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From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.

From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.


Sydney, NSW


From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.






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Ian Dunt's Britain, and Johann Hari on why we struggle to pay attention

Ian Dunt returns for 2022 to talk Westminster parties and the Ukraine, and Johann Hari explains why a digital detox is harder than you might imagine


An Australian republic - a new model and unfinished business

The Australian Republic Movement has released its Australian Choice model for Australia to become a republic. Peter FitzSimons, Bob Carr and Anne Twomey debate the direct election model and its suitability for the Australian voter. Megan Davis is also a republican, but she believes that the unfinished business put forward through the Uluru Statement must be addressed first.


Bruce Shapiro's America and how the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established

Bruce Shapiro on the challenges Biden faces as he enters year two of his presidency, and the remarkable story of how the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established fifty years ago.


Laura Tingle's Canberra, Ukraine-Russia tensions and the disappearing Arctic treeline

Laura Tingle on Scott Morrison's summer of woe, will Russia really go to war with Ukraine and how climate change is affecting the Arctic treeline and those who depend on it.


Bernadette Brennan on her biography of Gillian Mears

Bernadette Brennan discusses her biography of the brilliant but enigmatic author, Gillian Mears.


East meets West during the Ottoman Empire and in Sicily

Marc David Baer explains why the history of the Ottoman Empire should be considered part of European history and Jamie Mackay takes us through the many empires that left a mark on the island of Sicily


The untold story of a secret Australian operation in WW2 Borneo. Difficult Women: A history of feminism in 11 fights

ANU anthropologist Christine Helliwell tells the story of a secret mission to infiltrate Borneo, under Japanese occupation.


Flawed forensics. The role of chance in life.

Brandon Garrett chronicles the litany of cases where flawed forensics have put innocent people in gaol and in some cases on death row. Is life preordained or random? Dr Sean Carroll argues that our existence, and that of the world, is the result of pure chance.


The history of the handshake. The rise of Modern Spiritualism

What is the biological purpose of the handshake and why has it outlasted other forms of greeting?


Afghanistan's lost city of Alexandria. A secret library in Syria and a bookshop in Cairo

Edmund Richardson recounts the story of Charles Masson, a self-taught archaeologist, and his quest to find the lost city of Alexandria.


The Dressmakers of Auschwitz. Hitler's war against modern art and the mentally ill.

Clothing historian Lucy Adlington on the ‘The Dressmakers of Auschwitz' and Charlie English's account of Hitler's war on modern art and the mentally ill.


Are skyscrapers the future? and the hounding of jazz legend, Billie Holiday

They're very resource hungry and yet skyscrapers are, and will remain essential to future living, and the hounding of singer Billie Holiday by the FBI.


Murray Darling wetlands. Taking on science deniers. A brief history of clocks

Environmental historian Emily O’Gorman explains why it's a mistake to set wetlands aside as areas not available for human interaction and use. Philosopher Lee McIntyre urges a push back against science denial and disinformation. David Rooney on how clocks have been deployed as instruments of faith, money and power, imposing social order and regulating behaviour.


Water trading in the Murray Darling and a dissenting Doc Evatt

Stuart Kell, author of Sold down the River: How robber barons and Wall Street traders cornered Australia’s water market. Gideon Haigh looks at Doc Evatt's legal rather than political legacy.


Environmental history and the Murray Darling. Reconsidering Ethel Rosenburg

Quentin Beresford analyses the environmental history of the basin. Anne Sebba's 'Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy'


The Murray Darling basin debacle. How whales communicate. Stonehenge replicas

Richard Beasley's provocative account of what has gone wrong in the Murray Darling Basin. Hal Whitehead on how sperm whales communicate. Nancy Wisser's weird and wonderful world of Stonehenge replicas.


One on one with Sir Peter Cosgrove

Phillip Adams sits down with Peter Cosgrove for a wide ranging discussion about Australia, its democracy and its future.


Wayne Quilliam, Indigenous photographer and Narayan Khandekar, master of colour

Wayne Quilliam picked up his first camera whilst in the navy thirty years ago and has not put it down since, photographing Indigenous communities around Australia and the world. Narayan Khandekar explains how art and science meet when it comes to the world of colour.


The imminent threats to our national icon, the koala

The koala is in real danger of extinction and yet politics are preventing any effective action being taken to protect them.


Justice as love

So often the complex issue of justice is viewed through the legal prism of criminal, distributive or procedural justice. But Dr Rowan Williams and Mary Zournazi argue that justice needs to confront individuals' suffering as well as the deep patterns of violence and denial in society.