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Federal politics; Exploring The Mysterious Fungi Kingdom With Merlin Sheldrake; COVID-19 Crisis in Victoria's Aged Care Homes

Biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake joins Amy from London for an in-depth conversation about his new book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures. They discuss…

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The Mysterious Fungi Kingdom With Merlin Sheldrake

Biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake joins Amy from London for an in-depth conversation about his new book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures. They discuss…

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Federal politics; Into the Underland with Robert Macfarlane; A landmark court case win for our forests

British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special long-form conversation about the connections between landscape, language, people, and place. They delve into Robert’s latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and…

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Into the Underland with Robert Macfarlane

British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special long-form conversation about the connections between landscape, language, people, and place. They delve into Robert’s latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and…

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Federal politics; Cordelia Fine on the real science of sex differences and gender bias in neuroscience; Restoring Victoria's threatened native grasslands and wildflowers

A special National Science Week show! Psychologist Professor Cordelia Fine from the University of Melbourne talks about the real science behind sex differences, drawing on her 2017 book, Testosterone Rex, and her Aeon…

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Cordelia Fine on the real science of sex differences and gender bias in neuroscience

Psychologist Professor Cordelia Fine from the University of Melbourne talks about the real science behind sex differences, drawing on her 2017 book, Testosterone Rex, and her Aeon Magazine essay 'Sexual Dinosaurs'. Cordelia debunks…

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UK politics with Chloe Ward; The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed it to the World; Saving the Metallic Green Carpenter Bee on Kangaroo Island

LA-based journalist Lesley Blume speaks about her new book, Fallout: the Hiroshima cover-up and the reporter who revealed it to the world. Dr Katja Hogendoorn, an entomologist and native bee expert from…

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The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed it to the World

LA-based journalist Lesley Blume speaks about her new book, Fallout: the Hiroshima cover-up and the reporter who revealed it to the world

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Escalating gender inequality in the wake of COVID-19; Anthony Ham talks about The Last Lions of Africa; US politics with Emma Shortis

Freelance writer Anthony Ham discusses his new book, The Last Lions of Africa: Stories from the Frontline in the Battle to Save a Species. Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT talks about the latest…

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Anthony Ham talks about The Last Lions of Africa

 Freelance writer Anthony Ham discusses his new book, The Last Lions of Africa: Stories from the Frontline in the Battle to Save a Species.

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De-mystifying the COVID-19 economy in Australia; how Marcus Aurelius and Stoic philosophy can help us through the pandemic; The Palace Letters – what they reveal about the Whitlam Dismissal

Professor Jenny Hocking discusses her High Court win to have the "Palace Letters" released by the National Archives of Australia, and what they reveal about the 1975 Whitlam Dismissal. Deakin University philosopher Dr…

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Jenny Hocking on the "Palace Letters" – what they reveal about the Whitlam Dismissal

Professor Jenny Hocking discusses her High Court win to have the "Palace Letters" released by the National Archives of Australia, and what they reveal about the 1975 Whitlam Dismissal.

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Federal politics; the evidence for face masks and a COVID-19 elimination strategy; how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws is an epidemiologist at UNSW, and a member of the World Health Organisation’s Advisory Panel for Infection, Prevention and Control Preparedness and Response to COVID-19. Mary-Louise joins Amy for an…

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Mary-Louise McLaws talks of the evidence for face masks and a COVID-19 elimination strategy

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws is an epidemiologist at UNSW, and a member of the World Health Organisation’s Advisory Panel for Infection, Prevention and Control Preparedness and Response to COVID-19. Mary-Louise joins Amy for an…

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Federal politics; the making of two Labor Prime Ministers John Curtin and James Scullin; Stories of Australia's Famous Icebreaker Aurora Australis

Historian Liam Byrne discusses the early lives of two former Labor Prime Ministers in his new book, Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: The Making of the Modern Labor Party, 1876 –1921. Marine…

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The making of two Labor Prime Ministers John Curtin and James Scullin

Historian Liam Byrne discusses the early lives of two former Labor Prime Ministers in his new book, Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: The Making of the Modern Labor Party, 1876 –1921

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Federal politics; Rutger Bregman overturns centuries of belief in the selfishness of humankind; Emma Shortis on US politics and widespread protests against racism and police violence

Amy speaks with historian Rutger Bregman about his timely new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History. Rutger delves into the evidence for why and how most humans are actually pretty decent, and just…

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Rutger Bregman overturns centuries of belief in the selfishness of humankind

Amy speaks with historian Rutger Bregman about his timely new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History. Rutger delves into the evidence for why and how most humans are actually pretty decent, and just…

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Professor John Keane - Uncovering the new despotism and a growing disillusionment with democracy;

John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney talks about his recent book The New Despotism, which examines the anti-democratic practices of despotic governments sweeping the world, and the current threats…

