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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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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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Bruce Shapiro on the state of the US; what's happening in Zimbabwe; a history of race and citizenship

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

Bruce Shapiro's weekly update on what's happening Stateside; next year Zimbabwe must have an election if it is to follow its constitution but will that actually happen? The race and citizenship saga is not new in Australia - in fact it has a long history.

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Canberra politics with David Crowe; Saudi Arabia and Iran's battle to control Middle East; Bad science and medical cannabis

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

A delayed parliament, a cold war with the business sector, the prospect of a revolt over a banking inquiry; the government is fighting battles on almost every front.

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The illicit trade in great apes, Ian Dunt's UK report, Bible Nation

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

A thriving illicit trade sees the babies of great apes stolen and sold across the world for pets and entertainment - Daniel Stiles is the self styled ape detective bent on rescuing them. Ian Dunt on the UK's new austerity, Theresa May's leadership under threat and the continuing Brexit mess. The Museum of the Bible is a high tech propaganda tool funded by a family bent on making the US a Bible republic.

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A coup in Zimbabwe; Washington capers; Language and War

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

A coup in Zimbabwe. Language, memory and war. Washington capers.

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Farewell Jacqui Lambie, China's influence in Australia and the fall of Rome.

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

The chaos in Canberra continues, how much influence does China have in Australia and what really caused the fall of the Roman Empire?

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Peter Carey; Life of Leonardo da Vinci

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

The two time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey sets his new novel in 1950s Australia in the era of Holden versus Ford, the six o'clock swill and the White Australia Policy. The genius of Leonardo da Vinci

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A Saudi coup d'état?: Where is ISIS now?: Birdmania

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

What’s behind the latest arrests in Saudi Arabia?  Anti-corruption drive, a reformist coup by the Crown Prince ,or a prelude to war with Iran?: What did the fall of Raqqa mean for the future of ISIS?: A new book showcases an eclectic selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.

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Water and security in India; Go to sleep!; The Fed under Trump

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

The political, economic and environmental realities of India's water crisis. The health implications of exercise and a proper diet are well documented - but sleep, or rather the lack of it, has become a global health hazard. How new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will shape US monetary policy.

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You say you want a Revolution: the centenary of the 1917 communist revolution in Russia

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

Bruce Shapiro reports on the influence of the 1917 Russian revolution in US politics. The House of Government, a saga of the Russian revolution.

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Australian politics; Who knew what about Lee Harvey Oswald? History of Monopoly

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

Canberra Babylon Laura Tingle. The cold war spy - James Angleton. Monopoly misunderstood.

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Ian Dunt on UK politics; David Manne on the Manus Island debacle, the Dollar princesses

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

UK politics has been besieged by sexual harassment scandals - politicians fight back by calling it a 'witch hunt'. David Manne on the mess unfolding on Manus Island. In the nineteenth century, American heiresses set sail for England with sole goal of finding a titled man to marry.

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Black Lives Matter; Enemies and neighbours:100th anniversary of Balfour declaration

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 22:05:05 +1100

Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag and morphed into a global movement aimed at ending anti-black racism and state sanctioned violence. The political legacy of the Balfour declaration of 2nd November 1917.

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Indictments in Washington, the art of the Trump deal and Hitler's childhood

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

What do the charges laid by Special Counsel Robert F Mueller mean for President Trump, what can we learn about Donald Trump from the way he did business and what can we learn about Hitler from his childhood experiences.

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Laura Tingle on Canberra; Biography of Martin Luther

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

Laura Tingle Canberra capers. Martin Luther: renegade and prophet.

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Funeral for a King; The seeds of Buddhist violence in Myanmar; What is the Registered Organisation Commission?

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

Former Thai monarch King Bhumibol, is to be cremated today following a five day funeral. His son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X, has already usurped power behind the scenes, and it does not bode well for democracy in Thailand;

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Robert Mugabe's twilight years; Czech election surprises; Philippines update

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

Billionaires, pirates and the far right: all winners in the Czech election. Robert Mugabe's twilight years are characterised by a spat over who will succeed him. The siege in Marawi is over leaving over 1000 dead and 100,000 homeless. The next challenge for Duterte will be rebuilding the city.

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Bruce Shapiro on the state of the Union. The Cambodian opposition is 'dissolved'. Charles Massy on agricultural revolution

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

Bruce Shapiro surveys the week in Trumpland. Hun Sen, the long time leader of Cambodia, announced that the opposition party would now be dissolved, throwing the remaining shreds of democracy in that country out of the window. In dealing with climate change, Charles Massy says we need to rethink farming techniques and that we should stop thinking of the land as a hostile force to be tamed.

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Canberra Capers, How effective is America's Missile Defence? Catalonia crisis with John Carlin

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

Canberra Babylon with Laura Tingle. American Missile Defence. Catalan crisis.

