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Preview: Late Night Live

Late Night Live - Full program podcast

From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.

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US foreign policy under Trump; Black Ops advertising; the Brexit by-election.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

What will foreign policy be like under the Trump administration and should we be worried? How ads and news fused to create a new dark art: covert selling. What effect will the recent by-election in Britain have on the Brexit?

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Is this how democracy ends; Canberra happenings

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

How democracy ends. Canberra party games, protests and Derryn Hinch.

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30 November 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The controversial Italian constitutional referendum, very rich professors and where to now for voluntary euthanasia legislation.

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Latest from the USA; The end of the foreign correspondent? Brandis, Bell group and post-truth politics

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

How Castro influenced US politics. The end of the foreign correspondent? Brandis, Bell group and post truth politics.

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Jo Cox verdict; Castro legacy continues?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The lasting impact of the Jo Cox murder on British politics . Fidel Castro died on the weekend aged 90 years old. Ann Louise Bardach discusses Castro's life and political legacy.

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Trump's Hindu connections; ICAC; On being shy.

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's Hindu connection. Is ICAC a target? On being shy.

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Late Night Live - 2016-11-23

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Anglo-Australian miner , Rio Tinto is embroiled in a new controversy about its mining investments in West Africa:

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Bruce Shapiro on Trump's new picks; Abe and the new president-elect; Alan Greenspan, radical economist.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro looks at the line-up of candidates for key positions in Trump's cabinet. Richard Lloyd Parry on Japan's reaction to Trump. How Alan Greenspan went from radical ideologue to the Federal Reserve Chairman - revered by economists until the crash of 2008.

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Canberra catch-up; Global energy futures; Crusoe's island

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle reports on the latest news from Canberra. Indian coal company Adani is investing heavily in solar as are all the power companies in India with the Energy Minister planning to stop importing coal into India by 2020. What does this mean for Adani's coal investments in Australia? How Robinson Crusoe explains Brexit.

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Dancing and creativity and Stalin's scientists

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

When Stalin came to power he wanted his government to be scientific and rational but the program was a bit hit and miss and also exploring the links between dancing and creativity in Australian dance halls.

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Australia's national security under Trump, a nuclear free world, the bush is back.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Australia's national security under a Trump presidency, the UN votes for a nuclear free world, Don Watson explains why the bush is back.

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Bruce Shapiro; Nicolas Rothwell

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro on the wash-up of Election 2016 - and where the US goes from here. Award-winning author and journalist Nicolas Rothwell, on his latest observations of the human condition, through various landscapes and people.

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Trump and US Republican traditions; Bolshoi Confidential; Terry Virts astronaut

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump and the Republican tradition. Dark side of the Bolshoi. Rocket Man.

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Charles Bean's struggles with the truth

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The history of World War 1 and the creation of the ANZAC myth, as recorded by official war historian Charles Bean, is explored by journalist Ross Coulthard. He found many gaps between official accounts and Bean's private views recorded in his diaries, while writing this award winning biography.

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US election special and killercats

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Post election: regrets, recriminations and a red states revolution. Inside the cat wars

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Election day arrives in the USA, what is going on in South Korea and Naomi Klein, Sydney Peace Prize winner.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Election day arrives in the USA, what is going on in South Korea and Naomi Klein, Sydney Peace Prize winner.

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Canberra goings on; Russian tales of Colonial Australia: Qld's underbelly

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Goings on in Canberra. Russian tales of colonial Australia. Queensland's underbelly.

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What is a refugee and shonks from Australian history

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

We find out what we can learn about the management of refugees crises from the past and meet some of the shonks and charlatans of Australian history otherwise known as our national heroes.

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Africa and the ICC; Queen Victoria in a new light.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Countries from Burundi to South Africa say that the International Court has an Africa problem - are they right? Julia Baird's new biography of Queen Victoria demolishes several long-held myths about the monarch - among them that she was created by the men around her.

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US election shenanigans; Wildscapes and confronting ourselves

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

US election shenanigans. Wildscapes and confronting ourselves.

