Sunrise at Bronte Beach, 1 January 2005. ©2005–2017 Stilgherrian. All rights reserved.]

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