Barnaby Joyce’s return to the leadership of the National Party is bound to stir things up in Australian politics. Where does he fit in the story of one of Australia’s oldest and most unusual political parties?
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Medical conspiracy theories through the ages
28:57Despite popular belief, medical conspiracy theories aren’t new. What can we learn from their ancient history and about the people who believe in them?
A history of pharmacy—from apothecaries to Australia’s protected industry
29:10Pharmacists stopped making their own medicines and began selling ready-made drugs almost a century ago. In Australia, it led to an unusual arrangement that has put chemists at odds with doctors and supermarkets.
Superpower rivalry or a new Cold War?
29:07Commentators are talking about a new Cold War between the world’s two great powers but are there any similarities between the Cold War – between the Soviet Union and the United States – and the tensions today between China and the US?
Anti-corruption commissions—‘star chambers’ or the best way to ensure integrity in public life?
29:06What role do these agencies play in ensuring that politicians and the rest of our public sector behave the right way?
Samoa—a bumpy ride for the first female prime minister
29:11Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, elected earlier this year, is taking a strong stand on climate change, challenging the Australian government to do more to cut carbon emissions.
E-books—winners and losers
29:06The e-book has turned the book industry upside down affecting bookshops, publishers, authors, libraries and readers.
Taiwan—isolated but not alone
29:09Taiwan is one of the world’s key economies, yet it belongs to no international organisations and isn’t a member of the UN. Why is Taiwan diplomatically isolated and how does it survive economically?
Out of the office—from telecommuting to working from home
29:05While working from home during the pandemic has been a novel and sometimes difficult experience for office workers, companies and their employees have been experimenting with teleworking for decades.
28:57While cybercrime and cybersurveillance are commonplace today, how many of us understand their effect our everyday lives? What’s revealed in the history of cybercrime, from its rudimentary beginnings in the 1980s to today?
Germany after Merkel
29:05Many Germans have only ever known one chancellor – Angela Merkel. Voters are about to choose a new leader for the first time in sixteen years and the election is being described as the most open and uncertain Germany has ever had.