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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

    When can you book an overseas holiday?

    When can you book an overseas holiday?

    After 19 months of being effectively cut off, Australia is less than two weeks away from reopening the border to outbound travellers.

    NSW is going even further, by allowing returning travellers back in without quarantine, with other states including Victoria potentially following suit weeks later.

    So how will the end of the travel ban work in practice?

    Today on The Signal, we're trying to answer all your questions about the gradual return of overseas travel.

    Featured: 

    Dr Leonardo Nogueira de Moraes, Tourism resilience and planning expert, University of Melbourne

    • 17 min
    Why we have a 70s economy

    Why we have a 70s economy

    The global economy is in weirder shape than it's been in a long time.

    Major economies are emerging from lockdown, a complicated set of dynamics in Europe and Asia is causing energy prices to soar, and there's a new focus on driving down emissions.

    So do all these things taken together add up to an economic meltdown?

    Today on The Signal, we're speaking with the ABC's Business Editor Ian Verrender about whether we could see a repeat of the stagflation crisis of the 1970s, and how long it could last.

    Featured:

    Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

    • 20 min
    Why we're betting billions on hydrogen

    Why we're betting billions on hydrogen

    It's been hard to open a news app this week without running headlong into a story about hydrogen.

    But for an energy source that seems to be all the rage, it's still pretty hard to come by, which might explain the generalised confusion about what it is, and how it works.

    Today on The Signal, we explain why everyone seems to be throwing money at hydrogen and ask: is Australia entering a new boom?

    Featured:

    Dr Patrick Hartley, Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission

    • 15 min
    Would Australia go to war over Taiwan?

    Would Australia go to war over Taiwan?

    For a private citizen visiting out of a personal interest, Taiwan sure made a lot of fuss over the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    That's because his recent visit seems to be part of a larger, very complicated diplomatic dance Australia is engaged in, designed to keep China happy and Taiwan safe.

    So is it working?

    Today on the Signal, how close is China to invading? And if Beijing did decide to do that, would Australia join a war over it?

    Featured:

    Natasha Kassam, Director of the Lowy Institute's Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program

    • 16 min
    Are we reopening too fast?

    Are we reopening too fast?

    The end of Australia's lockdown era is approaching fast.

    In Sydney, pubs are open, schools are going back, and lines for haircuts trail around street corners.

    In Canberra too, a lockdown is ending on Friday, while in Melbourne 10,000 double-vaccinated spectators will be allowed to watch horse racing at Flemington in November, with more easing to follow.

    But is Australia reopening too fast?

    Today on The Signal, what the new era means for COVID case numbers, and how much to worry about the risk it could all end in misery.

    Featured:

    Professor Nancy Baxter, Head of School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

    • 17 min
    Why renting is a health risk

    Why renting is a health risk

    Some health risks are obvious, like smoking, or eating too much sugar. But what about renting?

    As many as a million Australians live in housing that harms their health, with renters the worst off.

    So what's the health cost of having so much substandard housing?

    And how do you even begin to fix a problem like that?

    Featured:

    Alice, Sydney tenant

    Professor Rebecca Bentley, Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Housing, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

    Dr Kim Loo, General Practitioner

    • 18 min

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Great show!

Well researched, timely and engaging podcast.

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Careful

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