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Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas is a melting pot of stimulating conversation and provocative debate held throughout the year at Sydney Opera House. Featuring talks from the world’s greatest minds and culture creatures, our program plays host to a di...Show More

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The future of feminism | All About Women 2019

59:49 | Apr 19th

Feminism is in a constant state of evolution - so, where will it go next? Hear from some of the world's most dynamic young activists and thinkers about what to expect in 2019 and beyond. Featuring Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi, British cultural commen...Show More

What is toxic masculinity? | All About Women 2019

58:06 | Apr 12th

Boys are often expected to conform to a culture that regards violence, dominance and emotional repression as masculine. So how are gender roles enforced, and how are sweet little boys socialised into men who do harm? This episode is a live recording ...Show More

The Waves Live at Sydney Opera House | All About Women 2019

1:06:20 | Apr 5th

This episode is a live recording of Slate’s podcast The Waves, from All About Women 2019. Hosts Christina Cauterucci, June Thomas and Noreen Malone are joined by playwright and actor Nakkiah Lui to talk about everything from where modern romcoms go w...Show More

Dating: a survival guide | All About Women 2019

56:13 | Mar 29th

Technology and the apps have changed the dating landscape and more of us are swiping left than ever before. But from unsolicited pictures to breadcrumbing... it's a jungle out there. In today’s episode Alexandra Tweten, the creator of the cult Instag...Show More

#MeToo, year two | All About Women 2019

1:02:15 | Mar 22nd

More than a year in, #metoo has held some powerful men to account. But has it gone far enough, and what are the next steps? Explore how to movement must evolve to represent women worldwide in this live recording from All About Women 2019 with former ...Show More

Women in Australian politics | All About Women 2019

1:21:24 | Mar 15th

What needs to change to make more women want to run for public office in Australia? At All About Women 2019, four of Australia’s most senior politicians crossed party lines to discuss their experiences working in parliament. Labor Party's Linda Burne...Show More

The wonders of jellyfish with Lisa-Ann Gershwin | ANTIDOTE 2018

58:22 | Jan 4th

No one gets excited about jellyfish quite like Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin. Get to know these magical creatures and what they reveal about the future of our oceans, in this live recording from ANTIDOTE 2018. She was in conversation with ABC Radio National's...Show More

The original lifehackers with Liz Jackson | ANTIDOTE 2018

58:56 | Dec 28th, 2018

Disabled people are skilled at harnessing the intuitive creativity cultivated by navigating a world not built for them. Join Liz Jackson as she reveals how this insight offers opportunities for design and innovation. Liz Jackson was with Fenella Kern...Show More

Smashing capitalism with Raj Patel | ANTIDOTE 2018

57:46 | Dec 14th, 2018

The relentless pursuit of profit has had serious consequences for our world. This live recording from ANTIDOTE 2018 features award-winning writer, activist and academic Raj Patel, in an event called Smashing Capitalism for Beginners. Through his many...Show More

Fringe dwellers and fanatics | ANTIDOTE 2018

59:48 | Dec 7th, 2018

At ANTIDOTE 2018, American writer David Niewart, Australian journalist Jeff Sparrow and British writer Ed Husain came together for an event called Fringe Dwellers and Fanatics. They had a robust discussion about the ways that extremist ideologies are...Show More

In exile, at home with Sisonke Msimang | ANTIDOTE 2018

59:32 | Nov 30th, 2018

Sisonke Msimang is a bold voice speaking to race, politics, feminism and activism. Msimang's memoir, Always Another Country, tackles the slippery definition of home. Throughout her life she has been haunted by an imaginary homeland. With great poetry...Show More

Race, power, privilege | ANTIDOTE 2018

59:19 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Australian Legal scholar Megan Davis, American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and South African writer Sisonke Msimang consider the bitter legacies of colonialism, which have played out across the histories of all of their countries. Host of the popular pod...Show More

Islam in the free world with Ed Husain | ANTIDOTE 2018

58:49 | Nov 16th, 2018

Islam is often reduced to fear-ridden cliches by western media: sensational headlines and inflammatory comments spark hostility, while the actual lives of many contemporary Muslims are ignored or misunderstood. After rejecting religious extremism as ...Show More

Rebuilding Syria with Marwa Al Sabouni |Antidote 2018

57:57 | Nov 9th, 2018

What role does architecture play in creating a national identity?  Marwa Al Sabouni reflects on the importance of architecture at both a physical and a psychological level. At ANTIDOTE 2018 she spoke about her book The Battle for Home, which features...Show More

How to save the world | ANTIDOTE 2018

55:52 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Recorded live at ANTIDOTE 2018, this episode features a session that embodied all the festival stands for. Three great thinkers in their fields were challenged to share Three Ways to Save the World. In this panel, environmentalist Jonathan Drori, des...Show More

Trump, fake news and #metoo with Maureen Dowd | ANTIDOTE 2018

59:37 | Oct 26th, 2018

Maureen Dowd is notorious for her searing commentary on American politics. A columnist for The New York Times since 1983, she’s covered nine presidential elections, including those involving Reagan, both Bushes, Clintons Bill and Hillary, Obama, and ...Show More

David Neiwert on Trump and the rise of the radical right | ANTIDOTE 2018

54:26 | Oct 19th, 2018

"Dehumanisation is the essential program of the radical right." David Neiwert believes that the so-called “alt-right” of right-wing populists in America has been born of a toxic mix of factors: mainstream conservatives unifying with the racist far-ri...Show More

Stop blaming political media | ANTIDOTE 2018

57:54 | Oct 12th, 2018

August 2018 was an astonishing time in Australian politics. Yet another leadership spill consumed the national media, confusing and infuriating voters and leaving us with another new prime minister. With eerie foresight the ANTIDOTE 2018 lineup featu...Show More

Subverting surveillance with Joshua Lyons | ANTIDOTE 2018

54:33 | Oct 5th, 2018

Assessing what has really happened in a conflict was once close to impossible, but Human Rights Watch’s Joshua Lyons is using technology in new ways, to reveal the truth in war. Gathering and analysing video imagery from satellites, drones and even s...Show More

Chelsea Manning wants to change the world | ANTIDOTE 2018

59:28 | Sep 28th, 2018

Chelsea Manning is known internationally for leaking hundreds of thousands of top secret US military documents to Wikileaks in 2010. Her voice was an important addition to 2018 ANTIDOTE lineup of international changemakers and action-takers. But her ...Show More

Ta-Nehisi Coates with Richard Fidler | ANTIDOTE 2018

58:44 | Sep 21st, 2018

American writer and author Ta-Nehisi Coates is best known for the New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me which created a unique blend of reportage, historical analysis and personal narrative. As national correspondent for The Atlantic he ...Show More

Ronan Farrow on finding the truth | ANTIDOTE 2018

53:22 | Sep 14th, 2018

Kicking off the first podcast from ANTIDOTE 2018 is the recording of our opening night event, Finding the Truth with Ronan Farrow. One of the most famous journalists in the world today, his work over the last 12 months for the New Yorker has been int...Show More

Women grab back in the age of Trump | all about women 2018

55:25 | Jul 13th, 2018

All About Women is a space to come together to talk about the issues and concerns facing people everywhere. And in 2018, the festival couldn’t ignore the fact that one of the most powerful men in the world has a very troubling public attitude towards...Show More

Poetry, activism and climate change | all about women 2018

57:48 | Jul 6th, 2018

Climate change is often spoken about as an abstract problem. Used as a political device by people far removed from the day-to-day reality of rising waters and increasing temperatures, conversations about global warming can often feel distant from our...Show More

Women and war | All About Women 2018

24:31 | Jun 29th, 2018

War is often regarded as primarily a male domain, and yet its impact can hit women the hardest. It’s often their role to keep families together as they’re fleeing from conflict zones, and it’s women’s bodies that are most vulnerable to the weaponised...Show More

Guilty Feminist Live at Sydney Opera House | All About Women 2018

47:17 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Podcasting has allowed more and more feminist voices around the world a platform to be centred, heard and celebrated. And as part of All About Women 2018, we invited some of the finest podcasters around to record live episodes at the festival. Of cou...Show More

Saudi Arabia and women's right to drive | All About Women 2018

20:38 | Jun 15th, 2018

In September 2017, the Saudi Arabian government announced it was lifting its long-standing ban on women driving cars. The decision was an historic milestone for Saudi women’s rights, and reflected a growing women’s movement in the region. The Right t...Show More

Smashing the patriarchy | All About Women 2018

58:47 | Jun 8th, 2018

Since #metoo blew up at the end of 2017, feminists around the world are hungry to mobilse, so at All About Women 2018, we thought we ought to offer some hands-on advice. What better thing to do than to program a session full of optimistic yet practic...Show More

Disability and intersectional feminism | All About Women 2018

58:06 | Jun 1st, 2018

Intersectionality is the buzzword of contemporary feminism. But in focussing on issues of race, class and sexuality, disability often gets forgotten. In a panel at All About Women 2018, three radical speakers discussed how being disabled raises a who...Show More

How to be single with Kate Bolick | All About Women 2018

58:00 | May 25th, 2018

American writer Kate Bolick’s blockbuster Atlantic article, ‘All the Single Ladies’ examined the the remarkable demographic shift away from marriage, and grappled with what resisting the intense social pressure to couple means for women. Now, her boo...Show More

Rethinking beauty as resistance with Rebecca Walker | All About Women 2018

58:50 | May 18th, 2018

With a resume that includes coining the term ‘third wave’, and is filled in by multiple memoirs, essay collections and a novel, Rebecca Walker’s career is force of intellectual, intersectional thought. At All About Women 2018 she spoke with Edwina Th...Show More

Feminism beyond the gender binary | All About Women

1:00:00 | May 4th, 2018

At All About Women 2018, conversations about feminism were opened up beyond the gender binary to create a truly inclusive festival for everyone who wants to challenge patriarchal structures. In a panel called Trans Like Me, English writer and musicia...Show More

Modern love with Mandy Len Catron | All About Women 2018

58:35 | Apr 27th, 2018

Mandy Len Catron's 2015 article for the New York Times Modern Love Column 'To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This' examined whether there is scientific reasoning behind romantic connection. Her consequent memoir, How To Fall In Love With Anyone, used ...Show More

