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People Seeking Asylum: A podcast from Brave New Words

This episode of Brave New Words explores research uncovering how Australians come to judgments about people seeking asylum and the narrative shift required to dislodge the fears and smears that the opposition has so successfully cemented. The episode also unpacks how human rights advocates applied research findings to swing public opinion and win several campaigns in their ongoing battle against the atrocities of offshore detention. You’ll learn about interrogating the ethics of how we tell the stories of the people that our governments scapegoat in order to gain and hold political power.

Brave New Words takes listeners on a journey around the globe with renowned communications researcher and campaign advisor Anat Shenker-Osorio as she unpacks real-world narrative shifts that led to real-world victories. From electing the dynamic Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand, to repealing a national ban on abortion in Ireland, to beating back right-wing race baiting in Minnesota, Anat and her guests explore what made it possible to engage the base, persuade the middle, send the naysayers packing, and win.

Brave New Words is made possible through support from Narrative Initiative. Learn more, listen and subscribe at BraveNewWordsPod.com.

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