The Sports Panel: feuds, funding and Ashes fait accompli?
This week’s sports panel had much to talk about. Its members were former Wallaby Geoff Didier, writer for the Footy Almanac Craig Little and basketball. First out of the gate was the parting of ways of Singo and Gai in less joyous fashion.
The Sports Panel: gee gees, golfers and gambling
Adam Scott slips on the green jacket – the first time for an Aussie – and with grace and humility. We asked the panel how rare a commodity these qualities are in modern sport?
The Sports Panel: the roof, the microchip and the South...
This week’s Sports Panel had much to talk about...with most major codes on the agenda. Heather Reid is CEO of Capital Football, John Armstrong is from Pedal Power and David Pembroke is sports mad (he also runs Content Group).
Peacocks to be shown off from Canberra
There’s an ostentation of peafowl in Canberra –that’s the collective name for a group of these birds. The most noticeable being the peacocks – with their beautiful plumage they are hard to miss. As far as introduced species go, they are easy on the eye. But not everyone likes them, so much in fact that some of the Canberra peacocks may soon have a new home.
The Sports Panel: F1 infighting, captains knocked and a...
Listen to the sports panel chew over the top sporting stories going around.
Canberra bashing: the antidote
If you're a Canberran, you've likely been the butt of various jokes and outdated stereotypes of late. To get to the bottom of this, and yes to feel a little better about ourselves after being beaten up in various media (sniffle), the Mornings program convened a panel of Canberra advocates.
Katter's man in Canberra (and a mascot called Bruce)
He is a music composing, pro-choice, Senate candidate for Bob Katter's Australia Party in the ACT, and, yes, Steven Bailey really is a man of contradictions. Before heading off into the bush with his faithful dog by his side to score an opera based on the writings of Moliere, Bailey came into the 666 ABC studio to talk to Genevieve Jacobs on Mornings. With labrador mix Bruce - the female dog who is "testing the hetero-normative names of dogland" - in tow, Bailey spoke about his...
Irish musician Luka Bloom makes sweet music with...
Luka Bloom on Mornings Luka Bloom has a long running love affair with Australia. The Irish singer and songwriter has been visiting us regularly for 20 years and says that apart from Ireland this is the only place that feels like home as he flies in. Making music that draws on the twin traditions of storytelling and wry, black humour, Luka told 666's Genevieve Jacobs that he believes Australians share both characteristics with the Irish. In fact, he feels so comfortable here that...
Fans of Michael Leunigs's work happily acknowledge that they don't always understand exactly what the cartoonist means but more often than not, they get the general direction he's going. Leuning has just released The Essential Leunig - Cartoons from a Winding Path. Alex Sloan talked to him about this collection and the sparkle in the inky muddle and mess. Download audio
Ethical educational for soldiers?
Yesterday Federal Defence Minister Stephen Smith made a historic apology to the military victims of sexual and other abuse dating back the the 1950s. But what is it about the Defence Forces and the way that they are structured that seems to encourage this behaviour? Dr James Connor is a Sociologist and Senior Lecturer at the UNSW at ADFA and knows first-hand about the way young cadets think. Here's what he had to say to Alex Sloan. Download audio
Is it smart to let students have phones in the classroom?
There's a new trend in schools and it's not the latest Korean dance craze! Known as BYOD or Bring- your-own-device it is where students bring their own laptops, smartphones or tablets to school. And more and more teachers are encouraging it with a report out this week showing they're worried about how to provide new computers when the former Rudd governments' funding for the digital education revolution dries up. Given smartphones are a portable computer this got us thinking on Mornings...
Happy Birthday Sumi Jo and welcome to Canberra!
It was a celebration in the studio today when world renowned soprano Sumi Jo from Korea came in to annouce the winners of our Voices in the Forest giveaway competition. Today is the Patron saint day for musicians, and also Sumi Jo's birthday. We surprised her with cake, and a little Canberra themed gift. Sumi Jo will be filling the Canberra skies with her glorious voice on Saturday at the National Arboretum.
Talking mo's, mental health and young men's wellbeing...