Modes of insurrection with Barbara Kingsolver | All About Women 2018

57:58 | Apr 20th, 2018

Barbara Kingsolver visited Australia for the first time for All About Women 2018. In a candid discussion with Margaret Throsby, she takes us from her early days as a scientist and a poet to the peak of her career as the writer of bestselling novels i...Show More

Suffragettes to social media - the waves of feminism | All About Women 2018

52:31 | Apr 13th, 2018

It’s been 100 years since suffragettes won the right for some privileged Englishwomen to vote, and this anniversary got us thinking about the milestones of feminism across time. At All About Women 2018 we invited four speakers to reflect on what femi...Show More

Who's afraid of Fran Lebowitz? | All About Women 2018

1:00:33 | Apr 6th, 2018

This week's episode is another live recording from All About Women, where speakers from across the world spent the day having robust discussions about feminism, identity and culture. And who better to weigh in on all things cultural than New York ico...Show More

#metoo: The Making of a Movement | All About Women 2018

59:03 | Mar 23rd, 2018

This week's episode is another live recording from All About Women 2018. It was impossible to have an event about issues facing women without addressing #metoo. For us it was important to recognise that even though it was events in Hollywood that tur...Show More

BuzzFeed's Pretty for an Aboriginal LIVE | All About Women 2018

58:17 | Mar 16th, 2018

At All About Women 2018 we played host to some of the most amazing feminist thinkers both local and international, who spoke about gender identity, love, race, disability and much more. In addition to our regular talks and panel discussions, for the ...Show More

How to be a feminist | All About Women 2015 [Rebroadcast]

1:09:40 | Mar 2nd, 2018

This all-star panel from All About Women 2015 tackles the question 'how to be a feminist'. In times when the term has expanded to encompass intersectional feminism, this panel asks not only what the label now means, but whether it is necessary. With ...Show More

Invisibilia's Hanna Rosin on the end of men | Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013 [Rebroadcast]

57:24 | Feb 23rd, 2018

In 2013, Hanna Rosin published The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a look at women's success in the economy after the global recession. Talking motherhood, careers and sex, she took to the stage at 2013's Festival of Dangerous Ideas, optimistically...Show More

Naomi Klein on capitalism and the climate | Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015 [Rebroadcast]

56:55 | Feb 16th, 2018

Over the next few weeks we will be rebroadcasting some of the best talks from the Ideas at the House archives. This week, writer and activist Naomi Klein who took to the Concert Hall stage at Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Her presentation on capitalis...Show More

All Australians are racist | Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012 [Rebroadcast]

58:40 | Feb 9th, 2018

Over the next few weeks we will be rebroadcasting episodes from the Ideas at the House archives. In the wake of Australia Day, we’ve found ourselves thrust into yet another conversation about whether Australians are racist, so it's a good time to rev...Show More

Celebrate home cooking with Nigella Lawson

1:21:02 | Feb 2nd, 2018

On the occasion of her latest book At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking, we were delighted to welcome Nigella Lawson back to the Concert Hall stage. Encouraging everyone to enjoy the comfort food provides, Nigella has made her way into the hear...Show More

Janet Mock is redefining realness | Antidote 2017

58:58 | Jan 26th, 2018

The very gracious and eloquent Janet Mock talks about her life, activism and writing in this essential session about the power of storytelling. She reflects on her journey, and challenges preconceived notions about identity, being and truth. Chaired ...Show More

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race | Antidote 2017

59:30 | Jan 19th, 2018

Reni Eddo-Lodge was frustrated when conversations about racism were met with angry denial and white guilt. In 2014 she published a blog post: ‘Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comme...Show More

Clare Holland on what we do after dark | Antidote 2017

55:51 | Jan 12th, 2018

Fbi Radio managing director Clare Holland on lockout laws and their impact on Sydney's cultural scene. Chaired by Ben Marshall.

Rutger Bregman on Utopia For Realists | Antidote 2017

59:24 | Jan 5th, 2018

Our day-to-day reality – life expectancy, health, wealth, and education – were considered unrealistic and utopian in the eighteenth century. So, what's next? Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and author, explores how utopian ideals like a basic livin...Show More

Tamika Mallory on what happens after the march | Antidote 2017

58:29 | Dec 29th, 2017

As National Co-Chair of the Women's March on Washington, Tamika Mallory proved that women are the centre of resistance against the Trump presidency. It sent a bold message to the new US government on its first day in office: women's rights are human ...Show More

Real Fake News with The Onion | Antidote 2017

58:04 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Join the editors and creators of satirical news organisation The Onion, as they share their favourite headlines and reveal just how hard it is to make satire at a time when facts are stranger than fiction. Chaired by Craig Reucassel.

Arkady Ostrovsky on The Invention of Russia | Antidote 2017

57:43 | Dec 15th, 2017

With pithy and insightful observations, journalist and author Arkady Ostrovsky examines today's political reality from the perspective of Putin's Russia in the award winning book The Invention of Russia. Tracking a clear path from Gorbachev to Yeltsi...Show More

The first Mardi Gras | Antidote 2017

58:21 | Dec 8th, 2017

Sydney's first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ended in shocking violence and multiple arrests. Julie McCrossin was there. Forty years on, the celebration's activist roots remain urgently relevant. Join Julie as she reflects on the cultural change that st...Show More

Occupy Wall Street's Micah White | Antidote 2017

59:06 | Dec 1st, 2017

Recent years have seen the largest street protests in human history – but do they create real change? The co-founder of Occupy Wall Street explores the future of social action. Chaired by Edwina Throsby.

Founder of Muslim Girl Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Antidote 2017

58:59 | Nov 24th, 2017

Creating a much needed space for Muslim women online, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh's MuslimGirl rose from humble beginnings on Livejournal to becoming the number one Muslim women’s blog in the United States. Now a regular contributor to media outlets CNN, Al ...Show More

Seeking justice for the planet | Antidote 2017

59:03 | Nov 17th, 2017

Year by year, our planet grows warmer. Can a not-for-profit environmental law organisation save the world? Martin Goodman and James Thornton's recent book Client Earth has been called 'a soaring force in environmental activism'. With their passion an...Show More

Creating online chaos | Antidote 2017

58:51 | Nov 10th, 2017

What are the risks of internet success? Join Reni Eddo-Lodge, Celeste Liddle, Van Badham and Tim Highfield as they share the joys and pitfalls of online activism. Chaired by Steph Harmon.

Shashi Tharoor on What the British did to India | Antidote 2017

59:42 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and diplomat. His book, Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, considers the devastating legacy of British colonialism. He's in conversation with Guardian reporter Ben Doherty.

Kirsten Shirling on Compassion as Activism | Antidote 2017

59:38 | Oct 27th, 2017

The refugee crisis makes many people feel helpless –but Kirstin Shirling proves one person can make a difference. Join her at Antidote Festival 2017 as she speaks about her time in France's notorious refugee camp, The Jungle. Hosted by the Guardian's...Show More

Eve Ensler on 20 Years of the Vagina Monologues | Antidote 2017

59:11 | Oct 20th, 2017

Two decades after Eve Ensler's play radicalised how women think about their bodies, the activist and writer is still calling for revolution. She took to the Sydney Opera House stage at Antidote Festival with journalist Van Badham, where they discuss ...Show More

Life on Mars: The 2020 Rover Mission

1:21:22 | Sep 21st, 2017

NASA is in the early stages of preparing to send the first astronauts to the red planet. The 2020 Rover mission will be searching for signs of habitable conditions on Mars, as well as past microbial life. Is this the first step to humanity spreading ...Show More

Jad Abumrad & Julie Snyder from Bingefest 2016

20:03 | Jul 14th, 2017

These conversations were recorded live on stage as part of Bingefest. First up we have our favourite moments from Gut Churn with Radiolab co creator and host, Jad Abumrad. Followed by bingeworthy journalism with executive producer of Serial, Julie Sn...Show More

The Writers Room: Dan Harmon, Josh Thomas, Celia Pacquola & Luke McGregor

1:32:06 | Jul 14th, 2017

Recorded at Bingefest 2016. Come on an adventure to find out what goes on in a writers' room. Industry veteran Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community), four seasons deep Josh Thomas (Please Like Me), and up and comers Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor ...Show More

James Clapper: Insights from Obama's Intelligence Chief

1:10:36 | Jul 7th, 2017

One of Dr James Clapper’s final tasks before stepping down as the Director of National Intelligence at the end of the Obama Administration was to release an extraordinary report on anticipated global trends through 2035, The Paradox of Progress. That...Show More

Giulia Enders, The Gut: All About Women 2017

57:07 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival on March 5th, 2017. What if the key to living a happier, healthier life is already inside of us? Inquisitive and talented microbiology student and bestselling author Giulia Enders explores one of the most complex...Show More

Karen O'Brien, The Challenge of Change: All About Women 2017

56:33 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival on March 5th, 2017.  In an age of disruption and climate change, how will humans adapt?  Social scientist Karen O’Brien has devoted her career to exploring the mechanisms that drive change and adaptation. What do...Show More

Stop Fixing Women Panel: All About Women 2017

1:03:09 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival on March 5th, 2017. Why is there still gender inequality and a gender pay gap? If we want to end male dominance in board rooms and parliaments, then maybe we need to stop telling women to be more confident, negot...Show More

Lindy West, Shrill: All About Women 2017

55:23 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival on March 5th, 2017. What happens to a loud woman with big opinions in a culture where women are expected to be small, quiet and compliant? Lindy West’s vibrant humour, refreshing candour and unapologetically trenc...Show More

Lucy Clark, Sausage Factory Schools: All About Women 2017

1:00:37 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women on March 5th, 2017. What’s wrong with our education system? How can we transform mass education into something that can work for everyone and delivers what we need in a world of rapid change?  As journalist Lucy Clark bat...Show More

Jessa Crispin, Not A Feminist: All About Women 2017

1:00:56 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women on March 5th, 2017 Has contemporary feminism grown so tame, cowardly and irrelevant that it barely challenges the status quo? Have feminists traded liberation for acceptance? What will it take to wake the movement up? In a...Show More

