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.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000The 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 easygoing, easy to live with, person". Wrong, says de Botton, we are troubled, so you should run a mile if someone says that to you.
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000We need to think about mass migration in new ways – not as a crisis. Instead of starting from a position of fear, we need to respond with confidence.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Contradicting information is often intrinsic to science. So if you don’t trust all scientists, how can you find out which ones to trust? And what can we believe?
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000Does the past influence the present?
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:05:00 +1000The search for spirituality beyond organised religion.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Skateboarding legend Russ Howell discusses the evolution of skateboarding and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the famed skate park, The Snake Run, in Albany, WA.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Michael Posner explains why human rights are an essential element of sustainable business.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Digital technology is changing how we live, but does the future remain in our own hands?
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Can the principles of the old fashioned cooperative or mutal be refashioned for the new economy?
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Can 'creative communities' be planned, or do they occur organically?
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Steven Freeland outlines the case for new international laws to deal with crimes against the environment during war.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000A continuing series of terror attacks in Paris has left the French society fragmented. Historian Patrick Weil sees the lack of cultural as well as civic integration as a fundamental problem in today’s France.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000What 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, 13 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Susan Wolf counters the criticisms and fends off the antipathy directed towards the foodie.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000While we’re good at talking about the beginning of life, we feel pretty awkward when it comes to facing the end. Join three death experts to look at death and dying.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Where to now for indigenous constitutional recognition.
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000We live in a multicultural society so why don't we see it reflected more often in popular culture?
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Comedy has evolved into many shapes and voices – and different tastes. So what characterises comedy? And what role does comedy have in art and society?
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000Grit - what it is and how it can be cultivated.
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 20:05:00 +1000What is life is like behind the wire on Manus Island and Nauru?
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Reform tips for the incoming government from the Grattan Institute's program directors.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000David Stratton on the changing face of film festivals, film watching and film itself.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Ilya Somin explains why political ignorance is a problem for democracies and how might it be mitigated.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Reverend Canon Mpho van Furth says that it’s possible to forgive and still pursue justice.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000The referendum on British membership represents the most immediate and greatest challenge to the post-Cold War order in Europe.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000What effect is digital disruption having on regional news and journalism in Australia?
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000A writer and an astronomer traverse the blurry line between science fiction and science fact
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Marianne Thieme speaks about the successes of the Dutch Party for the Animals and its strategic role abroad.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Gloria Steinem talks to Anna Bligh about her travels which formed her adventurous personality.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Do artists have a responsibility to speak on political and social issues? an NGV debate.
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Compassion as the latest business strategy – how does that sound to you?
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Vandana Shiva believes we must abandon industrialised agriculture and genetically modified crops.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000The creative arts are invariably political. They reflect social and political concerns, and are affected by political decisions, such as who receives public arts funding. 'Big Ideas' hears from four artists, each engaging, in their own way, with issue of forced migration. Plus, a performing arts 'roundtable' discusses why, in an era of screen-based home entertainment, the performing arts still matter, and how they are being affected by budget cuts.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000We don’t condemn something because it is a crime. But it is a crime because we condemn it.
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Punishment is the common response to crime. But what is punishment? And what really motivates our will to punish?
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Niall Ferguson: how the study of history can help us better understand the present.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Leadership and the nation's top job - how has it changed ?
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +1000Mark Moran: When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs.
Tue, 31 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Neglect, penny-pinching and competing political agendas have eroded legal aid budgets across the world. Australia is no exception.
Mon, 30 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Are environmental manifestos useful in bringing about change in the online age?
Thu, 26 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Mary Norris: what copy editors do and why standards matter. Steven Pinker: how the craft of writing can be improved.
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Are your genes to blame when your jeans don’t fit?
Tue, 24 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Helen Pearson's life project: the extraordinary story of ordinary lives.
Mon, 23 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000A parliamentary committee in Queensland is examining a proposal for a Human Rights Act.
Thu, 19 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Iran in context
Wed, 18 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Julianne Schultz: sustaining Australian ideas and culture in the Age of Fang
Tue, 17 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Is the federal budget good for public health?
Mon, 16 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Nobel prize laureate in Economics Alvin Roth reveals the many matching markets hidden around us and shows how they work.
Thu, 12 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Animal rights: should they trump human interests ? an intelligence squared debate.
Wed, 11 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Australia lags behind other G20 countries in improving energy productivity. So what can we learn from initiatives and policies overseas?
Tue, 10 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000John Menadue discusses Australia in 2016 and ideas for public policy reform.
Thu, 05 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Why do some authors choose to write about murder and narcissism?
Wed, 04 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Sport or the arts - why it's Ok to support both. Hong Kong's plans to boost it's arts and cultural presence.
Tue, 03 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000The refugee crisis also put enormous economic and political pressure on the EU countries and Turkey. What are possible solutions? This talk particularly assesses the contentious EU-Turkey agreement.
Mon, 02 May 2016 20:05:00 +1000Could toxic venom from spiders and snakes be a source of new pharmaceuticals?
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Does Australia have an "obsession" with war and militarism?
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Is society broken? Theodore Dalrymple offers his diagnosis.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Shakespeare’s work is still performed and cited all over the world after more than 400 years because his modern characters are in many ways just like us.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Jay Winter explains why was shell shock was such a difficult issue to come to terms with.
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Islam: What are we afraid of?
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Adam Grant discusses his new book Originals: how non conformists move the world.
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000One hundred years after the Irish Easter Rising, author Colm Toibin recounts the slow movements for independence that peaked in the rebellion in Dublin in 1916.
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Can songs really help to achieve social or political change?
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Aristotle - why is he one of the most influential thinkers of all time?
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000A 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.
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Culture, identity and language - four indigenous musicians talk about their experiences.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Has the modern digital world, with its online platforms, public forums and televised debates, rendered the 'manifesto' defunct?
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000The ethics, values and science surrounding the bionic body.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000Mervyn King examines the role of the central banks and how they can be reformed.
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000In the war against poachers around the world, 1000 park rangers have been killed in ten years.
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 20:05:00 +1000How do we make our cities more resilient?
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:05:00 +1100Killer robots should they be banned?
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:05:00 +1100Corruption is one of the biggest threats to global security because it unsettles local populations and radicalises them.