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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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Debate No 3; the battle in Mosul; the lessons from Curtin

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro analyses the final US presidential debate. Is the battle to seize control of Mosul in Northern Iraq a pivotal moment for recent Middle East history - or could it turn out to be another Syria? And what teaching at Curtin Detention Centre taught Adele Dumont.

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The legal complications of the ABCC, gay hate crimes investigated, inside team Trump

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

There are legal complications facing the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, investigations into gay hate crimes from the 70s, 80s and 90s are under the spotlight and we meet the team behind Trump who make Trump look normal.

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Bruce Shapiro; Thai Monarchy; Monet

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro reports on the US Presidential election. The turbulent history of Thailand's Monarchy. Mad Enchantment, the life and art of French master artist , Claude Monet.

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This week in Canberra; The rise of cyber-military industrial complex; Remembering Des Ball, the man who saved the world

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Who is winning the battle of the legal Godzillas? Will Malcolm Turnbull be able to finally land a punch against the unions - all these and other questions answered when Laura Tingle takes Canberra's pulse. In January 1961, retiring Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower warned of the unaccountability of an emerging military industrial complex. He was concerned about the increased power of private defence companies who, year after year would get lucrative contracts with the US government. In January 2017, will President Obama need to warn US citizens of a new threat - the cyber military industrial complex? Remembering Professor Desmond Ball AO died last week after a long illness. Des was a brilliant scholar, a leading strategic thinker in one of the most difficult areas of global politics, intelligence and security. Des Ball wrote over 40 books from the ground breaking study of US bases in Australia, 'A suitable piece of real estate' to 'The Boys in Black: The Thahan Phran (Rangers), Thailand’s Para-military Border Guards.

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Does work make us stupid? Meritocracy; 50 years after the Battle of Algiers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Smart organisations in the so called knowledge economy put a premium on hiring smart people - and then expect them to suspend critical thinking, subscribe to absurd management fads, and the cult of leadership. Author Andre Spicer tracks the growth of functional stupidity.

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Undercover as a Neo Nazi; Lost histories of Australia

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

In 1797, fifteen men became the first overlanders in Australia to walk through 700 miles of Aboriginal country, from Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria to Sydney Cove. And yet this journey and the shipwreck of their vessel the Sydney Cove, led to the discovery of Bass Strait and sparked the frenzied industry of seal culling in Southern Australia. The written account of William Clark's trek is also evidence of the humane and generous treatment of these forlorn interlopers by Indigenous Australians, who ensured the party's survival. For most of the 20th century, when anthropologists did their ‘fieldwork’, it meant becoming immersed in a non-western, pre-industrial society.  But Nitzan Shoshan is a very unusual anthropologist. He is Israeli by upbringing and chose to do his fieldwork as an undercover anthropologist amongst neo-Nazis in East Berlin. His book, The Management of Hate details his experiences amongst marginalised youth of East Berlin,  and his thoughts on the enduring role of right wing extremism in Germany.

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China/Pakistan axis; Myth of meritocracy; Andrzej Wajda

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

The China/Pakistan axis. Remembering the life and work of Polish film director, Andrzej Wajda. Wajda died on Sunday 9th October ,aged 90 years. Take a walk on the wild side.

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Bruce Shapiro on the second debate, the cosy world of bankers, developers and politicians; Anne Brooksbank remembers Bob Ellis

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Bruce Shapiro assesses the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; bankers, developers and politicians - a very Sydney story. Anne Brooksbank looks back on the life and work of Bob Ellis.

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Laura Tingle; Far right in Germany; the unknown Judith Wright

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Laura Tingle updates us about the level of George Brandis's hot water, we find out what can be learned from the rise of the right in Europe and we find out new information about the life of poet Judith Wright.

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Can big banks be punished? The FARC peace debacle. Nick Brodie on his new book, 1787

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

When big banks behave badly, who punishes them and why can't they be better regulated? As the peace deal with FARC is defeated, Colombia is left mourning. And Nick Brodie says the period before the First Fleet arrived should be an essential part of our history.

