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If you've never seen Oban Star Racers, you should. We're not mincing words or hiding our peer pressure. If you love cartoons, if exquisite animation and cool ships and aliens and tightly crafted plotting and emotional drama are everything you could ever want out of your cartoons, you owe it to yourself to absorb this series - and ours, since that's what we're doing. And if you have seen it? FANTASTIC. Here's a good reason to watch it again. From the creative voices/loudmouths behind Return t ...
 
Remember the cartoons you loved as a kid? Do you, like us, remember mid-2000s Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network with a mix of fondness and terror – or, if you don’t, do you want to know what the fuss was about? Join Mary, David, and Ben as we revisit the cartoons that shaped us in an episode-by-episode deep dive, as well as the Internet fan culture as it was then and is now. How do these nostalgic shows hold up? What do we think of them now, as not kids but sad adults? How has the zeitgeist an ...
 
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America's inflation rate has risen to 5.4 per cent, reflecting shortages and higher prices for food, energy and housing. Are there implications for Australia? How Europe's Carbon Border Adjustments will affect Australian exporters and emissions. Plus, how the Nobel economics prize winners better estimated the effects of immigration and the minimum …
 
For decades China's economic growth has been the envy of the western world. But current signs suggest all is not well.Regulations brought in by government to curb businesses reliance on debt have badly hit the its second largest real estate developer, Evergrande and manufacturing output has been hit by power shortages. So is China’s economy in trou…
 
With Australia under pressure to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 before COP26, how would net zero affect the economy? How important are shorter term targets, legal obligations and policies to help deliver any promised cuts? Plus, what's happened to the predicted tsunami of business insolvencies? And, lessons from the Pandora Papers — calls to …
 
The President of Brazil is reluctant to play by the rules. Elections are due next year and Bolsonaro is increasingly at loggerheads with his country’s democratic system. Between battles with the Supreme Court and a push to change the voting system, he is willing to go to great lengths to secure a second term. Tanya Beckett takes a closer look at Br…
 
A restriction on abortion from as early as six weeks into pregnancy is now law in Texas. The state has also outsourced enforcing it to private citizens who can get up to $10,000 if they sue those who perform or assist an abortion that breaks the ban. As lawmakers in other American states intend to follow Texas Charmaine Cozier finds out what it mea…
 
Australia's move to acquire nuclear-powered submarines and the scrapping its $90 billion submarine program with France has had diplomatic consequences – but what can be assumed about the costs, timeframes and local involvement? Plus, shipping costs, stock delays and supply chain stresses as the pandemic continues.Guests: Dr Marcus Hellyer, Senior A…
 
In May, the Biden administration surprised the world by saying it would not object on an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. America has been a staunch defender of patent protections, which bar new inventions being cheaply copied around the world. So, the first reactions to the announcement were - amazement, really. Second reactions…
 
In the wake of the attacks of 9/11, the United States took several measures at home and abroad to prevent such atrocities happening on its soil again. Twenty years later and after two bitter wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, did America get its response to the attacks of 9/11 right?(U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the Shahi Kot mountains, Afghanistan 2002 …
 
As US-led troops withdraw after 20 years, the Taliban have made a swift return to power. Four presidents have overseen the war in Afghanistan - with four different approaches.Charmaine Cozier asks which of them is most responsible for how events have unfolded and ultimately setting the path to failure.Produced by Ben CooperResearched by Sally Abrah…
 
Sharks are mysterious and ancient creatures. They're also a threat. Yet , the once great killers now face what might be their biggest threat – us. From monster killers of the sea to endangered species, Paul Connolly asks if our fascination with sharks is bad for them. Produced by Soila Apparicio.Researched by Olivia Noon.(Image: Great white shark. …
 
A leaked list of thousands of phone numbers - including Presidents and activists - has drawn attention to spyware. It’s supposed to stop terrorists but are our devices safe anymore? Charmaine Cozier looks into the ever-growing world of high level spyware and explores what its use could mean for citizens and democracies around the globe. Producer: O…
 
The target for many countries around the world is to reach net zero emissions within the next few decades. That means a dramatic move away from fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. For some the answer to the problem is to boost “green” electricity production, so that we can run our transport, our homes and our industry on electrical power. We alrea…
 
The jailing of former South African president Jacob Zuma sparked huge unrest in the country, but was there more behind the riots than the fact of his imprisonment?While some believe the riots were not only a reaction to Zuma’s jailing for contempt of court, but a planned attempt to bring the country to its knees, others say poverty and inequality a…
 
