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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.

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Excellent Coverage of Important Stories

By RN Diehard - Nov 28 2019
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The Signal offers about 15 minutes of well-researched topics every day. Both host are knowledgable and well-researched, and each episode includes some very well-informed guest. Highly recommended.

Varied subjects covered

By The Dodg - Nov 27 2019
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They do v well to give an across the subject snapshot or better

iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
4
3
0
1

Excellent Coverage of Important Stories

By RN Diehard - Nov 28 2019
Read more
The Signal offers about 15 minutes of well-researched topics every day. Both host are knowledgable and well-researched, and each episode includes some very well-informed guest. Highly recommended.

Varied subjects covered

By The Dodg - Nov 27 2019
Read more
They do v well to give an across the subject snapshot or better

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The Signal

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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.

Rank #1: How secret apps are being used to stalk

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Imagine if your partner or parents put a secret app on your phone, tracking your location, texts, and photos.
The technology exists, it's becoming increasingly widespread and it's being marketed as totally harmless.
Now, there are calls for a crackdown - but putting a stop to it is not as easy as it sounds.

Aug 21 2019

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Rank #2: Do you need to quit vaping?

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Eight people have died from vaping, and hundreds more have sought hospital treatment for a mysterious lung disease.

At the same time, a steady stream of new research is warning us about the risks.

The US is considering a ban on flavoured vapes, and some local councils in Sydney and Melbourne are also talking about stricter controls.

So how worried should we be? And is it time to quit?

Sep 23 2019

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Rank #3: Who is Jeffrey Epstein?

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Mega-rich American financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with trafficking underage girls.

He’s been associated with two US Presidents and British Royalty and now faces up to 45 years in prison.

Epstein's been here before though, in 2008 he cut a plea deal which meant he only served 13 months for sex offences.

So why was he let off so lightly last time? And could the same thing happen again?

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #4: Wait, who's allowed to discriminate?

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The religious freedoms draft bill is finally here, but how exactly would it play out in practice?

What would this law mean for wedding cake bakers, schools that want to fire gay teachers, and occult bookshop owners who can't get a lease?

We chart the rise of the religious freedoms bill from political obscurity to the brink of law, and find out how exactly would it change who's allowed to discriminate in Australia.

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #5: Australia's missing history classes

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How much has really changed when it comes to what Australian kids are taught about Aboriginal people?

In the 1950s Indigenous academic and activist Marcia Langton was taught that Aboriginal people - her people - were thieves and murderers who were expected to die out.

She ended up being expelled for walking out of class after her teacher told a racist joke.

In 2019, Aboriginal culture and history is in the curriculum, but it's still possible to get all the way through school with the topic barely coming up.

So how can that happen? And what's being done to change it?

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #6: Is there a case for human extinction?

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If you've had kids, Les Knight feels sorry for you.

He’s from the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and he wants us to stop having children to save the planet.

So could it be good news that the birth rate is tanking?

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #7: China's hi-tech crackdown on Muslims

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China's detention camps for Muslim minorities are so secretive that the state denied their existence for years.

Now, top secret documents reveal exactly how they've been running, and the hyperactive surveillance machinery that targets Uighur citizens in the community.

They show for the first time that 23 Australian citizens were flagged by that system in 2017 while they were visiting Xinjiang Province.

Today's episode is a rare glimpse inside China's re-education camps, and the all-seeing software that puts people there.

Nov 24 2019

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Rank #8: How the Pentecostals got popular

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Religion is declining in Australia but Pentecostalism is bucking that trend.

The evangelical denomination of Christianity, known for its mega-churches like Hillsong and Paradise, is particularly popular among migrants and young people.

We've even got a Pentecostal PM, with Scott Morrison heading to services at the Horizon church in Sydney's south.

So how did it make the move from the margins to the mainstream? And just how influential has it become?

Aug 25 2019

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Rank #9: How to plant a spy in Parliament

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Planting a spy in Australian Parliament might be easier than you think.

ASIO is currently investigating an alleged Chinese government plot to get one of its spies elected.

On today's episode, we explain step by step how a plan like that might come off.

And what kind of damage could a foreign spy do from inside Parliament?

Nov 25 2019

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Rank #10: Julian Assange's unlikely, powerful friends

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Julian Assange has struggled to win friends in the Australian Parliament, but that might be changing.

An unlikely alliance of MPs from across the political spectrum has formed to push for him to be brought home.