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Trump's Tax; Karl Marx biography

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Trump's Taxes. Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion.

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How the Springboks divided Australia: Margaret Preston

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:05:00 +1100

Anti-Apartheid protestors, Rugby Union fans and the police clashed heavily around Australia during the highly controversial 1971 Springbok tour. Ever since the 1960s, international sporting bodies and various sporting organisations began preventing their athletes from competing against South Africa until their teams were chosen on merit, and not race. But Australia was not one of those nations.

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The one percent and their money; What are the limits of free speech?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

When the Panama Papers were leaked recently it shone a light into the shadowy world of tax havens and private wealth managers. The shock of the Panama Papers was not really that it happened, but that all of this money shifting and secrecy was actually not illegal.  Brooke Harrington is an economic sociologist, who has spent the last eight years investigating this clandestine world.

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Pine Gap anniversary, Mein Kampf revisited and music meets architecture in Melbourne

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Pine Gap's 50th anniversary. Mein Kampf's second life. Music meets architecture in Melbourne.

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Bruce Shapiro; University reform; Fact checking the Middle Ages

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Presidential debate. Tertiary education - in need of reform? Fact checking the Middle Ages.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins, sovereign wealth funds, what makes something creepy?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership battle - but he's still being declared a loser. Who owns sovereign wealth funds and what should be done with them? And how to separate creepy from scary - there's a big difference.

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Laura Tingle, Iran's nuclear deal, the story of the courtesan

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle on what Malcolm Turnbull's speech about refugees amounts to; a year on, how is the nuclear deal between Iran and the US faring - and is anyone happy about it? Roland Perry on his new book about the woman who went from courtesan to society wife - and everything in between.

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Lost guns, post-Brexit Britain and the welfare revolution

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Lost guns and explosive violence. Post-Brexit Blues. Investing in welfare.

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Bruce Shapiro; Tim Costello's faith

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Presidential campaign fallout from New York bombing . Tim Costello's faith.

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Is Edward Snowden a traitor or hero? Malthus and population; A tribute to Edward Albee

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Edward Snowden - traitor or hero? Rethinking Thomas Malthus . A tribute to Edward Albee.

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Laura Tingle's Canberra; China in the South Pacific; Einstein's greatest mistake

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle's Canberra. China in the South Pacific. Einstein's greatest mistake.

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Bruce Shapiro; Chris Mitchell; Hidden life of trees

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Dr Oz and Donald Trump's health . Chris Mitchell is making headlines. The Secret Life of Trees.

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John Olsen talks about work, life and frogs

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

John Olsen's works depicting Australian landscapes from the inner city to the outback have graced every major state gallery collection, several private buildings, the Opera House and the Prime Minister's office - and he's also collected and loved by hundreds of ordinary Australians. He's long been regarded as the country's greatest living artist, but when he was growing up in Sydney's Bondi, the idea of making a career in art was regarded in the same light as flying to the moon.

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Bruce Shapiro on 'Illary'; Lithuania, ground zero and the new Cold War; the lessons of Maralinga

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Hillary Clinton's collapse at the memorial service for 9/11 has prompted questions about her health and played into the hands of the Trump campaign. Tensions along the border between Lithuania and Russia are fuelling talk of a new Cold War. The tests at Maralinga were conducted with a blatant disregard for the people living in the vicinity.

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Canberra capers, where to next for the Greens and get on your hobby horse

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Laura Tingle joins Andrew from Canberra to talk politics.

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Gambling on Turnbull; Are China fears justified? Head transplants?

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

A year out from the last election, the Liberal party deposed Tony Abbott as leader and replaced him with Malcolm Turnbull. It was a risky move given that the last time Turnbull led the Liberal party it had ended in near disaster with 'Utegate'. And then there is the fact that the leader's world view doesn't seem to mesh with many in his own party. Not to mention all those colleagues he's alienated. After the election, with the Coalition achieving a less than stellar victory, opinion is divided on whether the gamble has paid off.

