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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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Google and health care, The NT royal commission, when do we call a drought a drought?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

How Google took over health care in the UK. The NT royal commission has uncovered a jaw dropping picture of children in prison. And is there a better way to predict and deal with droughts in Somalia?

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US Navy scandal; China's crony capitalism; Remembering Robert Silvers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The so-called Fat Leonard scandal is the US Navy's worst corruption scandal and recently allegations of corruption have spread to the Australian Navy. How the post-Tiananmen Square era issued in an era of large scale looting of China's public assets by officials, family members and their cronies in the private sector. Remembering Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books . Silvers died on Monday aged 87. He spoke to Phillip Adams in June 2013 for the 50th anniversary of the NYRB.

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Vale Martin McGuinness, Robert Silvers and Chuck Berry and PM Modi's party wins again in India.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

We farewell Martin McGuiness, Robert Silvers and Chuck Berry and have a look a the rise and rise of Narendra Modi and his BJP Party.

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Canberra report; threat to democracy in Europe? Wadah Khanfar - an optimist in the Middle East

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Canberra shenanigans. Illiberal politics and the threat to democracy in Europe. An optimist for the Middle East - Wadah Khanfar.

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Victorian crime and journalism

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Journalism and crime.

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Trump's tax returns; Life of Rayner Hoff; Circus comes to Australia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The continuing saga of Donald Trump's tax returns. The controversial career of Rayner Hoff, Australia's most significant public sculptor. And the arrival of American circus companies in colonial Australia.

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Bruce Shapiro reports from Ireland: Scotland's response to Brexit; is empathy over-rated?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro's week in the US. Scotland's struggles to stay in the EU have put it at odds with the Brexit. Paul Bloom says that empathy is a wasted emotion - what we need to reach for is rational compassion.

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WA election fall out, Tasmania's pokies and Mrs Kelly

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Can anything good come out of the WA election result for Turnbull, just how did Tasmania end up creating a pokie monopoly and the woman behind the legend, Ned's mum, Mrs Kelly.

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China's epic fail - the one child policy

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

China's epic fail - the one child policy (Perth Writers' Festival).

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Report from Canberra; Ivanka Trump ; Big data billionaire: Robert Mercer

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Canberra report card. Who is the real Ivanka Trump? And the story of Robert Mercer , the most reactionary Republican billionaire and a key supporter of Donald Trump.

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Ellen Fanning presents; Bruce Shapiro on the US, Why are there so few women economists? Russia's unknown female revolutionary; IWD Rachel Perkins

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's midnight tweets. Does homo economicus need a sex change? Teffi: the revolutionary satirist who hated the Bolshevik revolution. IWD Rachel Perkins.

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Havana - a subtropical delirium; You are the product and you are for sale!

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Havana - a subtropical delirium. You are the product and you are for sale!

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US defence spending; Arthur Conan Doyle; The undiscovery of islands

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Donald Trump wants a 54 billion dollar boost to US defence spending. The invention of the world's most famous detective. After the age of discovery came the age of un-discovery when many islands were wiped from the maps after being found to be lost.

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Bruce Shapiro's USA. Who's stronger, the US or North Korea? Patrick Cockburn on the age of jihad

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

America in stories - from Sinclair Lewis to Moonlight. Showing force against North Korea's military ambitions. Author Patrick Cockburn talks about Islamic State and the great war for the Middle East.

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Laura Tingle on Canberra politics; Defying Duterte; World's largest refugee camp

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Have Tony Abbott's incendiary comments made a real difference to the Coalition's fortunes. The battle over penalty rates - and President Widodo's visit. Senator Leila de Lima – one of the Philippine President’s most outspoken critics – possibly the only outspoken critic, was last Friday taken into custody in Manila. With over half a million inhabitants, the Dadaab refugee camp in the middle of the desert in Kenya is the world's largest.

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One Nation; Syrian architect; Omar Musa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The second coming of One Nation in Queensland and Western Australia. Marwa al-Sabouni, Syrian architect. Omar bin Musa , poet, author and rapper.

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Housing Affordability; History of Fake news; Cambodia, the more things change

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Housing affordability in Australia. The True History of Fake News. Cambodia, the more things change.

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The report from Florida, the argument for the universal basic income and Paul Robeson revealed.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro reports on the latest from Washington - or is it Florida, could the idea of the universal basic income be having a renaissance and we find out what made Paul Robeson the most well known American in the world in 1964.

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Canberra politics; Two state solution? US pipeline politics

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle's political postcard. A bigger and better deal? Trump and the Palestinians. Pipeline politics.

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Romanian demonstrations; Fake news; Trump and the Third Reich

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Romanians live with a level of corruption. But when their ruling party tried to give themselves immunity from prosecution it was the last straw for a new generation. Fake news and real journalism: Allegations of 'fake news', 'or 'alternative news' from the Trump White House are undermining real journalism. Trump Administration and the Third Reich: How accurate are assertions that the Trump Administration resembles the Third Reich?

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India's air pollution crisis; Liberal party's identity problems; 75th anniversary of bombing of Darwin

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

India's air pollution crisis is now worse than China's. The Liberal party's identity problems in the wake of the Bernardi defection are nothing new. And the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

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Bruce Shapiro's USA; the man who debriefed Saddam Hussein; policing digital cartels

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro on the fallout from Michael Flynn's resignation; the man who de-briefed Saddam Hussein; anti-trust in the digital age.

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Laura Tingle on the rise of One Nation; where is the French election going? Clean coal's power politics

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle on how One Nation are splitting the Liberal party. The French election seems subject to all the forces we've become familiar with - a populist mood, anti-establishment anger. But this being France, there are some twists. And, can you dig clean coal?

