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Life Matters - Full program podcast

Life Matters delves into what makes humans tick. Life, but not always as you know it.

Copyright: Copyright 2016, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

A lateral, alternative….cool even Christmas Song list for you

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Just what makes for a great Christmas song list ?

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What happens when a war correspondent returns to ‘real’ life?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Dean Yates was a war correspondent for Reuters covering some of the world’s major conflict zones. And on his return to Australia things went seriously wrong

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Does Christmas combined with credit cards mean catastrophe for your Finances?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

It’s that time of year again where we have to get the money from somewhere for presents, festive fare and holidays aware. What is your credit card strategy for the coming month?

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With suicide as the leading cause of death for young people in Australia, why don’t we view it as a national emergency?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Should we be changing the way we talk about suicide and self harm? What we are doing at the moment isn’t working to prevent it according to a new report.

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Why are Australia’s childcare workers still paid the minimum wage?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Childcare workers are paid the same as low-skilled workers. But they aren’t low skilled. And they do some of society’s most important work.

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Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Is a low-conflict divorce possible? And how does ‘bird-nesting’ help the children?

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Why teaching kids empathy could be the most important skill for the future

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

What are the skills that will help the next generation thrive?

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Writer Anne-Marie Slaughter says ditch 'the stay at home' labels

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Writer Anne-Marie Slaughter is working to change how we view caring roles in society.

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Men interrupting women: why is it so annoying?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Why do people feel so confronted when a man interrupts a woman while she is speaking?

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What is young onset Parkinson’s and who is at risk?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Parkinson’s disease is no longer considered to be only related to old age. So how early is ‘early onset’ and who is at risk?

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How to turn around a lifetime of bad food habits

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

How to turn around a lifetime of bad food habits.

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Is the internet a basic human right, even if you’re in jail?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Does denying prisoners access to the internet hurt their job prospects on release?

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How do you cope when you loathe the political views of someone you love?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Are the political and ideological gulfs within families widening as the world becomes more polarised post Trump, Brexit and Hanson?

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Why shouldn't school hours be working hours - 9 to 5?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

A recent US study suggests that aligning school hours with work hours would make it easier for families to manage their lives without expensive childcare. Could it work here?

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Professor Fiona Wood on grasping the nettle with both hands

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Plastic surgeon Fiona Wood on her upbringing, her education, her commitment to making a difference and how her mother urged her  to  "grasp the nettle with both hands and not let go”.

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How young girls cope with early (or late) puberty

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

What pre-teens really need to know - author and cartoonist Kaz Cooke turns her focus on the eight to twelves

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President Trump, not Madam President. What will it mean? You tell us

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

What does the Trump victory mean to you?

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Industry shut down, jobs gone - how co-operation can turn things around

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

What happens next for workers who lose their long-time jobs following closures in manufacturing, car-making, steel and power industries

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The evolutionary advantages of shyness - but what about in this digital age of the selfie?

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Why shyness can be both a curse and a blessing - but the trait has evolved with us to be as strong as ever. How come?

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The power of the corner office

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Sydney Opera House's Louise Herron knows the power of the corner office, especially with a view. Gen Y is getting the message too.

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All ages together - the intergenerational city. Is this how we’ll soon all live?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

The Royal College of Art Launches Major New Architectural Research Project, The Intergenerational City wiht an Australian at the helm.

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Can Catholics, in good conscience, have abortions and use contraception?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:05:00 +1100

US lobby group Catholics for Choice USA argue all Catholics can use birth control and have abortions in good conscience, should they choose to do so.

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Teenage Boys, bedrooms and screen games. Just what are they doing in there?

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Video games are total sensory experiences, by design “addictive” and teenage boys love them. But are they harmful? Are there positives amid the anti-social negatives?

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Patricia Cornwell - Scarpetta, helicopters, trolls and same sex marriage

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1100

She has sold more than 100 million books, and her creation, Dr Kay Scarpetta is over a quarter of a century old now. Patricia Cornwell on writing, politics, life, same-sex marriage, guns, trolls and Trump.

