Radio National

2016 in 10 (oh god, I'm crying) minutes

Every year, Madeleine Genner (my excellent wife) and I gather up the sounds of the year and I break out the old ProTools to mix a mashup of the year in news, politics, sport, power chords and dead famous people.

And hoooo boy, was 2016 a doozy.

This is the 6th year we've made the montage for ABC Radio. It always provokes much argument in our house but we still do it. 

Leave a comment if this makes you cry at any point.  It'll validate this whole exercise. 

2015’s Defining Moments In 7 Gut-wrenching Minutes.

Every year Madeleine Genner (my wife) and I make a montage for ABC Radio National (and indeed all of the ABC) of the year in news. It always provokes much argument in our house but we still do it. 


00:00 Charlie Hebdo and #JeSuisCharlie
00:43 “I’m a fixer” — Christopher Pyne
00:45 “Because it’s 2015″ — Justin Trudeau
00:48 #LibSpill 1
01:20 Bronwyn Bishop expenses scandal
01:30 Tony Abbott’s knighthood
01:36 Tony Abbott’s onion
01:43 Mt Everest earthquake disaster
01:55 Mina stampede
02:04 The Greek economic crisis
02:11 GermanWings Crash
02:18 Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
02:24 The Trans-Pacific Partnership
02:27 FIFA corruption scandal
02:33 Donald Trump announces run for President
02:38 US mass shootings
02:44 Syrian civil war
02:56 Aylan Kurdi and the European refugee crisis
03:11 The war on ISIS
03:26 Parramatta shooting
03:37 Reclaim Australia
03:42 Waleed Aly’s ISIL monologue
03:46 #LibSpill & Malcolm Turnbull
04:30 Michelle Payne wins the Melbourne Cup
04:38 Mick Fanning vs. Shark
04:44 Australia accepts Syrian refugees
04:57 Water on Mars
05:05 New Horizons and Pluto
05:07 Aung San Suu Kyi wins Myanmar’s elections
05:12 Ireland votes ‘Yes’ on marriage equality
05:18 Paris climate talks
05:24 Stan Grant on the booing of Adam Goodes
05:38 Passing of Malcolm Fraser
05:55 The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
06:24 Paris terror attacks & Antoine Leiris

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mary's Song
Beck - Dreams
Junkie XL - Brothers In Arms
WDL - Bob's Beat (feat. Mawe)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown
M83 - Outro

If you'd like to hear the Montages from 2014 through to 2011 they're all below. 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web

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Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, PayPal, E-Commerce, Wikileaks, Anonymous even LolCats would not exist without this man. In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee created the web and irrevocably changed the course of humanity. He's been speaking in Australia and gave his one and only broadcast interview to Download This Show.

And if you'd like to know more on the topic of Net Neutrality, here's a piece I made for Hungry Beast in 2011