Haiti was the first Caribbean country to gain its independence after a successful revolt against slavery. But the country has been troubled ever since, suffering dictatorships, coups and natural disasters.Now its most recent president, Jovenel Moise, has been assassinated. His controversial rule was marred by the rise of gang violence, and protests…
 
China’s decades-long One Child Policy has led to a low birth rate, and a shrinking workforce. It has also been placing a heavy burden on the younger generations who will have to support two parents and four grandparents. It’s predicted that in five years’ time, a quarter of the population will be over 65. With a smaller workforce, the country risks…
 
The recent discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of so-called Indian Residential Schools has put Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples back under the spotlight.For more than a century, tens of thousands of children were forced by the state into a religious school system that split families and brutalised the children in its care. Tanya…
 
The kidnapping of at least 140 schoolchildren in the north-west of Nigeria is the latest crime to shake a country already struggling to contain militants in the north and separatists in the south. Add to this young protesters on the streets amid rising food prices and crime and the security situation in the country starts to look even shakier.Charm…
 
Rich people are often able to pay little or no tax compared to their wealth because of the way the system works. In recent years, many have called for changes and reforms so that instead of income, wealth is also taxed. But, wealth taxes are not a new thing. Many argue that they are key for addressing inequality but some say they simply aren’t an e…
 
In just under a month’s time Japan’s capital city Tokyo will host the 32nd Olympic Games. They were due to take place last year but were delayed because of the pandemic. But even 12 months later the Japanese public is far from enthused at the prospect of thousands of athletes and their entourages turning up just as the country is experiencing a fou…
 
For the last year discussions about the origins of Covid-19 have divided people all over the world. Some say it came from nature and others believe it could have escaped from a lab. The idea of a lab accident was originally dismissed as a conspiracy theory but it’s starting to gain attention all over again.Now President Biden has given the US intel…
 
Last year in the pandemic a lot of people withdrew their superannuation under the Early Release Scheme. For many, it was a lifeline to cover food, rent and pay down debt in case things got worse. For others, it was about replacing an ageing car, or trying to save or even start a business. And surprise, surprise, overall it's worked out worse for wo…
 
Over his 26 years in power, Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko has taken more and more control. He has detained protesters and tortured political opponents for years. He is emboldened by his last ally in Europe - Vladimir Putin. And his regime of terror is spilling over into the continent.But, Tanya Beckett asks if Europe’s last dictator can …
 
Could we have a travel bubble with Singapore and what are the advantages of getting it done? Plus, the economic consequences of something that affects so many of us — loneliness. And the massive financial intelligence trove gained from the Trojan Shield sting against organised crime should leave convicted criminals "broke".Guests:Nathan Lynch, Asia…
 
In November 2021, Britain will host the next UN Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP 26. Some 200 countries will come together to try to speed up attempts to make the world carbon neutral by the middle of the century. But many countries are already struggling to ramp up renewable energy sufficiently to meet their greenhouse emission re…
 
COVID disaster payments for Melbourne residents who are unable to work will be part of a new national scheme available to other states if lockdowns last for more than a week. The latest blow to Victoria's economy follows GDP figures which show that Australia's economy has bounced back from the pandemic recession. Plus, the economic costs of racism …
 
In 2005 a photo of four-year-old Zoë Roth standing in front of a burning house went viral on the internet. It became a meme known as “disaster girl”. In April 2021, the image sold for $473,000 as an NFT, or non-fungible token - that’s sort of a digital record of ownership.And the sales keep coming. Another NFT recently sold for $69 million. The fir…
 
Meet an award winning, Aboriginal-owned construction and maintenance services business that’s part of the booming $4.8 billion Indigenous business sector. Plus, Newcastle City Council’s program to attract talented, community-minded workers. And the tough cost of Victoria’s latest lockdown.Guests: Gerard Matera, Director, building services company M…
 
History and geography have conspired to give the city of Chicago an unenviable reputation for guns and gangs, but what will it take to bring the murder rate, which rose 55 per cent last year, down?Low conviction rates and an unwillingness on behalf of witnesses to give evidence play their part in the problem. But others think the time has come to t…
 
A stake in the famed New Zealand All Blacks is to be sold to a US private equity firm - with Rugby Australia in a dire financial situation, will private equity also offer the Wallabies a lifeline? Plus, as the International Energy Agency calls time on fossil fuel exploration and investment, and sets out the roadmap for a global energy transition, A…
 
In the afternoon of Saturday 8th May in the Afghan capital of Kabul, just a few days before the end of Ramadan, students from the Syed Al-Shahda girls school were starting to leave for the day. Without any warning, a car bomb went off. Then a second explosion, followed by a third.The Afghan Government blamed the Taliban, the hardline Islamist movem…
 
