China

#391      00 hr 41 min 41 sec
Not the highest bidder: China’s crony capitalism and the large scale looting of public assets

Prof Minxin Pei

Governance expert Prof Minxin Pei describes how collusion between China’s political and business elites have resulted in the privatization of public assets for enormous personal gain. He also explains why the current crackdown on corruption is but a band-aid and that a free media and liberal democracy may be the key elements to a lasting solution. Presented by Peter Clarke.

#386      36 min 43 sec
Global warming's companion crisis: Reactive nitrogen and its threat to human and planetary health

Prof Mark Sutton

Environmental physicist Prof Mark Sutton explains how our fast growing "nitrogen footprint" from agriculture and industry is reaching crisis levels as reactive nitrogen pollutes our air and soil and is a direct threat to human health. A leading researcher and advisor on nitrogen policy, Prof Sutton argues that smarter nitrogen management is not only a health and environmental priority but will prevent continued enormous economic losses. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#385      30 min 34 sec
Outbreak! Human pandemics and how to manage the inevitable

Prof Eddie Holmes

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.

#325      29 min 48 sec
Getting your Monet’s worth: The rapidly changing global market in art

Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Art market researcher and former curator Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios examines the rapidly evolving relationship between art and money on the international stage. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#294      32 min 04 sec
Exhibiting behaviors: The business of running metropolitan art galleries and museums

Prof Gerard Vaughan

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.

#287      39 min 22 sec
Positively China: Toward a psychology of happiness in Chinese society

Prof Kaiping Peng 彭凯平教授

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.

#284      43 min 05 sec
Crowdfunding: How a radical new finance model is changing product development, research and the arts

Dr Richard Swart

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.

#282      33 min 19 sec
Speaking Siraya: Revitalizing a dormant language, rediscovering cultural identity

Assoc Prof Sander Adelaar

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.

#271      34 min 27 sec
Embracing zero: Satyajit Das on the end of continued economic growth

Satyajit Das

Global finance expert, author and commentator Satyajit Das warns us that the sustained economic growth we’ve come to believe is the norm is, in fact, unlikely to continue. Joined by host Peter Mares, Das ponders what a world of little or no growth would look like.

#266      44 min 41 sec
All feasts must end: Satyajit Das on China at the crossroads

Satyajit Das

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.