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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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Tunisia's democracy under pressure; back to the future for Australian IR? The cultural and social history of pockets

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

In Tunisia mass arrests signal blows against a fragile democracy. The Australian model for industrial relations is under fire from both sides - one calls it inflexible, the other side sees it as weak. What would a new system look like? In women's clothing pockets are not just practical, they have a whole social and political history.

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Ireland and Brexit; the Tyranny of metrics; Australia's extinction crisis

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Managing Ireland and Brexit must be giving Theresa May a headache. Metric fixation: Our obsession with measurement and numbers. With over 1,800 plant and animal species critically endangered, Australia is facing a new extinction crisis.

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Washington, defence oversight and sex scandals

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

The revolving door at the Whitehouse continues as more staff leave and many positions remain unfilled, as Australia embarks on a huge defence spend, the risk of corruption is also on the rise and what could Barnaby Joyce learn from his American counterparts about managing a sex scandal.

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The road to Modi; Forever Young

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

The forces of change - economic, social and religious that brought Narendra Modi to power in India. The forces of change - economic, social and religious that brought Narendra Modi to power in India

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Ian Dunt's UK; Robots; Kitchen tales from Egypt and Morocco

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

The mind-blowing cost of Brexit, the NHS Twitter war and will Cheddar Man redefine what it means to be British? Heavy investment in robot and AI technology is already changing our lives and gadgets, and laying the groundwork for a more robot-centric future. Do the opportunities justify the risks? How the Primus stove and French sauce changed cooking in Egypt and Morocco.

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Poland's 'Death Camp' law; Is Macron Mania on the wane?;Suffragist Scientists

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Poland's 'Death camp' law. Is Macron-mania on the wane? Suffragist scientists.

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Washington update, is Zuma on the way out and the science of swearing

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro explains the mysterious Nunes memo, South African President Jacob Zuma faces his biggest challenge and we find out if swearing can be good for your health

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Canberra politics; An immigration nation no more?; Yemen war continues

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Geopolitics and foreign policy dominated federal politics last week , but with Parliament in session, it's back to jobs and growth. Despite large numbers of immigrants coming to Australia lawfully each year, the focus of immigration has changed from successful integration of immigrants to border control. With at least 17 million people on the brink of famine the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ is rolling into its fourth year but the conflict in Yemen is only becoming even more intractable.

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Death of Liberalism; Secret Twenties

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Conservative academic Patrick J. Deneen’s scorching new book on the demise of Liberalism’s ultimate project: The United States. How Russian spies confused British intelligence in the 1920s.

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Shapiro on Donald Trump's first State of the Union: China's new radio telescope: On the Couch

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

From the Dreamers to North Korea, and the 'biggest tax cuts in American history'. This was the most tweeted State of the Union, and according to CNN polling, it was also the least well received. vis a 500m wide dish hidden in the remote Karst mountain range. It is now the most sensitive radio receiver in the world making China the most likely nation to make first contact with alien life. Has China considered the risks and responsibilities that come with the dish? Sigmund Freud famously got his patients to lie on a couch because he couldn't stand being stared at all day, but he never explained why reclining should be preferred to simply rearranging the chairs. Surprisingly, there's been little research done into why the couch became a fixture in the office of analysts, so Nathan Kravis has investigated the social, historical roots of the couch as an aid to thinking, talking and other things.

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FBI Deputy resigns, kleptocracy on the rise and the Tet offensive 50 years on.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Was the Deputy Director of the FBI forced to resign? How the west facilitates kleptocracy and corruption and we remember the significance of the Tet offensive, 50 years on.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra; Milos Zeman, President of Czech Republic; Rising waters

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Geo-political start to the year. Milos Zeman: the 'Trumpiest' President outside DC. The Water Will Come.

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Ian Dunt's UK report, the TPP - it's alive! The man who escaped execution

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Ian Dunt on the tone deaf President's Club and other UK news. After a near death experience the Trans Pacific Partnership has been revived, leaving Trump's US out in the cold. Richard Glossip, a man who was nearly executed for a crime he didn't commit, illustrates the weaknesses of the death penalty.

