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Counterpoint - Full program podcast

Commentary and debate from all sides of Australian society, economics and culture. One single audio file of the whole program - good for continuous listening.

Copyright: Copyright 2018, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

March 19 2018

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Droughts are going to get worse, dealing with guilt and shame, mosquitoes avoid serial swatters, the 30 polls dilemma for Malcolm Turnbull, and sailing from Australia to Japan.

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March 12 2018

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Birds may hold some of the keys to a better future for all of us, do workplaces have a right to forbid office romances, the folly of Question Time, and is lying a necessary part of life?

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March 5 2018

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:05:00 +1100

The Toxic State of Public Discourse, are our smart devices making us dumb, and the Museum of Selfies.

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February 26 2018

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Sri Lanka's new electoral laws, racist brands, the Grevy's zebra and our addiction to social media.

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February 19 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Snakebites the silent killer, Alzheimers research, how to protect our reputation in the #Metoo world, and the Almighty God.

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February 12 2018

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:05:00 +1100

The politics of water in Cape Town, identity politics and are smartphones eavesdropping our conversations?

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Counterpoint, February 5, 2018

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:05:00 +1100

A new solar angle on why the world is warming . Why keeping a beat is good for the brain. Soapbox - Harry and Megan - who cares? Australian malls adapt to online . The night owl also catches the worm.

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Counterpoint 29 January, 2018

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Why voters are turning against liberal elites. Fixing knees with 3D printing. Soapbox: The madness of voting for independents. The tired old 'IT glitch' excuse .

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January 22 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Dodgy Indian drugs, why we should love viruses, Hollywood celebrities, Blockchain technology, and archiving in the digital age.

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January 15 2017

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +1100

The myths of money laundering. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. The downside of solar energy. Get Down: Why it can be good to be sad. Soapbox: Bad drivers.

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January 8 2017

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Refugees good for the economy. Robots are not taking all our jobs. Closing the loop on e-waste. Coffee: Our bittersweet addiction. Soapbox: Are we becoming a nation of whingers?

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January 1 2017

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +1100

Going 'cold turkey' may not be the answer to addiction. Is democracy-based tolerance in Indonesia at an end? The environmental impact of electric cars. Soapbox: Gratitude.

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25 December 2017

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:05:00 +1100

The 200 year old anti vaxxer movement. Emergency architects. Happiness and how to get it. Changing the seasons to suit Australia. Soapbox: Wedding madness.

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December 18 December 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Racism and the American Left. Why hot desking is a bad idea. Minerals and wine. For fans, hip hop and heavy metal are more calming than aggravating. Soapbox: Queues.

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December 11 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:05:00 +1100

The Trump phenomenon, sensitive bullies, America's ghost towns, Double Eleven shopping, and the amazing frog app.

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December 4 2017

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Why is Christmas a big deal for everyone, the NRA and gun control, the organic food snobs, The Marrakesh Treaty, and indigenous astronomy.

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November 27 2017

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +1100

The new Saudi prince, health tourism, why we distrust organised religion, and society's obsession with happiness.

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November 20 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Is pornography a drug? The bunny boilers, and a new scan can identify people considering suicide.

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November 13 2017

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Fake news, the right to die a dog's death, the cult of the expert, and the relationship between politicians and journalists.

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November 3 2017

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Bringing glamour to Russian politics, the influence of cooking shows, women vs feminism, and the Songlines exhibition.

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October 30 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Gun culture, Harvey Weinstein and the scapegoat mechanism, enterprise bargaining, and learning to live with Artificial Intelligence.

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October 23 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Power games in Indonesia, the misconceptions of money laundering, who owns the asteroids, and how music benefits children

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October 16 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Whose to blame for the Rohingya crisis, Catalan - a personal story, an economic forecast, and the story of the four seasons.

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Counterpoint - 2017-10-09

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:05:00 +1100

Racism in America, shelter for refugees, the robot revolution, and how to make better butter.

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Counterpoint - 2017-10-02

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:05:00 +1100

American Marranos, Ewaste, toppling of statues and a multicultural youth survey.

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Counterpoint - 2017-09-25

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Crisis zones, the dark new virtual world, emergency architects and the inner authoritarian.

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Counterpoint: mothers who abuse their sons, don't dump on Trump, talking to strangers, rural housing prices

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Mothers who sexually abuse their sons, why it's not good to dump on Trump all the time, talking to a stranger can be good for the soul, and housing unaffordability in country towns.

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Counterpoint: the death of expertise, future jobs, and how to write a hit

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Hear how the media, social media, higher education and internet are undermining the authority of experts. Technology isn't just taking over blue-collar jobs, and the secret to writing a hit song.

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Counterpoint: Cholera in Yemen, China's credit squeeze, discovering new mammals

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Civil triggers a cholera epidemic in Yemen, China using its reserves to pay off rising debt, and the zoologist who's discovering new mammals.

