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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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    • 4.7, 1.1K Ratings

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.

    Does Australia have a policing problem too?

    Does Australia have a policing problem too?

    It's a 43 second clip that's kicked off a big discussion about policing in Australia.

    In the phone video, recorded on Monday, a white NSW police officer kicks the feet of an Indigenous teenager, slamming him to the ground, an incident that's now the subject of an internal investigation.

    The family of the 16-year-old say an inquiry isn't enough, and are calling for the police officer involved to be charged.

    So what does the video tell us about policing in Australia?

    Today on The Signal, we’re delving into the history of the police force here.

    We ask how it came to be the way it is, and why so many Indigenous people feel unfairly targeted.



    Featured:

    Dr Vicki Sentas, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales Law School

    • 16 min
    Trump's war on Antifa

    Trump's war on Antifa

    Donald Trump is pointing the finger at what he says are violent elements of the far left.

    At the same time, white supremacists are ramping up their online activity and hoping the riots escalate.

    So where does that leave the protesters between those two extremes?



    Featured:

    Dr Kaz Ross, far right researcher

    • 17 min
    Vladimir Putin and the doctor

    Vladimir Putin and the doctor

    There's a young Russian doctor who's been distributing urgently needed protective gear to frontline health workers in Moscow.

    So why is she public enemy number one?

    The case of Anastasia Vasilyeva is a bizarre subplot in the tale of Russia's COVID-19 response, which has led to the third biggest caseload in the world.

    It's the story of a contest between public health and the political goals of Vladimir Putin.



    Featured:

    Eric Campbell, ABC Reporter, Foreign Correspondent

    • 17 min
    Is America permanently broken?

    Is America permanently broken?

    America is in the grip of a wave of violence not seen in a generation, after yet another death of a black person in police custody.

    In dozens of cities, anger and exasperation are building, and in some places curfews have been introduced and the National Guard called in.

    The deadly unrest was sparked after footage of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes spread around the world.

    While four officers have now been fired and one charged with third degree murder, the protestors say it isn't enough.

    So is there any way America's racial chasm can be bridged?

    Today on The Signal, we piece together the final minutes of George Floyd's life, and speak with an author who says future generations will look back on this period and conclude America has failed.



    Featured:

    Donald Earl Collins, author and professorial lecturer in history and American Studies, American University, Washington, DC

    • 20 min
    Why your dreams are getting weirder

    Why your dreams are getting weirder

    If you've been having more intense dreams since the pandemic began, you're not alone.

    Today we find out why that's happening, whether or not it's helpful, and what to do if you're finding it's not.



    Featured:

    Dr Thomas Andrillon, Psychologist, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University

    • 19 min
    Unpacking a very strange truce

    Unpacking a very strange truce

    A friendly chat between a Coalition government and the union movement over industrial relations might seem as likely as hell freezing over.

    But COVID-19 has changed lots of things, and this week Scott Morrison said a discussion with unions is exactly what he'd like to see happen.

    Union leaders are already wary, but say they'll participate.

    So is there any chance the two sides could find common ground?

    Today on The Signal, we review what unions and business leaders might spar over in their shared bid to boost Australia's ailing economy, and ask whether there are lessons from Bob Hawke's 1983 Accord.



    Featured:

    Patricia Karvelas, Host, RN Drive and ABC News Afternoon Briefing

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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1.1K Ratings

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Increase general knowledge

Love this podcast. Usually always learn something new!

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Great way to keep up to date

With an episode coming out every day of the week, this is a great way to keep up with current affairs that only asks 15mins of your time. That's a perfect amount of time to get a decent dive into a topic too. Stellar reporting - and a show that's been particularly appreciated in our current covid era.

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Great snapshot

Listen to them every day. Great snapshot of what’s going on in the world!

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