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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
    • 4.5 • 44 Ratings

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

    Ronan Farrow’s insights into the abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein

    Ronan Farrow’s insights into the abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein

    The first two decades of this century will be remembered for the #MeToo movement. It started with the scores of abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. As part of Radio National's The Big 20: Our Century So Far, Big Ideas brings you Ronan Farrow's harrowing account of his investigation. It’s not a story about sex, but about the abuse of power. He shows up a system created by rich and connected men that’s permitted that type of behaviour. A network of gatekeepers from media, politics and business made sure that the victims stayed quiet.

    • 54 min
    Ginger Gorman on how trolling causes real-life harm

    Ginger Gorman on how trolling causes real-life harm

    Cyber trolling is causing serious real world harm and police and social media companies like Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to combat it. 

    • 54 min
    #Hashtag Outrage

    #Hashtag Outrage

    We live in an age of constant outrage. On social media, many people seem to be almost continually offended and outraged. As part of Radio National's The Big 20 : Our century so far we ponder the uses and abuses of social media. While we're busy shouting, retweeting, and "piling on" have we lost the ability to tell the difference between genuine injustice and online feeding frenzies?

    • 54 min
    The Robesons tour Australia & the future of work

    The Robesons tour Australia & the future of work

    It's 60 years since African Americans Paul and Eslanda Robeson toured Australia. Despite entrenched racism, Paul became a world famous singer and actor and both were political activists promoting racial equality, workers rights and womens rights. We also look at how the pandemic has made us rethink the way we work as life expectancy increases and we live and and work longer.

    • 54 min
    Governing during the COVID crisis

    Governing during the COVID crisis

    How has Australia has been governed during the COVID-19 crisis? Political journalist Katharine Murphy interviewed the major political players in her Quarterly Essay, “The End of Certainty”. She discusses how politics and governing changed during the pandemic, and how it didn’t.  

    • 54 min
    Is there an end in sight for the global pandemic?

    Is there an end in sight for the global pandemic?

    You might be suffering pandemic fatigue but at least Australia doesn't have a dramatic spike in cases. Virus numbers are surging in Britain, Europe and America. Is there an end in sight ? How long before the world gets on top of the coronavirus? That’s the question for America’s top infectious disease specialist , Dr Anthony Fauci and Professor Sharon Lewin from Melbourne’s Doherty Institute.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Cozzum ,

Eclectic, Cosmopolitan yet very Aussie

A true treasure from down under to help fill in some of the gaps in my understanding of how the world works. Somehow life got very complex along the way and keeping up with the barrage of changes is a monumental chore at times. I never dreamed that discussions, lectures, debates and so on, from half way around the world, would help keep me oriented towards a realistic perspective on the world's events and issues. Recommended for anyone who craves something more from somewhere else.

Many Thanks to all the staff who make this program possible. To speak in the parlance of the zeitgeist
"You're Awesome!"

ABC Radiio USA Fan ,

Big Ideas

Excellent as always Paul Barclay and his team are thoughtful, careful investigators who listen and ask good questions bringing important truths to Australian listeners
Thank goodness for the ABC
Truly wonderful

mircrez ,

Excellence in podcasting

I can’t believe how good this podcast is. It’s intelligent, thought-provoking, insightful, and interesting. I wish we had a podcast this good here in the U.S. covering similar topics.

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