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Podcast Profile: The Minefield

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239 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 53 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Ethical dilemmas • Social problems • Comedy and absurdity • Politics • Music and art • Law and justice • Society and community • Democracy challenges • Technology impact • Climate debate • Historical analysis • Emotional responses

This podcast, titled “The Minefield,” navigates through the complex and often contradictory ethical challenges arising in modern society. The overarching theme of the podcast is to explore the multifaceted moral dilemmas that individuals and communities face. Each episode delves into a specific issue, questioning prevailing norms and examining underlying ethical concerns.

Drawing from a wide array of topics, the podcast addresses both contemporary and perennial issues. Episodes interrogate the absurdities present in comedy and their deeper connections to tragedy, the impact of individualism on social cohesion, and the unique mass appeal of cultural icons like The Beatles and Taylor Swift. The episodes also dissect pressing political matters, such as the implications of former President Donald Trump’s felony convictions and the rise of far-right movements in Europe.

Several episodes focus on the complexities of international relations and law, particularly through the lens of conflicts in Gaza, emphasizing the moral obligations during warfare and the role of international courts. Episodes dealing with digital and technological advancements discuss the emergence of chatbots and deepfakes, contemplating their effects on human communication, democracy, and trust.

Educational environments and their ethical landscapes are another recurrent subject, with episodes exploring the nature of protests at universities and the implications of ranking artistic works. Historical and philosophical discussions also feature prominently, such as the ethical reflections on past political decisions and the moral insights offered by classic literature and art, including works by Dickens and Goya.

Interwoven through the podcast are themes of social justice, the morality of boredom and solitude, and the tensions between media and legal institutions. By dissecting both personal and communal ethical concerns, this podcast provides a thorough, nuanced exploration of the multifaceted moral landscape of contemporary life.


