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Motion

2013-01-27 :: ABC Radio National

We get ourselves in Motion with talks about the elegance and precision of the ballet and the design of the propeller.…

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A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America

2013-01-20 :: ABC Radio National

Recorded live in an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, Darian Dauchan’s award-winning work chronicles the period of Barack Obama’s candidacy, to presidency, to the present day – at the time of his second inauguration. The piece is a rhetorical conversation between African-American performance poet, Darian Dauchan, and Barack Obama, now the 45th President of the United States. This solo show consists of live-looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites.…

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Sun Ra: Space ambassador

2013-01-13 :: ABC Radio National

Sun Ra's visionary Afro Futurist project, begun in the 1940s, provided fuel for many strands of musical culture: he stood with one foot in rhythm and blues, one foot in free jazz and two hands stretched out into space.…

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Worn in

2013-01-06 :: ABC Radio National

These days it's like products, and even humans have their own 'refresh' buttons. The latest model is always on offer. Happy, shiny people everywhere. But permanent 'nowness' can't last - the cracks start to show, eventually nature subsumes culture and everything falls to bits. The Night Air searches for the 'melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things', what the Japanese might call 'wabi sabi'. It's the pleasure of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. It's when the new gets, if not worn out, then thoroughly worn in...…

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Resonate

2012-12-30 :: ABC Radio National

Everything - including you and me - has a resonant frequency!…

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Out in the Open

2012-12-23 :: ABC Radio National

Can we gain an insight into people living in remote parts of this country by aiming a shot-gun microphone and collecting audio snapshots? Is media an extension of the human nervous system, or is it a type of 'amputation'?…

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Jamaica at 50

2012-12-16 :: ABC Radio National

We’re in Jamaica to celebrate 50 years of independence from British rule. The Caribbean island may have the world's highest rate of public debt and plenty of problems with corruption and crime but it also has the fastest runners on earth, untold cultural riches and the indomitable will to survive.…

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In/visible Palestine and Suleiman's Journey

2012-12-09 :: ABC Radio National

Walk the separation wall in what was Palestine and take a train trip through long-contested Eastern Europe.…

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Back in the Pool

2012-12-02 :: ABC Radio National

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.…

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Tropical

2012-11-25 :: ABC Radio National

This evening things get hot and languid as James Vyver takes you on a tour of the tropics.…

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Mermaid

2012-11-18 :: ABC Radio National

Plunge into the ocean's depths where the fabled Mermaid may or may not swim.  Real or imagined, fabled or fact, there she is – alive in urban myth and ancient folklore, her tale as old as religion. She's beautiful, dangerous, sexy, beastly and alluring and just perhaps she really exists.    …

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Mining Boom Boom Bang: Fistful of Dollars

2012-11-11 :: ABC Radio National

To just pack your bags and fly-in, fly-out to the remotest corners of this dry continent is today’s version of the Gold Rush. Caught in the crossfire of this mad bonanza, Melbourne-based artist Moses Iten took cover by watching dozens of European Westerns from the late 1960s, the mood of which felt like a strange parallel to the push and pull of the current economic climate.  He also dug deep in the archives of Radio National to unearth ancient stories and hyped up myths of this great land of ours.…

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Undergrowth

2012-11-04 :: ABC Radio National

A shuffling beneath your feet and a rustling of leaves as small beasts scurry about. On the forest floor there's a myriad of wondrous small worlds: mushrooms, tussocks, twines and whipsticks. Tune in, go under.…

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Back in the Pool

2012-10-28 :: ABC Radio National

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.…

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Slippery

2012-10-21 :: ABC Radio National

A bunch of critters that slither and slide and get out of your grasp including eel fishing, jellyfish and snakes.…

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The bell tolls for thee!

2012-10-14 :: ABC Radio National

The bell tolls for thee! This edition of the Night Air climbs the belfry to ring the victory bells; we investigate this ancient way of communicating, celebrating, worshipping, keeping time and making music. The Night Air’s resident campanologist James Vyver rings in the audio changes. And we unveil a combination vase, paper-weight and mirror in a glass art mix here on your 'glass half-full' network.…

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Visual

2012-10-07 :: ABC Radio National

In a world of the ocular and photopic we go eye-spying on visual perception in art and arcana: realms of the unseen, the partly-perceived and the imagined.…

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Journeys in the Pool

2012-09-30 :: ABC Radio National

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.…

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Rural

2012-09-23 :: ABC Radio National

Come bush, into rural Australia, with a cast of characters from down the pub, out in the shearing shed, around the paddock and over at the school yard.…

