Eavesdrop on Experts
Overhear researchers talk about what they do and why they do it. Hear them obsess, confess and profess - changing the world one experiment, one paper and one interview at a time. Listen in as seasoned eavesdropper Chris Hatzis follows reporters Dr Andi Horvath and Steve Grimwade on their meetings with magnificent minds. Made possible by the University of Melbourne.
Education
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Getting involved
The pandemic has changed student life rapidly – impacting on mental wellbeing. But our sense of belonging and connection can help protect our mental health.
26 min
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AI and humans: Collaboration rather than domina...
When algorithms make important decisions, we also need to involve humans who understand the context, explains AI and ethics researcher Jeannie Paterson.
27 min
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Eavesdrop on Ideas: Finding friendship in art a...
The COVID era has reinforced the vital nature of friendship, community and connection - not just to other humans but also nature, algorithms, animals and art. Friendship also influences our health and humanity.
31 min
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How can we prevent Insect Armageddon?
Professor Phil Batterham discusses his work on insecticides; how they work and how we can develop more effective and sustainable pest control strategies, with a reduced environmental impact.
20 min
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Eavesdrop on Ideas: Tipping points - is viral m...
In this episode, we explore how the art of viral marketing can influence science for good.
25 min
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Is opera dead or can it redefine itself?
Caitlin Vincent, a lecturer in the creative industries, describes how we can interpret classical operas in a way that does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or cultural appropriation.
31 min
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Eavesdrop on Ideas: The Event Horizon - from im...
Einstein theorised a point in the universe where time, space and gravity bend. Almost 100 years later, we took a photo... a photo of something we weren’t even sure was there. Now it hangs in an art gallery. Is it really art? Come with us to edges of the universe - and back again to New York.
21 min
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How to create Oscar-nominated visual effects
Special effects artist Genevieve Camilleri describes how her work makes movie monsters ‘real’ and her Best Visual Effects nomination for the 2021 Academy Awards.
18 min
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The other side of happiness
Social psychologist Brock Bastian explains how life’s painful and difficult experiences play a very important role in producing happiness.
23 min
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Mindfulness is everywhere, but what actually is...
Clinical psychologist Dr Nicholas Van Dam explains that despite it being associated with everything from eating to the army, mindfulness isn’t what many of us think it is.
32 min
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Prevention and justice for sexual violence
Professor Bianca Fileborn is researching the different factors surrounding sexual violence – including place – and how we can better prevent it while providing new forms of justice for survivors.
33 min
12
The power of queer performance
Alyson Campbell will co-lead the Feral Queer Camp, hosting activities about what makes performance queer and how we might develop a network of queer thinkers.
27 min
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What does our constitution say about freedom of...
Professor Adrienne Stone discusses the differences between the Australian and US constitutions on freedom of speech and why asserting a right to free speech doesn’t make it true.
27 min
14
If our animals could speak
Dr Laura Jean McKay, winner of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for literature, discusses her astonishing first novel – The Animals in That Country.
24 min
15
The music of politics and protest
Musicologist Dr Nick Tochka discusses his research into music in Europe and the Americas – particularly the politics of music-making since 1945.
28 min
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The stuff of death and the death of stuff
Cultural anthropologist Dr Hannah Gould researches death and discarding – looking at spirituality and how COVID-19 is changing the way we deal with the dead.
27 min
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The politics of hacking
Associate Professor Dunbar-Hester discusses the cultures and the communities of the digital era, with a focus on media and tech activists.
24 min
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What COVID has taught us about the wildlife trade
Wildlife trade is the third largest illegal market in the world behind drugs and munitions – so the fact that COVID-19 may have emerged from this trade tells us more regulation is vital.
21 min
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Everything is Country
Wiradjuri man and geographer Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher explores how belonging to Country embeds us within the world around us and reveals the obligation we have to care for it.
33 min
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The science of coughing
Coughing is an important human defensive reflex - it keeps our airways clear - but there’s a big difference between a good cough and a bad cough.
16 min
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What makes super-viral content so shareable?
Dr Brent Coker researches what makes social media content shareable. He reveals what psychological triggers evoke sharing motives, and how they are activated.
