The AFA Podcast

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A podcast about foreign affairs in Australia and the Asia-Pacific

The AFA podcast is a new audio offering from the publisher of Australian Foreign AffairsQuarterly Essay, The Monthly and The Saturday Paper.

Hosted by Jonathan Pearlman, editor of Australian Foreign Affairs, The AFA Podcast engages with the complex challenges facing Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Each episode is around twenty-five minutes and features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers. See the globe through the eyes of award-winning journalists, foreign policy analysts, academics and politicians. Gain insight into our place in the world with in-depth interviews and lively debate.

Stay connected to the global issues that matter with The AFA Podcast.


The Team


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Jonathan Pearlman, host

Jonathan Pearlman is editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and world editor of The Saturday Paper. He previously worked at The Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East, and has covered various international stories, including the 2008 US election and the violence in eastern Congo. He is a correspondent for The Straits Times (Singapore) and was formerly the Australia–Pacific correspondent for The Telegraph (UK). His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Diplomat, Good Weekend and Australian Book Review. He is a Walkley Award finalist and a United Nations Media Award winner. He was born in Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales and Oxford University.

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Michael Migali, producer

Michael’s media career began in community radio, where he spent four years volunteering with Radio Adelaide 101.5 and Fresh 92.7, writing, producing and presenting shows. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and media studies from the University of Adelaide and a master’s degree in international relations from the Australian National University.


How to listen


Listening to The AFA Podcast is easy. You can listen right here, as each episode will be published on our website, or you can subscribe in your favourite podcast app.


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Apple Podcasts If you have an iPhone or an iPad, Apple Podcasts should be installed on your device by default. All you have to do is open the app and search for The AFA Podcast. Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts so you don’t miss an episode.


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Spotify Just open the Spotify app and search for The AFA Podcast. You can listen to each episode of the podcast as you would a song or an album. Subscribe to the show on Spotify so you don’t miss an episode.


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The AFA Podcast is also available on most other podcasting apps, including Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and Stitcher.


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The AFA Podcast is a Schwartz Media production. If you’re still having trouble, call our subscriptions department on 1800 077 514 or email [email protected]