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Life Matters - Full program podcast

Life Matters is your guide to a better life for you, those you love and the place you call home. We're here to help you get a handle on all the important stuff: love, sex, health, fitness, parenting, career, finances and family.

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Sperm donation, gendered netball theme songs, The Moth and where are you from?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Why men donate sperm informally. Female athletes singing club songs honouring the success of men. Where Are You From? The Moth: Jack Gow on high-school betrayal .

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Inclusive education, smartphones and relationships and digital detox

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Improving mainstream education for children with a disability. Talkback: do smartphones build or destroy our relationships? Digital Detox Challenge #5: put the phone down when you're idle.

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Best of Life Matters: politics of hair, hospital tech calms children, yoga nanna, and 3 Men talk empathy

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +1000

When your hair is naturally an afro, how are you perceived personally and commercially? A new childrens' hospital pioneers new tech for calming patients, we meet one of Australia's first yoga grandmothers, and three men discuss empathy and the role it plays in all our lives.

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The merits of psychedelic drugs, kindergarten for grown ups, charging for a dinner party, digital detox

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Psychedelic drugs: is it time to rethink our perspective? Lifegarten: adults embracing their inner child. Modern Dilemma: your friends invite you over for dinner and there's a cover charge. Digital Detox Challenge #3 & 4 results: texting and only using the phone alone.

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Interparental hatred, hospital technology for children and Terri Butler: why politics still matters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Navigating interparental hatred. Terri Butler: why politics still matters. Making hospitals work for children.

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Smartphones changing the way we communicate, sleeping through the night and striving for meaning

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Language in the smartphone age. Burning Question: Have we always slept through the night? Forget fame and happiness: finding a sense of meaning in life. ABC Open: pass me the walking frame. Digital Detox Challenge #4: only use the phone when you're alone.

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E-cigarette ban, Scottish Nanna's yoga, three men and a feeling: empathy and The Moth: Colin Ryan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Vaping ban: Senate committee rejects changing e-cigarette laws. How yoga changed my Scottish Nanna's life. Three Men and a Feeling: Empathy. The Moth: Colin Ryan, an earnest kid.

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Grandparents and disputes over kids, pedalling fast to school, socially-conditioned hair and digital detox

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Talkback: when parents and grandparents clash. ABC Open: Pedal fast. Socially-conditioned hair. Digital Detox Challenge #3: use full words in all texts for 24hrs.

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Best of Life Matters: birds and the beats, noticing alzheimers, no social media apps for a day, yoga pros and cons, and dancing back to joy

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +1000

One musician overcomes the discomfort of sex education through hip hop, what do when dementia is a possibility inside the family, stories of living without social media on smartphones for 24hrs, why yoga is worthwhile, and using rock 'n' roll dancing to bring joy back to life.

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Mental health in the regions, the highs and lows of fostering, the etiquette of online games

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Regional youth mental health: what needs to change? Digital Detox #2 challenge results: 24 hrs without social media. When you have to give the baby back. Modern Dilemma: etiquette when playing games online with strangers.

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Family estrangement: when families don't talk, climbing Mt Kenya and food smells

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Talkback: Estranged families - when loved ones cut off communication. I Smell You. ABC Open: Climbing Africa's second highest mountain.

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Disaster resilience, yoga and destigmatising mental illness

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

'Recovering' from a natural disaster. Exercise Room: Getting behind Insta-Yoga. Taking inspiration from a decade of depression and anxiety. Rock'n'Roll dancing made me happy again.

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Sexploration, digital detox, national smartphone survey results, shame and blame and The Moth

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Digital detox: we delve into the findings of the ABC Science Smartphone Survey. Digital Detox Challenge #2 - no social media for 24 hrs. Three Men and a Feeling: blame and shame. 'Sexploration' sex-ed with laughter and song. The Moth: a dying friend's wish.

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The law and the gig economy, managing dementia in the family, and young social media stars

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

How is the law catching up with the gig economy? Family dynamics, relationships and living with dementia. How social media videos turn children into viral sensations.

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Best of Life Matters: What matters to young people, kinder kids in the bush, brilliance through boredom, and expanding waistlines

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +1000

An essay competition belies claims that students are disengaged, why children need to get muddy, wet and scared, the impact that switching off has on creativity, and the skinny on waistlines and health.

