Between home and work is a window of time and space where we can choose our distractions. Staring out the train window, scrolling the news or perhaps listening to podcasts. We miss it.
Whether you're home sick or sick of being at home, our 13 experts have picked excellent things you can read, watch, look at or listen to.
An audio version of an in depth article on the history of Ritalin, and what the future holds for the drug.
Australia has a long history of gothic storytelling in literature and cinema. A new podcast series shows how ordinary life can have an edge of malice.
The audio version of a long-read article on how we're living through the latest battle in a 300-year long ideological war over the meaning of humanity itself.
Podcasts are often best enjoyed using a podcast app.
When the USSR launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik 1 didn't do much other than regularly "beep" over the radio. Yet, this simple sound is associated with the beginnings of space exploration.
Hit podcast Dolly Parton’s America starts with the premise that she is among the most familiar and beloved celebrities in the US, based on a marketing index called a Q score. Who would be our Dolly?
Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?
The Conversation64.5 MB (download)
No wonder that, according to a new international survey, media companies are increasingly unhappy with their lot. In this episode we hear from the survey's author, Robert Whitehead.
Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here’s a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future.
The Conversation41.5 MB (download)
M. Stanley Whittingham was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries – used to power mobile phones, laptops and electric cars.
Sky’s true crime channel is feeding a ‘desktop detective’ culture.
Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé.
The Conversation, CC BY80.6 MB (download)
Today we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into global tax evasion.
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
The Conversation119 MB (download)
Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have ‘nothing to lose’
The Conversation29.5 MB (download)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated she's open to dialogue. But unless she meets the demonstrators' demands, the protest movement isn't going to end anytime soon.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
The Conversation55 MB (download)
In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Episode five of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
The Conversation, CC BY42.1 MB (download)
Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
Episode four of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Episode three of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Episode two of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.