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Uncommon Sense - 13 August 2019

British philosopher Professor A. C. Grayling returns to Uncommon Sense to discuss his new book, The History of Philosophy. They discuss the vital role of philosophy in society, ancient philosophical traditions and ideas…

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Uncommon Sense - 13 August 2019 - A.C. Grayling

British philosopher Professor A. C. Grayling returns to Uncommon Sense to discuss his new book, The History of Philosophy. They discuss the vital role of philosophy in society, ancient philosophical traditions and ideas…

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Uncommon Sense - 6 August 2019

Owen Jones, political columnist for the Guardian UK, joins Amy in the studio to discuss the bungling of Brexit, the Tory push to populism and the future of progressive politics in Britain. Editor…

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Uncommon Sense - 18 June 2019 - Rory Godbold and Carolyn Johnston

Playwright Rory Godbold and Dr Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Fellow in law and biotechnology at Melbourne Law School, joined Amy to discuss Victoria's new voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws that come into effect…

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Uncommon Sense - 18 June 2019

Playwright Rory Godbold and Dr Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Fellow in law and biotechnology at Melbourne Law School, joined Amy to discuss Victoria's new voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws that come into effect…

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Uncommon Sense - 11 June 2019 - Tonia Eckfeld

Professor Tonia Eckfeld, Principal Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne and Distinguished Research Fellow at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, came in to discuss the history of the Qin Dynasty as…

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Uncommon Sense - 11 June 2019

Professor Tonia Eckfeld, Principal Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne and Distinguished Research Fellow at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, came in to discuss the history of the Qin Dynasty as…

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Uncommon Sense - 4 June 2019 - Bill McKibben

American author, climate activist and co-founder of 350.org Bill McKibben speaks about his latest book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? 

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Uncommon Sense — 4 June 2019

Dr Emma Shortis from the RMIT’s EU Centre came in to discuss the latest in US politics, including Robert Mueller’s statement on his investigation into Trump, Russia and the 2016 Presidential election and…

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Uncommon Sense - 28 May 2019 - Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Philosopher and writer Eleanor Gordon-Smith came in to chat about her new book, Stop Being Reasonable, which explores the features and limits of rational argument and what really changes our minds.

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Uncommon Sense - 28 May 2019

Philosopher and writer Eleanor Gordon-Smith came in to chat about her new book, Stop Being Reasonable, which explores the features and limits of rational argument and what really changes our minds. Dr Chiara…

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Uncommon Sense - 21 May 2019 - Malcolm Farnsworth

Australian political history expert, writer, and publisher of AustralianPolitics.com, Malcolm Farnsworth analyses the significance of the federal election results and what it means for Australia, plus we remember former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

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Uncommon Sense - 21 May 2019

Australian political history expert, writer, and publisher of AustralianPolitics.com, Malcolm Farnsworth analyses the significance of the federal election results and what it means for Australia, plus we remember former Prime Minister Bob Hawke…

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Uncommon Sense - 14 May 2019 - David Walker

David Walker, Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, joined Amy in the studio to discuss his new book, Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region (UWA Press). It provides a nuanced history of…

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Uncommon Sense - 14 May 2019

David Walker, Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, joined Amy in the studio to discuss his new book, Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region (UWA Press). It provides a nuanced history of…

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Uncommon Sense - 7 May 2019 - Peter Singer

Renowned philosopher Peter Singer, Professor in Bioethics at Princeton University, joined Amy to discuss utilitarianism and effective altruism, as well as his philosophical arguments on how we should treat animals. We also discussed…

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Uncommon Sense - 7 May 2019

Renowned philosopher Peter Singer, Professor in Bioethics at Princeton University, joined Amy to discuss utilitarianism and effective altruism, as well as his philosophical arguments on how we should treat animals. We also discussed…

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Uncommon Sense - 30 April 2019 - Peter Roberts and Farshid Akhlaghi

Australias first music thanatologist Peter Roberts plays the harp for the sick and dying. Farshid Akhlaghi has made a film about Peter and the special impact hes had on the lives of many…

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Uncommon Sense - 30 April 2019

Australias first music thanatologist Peter Roberts plays the harp for the sick and dying. Farshid Akhlaghi has made a film about Peter and the special impact hes had on the lives of many…

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Uncommon Sense - 16 April 2019

Comedians Annie Louey and Diana Nguyen join Amy to discuss their shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the art of comedy; the Grattan Institute's Director of the Budget Policy and Institutional…

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Uncommon Sense - 9 April 2019

