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The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

Latest Episodes

How Trump could fight an election loss

Donald Trump has been backsliding in the polls for months, but there are more signs with each passing week that he's unlikely to go down without a fight. So what are the ways, legitimate and otherwise, that the outcome of the election could be challenged by either Donald Trump or Joe Biden? And what happens next if one of them does? Today on The Signal, it's America's looming legitimacy crisis. Featuring: Dr Emma Shortis, Research Fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University

20 MIN19 h ago
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How Trump could fight an election loss

How 5G and COVID-19 conspiracies merged

Conspiracy theories about 5G have been around for years now. But since the start of the pandemic, a new one has emerged, and it's spread like wildfire: that 5G technology either started or has helped to spread COVID-19. Today on The Signal we explore the shady origins of the latest 5G conspiracy theory. We ask where this misinformation came from, and who benefits from its spread. Featured: Sean Nicholls, Reporter, ABC TV 4 Corners Michael Lyon, Greens councillor, Byron Shire Naomi Cook, Spokeswoman, Australians for Safe Technology Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Axel Bruns, Professor, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology

17 MIN1 d ago
Comments
How 5G and COVID-19 conspiracies merged

Is Melbourne's lockdown a failure?

Melburnians have been living under Stage 3 restrictions for more than three weeks. Pubs, cafes and gyms are closed, hosting friends or family at home is forbidden, and someone even copped a $1,600 fine for driving across town to pick up a curry. Today, new restrictions are coming into place west of Melbourne, in Geelong and on the Great Ocean Road, while from next week mask-wearing in public will be mandatory across Victoria. So why, despite all the new rules, is the daily COVID-19 case count still rising? Today on The Signal we ask why the situation in Victoria seems to be getting worse, and comb through the data to see if there are successes hidden amid the gloom. Featured: Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair in Epidemiology, Deakin University, Melbourne

16 MIN4 d ago
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Is Melbourne's lockdown a failure?

How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

It's still possible to be arrested and charged with a crime at the age of 10 in Australia. There's been a sustained campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14, in line with the average across Europe, but Australian political leaders want to see more evidence and more options first. Today on the Signal we ask what it's like to be a kid in prison. How did the law come to be this way? And what does the science have to say about how children think at that age? Featured: Dr Mick Creati, Paediatrician and Senior Fellow at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Professor Chris Cuneen, Criminologist, University of Technology Sydney Keenan Mundine, Co-founder, Deadly Connections

19 MIN5 d ago
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How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

Are we in for another Black Summer?

This time last year, one of the worst bushfire seasons ever seen in Australia was just getting started. The so-called "Black Summer" fires of 2019-2020 claimed 33 lives, burnt through at least 12 million hectares, and killed or displaced almost 3 billion koalas, kangaroos and other animals. The big question is: will this summer be a repeat. Today on The Signal, the science of bushfire prediction. What do the forecasts say? How much faith should we place in them? And are we doing enough to prevent more horrors in future? Featured: Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne

17 MIN6 d ago
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Are we in for another Black Summer?

Locking up terrorists indefinitely

One of Australia's most notorious terrorist prisoners could be held in detention even after he finishes his term later this year. In 2008, Abdul Nacer Benbrika was jailed for 12 years after he was found to have been the spiritual leader of a terror cell that was plotting attacks in Australia. This November, he will have done his time, but authorities are considering whether it's safe to release him. Today on The Signal, we dig into the debate around prolonging a convicted criminal's sentence beyond its end date. What does the law allow? Can it be justified? Featured: Dan Oakes, Reporter, ABC Investigations Peter Moroney, Former Detective Sergeant, NSW Police Dr Clarke Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Locking up terrorists indefinitely

Donald Trump's anti-BLM surge

In some US cities, Black Lives Matter rallies haven't just persisted. They've escalated. Earlier this month, Donald Trump sent federal law enforcement officers to Portland, and he's considering doing the same elsewhere. The rationale is that agents will protect federal property in the city, such as courthouses. But since the deployment, the officers have ended up in violent confrontations with protesters, leading to concerns that their presence is having the perverse effect of escalating the situation. So what’s driving each side? And where will it end? Featured: Robert Klemko, reporter, The Washington Post

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Donald Trump's anti-BLM surge

Is debt really that bad?

Australia's now running the biggest budget deficit since the Second World War, and according to the Treasury's latest outlook, there are even bigger deficits ahead. So how afraid of our mountains of debt should we be? Today on The Signal we unpack the strangest budget outlook in at least a generation, and ask what it means for you. Featured: Sarah Hunter, Chief Economist, BIS Oxford Economics

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Is debt really that bad?

Halfway to a COVID-19 vaccine

Australia just had its worst ever day in the fight against COVID-19. Yesterday across the country, 502 new cases were confirmed, and in the past seven days there've been 2,414 new cases. So in the face of what is increasingly looking like a second wave, how's that vaccine coming along? Today on The Signal, we bring you good news, from two different places, on the race to find a vaccine. Could one be less than a year away? And if the virus mutates in the meantime, will a vaccine still work? Featured: Associate Professor Brian Oliver, Associate Head of School (Research), School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

16 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Halfway to a COVID-19 vaccine

Can we dodge the job support cliff?

Yesterday, about 5 million Australians got some good news and somebad news. The Government is extending the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments past September, but at a lower rate. At the same time, Australia's economic outlook keeps on deteriorating. Today on The Signal, the Government's trying to make September's financial cliff look more like a downward slope. But how long can these payments last? And how much are they distorting the economy? Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Can we dodge the job support cliff?

