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.
Medical workers move a woman, who is suspected of having Ebola, upon her arrival at Meioxeiro Hospital, in Vigo, northwestern Spain, 28 October 2015.
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Professor Peter Doherty on infectious disease pandemics.
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William Isdale speaks with the University of Melbourne's Professor Peter Doherty about infectious disease pandemics.
Parisians gather at the Bataclan nightclub on November 13, 2016, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of terror attacks that took 130 lives across Paris.
Colleen Murrell speaks to The Daily Beast's Christopher Dickey about living in and reporting from Paris in the wake of a wave of terror attacks in the last two years.
Ben Goldacre says that greater transparency on research findings could increase the public’s faith in essential medicines.
Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all.
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Darren Saunders speaks with Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about bad medical research reporting, and how greater transparency in research practices could improve public trust in science and medicine.
William Isdale speaks with Graeme Orr about the festival spirit of elections, the unique Australian culture of voting, and the history of corruption, drinking and coercion in voting worldwide.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Rhonda Itaoui about her research into Islamophobia and navigating the city as a Muslim in the wake of public fear over terror attacks and a lack of understanding about Islam.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Lucy Turnbull about the new Greater Sydney Commission, its structure, plans and mandate, and the criticisms of what some see as a "top-down" approach to urban planning.
Australia’s policies on asylum seekers have been criticised by many countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang about the role migrants, refugees and the border will play in Australia during the Asian century.
Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world.
Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
Supermassive black holes, containing as much mass as millions or billions of suns, exist at the centre of all galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
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Tanya Hill speaks with Meg Urry about distant galaxies and the supermassive black holes that lurk in their centres.
Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie has campaigned strongly on local issues.
Natalie Mast spoke with William Bowe about what the leadership spill means for the Canning byelection, which looms as a test of both new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Who ya gonna call? The World Health Organization has been criticised for its poor response to last year’s Ebola outbreak.
William Isdale speaks with Lawrence Gostin about the lessons we can learn from the global response to last year's Ebola outbreak and the future of global health.
Noami Klein speaking in Sydney.
Christopher Wright speaks with Canadian journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein about capitalism's impact on the environment and how it has influenced our responses to climate change.
Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities.
Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?
It will be many years before life returns to normal in the Langtang valley, one of the regions worst-affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.
Hayley Saul and Emma Waterton were in the Langtang valley in Nepal when the massive earthquake hit. Dallas Rogers spoke to Hayley and Emma about their subsequent rescue and the everyday Nepalese hero.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised economic growth and good times ahead for India, but faces many challenges.
Speaking with Anthony D'Costa on the challenges facing India’s economy.
With about half of its population under the age of 25, how will India create enough jobs to cater for the millions of young people entering its workforce?
Australian cities are increasingly building up rather than building out.
Speaking with: Hazel Easthope on high density living and design.
Higher density housing provides unique challenges that make the mix of design, build and social considerations all the more important in creating sustainable and enjoyable living environments.
Captain America was one of several nationalistic superheroes created during the Second World War era.
Speaking with Jason Dittmer on superheroes and fascism.
America's flirtations with fascism in the 1930s and the influence of the Second World War gave rise to nationalistic, quasi-fascist superheroes who are still relevant and popular today.
Record-low interest rates could further inflate the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne.
While policies such as negative gearing have helped middle to high income earners own property, they have also locked low income earners out of the market and created an unequal housing sector.
Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer is a strong advocate of effective altruism, and has written a book on the movement called The Most Good You Can Do.
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Australians donate around A$2.4 billion to charity each year, but how many lives does that impact? Effective altruism is a social movement focused on maximising the impact of your donated time and money.