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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

Australia's four COVID-19 frontlines

Australia in the COVID-19 era is a patchwork quilt: there's a big outbreak in Victoria, regular small ones in NSW, and the constant risk of a flare-up elsewhere. Today on The Signal we step back from the daily chaos of the news about COVID-19 to work out what's going on in each of our walled-off states and territories, and ask what it means for you. Featured: Casey Briggs, Analyst, ABC TV The Curve

16 MIN2 h ago
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Australia's four COVID-19 frontlines

What do Beirut's protesters want?

The rage in Beirut is white hot and building. A week after a warehouse containing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded on the city's waterfront, thousands are joining growing protests demanding mass resignations and an overhaul of how Lebanon works. The protesters say the catastrophe wasn't an accident: it was the result of years of political dysfunction, negligence and greed. So where does all of this end? Today on The Signal we try to understand the complex tragedy playing out in Lebanon. Featured: Kareem Chehayeb, Investigative journalist, Public Source, Beirut

16 MIN1 d ago
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What do Beirut's protesters want?

Is Victoria going hard enough?

The death toll in Australia from COVID-19 is now rising faster than ever. In Victoria, millions are living under the toughest restrictions ever imposed in Australia, and while the daily numbers seem to be getting better, there's still a lot of community transmission. Today on The Signal, we look at why some experts believe Victoria's harsh lockdown doesn't go far enough. What would the details of an even tougher lockdown look like? And are there lessons from the success of New Zealand we should be trying to learn? Featured: Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

14 MIN2 d ago
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Is Victoria going hard enough?

Who’s first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, a lot of attention is focussed on vaccine development. Preliminary results out of Oxford and China look promising, while this week Russia said it would begin mass production of a vaccine, even though the World Health Organisation thinks it's too soon. But when or if a vaccine is approved and ready, how is it going to be handed out? Today on The Signal, we ask which places and people are first in line, and who'll miss out altogether. Featured: Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University

17 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Who’s first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Has Europe given up on containing COVID-19?

Victoria is closing down, as Europe and the UK are largely open, in many places. That's despite the fact that the caseload is still much higher there. So why is there such a big policy gap? Today on The Signal, we try to understand the chasm between Australia's current pandemic policies and the responses throughout much of the UK and Europe. Is it possible that a lack of optimism in those places is to blame? Featured: Neil Pearce, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Hugo, holidaymaker in Europe

17 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Has Europe given up on containing COVID-19?

Five stages of life in lockdown

The second lockdown in Victoria is harder than the first. People are angry this is happening, scared about how long it might last, and worried about the long-term effects on everyone and everything around them. So what have we learnt since last time about coping with lockdown? And is what we're going through essentially the five stages of grief and loss? Today on The Signal, we look for the dim light at the end of the tunnel marked stage 3 and stage 4. How do you keep sight of it? And if you're outside Victoria, how can you help? Featured: Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Five stages of life in lockdown

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 MIN1 w 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 w 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 MIN1 w 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 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

Latest Episodes

Australia's four COVID-19 frontlines

Australia in the COVID-19 era is a patchwork quilt: there's a big outbreak in Victoria, regular small ones in NSW, and the constant risk of a flare-up elsewhere. Today on The Signal we step back from the daily chaos of the news about COVID-19 to work out what's going on in each of our walled-off states and territories, and ask what it means for you. Featured: Casey Briggs, Analyst, ABC TV The Curve

16 MIN2 h ago
Comments
Australia's four COVID-19 frontlines

What do Beirut's protesters want?

The rage in Beirut is white hot and building. A week after a warehouse containing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded on the city's waterfront, thousands are joining growing protests demanding mass resignations and an overhaul of how Lebanon works. The protesters say the catastrophe wasn't an accident: it was the result of years of political dysfunction, negligence and greed. So where does all of this end? Today on The Signal we try to understand the complex tragedy playing out in Lebanon. Featured: Kareem Chehayeb, Investigative journalist, Public Source, Beirut

16 MIN1 d ago
Comments
What do Beirut's protesters want?

Is Victoria going hard enough?

The death toll in Australia from COVID-19 is now rising faster than ever. In Victoria, millions are living under the toughest restrictions ever imposed in Australia, and while the daily numbers seem to be getting better, there's still a lot of community transmission. Today on The Signal, we look at why some experts believe Victoria's harsh lockdown doesn't go far enough. What would the details of an even tougher lockdown look like? And are there lessons from the success of New Zealand we should be trying to learn? Featured: Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

14 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Is Victoria going hard enough?

Who’s first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, a lot of attention is focussed on vaccine development. Preliminary results out of Oxford and China look promising, while this week Russia said it would begin mass production of a vaccine, even though the World Health Organisation thinks it's too soon. But when or if a vaccine is approved and ready, how is it going to be handed out? Today on The Signal, we ask which places and people are first in line, and who'll miss out altogether. Featured: Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University

17 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Who’s first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Has Europe given up on containing COVID-19?

Victoria is closing down, as Europe and the UK are largely open, in many places. That's despite the fact that the caseload is still much higher there. So why is there such a big policy gap? Today on The Signal, we try to understand the chasm between Australia's current pandemic policies and the responses throughout much of the UK and Europe. Is it possible that a lack of optimism in those places is to blame? Featured: Neil Pearce, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Hugo, holidaymaker in Europe

17 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Has Europe given up on containing COVID-19?

Five stages of life in lockdown

The second lockdown in Victoria is harder than the first. People are angry this is happening, scared about how long it might last, and worried about the long-term effects on everyone and everything around them. So what have we learnt since last time about coping with lockdown? And is what we're going through essentially the five stages of grief and loss? Today on The Signal, we look for the dim light at the end of the tunnel marked stage 3 and stage 4. How do you keep sight of it? And if you're outside Victoria, how can you help? Featured: Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Five stages of life in lockdown

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 MIN1 w 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 w 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 MIN1 w 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 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How criminal can a 10-year-old be?

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