The Signal

ABC Radio

The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.

  • 13 minutes 20 seconds
    The renters who will never buy

    Many young Australians have given up hope of ever buying a home. 

    So how are political leaders planning to fix the nation’s housing crisis?

    Peter Dutton’s proposal is to slash migration to free up housing.

    And Labor has a plan to build 1.2 million new homes over the next five years.

    But how do they stack up?


    Ann Chakraborty, Melbourne renter

    Gareth Hutchens, ABC business and economics reporter

    26 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 6 seconds
    Has AI stolen Scarlett Johansson’s voice?

    Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson said no when OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman asked if she could be the voice for a new version of ChatGPT. 

    But they went ahead and released a chatbot that the actor thinks sounds “eerily similar” to herself. 

    As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, how do we protect ourselves from being copied? 


    Sharon Goldman, AI reporter at Fortune

    23 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 13 minutes 34 seconds
    Why Chinese people are the latest boat arrivals

    When a boat carrying Chinese men arrived in Western Australia last month it was unusual. 

    Not only because it’s rare for boats to make it to the mainland but those on board are almost never from China. 

    So why are Chinese nationals so desperate to get to Australia that they pay people smugglers?  


    Wing Kuang, ABC reporter

    22 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 13 minutes 28 seconds
    The Gina Rinehart portrait battle

    It’s a tale of Australia’s richest woman, swimming stars, a renowned Indigenous artist, and a portrait. 

    Vincent Namatjira’s painting of Gina Rinehart is apparently so unflattering the National Gallery of Australia has been asked to take it down. 

    Now it’s making news around the world. 

    Today, host of RN’s The Art Show, Daniel Browning, on how an attempt to censor art backfired. 


    Daniel Browning, host of RN’s The Art Show and ABC editor of Indigenous radio

    21 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 12 minutes 27 seconds
    Laura Tingle on why Labor can’t quit gas

    Australia is meant to be transitioning to an energy future not powered by fossil fuels. But the federal government has put out an energy policy that plans for a life for gas “through to 2050 and beyond”. 

    So, what is Labor up to given it sold itself as climate friendly at the last election?

    Today, chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30 program Laura Tingle on Labor’s new gas policy and the outrage that followed. 


    Laura Tingle, 7.30 chief political correspondent

    20 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 32 seconds
    Are robotaxis safe enough for our roads?

    Robotaxis are already on the roads in some cities overseas, including San Francisco. 

    Elon Musk wants to call his version of the self-driving vehicle the Cyber Cab and he dreams of Tesla owners sending their cars out on their own to collect passengers. 

    But how close are we to having cars like this on Australian roads and are they really safe? 


    Michael Milford, professor of robotics at Queensland University of Technology

    19 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 33 seconds
    Can Australia really afford to make stuff?

    A ‘Future Made In Australia’ has a nice ring to it. 

    But is it really wise for the government to throw almost $23 billion at industries to help along the transition to net zero emissions and a green future? 

    The federal opposition thinks it will just mean billionaires like Gina Rinehart get richer. 

    Today, the host of the ABC Radio National Breakfast, Q+A and the Party Room podcast, Patricia Karvelas on what the government's planning and whether the gamble will pay off. 


    Patricia Karvelas, ABC presenter

    16 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 35 seconds
    Years in jail for exposing military secrets

    To some he’s a hero for helping to expose alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, to others he’s a criminal who stole and shared military secrets. 

    This week, a judge jailed former military lawyer David McBride for five years and eight months for sharing classified information with journalists.  

    Today, investigative reporter Adele Ferguson on the case against him and what the jailing means for whistleblowers.  


    Adele Ferguson, ABC investigative reporter

    15 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 13 minutes 8 seconds
    What the budget means for you

    The federal budget delivers a $300 power bill rebate to every household in the country, along with the previously announced tax cuts.

    The treasurer says it’s responsible cost of living relief that’ll force the inflation rate down faster than expected.

    So, could that lead to earlier cuts to interest rates?

    Today, the ABC’s Ian Verrender speaks with Sam Hawley from within the budget 'lock up' where reporters and experts get early access to the government’s economic plan.


    Ian Verrender, ABC Chief Business Correspondent

    14 May 2024, 9:30 am
  • 14 minutes 8 seconds
    How China spies on dissidents in Australia

    A former Chinese spy has revealed the lengths taken by its security services to track down dissidents overseas, including in Australia, and get them back home.

    Some expat Chinese who are critical of the communist party and leader Xi Jinping fear for their lives, despite being Australian residents. 

    Today, Echo Hui on her exclusive interview for Four Corners with the spy who’s now in Australia and the national security questions raised by her investigation. 


    Echo Hui, Four Corners reporter

    13 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 12 seconds
    Will RFK Jr help or harm Trump’s campaign?

    He shares one of the most famous names in US political history, but can he change the course of the next US election?

    Robert F Kennedy Jr, a nephew of the former president John F Kennedy is running as an independent and while he won’t win, he could steal votes from both Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

    Today, Eliza Collins from the Wall Street Journal on Kennedy’s campaign, his extreme views and how he could become a problem for both camps.


    Eliza Collins, Wall Street Journal national political reporter

    12 May 2024, 4:00 pm
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