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Uncommon Sense
11 September 2018

Uncommon Sense – 11 September 2018

Barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC on threats to multiculturalism, Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten MLC on her memoir, ANU international law expert Prof. Don Rothwell on whaling, and Ben Eltham…

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Uncommon Sense
4 September 2018

Uncommon Sense – 4 September 2018

Emma Shortis on US politics, Karen Middleton on federal politics, Brendan Wintle on the state of threatened species in Australia, and Peter Cochrane on his book, 'Best We Forget: The War for White…

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Uncommon Sense
28 August 2018

Uncommon Sense – 28 August 2018

This week public intellectual Barry Jones, conservationist Ed Hill, MTC actors Marta Dusseldorp and Zoe Terakes plus Ben Eltham

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Uncommon Sense
21 August 2018

Uncommon Sense – 21 August 2018

Tune in for a very special Radiothon edition of Uncommon Sense with Gillian Triggs, Michelle Bennett, Ben Eltham, Stuart Kells, Red Stitch Theatre & Anna Kerr!

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Uncommon Sense
14 August 2018

Uncommon Sense – 14 August 2018

Amy is back on air presenting Uncommon Sense on 14 August 2018

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Uncommon Sense
7 August 2018

Uncommon Sense – 7 August 2018

An episode of Uncommon Sense on 7 August 2018

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Uncommon Sense
31 July 2018

Uncommon Sense – 31 July 2018

Guest Presenter - Toby Halligan

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Uncommon Sense
24 July 2018

Uncommon Sense – 24 Jul 2018

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Uncommon Sense
10 July 2018

Uncommon Sense – 10 Jul 2018

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Uncommon Sense
3 July 2018

Uncommon Sense – 03 Jul 2018

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  • LISTEN: Jennifer Brea, US filmmaker of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary Unrest, which chronicles Brea's experience living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), plus a panel discussion with ME patient advocate Anna Kerr, Bio21 Researcher Dr Chris Armstrong and CEO of Emerge, Dr Heidi Nicholl (March 13)
  • LISTEN: Jim Robbins, New York Times Science Writer and author of The Wonder of Birds (March 13)
  • LISTEN: Pat Cunnane, Barack Obama's Senior Writer and Deputy Director of Messaging, on his new book, West Winging It: An Un-Presidential Memoir (March 20)
  • LISTEN: Gillian Triggs, Emeritus Professor and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in a Post-Truth Era (March 20)
  • LISTEN: Daniel Halliday, political philosopher at The University of Melbourne on his book, The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, Equality and the Right to Bequeath (April 10)
  • LISTEN: Johann Hari, Writer, on his book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions (May 8)
  • LISTEN: Hugh Mackay, Social researcher and author of Australia Reimagined: Towards A More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society (May 29)
  • LISTEN: Bri Lee, Author of Eggshell Skull: A memoir about standing up, speaking out and fighting back (May 29)
  • LISTEN: Daniel Chamovitz, Plant biologist and author of What A Plant Knows: A Field Guide To The Senses (June 5)
  • LISTEN: David Christian, Historian and author of Origin Story: A Big History of Everything (June 19)


  • LISTEN: Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate(Jan 17)
  • LISTEN: Lesley Harding, curator of Making Modernism: O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith at the Heide Museum of Modern Art (Jan 24)
  • LISTEN: Lars Kraume, film director of The People vs Fritz Bauer - the true story behind the hunt for Adolf Eichmann (Jan 31)
  • LISTEN: Fiona Wright, Stella Prize Shortlistee on her Lifted Brow essay There's No Dirt In My Food, our societal obsession with "clean eating" and living with an eating disorder (Jan 31)
  • LISTEN: Hugh Mackay AO, social researcher, on the importance of community to our health and humanity (Feb 7)
  • LISTEN: Barry Dickins, author and playwright, on his book Last Words: The Hanging of Ronald Ryan: Unanswered Questions 50 Years On (Feb 7)
  • LISTEN: Professor Cordelia Fine on her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking The Myths of Our Gendered Minds (Feb 14) *Winner of the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize
  • LISTEN: John Pilger on his documentary The Coming War On China (Feb 14)
  • LISTEN: Bob Inglis, former US Republican Congressman, on his conversion to climate action and advocacy for a carbon tax (Feb 21)
  • LISTEN: Carus Thompson, Freo singer-songwriter on his poignant new album Island, his social and political commentary, and played a few songs for us in the studio (Feb 28)
  • LISTEN: Philosopher A.C. Grayling on the origins and future of humanism, the age of genius, and war (April 18)
  • LISTEN: UK conservationist Dame Fiona Reynolds on her book, The Fight For Beauty (May 9)
  • LISTEN: Dr Maryse Helbert on Emmanuel Macron's presidential election win and what's next for Macron and France (May 9)
  • LISTEN: Renowned political journalist Laura Tingle on her book, In Search of Good Government (May 16)
  • LISTEN: Professor Robert Jensen from the University of Texas at Austin on his book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (May 30)
  • LISTEN: Philosopher Clive Hamilton from Charles Sturt University on his book, Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene (July 11)
  • LISTEN: Professor John Keane from the University of Sydney on the new despotism of the 21st century (July 18)
  • LISTEN: Professor David Lindemayer AO on the critically endangered Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands, Victoria (August 1)
  • LISTEN: American science writer Jennifer Ackerman on her book, The Genius of Birds (August 29)
  • LISTEN: Dutch historian Rutger Bregman on his book, Utopia for Realists (September 5)
  • LISTEN: Associate Professor David Vine from American University, Washington D.C., on his book, Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (September 12)
  • LISTEN: Author George Megalogenis on the history of Australian politics, the major parties and their shifting ideologies (October 10)
  • LISTEN: James Thornton, lawyer and Founding CEO of ClientEarth, a global not-for-profit law firm, on his new book Client Earth (October 17)