Late Night Live - Full program podcast

Late Night Live - Full program podcast


Long Nights LNL podcast gives you the whole of Late Night Live from start to finish in a continuous mp3 file, as Phillip Adams invites you to eavesdrop on his conversations with the world's brilliant and controversial thinkers.


Can trees talk to each other? The many and surprising twists in Australian history.  

Peter Wohlleban says that trees and plants have feelings and are able to talk to each other. His book, The Hidden Life of Trees, builds on his work as a forest ranger in Germany where he introduced ground breaking changes to the way forests are managed.

18th January 2017  

How United States foreign policy interests shaped the creation and expansion of Middle East studies and expertise. How Mark Colvin discovered his father was a spy.

Joan of Arc; Dance  

Could Joan of Arc be a good model for anyone wanting to become a genuine agent of change or transformation? The results of a three year research project with professional dancers to understand where creativity resides - in the body or the brain?

Queen Victoria uncovered; Australia's history - more interesting than you think.  

Queen Victoria has always been written about as retiring, modest and easily influenced by the men around her. Julia Baird's biography of the long-reigning monarch reveals a woman in command of her empire and herself.

Mein Kampf's second life; The limits of free speech?  

Mein Kampf's second life. What are the limits of free speech?

Walking on the wild side; Tim Costello's faith  

Take a walk on the wild side. Tim Costello's faith.

Einstein's greatest mistake; what we do with our hands and why  

Einstein's greatest mistake. What we do with our hands and why.

Why fat is still a feminist issue; wildscapes  

Why fat is still a feminist issue. Wildscapes and confronting ourselves.

5th January 2017  

The nuclear brink. Politics and grog.

Maralinga anniversary; Aileen Palmer  

It was almost 60 years ago that an atomic bomb was first exploded on the Australian mainland at a place called Maralinga.

Marconi ;Neurologist who hacked his brain  

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 creating and reinventing his life story.

Trillion dollar baby; Sayyid Qutb  

Journalist Paul Cleary delves into Norway's history and explains how this once poverty-stricken colony built the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Sayyid Qutb's visit to America in the 1950s began the countdown to the attacks of September 11 2001,

John Olsen on his life and work.  

Regarded as Australia's greatest living artist, John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre - for over 60 years. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings he sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

Helen Garner on love, life and loss. Author Margo Jefferson on growing up in 'Negroland'.  

Helen Garner's stylish prose has taken us from life and love in the inner city to some of the darkest corners of our collective psyche. Her book, Everywhere I Look, features opinions on, among other things, re-reading Austen, her friendships with writers, being a grandparent (and losing her parents) and the insults of age.

Matti Friedman on the conflict that never ends in the Middle East; are robots coming for us?  

At age 19 Matti Friedman was drafted into the Israeli army and sent to a remote hill called 'The Pumpkin' inside a security zone in Lebanon. There he witnessed all the horror, boredom and stupidities of a modern war. His book is a stark look at the tangled conflict in which peace might not be the endgame.

The story behind Shakespeare's most powerful play.  

1606. Catholic terrorists have just been arrested in a plot to blow up the King and massacre politicians and innocent people. At the same time, a playwright, a mouthpiece of the moods and fears of a country is in a rut and desperate for a new story in a country wracked with conspiracies and disease. 1606 is the year of Lear, William Shakespeare's most powerful play.

Randolph Stow, author and enigma, Inside America's notorious prisons  

Randolph Stow's was once regarded as a successor to Patrick White; his novels, poems and criticism brought him recognition and acclaim at an early age. But his life was a restless search for home and hearth; intellectual, gay and solitary by nature, he felt like an alien in his own country.

Contesting Henry VIII's will; modern day slavery  

A conservative estimate puts the number of slaves worldwide at 38 million, but thanks to the work of one man, Brazil has made significant headway towards its abolition.

Donna Leon on her Venetian detective stories; Ian Buruma's memoir of his grandparents between the wars.  

Donna Leon's literary detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti is an intensely civilised character steering his way through the bureaucracy and corruption of Venice - and solving the occasional crime along the way. Author Ian Buruma tells the story of his Jewish grandparents in Britain between the wars.

The 'emotional toxicity' of neo-liberalism; memoirs of a Syrian architect  

The neo-liberalist mindset, beloved of conservative governments, believes the marketplace is the only measure of worth. It's creating a society of winners and losers - one where cruelty is rationalised and empathy regarded as weak. Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni says that architecture has played a vital role in creating, directing and heightening conflicts between warring factions in her country.

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