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Big Ideas
Big Ideas
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Feed your mind. Be provoked. One big idea at a time. Your brain will love you for it. Grab your front row seat... more

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Episodes

Why we drink — the past and present of Australia’s relationship to alcohol

Australians love a drink, or at least, that's a perception that's deeply ingrained in our national identity. But how true... more

30 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Where is the soul in science?

Join Natasha Mitchell and guests to grapple with some gritty paradoxes about science and religion. In this era of misinformation,... more

29 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Not drowning, fighting — life on the front lines of the climate crisis

When you're faced with the reality that your home, livelihoods and culture will be swallowed up by the rising seas... more

28 May 2024 · 52 minutes
Evolution can explain why humans are such weird animals

You might think humans have escaped biology and evolution altogether with our strange and different ways: Women live well past... more

27 May 2024 · 54 minutes
How to make the Global North and the Global South play nicely together

As violence continues in Europe and the Middle East and as positive collective action on urgent global-scale issues seems out... more

23 May 2024 · 43 minutes
From panic attacks to finding freedom — Tibetan master Mingyur Rinpoche joins a Sufi scholar and an Indian philosopher of mind

Join Natasha Mitchell as she speaks to Tibetan master Venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, along with an Indian philosopher of mind... more

22 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Fareed Zakaria on how economic and technological progress leads to revolutions

You would think that times of intense progress and technological innovation are good for societies, but history shows that's when... more

21 May 2024 · 54 minutes
Girt by Sea — Australia’s maritime security

Since the announcement of the AUKUS plan for nuclear submarines, we’ve been hearing a lot about Australia’s maritime security. But... more

20 May 2024 · 52 minutes
Costa Georgiadis on how to stop Australia's invasion by feral species

Australia's unique biodiversity, a product of almost 50 million years of glorious evolutionary isolation, is in freefall. The threats are... more

16 May 2024 · 53 minutes
A new future for Black and White Australia — Thomas Mayo, Margo Neale, David Marr with Natasha Mitchell

Join Natasha Mitchell and guests for a robust conversation about forging a shared future between Black and White Australians through deeper... more

15 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Big Ideas
Why we drink — the past and present of Australia’s relationship to alcohol
Big Ideas