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 Jun 1, 2024

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Dennis Murray
 May 18, 2020
Well presented podcast with detailed and informative discussions on wide range of relevant current topics.

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Feed your mind. Be provoked. One big idea at a time. Your brain will love you for it. Grab your front row seat to the best live forums and festivals with Natasha Mitchell.

Episode Date
Andre de Quadros on freedom dreaming
Jun 13, 2024
Ocean bounty — deep sea mining, Sea Shepherd sagas, and seaweed solutions
Jun 12, 2024
Queer journeys through the law
Jun 11, 2024
What are the secrets to a long and happy life?
Jun 10, 2024
The Art of Opposition
Jun 06, 2024
Uprooted and unprotected — 110 million displaced lives
Jun 05, 2024
Is nuclear power the fastest way to decarbonise the planet?
Jun 04, 2024
Laura Tingle — Off course discourse
Jun 03, 2024
Why we drink — the past and present of Australia’s relationship to alcohol
May 30, 2024
Where is the soul in science?
May 29, 2024
Not drowning, fighting — life on the front lines of the climate crisis
May 28, 2024
Evolution can explain why humans are such weird animals
May 27, 2024
How to make the Global North and the Global South play nicely together
May 23, 2024
From panic attacks to finding freedom — Tibetan master Mingyur Rinpoche joins a Sufi scholar and an Indian philosopher of mind
May 22, 2024
Fareed Zakaria on how economic and technological progress leads to revolutions
May 21, 2024
Girt by Sea — Australia’s maritime security
May 20, 2024
Costa Georgiadis on how to stop Australia's invasion by feral species
May 16, 2024
A new future for Black and White Australia — Thomas Mayo, Margo Neale, David Marr with Natasha Mitchell
May 15, 2024
Anne Manne - Crimes of the Cross
May 14, 2024
10,000 puffs — how vapes got the next generation hooked on smoking
May 13, 2024
What Oppenheimer can teach us about regulating new technologies
May 09, 2024
Superpowers and superpeacemakers — your guide with John Lyons, Sam Roggeveen, Ilaria Walker and Natasha Mitchell
May 08, 2024
Helen Clark on how to build a healthier future for all
May 07, 2024
Tenacity and two squat houses — how an Australian movement was born for women leaving violence
May 06, 2024
Donald Trump, American authoritarianism and how journalists should cover it
May 02, 2024
Jonathan Rosen, Patrick McGorry with Natasha Mitchell— friendship, madness and the tragedy of good intentions
May 01, 2024
Slowing down fast fashion with Aja Barber
Apr 30, 2024
Mariana Mazzucato — a moonshot guide to changing capitalism
Apr 29, 2024
Is it time to change Australia's security strategy for South East Asia?
Apr 25, 2024
How to challenge political spin with straight talk — Richard Denniss, Joelle Gergis, Yanis Varoufakis, Tom Keneally with Natasha Mitchell
Apr 24, 2024
Dr Norman Swan with biotechnology pioneers on what's next for medicine
Apr 23, 2024
It's personal! — field stories from the frontline of Australia's Ambassador for Gender Equality
Apr 22, 2024
Trees as an alternative crop — the future of forestry in Australia?
Apr 18, 2024
The shark net controversy — hear the debate at Bondi's Ocean Lovers Festival
Apr 17, 2024
Life on Mars — and beyond
Apr 16, 2024
A heart-to-heart with Eric Bogle — his songs and his life
Apr 15, 2024
The war in Gaza, Palestinians, and Israelis – what can we learn from the past about the future?
Apr 11, 2024
A mummified mystery! Sealed shut for decades then scientists opened this coffin lid
Apr 10, 2024
Mary Beard — Empress of Rome 
Apr 09, 2024
Michael Gawenda on Jewishness, the Australian Left, and the State of Israel
Apr 08, 2024
Cheng Lei, Sean Turnell and Kylie Moore-Gilbert on the ruthless practice of hostage diplomacy
Apr 04, 2024
Ripples, resilience, and rivers – the politics of water
Apr 03, 2024
Forging a fire ready future
Apr 02, 2024
What makes a charity successful?