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Krautrock

2012-09-16 :: ABC Radio National

Krautrock was a pulse, a spontaneous eruption from the depths of the post-war German psyche, a seminal moment in the birth of electronic music. Bands like Can, Neu, Harmonia, Amon Düül, Faust and of course Kraftwerk coalesced around a common desire to take rock music beyond the blues into a realm of pure improvisation and experimentation. In the process they became sonic prophets, messengers from the future. Tom Morton and Timothy Nicastri take to the autobahn.…

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Replicas

2012-09-09 :: ABC Radio National

An evening of replication, and things which exist as pairs, in twos and as mirror images. We’ll be doubling up and duplicating, forging and facsimilating.…

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Noir

2012-09-02 :: ABC Radio National

The Night Air in classic Radio Noir mode…

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Howl

2012-08-26 :: ABC Radio National

Can a wolf be bad? Can a dingo be a culprit? Or are these really projections of human fear and fascination with the darkness in ourselves? Werewolves, dogs wild and domestic, kinship, love and extinction with fragments of Ginsberg’s text for the beat generation, HOWL.…

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Botanical

2012-08-19 :: ABC Radio National

Take a stroll in the floral forces of good and evil.…

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Motion

2012-08-12 :: ABC Radio National

We get ourselves in Motion with talks about the elegance and precision of the ballet and the design of the propeller.…

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Hetero

2012-08-05 :: ABC Radio National

Exploring the complexities and mysteries of heterosexuality as lust, morality, regret and pornophonic pop drag us into a two-step through the mating minefield.…

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The Graveyard

2012-07-29 :: ABC Radio National

Meet us at midnight at the graveyard gate where foul miasmas swirl and emotions run high.…

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Space Doubt

2012-07-22 :: ABC Radio National

This evening is Space Doubt. We're exploring Doubt as well as Space as we travel from the lunar voyage of 1969 to the European Space Agency's current search of deep space.…

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The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt

2012-07-15 :: ABC Radio National

Meet a dangerous yet wise man from America's underside.…

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Library Music

2012-07-08 :: ABC Radio National

In the shadows of pop music and on the industrial side of film soundtrack composition there’s the world of ‘production music’ or as it’s also known, ‘library music’. Composers and session musicians, often uncredited, create music to be used in the media – film, TV, radio and online.…

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Radioversary

2012-07-01 :: ABC Radio National

To celebrate the creation of the ABC as our national broadcaster on the first of July, 1932 the Night Air team ransacks Aunty’s archives for moments of hilarity, horror, and historical ephemerality.…

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The B Side of Switzerland

2012-06-24 :: ABC Radio National

Swiss-Australian artist Moses Iten recently travelled around the tiny nation of Switzerland by bus, train, plane and steamship, along the way digging in record stores for forgotten classics, cult jewels, experimental gems, and interviewing some of the artists behind music Made in Switzerland.  Moses introduces us to the likes of a man who spent ten years recording the sounds of steamboats; a spaghetti western soundtrack composer; a son of yodellers who is a well-known dancehall producer; and a duo of like-minded sonic explorers sharing some of their insights. …

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Shine a light

2012-06-17 :: ABC Radio National

This evening The Night Air Shines a light on the hidden histories of Australia’s lighthouses.…

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Holiday

2012-06-10 :: ABC Radio National

For everyone who's on one or who wants to go on one - we're on a tour around various locales and taking in the sights. There's a musical journey in Europe with a virtually organised group, there's an exotic island - of course - and we discover what it means to take a dream holiday in someone else's nightmare. There's even a story about not wanting to go away at all - Let's Go Home, by Natalie Kestecher. Plus there's August in New York - it's when all the psychiatrists head out of town for their summer vacation and when the patients are left to their own devices. Who knows what could happen.…

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Egypt

2012-06-03 :: ABC Radio National

From the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square  to the ancient temples of Abu Simbel come on a tour through Cairo’s chaotic traffic back into antiquity. …

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Conflict and ways around it

2012-05-27 :: ABC Radio National

The Night Air meets the beast that allegedly no story can do without - conflict. While we're riding into the battle we also hear that far off voice that says, 'none of this is necessary...defuse, resolve, live'. It's a thoroughly conflicted edition.…

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The Arkestra hits town!

2012-05-20 :: ABC Radio National

In June 2011 the Sun Ra Arkestra rolled into Melborne for that city's International Jazz Festival.  It was the first time the musical emissaries of the space jazz pioneer Sun Ra had reached this part of the planet.…

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Learning to be dead

2012-05-13 :: ABC Radio National

We can never actually know death... we can only imagine.…

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Activate

2012-05-06 :: ABC Radio National

Putting the demo back into democracy. As traditional political options wither we re-consider the art of activism and meet some of those tough visionaries, feral philosophers and rowdy ratbags who despite all odds hold a passion for change.…

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Psyched in

2012-04-29 :: ABC Radio National

Have you ever stopped to think that you don't really know how you got where you are now?…

