Big Ideas - Full program podcast

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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

Heritage under fire Feb. 22, 2018

The monumental scale of heritage destruction in the Middle East has spurred international efforts to protect cultural property during conflict. Why is it important and how can it be done?


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Tunisia alone emerged from the ‘Arab Spring’ a democracy. Is the country a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries, or simply an anomaly?
Much of the evil we do comes from mistaken ideas of religion and what we think God wants of us.
American journalist and author Kati Marton traces Angela Merkel’s rise as one of the most powerful political leaders.
China under Xi Feb. 14, 2018
The rise and rise of China under President Xi Jinping
Do we need regulation so that free speech doesn’t turn into hate speech?
Payam Akhavan, believes there is only one way forward: Accepting that our welfare is connected to the welfare of others.
Luther and dreams Feb. 8, 2018
What dreams tell us about the mind and motivation of the leaders of the Reformation
Australian security Feb. 7, 2018
Strengthening Australian security
Neuroscience hype Feb. 6, 2018
Neuroscience and neuropsychology in isolation is not the only answer to understanding and improving mental health.
Payam Akhavan asks: What causes atrocities like the Rwandan genocide? What can we learn so these things don't happen again?
Paul Barclay talks to author Catherine Jinks about Thomas Guthrie Carr, a shameless charlatan, showman, and pseudo scientist
If we want to speed up the discovery of new drugs, we need to share research.
How do we strip back our lives, smell the roses, embrace frugality and simplicity?
Payam Akhavan asks: Is it ever possible to do justice for genocide? Or is its enormity such that no punishment is enough?
Future of tourism Jan. 25, 2018
Travel and tourism is changing and apps are driving the change
How do you define, and understand, Aboriginal songlines?
Why would people have been attracted to the communist movement in times past?
Payam Akhavan tells of how his family was forced to flee the Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini. It’s a story of an awakening to human rights.
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