Brian Reed, host of S-Town, somewhere in the woods of Bibb County, Alabama.
The podcast S-Town has been both rapturously reviewed and described as 'morally indefensible' for its intrusion into the life of a mentally ill man. But it validates, rather than violates, a fierce, flawed life.
Even properties at the lower end of the market are beyond the means of most people on low fixed incomes.
Only a small proportion of housing is affordable for low-income earners, while people on Newstart or Youth Allowance don't have any affordable options at all.
Survey participants reported discrimination both in job seeking and in employment.
Older workers are feeling discriminated against in the search for work, in their jobs and even in retirement, a new survey shows.
Ebonnie Masini and Rian McLean in Round the Twist (1989), one of Australia’s most fondly remembered children’s TV dramas.
Australian Children's Television Foundation
TV networks must produce new local children's TV drama each year - but they are increasingly making animation, with little sense of place. We need shows that will reflect kids' lives back to them.
The solider of Tallinin, a bronze statue that triggered the first recognised cyber attack.
A decade after the first coordinated cyber attack, the players might be the same, but cyber operations have changed dramatically.
Eddie Koiki Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Torres Strait island of Mer.
National Archives of Australia/AAP
The Mabo decision changed Australia's concept of land ownership. It was a divisive yet important step toward recognising Indigenous rights and establishing native title.
If this spider is making you feel extremely anxious, sweaty or uncomfortable, exposure therapy might help.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
Part of Charles Blackman’s The Exchange, 1952,
oil on plywood on composition board.
91.7 x 91.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria © Charles Blackman
Today, the idea of a male artist making a major series of paintings about schoolgirls, or any sort of children, sits uncomfortably with the public. But these were memorable and original works when painted in the 1950s.
After years of low interest rates, economic growth is back.
After years of deflation and disinflation, the economy is "reflating". But it might not last.
As North Korea continues to antagonise the US and its allies, the prospect of war hangs in the air.
En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron is favoured to become France’s next president.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
Rural primary health care, including patient evacuation services, general practice and mental health care deliver more than just health. There are economic benefits too.
Providing health care to the bush not only benefits people's health but the local economy.
New technologies make it easier than ever for peeping Toms – and the law isn’t much help to stop them.
Gisele Porcaro/Wikimedia Commons
A surprise intrusion by a drone on a Darwin woman skinny-dipping in her secluded backyard pool highlights the many weaknesses of current privacy and stalking laws.
If Australia adopted a similar approach to the Hong Kong to eliminate debt loading abuse, United States oil and gas giant Chevron would have been denied A$6.275 billion in interest deductions.
New modelling shows governments need to ensure that corporations benefiting from the use of Australia's resources, are contributing the same as they do in other jurisdictions.
In Russia and China, Donald Trump now faces two centres of power that are no longer willing or feel the need to comply with America’s interests and priorities.
America’s relations with Russia and China are now mired in angst, uncertainty and mutual suspicion.
Western Australia’s largest private solar array covers the roof of this food distribution centre in Perth’s south.
Despite its name, the National Electricity Market doesn't reach WA. But those charged with guiding the eastern states' energy transition should look west once in a while.
A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s, Olive grove with two olive pickers, December 1889 Saint-Rémy, oil on canvas 73.3 x 92.2 cm.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo © Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
The pickers and sinewy olives in this painting all strain upward towards the hope of spiritual salvation. But six months after he completed it, Vincent Van Gogh walked out into a wheat field and shot himself.
We need to find new ways to deal with the complexity of modern cities and make them better.
There are very few approaches that examine all aspects of the complexity of urban design and development. Ergonomics, human factors and sociotechnical systems methods offer a way forward.
Doctors can tell a lot about your health from your urine sample, if you take it properly.
If you're not sure why you need a urine test or the right way to collect a sample, here's what you need to know.
Darwin was right again.
Epigenetics is consistent with the theory of evolution – in fact, Darwin predicted that tiny parcels might somehow provide a flow of information from experience to inheritance.
The truth is we don’t really know if space goes on forever – but maybe, one day, we will find out.
People used to think that when they looked up at the night sky, they were seeing all of space. Then American astronomer Edwin Hubble found out something so amazing, NASA named a telescope after him.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service.
Daniel Spellman/Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service
Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their life to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
Part of a black cotton cushion cover depicting the Australian coat of arms embroidered by Lance Corporal Alfred Briggs (Albert Biggs), 20 Battalion, AIF.
Courtesy of Australian War Memorial
Embroidery - often seen as women's work - was a common form of therapy for troops wounded in the first world war. One soldier, Albert Biggs, learned to sew with his left hand after his right arm was badly injured.
Australians are deeply attached to the cluster of beliefs and traditions we call the ‘Anzac legend’.
In 1960, historian Ken Inglis wondered if Anzac functioned as a secular religion in Australian society. In 2017, we can confidently answer: yes, it does.
Many in the Western Front contracted haemorrhagic dysentery.
Wellcome Library, London
When commemorating our troops, doctors and nurses this Anzac Day, consider also tipping your hat to the discovery of bacteriophages. In the post-antibiotic era, our health might just depend on them.