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The Minefield - ABC RN
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In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

Latest Episodes

Was betrayal inevitable?

What obligations does the United States have to the Kurds, and indeed, to the region as a whole? Professor Nader Hashemi from the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver joins us to discuss the past, present and future of the Syrian conflict.

47 MIN6 d ago
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Was betrayal inevitable?

Is optimism dangerous for democratic politics?

Modern democratic politics have taken what could be called an 'optimistic turn': a kind of hyperbolic cheeriness in the face of a purported threat; an assurance that the future will be bright, and that only the man at the helm can deliver it. So there’s no need to be anxious. Political philosopher Romand Coles joins Waleed and Scott to discuss why this optimism is the antithesis of genuine democratic hope.

44 MIN1 w ago
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Is optimism dangerous for democratic politics?

Should Donald Trump be impeached? (take two)

Is the damage that Trump is inflicting on US political culture and the office of the executive so egregious that legislative sanction is more important than electoral advantage? We explore the normative and pragmatic considerations of impeaching this president, with Professor Joshua Cohen.

51 MIN2 w ago
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Should Donald Trump be impeached? (take two)

Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

Are there reasons to act in a particular way, to willingly make some sacrifice, do something which may be good, and which we may even be committed to, when our actions (or lack of action) are likely to be of no consequence? Is size detrimental to democratic community? Professor Roger Crisp joins us to discuss whether the free rider problem highlights the limitation of moral philosophy.

45 MIN3 w ago
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Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

National security or xenophobic conspiracy?

Is the Australian media’s coverage of China having the effect of both alienating Chinese Australians and promoting a kind of countervailing pro-China nationalism? Professor Wanning Sun joins us to discuss why it is that China has acquired the status in the national imagination of not just a geopolitical threat, but a source of almost existential anxiety.

45 MINSEP 18
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National security or xenophobic conspiracy?

Has virtue become irrelevant to democratic politics?

If liberal democracies are now ailing, maybe even failing, what might a recovery of a politics of virtue look like? We explore the politicisation of morality with guest, Adrian Pabst.

47 MINSEP 11
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Has virtue become irrelevant to democratic politics?

Where's the threat to democracy: Boris Johnson or the British Parliament?

In some ways the peculiarities of the Brexit debacle are just the latest manifestation of a much older political tension between democracy and representation. Tim Lynch joins us to discuss whether democracy is about more than 'representation'.

49 MINSEP 4
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Where's the threat to democracy: Boris Johnson or the British Parliament?

Can climate science be communicated without compromising the science?

There is undoubtedly a great need for climate science research to be communicated to the public in a manner that is clear, compelling and that cannot readily be captured, let alone dismissed, by partisan politics. Andrew Pitman joins us to discuss whether climate research can be communicated without pandering to the epistemological and political deficiencies of our time.

44 MINAUG 28
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Can climate science be communicated without compromising the science?

Can democracy survive the rise of surveillance capitalism?

Advertising has always been about creating desires, not just appealing to an existing demand. And the tension between capitalism and democratic culture is as old as capitalism itself. Soshana Zuboff argues there’s a new form of capitalism with tentacles extending deep into our private lives to influence and modify our behaviour for profit.

47 MINAUG 21
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Can democracy survive the rise of surveillance capitalism?

What does it mean to be 'good'?

Is 'goodness’ still a term that we should be using? Is there a difference between the 'good' and the 'virtuous' character? What is the relationship between action and intention, between the inner and outer life?

44 MINAUG 14
Comments
What does it mean to be 'good'?

Latest Episodes

Was betrayal inevitable?

What obligations does the United States have to the Kurds, and indeed, to the region as a whole? Professor Nader Hashemi from the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver joins us to discuss the past, present and future of the Syrian conflict.

47 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Was betrayal inevitable?

Is optimism dangerous for democratic politics?

Modern democratic politics have taken what could be called an 'optimistic turn': a kind of hyperbolic cheeriness in the face of a purported threat; an assurance that the future will be bright, and that only the man at the helm can deliver it. So there’s no need to be anxious. Political philosopher Romand Coles joins Waleed and Scott to discuss why this optimism is the antithesis of genuine democratic hope.

44 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Is optimism dangerous for democratic politics?

Should Donald Trump be impeached? (take two)

Is the damage that Trump is inflicting on US political culture and the office of the executive so egregious that legislative sanction is more important than electoral advantage? We explore the normative and pragmatic considerations of impeaching this president, with Professor Joshua Cohen.

51 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Should Donald Trump be impeached? (take two)

Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

Are there reasons to act in a particular way, to willingly make some sacrifice, do something which may be good, and which we may even be committed to, when our actions (or lack of action) are likely to be of no consequence? Is size detrimental to democratic community? Professor Roger Crisp joins us to discuss whether the free rider problem highlights the limitation of moral philosophy.

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

National security or xenophobic conspiracy?

Is the Australian media’s coverage of China having the effect of both alienating Chinese Australians and promoting a kind of countervailing pro-China nationalism? Professor Wanning Sun joins us to discuss why it is that China has acquired the status in the national imagination of not just a geopolitical threat, but a source of almost existential anxiety.

45 MINSEP 18
Comments
National security or xenophobic conspiracy?

Has virtue become irrelevant to democratic politics?

If liberal democracies are now ailing, maybe even failing, what might a recovery of a politics of virtue look like? We explore the politicisation of morality with guest, Adrian Pabst.

47 MINSEP 11
Comments
Has virtue become irrelevant to democratic politics?

Where's the threat to democracy: Boris Johnson or the British Parliament?

In some ways the peculiarities of the Brexit debacle are just the latest manifestation of a much older political tension between democracy and representation. Tim Lynch joins us to discuss whether democracy is about more than 'representation'.

49 MINSEP 4
Comments
Where's the threat to democracy: Boris Johnson or the British Parliament?

Can climate science be communicated without compromising the science?

There is undoubtedly a great need for climate science research to be communicated to the public in a manner that is clear, compelling and that cannot readily be captured, let alone dismissed, by partisan politics. Andrew Pitman joins us to discuss whether climate research can be communicated without pandering to the epistemological and political deficiencies of our time.

44 MINAUG 28
Comments
Can climate science be communicated without compromising the science?

Can democracy survive the rise of surveillance capitalism?

Advertising has always been about creating desires, not just appealing to an existing demand. And the tension between capitalism and democratic culture is as old as capitalism itself. Soshana Zuboff argues there’s a new form of capitalism with tentacles extending deep into our private lives to influence and modify our behaviour for profit.

47 MINAUG 21
Comments
Can democracy survive the rise of surveillance capitalism?

What does it mean to be 'good'?

Is 'goodness’ still a term that we should be using? Is there a difference between the 'good' and the 'virtuous' character? What is the relationship between action and intention, between the inner and outer life?

44 MINAUG 14
Comments
What does it mean to be 'good'?