Episodes:
Episode Image Political violence — why is it so corrosive to democratic life?
2024-Jul-17
53 minutes
Episode Image “There’s a crack in everything”: Is absurdity central to comedy?
2024-Jul-10
53 minutes
Episode Image In a bespoke and individualistic age, are we losing a sense of “the common”?
2024-Jul-03
53 minutes
Episode Image Beatlemania at 60: Why was the band so popular before they were even great?
2024-Jun-26
54 minutes
Episode Image Right verdict, wrong case? The political dangers of Trump’s felony conviction
2024-Jun-19
53 minutes
Episode Image Is the rise of the far right in Europe inevitable? It’s complicated
2024-Jun-12
54 minutes
Episode Image Is it wrong to "rank" works of art?
2024-Jun-05
54 minutes
Episode Image Is international law powerless in the face of conflicts like Gaza?
2024-May-29
53 minutes
Episode Image If chatbots are polluting the commons of human communication, what are the moral consequences?
2024-May-22
53 minutes
What are the ethical, and legal, limits of protests at Australian universities?
2024-May-15
53 minutes
Episode Image The decency of everyday life — are unwritten rules enough to sustain a good society?
2024-May-08
54 minutes
Episode Image What will endure? The ethics of “Groundhog Day”
2024-May-01
55 minutes
Episode Image After the stabbings in Sydney — Grief? Anger? Revenge?
2024-Apr-24
53 minutes
Episode Image What’s fueling the tension between the courts and the media?
2024-Apr-17
53 minutes
Episode Image What would the moral obligation to avoid civilian deaths look like in Gaza?
2024-Apr-10
53 minutes
Episode Image Ramadan — the rediscovery of society
2024-Apr-03
53 minutes
Episode Image Ramadan — the importance of friendship
2024-Mar-27
53 minutes
Episode Image Ramadan — the discipline of solitude
2024-Mar-20
53 minutes
Episode Image Ramadan — the necessity of withdrawing
2024-Mar-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Q+A on “the wisdom of crowds”
2024-Mar-06
53 minutes
Episode Image How much credence should we give to “the wisdom of crowds”?
2024-Feb-28
52 minutes
Episode Image When is it right to call some act – or someone – “evil”?
2024-Feb-21
53 minutes
Episode Image From Beyoncé to Taylor Swift — what’s behind the mass appeal of live music events?
2024-Feb-14
54 minutes
Episode Image What is the harm in “deepfakes” — and what are they doing to democracy?
2024-Feb-07
53 minutes
Episode Image How can trust be cultivated in a time of pervasive suspicion?
2024-Jan-31
53 minutes
Episode Image What do we lose by succumbing to conspiracy-mindedness?
2024-Jan-24
53 minutes
In a screen saturated age, is literacy under threat?
2024-Jan-17
53 minutes
What do we lose when we lose the capacity for boredom?
2024-Jan-10
53 minutes
Goya’s “Saturn” and its moral challenge
2024-Jan-03
53 minutes
Politics, farce ... and Fawlty Towers
2023-Dec-27
53 minutes
What are playlists doing to our ability to listen to music?
2023-Dec-20
53 minutes
Episode Image Dickens’s philosophy of generosity: Revisiting “A Christmas Carol”, 180 years on
2023-Dec-13
53 minutes
Episode Image How much should we expect from the state?
2023-Dec-06
53 minutes
Episode Image Should drivers of electric vehicles be taxed more to use the roads?
2023-Nov-29
53 minutes
Episode Image What is social cohesion, what cultivates it, and what undermines it?
2023-Nov-22
53 minutes
Episode Image What is the moral case for a ceasefire in Gaza?
2023-Nov-15
52 minutes
Episode Image What’s behind the anger? On Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”
2023-Nov-08
54 minutes
Episode Image Do we know what the result of the Voice referendum means?
2023-Nov-01
54 minutes
Episode Image Is it time to reconsider Australia’s bipartisan commitment to “stopping the boats”?
2023-Oct-25
54 minutes
Episode Image Some deaths matter more to us than others — but should they?
2023-Oct-18
53 minutes
Episode Image Can young people stay politically engaged without becoming disillusioned with democracy?
2023-Oct-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Travel is bad for the climate — but what if it’s also bad for us?
2023-Oct-04
54 minutes
What’s the point of blame? When is it right to forgive?
2023-Sep-27
less than a minute
Episode Image Can democracy withstand the strategic use of online confusion?
2023-Sep-20
53 minutes
Episode Image In a critical age, are we losing the ability to say why we love what we love?
2023-Sep-13
53 minutes
Episode Image Facing the darkness: The moral challenge of Goya’s “Saturn devouring his son” (1823)
2023-Sep-06
53 minutes
Episode Image When is a referendum an unethical way of resolving a political question?
2023-Aug-30
53 minutes
Episode Image Should climate change make us rethink the ethics of nuclear energy?
2023-Aug-23
54 minutes
Episode Image 1 May 1956: Was Elizabeth Anscombe right to charge Harry Truman with murder?
2023-Aug-16
53 minutes
Episode Image 8 September 1974: Was Gerald Ford right to pardon Richard Nixon?
2023-Aug-09
59 minutes
Episode Image Is there any benefit to boredom?
2023-Aug-02
54 minutes
Episode Image Does AI pose a threat to human life — and if so, what kind?
2023-Jul-26
54 minutes
Episode Image Are cluster munitions a “lesser evil” in the war in Ukraine?
2023-Jul-19
53 minutes
Episode Image Why do we distance ourselves from our age?
2023-Jul-12
53 minutes
Episode Image What does it take to address a “wicked problem” like political corruption?
2023-Jul-05
53 minutes
Episode Image What are playlists doing to our ability to listen to music?
2023-Jun-28
54 minutes
Episode Image How to respond responsibly to the “cost of living crisis”?
2023-Jun-21
53 minutes
Episode Image Does the Voice to Parliament undermine Australia’s political traditions?
2023-Jun-14
52 minutes
Episode Image “Succession” — from tyranny to tragedy
2023-Jun-07
53 minutes
Episode Image Are Labor’s “stage three” tax cuts unjust and unethical?
2023-May-31
53 minutes
Episode Image Is Stan Grant’s decision the result of a broken media?
2023-May-24
54 minutes
Episode Image What is the human cost of success? Revisiting HBO’s Succession
2023-May-17
52 minutes
Episode Image What is the phenomenon of “bigness” doing to human agency?
2023-May-10
53 minutes
Episode Image Is loneliness a problem that can be solved?
2023-May-03
53 minutes
Episode Image Martial virtues, military conditioning, and moral damage
2023-Apr-26
53 minutes
Episode Image “An eye that cannot weep” — What does compassion demand of us?
2023-Apr-19
54 minutes
Episode Image “Knowledge that does not benefit” — On the uses and abuses of information
2023-Apr-12
53 minutes
Episode Image “A soul that will not be satisfied” — The problem of human restlessness
2023-Apr-05
53 minutes
Episode Image “A prayer that is not heard” — The dangers of ego-centric speech
2023-Mar-29
53 minutes
Episode Image “A heart that cannot humble itself” — The virtue of intellectual humility
2023-Mar-22

