Life Matters - Full program podcastAuthor: ABC Radio
26 Oct 2021

Life Matters - Full program podcast

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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

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    Staff shortages and a new project from the creator of My Octopus Teacher

    Since the start of the pandemic, due to border closures and lockdowns, restaurants and tourism operators were forced to let their workers go, but as life opens up again, many are facing unprecedented labour shortages. Will they be able to cope with the busy summer ahead? Also, how did one man's dive into the unknown ocean bring emotions hidden deep within him up to the surface?

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2021

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    What will life be like as we open up?

    Australia is opening up. Victoria is out of lockdown, and soon mask restrictions will ease there, and people will be able to travel more. With NSW at 80 per cent vaccination rates for those aged over 16, many more freedoms will be available. But living with the virus will be no picnic as we know from overseas experiences. Life Matters takes your calls on we learn from other countries, booster shots and the way forward through the pandemic.

  • Posted on 25 Oct 2021

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    Problems with solar panel deals and a neighbour's gate grumblings

    One in four Australian homes now have solar systems, making it a booming industry. But how can you avoid paying too much, or being sold a faulty product? Listeners share their experiences. Plus, you've put cladding on your driveway gate, but your neighbour has taken offence – what should you do?

  • Posted on 22 Oct 2021

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    School refusal, access to the pill, and the history of picnics

    School students of all ages have faced enormous disruption to their educational lives, so what impact does that have on attendance? Should the contraceptive pill be available over the counter without seeing a GP, and the quirky history of the picnic through an Australian lens

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2021

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    The benefits of extracurricular activities, babies and music, and YouTube goes wild for Mark the farmer

    Are those after school karate classes really worth it? How does musical play contribute to babies’ early development? And why are more than a quarter of a million people tuning in to watch a young farmer do his job?

  • Posted on 20 Oct 2021

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