Open for Discussion
By The University of Sydney
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Join lecturer in public policy, Dr Chris Neff from the University of Sydney as he turns his sceptical eye and curious mind to the world of research. Each episode an academic will join Chris in his office to explore the latest research on topics that affect us all. From housing prices to diet guidelines and everything in between, Chris will question what the evidence says, debunking myths and assumptions along the way. Open for discussion is a podcast series produced by the University of Sydney. As Australia’s first university we’ve been challenging traditions for more than 160 years. Visit our website for more information or to browse additional resources: sydney.edu.au/news/podcasts
||CleanHuh? Meaning, language and fake news - Professor Nick Enfield||In this conversation Professor Nick Enfield, Chai…||19 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy food isn’t free from politics - Dr Alana Mann||From supermarkets, to farms, to our own home gard…||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow millennials do politics differently - Professor Ariadne Vromen||There’s a growing appreciation of the unique chal…||5 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow we adapt to disruptive technology - Professor Kai Riemer||Netflix, WhatsApp, Uber and AirBnB are all examp…||29 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs medical marijuana the next wonder drug - Professor Iain McGregor||People involved in medical cannabis can find them…||23 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to care for your cats and dogs (ethically) - Dr Anne Fawcett||Australia has one of the highest household rates …||14 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to prevent crime before it happens - Dr Garner Clancey||Most times we think of crime, it’s after the fact…||7 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow insects are solving our problems in the city - Dr Tanya Latty||How can insects, slime mould and other brainless …||30 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Sugar - Dr Becky Freeman||Mary Poppins said “a spoonful of sugar helps the …||24 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfronting radical extremism - Hussain Nadim||How does radicalisation happen? Why would a young…||20 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPublic space: a contested and changing area - Associate Professor Kurt Iveson||What is public space in modern society and why is…||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood for thought: the science of eating a healthy diet - Associate Professor Amanda Salis||Almost every week it seems there’s a story in the…||16 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot guilty: memory in the criminal justice system - Dr Celine van Golde||Think back to a week ago, a month ago, a year ago…||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVaccination: A researcher's insight - Associate Professor Julie Leask||Vaccination is a health topic that can polarise a…||29 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur lives in the age of Artificial Intelligence - Dr Michael Harre||Open for Discussion: The University of Sydney pod…||27 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvoiding and evading: talking multinational tax - Dr Shumi Akhtar||In this episode, Dr Shumi Akhtar, a senior lectur…||24 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElite Athletes vs Couch Potatoes: can the Rio Games bridge the divide? – Dr Steve Georgakis||In the lead up to Rio 2016, Chris is joined by Se…||28 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHome Ownership: facts and fiction - Professor Nicole Gurran||Chris is joined by Professor Nicole Gurran from t…||24 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Sleep: what is it and how to get more - Professor Ron Grunstein||Chris is joined by Dr Ron Grunstein, a professor …||11 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A great new find
I really enjoyed the "Home Ownership: facts and fiction" episode of the new "Open for Discussion" podcast series from the University of Sydney. Apart from dealing with a topical issue, I really liked the way that Nicole Gurran and Chris Neff debunked popular misconceptions around this contentious policy issue and actually came to useful conclusions about where policy-makers should focus their attention. Chris Neff is a really engaging and entertaining host. I'm looking forward to hearing him unpack more of the contemporary issues that are being tackled at the uni.
I listened to the Sleep podcast and found it be an excellent overview of some of the big issues in the topical area of sleep problems and current research. It covered the effects of morning versus evening light and blue-light exposure on sleep quality, catch-up or recovery sleep, the claims made for melatonin (a hormone produced in the pineal gland to signal sleep) by the 'sleep industry'and the need for large scale studies, the media focus on a 'sleep crisis'(despite studies showing sleep duration largely unchanged in last 20 yrs), and future directions for sleep research. The web link has a full transcipt and other good resources online. The host is very personable and this is a great debut for what promises to be a very engaging and interesting series. Keep up the good work!
The Elite Athletes vs Couch Potato episode was timely and an interestng perspective on the place of sport in our national culture. Dr Georgakis trained as an Olympian himself and believes sport has a valuable role to play in developing fitness, enhancing academic performance, and imparting important social and individual values but has been hijacked by commercialisation and 'bread and curcuses'spectacle. The interview looks at the positive and negative impact of the Olympics and elite athleticism on participation in sport. The host (a lawn bowls afficionado) brings humour and good questions to bear on the topic. ABC's Barracuda is one of the case studies in the web resources!