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Uncommon Sense – 7 July 2020

A special broadcast from Melbourne Museum. And Jennifer Ackerman on how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think

Uncommon Sense – 30 June 2020

Ben Eltham fills in, with CEO of Gender Equity Victoria Tanya Kovac, Buzzfeed News' Amber Jamieson joining the show.

Uncommon Sense – 23 June 2020

Toby Halligan fills in for Amy and chats to Ben Eltham, Martin Radzaj from Liberty Victoria, and more.

Uncommon Sense – 16 June 2020

Toby Halligan fills in for Amy

Uncommon Sense – 9 June 2020

Marine biologist Sarah Laverick talks about Antarctica, World Ocean Day, and her book, Through Ice & Fire: the adventures, science and people behind Australia's famous icebreaker Aurora Australis; Historian Liam Byrne discusses…

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Uncommon Sense – 2 June 2020

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 how…

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Uncommon Sense – 26 May 2020

Professor John Keane talks about his new book, The New Despotism, on the anti-democratic practices of despotic governments sweeping the world.

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Uncommon Sense – 19 May 2020

Amy speaks with Melburnian Nicholas Dowse, Founder of the urban beekeeping collective Honey Fingers, ahead of World Bee Day on May 20. They will discuss the history of beekeeping across the world, modern…

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Uncommon Sense – 12 May 2020

The Guardian's Luke-Henriques-Gomes discusses COVID-19 developments; American naturalist and writer Sy Montgomery discusses her books How to Be A Good Creature and The Soul of an Octopus; and Dr Emma Shortis…

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Uncommon Sense – 5 May 2020

American science writer David Quammen discusses his prescient 2012 book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic; Megan Patty, Head of Publications at the NGV on their new book of essays…

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Uncommon Sense – 28 April 2020

Dr Alessandro Antonello talks Antarctic history, politics and climate change, Kate Leaver discusses canine friendships, and more.

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Uncommon Sense – 21 April 2020

Toby Halligan fills in for Amy Mullins; Ben Eltham gives us the weekly politics wrap.

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Uncommon Sense – 14 April 2020

Ben Eltham fills in for Amy Mullins

Uncommon Sense – 7 April 2020

Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran on his new book, City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong. Virologist Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid on the behaviour of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Dr…

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Uncommon Sense – 31 March 2020

David George Haskell explores his book, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors. Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley AC, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, on the coronavirus pandemic, including ICU…

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Uncommon Sense – 24 March 2020

An episode of Uncommon Sense on 24 March 2020

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Uncommon Sense – 17 March 2020

Adjunct Prof. Bill Bowtell from UNSW, talks to Amy about Covid-19 in Australia and globally, and what actions the government should take from a public health perspective, and how to manage infection risk…

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Uncommon Sense – 10 March 2020

Dr Emma Shortis on the latest in US politics, including the Democratic primaries and Super Tuesday. Steve Meacher, President of Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc, on the imminent logging of large native trees…

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Uncommon Sense – 3 March 2020

Dr Chloe Ward from RMIT comes in to discuss the evolving nightmare of Boris Johnson's Britain after Brexit; Associate Professor Jessica Whyte, political theorist from UNSW on her critically acclaimed book, The Morals

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Uncommon Sense – 25 February 2020

Guardian Reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes on the Disability Royal Commission and welfare policy; natural historian and environmental photographer Alison Pouliot on The Allure of Fungi; plus, Nick Parry on EU-Australia relations post-Brexit and…

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Uncommon Sense – 18 February 2020

International art conservators Will Shank and Antonio Rava on their restoration of the famed Keith Haring mural in Collingwood. Brendan Wintle, Professor of Conservation Ecology at the University of Melbourne on the status…

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Uncommon Sense – 11 February 2020

Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst on the federal government's proposed bushfire royal commission, what we learned from previous ones and why we don't need another royal commission into bushfires. Plus Elisabetta Ferrari comes in…

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Uncommon Sense – 4 February 2020

Philosopher Dr Matthew Sharpe explores existentialism, evil and French author Albert Camus; Dr Alexandra Phelan on the deadly coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan that continues to spread across China and the world; plus Ben…

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Uncommon Sense – 28 January 2020

Dr Emma Shortis on the US Senate’s impeachment hearings into President Trump, and the Democratic presidential candidate race; and Dr Manu Saunders on how your garden is an ecosystem.

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Uncommon Sense – 21 January 2020

Presented by Ben Eltham filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 14 January 2020

Presented by Ben Eltham filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 7 January 2020

Presented by Ben Eltham filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 31 December 2019

Presented by Thomas Caldwell filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 24 December 2019

Presented by Toby Halligan filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 17 December 2019

Amy wraps up 2019 with a wide-reaching look at Australian and US politics with guests Ben Eltham and Emma Shortis, Professor Andrew Walter comes in to discuss the UK election results and Brexit…

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Uncommon Sense – 10 December 2019

Presented by Alex Watts with a music show, filling in for Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense – 3 December 2019

Red Stitch actors on their premiere of OIL, and Professor Alex Collie on the links between poor health and receiving the Disability Support Pension / Newstart Allowance.

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Uncommon Sense – 26 November 2019

Ben Eltham drops by for the Federal politics wrap. Michelle Carmody and David Day also join the show.

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Uncommon Sense – 19 November 2019

Charlie Lewis fills in for Amy. He's joined by Ben Eltham, Dr Emma Shortis and Dr Bruce Isaacs.

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Uncommon Sense – 12 November 2019

Storyteller and musician Carus Thompson comes in to discuss the social and political issues in Australia that underlie his music, leading forest and conservation researcher and advocate Professor David Lindenmayer on the Victorian…

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Uncommon Sense – 5 November 2019

A music fill-in on Cup Day with Sophie Miles

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Uncommon Sense – 29 October 2019

Professor Timothy C. Winegard from Colorado Mesa University, USA will explore his new book, The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator. Pacific journalist Nic Maclellan on Australia’s dilemma – that a…

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Uncommon Sense – 22 October 2019

Film director Janine Hosking on her documentary The Eulogy, which looks at the life and lonely death of one of the world's greatest pianists, Geoffrey Tozer, and Paul Keating's eulogy for a man…

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Uncommon Sense – 15 October 2019

Amy speaks with Judith Hoare about the Australian woman who cracked the anxiety code and became a worldwide sensation – Dr. Claire Weekes; Luke Henriques-Gomes discusses what we're learning from the Senate inquiry…

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Uncommon Sense – 8 October 2019

Sophie Miles fills in for Amy with some tunes

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