S1E1 – Spanish Flu to Social Distancing: What can history teach us about the pandemic?
Subscribe on your favourite platform In this launch episode of the Seriously Social podcast, historian Frank Bongiorno shares what history can teach us about living through the current COVID-19 pandemic. Frank is a Australian National University history professor and fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of [...]DETAIL
S3E1 – Visual politics: Professor Roland Bleiker on how images stick with us
Subscribe on your favourite platform How can the speed and frequency of images rightly or wrongly impact our views of current issues? Join Professor Roland Bleiker, from the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and host Ginger Gorman as they discuss the politicisation of images, and how these shape [...]DETAIL
S2E1 – Mental wealth: How we fix the national crisis.
Subscribe on your favourite platform How do you build the mental wealth of a nation? Mental ill health is costing us about 4% of GDP, a figure that one of Australia’s best-known researchers in the field, Professor Ian Hickie says holds its own meaning: “It clearly points a chaotic system, that’s poorly funded and was [...]DETAIL
S2E10 – Ross Gittins on why this recession is different.
Subscribe on your favourite platform Ross Gittins, Economics Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, has seen both sides of three recessions. This one is the fourth he’s worked through. So why is this one “completely different” and why does this experienced commentator say it will it be harder to get out of? Listen in as [...]DETAIL
Symbolism and sentiment: Professor Megan Davis on the representation of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
Subscribe on your favourite platform Ginger Gorman: Right now, in the wake of the terrible summer fires, the ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we find [01:00] ourselves in a strange state of flux. With me now to talk through some of these issues [...]DETAIL
S2E7 – Stigma and Suicide: Jane Pirkis on the mental health of men.
Subscribe on your favourite platform Male socialisation and ideals of masculinity already have a devastating effect on the health and well-being of men across the globe. With the added pressures from COVID-19, and forced isolation, this issue is turning into another kind of pandemic. Join Professor Jane Pirkis, Director of the Centre for Mental Health [...]DETAIL
S2E8 – Working from home: blessing or curse? Professor Sharon Parker has the answers (and yes, there’s more than one).
Subscribe on your favourite platform Pyjamas, commuting from bed to your desk just minutes after waking up, no boss looking over your shoulder–working from home sounds like a dream. But what about the pressures from family, bad technology, and lack of support from colleagues? Professor Sharon Parker, from the Future of Work Institute at Curtin [...]DETAIL
S2E6 – Educating for an uncertain future: Peter Shergold on Australia’s education sector.
Subscribe on your favourite platform Australian higher education institutions are caught up in the fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But closing borders to international students has had an unintended outcome: it’s highlighted faults in the system and raised new questions around higher education in Australian society. How can we best support our international students? [...]DETAIL
S2E2 (Part 2)- Mental wealth: How we fix the national crisis.
Subscribe on your favourite platform Pre-pandemic Australia was seen as an epicentre of hope – that despite high rates of loneliness and suicidality, we were getting buy-in on the important work to be done in mental health. Mental illness is costing Australia thousands of lives each year, as well as counting for 35% loss of [...]DETAIL
S2E5: Wicked Problems: Fiona Stanley on how to create a society we actually want
Subscribe on your favourite platform When is a health crisis not just a health crisis? When it’s a global pandemic and it shows up the weak points that already existed in society. But could COVID19, for all its problems, be part of a much-needed reset for Australia’s health and other systems? Former Australian of the [...]DETAIL
S2E4. The good fight: Allan Fels on fairness, mental health and why CEOs get paid so much (and shouldn’t)
Subscribe on your favourite platform Why do CEOs get paid so much? Why are we so discriminatory about mental illness? And where would the Federal Government’s dollars be best spent in our efforts to reset the economy? Economist, lawyer and former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Professor Allan Fels AO has spent [...]DETAIL
S2E3 – Artificial Intelligence: Building a new way of thinking
Subscribe on your favourite platform As Australia reels from the catastrophic bushfires and deals with COVID-19, these moments have revealed the fragility of our infrastructure including supply chains and telecommunications. This episode of the Seriously Social podcast explores Artificial Intelligence and what it means for humanity. Join host Ginger Gorman with cultural anthropologist, technologist and [...]DETAIL
S1E8 – How the virus made politics mutate
Subscribe on your favourite platform The Covid-19 pandemic transformed Australian society and the world seemingly overnight. But suddenly politics looks very different too. The virus effectively wiped the political slate and took all kinds of pressing issues off the agenda. At the same, time major Government messages displayed a kind of bipartisanship perhaps reserved only [...]DETAIL
S1E9 – How COVID-19 rebooted compassion and community
Subscribe on your favourite platform Have you been using your phone and your computer more in pandemic? The paradox is that tech can make us more connected, but also more isolated. But are there circumstances in which tech actually brings us closer together? What lessons can we learn from this crisis as humans? What will [...]DETAIL
S1E10 – The domestic battleground created by a pandemic
Subscribe on your favourite platform How is the domestic load shared in your household? Would you say it’s more or less equal, or, as in so many Aussie households, is the division of domestic labour and childcare a battleground? The pandemic created what experts describe as an unprecedented external shock, forcing homes to temporarily become [...]DETAIL
S1E3 – The Money Fight: Public health vs the economy
Subscribe on your favourite platform It’s a discussion we’re hearing on repeat: do we save lives, or save the economy? For some, COVID-19 is the ultimate choice between two ‘must haves’. But is it really? Professor Richard Holden explains why he joined economists from across the globe to explain to us the false dichotomy of [...]DETAIL
S1E7 – Indigenous Might VS COVID
Subscribe on your favourite platform When the Government’s public health warnings came out at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown they were both factual and political, according to Indigenous academic and filmmaker Professor Larissa Behrendt. Why? Find out on this episode of the Seriously Social podcast with journalist Ginger Gorman. You’ll also discover how indigenous [...]DETAIL
S1E2 – Gender and the Pandemic
Subscribe on your favourite platform With the #metoo movement, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction and subsequent sentencing – it finally seemed that gender equality issues were gaining traction, at least in the public’s mind. But what has the COVID-19 crisis taught us about gender, diversity and the very notion of citizenship? On this episode of Seriously Social [...]DETAIL
S1E6 – Menace or saviour? Artificial Intelligence and coronavirus
Subscribe on your favourite platform In science fiction films and books, Artificial Intelligence (or A-I) is usually either depicted as a menace to society or the saviour of the human race. Which is it? In this episode of the Seriously Social podcast, journalist Ginger Gorman speaks to Professor Anthony Elliott, an expert on the way [...]DETAIL
S1E5 – Generation COVID
Subscribe on your favourite platform If you’re a millennial, spending part or all of your young adult life living at home with your boomer parents has been the norm for a while. After all, rents are high and work is insecure. How else are you going to get ahead? But what we weren’t banking on [...]DETAIL