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William Cuffay and the 'monster' Chartist petition

What was William Cuffay's link with the Chartist petition of 1848 and how was he discriminated against? This extract from a radio program 'The Isle of Denial: William Cuffay in Van Diemen's Land' describes the presentation of the Chartists' petition and the panic it caused authorities in London. Listen to the way Cuffay ...

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Wind farm on King Island, Tasmania?

Discover some of the issues surrounding a plan to build Australia's biggest wind farm on King Island, near Tasmania. Listen to this audio clip from 2012 to find out how Victoria may get 'clean energy', and hear some different views on how the wind farm might affect King Island's local community and environment.

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Puzzling migration of eels and monarch butterflies

Scientists have many questions about the migratory habits of eels and monarch butterflies, and new research uncovers some of the secrets. Watch this clip to discover how satellite technology is helping to track eels. You'll also find out what organs are involved in helping monarch butterflies find their way. You will be ...

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Kids in the Kimberley

Have you ever been confronted by your own prejudices? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, tell the story of how he came to recognise and disarm his own prejudices in a remote Aboriginal community in north-western Australia. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler ...

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'A rough, rough gig'

What problems do refugees face when they arrive in Australia? Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, speaks about crucial early community support for his family. Hear too about Akram's response to intolerance at school, and how a committed teacher had a positive impact on his life. This audio clip from Radio ...

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The 'inauguration' of Lake Burley Griffin

Do most Australians think Canberra is a great city and that water makes a city 'great'? Former prime minister Sir Robert Menzies certainly thought so. When the American architect Walter Burley Griffin submitted his design for Australia's new capital city in 1911, it included damming a river to create a lake. Listen to Menzies' ...

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Noongar people speak about a sense of place

Some places hold special importance for us. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a very strong sense of connection to their ancestral lands. They are important elements of their history and culture. In this audio clip, listen to two Noongar speakers talk about their connection to place.

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Different meanings for the same word

<span style="line-height: 1.4;">You've heard people speaking English with different accents, but have you noticed that the differences in accent come down to the way words are pronounced? Listen to this interview with linguist David Crystal and find out about accents and why the same word can mean something different or ...

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Volunteers needed! Motivate your audience

We've all been bored by speakers who don't seem to know what their audience might be interested in. As you listen to her Heywire audio clip, explore inspirational 16-year-old Tameika Schultz's skill in appealing to her listeners. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition ...

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Spanning the generations in an unlikely friendship

Do you think strangers with 60 years of age between them can become friends? When eighteen, George Baker found out that they can when he befriended Geoff, a man in his eighties. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories from 16-22-year-olds in ...

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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Getting to know the locals

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 10 July 1770, Cook describes a meeting with several local Guugu Yimithirr men who were fishing nearby. The British crew had set up camp in the area that is now Cooktown, on Cape York's east coast. This audio clip is the second ...

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In step with urban planning

Perth is reputed to be one of the world's most isolated cities. But it's also known for its urban sprawl. The demand for large blocks and low density has fuelled constant growth. Now one study has revealed that better-designed walkable suburbs might help to slow both urban and human sprawl.

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FANatical about Doctor Who!

The fictional world of 'Doctor Who' is like the Tardis the Doctor travels in: it's bigger than it appears from the outside. The fans of this world are extremely passionate and 13-year-old Benjamin Maio Mackay is one of them. He produces a podcast of interviews with artists and creators involved with 'Doctor Who', and creates ...

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with a spokesperson from the 2007 Caring for Country conference. Listen as he explains how traditional knowledge of the land and cultural significance guide Aboriginal environmental sustainability. Also discover ...

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William Cuffay: Chartist, son of a freed slave

Who was William Cuffay? This extract from a radio program 'The Isle of Denial: William Cuffay in Van Diemen's Land' introduces us to Cuffay, the son of a freed Caribbean slave and one of the biggest names in Britain's and Australia's movements for civil rights. It explains that, despite his fame and notoriety in the middle ...

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Words as weapons: speech-making and democracy

Have you heard the term 'freedom of speech' or thought about how speaking in public or public speaking could be linked to freedom? Find out how these words are linked as you listen to this audio program, which considers the importance of speaking in public to the history of democracy in the USA.

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The secret to happiness

How can serving your community help you belong to it? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, as he outlines the changes that an attitude of service brought to his life. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the sixth in a series of eight.

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Dame Enid Lyons: a pioneer for women in parliament

What would it be like to be one of only two women in an Australian parliament dominated by men? That was the situation in 1943 when Dame Enid Lyons entered the House of Representatives and Dorothy Tangney entered the Senate. Find out what Lyons said about this at the end of her career in 1951.Then listen to an excerpt from ...