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#382      33 min 27 sec
Going viral: Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases

Prof John Fazakerley

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.

#381      28 min 36 sec
Let's get physical: Designing cities with our health in mind

Prof Mark Stevenson

Urban public health researcher Prof Mark Stevenson describes the better human health outcomes to be had in cities that emphasize active transport modes like cycling and walking, while discouraging dependence on cars. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#001      19 min 47 sec
Introducing a new podcast: In Pursuit -- Episode 1, Thought Controlled Futures

Dr Tom Oxley
Dr Nick Opie

Up Close science host Dr Andi Horvath presents the first installment of a new podcast, In Pursuit. In this episode, Thought Controlled Futures, we talk to the people behind revolutionary technologies enabling people to control movement and manipulate objects using their thoughts alone. In particular, we take a look at the stentrode, a metal scaffold implanted in a blood vessel, that allows brain activity to be recorded and commands generated to control a full-body exoskeleton.

#353      32 min 09 sec
From Proletariat to Precariat: Navigating Uncertainty in a Globalised Economy

Prof Leon Fink

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.

#352      33 min 29 sec
Cell sell: The ethics of the transnational human tissue market

Associate Prof Megan Munsie
Dr Dominique Martin

Stem cell expert Megan Munsie and bioethicist Dominique Martin discuss medical tourism and the hidden transnational trade in transplant organs and stem cells,and consider the ethics, legislative implications and what the future might hold. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#351      33 min 31 sec
Weeds girdle the globe: The marauding march of invasive plant species

Prof Roger Cousens

Plant population specialist Prof Roger Cousens talks about how the spread of undesirable plants, or "weeds", has dramatically redefined the world’s natural landscapes and coastlines, and what this means for us economically, aesthetically and environmentally. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#350      35 min 51 sec
Superdiversity: Policy challenges in an age of unprecedented migration

Prof Jenny Phillimore

Migration researcher Prof Jenny Phillimore explains how the recent global phenomenon of superdiversity is challenging policy makers and service providers to rethink housing and health care in our cities and beyond. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#349      27 min 01 sec
Wild and domestic: A cultural history of human-animal relations

Prof Harriet Ritvo

Environmental historian Prof Harriet Ritvo recounts the often ambiguous relationships between the human and animal worlds through history, and explores our need to both tame and take inspiration from the wild. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#339      32 min 38 sec
Machine politics: Electronic voting and the persistent doubts about its integrity

Dr J Alex Halderman
Dr Vanessa Teague

Alex Halderman and Vanessa Teague, security experts in electronic and internet voting, argue that despite the speed and efficiency promises of e-balloting, it has yet to convincingly deliver the privacy, reliability and vote integrity that the democratic process requires and that voters expect. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#320      30 min 17 sec
Stethoscopes to spreadsheets: The rise of the physician-executive

Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson

Public governance and health care reform researcher Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson describes the benefits of getting doctors into positions of leadership in medical organisations and national health care systems. Challenges include luring candidates from the clinic to the executive suite, and providing training to doctors in managerial methods. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.