Jellyfish: Aliens, Assassins or Adventurers




  • Producer : Michael Schubert
  • Jellyfish: Aliens, Assassins or Adventurers

Jellyfish are a poorly understood member of “the other 99%” as the invertebrates are known. A simple creature, floating, stinging eating, and breeding en masse. Jellyfish blooms are sometimes huge, exceeding 1,000 km in length, and it’s completely natural.

Blooms occur worldwide and to some it seems they are becoming more prevalent, or perhaps they are now being monitored more closely. Immense blooms compromise fisheries, sinking boats and destroying captive breeding pens. The also enter industrial sites using seawater intake for cooling – air conditioning plants, desalination plants, nuclear plants and nuclear aircraft carriers. All have fallen victim to jellyfish.

How big, how bad and why? Michael Schubert talks with Lisa Gershwin aka Dr Jellyfish.


Dr Lisa Gershwin


Current Oriented Swimming by Jellyfish


Koop Jellyfishes
Deya Dova – Jellyfish


Graffiti, street art, crime and creative cities




  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Graffiti, Street Art, Crime and Creative Cities

What is the difference between graffiti and street art? Is one artistic form a crime and the other a reputable creative practice?

Emerging in North America in the 1960s, graffiti crossed the Pacific with hip-hop and break dancing in the 1980s.

Australian governments have long classified graffiti as a form of vandalism. Many cities have adopted tough legal measures to deter graffiti artists from tagging walls and trains.

The city of Hobart recently “declared a war” on graffiti. But other cities have begun to value and promote another form of public artistic practice, street art – effectively a legal form of graffiti.

We talk to Cameron McAuliffe about the new cultural and economic value of street art, and how many of the older graffiti artists have transitioned to street art to capitalise on the idea of the creative city.


Dr Cameron McAuliffe is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Studies. He researchers the relationship between graffiti and street art, and the value of these art forms to the economies of our cities.


Ten NEWS New Graffiti Laws
Free Music Archive Highlights by Kris Anderson
Free Music Archive Hotel Rodeo ft. DSpliff by Anitek
Free Music Archive Contact by mo-seph

Seasons of Change : Nature vs Calendars




  • Producer : Michael Schubert
  • Seaasons of Change: Nature vs Calendars

Seasons are more than just the changes in weather, ecology and hours of daylight caused by the Earth’s rotation around the sun and the gentle tilt of the Earth’s axis.  Astronomers and meteorologists are at odds, and in Australia the conventional “Vivaldi” seasons are found wanting.  Seasons affect people and people, plants and animals are intimately connected with their own seasonal understanding.

I speak with Professor Tim Entwisle, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria and author of Sprinter and Summer : Australia’s Changing Seasons.  He has considered the natural biological responses of plants in particular and proposed, as a discussion paper, the inclusion of an additional “season” into our horticultural calendar.

Dr John Ryan from Edith Cowan University is an environmental philosopher and considers that an understanding of the indigenous weather calendar is essential to a deeper understanding of all disciplines in particular localities.  He has followed the development of the Indigenous Weather Knowledge Project by the Bureau of Meteorology, a compilation of indigenous seasonal calendars around Australia.


  • Professor Tim Entwisle – Director of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (formerly of Kew Gardens and RBG Sydney)
  • Dr John Ryan – Environmental Philosopher at Edith Cowan University (Perth)
  • Bureau of Meteorology Indigenous Weather Knowledge Project


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The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border




  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border

Questions about Australia’s refugee intake and skill migrant programs pivot on two key ideas: the notion of the border and the construction of a national identity.

What role will the migrant, the refugee and the border play in Australia in the Asian century? This episode explores these two ideas within the context of a changing geopolitical world.

Australia is a country of migrants. In 2014, 28.1% of Australia’s 6.6 million people were born overseas. To manage the flow of migrants many different visa types underwrite Australia’s skilled migration program.

Australia also has a long history of taking in refugees at times of crisis. More than 80,000 Vietnamese people moved to Australia in the decades following the Vietnam War. Many came as refugees.

