Podcasts

  • The truth about cats and blogs

    12 December, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Geert Lovink

    Blogs have replaced home pages as the favoured online format, visiting Internet culture expert Geert Lovink told an audience at the University of Sydney. (Running time 123:52)

    • 1 hour, 56 mins
    • Download (MP3, 56.7Mb)
  • Nuclear not the solution to global warming

    6 December, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    A panel of five leading experts at the Sydney Ideas forum, co-presented with the University of Sydney's Science Foundation for Physics, question whether or not the nuclear debate should be combined with the demand to act on climate change and also call for an objective assessment of all available energy options. (Running time 81:55)

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.5Mb)
  • Jorgen Randers: Climate change: the truth will remain elusive

    30 November, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jorgen Randers

    2006 Templeton Lecture


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      9 mins
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  • Gerry Stoker: How to make politics work

    30 November, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Gerry Stoker

    The increasing professionalisation of politics has left ordinary people disenchanted and alienated from the political system, author and political commentator Professor Gerry Stoker told the audience at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series, last week.


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      9 mins
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  • Associate Professor Robert van Krieken on Norbert Elias

    30 November, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Frank Lowy

    At a time when many observers see the world as caught up in a 'clash of civilizations', we may need a well-grounded understanding of what civilization actually is more than ever before.


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      9 mins
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  • Dr John Buchanan on Marx

    19 October, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr John Buchanan

    Karl Marx is undoubtedly one of the most influential thinkers of modern times. Largely ignored in his own lifetime, his philosophies on politics, economics and society went on to shape almost half the world's population throughout the latter half of the twentieth century.


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      9 mins
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  • Israel's open air prisons

    12 October, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tanya Reinhart

    Speaking out against Israel' s handling of the Palestinian conflict is the best act of solidarity one can show towards Israelis and the Jewish people, argued Tanya Reinhart in the latest of the Sydney Ideas lecture series.


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      9 mins
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  • Melissa Hardie on Walter Benjamin

    5 October, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Melissa Hardie

    In this lecture, Dr. Melissa Hardie of the University of Sydney's Department of English explores Benjamin's life to consider how his work may help us in understanding the current "state of emergency" in which we, in the postcolonial and imaginary west, find ourselves.


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      9 mins
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  • Vrasidas Karalis on Cornelius Castoriadis

    21 September, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Chair of Modern Greek Studies.

    Cornelius Castoriadis is one of the most provocative and contradictory philosophers of the 20th century.


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      9 mins
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  • What if the world were a village of just 100?

    19 September, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Kate Rossmanith

    If the population of Australia was represented in a village of 100, 64 people would live in a capital city, 80 people would speak English at home, and there would be 2,100 chickens. The nation, it seems, likes its poultry.


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      9 mins
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  • Should religion be kept out of Australian politics?

    14 September, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Arthur Chesterfield-Evans

    Members of Parliament should declare their religious allegiances in the same way they declare financial interests, Australian Democrats member of the NSW Legislative Council, Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, told last night's Socratic Forum, presented by Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.


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      9 mins
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  • Professor Raewyn Connell on Lynne Segal

    14 September, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Raewyn Connell

    Professor Raewyn Connell of the Faculty of Education and Social Work examined the philosophies of one of the most significant feminist thinkers in the English-speaking world today.


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      9 mins
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  • Reverend Dr. Ivan Head on Jesus

    6 September, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Reverend Dr. Ivan Head

    In this lecture, Reverend Dr. Ivan Head, Rector of the St. Paul's College at the University of Sydney, presents Jesus first as a teacher for his own times, rather than as a source of 'universal wisdom'. The challenge is to recover and sustain a critical memory of the man's teachings so as not to allow him to be a cipher at the centre of others' teachings nor subject to those who seek to control the franchise.


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      9 mins
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  • Where to now for Italy?

    31 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Paul Ginsborg

    Professor Ginsborg, the author of the controversial and best-selling Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony also discussed the legacy of Silvio Berlusconi, the country's richest man and former Prime Minister who once proclaimed himself as "The best political leader in Europe and the world."


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      9 mins
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  • Associate Professor Rick Benitez on Plato

    30 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Rick Benitez

    This lecture focuses on the problem of interpreting Plato, with attention to three key issues - Plato's choice of the dialogue form; his use of analogy, metaphor and myth; and his philosophical development.


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      9 mins
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  • Paul Redding on Kant

    24 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Paul Redding of the University of Sydney's Department of Philosophy

    Immanuel Kant was one of the defining thinkers of the late 18th century and he affected the self-conception of modern individuals in countless ways. This lecture looks at three of them.


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      9 mins
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  • Tim Flannery and the nuclear question

    22 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tim Flannery

    Eminent scientist and author Tim Flannery urged the Australian government to put climate change on the agenda claiming that Australia was "the worst of the worst" in terms of combating global warming, adding that serious questions needed to be asked about whether nuclear power could be part of the solution.


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      9 mins
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  • Hon. Justice Michael Kirby on the new universal declaration on bioethics and human rights

    18 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hon. Justice Michael Kirby

    In a lecture delivered last night, Hon. Justice Kirby described the contents of the UNESCO Universal Declaration; the difficulties that arose in drafting it; its strengths and weaknesses; and its importance for ethical dialogue for Australia and internationally.


