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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.

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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Learning to read as an adult, Jimmy Bartel fighting domestic violence, sugar and cancer, ghosts in the office

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

AFL great Jimmy Bartel challenges attitudes on family violence. Burning Question: does sugar feed cancer? Ground level literacy: learning to read and write late in life.

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Living with coal industry pollution, needing family close, spirituality in unlikely places

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Life amongst coal mines and power stations. When being near family really matters. Three Men and a Feeling: Anger, Rage and Fury. The Moth: finding spiritual meaning in an unlikely place.

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A good life to the end, autism and ayahuasca

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

How to die well and live a good life to the end. Autism, adolescence and Africa: a life-changing trip for a father and son. Global Ayahuasca Project: how nothing is the same after taking ‘The Tea’.

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Best of Life Matters: the freelancing life, living low impact, living without hair and dognitive therapy

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:05:00 +1000

Freelancers tell us the pros and cons of their life, one woman gives up money for three years, experiencing Alopecia Areata and why dogs behaving badly is our fault.

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Regional renaissance? Beating melanoma & Modern Dilemma: when a lump of money lands in you bank account

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Is it Regional Australia's time in the sun? Patient 71: how I beat cancer. Modern Dilemma: a mysterious sum of money lands in your bank account, what do you do?

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Living with Alopecia, the wellness obsession & why it's our fault dogs are naughty

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Living with Alopecia. Wellmania: one woman's quest for a healthy and happy life. Why it's our fault dogs are naughty: Part 1.

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Laughing at cancer, combat sport and respect, early childhood education, whisky and motorbikes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Australia lagging behind other OECD nations when investing in early childhood education and care. The Exercise Room: Do combat sports encourage violence or teach respect? ABC Open: Whisky and the rage of a woman. Laughing at cancer.

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Freelancing, as sexy as we think? Affordable homes & older women & The Moth: Mary Kate O'Flanagan

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Affordable homes for older women. Is freelancing as sexy as we think? Three Men and a Feeling: Compassion. The Moth: A message from beyond the grave.

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Bullying in primary schools, low impact living and a mother's addiction

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Bullying, mental health and academic performance. What it's like to live without money. ABC Open: Cards and 'bored' games. Growing up in the shadow of valium.

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Best of Life Matters: Auskick and autism, 3 men talk hope, millennials volunteer, and the plumbing ballet dancer

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

How children on the autism spectrum are finding a place in the AFL's sports program for kids, why hope is the essence of humanity, research says millennials are eager to help the world, and a mechanical plumber discovers his calling - ballet.

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Shaking hands versus kissing, rethinking Heathcliff, coping with cancer in your youth

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

You're 20 and you get cancer... what happens? Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever: dispelling the myth of Heathcliff as romantic hero. Modern Dilemma: the meet and greet, are you a hugger, kisser or hand shaker?

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Affordable funerals, sport accessibility and Mallacoota's doctor search

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Planning an affordable funeral. Sport and disability: making sport accessible to all. Mallacoota searches for its own doctor.

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Finding your religion, a ballet dancing plumber, drugging your kids, rising electricity costs

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Petrol or power bills: energy costs hitting low income households. Burning Question: Is it okay to drug your child... on a plane? Ike's conversion: finding a faith different to your upbringing. Plumber learns to dance.

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Genital surgery for women, The Moth: Kiri Bear and three men on 'hope'

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

When women don't like their vulvas. Three Men and a Feeling: Hope. The Moth: Kiri Bear.

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Cultural diversity in aged care, Millennials that volunteer and libraries in jails

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Ageing in a foreign land: cultural diversity and aged care. Are millennials as selfish as we think? Escaping with a good book: the value of libraries in Australian jails.

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Best of Life Matters: male pattern baldness, selfie culture, fitness tips for aging and true footy fandom

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 15:05:00 +1000

Men coming to terms with going bald, the rise of the selfie culture and how we became so self-obsessed, top tips for staying fit as we age, and a life-long football fan's love for her team.

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The secrets of empathy, supporting adult children financially, share housing for oldies

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Co-housing oldies: would you sell the share house lifestyle to your granny? How to practise empathy. Modern Dilemma: how far do you go to financially support your adult child?

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How to deal with baldness, year 12 score longevity and our selfie obsession

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

How long does your Year 12 score last? Selfie: how we became so self-obsessed and what it's doing to us. Tackling baldness head on.

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Footy and fandom, fitness for men of all ages, teething problems for the NDIS

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

Choice and control: the challenge of growing the NDIS. The Exercise Room: fitness tips for men through the ages. True footy fandom: Yvette Wroby on football and family.

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Healthcare workers under attack, inspiring stories from Wilcannia, men and integrity, crime and punishment

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Violence in the healthcare system. Introducing The Real Thing's 'Positively Wilcannia'. Three Men and a Feeling: Integrity. The Moth: Kathi Hill.

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Indigenous rangers, piano lessons for refugee children and the dark side of international modelling

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Indigenous groups calling for funding to expand ranger program. The Piano Project. The grit behind the glamour - the true life of an international model.

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Best of Life Matters: former ice addict speaks out, splinter tips and tricks, music and teenage mood, give aged parents their freedom

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:05:00 +1000

Local mayor shows unity with a recovered ice addict, can you leave splinters inside you?, how teenagers can shape their moods through music, and why we shouldn't mollycoddle our aged parents.

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Dealing with narcissists, investing after a break-up and eating food from the street

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

From the office to the home, dealing with narcissists. Suddenly single: investing wisely after a break-up. Modern Dilemma: would you eat food found on the street?

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Women in leadership, moving for happiness and shaping teen emotions with music

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

The history and future of women in leadership. Does moving make you happier? Teenagers use music to name and shape their emotions.

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Coming out as transgender, removing splinters and living with epilepsy

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Finding Nevo: coming out as transgender today. Homotopia audio extra: Simona Castricum. Burning Question: Removing splinters . Electro girl: living with epilepsy.

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Children and family violence, elderly parents and forgiveness

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Listening to children on family violence. Being too protective of elderly parents. Three Men and a Feeling: Forgiveness. ABC Open: a maternal presence.

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Regional ice use, Great Fatigue Crisis, queer Muslims

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Tackling the scourge of the drug ice in regional communities. The Great Fatigue Crisis. 'I thought I was the only queer Muslim in Australia'. ABC Open: Silver on the dance floor.

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Best of Life Matters: exercise for the love of it, three men talk trust, a dance of inclusion, and the car that won't die

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:05:00 +1000

Why doing exercise out of fear or duty is not going to work, the essential element of trust between humans, how older people from the LGBTI community have their place to dance, and an old VW that keeps on keeping on.

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Confronting paraplegia, gay culture within women's AFL and the teacher's pet

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Broken: Living with paraplegia. Celebrating women's footy as a queer space. Modern Dilemma: Teacher's pet.

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Confronting social anxiety, life inside the circus and feasting during the fast

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +1000

Overcoming social anxiety. Through the hoops: Latonya Wigginton circus artist. ABC Open: The wallaroo rescue. Breaking fast in Ramadan.

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Vocational training colleges, The Moth turns 20 and LGBTI

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Navigating the vocational education sector. The Moth turns 20. LGBTI elders dance club.

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Gender equality in STEM, adulting school and trust

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1000

Girls and boys equally represented at International Science Olympiad. School begins teaching adulting classes. Three Men and a Feeling: Trust. The Moth: Sara Rosa Espi.

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