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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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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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Matti Friedman on the conflict that never ends in the Middle East; are robots coming for us?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

At age 19 Matti Friedman was drafted into the Israeli army and sent to a remote hill called 'The Pumpkin' inside a security zone in Lebanon. There he witnessed all the horror, boredom and stupidities of a modern war. His book is a stark look at the tangled conflict in which peace might not be the endgame.

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The story behind Shakespeare's most powerful play.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

1606. Catholic terrorists have just been arrested in a plot to blow up the King and massacre politicians and innocent people. At the same time, a playwright, a mouthpiece of the moods and fears of a country is in a rut and desperate for a new story in a country wracked with conspiracies and disease. 1606 is the year of Lear, William Shakespeare's most powerful play.

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Randolph Stow, author and enigma, Inside America's notorious prisons

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

Randolph Stow's was once regarded as a successor to Patrick White; his novels, poems and criticism brought him recognition and acclaim at an early age. But his life was a restless search for home and hearth; intellectual, gay and solitary by nature, he felt like an alien in his own country.

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Contesting Henry VIII's will; modern day slavery

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

A conservative estimate puts the number of slaves worldwide at 38 million, but thanks to the work of one man, Brazil has made significant headway towards its abolition.

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Donna Leon on her Venetian detective stories; Ian Buruma's memoir of his grandparents between the wars.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Donna Leon's literary detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti is an intensely civilised character steering his way through the bureaucracy and corruption of Venice - and solving the occasional crime along the way. Author Ian Buruma tells the story of his Jewish grandparents in Britain between the wars.

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The 'emotional toxicity' of neo-liberalism; memoirs of a Syrian architect

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The neo-liberalist mindset, beloved of conservative governments, believes the marketplace is the only measure of worth. It's creating a society of winners and losers - one where cruelty is rationalised and empathy regarded as weak. Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni says that architecture has played a vital role in creating, directing and heightening conflicts between warring factions in her country.

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Stan Grant profile

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Stan Grant: Griffith to Pakistan and back.

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's 'exotic England'

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's 'exotic England'.

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Napoleon's legend.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Napoleon's legend.

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The Romanovs

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Power, murder, genius, mysticism, sex, dwarf throwing and empire.Painting by the great Stefano Torelli (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

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The tumultuous year of 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The year that was 2016.

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Modi and money;Econocracy Monet and the water lilies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Narendra Modi had an audacious plan for smashing India's vast black economy and targeting the corrupt, rich class. So far it just seems to have hurt the poor. Is economics too important to be left to economists to explain? Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies

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Late Night Live - 2016-12-06

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Shapiro reflects on a wild year in US politics. The National Museum of African American History and Culture faced a mountain of obstacles to get off the ground - it had no funding, no government support, no site and not a single artefact in its collection. But an unlikely coalition of supporters which include civil rights veterans, private funders like Oprah Winfrey and even George W. Bush, managed to vault every hurdle and open what is America's first and only museum dedicated to black life.

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

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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