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Exploring who we are, how we got here and where we are going. Australia’s top social scientists in conversation with journalist Ginger Gorman. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 49 Ratings

Exploring who we are, how we got here and where we are going. Australia’s top social scientists in conversation with journalist Ginger Gorman. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

    Thinking differently about drugs

    Thinking differently about drugs

    Are you one of the 50% of Australians who have tried an illicit drug? Or do you believe all drugs should be illegal? The field of drug policy is in a state of flux. Whilst drugs are being legalised in some parts of the world, other countries are cracking down. In this episode, Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the UNSW Drug Policy Modelling Program, explores Australia's drug policies: who makes them, who influences them, and who is being left out of the discussion?

    Useful Links

    Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of Sydney
    Australian Institute of Criminology

    • 26 min
    Burnout: Do you have the grey dog?

    Burnout: Do you have the grey dog?

    Feeling burned out? It’s not surprising: experts say we all have a 30% chance of experiencing it. (Sorry to doctors, teachers and others in caring professions: your chances are way higher.) In this episode, the founder of the Black Dog Institute, Professor Gordon Parker, explains what burnout is, why it’s often misdiagnosed, and which personalities are most at risk of experiencing this syndrome which can impact our relationships, personality, and brain function.

    Useful links:

    Burnout: A guide to identifying burnout and pathways to recovery by Gordon Parker, Gabriela Tavella and Kerrie Eyers
    The Carers Club
    Lifeline: 13 11 14

    • 25 min
    Dissecting Dictators

    Dissecting Dictators

    Did you know there have been more dictatorships than democracies? Ever wondered if all dictators are cut from the same cloth? With the help of author Professor Graeme Gill and journalist Matt Bevan from the ABC “If you’re listening” podcasts, we explore how dictatorships work and why democracy is a more unusual system of government than most of us realise. 

    Useful Links

    If You're Listening Podcast with Matt Bevan
    Bridling Dictators: Rules and Authoritarian Politics by Graeme Gill

    • 30 min
    Rise of the campaign speech

    Rise of the campaign speech

    What makes a speech, especially a political speech impactful, memorable and stirring? And why does it always feel so long between those times when we hear a good one? In this episode of Seriously Social, political historian Professor Sean Scalmer joins us to discuss the origins of the stump speech, and what it takes to move hearts and minds with words.

    Useful Links

    On the Stump: Campaign Oratory and Democracy in the United States, Britain and Australia by Sean Scalmer
    Julia Gillard's Misogyny Speech in Full (2012) ABC News
    Lieutenant General David Morrison AO ICMI Speakers and Entertainment
    Jacqui Lambie delivers emotional speech condemning uni fee rises ABC News
    Winston Churchill Speech Before Commons (June 4, 1940) Hanover Education
    Australian Election Speeches: Gough Whitlam 1972 Museum of Australian Democracy
    Paul Keating speech on impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australia (1992) ABC Australia
    Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins address the National Press Club of Australia National Press Club of Australia

    • 24 min
    I’m not racist, but...

    I’m not racist, but...

    The data is in: racism in Australia is on the rise. But in recent years has racism become more covert than it once was? We unpack the spectrum of racist behaviour as we look at racism in Australia today, and consider why, even as it goes undercover, it's getting worse.

    Useful links:

    Racism in Australia Today (2021) by Amanuel Elias, Fethi Mansouri and Yin Paradies
    Lies, Damned Lies (2021) by Claire G. Coleman
    The School That Tried To End Racism (2021, ABC) hosted by Marc Fennell
    The impact of racism on the health and wellbeing of young Australians (2009) Fethi Mansouri, Louise Jenkins, Les Morgan, Mona Taouk
    Couldn't be fairer documentary (1984)

    • 33 min
    Finding hope in troubled times

    Finding hope in troubled times

    What helped you find hope this past year or two? Was it a person, a hobby, or something else?

    • 21 min

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49 Ratings

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