Nasty Women Panel: All About Women 2017

50:33 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women on March 5th, 2017.  What is it about women with opinions, or aspirations to power, that brings out the worst in our culture? Whether we are called ‘nasty women’, ‘frightbats’ or ‘hysterical’ – take your pick – these are l...Show More

Janine di Giovanni, Dispatches from Syria: All About Women 2017

53:13 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival on March 5th, 2017. Entering its sixth year and with no resolution in sight, the Syrian Civil War has already killed an estimated 400,000 people.  Foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni bears witness to the liv...Show More

Julia Baird, Bossy Queen Victoria: All About Women 2017

57:57 | Jul 6th, 2017

Recorded at All About Women Festival, March 5th 2017. Queen Victoria wielded enormous power during her 64 year reign. Yet she still had to negotiate with her husband, fit in work around her nine children and manage the expectations of 10 Prime Minist...Show More

When TV Got High: Chris Borelli

46:19 | Feb 6th, 2017

TV speaks to us all – it shapes our dreams, confronts our fears and reflects the world we live in. Every year we hear of a new era and the death of a media industry, yet TV always has the last laugh. Why? Christopher Borrelli is a reporter and colum...Show More

Shanto Iyengar, Simon Jackman & Norman Ornstein: US Politics: Even Worse Than It Looks

1:01:10 | Jan 5th, 2017

Is American politics dysfunctional or does it just look that way? What happens when aggressive hyper-partisanship collides with a political system that can only work co-operatively? Is the damage fatal to the democratic system?  This session was pres...Show More

Lee Vinsel: Innovation Fetish

1:01:42 | Dec 29th, 2016

Is innovation overvalued? It is the dominant ideology of our era. But what if building, maintenance and repair prove much more important to our daily lives than the vast majority of technological innovations? Chaired by Natasha Mitchell  Co-founder o...Show More

Alok Jha: Water Wars

58:14 | Dec 26th, 2016

Will we run out of water – and if so, when? Will the Earth suffer? Explore how water drives modern conflict and is not about to stop. Chaired by Sarah Macdonald Alok Jha is the science correspondent for ITV News in the UK. Before that, he did the sam...Show More

Satyajit Das: The Bill Is Due

54:54 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Today the human race faces existential challenges. Our prosperity has been built on unsustainable economic and environmental practices — but our social and political processes seem incapable of fixing anything. Why are we unable to even acknowledge t...Show More

Alicia Garza & Stan Grant: Why Black Lives Matter

1:12:22 | Dec 19th, 2016

#BlackLivesMatter has become the call to action for a generation of US human rights activists to denounce the violence and prejudice still experienced by African Americans. In the wake of the violent deaths of African Americans Trayvon Martin, Michae...Show More

Neil Strauss: Cheaters, Sex Addicts and Pickup Artists

1:00:33 | Dec 15th, 2016

Popular culture is obsessed with easy sex and the importance of dating, implying that we live in a new enlightened age of sexual promiscuity.  As an investigative journalist, if you penetrated the inner sanctum of a secret society and discovered the ...Show More

Sarah Houbolt: Freaks Like Me

58:44 | Dec 12th, 2016

What is the place on our stages and in public life for performers who don’t fit the conventional view of what an artist should be? In the past, ‘natural born freaks’ were the stars of sideshow performances, but this is now buried as the embarrassing ...Show More

Lloyd Newsom: Why Don't We Want To Talk About The Arts

1:02:12 | Dec 8th, 2016

What is art if not a place where we can push the boundaries of what we know, what we do and what we can say? As his pioneering dance company DV8 developed and broke boundaries, choreographer Lloyd Newson found out that even in art there are limits, a...Show More

It's A Long Story: Alicia Garza

51:17 | Dec 5th, 2016

Shaken by a court's decision to acquit George Zimmerman over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza wrote, "Black people, I love you. I love us. Our lives matter." From there, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was born and then a social movem...Show More

Sheila Watt-Cloutier: The Right To Be Cold

56:59 | Dec 1st, 2016

Everything about the Arctic Inuit communities’ way of life depends on ice and snow, so is the failure of the world to act on climate change a gross violation of Inuit human rights? Sheila Watt-Cloutier currently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She was b...Show More

Dee Madigan: The Propaganda Machine

59:15 | Nov 28th, 2016

When is political advertising actually propaganda? And how do we tell the difference? In a fractured media environment with innumerable advocates clamouring for our attention, is it all propaganda now?  Chaired by Michael Williams  A high school teac...Show More

Ming Long, Tim Soutphommasane, Jennifer Whelan & Sarah Dingle: The Bamboo Ceiling

1:01:32 | Nov 21st, 2016

Do Asian-Australians experience a particular kind of racism? When Asian stereotypes are positive, are they still damaging? How can we break through the bamboo ceiling? Sarah Dingle is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter ...Show More

Annabel Crabb & David Marr: The Government We Deserve

1:04:51 | Nov 17th, 2016

Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box. Cynics are more inclined to think that we get the government we deserve. Did we get it right this time? What does the election tell us about our faith in ou...Show More

It's A Long Story: Henry Rollins

31:47 | Nov 16th, 2016

Henry Rollins discusses his tumultuous childhood growing up in Washington DC, and how he transitioned from scooping ice cream at Haagen Dazs to fronting punk rock band Black Flag. A turning point came for Henry Rollins about a decade ago, marked by a...Show More

Introducing It's A Long Story

01:41 | Nov 15th, 2016

What galvanised African American activist Alicia Garza to co-found #BlackLivesMatter? How did Henry Rollins make the jump from shift manager at Häagen-Dazs to lead singer of US punk rock band Black Flag? How does NSW Australian of the Year Deng Thiak...Show More

Bates Gill, Sheryn Lee & Peter Hartcher: The Asian Arms Race

1:00:46 | Nov 14th, 2016

All around us, military spending is up. Are our neighbours arming for superpower confrontation over territory and influence? What does this mean for the peace and prosperity of Australia and our region? Dr Bates Gill is Professor of Asia Pacific Stra...Show More

Philippe Legrain: Open The Borders

1:06:59 | Nov 10th, 2016

Is it time to forget about ‘border protection’? What would happen if we just opened our borders? Could it be the best response to all of our concerns about refugees and economic growth? Philippe Legrain is a critically acclaimed thinker and communica...Show More

Jesse Bering, Sheila Watt-Cloutier & Vanessa Lee: Not Worth Living

1:03:00 | Nov 7th, 2016

Why do Indigenous people kill themselves in such numbers? What do we know about suicide that can help us understand this? Can we overcome the tragedy of young people dying in a suicide epidemic? Jesse Bering is an award-winning science writer. His "B...Show More

Stephan Dank, Lisa Forrest, Richard Ings, Tracey Holmes & Jason Mazanov: Legalise Drugs In Sport

59:15 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Another sport, another drug scandal; are anti-doping efforts doomed? Would legalising drugs in sport actually protect athletes from harm? Is this radical idea the only way to create a level playing field? Stephen Dank is an Australian biochemist who ...Show More

Thomas Piketty in Conversation

31:07 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Head of Sydney Opera House Talks and Ideas Ann Mossop sits down with internationally renowned economist Thomas Piketty to discuss his book "Capital in the 21st Century"and whether increasing inequality is inevitable.

Priyamvada Gopal: India's Age Of Extremism

40:33 | Oct 31st, 2016

Is Hindu fundamentalism becoming a dangerous force in India? Is the world’s largest democracy becoming less secular and less democratic? What does this mean for India’s future? Priyamvada Gopal is a Reader at the University of Cambridge in Anglophone...Show More

Alexei Sayle: Thatcher Made Me Laugh

1:01:33 | Oct 27th, 2016

Alexei Sayle’s comedy career kicked off as Thatcherism took hold in Britain and generated unprecedented political conflict and protest. Was this part of what made him one of the funniest voices of his generation? What does his comic persona – full of...Show More

John Elder Robison: I Was A Human Guinea Pig

1:01:22 | Oct 24th, 2016

Living with Asperger’s, John Elder Robison had come to terms with the way he was different, riding life’s ups and downs. But what if it was possible to unlock the emotional insight that we assume is ‘missing’ in people living with Aspergers – if only...Show More

Jennifer Rayner: Generation Less

1:00:11 | Oct 20th, 2016

Why are young people worse off than their parents? Why is the gap between older and younger Australians – in terms of work, wealth and wellbeing – growing wider? Is Australia cheating the young?  Chaired by Van Badham Jennifer Rayner was born into as...Show More

Jesse Bering, Raewyn Connell, Cordelia Fine & Elizabeth Riley: Gender Doesn't Matter

1:02:13 | Oct 17th, 2016

Suddenly it’s not queer to hear people talking about 'gender fluidity’, ‘gender transition’ or a spectrum of gender identity – did the world conversation decide gender no longer matters? And if the biological constraints of gender have been loosened,...Show More

Tim Flannery, Alok Jha, Natasha Mitchell & Lee Vinsel: Don't Trust The Scientists

1:04:47 | Oct 13th, 2016

Are scientists the new gods? As we increasingly rely on science to solve our problems, are we stretching scientific method to mystique? If scientists are not infallible, can we trust what they tell us? And if we can’t trust scientists, can we still t...Show More

Laura Secor: Dissent In Iran

53:03 | Oct 10th, 2016

As the recent nuclear deal transforms geopolitical relationships with the Islamic Republic of Iran, what do Westerners need to understand of the past and the future of Iran’s dissenting voices? Laura Secor has written for The New Yorker, The New York...Show More

Philippe Legrain, Miranda Johnson & Hamish Macdonald & Jane McAdam: Crisis Without Borders

57:11 | Oct 6th, 2016

The scale of the Middle East refugee crisis is overwhelming authorities. But war, failed states and climate change seem to be the new world normal – and so does the global flow of desperate people. What does it mean for the future? Philippe Legrain i...Show More

A.C. Grayling: Closing The Modern Mind

1:01:31 | Oct 3rd, 2016

The tumultuous 17th century Enlightenment created the modern mind. What were the radical forces that shaped this intellectual world view we still share? And how is this under threat today? A.C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanit...Show More

Molly Crabapple: From The Frontline

1:01:18 | Sep 28th, 2016

In a time of turmoil, what happens when art and politics collide? Molly Crabapple is an artist and journalist who has covered Occupy Wall Street, Guantanamo Bay, migrant workers in Abu Dhabi, the US prison system, and the Syrian civil war.  Is it tim...Show More

Lionel Shriver: Break A Rule A Day

1:07:20 | Sep 26th, 2016

When you're on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted "freedom" that is the premise ...Show More

Lev Grossman, Tobias Feakin, Alastair MacGibbon & Katina Michael: "Apple vs The FBI"

1:01:52 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Have we entered the golden age of surveillance? With our own devices recording everything we do, have we brought this on ourselves? Does the Apple vs the FBI case expose our underlying tensions about privacy, technology and national security? Lev Gro...Show More

Andrew Bolt: How Many Dangerous Ideas Can Person Have?

