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The Witch Trials

Andy Mills [USA], Megan Phelps-Roper [USA]
Sat 24 August 6:30pm
Sat 24 August 6:30pm
The revelations and unanswered questions.

One year on from the divisive podcast, The Witch Trials of JK Rowling, we look into the issues that sparked controversy by confronting unresolved tensions in the debate about the intersection of gender diversity and feminism. With its attempts to bring different views into the conversation and grapple with the nuances of free speech, what did the series achieve – and what remains elusive? Don’t miss this opportunity for a candid exploration with podcast host Megan Phelps-Roper and producer Andy Mills on the fallout of one of the most thought-provoking podcast series of our time. 

Andy Mills and Megan Phelps-Roper appear exclusively in Sydney at FODI.
Listening is not agreeing. Empathy is not a betrayal of one’s cause. These are the tools of effective persuasion…
Megan Phelps-Roper

Andy Mills [USA]

Andy Mills is an American reporter and podcast producer who co-created The Daily at The New York Times, Reflector and several documentary series including Rabbit Hole and The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling.


Megan Phelps-Roper [USA]

Born and raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, Megan Phelps-Roper left a life of religious extremism in 2012. She has spent the past decade using her experiences to work with schools on anti-bullying campaigns, with law enforcement organizations investigating deradicalization, and with tech companies on the intersection of safety, free speech, and the value of dialogue across ideological divides. Her journey has been chronicled in The New Yorker, a trio of BBC documentaries, a TED talk, and her memoir Unfollow. She hosted and produced The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling, an audio documentary that examines some of the most contentious conflicts of our time through the life and career of the world’s most successful author.

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