Apr 01, 2024
Julia Baird on how grace saves us from a dark world
Mar 28, 2024
The Deficit Myth with Stephanie Kelton — what to ask when governments can't afford to fix things.
Mar 27, 2024
Bessel van der Kolk on The Body Keeps the Score
Mar 26, 2024
Why are young people more unhappy and worried?
Mar 25, 2024
Are we all liberals at heart?
Mar 21, 2024
Imagination and Mindset, and The Importance of Doubt (Boyer Lectures 3 and 4)
Mar 20, 2024
The Atomic Revolution and the Quantum Promise (2023 Boyer Lectures 1 and 2)
Mar 19, 2024
Trump vs Biden vs the world — what will it mean for Australia?
Mar 18, 2024
I've Been to a Parallel World
Mar 14, 2024
The education gap between rural and metropolitan Australia is costing us billions
Mar 13, 2024
Solving the mysteries of the universe − with philosophy
Mar 12, 2024
How Russia’s war on Ukraine ends
Mar 11, 2024
Corruption at the crossroads in Australia
Mar 07, 2024
Spending time with Laurie Anderson
Mar 06, 2024
Finding your creativity with Holly Ringland
Mar 05, 2024
Nature for people – how the natural world affects our health
Mar 04, 2024
Swiftposium – the academics of Taylor Swift
Feb 22, 2024
Intuition — the science of knowing WHAT without knowing WHY
Feb 21, 2024
Uncivil society – polarisation and breakdown in our conversations
Feb 20, 2024
How to tell stories that change the course of history — from slavery abolition to gaming culture
Feb 19, 2024
A queer love letter to libraries
Feb 15, 2024
Be the change you want to see — Chanel Contos, Isabelle Reinecke, Semara Jose, Sarah Brown
Feb 14, 2024
Nazanin Boniadi — fighting for women's rights in Iran
Feb 13, 2024
Caroline Polachek on the art of pop music
Feb 12, 2024
How to speak freely about topics no one wants to talk about
Feb 08, 2024
A new way to fix the hot mess of housing in remote Aboriginal Australia?
Feb 07, 2024
Psychedelics – from magic to medicinal
Feb 06, 2024
Gabriel Krauze on Who They Was — his wild life in crime and literature
Feb 05, 2024
Does Australia need more tiger parents?
Feb 01, 2024
When I grow up I want to be ... why we all need to reimagine aging.
Jan 31, 2024
Craig Foster on how Australia can pull its socks up on human rights
Jan 30, 2024
Escaping the Burrow — Astra Taylor on The Age of Insecurity (Massey Lecture 5)
Jan 29, 2024
Beyond human security — Astra Taylor on The Age of Insecurity (Massey Lecture 4)
Jan 25, 2024
Consumed by Curiosity — Astra Taylor on The Age of Insecurity (Massey Lecture 3)
Jan 24, 2024
Barons or Commoners? — Astra Taylor on The Age of Insecurity (Massey Lecture 2)
Jan 23, 2024
Cura's Gift — Astra Taylor on The Age of Insecurity (Massey Lecture 1)
Jan 22, 2024
Catherine Deveny, Shannon Burns, and Akuch Anyieth on memoir
Jan 18, 2024
Will AI render human creativity worthless? The Beaker St Festival Great Debate
Jan 17, 2024
The day the invisible was made visible — Manus Island detention survivors speak
Jan 16, 2024
Osman Faruqi — censoring hip hop
Jan 15, 2024
Safer beaches and guilt-free seafood
Jan 11, 2024
On ya bike or not? Global movers, shakers, and city shapers reimagining car culture
Jan 10, 2024
The power, politics and cost of women speaking out
Jan 09, 2024
Nuclear technology: the shady beginnings and the uncertain future
Jan 08, 2024
Greek-Australian identity: Are we WHITE yet?
Jan 04, 2024
I am not my chromosomes — science, rights, and the intersex experience
Jan 03, 2024
Why thinking in Deep Time is good for your head
Jan 02, 2024
It's not as simple as moving house! Meet climate refugees with a (scaly, sticky, furry) difference
Jan 01, 2024
Bri Lee and fellow voyagers ponder the ethics of travel
Dec 28, 2023
George Monbiot's Regenesis — you won't think about dinner the same way again
Dec 27, 2023
(Too) hot right now — life on a sweltering planet
Dec 26, 2023
Wellmania's Brigid Delaney on the gift of the Stoics
Dec 25, 2023
The buff-breasted button-quail: Is one of our rarest native birds still alive?
