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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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The satellite business is booming.From state-sponsored spy tech, through to machines the size of a postage stamp, companies and nations are launching them all at an unprecedented rate.In fact without them, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.Today on The Signal, the wild west of the new space race, and what's at stake.Featured:Dr Brad Tuc…
 
How low will unemployment have to go before Australians get a wage rise? Analysis of Federal Budget housing measures for single parents, first home buyers and older people thinking of selling the family home. Plus, beer, Superbowl tickets and a million-dollar lottery - can incentives boost rates of vaccination in the United States?Guests:Sarah Hunt…
 
Fatigue is a fascinating moral phenomenon. It can be a consequence of attentiveness, a willingness to face the realities of the world. But it can also be a form of avoidance, of “moral laziness”, the symptom of an active desire not to confront matters that seem to call for our attention. What are the dangers of fatigue, and how are we to respond to…
 
Allen Murphy was raised in New York and grew up to become a drummer for The Village People. When he arrived in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory he fell in love with Indigenous culture and music, and knew he'd found home (CW: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that this episode includes the name of a person who has died…
 
The government desperately wanted to impress women with this federal budget, and shore up votes before the next election.The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced new spending on aged care, child care and disability support, not to mention $1 billion in support for women's safety.So was it really a "women's budget"?And if it was, what do women actual…
 
Hannah McGlade examines the budget and its priorities for Indigenous Australians. And still on the Budget - David Fricker and Melanie Oppenheimer discuss what a lack of funds mean for the National Archives. Stephen Walker has the astonishing story of the first human to leave our planet and journey into space.…
 
Being called its own version of the US Supreme Court, Facebook has created an Oversight Board. It's set up to be an independent body that would make binding decisions on moderation and content problems, but how is that going in practice? And should other social media companies follow suit?Plus, Twitter tries to bend user behaviours with targeted pr…
 
What the budget reveals about your life and work, from vaccination to overseas travel and housing, special coverage on PM; Qantas forced to delay the start date of international travel as the budget suggests borders won't open until mid-next year. It's a blow for jetsetters, but spare a thought for restaurants in Bali, who're desperately missing th…
 
Most people understand what architects do, but fewer understand what is involved in Landscape Architecture and what kind of skills we bring to their work. Elizabeth Mossop, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney explains how to see places in all of their natural and human complexity.…
 
More than a 1,000 gas stations along the East Coast out of gas after a Russian cyberattack shutdown one of the largest oil pipelines in the country that runs from Texas to the Northeast. Drivers forced to wait in long lines. The deadly attacks escalate in the Middle East with Hamas firing hundreds of rockets toward Israel. Shots of Pfizer's COVID v…
 
It's been called the 'Hot Chocolate' budget after their hit single 'Every 1's a Winner'. In his second pandemic budget, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg clears off the barnacles, neutralises some of the government's vulnerabilities and kicks ideology down the road.Fran and PK break it down in this special budget wrap.…
 
Australian-South Sudanese artist Atong Atem brilliantly flips the Ethnographic gaze to create gorgeous studio portraits with a powerful statement.Plus, how does the medium of video art exist in the era of binge watching?And Namila chats to incoming guest host Daniel Browning, a familiar voice to RN listeners — but did you know he trained as an arti…
 
Australian-South Sudanese artist Atong Atem brilliantly flips the Ethnographic gaze to create gorgeous studio portraits with a powerful statement.Plus, how does the medium of video art exist in the era of binge watching?And Namila chats to incoming guest host Daniel Browning, a familiar voice to RN listeners — but did you know he trained as an arti…
 
Treasurer Josh Frydenburg has outlined the Federal budget. Funding will be directed towards aged care, childcare, instant asset write-offs for businesses and skills training for those unable to find work, with mental health, women’s health and domestic violence services also receiving extra money. Life Matters speaks with a leading tax law professo…
 
This big spending budget is designed to tackle some of the greatest areas of need in our community, including aged care, mental health, gender equality and women's safety. But how do the numbers stack up and how will our borders remaining closed until mid-next year affect the economy and the community at large?…
 
Following the first light to the dawn of the cosmos. New technology allows us to glimpse more of the earliest beginnings of the universe and with that it helps us to predict the future. Join a constellation of astrophysicists as they explore what the first stars looked like, the nature of dark energy and how the acceleration of the universe might e…
 
The Federal Government has just handed down what is most likely its last budget before the next election.It's a pretty odd one, because the budget is in much better shape than even the Government was expecting just a few months ago.But instead of pocketing all the cash for budget repair, the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is spreading it around on every…
 
The Federal Court dismissed a challenge to the Morrison government's ban on Australian citizens returning from India. Justice Thawley ruled that the government was acting within its powers under the Biosecurity Act 2015.And should professional sports people be able to continue playing when facing serious criminal charges?…
 
The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID vaccine for children between the ages of 12-15. This as the CDC ponders revising its indoor mask guidance. The World Health Organization labels the COVID variant found in India as a "global variant of concern", with the country averaging 400,000 new cases a day. The FBI confirms a R…
 
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