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Counterpoint: Google's diversity plans criticised, Hip Hop for healing, Robo Chook, Soapbox

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Google's diversity program under attack, the healing powers of hip hop, the young scientists behind robo-chook, and on the buses with Soapbox.

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Counterpoint, August 21, 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Matches. Confronting the fear of homelessness. The roles and responsibilities of Boards. The long lives of trapdoor spiders. The world's loudest, craziest trumpet festival.

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Counterpoint August 14, 2017

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Gratitude. The India and US relationship. Workplace monsters. The platypus. The environmental impact of electric cars.

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Counterpoint, August 7, 2017

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Could giving a problem drinker alcohol help overcome society's issues with violence, health costs and loss of productivity and addiction. Also in this show, is rust, or an excess of iron, affecting our brains and causing Alzheimer's Disease?A stylised image of a brain MRI using Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) showing in red the increase in iron levels found in those with Alzheimer’s pathology compared to controls. (Supplied: University of Melbourne)

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Anti Semitism, the language barrier for our kids and what's in a number?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: What's the magic word? No entiendo: Our kids and languages. Where's our population strategy? The new rise of old hatred.

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Addicted to antibiotics, missile defence and anti-vaxxers are nothing new

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Those pesky towel dispensers. Finding a cure for our antibiotic addiction. The 200 year old anti vaxxer movement. Do we need a missile defence system?

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Democracy in Myanmar, is China running out of patience with Hong Kong and the worrying rise in global massacres

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Wedding madness. Is China losing patience with one country-two systems? Just how democratic is the "new" Myanmar. Worrying trend: Upsurge in massacres.

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RAMSI ends, Counterterrorism funding, vocational training rorts and fighting cancer via epigenetics

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: The magic bullet. Hard lesson: Fixing our VET sector. Counterterrorism: Are we spending wisely? Epigenetics: a major key in beating cancer. RAMSI and our role in failing countries.

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The skinny on interest rates, Russia's power - or lack of it, cyber attacks and the magic lantern

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: The bright side of life. Do we overestimate Russia's power? Rates on the way up: Ex RBA board member. Are we powerless against ransomware? Throwing new light on "The Magic Lantern".

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Drugs used to restrain, Britain cracking up and an Israeli take on the 6 day war

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Sniffing and sunnies. In the dark: Our use of chemical restraints. Is the UK in the midst of a breakdown? The 6 Day War: An Israeli perspective. Popularism: A flash in the pan?

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Down on democracy, anti politics, ancient DNA and shameful anniversary: 50 years of aggression

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Service please! We're anti politics and down on democracy. The secrets revealed by ancient DNA. Finding answers to 50 years of aggression.

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Ending heart disease, Counter terrorism update, Australia's reluctance on the Belt and Road and banning fraternities

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Counter terrorism: Are we getting it right? Heart disease cure: One step closer? Is the party over? Call to ban US fraternities. Australia's reluctance on China's Belt and Road.

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Indonesia: the next Syria? House prices: correction or catastrophe? and not all doom and gloom for the Great Barrier Reef

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Take all and do nothing. Will Indonesia become the next Syria? A Glimmer of hope for the Great Barrier Reef. Correction or catastrophe: When house prices fall.

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Asia and the genome revolution, Indonesia, politics and radical Islam and can we avert a looming Australian power crisis?

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: No doubt? Is democracy-based tolerance in Indonesia at an end? Asia: leading the world in the genomic race. Big battle: politics and the "sensible middle". Let there be light: the power crisis we can avoid.

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Korean sunshine, the anti-anti Trump movement and why it isn't bad to be sad

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

New political phenomena: Anti-anti Trump. Get Down: Why it can be good to be sad. Can Moon produce Korean sunshine? Soapbox: The "me too" brigade.

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Getting happy, private health in public hospitals and healing the ozone layer with aerosols?

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Are we becoming a nation of whingers? Can an aerosol save the ozone layer? On the rise: Private health in public hospital. Happiness and how to get it.

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Is the US losing its superpower mojo? The next Korean war and online dross

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:00:00 +1000

Soapbox: Conspicuous Compassion. The wane of America's superpower mojo. Awash with dross: Online misinformation. One Belt, One Road: Did China get it right? A new Korean War: Is it inevitable?

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Counterpoint 1 May, 2017

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: passive aggressives. Decline of Europe's left-wing parties. The cost of supporting road accident victims. Over-optimistic doctors getting it wrong. Minerals and wine.

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Counterpoint April 24, 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:05:00 +1000

The Australian Digital Heath Record is rolling out but how to get the next 20 million Australians signed up is the challenge. It's not just blue collar workers losing jobs to technology, skilled workers are too and how to write a hit song. There's a formula and once you know it, you're in the game.

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Counterpoint 17 April, 2017

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: Victim impact statements. David Burchell: the changing world of politics. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. Coffee: Our bittersweet addiction.

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Counterpoint 10, April 2017

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:05:00 +1000

Soapbox: spoilt pets. The rising economic power of China. EBAs that are seeing workers worse off. Designing a better sex toy for the modern consumer.

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