Latest Episodes

How Trump could fight an election loss

Donald Trump has been backsliding in the polls for months, but there are more signs with each passing week that he's unlikely to go down without a fight. So what are the ways, legitimate and otherwise, that the outcome of the election could be challenged by either Donald Trump or Joe Biden? And what happens next if one of them does? Today on The Signal, it's America's looming legitimacy crisis. Featuring: Dr Emma Shortis, Research Fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University

20 MIN19 h ago
Comments
How Trump could fight an election loss

How 5G and COVID-19 conspiracies merged

Conspiracy theories about 5G have been around for years now. But since the start of the pandemic, a new one has emerged, and it's spread like wildfire: that 5G technology either started or has helped to spread COVID-19. Today on The Signal we explore the shady origins of the latest 5G conspiracy theory. We ask where this misinformation came from, and who benefits from its spread. Featured: Sean Nicholls, Reporter, ABC TV 4 Corners Michael Lyon, Greens councillor, Byron Shire Naomi Cook, Spokeswoman, Australians for Safe Technology Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Axel Bruns, Professor, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology

17 MIN1 d ago
Comments
How 5G and COVID-19 conspiracies merged

Is Melbourne's lockdown a failure?

Melburnians have been living under Stage 3 restrictions for more than three weeks. Pubs, cafes and gyms are closed, hosting friends or family at home is forbidden, and someone even copped a $1,600 fine for driving across town to pick up a curry. Today, new restrictions are coming into place west of Melbourne, in Geelong and on the Great Ocean Road, while from next week mask-wearing in public will be mandatory across Victoria. So why, despite all the new rules, is the daily COVID-19 case count still rising? Today on The Signal we ask why the situation in Victoria seems to be getting worse, and comb through the data to see if there are successes hidden amid the gloom. Featured: Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair in Epidemiology, Deakin University, Melbourne

16 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Is Melbourne's lockdown a failure?

How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

It's still possible to be arrested and charged with a crime at the age of 10 in Australia. There's been a sustained campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14, in line with the average across Europe, but Australian political leaders want to see more evidence and more options first. Today on the Signal we ask what it's like to be a kid in prison. How did the law come to be this way? And what does the science have to say about how children think at that age? Featured: Dr Mick Creati, Paediatrician and Senior Fellow at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Professor Chris Cuneen, Criminologist, University of Technology Sydney Keenan Mundine, Co-founder, Deadly Connections

19 MIN5 d ago
Comments
How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

Are we in for another Black Summer?

This time last year, one of the worst bushfire seasons ever seen in Australia was just getting started. The so-called "Black Summer" fires of 2019-2020 claimed 33 lives, burnt through at least 12 million hectares, and killed or displaced almost 3 billion koalas, kangaroos and other animals. The big question is: will this summer be a repeat. Today on The Signal, the science of bushfire prediction. What do the forecasts say? How much faith should we place in them? And are we doing enough to prevent more horrors in future? Featured: Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne

17 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Are we in for another Black Summer?

Locking up terrorists indefinitely

One of Australia's most notorious terrorist prisoners could be held in detention even after he finishes his term later this year. In 2008, Abdul Nacer Benbrika was jailed for 12 years after he was found to have been the spiritual leader of a terror cell that was plotting attacks in Australia. This November, he will have done his time, but authorities are considering whether it's safe to release him. Today on The Signal, we dig into the debate around prolonging a convicted criminal's sentence beyond its end date. What does the law allow? Can it be justified? Featured: Dan Oakes, Reporter, ABC Investigations Peter Moroney, Former Detective Sergeant, NSW Police Dr Clarke Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Locking up terrorists indefinitely

Donald Trump's anti-BLM surge

In some US cities, Black Lives Matter rallies haven't just persisted. They've escalated. Earlier this month, Donald Trump sent federal law enforcement officers to Portland, and he's considering doing the same elsewhere. The rationale is that agents will protect federal property in the city, such as courthouses. But since the deployment, the officers have ended up in violent confrontations with protesters, leading to concerns that their presence is having the perverse effect of escalating the situation. So what’s driving each side? And where will it end? Featured: Robert Klemko, reporter, The Washington Post

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Donald Trump's anti-BLM surge

Is debt really that bad?

Australia's now running the biggest budget deficit since the Second World War, and according to the Treasury's latest outlook, there are even bigger deficits ahead. So how afraid of our mountains of debt should we be? Today on The Signal we unpack the strangest budget outlook in at least a generation, and ask what it means for you. Featured: Sarah Hunter, Chief Economist, BIS Oxford Economics

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Is debt really that bad?

Halfway to a COVID-19 vaccine

Australia just had its worst ever day in the fight against COVID-19. Yesterday across the country, 502 new cases were confirmed, and in the past seven days there've been 2,414 new cases. So in the face of what is increasingly looking like a second wave, how's that vaccine coming along? Today on The Signal, we bring you good news, from two different places, on the race to find a vaccine. Could one be less than a year away? And if the virus mutates in the meantime, will a vaccine still work? Featured: Associate Professor Brian Oliver, Associate Head of School (Research), School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

16 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Halfway to a COVID-19 vaccine

Can we dodge the job support cliff?

Yesterday, about 5 million Australians got some good news and somebad news. The Government is extending the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments past September, but at a lower rate. At the same time, Australia's economic outlook keeps on deteriorating. Today on The Signal, the Government's trying to make September's financial cliff look more like a downward slope. But how long can these payments last? And how much are they distorting the economy? Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Can we dodge the job support cliff?

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