Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100Aristotle - why is he one of the most influential thinkers of all time?
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100The ethics, values and science surrounding the bionic body.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100Mary Norris: what copy editors do and why standards matter. Steven Pinker: how the craft of writing can be improved.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100In the future United States of Lionel Shriver’s imagination, the nation is virtually bankrupt by the year 2029. The US dollar is worthless. Gold is confiscated by the government. A cabbage costs more than 20 dollars. This is the dystopian future she presents in her speculative novel, "The Mandibles". Lionel Shriver delivered a provocative speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival, ridiculing the concept of cultural appropriation. In this wide ranging conversation, she talks to Paul Barclay about free speech, identity, the future of America and how it’s governed, as well as Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1100Gloria Steinem talks to Anna Bligh about her travels which formed her adventurous personality.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100Comedy has evolved into many shapes and voices – and different tastes. So what characterises comedy? And what role does comedy have in art and society?
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100Grit - what it is and how it can be cultivated.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100A market failure has prevented the development of vaccines against Ebola, MERS and other viruses. Ironically, emerging data suggest these vaccines might be quite straightforward to develop to licensure.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100“The Australian Dream is rooted in racism”, says journalist and broadcaster, Stan Grant. As he tells Paul Barclay, he has long had a difficult relationship with Australia, angry about its post colonial history, about how his forebears were treated, and at how we continue to deal with indigenous people today. Stand Grant may have been a presence on our TV screens for decades, but he has lived with an inner turmoil, struggling to deal with his identity as an Aboriginal man in a country where the scars of history are yet to heal.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1100The accepted wisdom is that addiction to drugs, like ice or heroin, is a disease of the brain. Neuroscientists can actually see how drug use alters the brain. Drug users, therefore, should not be blamed for their addiction: they are not weak, or bad, or morally flawed. Because their addiction a disease, it follows their condition should be medicalized and treated by clinicians. This, so called, 'brain disease model' of addiction is now being seriously questioned. Paul Barclay talks to some of dissenters.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100What does nature mean to each of us? Why is nature so pure? And how do we reconnect with the natural world in an age where our lives are connected to technology?
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100The evolution of sound and listening. Listening to nature isn’t just a peaceful and joyful experience. It can teach us our place in the natural world. Animal sounds and bird song have adapted to specific environments and habitats, but the use of sound has in turn shaped the evolution of different species. And that includes homo sapiens. Sound has formed us as social and cultural ‘animals’.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100A writer and an astronomer traverse the blurry line between science fiction and science fact
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 20:05:00 +1100The romantics have a lot to answer for, according to philosopher and author, Alain de Botton. Love, marriage and human relationships are not a bed of roses. There is no such person as ‘the one'. And, despite trying to avoid it, many of us will marry the wrong person. You want to know one of the early warning signs? It’s when someone says to you, "I’m a really easy going, easy to live with, person". Wrong, says de Botton, we are troubled, so you should run a mile if someone says that to you.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1100How did the world become full of consumers and how did we end up with so much stuff ?
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100The silo effect: when the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and why it's a problem for big organisations.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100Can art, culture and innovation shape future urban development? More and more people think this is achievable. But how do you plan and build a genuinely creative community? Cities around the world are seeking to create cultural precincts and neighbourhoods: places that attract young creatives, artists, designers, and high tech start ups. Do these dynamic districts need to evolve organically, or can you engineer them without them feeling contrived and clinical?
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100We don’t condemn something because it is a crime. But it is a crime because we condemn it.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100Punishment is the common response to crime. But what is punishment? And what really motivates our will to punish?
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100Music can hold up a mirror to society and capture a particular time and place. Songs are often a vehicle for telling stories. But can a song really be an agent for social or political change? Writing protest songs, or songs with an overtly political message, isn’t easy. While the message may be a vital one, this is no guarantee the song will, necessarily, be any good. A song like Billie Holiday’s 'Strange Fruit', however, retains its power after almost 80 years. What's the secret? Paul Barclay talks to two songwriters and a music writer. Recorded at the Rock and Roll Writers Festival in Brisbane on April 2nd, 2016.
Sat, 24 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1100Forgiving can sometimes look like an impossible task. How do you forgive murder, rape, genocide? After the end of apartheid in South Africa, many expected the country to be devastated by a bloodbath. Yet, the new nation chose the path of confession and reconciliation. Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth says that it’s possible to forgive and still pursue justice. Forgiveness is the only path forward.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Far from being exhausted, classical scholar Mary Beard explains why the subject of ancient Rome continues to surprise and resonate.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Chronicler of modern Russia, Masha Gessen, and award-winning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore look at the histories and dynasties that continue to define Russia today.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Is society broken? Theodore Dalrymple offers his diagnosis.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Digital technology is changing how we live, but does the future remain in our own hands?
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:30:00 +1100What creepy spirits lurk under Malaysian, Moroccan and Mexican beds? And do their powers reflect something of the culture of their origin?
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100What does our response to politics in sport tell us about who we are. Is it good for the games we love?
