50 episodes

Join Suzanne and Lucy as they attempt to understand life in a time when human impact reaches every part of the globe and beyond.

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Join Suzanne and Lucy as they attempt to understand life in a time when human impact reaches every part of the globe and beyond.

    49 - Pronouncing and the Anthropocene

    49 - Pronouncing and the Anthropocene

    In this week's episode we take a look at a fascinating new scientific study that suggests the anthropocene has affected speech itself - and how this could irrevocably change the field of linguistics.

    • 19 min
    48 - Mass Extinctions: the day the earth went bust

    48 - Mass Extinctions: the day the earth went bust

    Extinction is a fact of life. But five times in Earth's history, cataclysmic mass extinction events have wiped out up to 96% of life in one go. And scientists are now raising the question: are we now entering the sixth great mass extinction?

    • 34 min
    45 - Trade secrets

    45 - Trade secrets

    In this episode we take you into the murky world of global trade deals - including the secretive tribunals where companies get to sue governments for billions.
    Join us for this interview with the wonderful Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

    • 30 min
    44 - A History of Beer (featuring witches!)

    44 - A History of Beer (featuring witches!)

    What neolithic beverage is still the world's third most consumed drink? That's right: beer! We delve into beer's 14,000 year old history and do a couple of sidebar trips via witches and the world's coolest nun. We also dig into why a drink the grew from one major climate shift may be killed off by another. 

    • 31 min
    43 - Sydney's sparkling cesspit

    43 - Sydney's sparkling cesspit

    It's called the jewel of Sydney, but below the surface of Sydney harbour is a toxic legacy. In this week's episode, we bring you the astounding tale of how one company, with one factory, has changed the way we will use the harbour for generations.

    • 30 min
    42 - Size isn't everything

    42 - Size isn't everything

    For years, we've protected nature on the idea that bigger is better: protecting big, isolated areas of 'untouched' wilderness is the only way to keep nature safe. But in 2018, research from Australia's University of Melbourne turned that idea on its head.

    This week we look into the question: when it comes to protecting nature, is size everything?

    • 29 min

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