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• How money messes with you

Money affects all of us in sneaky ways. Having too much makes us less empathetic. Having too little makes us less smart.  There’s a difference between what we say about rich people and what we feel.  And winning the lottery can make you very unhappy indeed. What money does to us on this week’s episode of The Money.

Richard Aedy’s The Money here

• Fuzzy thinking won’t save the planet

The Oxford Dictionary nominated post-truth as the Word of the Year in 2016.  Rather than objective facts,  politicians promote alternative facts, emotion and personal beliefs as the basis for public debate. This spells disaster to a scientist like Brian Schmidt who says we can’t solve the world’s pressing problems without a renewed respect for evidence and expertise.


Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate, cosmologist and ANU Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Schmidt delivered the annual Manning Clark lecture : Evidence and expertise in a post-truth world.

Recorded on 3 March 2017 .

Paul Barclay’s Big Ideas here

• Microcredit and social business

Economist Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and social business. He founded the Grameen Bank which gives loans to the poor and supports the development of social business. The philosophy is social benefit rather than personal gain which Yunus believes is the key to eradicating poverty and building a just world.

Recorded at the University of New South Wales 4 April 2017

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• Put money in their pocket

Architect David Sanderson says that western countries should trust the poor and those affected by disaster when giving aid. Rather than deciding how the money is to be spent, we should give cash directly to the poor, disaster victims and refugees who know best how to spend wisely to rebuild their lives.

Recorded 11 December 2016 Unsomnia UNSW

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• Global corruption

Australia has been called ‘the Cayman Islands of the South Pacific’ - a safe haven for money coming into the country through international corruption. The money trail particularly leads to Queensland. Each year billions are looted by rulers from their countries’ public coffers. An international agreement prohibits a state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another state. However, Australia does little to honour this agreement.

Distinguished Lecture 2016 presented by Griffith University. 19 September 2016.

Originally broadcast on 9 November 2016.


Professor Jason Sharman - School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

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