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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

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    • Society & Culture

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

    Secrets, spying and press freedom

    Secrets, spying and press freedom

    Imagine you are a journalist who has broken a big story you believe is in the public interest. A year elapses and then, without warning, your home is raided, and the AFP is suddenly rifling through your most intimate belongings.  This is what happened to Annika Smethurst, who feared she would go to jail for revealing classified information.

    • 54 min
    Poland – democracy in crisis

    Poland – democracy in crisis

    Poland’s ruling party is racing to eliminate judicial independence. This move is seen as an assault on democracy and is setting the country on a collision course with the European Union. Simmering for several years, the crisis is now boiling over. A new bill enables the government to punish judges for publicly criticizing the attack on the separation of power or questioning the validity of government appointed judges. Find out why the attach on the rule of law in Poland was so successful.

    • 54 min
    Greening the economy after COVID

    Greening the economy after COVID

    The economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for decades but there’s another crisis needing urgent attention and that’s climate change .As the economy recovers from COVID-19, can we also improve the health of the planet by investing in green industries? A green economic recovery could be a win for the climate and a win for the economy.

    • 54 min
    Preparing for future pandemics

    Preparing for future pandemics

    We know that the coronavirus pandemic won’t be our last. Other viruses have the potential to jump from animals to humans. So how can we strengthen global defences against future pandemics? And what’s been Australia’s best weapon in the fight against Covid-19?

    • 54 min
    Global co-operation in the COVID era

    Global co-operation in the COVID era

    What will the world look like on the other side of this pandemic? After decades of facilitating the free flow of people, goods and services, nations are strengthening their borders to protect the health of their citizens. Will globalisation be in retreat as a result of COVID-19 or will the pandemic underline the need for global co-operation ?

    • 54 min
    The science of success

    The science of success

    How can you turn failure into success? And even learn to love your mistakes? Table tennis champion Matthew Syed explains that we need to change our perception that talent is crucial for success into accepting that failure is temporary. Only then do you believe in the potential for growth. The mindset to learn from mistakes is common in many sports, but not prevalent in our social and political institutions.

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