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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

Counterpoint

ABC Radio National

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Amanda Vanstone tackles key social, economic and cultural issues in Australian life, challenging assumptions and giving voice to new and seldom-heard commentators.

Latest Episodes

Bold and brave

What will the relationship between the EU and the UK look like post BREXIT and might it mean the beginning of the end for the EU? The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is not the first virus, nor will it be the last, that spreads from animal to humans. How can we stop the spread of these viruses or will they now always be with us? In 2018 Dr Francis Arnold was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A few months later she retracted her paper because the work was flawed. Was it evidence that scientists can't be trusted or should she praised for her transparency? At the turn of the 20th Century Australia went through a bit of a fortune telling craze. The practise was illegal and the police tried to prosecute where they could but the women survived and in some cases thrived.

53 MIN2 d ago
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Bold and brave

Changing and evolving

India is going through some rapid changes politically but is Australia paying enough attention? Should hate speech be banned from social media and who gets to decide if it is hate speech or opinion? Alphabets are disappearing. There are between 6,000 to 7,000 languages in the world. Yet 96% are spoken by just 3% of the global population and 85% are endangered.

53 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Changing and evolving

Changing and challenges

Why do regime changes rarely work? What does the term ideological really mean and why is it so often used as an insult? An analysis of the coronavirus suggests it comes from bats who carry a host of viruses without themselves getting sick. How do they do it? How much BPA is too much and is there such a thing as too little to make a difference and why is there a stoush over this? How sick do we need to be before it's solved?

53 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Changing and challenges

Democracy and its discontents

Can you think of anything more boring than living in a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique? Why do we fear difference and yet crave it at the same time? Australia has cracked the top ten in The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Democracy Index but we're still behind New Zealand! Why? Is Twitter representative of 'main stream' opinion? Do it's users speak for us all? What was it like to live in Romania under Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu? How are they viewed in Romania now?

54 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Democracy and its discontents

Borders and barriers

Do separatists still have ambitions in the Middle East? What are the consequences of gender inequality across Africa and what can be done to give women more economic and social opportunities across the continent? How is it possible that the world is running out of sand and why are people killing for it? Golden Rice could save hundreds and thousands of people every year from dying, why isn't it?

54 MINJAN 27
Comments
Borders and barriers

Biodiversity and Yale or gaol

What can Indigenous cultures teach us about diversity? How do some kids get ahead while others don't? Why are children being sacrificed in Uganda today and I could eat a hollow log full of green ants right now. A dog's eye should take the edge off.

53 MINJAN 20
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Biodiversity and Yale or gaol

Russia, outtasight man!

The world has changed over recent years and so must Russia. Today we take a bit of a look at what this means in terms of Russian foreign policy.

53 MINJAN 13
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Russia, outtasight man!

Whispers and power

Why do some people get shivers in their body when someone whispers? Also, an academic hoax comes undone. Is there such a thing as the perfect toilet or does it depend on where you live? New archaeological research has unearthed a vibrant seagoing trade in the Gulf of Papua.

52 MINJAN 6
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Whispers and power

Elsewhere and then

Do you believe that you're a citizen of the world? What does that even mean? What's it like to live in a breakaway state and how didn't the clergy in medieval times scratch more often? Can we stop eating everything that's put in front of us or are we too lazy to stop?

54 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
Elsewhere and then

Middle powers, 10% more

Should Middle Powers such as Canada, Australia and South Korea join together to sustain the liberal international order. What is shrinkflation and how does it effect your visit to the supermarket? Have we put to much trust into renewables and why is science fiction so popular in China right now?

53 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
Middle powers, 10% more

Latest Episodes

Bold and brave

What will the relationship between the EU and the UK look like post BREXIT and might it mean the beginning of the end for the EU? The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is not the first virus, nor will it be the last, that spreads from animal to humans. How can we stop the spread of these viruses or will they now always be with us? In 2018 Dr Francis Arnold was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A few months later she retracted her paper because the work was flawed. Was it evidence that scientists can't be trusted or should she praised for her transparency? At the turn of the 20th Century Australia went through a bit of a fortune telling craze. The practise was illegal and the police tried to prosecute where they could but the women survived and in some cases thrived.

53 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Bold and brave

Changing and evolving

India is going through some rapid changes politically but is Australia paying enough attention? Should hate speech be banned from social media and who gets to decide if it is hate speech or opinion? Alphabets are disappearing. There are between 6,000 to 7,000 languages in the world. Yet 96% are spoken by just 3% of the global population and 85% are endangered.

53 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Changing and evolving

Changing and challenges

Why do regime changes rarely work? What does the term ideological really mean and why is it so often used as an insult? An analysis of the coronavirus suggests it comes from bats who carry a host of viruses without themselves getting sick. How do they do it? How much BPA is too much and is there such a thing as too little to make a difference and why is there a stoush over this? How sick do we need to be before it's solved?

53 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Changing and challenges

Democracy and its discontents

Can you think of anything more boring than living in a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique? Why do we fear difference and yet crave it at the same time? Australia has cracked the top ten in The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Democracy Index but we're still behind New Zealand! Why? Is Twitter representative of 'main stream' opinion? Do it's users speak for us all? What was it like to live in Romania under Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu? How are they viewed in Romania now?

54 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Democracy and its discontents

Borders and barriers

Do separatists still have ambitions in the Middle East? What are the consequences of gender inequality across Africa and what can be done to give women more economic and social opportunities across the continent? How is it possible that the world is running out of sand and why are people killing for it? Golden Rice could save hundreds and thousands of people every year from dying, why isn't it?

54 MINJAN 27
Comments
Borders and barriers

Biodiversity and Yale or gaol

What can Indigenous cultures teach us about diversity? How do some kids get ahead while others don't? Why are children being sacrificed in Uganda today and I could eat a hollow log full of green ants right now. A dog's eye should take the edge off.

53 MINJAN 20
Comments
Biodiversity and Yale or gaol

Russia, outtasight man!

The world has changed over recent years and so must Russia. Today we take a bit of a look at what this means in terms of Russian foreign policy.

53 MINJAN 13
Comments
Russia, outtasight man!

Whispers and power

Why do some people get shivers in their body when someone whispers? Also, an academic hoax comes undone. Is there such a thing as the perfect toilet or does it depend on where you live? New archaeological research has unearthed a vibrant seagoing trade in the Gulf of Papua.

52 MINJAN 6
Comments
Whispers and power

Elsewhere and then

Do you believe that you're a citizen of the world? What does that even mean? What's it like to live in a breakaway state and how didn't the clergy in medieval times scratch more often? Can we stop eating everything that's put in front of us or are we too lazy to stop?

54 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
Elsewhere and then

Middle powers, 10% more

Should Middle Powers such as Canada, Australia and South Korea join together to sustain the liberal international order. What is shrinkflation and how does it effect your visit to the supermarket? Have we put to much trust into renewables and why is science fiction so popular in China right now?

53 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
Middle powers, 10% more
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