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Henry Bergh and the founding of the animal rights movement
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl and cruelty or indifference to 'dumb brutes' was the norm. One unlikely man came to champion their cause, starting a controversial anti-cruelty movement that soon spread across the country. But while many saw Henry Bergh as a moral pioneer, his attempts to challenge the vested interests of New York's elite caused him to be dubbed, by many, a 'traitor to his own species'.
Unprecedented fires in California and Australia signal the dawn of the 'fire age'
As the recovery from our Black Summer of fires continues, historic fires are raging across the West Coast of the United States. Some fire experts suggest that 2020 is a turning point in fire; that we've entered a new 'age of fire' and that we must now adapt to our fiery fate.
Julian Assange extradition hearing draws to a close
After four weeks the extradition hearing in London for Julian Assange is drawing to a close.
There have been delays because of COVID and technology issues, that have challenged everyone in the court, and those watching proceedings.
Journalist Mary Kostakidis has been living a nocturnal life watching the hearing on a video link and has been live tweeting the proceedings every day.
Have the Americans made a strong case for taking him back to the USA to face charges of espionage?
Ian Dunt's How to be a liberal
Ian Dunt examines the origins and evolution of Liberalism over three and half centuries and discusses its philosophy, place in politics, society and culture and how its values can be revived.
Human evolution and climate change
What can the evolution of our species Homo sapiens, tell us about the ways in which we could meet challenges facing us, like climate change?
As a grandmother, Ramona Koval wanted to understand her fellow human beings better in order to predict how we might deal with our looming climate threat.
To do that she travelled back in time consulting a bevy of experts from around the world, comparing us to our ancestors, and meeting people who are pushing boundaries in order to find ways of expanding life into the future.
She asks could Homo sapiens become the midwife for a new species of conscious life capable of sustaining life on earth and even beyond?
Somaliland: How a lack of aid helped establish a fragile peace
Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but there has never been any international recognition of the region as a nation state.
In the decade that followed Somaliland managed to negotiate peace among the clans while neighbouring Somalia descended into violence and chaos.
Sarah Phillips argues that the lack of aid and international intervention meant that Somaliland was given a rare opportunity to work out their own way to a fragile but enduring peace.
Sarah's book When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland has been awarded the 2020 Crisp Prize by the Australian Political Studies Association.