26 min
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The algorithms of art
Professor Kate Smith-Miles studies how mathematics can help us trust algorithms, but her work unexpectedly created beautiful, mathematically-generated art.
19 min
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The tiny world of peptides
Many commonly available cosmetic and health products contain peptides – but what actually are they and what do they do in the human body?
22 min
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The brain benefits of music
Professor Sarah Wilson discusses music neuroscience and why no other species uses a complex musical system like we do.
28 min
25
New targets for epilepsy treatment
Associate Professor Chris Reid is developing new drugs for epilepsy, focussing on both genetics and small molecules, to treat more people with epilepsy.
16 min
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The state of democracy, before and during COVID-19
We’re facing a global democratic recession, but the pandemic has intensified the focus on what we want from democracy, says Tom Daly, Deputy Director of the Melbourne School of Government.
29 min
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Catching sight of dark matter
25 min
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Why are there so few drugs to treat viruses?
25 min
29
Launching the SpIRIT satellite
28 min
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How better data on death can improve lives
21 min
31
Towards faster treatment for major depressive d...
21 min
32
What's behind COVID-19 conspiracy theories?
29 min
33
Innovation during crisis
24 min
34
Lessons for a future pandemic
34 min
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The isolation of domestic violence
25 min
36
The mental marathon of COVID-19
27 min
37
The dynamics of disease
28 min
38
How have plagues and pandemics influenced the a...
40 min
39
Our flesh after fifty
Professor of gynaecology Martha Hickey and curator Jane Scott discuss the inspiration behind ‘Flesh After Fifty’, an exhibition celebrating positive images of older women in art.
28 min
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Shaping the brain: Before, during and after birth
32 min
41
My Brilliant Career 2020
75 min
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On the hunt for ancient reefs
19 min
43
Renewing democracy in a time of environmental c...
25 min
44
The life you can save
38 min
45
Decoding cancer cell communication
26 min
46
Being bold in medical research
29 min
47
What will it be like for teenagers of the future?
24 min
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Science, society and drug design
23 min
49
Exposing the Hepatitis B virus
24 min
50
The artistry of geology
21 min
51
Knowledge sharing for health and wellbeing
25 min
52
The oddities of existing things
33 min
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Finding memories in music
20 min
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Bringing democracy to the internet
34 min
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Delving into memory to understand schizophrenia
17 min
56
The Frontiers Of Physics - From planets to photons
35 min
57
Indigenous astronomy
29 min
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Investigating the brain’s insulation
28 min
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Movement, mobility and identity
39 min
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The genomic clues to disease
32 min
61
How can we tell if an animal is depressed?
30 min
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The complex relationship between prostate cance...
21 min
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Reversing irreversible blindness
27 min
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Giving games their sound
30 min
65
The history of paper
31 min
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Big and naughty architecture
32 min
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My brilliant career
56 min
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Molecules in motion
33 min
69
Workplace bullying in the #MeToo era
40 min
70
Learning to live with fire
38 min
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Australia: liveability vs sustainability
37 min
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Defining a pathogen
49 min
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Intellectual disabilities and the fight for jus...
24 min
74
Can love overcome the distance between us?
42 min
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Standing up for science
34 min
76
Language for living
34 min
77
Why nerd politics is here to stay
41 min
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Why investigative journalism matters more than ...
27 min
79
The breath of life
26 min
80
How is commuting changing us?
28 min
81
The quantum sensing revolution
15 min
82
Celebrating synths
56 min
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Why does radio hold a special place in our hearts?
28 min
84
Turning science into business
25 min
85
From "failed musician" to innovative entrepreneur
26 min
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Your online life after death
44 min
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ENCORE: Unexpected outcome in bagging area
17 min
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Exercising your emotions
25 min
89
Solving our climate history puzzle
37 min
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Smashing through science's glass ceiling
20 min
91
The legal rights of rivers
23 min
92
Sorting fact from fiction in a post-truth world
30 min
93
The secret history of stone
47 min
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Seeing like an anthropologist
40 min
95
At the human-computer interface
34 min
96
For the love of the stage
40 min
97
Human dignity and digital identity
20 min
98
Is Europe heading for divorce?
30 min
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Hearing, healing and Havana
23 min
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Give me a campus among the gum trees
43 min