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A new year for Zimbabwe; Germ warfare debate reignited; Republican debate

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

After a coup which deposed Robert Mugabe comes the hard job of getting Zimbabwe back on track. What did reporter Wilfred Burchett and US army scientist Frank Olson both have in common?

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Bruce is back, the latest from the Korean peninsular and Indian call centre scams

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

The US government shut down has been revoked but for how long, can the Winter Olympic Games bring the Korean peninsular closer to peace and how India became the hub of call centre scams.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra; The economic growth delusion? Australia's last Banking Royal Commission

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:40:00 +1100

Laura Tingle's Canberra. GDP and the delusion of economic growth. The Banking Royal Commission that put capitalism on trial.

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Trace: part two

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

We continue our broadcast of Trace, the true crime podcast that gripped Australians in 2017. A second person of interest emerges within the church. Rachael Brown investigates their past and discovers a dark and disturbing history. And a seemingly major break in the case only serves to throw up more questions than answers, as Maria James's children continue their desperate search for justice.Father Thomas O'Keeffe (pictured right) watches on at a James family sacrament. (Supplied)

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Trace: part one

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

In a special Late Night Live Summer special, we bring you Trace. Maria James was stabbed 68 times in her own home. For 37 years, police have failed to solve her murder. Her two sons — and one former top cop — have never given up hope. The ABC's Rachael Brown investigates the 37-year-old cold case, and begins to unravel the things in Maria’s life which may hold clues to the murder, including her relationship with the Church.

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Catching a serial killer and America's white trash

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Detective Steve Fulcher says the system is broken when it comes to catching a serial killer and Nancy Isenberg traces the history of America's white underclass.

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Mobile retirees; Richard Nixon biography

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

On the road with America's downwardly mobile retirees. Nixon, the President who invented the politics of grievance.

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Nordic nationalism and the agricultural insurgency

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

What is the relationship between music and the rise of Nordic nationalism and Charles Massey calls for a complete rethink of agricultural practices.

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Kushnerville, Malek Jandali, the history of ABC news

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Jared Kushner's tenants complain to the New York Times, Syrian born pianist Malek Jandali tells his story and the history of the ABC news in Australia.

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Behind jihadi lines, women and the law and the birth of the FBI.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Souad Mekhennet describes life reporting from behind jihadi lines, Bri Lee talks about the challenges for women in the law and David Grann tells the remarkable story behind the Osage people and the murder investigations that led to the establishment of the FBI.

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Michael Gorbachev and the history of word processing

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Michael Gorbachev was lauded internationally but at home his legacy is not so revered and how did the invention of the word processor affect literature.

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Anne Boleyn, Mata Hari and Hong Kong

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

What was the impact of Anne Boleyn's early days in the court in the Netherlands, was Mata Hari a villain or victim and the history of protest in Hong Kong.

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Christian women reformers, the concept of the Muslim world and Andrew Jackson re-examined

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Surprisingly Christian women organisations were behind some Australian social reforms, what is the history behind the idea of the Muslim world and is Donald Trump really similar to his role model Andrew Jackson?

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Our post-capitalist future and the remarkable Mr Parkinson.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

Could the IT revolution be the downfall of capitalism and James Parkinson discovered so much more than the shaky palsy that bears his name.

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The new news, who can press the nukes button and Osama on the lam

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 22:05:00 +1100

How will we get the news in the future, just who can press the nuclear button to instigate a nuclear strike and the fascinating story of Osama bin Laden on the run.

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Finding Fibonacci and the great Queen of Spain, Isabella

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Leonardo Fibonacci contributed much more to Western civilisation than his infamous sequence and young Queen Isabella transformed Spain into a global power.

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The papal report card

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

After four years in the papacy, how is the Pope faring on the critical issues of the role of women in the church and the continuing child abuse scandal.

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Valerie Hudson on feminism and terrorism, a history of the Assad dynasty, and the death of Hugh Hefner.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Valerie Hudson explores the link between a country's oppression of women and their likelihood of being involved in international conflict, the long relationship between the USA and the Assad dynasty and de-lionising Hugh Hefner.

