Big Ideas - Full program podcast

Big Ideas - Full program podcast


ABC Radio National presents material from Big Ideas web and TV to bring you the best public talks, debates and lectures from Australia and around the world. One single audio file of the whole program - good for continuous listening.


Electric Planet  

Do we need a more rational approach to electricity generation in Australia?

Increasing our power over life  

Scientists can make you healthier and live longer by manipulating your genes. But they can also make the next generation stronger, taller, slimmer or smarter. How should we use the power we have over genes and life?

Privacy: an IQ debate  

Technology now allows parents to look at their children's call history, texts and internet use. Is this undermining and unfairly inhibiting young people? Should privacy really be for adults only?

The changing face of Australian immigration  

Gradual, but significant, change is occurring to Australia's immigration intake. More migrants are being granted temporary visas. Currently there is in excess of one million migrants living here temporarily, on visas such as the 457 skilled worker visa.  It is getting harder to secure permanent residency. Author and researcher, Peter Mares, says temporary migrants often live in Australia for many years, work, pay their taxes, and abide by the law. Yet they have no say in our democracy. "Not quite Australian", is how he describes them.  How is temporary migration changing Australia?

Human rights and everyday virtues  

To make human rights useful for everyday life, we need to change the language from ‘rights’ to ‘gifting’.

The Elgin Marbles  

Should the Parthenon Marbles be returned to Greece? A Mini Moot to mark 200 years since the British Museum purchased the marbles from Lord Elgin.

European innovation and Europe's place in the world  

Looking at Europe: with young eyes - and behind the scenes at CERN

Oz music thriving in an era of digital disruption  

At a time when music fans can choose from more 20 million songs on Spotify, and the like, Australian artists are making themselves heard around the globe. Australian acts were nominated for several Grammy Awards this year and singer/songwriter, Dami Im, was runner up in Eurovision song contest. The cultural value of popular music is impossible to measure, but the Australian music industry is seeking to quantify its contribution to the economy.  In this conversation, five music industry players talk to Paul Barclay about everything from digital disruption, and sexism in the industry, to why playlists may be the new radio. 

Putin's Russia  

Twenty five years of cold peace Can the western community of nations reinvent itself to accommodate Russia?

Do we expect too much from governments?  

Laura Tingle explains how People’s disillusion with politics is mainly a question of perception. 

The 2016 Reith Lectures  

Mistaken Identities: Episode 4 Culture The history of the idea of culture - from its roots at the the time of the Crusades to its modern incarnation in the second half of the 20th century.

The battle of Passchendaele: did hundreds of thousands die in vain?  

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Passchendaele, on the Western Front. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, resulting in tens of thousands of Australian casualties – more than at Gallipoli.  But Passchendaele was not a military blunder. The carnage was intentional. It was a part of the plan, author, Paul Ham, tells Paul Barclay.

Are we facing the new 1930s?  

Are current populist movements across Europe and Asia reminiscent of the state of affairs in the decade preceding World War II?

Dying Re-imagined  

Redesigning palliative care to bring compassion and imagination to the care of the dying

The 2016 Reith Lectures  

Mistaken Identities: Episode 3 Colour Professor Appiah explores and illustrates a series of mistaken ideas, including that there is a "racial essence" which all members of a race carry.

Tackling domestic violence - what progress has been made?  

How far have we come in tackling domestic violence?

A political economy of space and place  

Under capitalism, the state also organises the space we live in, the streets we walk and the places we meet.

Global corruption  

Australia is ‘the Cayman Islands of the South Pacific' - a safe haven for money coming into the country through international corruption.

The 2016 Reith Lectures  

Mistaken Identities: Episode 2 Country

Affordable housing  

There is a scarcity of affordable rental accommodation in Australia.

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