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60 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
James Flynn : Free Speech and Universities
In conversation with Emeritus Professor James Flynn from the Joint Department of Politics at Otago University, New Zealand. We discuss his new book entitled A Book Too Risky To Publish: Free Speech and Universities. We discuss the history of right-wing control of universities during McCarthyism, and the totalitarian persecution that social democrat and liberal academics faced under the pretence of fighting Communism. We also discuss the Flynn Effect and his debates with intelligence researcher Charles Murray in relation to racial differences in IQ. Finally, we discuss his view that fields such as Women’s Studies and Black Studies are too ideologically driven, and why he believes neither the far left nor the far right truly believes in freedom of speech.
54 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Kenneth Freeman : God, Galileo and a Universe Gone Dark
In conversation with Professor Kenneth Freeman who is an Australian astronomer and astrophysicist. Prof. Freeman is currently Duffield Professor of Astronomy in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU. His research interests are in the formation and dynamics of galaxies and globular clusters, and he was one of the first researchers to point out that spiral galaxies contain a large fraction of dark matter. We discuss dark matter and his new book co-authored with David L. Block entitled God and Galileo: What a 400-Year-Old Letter Teaches Us about Faith and Science which is an exegesis on the dominance of atheism within science today. We also discuss how Professor Freeman reconciles his scientific work with his Christian faith.
58 minutes | Oct 3, 2020
Dennis Altman : Unrequited Love
In conversation with Professor Dennis Altman author of Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation (1972) which was considered the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement. We discuss his memoir Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist and we examine how his views in regards to sexuality were influenced by Freudian psychoanalytic ideas, as well as his family connection to Freud. We also discuss the role of cancel culture and free speech in universities, his experiences within the queer community, and his views on transgenderism.
75 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Thalia Anthony : On Systemic Racism
In conversation with Professor Thalia Anthony who has expertise in the areas of criminal law and procedure, with a particular specialisation in Indigenous criminalisation and Indigenous community justice mechanisms. We discuss the history of ‘blackbirding’ in Australia, the case for reparations, as well criminal justice system reformation in relation to Indigenous people and the definition of systemic racism. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the names of people who are deceased are mentioned in this interview.
60 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Anthony Dillon : On Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
In conversation with Dr Anthony Dillon who is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Positive Psychology & Education at ACU. His teaching and research interests include alternative conceptualisations of mental health, statistics and psychometrics, applied psychology, and Indigenous health. Dr Dillon identifies as a part-Aboriginal Australian, and we discuss his criticisms of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the research from The Australian Institute of Criminology, which shows that Indigenous people are now less likely to die in prison custody than non-Indigenous people.
65 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Gigi Foster : The Economics of a Pandemic
In conversation with Professor Gigi Foster from University of New South Wales School of Economics and co-host of the ABC Radio National talk-radio show and podcast series The Economists. We discuss ideas such as a statistical life and quality-adjusted life years in regards to the COVID19 pandemic, and her view that the closure of borders and severe lockdowns in Australia were a mistake, even if the worst case scenario of 150,000 deaths were to eventuate.
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Joe Huston : On The End of Poverty
In conversation with Joe Huston who is the chief financial officer (CFO) of GiveDirectly; a non-profit that sends direct cash transfers to the world’s poorest. We discuss GiveDirectly’s work in East Africa as well as the effectiveness of unconditional cash transfers versus traditional in-kind donations. We also discuss the case for basic universal income (UBI) and if UBI is potentially the future even for people in first world countries.
58 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Dr Sue Heward-Belle : On Violent Men
In conversation with Dr Sue Heward-Belle, who is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and is recognised as a leader in domestic and family violence research. In Australia, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. We discuss Dr Heward-Belle’s research on males who perpetrate domestic and family violence.
52 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
Benjamin Gilmour : Love, Fear and COVID19
In conversation with Benjamin Gilmour who is a paramedic, author and film maker. We discuss his frontline experiences with COVID19, as well as his latest memoir, The Gap, which recounts his experiences as a paramedic in the summer of 2008 in Sydney. This remains etched into his memory for the worst reasons.
