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    The business of death
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Corke, Charlie; Wallworth, Lynette; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    No one wants to talk about it, but we’re all going to have to do it sooner or later. Death, that is. Dr Charlie Corke and Lynette Wallworth, director of Tender discuss how to die well, or at least start the conversation.
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    Has global warming melted our brains?
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Sethi, Simran; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    The issue of climate change has well and truly fallen off front pages and down the list of voter concerns. Is the concept of climate change, and how much is at stake, literally beyond our imagination? Simran Sethi digs into the globe’s collective mental block and maps out how we can overcome it by changing the conversation entirely.
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    The human face of Big Data
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Smolan, Rick; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Working with more than 100 journalists from around the world, Rick Smolan believes we’re witnessing the emergence of a global nervous system, with each of us human sensors. Does Big Data have the potential to be “humanity’s dashboard”? Smolan discusses a revolution that may have as big an impact as the internet.
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    Dissent and democracy: an audience with Anwar Ibrahim
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Ibrahim, Anwar; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Anwar Ibrahim is an internationally recognised champion of democracy. He has spent years championing free and fair electoral processes in Malaysia at great personal and political cost. Imprisoned and vilified, lauded around the world and lambasted in his own country, what sustains his ideals in an environment that appears devoid of political transparency? Where does he see the value in maintaining a viable opposition in Malaysia and how does this contribute to the development of democratic institutions? In the wake of the controversial May elections Anwar will discuss why he’s stubbornly stayed in public life and to what end.
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    Basic instinct: the heroic project of anti-discrimination law (Roma Mitchell Oration)
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Rice, Simon; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    The model for Australia’s non-discrimination and equality opportunity laws has been largely unchanged for almost 40 years. How much has it achieved in changing social attitudes? Are we relying on laws that go too far and too hard at an issue with deep anthropological and cultural roots? Professor Simon Rice explores the problem of discrimination and possible new ways of tackling it.
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    Relaxed, comfortable and still not satisfied
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Keane, Bernard; Crabb, Annabel; Harcourt, Tim; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Australia survived the global financial crisis relatively unscathed. Our cities have some of the highest standards of living in the world. No doubt income inequality is getting wider, but it’s hard to argue with Australia’s relative prosperity from a global perspective. Bernard Keane and Annabel Crabb join Tim Harcourt to ask how we will cope when the going really gets tough.
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    Story time rebooted
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Dena, Christy; Hyde, Sophie; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    The web allows more people than ever to build their own narratives and connect with others. As the price of digital technologies goes down, and the access to high-speed internet goes up, how is this transforming the way we tell stories? Dr Christy Dena, Sophie Hyde and Ben Pederick discuss how online spaces are making us rethink the tales we tell.
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    Brain dance: the art and science of movement
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Hillier, Susan; Stevens, Kate; Vincs, Kim; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    More than sport, dance is the most complex and detailed movement system that humans have devised. Rather than the brain simply existing as the driver of the body, our morphology and the actions of the body also in turn dynamically shape our brains. Garry Stewart, Susan Hillier, Kate Stevens and Prof Ian Gibbins discuss their collaboration exploring the mind and body experience.
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    Know your meme
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Marlton, Andrew; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Twitter’s secret girlfriend and self-proclaimed national treasure First Dog on the Moon explains how the internet is full of trolls, why old people should be frightened and how cat gifs will save democracy. If you don’t understand anything about that previous sentence, this session is for you as we translate the world wide web into a language you understand (Sudanese).
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    Why do nations fail? Why did Australia prosper? The rise and fall of economic ideas
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Sölvell, Örjan; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    How many good ideas fail to take off? What are the essential elements that drive innovation and economic sustainability at the micro and macro level? Professor Örjan Sölvell explores the imperative to acquire buy-in from business, academia and governments to ensure economic success and a creative culture of innovation. Professor Sölvell joins the departure lounge in conversation with Tim Harcourt, The Airport Economist.
