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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues.

Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues.
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Melbourne, VIC

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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues.

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@RNBigIdeas

Language:

English

Contact:

Big Ideas ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 5143


Episodes

Cemeteries as places of memorial and leisure

11/21/2018
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Cemeteries preserve our history and form part of our national heritage. But to truly understand the Australian way of death we must consider the social and economic history of funeral practices.

Duration:00:43:41

IQ Debate : Is capitalism destroying us?

11/20/2018
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Capitalism has promoted high rates of economic growth but the downside is inequality, environmental degradation and consumerism. Is capitalism the economic system for a sustainable world or is it destroying us?

Duration:00:54:07

Is Australia still an innovative and inventive country?

11/19/2018
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Australia has long had a reputation for ingenuity. Do we remain an innovative nation?

Duration:00:54:04

Will facial identification technology erode civil liberties?

11/15/2018
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Once the stuff of science fiction, facial identification technology is now very much a reality. Should we be worried?

Duration:00:54:06

Sexism in sport and sport and national identity

11/14/2018
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Sports journalist Caroline Wilson on her career in the male dominated world of sports reporting and sports stars discuss their love of sport and its place in our national identity

Duration:00:54:06

The future of English as a global lingua franca

11/13/2018
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Brexit will likely strengthen the position of English as Europe’s lingua franca and at the same time de-stabilize the status of standard English.

Duration:00:54:05

Sarah Krasnostein and the trauma cleaner

11/12/2018
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Sarah Krasnostein talks about the incredible life and times of Sandra Pankhurst, a transgender trauma cleaner.

Duration:00:54:04

War correspondent Charles Bean and the Anzacs

11/8/2018
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Charles Bean was our first official war correspondent and devoted his life to telling the story of Australians in the first world war. Bean wrote and edited the official history and campaigned for a national war memorial.

Duration:00:54:06

Should we abolish prison?

11/7/2018
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Is it time to change our attitude to crime and punishment and reconsider the effectiveness of prison?

Duration:00:54:06

Australian women who won the vote and inspired the world

11/6/2018
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Before the Anzacs and Gallipoli another Australian campaign claimed the attention of the world. Australian women won the right to vote and then travelled to England to support their British sisters.

Duration:00:54:07

Stamping out stigma around mental illness

11/5/2018
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Stigma surrounding complex mental illness deters people from seeking help and affects the outcome of treatment. How can we stamp it out?

Duration:00:59:53

2018 Andrew Olle Media Lecture

11/1/2018
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Walkley Award-winning sports journalist Caroline Wilson delivers the 2018 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

Duration:00:29:29

Good evidence, bad politics

11/1/2018
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How do experts in highly contentious fields, such as climate change and migration, cut through the noise to ensure that good evidence, not fake news, makes the headlines?

Duration:00:53:56

A scandalous empire

10/31/2018
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Contemporary media is full of gossip and scandal. It says alot about our preoccupations and moral attitudes. In the same way colonial scandals give historians an inside view of colonial society and how the British empire worked.

Duration:00:53:56

US spy chief reveals his life in intelligence

10/30/2018
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Retired spy chief James Clapper was the Director of National Intelligence under Obama. His memoir details the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, the fallout from the Edward Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Duration:00:53:57

Lemn Sissay on the abuse he suffered in state care

10/29/2018
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Poet, Lemn Sissay, was taken from his mother and spent 18 years in the state care system in the UK where he was physically, emotionally, and racially abused.

Duration:00:53:57

Where did language come from?

10/25/2018
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Human evolution is a million-year story. Yet language only appeared in the last 100,000 years. Psychologist Michael Corballis believes that language evolution is far older and more complex. He describes the connections between language and thinking and argues that we underestimate the cognitive ability of other animals.

Duration:00:53:56

What we can learn from cats

10/24/2018
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Let's celebrate cats on Big Ideas. And hear tales about courage, scarifying love, resilience and a strong spirit against the odds - and cats rescue us when life seems to be unbearably hard.

Duration:00:53:56

A property tax for affordable housing

10/23/2018
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Should home owners subsidize social housing with a property tax? Low income earners struggle with high rents while home owners benefit from low taxes and booming real estate markets. Revenue from a property tax could build affordable public housing.

Duration:00:53:57

Men, masculinity and #metoo

10/22/2018
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What is "toxic masculinity" and do men need to rethink what it means to be masculine in an age of #metoo?

Duration:00:53:57