The Big Q

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Blood on the floor: How did politics become so uncivil?

From Donald Trump’s Twitter rants to the infamous behaviour of former-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, how did politics become so uncivil?

125 years of women’s suffrage: A small country leading the world?

Raewyn Dalziel, Emeritus Professor of History, celebrates a moment when New Zealand was at the forefront of world-leading reform.

Is protecting heritage a human right?

Is protecting heritage a human right? George Nicholas looks into the responsibilities and concerns about the political, ethical and social dimensions of archaeological research and heritage management.

Politics & Society

Science & Technology

Toxic waters: How bad is pollution in our oceans?

The ocean is awash with plastic. Giant patches of discarded plastic items, bottles, bags are forming in oceans like the Pacific. Plastic pieces are killing off wildlife that swallow or get choked by them. What can be done about the mounds of plastic that is killing off our ocean life?

Business & Economics

100% global renewable energy: Is it possible?

Marc Jacobson has been working to take the world to 100% renewable energy by 2050 which he argues can slow down climate change and reverse some of the damage. Maria Armoudian spoke to Jacobson, who is also co-founder of the Solutions Project, about his ongoing work to counter climate change.

Arts & Culture

Is protecting heritage a human right?

Is protecting heritage a human right? George Nicholas looks into the responsibilities and concerns about the political, ethical and social dimensions of archaeological research and heritage management.