How low will unemployment have to go before Australians get a wage rise? Analysis of Federal Budget housing measures for single parents, first home buyers and older people thinking of selling the family home. Plus, beer, Superbowl tickets and a million-dollar lottery - can incentives boost rates of vaccination in the United States?Guests:Sarah Hunt…
 
It was on Good Friday, 2nd of April 2021, that rioting erupted in a corner of Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital Belfast. In days, violence spread. It was on a scale that hadn’t been seen for years. With fears of a return to the troubled period of violence from Northern Ireland’s past, Tanya Beckett asks if the fragile peace is under threat.Produce…
 
The economic implications of India's second COVID wave. Plus, revenue is up at Netflix Australia after we binged on shows during pandemic lockdowns. Despite the boost in revenue, the streaming giant paid only $553,705 in local income tax. It’s legal but there may be tax changes on the way. And the power of quotas and why Australia needs them.Guests…
 
Most Australians use a tax agent or accountant to manage their returns and sort out complex deductions – it’s a deductable cost. What if everyone was entitled to a $3000 annual standard tax deduction? Plus, an unlikely coalition of parenting, union and business groups call on the Federal Government to prioritise economic security for women in next …
 
Changes to the laws governing cannabis use are happening around the world. The number of States in the USA legalising cannabis is increasing rapidly. Uruguay and Canada have legalised it already, and Mexico may soon follow suit. Tanya Beckett looks at the different models of legalisation and at what might be holding the global cannabis industry bac…
 
The island nation of Nauru has been readmitted to the World Bank’s high-income club. The turnaround in Nauru’s economic woes is partly due to increased income from fishing licences - but it is revenue from Australia’s Regional Processing Centre that's transformed the tiny economy. Plus, back in the penalty box – trade sanctions are expected as the …
 
A big jump in consumer confidence to levels not seen since the resources boom have been described this week as “an extraordinary result.“ Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans explains the latest data. Farmers also have a spring in their step as they go shopping in record numbers for tractors, helicopters and …coffee machines. Plus, the most unpopular…
 
Since Islamic State’s hold on Iraq and Syria has weakened in recent years the group has sought to expand into new territories, including Africa.IS insurgents have reportedly killed thousands, including children, and displaced thousands more in Mozambique, Mali, and Somalia, among other territories across the continent. It is believed that IS franch…
 
Peru has suffered one of the highest excess death levels in the world. The government failed to take account of the structure of society and the needs of its people in its response to the pandemic. A culture of corruption and political turmoil are persistent themes that have led to an underfunded health system and a lack of focus how Peruvian peopl…
 
The Australian government has made it clear that after unprecedented spending last year, it's time to slow things down. In America, however, Joe Biden is going the other way, with a jobs and infrastructure package worth two trillion dollars. Also, how young people economically survived the pandemic, and what the price of your coffee can tell you.…
 
We've reached the midpoint of season two, and with that, the midpoint of the whole show! This is a good time for us to take a little break from internet radio silliness (more on that in the episode), but first, here's Mary, David, and Jess talking owls and Kongsonas (also in the episode, obviously). === As mentioned above, Super Nuclear Group will …
 
I'm super sorry for the lateness of putting this on the main feed - I hadn't realized I hadn't scheduled it while I was waiting for the summary to come in. Thank you for your patience and look forward to The Library soon! === Welcome to Bitter Work (fun fact: that's what "kung fu" actually means!), an episode that's mostly about Sokka being stuck i…
 
Concussion is now a powder-keg issue in world sport, as concerns deepen about the potential links to brain disease.The long-term effects of careers spent making and taking heavy tackles are being revealed in ever-increasing detail, but the risks are not exclusive to so-called full contact sports.Some governing bodies have sprung into action, implem…
 
As Brisbane emerges from another costly lockdown, there's pressure on the Federal Government to speed-up the vaccine roll-out. Plus, natural disasters are costing us more, so how about a new way to pay? And single parents, especially women, were far more likely than others to lose work at the height of the pandemic and are far more likely to still …
 
Could humans ever trust machines with the power to make life or death decisions on the battlefield? And have we already begun to?Advances in artificial intelligence are slowly creeping into almost every aspect of the world, including warfare. Suzanne Kianpour explores the technology, fears and even potential advantages of developing autonomous weap…
 
Ah, the chase: a cartoon tradition. Tom chases Jerry, Sylvester chases Tweety, and in tonight's presentation, the Gaang is chased by a bunch of girls. Which I guess makes this more like the Avatar version of A Hard Day's Night (ask your grandma, zoomer). Our friend Gabe is here to bring the funny while Ben is away. Join us as we discuss such questi…
 
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