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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
 
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Psychedelic drugs were a feature of 1960s counter-culture and the subject of serious medical research from the 1940s onwards. Research was halted after psychedelics were declared dangerous and banned but new research is finding them to be powerful medicine. And, with the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, why are there so few drugs to treat viruse…
 
Seaweed a strong hope for drawdown of atmospheric carbonFestival reveals the beauty, wonder and potential of seaweedKey indicators of planetary health getting worse fasterDo trade unions speak to scientists?Climate change is f*%#ing terrifying. Has the media failed in telling the truth?Saving the threatened plants and animals of Norfolk Island…
 
The Mayor of Chicago following the release of a police body camera showing a 13-year-old boy raising his hands before he was shot by police. New COVID cases are up 30 percent in some places across the country. This, as the CEO of Pfizer says Americans will likely need to receive a third COVID shot 6-12 months after receiving their first two doses. …
 
With Benjamin Law away, Hannah Reich steps in to put her body on the line for Stop Everything! Together BW and HR lay on the virtual railroad tracks of pop culture and sample Chris Lilley’s new podcast, Ja’miezing, delivered in the character of former Private School Girl Ja’mie King. Is it quiche? Listen to find out.Stop Everything Jewish correspon…
 
With Benjamin Law away, Hannah Reich steps in to put her body on the line for Stop Everything! Together BW and HR lay on the virtual railroad tracks of pop culture and sample Chris Lilley’s new podcast, Ja’miezing, delivered in the character of former Private School Girl Ja’mie King. Is it quiche? Listen to find out.Stop Everything Jewish correspon…
 
Psychologist Simon Lush combines his therapy skills with his horticulture training to work with individuals and groups around mindfulness in nature. He is working with a landscape gardener, other psychologists and clients to expand the field of therapeutic gardening into mental health spaces.
 
America's luck when it comes to COVID-19 seems to have changed, and then changed back again.US President Joe Biden made it very clear from the outset that handling the pandemic was number one on his to do list.But after some early wins against the virus, COVID transmission is on the rise again.So what's gone wrong? And can Biden turn it around befo…
 
Joe McCarthy is the figurehead of the anti-communist crusades of the 1950s-era. Thousands of Americans were investigated as alleged communists and Soviet agents during the 'Red Scare'. McCarthyism became the synonym for hysterical intolerance – and some say it’s prevalent again today. Historian Richard Norton Smith explores the rise of Joe McCarthy…
 
It’s over 50 years since the equal pay decision when the Arbitration Commission endorsed the principle of equal pay for equal work. But 50 years on there’s still a gender pay gap. Despite campaigns for gender equality Australian women earn , on average , 13.4 percent less than men.So why is there this persistent gap and how can we fix it? The Direc…
 
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, selling more than a million copies since the first English version was published in the 1920s. But why does the book of the dead resonate so deeply with the living? And, in our diverse and often divided world, can different faiths seek peace together? Catholic priest, writer…
 
A big jump in consumer confidence to levels not seen since the resources boom have been described this week as “an extraordinary result.“ Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans explains the latest data. Farmers also have a spring in their step as they go shopping in record numbers for tractors, helicopters and …coffee machines. Plus, the most unpopular…
 
With the proliferation of digital distractions and addictive technologies, many of us live in a state of perpetual half-attention. We tend to move from one “sugar-hit” to the next — stimuli which elicit strong if transitory emotions, but discourage us from being present, entirely, to one person, one text, one idea. What is the lack of attentiveness…
 
Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?…
 
A CDC panel of experts leaves a temporary pause on the Johnson and Johnson single dose COVID vaccine, after six women suffered adverse side effects to the shot. The panel saying it needs more information on the vaccine. Kim Potter, the former police officer has been formally charged with second degree manslaughter for the deadly shooting of 20-year…
 
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