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  1. Listen15 December 2017 – Criminal Law, Criminology, Media, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault

    Dynamics of Scandal: On facilitating, denying and covering up institutional child sex abuse

    Sociologist Prof Chris Greer explores the often murky agendas of organisations, media, and individuals in the facilitation, denial and cover-up of sexual abuse.

  2. Listen30 November 2017 – Air Pollutants, Engineering, Fragrance Chemicals, Health, Women In Science

    Fume with a view: consumer products and your indoor air quality

    University of Melbourne Professor Anne Steinermann outlines the consequences of scented products, revealing how our indoor environments are making us sick.

  3. Listen17 November 2017 – Depression, Medicine, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Treatments

    From pole to pole: Treating bipolar disorder

    Professor Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder and new treatments, including environmental lithium, on the University of Melbourne's Up Close podcast.

  1. Listen20 October 2017 – Cities, Economy, Industry, Innovation, Urban Planning

    What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?

    Urban thinker Julie Wagner on how city innovation districts grow, and how their reliance on the physical and the local serves to foster creative industries.

  2. Listen6 October 2017 – Cancer, Healthcare, Medicine, Oncology, Women In Science

    Towards cancer care that listens to patients

    Oncologist Lidia Schapira on how health outcomes improve when we respond to patients' lived experience of cancer and support them to engage with their own care.

  3. Listen22 September 2017 – Crime, Criminology, Government, Policing, Public Policy

    The rise and reach of transnational policing

    Criminologist Ben Bowling on how policing is increasingly crossing national borders, raising serious questions about governance and public accountability.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.