The Maxim Institute Podcast is a chance for you to be a part of the conversations our team have as we do research and analysis of politics and policy in New Zealand. From behind the scenes chats about our research, to in depth discussion with our event speakers and experts from New Zealand and around the world, these podcasts will dig in to the deeper ideas that shape the way we live together.
13. Rowan Light & Ryan Donaldson on youth unemployment
2020 has presented all of us with significant challenges, but as Maxim’s latest research notes, spare a thought for our young people. On this podcast, Jeremy and Rowan are joined by Ryan Donaldson, General Manager of Whangarei Youth Space. Together they explore the problem of youth unemployment, how the class of 2020 will be effected long-term by COVID-19, and the importance of community, mentorship and intergenerational pastoral relationships.
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Book Club 3 | Man's Search For Meaning
This month on the Book Club, our Interim CEO Joanne Abernethy hosts researchers Dr Rowan Light and Danielle van Dalen, as they discuss Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search For Meaning.
In this podcast, they dive into Frankl's experiences of the Holocaust, how at the depth of dehumanisation, one can find beauty, hope and dignity. This conversation also explores the foundation of his psychological theory, Logotherapy, and how meaning can transform even the most distressing circumstances. Especially in the midst of COVID-19, Man's Search for Meaning offers significant insight for our context, from how we relate to others, to how we experience hope and suffering.
We hope you enjoy the listen and are encouraged to read the book.
12. Julian Wood on the economy, employment and election promises
Last month we released Julian's latest research paper on Active Labour Market Policies, looking at the ways that government can spend money to try to save or create jobs for people. Our conversation covers Julian’s thoughts on how effect this Government’s response has been, what the next government should focus on to try to stem unemployment, and more broadly, where he thinks the economy is going and how long we’ll take to recover.
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11. Dr Stephen Child and Danielle van Dalen on the End of Life Choice Act
This September, New Zealand will vote to determine if the End of Life Choice Act will come into force, legislation that would create a new system of legal assisted dying for people who meet certain criteria.
On this podcast we take a deep dive into the text of the End of Life Choice Act with Maxim Institute euthanasia researcher Danielle van Dalen, and Dr Stephen Child.
Stephen is a medical specialist, trained in Canada and has worked in Auckland since 1994. He’s had an extensive career in clinical education and medical politics, serving as the Chair of the NZMA (2015-2017) and currently serving as an elected member of the New Zealand Medical Council.
Danielle has been working on this topic since she started working at Maxim in 2016, doing international research, drafting submissions, and briefing MPs as the legislation progressed through Parliament.
We sat down for a conversation about what the End of Life Choice Act entails, and what New Zealanders should know before they go to the polls.
For more of our written resources, including answers to the 14 most frequently asked questions we get on euthanasia, head to our End of Life Choice Information page, www.maxim.org.nz/eolc.
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Book Club 2 | The Decadent Society
This month on the Maxim Book Club podcast we’ve got a conversation with Maxim Institute’s Research Manager Kieran Madden and Communications Manager Jeremy Vargo about the book we’ve been reading over the last two months, Ross Douthat's The Decadent Society, How we became victims to our own success.
In this discussion we talk about what we did and didn’t like in the book, covering a wide variety of topics such as political stagnation, cultural repetition, declining birth rate, and riding a horse of freedom. Click to hear the rants, raves and praise we’ve got for Ross Douthat's work on society's decadence.
Be sure to stay in touch for next months book club, sign up by emailing email@example.com
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10. Tom Simpson & Richard Ekins on trust
This year, our Sir John Graham Lecture was due to be delivered by Associate Professor Tom Simpson. Tom was joining us to speak from over a decade of study on the idea of trust – and how it sits at the core of issues of political polarisation that have challenged the foundations of democratic societies in recent years.
While COVID-19 has delayed Tom’s visit to deliver the SJGL until 2021, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to speak about these ideas that have only become more relevant and pressing in the context of the pandemic, and the way nations have responded to the extreme pressures of lockdown, emergency powers, and fighting an invisible threat.
In this conversation we also speak with New Zealand academic Richard Ekins. Professor of Law and Constitutional Government at Oxford University, and Head of the Judicial Power Project at Policy Exchange.
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Be sure to sign up to our event invitations to find out more information when Tom comes back over in 2021. https://www.maxim.org.nz/about-us/#sign-up
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Excellent - NZ Needs More Of These
Great to see another long-form podcast on NZ social issues. Really enjoy the choice of guests so far too. A good complement to other podcasts like RNZ’s The Detail.