53:10 | Sep 19th, 2016

Class war, multiculturalism, race, politics, culture wars, free speech, global warming - Bolt’s favourite targets get audiences excited, and this is a rare chance to explore where his ideas come from and whether he thinks they are dangerous. How dang...Show More

George Packer: America Comes Apart

1:01:56 | Sep 15th, 2016

Have decades of social, political and economic change in the United States wrecked its social cohesion and a sense of community? How does the American dream work today? George Packer is the author, most recently, of The Unwinding: An Inner History of...Show More

P.J. O'Rourke: Dangerous State of the Nation

1:26:41 | Sep 6th, 2016

Hot off the U.S. convention and campaign trail, America’s favourite living wit and best-selling author P.J. O'Rourke is heading straight to our stage to deliver his Dangerous State of the Nation. P.J. O’Rourke is a collection of curious contradictio...Show More

Ira Glass on Journalism

1:31:34 | Aug 11th, 2016

Ira Glass, creator and host of podcast phenomenon This American Life joined us at the Sydney Opera House to deliver a once in a lifetime workshop on broadcast journalism for university students. Share the wisdom of one of the world's most listened-to...Show More

State of the Arts

1:08:26 | Aug 4th, 2016

Are the arts in crisis? What does the future hold for creative companies, both large and small? Join us to discuss the changing face of arts funding, the impact of the recent cuts, and the response from artists and arts companies across Australia. Th...Show More

Deadly Voices from the House: Rhoda Roberts

31:45 | Jul 21st, 2016

Deadly Voices from the House is an informative, entertaining half hour of storytelling and discussion, it delivers lively and revealing conversations with prominent First Nations leaders from the music, arts and culture sector here in Australia and o...Show More

Alain de Botton: On Love

1:12:49 | Jul 14th, 2016

Twenty-first century depictions of love and marriage are shaped by a set of Romantic myths and misconceptions and with his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, presenting a realistic case ...Show More

Sneak Peek: Deadly Voices from the House

00:50 | Jul 12th, 2016

Acclaimed presenter, journalist, actor, producer and arts guru Rhoda Roberts returns to our airwaves to present Deadly Voices from the House, recorded live from Sydney Opera House. Featuring a diverse selection of guest appearances from prominent Ind...Show More

An Evening with Niall Ferguson

1:21:28 | May 24th, 2016

The Scottish-born Harvard University professor, known for his provocative and contrarian views on international history and economic policy, discusses his life and work. Ferguson is a prolific commentator, a contributing editor to the Financial Times...Show More

Theodore Dalrymple

1:14:55 | Apr 27th, 2016

Theodore Dalrymple — nom de plume of the ‘sceptical doctor’ Anthony Daniels — will explore social and economic inequality in a session titled Is Society Broken? How to think about poverty, crime and inequality. A retired doctor and psychiatrist who w...Show More

Can Contemporary Art be timeless?

1:14:55 | Apr 13th, 2016

The explosion of art from the confines of art galleries to screens, installations and public spaces have changed contemporary art and what is expected of us as audiences. Join MCA director Elizabeth Ann and researcher Jacqueline Millner to discuss wh...Show More

Rebecca Huntley

12:31 | Apr 6th, 2016

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost social researchers and experts on social trends. She is the author of Does Cooking Matter?, a call to arms to bring our nation back into the kitchen, and Eating Between the Lines: Food and Equality in Au...Show More

MAD SYD panel: Massimo Bottura, Rene Redzepi, Rebecca Huntley, David Chang, Kylie Kwong and Chido Govera,

44:14 | Apr 6th, 2016

René Redzepi is the founder of MAD and the chef-patron of noma, a restaurant in Copenhagen and multiple winner of Restaurant Magazine's 'Best Restaurant in the World' award. Kylie Kwong has been the owner of Sydney’s celebrated Billy Kwong restauran...Show More

Massimo Bottura

20:01 | Apr 6th, 2016

Massimo Bottura is an Italian-born chef who apprenticed with Georges Cogny and Alain Ducasse in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1995, he opened the multi-award-winning restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, which has maintained Three Michelin Stars since ...Show More

Kylie Kwong

35:47 | Apr 6th, 2016

Kylie Kwong has been the owner of Sydney’s celebrated Billy Kwong restaurant since 2000 and is a passionate campaigner for sustainable food and ethical eating. She is the author of six books and presenter of three television series, and in 2014 was n...Show More

Chido Govera

20:09 | Apr 6th, 2016

Chido Govera is a 29-year-old Zimbabwean farmer and campaigner with her own foundation, The Future of Hope. After being orphaned at the age of seven and left to care for her brother and near-blind grandmother, Govera was invited to learn mushroom cul...Show More

Rene Redzepi and David Chang in Conversation

40:44 | Apr 6th, 2016

René Redzepi is the founder of MAD and the chef-patron of noma, a restaurant in Copenhagen and multiple winner of Restaurant Magazine's 'Best Restaurant in the World' award. Momofuku founder David Chang is the chef who turned ramen and pork buns int...Show More

Masha Gessen: A day in the life

44:10 | Mar 16th, 2016

Russia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. But as an eloquent and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime and a prominent LGBT activist, Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen does not hide her views. The author...Show More

Hyeonseo Lee: How to escape North Korea

23:52 | Mar 16th, 2016

Imagine having to flee your home country, leaving your mother and brother behind you. As a child, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country– North Korea- was the best on the planet. It wasn‘t until the devastating famine of the 1990s that she began to questio...Show More

Muriel Barbery: Secret lives of women and girls

56:38 | Mar 16th, 2016

In the age of social media we think we know each other, but do we really?  Muriel Barbery’s second novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, became an international sensation through word-of-mouth recommendations. It told the story of an unlikely friendsh...Show More

Alix Generous: How to think big

35:57 | Mar 16th, 2016

Alix Generous has big ideas, but she hasn’t always been able to communicate them to others. Her Asperger’s syndrome was misdiagnosed for many years and it has taken great courage and persistence to overcome her challenges. Alix thinks differently, bu...Show More

Margie Orford: How to find your vocation

30:51 | Mar 16th, 2016

Go to any networking event and you’ll probably overhear someone talking about how they discovered their ‘true purpose’. But doggedly pursuing the work you love can get in the way of the rest of your life, and lead to some tough choices. For writer M...Show More

Kerry Carrington: Women & Violence

54:47 | Mar 11th, 2016

Every week in Australia at least one woman is killed by a current or former male partner. The rate of violent crime in Australia is declining, with the exception of sexual assault. There are also rising rates of women in incarceration. What are the s...Show More

Crystal Lameman & Amelia Telford: We belong to the land

58:18 | Mar 11th, 2016

Indigenous women are now on the frontlines when it comes to defending their land and livelihood. Crystal Lamemen is part of a community of 900 Woodland Cree people who for thousands of years have resided in the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, a territory in...Show More

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Unfinished Business

58:22 | Mar 11th, 2016

When Anne-Marie Slaughter published an article in The Atlantic, titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All", it became one of the most-read pieces in the magazine's history. It was inspired by her decision to leave her dream job at the State Departmen...Show More

Jennifer Whelan: Unconscious Bias

55:35 | Mar 11th, 2016

If the majority of people believe that it is wrong to discriminate on the basis of gender, why isn’t change happening faster? New research into how our brains work sheds light on this question– and you might not like the answer. According to new evid...Show More

True Crime vs Real Crime: Panel

49:06 | Mar 11th, 2016

Detective shows, drama series, and movie plots with murderous storylines: our fascination with crime stories knows no bounds, with women on the front lines as both stars and writers. We sit at home being terrified by the latest fictional serial kille...Show More

The Women we love to hate: Panel

54:09 | Mar 11th, 2016

We live in a world addicted to scandal and drama, but why do women often come off worse than their male counterparts? In a political sex scandal, an older adulterous male survives whilst a young woman’s career is often left in tatters. When a sports ...Show More

The Boy's Club: Panel

53:38 | Mar 11th, 2016

Like many jobs where leadership is combined with long hours and late nights, not many women list ‘Theatre Director’ as their occupation. Or ‘Artistic Director’ or ‘Director’ for that matter, to the point where this has been a vexed topic of conversat...Show More

Jennifer Clement: Stolen Women

56:40 | Mar 11th, 2016

‘She disappeared, she never came back, men came for her; today she would be celebrating her sixteenth birthday’. These were some of the heartbreaking statements that Jennifer Clement heard when researching her novel,Prayers for the Stolen, about the ...Show More

Rachel Hills: Sex Myths

52:47 | Mar 11th, 2016

How many people have you had sex with? No, don’t tell us! But was your first instinct to tell the truth, to exaggerate or underestimate your ‘magic’ number? We live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom but underneath we are still governed by con...Show More

Raewyn Connell: Masculinities

51:31 | Mar 11th, 2016

Many questions women ask ourselves about how to achieve equality can only be answered if we understand men and masculinity. The Women’s Liberation Movement triggered a worldwide debate about men, and a generation of research about what proved to be m...Show More

Carrie Brownstein: Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl

54:13 | Mar 11th, 2016

Music was a means of self-invention for Carrie Brownstein. Before becoming a music icon, the Emmy-nominated actor and writer had a turbulent family life. From the moment she bought her first guitar at 15, music became her salvation and a way to find ...Show More

