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  1. Listen8 September 2017 – Epidemics, Epidemiology, Health, Hepatitis, Public Health

    Coming to grips with a ‘silent killer’

    Infectious diseases expert Dr Ben Cowie on why viral hepatitis is fast becoming a hidden epidemic with significant public health consequences.

  2. Listen25 August 2017 – Happiness, Mindfulness, Pain, Positive Psychology, Psychology

    Why feeling pain is key to our happiness

    University of Melbourne psychologist Dr Brock Bastian on the value of experiencing pain and accepting unpleasantness in our pursuit of pleasure and happiness.

  3. Listen11 August 2017 – Democracy, Elections, Government, Media, Politics

    Phantom democracies

    Political thinker John Keane on the rise of corrupt political regimes that employ democratic rhetoric, social media and economic growth to win over the public.

  1. Listen28 July 2017 – Disability, Economics, Epidemiology, Public health, Social Justice

    How attitudes disable

    Social epidemiologist Eric Emerson argues we've yet to grasp how disability arises not from impairment but from the interaction between health and our society.

  2. Listen14 July 2017 – Biology, Cancer, Health, IVF, Reproduction

    Confessions of a professional baby maker

    Reproductive biologist David Gardner explains what we're still learning about healthy embryo development and how it's being applied to improve IVF technologies.

  3. Listen30 June 2017 – Agriculture, Ecology, Environment, History, Sustainability

    Embracing the finite

    Ecologist Peter Vitousek explores how living in the Anthropocene will force us to make our way with diminished natural resources.

  4. Listen16 June 2017 – Environment, India, Indigenous, Law, New Zealand

    Rivers as persons

    Environmental law researchers Erin O’Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones discuss recent moves to give legal personhood to rivers in India, New Zealand and elsewhere.

  5. Listen2 June 2017 – Africa, China, Development, Economics, Trade

    China in Africa: Who benefits?

    Economist Dr Lauren Johnston examines the evolving political and economic relationships between China and developing nations of Africa.

  6. Listen19 May 2017 – Ageing, Medicine, Public health, Women's Health

    What’s killing women?

    Population health researcher Professor Cassandra Szoeke outlines what ails women as they grow older, and how men differ from women in age-related diseases.