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.
Can Australia's status quo beat Delta?
NSW authorities hope to crush Sydney's COVID outbreak using masks, social distancing and contact tracing.
It's a plan that's worked well in the past, but is it really a match for the new, highly infectious Delta variant?
And if it isn't, what needs to change?
Today on The Signal, we ask how big a risk Delta might be to Australia's COVID strategy and, if we tried something different, what that would look like.
Dr Mary-Louise McLaws, Professor of Epidemiology, Hospital infection and infectious diseases control, University of New South Wales, and Member of World Health Organisation Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19
Why young women are not their mothers
The attitudes of young Australian women are changing, and fast, on everything from marriage to kids and home ownership.
That's according to one of the biggest surveys that gets done in this country.
Australia Talks, a survey by Vox Pop labs in conjunction with the ABC, spoke to more than 60,000 Australians about what keeps them up at night.
Today on the Signal, we're putting some voices to that data.
So just how different is the future they have planned for themselves?
Nina, 29-year-old from Sydney
Jacinta, 26-year-old from Sydney
Mannie, 28-year-old from Melbourne
Has the public shifted on asylum seekers?
There's one Tamil asylum seeker family that's put the Government in a very uncomfortable position lately.
The Muragappans, known more widely as the Biloela family after the small Queensland town they lived in for years, have been trying to win the right to stay in Australia for almost a decade.
The family has been on Christmas Island since 2018, and that seemed unlikely to change.
But then on Monday of last week, their four-year-old daughter Tharnicaa became so sick that she was rushed to a Perth hospital with her mother Priya.
After immense public pressure, the rest of the family was allowed to follow.
Today on The Signal, we ask why the Biloela family is proving to be such an exception.
Is their case a one-off, or a weather vane for a much bigger shift?
David Speers, Host, ABC Insiders
Ben Roberts-Smith v Channel Nine
One of Australia's most decorated soldiers, Ben Roberts-Smith, is suing Channel Nine over allegations of murders committed during his service in Afghanistan, and allegations of bullying and domestic violence.
Ben Roberts-Smith strenuously denies the allegations.
The defamation trial is already in its second week, and with a possible eight more weeks to go it's being billed as one of the biggest in Australian legal history.
So what's come out in court so far?
And what does it all mean for Channel Nine, for Ben Roberts-Smith, and for the Australian Defence Force?
Matt Collins QC, Barrister specialising in defamation law
Nick Grimm, Senior Reporter, ABC Audio News and Current Affairs
How iron ore welds China to Australia
Australia's trade war with China is an instructive tale, and at the G7 meeting in Cornwall this week it was again front of mind.
So what are the key lessons that the world is taking from the dispute?
And why, after months of trade fights with China, has one key commodity been so far quarantined?
Today on The Signal, we're teaming up with Matt Bevan, host of the ABC's new podcast China If You're Listening, to find out.
We hear about this year's G7, and about how, despite the trade war, steel still welds China and Australia together.
Subscribe to China If You're Listening here: www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/china-if-youre-listening/
Matt Bevan, Host, ABC China If You're Listening
Did we boost vaccine hesitancy?
Mass vaccination is our only way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far though, the take-up of vaccines in Australia has been slow, with those eligible delaying booking appointments, and up to 16% of Australians telling pollsters they don't want the jab at all.
So is the media to blame?
Today on The Signal, we're looking at how Australian journalists have done covering COVID-19.
We ask whether coverage of side-effects and deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine has gone too far, and turn the spotlight on ourselves here at The Signal as well.
Dr Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne
Such a great episode! 3 critically important issues being made visible! Incredible causes, incredible women!
Great topics and depth while being approachable
One of my favourite podcasts: there’s a good range of topics that are politically relevant without being overwhelming for those who don’t have a specific interest in politics.
My favourite thing though is how it goes in depth so that you get a solid understanding rather than the more brief take. But you’re not overwhelmed by detail/it’s so long you lose interest. I find the length and format ideal
Love “The Signal”
Love “The Signal” although I am not in the usual demographic - be nice to the oldies. 😊
Love the short sharp stories - educational, varied topics, thought provoking and very easy to listen to
Go Ange, Stephen and the rest of the team