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Ideas at the House

Live talks from the world’s greatest minds and culture creators

Catch up on events from recent festivals or dive into our rich archive of talks, hosted by Edwina Throsby, Head of Talks & Ideas.

Our latest episodes are live recordings from Antidote 2019, including a discussion with whistleblower Christopher Wylie and Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov.

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Latest episodes

Unlocking Justice - Antidote 2019

28 February 2020

Justice is regarded as fundamental to civilised society, but ideas around what is fair and just reflect the values of a culture. Is it possible to reach a universal understanding of justice? And  if it is, what happens when that justice fails? Recorded at ANTIDOTE 2019 this episode features Kimberley Motley, Melissa Lucashenko, Peta Blood and is hosted by Larissa Behrendt.

A Rohingya Speaks at Antidote 2019

21 February 2020

Habiburahman has encountered torture, detention and statelessness. This moving session is a testimonial to the strength of human spirit, and a look at some truths behind the global refugee crisis. Hosted by Olivia Rousset.

Bushfire Catastrophe: Future Thinking

19 February 2020

As the scale of the loss and devastation continues to mount, our communities have pulled together, and our politics and policies have been called into question. But the biggest question of all is, what do we do now? Is this a turning point in our nation's history?

Hosted by Lenore Taylor, editor of The Guardian Australia with Oliver Costello, John Connor, David Bowman, Danielle Celermajer and Lenore Taylor.

Bushfire Catastrophe: Relief & Response

19 February 2020

This event brings together community members and experts for a discussion about the way forward. From small community fundraisers, to wildlife recovery, to land management, politics and the economy, what sort of future do we want to rebuild?

Hosted by Julia Baird with Lorena Allam, Christine Morgan, Erin Riley, Nick Ritar, Dr. Larry Vogelnest, Elizabeth Mossop and Julia Baird.

From Diplomat to Defector at ANTIDOTE 2019

14 February 2020

Thae Yong-ho is one of the highest-ranking officials to defect from North Korea. What can he tell us about the secrets and lies of one of the world's most repressive regimes?

The Problem with Polling at ANTIDOTE 2019

07 February 2020

Our most recent federal election shocked almost everyone. Join Bela Stantic, Rebecca Huntley, Antony Green and David Speers for insight on why the polls missed it, whether polling will ever be trusted again, and what it might look like in the future. 

Because Self Care at ANTIDOTE 2019

31 January 2020

TV binges, wellness trends - is that all we ever talk about anymore? Our culture experts get to the bottom of what, exactly, we're trying to tune out. Hosted by Faustina Agolley.

Who Gets To Speak at ANTIDOTE 2019

20 December 2019

In a world of polarised politics, how do we have difficult conversations; and what are the responsibilities of those with a public platform? Recorded at ANTIDOTE 2019, this episode features Sisonke Msimang, Lina Attalah and Bruce Shapiro, and is hosted by David Speers.

The Saturday Paper: Fables at ANTIDOTE 2019

13 December 2019

Once upon a time, the people of Sydney were in need of a good story. The Saturday Paper editor in chief, Erik Jensen, gathers Australia's brightest writers to retell today's events as fables. Recorded at ANTIDOTE 2019, this episode features Erik Jensen, Kate Holden, Fiona Wright, Wendy Harmer & Debra Adelaide.

Denise Ho: Pop & Politics in Hong Kong at ANTIDOTE 2019

6 December 2019

LGBTQI activist, and Cantopop singer, Denise Ho has become a prominent figure in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution. In this exhilarating conversation, she talks about what's happening in Hong Kong, and resistance to state control. Hosted by Zing Tsjeng.

Annabel Crabb on gender and the workplace in Australia

29 November 2019

Join Annabel Crabb as she takes a fresh look at work and gender in conversation with Edwina Throsby. While women have revolutionised the way they live and work, Annabel investigates why the habits of men remains largely unchanged.

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