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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 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Saving the weekend warriors

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Making weekend sport safer for men and women over 40

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What are the keys to raising healthy boys in the modern world?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Modern boyhood can be fraught with dangers – but not all of them are physical

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Wading into the toy wars; why ‘pinkwashing’ is reaping toy companies billions

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

The softly spoken Australian woman who has changed the way department stores label the toy aisles.

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Meet the woman charged with the future of the Sydney Opera House

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Mary Leunig is Michael Leunig’s sister – and she’s got some thoughts on his fame

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What’s going on for 13 year olds today?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

An insight into life for 13 year olds in a modern world.

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Is a good divorce possible?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Is ‘consciously uncoupling’ more common than we think?

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When your child is playing computer games; what are they learning about life?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Are war-based computer games dangerous for children?

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What’s it like living off the electricity grid?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Meet the woman who has lived a flourishing life for 4 decades without an electricity bill

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The remarkable life of the boy once known as James Dixon Swan - Jimmy Barnes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Jimmy Barnes has written down the story of his harrowing childhood in “Working Class Boy”.

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Are people over 50 in certain industries viewed as “past their use-by date”?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

How one woman fell through the glass trapdoor; ageism at work

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When you meet your sperm donor in real life

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

The unlikely love story of Aminah Hart and her sperm donor

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The secret history of Tupperware

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

How a woman called Brownie Wise made a collection of pastel plastic the must-have kitchenware of a generation

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Noni Hazlehurst’s vision for a more positive media culture

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

Noni Hazlehurst speaks out against the culture of negativity in our media

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Revisiting Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize win of 2016

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +1100

What made Bob Dylan’s lyrics win him the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature?

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In the age of Tinder, is there a place for real romance?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Does intimacy and romantic love survive in a world of dating apps?

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Should getting truly ‘wasted’ ever be socially acceptable?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Lifting the lid on Australia’s binge-drinking culture

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Have you ever put a misbehaving child out of the car?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Get out of the car! When fighting children are put out of the car to walk home.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou on his love for the world game

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

What sparked a lifelong passion for the world game in the young Ange Postecoglou?

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Manny Waks stood up against sexual abuse in the Yeshivah sect

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Manny Waks, sexual abuse survivor speaks out

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Should we be worried about our children’s screen time?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

How too much time on screens is changing modern childhood.

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James Miller and Gloria Steinem; two remarkable life stories of struggle and resilience

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

How Gloria Steinem’s unusual childhood informed her feminist awakening

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Are we looking for more honesty in modern eulogies?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

How to draw the line between praise and honesty in a eulogy

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Meet the star of the series “Outlander”

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Scottish actor Sam Heughan has captured the hearts of millions in “Outlander”.

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Life Matters - 2016-12-16

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

The Art of Frugal Hedonism . Meet Australia's food waste superheroine. The Trompf-o-meter - and a bouquet of her stories .

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A country NSW man’s struggle with agoraphobia - and it’s wonderful outcome

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Geoff Anderson’s struggle with going outside and how Stan Grant Snr,  a library and a class of children led to a wonderful change

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How to recover financially from a "personal bushfire"

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Scott Pape lost everything he owned in a bushfire. His first thought? ‘I’ve got this’

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What did your parents say when they saw your first tattoo?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Did you have to hide your first tattoo from your parents? Or did they embrace it?

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What’s it like to win big on a TV quiz show?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

We’ve all dreamt of winning the lottery. But what about having the brainpower to win a TV quiz show, outright?

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Prof Simon Chapman has been a public health warrior for decades ­ explaining the facts on smoking, guns, wind ­ the list goes on

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

Responding to evidence of domestic violence. Has this man saved your life? Can you really get a sweatshirt guaranteed to last 30 years? Don't buy new; just swap it.

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David Bowie’s golden decade 1970-80, day by day

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:05:00 +1100

Australian Music historian, artist and designer & Bowie ‘superfan” Roger Griffin has tracked every day of Bowie’s ‘golden years’ - 1970-1980

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Fogey Speak - interpreting sayings and aphorisms of the ‘older’ set

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +1100

Fogey Speak - interpreting sayings and aphorisms of the ‘older’ set

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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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