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Ian Dunt's UK update, Kirkuk's role in Iraq, the history of Indian observatories

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

As stances harden in the UK, Brexit's narrative is now one of betrayal. In Iraq the relationship between Kurds and Arabs is symbolised by the stalemate over Kirkuk and its oil fields. India's Jantar Mantars - observatories - were as much a source of political power as they were scientific know-how.

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Richard Ackland's Law and Media; Maltese assassination; Japanese election

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

Bob Brown's big win, should mandatory sentences be abolished? The death of Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia is thought to be because of her writing on political corruption and the Panama Papers. Will Shinzo Abe's snap election deliver the LDP a massive political victory?

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A Shapirouette, the relationship between China Japan and the USA and we go inside the famous Boole family

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:05:41 +1100

Bruce Shapiro with what is happening in Washington and beyond, the complex relationship between China, Japan and the USA is under increasing pressure and we meet the many marvellous Booles, including mathematician George Boole, his daughter Ethel Boole and the man she married - the enigmatic Wilfred Voynich.

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Laura Tingle on Canberra; Gorbachev's life and legacy

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

Canberra Capers. Mikhail Gorbachev's legacy and life.

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Toxic masculinity under fire; Catalonia on the brink; Threats posed by Data Capitalism

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

From IS's recruiting tactics to Harvey Weinstein's casting couch, toxic masculinity is the story of our age.

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The future of the US Democrats; the future of Australian politics

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

In the US the Democratic party is in the middle of an epic struggle between those who want to embrace a more progressive agenda and those who urge political reality. Australian politics has become a dispiriting spectacle of entrenched positions and threadbare ideas - can it change?

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Bruce Shapiro and Anne Applebaum

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

Bruce Shapiro reports on the latest from Washington and beyond and Anne Applebaum chats with Phillip about her new book on Stalin's war on the Ukraine.

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Canberra energy capers; American in Niger; When should art be banned?

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

Laura Tingle: Canberra report card. A deadly ambush in Niger. When should art be banned?

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Ian Dunt on the Tory conference; Joan Smith on Hugh Hefner, Bruce Beresford on the movies

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

Theresa May had a really bad day at the Tory conference; so much so that even her critics felt a bit sorry for her. Did Hugh Hefner deserve his reputation as a sexual liberator or was he just a creep who got lucky? Bruce Beresford has been trying to make a film out of Madeleine St John's book for years but fate is conspiring against him.

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Mobile retirees; Richard Nixon biography

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 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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US domestic terror & new Supreme Court term; Kurdistan Referendum; Political capers in Germany and Australia

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

US domestic terror. Independence for Iraqi Kurdistan? Political Capers in Germany and Australia.

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Richard Flanagan in conversation with Phillip Adams

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

Richard Flanagan discusses his new novel First Person

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UK Labour and Lib Dems, space mining and Peter Greste

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Where to now for UK Labour and the Lib Dems, Luxembourg's plans to mine space and Peter Greste on the global war on journalism.

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Richard Ackland's law and order; the 9/11 case against Saudi Arabia; When robots come for your job

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Channel Seven's ongoing troubles, dual citizenship and the media's influence on politics. For many years victims of 9/11 have tried to make a case against Saudi Arabia for enabling the attacks. They faced opposition from the Saudis, their lawyers - and from the US government. Who are the winners and losers in the job market in the robot age?

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Bruce Shapiro's USA, Italy and Libya, the history of black protests in sport.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro on the week in America; Italy's draconian measures have reduced deaths at sea but at what price? Sport, race and the national anthem.

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The politics of gas; Iran and the Shia Crescent; War dreams of Kim and Donald

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

The politics of gas. Iran and the Shia Crescent. War dreams of Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

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Germany at the polls, the marijuana wars in Griffith

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Most observers say Angela Merkel is a shoo in at the polls but the cross currents sweeping through Europe means she may have to share the stage with some unlikely partners. Anti-drugs campaigner Donald McKay's murder shocked Australia - now, a new book looks back at what really happened in Griffith - and how McKay's death spurred others to fight against the powerful criminal forces.

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Reaction to President Trump's UN Speech; KPMG scandal in South Africa; Tanzania's Barabaig people

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

US President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy North Korea in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. KPMG admits its South African business ignored warning signs about its relationship with the Gupta family companies. The fate of the proud and independent Barabaig people of Tanzania was sealed years ago, thanks to a venture by a Canadian aid funded wheat scheme which took their land.

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Voice of America, New Zealand elections and the writer behind the Carole King musical.

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro joins us for the latest from Washington while in New Zealand we will find out just how real 'Jacindamania' is and then we meet the writer behind Beautiful: The Carol King Musical.

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David Lipson on Canberra capers; Is Macron failing? Mata Hari unveiled

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Canberran political capers. Is Macron failing? Mata Hari unveiled.

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