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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Listen5 May 2017 – Ageing, Cellular, Exercise, Health, Preventive Medicine

    Staying healthy in old age

    Geriatrician Andrea Maier from the University of Melbourne on the cellular basis of ageing and how to change the script.

  3. Listen21 April 2017 – Agriculture, Food Security, Public Policy

    The grand challenge of feeding 9 billion people

    Sustainable agriculture expert Tim Reeves on the radical changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behaviour to feed Earth.

  4. Listen6 April 2017 – China, Corruption, Governance

    Crony capitalism Chinese style

    Professor Minxin Pei on collusive corruption in China, its root cause, and why a free media and liberal democracy may be the key elements to a lasting solution.

  5. Listen23 March 2017 – LGBT, Mental Health, Psychology

    The human cost of homophobia and transphobia

    Psychiatric epidemiologist Michael King talks about the psychological damage suffered by victims of homophobia and transphobia, and spells out what can be done.

  6. Listen10 March 2017 – Agriculture, Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Medicine

    Genetic snip and snap

    Molecular biologist Professor Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.