Historian Dianne Hall on her new co-authored book (with Elizabeth Malcolm),A New History of the Irish in Australia.It transforms our understanding of the Irish migrant experience in Australia. PhotojournalistDarrian Traynor comes…

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Uncommon Sense - 2 April 2019

Emma Shortis from theRMIT's EU Studies Centrecomes in to talk about US politics, including what we know about the Robert Muellers findings on Trump, his staff and Russia's conduct during the…

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Uncommon Sense - 2 April 2019 - Zo Coombs Marr

Award-winning comedian and theatre-maker ZoCoombs Marr joined Amy in the studio to discuss the encore season of her acclaimed show,Bossy Bottom,at theMelbourne International Comedy Festival. Zo is also supporting…

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Uncommon Sense - 26 March 2019 - Rebecca Huntley

Social researcher and writer Rebecca Huntley talks about a revival of social democracy in Australia and takes the political temperature of the nation in her newQuarterly Essay,'Australia Fair, Listening to the…

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Uncommon Sense - 26 March 2019

Social researcher and writer Rebecca Huntley talks about a revival of social democracy in Australia and takes the political temperature of the nation in her newQuarterly Essay,'Australia Fair, Listening to the…

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Uncommon Sense - 19 March 2019

Historian Carolyn Rasmussen discusses her joint biography of Melbourne's progressive power couple of the 20th century, Doris and Maurice Blackburn. Carolyn's book is called,The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambitions.Andrew Walter, Professor…

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Uncommon Sense - 19 March 2019 - Carolyn Rasmussen

Historian Carolyn Rasmussen discusses her joint biography of Melbourne's progressive power couple of the 20th century, Doris and Maurice Blackburn. Carolyn's book is called,The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambitions.

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Uncommon Sense - 12 March 2019

New York-based journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher joined Amy in the studio to talk about rising gender inequality in China, the concept of 'Leftover Women', and her new book, Betraying Big Brother:

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Uncommon Sense - 12 March 2019 - Christopher R. Browning

Renowned American historian of the Holocaust Emeritus Professor Christopher R. Browning, came in to talk about his lifes work and his most seminal contribution,Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final

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Uncommon Sense - 5 March 2019

Award-winning author and Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University Judith Brett came in to talk about her book, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting. Amy…

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Uncommon Sense - 5 March 2019 - Michelle Arrow

Macquarie University historian Associate Professor Michelle Arrow joined Amy to talk about her book,The Seventies:The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia.She detailsthe great social transformations that took place…

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Uncommon Sense - 26 February 2019

Upper house member of Victoria's state Parliament and Leader of the Reason Party Fiona Patten stopped by to talk about what life in the 60th Victorian Parliament is like, and her current policy…

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Uncommon Sense - 26 February 2019 - Professor David Walker

Professor David Walker, a historian fromDeakin University,discusses his essay inAustralian Foreign Affairs,'Great Australian divide: The Western outpost faces the Asian Century.' It concerns the history of Australia's relationship with…

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Uncommon Sense - 19 February 2019 - Marilyn Waring

New Zealand politician, economist and feminist legend Marilyn Waring talks about the limits of GDP as a useful economic measure in her latest book,Still Counting: Wellbeing, Womens Work and Policy-making.

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Uncommon Sense - 19 February 2019

New Zealand politician, economist and feminist legend Marilyn Waring talks about the limits of GDP as a useful economic measure in her latest book,Still Counting: Wellbeing, Womens Work and Policy-making.Tim Norton…

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Uncommon Sense - 12 February 2019

Tim Flannery, palaeontologist, evolutionary historian and author, joins Amy to discuss his latest book,Europe: A Natural History. Tamara Wood, Affiliate at theKaldor Centre for International Refugee Law,UNSW and Lecturer…

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Uncommon Sense - 12 February 2019 - Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery, palaeontologist, evolutionary historian and author, joins Amy to discuss his latest book, Europe: A Natural History.

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Uncommon Sense - 5 February 2019

University of Melbourne Professor Andrew Walter gives us an update on Brexit; why the UK Parliament rejected the first deal, and what comes next. Writer and former Media Advisor to John Howard, Paula…

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Uncommon Sense - 5 February 2019 - Andrew Walter

University of Melbourne Professor Andrew Walter gives us an update on Brexit; why the UK Parliament rejected the first deal, and what comes next.

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Uncommon Sense - 11 December 2018 - Graeme Davison

Graeme Davison, urban and social historian and Emeritus Professor at Monash University, joined Amy in the studio to discuss the book he has edited,Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings. Stretton was a prominent…