Does the traditional travelling circus have a future in Australia?
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Will the working class become the useless class as technology destroys millions of jobs?
Where would we be without spectacles, light bulbs and windscreens? How many lives were saved through germ identifying microscope lenses? And how pleasurable would life be without windows, computers or telephones?
How is genomics changing medical practice?
The frozen and fragile continent of Antarctica needs international attention. With increasing state rivalries, environmental concerns, and the need for resources, is the Antarctic Treaty System in need of reform?
How much is Western culture is derived from the Abrahamic religions and traditions? And are some core Islamic values at odds with the contemporary materialistic world? A panel of experts tries to explain Islam.
The search for identity and the search for self. Lost memories and the historical record.
In Afghanistan, two lovers, Zakia and Ali, friends since childhood, elope: defying the wishes of their families, cultural norms, and Afghan and Islamic Law. Zakia’s family vows to kill her, to restore the family’s "honour". The couple is forced to run...
A panel of journalists and community leaders look at how media portrays marginalised groups and how they can shape social cohesion – for the better or worse.
How is our cosmos finely tuned and just right for life? It's time to ask some of the deep questions about our place in the cosmos.
There's an increasing number of missing persons and unidentified dead bodies in today's conflicts. What are the socio-cultural, political, legal and psychological impacts on the involved communities?
45 years ago, Tasmania’s Lake Pedder, with its glorious pink quartz sand, was flooded to create hydro-electric power for the state. Conservationists are convinced it is a lost jewel in the crown of Australia’s natural environment. Almost from the...
Money laundering, market rigging, digital 'off-shoring'. Are some people and corporations above and beyond the law?
A campaign for marriage equality has to be about "real people" and not simply a lofty debate about law, philosophy and religion.
A journey to outer space. After nine and a half years travelling at 53 000 kilometres an hour, the New Horizons team reached Pluto. NASA Astrophysicist Fran Bagenal recounts the journey and the unexpected findings.
There is a myth that great wealth enables our economies to grow, but wealth can actually stand in the way of economic development; inequity can slow us down. Fairness lies at the heart of liberal democracy, and in the face of unfairness, we rebel....
Are we witnessing the return of the cold war?
Millions of people around the world are on the move. How do we deal with this "mass flight"?
Half a decade ago, freedom movements were ascendant in a number of countries - Egypt, Tunisia, Libya. But today the gains from the so called 'Arab Spring' seem, mostly, lost. Authoritarian regimes have been winding back the progress in human rights...
Have predictions of the 'end of history' proven premature?
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