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  1. Coming to Australia: The first migration - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    How and when did people first arrive in Australia? Peter Hiscock assesses the current thinking and the archaeological evidence.

    It’s generally thought that the first humans arrived on this continent somewhere around 50,000 years ago. But how did they get here and what light can archaeology shed on the process?

    Was there a gradual movement out of Africa, through the Middle East across to Asia and then finally arriving in Australia by boat? Or was there a rapid dispersal, multiple waves and different origins ?

    Archaeologist Peter Hisock summarises and assesses the current thinking and evidence.

    Highlights of Coming to Australia: The first migration of humans to Australia and its global significance. The final talk in the 2013 Insights lectures series presented by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni, University of Sydney, October 2013.

    Professor Peter Hiscock, The Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney

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  2. Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Is science all we need to understand human nature? Tonight Big Ideas presents the inaugural Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture. Is science all we need to understand human nature? The answer of British philosopher Simon Blackburn is NO. He cautions against placing too much faith in purely scientific interpretations of human nature and emphasises that environmental and cultural influences should not be ignored.

    Simon Blackburn, British philosopher, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and half-time Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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  3. Julia Gillard & Anne Summers - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In an exclusive interview, Julia Gillard opens up to Anne Summers about her time in office, and her future.

    What will be the legacy of Julia Gillard’s time as Prime Minister? Could she have done any better than Kevin Rudd at the federal election? In her first in-depth interview since losing the Prime Ministership and leaving politics, Julia Gillard opens up to Anne Summers about her time in office, and her future.

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  4. Business culture versus strategy - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Is business culture is led by strategies - or the other way round?

    With global and domestic economies getting tougher, business leaders are looking for better ways to set up their organisations for the future. But do businesses need clever strategic planning or is it rather about fostering the right culture? An expert panel explores whether business culture is led by strategies - or the other way round.

    This discussion is moderated by Karina Carvalho, presenter of ABC News Queensland.

    Karina Carvalho, Presenter of ABC News Queensland

    Dr Neil Carrington, CEO of the charity ACT for Kids

    Li Cunxin, Artistic director of the Queensland Ballet

    Beth Winchester, Executive General Manager Human Resources with Fuji Xerox Australia

    Rob Kent, Managing partner of the advertising agency Publicis Mojo

    Dr John O’Donnell, CEO of Mater Health Services

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  5. The Politics of Public Things - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Professor Bonnie Honig opens the 2013 Thinking Out Loud lecture series and asks whether democracy can survive the neoliberal demand to privatise public things?

    In the first of three talks she discusses Donald Winnicott’s notion of transitional objects, the role it plays in childhood development and what it might mean for society. She also draws on the work of the highly influential political philosopher Hannah Arendt and by way of a few real world examples she describes how Hurricane Sandy forced people to remember and embrace “old world” public goods like pay phones ….and there’s reference to Big Bird from Sesame street which she contends has come to symbolise a world where the few remaining public objects are constantly under threat.

    Highlights of The Politics of Public Things: Neoliberalism and the Routine of Privatisation, presented by RN’s The Philosopher’s Zone and The Philosophy Research Initiative of the University of Western Sydney. April 2013

    Professor Bonnie Honig, Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and senior research professor at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago.

    Dr Charles Barbour, School-based Member of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy and a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney

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  6. What does our technology future look like? - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    When it comes to information technology the only constant is change. In 1998 70% of the world’s internet users were from the United States but by 2010 it was only 17% and falling. Genevieve Bell follows technology trends closely and says the world is being fundamentally remapped and that women between 40 and 60 years are the crucial group that help shape the future. Rather than tech obsessed teenagers it’s this group of women who are not only the lead adopters and users of new technology but they’re also doing most of the surfing, texting, skyping and social networking.

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  7. towards the blue economy - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Free thinker Gunter Pauli takes green and sustainable practices a step further and outlines his vision for a Blue economy. It’s an approach that draws heavily on both natural systems and the market place. The starting point, says Pauli, is to use what you’ve got then apply a bit of creative thinking and build on it with smart, appropriate technology. His goal is to achieve multiple benefits, create jobs and add value to underperforming assets. All with zero emissions and zero waste.

    Gunter Pauli is an idealist but he’s no dreamer. He’s established a number of innovative companies and organisations that put these ideas into practice. In this talk he discusses the philosophy that underpins the blue economy and provides concrete examples of how and where these ideas have been successfully applied.

    Highlights from Progress on the Blue Economy, new economics and learning for sustainability, Sydney Ideas 3 April 2012.

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  8. The Internet: Prophecy and Reality - Big Idea - 16 October 2011

    Has the internet lived up to its expectations? While it has effected some significant changes in the way we communicate, the transformations that were predicted just haven’t occurred. The internet has not, for example, promoted global understanding, empowered the powerless, caused the fall of dictators or generated a renaissance of journalism. So why haven’t the predictions met the reality?

    Professor James Curran, Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, University of London

    Further Information:
    Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney (

    Professor James Curran (

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