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Maxim Institute Podcast
38 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
22. Josie Pagani and Tim Wilson on "Age is not your identity"
We celebrate the launch of our latest volume of Flint & Steel by sitting down to have a conversation with one of the contributors—Josie Pagani. The discussion is wide-ranging, from BBC interviews to bungee jumping rites of passage to Duran Duran! Make sure you hop on over to the website and grab your copy of Flint & Steel today-flintandsteelmag.com. It makes for a great summer read.
30 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Book Club 7 | The Quest for Community
In the fight against COVID-19, we have seen nations employ varying approaches that shed light on the role of the State, the individual, and communities in different societies. Some responses are agreeable, and others questionable. All, however, highlight the deeper complexities underpinning these relationships. American sociologist Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community provides a framework for understanding the intricacies and tensions between central government, the rise of individualism, and the decline of community. In this podcast Communications Officer Jason Heale sits down with Researcher 'Ala Teu and Research Manager Kieran Madden to talk about what Nisbet has to say, and how it's particularly relevant for us today.
37 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
21. The Urgent Case for Accessible Palliative Care
As much as we try to ignore it, death is inevitable. Unfortunately, with access to palliative care services limited, a good death is not. Maxim Institute has just released its new discussion paper—Ending Well – The Urgent Case for Accessible Palliative Care—arguing that access to this care must be made available now to brace for the coming tsunami of people in need. In this podcast Executive Director Tim Wilson sits down with Senior Researcher and author of the paper Danielle van Dalen, and palliative medicine specialist Professor Leeroy William. They discuss a wide range of issues from a good death, to ageing populations, and why the need for good palliative care is so urgent.
35 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
20. Paul Henderson on Artificial Intelligence - Part One
Whether it’s Netflix recommendations or your phone suggesting how you might want to finish your sentences, AI or artificial intelligence is already deeply embedded in the way we live and get things done. But what might these benign digital improvements be learning about us, and what will this data end up being used for? How smart, and how powerful might machine intelligence get in the coming years? And what are the implications for the way we live and think of issues like privacy, security, and what it means to be a human being? Maxim Institute Senior Fellow Paul Henderson has been studying machine intelligence for six years and has just submitted his DPhil thesis on human and artificial intelligence, and moral reasoning. In our conversation, he’ll outline some of the big developments that are happening in AI, and how they might come to affect the way we live in the next ten to fifteen years, and beyond. This is the first part of our conversation, which will be followed by additional podcasts on this subject in the coming months.
37 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Book Club 6 | Breaking Bread with the Dead
Author Alan Jacobs wants us to keep reading into the past. In his latest book "Breaking Bread with the Dead" he argues that we stand to gain far more than we lose if we continue to wrestle with great historic texts that may seem out of touch or even offensive to current tastes. For this podcast, Maxim Institute Executive Director Tim Wilson hosts a wide ranging conversation on Jacob's thesis with Research Manager Kieran Madden.
61 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
19. Ven Dr Lyndon Drake & Julian Wood on debt, COVID-19 recovery and where to from here?
Last month we hosted Ven Dr Lyndon Drake and Maxim Institute Senior Researcher Julian Wood at the MIC 13 event | On debt, our COVID-19 recovery, and where to from here? This podcast is a recording of the event, including the audience Q+A, so sound quality isn't our usual standard. Julian and Lyndon both make valuable contributions arguing and discussing New Zealand's debt, government responses to COVID-19, the housing crisis, interest rates, and the K-shaped recovery. We hope you enjoy the listen as much as we enjoyed the event. Head to our website at www.maxim.org.nz/sign-up to register for event emails so you don't miss out.
70 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Book Club 5 | Together
For the Maxim Institute Book Club this month we have been reading Vivek Murthy's book on human connection, loneliness and how our health and wellbeing is intimately intertwined with community, love, belonging and purpose. We are joined by Maxim Institute Researchers Kieran Madden and Danielle van Dalen in this conversation diving deep into the books themes, responses and questions. Be sure to sign up for the Maxim Institute book club so you don't miss out on what we're studying next, email us at email@example.com.