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Bruce Shapiro; Doc Evatt biography; the world of the microbiome

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Phyllis Schlafly , conservative US icon dies at age 92. Evatt: a life. The world of the microbiome.

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London's great fire. Can Hillary become a progressive?

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

On the 350th anniversary of London's great fire we look back at why it was such a pivotal moment in history. The great dividing line in US politics is between the one per cent and the rest. Hillary Clinton is trying to re-fashion herself as a champion of the 99 per cent, with the help of Felicia Joy Wong.

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The Isis hostage, inside Guantanamo Bay and the Burrell Collection

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Danish photographer Daniel Rye was held captive by ISIS for thirteen months, and told his story to author Puk Damsgard. Ted Conover has been to Guantanamo Bay several times and reports on the latest efforts to close the camp. William Burrell donated 9000 artworks to the city of Glasgow and for the first time some of them are being shown outside Scotland.

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The selling of the innovation boom; Is America coming apart?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Innovation culture, ideas booms, innovative economy, innovation push. Innovation rhetoric has flooded Australia in 2016. However, the magic of technological innovation often leads to disenchantment when inventions fail and governments and corporations lose interest.

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Bruce Shapiro; Norway's Sovereign Wealth

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro on the latest news from the US Presidential campaign. How Norway built a trillion dollar Sovereign Wealth fund from oil production.

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Canberra goes back to business, the great multinational tax rort, political Islam's godfather

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Parliament resumes - and it promises to be chaotic. Martin Feil on the great multinational tax rort. And the story of Sayyid Qutb, the godfather of modern Islamic politics - executed 50 years ago today.

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Al McCoy on the Philippines; Deborah Cheetham's Australian operas, What we do with our hands and why

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

President Rodrigo Duterte and the tradition of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Deborah Cheetham on how she makes opera an Australian art form. Darian Leader, psychoanalyst on what we do with our hands, and why.

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The Northern Territory's troubled election; problems of the sharing economy, a history of hanging

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The Northern Territory is going to the polls against a backdrop of accusations on everything from perverting the course of justice to sexting. The sharing economy promises a lot but what is it delivering for those who work in it? A new book looks at the long strange history of hanging.

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Bruce Shapiro; Putin and China; Refugee Musicians in Australia

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Bruce Shapiro reports on the latest political news from the USA. What does Russia's 'turn to East' mean for Australia? President Putin And Chinese Premier Xi have had both been working hard to increase ties between their two countries, with everything from gas deal and joint military exercises to the re-building of the Silk Road. So what do these deepening ties between two major powers mean for Australia? Of the 9,000 German and Austrian Jewish refugees who made the journey to Australia, at least 100 were talented musicians, most of whom were unable to follow their passion in their new home country. There are standouts such as the renowned composer George Dreyfus, but mostly they remain unknown. They include soloists, orchestral players, composers, singers and conductors, frustrated by failed attempts to be accepted.

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Plebiscite push back; Trump's tax, living between two worlds

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

What are the repercussions of the push to delay the plebiscite on marriage equality? What Donald Trump's tax returns might reveal and why he still refuses to release them. A new book by Kim Mahood tells the story of returning to a place where you grew up and trying to find yourself in it

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Lindt Sydney Siege Inquest; What's wrong with UK Labour Leader? What's behind Russia's Middle East Strategy

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

What went wrong at the Sydney siege in 2014.The coronial inquiry  into the 2014 Lindt café siege began in early 2015. This week  the inquiry held its most dramatic week of  evidence , when senior police commanders in NSW appeared before the inquiry. What's the matter with Jeremy Corbyn? Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of UK's Labour party, he's been derided by the media - and by many in his own party - for being unelectable. And what's behind Russia Middle East strategy?

