Virologist Eddie Holmes explains how viral and bacterial pandemics of the type that spawned the Black Death and Ebola remain an unpredictable and inevitable part of our future. Professor Holmes describes how new technologies like genomic sequencing help us explore the origins and evolution of pathogens linked to pandemics as far back as Ancient Rome, and how evolving biosecurity and surveillance systems offer us a chance of containing outbreaks. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.
Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley details the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them in check. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.
American labor historian Leon Fink discusses the rise of the Precariat -- people in developed economies in a permanent state of underemployment or intermittent work due to changes in working conditions since the 19th century. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.
Housing and real estate researcher Assoc Prof Piyush Tiwari discusses urbanization in India and its implications for policy makers. He also explains why Indian slums don’t always deserve the bad rap they get in popular culture. Presented by Lynne Haultain.
Art historian and former gallery director Prof Gerard Vaughan discusses the challenges, fiscal and otherwise, facing publicly-funded art galleries. He also explores the evolution of curatorship in these galleries. With host Elisabeth Lopez.
Social psychologist Professor Kaiping Peng (彭凯平教授) examines the role of psychology in a China confronted with tremendous economic and social change. Prof Peng also discusses how the positive psychology movement fits into Chinese cultural and social structures to contribute to mental health and well being. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.
Crowdfunding researcher Dr Richard Swart describes the explosive growth of crowdfunding in its very short history, and explains how crowd-sourced funding is radically and irrevocably changing how business is done. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.
Historical and descriptive linguist Assoc Prof Alexander (Sander) Adelaar discusses efforts to piece together from scant historical sources the once dormant Taiwanese language of Siraya, and explains the language’s influence on a reawakening of cultural identity. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Urban planning theorist and author Dr Susan Fainstein joins host Peter Mares to talk about how cities benefit and fail their residents, the pursuit of a "just city", and which cities can boast of being most fair and equitable.
Global finance expert Satyajit Das argues that the inherent -- and largely ignored -- fragility of China’s economy threatens to undo the fruits of decades of phenomenal export-led growth. Presented by Peter Mares.