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Your mind and you, Buddhist economics, when your friend is rude, Digitial detox results

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

The secret life of the mind. Can Buddhist economics make people happier? Modern Dilemma: when your friend is rude. Digital Detox: Challenge #1 Results.

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Phil Jarratt on surf culture, why kids need to run around in dirt and NBN equality

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Equality of access to the NBN. Bush kinder: why kids should run around in the dirt. Tracks Magazine's Phil Jarratt: surf culture evolution.

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PTSD, waistlines and health, and early results from our digital detoxers

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Understanding and treating PTSD. Burning Question: Does waist size truly matter? Digital Detox: Challenge #1 update. The rise of co-working.

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Mending a broken heart, what young people value, The Moth and three men and a feeling: fear

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Essay competition taps into what matters to young people. Three Men and a Feeling: Fear. Driving across the country to mend a broken heart. The Moth: My grandfather's happy place.

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Breaking our smartphone habits, technology detox, and inspiration from objects.

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Bored, brilliant and breaking our smartphone habits. Digital Detox: Challenge #1. Talkback: objects that inspire great Australians .

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Navigating finances in a relationship, Janet Mock on womanhood, don't call me Grandma

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Relationships, money and getting on the same page. Janet Mock: broadening society's portrait of womanhood. Modern Dilemma: Don't call me Grandma!

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Chinese miners in Robe, dieting a dirty word and homelessness in vacant cities

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Using investment properties to help solve Australia’s housing shortage problem. Should dieting be a dirty word? Chinese gold miners in Robe honoured in new exhibition.

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Teaching respect and equality between the genders, leading a double life, lounge room workouts

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Talkback: teaching respect and equality from a young age. Double life dentist. Exercise Room: Lounge room workouts.

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Not liking your friend's partner, ethical internet, three men and a feeling: joy, The Moth: Jay Dixit

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1000

When you don't click with a friend's partner. Is the internet becoming more 'ethical'? Three Men and a Feeling: Joy. The Moth: Jay Dixit.

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Future of work, accents and employability, dressing the dead

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

What does the transformation of the workforce mean for you? When accents impact employability. Dressing the dead.

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Best of Life Matters: is drinking ever healthy?, feeling like you belong, dancing doctors, seeing yourself in the world, and smartphones in traffic

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 15:05:00 +1000

The latest evidence on alcohol and health, the importance of feeling like you belong, the doctor who discos, seeing yourself reflected, and putting the phone down at intersections.

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The future of recycling, the agony of red hair, job references and honesty

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Recycling's future: can you still make a difference? ABC Open: Stoning at the creek. Modern Dilemma: The job reference, how honest should you be?

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Fat shaming: the politics, smartphones the "signature artefact of our age" and traffic lights on footpaths

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Promoting a healthy weight without fat shaming. The sociology of the smartphone. Putting traffic lights where smartphone pedestrians are looking.

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Royal commission, alcohol and health and the dancing doctor

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Assessing the impact of the child abuse royal commission. Burning Question: Does one drink a day damage your health? The first time I saw me: part 2. The Dancing Doctor.

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Baby bonus and breeding rates, country art therapy, three men and a feeling: belonging and The Moth: Dan Souza

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

How government policies impact the decision to have children. Healing power of art therapy in the country . Three Men and a Feeling: Belonging. The Moth: Dan Souza.

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Same-sex couples and adoption, fictional characters you can relate to, falling in love with anyone

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Same sex couples and adoption in Australia. The first time I saw me. How to fall in love with anyone.

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Best of Life Matters: Youth philanthropy, Heywire innovation, Sesame Street ordeal, and kids speak out on parent smartphones

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:05:00 +1000

A new school program has resulted in primary students funding community outreach projects, young regional women deal with loss by saving others, why Oscar the Grouch almost caused a tragedy, and why children are sick of parents on smartphones.

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Kids on smartphones and their parents, donating the body to science and the psychology of gullibility

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

What happens when you donate your whole body to science. 'I'm going to make you an offer you can't refuse' - The psychology of gullibility. What kids think of their parents on smartphones.

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Barefoot running, losing a baby, children and philanthropy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Nurturing resilience through child-led philanthropy. The Exercise Room: Barefoot exercise . Baby Lost: how do you survive the death of a baby.

