248 episodes

Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

Life Matters - Full program podcast ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 26 Ratings

Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

    Not going to school and saving on energy bills

    Not going to school and saving on energy bills

    The number of students refusing to go to school has increased, for many reasons. 'School detachment' is putting a huge strain on families, so what can be done about it? Plus in The Pineapple Project, how to cut your energy costs.

    Investing in hard financial times and investigating ice therapy

    Investing in hard financial times and investigating ice therapy

    It can be hard to hang on when you see the value of your investments dropping during an economic downturn - so what should you do? Plus, what's it like to try ice therapy? And, Anna Spargo-Ryan on anxiety and optimism.

    Flying and the future of air travel

    Flying and the future of air travel

    After undergoing a massive shift during the years of closed borders due to the pandemic, air travel is taking flight again. But in the face of pent-up demand, those taking to the skies face price rises, chaos at the airport and baggage drama. So, what does the future of air travel look like?

    How’s your relationship with your in-laws?

    How’s your relationship with your in-laws?

    Our in-laws are often the source of many a joke or trope in western culture. These relationships get a bad rap, but they can also be a source of a great joy and support. We take your calls on how you’ve developed these important relationships. And in the Too Hard Basket, your sister in-law tries to recruit you to help in her in a family conflict. Do you get involved, or keep out of it?

    Practising empathy and Fiona Wood on skin

    Practising empathy and Fiona Wood on skin

    You may consider yourself to be an empathetic person, but do you show it in a way that others genuinely feel it? Plus, 20 years on from the Bali bombings, plastic surgeon Professor Fiona Wood reflects on that time and her ground breaking work treating burns.

    Securing your data, relieving stress with art

    Securing your data, relieving stress with art

    Millions of Optus customers have scrambled to change their passwords after a massive data breach, but how do you really keep your data secure? Plus, explore an exhibition that gets kids in touch with their senses. And what another year of La Niña will mean for allergy sufferers.

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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