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Vinyl Retentive

2012-04-22 :: ABC Radio National

As digital technology continues its rendering of the entire planet into hi-res simulacra there are still hold outs - rebels who insist on the lingering charms of ‘outmoded’ formats - like vinyl records.…

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Shopping

2012-04-15 :: ABC Radio National

Shopping has it all - labour exploitation, weird science, ugly packaging - contemporary products reach us with all sorts of strings attached. This evening we present a guide to surviving 21st century shopping without your moral compass spinning too wildly. In fact, just relax and listen to that lovely supermarket muzak. In the golden aisles of The Night Air mall you can hear the sound of violins...…

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Brazil

2012-04-08 :: ABC Radio National

It was the French leader Charles de Gaulle who infamously said, ‘Brazil is not a serious country’ - but we take it seriously (and not forgetting to break into a joyful samba from time to time). …

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Tropical

2012-04-01 :: ABC Radio National

This evening things get hot and languid in The Night Air as James Vyver takes you on a tour of the tropics.…

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Tread

2012-03-25 :: ABC Radio National

Once upon a time, stepping into this continent was one of those small steps for man. Especially when The Little Desert got stepped on—you could easily miss it even though it held numerous species of wildlife. …

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Slow

2012-03-18 :: ABC Radio National

In the furious pace of today’s wired world it’s sometimes necessary to change down a few gears and alter your perceptions of time’s passing. This evening we consider the seductiveness of slow.…

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Displaced

2012-03-11 :: ABC Radio National

We’re taking to the street in search of the various ways people are displaced. Squatters, buskers, refugees and other eternal wanderers.…

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Dark Pool stories

2012-03-04 :: ABC Radio National

This evening the Night Air is telling audio stories of darkness as found on ABC Pool.…

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Interdisciplinary approaches

2012-02-25 :: ABC Radio National

Science author Ann Moyal from Canberra draws attention to the need to bring science into a greater interdisciplinary contact with the humanities and social sciences.…

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Voodoo!

2012-02-25 :: ABC Radio National

The voodoo you do possesses us all. Moses Iten digs deep into Vodou music and pulls audio fetishes from dark hiding places to conjure up tales of Zombie Makeup and the pin-pricked ragdoll of Voodoo Economics…

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John Blades Tribute

2012-02-19 :: ABC Radio National

John Blades was a tireless champion of 'marginal' culture. We pay tribute to the radio producer, disability advocate and tape loop artist.…

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250 years of veterinary education

2012-02-18 :: ABC Radio National

This year is the 250th anniversary of veterinary education. Dr Andrew Turner, formerly Chief Veterinary Officer for the state of Victoria, takes us on a historical journey, right back to the beginning.…

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Radio World

2012-02-12 :: ABC Radio National

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Radio Day the Night Air gets ethereal and tunes into the spectres of the spectrum.…

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How Australia changed old money for new

2012-02-11 :: ABC Radio National

On 14 February 1966, Australia changed to a decimal currency. Writer and social historian Robin Robertson takes us back to that time with some amusing anecdotes of how the population felt about this change.…

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Really Rare

2012-02-04 :: ABC Radio National

Extinct, disappearing or just highly elusive, we’re on the trail of the antique and the apocryphal but also an almost mythological beast like the Tasmanian tiger – has it gone or is it just hiding.…

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Distillation

2012-02-04 :: ABC Radio National

Trevor McAllister, a retired chemist from Melbourne, discusses the history of whiskey distillation in Ireland.…

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Identities

2012-01-29 :: ABC Radio National

The Night Air explores Identities - Indigenous and otherwise.…

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Problems with desalination plants

2012-01-28 :: ABC Radio National

According to journalist Ken Davidson from Melbourne, desalination plants are not only outrageously expensive, but also threaten the environment and our health.…

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Vectors

2012-01-22 :: ABC Radio National

Following lines in the sand, puzzling about crop circles and looking for the geographical and psychological markers that keep us right on track with magnitude and direction.…

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Measures of leadership: Reflections on Robert S. McNamara

2012-01-21 :: ABC Radio National

Professor Mark Dodgson from the University of Queensland Business School, talks about the career and personality of Robert Strange McNamara, who also served as US Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.…

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Vocal Chords

2012-01-15 :: ABC Radio National

In this Night Air we open the voice box to strum the many chords of the voice.…

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Nuclear power - exploding the myths

2012-01-14 :: ABC Radio National

Terry Krieg, a retired school teacher from Port Lincoln in South Australia, looks at some of the myths surrounding the use of nuclear power.…

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Paranoid Parade

2012-01-08 :: ABC Radio National

In the first part of this evening's show we take a nervous shuffle down a Cold War cul de sac.…

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Dirt

2012-01-07 :: ABC Radio National

Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, wonders why dirt has such a bad name and the word is often used in a derogatory and negative way. In this talk she puts in the good word for dirt.…

