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Should the virtuous avoid a vocation in politics?

The everyday work of politics, despite everything that makes people want to avoid it, is a crucial part of what determines whether all other components of dignified living ― literature, philosophy, art, science, commerce ― will or will not flourish. Maybe it’s not so preposterous to think of politics as a vocation, after all.

Buddhist women on ordination and enlightenment

In Taiwan, there are far more Buddhist nuns than Buddhist monks. But in other countries like Thailand, the ordination of women is not officially recognised. James Carleton and a panel of ordained women explore the influence of women in Buddhism and discuss contemporary issues surrounding gender and the faith.


Tending the digital commons

Those of us who live much of our lives online are now not faced simply with matters of intellectual property and privacy; we need to confront significant choices about the world we will hand down to those who come after us. The complexities of social media ought to prompt deep reflection on what we all owe to the future, and how we might discharge this debt.

Changing how we think about free speech

I prefer not to think about speech as a right — if we think of it as an action which we have a responsibility to perform carefully, wisely and responsibly, Dr Matt Beard writes.


Our laws should protect the free press, not intimidate it

While the AFP raids last week were shocking to watch, they have forced Australians to think again about the role of the media in a democracy. If this leads to better legislation that both protects national security and press freedom, some good might still come of it.

The power of the ethnic vote in the 2019 election

A new analysis of voting by multicultural communities at the federal election has found sharp divisions over immigration may have helped the Coalition to victory in key seats.

Commercial hip hop goes God seeking

How can a genre infamous for explicit lyrics, violence and hyper-materialism be used to explore the spiritual and the sacred?


How to educate for democracy

Democracies have great rational and imaginative powers. But they also are prone to some serious flaws in reasoning, to parochialism, haste, sloppiness and selfishness. Education based primarily on profitability in the global market magnifies these deficiencies, producing a greedy obtuseness and a technically trained docility that threaten the life of democracy itself.

  • Coming Up: Future Now

    This filmmaker and playwright who grew up in the Congo studied electrical engineering, but his great passion is bringing people to Christ. His father was an evangelical pastor and after his parents died, Future fled the Congo as an orphan stowaway.

    Coming up on 16 June

  • A Peace Of Nourishment - Part 2

    With help from Rebecca Gibney and eating disorder experts around the world, Kylie starts to find some answers as she provides an intimate insight into one of the world’s deadliest mental illnesses.

    27mins 30secs
  • A Peace Of Nourishment - Part 1

    With Rebecca Gibney presenting this is the raw and revealing story of Kylie who has suffered with anorexia and binge eating disorder since she was 15. With serious health issues and nowhere left to hide, Kylie is compelled to start searching for answers.

    27mins 30secs
  • Leagueability

    Take the hard, tough game of rugby league. Toss in a bunch of young blokes who live for the game but have never been allowed to play and start a physical disability rugby league competition in regional Australia. This is a heart-warming, inspirational story about much more than football.

    27mins 30secs


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