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Late Night Live - Full program podcast

From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.

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18th January 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

How United States foreign policy interests shaped the creation and expansion of Middle East studies and expertise. How Mark Colvin discovered his father was a spy.

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Joan of Arc; Dance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Could Joan of Arc be a good model for anyone wanting to become a genuine agent of change or transformation? The results of a three year research project with professional dancers to understand where creativity resides - in the body or the brain?

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Queen Victoria uncovered; Australia's history - more interesting than you think.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Queen Victoria has always been written about as retiring, modest and easily influenced by the men around her. Julia Baird's biography of the long-reigning monarch reveals a woman in command of her empire and herself.

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Mein Kampf's second life; The limits of free speech?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Mein Kampf's second life. What are the limits of free speech?

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Walking on the wild side; Tim Costello's faith

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Take a walk on the wild side. Tim Costello's faith.

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Einstein's greatest mistake; what we do with our hands and why

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Einstein's greatest mistake. What we do with our hands and why.

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Why fat is still a feminist issue; wildscapes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Why fat is still a feminist issue. Wildscapes and confronting ourselves.

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5th January 2017

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The nuclear brink. Politics and grog.

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Maralinga anniversary; Aileen Palmer

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:08:44 +1100

It was almost 60 years ago that an atomic bomb was first exploded on the Australian mainland at a place called Maralinga.

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Marconi ;Neurologist who hacked his brain

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World is a new biography of Guglielmo Marconi, Nobel Laureate, entrepreneur, inventor and fascist. Marconi, the inventor of wireless technology was constantly creating and reinventing his life story.

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Trillion dollar baby; Sayyid Qutb

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Journalist Paul Cleary delves into Norway's history and explains how this once poverty-stricken colony built the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Sayyid Qutb's visit to America in the 1950s began the countdown to the attacks of September 11 2001,

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John Olsen on his life and work.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Regarded as Australia's greatest living artist, John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre - for over 60 years. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings he sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

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Helen Garner on love, life and loss. Author Margo Jefferson on growing up in 'Negroland'.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Helen Garner's stylish prose has taken us from life and love in the inner city to some of the darkest corners of our collective psyche. Her book, Everywhere I Look, features opinions on, among other things, re-reading Austen, her friendships with writers, being a grandparent (and losing her parents) and the insults of age.

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Matti Friedman on the conflict that never ends in the Middle East; are robots coming for us?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

At age 19 Matti Friedman was drafted into the Israeli army and sent to a remote hill called 'The Pumpkin' inside a security zone in Lebanon. There he witnessed all the horror, boredom and stupidities of a modern war. His book is a stark look at the tangled conflict in which peace might not be the endgame.

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The story behind Shakespeare's most powerful play.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

1606. Catholic terrorists have just been arrested in a plot to blow up the King and massacre politicians and innocent people. At the same time, a playwright, a mouthpiece of the moods and fears of a country is in a rut and desperate for a new story in a country wracked with conspiracies and disease. 1606 is the year of Lear, William Shakespeare's most powerful play.

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Randolph Stow, author and enigma, Inside America's notorious prisons

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Randolph Stow's was once regarded as a successor to Patrick White; his novels, poems and criticism brought him recognition and acclaim at an early age. But his life was a restless search for home and hearth; intellectual, gay and solitary by nature, he felt like an alien in his own country.

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Contesting Henry VIII's will; modern day slavery

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

A conservative estimate puts the number of slaves worldwide at 38 million, but thanks to the work of one man, Brazil has made significant headway towards its abolition.

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Donna Leon on her Venetian detective stories; Ian Buruma's memoir of his grandparents between the wars.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Donna Leon's literary detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti is an intensely civilised character steering his way through the bureaucracy and corruption of Venice - and solving the occasional crime along the way. Author Ian Buruma tells the story of his Jewish grandparents in Britain between the wars.

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The 'emotional toxicity' of neo-liberalism; memoirs of a Syrian architect

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The neo-liberalist mindset, beloved of conservative governments, believes the marketplace is the only measure of worth. It's creating a society of winners and losers - one where cruelty is rationalised and empathy regarded as weak. Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni says that architecture has played a vital role in creating, directing and heightening conflicts between warring factions in her country.

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Stan Grant profile

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Stan Grant: Griffith to Pakistan and back.

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's 'exotic England'

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's 'exotic England'.

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Napoleon's legend.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Napoleon's legend.

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The Romanovs

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Power, murder, genius, mysticism, sex, dwarf throwing and empire.Painting by the great Stefano Torelli (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

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The tumultuous year of 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The year that was 2016.

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Modi and money;Econocracy Monet and the water lilies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Narendra Modi had an audacious plan for smashing India's vast black economy and targeting the corrupt, rich class. So far it just seems to have hurt the poor. Is economics too important to be left to economists to explain? Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies

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Late Night Live - 2016-12-06

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Shapiro reflects on a wild year in US politics. The National Museum of African American History and Culture faced a mountain of obstacles to get off the ground - it had no funding, no government support, no site and not a single artefact in its collection. But an unlikely coalition of supporters which include civil rights veterans, private funders like Oprah Winfrey and even George W. Bush, managed to vault every hurdle and open what is America's first and only museum dedicated to black life.