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These are the women who could rule the world

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

The women who could rule the world. De-mystifying the primary school bully.

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Ah Well , Nobody’s perfect Molly Meldrum with the 2nd instalment of his memoir

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Molly Meldrum’s latest collection of the amazing people he’s met, things he’s done, parties he’s been too and faux pas he’s delighted us with

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Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston on his life in parts - acting, family, work and insanity

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Brian Cranston's life story is more complicated and interesting than any of his acting roles

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Taking the “Yellow House” to Jalalabad - artist George Gittoes subtle diplomacy in Afghanistan

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Artist George Gittoes has set up an artistic hub in Afghanistan - “The Yellow House” - and it’s making a huge difference to all who encounter it, Taliban included

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Brexit - British heritage? Will the EU gates now be closed to you?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Australians with dual citizenship, a UK passport, currently have open access to the EU. But with Brexit, is it going to be so easy in future?

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Ritalin and dexies - do you depend on them to get through your work day?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Increasing numbers of people are becoming dependent on Ritalin, dexamphetamines and other stimulants to perform at work

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The class of 1986 looks back

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Were you in the graduating class of 1986? What were you doing...watching...wearing?

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The real life damage that internet trolls do - and how best to counter them

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

They inflict trauma and real life harm on people.. so what can be done about internet trolls.

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The secret life of children - imaginary friends

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Did you have an imaginary friend, or create imaginary and secret worlds as a child?

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Hipsterism or home-buying. Gen Y, thrift, frugality and avocado toast.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Are Gen Ys  spendthrifts, choosing expensive little luxuries like avocado toast over saving for a roof over their heads?

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Why do Australians love their meat so much ?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Australia’s love affair with meat- and what it means for our health and the well-being of animals.

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Bob Dylan: The 2016 winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

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My grandmother’s lingo - electronic musician Kuren on maintaining indigenous language

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

The struggle to maintain indigenous language goes on-line and interactive

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Biscuit, Hedgehog, love cats! Meet Tourette’s superhero Jess Thom

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Jess Thom says ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day, give or take a few. Her show “Backstage in Biscuit Land” takes us deep into the brain wiring of those with tourettes.

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Women, Groping, Locker-rooms and Presidents

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Is Donald Trump the turning point for the casual objectification of women?

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From bingeing to baby- Talitha Cummins on alcoholism, sobriety and motherhood

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

How weekend sunrise newsreader Talitha Cummins hid her escalating alcoholism for years and now how she’s sober, thriving and a new mum.

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Could your child become an addict? 4 indicator traits might give a clue.

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Some teenagers are more at risk of addiction than others. Researchers say that personality testing can help solve the problem before it gets out of control.

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Overwhelmed and overworked. Are you having to do a lot more for less?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +1100

The harried tones of fellow workers, the bleary eyes of commuters, the glow of the laptop well into the night - “the overwhelmed employee” is a significant trend in the workplace.

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Manny Waks - sexual abuse survivor - fighting back

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Manny Waks decided to go public with allegations of child sexual abuse within Melbourne’s tight knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

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The results of the ABC Sleep Survey are in; so are we getting enough?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Is six hours sleep a night enough to stay healthy?

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What it is like to be a 13 year old in 2016

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Lolz, Likes and Skyping Your Bestie: the online-saturated world of today’s 13 year old girls and boys. A special program about life at 13

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Why our skies, beaches, and parks are teeming with tiny flying cameras.

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:05:00 +1000

As drone regulations are relaxed, are privacy concerns coming to the fore?

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Is romantic love still possible in the age of Tindr?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:05:00 +1000

How are dating apps affecting modern relationships?

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Is feminism connecting with teenage girls in 2016?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:05:00 +1000

Writer Clementine Ford is proud to call herself a ‘feminist killjoy’. She’s released a book which she hopes will be a manifesto for the next generation. But do girls today want to hear the message?

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