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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 21 September 2017 – Conflict, Donald Trump, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, United Nations

    Trump and the Rocket Man’s ‘North Korea First’ policy

    A University of Melbourne expert says Donald Trump re-iterating "America First" will cause conflict as Kim Jong-un puts "North Korea First" in response.

  2. 17 September 2017 – Acting, Art, Literature, Shakespeare, Theatre

    Why Shakespeare would approve of the Pop-Up Globe

    As Melbourne hosts a world-first replica pop-up of Shakespeare's second Globe theatre; a University of Melbourne expert explains why the Bard would approve.

  3. 6 September 2017 – Accent, Australian History, Immigration

    Why doesn’t modern Australia have diverse regional accents?

    University of Melbourne experts discuss why the Australian-English accent doesn't have huge the regional variations other countries around the world do.

  4. 31 August 2017 – Australian Football League, Australian History, Fandom, Philosophy, Sport and Culture

    Footy isn’t life or death - it’s more important

    As the Australian Football League heads into finals season, University of Melbourne experts say footy fanatics may not be as crazy as the uninitiated think.

  5. 30 August 2017 – Australia, Ethics, Human Behaviour , Ideology, Philosophy

    5 modern philosophical dilemmas

    As a new ABC TV series explores ethics - the show's presenter and University of Melbourne academic looks at how philosophy can help in very modern dilemmas.

  6. 28 August 2017 – Amazon, Australia, Books, Online Shopping, Retailing

    The arrival of Amazon and the future of Australian publishing

    Amazon is coming to Australia; a University of Melbourne expert looks at what impact the online retailer could have on Australia's book publishing future.

  7. 15 August 2017 – Art, Exhibitions, Museums, United Arab Emirates, Visual Arts

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi: Why the critics are wrong

    Set to open in late 2017 the Louvre Abu Dhabi may break down barriers between Eastern and Western art, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. Podcast11 August 2017 – Democracy, Elections, Government, Media, Politics

    Phantom democracies

    Political thinker John Keane on the rise of corrupt political regimes that employ democratic rhetoric, social media and economic growth to win over the public.

  9. 10 August 2017 – Australia, Diversity, Immigration, Migrants, Multiculturalism

    Mapping Australia’s multicultural future

    University of Melbourne research finds that young migrants in Australia are challenging stereotypes, wanting better recognition of their contribution to society