Episode Image Should Fawlty Towers’ farcical vision of Britain be “rebooted”?
2023-Mar-15

Episode Image What does the failure of Robodebt tell us about the government’s “duty of care”?
2023-Mar-08

Episode Image What does it mean to be a moral parent?
2023-Mar-01

Episode Image Should early childhood education be compulsory?
2023-Feb-22

Episode Image Sports betting: Is it corrupting what it means to be a fan?
2023-Feb-15

Episode Image What is generative-AI doing to our capacity to write — and think?
2023-Feb-08

Episode Image What does it mean to be “literate” — and is it under threat?
2023-Feb-01

Episode Image What’s at stake in this year’s constitutional referendum?
2023-Jan-25

What’s the point of political comedy?
2023-Jan-19

The ethics of shame
2023-Jan-12

Is anger corrosive to the moral life? A conversation with Christos Tsiolkas
2023-Jan-05

Purification and the Moral Life: Disciplining the Eyes
2022-Dec-29

The Art of Living: Jane Austen's "Emma"
2022-Dec-22

Episode Image Bonus episode: The 2022 Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value
2022-Dec-21
54 minutes
Episode Image Should you avoid disagreements this Christmas or welcome them?
2022-Dec-15

The ethical demands of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967)
2022-Dec-08

Is jealousy a moral emotion, or an immoral one?
2022-Dec-01

Episode Image Is fashion remaking our bodies?
2022-Nov-24

Episode Image Is civility a moral obligation in a democracy?
2022-Nov-17

Episode Image Queen at Live Aid, 1985
2022-Nov-10

Episode Image Disruption or continuity: What does climate change demand?
2022-Nov-03

Episode Image Sports, sponsorship and solidarity
2022-Oct-27

Episode Image What are the moral limits of compromise?
2022-Oct-20

Episode Image Can Twitter be reformed, or should it be abandoned?
2022-Oct-13

Episode Image Live from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Is contempt corroding democracy?
2022-Oct-06

Episode Image How should the West respond to the threats of a wounded Putin?
2022-Sep-29

Episode Image Can sport teach us anything about the shape of a fair society?
2022-Sep-22

Episode Image Was Queen Elizabeth a “political” figure?
2022-Sep-15

Episode Image Is nostalgia necessarily a bad thing?
2022-Sep-08

Episode Image What do we owe our work?
2022-Sep-01

Episode Image How much should we care about Scott Morrison’s “secret ministries”?
2022-Aug-25

