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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.

The face of homelessness

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Down and out in Melbourne and Darwin.

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Best of Life Matters: Belle Gibson unmasked, life in Year 12, the sound of dementia, and the real life of a grade cricketer

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:05:00 +1100

A new book on one of the biggest health and publishing scandals of recent times, the stresses of Year 12 via video diary, why people with dementia find themselves under aural attack, and the alpha hierarchy of grade cricket.

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Psychological abuse, convict monologues and overly generous friends

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

The damage of psychological abuse. Convict Monologues: Prisoners Escape Through Theatre And Music. Modern Dilemma: what to do about overly generous friends.

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Father and son hash out same sex marriage, perinatal anxiety and depression and dementia sound instillation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Perinatal anxiety and depression affects men too . Healing after the same sex marriage survey. This is how dementia sounds.

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Online mentors for teens, head lice and The Grade Cricketer

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Can mentors really make a difference for school leavers? Women's Work: Tracy Ellis fights back by volunteering. Burning Question: Do lice like clean or dirty hair? The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy.

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Private health insurance changes and you, year 12 life, feeling awe and The Moth: Denis Repp

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:06:00 +1100

How to improve private health insurance. My Year 12 Life revisited. Three Men and a Feeling: Awe. The Moth: how a dog mended a broken heart - Denis Repp.

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Talkback: Nutrition and fertility and fooling the world on cancer cures

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Belle Gibson: a morality tale for our times? Talkback: nutrition and pregnancy .

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Best of Life Matters: Why bother being healthy? Diabetes for beginners, strength training, and adventures of a marathon kayaker

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:05:00 +1100

If we're all going to die anyway why bother being healthy? One WHO doctor puts the case for why it matters. The options when you've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, why strength training is more than just muscle building, and Sandy Robson kayaks 23,000 kms to be named Australian Geographic Society's Adventurer of the Year.

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The rise of life coaches, blooming opportunities, managing the in-laws

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

What's driving the rise of life coaches? Blossoming opportunities for sustainable florist. Modern Dilemma: Managing difficult in-laws.

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Millennials and job security, public health and individual choice and diabetes for beginners

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:06:00 +1100

What millennials think about job security . Individual choice versus public policy: who is to blame for the obesity crisis? Diabetes for Beginners: Part 1.

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The real state of penalty rates for hospitality workers, strength training, and marking the Russian Revolution

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Talkback: Penalties and work-life balance in Australia's hospitality sector. Exercise Room: The real relationship between strength training and weight loss. The women of the revolution.

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Living with early onset dementia, life as a female volunteer fire fighter, and meet the Adventurer of the Year

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Garry's Dream. Women's Work: Carole Bayley fights fire with fire. Sandy Robson kayaks to Adventurer of the Year.

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Best of Life Matters: Infidelity, kindness in health, contagion of feelings and getting a stitch

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:05:00 +1100

New slants on an old sin - infidelity, why our health system needs to re-introduce kindness, how feelings can spread through a crowd, and the mystery of why we get a stitch when we exercise.

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The untold story of the Melbourne Cup trophy, the dilemma of dobbing someone in

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

The Melbourne Cup: the unknown designers and craftsmen. Modern Dilemma: under what circumstances would you dob someone in?

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Seeking asylum and friendship, online psychology in the bush and dancing through Parkinson's

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Online psychology more accessible to country Australia. Tall Tales & True: Sarah Jane. Seeking asylum and finding a pen pal: one man's story. Dancing for Parkinson's.

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Making STEM appealing to children, what causes a stitch, and the art of eavesdropping

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1100

How to get kids hooked on science. Burning Question: What causes a stitch and how to stop them. Overheard: The Art Of Eavesdropping.

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Making aged-care more robust, kind-hearted healthcare, contagious feelings, and confronting a thief

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Making aged care better for everyone. How kind is our healthcare? Three Men and a Feeling: feelings can be contagious. The Moth: Kerry Weeks on confronting a thief.

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Rethinking infidelity, overcoming performance anxiety

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Rethinking infidelity: when an affair is not the end. Talkback: How to overcome performance anxiety .

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Best of Life Matters: sex data reveals true selves, battling indifference, being super flexible, and the job power of gaming

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:05:00 +1100

A new book from a data analyst lifts the lid on our sexual appetite, why indifference is the opposite of love, how being over flexible can lead to injury, and why games can build job skills.

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What our internet searches reveal about us, living for your daughters, Trish Jackson opens minds, dealing with social exclusion

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

What our google searches reveal about sexual preferences. Choosing to live for your daughters. Women's Work: Trish Jackson opens minds. Modern Dilemma: my friend excludes me from her social activities, and it hurts.

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Gaming's new influence on the workforce, AIDS volunteers tell their story and young feminists speaking out

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

The proud history of AIDS volunteers. The workforce power of gaming . The price women pay for speaking out.

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The SSM debate and the impact on kids, hypermobility, and Australia's tinkering culture

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

How is the SSM postal vote impacting on the mental health of children? Exercise Room: Can you be too flexible? Tinkering with a twist.

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Indigenous language app, a trauma cleaner's life and 'indifference' unpacked

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Award-winning app boosts language skills to improve Indigenous health. The Trauma Cleaner. Three Men and a Feeling: Indifference . The Moth: Sara Rosa Espi, the first time I kissed a woman .

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Rachel Botsman on trust in the digital age, what families want from early-childhood education, rallying in times of crisis

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Who do you trust? What kids and parents really want from early-childhood education. In times of crisis: Gather My Crew.

