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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

    What Australia's missing with the far right

    What Australia's missing with the far right

    The far right in Australia has changed.

    But the way Australia tries to manage the threat of violent extremism from that movement seems to be more or less the same as it always has been.

    So are we keeping up?

    Today on The Signal, what are Norway, New Zealand and the US doing that we're not?

    And do we need a rethink of how we deal with far right extremism?

    Featured:

    Jordan McSwinney, far right researcher & PhD candidate, University of Sydney

    Professor Tore Bjørgo, Director, University of Oslo Centre for Extremism Research

    • 19 min
    Are the Brisbane Olympics a mistake?

    Are the Brisbane Olympics a mistake?

    Winning always feels good, even if being the only one left in the race does spoil the buzz a bit.

    So why was Brisbane the only city in contention to host the 2032 Olympics?

    And could it be that the rest of the world knows something Australia doesn't?

    Today on The Signal, we're often told that hosting the Olympics brings the host city fortune, fame and decades of bragging rights.

    But does the data back that up?

    And if it doesn't, what does that mean for the future of the Olympic Games?

    Featured:

    Professor Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, US, and Author, 'Circus Maximus'

    • 21 min
    What if Sydney never gets to zero?

    What if Sydney never gets to zero?

    In Sydney, the reminders keep coming that this outbreak is not like past outbreaks.

    The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the unsurprising announcement yesterday that the current lockdown would be extended for at least four more weeks, as daily case numbers of the Delta variant keep on rising.

    So has this outbreak gone so far that it's not possible to reach zero again? And if that's true, then what does opening up look like?

    Featured:

    Tony Blakely, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Melbourne

    • 15 min
    Will Australia regret the Afghanistan war?

    Will Australia regret the Afghanistan war?

    How do you know if a war was worth it?

    As America and its allies complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan next month, marking the end of a 20-year-war, the Taliban is rapidly retaking its old territory. 

    So after tens of thousands of civilian casualties, the deaths of 41 Australian soldiers in the field, and billions of dollars in public money to fund the campaign itself, how will history record our involvement?

    Today on The Signal, we're asking what happens to Afghanistan now the war is over, and what that means for Australia.

    Featured: 

    Tyson Sara, former military strategist in the Afghanistan War and CEO, CMAX Advisory

    • 20 min
    Who's behind the lockdown protests?

    Who's behind the lockdown protests?

    Anti-lockdown protests were held in at least four capital cities on Saturday, and in the aftermath of the biggest march, in Sydney, police have made at least 60 arrests.

    Online, the organisers are defiantly planning further marches, prompting a warning the response next time will be even stronger.

    So what do we know about who organised the latest anti-lockdown rallies?

    And with so many people apparently buying their message, where does the movement go from here?

    Featured:
    Michael McGowan, Reporter, Guardian Australia, Sydney

    • 18 min
    Australia's eight year hard border

    Australia's eight year hard border

    Australia's borders have been closed for 18 months. 

    But for one group of people, the entry ban goes back much further than that. 

    Lawyers estimate there are more than 1,000 people stuck in Australia's immigration detention system, and today on The Signal we're hearing from one of them. 

    Arab-Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari's eight years in and out of immigration detention tells the story of Australia's harsh yet inconsistent policies on refugees and asylum seekers. 

    So what's the point of keeping him and the others in legal limbo? 

    And will they ever get out? 

    Featured: 

    Loghman Sawari, Arab-Iranian refugee

    Dr Sara Dehm, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

colsy wolsy ,

Medicare

Really insightful opinions from the diverse commentators. Certainly hope it will not be another “Mediscare” but a campaign centred around how will they pay back the debt, climate change ( if L has a plan for the transition to net zero) and accountability (quite a lot there!!!) for etc

Arron K89 ,

Topical

A good podcast that discusses issues of the day and takes the time to delve deeper into topics than usual news outlets. My own crticism is that the language does lack precision at times (filler words and phrases) and some topics where subject matter experts are brought in can be narrow in their perspective of an issue (more sources across broader issues) but I acknowledge the requirement for timely releases on hot topics.
I often listen to this on my commute to or from work and is often inciteful.

Tim O'Loan ,

Insightful, succinct and engaging

Love this podcast, brings daily ‘bite sized’ insight into key issues of the day. Presenters great characters in their own right!

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