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How United States foreign policy interests shaped the creation and expansion of Middle East studies and expertise. Mark Colvin: my father was a spy.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The Middle East isn't just a battleground for insurgency, it's also a battlefield of ideas which were developed in the US. Mark Colvin's new memoir traces his growth as one of the country's best journalists - and his discovery of his father's double life as a diplomat - and a spy.

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Erin Brockovich

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Erin Brockovich in conversation with Phillip Adams from the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

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Secret history of ASIO; Prof Leif Wenar's plans to bring justice to world's supply chains.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The Secret Cold War is the third and final volume of the Official History of ASIO has just been released.

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25th October 2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro on the US presidential campaign. Putin's inner bear, a special report on Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky, Russian affairs editor of the Economist. And the story of Joan of Arc.

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Laura Tingle in Canberra; the Australian protestors who defied LBJ. Democracy's new challenge

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle on al that's happening in the capital. In 1966, most of Australia prepared to welcome LBJ with pomp and ceremony - and a small group prepared to stage vocal protests against America's awful war. US Amabassador Jeffrey Bleich on the new challenges to democracy.

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Debate No 3; the battle in Mosul; the lessons from Curtin

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro analyses the final US presidential debate. Is the battle to seize control of Mosul in Northern Iraq a pivotal moment for recent Middle East history - or could it turn out to be another Syria? And what teaching at Curtin Detention Centre taught Adele Dumont.

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The legal complications of the ABCC, gay hate crimes investigated, inside team Trump

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

There are legal complications facing the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, investigations into gay hate crimes from the 70s, 80s and 90s are under the spotlight and we meet the team behind Trump who make Trump look normal.

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Bruce Shapiro; Thai Monarchy; Monet

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro reports on the US Presidential election. The turbulent history of Thailand's Monarchy. Mad Enchantment, the life and art of French master artist , Claude Monet.

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This week in Canberra; The rise of cyber-military industrial complex; Remembering Des Ball, the man who saved the world

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Who is winning the battle of the legal Godzillas? Will Malcolm Turnbull be able to finally land a punch against the unions - all these and other questions answered when Laura Tingle takes Canberra's pulse. In January 1961, retiring Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower warned of the unaccountability of an emerging military industrial complex. He was concerned about the increased power of private defence companies who, year after year would get lucrative contracts with the US government. In January 2017, will President Obama need to warn US citizens of a new threat - the cyber military industrial complex? Remembering Professor Desmond Ball AO died last week after a long illness. Des was a brilliant scholar, a leading strategic thinker in one of the most difficult areas of global politics, intelligence and security. Des Ball wrote over 40 books from the ground breaking study of US bases in Australia, 'A suitable piece of real estate' to 'The Boys in Black: The Thahan Phran (Rangers), Thailand’s Para-military Border Guards.

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Does work make us stupid? Meritocracy; 50 years after the Battle of Algiers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Smart organisations in the so called knowledge economy put a premium on hiring smart people - and then expect them to suspend critical thinking, subscribe to absurd management fads, and the cult of leadership. Author Andre Spicer tracks the growth of functional stupidity.

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Undercover as a Neo Nazi; Lost histories of Australia

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

In 1797, fifteen men became the first overlanders in Australia to walk through 700 miles of Aboriginal country, from Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria to Sydney Cove. And yet this journey and the shipwreck of their vessel the Sydney Cove, led to the discovery of Bass Strait and sparked the frenzied industry of seal culling in Southern Australia. The written account of William Clark's trek is also evidence of the humane and generous treatment of these forlorn interlopers by Indigenous Australians, who ensured the party's survival. For most of the 20th century, when anthropologists did their ‘fieldwork’, it meant becoming immersed in a non-western, pre-industrial society.  But Nitzan Shoshan is a very unusual anthropologist. He is Israeli by upbringing and chose to do his fieldwork as an undercover anthropologist amongst neo-Nazis in East Berlin. His book, The Management of Hate details his experiences amongst marginalised youth of East Berlin,  and his thoughts on the enduring role of right wing extremism in Germany.

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China/Pakistan axis; Myth of meritocracy; Andrzej Wajda

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The China/Pakistan axis. Remembering the life and work of Polish film director, Andrzej Wajda. Wajda died on Sunday 9th October ,aged 90 years. Take a walk on the wild side.