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Unforgettable

2012-01-01 :: ABC Radio National

We try to remember what it was like to forget: deja vu and nostalgia, amnesia and mnemonics, implanted memories and oral testimony, we tie a knot in our handkerchief, take a sprig of rosemary and dive deep in the river of oblivion, exploring the twin human virtues of memory and forgetfulness.…

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There's a quiet revolution going on in the social sciences

2011-12-31 :: ABC Radio National

Professor Ian Wilkinson from the University of Sydney Business School talks about building models, using a computer, to manage future possible events in science and the social sciences. The co-author of this talk is Dr David Earnest from the Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA.…

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Soul and Body

2011-12-25 :: ABC Radio National

Your soul is singing and that tingling, harmonic minor-scale sensation down your spine, the boom-boody-boom as your heart beats and the clanging in your head all add up to a great symphony made on, around and within the body.…

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Revolving

2011-12-18 :: ABC Radio National

In a cyclic mood this evening as we consider reflections and reverberations across a range of media - from the CT scanner, to the sound therapist, to the carousel. We explore the sonic therapeutic potential of Tibetan bowls, we get inside the head of a speaking photo booth and there's a music box with a mind of its own.…

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Why is science such a worry?

2011-12-17 :: ABC Radio National

Dr John Kirk, a former CSIRO plant biochemist from New South Wales, asks what it is that science asks us to believe about the nature of physical and biological reality. Are there some beliefs which science tells us we should abandon? And is science, with its discoveries and resulting technologies, and its particular way of looking at the world, really - as some environmentalists seem to believe - the ultimate source of the environmental problems of the planet?…

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Birthday wishes

2011-12-11 :: ABC Radio National

It's time to celebrate! Whether it's your birthday or a remarkable day in history, in this party edition we're celebrating famous birthdays, speeches, people, places and historical moments in times. So put your glad rags on, turn it up and make a toast to Birthdays and Anniversaries. Hip Hip Hooray!…

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I am a mutant

2011-12-10 :: ABC Radio National

Dr Alan Baxter from the Comparative Genomics Centre at James Cook University in Townsville, Northern Queensland, discusses his life as a mutant.…

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Forest

2011-12-04 :: ABC Radio National

In this evening's Night Air we're seeing the forest and the trees!…

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Science and communication in the information age

2011-12-03 :: ABC Radio National

Denis Cryle, who is Professor in Communication and Media Studies at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, tells us how the technology of communication has changed over the years.…

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Graffix

2011-11-27 :: ABC Radio National

It's about having a quick doodle, chatting with the inventor of Bugs Bunny and the inventor of Ren and Stimpy. There's also a chat with people who scrutinise handwriting to see if someone can be trusted, and there's a bit of manga, a bit of graffiti, a visit to the tattoo parlour and a little bit of boop boop be doop, Betty Boop.…

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2011-11-27 Graffix

2011-11-26
Length: 29m 28s

It´s about having a quick doodle, chatting with the inventor of Bugs Bunny and the inventor of Ren and Stimpy. There´s also a chat with people who scrutinise handwriting to see if someone can be trusted, and there´s a bit of manga, a bit of graffiti, a v…

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A question of collaboration

2011-11-26 :: ABC Radio National

Sydney author Peter Macinnis is fascinated by the 19th century. Today he discusses the science and technology predictions of that era and tells us his vision of the future.…

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Lost Australia+Ship Ahoy!

2011-11-20 :: ABC Radio National

Musician and producer Kevin Purdy trawls the dusty archives to find ways of reanimating nagging memories of Australian social rituals now consigned to history.…

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2011-11-20 Lost Australia+Ship Ahoy!

2011-11-19
Length: 30m 28s

Musician and producer Kevin Purdy trawls the dusty archives to find ways of reanimating nagging memories of Australian social rituals now consigned to history. ABC Radio National is proud to present perhaps its first ever commissioned opera. Join us as …

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Sombra Verde and Taman Negara

2011-11-13 :: ABC Radio National

Brisbane-based field recordist and sound artist Lawrence English takes us deep into the jungles of the Amazon for a poetic account of the environment.…

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2011-11-13 Sombra Verde and Taman Negara - UPDATED 2

2011-11-12
Length: 29m 58s

Brisbane-based field recordist and sound artist Lawrence English takes us deep into the jungles of the Amazon for a poetic account of the environment. We also visit Malaysia´s Taman Nagara national park in the company of some rowdy tourists, insects and …

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2011-11-13 Sombra Verde and Taman Negara - UPDATED

2011-11-12
Length: 29m 58s

Brisbane-based field recordist and sound artist Lawrence English takes us deep into the jungles of the Amazon for a poetic account of the environment. We also visit Malaysia´s Taman Nagara national park in the company of some rowdy tourists, insects and …

