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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 the fires did to animals

    What the fires did to animals

    The number of human lives and homes lost in the fires is meticulously counted, but the toll on wildlife is more mysterious.

    Joan Reed from Sydney Wildlife Rescue couldn’t see any animals when she reached the firegrounds. None in the wild, not even any dead on the side of the road.

    Then people started arriving at her mobile clinic, bringing kangaroos with burnt feet, wombats with throats burnt by smoke, birds that had been caught in the flames.

    It’s thought these fires have killed more than a billion animals in New South Wales and Victoria alone, species have almost certainly been driven to extinction.

    Some populations will recover quickly but for others it could take more than a century.

    So what’s holding them back? And what happens to them in the meantime?

    • 17 min
    Who can call themselves Aboriginal?

    Who can call themselves Aboriginal?

    Defending his racial identity wasn't what historian Bruce Pascoe had planned for his summer break.

    But then the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton referred a complaint about him to the AFP.

    Bruce Pascoe's been accused of faking his Aboriginality.

    It's being seen as an attack not just on the man himself, but also his increasingly influential book, Dark Emu.

    In recent years Dark Emu has become a mainstream challenge to versions of history which cast Indigenous Australians as nomadic.

    The book and its author have been criticised in the lead up to Australia Day, when the national conversation about colonialism reaches its annual apex.

    So what does this accusation against Bruce Pascoe mean for his work, and Australia's history?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the publication of this podcast, the AFP has announced it's dropped its investigation into Bruce Pascoe.

    • 15 min
    How a deadly virus is born

    How a deadly virus is born

    When people in the Chinese city of Wuhan started getting sick after visiting a local market, everyone thought it was a pneumonia outbreak.

    It turned out to be a new virus.

    This strain is deadly, it's spreading and scientists are still trying to work out how to stop it. So far it's infected more than 400 people and killed nine.

    So what does it take for a virus like this to evolve and how worried should you be?

    • 13 min
    How $100m in sports grants backfired

    How $100m in sports grants backfired

    The term 'sports scandal' might make you think of drug cheats or sex tapes.

    Not novelty cheques being handed over to bowling clubs in marginal electorates.

    But what started as a pretty ordinary sports grants program in the run up to last year's Federal Election is bringing a lot of heat to the Government.

    An Auditor-General's report out last week shows 70% of projects approved in the second round of the scheme in March 2019 were not recommended by Sport Australia.

    Now, there's a growing list of people angry with the Government over how it spent that $100m.

    So how much trouble is the Government in?

    • 15 min
    Impeachment: the final chapter

    Impeachment: the final chapter

    It's the home stretch of Donald Trump's impeachment.

    The Senate trial begins tonight, and a man named Lev Parnus has a mountain of new, last-minute evidence against the President.

    Today's episode is all about whether that evidence will make a difference, what happens next, and why the trial matters, even if the President survives it.

    • 17 min
    What the bushfires did to politics

    What the bushfires did to politics

    The Government's taken a big hit over its response to the massive destruction caused by bushfires this summer. 

    It's under more pressure than ever to strengthen its climate change policies

    So is there any chance that'll happen?

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

Wieczkiewicz ,

Enjoyable, insightful, often humorous

It’s like listening to my cleverest friends answer all my questions about a story I’m interested in. Just great.

lumpingsnarf ,

A good habit

These guys have an uncanny knack of dissecting the most interesting issues of the day. Done often with good humour & great insight.

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10/10

Great, easy to digest journalism

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