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Why did Australia reject conscription for WWI? And do the implications of this vote still affect our society today?
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100How can two million years of human history possibly be summed up in one hundred objects? This is the challenge the British Museum set itself with its 'A history of the world in 100 objects' exhibition, which is currently on display at the National Museum of Australia. Why is it important for museums to collect and preserve these historic artefacts? What meaning do inanimate objects have to us, as individuals? RN's Fran Kelly speaks with with a panel of guests about why objects matter and what they can tell us about our history.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Do we need a more rational approach to electricity generation in Australia?
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Scientists can make you healthier and live longer by manipulating your genes. But they can also make the next generation stronger, taller, slimmer or smarter. How should we use the power we have over genes and life?
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Technology now allows parents to look at their children's call history, texts and internet use. Is this undermining and unfairly inhibiting young people? Should privacy really be for adults only?
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100Gradual, but significant, change is occurring to Australia's immigration intake. More migrants are being granted temporary visas. Currently there is in excess of one million migrants living here temporarily, on visas such as the 457 skilled worker visa. It is getting harder to secure permanent residency. Author and researcher, Peter Mares, says temporary migrants often live in Australia for many years, work, pay their taxes, and abide by the law. Yet they have no say in our democracy. "Not quite Australian", is how he describes them. How is temporary migration changing Australia?
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +1100To make human rights useful for everyday life, we need to change the language from ‘rights’ to ‘gifting’.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Should the Parthenon Marbles be returned to Greece? A Mini Moot to mark 200 years since the British Museum purchased the marbles from Lord Elgin.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Looking at Europe: with young eyes - and behind the scenes at CERN
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100At a time when music fans can choose from more 20 million songs on Spotify, and the like, Australian artists are making themselves heard around the globe. Australian acts were nominated for several Grammy Awards this year and singer/songwriter, Dami Im, was runner up in Eurovision song contest. The cultural value of popular music is impossible to measure, but the Australian music industry is seeking to quantify its contribution to the economy. In this conversation, five music industry players talk to Paul Barclay about everything from digital disruption, and sexism in the industry, to why playlists may be the new radio.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Twenty five years of cold peace Can the western community of nations reinvent itself to accommodate Russia?
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Laura Tingle explains how People’s disillusion with politics is mainly a question of perception.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Mistaken Identities: Episode 4 Culture The history of the idea of culture - from its roots at the the time of the Crusades to its modern incarnation in the second half of the 20th century.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +11002017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Passchendaele, on the Western Front. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, resulting in tens of thousands of Australian casualties – more than at Gallipoli. But Passchendaele was not a military blunder. The carnage was intentional. It was a part of the plan, author, Paul Ham, tells Paul Barclay.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Are current populist movements across Europe and Asia reminiscent of the state of affairs in the decade preceding World War II?
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Redesigning palliative care to bring compassion and imagination to the care of the dying
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Mistaken Identities: Episode 3 Colour Professor Appiah explores and illustrates a series of mistaken ideas, including that there is a "racial essence" which all members of a race carry.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100How far have we come in tackling domestic violence?
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Under capitalism, the state also organises the space we live in, the streets we walk and the places we meet.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Australia is ‘the Cayman Islands of the South Pacific' - a safe haven for money coming into the country through international corruption.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Mistaken Identities: Episode 2 Country
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100There is a scarcity of affordable rental accommodation in Australia.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Many of us will live into our 80s, 90s and even to 100. Can we work longer?
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Antibiotic resistance is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:05:00 +1100Philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues that when considering religion we overestimate the importance of scripture and underestimate the importance of practice.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Lois and Juris Greste discuss the long road to freeing their son, Peter, from a Cairo prison.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100How are Muslim women fighting sexism and working for change?
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Randy Frost explains the meaning possessions play in our lives and how and why this can go astray.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100How does the language and rhetoric used in the refugee discourse affect policy and perceptions
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100The internet and social media has helped to spawn a new generation of feminism. At the forefront of this, in Australia, is Clementine Ford. She is a fearless feminist with a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude. She fights back against online misogyny and abuse, making the trolls accountable for what they post, even if it costs them their job. Clementine Ford talks to Paul Barclay about her book, “Fight Like A Girl”, part memoir, part personal manifesto.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100There’s evidence to suggest that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health sector is treated differently to mainstream services. Why does this happen and how can government and policy makers change this treatment?
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Rebranding and revamping before renewed protectionism destroys all
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100So the demand for authentic and sustainable leisure experiences has never been higher. But how green is eco-tourism really?
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Opinions are a dime a dozen. Everyone has one and plenty of people share them on Twitter, Facebook, or on online comments pages. Is all this opinion enhancing democracy or hindering real debate? Also, commentator and economic historian, Niall Ferguson, reflects on the importance of history and how it can be applied to the present, and the state of the global economy.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Can literature influence political judgement? What does Barack Obama's summer reading list reveal?
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100Venom, poison and a peek into the mind of murderers. What drive us to killing other people?
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100The internet has provided motive, means and opportunity for hackers.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100A panel of guests explores the impact of post war immigration on Australia
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100The historical representation of pre-colonial indigenous life. Is the widely taught perspective as accurate as we think?
