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The Signal

The Signal

ABC Radio

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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

Why your dreams are getting weirder

If you've been having more intense dreams since the pandemic began, you're not alone. Today we find out why that's happening, whether or not it's helpful, and what to do if you're finding it's not. Featured: Dr Thomas Andrillon, Psychologist, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University

19 MIN1 d ago
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Why your dreams are getting weirder

Unpacking a very strange truce

A friendly chat between a Coalition government and the union movement over industrial relations might seem as likely as hell freezing over. But COVID-19 has changed lots of things, and this week Scott Morrison said a discussion with unions is exactly what he'd like to see happen. Union leaders are already wary, but say they'll participate. So is there any chance the two sides could find common ground? Today on The Signal, we review what unions and business leaders might spar over in their shared bid to boost Australia's ailing economy, and ask whether there are lessons from Bob Hawke's 1983 Accord. Featured: Patricia Karvelas, Host, RN Drive and ABC News Afternoon Briefing

16 MIN2 d ago
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Unpacking a very strange truce

How the gas leak went wrong

Theoretically, there are no bad ideas in brainstorming, but the pitch for a "gas-led" economic recovery hasn’t won many fans. The Government-picked team that's steering Australia's route out of the COVID-19 downturn is making a case for a massive publicly funded expansion of the domestic gas industry. The idea was contained in a draft report from the manufacturing taskforce of the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee, which was leaked last week. The proposal is not only drawing a lot of criticism, it's also shone a spotlight on some of its authors' close links to the gas industry. So how did the launch of one of the first big ideas for fixing Australia's economy go so far off script? And is our economic recovery going to be all about gas? Featured: Stephen Long, ABC investigative reporter covering business and finance

16 MIN3 d ago
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How the gas leak went wrong

Meet the economists denying debt

Australia is drowning in public debt, but what if we never have to pay it off? The kind of government spending it's taking to keep Australia afloat is pushing us into an unprecedented deficit. But there's an emerging school of economic thought whose proponents advise us to relax and forget about it. Modern Monetary theorists argue public debt may not actually exist, and governments can instead spend as much as they like. So how does the theory work? And why wouldn't lifting spending restrictions on governments create chaos and hyperinflation? Today on The Signal we're speaking to one of the founders of Modern Monetary Theory, and learning how it might apply to our coronavirus crisis. Featured: Emeritus Professor Bill Mitchell, Chair in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle

17 MIN4 d ago
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Meet the economists denying debt

Calling time on Hong Kong's rebellion

Beijing has finally lost patience with Hong Kong's rebellious streak after a year of relentless pro-democracy protests. It's decided to ram through national security laws under the cover of COVID-19, a move designed to totally subdue dissent. So how will the protest movement react? And is the city's struggle over? Featured: Tom Grundy, Editor, Hong Kong Free Press

15 MIN5 d ago
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Calling time on Hong Kong's rebellion

Donald Trump's miracle drug

Donald Trump has been pushing hydroxychloroquine for months as a treatment for COVID-19, but scientists and health officials say there's not enough evidence yet supporting its use. So how did the antimalarial drug that's also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus come to the President's attention? And why is he now digging in? Today on The Signal, we piece together the strange back story of Donald Trump's latest obsession, and ask how it was drafted into America's coronavirus culture war. Featured: Bruce Shapiro, author, journalist and professor, Columbia Journalism School

16 MIN1 w ago
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Donald Trump's miracle drug

Inside an Australian COVID-19 ward

Australia has begun to relax in a lot of ways, but Australian hospitals can't. Even though the feared tide of COVID-19 patients never materialised at ICUs, the hypervigilance remains. And it has a price. Today, we speak with a frontline doctor from a COVID-19 ward in Adelaide about what it's taken to contain the outbreak within hospitals. Featured: Dr Tom Johns, Junior Doctor, Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals

14 MIN1 w ago
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Inside an Australian COVID-19 ward

Australia's bargaining chips with China

China and Australia have a lopsided relationship, and when China loses its temper, things can get out of hand very quickly. So with our biggest trading partner now slapping an 80% tariff on imports of barley, what options does Australia have? Today on The Signal we're going inside the latest big flare-up in China-Australia relations. We're asking what it means for our fragile economy, and whether we have more leverage against China than you might think. Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

14 MIN1 w ago
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Australia's bargaining chips with China

2020's fresh blow to the reef

While we've all been focused on COVID-19, the Great Barrier Reef has had a devastating few months: it's experienced its most extensive coral bleaching event ever recorded. So can it still be saved? And could a species of hardy coral in the Red Sea that seems to be thriving help? Featured: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Science, University of Queensland

13 MIN1 w ago
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2020's fresh blow to the reef

How to spot a COVID-19 hotspot

As Australia re-opens, we've been told to expect outbreaks along the way, but the question is: where? Today we break down how the virus spreads in order to understand the places you need to be most careful, and the best way to manage the risk. Featured: Erin Bromage, Associate Professor of Immunology and Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

