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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

    Australia post-COVID-19, the cycling boom, and sending a text to the wrong recipient

    Australia post-COVID-19, the cycling boom, and sending a text to the wrong recipient

    What will Australia look like after the pandemic, how to keep people on their bikes, cooking with Sophia, and what to do when you receive a text that is not meant for you.

    • 54 min
    Lions, life in suburbia and extraordinary powers

    Lions, life in suburbia and extraordinary powers

    With new powers given to police and heavy penalties announced in Victoria, we ask what really makes a person change their behaviour? Plus, what's behind our fascination with the most regal big cat? And author Christopher Raja on the wonders and heartbreak of leaving his country of birth and finding a new home.

    • 54 min
    Retail in lockdown 2.0 and the future of childcare

    Retail in lockdown 2.0 and the future of childcare

    How are retailers adapting to coronavirus restrictions, even as much of the sector will be drastically cut back? Plus, is now the time for permanent free childcare? And how virtual reality and video games can preserve Aboriginal cultures.

    • 54 min
    Business closures; illusions, medicine and reprehensible histories

    Business closures; illusions, medicine and reprehensible histories

    We take your calls on how Melbourne's coronavirus business restrictions will affect you. Plus, do you trust what your doctor prescribes? Professor Jon Jureidini argues that evidence-based medicine was invented more recently than you would imagine. And comedian Mikey Robins dives into the grubby tales of history.

    • 54 min
    Talking sense in a world polarised by the pandemic and remembering a renown Aboriginal stockman

    Talking sense in a world polarised by the pandemic and remembering a renown Aboriginal stockman

    With Victoria now in a state of disaster, it is clear everyone has a part to play in combating coronavirus. So why are some people refusing to wear a mask or being evasive about whether they have travelled to coronavirus hotspots? We speak with listeners about how deal with tricky conversations when disagreements erupt about the pandemic and the public health orders designed to combat it. Plus, the discovery of old recordings featuring renowned Queensland Aboriginal stockman Harry 'Bunda' Darlow is shedding much-needed light on the legacy of the Frontier Wars.

    • 54 min
    Weekend Life Matters: reasonable doubt, there's a zoo in my poo, and the last lighthouse keeper

    Weekend Life Matters: reasonable doubt, there's a zoo in my poo, and the last lighthouse keeper

    What happens when the criminal justice system fails in due process, a new book uses poo jokes to educate on the need to enrich our guts, and John Cook writes about his life as a last lighthouse keeper.

    • 54 min

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