Dear Science takes problems that have already been answered in 'agony aunt' advice columns, and tackles them again—with science.
Do you ever feel dizzy when you think about the incomprehensible scale of space? We call that feeling Cosmic Vertigo. Welcome to a head-spinning conversation between two friends who study the sky for a living.
Rank #1: Cosmic Query | First contact.
The search for alien life continues but at what point do we declare that we are alone in the Universe?
Rank #2: 018 | Quicker than quick.
You'd think we'd notice thousands of explosions in the night sky. Shorter than a millisecond, these bursts were first recorded in 2007 and while scientists know they're there, we are still unsure of their origin.
Science, culture and everything in between. Feel the heat. All species welcome.
Rank #1: The mystery of two millionaires and two IVF embryos: The Trouble with Embryos Part 1.
A mystery about two Californian millionaires and two "orphan" embryos at the very beginning of the IVF revolution.
Rank #2: Robbie and the DNA detectives.
Science Friction returns with a medical mystery story like none other. A genetic lottery. A chance encounter. A global quest. Science at the cutting edge. And one gutsy young guy.
Ockham’s Razor is a soap box for all things scientific, with short talks about research, industry and policy from people with something thoughtful to say about scien
Rank #1: New stemsation: do stem cells live up to the hype?.
It all starts with tubes of warm, thick, gooey fat delivered fresh to the lab.
Rank #2: The Titanic and beyond.
Maritime archaeology doesn’t sound super-sexy, but Emily Jateff's work has taken her to some extraordinary places – like to the Titanic. Four times!
Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.
Rank #1: How liberation theology changed the church and the world.
The 60s and 70s were a time of countercultural liberation, and the Christian church was not immune — especially in South America. Liberation theology grew out of the slums of Peru, proclaiming a "preferential option for the poor", and it has influenced Christian thought across the globe. But during the Cold War, blending the words of Jesus and Marx was seriously controversial, and remains so today.
Rank #2: The Japanese paradox.
Ritual is big in Japan, but faith isn’t. It’s the only country where you can be born Shinto, marry Christian and die Buddhist, but up to 80 per cent of Japanese people say they’re not religious. What gives? James Carleton and guest host Kumi Taguchi from Compass explore the rich spirituality of one of the most avowedly secular countries in the world.
Through thoughtful conversations, a range of Australians in the public square test their concerns. What keeps them awake at night and should we too be restless?
Rank #1: Maile Carnegie on how to make innovation 'less frightening'.
When it comes to digital disruption, Maile Carnegie describes herself as a 'contrarian'.
Rank #2: Claire Edwardes on paying artists a wage.
Claire Edwardes is the Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring.
Why is this a story? How did we get here? We explain the most interesting and outlandish stories making headlines. Hosted by ABC News journos Yasmin Parry and Will Ockenden.
Rank #1: Ms, Mrs or Miss: What's in a name?.
Round the world people use pronouns and honorifics that identify or conceal class, gender and marital status. So why do we use language the way we do?
Rank #2: Will South Korea's Kim Jong-un assassination squad succeed?.
Imagine a squad of thousands of military soldiers flying through the night toward North Korea with one job — assassinate the leader Kim Jong-un.
The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.
Rank #1: #21: Love and courage in Wilcannia.
Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.Robert Clayton broke his leg three years ago. The injury set off a chain of events that resulted in depression and drug use.For the 28-year-old to become a stronger member of his family, and the community, he would need to test the defining relationships of his life.
Rank #2: #25: Campsite Panorama.
Ford vs Holden. Blue vs red. Mate vs mate.There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to motoring's great rivalry.But factory closures are forcing fans to rethink a homegrown passion.The Ford-Holden passion is at a crossroads.
Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
Rank #1: How to win friends and become an Instagram influencer.
Writer Stephanie Coombes, not satisfied with her F-list media lifestyle, goes in search of lucrative Instagram fame.
Rank #2: Antarctica, the Big Dead Place.
When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.
Race, racism, identity, culture, difference — let’s talk it out. It’s Not a Race, with host Beverley Wang, is the ABC podcast Australia needs right now.
Rank #1: Black Lives Matter's Patrisse Cullors and Rodney Diverlus on resistance, trauma, and the future.
In 2013, #BlackLivesMatter shot into the consciousness as a cry from the heart. But four years on, how do you continue to galvanise interest and commitment in a movement that started with a viral message? Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, and Rodney Diverlus, co-founder of Black Lives Matter's Toronto chapter, talk to It's Not A Race.Contact us at email@example.com or tweet using #NotARace.
