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The Leap New: a new Wheeler Centre podcast

The Leap Year

2020 was always meant to be a longer year than most. We were expecting 366 days, with one extra day in February, but it feels like we passed 366 months somewhere back in March, when the first lockdowns in Australia caused time to take on strange dimensions.

The Leap Year is a new podcast from the Wheeler Centre, presented by broadcaster and host of the Wheeler Centre's popular Fifth Estate series, Sally Warhaft. In each episode, Sally will speak to Australians with their own story to tell about this very long year – from a police officer with previously unimaginable power, to a school student navigating a stop- start year, a writer with unexpected reserves of solitary time, and an emergency doctor reflecting on compassion.

You’ll hear intimate stories of dread, loss, mistakes and malaise as well as humour, ingenuity and resilience, from people including writer and broadcaster Sian Prior, emergency physician Dr Neil Cunningham, Year 12 student Chenxin Tu, police officer Rebecca Marshall, arts advocate and artist Robyn Archer, Richmond Football Club CEO Brendon Gale, immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University Dennis Altman, poet, novelist and screenwriter Luke Davies and more.

The Leap Year is a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020, and the impact Covid-19 has had on Australians' lives – presented by Sally Warhaft.

About the host:

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Listen to The Leap Year here:

Event starts
Tuesday 13 October, 2020
Event ends
Thursday 31 December, 2020
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