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Open for Discussion

The University of Sydney's podcast series

Tune into the podcast and join lecturer in public policy, Dr Chris Neff as he turns his sceptical eye and curious mind to the world of research.

Each episode an academic will join Chris in his office to explore the latest research on topics that affect all of us. From housing prices to diet guidelines and everything in between, Chris will question what the evidence says, debunking myths and assumptions along the way.

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Latest episodes
21 August 2017
Confronting radical extremism

Radicalisation and terrorism are key issues of our time. In the first episode of the Open for Discussion podcast's second season, Hussain Nadim discusses the latest research on confronting radical extremism.

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16 December 2016
Public space: a contested and changing area

Urban geographer Kurt Iveson provides insights into the policy hotspot of public space in this final podcast series for 2016, describing a new policing project and analysing the impact of Pokémon GO on the city.

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18 November 2016
Food for thought: the science of eating a healthy diet

In this podcast Chris is joined by Associate Professor Amanda Salis, who speaks about how to eat well in a world of confusing food and nutrition advice.

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20 October 2016
Vaccination - a researcher's insight

Vaccination is a health topic that can polarise a community with extreme positions on either side of the debate. Groups that adamantly support general vaccination and those who vehemently oppose any government mandate to make it compulsory.

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28 September 2016
Our lives in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is all over the news.  It’s driving our cars, cleaning our floors, milking our cows and some say taking our jobs and soon drones will be flying into our backyards delivering books and pizzas.  But is this reality?   

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29 August 2016
Avoiding and evading: talking multinational tax

In this episode, Dr Shumi Akhtar, a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney Business School, joins our host Dr Chris Neff to share new perspectives on how we can think about and judge multinational tax avoidance. 

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02 August 2016
Elite Athletes vs Couch Potatoes: can the Rio Games bridge the divide?

In the lead up to Rio 2016, Dr Chris Neff is joined by Senior Lecturer Dr Steve Georgakis (HumanMov)(’94) PhD(’00) BEd MEd(’11) to discuss the growing commercialisation of sport and the impact this has on participation.

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28 July 2016
Home ownership: facts and fiction

In this podcast Chris is joined by Professor Nicole Gurran, urban planning and policy analyst to talk housing affordability. 

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13 July 2016
The Big Sleep - what it is and how to get more

As a society we are obsessed with sleep. Are we getting enough? What’s the next big breakthrough to help us get more? Our sleep medicine expert, Dr Ron Grunstein, explains in the first episode of the University's 'Open for Discussion' podcast. 

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