140 episodes

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: The future of meetings

    Self Improvement: The future of meetings

    Even before Covid-19, the CSIRO were looking at new ways of working remotely. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Vanessa Moss, astronomer at the CSIRO.

    • 7 min
    Self Improvement: How to Drink in the Colony of New South Wales

    Self Improvement: How to Drink in the Colony of New South Wales

    Were the early days of the New South Wales colony awash with rum and alcohol as it was passed around as currency? Professor Grace Karskens from the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales debunks whether or not that is entirely true in this week's Self Improvement from the history books.

    • 9 min
    Self Improvement: The wonders of bioluminescence

    Self Improvement: The wonders of bioluminescence

    Bioluminescence is a fascinating phenomenon - to teach you all about it is Dr Vanessa Pirotta from the Marine Predator Research Group at Macquarie University.

    • 8 min
    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

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