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Eavesdrop on Experts

Hear researchers obsess, confess and profess – changing the world one experiment, one paper and one interview at a time

  1. Listen6 November 2017 – Bioscience, Crops, Plants, Trees, Women In Science

    Making friends with fronds: understanding plants’ feelings

    Dr Kim Johnson from the University of Melbourne discusses how plants respond to their environments and how this understanding can help grow better crops.

  2. Listen2 October 2017 – Cancer, DNA, Genetics, Treatments, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

    Gene genies: Meet the researchers mapping our DNA to combat cancer

    Two researchers share how genome sequencing could make cancer a manageable rather than lethal condition.

  3. Listen22 September 2017 – Conflict, Endangered Languages, Languages, Linguistics, South East Asia

    Words and war: The role of the linguist in conflict resolution

    Language can divide, but it is also key to uniting people. Professor Jo Lo Bianco from the University of Melbourne works in conflict zones, including Myanmar.

  1. Listen18 September 2017 – Gravity, Nanotechnology, Particle Physics , Physics, Technology

    Honey I shrunk the particles!

    The University of Melbourne's Matt Faria needed an accessible way to test nanoparticle crystal formation in zero-gravity. So he skydived in the name of science.

  2. Listen31 August 2017 – Anti discrimination, Disability, Education, Equality, Teaching

    Discrimination in the classroom

    Dr Shiralee Poed discusses improving teaching for children with disabilities, the My School website and why all students deserve to go to their local school.

  3. Listen17 August 2017 – Donald Trump, Fake News, Journalism, Politics, Republican Party

    Whose fake news?

    We chat to Washington Post op-ed columnist Dana Milbank about fake news, Russian Hackers and the ethics of Wikileaks.

  4. Listen10 August 2017 – EcoCity Summit 2017, Environment, Sustainability, Water Management, Wetlands

    Newell’s Renewal

    We visit Newells Paddock in Melbourne's inner west where delegates from the Ecocity 2017 World Summit are planting shrubs to rehabilitate the industrial site.

  5. Listen4 August 2017 – Art, Artists, Books, Exhibitions, Libraries

    Art on the page

    Special collections librarian at the University of Melbourne, Susan Millard, shows off some Matisse, Miró and Sonia Delaunay illustrations and artworks.

  6. Listen26 July 2017 – Audio, Australian History, Feminism, Germaine Greer, Libraries

    Five things about ... The Germaine Greer audio archive

    In 2013 the University of Melbourne bought the Germaine Greer Archive. We speak to the archivists about the 150 hours of audio recorded by Greer herself.