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Epileptic seizures - turmoil hidden from view

2011-11-12 :: ABC Radio National

Melbourne author Suzanne Yanko has written a self-published book called Epilepsy in the Family. She talks about different types of epilepsy, in particular, complex-partial seizures and how they often go unrecognised, despite the strange sensations experienced by those who have temporal lobe epilepsy.…

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Time

2011-11-06 :: ABC Radio National

Time ... perforated perceptions of the past? The inconceivable potential of the future? The impossibility of grasping the moment? Sure, all of the above but what is time to us? It shapes us - by turning up ripe, rotten or premature. We will time to turn back, speed up or stop. We fantasise about a world where time has no power. Yet the clock ticks on, with or without you...…

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2011-11-06 Time

2011-11-05
Length: 29m 58s

Time ... perforated perceptions of the past? The inconceivable potential of the future? The impossibility of grasping the moment? Sure, all of the above but what is time to us? It shapes us - by turning up ripe, rotten or premature. We will time to turn b…

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Mulling up Cannabis and psychosis

2011-11-05 :: ABC Radio National

Psychiatrist Dr Matthew Large, Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, responds to an earlier Ockham's Razor talk by author Dr John Jiggens, which was broadcast on 28 August, 2011.…

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2011-10-30 Birth and Age

2011-10-29
Length: 29m 58s

Part 1: Birth Birth is about the new: bellies, babies and beginnings - and it's about re-shaping the old: nations, belief systems, spiritual wellbeing. Either way it's a process - sometimes joyous and uplifting - and at other times painful, bloody, tough …

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2011-10-23 Jargon

2011-10-22
Length: 25m 9s

Attempting to come to terms with some of the memes, schemes, tongues and jive of everyday language - we get an ear across the patois of science, CB radio, traffic control and rock and roll. LOL. Ten Four. Music Details: Music details Pt 1: track: Jam…

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2011-10-23 Jargon

2011-10-22
Length: 29m 28s

Attempting to come to terms with some of the memes, schemes, tongues and jive of everyday language - we get an ear across the patois of science, CB radio, traffic control and rock and roll. LOL. Ten Four. Music Details: Music details Pt 1: track: Jam…

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2011-10-16 Worn in

2011-10-15
Length: 30m 28s

These days it's like products, and even humans have their own 'refresh' buttons. The latest model is always on offer. Happy, shiny people everywhere. But permanent 'nowness' can't last - the cracks start to show, eventually nature subsumes culture and eve…

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2011-10-09 Family

2011-10-08
Length: 29m 58s

In this edition of The Night Air, we're keeping it all in the Family. We'll look at the individuals within the family, including Grandma and her memories; we'll listen to the way families communicate, the language and the rules; and we'll hear the stori…

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2011-10-02 Clean

2011-10-01
Length: 29m 58s

This evening we clean up. We recall what and who was swept under the carpet before the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. We take advice from the Queen of Clean, learn about the politics of 'home help' in South Africa and with Lady Macbeth in tow, visit a…

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2011-09-25 Night Air Live: Radio Stories+Freak Pride - UPDATED

2011-09-24
Length: 29m 58s

The Night Air team respond to the bubbling flux of Now with a live mix of conversation, comment, found sound and music. This evening producer Jesse Cox from Sydney's FBi Radio talks about All the Best, the show devoted to the Australian story telling and…

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2011-09-25 Night Air Live: Radio Stories+Freak Pride - UPDATED

2011-09-24
Length: 29m 58s

The Night Air team respond to the bubbling flux of Now with a live mix of conversation, comment, found sound and music. This evening producer Jesse Cox from Sydney's FBi Radio talks about All the Best, the show devoted to the Australian story telling. I…

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2011-09-18 Curvaceous

2011-09-17
Length: 29m 28s

The problematic issue of where we are and when - it's perhaps a great continuum ... relatively ... sometimes. Anyhow, we´ll attempt to squeeze everything in, including the body clocks, pineal fluctuations, bundies and soft watches. For music details ple…

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2011-09-11 Last Night in New York + 50 Years of Humans in Space

2011-09-10
Length: 29m 28s

We return to New York City in the hours immediately after the devastation of the Twin Towers attack and trace the emotions of New Yorkers over the following days in ´Last Night in New York´ by Wednesday Kennedy. We also commemorate 50 years of human spac…

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2011-09-04 In the field

2011-09-03
Length: 29m 28s

We travel to some wild and sonically rich environments for a programme of immersive listening. Poetica presenter Mike Ladd takes us into the realm of Found Sound - the haunting and evanescent music of streets, rivers and backyards. And we journey with m…

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2011-08-28 Night Air Live: the internet + bespoke music - UPDATED

2011-08-27
Length: 29m 28s

The Night Air team respond to the bubbling flux of Now with a live mix of conversation, comment, found sound and music. This evening there´s Dutch theorist on the internet, Geert Lovink, the revolutionary sound of young Adelaide in the Shaolin Afronauts…

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2011-08-21 Can we just be friends?

