We're pouring cold water on old ideas in this episode: from why the population of Easter Island really declined and what makes a good urban legend.
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.
The latest episode of The Conversation's In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories.
Simple living in a complex time – is a return to frugality the key to happiness?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
John and Helen Haynes on their wedding day in 1962. John, a Protestant, was cut out of three wills after marrying Helen, a Catholic.
Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide.
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Until 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched in Australia. On this episode of Trust Me, I'm An Expert, journalism academic Siobhan McHugh shares stories of those who married across it.
In this first episode of In Depth, Out Loud: an audio version of long form stories, a look at the cult of the Kim family.
Greens Jordon Steele-John on being an ‘accidental’ senator.
New Greens senator Jordon Steele-John is the youngest person ever to sit in the Senate.
Sibling competition may have played a bigger role in human evolution than you thought.
Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Competition.
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Our November episode of Trust Me I'm An Expert is all about competition, including the often fierce rivalry between siblings.
Our first episode of Trust Me, I’m An Expert tackles the debate unfolding as Australia contemplates changing the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couple to marry.
In this episode of Trust Me I'm An Expert, we're wading into the same-sex marriage debate with experts on the Bible and the law, and fact-checking claims that kids do best with a mother and a father.
On this podcast, academic experts separate the signal from the noise, the data from the anecdotes, explain the science, look at the peer-reviewed evidence and ignore the media hype.
A new monthly podcast from The Conversation, where we bring you the most fascinating, surprising stories from the academic world.
From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.
In this episode of the podcast, we take in the history of Victorian humour, why kids find poo so hilarious and whether academics should try and be funny.
Land rezoning, sales, and planning approvals are just a few of the ways ‘grey gifts’ can decide who benefits from government decisions.
William Isdale speaks with The University of Queensland's Cameron Murray about the nature of 'grey gifts', soft corruption, and who stands to win (and lose) when these deals are made.
Into the unknown.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.
Antibiotics Staphylex, used to treat the infection Golden Staph.
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Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs.
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William Isdale speaks with Mark Blaskovich about his research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat these superbugs pose to communities.
Amee Meredith and Caterina Politi turned the worst day of their lives into a campaign for meaningful law reform.
In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Amee Meredith and Caterina Politi, who lost family members to random acts of violence, on their campaign to reform 'one-punch' laws.
A podcast on what music does to our brains, and why it moves us.
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Analysis of what went wrong for Theresa May and what went right for Jeremy Corbyn in the last episode of our election analysis podcast.
With Labour closing in on the Conservatives in the polls, we discuss the likely outcome of the UK general election 2017.
Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong? What could we have done?
No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots.
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In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.