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  1. 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.

  2. Listen24 February 2017 – Human rights, Migration, Public Policy, Refugees

    The power of a warm welcome

    Refugee researcher Uma Kothari on how media representations of asylum seekers influence how we attend and respond to the plight of people fleeing for safety.

  3. Listen10 February 2017 – Education, Positive Psychology, Psychology, Wellbeing, Workplace Change

    Taking positive psychology to a group level

    Research psychologist Lindsay Oades explains how positive psychology is moving to a systems level to promote more skillful interaction within organisations.

  4. Listen27 January 2017 – Agriculture, Climate change, Environment

    Global warming’s companion crisis

    Environmental physicist Mark Sutton on how our fast-growing 'nitrogen footprint' from agriculture and industry is threatening our health.

  5. Listen13 January 2017 – Biology, Biomedicine, Epidemics, Viruses

    Outbreak! Managing human pandemics

    Virologist Eddie Holmes on how better biosecurity and surveillance give us a chance of containing still-inevitable viral and bacterial pandemics.

  6. Listen30 December 2016 – Bioscience, Chemical engineering, Cities, Environment

    How are birds faring in our cities?

    We chat with two PhD researchers about their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.

  7. Listen16 December 2016 – Criminology, Human rights, Law, State crime

    Investigating state crime

    On the Up Close podcast, criminologist Penny Green on what it means when nation-states shift from protector from crime to perpetrator.

  8. Listen25 November 2016 – Agriculture, Food Security, Veterinary Sciences

    Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases

    Infectious diseases expert Professor John Fazakerley, of the University of Melbourne, on getting to grips with threats to global food security.

  9. Listen18 November 2016 – Cities, Public health, Transport, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Designing cities with health in mind

    Public health specialist Professor Mark Stevenson from the University of Melbourne on the need to prioritise physical wellbeing in our urban planning.

  10. Listen4 November 2016 – Healthcare, Physiotherapy, Strokes

    Stroke recovery: The state of the science

    Stroke recovery guru Professor Julie Bernhardt on the latest research into maximising the chances of overcoming the physical and mental aftermath of stroke.