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Uncommon Sense - 18 February 2020

Internationally renowned art conservators Will Shank and Antonio Rava came in to discuss their restoration of the famous Keith Haring mural at the Collingwood Arts Precinct, and the painstaking processes and careful considerations…

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Uncommon Sense - 11 February 2020

Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst, an expert in Fire Ecology and Management from the University of Melbourne, joined Amy to discuss bushfire science and behaviour, what we've learned from previous bushfire inquiries and royal…

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Uncommon Sense - 11 February 2020 - Kevin Tolhurst

Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst, an expert in Fire Ecology and Management from the University of Melbourne, joined Amy to discuss bushfire science and behaviour, what we've learned from previous bushfire inquiries and royal…

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Uncommon Sense - 4 February 2020 - Matthew Sharpe

Philosopher Associate Professor Matthew Sharpe from Deakin University explores the subject of his upcoming lecture, on philosophy and evil which looks at the controversy surround Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and his associations with…

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Uncommon Sense - 4 February 2020

Ben Eltham, National Affairs Correspondent for New Matilda came in to discuss federal politics, including the spill of the National Party’s leadership positions, as well as the resignation of the Greens Leader Richard…

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Uncommon Sense - 28 January 2020

Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT came in to discuss the US Senate’s impeachment hearings into President Trump as well as the Democratic presidential candidate race; and Dr Manu Saunders, ecologist at the University…

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Uncommon Sense - 3 December 2019

Director Ella Caldwell and cast members Daniela Farinacci and Hannah Fredericksen from Red Stitch Actors' Theatre joined Amy to talk about their Australian Premiere of the play OIL, a political and historical play…

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Uncommon Sense - 12 November 2019

Folk-rock musician Carus Thompson came in to discuss how music and storytelling can dismantle political walls and ideology, and to chat about the very topical social and political themes in his new album…

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Uncommon Sense - 12 November - Carus Thompson

Folk-rock musician Carus Thompson came in to discuss how music and storytelling can dismantle political walls and ideology, and to chat about the very topical social and political themes in his new album…

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Uncommon Sense 29 October 2019 - Timothy C. Winegard

Historian Professor Timothy C. Winegard from Colorado Mesa University, USA explored some fascinating true stories of history from his new book, The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator.

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Uncommon Sense - 29 October 2019

Nic Maclellan, journalist for Islands Business Magazine in Fiji, discusses politics in the Pacific region, and Australia’s dilemma – having a Pacific policy requires us to have a climate policy. Dr Emma Shortis…

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Uncommon Sense - 22 October 2019 - Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker, a foreign correspondent for the Guardian who spent over a decade reporting on Russian politics from Moscow, came in to discuss his forthcoming Melbourne University lecture, and book, The Long Hangover:

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Uncommon Sense - 22 October 2019

Shaun Walker, a foreign correspondent for the Guardian who spent over a decade reporting on Russian politics from Moscow, came in to discuss his forthcoming Melbourne University lecture, and book, The Long Hangover:

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Uncommon Sense - 15 October 2019 - Judith Hoare

Amy speaks with journalist and author Judith Hoare about her new book on a remarkable Australian scientist and doctor who changed the field of psychology forever, The Woman Who Cracked The Anxiety Code:

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Uncommon Sense - 15 October 2019

Amy speaks with journalist and author Judith Hoare about her new book on a remarkable Australian scientist and doctor who changed the field of psychology forever, The Woman Who Cracked The Anxiety Code:

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Uncommon Sense - 1 October 2019

Geelong Football Club Vice-President Bob Gartland and Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith came in to talk about the Geelong Gallery's exhibition, 'The Greatest Team of All—Treasures From the Bob Gartland Collection.' It celebrates…

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Uncommon Sense - 1 October 2019 - Bob Gartland and Jason Smith

Geelong Football Club Vice-President Bob Gartland and Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith came in to talk about the Geelong Gallery's exhibition, 'The Greatest Team of All—Treasures From the Bob Gartland Collection.' It celebrates…

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Uncommon Sense - 17 September 2019 - Gabrielle Jackson

The Guardian’s Gabrielle Jackson came in to discuss her new book Pain and Prejudice.

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Uncommon Sense - 17 September 2019 - Bob Brown

Amy talks with conservationist and former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown about climate change, the fight to stop the Adani Carmichael coalmine, and conservation issues in Victoria and Tasmania.

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Uncommon Sense - 17 September 2019

Amy talks with conservationist and former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown about climate change, the fight to stop the Adani Carmichael coalmine, and conservation issues in Victoria and Tasmania. The Guardian’s Gabrielle Jackson…

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Uncommon Sense - 10 September 2019 - Dr Matt McCarthy

Infectious Diseases physician Dr Matt McCarthy joined Amy to discuss his new book, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic. Matt is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician…

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Uncommon Sense - 10 September 2019

Dr Emma Shortis, from the EU Studies Centre at RMIT came in to give us an update on US and UK politics. Infectious Diseases physician Dr Matt McCarthy joined Amy to discuss his…

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Uncommon Sense - 3 September 2019 - Deborah E. Lipstadt

American historian Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt joined Amy in the studio. They discussed Holocaust denial - past and present, Deborah's experience defending historical truth, as well as the threat of antisemitism today. Deborah's…

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Uncommon Sense - 3 September 2019

American historian Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt joined Amy in the studio. They discussed Holocaust denial - past and present, Deborah's experience defending historical truth, as well as the threat of antisemitism today. Deborah's…

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Uncommon Sense - 27 August 2019

Investigative journalist Jess Hill discusses her new book, See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse, and the radical rethink we need to confront domestic abuse. Jess and Amy explore…

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Uncommon Sense - 27 August 2019 - Jess Hill

Investigative journalist Jess Hill discusses her new book, See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse, and the radical rethink we need to confront domestic abuse. Jess and Amy explore…

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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…