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Close to a billion of the world’s population are overweight while 300 million are clinically defined as obese. Experts predict a rapid increase in these figures - particularly in industrialised countries. So, what is to be done?
Over the past decade, social networking has become a powerful communication tool - in fact, it’s hard to imagine our lives without it. But how exactly have these e-technologies changed the way in which we interact with others?
The world must solve three food problems simultaneously: end hunger, double food production by 2050, and do both while drastically reducing agriculture’s damage to the environment. A discussion presented by Festival of Ideas, University of Melbourne
What is and is not a real disease? Our speakers, Prof. Jon Jureidini, Ray Moynihan and Martin Palin, tackle the difference between a "normal" problem and a genuine disease, exploring the dangers of "diagnostic inflation." Host: Natasha Mitchell
Are differences between men and women hard-wired in the brain? Featuring Norman Swan (Chair), Ben McKenzie, Kim Cornish, Cordelia Fine and Jayashri Kulkarni
Doron Ben-Meir
Alan Finkel is Chancellor of Monash University, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and Co-founder Cosmos Magazine. Here he addresses the Creative Innovation 2013 conference.
Bunker Roy established the only fully solar electrified Barefoot College in the deserts of Rajasthan in India 40 years ago. At Creative Innovation 2014 he speaks about the only College in India built by the poor and managed by the rural poor.
Dr Bjorn Lomborg
Jason Drew is a serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist and futurist who argues that industrial revolution is over and the sustainability revolution has begun. He is speaking at the Creative Innovation 2013 conference
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
Should the Racial Discrimination Act be amended? Watch Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in conversation with Robert Manne
Euthanasia remains one of the most challenging moral and philosophical questions. What is to be gained and lost if assisted suicide is legalised? Does society need a better approach to dying?
Australia's best science communicators come together to explore the challenges of relaying complex and important scientific information to the wider community
Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters, asks the question: What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
Anne Manne is the author of "Motherhood" and Quarterly Essay 29, "Love & Money". Her latest book is "The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism", which she discusses with Ramona Koval.

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