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RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.

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RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.

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English


Episodes
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ACTU suspends construction and general divisions of CFMEU

7/17/2024
The fallout of a series of corruption allegations within the NSW and Victorian branches of the CFMEU continues to unfold today as states and federal governments grapple with the crisis.

Duration:00:07:23

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Australia's shearing industry looks to entice new generation of clippers

7/17/2024
A sweat-drenched shearer in a blue singlet and stubbies, wrestling with a hundred-kilo Merino in a hot tin shed as he swiftly runs a buzzing set of clippers through the sheep's tangled curls - is there a more true blue Australian image?

Duration:00:06:15

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Six dead in suspected poisoning in luxury hotel in Thailand

7/17/2024
Two Vietnamese Americans and four Vietnamese nationals in a luxury hotel in downtown Bangkok have been found dead today.

Duration:00:06:52

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Sounds of the sitar with Dr. Sarita McHarg

7/17/2024
One of Australia’s foremost sitar players Dr. Sarita McHarg joins us in the studio for a lesson in classical Indian music.

Duration:00:13:00

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Why a joke about Donald Trump failed to land

7/17/2024
It was a spontaneous and off-colour joke, delivered to a crowd during a rendition of happy birthday, but the gag by musician Kyle Gass about the attempted assassination of Donald Trump has fallen flat. The American comedy-rock group were performing in Sydney when Gass was asked to make that birthday wish. Such has been the outrage that Gass and his more illustrious bandmate, actor and musician Jack Black, have cancelled the rest of "Tenacious D's" Australian concerts. So when is a joke not a joke?

Duration:00:17:59

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Ten years on from the downing of MH17

7/17/2024
Just months after the disappearance of MH370 the world learnt the devastating fate of another Malaysia Airlines flight. Families and former and serving foreign ministers spoke at today’s memorial in Canberra marking ten years since the downing of MH17, the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot out of the sky over Ukraine. A decade on, and what was then a regional conflict turned into all out war when Vladimir Putin ordered a full scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, but Russia has never taken responsibility for the crime, and the families of those who lost their lives have been for the most part left without answers.

Duration:00:09:30

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NSW and Queensland suspend CFMEU as crisis grows

7/17/2024
The Federal Government has confirmed an independent administrator will be appointed to the CFMEU, with the capacity to fire union staff and delegates.

Duration:00:09:11

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Why people with disability believe sex work should be part of the NDIS

7/17/2024
The Federal Government has confirmed people with a disability will no longer be able to access sex workers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme with the minister responsible, Bill Shorten, saying it "doesn't pass the test." Specialised sex services have been available through the NDIS since 2020 when the Federal Court ruled that the Disability Insurance Agency should approve those services where they were deemed reasonable and necessary. Now some people with disability are asking whether able-bodied politicians should be able to make important decisions that affect their personal lives.

Duration:00:05:43

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The big banks are funding fossil fuels in the billions according to new research

7/16/2024
A new report published by Market Forces has found that Australia's 'big four' banks - ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, and Westpac - have collectively loaned more than $61 billion to fossil fuel companies since 2015. Despite publicly committing to climate goals, these banks continue to pour billions into coal, oil, and gas projects, which are incompatible with a clean future.

Duration:00:03:36

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Could novels and plays of the future be written by AI?

7/16/2024
Australian writers are increasingly worried about the impact artificial intelligence is having on the creative industries. Today, the Australian Writers Guild gave evidence at the Senate Select Committee on Adopting Artificial Intelligence to raise some of these concerns. So what does need to be done to help protect and support Australian writers?

Duration:00:08:10

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Banks caught gouging customers with high fees

7/16/2024
Australia’s banks are once again in the frame for gouging customers with excessive fees and charges, and it's some of the most financially vulnerable who are being hardest hit. Banks are expected to pay back millions of dollars to customers after an ASIC report found avoidable fees and complicated processes were causing financial harm. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission says four financial institutions including CBA and Westpac will refund more than 28 million dollars.

Duration:00:06:59

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The business of books facing economic headwinds

7/16/2024
The collapse of Booktopia is reverberating with creditors, publishers and authors owed millions after the popular online bookseller went into receivership earlier this month. The failure has highlighted emerging challenges right across the industry, as the cost of living crisis combined with higher costs for paper and printing put the squeeze on publishers and booksellers alike. But those aren’t the only challenges for those in the business of selling books.

Duration:00:12:08

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Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan says CFMEU suspension underway

7/16/2024
Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan has confirmed Labor's national executive has begun the process of suspending the state’s construction union over allegations that underworld figures and bikie gang members had infiltrated major construction projects.

Duration:00:10:10

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Invasive weeds being sold as garden plants

7/15/2024
We tightly control our borders, but nurseries across Australia are legally selling plants listed by governments as invasive weeds. It's believed that escaped garden plants have contributed to at least four Australian extinctions, and cost the agriculture industry over $4.3 billion annually. So is it time for the government to step in and regulate what's sold?

Duration:00:06:59

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New Four Corners Series Investigates Threats to American Democracy

7/15/2024
Donald Trump has called for unity and resilience after surviving an attempted assassination at the weekend, but what could that unity look like as the former president shores up his candidacy at the Republican National Convention this week? In this wave of support for Trump’s re-election, what else is potentially at play? And how likely could a second Trump administration see the rise of autocracy and authoritarianism? They’re the questions a new Four Corners series called Retribution is trying to unpack.

Duration:00:07:40

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Republicans ready to galvanise around Trump at party's national convention

7/15/2024
Donald Trump shifting his focus to tomorrow’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where about 2,400 delegates from around the country will meet to officially nominate him for president.

Duration:00:07:48

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South Australia's ambition to reach 100% net renewables

7/15/2024
The nuclear debate has dominated energy talks here in Australia but one state is powering ahead on a different front. Thanks to funding from the federal government, South Australia is on track to become the first non-hydro grid in the world to reach 100% net renewables. But what challenges still lie ahead?

Duration:00:12:21

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Australia has a love for ocean baths, but do you know the stories behind them?

7/15/2024
Are you an ocean pool fanatic?

Duration:00:13:11

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"There was clearly a security failure": US security expert on Trump assassination attempt

7/15/2024
U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an urgent plea for calm to his nation after the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump on the weekend.

Duration:00:12:05

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Almost Half of Young People Feel they are Missing Out on Their Youth

7/15/2024
When most generations remember their youth, they think of a glorious, nostalgic, risk-taking, coming of age adventure, wild and free and full of promise and opportunity. But youth today feel they've been cheated on that promise. New research out of Monash University confirms that being young today is not like being young yesterday.

Duration:00:11:26