Listening Brief

Listening Brief

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Episode 12. Shilu Tong – Heat, cold, human health and climate change - Listening Brief
October 10, 2015

Humans become unwell and can die from cold and heat.  Shilu Tong has spent the last few years unravelling the effects of both on emergency hospital admissions and deaths. In addition to assembling the numbers,

Episode 11. Leah Stokes – The politics of renewable energy - Listening Brief
October 03, 2015

Today’s guest, Leah Stokes, has looked deeply into the politics of renewable energy. She outlines Ontario’s solar feed-in tariff experience and the pivotal role of pricing on public support, and how Arizona has become a case-study of regulatory capture...

Episode 10. Elizabeth David-Barrett – Political corruption - Listening Brief
September 26, 2015

Good governance and sound policy are under continuous threat from political corruption.  No country is totally free of it. This week’s guest, Elizabeth David-Barrett, has made this area her specialty and discusses with Charles not only the different fo...

Episode 9. Jonathan Spiteri – Media bias and media influence - Listening Brief
September 19, 2015

Why did “pink slime” in human food take so long to appear in the news?  How is our generosity affected by disaster stories? Would voters be influenced by sensational stories even if they are not about the candidates? This week’s guest,

Episode 8. Luzia Helfer – How politicians and journalists interact - Listening Brief
September 12, 2015

In this week’s episode Luzia Helfer outlines her clever experiments on the relationship between politicians and journalists  – one of mutual dependence and wariness. Luzia has taken a novel approach to the topic by running carefully designed experiment...

Episode 7. Leonie Dendler – China’s organic and dairy industries - Listening Brief
September 05, 2015

What role did China’s 2008 milk contamination scandal play in transforming agriculture and food production in that country? How big is China’s organic food industry today? How tough are its standards? Dairy products were never traditionally a major par...

Episode 6. Kathrin Keil – Arctic Future - Listening Brief
August 27, 2015

The Arctic region is hotting up. Climate change is making its presence felt more strongly at the top of the world than in other regions, and as ice cover declines, speculation about economic exploitation in this harsh and fragile environment has intens...

Episode 5. Nikit Abhyankar – Powering up India renewably - Listening Brief
August 27, 2015

India needs power. But while coal industry advocates have tried to make energy poverty a moral issue, arguing that renewables cannot meet the demand, Charles’s guest Nikit Abhyankar from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been busy working o...

Episode 4. Amit Datta, Anupam Datta & Michael Tschantz – Google Ads and discrimination - Listening Brief
August 27, 2015

Every Google search and each Facebook post you make are diligently tracked and run through complex algorithms to target online ads at you.   You may find some of the targeted ads useful, other amusing, and a few slightly sinister. -

Episode 3. Niklas Arvidsson – Making freight efficient - Listening Brief
August 27, 2015

We all love (or at least use) stuff. And it all needs to be moved around. Freight transport efficiency might not seem a particularly appealing topic, but consider for a moment how much extra energy is used moving goods from Point A to Point B,