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Richard Denniss on Australia's economy under the strain of COVID-19; uncovering the new despotism and a growing disillusionment with democracy; Jacinda Ardern – a new kind of leader

John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney talks about his recent book The New Despotism, which examines the anti-democratic practices of despotic governments sweeping the world, and the current threats…

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Nicholas Dowse from Honey Fingers talks urban beekeeping, the hive mind of honeybees, and World Bee Day

Amy is joined by Melburnian Nicholas Dowse, founder of the urban beekeeping collective Honey Fingers, ahead of World Bee Day. They discuss the fascinating hive mind of honey bees, how beekeeping has…

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Federal politics; Nicholas Dowse from Honey Fingers talks urban beekeeping, the hive mind of honey bees, and the significance of World Bee Day; UK politics with Chloe Ward

Amy is joined by Melburnian Nicholas Dowse, founder of the urban beekeeping collective Honey Fingers, ahead of World Bee Day. They discuss the fascinating hive mind of honey bees, how beekeeping has…

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Australia's welfare system and the COVID–19 unemployment crisis; animal intelligence and the soul of an octopus; US politics with Emma Shortis

Luke Henriques-Gomes, reporter for the Guardian Australia chats about the latest in welfare and social policy, including the federal government’s response to the COVID–19 unemployment crisis. American naturalist and writer Sy Montgomery joined…

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Sy Montgomery - Animal intelligence and the soul of an octopus

American naturalist and writer Sy Montgomery joined Amy to discuss her lifelong relationship with animals, and explore ideas about animal intelligence and consciousness from her critically acclaimed books The Soul of an Octopus:

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Federal politics; why dangerous viruses 'spillover' from animals to humans; women artists – correcting the art historical record

Renowned American science writer David Quammen joined Amy to discuss his prescient 2012 book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. David explores why zoonotic spillovers that cause diseases like COVID–19…

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David Quammen - Why dangerous viruses 'spillover' from animals to humans

Renowned American science writer David Quammen joined Amy to discuss his prescient 2012 book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. David explores why zoonotic spillovers that cause diseases like COVID–19…

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Federal politics; the history and geopolitics of Antarctica; the science of human-canine friendships

Historian Dr Alessandro Antonello from Flinders University joins Amy to discuss the politics and history of Antarctica and tells us about a very hot summer on the coldest continent on Earth. Journalist Kate…

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Alessandro Antonello - The history and geopolitics of Antarctica

Historian Dr Alessandro Antonello from Flinders University joins Amy to discuss the politics and history of Antarctica and tells us about a very hot summer on the coldest continent on Earth

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Uncommon Sense - 7 April 2020

Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran joined Amy to discuss his new book, City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong, which takes us to the frontlines of the 2019 protest movement…

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Uncommon Sense - 7 April 2020 - Antony Dapiran

Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran joined Amy to discuss his new book, City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong, which takes us to the frontlines of the 2019 protest movement.

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Uncommon Sense - 31 March 2020

David George Haskell, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of the South (USA) discusses his fascinating book, The Songs of Trees: Stories From Nature's Great Connectors (Black Inc). Laureate Professor…

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Uncommon Sense - 31 March 2020 - David George Haskell

David George Haskell, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of the South (USA) discusses his fascinating book, The Songs of Trees: Stories From Nature's Great Connectors (Black Inc).

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Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020 - Christina Thompson

Amy speaks with author and Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson about her book, Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, which explores the quest to understand who first settled the islands of the…

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Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020

Amy speaks with author and Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson about her book, Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, which explores the quest to understand who first settled the islands of the…

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Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020

Bill Bowtell, strategic health policy adviser and Adjunct Professor at UNSW, discusses the Australian government's handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how it compares to the various approaches other countries are taking…

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Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020 - Bill Bowtell

Bill Bowtell, strategic health policy adviser and Adjunct Professor at UNSW, discusses the Australian government's handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how it compares to the various approaches other countries are taking…

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Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020

Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT came in to chat about the latest in US politics, including the Democratic primaries and the Super Tuesday result which saw Joe Biden overtake Bernie Sanders, and sealed…

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Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020 - Stuart Kells

Historian and author Stuart Kells came in to discuss his new book, The Convent. Amy and Stuart explore the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of Melbourne’s much loved Abbotsford Convent.

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Uncommon Sense - 3 March 2020

Historian Dr Chloe Ward from the EU Studies Centre at RMIT came in to discuss Boris Johnson's Britain and UK politics post-Brexit. Associate Professor Jessica Whyte, a political theorist and philosopher from The…

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Uncommon Sense - 25 February 2020 - Alison Pouliot

Natural historian, ecologist, and environmental photographer Alison Pouliot came in to talk about the fascinating fungi kingdom, how fungi are our phylogenetic older siblings, and her extraordinary life travelling the globe to capture…