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Why do we often avoid speaking our mind? Does swearing have an evolutionary function? What do linguistic taboos do to your brain? How are new words born? Acclaimed author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is a self-confessed verbivore. To him language offers a window into the human mind and how it works. He joins Natasha Mitchell in a feature interview to argue there'... Source: abc.net.au
On a wall in inner-city Melbourne there's a mural by the US pop artist Keith Haring that's slowly fading away after 20 years of neglect. It's Keith Haring's last surviving large-scale mural in Australia. It was painted in 1984. Artists, conservationists and art historians are now debating its future.
Birdland: How would Australians feel if bird numbers diminished so much that the sight of a bird became a rarity, instead of a given. Australia's bird populations are under threat - even such iconic and common birds as the Kookaburra are diminishing in numbers.