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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

    Is China winning the nuclear arms race?

    Is China winning the nuclear arms race?

    China might just have taken a big step forward in its nuclear capability.

    It's reportedly been testing space missiles which could get around US defences, meaning that, theoretically, it's able to launch a nuclear strike on US soil.

    So how is the US likely to respond?

    Today on The Signal, China's expanding nuclear ambitions. How does a race like this end?

    Featured:

    Dr Jeffrey Lewis, Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California & Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Project

    • 12 min
    What Trump's Supreme Court judges are up to

    What Trump's Supreme Court judges are up to

    Donald Trump's presidency is over for now, but he left a huge mark on the US Supreme Court.

    The former president appointed three of the court's six conservatives, and in the next few weeks they'll make one of the most consequential decisions in decades.

    So will the Supreme Court really let states ban abortion?

    And if it does, what will that mean for women, and for the court's reputation?

    Featured:

    Dahlia Lithwick, US Supreme Court reporter, Slate.com

    • 20 min
    When can you book an overseas holiday?

    When can you book an overseas holiday?

    After 19 months of being effectively cut off, Australia is less than two weeks away from reopening the border to outbound travellers.

    NSW is going even further, by allowing returning travellers back in without quarantine, with other states including Victoria potentially following suit weeks later.

    So how will the end of the travel ban work in practice?

    Today on The Signal, we're trying to answer all your questions about the gradual return of overseas travel.

    Featured: 

    Dr Leonardo Nogueira de Moraes, Tourism resilience and planning expert, University of Melbourne

    • 17 min
    Why we have a 70s economy

    Why we have a 70s economy

    The global economy is in weirder shape than it's been in a long time.

    Major economies are emerging from lockdown, a complicated set of dynamics in Europe and Asia is causing energy prices to soar, and there's a new focus on driving down emissions.

    So do all these things taken together add up to an economic meltdown?

    Today on The Signal, we're speaking with the ABC's Business Editor Ian Verrender about whether we could see a repeat of the stagflation crisis of the 1970s, and how long it could last.

    Featured:

    Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

    • 20 min
    Why we're betting billions on hydrogen

    Why we're betting billions on hydrogen

    It's been hard to open a news app this week without running headlong into a story about hydrogen.

    But for an energy source that seems to be all the rage, it's still pretty hard to come by, which might explain the generalised confusion about what it is, and how it works.

    Today on The Signal, we explain why everyone seems to be throwing money at hydrogen and ask: is Australia entering a new boom?

    Featured:

    Dr Patrick Hartley, Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission

    • 15 min
    Would Australia go to war over Taiwan?

    Would Australia go to war over Taiwan?

    For a private citizen visiting out of a personal interest, Taiwan sure made a lot of fuss over the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    That's because his recent visit seems to be part of a larger, very complicated diplomatic dance Australia is engaged in, designed to keep China happy and Taiwan safe.

    So is it working?

    Today on the Signal, how close is China to invading? And if Beijing did decide to do that, would Australia join a war over it?

    Featured:

    Natasha Kassam, Director of the Lowy Institute's Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Napoleon B. Blownaparte ,

Come to hear real life Australian people accents...

...Stay because it’s really interesting and informative, with good reporting and investigating.

I started listening to this podcast a few months ago because I wanted to perfect my Australian accent. I keep listening because it’s great reporting and always has an interesting topic. Try it out!

Doc Cottle ,

Great show!

Ange and her co-hosts consistently deliver a well-researched and interesting podcast about specific topics in the news.

beccajbird ,

Good way to keep informed

I was looking for a reliable source of information on the news I see on TV that is a bit of a deeper dive. This is great!

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