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  1. Listen9 June 2021 – Music, Music History, Opera, Performance, Racism

    Is opera dead or can it redefine itself?

    The classical operas can be interpreted in ways that don't perpetuate harmful stereotypes or cultural appropriation, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. Listen26 May 2021 – Alumni, Cinema, Film, Hollywood, Victorian College of the Arts

    How to create Oscar-nominated visual effects

    Special effects artist and University of Melbourne graduate Genevieve Camilleri describes how her work creates movie monsters and her Academy Award nomination

  3. Listen12 May 2021 – Emotions, Happiness, Morality, Pain, Psychology

    The other side of happiness

    University of Melbourne psychologist Brock Bastian explains how life’s painful and difficult experiences play a very important role in producing happiness

  1. Listen28 April 2021 – Health, Meditation, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Neuroscience

    Mindfulness is everywhere, but what actually is it?

    University of Melbourne psychologist Dr Nicholas Van Dam explains that despite it being mentioned everywhere, mindfulness isn't what many of us think it is.

  2. Listen14 April 2021 – Criminal Justice, Criminology, Gender, Sexual Violence, Sexuality

    Prevention and justice for sexual violence

    Bianca Fileborn is researching the factors surrounding sexual violence – including place – and how we can better prevent it while providing new forms of justice

  3. Listen31 March 2021 – Diversity, Drama, Performance, Queer, Theatre

    The power of queer performance

    University of Melbourne's Alyson Campbell will co-lead the Feral Queer Camp, asking what makes performance queer and how to develop a network of queer thinkers

  4. Listen17 March 2021 – Australia, Constitution, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of speech, Law

    What does our constitution say about freedom of speech?

    University of Melbourne's Professor Adrienne Stone discusses the differences between Australian and US constitutions on freedom of speech

  5. Listen7 March 2021 – Animals, International Women's Day, Literature, Pandemic, Writing

    If our animals could speak

    Dr Laura Jean McKay, winner of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for literature and University of Melbourne graduate discusses writing her first novel

  6. Listen17 February 2021 – Music, Politics, Protest

    The music of politics and protest

    University of Melbourne musicologist Dr Nick Tochka discusses the politics of music-making since 1945, particularly in Europe and the Americas.