41 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
18. Professor Graham Le Gros on vaccines, safety, and COVID-19
Over the past few weeks, we've heard a lot of conversations that have included questions like: “What do you think about the vaccine? Do you reckon you’ll get it straight away? Doesn’t it seem like it’s come out way too quickly?” Our guest for this month’s podcast is Professor Graham Le Gros an immunologist who is the Programme Director for the Vaccine Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand and Director of The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. The Malaghan Institute has a long history in vaccine development, undertaking research and discovery across cancer, asthma/allergy, infectious diseases, gut health and brain health. We sat down over Zoom to talk all things vaccine: how long it actually takes to make a new one, what’s different about an RNA vaccine, and should we make it mandatory?
45 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
17. Bronwyn Wood & Rowan Light on Education, History, and the NZ school system
As our Education Researcher Rowan Light leaves Maxim Institute, we commissioned him for one last podcast to speak with Bronwyn Wood on the new policies around New Zealand History in schools, the education system and ideal learning spaces for our children. Dr Bronwyn Wood is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University (of Wellington) and joins us from her office in Wellington. Happy listening.
50 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
16. Jeremy Waldron | "A Letter from America" (2017)
“Civility is about the way we deal with our disagreements, not about the way we avoid them.” Back in 2017, just after the inauguration of President Trump, we invited Professor Jeremy Waldron to deliver our annual Sir John Graham Lecture. Professor Waldron delivered what he called “A letter from America” a description of the warning signs of political incivility as a cautionary tale to New Zealanders, indicating how hard it is to regain civility once you lose your grip on it. We hope you enjoy the listen.
54 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
15. Ursula Elisara on foster care, trauma and love
November 2020 we released the latest Flint & Steel magazine, on recovery, repair, and reconciliation. One of the feature articles this year by Shelly Neethling focused on foster care in New Zealand, child development and what can be done for kids from hard places. Ursula Elisara was a primary voice in Shelly's article. She's the CEO of Immerse, a non-profit foster care agency that trains and supports foster parents to use the evidence based Trust Based Relational Intervention model when providing a home for kids from hard places. This month Jeremy sat down with Ursula and talked about her life, the realities of foster care in New Zealand, and what it takes to repair trauma in the lives of children.
36 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
14. Te Karere Scarborough & Tim Wilson on "Repairing the Fabric of the Universe"
This month’s podcast is a recording of Maxim Institute's Executive Director Tim Wilson in conversation with Te Karere Scarborough at the launch of the seventh volume of the Flint & Steel magazine. The conversation talks about the themes of his article in this year's magazine, the growing numbers of people looking to learn te reo, they answer some surprising audience questions and discover why Te Karere decided to change his own name as an adult.
49 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Book Club 4 | Small is Beautiful
In the course of the last generation, mantras of excess have driven our culture of consumption. Bigger is better, greed is good, too much is never enough. In this month's book club pick, we explore the writings of a German born economist, E. F. Schumacher planting a warning flag against these cultural views, with his book Small is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered. Enjoy the conversation we had this month with our Senior Researcher Julian Wood.
47 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
13. Rowan Light & Ryan Donaldson on youth unemployment
2020 has presented all of us with significant challenges, but as Maxim’s latest research notes, spare a thought for our young people. On this podcast, Jeremy and Rowan are joined by Ryan Donaldson, General Manager of Whangarei Youth Space. Together they explore the problem of youth unemployment, how the class of 2020 will be effected long-term by COVID-19, and the importance of community, mentorship and intergenerational pastoral relationships. Enjoy the listen.
48 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Book Club 3 | Man's Search For Meaning
This month on the Book Club, our Interim CEO Joanne Abernethy hosts researchers Dr Rowan Light and Danielle van Dalen, as they discuss Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search For Meaning. In this podcast, they dive into Frankl's experiences of the Holocaust, how at the depth of dehumanisation, one can find beauty, hope and dignity. This conversation also explores the foundation of his psychological theory, Logotherapy, and how meaning can transform even the most distressing circumstances. Especially in the midst of COVID-19, Man's Search for Meaning offers significant insight for our context, from how we relate to others, to how we experience hope and suffering. We hope you enjoy the listen and are encouraged to read the book.
