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Samuel Johnson will play Molly Meldrum in Channel 7 miniseries Molly. Image courtesy of Channel 7.

How will ‘Molly’ help us remember Australian culture?

Molly Meldrum's life is coming to the small screen with a two-part miniseries. How faithfully can we expect the show to reproduce history? Taking a look at the soundtrack might provide a clue.
The amount of time kids are spending on mobile devices is increasing. Eric Peacock

How much screen time is good for kids?

Kids who watch educational programs such as 'Sesame Street' show better academic skills. But this does not mean all children can learn from educational media.
How are people railroaded through the justice system? Early modern witch trials can provide a clue. Synthesis Films

Marginalised outsiders: why witch trials help us understand Making a Murderer

Marginalised outsiders, community conflict and a bad reputation – the prosecution of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey has all the hallmarks of the early modern witchcraft persecution. Warning: spoilers ahead.
Memoirists who write about divorce, addiction or suicide can start important conversations – and leave families feeling exposed or humiliated. Where do you draw the line? fosa./Flickr

Friday essay: Can you keep a secret? Family memoirs break taboos – and trust

True stories that enrich our public sphere are often drawn from the intimate and shared lives of their authors. Where is the line between rattling social proprieties and respecting others’ privacy?
The voices that can be used in a show like this are not those one would hear in Madama Butterfly. Patrick (Peter Cousens), Ellen (Melissa Madden Grey), The Divorce. ABC TV.

It’s TV! It’s opera! What to make of ABC’s The Divorce

The kinds of voices that can be used in a show like ABC's The Divorce are certainly not typical of those one would hear in Madama Butterfly. But – and let's be honest for a second – does it matter?
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
Play your part in reducing online piracy: a campaign by the IP Awareness Foundation. Screengrab/IP Awareness Foundation

Why the drop in illegal movie downloads in Australia?

A welcome fall in the number of people in Australia who admit to pirating movies and television shows. But what's the cause off this shift in online behaviour?
Magda Szubanski in one of her most famous roles - Sharon Strzelecki - in Kath and Kim, with actors Gina Riley, Peter Rowsthorn, Glenn Robbins and Jane Turner. Paul Jeffers/AAP

Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski’s engaging debut memoir, Reckoning, is an exercise in precisely that: reconciling the past. It is also a celebration of the life and career of one of our greatest comedians.

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