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Nonagenarian Lis Kirkby – former actress, broadcaster, parliamentarian, and doctoral researcher – WOAE050  

Dr Elisabeth Kirkby shares insights from her lifetime of vocational pursuits. Lis was a theatre actress in Britain, a radio broadcaster in Singapore and Malaya, and a star of the Australian television soapie ‘Number 96’ before becoming a parliamentarian and state leader for the Australian Democrats political party. At the age of 93, Lis graduated with a doctorate from the University of Sydney.

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Outdoor search and rescuer Marilynn Davis – WOAE049

Dr Marilynn Davis is a professional educator of outdoor leaders in first response strategies for wilderness accidents and other pre-hospital care. Marilynn has volunteered with Teton County Search and Rescue in Wyoming and she featured on the television program Backcountry Rescue on the Outdoor Channel.


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Banjo and old-time music, Joe Glover – WOAE048

Old-time is a genre of American folk music which developed in the Appalachian Mountains region from a fusion of British/Irish folk and West African musical traditions.  Joe Glover is banjo player for the folk band Shelley’s Murder Boys and he explains the roots of old-time music along with sharing techniques for playing the banjo and banjo making. Joe also plays harmonica for the blues band Backsliders.

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Egyptology and Archaeology, Naguib Kanawati – WOAE047

Professor Naguib Kanawati is Director of the Australian Centre for Egyptology at Macquarie University. He explains his fascination with the Old Kingdom and why he considers that researchers should have hands-on experience of archaeological digs. Professor Kanawati has an inspirational personal story of pursuing what he loves doing.

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Video game development in Australia

The education sector in Australia is producing five times as many graduates of video game development courses than there are jobs in the industry. Many of the graduates end up working for poker machine companies. Jeremy Ray discusses his research on this subject for a feature article published in Game Informer magazine.

You can hear an unedited version of this discussion and a longer conversation about video games and the gaming industry in the original podcast episode here.

Video Games and gaming, Jeremy Ray a.k.a. Junglist – WOAE046

A discussion of gaming and the video game industry with Jeremy Ray a.k.a. Junglist. Jeremy is best known as a video game critic and a journalist with interests in game and industry development. Among his accomplishments, Jeremy co-created Good Game on ABC television and 5 inch Floppy for GameArena and he recently became Managing Editor of FANDOM in Australia.

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Astronomer Benjamin Pope – WOAE045

Often the first question people ask astronomer Ben Pope is whether Pluto should be a planet. Ben shares his thoughts on this and how it relates to different approaches to astronomy. He also explains his own research of astronomical imaging. Ben has a DPhil in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford and is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney. He’s been awarded a NASA Carl Sagan Fellowship to pursue research at NYU.

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