200 episodes

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 • 43 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

    A life-long renter not a home-owner

    A life-long renter not a home-owner

    Young Australians complain they’ve been locked out of the property market and expect to live their life in the private rental market . Wages haven’t kept up with house prices. Secure full-time jobs are harder to find and not everyone can rely on an inheritance .With Covid 19 , the situation is even more precarious. Home ownership is a marker of a growing generational and class divide in Australia.

    • 54 min
    Kerry O’Brien and Sally McManus discuss the future of unions

    Kerry O’Brien and Sally McManus discuss the future of unions

    Kerry O’Brien and Sally McManus look at changes to work and workplaces and the roles of unions in the future. Business leaders and union representatives are currently negotiating what could be landmark industrial relations reforms. They will shape what the future of work looks like in Australia. And they also come at a time of drastic changes brought on by the pandemic crisis and new technologies

    • 54 min
    Stan Grant on coronavirus and history

    Stan Grant on coronavirus and history

    Journalist Stan Grant looks at the impact of the pandemic on international relations and democratic freedoms. The pandemic is increasing tension within and between nations . Will the repression of civil liberties and authoritarian governments be a lasting legacy and has the strategic rivalry between the USA and China reached a dangerous new phase ?

    • 54 min
    Becoming Australian

    Becoming Australian

    Writer, Ashley Kalagian Blunt, came to Australia from Canada intending to stay a year, but never went home. Nearly a decade later, she is now a citizen, but remains bewildered by some of our cultural quirks. Paul Barclay talks to Ashley about identity, the challenges of moving to a new country, and how to be "Australian". 

    • 54 min
    Contest for the Indo-Pacific

    Contest for the Indo-Pacific

    Australia recently boosted its defence spending with the Prime Minister warning that, after Covid,  we need to prepare for a world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly”. In particular,  the risk of being caught in a conflict between the United States and an assertive China.  China is also extending its presence in the Pacific which is a traditional sphere of influence for Australia.

    • 54 min
    Conspiracy theories in times of crisis

    Conspiracy theories in times of crisis

    What do climate deniers, anti-vaccination activists and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists have in common? Why are they so resistant to ‘facts’? When the truth has no currency anymore and rational arguments don’t count for anything, it seems like there is no winning against conspiracy theories. But that’s not quite right. On Big Ideas, a panel of experts looks behind the concept of a conspiracy theory: what feeds them and what can kill them.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 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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