Dec 21, 2023
The soul in the machine — anthropologist, technologist, futurist Genevieve Bell and guests
Dec 20, 2023
Sigrid Thornton, Rachael Maza, Sophie Hyde, Anousha Zarkesh — about older ladies in the movies
Dec 19, 2023
Infidelity and other affairs
Dec 18, 2023
The science of happiness
Dec 14, 2023
If a home is a human right — how can citizens and architects seize control of housing design?
Dec 13, 2023
From The King and I to Miss Saigon, Australia’s new generation of stage makers are de-orientalising the canon
Dec 12, 2023
The future of photography under AI
Dec 11, 2023
Test tube trailblazers — the story of Australia's pioneering female scientists
Dec 07, 2023
Being you — a new science of consciousness with Anil Seth
Dec 06, 2023
Has space travel changed what it means to be human? A space archaeologist, poet, theologian, astrophysicist respond
Dec 05, 2023
How calories and coercion do you harm — leading physicians on your healthy body and mind
Dec 04, 2023
Food waste is bananas. So let's make fruit salad with these foodies and waste whizzes!
Nov 30, 2023
Why do so many of us feel so damn lonely and too ashamed to talk about it?
Nov 29, 2023
David Marr's ancestors massacred Indigenous Australians. Marcia Langton's ancestors were among them.
Nov 28, 2023
Love, lost minds, and mortality — how two storytellers met two scientists, made magic, and found meaning
Nov 27, 2023
Newsroom ethics and the Israel Gaza war — part one
Nov 23, 2023
Newsroom ethics and the Israel-Gaza war — part two
Nov 23, 2023
Photojournalist Andrew Quilty and activist Zahra Karimi want you to see this Afghanistan
Nov 22, 2023
Tracey Spicer: How AI and machine design is failing women
Nov 21, 2023
There's a sensory world unavailable to humans. So Ed Yong tried to discover it.
Nov 20, 2023
Sean Turnell — how a nerdy economist was held hostage by Myanmar
Nov 16, 2023
The F Word — is Feminism too white, too middle-class, or a movement for all?
Nov 15, 2023
What would you sacrifice to give peace a chance?
Nov 14, 2023
The genius and struggles of Orson Welles
Nov 13, 2023
The Doherty's Sharon Lewin on the call that changed the world forever
Nov 09, 2023
I DON’T! Clem Ford argues the case against marriage
Nov 08, 2023
Does sport unite or divide us?
Nov 07, 2023
What would Hannah Arendt make of our tumultuous present?
Nov 06, 2023
How to shut up your inner critic and anxious thoughts — Brigid Delaney, James Kirby and Ahona Guha
Nov 02, 2023
More than a fish kill — how a bunch of boys healed a scientist and found themselves
Nov 01, 2023
Witchcraft in the 21st century  
Oct 31, 2023
Who gets to write history?
Oct 30, 2023
How disinformation disrupts the city
Oct 26, 2023
Porkies to pork barrelling — real solutions to democracy's accountability crisis?
Oct 25, 2023
Making cancer treatment work for every body
Oct 24, 2023
Do we need compassion for men who hurt women … to stop them from doing so?
Oct 23, 2023
Why Indy Johar doesn't want you to 'escape' to New Zealand
Oct 19, 2023
Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I — what we can learn from this extraordinary mother-daughter relationship
Oct 18, 2023
Ladies on the war path — why are women combatants still so disputed?
Oct 17, 2023
Do you have what it takes to become a reserve astronaut?
Oct 16, 2023
Content overload — how we consume culture now
Oct 12, 2023
The rise of Australian actors in Hollywood
Oct 11, 2023
Decolonising Australia's fire science
Oct 10, 2023
Why the stunning mystery of a Stone Age child with one foot upends medicine
Oct 09, 2023
The Voice referendum — hope or hype?
Oct 05, 2023
Legendary designer Mary Featherston: how school classrooms stunt our wondrous natural-born curiosity
Oct 04, 2023
'Ok boomer' — the consternation of a generation
Oct 03, 2023
Hunting for life on exoplanets — but is it life as we know it?