Julian Assange is currently in a high security prison in London, awaiting possible extradition to the US where he faces up to 175 years in prison over his work at Wikileaks.

His family says his health has deteriorated to a point where he may not survive much longer, and the political campaign to have him released is gaining urgency.

But is it a lost cause?

Nov 26 2019

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Rank #11: Why the Amazon is burning

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The world's largest tropical rainforest is on fire and it's so bad you can see the smoke from space.

Environmentalists blame the Brazilian president for encouraging land clearing and development. They say the fires could have a devastating effect on rainfall patterns.

So who's starting the fires? And what will be their impact in Brazil and beyond?

Aug 22 2019

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Rank #12: Can Port Arthur "truthers" be talked down?

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In a secretly recorded video, One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has suggested the Port Arthur massacre may have been a government plot.

She's since insisted she was taken out of context and didn't mean it, but she's been condemned by everyone from the Prime Minister down.

So how do conspiracy theories start?

And is it even possible to talk "truthers" out of their false beliefs?
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Professor Nick Enfield, Professor of Linguistics, Sydney Institute for Truth, University of Sydney

Mar 28 2019

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Rank #13: Quitting is for quitters

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The Energy Minister Angus Taylor's attempt to embarrass the Mayor of Sydney has backfired so comprehensively he's now fighting for his job.

He's at the centre of a police investigation into whether a document his office gave to the media about the City of Sydney's travel spending was forged.

Labor wants him stood down, but there’s no sign he's planning to go anywhere.

Today, we look at the shifting goalposts when it comes to surviving an Australian political scandal.

Is it getting easier, or at least more common, to weather the storm?

Nov 28 2019

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Rank #14: Choose your own Brexit

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Boris Johnson's Brexit plans were thrown into chaos this week after his suspension of parliament was ruled unlawful.

Today's episode is the Brexit edition of Sliding Doors.

We take you through the five most likely ways forward from this totally unprecedented point.

Sep 26 2019

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Rank #15: Canada killings: How the manhunt unfolded

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Two Canadian teenagers hit the road looking for work.

A few weeks later they're suspected of murdering three people, including a young Australian man and his American girlfriend.

The search for these suspected killers stretched across Canada and over the weekend focused in on the tiny town of Gillam.

So how has this manhunt unfolded?

Jul 28 2019

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Rank #16: The truth about paedophilia

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It’s scary to learn, but sexual attraction to children is a lot more common than most people realise.
Not everyone with that problem will meet with the clinical definition for paedophilia, but the attraction is there nevertheless.
So what separates a would-be abuser from an abuser?
Today’s episode is part one of a two part special where we speak to three men who say they’ve never offended but struggle with the attraction they feel towards children.
We also ask an expert about exactly how common attraction to children is, and what it is that makes people more likely to act on it.
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Dr Kelly Richards, Criminologist, Queensland University of Technology

Anonymous celibate paedophiles

May 12 2019

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Rank #17: Requiem for a Parliament

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The federal election has been called, and the 45th parliament is officially over.

But how will it be remembered?

Today's episode of The Signal is a look back at the last three years of government - the highs, the lows, the achievements and the crises.
We'll remind of you of some things you've almost definitely forgotten, including some that the Government would probably prefer you did.
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Patricia Karvelas, host, RN Drive & co-host, The Party Room

Apr 11 2019

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Rank #18: A new kind of drug dealer

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The darknet drug trade has been around for years, but police can't seem to make any real headway in stopping it.
Every time a website is shut down, multiple new sites take its place.
So do police know how to catch a darknet drug dealer, or are they out of the law's reach?
And is the darknet gentrifying the drug trade?
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Dr James Martin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Swinburne University of Technology

Apr 15 2019

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Rank #19: How far will house prices fall?

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House prices are on the slide, and there's no end in sight.
So what's driving the downturn, and could it become a full blown crash?
Today we try to read the tea leaves on how far prices could fall, and when they might turn around.
We also find out exactly what the major parties are offering in the way of a housing policy, and whether it's possible for politicians to prevent a crash.
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John Daley, CEO, The Grattan Institute

David Taylor, ABC business reporter

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #20: A man walks into a casino

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What's wrong with a cooler bag full of cash?

If you're the biggest name in Australian casinos, it's not a good look.

Crown is worth more than $8.7 billion, and is planning to extend its empire into Sydney next year.

It's also being investigated over claims criminals are using it to launder millions of dollars allegedly linked to China's underworld.

So what exactly is going on at Crown?

Oct 16 2019

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