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Uncommon Sense – 27 October 2020

An episode of Uncommon Sense on 27 October 2020

Uncommon Sense – 20 October 2020

An episode of Uncommon Sense on 20 October 2020

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Uncommon Sense – 13 October 2020

Katerina Bryant tells us about her new book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History. Professor Brendan Wintle, conservation ecologist and director of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub…

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Uncommon Sense – 6 October 2020

French journalist and author Guillaume Pitron talks about his new book, The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies; Dr Emma Shortis stops by to talk about…

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Uncommon Sense – 29 September 2020

Jacqueline Kent discusses the life of courageous suffragist, politician, and social reformer of the 20th century, Vida Goldstein. Professor David Lindenmayer shares his new research on the Central Highlands showing the direct effects…

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Uncommon Sense – 22 September 2020

RMIT’s Dr Emma Shortis joined Amy to discuss the life of feminist icon and US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the looming US Presidential Election. Nic Maclellan, Pacific affairs correspondent for…

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Uncommon Sense – 15 September 2020

Kate Kirkpatrick, philosopher from Oxford University, discusses her biography, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life - on the great French writer, feminist, and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. Kate debunks major misconceptions about Beauvoir’s life and…

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An episode of Uncommon Sense - 8 September 2020

British biologist Merlin Sheldrake discusses his new book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. Poet and aged care reform advocate Sarah Holland-Batt speaks about the…

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Uncommon Sense – 1 September 2020

Renowned British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special conversation about his writing on landscape, people, and place, including his latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey. Robert is a fellow of…

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Uncommon Sense – 25 August 2020

A massive Radiothon edition of Uncommon Sense, with urban beekeeper Nicholas Dowse, host of Stolen Moments John Bailey, Geelong Cats Vice-President Bob Gartland and Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith, fungi lover Alison Pouliot…

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Uncommon Sense – 18 August 2020

A special National Science Week show! Psychologist Professor Cordelia Fine talks about the real science behind sex differences. John Delpratt, horticultural scientist, tells us about the process of restoring the threatened native grasslands…

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Uncommon Sense – 11 August 2020

LA-based journalist and historian Lesley Blume speaks about her new book, 'Fallout: the Hiroshima cover-up and the reporter who revealed it to the world'. Historian Dr Chloe Ward from RMIT tells us about…

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Uncommon Sense – 4 August 2020

Freelance writer Anthony Ham discusses his new book, The Last Lions of Africa; Dr Emma Shortis on the latest in US politics; and senior economist from the Centre for Future Work Alison…

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Uncommon Sense – 28 July 2020

Professor Jenny Hocking discusses her High Court win to have the "Palace Letters" released by the National Archives, and what they reveal about the 1975 Whitlam dismissal. Philosopher Dr Matthew Sharpe on how…

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Uncommon Sense – 21 July 2020

Steve Meacher on the Federal Court case win to protect 66 native forest "coupes" in the Central Highlands of Victoria; Antony Dapiran on the national security law in Hong Kong

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Uncommon Sense – 14 July 2020

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, epidemiologist at UNSW & adviser to the World Health Organisation delves into the issues surrounding Victoria's current rise in coronavirus cases. Historian and author Patrick Mullins returns to the show…

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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

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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.

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Uncommon Sense – 16 June 2020

Toby Halligan fills in for Amy

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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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