Michael Mosley: How to Stay Healthy

59:36 | Mar 11th, 2016

Our understanding of the human body, how it works and what it needs, has been transformed in recent years by a wave of new scientific discoveries. Yet there is a huge gap between the latest findings and the advice we are given, leaving people more co...Show More

Rosie Waterland - How to be yourself

57:09 | Mar 11th, 2016

Australian writer Rosie Waterland has lived. Before she built a global fanbase by writing hilarious online recaps of the reality television show, The Bachelor, she had to get through a tough childhood. She had to come to terms with not being 'cool'. ...Show More

What Needs to Change: Panel

1:12:13 | Mar 8th, 2016

If you could change the world overnight, what would you do first?   Featuring: Masha Gessen, Crystal Lameman, Mallory Ortberg, Ann Sherry, Anne- Marie Slaughter, Jenny Brockie (Chair)

Nigella Lawson in conversation with Annabel Crabb

1:21:43 | Jan 21st, 2016

With her feet firmly on the ground, and her finger in the mixing bowl, Nigella Lawson has charmed us with her approach to food and cooking. Based on the principle that food should be a simple pleasure to cook and to eat, her recipe books emphasise th...Show More

Nicola Scott: From DC to Black Magik

1:03:43 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Nicola Scott is an Australian comic book artist working in the American industry. After working for Dark Horse, Image and IDW, she quickly became a fan-favourite working exclusively for DC Entertainment on monthly titles Birds Of Prey, Secret Six, Wo...Show More

Brendan McCarthy - Brutal Future: 2000AD to Mad Max: Fury Road

58:38 | Nov 30th, 2015

The gifted UK cult British comic artist, designer and Mad Max: Fury Road designer/co-writer, Brendan McCarthy offers a rare insight into his 35 year career – covering graphic classics such as 2000 AD's Judge Dredd, the revolutionary 80s US invasion b...Show More

Cory Doctorow: Saving the Internet from the Surveillance State, Carnegie Conversations

1:13:38 | Nov 30th, 2015

The internet is the 21st century's nervous system and it has made universal surveillance a reality. In the past, even the most repressive authoritarian states would reach a point where it was cheaper to guarantee social stability with schools and hos...Show More

Yanis Varoufakis: Democracy Under Siege, Carnegie Conversations

1:09:21 | Nov 30th, 2015

What happens when a Professor of Economics gets his hands on the economic levers of a country in the eye of the financial storm? Yanis Varoufakis' seven month stint as Greece's Minister of Finance took him into the heart of the Eurogroup, the IMF, an...Show More

Paul Keating in conversation with Kerry O'Brien

1:15:12 | Oct 21st, 2015

Paul Keating, visionary, reformer, true believer, rabble rouser, polymath, and our most intriguing prime minister bares his soul to the country's sharpest political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien.Kerry and Paul wrestle with history to produce a tour de f...Show More

Next Year's News Now Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:19:18 | Sep 10th, 2015

Peter Fray is the Deputy Editor of The Australian. He was the editor-in-chief and founder of the fact-checking website, PolitiFact Australia and had a long and distinguished career at Fairfax Media, most recently as Editor-in-Chief and publisher of t...Show More

Indigenous Recognition Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:01:59 | Sep 10th, 2015

Frank Brennan SJ AO has a longstanding reputation of advocacy in the areas of law, social justice, refugee protection and Aboriginal reconciliation. He is known for his 1998 involvement in the debate surrounding the Wik peoples’ landmark court case. ...Show More

Laurie Penny: Lost Boys, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

56:27 | Sep 10th, 2015

Laurie Penny is a feminist, journalist and author. Her books include Unspeakable Things (2014),Cybersexism (2013) and Meat Market (2011). She writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics for numerous news sourc...Show More

Dying Europe Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

57:50 | Sep 10th, 2015

Tariq Ali is a British-Pakistani political commentator and a prolific writer, journalist and filmmaker. He has been a leading figure of the international left since the 1960s. His books include The Duel: Pakistan on the Flightpath of American Power, ...Show More

A.C. Grayling: Bad Education, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

52:30 | Sep 10th, 2015

AC Grayling is a distinguished philosopher notable for his ability to make philosophy relevant to contemporary readers and audiences. He is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He is as...Show More

Sarai Walker: Radical Fat Acceptance, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

32:35 | Sep 10th, 2015

Sarai Walker received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. As a magazine writer, her articles have appeared in Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris...Show More

Marc Lewis: Learning Addiction, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

59:00 | Sep 10th, 2015

Marc Lewis, a professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is a cognitive neuroscientist known for his research on the development of emotions and personality in childhood and adolescence. His current work, based on an integrative re...Show More

Inside North Korea Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

55:15 | Sep 10th, 2015

Anna Broinowski is a filmmaker and writer. She is known for films including Forbidden Lie$ (about hoax-author Norma Khouri) and Helen’s War (about anti-nuclear crusader Helen Caldicott). Her film Aim High In Creation! pays tribute to the cinematic ge...Show More

Tariq Ali: The Twilight of Democracy, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

58:29 | Sep 10th, 2015

Tariq Ali is a British-Pakistani political commentator and a prolific writer, journalist and filmmaker. He has been a leading figure of the international left since the 1960s. His books include The Duel: Pakistan on the Flightpath of American Power, ...Show More

Helen Joyce: The Right to Die, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

56:43 | Sep 10th, 2015

Helen Joyce became international editor of The Economist in January 2014 having previously served as International Education Editor and Sao Paulo bureau chief. Before joining The Economist she worked as editor of Plus, an online magazine about maths ...Show More

Michael Wesley: Feudal World, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

55:32 | Sep 10th, 2015

Michael Wesley is a Professor of National Security at the Australian National University. He is currently the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU. He also consults extensively fo...Show More

Technophilia Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

59:46 | Sep 10th, 2015

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books:  The New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Ac...Show More

The New Satirists Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:04:06 | Sep 10th, 2015

Dan Ilic is one of Australia’s most prolific comedic voices. Dan has been making television in Australia for ten years. His credits include: Australia’s Funniest Home Videos (Nine), Hungry Beast (ABC), Hamster Wheel (ABC), Can of Worms (Ten) and The ...Show More

Johann Hari: Ceasefire on Drugs, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

56:11 | Sep 10th, 2015

Johann Hari is a British writer and journalist who has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times, Le Monde, and The Guardian. He was a lead op-ed columnist for The Independent for nine years, and left the newspa...Show More

Jon Ronson: Shame Culture, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:02:52 | Sep 10th, 2015

Jon Ronson is a Welsh journalist, author and documentary filmmaker whose works include best-seller The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test. He has been described as a gonzo journalist, known for his informal but sceptical, investigations o...Show More

Dennis Glover: Winners and Losers, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:00:29 | Sep 10th, 2015

Dennis Glover is a professional speech writer, a Fellow of the Per Capita think tank and a political columnist for the Australian Financial Review. He currently writes speeches for Labor members of parliament as well as business and community leaders...Show More

Eric Schlosser: Nuclear Delusions, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:00:41 | Sep 10th, 2015

As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser continues to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and gives a voice to people at the margins of society. He’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with mea...Show More

Helen Razer: Against Compassion, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:00:40 | Sep 10th, 2015

For much of the 1990s, Helen Razer could be heard blabbing on the ABC's youth network, Triple J. While the national broadcaster still occasionally permits her to talk in exchange for money, she is now chiefly engaged in the work of writing on social ...Show More

Big Sugar Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

52:38 | Sep 10th, 2015

Damon Gameau is well-known as an Australian film and television actor. In 2014, he directed That Sugar Film, a documentary which examines the place of sugar in our diet. It follows Gameau as he puts himself on a sugar-laden regime consuming food that...Show More

Chris Berg: Nanny State, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:02:16 | Sep 10th, 2015

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, where he specialises in civil liberties, the political economy of regulation, and media and technology policy. He is a weekly columnist with ABC’s The Drum, and has been published in a...Show More

Peter Doherty: Knowledge Wars, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

59:35 | Sep 10th, 2015

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Medicine for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defence. He continues to be involved in research and divides his time between the University of Melbourne and St Jude Children's Research Hospita...Show More

Miriam Lyons: After Luck, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:03:33 | Sep 9th, 2015

Miriam Lyons is an Australian policy analyst, writer and commentator. She was the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent public interest think tank set up in 2007. She recently released a book with Ian McAule...Show More

Incarceration: A VICE Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:06:22 | Sep 9th, 2015

Chris Munro was the Managing Editor of Tracker Magazine, Australia's most read Aboriginal Affairs publication which was shut down in 2014. Prior to this he was the Political Editor for the National Indigenous Television news team based at Parliament ...Show More

Frank Brennan: What I believe, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

1:11:53 | Sep 9th, 2015

Frank Brennan has a longstanding reputation of advocacy in the areas of law, social justice, refugee protection and Aboriginal reconciliation. He is known for his 1998 involvement in the debate surrounding the Wik peoples’ landmark court case. He is ...Show More

An Evening with Stephen Hawking (Ideas at the House)

1:29:10 | May 6th, 2015

Lucy Hawking and renowned physicist Paul Davies discuss the life and ideas of one of the world’s greatest minds: Stephen Hawking, who joins us live from Cambridge via the latest technology, in his first ever Australian talk. There are few scientists...Show More

Benjamin Law, Ann Sherry & Tony Windsor - 'What's Wrong with Politics?' (Carnegie Conversations)

59:19 | May 6th, 2015

Australia, like other democratic countries, is seeing a dramatic decline in trust in government. We elect people we don’t like, and then have to rely on them for important issues such as health to national security. Do we have the politicians we dese...Show More

Andrew Charlton, Everald Compton & Holly Ransom: 'Young & Old' (Carnegie Conversations)

57:45 | May 6th, 2015

What sort of Australia will the young inherit? With short political cycles and ever shorter media cycles, it’s taken a high profile campaign for the Intergenerational Report to get us thinking seriously about the future. But are the responsibilities ...Show More

Peter Singer: 'Doing Good' (Carnegie Conversations)