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100The ignorance, superstition and barbarism of the medieval era is reassessed.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100If there was an Ark for Australia's most endangered species, what animals and plants would get a berth?
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +1100America is a fractured and fearful place, says Don Watson
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Charles Taylor explains how a flawed understanding of secularism has produced a backlash against multicultural policies and religious minorities
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000The first two Boyer lectures look at the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work; and inequities in power and resources
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Ink from bacteria and vegan cheese from casein genes. Are DIY biological labs something we should be worried about?
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Australian history is replete with instances of frontier violence. But the establishment and operation of the Native Police, which was responsible for the brutal killing of thousands of indigenous men, women and children, is a particularly chilling example of this. Some believe they committed genocide. 2016 marks the 150h anniversary of the gazettal of regulations, in Queensland, that imposed a "duty" on armed Native Police officers to “disperse" any "large assembly of blacks without unnecessary violence”. Paul Barclay speaks to a historian, a legal academic and an indigenous activist about this shameful chapter in the nation's past. What can be done to right the wrongs of history
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Love and attachment, nature and the human body - How are the boundaries changing ?
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000The first two Boyer lectures look at the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work; and inequities in power and resources
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000How can we know how many species preceded our own? Can we tell which of those species are our ancestors, and which are non-ancestral close relatives?
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000In the future United States of Lionel Shriver’s imagination, the nation is virtually bankrupt by the year 2029. The US dollar is worthless. Gold is confiscated by the government. A cabbage costs more than 20 dollars. This is the dystopian future she presents in her speculative novel, "The Mandibles". Lionel Shriver recently delivered a provocative speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival, ridiculing the concept of cultural appropriation. In this wide ranging conversation, she talks to Paul Barclay about free speech, identity, the future of America and how it’s governed, as well as Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Is the wealthiest Australian demographic of all time impoverishing today's youth: an intelligence squared debate
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000It can make us do strange things but can money really make us happier?
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000The China policies of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating - in conversation with Kerry O'Brien.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Recent attacks by the terrorist group, Islamic State, in France, Germany, Turkey, and the Middle East, is, understandably, fuelling community concern about the threat posed by violent extremism. How much of a threat is IS? How much do we know about them? And is the West responding appropriately? Paul Barclay sought answers to these questions, and more, from a panel of experts.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Rather than trying to tax corporate profits at the location where value is created, we should tax this income at the destination of sales.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000The philosopher mechanic Matthew Crawford sees a world which is not only getting nosier but more and more distracting to the extent that we’re now experiencing a crisis of attention.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000P.W Singer outlines the ideas and premise of his latest book Ghost fleet: a novel of the next world war. It’s his first work of fiction but unlike many of the racy airport thrillers in the genre, Singer weighs in as a highly respected strategist, international relations scholar and 21st century warfare specialist.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000Magda Szubanski has been making us laugh for years, but she is also an intelligent and serious woman.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:05:00 +1000What's the best way to address terrorism? And how can we tackle its root causes?
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Proponents of developing the north of Australia argue it has a surplus of water, vast expanses of land, and resources aplenty. It is also close to Asia. But, although it makes up 40% of the country’s land mass, less than one and a half million people currently live there. Many are indigenous and live on traditional lands. What does sustainable development in Northern Australia look like? What are the environmental constraints?
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000A century of hidden money, government collusion and international deception
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000The internet is awash with misogyny. Women are on the receiving end of rape threats, death threats, and harassment. How do we deal with it?
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Why is terrorism such a regular occurrence, and what can be done about it?
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Hot off the US convention and campaign trail, America's favourite wit and best-selling author PJ O'Rourke takes a rollicking ride across the US political landscape.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Corruption in many Pacific countries appears endemic, the Pacific has the world’s fastest growth rate of HIV infection and the Pacific is predicted to surpass Africa as the world’s poorest region in the foreseeable future Is the Pacific not sinking but being sunk?
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Why is Australian identity and culture so bound up in sport?
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Has a more balanced management of threats and responses evolved since the September 11th attacks in 2001?
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Life begins with sex – we all know that. But how much do we really know about the science of sex?
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000What does our fascination with digital gadgets and the latest in time-saving technology tell us about our busy selves?
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000In 2015, the homicide rate in Alice Springs was almost 13 times the national average. Alcohol fuelled violence is a major problem, with per capita alcohol consumption in the town easily exceeding the rest of the country. Then there is the sometimes fraught matter of race relations. The causes of violent crime and alcohol abuse among Central Australia's indigenous population are complex and there are no easy solutions, says Alice Springs journalist and court reporter, Kieran Finnane. She gives an unflinching assessment of the challenges confronting her hometown, as viewed through the prism of the many criminal cases she has reported on.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +10009/11 - Fifteen years on.
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000What do trigger warnings and no platforming mean for free speech and intellectual inquiry?
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Big Ideas follows a cosmic chemical pathway from the Big Bang to life as we know it - and faces the challenges with forensic DNA testing.