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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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UK update, Jared Kushner's real estate portfolio and an unlikely pearling connection.

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Ian Dunt gives us an election update from the UK in the light of the Manchester bombing, we get the lowdown on Jared Kushner's other real estate empire and the story of how a Melbourne Cup win changed the course of history for a fishing village in Japan.

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Richard Ackland on Media; Pamela Paul ;Anne Boleyn

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

The week in media and law with Richard Ackland. Life with Bob, the book of books. It seems there's a lot more to learn about Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife.

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Bruce Shapiro's America; Why do humans exist? Secularism in India

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Trump in the Middle East. Why are we here? Secularism in India.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra: The crowd in the Thatcher revolution; The Kremlin's men

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra. The quiet crowd that made Margaret Thatcher. The Kremlin's men.

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Trump Impeachment? Data and polling; Report card on Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

White House turmoil. Data: friend or foe? Report card on Australia's Commission into Child Sexual Abuse.

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China's trade route, the real threat to American security comes from within and the low-down on the Labour Manifesto

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

China's one belt one road, the real threats to America coming from domestic terrorist groups and what is in the new Labour manifesto from Jeremy Corbyn

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Bruce Shapiro's America; Private Equity on the march; Global history of trauma

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Did Donald Trump share classified information with the Russians? What's the attraction of Private equity? How new histories of trauma are changing global understanding of PTSD.

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Laura Tingle on the shape shifting budget; Are we having a second Renaissance? Internet sex addiction and paedophilia

Mon, 15 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

The Budget has been pronounced as 'fair' by most voters, does it shift the political ground? Are we having a second Renaissance? Internet sex addiction and paedophilia.

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Insider's account of Europe's establishment; Vale Mark Colvin

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Economist and academic Yanis Varoufakis was always a political outsider, who gained notoriety when he challenged Europe's political leaders, the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the IMF during Greece's economic crisis.

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South Korean election; Idea of Muslim world'; Central American drug gangs and Trump's border war

Wed, 10 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

South Korean elections. Does the United States need to change its attitude towards its ally South Korea? The intellectual history of the idea of the Muslim world and how it affects contemporary views of Islam. MS-13 are a criminal gang. How much of a threat is this violent central American drug gang to the American people?

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Trump fires FBI chief; Media Reforms; Ukraine addiction

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro's America: You're Fired! Media reforms: and the winner is? Ukraine addiction.

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Laura Tingle's political report card: Macron says Let's Go!; the ships of mercy

Mon, 08 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

All the week's political happenings with regular correspondent Laura Tingle. What does President Emmanuel Macron's victory mean and will it quell the march of Euroscepticism or the reach of the far right? Mercy ships - the floating hospitals which put surgery at the centre of social and economic change.

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UK elections; A new epoch? Napoleon's Grand Army

Thu, 04 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Have we entered a new epoch? Bea Campbell: letter from the UK. Secrets of Napoleon's Grand Army revealed.

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Hamas charter; Birth of the FBI; Women and the law

Wed, 03 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Are the radical Islamists of Palestinian politics becoming more moderate? When oil rich tribe of Native Americans start dying in mysterious circumstances, a newly formed FBI launches an investigation. Young writer (and former lawyer) Bri Lee talks about the many ways that the legal system works against women.

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Bruce Shapiro's America; Japanese reaction to regional tension; new war against infectious disease

Tue, 02 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Obama's re-emergence causes a stir. Japan and the North Korean crisis. The new war against infectious disease.

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Laura Tingle on Turnbull; Saving news that matters; Future of Television

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Malcolm Turnbull's mission impossible. Saving news that matters. ABC and local content.

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Do mountains cause warfare? US cane toads; food empowerment

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Do mountains cause warfare? The other cane toad invasion. Saving the world one mushroom at a time.

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Bruce Shapiro; UK Labour and election 2017; Values and virtues in politics

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro reports this week on Donald Trump's first 100 days as President. Is UK Labour heading for electoral disaster under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership? Vague and relativistic, values can be co-opted to mean almost anything.

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Finding Fibonacci; Europe's first great Queen - Isabella

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Finding Fibonacci. Europe's first great Queen - Isabella of Castille.

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Canberra report; French election results; Fair go nation?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra. French Election: first round results. A 'fair go' nation?

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Jakarta has a new Governor, the real price of gas production and can the Aral Sea be saved?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

What role did religion play in Ahok losing the race for the Governorship of Jakarta, the environmental and economic cost of producing gas for electricity and saving the Aral Sea, is it possible?

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Bruce Shapiro; British general election; Libya

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Washington report card. Why is the UK having the election it wasn't supposed to have. Is partition Libya's future?

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Laura Tingle's Canberra; Assad's empire; Programmed Inequality

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra report. Will Bashar al-Assad become Donald Trump's nemesis in the way Assad's father was for all US Presidents since 1970? How the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women computer workers.

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How is the Pope doing?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

As Pope Francis enters his fourth year as the Bishop of Rome, Phillip asks two Vatican watchers how he has fared with reforming the Curia, dealing with scandals and making concrete changes to the institutional Church.

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Late Night Live - 2017-04-13

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is under pressure after his latest cabinet shuffle has resulted in a South Africa's credit rating falling to junk levels. The seemingly capable and incorruptible finance minister of South Africa has been sacked by the President Jacob Zuma.