Rank #2: Who's on the team? Unpacking POC.
People of colour! It's the 'team name' for anyone who doesn't identify as white. But how well does this American term fit into the Australian context, and what are the tensions that lie beneath?We are unpacking team POC with Sangeetha Thanapal, an activist and writer who identified Chinese Privilege in Singapore, Loretta Ross, educator and US reproductive rights activist, and Eugenia Flynn, arts worker and community organiser.Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet using #NotARace.
Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.
Rank #1: Communities rallying together during NSW and QLD bushfires.
We've been seeing lots of examples of courage and commitment this week, as volunteers battle fires in New South Wales and Queensland.As with many situations, natural disasters or otherwise, communities band together in these times of need.Whether it's the local bakery passing out bread, or the pub opening up as a place of respite, plenty of people have been quick to lend a helping hand. Life Matters checks in on a few teams of people going over and above to help their community.
Rank #2: The Fitzroy Diaries S2 E3 | Brother emergency.
In which we meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg and walk to the post office.
Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show and podcast which combines the relaxing sounds of nature with awesome stories of wildlife and environmental science, all recorded in the outdoors.
Rank #1: Off Track family news.
The Off Track family is growing and we want you to know about it. Meet our little sister podcast - Noisy by Nature.
Rank #2: Plovers unmasked.
The masked lapwing terrifies humans with daring aerial attacks, which are actually displays of its pure parental love.
Each year since 1959, the ABC has sparked conversation about critical ideas with the Boyer Lectures. The 2019 Boyer Lecturer is Rachel Perkins. Her lectures, titled The End of Silence, will echo the Uluru Statement from the Heart's call for a First Nations Voice to parliament and a process of agreement-making and truth-telling between governments and Indigenous peoples, to enable a deeper understanding of this nation's shared past and a path towards reconciliation.
Rank #1: Fast, smart and connected: How to build our digital future.
Professor Genevieve Bell outlines her proposal for how Australia should build its digital future. This talk was recorded in front of a live audience in Studio 22 at ABC Ultimo on Saturday 21 October, 2017, and features questions from former Boyer lecturer and sociologist Eva Cox and chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission Lucy Turnbull.
Rank #2: Fast, smart and connected: Where it all began.
Professor Genevieve Bell explains why she’s returned home after decades in Silicon Valley, and explores Australia’s role in building our current digital world.
Australian English has many fascinating stories, interesting etymologies, and wonderfully weird slang. The language is constantly evolving as the world around us changes; new words are created, meanings change, and other things get left behind. In Word for Word, we explore the surprising histories behind everyday words and phrases, go behind the scenes with the dictionary editors, and meet some of Australia's most interesting word-lovers, from Scrabble champions to hip-hop artists. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.
Rank #1: #21 For the love of words.
Surprise! We're back with another bonus episode, featuring some funny, fascinating, unaired tidbits from Season 2. Also, you can vote for us in the Australian Podcast Awards! Voting closes 1st April, so head to this link posthaste: bit.ly/2pPuGI3
Rank #2: #6 Toorak tractors & sausage sandwiches.
It's the question that sparked debate around the country: what do you call a sausage in a piece of bread? Your answer will likely reveal your roots, as the Macquarie team goes beyond bathers vs. cossies to explore Australian regionalisms. Also: Sue Butler reveals the secret histories behind some uniquely Australian turns of phrase, and we get closer to nature in search of favourite words. Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast
Carol Hirschfeld looks at the latest food & fitness trends to discover what's good for you and what's gobbledygook. In short: Do they work?
Rank #1: Is raw food better than cooked?.
In episode six of Healthy or Hoax, Carol Hirschfeld wonders whether we would be better off eating food raw, rather than cooking it. I mean, who needs fire?
Rank #2: Can you float your troubles away?.
In part five of Healthy or Hoax, Carol Hirschfeld gives flotation pods a try to see whether they could be an answer for those looking to de-stress.
Shooting The Past brings you Australian history through a new lens. Each episode features a historical event or era, and starts with a single photograph and the question; what is going on in this picture?
Rank #1: The rugmaker of Prahran.
A photograph of a man radiating pride amidst a sea of riotous colour and luxury, sends Clare Wright diving into the recent history of immigration to Australia.
Rank #2: Flo and Bena and the Mallee root.
A family photograph of two prim women standing in barren wasteland casts Clare Wright into the heart of Victorian Mallee country, to unearth a story of destruction and renewal.