The latest figures from the United Nations show over 200,000 people made the perilous Mediterranean crossing into Europe in October 2015 alone. Thousands of refugees are fleeing an escalating war in Syria and beyond. Australia’s long-term role in Syrian refugee settlement is still unclear.


Professor Ien Ang is a Professor of Cultural Studies and founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. She is an international leader in field of cultural studies, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Her interdisciplinary work deals with patterns of cultural flow and exchange in our globalised world, and focuses on issues surrounding migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Australia and Asia.

Dr Shanthi Robertson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research interests are broadly around the social and cultural consequences of globalisation, with a specific focus on transnational migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and urban social change within the Asia-Pacific region.


ABC QandA Episode 37, 12 October 2015
ABC NEWS Jenny McGregor, head of Asia-Link
SBS NEWS 25 OCT 2015
Free Music Archive Night Owl by Broke For Free
Free Music Archive Metal Planet by Alasdair Cooper
Free Music Archive Dream (instrumental) by Chan Wai Fat



Arsenic vs Water




  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • Arsenic vs Water : A bigger problem that you drink

Ata Nosrati grew up in a village in Iran, where the water was safe to drink. He is now turning his chemical engineering knowledge and understanding of water contamination to work to develop a safe, low cost, easy to use method for removing Arsenic from drinking water. Many nations including Bangladesh, Vietnam and even the United States have dangerous levels of Arsenic in their water supplies, sometimes 300 times the safe limit.


Dr Ata (Ataollah) Nosrati is a lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University [ECU] School of Engineering in Perth, Australia.  Ata is a chemical engineer and metallurgist involved in a range of applied and fundamental project activities with problem solving and process optimization nature.

Ata’s areas of research interest include:

  • Mineral processing: Leaching/dissolution of mineral ores; Agglomeration; Dewatering; Acidic mine water neutralization
  • Rheology: Interfacial chemistry and particle interactions (rheology) nexus in complex dispersions used in chemicals/minerals processing; rheological characterization of complex fluids and materials
  • Water purification: Design and development of hybrid adsorbents for selective and clean recovery of metals from solutions
  • Solvent Extraction
  • Finding new applications for microfluidics in chemical engineering and mineral processes industries


Amirhossein, Water flowing in pool Chesmeh Ali Damghan
Lobo Loco, Fire Dance
Lobo Loco, Hopefully
Lobo Loco, Sleeping Guru
Masters of Persian Music, Avaz va Saz (Nehriz, Aragh, Dashti)
Peyman Haydarian, Santur recital
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Arsenic is a chemical element with symbol As and atomic number 33.  Arsenic occurs in many minerals, usually in combination with sulfur and metals, but also as a pure elemental crystal.



Water, read by Ata Nosrati in Farsi and English

Image © Saskia Schubert

Pigments, Plums & Pulses




  • Producer: Michael Schubert
  • Pigments, Plums & Pulse
  • The search for cardioprotective natural products

Cardiovascular disease is treatable, but the long term health of patients can suffer as a consequence of the prescriptions.  From a medical family, Dr Abishek Santhakumar watched the treatments provided for his mother help and hinder her health.  He thought there must be a better way, and his research trajectory has led him though pigments, plums and pulses in a search for cardioprotective natural products.


Dr Abishek Sankathumar completed his PhD at Griffith University and his research investigates the role of natural dietary antioxidant compounds in reducing the risk factors of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Abishek currently is a lecturer and researcher in haematology and blood banking at Charles Sturt Univerisity [CSU] School of Biomedical Sciences. During his research tenure, Abishek has led nationally registered human clinical trials investigating the feasibility and efficacy of natural antioxidant compounds as therapeutic alternatives in diverse pro-thrombotic populations. His research focus is strongly aligned to the objectives of the ARC ITTC Functional Grains Centre.

