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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
 
Finding Desperado is a brand new investigative mystery podcast, hosted by comedians Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James - the team behind the most talked about podcast of 2019, Finding Drago. Australia’s premier (and only) pop culture detectives, Alexei and Cameron have uncovered a bizarre Guinness World Record from 2005. A record held by an elusive European aristocrat. A record that they believe to be fake.
 
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We were warned that it would dominate our lives but instead it has quietly come to underpin more technology and parts of our lives that we might never have expected - from manufacturing, to maps and travel. So where is the technology of Artificial Intelligence at, and where is it going? Should it be regulated, if at all? And will it end up reflecti…
 
The Royal Commission into Aged Care heard damming evidence about the impact of antipsychotic medicines. Its report has made recommendations to give geriatricians and psychiatrists more control over the prescribing of these substances. Experts says non-drug solutions can do away with the need to use antipsychotics but increases in staffing levels ar…
 
The relationship between China and Australia is still in the pits, and there's deep suspicion here about Chinese influence campaigns.So where does that leave Chinese Australians?Today on The Signal, the scrutiny, and sometimes violence faced by members of the Chinese diaspora in Australia.How they're treated and how they see not only themselves, bu…
 
Commentator Bruce Shapiro discusses the latest from the US, including President Joe Biden's response to the declassified report into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Financial markets guru Satyajit Das talks about the future, casting his eye over our economic system, resource scarcity and the democracy deficit.…
 
Should former President Donald Trump be banned indefinitely from Facebook? That question is before Facebook's Oversight Board which will now be the ultimate arbiter of what can, and can’t be posted on its platform. It will act as a kind of Supreme Court and its decisions are meant to be binding on the company. So is this the antidote to fake news, …
 
What we wear reflects who we are, and who we aspire to be. Research suggests the garments we wear can also affect our mental state in positive, and negative, ways. Wearing different clothing changes how we feel, and how others perceive us. Can fashion really make us feel better about ourselves? A panel of experts at the Queensland Museum discusses.…
 
Ron Sackville QC, AO, the chair of The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has been hearing harrowing accounts of the experiences of people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system. In a legal first, the Kaurareg people of Muralug island obtained an injunction under the Native Ti…
 
Fake News has been around for thousands of years. You’ve probably heard of Nero, who was accused of playing the fiddle while Rome burned. But nowadays, the word gets around a lot faster. Thanks to the Internet and Social Media, a lie can travel around the world before the truth has even got out of bed. So fake news spreads quickly, and it takes mor…
 
Actor and playwright Meyne Wyatt, recently named one of Time magazine's 100 emerging leaders, reflects on his life in the arts, success with the paintbrush at the Archibalds and his recent turn as a voice actor, narrating The Boy from the Mish for Audible.Also, Opera Queensland present the Australian opera Lorelei, conceived and performed by Ali Mc…
 
The latest figures show Australian house prices are in the midst of one of the strongest growth phases on record, and that means if you're looking to buy a home at the moment, you'll be hard pressed to get one at the price you were hoping to pay. So why is that, and what can be done about it?
 
Aged care in Australia needs to be rebuilt.That's the recommendation contained in the final report of a royal commission that's spent years looking into the system's failings.Released yesterday, the commissioners found a system "besieged by neglect" that leaves older Australians stuck on wait lists for years or abandoned them in care facilities set…
 
Love it or hate it, technology rules the world. Our social systems and values are bent out of shape by innovative technology. Ideas we used to hold dear like privacy are suddenly negotiable in the online world and tech companies set the rules with governments struggling to catch up. So is it possible to regain control of your data and can governmen…
 
The Auckland COVID-19 Lockdown; Microplastics and seafood - what do we actually know about its effect on our health; a team of researchers from Monash University has discovered that a cardiac drug (carvedilol) could greatly reduce breast cancer progression; and the lifespan of Australians in capital cities can vary by 30 years, depending on where s…
 
There's a bipartisan meltdown underway when it comes to sexual assault.On Friday it was the Coalition, with an anonymous letter accusing a cabinet Minister of raping a 16-year-old girl, back in 1988 before he entered Parliament.Then late on Sunday, a Liberal Senator forwarded an allegation about a Labor MP to the Federal Police.The Coalition is cho…
 
The 19th century notion of race as something rooted in biology and genetics is a well-debunked idea whose time has passed. But the more recent liberal conception of race as a social construct fails to acknowledge the ways in which race is lived in and through the body (something the COVID pandemic has thrown into sharp relief). This week we’re talk…
 
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