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Sydney, NSW


It is a unique daily interview program about social change and day-to-day life. Natasha Mitchell talks with the main people behind our social policies—from workplace reform to education, health, family relationships, and social change. Specialist producers monitor developments in these fields to bring you the most up-to-date information, as well as personal stories which will move and inspire you.




Life Matters GPO Box 9994 Sydney, NSW Australia 2001 (02) 8333 1430


Best of Life Matters: politics of hair, hospital tech calms children, yoga nanna, and 3 Men talk empathy

When your hair is naturally an afro, how are you perceived personally and commercially? A new childrens' hospital pioneers new tech for calming patients, we meet one of Australia's first yoga grandmothers, and three men discuss empathy and the role it plays in all our lives.

Duration: 00:53:51

The merits of psychedelic drugs, kindergarten for grown ups, charging for a dinner party, digital detox

Psychedelic drugs: is it time to rethink our perspective? Lifegarten: adults embracing their inner child. Modern Dilemma: your friends invite you over for dinner and there's a cover charge. Digital Detox Challenge #3 & 4 results: texting and only using the phone alone.

Duration: 00:53:51

Interparental hatred, hospital technology for children and Terri Butler: why politics still matters

Navigating interparental hatred. Terri Butler: why politics still matters. Making hospitals work for children.

Duration: 00:53:51

Smartphones changing the way we communicate, sleeping through the night and striving for meaning

Digital Detox Challenge #4: only use the phone when you're alone. Language in the smartphone age. Burning Question: Have we always slept through the night? Forget fame and happiness: finding a sense of meaning in life. ABC Open: pass me the walking frame.

Duration: 00:53:51

E-cigarette ban, Scottish Nanna's yoga, three men and a feeling: empathy and The Moth: Colin Ryan

How yoga changed my Scottish Nanna's life. Vaping ban: Senate committee rejects changing e-cigarette laws. Three Men and a Feeling: Empathy. The Moth: Colin Ryan, an earnest kid.

Duration: 00:53:51

Grandparents and disputes over kids, pedalling fast to school, socially-conditioned hair and digital detox

When parents and grandparents clash. ABC Open: Pedal fast. Socially-conditioned hair. Digital Detox Challenge #3: use full words in all texts for 24hrs.

Duration: 00:53:40

Best of Life Matters: birds and the beats, noticing alzheimers, no social media apps for a day, yoga pros and cons, and dancing back to joy

One musician overcomes the discomfort of sex education through hip hop, what do when dementia is a possibility inside the family, stories of living without social media on smartphones for 24hrs, why yoga is worthwhile, and using rock 'n' roll dancing to bring joy back to life.

Duration: 00:53:51

Mental health in the regions, the highs and lows of fostering, the etiquette of online games

Regional youth mental health: what needs to change? When you have to give the baby back. Modern Dilemma: etiquette when playing games online with strangers.

Duration: 00:53:51

Family estrangement: when families don't talk, climbing Mt Kenya and food smells

Talkback: Estranged families - when loved ones cut off communication. I Smell You. ABC Open: Climbing Africa's second highest mountain.

Duration: 00:53:39

Disaster resilience, yoga and destigmatising mental illness

'Recovering' from a natural disaster. Insta-Yoga, getting behind the glam. Taking inspiration from a decade of depression and anxiety. Rock'n'Roll dancing made me happy again.

Duration: 00:53:51

Sexploration, digital detox, national smartphone survey results, shame and blame and The Moth

Digital detox: we delve into the findings of the ABC Science Smartphone Survey. Digital Detox Challenge #2 - no social media for 24 hrs. Three Men and a Feeling: blame and shame. 'Sexploration' sex-ed with laughter and song. The Moth: a dying friend's wish.

Duration: 00:54:22

The law and the gig economy, managing dementia in the family, and young social media stars

How is the law catching up with the gig economy? Family dynamics, relationships and living with dementia. How social media videos turn children into viral sensations.

Duration: 00:53:51

Best of Life Matters: What matters to young people, kinder kids in the bush, brilliance through boredom, and expanding waistlines

An essay competition belies claims that students are disengaged, why children need to get muddy, wet and scared, the impact that switching off has on creativity, and the skinny on waistlines and health.

Duration: 00:53:51

Your mind and you, Buddhist economics, when your friend is rude, Digitial detox results

The secret life of the mind. Can Buddhist economics make people happier? Modern Dilemma: when your friend is rude. Digital Detox: Challenge #1 Results.

Duration: 00:54:09

Phil Jarratt on surf culture, why kids need to run around in dirt and NBN equality

Equality of access to the NBN. Bush kinder: why kids should run around in the dirt. Tracks Magazine's Phil Jarratt: surf culture evolution.

Duration: 00:53:51

PTSD, waistlines and health, and early results from our digital detoxers

Understanding and treating PTSD. Burning Question: Does waist size truly matter? Digital Detox: Challenge #1 update. The rise of co-working.

Duration: 00:53:33

Mending a broken heart, what young people value, The Moth and three men and a feeling: fear

Essay competition taps into what matters to young people. Three Men and a Feeling: Fear. Driving across the country to mend a broken heart. The Moth: My grandfather's happy place.

Duration: 00:53:51

Breaking our smartphone habits, technology detox, and inspiration from objects.

Bored, brilliant and breaking our smartphone habits. Digital Detox: Challenge #1. Talkback: objects that inspire great Australians .

Duration: 00:53:51

Navigating finances in a relationship, Janet Mock on womanhood, don't call me Grandma

Relationships, money and getting on the same page. Janet Mock: broadening society's portrait of womanhood. Modern Dilemma: Don't call me Grandma!

Duration: 00:53:51

Chinese miners in Robe, dieting a dirty word and homelessness in vacant cities

Using investment properties to help solve Australia’s housing shortage problem. Should dieting be a dirty word? Chinese gold miners in Robe honoured in new exhibition.

Duration: 00:53:22

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