Trumpdate: Why Brett Kavanaugh matters to the Russia Investigation
Play • 24 min
Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh has faced down mounting allegations of sexual misconduct from a growing list of women.

After an emotional Senate appearance by him and one of his accusers, it's unclear whether he has the numbers to be confirmed.

But if Kavanaugh is confirmed, it could have big implications for the Russia investigation.

We're joined by Professor Simon Jackman from the US Studies Centre and Emma Shortis from RMIT University.

If you want to get in touch or have a question you'd like us to answer our email is
Everything Under The Sun
Everything Under The Sun
Molly Oldfield
Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?
In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda & Tabitha, Cleo and Magnus with help from special guest expert the picture book writer and illustrator Kim Hillyard.  Kim has written two picture books, one about a brave and strong fly called Mabel who decides to climb a mountain and the other about a hamster called Ned, which is a story about kindness.  Kim tells us about hamsters and their different kinds of poo and why they eat one kind usually at night!  We have a competition to win a copy of Mabel and the Mountain and Ned: The Great Garden Race: a story about kindness. So listen to the podcast to find out how to enter!  Our next question is from Cleo in Australia, we find out why poo is stinky, as well as how to make it LESS stinky by eating healthy food and doing exercise.  Finally we find out how to turn poo into power! We talk about dairy farms that use manure to make biogas which is then turned into electricity to power local towns as well as how to use dehydrated poo to make power. Very useful!  Have a lovely week everyone and thank you for listening, sending in questions and sharing the podcast with all your friends!  Social media: Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod Twitter: @everythinguts Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield Website: Find out how to submit an answer on our website. More about Kim’s books: Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.  This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.  With thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ladybird Books, Audio Networks.    See for privacy and opt-out information.
15 min
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Reimagining social security
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Elise Klein joins Sharon Bessell to discuss the Australian Government’s permanent increase to JobSeeker, punitive policies, and reframing the debate around the country’s social security system. This week the Australian Government announced the first permanent increase to the country’s unemployment benefit in decades. But many from the social services sector and people out of work have expressed dismay and fear at the size of the increase, which amounts to less than $4 a day. On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Professor Sharon Bessell is joined by social policy researcher Dr Elise Klein OAM. They discuss what this policy change will mean for people without work, who will soon lose access to the higher rate afforded through the coronavirus assistance package, as well as why those receiving benefits are subject to increasing controls and surveillance. Elise Klein OAM is a Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy whose research interests include Indigenous policy, development interventions, women's economic empowerment, and economic rights. Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
40 min
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu