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Ian Dunt's How to be a liberal
Ian Dunt examines the origins and evolution of Liberalism over three and half centuries and discusses its philosophy, place in politics, society and culture and how its values can be revived.
Human evolution and climate change
What can the evolution of our species Homo sapiens, tell us about the ways in which we could meet challenges facing us, like climate change?
As a grandmother, Ramona Koval wanted to understand her fellow human beings better in order to predict how we might deal with our looming climate threat.
To do that she travelled back in time consulting a bevy of experts from around the world, comparing us to our ancestors, and meeting people who are pushing boundaries in order to find ways of expanding life into the future.
She asks could Homo sapiens become the midwife for a new species of conscious life capable of sustaining life on earth and even beyond?
Somaliland: How a lack of aid helped establish a fragile peace
Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but there has never been any international recognition of the region as a nation state.
In the decade that followed Somaliland managed to negotiate peace among the clans while neighbouring Somalia descended into violence and chaos.
Sarah Phillips argues that the lack of aid and international intervention meant that Somaliland was given a rare opportunity to work out their own way to a fragile but enduring peace.
Sarah's book When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland has been awarded the 2020 Crisp Prize by the Australian Political Studies Association.
Bruce Shapiro's America
President Trump's taxes, his Supreme Court pick and what can we expect from the Presidential debate are all up for discussion with our regular US correspondent Bruce Shapiro.
Two Indigenous men who journeyed to the heart of the British Empire and the man who painted them
Cherokee warrior and diplomat Ostenaco and Pacific Islander Mai both survived travelling to Britain with the hopes of securing peace for their people.
While in England, they were both painted by renowned portrait artist Joshua Reynolds.
Ostenaco had fought the French, the English and other Cherokee tribes to maintain trade routes and came to England to negotiate an enduring peace for his people and Mai managed to convince Captain Cook to allow him to travel to England in search of armaments to so he could retake the island he grew up on from a rival tribe.
Neither man was successful in their mission, but affected all those that came into contact with them while travelling around Britain, including artist Joshua Reynolds.
Harvest season looms, but where will the fruit pickers come from?
With borders closed and travel restricted, Australia’s growers face looming labour shortages for the summer fruit-picking season. Can we solve this immediate crisis and the systemic labour issues that were already plaguing Australia’s horticulture industry?