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      9 mins
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  • Peter Anstey on Locke

    17 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr. Peter Anstey

    In this, the first lecture of the 2006 Key Thinkers series, Dr. Peter Anstey examined four facets of the broad range of Locke's intellectual and professional pursuits.


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      9 mins
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  • How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World A Better Place: Bjorn Lomborg

    9 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Bjorn Lomborg

    In a lecture titled "How To Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place", Lomborg argued that a prioritised "to-do" list was necessary in order to achieve the best possible results when tackling some of the most pressing global issues such as HIV/AIDS, starvation, global conflict and climate change.


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      9 mins
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  • When injustice starts in the kindergarten

    4 August, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tony Vinsony

    Immanuel Kant was one of the defining thinkers of the late 18th century and he affected the self-conception of modern individuals in countless ways. This lecture looks at three of them.


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      9 mins
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  • What's happening to democracy?

    24 July, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Keane

    Renowned political theorist Professor John Keane returned to the University of Sydney stage to deliver the Sydney Ideas public lecture entitled 'What's Happening to Democracy?'


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      9 mins
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  • Cambridge historian lectures on concepts of liberty

    24 July, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Quentin Skinner, Cambridge

    Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom Professor Quentin Skinner is generally regarded as one of the two principal members of the influential 'Cambridge School' of the study of the history of political thought.


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      9 mins
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  • War, culture and democracy in classical Athens

    5 July, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    As part of the War, Culture and Democracy in Classical Athens Conference hosted by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, two of the world's foremost experts on democracy conducted a unique, double-billed public lecture.


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      9 mins
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  • Raewyn Connell on globalisation

    15 June, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Raewyn Connell

    In this, the final of our 2006 Key Concepts Public Lectures, sociologist Raewyn Connell examined the concept of 'globalisation'.


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      9 mins
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  • Jennan Ismael on death

    8 June, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jennan Ismael

    Joining the University of Sydney from the University of Arizona, QEII Research Fellow Jenann Ismael will explore one of life's most grave concerns, 'death'.


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      9 mins
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  • The puzzle of Sagrada Familia Church: How did Gaudi plan to finish it?

    8 June, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Jordi Bonet

    Dr Jordi Bonet, the Spanish architect who is completing the Sagrada Família Church, Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona, made his only Sydney appearance on June 5.


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      9 mins
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  • Complex race debate loses sight of real evil

    1 June, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ghassan Hage

    In this lecture, leading anthropologist Associate Professor Ghassan Hage argues the concept of racism has been 'banalised.'


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      9 mins
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  • When peacekeepers put lives at risk

    30 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Rowan Gillies

    The ethical duty of Rowan Gillies, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is simple: in crisis-affected countries, he goes to the person who is most sick, regardless of race, religion, politics or sex.


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      9 mins
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  • Huw Price on truth

    25 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ghassan Hage

    In this lecture, renowned philosopher Huw Price explores the concept of 'truth'.


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      9 mins
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  • How international law can solve problems at home

    23 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Justice Michael Kirby

    Like others in his generation, Michael Kirby grew up with the assumption that international law was separate - "it was the business of princes, not the business of lawyers" - and that it had nothing to do with him. A meeting in Bangalore in 1988 changed all that.


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      9 mins
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  • Duncan Ivison on freedom

    18 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Duncan Ivison

    Listen to a podcast of Duncan Ivison from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry presenting an enlightening lecture on the concept of 'freedom'.


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      9 mins
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  • Glenda Sluga on nationalism

    11 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Glenda Sluga

    Is nationalism a useful concept in the 21st century? Has it ever been useful? In this lecture, University of Sydney historian Glenda Sluga examined the history of nationalism as a concept, and evaluated its relevance and significance for understanding our world today.


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      9 mins
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  • Robert Fisk lecture - podcast

    11 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Robert Fisk

    Robert Fisk is arguably the most distinguished foreign correspondent of his generation. As a writer for London's Independent newspaper, he has witnessed many of the most important and savage events in recent history, reporting on two US wars in Iraq, two Afghan wars, the Israel/Palestine conflict, Israel's invasion of Lebanon, and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.


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      9 mins
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  • Making sustainability real with the ecological footprint

    11 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mathis Wackernagel

    Are we running out of planet? Was Malthus wrong? Do economies self-correct or self-destruct when operating as if resources are limitless? In the Western world we are constantly told we consume a great deal more of the earth's resources than a person in China, but how is this measured and what do we do once we know this? In a lecture last night Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint concept explored these questions and demonstrated how this tool addresses these issues, and can help in better management of our ecological assets.


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      9 mins
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  • The origins of 'Terra nullius'

    8 May, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Andrew Fitzmaurice

    Dr Andrew Fitzmaurice delivered a public lecture about the concept of 'terra nullius', one of the most emotive issues in contemporary Australian politics, on Wednesday 3rd May 2006.


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      9 mins
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  • Labor will restore workplace rights, says Beazley

    12 April, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mr Kim Beazley

    A Labor government would restore the right to remedies for unfair dismissal, the Leader of the Australian Opposition, Mr Kim Beazley, said at the University of Sydney last night.


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      9 mins
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  • Why are we scared of ourselves?

    4 April, 2006

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Frank Furedi

    In a world where pessimism is institutionalised and fashionable, and where human relationships are regarded as toxic, it is time to bend the stick the other way, urged Professor Frank Furedi as he delivered the first talk in the Sydney Ideas lecture series.


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      9 mins
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