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Bruce Shapiro on the second debate, the cosy world of bankers, developers and politicians; Anne Brooksbank remembers Bob Ellis

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro assesses the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; bankers, developers and politicians - a very Sydney story. Anne Brooksbank looks back on the life and work of Bob Ellis.

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Laura Tingle; Far right in Germany; the unknown Judith Wright

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle updates us about the level of George Brandis's hot water, we find out what can be learned from the rise of the right in Europe and we find out new information about the life of poet Judith Wright.

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Can big banks be punished? The FARC peace debacle. Nick Brodie on his new book, 1787

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

When big banks behave badly, who punishes them and why can't they be better regulated? As the peace deal with FARC is defeated, Colombia is left mourning. And Nick Brodie says the period before the First Fleet arrived should be an essential part of our history.

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Trump's Tax; Karl Marx biography

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's Taxes. Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion.

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How the Springboks divided Australia: Margaret Preston

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Anti-Apartheid protestors, Rugby Union fans and the police clashed heavily around Australia during the highly controversial 1971 Springbok tour. Ever since the 1960s, international sporting bodies and various sporting organisations began preventing their athletes from competing against South Africa until their teams were chosen on merit, and not race. But Australia was not one of those nations.

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The one percent and their money; What are the limits of free speech?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

When the Panama Papers were leaked recently it shone a light into the shadowy world of tax havens and private wealth managers. The shock of the Panama Papers was not really that it happened, but that all of this money shifting and secrecy was actually not illegal.  Brooke Harrington is an economic sociologist, who has spent the last eight years investigating this clandestine world.

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Pine Gap anniversary, Mein Kampf revisited and music meets architecture in Melbourne

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Pine Gap's 50th anniversary. Mein Kampf's second life. Music meets architecture in Melbourne.

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Bruce Shapiro; University reform; Fact checking the Middle Ages

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Presidential debate. Tertiary education - in need of reform? Fact checking the Middle Ages.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins, sovereign wealth funds, what makes something creepy?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership battle - but he's still being declared a loser. Who owns sovereign wealth funds and what should be done with them? And how to separate creepy from scary - there's a big difference.

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Laura Tingle, Iran's nuclear deal, the story of the courtesan

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle on what Malcolm Turnbull's speech about refugees amounts to; a year on, how is the nuclear deal between Iran and the US faring - and is anyone happy about it? Roland Perry on his new book about the woman who went from courtesan to society wife - and everything in between.

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Lost guns, post-Brexit Britain and the welfare revolution

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Lost guns and explosive violence. Post-Brexit Blues. Investing in welfare.

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Bruce Shapiro; Tim Costello's faith

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Presidential campaign fallout from New York bombing . Tim Costello's faith.

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Is Edward Snowden a traitor or hero? Malthus and population; A tribute to Edward Albee

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Edward Snowden - traitor or hero? Rethinking Thomas Malthus . A tribute to Edward Albee.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra; China in the South Pacific; Einstein's greatest mistake

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra. China in the South Pacific. Einstein's greatest mistake.

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Bruce Shapiro; Chris Mitchell; Hidden life of trees

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Dr Oz and Donald Trump's health . Chris Mitchell is making headlines. The Secret Life of Trees.

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John Olsen talks about work, life and frogs

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

John Olsen's works depicting Australian landscapes from the inner city to the outback have graced every major state gallery collection, several private buildings, the Opera House and the Prime Minister's office - and he's also collected and loved by hundreds of ordinary Australians. He's long been regarded as the country's greatest living artist, but when he was growing up in Sydney's Bondi, the idea of making a career in art was regarded in the same light as flying to the moon.

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Bruce Shapiro on 'Illary'; Lithuania, ground zero and the new Cold War; the lessons of Maralinga

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Hillary Clinton's collapse at the memorial service for 9/11 has prompted questions about her health and played into the hands of the Trump campaign. Tensions along the border between Lithuania and Russia are fuelling talk of a new Cold War. The tests at Maralinga were conducted with a blatant disregard for the people living in the vicinity.

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Canberra capers, where to next for the Greens and get on your hobby horse

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle joins Andrew from Canberra to talk politics.

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