Oct 02, 2023
Ahead of the Voice referendum, a refresher on referenda
Sep 28, 2023
Open arms or closed doors — why do governments celebrate certain migrants but stigmatise others?  
Sep 27, 2023
Tony Wellington: How the music of the 60s and 70s changed the world forever 
Sep 26, 2023
The future of Australia's literary journals — writing's great pollinators
Sep 25, 2023
Why young people want to break the binaries of the Voice debate
Sep 21, 2023
Artificial wombs and animal sex — philosophers weigh in on brave new futures
Sep 20, 2023
The deeper meaning of travel: Richard Fidler, Kris Kneen, Adam Liam, Vicki Shururoglou
Sep 19, 2023
Keeping up with the Coppolas
Sep 18, 2023
Anne Summers and the inside story of a winning campaign — pulling single parents out of poverty
Sep 14, 2023
David Suzuki's battle-cry for Now or Never
Sep 13, 2023
How to design cities that make us feel again
Sep 12, 2023
Veena Sahajwalla, the 'queen of waste' starting a revolution
Sep 11, 2023
Cathy McGowan's lessons for lasting change
Sep 07, 2023
Unseen by design — could a world designed by blind people be better for all?
Sep 06, 2023
Is patenting vaccines a threat to public health?
Sep 05, 2023
Does politics neglect the needs of younger generations?
Sep 04, 2023
(Too) hot right now — life on a sweltering planet
Aug 31, 2023
Is AI coming for what makes us most human — ART? Six whip-smart thinkers to provoke
Aug 30, 2023
Osman Faruqi — the war on hip hop
Aug 29, 2023
COVID, Zoonotic diseases, and the next pandemic
Aug 28, 2023
From Matildas' Sam Kerr to author Alice Pung — is Australia's Asian identity centre stage?
Aug 24, 2023
Will AI render human creativity worthless? The Beaker St Festival Great Debate
Aug 23, 2023
Jacinda Ardern speaks frankly with Mana Wāhine (powerful women)
Aug 22, 2023
The uncertain future of the Antarctic and Arctic: why the arctic regions are crucial for global security
Aug 21, 2023
Fantastic beasts get it on! Incredible stories of revival and rescue
Aug 17, 2023
Perv — the kink in all of us
Aug 16, 2023
The Matildas Effect — will FIFA and other codes change their tune on sportswomen?
Aug 15, 2023
Infidelity and other affairs
Aug 14, 2023
What we can learn from ancient African kings
Aug 10, 2023
The dreamers and schemers — an adventurous history of Australian politics
Aug 09, 2023
Australian foreign policy after Albanese
Aug 08, 2023
How to stay hopeful and optimistic in dark times
Aug 07, 2023
Barrie Kosky — a giant of Australian stage
Aug 03, 2023
Young and healthy (or not)? Here's why DNA screening should be on your radar
Aug 02, 2023
Benjamin Gilmour says: We should be talking to the Taliban
Aug 01, 2023
All about IVF
Jul 31, 2023
Nothing about us without us
Jul 27, 2023
Before Julia Gillard's misogyny speech — meet the feminists who changed Australian politics
Jul 26, 2023
Shut up and (write) the hits — song writing in the streaming age
Jul 25, 2023
Why do some people crave risk and extreme adventures?
Jul 24, 2023
Australia's sporting myths
Jul 20, 2023
Puff Piece — John Safran goes gonzo with Big Tobacco's health spin
Jul 19, 2023
Whatever happened to Australian foreign aid?
Jul 18, 2023
President Penpa Tsering on the challenges and the future of Tibet
Jul 17, 2023
Catherine Deveny, Shannon Burns, and Akuch Anyieth on memoir
Jul 13, 2023
The Dark Cloud — how our digital lives and Big Tech are costing the Earth
Jul 12, 2023
Bri Lee and fellow voyagers ponder the ethics of travel
Jul 11, 2023
The radical act of making healthcare work for YOU, the patient
Jul 10, 2023
The secretive history and uncertain future of nuclear technology
Jul 06, 2023
The day the invisible was made visible — Manus Island detention survivors speak
Jul 05, 2023
Black lives, white law
Jul 04, 2023
A Blakprint for improving First Nations' lives
Jul 03, 2023
It's not as simple as moving house! Meet some climate refugees of a different kind
Jun 29, 2023
Surviving the beach ... and making sure your seafood is sustainable
Jun 28, 2023
Are we living in the war century?