2011-08-20
Length: 29m 58s

As we discover ourselves in the era of Facebook-style `friendness´ some of us begin to wonder just what friends are for. This evening we try to consider those relationships which bind us together ... or otherwise. We recall departed friends, best friends,…

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2011-08-14 Elevational

2011-08-13
Length: 29m 58s

Tonight we're going up ... getting into the elevator alongside the Muzak, having an uplifting experience in a Manhattan bra shop, delivering services within a building, and in the feature Tall Girls, we wonder if you can be too tall. for music details pl…

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2011-08-07 Trips

2011-08-06
Length: 29m 57s

Travelling ... sometimes on foot and sometimes by rail, float tank, balloon and armchair. We sit in the jump seat of a Marauder aeroplane as it executes a mission over Germany, we take a walking trip on the outskirts of London, we review the history of r…

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2011-07-31 Night Air Live - housing the Situation

2011-07-30
Length: 29m 58s

In this edition of the show an interactive sonic city, Bloomsday shenanigans, Mexican-American Kraut/Psych rockers The Mars Volta in conversation and an extended chat with the McLuhan Project thinker-in-residence, McKenzie Wark who´s talking about those n…

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2011-07-24 Transit wave

2011-07-23
Length: 29m 58s

International and inspirational - we present a `rough guide´ to Phonography - the art of recording sounds from the environment that surrounds us. We also present the work of artists exploring sounds intrinsic to broadcast on radio. From the seminal work…

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2011-07-17 Media Mess Age

2011-07-16
Length: 29m 28s

As Radio National acknowledges the centenary of the birth of the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the Night Air listens to the great thinker speak (and sing) as he massages our minds into new shapes. And media manipulator extraordinaire, Buttr…

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2011-07-10 Identities

2011-07-09
Length: 29m 58s

Coinciding with NAIDOC week The Night Air explores Identities - Indigenous and otherwise. We think about what it means to be black, white...or both. Indigenous philosopher Romaine Moreton considers how shadows are cast and we follow the great White Way d…

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2011-07-03 Jungle - UPDATED

2011-07-02
Length: 29m 28s

Is it just us or is it getting hot in here? And where are all those snake vines coming from? On a trip deep into the jungle we trek along some partly-worn paths and create a few inroads of our own, pushing aside the carnivorous plants to look what might…

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2011-06-26 Night Air Live - Sonar Deli - UPDATED

2011-06-25
Length: 29m 28s

The Night Air in live mode on Radio National we´re on a music and sound trip this evening... visiting Spain's Sonar festival, hearing from the creator of a video harp, crate-digging on the net for rare 45s of earthquakes and seeing what tasty sounds we ca…

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2011-06-19 Keys and Combinations - UPDATED

2011-06-18
Length: 29m 28s

Discover who invented the lock and the key needed to unlock it. Visit a key museum in Paris, the Florida Keys, Circular Quay in Sydney, the QWERTY keyboard and the keys on a piano. Later we key into and combine the Fibonacci series, the Fourier series, Th…

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2010-12-12 City nights

2010-12-11
Length: 29m 28s

The stars may not be so bright in the sky but in the city, at night, there are other lights to guide your way. Tonight we´re stepping on to the bitumen, pacing down the concrete footpaths and committing ourselves to the big smoke, through documentaries …

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2010-12-05 Fidelity

2010-12-04
Length: 29m 28s

Treasures of the gramophone era spin through this history of sound recording. Tangles of audio memories are sieved and reconstructed. You´ll hear Tennyson trapped in beeswax from 1890, Edison on a roll, Sarah Bernhardt acting Phédre, and a rider from the…

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2010-11-28 Die Wende - the turning point

2010-11-27
Length: 29m 28s

As the finale of Radio National´s Berlin Waves festival The Night Air tunes into The Turning Point or Die Wende in German. In the mix of highlights from the festival and the ABC archives are ideas of reunification and change explored in sound, music, po…

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2010-11-21 Bike love

2010-11-20
Length: 29m 28s

This evening we´re exploring the wide ranging, ever spinning and sometimes deeply emotional relationship that can develop between riders and their bicycles. In the build up to Melbourne's Bikefest, we'll hear tales of bike couriers, cycling activists, p…

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2010-11-14 Paranoid Parade

2010-11-13
Length: 29m 28s

In the first part of this evening´s show we take a nervous shuffle down a Cold War cul de sac. In the second part Sydney's confused soca punks, Gallucci deliver a peculiar mixtape exploring The Lighter Side of Male Paranoia. From watching the waistline, …