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US foreign policy under Trump; Black Ops advertising; the Brexit by-election.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

What will foreign policy be like under the Trump administration and should we be worried? How ads and news fused to create a new dark art: covert selling. What effect will the recent by-election in Britain have on the Brexit?

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Is this how democracy ends; Canberra happenings

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:05:00 +1100

How democracy ends. Canberra party games, protests and Derryn Hinch.

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The controversial Italian constitutional referendum, very rich professors and where to now for voluntary euthanasia legislation.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The controversial Italian constitutional referendum, very rich professors and where to now for voluntary euthanasia legislation.

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Latest from the USA; The end of the foreign correspondent? Brandis, Bell group and post-truth politics

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

How Castro influenced US politics. The end of the foreign correspondent? Brandis, Bell group and post truth politics.

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Jo Cox verdict; Castro legacy continues?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The lasting impact of the Jo Cox murder on British politics . Fidel Castro died on the weekend aged 90 years old. Ann Louise Bardach discusses Castro's life and political legacy.

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Trump's Hindu connections; ICAC; On being shy.

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's Hindu connection. Is ICAC a target? On being shy.

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Late Night Live - 2016-11-23

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Anglo-Australian miner , Rio Tinto is embroiled in a new controversy about its mining investments in West Africa:

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Bruce Shapiro on Trump's new picks; Abe and the new president-elect; Alan Greenspan, radical economist.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro looks at the line-up of candidates for key positions in Trump's cabinet. Richard Lloyd Parry on Japan's reaction to Trump. How Alan Greenspan went from radical ideologue to the Federal Reserve Chairman - revered by economists until the crash of 2008.

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Canberra catch-up; Global energy futures; Crusoe's island

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle reports on the latest news from Canberra. Indian coal company Adani is investing heavily in solar as are all the power companies in India with the Energy Minister planning to stop importing coal into India by 2020. What does this mean for Adani's coal investments in Australia? How Robinson Crusoe explains Brexit.

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Dancing and creativity and Stalin's scientists

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

When Stalin came to power he wanted his government to be scientific and rational but the program was a bit hit and miss and also exploring the links between dancing and creativity in Australian dance halls.

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Australia's national security under Trump, a nuclear free world, the bush is back.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Australia's national security under a Trump presidency, the UN votes for a nuclear free world, Don Watson explains why the bush is back.

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Bruce Shapiro; Nicolas Rothwell

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro on the wash-up of Election 2016 - and where the US goes from here. Award-winning author and journalist Nicolas Rothwell, on his latest observations of the human condition, through various landscapes and people.

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Trump and US Republican traditions; Bolshoi Confidential; Terry Virts astronaut

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump and the Republican tradition. Dark side of the Bolshoi. Rocket Man.

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Charles Bean's struggles with the truth

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The history of World War 1 and the creation of the ANZAC myth, as recorded by official war historian Charles Bean, is explored by journalist Ross Coulthard. He found many gaps between official accounts and Bean's private views recorded in his diaries, while writing this award winning biography.

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US election special and killercats

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Post election: regrets, recriminations and a red states revolution. Inside the cat wars

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Election day arrives in the USA, what is going on in South Korea and Naomi Klein, Sydney Peace Prize winner.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Election day arrives in the USA, what is going on in South Korea and Naomi Klein, Sydney Peace Prize winner.

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Canberra goings on; Russian tales of Colonial Australia: Qld's underbelly

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Goings on in Canberra. Russian tales of colonial Australia. Queensland's underbelly.

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What is a refugee and shonks from Australian history

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

We find out what we can learn about the management of refugees crises from the past and meet some of the shonks and charlatans of Australian history otherwise known as our national heroes.

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Africa and the ICC; Queen Victoria in a new light.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Countries from Burundi to South Africa say that the International Court has an Africa problem - are they right? Julia Baird's new biography of Queen Victoria demolishes several long-held myths about the monarch - among them that she was created by the men around her.

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US election shenanigans; Wildscapes and confronting ourselves

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +1100

US election shenanigans. Wildscapes and confronting ourselves.

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How United States foreign policy interests shaped the creation and expansion of Middle East studies and expertise. Mark Colvin: my father was a spy.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The Middle East isn't just a battleground for insurgency, it's also a battlefield of ideas which were developed in the US. Mark Colvin's new memoir traces his growth as one of the country's best journalists - and his discovery of his father's double life as a diplomat - and a spy.

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Erin Brockovich

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Erin Brockovich in conversation with Phillip Adams from the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

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Secret history of ASIO; Prof Leif Wenar's plans to bring justice to world's supply chains.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The Secret Cold War is the third and final volume of the Official History of ASIO has just been released.

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25th October 2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro on the US presidential campaign. Putin's inner bear, a special report on Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky, Russian affairs editor of the Economist. And the story of Joan of Arc.

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