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Opioids deaths, youths channel grief, Three Men and a Feeling and the Moth

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Growing use of pharmaceutical opioids linked to overdose increase. Grieving with hope: channelling death into positively. Three Men and a Feeling: Resentment. The Moth: Sesame Street almost killed my kid.

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Best of Life Matters: weather beats sex, a house for insomnia, smartphone survey launch, and travelling with dementia

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:05:00 +1000

A new book traces our growing weather obsession, how to break fifty years of insomnia through house design, a survey launch on our smartphone behaviour, and tuning airports for people with dementia.

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You and your smart phone, melatonin and sleep, when a friend is not the person you thought you knew, surviving goats and golf balls

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Melatonin use is increasing in children and teens. Is it safe? You and your smart phone: ABC Science wants to hear from you. ABC Open: Surviving goats and golf balls. Modern Dilemma: When a good friend is not the person you thought you knew, what do you do?

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Magda Szubanski "papped" at Bondi, inside an Insomniac's house and funding homelessness better

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

How short-term funding cycles affect homelessness. Designing a house for insomnia. Tall Tales & True: Magda Szubanski.

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What our fathers teach us, Australia's weather obsession

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Better than sex: Australia's national weather obsession. Talkback: Things my father taught me.

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Navigating insurance, Yumi Stynes on motherhood, Three Men & a Feeling: Trauma & The Moth: Diane Kastiel

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Navigating the income insurance alphabet soup. When motherhood doesn't go to plan: taking a step back . Three Men and a Feeling: Trauma. The Moth: Diane Kastiel.

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Children's digital rights, travel and dementia, outback fossicking

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Rights for children in the digital age. Navigating the joys and stresses of travel while living with dementia. Grey nomads dig for gemstones in the outback to escape the winter chill.

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Best of Life Matters: modern puberty, protein and muscles, teen pilot can't drive, and women in music

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:05:00 +1000

When our adolescents are hitting puberty earlier and earlier are we telling them enough to prepare? Cassie White explains the relationship between protein and muscle growth, ask why women are so under-represented in the music industry, and meet a 15 year old pilot who can legally fly before he drives.

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Barking dogs, chat bots and mental health and tracking the flu across Australia

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Chatbots: your new pseudo-psychologist? Or an unhealthy message? Flutracking: citizen science charts flu cases across Australia. Modern Dilemma: all bark, no bite. What can you do about the neighbour's barking dog?

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'Baby talk' where it comes from, Mark Baker's memoir of love & cancer and a 15-year-old flies a plane

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

'Baby-talk': where it comes from & why we use it. Thirty Days: Mark Baker's memoir on love and dying. Old enough to fly, too young to drive.

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Gender inequality in music industry, organ donation, protein and muscles, rock music revolution

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Giving and receiving: personal perspectives on organ donation. Exercise Room: does protein build muscles? Who 'makes it'? Gender inequality in the music industry. ABC Open: rock music revolution.

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Les Murray remembered, Gail Kelly — a woman on top, Blood as art and The Moth

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Gail Kelly: from bank teller to CEO. Blood, the positives and negatives. Remembering Les Murray: From Hungary to Australia. The Moth: how small talk saved a life.

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Changing nature of puberty, strength-based parenting, and are prisons effective?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Better conversations needed around puberty. Do prisons work? Switching it up: how strength-based parenting can change the life of your child.

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Best of Life Matters: Why autism benefits from change, Jimmy Bartel challenges family violence, 3 men talk anger, rage and fury, and how to prevent dog attacks in the family home

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:05:00 +1000

A father and his autistic son return from 6 months travelling through Africa to tell their story, AFL legend Jimmy Bartel reveals the violence inside his family and how it was stopped, a psychologist, an educator and a media guy talk about controlling anger before it becomes rage, and a canine behaviourist says never leave a dog and young child alone. Ever.

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Giving up alcohol, how to deal with a smelly customer, closing the gap on Indigenous health

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Dr G Yunupingu's death highlights gap in Indigenous life expectancy. Dry July: exploring what happens when you 'binge-stop' drinking alcohol. Modern Dilemma: kicking up a stink, how do you deal with an unpleasant customer?

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Workplace love, translating language for parents & naughty dogs — it's on us part 2

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Workplace relationships: what to do when you fall for someone at work. Language brokering: what is it like to translate for non-English speaking parents. Why it's our fault dogs are naughty: Part 2.

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