11 episodes

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. From how we work and how we live to the very basics of human interaction - we're having to adapt to ways of life we never thought possible.
One thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same. 
As we look to life beyond the virus, we ask: so now what?


With the help of experts in their fields, each episode Waleed Aly explores a different aspect of our lives, how it's been impacted by the coronavirus and just what we can expect on the other side.


Produced by Chris Bendall.

So Now What? with Waleed Aly 10 Speaks

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The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. From how we work and how we live to the very basics of human interaction - we're having to adapt to ways of life we never thought possible.
One thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same. 
As we look to life beyond the virus, we ask: so now what?


With the help of experts in their fields, each episode Waleed Aly explores a different aspect of our lives, how it's been impacted by the coronavirus and just what we can expect on the other side.


Produced by Chris Bendall.

    Youth

    Youth

    Even before Covid-19, Millennials and Generation Z faced an uncertain future. Now, in the shadow of a global recession and the social upheaval caused by that pandemic young people are searching for themselves as they search for economic, systemic and social structures that will govern the rest of their lives. 


    In this final episode for this season of So Now What, we look beyond covid to explore the upheavals and the hopeful possibilities facing the youth of Australia.


    This episode was produced by Gabriella White. 


    Featuring: 


    Angela Jackson, economist with Equity Economics


    Claire Madden, social researcher and expert on Gen Z




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    • 56 min
    World Order

    World Order

    Covid-19 has impacted all aspects of all our lives and global politics is no exception. Like all nations, the two superpowers have had their 2020 shaped by the virus. 


    For the US, the mishandling of the pandemic has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, while China is widely seen as the source.


    But as the first vaccines begin their rollout just what will the world stage look like once the virus passes? Will how countries handled Covid-19 have long term repercussions? And what will that mean for their economies? And where will countries like Australia fit into the new political landscape?


    Featuring:
    Professor Rana Mitter, Oxford University
    Kim Hoggard, former White House senior staffer
     
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    • 49 min
    Future of Work

    Future of Work

    When Covid-19 hit almost a million Australians lost their jobs, millions more were forced to work from home, and at the height of the crisis it seemed even our most hardened industrial warriors were ready to find a middle-ground.
    Now with life after the virus beginning to emerge just what kind of work and workplaces will we find on the other side?
    Will we see better opportunities or worse for workers?
    Will there be more work, or will millions of Australians still struggle to get the hours they want?
    We're looking into the future of working Australia as we ask So Now What?


    Featuring 
    Dr Jim Stanford, Director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work
    Dom Price, resident Work Futurist, Atlassian
     
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    • 48 min
    Climate Change

    Climate Change

    When Covid-19 sent the world into lockdown in March, global carbon emissions plummeted - an almost 10 per cent fall in the first half of the year. 
    But as we start thinking of a world beyond the virus, can we expect things to bounce back to where they were, or worse, will emissions rise even higher as people and industries rush to make up for lost time? Or can we capitalise on the global upheaval for some good? 
    With our climate future at a crossroads, we ask if it's possible to use one crisis to help overcome a much bigger one.


    Featuring:
    Simon Holmes a Court, Senior Advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University.
    Brynn O'Brien, Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
     
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    • 47 min
    The Arts

    The Arts

    When Covid-19 took off, the arts and entertainment industries were the among the first to be hit, and the hardest.
    Across Australia and the world, theatres and cinemas were shuttered, concerts and festivals cancelled.
    But as the lights slowly start to flicker back on for show and gigs and we make our first tentative steps back to socially distant stands, just what will entertainment look like? Will we still want to be entertained like we did before and will those who have kept us entertained still do so in the same way?


    Featuring:
    Ben Folds, musician, singer-songwriter
    Debra Oswald, author, creator of Offspring
    Alan Cross, broadcaster, and historian
     
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    • 41 min
    Population/Migration

    Population/Migration

    Australia has always been a nation of immigrants with an incredible one in ten of us arriving in just the last decade. 


    However, thanks to Covid-19 our migration rate has gone from near record levels to almost zero. Combined with a falling birth rate, for the first time in a century, Australia's population is set to fall. The economic and cultural fallout will be profound. 


    In this episode we explore just what challenges we'll face and how we can overcome them once the pandemic has passed.


    Featuring:
    Dr Liz Allen, Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research and Methods
    Abul Rizvi, former Immigration Department Deputy Secretary
     
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    • 43 min

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