210 episodes

A weekly conversation about politics and current events, international affairs, history, art, books, and the natural world, to illuminate the issues faced by society and explore them in new ways – presented by Amy Mullins.


The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.
https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

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A weekly conversation about politics and current events, international affairs, history, art, books, and the natural world, to illuminate the issues faced by society and explore them in new ways – presented by Amy Mullins.


The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.
https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

    Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020 - Christina Thompson

    Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020 - Christina Thompson

    Amy speaks with author and Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson about her book, Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, which explores the quest to understand who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, and how they got there.

    • 47 min
    Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020

    Uncommon Sense - 24 March 2020

    Amy speaks with author and Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson about her book, Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, which explores the quest to understand who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, and how they got there. Associate Professor Gemma Carey, Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW, discusses how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is affecting people with a disability and/or chronic illness, and what support the government and the NDIS need to provide so people with a disability and their carers are not left behind and put at increased health risks. Plus, Ben Eltham from New Matilda on federal politics, including the latest on public health measures, social security support announcements, and what the next coronavirus economic stimulus package means for you.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020 - Bill Bowtell

    Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020 - Bill Bowtell

    Bill Bowtell, strategic health policy adviser and Adjunct Professor at UNSW, discusses the Australian government's handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how it compares to the various approaches other countries are taking. He also discuss the crucial role of state and local governments, and what we can do ourselves. Bill Bowtell was an architect of the Australian government’s successful response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic

    • 39 min
    Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020

    Uncommon Sense - 17 March 2020

    Bill Bowtell, strategic health policy adviser and Adjunct Professor at UNSW, discusses the Australian government's handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how it compares to the various approaches other countries are taking. He also discuss the crucial role of state and local governments, and what we can do ourselves. Bill Bowtell was an architect of the Australian government’s successful response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sophie McNeill, investigative reporter and former ABC foreign correspondent in the Middle East joins Amy to discuss her book, We Can't Say We Didn't Know: Dispatches From An Age of Impunity. Sophie will share her experiences reporting from the frontlines of conflicts in Syria, Gaza, Yemen, West Bank and Iraq. Plus Ben Eltham on the latest in federal politics, including what the federal government is doing to prevent a pandemic-induced recession.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020 - Stuart Kells

    Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020 - Stuart Kells

    Historian and author Stuart Kells came in to discuss his new book, The Convent. Amy and Stuart explore the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of Melbourne’s much loved Abbotsford Convent.

    • 34 min
    Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020

    Uncommon Sense - 10 March 2020

    Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT came in to chat about the latest in US politics, including the Democratic primaries and the Super Tuesday result which saw Joe Biden overtake Bernie Sanders, and sealed the demise of Elizabeth Warren. Steve Meacher, President of Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc and longtime native forest advocate, discussed the imminent logging of large native trees in the Toolangi State Forest. The logging coupe is near one of Victoria’s largest and most loved trees; the Kalatha Giant, which is 400 years old and 65 metres tall. Historian and author Stuart Kells came in to discuss his new book, The Convent. Amy and Stuart explore the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of Melbourne’s much loved Abbotsford Convent.

    • 2 hrs 9 min

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