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.


Muslim Feminism  

How are Muslim women fighting sexism and working for change?

Understanding the mind of a compulsive hoarder  

Randy Frost explains the meaning possessions play in our lives and how and why this can go astray.

Can the refugee narrative be shifted?  

How does the language and rhetoric used in the refugee discourse affect policy and perceptions

Clementine Ford: feminist warrior  

The internet and social media has helped to spawn a new generation of feminism. At the forefront of this, in Australia, is Clementine Ford. She is a fearless feminist with a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude. She fights back against online misogyny and abuse, making the trolls accountable for what they post, even if it costs them their job. Clementine Ford talks to Paul Barclay about her book, “Fight Like A Girl”, part memoir, part personal manifesto.

The Cranlana Programme:  Medicine and society  

There’s evidence to suggest that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health sector is treated differently to mainstream services. Why does this happen and how can government and policy makers change this treatment?

Tim Fischer: World Trade Disconnect  

Rebranding and revamping before renewed protectionism destroys all

Eco-tourism: Green or greenwash?  

So the demand for authentic and sustainable leisure experiences has never been higher. But how green is eco-tourism really?

Big Ideas 17 October 2016  

Opinions are a dime a dozen. Everyone has one and plenty of people share them on Twitter, Facebook, or on online comments pages. Is all this opinion enhancing democracy or hindering real debate? Also, commentator and economic historian, Niall Ferguson, reflects on the importance of history and how it can be applied to the present, and the state of the global economy.

Books for better policy  

Can literature influence political judgement? What does Barack Obama's summer reading list reveal?

Science of life and death: Murder  

Venom, poison and a peek into the mind of murderers. What drive us to killing other people?

You will be hacked  

The internet has provided motive, means and opportunity for hackers.

How immigration shaped Australia  

A panel of guests explores the impact of post war immigration on Australia

Revising Australian History  

The historical representation of pre-colonial indigenous life. Is the widely taught perspective as accurate as we think?

The Middle Ages now  

The ignorance, superstition and barbarism of the medieval era is reassessed.

Threatened species  

If there was an Ark for Australia's most endangered species, what animals and plants would get a berth?

America in a time of Trump and Clinton  

America is a fractured and fearful place, says Don Watson

Charles Taylor on secularism and multiculturalism  

Charles Taylor explains how a flawed understanding of secularism has produced a backlash against multicultural policies and religious minorities

The 2016 Boyer Lectures  

The first two Boyer lectures look at the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work; and inequities in power and resources

Biohacking: Why Should We Care?  

Ink from bacteria and vegan cheese from casein genes. Are DIY biological labs something we should be worried about?

Queensland’s Native Police: did they commit genocide?  

Australian history is replete with instances of frontier violence. But the establishment and operation of the Native Police, which was responsible for the brutal killing of thousands of indigenous men, women and children, is a particularly chilling example of this. Some believe they committed genocide. 2016 marks the 150h anniversary of the gazettal of regulations, in Queensland, that imposed a "duty" on armed Native Police officers to “disperse" any "large assembly of blacks without unnecessary violence”.  Paul Barclay speaks to a historian, a legal academic and an indigenous activist about this shameful chapter in the nation's past. What can be done to right the wrongs of history 

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