48 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
12. Julian Wood on the economy, employment and election promises
Last month we released Julian's latest research paper on Active Labour Market Policies, looking at the ways that government can spend money to try to save or create jobs for people. Our conversation covers Julian’s thoughts on how effect this Government’s response has been, what the next government should focus on to try to stem unemployment, and more broadly, where he thinks the economy is going and how long we’ll take to recover. Enjoy the listen
77 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
11. Dr Stephen Child and Danielle van Dalen on the End of Life Choice Act
This September, New Zealand will vote to determine if the End of Life Choice Act will come into force, legislation that would create a new system of legal assisted dying for people who meet certain criteria. On this podcast we take a deep dive into the text of the End of Life Choice Act with Maxim Institute euthanasia researcher Danielle van Dalen, and Dr Stephen Child. Stephen is a medical specialist, trained in Canada and has worked in Auckland since 1994. He’s had an extensive career in clinical education and medical politics, serving as the Chair of the NZMA (2015-2017) and currently serving as an elected member of the New Zealand Medical Council. Danielle has been working on this topic since she started working at Maxim in 2016, doing international research, drafting submissions, and briefing MPs as the legislation progressed through Parliament. We sat down for a conversation about what the End of Life Choice Act entails, and what New Zealanders should know before they go to the polls. For more of our written resources, including answers to the 14 most frequently asked questions we get on euthanasia, head to our End of Life Choice Information page, www.maxim.org.nz/eolc. Authorised by J. Abernethy, 49 Cape Horn Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
61 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Book Club 2 | The Decadent Society
This month on the Maxim Book Club podcast we’ve got a conversation with Maxim Institute’s Research Manager Kieran Madden and Communications Manager Jeremy Vargo about the book we’ve been reading over the last two months, Ross Douthat's The Decadent Society, How we became victims to our own success. In this discussion we talk about what we did and didn’t like in the book, covering a wide variety of topics such as political stagnation, cultural repetition, declining birth rate, and riding a horse of freedom. Click to hear the rants, raves and praise we’ve got for Ross Douthat's work on society's decadence. Be sure to stay in touch for next months book club, sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy the listen.
75 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
10. Tom Simpson & Richard Ekins on trust
This year, our Sir John Graham Lecture was due to be delivered by Associate Professor Tom Simpson. Tom was joining us to speak from over a decade of study on the idea of trust – and how it sits at the core of issues of political polarisation that have challenged the foundations of democratic societies in recent years. While COVID-19 has delayed Tom’s visit to deliver the SJGL until 2021, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to speak about these ideas that have only become more relevant and pressing in the context of the pandemic, and the way nations have responded to the extreme pressures of lockdown, emergency powers, and fighting an invisible threat. In this conversation we also speak with New Zealand academic Richard Ekins. Professor of Law and Constitutional Government at Oxford University, and Head of the Judicial Power Project at Policy Exchange. Enjoy the listen. Be sure to sign up to our event invitations to find out more information when Tom comes back over in 2021. https://www.maxim.org.nz/about-us/#sign-up
58 minutes | May 15, 2020
Book Club 1 | Road to Character
This month on the first Maxim Book Club podcast we’ve got a fantastic conversation with Maxim Institute’s interim CEO Joanne Abernethy and researcher Danielle van Dalen about the book we’ve been reading over the last two months, David Brooks’ Road to Character. In this discussion we talk about what we did and didn’t like in the book, covering a wide variety of topics such as pride, humility, wisdom, vocation and sin. Click to hear the rants, raves and praise we’ve got for David Brooks’ work on character. If you’d like to read the article Jeremy shamelessly plugs from the latest Flint & Steel magazine check it out here: https://flintandsteelmag.com/article/the-great-and-boring-work-of-vocation/ Enjoy the listen.
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