The Bronze Age

Tickets, Toby and Tayla Harris. An update on the AFLW CBA, preliminary final omens and VFLW Collingwood coach Penny Cula-Reid.

Show notes:

Even Girls Play Footy: 2012 documentary about Penny Cula-Reid, Helen Taylor and Emily Stanyer's VCAT fight to play footy

Angela Pippos' book Breaking The Mould

The Loudest Voice: a series about Roger Ailes on Stan

Article on The Conversation titled Best on ground: why Australians think sporting bodies provide strongest leadership for public good


What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Goodbye bye round and hello ARC. Lessons from the 2019 season and rediscovering the magic of football. Guests: Richmond CEO Brendan Gale and VicMetro's Jodi Webb.

Show Notes:

Jodi Webb spoke about Women's AFL Masters representing Vic Metro. There’s a Go Fund Me Page where you can donate so all the players can go to Townsville for the National Carnival on September 28.

ESPN article by Ryan Russell: No Distractions: An NFL veteran opens up about his sexuality and a Twitter thread by user @MatyDee

The Atlanic article by Jemele Hill: Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick

NPR article by Rodney Carmichael: Jay-Z Can't Roc With The NFL Unless Kaepernick Gets A Seat At The Table

Aussie Rules Draft Central article by Peter Williams: Club collaboration the key to AFLW future

The Age article by Caroline Wilson: AFL 'outsider' is kicking goals

Jodi Webb going for the ball.

Jodi Webb going for the ball.

Star Stuff

Stars - how to identify them, how to honour them, how to be them. Guests: Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams and Liam Elphick.

Show Notes:

Alicia Sometimes' show Particle/Wave

Emma Race and Julia Chiera's article in The Guardian: The importance of queer players in the survival of women's Australian football

Catherine Murphy's ABC story about the Cora Lynn Cobras: Sudanese Victorians bolster junior team ranks at West Gippsland football club

Australian National University's Speak Out Against Racism survey


Whose Default Is It Anyway?

Reconsidering the defaults, celebrating the penultimate round of 2019 and saying goodbye to another generation of footballers. Plus: AFLW and Survivor star Abbey Holmes and author Scott Pearce.

Show Notes:

Dyson Stringer Cloher's new song and video Believer - out August 29.

Scott Pearce's debut novel - faded yellow by the winter.

The episode of the podcast In The Game with Damian Barrett featuring ABC's Corbin Middlemas.

The episode of Pod Save America titled AOC Calls BS.


Après Snow

"This game does not exist without women at all levels of club land, community land - every part of the game has been supported by women".

Sam Mostyn on how to elevate women in football, Adam Goodes and Sydney's AFLW dreams. Plus: Ben Simmons, Simone Biles and a tribute to a retiring Hawk.

Show Notes:

Liz Cambage's article on The Players' Tribune: DNP-Mental Health

Adam Rogers' article on The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

Megan Hustwaite's article in the Herald Sun: What is everyone's problem with Ben Simmons?

Chris Young's article on Yahoo Sport: Australia has a Ben Simmons problem

Ahmed Yussuf's article in The Guardian: Young, black and rich: why does sporting success push so many buttons in Australia?

The Minerva Network, co founded by Sam Mostyn.


Time To Dream

A farewell to AFLX, progress in footy's approach to mental health and spy thrillers in the back pages of the papers. Plus: Stan Grant and Nova Peris ask whether Australia is prepared for the truth.

Show Notes:

Episode of the Fangrrrls podcast: Maybe it's more than just black and white

Documentary titled: Collingwood from the Inside Out

The work of James Baldwin

Andrew Stafford's new book: Something To Believe In

Toni Morrison's book: Beloved


What A Squirrel Wants

The boundaries of friendships and protests, unforeseen consequences of the runner ban and grand final predictions. Plus: Essendon VFLW captain Courtney Ugle shares her visions for the game and tells how footy saved her life.

Show Notes:

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling service is 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)


Parsing The Impasse

Brendan Schwab on player associations, human rights and sport's social license, Shelley Ware explains barriers in footy media and in the aftermath of the screening of the Final Quarter - how do we move past roadblocks in difficult conversations?

Show notes:

Pod Save the People episode: Be in the room to make change

Article by Amy McQuire in Meanjin: Black and White Witness

Article by Shannon Dodson for the ABC: Indigenous issues can be daunting - here are 10 positive ways to engage

Article by Anita Heiss: Why I'll be working on January 26

The Solvable podcast

Marvin Miller's book: A whole different ball game

Youtube video from The Guardian: Everyday racism: what should we do? Akala


The Reckoning

Another wild weekend of AFLM, female athletes pushing back on expectations and feminist French philosopher Grant Birchall returns to football. Guests: Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins and Hannah Mouncey reflect on new guidelines for the inclusion of trans athletes in sport.

Show notes:

Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport (2019) - published on the Australian Human Rights Commission website

Keiran Pender's article on the Telegraph website - Ending period 'taboo' gave USA marginal gain at World Cup

This AFL Life - Julia Chiera's podcast

Kate, Hannah, Julia, Nicole and Alicia

Kate, Hannah, Julia, Nicole and Alicia

The revolution WILL be televised

IN: AFLW superstars Sabrina Frederick and Melissa Hickey. Plus: The unveiling of Nicky Winmar's statue and we take a trip to London to meet the Swanettes.