Episode Image How much polarisation can a democracy withstand?
2022-Aug-18

Episode Image The ethics of shame
2022-Aug-11

Episode Image Can constitutional recognition be an act of patriotic pride?
2022-Aug-04
53 minutes
Episode Image Should voice assistants use the voices of our loved ones?
2022-Jul-28
54 minutes
Episode Image What's the point of political "diversity"?
2022-Jul-21
54 minutes
Episode Image Does standpoint epistemology undermine democratic politics?
2022-Jul-14
54 minutes
Episode Image The Art of Living: Jane Austen's "Emma"
2022-Jul-07
54 minutes
Episode Image Persuasion — is it possible, or even desirable?
2022-Jun-30
54 minutes
Episode Image Is Julian Assange entitled to a “free speech” defence?
2022-Jun-23
54 minutes
Episode Image What’s the point of political comedy?
2022-Jun-16
54 minutes
Episode Image What would a First Nations Voice mean for Australia?
2022-Jun-09
54 minutes
Episode Image The ethical dilemmas of crowd-funding platforms
2022-Jun-02
54 minutes
Episode Image What is the significance of Australia’s federal election?
2022-May-26
54 minutes
Episode Image How do you solve a problem like housing affordability?
2022-May-19
3 minutes
Episode Image Is it ethical to be ambivalent?
2022-May-12
54 minutes
Episode Image Sovereignty, security, and the Solomon Islands
2022-May-05
54 minutes
Episode Image Purification and the Moral Life: The Ethics of Hunger and Eating
2022-Apr-28
less than a minute
Episode Image Purification and the Moral Life: Disciplining the Eyes
2022-Apr-21
1 minute
Episode Image Purification and the Moral Life: Chastening Speech
2022-Apr-14
54 minutes
Episode Image Purification and the Moral Life: Transforming Desire
2022-Apr-07
54 minutes
Episode Image Is anger corrosive to the moral life? A conversation with Christos Tsiolkas
2022-Mar-31
54 minutes
Episode Image Live from WOMADelaide: Should children get the vote?
2022-Mar-24
54 minutes
Episode Image What's at stake in the conflict in Ukraine?
2022-Mar-17
54 minutes
Episode Image What’s worse in politics — lying or hypocrisy?
2022-Mar-10
54 minutes
Episode Image "Succession" — A Theatre of Cruelty
2022-Mar-03
2 minutes
Episode Image Does Australia have a concept of “solidarity”?
2022-Feb-24
54 minutes
Episode Image Was the Religious Discrimination Bill destined to fail?
2022-Feb-17
54 minutes
Episode Image How essential is compulsory voting to Australia’s democratic culture?
2022-Feb-10
54 minutes
Episode Image Are we suffering from too much moral language?
2022-Feb-03
54 minutes
Episode Image Novak and Boris — why have they elicited such strong public emotions?
2022-Jan-27
54 minutes
Episode Image Why don’t we talk more about class?
2022-Jan-20
54 minutes
Episode Image What are we doing when we "quote"?
2022-Jan-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Emojis: Universal language, or harbinger of an age of moral illiteracy?
2022-Jan-06
54 minutes
Episode Image Should journalists stay away from social media?
2021-Dec-30
54 minutes
Episode Image Is "opinion" doing more harm than good?
2021-Dec-23
54 minutes
Episode Image “Prestige television” and the moral life
2021-Dec-16
54 minutes
Episode Image Should wealthy nations be procuring booster doses?
2021-Dec-09
54 minutes
Episode Image The ethics of “sh*t-stirring”
2021-Dec-02
54 minutes
Episode Image Melbourne’s protests — last gasp or harbinger of things to come?
2021-Nov-25
54 minutes
Episode Image The ethics of political U-turns
2021-Nov-18
54 minutes
Episode Image Why don’t we talk more about class?
2021-Nov-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Should we enjoy sports that ruin athletes' lives?
2021-Nov-04
54 minutes
Episode Image What are we doing when we “quote”?
2021-Oct-28
54 minutes
Episode Image How much should we care about climate change?
2021-Oct-21
54 minutes
Episode Image Persuasion — is it possible, or even desirable?
2021-Oct-14
54 minutes
Episode Image Has the pandemic shown the unassailability of utilitarianism — or its inherent limitations?
