Easter holiday movies – WOAE059

Reviews of movies you can watch at home this Easter holidays each with appropriate themes for the season. These are non-biblical stories although one has a redemption theme and another angels; two have Easter settings; two feature chocolate and one stars a bunny rabbit.

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Citizen science and ecology, Dr John Martin – WOAE058

Ecologist Dr John Martin from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney discusses some of the history and benefits of citizen science which involves public participation in research projects. John also shares advice for individuals interested in studying ecology and thoughts on intervention research methods such as trapping animals for study and tracking.

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Political history and Malaysia, Dr Ooi Kee Beng – WOAE057

Dr Ooi Kee Beng is Executive Director of the Penang Institute which is a major public policy think tank in Malaysia. Dr Ooi explains some of the political history of Malaysia in relation to global history and international order and by critically analysing concepts of colonialism, nationalism and regionalism. Dr Ooi is an accomplished academic and author and his public commentary can be found at Wikibeng.com

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An example of hip hop sampling

A 90 second explanation of which parts of two soul songs from the 1970 album Band of Gold by Freda Payne were sampled in the creation of the 1988 hip hop song ‘Strong Island’ by J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E.

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Medical cannabis advocate, Lucy Haslam – WOAE056

Lucy Haslam has been a leading advocate for patient access to medical cannabis since witnessing the relief her son Dan had from using cannabis when he was terminally ill. Lucy has been at the forefront of a movement to introduce medical cannabis in Australia and continues her work due to inadequacies of the current system.

This conversation follows from earlier episodes explaining what is medical cannabis, what are the regulatory frameworks in Australia, the market forces impacting a lack of investment in clinical trials which limits the number of registered cannabis products, and developments in cannabinoid science. You may wish to listen to these first to contextualise this most recent discussion.

  1. Medical cannabis, Professor Nick Lintzeris
  2. Cannabinoid science, Professor Iain McGregor

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Cannabinoid science, Professor Iain McGregor – WOAE055

More about developments in cannabinoid science following a previous discussion about medical cannabis. Professor of Psychopharmacology Iain McGregor is Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney. Iain explains the human endocannabinoid system and potential medical uses of various components of cannabis, and comments on Australia’s regulatory approach to medical cannabis.

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Broken Hill, Andrea Roberts and Bonnie Fitzpatrick – WOAE054

Broken Hill is a mining town in outback Australia. The red dusty landscape of its surrounding regions has been a backdrop for numerous films including Mad Max 2 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It is the only heritage listed city in Australia and a place with a thriving arts scene. Locals Andrea Roberts and Bonnie Fitzpatrick share their knowledge of Broken Hill’s history and culture and memories of growing up there.

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