13 June 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on journalism, Calvary red herrings and doing the Nutbush

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Then Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith after receiving his Victoria Cross in 2011. Photo: ADF.

Journalism doesn’t get a good rap as a profession, but sometimes it really shines. This week on The Hoot, Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs dissect the Ben Roberts-Smith trial and the value of good journalism.

It’s been a triumphant week for telling the truth and getting it right, but at what cost?

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READ ALSO Ben Roberts-Smith outcome highlights the value of quality journalism

The Calvary Hospital saga has taken a new turn as the battle between the Little Company of Mary and the ACT Government goes to the Federal Court. Calvary’s operators sought an injunction against further progress on the acquisition, citing unseemly haste on the government’s part.

But what’s really going on here? Is this battle really about religious rights or reproductive freedom?

READ ALSO Risks to business, not risks to reproductive rights, are at the heart of the Calvary tussle

And as music lovers mourn the death of Tina Turner, it’s the to reflect on a uniquely Australian phenomenon – the Nutbush! Turns out this dance we know so well from every wedding, birthday party and raucous night out at the pub is not a global institution after all.

Slightly embarrassingly, it’s just us with our knees up. But Ross is ensuring the cultural tradition is passed on.

READ ALSO Canberrans turn out to celebrate US singer Tina Turner in Nutbush flash mob

The Hoot appears every week on Riotact and wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify. Have a listen, tell us what you think and rate us.

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