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Hack brings you the stories that matter to young people. Every weekday host Avani Dias and the triple j Hack team cover the latest news, politics and culture from all around Australia.

Hack brings you the stories that matter to young people. Every weekday host Avani Dias and the triple j Hack team cover the latest news, politics and culture from all around Australia.


Sydney, NSW


Hack brings you the stories that matter to young people. Every weekday host Avani Dias and the triple j Hack team cover the latest news, politics and culture from all around Australia.






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Friday Shakeup: Robodebts and riots in Minneapolis

It's the Friday shakeup and we're talking... Riots in Minneapolis, a huge win for robodebt victims in the courts, Trump takes on twitter, and all the other big topics of the week. Join aussie actor Remy Hii, Noongar and Yamatji woman and mental health advocate Brooke Blurton and Hack's own Avani Dias for your weekly debrief.


The search for Theo Hayez

This weekend marks a year since Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez disappeared from Byron Bay, NSW in mysterious circumstances. Today, his family members on why they need anyone with information to come forward. Plus, how we can do our bit for reconciliation and support first nations friends and family. And, why we're so comforted by the nostalgia of old films and music.


Is human nature selfish?

People often say that the history of humankind proves we're selfish creatures by nature, but author and historian Rutger Bregman says that's not what he found when he stumbled on the real life version of Lord of the Flies. Plus, are our universities on the brink of collapse? And, the laws that made the destroying of significant cultural sites in the Pilbara by Rio Tinto entirely legal.


Sex work in a pandemic

With strip clubs and brothels forced to remain closed through all three stages of the government's roadmap to recovery, sex workers are having to find new ways to serve their clientele to earn a living. Plus, medical experts respond to the alarming rise of anti-vaxxers. And triple j artist Kobie Dee on what Sorry Day means to him and his family.


Celeste Barber's bushfire fund

Comedian Celeste Barber was hailed a hero for raising a staggering $51 million for those affected by the summer bushfires, but today a court ruled the funds couldn't be split between states and other charities as many donors had intended. Plus, how you could be part of a robodebt class action without even knowing it. And, calls for the JobKeeper benefit to be extended to more young workers after the government's huge accounting error.


Friday Shakeup: border wars and sleep soundtracks

It's the Friday shakeup and we're talking... Border wars, four-day working weeks, the weirdest thing you fall asleep to, and all the other big topics of the week. Join Jenna Clarke from the West Australian, Young Labor president Jason Byrne and Hack's own Avani Dias for your weekly debrief.


Sleeping apart

We often think of couples who sleep apart as being in trouble, but in a historical sense sleeping together is super new. And if you're shacked up with a snorer it could just work better for you both. Plus, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor on the government's climate action plan for Australia And, if you're a casual you could now be eligible for annual leave thanks to an important court ruling.


Why do we dream?

Imagine waking up and finding you're unable to move. Your limbs won't stir. Lying there, you hallucinate terrible demons and monsters. We investigate sleep paralysis as well as lucid dreaming, and ask the big unanswered question, 'Why do we dream?'.


Inside a sleep clinic

It's not the most relaxing way to fall asleep - wired up in a hospital bed and monitored via several cameras - but Hack's James Purtill was willing to be studied at Sydney's Woolcock Institute so we could talk about the connection between sleep and health Plus, why Trump's spruiking an anti-malaria drug as his prevention plan for COVID-19 despite it being completely unproven. And, what's actually going on between Australia and China right now.


Adam Goodes

In a rare interview retired footballer and former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes tells Hack why he's dedicated his life and profile to giving young people a better education, what the pandemic has meant for education in Aboriginal communities, and life since AFL. Plus, public servants join scientists speaking out against climate change inaction. And imagine becoming paralysed every time you laughed hard? Meet Laura, one of many people living with a rare form of narcolepsy.


Friday Shakeup: Back to the cafes and pubs

It's the Friday shakeup and we're talking... potential pub sessions, the return of sport, and all the other big topics of the week. Join Comedian Becky Lucas, GWS Giants Co-captain Phil Davis and Hack's own Avani Dias for your weekly debrief.


Losing your job

Young people make up one in every three people currently unemployed in Australia, according to the latest jobs figures. Today, what can be done to help those of us out of work and how not to lose ourselves when we lose our job. Plus, the great pub divide: While the outback free-pours this weekend, it could be a while before city-slickers hit the pubs. And, triple j's own Nas Campanella on the challenges of "online fitness" for people with a disability, and her amazing new role with the ABC. .


Young climate activists vs Clive Palmer

A group of young Aussies are waging a legal battle against Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal, arguing that the project furthers climate change and infringes on their human rights. Plus, why "smelling fear" on someone is an actual thing. And, if you're missing your sporting fix, we've found one of the only sports still playing - Belarusian soccer.


The death of Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson fell to his death in Manly in 1988 in suspicious circumstances. While police initially believed Johnson's death was a suicide, his brother Steve has always insisted it was a gay hate crime. Today, 32 years and three coronial inquests later, police have charged a man with Scott's murder. Plus, the secret war happening on our doorsteps in West Papua. And, has isolation been a boost for sex toy sales?


Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories around 5G and microchip implants were on high rotation at lockdown protests over the weekend and experts say it's no coincidence the pandemic's producing fringe ideas. Plus, the police watchdog has found officers who strip-searched underage teens didn't understand the law. And, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese on his vision for post-COVID Australia.


Friday Shakeup: Rogue baby names and restrictions

It's the Friday shakeup and we're talking... Elon Musk and Grimes' rogue baby name, the path out of restrictions and all the other big topics of the week. Join The Feed's Alice Matthews, former politician Wyatt Roy and Hack's own Avani Dias for your weekly debrief.


Are we ready to roll back restrictions?

With restrictions widely expected to be rolled back tomorrow Dr Norman Swan talks to us about the changing face of the fight against coronavirus. Plus, as we flatten the COVID-19 curb health authorities warn we now face a new threat: rising suicide rates And, if you're feeling stuck inside, why not astral project your way somewhere else?


Discrimination against frontline workers

Authorities have warned that preventing frontline workers from accessing shops and services due to coronavirus fears is tantamount to discrimination, and illegal. Plus, research finds that logging made last summer's bushfires worse. And, going make up free and feeling less pressure - a look at your isolation silver linings.


NZ travel bubble

While international borders remain closed, talk of a safe travel bubble with our kiwi cousins is providing a glimmer of travel hope. Plus, calls to help the arts as figures reveal almost a third of the industry is out of work. And, should we scrap the parental income test for Youth Allowance?


What's your plan C?

For many young Aussies home ownership is out of reach and now travel's off the table too. Today, will we change our priorities after the pandemic? Plus, what the latest allegations against U.S. democratic candidate Joe Biden mean for his election hopes. And, public school students say COVID-19 restrictions are giving their private school peers an advantage heading into final exams.