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The Wave Hill walk off, Inside America's private prisons

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Mother Jones report Shane Bauer was so frustrated by the secrecy inside America’s multibillion dollar private prison system, he decided to become an insider.   For four months, he worked as a guard at the Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana, run by the Corrections Corporation of America – the country’s second largest private prison company. Remarkably, he was able to record inside the prison, recording audio with a pen and filming with his watch The result is a remarkable investigation running to over 35,000 words, in which Shane depicts a brutal and chaotic dystopia, where guards are encouraged to enact sadistic impulses, stabbings are an almost everyday occurrence, and prisoners are denied medical treatment. And that’s only the beginning. wave hill walk off.

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USA today; William Perry on the nuclear brink

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Former US Secretary of Defence, William J. Perry, warns that the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and is growing every year. 

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Laura Tingle, Kashmir's valleys of fire, Dick Smith's political activism.

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The mood of the nation seems to be 'somebody must do something' - but who, and what should they do, asks Laura Tingle. The death of a young militant leader in Kashmir has again polarised debate over Indian rule - and India has responded aggressively. Dick Smith has long been politically active - now he's campaigning on behalf of Julian Assange.

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11th August 2016

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

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 self inventing and reinventing his life story. One thing is certain , Marconi helped create our modern world of communications and media. The Large Hadron Collider under Geneva proved the existence of the Higgs Boson particle back in 2012. Now a laboratory is being built one kilometre under an old gold-mine in Stawell Victoria which will house the first dark matter detector in the world. Dr Alan Duffy is an astrophysicist from Swinburne University and he explains what dark matter is and how they are going to find it in an underground bunker.

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Further confirmation of the dire situation in Nauru, the IMF admits its mistakes on Greece and why alcohol and politics don't mix.

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The Guardian has trawled through incident reports from Nauru confirming the terrible conditions asylum seekers are living in, Yanis Varoufakis responds to the IMF Report and a historical look at the relationship between politics and alcohol.

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The United States; The Emperor's speech; The Wilde family

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The Great Republican Crack-up continues. The Emperor's speech. The Wilde family.

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Pakistan's premier film-maker on her tough documentaries. A new biography of George Bush is merciless in its summing up of the former president.

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentaries take us into the world of acid attacks and honour killings but they also reveal women (and men) who fight against society's restrictions to survive. A new biography of George Bush reveals a man who wanted to be decisive, for all the wrong reasons.

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War and memory in Vietnam explored in a new book; a history of hair removal

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

In Kashmir, protests around the death of young militant leader Burhan Wani have seen vicious crackdowns and denials from the Indian army in what's become an all too familiar spiral. Viet Thanh Nguyen's book is an exploration of war and memory in Vietnam.

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Duterte's Philippines; Tokyo's new Governor; Ugliness

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The number of claimed drug dealers being killed in Manila rises, so does President Duterte’s popularity. What is Duterte’s background and why is he so popular. Who is Yuriko Koike? She is now Japan's most powerful female politician: a 64 year old, former LDP environment and defence minister, In a landslide victory she won one of the most powerful political positions in Japan, the Governor of Tokyo. A history of Ugliness. Is ugliness purely a cultural construct, or a brain construct?   Is ugliness in the eye of the beholder or not?

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Bruce Shapiro; What's wrong with American politics? Logic of organised crime.

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The chaos that the American political establishment finds itself in today has been a long time in the making. Waves of financial and political reform have also resulted in demonized and disempowered political professional and political parties, making it easy for disruption and manipulation of all kind.

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The rise of the machines; why Whitlam's words matter.

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Political words are just empty slogans without a political vision behind them, that's what made Gough Whitlam a master of rhetoric. The history of cybernetics and how it shaped our anxieties about privacy, security and the digital future.

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Barry Jones' Dictionary of World Biography

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:05:00 +1000

Dictionary of world biography.

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The NT Juvenile Justice crisis, the power of the federal reserve, and the view on Brexit from Northern Ireland

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:05:00 +1000

The NT Juvenile Justice system is now under scrutiny from all sides. It has taken a Four Corners report for the NT government to take responsibility even though people have been raising concerns for years.

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