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Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.

Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.
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Melbourne, Australia

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Up Close is an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis, presented in English, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Up Close has an audience in over 100 countries, and program episodes are currently downloaded over 40,000 times per month. Topics are diverse, and include interviews with experts and researchers in the arts and humanities, in law and business, and in life and physical sciences. Guests on the program include senior academics from the University of Melbourne as well as universities and research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Every episode of Up Close is available as a podcast, an mp3 download or as on-demand streaming audio. Episodes are also transcribed to text, and offered in both PDF and HTML formats.

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Episodes

#200: Face to the world: What drives China's foreign policy?

8/12/2013
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China historian Prof Richard Rigby and political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja discuss how a newly powerful China fares in promoting and protecting its interests in its dealings with the rest of the world. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/guSG4L

Duration:00:32:40

#199: Catching evolution in the act: Bird color and the making of new speci

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Evolutionary biologist Dr Devi Stuart-Fox explains how bird species in which plumage color form varies from member to member evolve into new species at a faster rate than species of a uniform plumage color form -- confirming a half century-old evolutionary theory. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/TOfKrx

Duration:00:25:11

#198: Power shift: A Chinese view of China - U.S. relations

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International relations expert Prof Han Zhaoying gives his views on the potentially disrupting factors that threaten the China - United States relationship, and suggests how the two governments might find ways to quell their mutual distrust and seek out ways of working together. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/UoT7GX

Duration:00:28:44

#197: Predicting and preventing epileptic seizures with neural implants

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Prof Mark Cook and Assoc Prof David Grayden discuss new lines of research in neural implants and the associated computational models that allow epilepsy patients to be forewarned of impending seizures. They also discuss nascent technologies that may prevent seizures from occurring. With science host Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/rF0Xdh

Duration:00:30:11

#196: Written in the sand: al-Qaeda and its prospects in the new Middle Eas

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Middle East security expert Dr Norman Cigar explains how al-Qaeda’s strategic goals and military posturing are communicated within the organization through its own publications. He also speaks on the challenges al-Qaeda faces in a fast evolving Middle East. With host Jacky Angus. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/KF7XZI

Duration:00:28:02

#195: Contenders cum laude: Universities competing in the global rankings g

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International higher education expert Professor Simon Marginson discusses the increasingly influential phenomenon of global ranking of universities, and what it means for students, governments, researchers, and the business of running institutions of higher learning. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/oLhJkV

Duration:00:33:57

#194: Degrees of uncertainty: Modeling the climate impact of greenhouse gas

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Senior climate impact researcher Dr. Malte Meinshausen explains how climate change is modeled, and estimates the effect of timely mitigation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With science host Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/eKygc9

Duration:00:29:24

#193: Freer and fairer: Nurturing political transparency in the Middle East

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Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs for Freedom House, speaks about the efforts of his organisation and others like it to provide political education and training on the ground in the Middle East. With host Jacky Angus. Transcript available at: http://goo.gl/8Ad9qw

Duration:00:22:33

#192: Diagnostics overkill: Are we screening for cancer too frequently?

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Epidemiologist Professor James Hanley scrutinizes the now standard practice of frequent screening for many types of cancer, and suggests optimal testing intervals may mean less screening overall. Presented by science host Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/0rBnAC

Duration:00:24:18

#191: Blame it on their youth: Generational forces in an evolving Middle Ea

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Political economist Professor Emma Murphy examines the social conditions that confront young Arabs in the Middle East, and argues that the youth of today will ultimately remake and redefine the region. Presented by Jacky Angus. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/g3ggsW

Duration:00:22:34

#190: Germline confidential: Hunting down genes linked to breast cancer

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Genetics researchers Prof Melissa Southey and Prof David Goldgar discuss the enterprise of tracking down genes that make one susceptible to breast cancer. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/ldjsCi

Duration:00:27:22

#189: Easy to say, easy to like: People's names and the impressions they ma

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Social psychologist Dr Simon Laham discusses his research linking the pronounceability of a person’s name with perceptions of likeability, and what this might mean for a person’s access to opportunities. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/QGKctD

Duration:00:17:33

#188: Exiting autocracy: Democratic prospects and prerequisites in the new

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Cambridge political scientist Professor George Joffé weighs the chances of representative government emerging in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring". With host Jacky Angus. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/N7qANP

Duration:00:31:25

#187: Damned if you do: How gender colors perceptions in negotiations

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Professor of Management Mara Olekalns discusses the complicated effects of gender in negotiations, how women can be disadvantaged when negotiating on their own behalf, and what they can do about it. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/GVMBn5

Duration:00:25:48

#186: I'm all ears: Improving your organization through active listening

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Human resources management expert Associate Professor Avraham Kluger explains what's wrong with conventional employee appraisal methods in the corporate world, and posits that truly listening to one's workers is good for business. Presented by Jennifer Cook. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/VuREX6

Duration:00:28:32

#185: Defending the indefensible: War criminals and the right to a fair tri

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International criminal law expert Dr Kevin Heller discusses the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and argues why even the worst of war criminals are entitled to the best defense. With host Jacky Angus. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/IG0iOk

Duration:00:24:39

#184: Double the value: How researching twins benefits everyone

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Epidemiologist Prof John Hopper explains the unique advantages of medical research focusing on twins, and how findings from twins studies enormously benefit the rest of humanity. With science host Dr Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available: http://goo.gl/lzz51Z

Duration:00:26:42

#183: For show only? The language of human rights in national constitutions

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Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and the degree to which societies actually honour the words in their own national charters. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/4D6KpV

Duration:00:24:23

#182: Greener revs: Squeezing more efficiency out of gasoline engines

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Control engineer Associate Professor Chris Manzie makes the case that there's a lot of life left in the internal combustion engine, and that petrol engine technology will continue to evolve alongside its hybrid and electric counterparts. With host Dr. Shane Huntington. Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/iQ1sbr

Duration:00:20:00

#181: Mirages of influence: The US in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring"

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Political scientist Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh joins host Jacky Angus to talk about the changing geo-political environment confronting the United States in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring". Transcript and more information available at: http://goo.gl/1zfw5H

Duration:00:25:38