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Experts and researchers in conversation -- in science, health, technology, law, the arts, and business.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Listen21 October 2016 – Ageing, Economics, Law, Social Policy, Work

    Ageing workers: Old and in the way?

    Legal scholar Mia Rönnmar joins host Lynne Haultain for an international perspective on the place and plight of older workers in the workplace.

  7. Listen7 October 2016 – Psychology, Sciences

    Sifting pseudoscience from the real thing

    Psychology researcher Scott Lilienfeld explores the popular science myths that too often make fools of us in this episode of the Up Close podcast.

  8. Listen23 September 2016 – Ideology, Philosophy, Racism, Sexism

    Challenging harmful ideologies in belief and practice

    Philosopher Sally Haslanger on finding ways to combat harmful ideologies like racism and sexism that endure in human societies.

  9. Listen9 September 2016 – International law, Islamism, United States, Warfare

    Twisting the law on the way to the battlefield

    How governments contort global and domestic laws to wage war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces invoke Islamic law to justify their actions.

  10. Listen25 August 2016 – Disasters, Earth Sciences, Earthquake

    Earthquakes: The lessons learned

    Earthquake researcher Associate Professor Mark Quigley on the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes and how to better prepare regions at risk.