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ABC's Radio National

In Issue 2's Web Line Tony Rogers turns his attention to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National site.  Radio National presents lively debate about subjects that affect everybody: health, science, education, environment, law, religion alongside the most innovative music, performance and arts shows on Australian radio.

Of greatest benefit to the Internet visitor, perhaps, are its Transcripts of past  programs.

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Web Line — Tony Rogers

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One of my frequent Internet destinations is the ABC’s Radio National page. To quote from the site,

Radio National presents lively debate about subjects that affect everybody: health, science, education, environment, law, religion alongside the most innovative music, performance and arts shows on Australian radio. It features popular presenters including Robyn Williams, Geraldine Doogue, Phillip Adams and Louise Adler, and well-known shows such as Late Night Live, The Planet and Background Briefing.

This website lets you explore Radio National and its extensive specialist programs.

There are eight sub-pages:

What’s New (highlights, awards, competitions, new series)
Latest Program News (transcripts, program information, what’s on this week)
What Is Radio National?
Who Is Radio National? (faces behind the voices)
How Do I Tune In?
Program Guide
Explore Your Interests (subject browsing)
Tape Sales

For me the most useful feature of this site is the Latest Program News section, in particular the Transcripts. Sometimes the currency can lag by up to two weeks, but if you’re patient, you’ll eventually get full, free transcripts for:

The Health Report
The Law Report
The Religion Report
The Media Report
The Sports Factor
Background Briefing
Ockham’s Razor.

Occasionally the RN site provides transcripts of one-off programs and series, though these will be deleted after a month or two. Thus, last year I obtained the complete text of the 1996 Boyer Lectures by Pierre Ryckmans (The View From The Bridge — Aspects of Culture). Recently on offer were transcriptions of the public forum What Future Medicare? (Geraldine Doogue & Norman Swan, April 17) and the 13-part series Rethinking Australia: Intellectuals and the Public Culture (Robert Dessaix, April-June).

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