1:00:11 | May 6th, 2015

When we live in an affluent and peaceful country like Australia, what do we do when we’re confronted by poverty and need, close to us? What are our responsibilities and how committed are we to help? Watch Peter Singer address his concept of effectiv...Show More

Chris Berg & Julian Burnside: 'Freedom of Speech' (Carnegie Conversations)

1:00:36 | May 6th, 2015

Freedom of speech. Equality of speech. Opportunity for speech. Freedom to offend. Just some of the dimensions muddying the middle ground on this historically important topic. Chris Berg and Julian Burnside discuss how much freedom of speech we have,...Show More

Nick Bryant, Rebecca Huntley and Marcia Langton: 'Which Australia?' (Carnegie Conversations)

1:05:16 | May 6th, 2015

Media, politicians, thinkers… no one can decide which Australia we live in. Are we on the verge of becoming the poor white trash of Asia or poised to be an “innovation economy”? Nick Bryant, Rebecca Huntley and Marcia Langton discuss our successes a...Show More

Annabel Crabb: 'Breaking the Wife Drought' (All About Women 2015)

51:01 | Mar 10th, 2015

Having wives allowed millions of men to do their best work, with their minds and schedules uncluttered by meal planning and school pickups. But even though women are now freer than ever to pursue their own ambitions, relatively few men are volunteeri...Show More

Panel: 'Are We All "Frightbats"?' (All About Women 2015)

1:03:13 | Mar 10th, 2015

‘They shriek, they rage, they cheer, they despair, they exult, they scream, they laugh, they cry!’ News Limited blogger Tim Blair was not talking about State of Origin spectators, but his poll to find ‘this nation’s most unhinged hysteric’ from among...Show More

Esther Freud: 'Stories of Childhood' (All About Women 2015)

57:26 | Mar 10th, 2015

Esther Freud’s own childhood was an unusual one - as the daughter of painter Lucian Freud and the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, this may not be surprising. Her first novel, Hideous Kinky, draws on her childhood memories of living in Morocco w...Show More

Panel: 'Conversations with Muslim Women' (All About Women 2015)

1:01:19 | Mar 10th, 2015

Scrutiny of Australia's Muslim community has only increased in recent years. Australian women who wear Islamic head coverings have been subject toharassment, but we’ve seen the spontaneous solidarity of #illridewithyou in the wake of the Lindt Café s...Show More

Panel: 'Can Men's Roles Change' (All About Women 2015)

56:56 | Mar 10th, 2015

The arrival of women in the workplace has changed the way society functions – whether we’re talking about jobs and career, bringing up kids, or relationships. Research tells us that while women’s responsibilities have shifted to include paid work, th...Show More

Panel: 'How to Be a Feminist' (All About Women 2015)

1:13:32 | Mar 10th, 2015

Beyoncé is one. So is Daniel Radcliffe. The only woman in federal cabinet says she isn’t. At some point in the last few years, we began talking about public figures “coming out” as feminists. Others affirm their belief in “gender equality”, but don’t...Show More

Panel: 'What I Couldn't Say' (All About Women 2015)

58:50 | Mar 10th, 2015

The global conversation about women’s lives has opened up, women’s voices are heard more than ever before, and social media has brought a huge range of public conversations to life. But when you can reach more people, there are more people to offend,...Show More

Helen Garner: 'Journey Into Darkness' (All About Women 2015)

59:47 | Mar 10th, 2015

A father drives his car across a highway and into a dam, his children in the back seat. They drown, he walks away. A writer sits through the trial of this ordinary man for the murder of his three young sons, and from this tragedy, Helen Garner create...Show More

Panel: 'Women Warriors' (All About Women 2015)

1:01:25 | Mar 10th, 2015

Fighting forces have been some of the last all-male workplaces. The Australian Defence Force will remove all gender restrictions on combat roles from 2016 onwards, but there are no women in the senior leadership group, and of all personnel serving no...Show More

Sylvia Earle & Simran Sethi: 'How to Save the Planet' (All About Women 2015)

1:01:59 | Mar 10th, 2015

Everyone knows something needs to be done – but when facts are twisted to fit agendas, complex processes dumbed down for pop-science clickbait and research funding decimated, how on earth do we talk about how to save the earth? Legendary American mar...Show More

Rayya Elias & Elizabeth Gilbert: 'Sex, Drugs & Hair' (All About Women 2015)

54:35 | Mar 10th, 2015

Born in Syria, moving to Detroit as a child, and running away to New York in her twenties to become a rock star: Rayya Elias built up a lifetime of stories by the time she was 25, and a few more in the decades after. Her brash, brutal memoir Harley ...Show More

Germaine Greer & John Bell: 'Women in Shakespeare' (All About Women 2015)

53:44 | Mar 10th, 2015

Shakespeare wrote challenging, glorious roles for female characters well before women were allowed on stage. With often fewer lines than the men, Shakespeare’s women pack a dramatic punch, from cross dressing girls to bloodthirsty villains, and every...Show More

Rosie Batty: 'Mother Courage' (All About Women 2015)

59:42 | Mar 10th, 2015

When two young men lose their lives in drunken assaults in the space of a few weeks, governments declare ‘Enough is enough’, and enact strict regulation to prevent another incident. But despite one Australian woman being killed by a current or former...Show More

Yotam Ottolenghi In Conversation (Ideas at the House)

1:03:16 | Oct 31st, 2014

With a background in journalism and philosophy, Yotam Ottolenghi was never going to be your average chef.  Starting out as a pastry chef, Ottolenghi delicatessens and restaurants followed, as did cook books includingOttolenghi and Jerusalem, both wi...Show More

Peter Carey in Conversation with Jennifer Byrne

1:16:01 | Oct 21st, 2014

Sydney Writers’ Festival and Ideas at the House presents one of Australia’s finest writers Peter Carey. The only Australian to have twice won the Booker Prize, Peter speaks with Jennifer Byrne about his extraordinary career and new novel Amnesia. Wi...Show More

Michael Mori - Bush, Howard & Injustice at Guantanamo

1:13:52 | Oct 9th, 2014

The case of David Hicks, incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay and described as one of the ‘worst of the worst’, brought up many issues that we are still dealing with today. As the ‘War on Terror’ gradually became a range of other conflicts, questions abou...Show More

Hugh Mackay - The Art of Belonging (Ideas at the House)

1:16:55 | Oct 7th, 2014

The Art of Belonging advances the argument put forward in Mackay's bestselling The Good Life: a 'good life' is not lived in isolation or in the pursuit of independent goals; a good life is lived at the heart of a thriving community, among people we t...Show More

Panel - Living Dangerously (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

45:51 | Sep 18th, 2014

Big stories and dangerous ideas sometimes can come our way because someone had an idea, and sat down and thought about it. But some important stories, can only be found in forbidding environments and with dangerous consequences. For Lydia Cacho, deat...Show More

Noel Pearson - On Race & Recognition: A More Complete Commonwealth (Ideas at the House)

56:23 | Sep 18th, 2014

Noel Pearson is a lawyer and activist. Pearson shows how the idea of "race" was embedded in the constitution, and the distorting effect this has had. Now there is a chance to change it - if we can agree on a way forward.

An Evening with Jeanette Winterson (Ideas at the House)

1:19:51 | Sep 18th, 2014

Jeanette Winterson OBE is one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Across novels, screenplays, essays and journalism, Winterson has taken risks and challenged us to think differently about identity and relationships.At fifteen, Winterson's love...Show More

Arianna Huffington in Conversation with Annabel Crabb (Ideas at the House)

58:41 | Sep 18th, 2014

Author. Entrepreneur. Visionary. Arianna Huffington is one of the world’s leading businesswomen and most influential women in media. Born in Greece, Huffington moved to the US by way of Cambridge University in England, becoming a renowned broadcaste...Show More

Alissa Nutting - Women Are Sexual Predators (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:05:16 | Sep 18th, 2014

Throughout history, the cultural forces that have repressed female sexuality have also created a picture of women as sexually passive and requiring protection from the rapacious desires they inspire in men. Women's sexuality has been denied in its to...Show More

Panel - Women For Sale (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:02:26 | Sep 18th, 2014

Women, and their bodies, are for sale. You don’t have to go to Nigeria, where Boko Haram wants to sell kidnapped schoolgirls, to find women on the market. Throughout the world, women and children are trafficked and traded as workers in the multi-bill...Show More

Kay Hymowitz & Bettina Arndt - Some Families Are Better Than Others (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:17 | Sep 18th, 2014

For the past forty years there’s been a concerted effort to deny the growing evidence that marriage matters. Families with married parents are more likely to provide stable homes for children. Children in single parent families are less likely to thr...Show More

Panel - Cat Videos Will Save Journalism (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

59:40 | Sep 18th, 2014

There’s been great unease about the future of 'serious' investigative journalism since the eruption of the internet shook up the traditional newspaper model. What if it’s not just the money to support this journalism that’s gone? What if it’s the rea...Show More

Lydia Cacho - Slavery is Big Business (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:36 | Sep 18th, 2014

In the West, slavery is often seen as a dark part of the colonial past. Although it’s illegal in all countries, it remains alive and well—and is growing dramatically. Impervious to recession, it forms a thriving part of the globalised sex industry ru...Show More

John Pilger - Breaking Australia's Silence (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

58:43 | Sep 18th, 2014

John Pilger addresses the 'great Australian silence', applying it not only to the treatment of Indigenous people but to class, great power and the limits of public debate.What are the 'unofficial truths' that are often unmentionable in Australian 'ma...Show More

Huw Price & Jaan Tallinn - We Are Risking Our Existence (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:01:39 | Sep 18th, 2014

Looking into the future, we can see the possibility of severe occurrences that threaten human extinction. Until recently, we haven’t taken this seriously and are therefore putting the future of humanity at risk. When looking at existential risk, ther...Show More

Panel - The Return of the Class System (Festival of Dangerous ideas)

55:27 | Sep 18th, 2014

We like to think of Australia as an egalitarian country where social mobility is real and the concept of equality is unchallenged. But the reality is that, along with our English speaking peers, we are in the top third of OECD countries in terms of e...Show More

Salman Rushdie & Emily Nussbaum - Television Has Replaced the Novel (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

