public policy

#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.

#214      27 min 22 sec
Toxic titbits? The effects of nanoparticles on our health

Prof. Kenneth Dawson

Bio-nanoscience investigator Prof Kenneth Dawson discusses current research into nanoparticles and their potential effects on our health. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#213      34 min 58 sec
Becoming Brazilian: The making of national identity in the South American giant

Prof. Marshall Eakin

Historian Prof Marshall Eakin takes us beyond Brazil’s emblematic moments of Carnaval and World Cup victories to examine the country’s long path to a national consensus on what it means to be Brazilian. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#212      39 min 11 sec
Tender truths: The real costs of letting the private sector deliver public services

Prof. John Alford
Assoc. Prof. Janine O'Flynn

Public policy experts Prof John Alford and Assoc Prof Janine O’Flynn discuss the hidden costs and long-term effects of outsourcing important public services to for-profit firms in the private sector. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#194      29 min 29 sec
Degrees of uncertainty: Modeling the climate impact of greenhouse gases

Dr Malte Meinshausen

Senior climate impact researcher Dr. Malte Meinshausen explains how climate change is modeled, and estimates the effect of timely mitigation of  greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#183      24 min 23 sec
For show only? The language of human rights in national constitutions

Assoc Prof Gili Drori

Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and the degree to which societies actually honour the words in their own national charters.

#178      28 min 02 sec
Justifying the means: The law as accomplice in crimes against humanity

Dr Jennifer Balint

Criminologist and lawyer Dr Jennifer Balint discusses how nation-states seek to use the law in support of genocidal practices and other crimes against humanity. She also examines how, conversely, the law is also called upon to bring about reconciliation after regime change. With host Jennifer Cook.

#177      30 min 05 sec
Delusions of certainty: Regulation through an ethical lens

Associate Prof Fiona Haines
Prof Nancy Reichman

Social scientists Assoc Prof Fiona Haines and Prof Nancy Reichman discuss the myths and implications behind authorities’ implementation of regulations, particularly in the wake of a disaster. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 174      35 min 10 sec
Peak fish: Rising human consumption of seafood, and its implications

Dr Tim Dempster
Dr Reg Watson

Fisheries scientists Dr Tim Dempster and Dr Reg Watson discuss the pressures on wild fish stocks and debate the role of aquaculture in feeding an increasingly populous world. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.