Jun 27, 2023
No place like an (affordable) home
Jun 26, 2023
Lenore Taylor on defending facts against fake news
Jun 22, 2023
When Jon Faine met Apollo and Thelma
Jun 21, 2023
The buff-breasted button-quail: Is one of our rarest native birds still alive?
Jun 20, 2023
The scandals and rivalries that led to the fall of Boris Johnson
Jun 19, 2023
Boys behaving badly and what to do about it
Jun 15, 2023
On ya bike or not? Global movers, shakers, and city shapers reimagining car culture
Jun 14, 2023
What’s in a word? Multiculturalism
Jun 13, 2023
Let's turn a Third of our oceans into marine parks — a good idea?
Jun 12, 2023
Are laws to prevent crimes against nature fit for purpose?
Jun 08, 2023
I am not my chromosomes — science, rights, and the intersex experience
Jun 07, 2023
Weaponising the global economy: The new global threat
Jun 06, 2023
Where to for the arts and humanities?
Jun 05, 2023
First Nations law
Jun 01, 2023
Aging on screen and on stage — Sigrid Thornton, Rachael Maza, Sophie Hyde, Anousha Zarkesh
May 30, 2023
Marie Coleman on feminism ... and breaking through Australia's Bamboo Ceiling
May 29, 2023
Making sense of the world when everyone is an expert
May 25, 2023
George Monbiot's Regenesis — you won't think about dinner the same way again
May 24, 2023
The power, politics and cost of women speaking out
May 23, 2023
Who is using your data?
May 22, 2023
The fantastic realm of fungi
May 18, 2023
Can science really save the world? World Science Festival Brisbane
May 17, 2023
Who your friends are makes you succeed in war and peace
May 16, 2023
Thinking bigger… how can Australian universities best meet future challenges?
May 15, 2023
What the ‘alien’ in science fiction reveals about us
May 11, 2023
Is cancel culture a thing? Zoë Coombs Marr, Courtney Act, Brittanie Shipway, Michael Zavros
May 10, 2023
Can liberal democracies 'be friends' with authoritarian states?
May 09, 2023
Craig Foster calls for national conversation on Republic
May 08, 2023
Warren Mundine, Jacinta Price, Tony McAvoy and Shireen Morris debate the proposed Voice to Parliament
May 04, 2023
General Roméo Dallaire — Rwanda's genocide and the search for peace within after war
May 03, 2023
'Allies in all but name': Japan Australia relations
May 02, 2023
Net Zero: what does it mean and is it achievable?
May 01, 2023
Barry Humphries: Come to the Cabaret
Apr 27, 2023
Jurassic Park 30 years on – will we bring extinct animals back from the dead?
Apr 26, 2023
Can the market solve climate change and other social ills?
Apr 25, 2023
Greek-Australian identity: Are we WHITE yet?
Apr 24, 2023
Sisonke Msimang and Mohammed Massoud Morsi unstitching myths in Another Australia
Apr 20, 2023
Why thinking in Deep Time is good for your head
Apr 19, 2023
Wellmania's Brigid Delaney on how the Stoics can change your life
Apr 18, 2023
When classical music meets pop culture
Apr 17, 2023
Rupert Murdoch meets real life Succession
Apr 13, 2023
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and former diplomat John Berry on being openly gay
Apr 12, 2023
The state of America
Apr 11, 2023
The wonder of human foresight
Apr 10, 2023
Do government apologies for historic wrongs make a difference?
Apr 06, 2023
Modern Australia and its place in western civilisation
Apr 05, 2023
Democracy in Malaysia?
Apr 04, 2023
Noel Pearson on Australian identity: Ulli Helen Corbett on international Indigenous activism
Apr 03, 2023
Noel Pearson on transforming education: Dot West on media portrayal of First Nation's youth
Mar 30, 2023
Noel Pearson on lifting all Australians out of poverty: Ian Anderson on Indigenous health
Mar 29, 2023