200 episodes

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

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 702 Ratings

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

    Science predicts the future

    Science predicts the future

    Humans are an inventive lot and science and technology has transformed our lives. There's a dark side to some of the ways we use science but there's also hope that it will solve some of our most pressing problems such as climate change and genetic diseases. Scientists on the cutting edge in a range of disciplines imagine how their discoveries will be put to use to solve the problems of the future. They discuss the future of genetics, climate change modelling and materials science and artificial intelligence.

    • 54 min
    No barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities

    No barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities

    Haben Girma is a success .She graduated from an elite law school. But unlike her fellow students,  Haben is deaf-blind. She speaks to the ABC's Disability Affairs Reporter, blind journalist and newsreader Nas Campanella, about how she gained her law degree from Harvard and her advocacy for disability rights. And we hear from disability advocates about the need to design inclusive technology which is able to be used by all people, regardless of their disability.

    • 54 min
    Fixing the Murray Darling Basin

    Fixing the Murray Darling Basin

    The Murray Darling Basin is our food bowl. It covers 4 states. And it has been in poor shape for a long time. Margaret Simons travelled through the basin, talking to locals, irrigators, bureaucrats, and scientists, to get the lowdown.

    • 54 min
    COVID-19 and domestic violence

    COVID-19 and domestic violence

    This COVID-19 lockdown period heightens the risk of domestic violence.
    Perpetrators as well as victims are more invisible. And while help is still available, accessing it is more difficult. Bystanders like friends and neighbours now have a bigger role to play.
    Support services are reporting a significant rise in the number of cases, and the acts are becoming more violent in this time of crisis.
    So how to keep domestic violence ‘in view’? How can accountability be maintained?

    • 54 min
    Covid-19 anxiety and vaccine uptake

    Covid-19 anxiety and vaccine uptake

    Restrictions are easing but we still can’t relax. The Covid virus has taken its toll on mental health and the future is uncertain. So public health messages need to walk the line between calming our fears while being honest about the risks. This conversation looks at how best to reduce fear and anxiety. And if a Covid vaccine is developed quickly how can we make it accessible to everyone and reassure those worried about the safety of vaccines?

    • 54 min
    The style and substance of good writing

    The style and substance of good writing

    Are we losing our ability to write well and is it because we don’t follow the rules? Professor Steven Pinker says loosen up, rules are made to be broken. But he takes aim at writing which confuses rather than informs . Why is it so difficult to read the writing of lawyers, academics and bureaucrats? The techniques of classic style are a good start for improving the quality of writing.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
702 Ratings

702 Ratings

Wendyseana ,

Intelligence in so many forms

Up there amongst my all time favourite programs long before it became podcast able. Such a diversity of intelligence and topics. Sincere, astute, probing, brilliantly presented programs and guests.

Rel C ,

Great range of topics

Excellent podcast with intelligent evidence based talks from a wide range of sources

DrHo0 ,

The very best of radio

Fantastic programme with interesting topics and guests with erudite discussions.

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