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Paul Robeson and Patrick Cockburn

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Paul Robeson managed to push his political beliefs on the strength of his prodigious talents and Patrick Cockburn shares his insights on journalism and the rise of ISIS.

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Lyndal Roper on Martin Luther and Yuri Slezkine on the House of Government in Moscow.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Lyndal Roper joins us to mark 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his theses to the castle door in Wittenberg and Yuri Slezkine gives the perspective on the Russian Revolution from the residents of the House of Government.

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David Marr on Pauline Hanson and the life and times of Chuck Berry

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

David Marr on Pauline Hanson and the early adventures of the remarkable Chuck Berry.

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Joe Turow on privacy and Anne Applebaum on the Red Famine

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Joe Turow explains how retailers know a lot about you through your smart phone use and Anne Applebaum takes us back to the famine in Ukraine created by Stalin in the 1930s.

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Empathy, Saddam Hussein and Pupfluencers

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Paul Bloom believes there is an argument against empathy, John Nixon recounts his debriefing of the surprisingly charming Saddam Hussein and how to become a pupfluencer.

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Alberto Manguel on curiosity

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Curiosity can lead to danger, but also into discovery.

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Shashi Tharoor and the Amazon economy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Shashi Tharoor describes the de-industralisation of India under British rule and Lina Khan discusses the rise and rise of Amazon.

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Kate Summerscale on true crime reporting

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Kate Summerscale has won the prestigious Samuel Johnson Award for non-fiction. Her recent book covers Victorian era crimes including child murder.

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The Great Strike of 1917

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

In August 1917 around 100,000 workers went on strike to protest against changes to working conditions. This panel of experts discuss the causes and consequences of this infamous strike.

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Our panel of opinionated experts looks back at 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

2017 was a year like no other; bringing in change on macro and micro levels. How much of what happened really mattered? Our panel weighs in

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The great derangement; Mosquitoes; US nukes

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

India's great novelist Amitav Ghosh investigates our inability to deal directly with the crisis presented by climate change. Two scientists weigh in on how climate change is reshaping the Aussie Summer, and what we can do about it. How the Trump Administration’s upcoming nuclear posture review will make the world a much more dangerous place.

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Shapirouette from US: Sad topographies; Tribute to Ken Inglis

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Shapirouette from America. Sad topographies. Tribute to Ken Inglis.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra capers; the war in Yemen; Pentridge jail's latest incarnation

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The government gets a new spring its step with a much needed boost in the polls. The split between the anti-Saud coalition opens up one more deadly complexity in the war in Yemen. Pentridge jail gets an overhaul but how does its lifestyle makeover sit with its brutal history?

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What will the banking inquiry look into? The National party's identity crisis. The history of dissent in Australian universities.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +1100

At long last the Turnbull government announces a 'regrettable but necessary' royal commission into the state of the banks. What will the inquiry uncover and what political minefields will it navigate? The National Party's identity crisis came to a head in the Queensland election but its merger with the Liberals has a long and messy history. Sally Percival Wood's new book looks back to when universities were hotbeds of dissent.

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Ian Dunt reports from London; Emmanuel Macron; North Korea's digital underground

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +1100

UK update - Ian Dunt. Emmanuel Macron, the French Exception. North Korea's hidden revolution.

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Report from Washington, John Curtin revealed and Sufism explained

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

Will Trump get his tax reforms through Congress, was John Curtin as nice as it is claimed and why is there a war on Sufism? All questions answered tonight.

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The Qld election explained; Joanne McCarthy and the Royal Commission; Russia and US collusion?

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

Queensland election fallout - the blame game starts within the LNP, One Nation say they aren't going anywhere - and Labor celebrates victory.

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Adani and the Queensland election; Is industry affecting Burrup Rock Art?; Language and politics with Don Watson

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

Nobody seems to like Adani's Carmichael mine project - not the banks, not the greenies, not the farmers, not the economists. So why are political parties in Queensland still defending the mine?;

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Pine Gap protests; Oxycontin in USA; German goes wobbly

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

Six Christian peace activists have been on trial in Alice Springs for illegally entering the Pine Gap facility last year.. How one family made billions marketing a highly addictive opioid to America.

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