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
Ending the global tobacco pandemic
Smoking has killed about 100 million people in the last century. And the toll is expected to reach one billion. Besides the human, there are also enormous economic costs connected to tobacco consumption. While progress has clearly been made, why have decades of public health campaigns, restrictive regulation and extra taxes not crushed Big Tobacco by now?
Food as medicine
Are sugars, fats and processed carbs your guilty pleasure?
You know you shouldn’t eat them but it’s hard to resist.
Poor food choices take a big toll on our health system and some doctors are now prescribing healthy meals instead of drugs.
The making of Australian history
How is history made, and who gets left out?
History tells us where we came from, what happened along the way, and who we have become – our national identity.
But history is the product of the cultural values and beliefs of the time in which it was written.Who gets to shape these shifting narratives? And why has history so often excluded and silenced First Nations Australians?
For the love of birds
Are you a bird lover? Birds play a crucial role in our ecosystem, but their very existence is under threat. What can we do to protect the future for birdlife? A panel of bird lovers share their different perspectives on the enduring allure of birds.
Surveillance and monitoring in professional sport
Professional sport relies more and more on surveillance and body monitoring to improve performance. And increasing commercial interest in this data risk outweighing the benefits for the athletes. Even more: the degree of surveillance currently tolerated in professional sport may be permitted in community sports and other workplaces if the current status quo of collecting excessive personal data remains unchallenged.
Deaf culture, and science communication
The mission of the Beaker Street Festival is to make science accessible to all. Members of Tasmania’s deaf community share their experiences. Also, science communicators discuss the opportunities and obstacles of public engagement.
Great topics. Mind provoking. Always insightful. I enjoy it daily…
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
Deep dive into Woke ideology
There are some scientifically rigorous and interesting talks, but most speakers chosen are aimed at getting all the brownie points from the far left identity politics movement. How we must now focus on “age-ist discrimination” has been the straw that’s broken the camels back for me.