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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…

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Comedian Chris Parker is a Gentle Man

New Zealand comedian and actor Chris Parker joins Amy for a chat about his comedy show Gentle Man (Melbourne: 31 March - 24 April). You might also know Chris from his hilarious Instragram…

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Victoria’s Concerning Health Data Overreach; Philosopher Peter Singer On Living A More Ethical Life; Comedian and Actor Chris Parker – A Gentle Man

Philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer (Princeton University) joins Amy for a special wide-ranging chat ahead of his appearance in Melbourne this week for 'An Evening With Peter Singer.' They discuss the philosophy of…

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Jennifer Peedom Discusses Her Epic Film, RIVER

Director Jennifer Peedom discusses her new film, RIVER. The film explores the life and death of rivers and how humanity’s fortunes are intrinsically tied to them. RIVER is the sequel to the 2017…

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Rachel Withers With Federal Politics; Jennifer Peedom On Her Film RIVER – An Ode To The Arteries Of The Planet; A Cultural History Of Swimming

Director Jennifer Peedom discusses her new film, RIVER. It's the sequel to the 2017 hit documentary MOUNTAIN, reuniting the creative team of Jennifer Peedom, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, narrator Willem Dafoe, and writer…

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Johann Hari on his book, 'Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention'

Amy speaks in-depth with best-selling author Johann Hari about his new book, 'Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention.' Johann explores the attention crisis and why we have lost our ability to focus…

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Examining the NSW floods crisis; Johann Hari on ‘Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention’; Reflecting on the life and work of Australian historian Stuart Macintyre

Amy speaks in-depth with best-selling author Johann Hari about his new book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention. Johann explores the attention crisis and why we have lost our ability to focus…

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Historian Anna Clark On 'Making Australian History'

Historian Anna Clark speaks with Amy about her new book, 'Making Australian History.' In a wide-ranging conversation, Anna looks at the history of Australian history, our changing and contested national story, and the…

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William Ah Ket: Australia’s first barrister of Chinese heritage; Being A Disabled Parent in Australia; Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Associate Professor Andrew Godwin, Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, explores the fascinating life and work of William Ah Ket (1876-1936), Australia’s first barrister of Chinese heritage. He was widely admired and…

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David Brophy On Australia's 'China Panic'

Historian and author Dr David Brophy explores his very relevant book, ‘China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering.’ David discusses this in the context of the federal government and media's escalating rhetoric…

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Jo Dyer Explains How Independents Could Reconstruct Australian Politics

Independent political candidate and cultural sector leader Jo Dyer joins Amy to discuss what has gone wrong with federal politics and how we can change it for the better. Jo argues that there…

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Jo Dyer Explains How Independents Could Reconstruct Australian Politics; David Brophy On Australia's 'China Panic'; Save the Curtin Hotel! Protecting Melbourne’s social heritage

Jo Dyer, independent candidate for Boothby (federal, SA) and cultural curator talks about where Australian politics went awry and how independents can reconstruct it – in her book, Burning Down The House: Reconstructing

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Sarah Holland-Batt Examines The Ongoing Crisis In Aged Care

Poet and advocate Dr Sarah Holland-Batt discusses the crisis in aged care in-depth, and talks of the many older Australians suffering and dying of COVID-19 due to unprecedented COVID-19 outbreaks in aged-care homes.

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Richard Denniss On Why Australia Needs A “Big” Government; Sarah Holland-Batt Examines The Ongoing Crisis In Aged Care; UK Politics With Ben Wellings

Does Australia need a "big" government? Dr Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute examines the false narrative that Australians have been told for decades – that the less government spends, the…

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2021 Australian and US politics wrap; epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws on the Omicron variant and how best to stay safe

Historian Emma Shortis and Guardian journalist Luke Henriques-Gomes review the year in Australian and U.S. politics. Epidemiologist and WHO Adviser Professor Mary-Louise McLaws takes us through everything we need to know about the…

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Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws on the Omicron variant and how best to stay safe

Epidemiologist and WHO Adviser Professor Mary-Louise McLaws takes us through everything we need to know about the Omicron variant, the current COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria and NSW, plus how to best stay safe…

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Richard Denniss examines the Coalition’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ climate plan; Pacific affairs with Nic Maclellan; Ceridwen Dovey on the commercial satellite mega-constellations damaging our night sky

Economist Dr Richard Denniss debunks the political spin from Canberra during the last sitting week of parliament. He looks at the modelling and "plan" behind the Coalition's 'Net Zero by 2050' target, as…

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Ceridwen Dovey On The Commercial Satellite Mega-Constellations Damaging Our Night Sky

Have you heard about the damage being done to our orbital environments by rapidly growing satellite mega-constellations? Writer Ceridwen Dovey discusses her award-winning essay, "Everlasting Free Fall.” She writes that, “in the past…

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Judith Brett Reflects on 40 Years of Writing About Australian Politics

Political historian Judith Brett reflects on over 40 years of writing about Australian politics, as she discusses subjects from her new book of past essays, Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life. Judith…

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Emma Shortis on US Politics, the G20, COP26, and Australia’s Diplomatic Fails; Judith Brett Reflects on 40 Years of Writing About Australian Politics; Native Forest Logging Laws and National Parks With Jordan Crook

Historian Emma Shortis talks about the latest in US politics including the Virginia election, as well as Australian diplomacy fails, and the COP26 climate talks. Emma is an author and Research Fellow at…

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Australia's Intransigence on Climate Change and COP26 Talks in Glasgow; How Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market; Artist Ian Fairweather’s Affinity With China

Guardian Australia Environment Reporter Graham Readfearn previews the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow and talks about Australia's global reputation and history at the climate negotiations since Kyoto. He also discusses the Coalition government's…

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How Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market

Historian and author Stuart Kells talks about his new book, 'Sold Down The River: How Robber Barons and Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market.' He and co-author Scott Hamilton look at how…

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Graham Readfearn Examines Australia's Intransigence On Climate Change And Previews COP26 In Glasgow

Guardian Australia Environment Reporter Graham Readfearn previews the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow and talks about Australia's global reputation and history at UN climate negotiations since Kyoto. He also discusses the Coalition government's…

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Mary-Louise McLaws on Victoria’s Plan to Exit Lockdown; Former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins Talks ‘Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters’; How to Garden Like a Nonno

Greg Mullins, firefighter and former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner discusses his book, 'Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters.' Greg describes the dire effects of human-caused climate change on bushfire seasons here in Australia…

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Former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins Talks ‘Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters’

Greg Mullins, long-serving volunteer firefighter and former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner discusses his book, 'Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters.' Greg describes the dire effects of human-caused climate change on bushfire seasons here…