59:37 | Sep 18th, 2014

Since it emerged from its disreputable romantic beginnings, the novel replaced history and poetry to become the most significant vehicle for storytelling and the transmission of cultural values. Readers were sent to the novel to cultivate their empat...Show More

Masha Gessen & Tom Switzer - Putin (Festival of Dangerous ideas)

1:01:04 | Sep 18th, 2014

At a time when the world is coming to grips with tragic fate of MH17, and looking for answers, it is more important than ever to discuss how to deal with Vladimir Putin and the Russian regime.It’s been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 23 y...Show More

Kay Hymowitz - The Rise of Women is Turning Men into Boys (Festival of Dangerous ideas)

1:03:18 | Sep 18th, 2014

While we’ve been focusing on the rise of women in the workplace, we have failed to notice the dramatic effect this has had on young men. Are we witnessing a male culture in profound decline? Young women are making more money, getting more education a...Show More

Panel - The End Of The World As We Know It (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:38 | Sep 18th, 2014

What does the future hold? A reign of world peace with stunning medical breakthroughs conquering death, illness and disease? Or a world where human beings have destroyed the web of living things and put our own existence at risk by playing with scien...Show More

Panel - Human Existence Doesn't Matter (And What Is It Anyhow?) (Festival of Dangerous ideas)

59:01 | Sep 18th, 2014

With the threat of climate change and damage to other elements of the biosphere, we may be in the process of creating a world where human existence is marginalised and modern civilisation is crushed. Even if we manage to cling to the more hospitable ...Show More

Kajsa Ekis Ekman - Surrogacy Is Child Trafficking (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

59:44 | Sep 18th, 2014

Surrogacy—or contract pregnancy—has become a global industry, growing at unprecedented speed. In India alone, this industry is valued at over US$450 million per year. Whereas the sex industry is increasingly targeted by legislators as exploitation, t...Show More

Pussy Riot/Zona Prava - Russia Is A Penal Colony (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:03:38 | Sep 18th, 2014

(In Russian with translation.) Pussy Riot became a global symbol of dissent in Russia with their idiosyncratic blend of feminist art and activism. When they were sent to prison, they became part of the extraordinary group of Russian writers, artists...Show More

Jane Caro - How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have? (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:01:22 | Sep 18th, 2014

Anyone who has written a book whose title refers to Australia as “The Stupid Country” is not afraid of the odd dangerous idea, and it turns out that Jane Caro has plenty. She is well-known as an advocate for public education, and as one of the instig...Show More

Elizabeth Pisani - Corruption Makes The World Go Round

1:00:08 | Sep 18th, 2014

Good governance is the buzzword of the day. Conventional wisdom has it that less corruption would translate into more economic growth, a healthier body politic and reduced likelihood of conflict. But what if this isn’t always the case? In Indonesia, ...Show More

John Hewson - Your Superannuation Is Destroying The Planet (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

57:36 | Sep 18th, 2014

To try and avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, 190 countries have committed to limiting global temperature increase to below 2°C. To achieve this, 60-80% of the world’s existing carbon or fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the gr...Show More

Bradley Garrett - Place - Hack Your City (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

58:31 | Sep 18th, 2014

More of us now live in cities than ever before, and the spaces we live in are increasingly governed by agendas of safety and security. Arguing against safety may seem counter-intuitive. However, a culture of safety brings limitations and fears that h...Show More

Anne Manne - The Narcissism Epidemic (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

56:45 | Sep 18th, 2014

The stories of Anders Behring Breivik and Lance Armstrong may seem to have little in common, but each shows the consequences of the epidemic of narcissism that marks our age. Our lives no longer centre on social and family groups, but have become hig...Show More

Peter Rollins - To Believe is Human; To Doubt, Divine

55:04 | Jun 23rd, 2014

Life is painful. It's full of doubt and uncertainty. And it ends, in this world anyway, with death. For many, the antidote to this pain has been religion. The appeal is obvious: comforting stories, a clear sense of right and wrong and eternal life as...Show More

Michael Kirby - On Law, Love and Life (Ideas at the House)

1:09:42 | Jun 16th, 2014

A legal figure like no other, Michael Kirby carefully trod the line between judicial impartiality and outspoken human rights advocacy throughout a distinguished thirty five year career that included thirteen years on the High Court of Australia. Watc...Show More

Arlie Hochschild - We Have Outsourced Ourselves

58:00 | Jun 9th, 2014

Remote assistants respond to calls and emails. Life coaches assist with personal decisions. Smartphone apps tell us where to eat dinner. Nameologists help choose names for babies that will be raised by live-in au pairs.Welcome to an emerging world, w...Show More

Geoffrey Roberson - Mullahs Without Mercy (Ideas at the House)

1:08:43 | Jun 2nd, 2014

In the course of his career, Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in many of the key human rights issues of recent history. In his session at the Opera House he talks about his latest book 'Mullahs without Mercy' which brings together his thinking ab...Show More

David Simon - Some People Are More Equal Than Others (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:19:38 | May 26th, 2014

There are two Americas. In one, bankers get golden parachutes, insider traders return to society as well-paid consultants, and influence is for sale. In the other, opportunity is scarce and forgiveness scarcer, jail awaits those caught possessing rec...Show More

Daniel Bergner - What Do Women Want? The Science Of Female Desire (All About Women 2014)

1:02:40 | May 19th, 2014

One of the most extraordinary things about the history of sexuality has been the lack of evidence-based information about women's sexual needs and desires. From folklore to Freud, hysteria to penis-envy, women as sexual beings have been misunderstood...Show More

Lucy Siegle - To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? (All About Women 2014)

1:00:34 | May 12th, 2014

It's been more than 20 years since we first became anxious about sports shoes made in sweatshops, and yet cheap and fashionable clothing still seems like an unqualified good -- another gift of the globalisation boom years to consumers in developed co...Show More

Jennifer Senior - All Joy & No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (All About Women)

1:01:53 | May 5th, 2014

In 2010, journalist Jennifer Senior's magazine story, All Joy and No Fun, became an overnight sensation with its blunt declaration that parents love their children and hate their lives. Anyone who experiences or observes the agony and ecstasy of mode...Show More

Ilwad Elman - How to Change the World (All About Women 2014)

58:32 | Apr 28th, 2014

When civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991, Elman Ali Ahmed became an ardent peace activist, spreading the mantra "put down the gun, pick up the pen" until his assassination in 1996. Three years ago, his 19-year-old daughter Ilwad Elman returned to ...Show More

Mona Eltahawy - Egypt, the Arab World and the War On Women (All About Women 2014)

1:04:52 | Apr 21st, 2014

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy has been one of the most visible reporters of the dramatic events in Egypt in recent years. In parallel with her coverage of revolutionary politics has been her call for social and sexual revolutions. Beaten...Show More

Alain De Botton - The News: A User's Manual (Ideas at the House)

1:18:25 | Apr 14th, 2014

The news is everywhere and we check it constantly - but what is it doing to our minds? A part of modern society that we take for granted, almost a replacement for religion, the news can be all consuming – but at what cost to the individual? Alain de...Show More

Peter Hitchens - There is No War on Drugs (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:15 | Feb 16th, 2014

Drug taking has moved from being outlawed behaviour, seen only on the fringes of society, to a widely accepted activity, even when illegal. In Britain, for all the talk of a "war on drugs," no one ever tried to wage one. Instead, drug taking has beco...Show More

Vandana Shiva - Growth = Poverty (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

59:15 | Feb 9th, 2014

When natural resources like timber, water and mineral deposits can be extracted from ecosystems, they become assets with dollar values that can be bought and sold internationally and enable developing countries to grow and participate in the global e...Show More

Erwin James - A Killer can be a Good Neighbour (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:19 | Feb 2nd, 2014

When someone commits a crime, we want them punished. If wrongdoers go to prison more often and for longer, everyone seems happy. But we live in a system where people do eventually come out of prison and rejoin the community. And this is where what ha...Show More

Hanna Rosin - The End of Men (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:00:50 | Jan 26th, 2014

In the US, 40% of women are out earning their partners; females are recipients of more -- and higher -- degrees than their male counterparts; and 75% of couples in fertility clinics are requesting girls over boys. While men once dominated thanks larg...Show More

Evgeny Morozov - The Dark Side of the Internet (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

58:02 | Jan 19th, 2014

Few people would argue with the wonders of connectivity, communication and access to infinite quantities of information that the Internet has enabled. But our understanding of the digital future is shaped by those who are making it, and they often ha...Show More

Dan Savage - Savage Advice (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:02:05 | Dec 19th, 2013

There's a flaw in the way we choose our life partners. We pair up based (mostly) on preferences outside of the bedroom, and hope that what happens in the bedroom will match up. Infidelity is not the end of the world, it's a reality of long-term relat...Show More

S. Matthew Liao - Engineer Humans to Stop Climate Change (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

58:15 | Oct 21st, 2013

The latest science suggests that it is too late to prevent human-induced climate change. Technological optimists are now turning their minds to mitigation through techniques of geo-engineering, like giant space mirrors or seeding the oceans with iron...Show More

Liza Mundy - The Richer Sex (All About Women Festival)

37:24 | Oct 21st, 2013

In the US, almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands. The proportion is smaller in Australia, but the trend is unmistakeably moving in the same direction. Join award-winning journalist and best-selling author Liza Mundy as she looks at the ...Show More

Jon Ronson - Psychopaths Make the World Go Round

25:43 | Sep 29th, 2013

Superficial charm, a tendency to be bored easily, a lack of empathy and remorse, coupled with a grandiose sense of self-worth: these are the hallmarks of the psychopath. After a look at the world around us, some investigative journalism that took him...Show More

Panel - The War on Whistleblowers & Their Publishers: Manning, Snowden & Assange

1:37:10 | Sep 22nd, 2013

The roles of governments and corporations in the future of the internet, and their use and abuse of data, have been put under the global spotlight. In the wake of Manning, Snowden and Wikileaks, we finally have the scope to properly debate the need f...Show More

Shereen El Feki - Sex and the Citadel

53:21 | Sep 16th, 2013

As political change sweeps the streets, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at the upheaval inside the family home -- specifically, in the bedroom, and the sexual lives of Arab men and women. Sex i...Show More

Richard Holloway - On Faith and Doubt

1:18:06 | Sep 9th, 2013

Richard Holloway is a former Bishop of Edinburgh and acclaimed writer-commentator of books such as 'Goodness Morality.' Dubbed the 'barmy bishop' by UK tabloids and denounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Holloway was never a typical churchman, tr...Show More

John Raulston Saul - 'It's Broke: How Can We Fix It?'