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America's petro-state. What should Australia's defence policy be? Weird dinosaurs.

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

As the US prepares to wind back environmental protection agencies, climate scientist Michael Mann proposes fighting back with satire among other means. What's wrong with Australia's defence strategies and what are the best alternatives for a contested Asia? The golden age of dinosaur discovery is upon us.

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Laura Tingle on Canberra politics; Trump versus the Federal Reserve; Yemen military raid and its aftermath

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle on Canberra politics; Trump versus the Federal Reserve; Yemen military raid and its aftermath.

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The Shapirouette, Iran's missile test and an untold Australian story of an 11 year old spy

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Trump continues his battle with the courts and the media, what is behind Iran testing a ballistic missile and author Ian Townsend joins us to tell the shocking story of an 11 year old boys who was executed by the Japanese in 1942 in Rabaul after being found guilty of espionage.

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How legal are Trump's bans?; Paul Mason's guide to the future

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The ACLU is taking on President Trump on several fronts - and along the way its attracting record numbers of new members and donations. Paul Mason argues that to replace unfettered capitalism we need something just as persuasive and just as real. And the key to this new future may lie in the Wikipedia model.

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Britain votes for Brexit; Origin of One Nation's ideas; Tasmania's stone tools

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Britain's vote for Brexit -The process of voting to trigger Article 50 and get Brexit negotiations started has seen British politicians deeply divided. The process is expected to take two years and it occurs during a particularly eventful week, with huge demonstrations around the UK sparked by President Donald Trump's immigration ban, and in outrage against Theresa May's invitation to him for a state visit to meet QE2.

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Latest from the US: Nuclear power in Trumpland; 'Tanna'

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro reports from the USA on week 2 of the Trump Administration. Nuclear power in Trumpland.

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31st January 2017

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

What matters to Australians?

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US-Mexico relations; Brexit & war on human rights; Reinterpreting the Versailles Treaty

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

US-Mexico relations hit new low. Brexit and the war on human rights. Was Versailles really to blame for Nazism?

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Dava Sobel on the trail-blazing female astronomers. William Dalrymple and Anita Anand on the fascinating history of the Kohinoor.

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

A revolution in astronomy brought a slew of trail-blazing female astronomers to the centre of the drive to find what stars are made of. The Koh-i-noor diamond is a genuine rock star with a long, dramatic, bloody and sometimes tragic history.

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25th January 2017

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Yanis Varoufakis on populism in Europe. Graeme Wood on his new book on encounters with Islamic State, The Way of the Strangers and Alan Keenan of Crisis group on the spread of radical Buddhism in Asia.

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Bruce is back, Putin sets his own agenda and Protestant missionaries in China

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro brings us his impressions of the first days of the Trump presidency, Oliver Bullough brings us up to date on what Putin has been up to and a journey into China after the opium wars when Christian missionaries were first able to get into the Celestial Kingdom.

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Intelligence under Trump; the sidelining of the US media

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

President Trump is already at war with his own intelligence agencies - and with the country's media. Guests Jeff Stein (Newsweek) and Andrew Solomon (PEN America) talk about what's at stake when it comes to the both the intelligence and media establishments.

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Can trees talk to each other? The many and surprising twists in Australian history.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Peter Wohlleban says that trees and plants have feelings and are able to talk to each other. His book, The Hidden Life of Trees, builds on his work as a forest ranger in Germany where he introduced ground breaking changes to the way forests are managed.

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18th January 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

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

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Joan of Arc; Dance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Could Joan of Arc be a good model for anyone wanting to become a genuine agent of change or transformation? The results of a three year research project with professional dancers to understand where creativity resides - in the body or the brain?

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Queen Victoria uncovered; Australia's history - more interesting than you think.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Queen Victoria has always been written about as retiring, modest and easily influenced by the men around her. Julia Baird's biography of the long-reigning monarch reveals a woman in command of her empire and herself.

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Mein Kampf's second life; The limits of free speech?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Mein Kampf's second life. What are the limits of free speech?

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Walking on the wild side; Tim Costello's faith

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Tim Costello's faith. Take a walk on the wild side.

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Einstein's greatest mistake; what we do with our hands and why

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Einstein's greatest mistake. What we do with our hands and why.

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Why fat is still a feminist issue; wildscapes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Why fat is still a feminist issue. Wildscapes and confronting ourselves.

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5th January 2017

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The nuclear brink. Politics and grog.

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Maralinga anniversary; Aileen Palmer

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:08:44 +1100

It was almost 60 years ago that an atomic bomb was first exploded on the Australian mainland at a place called Maralinga.

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Marconi ;Neurologist who hacked his brain

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World is a new biography of Guglielmo Marconi, Nobel Laureate, entrepreneur, inventor and fascist. Marconi, the inventor of wireless technology was constantly creating and reinventing his life story.

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Trillion dollar baby; Sayyid Qutb

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Journalist Paul Cleary delves into Norway's history and explains how this once poverty-stricken colony built the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Sayyid Qutb's visit to America in the 1950s began the countdown to the attacks of September 11 2001,

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John Olsen on his life and work.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Regarded as Australia's greatest living artist, John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre - for over 60 years. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings he sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

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Helen Garner on love, life and loss. Author Margo Jefferson on growing up in 'Negroland'.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Helen Garner's stylish prose has taken us from life and love in the inner city to some of the darkest corners of our collective psyche. Her book, Everywhere I Look, features opinions on, among other things, re-reading Austen, her friendships with writers, being a grandparent (and losing her parents) and the insults of age.

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