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The Cinematic Legacy of French New Wave Director Jean-Luc Godard

Cinematic legend and icon Jean-Luc Godard died at age 91 recently, so it was apt that Dr Andrew McGregor returned to delve deeply into the life and legacy of the revolutionary auteur.

Andrew…

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Inflation, Interest Rates & Wages: Demystifying Australia's Economy With Dr Richard Denniss

What's really causing inflation in Australia and will jacking up interest rates fix it? Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute explains Australia's current economic woes and demystifies the confusion and…

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Everything You Want To Know About Street Gardening; Musician Nick Mulvey On Exploring The Planetary Through The Personal; Nick Feik On The Ongoing Fallout From Morrison's Multiple Ministries

Emma Cutting, founder of The Heart Gardening Project discusses all things street gardening and how you can get involved. She also chats about their big community-led project, the Melbourne Pollinator Corridor – an…

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Musician Nick Mulvey On Exploring The Planetary Through The Personal

British musician and environmental activist Nick Mulvey joins Amy for a special in-depth conversation about his latest album, New Mythology. Nick explains how he's "always trying to explore the planetary through the…

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Nick Feik On The Ongoing Fallout From Morrison's Multiple Secret Ministries

Nick Feik, former Editor of The Monthly, delves into the latest in federal politics with an incisive analysis of all the developments and questions arising from former Prime Minister Scott Morrison's ministerial…

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Chris Wallace On Former PM Scott Morrison's Ministerial Power Grab

Professor Chris Wallace discusses the latest in federal politics, including the recent revelations that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally appointed himself to five Ministerial roles in secret. Chris delves into the detail…

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Johann Hari On Dismantling The Unjust Social Systems That Have Stolen Our Focus

Best-selling British author Johann Hari chats in-depth with Amy live on Uncommon Sense for part two of their conversation on his book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention. Johann discusses the…

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Chris Wallace On Scott Morrison's Ministerial Power Grab; Johann Hari On Dismantling The Unjust Social Systems That Have Stolen Our Focus; Kishore Mahbubani Asks, Can Australia Be A Bridge To Asia?

Professor Chris Wallace discusses the latest in federal politics, including the recent revelations that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally appointed himself to five Ministerial roles in secret. Chris delves into the detail…

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Former Singaporean Diplomat Kishore Mahbubani Asks, Can Australia Be A Bridge To Asia?

Highly regarded geopolitical thinker and former Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani speaks in-depth about his essay, 'Australia's Choice: Can It Be A Bridge To Asia?', published in Australian Foreign Affairs Magazine (July 2022). Kishore…

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Fiona Patten MP Speaks In-Depth On Victorian State Politics; Henry Reynolds On Australia's Forgotten Frontier Wars; Coral Cover On The Great Barrier Reef

Fiona Patten MP, Reason Party Leader and representative for the Northern Metropolitan Region in the upper house of Victoria's state parliament, joins Amy to discuss state politics and policy, as well as the…

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Henry Reynolds On Australia's Forgotten Frontier Wars

Acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds discusses his award-winning book, Forgotten War – on the frontier wars between First Nations people and white colonists. Frontier violence was commonplace in Australia during the nineteenth century, but…

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Federal Politics With Rachel Withers; Nic Maclellan Reports Back On The Pacific Islands Forum; Viktor Orbán And The Rise Of The Far Right In Europe

Rachel Withers, Contributing Editor to the Monthly and The Politics columnist joins Amy to reflect on the first week of the 47th Parliament of Australia, including the draft referendum question on a Voice…

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Adrian Esterman On The Winter Wave Of COVID-19; The Demise Of Boris Johnson And The Tory Leadership Contest; The State of Australia's Urban Environments

Epidemiologist Adrian Esterman joins Amy to discuss the winter COVID-19 wave of cases we are currently experiencing. With Australia's COVID cases and death rates the third highest in the world per capita in…

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The State of Australia's Urban Environments

Dr Kylie Soanes, conservation biologist at the University of Melbourne delves into the State of the Environment Report, finally released by the federal government. With the report declaring that urban environments are in…

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The Demise Of Boris Johnson And The Tory Leadership Contest

Professor Andrew Walter talks about the latest in UK politics, including the demise of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the final round of the Tory leadership contest between Rishi Sunak and Liz…

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Averting The Insect Apocalypse With Dave Goulson

British biologist and bumblebee expert Professor Dave Goulson joins Amy to talk about his latest book, Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse. Dave talks about how insects have been misunderstood, the vital contributions…

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Gareth Evans On Being A Good International Citizen; Averting The Insect Apocalypse With Dave Goulson; U.S. Politics With Emma Shortis

Gareth Evans AC QC, former Cabinet Minister in the Hawke–Keating governments joins Amy to talk about his new book, Good International Citizenship: The Case for Decency. Why should Australia care about poverty, human…

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David G. Haskell On The Beauty Of Listening In Nature And The Crisis Of Sensory Extinction

Amy is joined by American biologist Professor David George Haskell who talks about his new book on the evolution of sound and the beauty of listening in nature. David also shares how humans…

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Federal Politics With Rachel Withers; Listening In Nature And The Crisis Of Sensory Extinction; Is This The End Of Australia's Golden Age Of Beekeeping?