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    A twist in time
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Crooks, Daniel; Weschler, Lawrence; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    One of the main threads of Daniel Crook’s striking moving image artworks at the Samstag Museum is the treatment of time as a spatial dimension, as a tangible and malleable material. Crooks meets with Lawrence Weschler, author of the exhibition’s catalogue essay, to discuss how he has become one of Australia’s most intriguing and successful visual artists.
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    Cut to the chase: tackling the population debate
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Ehrlich, Paul; Stein, Doug; Hallahan, Lorna Elizabeth; Finkel, Elizabeth; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Fresh from the AFF premiere of The Vasectomist, Dr Doug Stein joins a panel of experts to discuss what’s at stake if we don’t slice into our growing population. But does Dr Stein’s vasectomy project offer a possible means of addressing the planet’s diminishing biodiversity or is it one man’s impossible mission? Dr Paul Ehrlich, Dr Doug Stein, Dr Lorna Hallahan and Dr Elizabeth Finkel do the maths around population growth and its impact on the earth. Chaired by Monica Dux, the panel will tackle the issues of birth control, family planning and the ethics of rolling out vasectomies into developing countries.
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    Endangered foods (Barbara Hardy Oration)
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Sethi, Simran; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    The United Nations estimates 75% of crop varieties have disappeared since 1900. This shrinkage echoes through our food chain and strips crops, livestock and aquatic life of their ability to adapt to changes in the environment, putting our food supply at risk. Environmentalist Simran Sethi details this loss of agrobiodiversity and highlights solutions that are innovative, compelling and delicious.
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    Resilience (Joy MacLennan Oration)
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Deveson, Anne; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Anne Deveson’s distinguished career combines her media experience with a long-standing concern for social justice. In her book, Resilience (2003), Anne asks ‘How is it that some people can be resilient in adversity, while others become overwhelmed?’ – an issue that Anne will unwrap with the help of the audience.
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    Looking to the stars: in search of our place in the universe
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Davies, Paul; Bland, Phil; Williams, Sean; Dryza, Kristina; Pederick, Ben; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    A fascination with time and space has been part of the human story since we first looked up. A select group from across the program explores this obsession with the night sky and asks what this says about our imaginations and the quest to understand our place amongst the stars. Starring Paul Davies, Phil Bland, Sean Williams, Ben Pederick and Kristina Dryza.
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    Sex bonding and dominance in bonobos
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Parish, Amy; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    The mating behavior of the apes is comical, complex and fascinating. Chimpanzee societies are physically aggressive, male-bonded and male-dominated. Their close relatives (and ours), the bonobos, differ: females bond with one another, form coalitions, and dominate males. Some researchers are reluctant to consider, let alone acknowledge, female dominance in bonobos. Dr Amy Parish looks at how these findings change our views of evolution and ourselves.
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    Dawn of the deed: sex, death and evolution
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Long, John A; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    How and when did reproduction by sexual copulation first evolve and why? Evidence from fossils caught in the act combine with insights from the sex lives of animals today help us to explore the origins of sex and the links we humans share with our distant kinky ancestors. Prof John Long asks who did the deed first, and what does ancient sex tells us about ourselves?
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    The electric planet
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Finkel, Alan; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    Re-inventing our energy supply is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Is it possible to build a strategy that ensures abundant energy, a vibrant economy and a stable environment? Dr Alan Finkel believes an electron economy over an oil economy can deliver all three objectives — but it all starts with a vision.
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    Breathing life into our city's corners
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Speck, Jeff; Ranson, Travis; Jacobs, Lily; Drew, Peter; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    What makes good cities thrive, and how can the potential of a city be harnessed? Game changers work to find the potential to breathe life into a city’s streets, allowing communities to make the best use of their public space. Jeff Speck speaks with Travis Ranson, Lily Jacobs and Peter Drew to consider what makes the heart of a city tick.
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    Safety in clusters
    (Radio Adelaide, 2013-10) Sölvell, Örjan; Adelaide Festival Corporation
    European countries have been using cluster development for economic and industrial sustainability for about 20 years. Could a similar approach work for South Australia? Special guest Professor Örjan Sölvell will examine the successes and failures in Europe to explore how to develop a robust local business sector that can withstand the swings and downturns of globalisation.