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French elections; Climate change and Great Barrier Reef; Colonial Businesswomen

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Another long election campaign is nearly over, but whatever the result, France is in for a shock. It's estimated that the economic cost of damage to the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1 billion and 10,000 jobs.

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Report card from the US; Dealing with North Korea; How the bunny shaped Australia

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Washington report card. A full range of options: dealing with North Korea. How the bunny-rabbit shaped Australia.

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Canberra report; The battle for Syria; Vale John Clarke

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra. The Battle for Syria. Vale John Clarke. John Clarke from 2003.

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When Xi met Trump; how helping women brings world peace; Henry Lawson's wife

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

After publicly deriding China for months, President Trump now comes face to face with its leader. Countries which treat women badly are also likely to be countries which are involved in conflict - so should the better treatment of women be a matter of international security? The story of Henry Lawson's wife casts a different light on an Australian icon.

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Basic Income; Word processing and literature; A.C Grayling on war

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Arguing for Universal Basic Income. How word processing technology has influenced modern literature and philosopher A.C. Grayling on his new book, War, an enquiry.

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Bruce Shapiro; Fear of abandonment and Australian foreign policy; return to Afghanistan.

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Word from Washington. Fear of abandonment and Australian foreign policy. Returning to Afghanistan.

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Laura Tingle reports from Canberra, the destruction of Hillary Clinton and the evils of empathy.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle tries to explain why Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's victories never seem sweet, what was the real reason behind Hillary Clinton's loss and the dark side of empathy - yes there is one.

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Late Night Live - 2017-03-30

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

It appears that the effects of Cyclone Debbie could further devastate the reef, already in grave danger from coral bleaching.

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Dictators without borders; Hollywood versus Netflix

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Each of the five Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is home to consolidated authoritarian regimes and poorly governed states. After more than two decades of independence from the Soviet Union, entrenched regimes and enduring patronage machines have short-circuited the transition to democracy. Media and entertainment conglomerates have always been challenged by newcomers. But what's happening in the entertainment industry now is different from previous technology based threats, and it's threatening aging business models and investment.

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Bruce Shapiro, is Australia more than Anzac? Australia's nuclear boycott.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro's America; the Honest History Book challenges the dominance of the Anzac myth in our history. Why Australia is boycotting a nuclear disarmament conference for the first time

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Laura Tingle on Canberra; David Marr on Pauline Hanson

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Laura reports on what is the talk of Canberra; David Marr discusses his latest Quarterly Essay on Pauline Hanson

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Google and health care, The NT royal commission, when do we call a drought a drought?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

How Google took over health care in the UK. The NT royal commission has uncovered a jaw dropping picture of children in prison. And is there a better way to predict and deal with droughts in Somalia?

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US Navy scandal; China's crony capitalism; Remembering Robert Silvers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The so-called Fat Leonard scandal is the US Navy's worst corruption scandal and recently allegations of corruption have spread to the Australian Navy. How the post-Tiananmen Square era issued in an era of large scale looting of China's public assets by officials, family members and their cronies in the private sector. Remembering Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books . Silvers died on Monday aged 87. He spoke to Phillip Adams in June 2013 for the 50th anniversary of the NYRB.

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Vale Martin McGuinness, Robert Silvers and Chuck Berry and PM Modi's party wins again in India.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

We farewell Martin McGuiness, Robert Silvers and Chuck Berry and have a look a the rise and rise of Narendra Modi and his BJP Party.

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Canberra report; threat to democracy in Europe? Wadah Khanfar - an optimist in the Middle East

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Canberra shenanigans. Illiberal politics and the threat to democracy in Europe. An optimist for the Middle East - Wadah Khanfar.

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Victorian crime and journalism

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Journalism and crime.

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Trump's tax returns; Life of Rayner Hoff; Circus comes to Australia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

The continuing saga of Donald Trump's tax returns. The controversial career of Rayner Hoff, Australia's most significant public sculptor. And the arrival of American circus companies in colonial Australia.

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Bruce Shapiro reports from Ireland: Scotland's response to Brexit; is empathy over-rated?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro's week in the US. Scotland's struggles to stay in the EU have put it at odds with the Brexit. Paul Bloom says that empathy is a wasted emotion - what we need to reach for is rational compassion.

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WA election fall out, Tasmania's pokies and Mrs Kelly

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Can anything good come out of the WA election result for Turnbull, just how did Tasmania end up creating a pokie monopoly and the woman behind the legend, Ned's mum, Mrs Kelly.

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China's epic fail - the one child policy

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

China's epic fail - the one child policy (Perth Writers' Festival).

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Report from Canberra; Ivanka Trump ; Big data billionaire: Robert Mercer

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Canberra report card. Who is the real Ivanka Trump? And the story of Robert Mercer , the most reactionary Republican billionaire and a key supporter of Donald Trump.

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Ellen Fanning presents; Bruce Shapiro on the US, Why are there so few women economists? Russia's unknown female revolutionary; IWD Rachel Perkins

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's midnight tweets. Does homo economicus need a sex change? Teffi: the revolutionary satirist who hated the Bolshevik revolution. IWD Rachel Perkins.

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Havana - a subtropical delirium; You are the product and you are for sale!

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Havana - a subtropical delirium. You are the product and you are for sale!

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US defence spending; Arthur Conan Doyle; The undiscovery of islands

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:05:00 +1100

Donald Trump wants a 54 billion dollar boost to US defence spending. The invention of the world's most famous detective. After the age of discovery came the age of un-discovery when many islands were wiped from the maps after being found to be lost.

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