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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

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English

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


Episodes

Boyers 4 Life Immortal

10/18/2018
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Gene and cell therapy and the search for immortality and DNA revealing human evolution.

Duration:00:53:57

Boyer Lecture 3 Sins of the flesh

10/17/2018
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The problem of scientific fraud and overblown claims for stem cells and DNA doping in elite sport.

Duration:00:53:56

Boyer Lecture 2: Gene Genie and the power over life

10/16/2018
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We can now add and edit our genes, reinventing ourselves at the most basic level.

Duration:00:05:26

Boyer lecture 1: Back to the future of eugenics

10/15/2018
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Improving a population through selective breeding - eugenics - was once a popular idea. Professor John Rasko examines, what we are to make of the new eugenics.

Duration:00:53:56

A one-way ticket to Mars

10/11/2018
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Mars One is a private venture to establish a permanent settlement on the red planet. Australians have signed up to be on the first flight in 2031. The only catch is that it’s a one-way trip. There's no coming back. .

Duration:00:53:56

Domestic violence and the law

10/10/2018
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It’s a sad reality that Australia is in the grip of a domestic violence crisis. Although not all cases of domestic violence are reported, what is the experience of those victims who have engaged with the law?

Duration:00:53:56

A natural history of Europe

10/9/2018
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Palaeontologist and conservationist, Tim Flannery, has been looking back over the past hundred million years of the flora and fauna of Europe.

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Free speech and debate in civil society and on campus

10/8/2018
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Former PM John Howard on threats to our core values and institutions and limits to free speech on campus

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What is news?

10/4/2018
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There is a growing need for people to understand the modern news and information landscape. What is news and what is public interest journalism? How to recognise manipulated and fabricated content?

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Building trust in journalism

10/3/2018
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Who do you trust to deliver the news? Established media companies are struggling to compete with the proliferation of online news sites. Does serious journalism have a future?

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Is it too soon to ditch fossil fuels?

10/2/2018
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While politicians weigh up climate change, scientists say we urgently need to act. Can we take years or decades to move away from fossil fuels or should we move immediately to renewable energy?

Duration:00:53:57

Sustainable food

10/1/2018
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Thinking about the water needed to produce the food on your plate and laws to enforce sustainable fishing.

Duration:00:53:57

Are western values under siege?

9/27/2018
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Polls are showing a loss of faith in democratic government. Some people argue, communist China is interfering in Australian affairs. Others bemoan an erosion of human rights, free speech and the rule of law. Are liberal values under threat in Australia?

Duration:00:53:56

Turning venom into medicine

9/26/2018
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Spiders, cone snail, scorpions - some of our deadliest animals might hold the key for the next generation of painkillers, treatment stroke or epilepsy.

Duration:00:53:56

Community relationships to drive public policy

9/25/2018
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You’ll often hear people complain that politicians don’t understand the daily concerns of ordinary people. Does good public policy depend on deep connections with the community?

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Data privacy

9/24/2018
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As more commercial activities and interactions take place online, consumers and businesses alike become more vulnerable to data hacking and human error. Should we treat data breaches like an oil spill?

Duration:00:53:57

Saving the whale

9/20/2018
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Whales were a source of food, oil and bone until they were hunted almost to extinction. We chart the journey from biblical monster of the deep, to economic resource , to gentle symbol for conservation.

Duration:00:53:56

The unfinished business of indigenous recognition

9/19/2018
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The Uluru Statement from the Heart set out indigenous proposals for constitutional recognition. After its rejection by the federal government what is the next step for reconciliation and recognition?

Duration:00:53:56

Gang crime – a question of perception?

9/18/2018
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According to some media reports and comments by politicians, Victoria is in the grip of African gang crime. But police say it’s all a beat-up. What’s the impact of perception?

Duration:00:53:56

The rise of the alt-right

9/17/2018
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The American far right has been gathering strength for decades, according to writer David Neiwert. But the profile and influence of the alt right has grown immensely since the election of Donald Trump. How concerned should be we be?

Duration:00:53:57