2021-Oct-07
54 minutes
Episode Image Has democratic politics become too contemptuous of everyday life?
2021-Sep-30
54 minutes
Episode Image Should we avoid humiliating the unvaccinated?
2021-Sep-23
54 minutes
Episode Image PRESENTS — This Much Is True
2021-Sep-17
5 minutes
Episode Image From Abu Ghraib to Nakhon Sawan — why does torture persist?
2021-Sep-16
54 minutes
Episode Image Australian politics – is the divide geographical, not ideological?
2021-Sep-09
54 minutes
Episode Image Should journalists stay away from social media?
2021-Sep-02
54 minutes
Episode Image Was US failure in Afghanistan inevitable?
2021-Aug-26
54 minutes
Episode Image The ethics of dobbing
2021-Aug-19
54 minutes
Episode Image How much dissent is permissible in a public health emergency?
2021-Aug-12
54 minutes
Episode Image Can national shame lead to political change?
2021-Aug-05
54 minutes
Episode Image The ethics of space tourism
2021-Jul-29
54 minutes
Episode Image Myanmar — what are the limits of political violence?
2021-Jul-22
54 minutes
Episode Image Is COVID-19 bringing the worst out of Australian politics?
2021-Jul-15
54 minutes
Episode Image Is nihilism compatible with the moral life?
2021-Jul-08
54 minutes
Episode Image Has justice been done to George Floyd?
2021-Jul-01
54 minutes
Episode Image What's so bad about laughter?
2021-Jun-24
54 minutes
Episode Image What are we doing when we make promises?
2021-Jun-17
54 minutes
Episode Image Are there ethical limits to vaccination incentives?
2021-Jun-10
54 minutes
Episode Image Aged care: How do we honour our obligations to the elderly?
2021-Jun-03
54 minutes
Episode Image Is it ever OK to abandon your team?
2021-May-27
54 minutes
Episode Image What are the conditions of co-existence in Israel-Palestine?
2021-May-20
54 minutes
Episode Image Fatigue – the emotional cost of the moral life?
2021-May-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Neglected Practices: Solitude
2021-May-06
54 minutes
Episode Image Neglected Practices: Fasting
2021-Apr-29
54 minutes
Episode Image Neglected Practices: Not-Knowing
2021-Apr-22
54 minutes
Episode Image Neglected Practices: Attentiveness
2021-Apr-15
54 minutes
Episode Image What should become of the office?
2021-Apr-08
54 minutes
Episode Image Can politics bring about the change women are demanding?
2021-Apr-01
54 minutes
Episode Image Has COVID-19 undermined our commitment to civility?
2021-Mar-25
54 minutes
Episode Image Does climate change challenge our concept of moral responsibility?
2021-Mar-18
54 minutes
Episode Image What “justice” can an independent inquiry deliver?
2021-Mar-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Emojis: Universal language, or harbinger of an age of moral illiteracy?
2021-Mar-04
54 minutes
Episode Image Facebook and the news: should the divorce be permanent?
2021-Feb-25
54 minutes
Episode Image What can our experience of art tell us about the moral life?
2021-Feb-18
54 minutes
Episode Image What democracy needs to survive
2021-Feb-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Is “opinion” doing more harm than good?
2021-Feb-04
54 minutes
Episode Image Was Twitter right to suspend Trump?
2021-Jan-28
54 minutes
Episode Image Is "cancel culture" really constricting free speech?
2021-Jan-20
51 minutes
Episode Image What is AI doing to the moral life?
2021-Jan-13
47 minutes
Episode Image After the fires, are we invited to moral community with trees?
2021-Jan-06
44 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: Impatience
2020-Dec-30
50 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: Is pride an affront to, or the basis of, dignity?
2020-Dec-23
42 minutes
Episode Image The “great audit”: Taking stock of 2020
2020-Dec-16
47 minutes
Episode Image Woke politics: The power of the disempowered?
2020-Dec-09
42 minutes
Episode Image How much should we care about political corruption?
2020-Dec-02
50 minutes
