Big Ideas (Australia)

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Big Ideas is a weekly radio program on ABC Radio National which presents lectures or panels on ideas or issues of particular importance. It is broadcast on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.; in addition, it is available as a podcast from ABC Radio National.[1]

There is no fixed host for the program; various ABC broadcasters have introduced the lecture or panel.

Until the end of 2014,[2] ABC TV also aired a television edition of Big Ideas at 11am Tuesdays & Wednesdays (after ABC Schools TV or children's programs in school holidays), hosted by Waleed Aly.[3]



  • Sunday 24 February

Does Secularism Provoke Religious Extremism?
The Annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, given by Tom Frame, an Anglican bishop.

  • Sunday 17 February

The Reith Global Debate - Free To Speak?
What do Onora O'Neill, Wole Soyinka and Jeffrey Sachs, recent Reith Lecturers for the BBC, discuss freedom of the press.

  • Sunday 10 February

Relations on a finite planet
Lord Robert May, a former head of the UK Office of Science and Technology, spoke on the effects of overpopulation and global warming.

  • Sunday 3 February

Global finance: big, bloated and dangerous?
Dr. Paul Wooley spoke about the challenge of global finance.


  1. ^ "Big Ideas". Radio National. ABC. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (2014-11-11). "Axed: Big Ideas". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Big Ideas". ABC TV. Retrieved 2008-02-28.