public policy

#269      45 min 40 sec
Making nice: Julian Savulescu and the case for moral bioenhancement

Prof Julian Savulescu

Philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu joins host Peter Mares for a conversation on the potential for moral bioenhancement through direct brain stimulation, pharmacology or genetics, and the ethical implications of such interventions.

#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.

#262      36 min 30 sec
Vigor in the ville: Creating cities that promote health and well-being

Prof Billie Giles-Corti

Urban public health expert Billie Giles-Corti discusses how a rigorous, evidence-based approach to urban policy and city planning can help bring long-term benefits for physical and mental health and well-being. Presented by Peter Mares.

#259      39 min 12 sec
Sport court: Where international sports and legal systems converge

Prof James Nafziger
Hayden Opie

Legal experts James Nafziger and Hayden Opie describe the growing role of law in professional sports, and how varying legal systems worldwide grapple with issues of sports dispute resolution, commercialization, corruption, and athletes’ rights. Presented by Peter Mares.

#256      40 min 32 sec
Eastern academies: The rise and rise of Asian universities

Prof Simon Marginson

Higher education globalization expert Professor Simon Marginson examines the factors that have fuelled the inexorable rise of higher education in China and elsewhere in Asia. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#253      30 min 46 sec
Sedimental journey: Probing climate's buried past to predict our future

Prof Jonathan Overpeck

Paleoclimatologist Prof Jonathan Overpeck describes how research into uncovering the earth’s climate history generates important insights about our climate future. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#241      20 min 45 sec
Raising emperors: The social cost of China's one-child policy

Prof Lisa Cameron
Assoc Prof Nisvan Erkal

Behavioral economists Prof Lisa Cameron and Assoc Prof Nisvan Erkal examine the effects of China’s one child policy on the interpersonal skills of a generation of only children. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#235      40 min 05 sec
Tight-lipped transactions: Degrees of transparency in sovereign wealth funds

Assoc Prof Christopher Balding

Political economist Assoc Prof Christopher Balding examines the rapid rise of sovereign wealth funds in global finance, and focuses on issues of transparency and governance. He also discusses the impact that such large sums of money have on domestic and international politics. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#226      21 min 30 sec
Early enrichment: Giving indigenous children a head start

Prof Collette Tayler

Early childhood researcher Prof Collette Tayler explains how the Abecedarian approach, a behavioral and social conditioning program originally developed in the United States to give at-risk toddlers a head start in life, is being adapted to help very young children of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#219      33 min 10 sec
Lifting the baseline: Tackling healthcare challenges in developing economies

Dr David Hipgrave

Paediatrician and public health researcher Dr David Hipgrave discusses the challenges to the provision of healthcare in developing economies. He also takes a close look at infant mortality and child health in these countries. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.