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Best of Life Matters: mum and son are agony aunts, feeling disgusted, healing with hip hop and farmers no longer invisible

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:05:00 +1100

Could you discuss other peoples' sex lives with your mum? Benjamin Law does. How disgust can save your life but ruin another, the power of hip hop to repair and heal, and women farmers speak up loud and proud.

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Why time flies, the story of Tchngal the emu, connected in a digital world, and sexual harassment at work

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Why time flies. Tchingal: the story of a killer emu. Fast, smart and connected: your responses to the Boyer Lectures. Modern Dilemma: How do I tell a work colleague I don't want him commenting on my appearance?

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Fertility in the 21 century, hip hop and mental health and women in agriculture

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Making babies in the 21st century. Using hip hop to build resilience and improve mental health. Invisible farmers reveal their lives.

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Voluntary assisted dying laws, the housing squeeze forcing strangers to share a room, and how much water should we drink

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Victoria debates voluntary assisted dying laws. Burning Question: Keeping hydrated. Room sharing with strangers. Women's work: creative director Johanna Bell.

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Being consumed by busy-ness, and tackling feelings of disgust and joy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Talkback: the busy addiction. Three Men and a Feeling: Disgust. The Moth: Hope Barton, an accidental win.

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Happy junior doctors in the bush, Jenny and Benjamin Law on sex and relationships, leisure time in a world without work

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Supporting junior doctors in the regions. Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny on sex and relationships. Leisure time in a post work world.

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Best of Life Matters: young and old share the same space, 3 men are surprised, holiday fitness and a strange open home

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:05:00 +1100

Intergenerational care could be the village to raise children and the isolation preventer, 3 men debate why people love or despise surprise, top tips for holiday fitness, and an open house destined for demolition.

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Gretchen Rubin on breaking bad habits, Osher Gunsberg on mental health, professional jealousy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

What's the secret to making or breaking a habit? Tall Tales & True: Osher Gunsberg. Modern Dilemma: when the personal and professional collide.

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Sorting through our parents things, from teen mum to lawyer, and the idea of home

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Talkback: how to deal with your parents' possessions. Women's work: Legal Aid lawyer Haley Allan. Ian Strange questions the nature of home.

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ADHD in the family, exercising on holidays, and International Day of the Girl

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Exploring the benefits and challenges of ADHD. Exercise Room: Piña Coladas, holidays and exercise. ABC Open: A helping hand. International Day Of The Girl.

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Mental health and small business, adopting from the Philippines, three men and a feeling: surprise and The Moth

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

How are small businesses addressing mental health? A mother's story, being told to give back her adopted baby. Three Men and a Feeling: Surprise. The Moth: Alice Fraser, defending one's honour.

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Analysing The Bachelorette, childcare meets aged care, why happiness needs pain and public health working

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

When aged care meets childcare. The Bachelorette analysed: how your voice changes when you like someone. No pain, no gain. ABC Open: surprised by our public health system.

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Best of Life Matters: giving up booze, cracking joints, the curse of jealousy, man knits and CWA's urban surge

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 15:05:00 +1100

One woman's story of recognising her alcohol addiction and having the strength to change, do cracking joints spell trouble, why jealousy and envy can corrode the soul, the bro's with the rows, and progressive policies attract new membership to the CWA.

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Our digital detox wrap, working as a wildlife carer, when your friend has champagne tastes

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

What did we learn from our digital detox? Women's work: wildlife carer Michele Phillips. Modern Dilemma: when your friend has champagne taste on a beer budget.

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Giving up alcohol, who cares for carers? The Country Women's Association takes a progressive stance

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

Who cares for carers? How one courageous woman gave up alcohol for good. CWA's progressive stance attracts new urban members.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, noisy joints and Steve Bisley reflects on his life

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

Finding a better way to deal with irritable bowel syndrome. Burning Question: Are noisy joints a sign of arthritis? Steve Bisley: A life away from the cameras. Digital Detox Challenge #6: final entries by Thursday.

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Jobs of the future, culturally diverse kids' books, and jealousy and envy

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:05:00 +1100

How to be prepared for a future in work. Three Men and a Feeling: Jealousy and Envy. Why exposing children to cultural diversity matters. The Moth: Kathryn Bendall - a fear of flying.

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The positives of smartphones, growing up in a cult, men who knit, digital detox

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:06:00 +1100

The smartphone for good. Growing up in a religious cult. Men, knitting & yarns. Digital Detox Challenge #6: use the smartphone for talking only.

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Best of Life Matters: testing first graders, hospital uses fish to give needles, 5 hacks to a better posture, footy for the un-included

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +1000

Is it worthwhile assessing first graders on their phonics?, a new children's hospital trials virtual reality in giving needles, we give you 5 hacks to a better posture, and on grand final weekend a competition that saves people's lives.

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Football and social issues: Jimmy Bartel, women's AFL and accessibility

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

AFL great Jimmy Bartel challenges attitudes on family violence. Celebrating women's footy as a queer space. Sport and disability: making sport accessible to all.

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How to breakup well, underwater injections for children, digital detox and schadenfreude

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1000

How to break up well, at any age. Monash Children's Hospital takes patients underwater for injections. Tall Tales & True: Presenter Sarah Macdonald. Digital Detox Challenge #5 update: no phone in down time.

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Literacy testing, better posture and how HIV prevention drugs are changing gay culture

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1000

What impact do tests have on the literacy of students? Five hacks to a better posture. The 'miracle' HIV pill changing gay culture. ABC Open: Scrawling in Snow.

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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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