Episode Image War crimes, moral responsibility, and moral injury
2020-Nov-25
52 minutes
Episode Image Can America’s post-election divisions be overcome?
2020-Nov-18
46 minutes
Episode Image Can Aboriginal political philosophy and political liberalism be reconciled?
2020-Nov-11
42 minutes
Episode Image Has Trump revealed democracy’s fragility or resilience?
2020-Nov-04
46 minutes
Episode Image What is AI doing to the moral life?
2020-Oct-28
46 minutes
Episode Image Could COVID-19 make inequality worse?
2020-Oct-21
47 minutes
Episode Image The ethics of second chances
2020-Oct-14
38 minutes
Episode Image Should we rejoice that Trump has COVID-19?
2020-Oct-07
48 minutes
Episode Image Should we attempt to escape from “politics”?
2020-Sep-30
54 minutes
Episode Image How far should courts push societies to change?
2020-Sep-23
48 minutes
Episode Image Is it wrong to respond to arguments with allegations?
2020-Sep-16
49 minutes
Episode Image Why does COVID-19 attract conspiracy theories?
2020-Sep-09
47 minutes
Episode Image US president as "sufferer in chief"?
2020-Sep-02
48 minutes
Episode Image Should a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?
2020-Aug-26
43 minutes
Episode Image What if COVID-19 doesn’t go away?
2020-Aug-19
46 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: Ingratitude
2020-Aug-12
48 minutes
Episode Image What is the “value” of philosophy?
2020-Aug-05
45 minutes
Episode Image Is there a moral imperative to wear masks?
2020-Jul-29
50 minutes
Episode Image Is COVID-19 the end of globalisation?
2020-Jul-22
45 minutes
Episode Image Is "cancel culture" really constricting free speech?
2020-Jul-15
49 minutes
Episode Image Can you enjoy sport without crowd noise?
2020-Jul-08
46 minutes
Episode Image Should the police be abolished?
2020-Jul-01
39 minutes
Episode Image How to acknowledge the debt of historical injustice?
2020-Jun-24
51 minutes
Episode Image Democratic politics is being challenged, but is it changing?
2020-Jun-17
48 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: Impatience
2020-Jun-10
49 minutes
Episode Image After the death of George Floyd
2020-Jun-03
49 minutes
Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?
2020-May-27
44 minutes
Episode Image Ramadan and the reality of interdependence
2020-May-20
36 minutes
Episode Image Is there a moral case against the COVID-19 “shutdown”?
2020-May-13
44 minutes
Episode Image Is COVID-19 bringing the best, or worst, out of our politics?
2020-May-06
54 minutes
Episode Image Is it time to end simulated sex on television and film?
2020-Apr-29
45 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: Is pride an affront to, or the basis of, dignity?
2020-Apr-22
41 minutes
Episode Image Can we avoid cruelty in the face of COVID-19?
2020-Apr-15
37 minutes
Episode Image How can we live with coronavirus uncertainty?
2020-Apr-08
38 minutes
Episode Image Can we cultivate social solidarity in a time of physical distancing?
2020-Apr-01
45 minutes
Episode Image What (new) forms of living might the coronavirus produce?
2020-Mar-25
38 minutes
Episode Image What does the coronavirus reveal about us?
2020-Mar-18
40 minutes
Episode Image Is capitalism inimical to ethics?
2020-Mar-11
19 minutes
Episode Image International Women’s Day – cause for celebration, or commiseration?
2020-Mar-04
39 minutes
Episode Image Why do we want celebrities to be 'authentic'?
2020-Feb-26
45 minutes
Episode Image Ordinary vices: What’s wrong with lying?
2020-Feb-19
43 minutes
Episode Image Why does democracy demand transparency?
2020-Feb-12
48 minutes
Episode Image In the aftermath of the Iowa caucus …
2020-Feb-05
50 minutes
Episode Image After the fires, are we invited to moral community with trees?
2020-Jan-29
43 minutes
2020 — why does the future look so much like the past?
2020-Jan-22
47 minutes
Can we overcome terminal disagreement in our politics and morality?
2020-Jan-15
44 minutes
What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within?
2020-Jan-08
42 minutes