Abishek’s research interests include:

  • To evaluate the anti-diabetic, anti-obesity and cardio-protective properties of polyphenols present in grains and pulses
  • Antiplatelet therapy versus dietary antioxidants in metabolic syndrome
  • To investigate the mechanisms involved in platelet activity under oxidative stress
  • To evaluate the effect of diet and life-style on platelet function


Current Publication List 2017
Taurine in Lower Concentration Attenuates Platelet Activity
, in Food and Public Health
The Synergistic Effect of Taurine and Caffeine on Platelet Activity and Hemostatic Function, in Food and Public Health
Consumption of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet plum juice reduces platelet activation related thrombogenesis in healthy volunteers, in Journal of Functional Foods
The potential of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet
plum juice supplementation in alleviating
thrombotic risk under induced oxidative
stress conditions, Journal of Functional Foods
A review of the mechanisms and effectiveness of dietary polyphenols in reducing oxidative stress and thrombotic risk, in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
The ex vivo antiplatelet activation of fruit phenolic metabolite hippuric acid, in Food and Function


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  • Producer: Michael Schubert
  • Fit4Two: Pregnancy, Fitness & Entrepreneurial Research

Research is not a business. Think again, Dr Melanie Hayman has taken an entrepreneurial approach to researching fitness during pregnancy. It involves marketing strategies, a seven foot tall, hot pink, pregnant cardboard woman called Sophia and an innovative online program delivered via your GP or midwife.


Dr Melanie Hayman is a physical activity researcher based at Central Queensland University [CQU], Australia, where she is the Head of the Bachelor of Health Science course in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences.

Melanie’s research is focused on women’s health, more specifically the health and fitness during pregnancy, as well as the successful integration of e-Health and m-Health interventions into clinical care.

Melanie’s work culminated in an activity-during-pregnancy intervention project titled Fit4Two.  Melanie’s presentation at the 2016 5 Minute Research Pitch was so successful that she won both the sciences category and the overall best presentation.



An investigation into medical practitioners’ knowledge of
exercise during pregnancy guidelines, in the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
Confusion surrounds physical activity prescription
for pregnant women, in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.
Regionally based medical practitioners may need support
when prescribing exercise to pregnant women, in the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
An investigation into the exercise behaviours of regionally based
Australian pregnant women, in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Position Statement: Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, Sports Medicine Australia




Will Bangs, I’m So Glad That You Exist
Jon Luc Hefferman, Triumph
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Dr Siobhan McHugh is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan is an internationally recognised award-winning writer, oral historian and broadcaster, whose work over three decades has been concerned with capturing and transforming marginalised voices through the affective power of sound and storytelling.

She has written social histories, authored over 60 radio documentaries and created oral history archives on themes ranging from society and culture to war, history and the environment, which are held at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and City of Sydney.

Siobhan’s practice-based and practice-led research straddles industry and the academic world. Her creative work has won the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and gold and bronze awards at the New York Radio Festival and been shortlisted for the UN Media Peace Prize (Australia), the NSW Premier’s History Prize, and a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. Siobhan’s theoretical research interests include the evolution and impact of audio storytelling and podcasting, critical analysis of the radio documentary/feature form, orality and aurality in oral history and the affective power of voice.

She is founding editor of RadioDoc Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to critical analysis of the crafted audio feature/podcast form and is a member of the editorial board of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media and a peer reviewer for US-based journal Oral History Review, where her article, The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio is among the journal’s most cited. It has been included in the third edition of the Routledge Oral History Reader considered the most significant anthology of international oral history scholarship.

Siobhan’s research interests include:

  • Radio documentary and podcasting studies
  • Critical analysis of audio storytelling
  • Oral history interviewing as inter-subjective dialogue
  • Long-form narrative journalism studies
  • Orality and aurality in oral history
  • Audio as vector for affect and emotion




The Aerobic Art of Interviewing, from the Asia Pacific Media Educator
How Podcasting is Changing the Audio Storytelling Genre, from Researchgate
Audio Storytelling; Unlocking the Power of Audio to Inform,  Empower and Connect, from Researchgate


Why S-Town invites empathy not voyeursim, on The  Conversation
The Power of Voice
, on transom website
Audio Storytelling and the Affective Power of Voice, on the Wheeler Centre website
The Power of Podcasting, on myndset


Siobhan McHugh website
RadioDoc Review website