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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

Big Ideas ABC Podcasts

    • Cultura e società

Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

    US foreign politics since the Cold War

    US foreign politics since the Cold War

    In a complex and challenging world, how durable is the international role of the US?

    While there were many setbacks between the fall of Soviet communism and the opening years of the Trump administration, from Rwanda to 9/11 and Iraq to Syria, Tim Lynch demonstrates that the US remained the world's dominant power.

    Recent US foreign politics hasn't changed that much compared to the Cold War era.

    • 54 min
    Music by robots

    Music by robots

    Would music created by robots move you just the same as a piece composed by your favourite song writer?

    Machines are already making art - paintings and songs.

    But does this music have the same quality as works created by humans?

    • 54 min
    Truly fair elections are impossible - mathematically

    Truly fair elections are impossible - mathematically

    We live in a democracy in which we all have a chance to vote.

    But does voting mean that the views of the majority are truly represented when it can be shown - mathematically - that all voting systems have flaws? 

    Maths proves that elections can never be truly fair and how easy it is for someone to win who no one really liked and who no one wanted to come first. Be it in elections or the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • 54 min
    Is genomic medicine delivering on its potential?

    Is genomic medicine delivering on its potential?

    Advances in genomics were predicted to lead to a new era of personalised medicine, by utilising individual genetic information. Genomics is currently being employed to improve diagnosis of difficult to diagnose conditions. But will it realise its full potential? What are the ethical quandaries?

    • 54 min
    A study of antisemitism

    A study of antisemitism

    The main threat of antisemitism is its use as a conspiracy theory to undermine democracy, says Deborah Lipstadt.

    She traces the origin of antisemitism and defines a template that’s been used by both the political right and left - even today.

    • 54 min
    Decriminalising domestic violence

    Decriminalising domestic violence

    Could it be that the adversarial criminal justice system is hindering efforts to combat domestic violence?

    • 57 min

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