Popular Australian television content is being broadcast to Pacific audiences. In the past 60 years France’s military has intervened in Africa over 50 times, but has it been the stabilising force it would like us to believe? And, ever wondered what the Magna Carta or the First Folio of Romeo and Juliet smell like? Researchers at the Institute of Digital Archaeology have managed to extract the scents of antique books and manuscripts from Oxford University's Bodleian Library.
Published 05/28/20
Former George W. Bush speechwriter, David Frum is no fan of the current President and in his new book he details his concerns and outlines how to restore American democracy and the Republican party - post Trump. In the UK this week Dominic Cummings, the PM's closest advisor, faces not only a furious public but also growing hostility across the political spectrum. Cultural historian Lindsay Porter explains the origins of the Illuminati and why conspiracy theories about it live on.
Published 05/27/20
Memorial Day in the USA, COVID-19 and psychology of conspiracies and the lock down that was Biosphere 2
Published 05/26/20
Laura Tingle's Canberra, is Covid-19 being used as a chance to reorder the international landscape? and what's so bad about getting old?
Published 05/25/20
Daniel McCarthy discusses just how far Mitch McConnell's influence extends, Zambian economist Dr Dambisa Moyo argues in favour of a modern-day Marshall Plan for Africa and Barbara Freese explores the history of corporate denial from the slave trade to climate change.
Published 05/21/20
Protesters in Hong Kong are re-emerging after the COVID 19 lock down but Anthony Dapiran sees further repression and dark days ahead. Alex Rogers and Helen Rosenbaum outline their concerns over the impacts of deep sea mining. A curious history of Alphabetical order- Judith Flanders looks back at its origins and adoption.
Published 05/20/20
The latest from Washington, a horrific attack in Kabul and the importance of addresses.
Published 05/19/20
The latest in Australian politics, Kerala's rock star health minister and the farmers saving rare breeds and preserving biodiversity.
Published 05/18/20
A botched attempted raid on Venezuela proves truth is stranger than fiction. Keeping the Internet free of the worst violence, hate speech, animal cruelty and child abuse is taking a terrible toll on moderators. Newly discovered records suggest poet Lord Byron's exploits pale in comparison to those of his forebears.
Published 05/14/20
In Britain the message has changed from stay at home to stay alert but what this mean? Ian Dunt tries to figure it out. How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West - Catherine Belton's expose on Putin's people. Alexandra Shulman, the long serving editor of Vogue in Britain, her new book: Clothes and other things that matter.
Published 05/13/20
Bruce Shapiro's America, Michael Moore's divisive documentary on renewable energy and Sean Scalmer on the forgotten Australian politician, Graham Berry.
Published 05/12/20
Anthony Albanese's major speech; Does Covid-19 discriminate? The plight of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Published 05/11/20
Daniel McCarthy takes America's temperature, Matt Alt explores why Japan has turned to a 19th-century folk legend in its hour of need and Rachel Nuwer discusses whether Covid could curb the global wildlife trade.
Published 05/07/20
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is facing mounting criticism and challenges on many fronts. Sarah Maslin assess how the beleaguered country and its leader are faring. John Kirk discusses the history and current deployment of Cuba's medical brigades. Phillipe Sands, in his new book The Ratline, follows the trail of a Nazi fugitive.
Published 05/06/20
The latest from the USA, the deep state with David Rohde and the case for a literary stimulus.
Published 05/05/20
Bruce Shapiro on the latest from Washington, the power of the Christian nationalists in the USA and a history of guns in Australia
Published 04/28/20
Laura Tingle surveys the latest in national politics, Playwright David Williamson and arts academic Jo Caust on how to help an arts sector in dire straits. Kathy Lette's new book: HRT (husband replacement therapy).
Published 04/27/20
America's former secretary of state, Madeleine Albright reflects on her life and work in her latest memoir Hell and Other Destinations and British historian Emma Griffin explores the life and finances of working-class families in 19th-century Britain.
Published 04/23/20
How has North Korea handled the virus and where is leader Kim Jong Un ? Is Russian and Chinese aid to Europe and America entirely altruistic? and the story of Violet Mackenzie- Australia's original radio girl
Published 04/22/20
Bruce Shapiro on the latest policy by Twitter, what role does gender play in COVID-19 and Alison Whittaker discusses white fragility.
Published 04/21/20