An evolving collection of recordings of key past and current lectures, forums and symposiums held at the National Museum of Australia – listen to them anywhere, anytime, or subscribe to our podcast service.

Recent programs


The enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett, award-winning author, leading political thinker and Emeritus Professor of politics at La Trobe University

28 February 2018

An exploration of the political achievements and the inner spiritual life of early Australian prime minister Alfred Deakin.

history, politics, spirituality


Word for word – Songlines

Musician and Gamilaraay language teacher Nardi Simpson, linguist and Western Desert language expert Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis, author and Aboriginal educator Dr Paul Collis, and Indigenous policy expert Sarah Burr

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, 4 February 2018

Explore the languages of Australia’s first peoples and how words that often defy translation into English carry knowledge, culture and a way of being in the world.

culture, indigenous, language

Now with transcripts

Transcripts are often published after MP3 files. Here are the latest additions.

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