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Sometimes the news can feel overwhelming. But The Signal is here to sort the news from the noise. It's your smart and sceptical dive into the stories that matter, delivered straight to your favourite podcast app every morning.
312 Episodes
Top Democratic presidential candidates are polling ahead of Donald Trump, but they've all got very different ways of trying to beat him. So how would each of those fights play out?Matt Bevan, host of Russia If You're Listening, takes us through the frontrunners to explain their pitch, their weak spots, and the nicknames Donald Trump has already given them.
Imagine your partner shaking you awake and telling you that you've got 15 minutes to grab what you can and get out of your million dollar apartment.That's what happened to Fabiano dos Santos last week, a resident of the still empty Mascot Towers in Sydney.It's not the first time a high-rise has been evacuated recently. Other apartment buildings have been breaking too.So what happens when you find yourself suddenly homeless because your apartment complex might be falling down?And why does this keep happening?
Today is the first day in Victoria where in certain circumstances, terminally ill people can legally end their own lives.National polling suggests there's widespread support for that change, somewhere in the order of 70 to 80 per cent.So why has it only happened in one state?Is there a big disconnect between politicians and the public on this? And if so, why?Featured:Andrew Denton, Director and Founder, Go Gentle Australia
What killed Tanya Day?

What killed Tanya Day?


In late 2017 Tanya Day tried to catch a train from Bendigo to Melbourne. Two weeks later she was dead.Today, we retrace that path; from being kicked off the train and being arrested in Castlemaine, to injuring herself in the watch house, and ultimately the emergency department.Was she treated differently because she was an Aboriginal woman? Her family wants the Victorian Coroner to consider whether systemic racism could be responsible for her death.If she agrees, it'll be the first time that question has been considered from the start of an Australian inquest.We speak to someone who works directly with police to try to fix that problem in the US, and the people who want police in Australia to try the same thing.EDITORS NOTE:Victoria Police has provided a statement to the ABC, saying it's doing an audit of existing police stations to try to make them feel welcoming and safe for Aboriginal people.It says "The Victoria Police Aboriginal Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan was launched in 2018 with the goal of strengthening partnerships with the Victorian Aboriginal community and to increase Aboriginal employment, economic participation and inclusion within our organisation.""Victoria Police is committed to strengthening its partnerships with the Victorian Aboriginal community and has made a lot of progress over the years."Featured:Belinda Stevens, Tanya Day's eldest daughterDr Phillip Goff, Co-founder and President, Centre for Policing Equity (US)Tamar Hopkins, founder, Police Accountability Project (AUS)
Brenton Tarrant, who's accused of murdering 51 people in the Christchurch mosque shootings, is being tried in New Zealand.The whole world will be watching, but you might not find out about everything that goes on in court, because five key news outlets have made a pact to limit what they report.The idea is to avoid giving a platform to hate speech or conferring notoriety on the accused.It's self censorship, theoretically for the greater good. But is it the right call?Or is it possible that in censoring the coverage, we'll miss an opportunity to confront and understand a problem?Featured:Peter Fray, Professor of Journalism, University of Technology SydneyMegan Whelan, Digital Editor, RNZ (Radio New Zealand)
Understanding Bob Hawke

Understanding Bob Hawke


Everyone has regrets, even Bob Hawke, and today's episode is all about the political paradox of trying to stay true to your values and still bring everyone along with you.The former PM is being remembered today at a State Memorial Service at the Sydney Opera House and we wanted to understand what drove him to make the changes he did to Australian life. He leaves behind an impressive legacy, floating the dollar and introducing Medicare, but he was most proud of the work he did ending aparthied and saving Antarctica from mining development. We talk to one of his closest offsiders to find out about the glory and the hazards of having such strong values. Featured:Dr Craig Emerson - Economist and former Labor Minister.
Hong Kong's last stand