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2010-11-07 Testify

2010-11-06
Length: 29m 28s

Feel the power of the word! From the pulpit, from the gutter and from the fiery depths of hell you´ll hear the hyperbolic music that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. We´re testifying! For music details click on transcript link Music D…

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2010-10-31 Undergrowth

2010-10-30
Length: 29m 28s

A shuffling beneath your feet and a rustling of leaves as small beasts scurry about. On the forest floor there´s myriad wondrous small worlds: mushrooms, tussocks, twines and whipsticks. Tune in, go under. Music Details: Music details Part 1: track: …

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Mining Afghanistan

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Length: 48m 28s

As foreign troops withdraw, will foreign miners move in? They’ve known of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth for a century but it hasn’t been safe or easy enough to extract it. Now Western companies, including Australian miners, are behind the geopolitica…

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Occupy: a global moment or a movement?

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Length: 48m 57s

It started with a bang in Wall Street and spread to over a hundred cities worldwide. But, as the novelty wears off, the tent city occupations are facing their own crunch time with the weather, the police and internal disagreements threatening their surviv…

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The great rural health challenge

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Length: 48m 57s

Rural and remote Australia relies heavily on overseas trained doctors if it can attract a GP at all.  Background Briefing looks at how a town can survive when its medical services start shutting down, how to support what remains, and whether Australia ne…

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The hard lessons learnt by NSW town, Harden

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Length: 6m 36s

The town of Harden built its state of the art medical centre to house 4 doctors and 2 dentists.  It boasts a one of its kind hydrotherapy pool.  But for three years the Centre has stood largely disused. Just one GP has operated out the centre – althou…

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Riding the sports betting boom

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Length: 48m 28s

Freedom to advertise and the rise of the mobile app has led to a tripling of sports betting in Australia. The winning odds are now front and centre in the coverage of major sports and you can bet on all kinds of 'exotic' options. So what are the odds on a…

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Guns are back

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Length: 48m 28s

Gun clubs report lots of new members, hunting is cool, and handguns are gangland chic. The hundreds of thousands of guns destroyed in buybacks since Port Arthur have been more than replaced by new ones. But guns are highly political and the national syste…

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Qantas and the ghost of Workchoices

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Length: 48m 28s

Qantas has opened a new industrial relations battlefront. The Labor government's Fair Work laws are being put to the test but there are bigger political implications for the Opposition, which is split over whether to re-embrace Workchoices, the IR policy …

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Hanukkah: Stones and Soup

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Length: 53m 57s

The Temple at the centre of the ancient festival of Hanukkah is now destroyed, but the excavations adjacent to it, have revealed what looks to be King David's palace, according to archaeologists Eilat Mazar and Avner Goren. Doughnuts are traditional for …

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Boys to Men

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Length: 53m 58s

Film-maker of Hoop Dreams and Journey from Zanskar, Frederick Marx has a mission to help boys become men.  Rites of passage and mentoring are increasingly absent from boys’ lives as fatherless families continue to increase and religious rites of passag…

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Oh My Goddess!

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Length: 53m 57s

Six leading women in the Goddess movement including Kathy Jones (UK), Anique Radiant Heart and Tricia Szirom, speak of their spiritual beliefs and their feminist and ecological values.…

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The Sufi Spirit

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Length: 54m 54s

Prayer that brings a permanent awareness of the Divine Reality is the aim of Sufism first and foremost, which London based Sufi scholar, Reza Shah-Kazemi, believes is the key to its universality. Sufism's mystical universalism is what interests Hebrew Uni…

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Body Mind Spirit

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Length: 53m 58s

Forget 'no pain, no gain'. Mark Bunn, former AFL footballer and author of Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health, discovered in Yoga and Ayurveda medicine that true body fitness is a spiritual goal with positive physical results. And forget mind-numbing holiday…

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Religion Under Attack

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Length: 53m 58s

One third of the world's population is experiencing increased religious persecution according to Pew Research Center's recent study on religion in the public sphere. Brian Grim, Director of Cross National Data, talks about the implications, while Gregor P…

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God in the 21st Century

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Length: 53m 58s

Robyn Williams of Radio National's The Science Show shares his unmitigated disappointment in the God which totally failed his expectations. Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, from Emanuel Synagogue, argues that the expectations are misplaced, and blame should squarely…

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Monday 19 December 2011

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Length: 29m 3s

A mysterious and often life threatening disease affects the lives of mostly young women. These patients often end up in psychiatric hospitals misdiagnosed or in intensive care units with bizarre behaviour and metabolic meltdown. It's been discovered that …

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Don't trust the web

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Length: 48m 25s

The internet is awash with misinformation, manipulated identities, fake reviews, and dishonest comments. Politicians use astroturfing. So do businesses and marketing firms. Beware—it's infecting everyone. Reporter Hagar Cohen…

