For much of his career, John Safran has been obsessed with religion. For his latest work, a three-part podcast for Audible, Safran is tackling three stories of the occult, which he describes as “an alternative way to get shit done, if you’re not into mainstream religion”.
Academic Scott Galloway and reporter Kara Swisher have made some accurate predictions about the future of tech and Silicon Valley unicorns.
The podcast includes these conversations, as well as audio from the police watching the trio. These contemporaneous recordings give the show an immediacy, as though you’re listening to the events in real time.
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“RMIT are really keen on moving into [the podcasting] space,” Shortis says. “I think it’s recognising an appetite for the extended expert comment. [When a major news story breaks] like the Trump impeachment, there is a real appetite for explaining that, making sense of it. RMIT, I think, is keen on getting in front of those stories and becoming the voice to explain it.