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Why Does Australia Gamble So Damn Much?

10/10/2018
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It's great to be number one at some things - who wouldn't want to have the world's longest toes, the world's fastest pet fish, or the world's grandest collection of wood? For countries it can be great too - the world's craziest TV game shows, the world's most efficient beetroot growing system, or the world's coolest academics! But sometimes being number one sucks... No one wants to have the most murders, the most unhappiness, or the most car crashes... Well guess what Australia: we're...

Duration:00:53:12

A Million And One Uses For Sperm!

10/3/2018
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Most people think there's just one use for sperm - making babies, taking part in the miracle of life! But guess what listener, those most people are wrong! There's actually hundreds of weird uses for sperm, including as an awesome suit of armour wearing delivery mechanism for cancer drugs! We investigate these uses, and the weird scientists who are so fascinated by the stuff... The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for...

Duration:01:08:09

The Placebo Effect!

9/27/2018
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It's an odd thing, but modern scientific medicine depends on doctors occasionally - just occasionally - lying to your face. In this episode we explore the bizarre world of the placebo effect, and its crucial role in modern medicine... The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University!

Duration:00:57:15

The Schmidt Pain Index!

9/19/2018
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OMG it's a Tarantula Hawk Wasp! Quick question, what body part would you get stung on, for science? Or if you're a little terrified of the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, which other stinging thing would you let sting you? Now sensible people would say 'nowhere' and 'none of them', but Justin O. Schmidt ain't sensible people... Instead, he's a hero of science, happy to get stung by every stinging thing that nature can throw at him! We explore the Schmidt Pain Index! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod...

Duration:01:06:24

Dr Serge Voronoff's Monkey Balls!

9/13/2018
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In the 1920s something like 2000 men (and at least two women) undertook a bizarre operation to enhance their vigour and vitality. This is their story! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU!

Duration:00:44:09

Capturing Carbon! With Klaus Lackner

9/9/2018
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I hate to break it to you, but if we're going to keep this world even vaguely liveable, we not only need to stop pumping carbon into the atmosphere (though we should definitely do that), we're going to need to suck it back out. We explore how, with 'the grandfather' of negative emissions solutions to climate change, Professor Klaus Lackner! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science...

Duration:00:32:38

Welcome To The Atomic Gardening Society!

5/30/2018
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The phrase NUCLEAR RADIATION conjures up pretty fearful images these days - reactor meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima, the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the three-eyed fish of The Simpsons. But for a brief window in the 1950s a movement of people sought to harness the power of the atom not for weapons or energy - but for ever better... garden crops! We explore the Atomic Gardening Society! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly...

Duration:01:31:13

Life in a Herd Part 7 - What's It All Mean?

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 7 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we wrap up - what does it all mean, what do we do from here? Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (@ANU_CPAS)! This series has been produced with...

Duration:00:25:48

Life in a Herd Part 6 - Can Big Junk Food Go Straight? With Don Nutbeam

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 6 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (@ANU_CPAS)! This...

Duration:00:41:51

Life in a Herd Part 5 - Let's Make Health Cool (Ironically) with Cynthia Webster

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 5 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Associate Professor Cynthia Webster, from the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for the Public...

Duration:00:29:32

Life in a Herd Part 4 - Sharon Friel And The Manufacturers Of Disease

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 4 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian...

Duration:00:36:43

Life in a Herd Part 3 - Racism Is A Public Health Issue, with Summer May Finlay

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 3 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Summer May Finlay - Yorta Yorta woman, Croakey journalist, Cancer Institute consultant and Phd student at the University of South Australia. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian...

Duration:00:35:02

Life in a Herd Part 2 - Why Focus on Populations? With Professor Penny Hawe

5/23/2018
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Welcome to part 2 of Life in a Herd! In this series we're journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Penny Hawe, from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts (@rodl) and Dr Will Grant (@willozap), proudly supported by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science...

Duration:00:28:39

Life In A Herd Part 1 - Introduction!

5/23/2018
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Three doctors sat down for a picnic by a river. An emergency physician, an intensive care specialist, and an epidemiologist. Suddenly they notice a body in the water! They rush into the current to pull the man ashore, clear his airways and start giving CPR. But then they see another person in the water, face down. They rush out, and drag her in. They clear her airways and do CPR. But then a third body comes floating by! Suddenly the epidemiologist gets up and starts running. “Hey! Come...

Duration:00:15:55

Extrasensory Perception And The Replication Crisis!

5/16/2018
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Do you believe in the paranormal? In ghosts? In spoon bending? In the ability to move objects with your mind? If you're like most rational science minded folks, then - wait for this - I can read your mind and your answer is 'hell no!' But what if we told you that science itself... might not be so sure... We explore the world of extrasensory perception and the replication crisis! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap, proudly supported by @ANU_CPAS! -------------------------- Sources: ·...

Duration:01:05:11

The Taste of F Sharp - A Journey into Synaesthesia with Stephanie Goodhew

5/9/2018
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Do you experience a salty taste when your elbow touches things? Or the aroma of oysters when you listen to Brahms? If it's not hallucinogenic drugs, then it's probably synaesthesia! We sat down with Dr Stephanie Goodhew to explore all the different flavour and dimension combinations under the sun! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap, proudly supported by @ANU_CPAS!

Duration:00:25:35

Rod's Umbrella Rentals and the Chinese Social Credit System!

5/3/2018
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Your phone rings. But instead of your normal ringtone*... it's a weird voice saying "The person calling you is dishonest! The person calling you is dishonest!" Welcome to the brave new world of China's rapidly developing Social Credit System - where trustworthy citizens earn points they can convert into free umbrella rental, and the untrustworthy find themselves blocked from flights, loans, houses and decent ringtones. We sat down to explore - also learning about a finance system based on...

Duration:00:53:23

We Get A Work Healthiness Inspection!

5/2/2018
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Should your boss by you some trainers? Ruthless capitalists probably say no, but they're dickheads and wrong about a lot. Sensible people are starting realise more and more that the answer is probably yes - it'll make you healthier, and make their workplace more productive! We sat down for a workplace health and wellbeing inspection (not an audit) with the awesome Christine and Michael from Healthier Work ACT. As well as the benefits of a running shoe subsidy scheme, we also learned that...

Duration:00:25:12

Hey Scientists: Let's Not Research Eugenics!

4/25/2018
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Does a huge head correlate with intelligence? No listener, of course it doesn't! But people used to think that, and wanted to craft society on that basis... But here's the strange thing. While you might be thinking eugenics is just a historical topic, I hate to break it to you listener, there's still some folk out there who truly believe... Rod and Will sit down for a beer to explore! Also: We explore the problems that occur when your research participants speak to the press! Also economic...

Duration:01:03:27

Prosthetic Giraffe Legs! Professor Margrit Shildrick!

4/18/2018
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Simple question listener, but would you cut your arm off and add a totally awesome prosthetic snake arm thing instead? Because people are doing that now and that's ***totally radical***! Or a complicated ethical leap for society to take. You know, one of the two. We sat down for a beer with Professor Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linkoping University, Sweden, to talk all things prostheses! Also: Will admits to feelings that are right but wrong but weird...

Duration:00:34:52