52 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Rachel Menzies : Death to Everyone
In conversation with Rachel Menzies, a psychologist at the University of Sydney whose research focusses on the association between death anxiety and psychopathology. We discuss the role of death anxiety during the COVID19 pandemic, Terror Management Theory and the psychological benefits of contemplating daily your inevitable demise.
59 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Peter Doherty : COVID 19 - The Crown
In conversation with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discoveries about transplantations and ‘killer’ T cell immunity. We discuss the COVID19 pandemic in terms of how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells, the case against trying to develop herd immunity as well as the likelihood and timeline for vaccine development.
59 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Peter Hylands - Cowboy Conservationist
In this episode we are in conversation with Peter Hylands, an accomplished publisher, film producer, writer and conservationist. For many years Peter and his wife Andrea have been engaging viewers and readers around the globe via their new media broadcasting company Creative Cowboy. Peter and Andrea make crucial, unique content about art and culture and nature, frequently working with first nations people and in some of the remotest places on earth.
57 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save (May Be Your Own)
In conversation with Prof. Peter Singer in regards to the 10th anniversary edition of his book The Life You Can Save and his foundation of the same name. We discuss his views on moral philosophy, his Foundation's aim to promote highly effective charities in their work, attempting to help alleviate suffering in the world’s poorest countries, the psychology of giving, and whether true altruism actually exists.
55 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
Deep Trouble's War on The Chaser's War on the 2019 Election Result
In this SPECIAL EPISODE of Deep Trouble we interview Charles Firth of The Chaser. He offers an analysis of the state of play for the major parties in 2019, why the Labour Party lost the ‘unlosable’ election, as well as the politics surrounding important issues from refugee intake to climate change. Firth completed an Arts degree in political science at the University of Sydney, where he was the subject of a reality TV styled documentary called Uni. He is best known as a member of The Chaser productions CNNNN where he hosted ‘The Firth Factor’, which was a satirical segment parodying Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly’s ‘The O’Reilly Factor’, and also appeared in a segment about American culture called ‘Firth in the USA’ for The Chaser’s War on Everything. He is currently the editor of The Chaser Quarterly.
54 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
That Was Then, This Is Now
'That Was Then, This Is Now' involved young adults and award winning writers (and a publisher!) coming together on stage to discuss much loved modern classics that have made an impact on them. Produced in partnership with the Castlemaine Children’s Literature Festival and Castlemaine Library, this event featured Robyn Annear and Cohen Saunders (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton), Ellie Marney and Rosa Carrington (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle), Cate Kennedy and Abigail Meadows (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee), Gryffin Winsor and Kristin Gill (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)The event took place on 7 November 2018, in the Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine, initiated and produced by Lisa D'Onofrio.This Event was supported by the Regional Centre for Culture Program, a Victorian Government initiative in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Mount Alexander Shire, and a Mount Alexander Shire Community Grant.Thanks also to Steve Charman at MainFM for help with the recording.
52 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Prof. Bain Attwood - The Good Country
Professor Bain Attwood has published extensively on the history of colonialism and indigenous history. His latest book, The Good Country (Monash University Publishing): “eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria.”In this episode we discuss in detail the protectorate system that was set up in Victoria in an attempt to protect the Aboriginal people from the early settlers and in particular the settlement at Franklinford, near Daylesford in central Victoria, from which many descendants of the Dja Dja Wurrung can trace their ancestry. At the time the Franklinford protectorate was described as ‘a successful failure’.