Hong Kong's last stand


About a million people have marched through the streets of Hong Kong this week, in sweltering heat. That's one in seven people who live there.The protests have rolled on all week, and there have been clashes with police. It's not clear when the marches will stop, or how much they'll escalate.Hong Kongers are protesting against a proposed extradition law, which could see dissidents sent to China, but the roots of their anger goes a lot deeper.Mainland China has been trying to erode Hong Kong's independence ever since the British handover in 1997.In fact, what's happening now is just the latest chapter in a long and weird history that involves being passed between two world powers over the course of more than a hundred years.So how did Hong Kong get here, and is this its last stand?Featured:Jerome Taylor,  AFP Bureau Chief, Hong Kong, Macau and TaiwanDr Graeme Smith, Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
Today we're going to some very dark places: massacre sites, prisons and the town next to an exploded nuclear reactor.Chernobyl is having a tourism boom, bookings are up 40% this year alone, fuelled by the release of an HBO mini-series.It's known as dark tourism, but you don’t have to go overseas to find places where things have gone horribly wrong; Australia has plenty of places that fit the bill.So what's the pull to dark tourism? Where should you never go, and is there a way to do it right?Featured:Dave May, filmmaker, Chernobyl visitor & friend of the podLiz Killen, nuclear chemist and Chernobyl visitorRobert Clarke, University of Tasmania
Unit 61398 in the Chinese Army is full of hackers whose job is to steal US trade secrets.It's not clear exactly how many years the unit's been around, but it's thought to be responsible for the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property.China agreed to stop stealing commercial secrets in 2015 as part of the world's first cyber espionage treaty, but ever since Donald Trump's trade war, those gloves have come off again.America's science and technology secrets are its economic crown jewels. So just how much is being stolen, and is there anything that can stop it?Featured:Greg Austin, Professor of cyber security, strategy and diplomacy, University of New South WalesJames Martin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Swinburne University
Today's episode of The Signal is something a bit different.So often, we have to cut our best interviews right down, but last week, we did one that was especially good, and we wanted to publish the whole thing.Jeff Widener took the Tank Man photo that really came to represent the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and he had an incredible up close view of the events that lead up to it.Today's episode is his unflinching and brutally honest account of those days, in full.
Comments (9)

Darren Godbold

please don't put honking sounds in your podcast I'm driving FFS

Apr 11th

Magnus Ohman

Good but too eastern state/Sydney centered

Apr 10th

Darren Godbold

They really dumb down the news and explain things in a really patronizing way. Far left bias.

Apr 3rd

Brendan Heffernan

don't mention that killers name!

Mar 20th

Alistair Cornell

Thank you! That was an excellent explanation after the fog of war that's swirling around this, plus the rather opaque financial term. Very helpful.

Feb 11th

Lizzie Pelly

This is a very uneducated podcast - disappointing

Jul 30th

Ryan Smith

Lizzie Pelly hi gril

Jan 13th

Mark Cochran

In America we usually put down a 1 month deposit for rent and one month's rent upfront. Usually you sign an agreement regarding what's accepted and what's not acceptable. Painting the walls would be unheard of, and a landlord could simply give you very little notice and evict you. However, if you have the landlord's permission; I would suspect it would be alright. Usually a 12 month lease is signed. if you don't stay the 12 months, then you'll lose your first month's deposit. The landlord is responsible for repairs not caused by the tenants. For example: The dish washer, dryer, laundry machine, refrigerator etcetera. Back to the lease, if you give a 1-3 month notice, depending on the original agreement... you can leave and get your deposit money. If there are any damages that exceed the cost of the deposit... don't plan on getting your money back and you might owe money upon an inspection. Usually a third party inspector, but not always the case. Sometimes hole in the wall repairs or scratched walls could cost the renter money, as that is not normal maintenance. When I lived in Taiwan. You would be expected to pay a 2 month's deposit and 1 month's rent. Then pay 2 months at a time. On the Mainland, aka China: Normal procedure is 3 month's rent and 1 month's deposit. In some provinces I've been told 6 month's rent and a month deposit. However, most apartments are already furnished for the renter. Cost of apartments in the cities is sky high.. my ride is here gotta go. interesting podcast

Jun 3rd

Trudy Weibel

Excellent format: 10 mins on 1 or 2 topics well exploited

May 22nd
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