American biologist Professor David George Haskell talks about his new book on the evolution of sound and the beauty of listening in nature. David also shares how humans are now silencing and smothering…

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Carrillo Gantner On Australia's Dismal Diplomacy With China And How To Fix It

Victorian cultural leader, philanthropist, and author Carrillo Gantner AC joins Amy for an in-depth conversation about his new book, Dismal Diplomacy, Disposable Sovereignty: Our Problem With China and America (out via Monash University…

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We Can't "Live With COVID" By Ignoring It – Nancy Baxter; Carrillo Gantner On Australia's Dismal Diplomacy With China And How To Fix It; Find Out What The Victorian Ombudsman Does

Epidemiologist Professor Nancy Baxter discusses the state of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other viruses of concern this winter, including the flu. Nancy talks about the experiences of people who choose to…

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Independent Candidate Jo Dyer Reflects On The 2022 Election Results And The Rise Of The Independents; Brendan Wintle On How To Fix Federal Environment Policy; The Great Barrier Reef's Sixth Mass Coral Bleaching Event

Jo Dyer reflects on her experiences campaigning as an independent in the marginal seat of Boothby and the rise of the independents in politics. Jo discusses the transformation of Australian politics with a…

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The Great Barrier Reef's Sixth Mass Coral Bleaching Event

Guardian Australia environment reporter Graham Readfearn talks about the sixth mass coral bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, which occurred earlier this year. He describes his visit to the John…

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A Special Post-Federal Election Analysis With Chris Wallace; Eucalypts And Their Champions; US Politics With Emma Shortis

Dr Chris Wallace joins Amy to examine the 2022 federal election results in-depth, including the massive wins for the Greens, independents, and Labor. They also assess the extent of the media's influence, reflect…

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Federal Election Policy Series – Richard Denniss On The Economy; Britain's Forgotten Atomic Tests At Emu Field; Save The Western Port Woodlands

Dr Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute joins Amy for the final instalment of Uncommon Sense's federal election policy series – this time, on the economy. Richard debunks all the election…

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The Case For A Genuine National Integrity Commission And Other Vital Democratic Reforms

Former judge Stephen Charles AO QC and Dr Catherine Williams discuss what a robust and effective federal integrity commission looks like, as well as other accountability bodies and measures needed to protect our…

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Federal Election Policy Series – Climate Change and Energy; The Case For A Genuine National Integrity Commission; Gabriel Shipton On The Fight To Free His Brother, Julian Assange

Richie Merzian, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute joins Amy for part 3 of the Uncommon Sense election policy series – climate change. Richie looks at Australia's current…

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Louisa Lim Talks About 'Indelible City: Dispossession And Defiance In Hong Kong'

Journalist and author Louisa Lim discusses her new book, Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Among many things, Louisa explores the 2019 protest movement in Hong Kong and the rising…

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Luke Hilakari Talks Green Bans and the Fight to Save the John Curtin Hotel

Luke Hilakari, Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council tells us the full story behind the fight to save the John Curtin Hotel. A green ban has just been announced in the effort…

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Federal Election Policy Series – Foreign Affairs And The Pacific; Louisa Lim On Dispossession And Defiance In Hong Kong; Green Bans And The Fight To Save The John Curtin Hotel

Nic Maclellan, Pacific affairs correspondent for Inside Story, talks about Australia's foreign policy, including its relationships with Pacific island nations, China, the U.S. and France. Nic also explains the positions and recent policies…

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Jon Faine Tells The Story Of Apollo & Thelma: A True Tall Tale

Veteran broadcaster and author Jon Faine joins Amy to discuss his fascinating new book, Apollo & Thelma: A True Tall Tale. Jon tells the astonishing true story of the world's strongest man…

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Federal Election Policy Series – Social Policy And The NDIS; Jon Faine Tells The Story Of Apollo & Thelma; Human Rights Watch On Atrocities In Ukraine

Luke Henriques-Gomes, Guardian Australia's social affairs and inequality editor, joins Amy for the first instalment of a special federal election policy series examining key policy areas in-depth. Luke discusses the policies and track…

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Journeying Through Deep Time To The Otherlands With Thomas Halliday

Scottish paleobiologist Dr Thomas Halliday joins Amy for an in-depth conversation about his debut book, Otherlands: A World in the Making. Thomas takes us on a journey into deep time and introduces us…

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The Media’s Role In The Federal Election; Journeying Through Deep Time To The Otherlands; Why Everyone Else Is Wrong With Comedian Andrew Hansen

Dr Chris Wallace discusses the media's role and performance in the federal election campaign and previews Labor's chances of winning. Chris is the author of, How To Win An Election, and is Associate…

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Professor Brendan Crabb Explains What "Living With COVID" Really Means

Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute, joins Amy to reflect on how the pandemic and SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved. He addresses the myths and misinformation around what the…

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Professor Brendan Crabb On What "Living With COVID" Really Means; Bruce Pascoe And Bill Gammage Explain Aboriginal Land Care Through Fire And Farming; Federal Election With Rachel Withers

Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute, joins Amy to reflect on how the pandemic and SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved. He addresses the myths and misinformation around what the…

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Jess Hill Uncovers The Reality of Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Award-winning investigative journalist and author Jess Hill unravels the complexities of domestic abuse and its insidious forms, like coercive control. These are issues Jess delves into in her podcast series, The Trap

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John Keane Explains The History of Democracy And Its Punk Qualities

John Keane, Professor of Politics at University of Sydney joined Amy to discuss his latest book, The Shortest History of Democracy. John explains the lesser known origins of democracy in Syria-Mesopotamia, its…

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Rachel Withers With Federal Politics; John Keane Explains The History of Democracy And Its Punk Qualities; Jess Hill Uncovers The Reality of Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

John Keane, Professor of Politics at University of Sydney joined Amy to discuss his latest book, The Shortest History of Democracy. John explains the lesser known origins of democracy, its symbolism, and…

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Philosopher Peter Singer Explains How To Consciously Live A More Ethical Life

Philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer joins Amy for a special, wide-ranging chat ahead of his appearance in Melbourne this week. They discuss the philosophy of utilitarianism, Peter's conception of "effective altruism," moral questions…