19 episodes

Join lecturer in public policy, Dr Chris Neff from the University of Sydney 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 us all. From housing prices to diet guidelines and everything in between, Chris will question what the evidence says, debunking myths and assumptions along the way.

Open for discussion is a podcast series produced by the University of Sydney. As Australia’s first university we’ve been challenging traditions for more than 160 years.

Visit our website for more information or to browse additional resources: sydney.edu.au/news/podcasts

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Join lecturer in public policy, Dr Chris Neff from the University of Sydney 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 us all. From housing prices to diet guidelines and everything in between, Chris will question what the evidence says, debunking myths and assumptions along the way.

Open for discussion is a podcast series produced by the University of Sydney. As Australia’s first university we’ve been challenging traditions for more than 160 years.

Visit our website for more information or to browse additional resources: sydney.edu.au/news/podcasts

    Huh? Meaning, language and fake news - Professor Nick Enfield

    Huh? Meaning, language and fake news - Professor Nick Enfield

    In this conversation Professor Nick Enfield, Chair of Linguistics at the University of Sydney joins host Dr Chris Neff to discuss striving for understanding in language and its relation to the age of fake news.
    Professor Enfield contributed to research showing that, worldwide, on average we seek clarification in our conversations every 90 seconds and heads the University’s Post Truth Initiative. It looks at a range of ways to understand and confront the problem of alternative facts, fake news, propaganda, and bullsh*t.

    • 20 min
    Why food isn’t free from politics - Dr Alana Mann

    Why food isn’t free from politics - Dr Alana Mann

    From supermarkets, to farms, to our own home gardens and kitchens, we all participate in the mega industry that is food, every day. But what do we know about this global network and how can we sustain it long into the future? Dr Alana Mann from the Department of Media and Communications and the Sydney Environment Institute joins Open for Discussion to discuss why the food industry is tricky business.

    • 17 min
    How millennials do politics differently - Professor Ariadne Vromen

    How millennials do politics differently - Professor Ariadne Vromen

    There’s a growing appreciation of the unique challenges many millennials face, and not just when it comes to the price of a smashed avocado. What impact does this have on young people’s politics? How do they use social media to engage? And are politicians paying attention? Listen as Ariadne Vromen, Professor of Political Sociology, joins Dr Chris Neff on Open for Discussion to discuss.

    For full transcript and additional resources visit https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/10/09/3-ways-millennials-do-politics-differently-.html

    • 19 min
    How we adapt to disruptive technology - Professor Kai Riemer

    How we adapt to disruptive technology - Professor Kai Riemer

    Netflix, WhatsApp, Uber and AirBnB are all examples of digital disruption. Digital disruption changes and challenges established ways of doing business, social interacting and, even more fundamentally, how we think. Kai Riemer, Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the University of Sydney's Business School joins Chris Neff to explore digital disruption's impact on all our lives.

    • 25 min
    Is medical marijuana the next wonder drug - Professor Iain McGregor

    Is medical marijuana the next wonder drug - Professor Iain McGregor

    People involved in medical cannabis can find themselves in a twilight zone where the law may prevent uses of cannabinoids claimed to have life-saving effects. Professor Iain McGregor explains the vision, stories and studies behind the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics.

    Soundbite and transcript at http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/09/25/is-medical-marijuana-the-next-wonder-drug-podcast.html

    • 27 min
    How to care for your cats and dogs (ethically) - Dr Anne Fawcett

    How to care for your cats and dogs (ethically) - Dr Anne Fawcett

    Australia has one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world. What is our obsession with our pets, and what does it mean for the animals we claim to love?

    The University’s resident Dr Doolittle, Dr Anne Fawcett, has a background in philosophy and is also a practicing vet. In this episode, she and host Dr Chris Neff discuss the ethics around our interactions with our pets.

    • 21 min

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As a former student of Dr Neff's, honoured to be able to listen in on these quality chats and hear him engage distinguished thinkers to critically analyse his brunch conundrums. Keep it coming please!

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