Rank #1: How secret apps are being used to stalk
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
Rank #2: Do you need to quit vaping?
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
Rank #3: Who is Jeffrey Epstein?
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
Rank #4: Wait, who's allowed to discriminate?
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
Rank #5: Australia's missing history classes
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
Rank #6: Is there a case for human extinction?
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
Rank #7: China's hi-tech crackdown on Muslims
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
Rank #8: How the Pentecostals got popular
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
Rank #9: How to plant a spy in Parliament
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
Rank #10: Julian Assange's unlikely, powerful friends
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
Rank #11: Why the Amazon is burning
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
Rank #12: Can Port Arthur "truthers" be talked down?
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?
Professor Nick Enfield, Professor of Linguistics, Sydney Institute for Truth, University of Sydney
Mar 28 2019
Rank #13: Quitting is for quitters
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
Rank #14: Choose your own Brexit
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
Rank #15: Canada killings: How the manhunt unfolded
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
Rank #16: The truth about paedophilia
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.
Dr Kelly Richards, Criminologist, Queensland University of Technology
Anonymous celibate paedophiles
May 12 2019
Rank #17: Requiem for a Parliament
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.
Patricia Karvelas, host, RN Drive & co-host, The Party Room
Apr 11 2019
Rank #18: A new kind of drug dealer
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?
Dr James Martin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Swinburne University of Technology
Apr 15 2019
Rank #19: How far will house prices fall?
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.
John Daley, CEO, The Grattan Institute
David Taylor, ABC business reporter
Apr 17 2019
Rank #20: A man walks into a casino
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