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ABC Radio National presents material from Big Ideas web and TV to bring you the best public talks, debates and lectures from Australia and around the world. One single audio file of the whole program - good for continuous listening.


In the future United States of Lionel Shriver’s imagination, the nation is virtually bankrupt by the year 2029. The US dollar is worthless. Gold is confiscated by the government. A cabbage costs more than 20 dollars. This is the dystopian future she presents in her speculative novel, "The Mandibles". Lionel Shriver delivered a provocative speech...

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What creepy spirits lurk under Malaysian, Moroccan and Mexican beds? And do their powers reflect something of the culture of their origin?

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Politics and Sport

December 14th, 2016

What does our response to politics in sport tell us about who we are. Is it good for the games we love?

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Conscription in World War I

December 13th, 2016

Why did Australia reject conscription for WWI? And do the implications of this vote still affect our society today?