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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
 
Finding Desperado is a brand new investigative mystery podcast, hosted by comedians Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James - the team behind the most talked about podcast of 2019, Finding Drago. Australia’s premier (and only) pop culture detectives, Alexei and Cameron have uncovered a bizarre Guinness World Record from 2005. A record held by an elusive European aristocrat. A record that they believe to be fake.
 
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Love it or hate it, technology rules the world. Our social systems and values are bent out of shape by innovative technology. Ideas we used to hold dear like privacy are suddenly negotiable in the online world and tech companies set the rules with governments struggling to catch up. So is it possible to regain control of your data and can governmen…
 
An FDA panel now recommends emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine that is found to be 85% effective at preventing severe illness and 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The Biden administration declassifies a report into the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accusing the C…
 
A Capitol police officer speaks out about the January 6 siege. President Biden rolls back a military ban of transgender Americans. We also talk about the power outages in Texas, Australia's new regulations concerning big tech and news, athletics at historically black colleges, 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, and an ABC News special: Soul of the Nation.…
 
Protests continue to put pressure on Myanmar's military, as countries in the region and beyond weigh their diplomatic options. Tensions have bubbled up twice this month between Australia and New Zealand, so are we really friends or just allies? And President Biden treads carefully as he seeks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.…
 
How do we get a wage increase? That was a question Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute asked young workers twenty years ago. They didn't know. With Australia's slow growth in wages it appears that this is still the case. Will the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act enable a better process for better work conditions?…
 
By all accounts, it appears that the Australian economy is coming out of the pandemic fallout earlier than expected and stronger. Most corporations have been reporting strong profits, commodities such as copper and nickel are priced at a ten year high, there's a bumper crop of wheat with again, strong global prices, household debt has been reduced …
 
What does it mean to believe? To say 'this is what I believe the truth to be'? Today on the show, theologian Ben Myers joins Meredith Lake in discussing the ancient Christian statement of belief, known as the Apostles' Creed. And, our mini-series on faith and sex concludes with a look at the role of intimacy in Hinduism.…
 
The new coronavirus variant spreading in New York City. Pfizer and Moderna say they are already working to modify their vaccines to target these new mutants. A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach has died by suicide, just hours after he was charged with two dozen felonies, including sexual assault and human trafficking. The acting chief of the Ca…
 
With restrictions set ease in Victoria, we take a look at the first week of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and whether the Brisbane dosing bungle will knock people's confidence in the jab. And a tragic development in a mystery that's gripped New South Wales: the remains of alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick discovered months after she disappeared.…
 
BL + BW discuss Allen v. Farrow, a new HBO documentary series reinvestigating claims of child sexual abuse against director Woody Allen, who has continuously denied the accusations since they were raised in 1992, amidst an ugly and highly public breakup with Mia Farrow. The series was made with the cooperation of Dylan Farrow, who at age 7 accused …
 
Your friend migrated to Australia with a high level of experience in the largest film industry in the world. They have been unable to get work. You have noticed that much of their work is stylistically very different to what is made in the Australian market.At what point do you as a friend and colleague step in? Can you suggest that their style, wh…
 
Thirteen months ago, the north east corner of Victoria was beset by out of control bushfires, part of the same fire pattern that raged up and down the east coast of Australia.Out of that disaster has sprung a community led revolution which could provide solutions for all of us facing food insecurity in times of need.…
 
Australia has been transfixed by the story of Brittany Higgins for almost a fortnight.The former political staffer alleges she was raped in a minister's office inside Parliament House in 2019, and has now filed a formal complaint with police.More allegations from other women against the man she named have followed, along with ongoing rounds of recr…
 
While there is growing awareness about modern slavery and people trafficking around the world, numbers are still rising. Under the Modern Slavery Act, businesses are required to assess the risk of slavery in their operations – down the complete supply chain. On Big Ideas, an expert panel will discuss how policy, advocacy and practise has evolved in…
 
Early in 2020 we looked at New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget initiative. That was just as the world was going into COVID lockdown. So how did the initiative handle the economic stresses caused by the pandemic. We get an update from Christoph Schumacher. We also look at some of the attribution problems faced by Wikipedia; and Elisabeth Braw from the Am…
 
Start-ups and small businesses previously priced out of Australian CBDs are taking advantage of lower rents and co-working spaces to relocate to city centres. Plus, your guide to quantitative easing and the promise of a 2032 Olympics in Queensland.Guests: Susan Harris Rimmer, Director, Griffith University Policy Innovation HubJeremy Thorpe, Chief E…
 
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