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Episode 59: Cannabis and Your Brain

Researchers Assoc Prof Dan Lubman and Prof Ian McGregor discuss latest understanding of the effects of cannabis on brain and behavior.

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Episode 60: Harpooning the Myths: Japan and Whaling

Maritime historian Dr Charles Schencking joins host Jennifer Cook to separate the myths from the facts surrounding the contentious practice of whaling by Japan.

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Episode 61: Deconstructing / Reconstructing the Tasmanian Tiger

Biologists Prof Marilyn Renfree and Assoc Prof Andrew Pask talk Tassie Tiger, and explain how the humble mouse has aided genetic understanding of the extinct marsupial, the Thylacine. With host Dr Shane Huntington.

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Episode 62: Please Explain: Islamic Banking

Prof Abdullah Saeed explains the concepts, history and modern-day practice of banking and finance according to Islamic law. With host Jacky Angus.

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Episode 63: Parental Angst and Acceptance in the Digital Age

Drs Mike Arnold and Martin Gibbs discuss the impact on families of the seemingly unstoppable wave of digital and virtual communications technologies.

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Episode 64: Medical Bionics: Cochlear Implants and Beyond

Prof Robert Shepherd and Prof Tony Burkitt explain ear function, hearing loss, and how cochlear implants have improved the lives of many people. Also, bionic interventions in other parts of the body. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

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Episode 65: Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity

Prof Ary Hoffmann and Dr Michael Kearney discuss the effects of climate change on biodiversity, and how our quality of life could be adversely affected. With host Shane Huntington.

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Episode 66: Understanding Cooperation through Behavioural Economics

Behavioural Economist Dr Nikos Nikiforakis explains how Behavioural Economics challenges one of the fundamental premises of traditional Economics - the rational, self-serving Homo Economicus. Through laboratory and field experiments, Nikos also develops a model for understanding social cooperation. With host Jennifer Cook.

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Episode 67: 400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes

Astrophysicist Prof Rachel Webster discusses the evolution of the astronomical telescope - from Galileo's version in 1609 to the iconic Hubble space telescope, and then onto a sneak peek of the upcoming James Webb space telescope which will be parked so far from earth that it can't be repaired. Every improvement to the telescope has extended our understanding of the univer
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Episode 68: Pakistan: A State for Devolution

Dr Nadeem Malik ponders the question of why stable and robust democratic institutions have eluded Pakistan. Since its formation in 1947, military rule has been a recurrent theme for Pakistan, and true devolution of power to the local level is still a quest. With host Jacky Angus.

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Episode 69: Geothermal Energy from Uranium Deposits

Geothermal energy is most frequently associated with volcanic activity. However, new research suggests the possibility of producing commercially viable geothermal energy from uranium deposits. Prof Mike Sandiford and Dr Sandra McLaren discuss the science behind this endeavor to produce clean energy. With host Dr Shane Huntington.

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Episode 70: Drug Use, HIV and Harm Reduction in North East India

Manipur and Nagaland are two states in North East India that share a border with Burma. While these states are so remote that few foreign nationals have visited them, they are beset with high rates of HIV infection and injecting drug use. Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann, Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Institute for Global Health take us on their journey of imp
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Episode 71: Widows of Injecting Drug Users in North East India

In the conservative societies of Nagaland and Manipur, widows of injecting drug users are often HIV positive, poor and stigmatized. Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Insitute for Global Health discuss an intervention program to improve mental health of these women. With host Jennifer Cook.

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Episode 72: The Fourth Rise of China

Prof Wang Gungwu and Dr Pradeep Taneja examine the latest rise of China in its historic, economic and strategic dimensions. With host Jennifer Cook.

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Episode 73: Al Jazeera statecraft: New media as public diplomacy tools

Journalism professor Phillip Seib of the University of Southern California discusses public diplomacy via broadcast and digital media, and its success -- or otherwise -- in the Middle East and elsewhere. Prof Seib delivered the keynote speech at the Journalism in the 21st Century Conference on July 16, 2009. The conference was organized by the School of Culture and Communication a
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Episode 74: Broadcasting hope among refugees in East Africa

Elias Nyatete describes how Tanzanian media outlet Radio Kwizera has been an important source of information and hope for refugees in recent and current East African conflicts. With host Jacky Angus.

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Episode 75: Human Judgement and Investment Manias

From the tulip bulb mania in the 17th century to collateralized
debt obligations more recently, Prof Charles Noussair and Dr Tom Wilkening outline the sometimes questionable human judgement of risk and reward. With host Jennifer Cook.

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Episode 76: A Sea of Sound: Dr Ros Bandt

Sound artist, musician, researcher and educator Dr Ros Bandt discusses aural environments, the sculpting of sound, her recent works and musical inspirations. With host Jacky Angus.

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Episode 77: Searching for Russia's Future in Its Past

Prof Leslie Holmes and former Ambassador Leslie Rowe discuss how Russia's past influences this great nation's future. With host Jennifer Cook.

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Episode 78: Accounting for Imams

In this episode, three conversations on imams and educators in Muslim communities. Host Jacky Angus speaks to author and lawyer Irfan Yusuf about the roles and predicaments of imams in Australia and elsewhere; to researcher Anisa Buckley on imams and their role in marriage and divorce; and to educator Dr Eeqbal Hassim on getting school teachers up to speed on Muslim issues.
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