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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.

Life Matters - Full program podcast ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 26 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.

    Murray River flooding and opening your home to refugees

    Murray River flooding and opening your home to refugees

    As Christmas approaches and floodwaters recede in some towns on the NSW-Victorian border, businesses are cautiously opening up, but other towns are expecting more flooding. How should they move forward? Also, what does it look like to open up your suburban home to refugees?

    Where do you draw the line on spending for your pet's wellbeing?

    Where do you draw the line on spending for your pet's wellbeing?

    Pets are an important part of our lives, and we're spending more on them than ever. Is there a line you draw when it comes to how much to spend on your pet's health and wellbeing? What is that line for you?

    • 53 min
    Dating with a disability and an unwanted gift of driving lessons

    Dating with a disability and an unwanted gift of driving lessons

    Ahead of the International Day of People with a Disability, Life Matters takes your calls about what it’s like being on the dating scene when you had a disability. And in the Too Hard Basket, what do you do when your friends give you driving lessons for your birthday, but you’ve never expressed any interest in getting your licence?

    • 53 min
    Investing in social housing and the history of fermented drinks

    Investing in social housing and the history of fermented drinks

    Plans for privately funded social housing are progressing, and may bring some hope to those who are desperately trying to find affordable housing. Plus an expert in modern day fermented drinks like kombucha, reveals her secrets and how they draw on the long history of drinks like mead and others.

    • 53 min
    Changing welfare, and imagining an ad-free internet

    Changing welfare, and imagining an ad-free internet

    The government's new Industrial Relations Bill includes a yearly review of welfare payments. So does it mean actual change for Australia's Jobseeker payment? Plus, we imagine what the internet might look like without advertising, and meet the creators of an app helping parents of children with disabilities. 

    • 53 min
    Switching off from work and our first female filmmakers

    Switching off from work and our first female filmmakers

    Are Australian workers sacrificing their right to disconnect by gaining more flexibility to work from home? Plus some tips for the best food to prep when eating 'alfresco', and pioneering filmmakers the McDonagh sisters are celebrated in a new biography.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 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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