18 MIN1 w ago
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How to spot a COVID-19 hotspot

Latest Episodes

Why your dreams are getting weirder

If you've been having more intense dreams since the pandemic began, you're not alone. Today we find out why that's happening, whether or not it's helpful, and what to do if you're finding it's not. Featured: Dr Thomas Andrillon, Psychologist, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University

19 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Why your dreams are getting weirder

Unpacking a very strange truce

A friendly chat between a Coalition government and the union movement over industrial relations might seem as likely as hell freezing over. But COVID-19 has changed lots of things, and this week Scott Morrison said a discussion with unions is exactly what he'd like to see happen. Union leaders are already wary, but say they'll participate. So is there any chance the two sides could find common ground? Today on The Signal, we review what unions and business leaders might spar over in their shared bid to boost Australia's ailing economy, and ask whether there are lessons from Bob Hawke's 1983 Accord. Featured: Patricia Karvelas, Host, RN Drive and ABC News Afternoon Briefing

16 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Unpacking a very strange truce

How the gas leak went wrong

Theoretically, there are no bad ideas in brainstorming, but the pitch for a "gas-led" economic recovery hasn’t won many fans. The Government-picked team that's steering Australia's route out of the COVID-19 downturn is making a case for a massive publicly funded expansion of the domestic gas industry. The idea was contained in a draft report from the manufacturing taskforce of the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee, which was leaked last week. The proposal is not only drawing a lot of criticism, it's also shone a spotlight on some of its authors' close links to the gas industry. So how did the launch of one of the first big ideas for fixing Australia's economy go so far off script? And is our economic recovery going to be all about gas? Featured: Stephen Long, ABC investigative reporter covering business and finance

16 MIN3 d ago
Comments
How the gas leak went wrong

Meet the economists denying debt

Australia is drowning in public debt, but what if we never have to pay it off? The kind of government spending it's taking to keep Australia afloat is pushing us into an unprecedented deficit. But there's an emerging school of economic thought whose proponents advise us to relax and forget about it. Modern Monetary theorists argue public debt may not actually exist, and governments can instead spend as much as they like. So how does the theory work? And why wouldn't lifting spending restrictions on governments create chaos and hyperinflation? Today on The Signal we're speaking to one of the founders of Modern Monetary Theory, and learning how it might apply to our coronavirus crisis. Featured: Emeritus Professor Bill Mitchell, Chair in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle

17 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Meet the economists denying debt

Calling time on Hong Kong's rebellion

Beijing has finally lost patience with Hong Kong's rebellious streak after a year of relentless pro-democracy protests. It's decided to ram through national security laws under the cover of COVID-19, a move designed to totally subdue dissent. So how will the protest movement react? And is the city's struggle over? Featured: Tom Grundy, Editor, Hong Kong Free Press

15 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Calling time on Hong Kong's rebellion

Donald Trump's miracle drug

Donald Trump has been pushing hydroxychloroquine for months as a treatment for COVID-19, but scientists and health officials say there's not enough evidence yet supporting its use. So how did the antimalarial drug that's also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus come to the President's attention? And why is he now digging in? Today on The Signal, we piece together the strange back story of Donald Trump's latest obsession, and ask how it was drafted into America's coronavirus culture war. Featured: Bruce Shapiro, author, journalist and professor, Columbia Journalism School

16 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Donald Trump's miracle drug

Inside an Australian COVID-19 ward

Australia has begun to relax in a lot of ways, but Australian hospitals can't. Even though the feared tide of COVID-19 patients never materialised at ICUs, the hypervigilance remains. And it has a price. Today, we speak with a frontline doctor from a COVID-19 ward in Adelaide about what it's taken to contain the outbreak within hospitals. Featured: Dr Tom Johns, Junior Doctor, Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Inside an Australian COVID-19 ward

Australia's bargaining chips with China

China and Australia have a lopsided relationship, and when China loses its temper, things can get out of hand very quickly. So with our biggest trading partner now slapping an 80% tariff on imports of barley, what options does Australia have? Today on The Signal we're going inside the latest big flare-up in China-Australia relations. We're asking what it means for our fragile economy, and whether we have more leverage against China than you might think. Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Australia's bargaining chips with China

2020's fresh blow to the reef

While we've all been focused on COVID-19, the Great Barrier Reef has had a devastating few months: it's experienced its most extensive coral bleaching event ever recorded. So can it still be saved? And could a species of hardy coral in the Red Sea that seems to be thriving help? Featured: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Science, University of Queensland

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
2020's fresh blow to the reef

How to spot a COVID-19 hotspot

As Australia re-opens, we've been told to expect outbreaks along the way, but the question is: where? Today we break down how the virus spreads in order to understand the places you need to be most careful, and the best way to manage the risk. Featured: Erin Bromage, Associate Professor of Immunology and Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How to spot a COVID-19 hotspot
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