Show notes:

The School of Greatness podcast episode titled: Sex and Love, Lust and Infidelity with Wednesday Martin.
Rick Broadbent's article in The Times: Big Plans are on hold as Cori Gauff prepares for her toughest test at Wimbledon.
Isabella Higgins' article for ABC: As a proud Torres Strait Islander I know a black and white future is possible.
Emma Race's reflection on her Our Watch fellowship has been published by The Walkley Magazine: Our watch has just begun.


Taking Up Space

Celebrating footy upsets, caretaker coaches and diverse athletes who are taking up space. Adele Pavlidis from Griffith University shares her research and anonymous insights into the experiences of AFLW players.

Show notes:

Sue Bird's Players Tribune article: So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend
Gwendolyn Oxenham ESPN article: Megan Rapinoe's greatest heartbreak, and hope
Irish Times article: #JusticeForHarper Uproar after mascot sent off during Irish football match
Atlanta: television series created by Donald Glover. (Article on why it won’t air in 2019).

Tess, Kate, Nicole and Emma

Tess, Kate, Nicole and Emma


Let's talk legacies: historic female barrackers, sporting heroes making their own history and a coach on a mission to change footy in NSW. Guests: Alicia Eva from the GWS Giants, Chyloe Kurdas and Matthew Klugman from Victoria University.

Show notes:

Ruby Hamad's Meanjin article: Folau's Fall Is A Story Of Whiteness
Matthew Klugman's Conversation article: Loud, obnoxious and at times racist: the sordid history of AFL barracking
Jake Niall's article in The Age: Stephenson's $36 bets can lead the AFL to give up millions
Tom Morris' Fox Sports article: AFL 2019: Widespread discontent among score review operators over AFL's handling of system and criticism


Power of Six

Snowflakes, pinching, mowers and vests. Plus: Dr Tiarna Ernst talks Gold Coast Suns and Paul Groves and from the archives, Professor Barry Judd explains how different approaches to history impact the Australian Rules origin story.

Show notes:

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
The High Low podcast on silent Ubers.
Des Headland's article on the AFL website: Call it 'Kiya': Stack/Betts hug explained, why whitefellas miss the point
David Mark's article on the ABC website: AFL has changed its stance on the origins of the sport and historians are baffled
BBC article: ITV bans all-male comedy writing teams
CBC article: Politics of citation: is the peer review process biased against indigenous academics?

Donate to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Reclink Community Cup info here.


The Letter R

Resistance, reconciliation, representation and runners. Special guest: Geoff Davis from the Central Kimberley Football League.

Show notes:

Tonys: What Ali Stroker's Historic Win Means for Wheelchair Users Like Me by Judy Heumann in Hollywood Reporter

Back Pass: episode of the 30 for 30 podcast

Abby Wambach on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Resistance, reconciliation, representation and runners. Our special guest is Geoff Davis from the Central Kimberley Football League (CKFL).

This beautiful photo, taken by Danella Bevis, is of Mowanjum Ladyhawks captain Cecilia Umbagai and vice-captain Jerisha Wungundin after a training session at the Mowanjum oval. Just two of the women playing in the CKFL.

"The Letter R" is available now via the ABC Listen App or your favourite podcast platform.


Outside Noise

Footy diplomacy, changes in the AFLM and AFLW coaching ranks, Adam Goodes and Hall of Fame highlights. Special guests: Ian Darling, the maker of the Final Quarter and Michelle Cowan from the West Coast Eagles. Ian Darling’s documentary on Adam Goodes is called ‘The Final Quarter’.


Walk Together

It's the Sir Doug Nicholls Round of the 2019 AFL season. Leanne Brooke from The Long Walk reflects on the 15th anniversary of Michael Long's walk for change and Essendon's cultural leadership. Plus: The designers of the Richmond and Carlton indigenous jumpers, Daniel Rioli and Shelley Ware, explain the stories behind their designs.

Show notes:

The Long Walk -

See all AFL indigenous jumper designs here:



The changing face of football media and a growing emphasis on the importance of language. St Kilda legend Nathan Burke on women's footy, helmets and hall of fame criteria. Plus: Phil Cleary takes his teachings to the country.

Show notes:

Nathan Dyer's portraits of AFL players to celebrate Africa Day

Alysia Montaño's opinion piece and video Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a Baby (NY Times)

#MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement edited by Natalie Kon-yu, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott & Miriam Sved


Body of Evidence

The Caster Semenya ruling and why it matters, Adam Selwood on the energy of women’s football and which West Coast father-daughters we might see playing AFLW and Patty Kinnersly from Our Watch talks about the power of footy and why doing nothing does harm.

Show notes:

Lucy: Move in May event from Stand Up Events.

Emma: Felicity Harley's article in Whimn - Dear Politicians: Stay the Hell Out of My Uterus & Rebel Wilson takes on Hollywood ratings after The Hustle was originally rated R.

Kate: Andy Bull's article in The Guardian - Cas tried to provide a clear verdict on Caster Semenya but left a tangled mess.

Nic: Victorian Women's Trust book in the works titled About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution