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Helping you figure out all the big stuff in life: relationships, health, money, work and the world. Let's talk! With trusted experts and your stories, Life Matters is all about what matters to you.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 28 Ratings

Helping you figure out all the big stuff in life: relationships, health, money, work and the world. Let's talk! With trusted experts and your stories, Life Matters is all about what matters to you.

    Is there enough competition in Australian business? And making it easier to visit relatives in prison.

    Is there enough competition in Australian business? And making it easier to visit relatives in prison.

    A recent report by the former ACCC chair Alan Fels claims that rising prices have been caused, not just by inflation, but also by companies with too much market power using that position to increase their profits.

    What's led to this concentration of corporate power? And what does it mean for consumers, workers, and suppliers?

    And prison visits from relatives have been shown to have a positive effect on the prisoner, both in jail and upon release. What can be changed to make the visiting process less fraught?

    • 54 min
    The importance of hanging out and the meaning of feijoas

    The importance of hanging out and the meaning of feijoas

    While casual socialising, without a particular productive purpose, is supposedly on the decline, loneliness is on the rise. What are the causes of our diminishing 'social fitness' and how do we reclaim the lost art of the hang out.

    And why do some fruits become part of a country's food culture, while others fall by the wayside?

    • 54 min
    Finding love on the apps

    Finding love on the apps

    With the relatively recent rise of dating apps, the world of romance can feel quite foreign to anyone looking for love after the end of a long relationship. Hilary Harper answers questions about what she learnt while documenting and sharing her own foray into the world of online dating after 50 in the audio series — Dated. 

    And in Ask Aunty, should a brother be expected to host his nephew during an international trip?

    • 54 min
    How Dassi Erlich found her strength and finding joy in sustainability

    How Dassi Erlich found her strength and finding joy in sustainability

    Dassi Erlich shares how she found the courage to speak out, even as her community did everything it could to silence her, and how she and her two sisters built a formidable community coalition to see justice served.

    And Dr Kate Luckins found that there is a way to "do green" that doesn’t just help the planet, but also brings mental relief, joy and cost savings.

    • 54 min
    The right to disconnect and happily ever after?

    The right to disconnect and happily ever after?

    The same tools that have given us the flexibility to work from anywhere at any time, also mean that we can feel like we're expected to work from anywhere at any time. What will the right to disconnect, recently introduced by the federal government, mean for the way we work?

    And in the final episode of Dated, we meet Gene and consider what happily ever after looks like when we're dating in older age.

    • 54 min
    Returning to sex and the health risks of asbestos-contaminated mulch

    Returning to sex and the health risks of asbestos-contaminated mulch

    Asbestos-contaminated mulch has been discovered at dozens of sites across Sydney and NSW. How much of a risk is this contamination? And how could it have happened in the first place?

    And in part four of Dated, Hilary takes a hard look in the mirror and considers her relationship with her body and sexuality.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

incognito82 ,

Life does matter

This podcat is categorized "kids & family" and I found this misleading. I expected to hear about raising children, parenting issues, etc. But it is so much more and better. It's really about what matters in life through convesations. I love this show.

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Efficient or just rude?

It’s obvious that the interviewer is bored and wants to end each conversation as quickly - oh I mean efficiently - as possible ...
Time is of the essence, or is it just a pain in the neck?

Samantha122 ,

Thought-provoking and thoughtful

The issues covered in this podcast are relevant to all of us, even outside of Australia, and coverage is thorough. The host creates a real community and treats subjects with intellect and compassion. I wish we had a similar program in the U.S.

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