Eavesdrop on Experts

University of Melbourne

Overhear researchers talk about what they do and why they do it. Hear them obsess, confess and profess - changing the world one experiment, one paper and one interview at a time. Listen in as seasoned eavesdropper Chris Hatzis follows reporters Dr Andi Horvath and Steve Grimwade on their meetings with magnificent minds. Made possible by the University of Melbourne.

A farm labourer and builder’s mate in England, a porter in Scotland, a new immigrant in Israel; Professor Nigel Rapport’s fieldwork has offered him opportunities to explore the precious reality of human individuality in a wide range of circumstances.

Episode recorded: October 18, 2018.

Interviewer: Steve Grimwade.

Producer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-production: Dr Andi Horvath and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Banner image: Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash.

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Biologist Professor Randy Schekman received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013, along with colleagues, for his work on cell membrane vesicle trafficking - a major transport system within our cells. A passionate advocate of the scientific method and open-access journals, Professor Schekman argues that science needs to be vocally defended now, more than ever.

Episode recorded: September 19, 2018.

Interviewer: Dr Andi Horvath.

Producer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-production: Dr Andi Horvath and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Banner image: Shutterstock

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“Just being able to say beautiful words, to put beautiful words together, is a way of moving through time and living your life and holding onto your life more valuably.”

Professor David Mason, former Poet Laureate of Colorado, on why poetry is so ubiquitous and important.

Episode recorded: September 17, 2018.

Interviewer: Dr Andi Horvath.

Producer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-production: Dr Andi Horvath and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Banner image: Taylor Ann Wright.

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Politics in the digital age is increasingly being shaped by tech-savvy activists; the Edward Snowdens and Julian Assanges of the world. But it’s when these ‘nerds’ join with others that true change happens - like Spain’s Indignados movement becoming a force in the country’s mainstream political system. Dr John Postill discusses his new book The Rise of Nerd Politics in this new episode of Eavesdrop on Experts.

Episode recorded: September 4, 2018.

Interviewer: Steve Grimwade.

Producer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-production: Dr Andi Horvath and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Banner image: Getty Images.

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“If you knock on a door and it doesn’t open, keep knocking. It’s persistence that gets results in journalism.”

The Boston Globe’s Editor At Large, Walter V Robinson, was famously immortalised by Michael Keaton in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, about his team of investigative reporters that lifted the lid on institutional child sexual abuse in Boston’s Catholic Church. Here he discusses the importance of investigative reporting, and the challenges it faces today.

Episode recorded: June 1, 2018.

Interviewer: Louise Bennet.

Audio engineering: Arch Cuthbertson.

Producer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-production: Dr Andi Horvath and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Banner image: Front page of the Sunday Boston Globe on May 8, 2016, featuring details of abuse at a private school in New England. Picture: Getty Images.

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