The Minefield - Separate stories podcast

The Minefield - Separate stories podcast


The whole program cut up into separate stories - allows easy skipping from one story to the next so you can pick and choose.


Does protest have any point anymore?  

Can protest today represent anything more than the venting of emotion and raw discontent? Can it still achieve change?

Can we learn to live with disability?  

While we are obliged to extend a certain dignity to those who live with a disability, we would prefer that they did not exist to begin with.

What is concealed by 'telling it like it is'?  

Far from being an overt form of public speech, 'straight talking' most often conceals a base appeal to prejudice.

What is concealed by ‘telling it like it is’?  

Far from being an overt form of public speech, “straight talking” most often conceals a base appeal to prejudice.

Does Trump’s victory signal an epistemological crisis?  

In our sophisticated, data-driven times, have we forgotten that there are other ways of knowing?

What is the meaning of ‘Trump’?  

The United States became a different nation on 8 November, with the election of Donald Trump, than it was the day before.

Will “Trumpism” lose the electoral battle, but win the political war? The lesson of 1964  

Unless we pay attention of the conditions in which “Trumpism” was cultivated, Trump’s almost certain defeat may be just the beginning.

Is inequality primarily an economic problem?  

Is it right to think about inequality as an economic problem or should we think about it as a moral problem?

Bob Dylan: Should Artists Win Awards?  

The debate ignited by Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize can remind us of the proper uses of art. Is it okay to rank art?

Does ethics belong in schools?  

The often fractious and fiercely contested debate over whether some form of ethical instruction ought to replace religious education in public schools has overshadowed what is, in many respects, a more pressing question: Does ethical instruction belong in schools to begin with?

What is the role of joy in the moral life?  

Joy is a much richer emotion than we often think. It deserves more attention than the debauched ‘happiness industry'.

Does sport have any moral value?  

Could it be that whatever sense of moral value sport possesses, it’s bound up with the bodily limits, the autonomy and the moral agency of the individual athlete?

What obligations do we have to ‘moral monsters’?  

Is the proper response to those who deny the full humanity of other ethnic or religious groups to dehumanize them in return?

Lionel Shriver and the Moral Limits of Fiction  

Can novelists inhabit the experiences of others? Or, perhaps more pointedly: Should they?

U.S. Election 2016: Is it enough for Trump to lose?  

Can Donald Trump be defeated without further alienating those who look to him?

When are plebiscites legitimate?  

Are there some questions over which “the will of the people” has no jurisdiction?

Does love have any place in politics?  

Western democracies are becoming more fractious, less cooperative. If this is to change, where will the change originate?

Nauru: Have we reached the moral limits of consequentialism?  

Are we finally being forced to reckon with the true consequences of our consequentialism?

Will constitutional recognition undermine Aboriginal self-determination?  

Is constitutional recognition, without a ‘Treaty’, designed to placate of non-Indigenous Australians with the appearance of change?

What are the Olympics worth?  

Are global sporting events like the Olympic Games capable of delivering the civic and patriotic benefit they promise?

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