1:25:02 | Sep 2nd, 2013

Declared a 'prophet' by TIME magazine, John Ralston Saul's critically acclaimed works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries, displaying a growing impact on world political and economic thought. A long-term champion of freedom of expr...Show More

Tavi Gevinson - Tavi's Big Big World (At 17)

54:56 | Aug 28th, 2013

She's been called the voice of her generation. The future of journalism. A style icon. A muse. Oh, and she's still in high school. Tavi Gevinson has gone from bedroom blogger to founder and editor-in-chief of website and print series, Rookie, in just...Show More

Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:04:32 | Aug 18th, 2013

Our economy is based on a model of constant growth - growth in production, growth in consumption, and growth in population. Economic growth has provided rising standards of living in the West, and has seen millions in China and India lifted out of po...Show More

Mona Eltahawy - Hypocrisy Rhymes With Democracy

1:02:47 | Aug 11th, 2013

Recorded in 2011 and the beginning of the Arab Spring, Mona Eltahawy reflects on the hunger for freedom and democracy unleashed within Arab populations living under dictatorship. This is considered alongside questions about whether  Saudi Arabia's oi...Show More

Michael Pollan - On How To Eat

1:16:13 | Aug 4th, 2013

For over two decades, Michael Pollan has been opening our eyes to what we put in our body through books like 'Food Rules,' 'In Defense of Food,' and 'The Omnivore's Dilemma.' In this conversation with Rebecca Huntley, Pollan explores the ethical bond...Show More

Sam Harris - The Delusion of Free Will (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:20:08 | Jul 28th, 2013

From our systems of government to our most intimate relationships, the idea that we determine our own thoughts and actions is fundamental. But neuroscience and psychology have begun to unravel the illusion of free will. What does this mean for our ch...Show More

Alan Ball - Vampires, Death and the Mundane

1:11:00 | Jul 22nd, 2013

Alan Ball is the wildly dark and inventine midn behind television's 'Six Feet Under' and 'True Blood,' as well as the critically acclaimed film 'American Beauty.' In one of his first ever solo public events, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning writer/...Show More

Peter Singer - Ethical Issues in an Online World

1:04:34 | Jul 14th, 2013

“It doesn't take remarkable insight to suggest that the defining idea of the coming decade will be the Internet,” says Peter Singer. The compression of time and space enabled by digital technologies is overhauling our traditional understanding of eve...Show More

Jonathan Safran Foer - What We Are and What We Eat (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:06:47 | Jul 5th, 2013

Our lust for cheap animal protein and the intensification of factory farming make the torture and degradation of living creatures an integral part of our diet. To keep on enjoying those hamburgers and chicken wings, we lie to ourselves about what is ...Show More

Slavoj Žižek - Let Us Be Realists and Demand the Impossible (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

57:20 | Jun 30th, 2013

In the late 90's, political theorists, economists and politicians were talking confidently about the end of history and the undisputed triumph of liberal "democratic" capitalism. Communism was written off as dead and buried. But after 9/11, the GFC, ...Show More

Jason Silva - We Are the Gods Now (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:04:15 | Jun 23rd, 2013

Has our invention and mastery of increasingly powerful technology turned humans into gods? From the destructive potential inherent in nuclear technology to the understanding of the building blocks of life represented by the sequencing of the human ge...Show More

Tim Harford - Make More Mistakes (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:02:10 | Jun 16th, 2013

Tim Harford is the best-selling author of 'The Uncover Economist' and 'The Logic of Life.' In his latest book, 'Adapt,' Harford argues that we need to rethink the conditions for making progress in science, business and society in a fundamental way: w...Show More

Jesse Bering - We Are All Sexual Perverts (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

1:03:49 | Jun 11th, 2013

Dr. Jesse Bering is a psychologist and author of 'Perv: The Sexual Deviant' in all of us and 'Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That?' In his talk, Bering considers that while we may be much more comfortable with sexuality than our parents were, will we t...Show More

Elizabeth Gilbert - Life After Eat Pray Love

1:05:09 | Jun 2nd, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of best-selling memoir 'Eat Pray Love,' a chronicle of Gilbert's travels around the world in search of healing and wisdom following a messy divorce. Gilbert appeared at Sydney Opera House in conversation with Caroline ...Show More

Michael Palin - The Life of Palin: From Monty Python to Brazil

1:00:56 | May 26th, 2013

Michael Palin’s comic exploits with Monty Python and in films such as 'A Fish Called Wanda' are the stuff of legend, but his recent adventures travelling and filming the world have won him a vast and loyal new following. Watch as Palin guides us – in...Show More

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Free & Equal: What It Really Means (All About Women Festival)

30:16 | May 18th, 2013

For former refugee and politcian Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "It is a matter of principle that women are free and equal". This means zero tolerance of cultural practices such as honour violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). In her talk, ...Show More

Leymah Gbowee – The Power of Women & Girls (All About Women Festival)

30:21 | May 18th, 2013

Joint Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee delivers a powerful talk about harnessing the power of African women to affect change. Moving between the personal and the universal, Gbowee demonstrates the impact of misogynist laws...Show More

Martin Seligman - On Well-Being and Happiness

59:00 | May 12th, 2013

Martin Seligman is a bestselling author, world leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy. According to Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck, and well-being is more ...Show More

Panel: Brining Up Daughters - Nigel Marsh, Maya Newell and Barbara Toner (Chair: Dannielle Miller) (AAW)

59:52 | Apr 18th, 2013

While daughters can be a learning experience for fathers, mothers with feminist convictions sometimes fall into the trap of seeing their daughter as the next stage in the march towards 'liberation' or 'equality'. In an age of analogue parents and dig...Show More

Panel: Invisible Women - Tara Moss, Nikki Gemmel, and Brooke Magnanti (Chair: Rebecca Huntley) (AAW)

59:29 | Apr 18th, 2013

A recent survey of media coverage of the US Election showed that over 70% of print stories were written by men and less than 20% percent of coverage was of women, making women almost invisible at the highest levels in public life and in the media. Bu...Show More

Panel: Is Rape Culture Everywhere? - Kiran Grewal and Dixie Link-Gordon (Chair: Clementine Ford) (AAW)

58:44 | Apr 18th, 2013

With the Delhi gang rape case in everyone's mind, focus on the specific situation of women in India and India's 'rape culture' were put into perspective by a US case in Steubenville Ohio where an unconscious girl was repeatedly assaulted and onlooker...Show More

Panel: How to Lead - Maria Atkinson, Julie White (Chair: Judith Whelan) (AAW)

42:40 | Apr 18th, 2013

The mystique of 'leadership' is such that it has become the Holy Grail for anyone trying to understand why organisations succeed or fail. But being a leader is not something where there are a series of clear instructions to follow. Because it brings ...Show More

Noam Chomsky - Problems of Knowledge and Freedom

1:14:34 | Apr 17th, 2013

Noam Chomsky is one of the most celebrated public intellectuals of our time. He is a linguist, philosopher, historian, and social commentator among other things, and author of books influential books such as 'Manufaturing Consent.' In this convesatio...Show More

Alain de Botton - Religion for Atheists

1:09:18 | Apr 16th, 2013

Alain de Botton is a best-selling author and one of the world's most celebrated philosophers. Watch as he discusses his latest book, 'Religion for Atheists,' about the parts of religion that he thinks atheists too often overlook.

Tom Stoppard - In Conversation with Jonathan Biggins

1:18:54 | Apr 15th, 2013

Tom Stoppard is one of the world's greatest dramatists, with a body of work that includes 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,' 'The Real Inspector Hound,' and 'Shakespeare in Love.' Watch Stoppard in conversation with Australian writer Jonathan B...Show More

Alexander McCall Smith - Delivers "All the News from Everywhere"

1:05:06 | Apr 14th, 2013

Celebrated Edinburgh novelist Alexander McCall Smith is the creator of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over a million copies in Australia. Smith is wise, witty, and full of observations on life and infectious good humour in t...Show More

Terry Pratchett - In Conversation with Garth Nix

1:14:42 | Apr 13th, 2013

Sir Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series of comic fantasy novels that have been translated into 32 languages and sold 65 million copies. In 2007, he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and subsequently began a public discussi...Show More

Germaine Greer - The F-Word: Feminism in the Global Context

1:03:12 | Apr 12th, 2013

Germaine Greer has been a recognisible public figure since the publication of her best-selling book, 'The Female Eunich.' Watch Greer deliver her speech on feminism in a global context as part of our mini-festival, 'The F-Word.'

Naomi Wolf - The F-Word: What's Next for Feminism & Why Should I Care?

52:27 | Apr 11th, 2013

Naomi Wolf is a leading feminist and best-selling author of books such as 'The Beauty Myth.' Watch Wolf deliver her speech on the direction and importance of feminism in the future as part of our mini-festival, 'The F-Word.'

The F-Word: Feminism Forum - Clem Bastow, Germaine Greer, Eliza Griswold, Naomi Wolf

1:16:38 | Apr 10th, 2013

'The F-Word' at Sydney Opera House was a day of discussion and debate about the state of feminism in a global context and its direction in and importance for the future. The event culminated in forum featuring keynote speakers Germaine Greer and Naom...Show More

David Suzuki - The Legacy

1:26:45 | Apr 9th, 2013

David Suzuki is a Canadian scientist and environmental activist. Watch Suzuki's profound and moving lecture as he shares a lifetime of lessons about our impact on the planet and his hope for the future.

Israel & Palestine in the New Middle East - Naomi Chazan, Ghassan Hage, Peter Hartcher, Saree Makdisiand

1:33:36 | Apr 3rd, 2013

This talk brings together a range of international and Australian experts to deiver both sides of the debate as they dissect recent events in the Middle East and consider what they mean for the future, including the prospect of peace.