It was all mo's and mental health on this week's CRC chat
The clash within civilisations
Catholic commentator and writer Dr Paul Collins spoke with Alex Sloan about the clash within the Islamic community in the Middle East.
Design Competition for The Lodge
A competition was launched today offering $120,000 prize money to design a new Lodge for the Prime Minister. The competition is being run by the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australia Design. Alex spoke to Annabelle Pegrum, Universiy Architect and John Mackay, Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Download New Lodge
This week on the Nutrition segment, local dietician Caroline Salisbury introduced fellow dietician Joan Breakey. Joan is the author of a number of books about food sensitivity including ‘Tolerating Troublesome Foods’, 'Fussy Baby' and 'Are You Food Sensitive?' Joan investigates cases of food intolerance in families saying that strong smells to various foods may indicate a problem and this can be obvious by generational studies of family indicators regarding food digestion. Joan believes that...
The Queen in Canberra - sort of.
When Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans got an email from Buckingham Palace asking him if he would be available in March, he packed his bags and headed for London. Four days later he was told that he had been selected to paint the only Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait was today unveiled by the Governor General Quentin Bryce at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Alex Sloan spoke to Ralph Heimans a couple of hours before the official unveiling....
Fred Hollow's equipment passed onto the National Museum...
Today the Fred Hollows Foundation handed over important equipment used by Fred in his work with Indigenous Australians
Cuts to the Commonwealth Public Service
Do you think there's $550 million dollars worth of fat to be cut out of the Federal Public Service? Apparently the Federal Government does. This morning, this issue of public service efficiency was addressed at the annual Australian Institute of Company Directors Public Sector Governance Forum. There Senator Penny Wong, Minster for Finance and Deregulation, annouced that savings of $550 million over the forward estimates will be found by pursuing further efficiencies but these would not come...
Kamahl recites the Gettysburg address for Alex and 666
Kamahl shares his Gettysburg address recital to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous speech
Stretching to sleep: yoga helps older people with...
Researchers in Melbourne and Israel have found that the ancient Indian discipline can really help older people suffering from insomnia.
Working through the flu - and why you shouldn't!
Last night on ABC 1's Q & A program Simon Sheikh, National Director of activist group Get Up!, collapsed. He was subsequently taken to hospital where doctors gave him the all clear but suggested he take time off work to rest and recover from the flu. This prompted the 666 Mornings team to contact Dr Alan Hampson, Chairman of the Influenza Specialist Group to seek advice about this flu season and the best way to deal with it. Download Influenza
PNG Activist says he's here to "tell the truth".
Martyn Namorong, Papua New Guinean political activist and blogger was this week visiting Australia for the first time on a media tour. He popped into the 666 Studios to talk to Alex Sloan about the issues affecting his country. Download the audio file Download Martyn Namorong
Mark Scott on the future of your ABC
Alex had an extremely interesting chat with Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott about a whole range of topics including the state of the Australian media as well as the future the ABC. It's your ABC too, so listen here to find out more... Download the audio file
Resistant starch might protect against bowel cancer
Dr Topping spoke about his work in the area of resistant starch and how the new view is that Australians aren't showing a reduction in bowel cancer rates because they don't eat enough resistant starch. To find out more, listen here. Download the audio file
National ANZAC Day morning with Michael Veitch
Today Michael Veitch took us across Australia and around the world for ANZAC Day. If you missed any of it, here's a list of who we spoke to each hour, along with the complete audio. This listing includes only our planned guests - we also received many fascinating phone calls with your memories and experiences. 10:00am - 11:00am Wain Fimeria, Gallipoli expert who made the documentary Gallipoli From Above - The Untold Story. Dr Craig Stockings, Senior Lecturer in History at the Australian...
Send Hope, Not Flowers
Canberra obstetrician Steve Robson told the story of the birth of Send Hope Not Flowers, a new charity based here in the national capital. He says he was flying home from a conference reading Time Magazine on the plane when he was drawn to a pictorial essay showing a woman dying as she gave birth to twins in Sierre Leone. He said that while he knew that women could die of blood loss in labour, it is something that happens so rarely in developed countries that the idea shocked him. He decided...
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