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Eight podcasts to get between your ears this year

The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.
Lucy Haslam and Alex Wodak helped convince the public and politicians that the time for legalised medicinal cannabis had come. AAP/Alan Porritt

Change Agents: Alex Wodak and Lucy Haslam on the push to legalise medicinal cannabis

Change Agents: The push to legalise medicinal cannabis. CC BY-NC-SA46.9 MB (download)
In 2016 three Australian states and the Commonwealth passed laws to legalise the growing of medicinal cannabis. It was an extraordinary result for a campaign that struggled for decades to gain traction.
What do you believe in? shutterstock.com

Anthill 7: On belief

The Antill 7: On belief. The Conversation, CC BY-ND46.9 MB (download)
Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – and if technology can actually shift our beliefs.
The email scandal continues to haunt Hillary Clinton’s campaign with the FBI announcing that it will investigate additional emails just days before the election. Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Race to the White House – secrets and emails

Race to the White House - Episode 8. The Conversation, CC BY-ND31.7 MB (download)
This week's episode focuses on how the re-emergence of the email scandal will impact Hillary Clinton in the final week of the campaign.
Has Donald Trump alienated women, African American and Hispanic voters, leaving him with a support base of largely white men? Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Race to the White House – How gender, race and class are shaping the election

Race to the White House - Episode 7. The Conversation, CC BY-ND36.7 MB (download)
This week's episode of Race to the White House looks at how gender, race and class are shaping the voting patterns in this election.
Stuart Morris QC (left) and Leonie Hemingway (formerly Leonie Burke) led the Labor and Liberal governments’ attempts at reforming local government. Andrew Dodd

Change Agents: Stuart Morris and Leonie Hemingway on Australia’s most radical reform of local government

Change Agents: Episode 3. The Conversation, CC BY-ND46.3 MB (download)
In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Stuart Morris and Leonie Hemingway about their successes and failures on the road to reforming Victoria's local government.
Nevada will play host to the third and final presidential debate. Reuters/Rick Wilking

Race to the White House – opinion polls, Clinton’s campaign, and the third debate

Race to the White House - Episode #6. The Conversation88 MB (download)
This week's episode of Race to the White House looks at the history and importance of public opinion polls, as well as previewing the third and final presidential debate.
The bruising second presidential debate was dominated by accusations of sexual misconduct. Gary He/EPA

Race to the White House – the vicious debate, the future of the GOP, and Clinton’s emails

Race to the White House - Episode #5. The Conversation, CC BY-SA78.2 MB (download)
This episode of Race to the White House examines the fallout from the second presidential debate and asks whether the Republican Party can transform itself to remain politically relevant.
Polls and commentators all suggest Hillary Clinton easily won the first presidential debate. Justin Lane/EPA

Race to the White House – who won and who lost the first presidential debate? Does it matter?

Race to the White House - episode #3. The Conversation, CC BY-ND27.7 MB (download)
The third episode of Race to the White House dissects the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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