57 minutes | Nov 11, 2018
Tim Errington: The Center for Open Science
In this episode we are in conversation with biologist Dr Tim Errington, Director of Metascience for the Center for Open Science (COS), which is dedicated to the replication of scientific research. First we discuss the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, which found that of the 97% of significant results published in high-ranking psychological science journals only 36% of the replications were significant. We discuss some of the post-hoc explanations provided by researchers to explain this failure of replication, as well as the funding incentive system within science which discourages reproduction of research. We follow on from this by discussing the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, which aimed to reproduce medical studies that were published in top-tier journals such as Nature, Science and Cell. So far, 3 of the 5 studies they have attempted to reproduce had strikingly different results from the originals. We discuss this in terms of the extremely high failure rate of phase 2 clinical trials, and how these drugs may not make it into human trials if the pre-clinical trials were more statistically and methodologically robust. We also talk about the general statistical illiteracy in the field as well as the extreme pressure to find positive results in science which is dominated by a culture of ‘publish or perish’.Image courtesy of www.news.virginia.edu
47 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Manisha Anjali - Song of the Crocodile
Indian-Fijian poet Manisha Anjali was born in Suva, the capital of Fiji, and we begin by discussing the importance of familial and national history in the development of works such as Sugar Kane Woman. Here is the hallucinatory vivid memory of meeting her great grandfather for the first time at his funeral; the free man who had fled Rajasthan and stowed away on a boat from Calcutta to Fiji, his body covered by tropical flowers and cotton buds in his nostrils. We discuss the British colonisation and indenture that began in 1879 and ran until 1919 in which Indians were tricked into coming to Fiji with visions of paradise, when the reality was slave-like conditions where they were forced to work in the colonial sugar cane plantations and refineries. Manisha talks about the plight of Indian women in Fiji at this time who she says suffered from a kind of double colonisation; from British Imperialism and the Indian patriarchy. Manisha also recites her poem Song of the Crocodile which is about three historical Indian women and describes their courage in the face of the hell and sacrifice that is represented by indenture. We also discuss the mysticism of her grandmothers and her own secular obsession with religion, Hinduism, mass worship, the importance of symbols, Jungian archetypes and the collective unconscious. We finish by talking about death, grief, the acceptance of the heartbreak of loss and her casting off of the traditional role of the Indian women, her ‘liberation from love’ and how she feels marriage reduces a woman.
50 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
The Hon. Kelvin Thomson
In conversation with the Hon. Kelvin Thomson, ex-federal politician and Shadow Attorney General for the Rudd Labour government, we discuss immigration, population growth, the Rudd-Gilliard-Rudd years, and Australia’s addiction to gambling.Kelvin’s views on immigration address the common misconception that the Howard government was anti-immigration, when in fact the immigration intake increased significantly after the Tampa incident in 2004. On population, Kelvin contends that world population growth in the last century – which has increased from 2 billion to 7 billion, with no signs of levelling out – will eventually lead to a rapid decline in quality of life. Kelvin contends the need to stabilise the Australian population by limiting skilled migration whilst increasing humanitarian refugee intake.On the Rudd-Gilliard-Rudd years, Kelvin talks through his overall disappointment in the process of governing after such a long time in Opposition. He is, nevertheless, proud of the Labour government’s stewardship of the country through the global financial crisis. We discussed the internal leaking and undermining which affected the Gilliard government and which resulted in a hung parliament and crippled the government politically. This resulted in Gillard having to make a deal with the independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who was advocating for the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment on pokies. Due to aggressive campaigning by the NSW gambling industry, however, the reforms collapsed, resulting in the installation of Peter Slipper as Speaker of the House of Representatives.This leads into a discussion about Kelvin’s work with the Alliance for Gambling Reform, and his view that the gambling industry and state and federal governments all focus on the ‘personal responsibility’ of the gambler in a concerted public relations campaign aimed to place responsibility on people with a gambling disorder, whilst taking focus away from the industry’s highly addictive products.
57 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Georgia Banks: Please Tell Me What My Work Is About
In this first episode of Deep Trouble we introduce the series and interview performance artist Georgia Banks regarding her work 'Please Tell Me What My Work is About', wherein the artist is asking members of the public to tell her what her work is about – but only if they meet the criteria. Participants must identify as straight, white, and male. Women, the queer community, and people of colour are not invited to take part.This work is inspired by Lee Lozano’s Decide to Boycott Women, wherein the artist ceased communication with all women – from friends and peers to waitresses – which she ended up maintaining for the remainder of her life. Here, Banks has expanded the parameters of Lozano’s work in order to represent an entire scope of exclusion; women are not the only ones being left out.'Please Tell Me What My Work is About' was part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018, 12–22 September 2018 - georgiabanks.net - melbournefringe.com.au
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