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  1. 25 September 2017 – Asia, Islam, Myanmar, Refugees, Rohingya

    Pariah to partner: The West’s premature embrace of Myanmar

    As Myanmar faces censure over a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims; a University of Melbourne expert says the West embraced the former dictatorship too soon

  2. 24 September 2017 – Archives, Australian History, LGBTI, Social Justice, University of Melbourne Archives

    When kissing was a crime

    The University of Melbourne Archives preserves a unique window on the poignant stories and changing social attitudes that mark the history of LGBTI liberation

  3. Podcast22 September 2017 – Crime, Criminology, Government, Policing, Public Policy

    The rise and reach of transnational policing

    Criminologist Ben Bowling on how policing is increasingly crossing national borders, raising serious questions about governance and public accountability.

  4. Podcast22 September 2017 – Aboriginal, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Indigenous Land Management

    From the margins to the mainstream

    Professor Marcia Langton from the University of Melbourne on Indigenous activism, the positive impact of land rights and the Australia Day debate.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 28 August 2017 – Amazon, Australia, Books, Online Shopping, Publishing

    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.

  10. Podcast17 August 2017 – Donald Trump, Fake News, Journalism, Politics, Republican Party

    Whose fake news?

    We chat to Washington Post op-ed columnist Dana Milbank about fake news, Russian Hackers and the ethics of Wikileaks.