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A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.

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A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.

    Self Improvement: Invertebrate tricksters

    Self Improvement: Invertebrate tricksters

    An April Fool's Day treat - caterpillars who pretend they are poo, death-feigning beetles and moths which outsmart bats. Take a listen to this week's fascinating lesson with Eliza Middleton from the University of Sydney.

    • 10 min
    Self Improvement: Percy Cavill, swimmer and (non-budgie) smuggler

    Self Improvement: Percy Cavill, swimmer and (non-budgie) smuggler

    The Cavills were a well-known Sydney family who were pioneers in swimming. Take a listen to their story and the tale of Percy Cavill who, amongst other things, invented the Australian Crawl.

    • 8 min
    Self Improvement: Convict Rations in early Sydney

    Self Improvement: Convict Rations in early Sydney

    A pound of flour or bread, a pound of salted beef OR just over half a pound of salted pork, plus a few dried peas and not much else. How was food in early Sydney distributed? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Sydney Living Museums Jacqui Newling.

    • 8 min
    Self Improvement: Ecosystem Services - what the environment gives us for nothing

    Self Improvement: Ecosystem Services - what the environment gives us for nothing

    Can the environment help us in economic terms? How is that measured and how will it make our lives better? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Professor Richard Kingsford from UNSW.

    • 12 min
    Self Improvement: The master Australian bark painter John Mawurndjul

    Self Improvement: The master Australian bark painter John Mawurndjul

    John Mawurndjul is a Kuninjku bark painter and sculptor and one of Australia’s most successful contemporary artists. Take a listen to director of the MCA Elizabeth Ann Macgregor talk about his life and work in this week's lesson.

    • 7 min
    Self Improvement: The words you hate may be older than you think

    Self Improvement: The words you hate may be older than you think

    You might see a word or phrase suddenly pop up over and over again in the news, or in your office, that you find incredibly annoying.  What’s the origin of these words, are they new or in fact quite old? Take a listen to this week’s lesson with the ABC’s language expert Tiger Webb.

    • 9 min

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