Professor Rick Roush examines the realities and myths around Genetically Modified (GM) or transgenic Crops. With Dr Shane Huntington.
Guest: Professor Rick Roush, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Resources.
Topic: Genetically modified crops: the wheat from the chaff
Episode 21: Barry Tuckwell: A Life with French Horn
Triple Grammy nominee, Professor Barry Tuckwell, chats with Sian Prior about his art and life.
Guest: Professor Barry Tuckwell, OBE and AC from the Faculty of Music
Topic: A Life with French Horn
Note: For legal reasons, this episode will not be available as an on-deman
Episode 22: Geopolitics of Climate Change
Dr Peter Christoff explores the global politics of climate change with Sian Prior.
Guest: Dr Peter Christoff, School of Social and Environmental Enquiry.
Topic: Geopolitics of Climate Change
Episode 23: India and China, Globalized
Dr Pradeep Taneja and Dr Salim Lakha discuss how globalisation is shaping India and China. With Sian Prior.
Dr Pradeep Taneja, School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology
Dr Salim Lakha, School of Social and Environmental Enquiry
Topic: The effects of globali
Episode 24: Simon Phillips: Theater is No Drama
Simon Phillips joins Up Close host Sian Prior for a wide-ranging discussion of the role of theatre in contemporary society, and its continuing relevance in the digital age.
Guest: Simon Phillips, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company
Topic: Contemporary theatre
Episode 25: Abundance And Extinction: Species Under Pressure
Prof Nigel Stork talks to podcast host Dr Shane Huntington about the crisis of global extinction of species, its bio-historical backdrop, and a future of reduced diversity.
Guest: Prof Nigel Stork, School of Natural Resource Management
Topic: Global Extinction of Species
Episode 26: Post-Soviet Crime and Its Impact Abroad
Prof Leslie Holmes examines the wide-ranging impact of organised crime in post-Communist Russia and Eastern Europe. With host Sian Prior.?
Guest: Prof Leslie Holmes, School of Natural Resource Management
Topic: Former Soviet Union, Central Eastern Europe and the internationalization of crim
Episode 27: Mindful Leadership
Prof Amanda Sinclair talks about how mindfulness contributes to effective leadership. With Sian Prior.
Episode 28: Post-Natal Depression Across Cultures
Post-natal, or perinatal, depression is found beyond the wealthy, Europeanised societies with which this phenomenon is usually associated. In this podcast, Assoc Prof Jane Fisher of the Key Centre for Women's Health discusses PND and its incidence in poorer countries, especially Vietnam. With host Sian Prior.
Episode 29: Engineering Ice Cream
Chemical Engineer Dr Ray Dagastine explains the crucial role of emulsions and surfactants in everyday items like shampoo and ice cream. The first of our special "Up Close Summer Season of Science". With host Dr Shane Huntington.
Episode 30: Love Life of the Mountain Brushtail Possum
Behavioural ecologist Dr Jenny Martin explains how studying Australia's Mountain Brushtail Possum has helped us understand how ecological change affects animal mating behaviour. This is the second of our "Summer Season of Science" mini series. With Up Close science host Dr Shane Huntington.
Episode 31: Genetic Testing and Young People
Dr Rony Duncan discusses the ethical issues surrounding genetic testing of young people. With host Dr Shane Huntington. This episode concludes our "Summer Season of Science". Up Close will resume its regular programming with the next episode.
Episode 32: Birds, Nations and Empires
Dr Lewis Mayo gives a historical perspective of how birds have symbolised nations' political struggles and aspirations. With host Sian Prior.
Episode 33: Mathematics of Biology
Prof Kerry Landman chats with Dr Shane Huntington about how mathematics sheds light on biological phenomena like the growth of cancer cells.
Episode 34: Cities and Extreme Events
Assoc Profs Priyan Mendis and Nick Haritos reveal how cities stand up to extreme events like explosive blasts and tsunamis. With Dr Shane Huntington.
Episode 35: With No Grain Of Salt: Water Desalination Explained
Assoc Prof Sandra Kentish joins Up Close science host Dr Shane Huntington to discuss water desalination as a technology and a controversy -- and its certain growth in our future.
Episode 36: Marketing Luxury Brands
Assoc Prof Mark Ritson of the Melbourne Business School talks to Up Close host Amanda Tattam about the changing nature of the global luxury goods market. Amanda also speaks to Andrew Wu, head of luxury giant LVMH's China operations, about selling luxury in Asia.
Episode 37: Reinvigorating the World Trade Organization
Political scientist and Warwick Commission member Prof Ann Capling demystifies the World Trade Organization (WTO), and suggests how it might reinvigorate itself in a changing global trade environment. With podcast host Eric van Bemmel.
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