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  1. Listen20 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Drug Development, Immunology and Infection, Vaccination

    Lessons for a future pandemic

    Professor Peter Doherty from the University of Melbourne discusses the latest COVID-19 drug and vaccine research, and how best to prepare for future pandemic

  2. Listen13 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Self-isolation

    The isolation of domestic violence

    A University of Melbourne expert discusses the risks of family violence during COVID-19 isolation and the learnings of which support services are working well.

  3. Listen6 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Mental Health, Psychology, Self-isolation

    The mental marathon of COVID-19

    University of Melbourne's Dr Grant Blashki helps us understand our mental health during isolation and what we can do to maintain our routines and resilience.

  4. Listen29 April 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Epidemiology, Infectious diseases, Public Policy

    The dynamics of disease

    Professor Tony Blakely, a University of Melbourne epidemiologist and public health specialist, discusses COVID-19 infection control models and exit strategies.

  5. Listen15 April 2020 – COVID-19, History, Literature, Pandemic, Visual Arts

    How have plagues and pandemics influenced the arts?

    University of Melbourne experts describe how throughout history, writers and artists have explored the impact of plagues and pandemics on humanity.

  6. Listen1 April 2020 – Ageing, Ageism, Art, Menopause, Women's Health

    Our flesh after fifty

    Professor of gynaecology Martha Hickey explains how a new exhibition, Flesh after Fifty, came about and its celebration of positive images of older women in art

  7. Listen17 March 2020 – DNA, Disease, Epigenetics, Genetics, Pregnancy

    Shaping the brain: Before, during and after birth

    Neurologist Professor Tracy Bale looks at how our life experiences can be transmitted biologically to the next generation and how that shapes our unique brains.

  8. Listen7 March 2020 – Climate, Evolution, Fossils, Geology, International Women's Day

    On the hunt for ancient reefs

    As we mark International Women's Day, the university of Melbourne's Dr Ashleigh Hood describes the inspiration behind her worldwide search for ancient reefs.

  9. Listen19 February 2020 – Climate, Democracy, Environment, Politics, Social Science

    Renewing Democracy in a time of environmental crisis

    Social researcher and author Dr Rebecca Huntley says renewing democracy is critical to dealing with climate change since we have little trust in our politicians

  10. Listen5 February 2020 – Animal Welfare, Foreign Aid, Philanthropy, Philosophy, Poverty

    The life you can save

    The University of Melbourne's Professor Peter Singer discusses why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.