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Christmas Day Couple

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Length: 53m 58s

In this finale of the monthly series, the Landers show us how to live an ancient faith with contemporary relevance and meaning.…

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Monday 26 December 2011

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Length: 28m 58s

Yawning gulf: napping feature. This feature, by Thea O'Connor and Ray Moynihan from Northern New South Wales, tells us that there's a huge gap between the scientific proof that napping is beneficial and social uptake. Most people are still reluctant to ta…

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Friday 30 December 2011

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Length: 52m 52s

Life Matters Friday 30 December 2011 - Talkback: Being made to do it…

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Boys and the buff culture

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Length: 48m 28s

'Zyzz' was a ladies man and a puny boy's dream realised. From skinny teenager to rippling Adonis he epitomised a growing obsession with male body culture. His death had an unexpected impact and has re-opened concerns about steroid use. Reporter, Brendan K…

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Decoding Alice in Wonderland

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Length: 53m 58s

On the 150th anniversary of Charles Dodgson taking deacon's orders at Oxford University, the mathematician and children's author (whose pen name was Lewis Carroll) is revealed to be more than a keen observer of church politics of his day as others have ob…

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Guns are back

0000-00-00
Length: 48m 28s

Gun clubs report lots of new members, hunting is cool, and handguns are gangland chic. The hundreds of thousands of guns destroyed in buybacks since Port Arthur have been more than replaced by new ones. But guns are highly political and the national syste…

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Female Messiah

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Length: 53m 58s

The story of the Panacea Society. In the 1920s a vicar's widow in Bedford, England began a healing ministry that reached people around the world, including Australia. She was soon declared the Daughter of God, the Female Messiah, and took the name, Octavi…

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Extra Audio: Interview with Hanne Warsoe

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Length: 1m 41s

Interview with Hanne Worsoe on the role of the Home Education Unit in Queensland.…

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Opting out and staying at home

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Length: 48m 37s

As the new school year begins more than 50,000 Australian children will be kept at home, to be taught by their parents. The homeschooling movement is growing rapidly but the majority of the arrangements are illegal, because the parents refuse to register …

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Mining Afghanistan

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Length: 48m 28s

As foreign troops withdraw, will foreign miners move in? They’ve known of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth for a century but it hasn’t been safe or easy enough to extract it. Now Western companies, including Australian miners, are behind the geopolitica…

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Bess Price: welcome to my world

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Length: 48m 27s

Warlpiri woman Bess Nungarrayi Price gives a personal account of the way violence has ripped apart her family, and others, in Aboriginal communities of Central Australia. Bess and her white husband, Dave, argue passionately for the right of people in thes…

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EMOTIONS AND BELIEFS

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Length: 53m 50s

Atheists and Believers have different abilities to feel and express their emotions according to a new Canadian study by Psychologists Raluca Petrican of Rotman Research Institute, Toronto and Chris Burris of St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, Ontario. At…

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Dalai Lama Direct (incl. video)

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Length: 53m 58s

At the age of 76, the Dalai Lama isn't beating around the bush. In an exclusive interview with Rachael Kohn, he talks about the need for religious leaders to get off their high horse and meet the people, the importance of democracy, and the possibilities …

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The World's Sexiest Book

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Length: 53m 58s

The Bible is rife with sex, and right from the beginning it is introduced as part of the human condition. Judges, kings and prophets enjoy sex, women use it to bring down tyrants, and King Solomon's 'Song of Songs' makes Casanova's memoirs look like kid's…

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Charles Dickens

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Length: 53m 50s

Charles Dickens was not a 'religious writer' but his novels expressed his Christian beliefs, which he hoped would result in the upliftment of society. The theological debates of 19th Century England were not as important to Dickens as the example of Chri…

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MY SPIRITUAL DIARY - ROSS FITZGERALD

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Length: 53m 50s

Do you have spiritual thoughts? Or do they drift away in a fog while you're busy doing something else? MY SPIRITUAL DIARY is a monthly series on The Spirit of Things where people in all walks of life keep a record of their spiritual thoughts and practic…

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When a breast implant maker goes rogue

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Length: 33m 43s

French-made PIP implants were taken off the market two years ago after a massive fraud was discovered: instead of using medical grade silicon the factory was filling the implants with cheaper industrial silicon. Many of them have burst and been removed an…

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The Night Air: listening for pleasure; an audio adventure in ideas, sounds and music remixed around a theme. It's a listening experience animated by dub versions of ABC Radio National's distinctive programming. Obliquely connected material is re-assembled with sonic glue, letting the listener's imagination build a new story. It's a space to find the music in speech and the poetry in ideas, a show that invites you to take time to unravel the usual media tangle.

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