The Wholesome Show

A podcast

We Get A Work Healthiness Inspection!

Should your boss by you some trainers? Ruthless capitalists probably say no, but they're dickheads and wrong about a lot. Sensible people are starting realise more and more that the answer is probably yes - it'll make you healthier, and make their workplace more productive!

We sat down for a workplace health and wellbeing inspection (not an audit) with the awesome Christine and Michael from Healthier Work ACT.

As well as the benefits of a running shoe subsidy scheme, we also learned that scorecards are better than audits, you shouldn't sit on maggot farms, and cinema advertising works!

Hey Scientists: Let's Not Research Eugenics!

Does a huge head correlate with intelligence? No listener, of course it doesn't! But people used to think that, and wanted to craft society on that basis...

But here's the strange thing. While you might be thinking eugenics is just a historical topic, I hate to break it to you listener, there's still some folk out there who truly believe... Rod and Will sit down for a beer to explore!

Also: We explore the problems that occur when your research participants speak to the press! Also economic eugenics! And finally, nine other words that start with Eu: Euphemism! Euthanize! Euphorbia! Euphonium! Euthyroid! Eutrophic! Eukaryote! Eutectoid!

Prosthetic Giraffe Legs! Professor Margrit Shildrick!

Simple question listener, but would you cut your arm off and add a totally awesome prosthetic snake arm thing instead? Because people are doing that now and that's ***totally radical***!

Or a complicated ethical leap for society to take.

You know, one of the two.

We sat down for a beer with Professor Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linkoping University, Sweden, to talk all things prostheses!

Also: Will admits to feelings that are right but wrong but weird but right! Don't explore them or judge them please.

The Importance of Whispering In Science Communication - Kate Hannah!

When I say the word 'hypervisibility', do you think of those awesome t-shirts in the 1980s that changed colour when you sweated? You probably should, but then you should also think of the problems faced by high profile women scientists and science communicators. They're hypervisible, which means trolls, attacks and threats...

Kate Hannah of Te Pūnaha Matatini (which means 'The Meeting Place of Many Faces') tells us more...

Also: Will pronounces something pretty good for an Australian!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

There's No Luck At The End Of Your Bed! Professor Maja Horst!

Lots of us think of science as a provider of solutions - but you know what? It's also - no matter how careful we might be - a provider of problems too.

Professor Maja Horst of the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen is fascinated in this, and the ways tabloid newspapers explore the problems and heroes of science. We had a chat to hear more!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

Stopping Wars With Science Communication! (Maybe!) - Karen Brounéus!

I hate to burst your bubble, but it turns out Freud was wrong! Reliving the past is not a universal panacea - particularly if your past involves hyper traumatic conflict situations...

Associate Professor Karen Brounéus is a peace and conflict researcher, exploring how the ideas of science communication can help in post conflict situations...

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

Evidence Based Radicals! Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Hey there listener, do you use evidence in your everyday decisions? Of course you do! For some of them at least... But how evidential is your evidence? Do you test it? Or do you actually use your gut a whole lot more than you think?...

We had a chat with former bitter journalist - and now naive and happy academic Ayelet Baram-Tsabari from Technion - and here's the evidence!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

An Eggplant's Not Always An Eggplant - Lulu Mateos!

How's your emoji game? Do you know your wild eye face from your eyeroll? Your tears of laughter (straight face) from your tears of laughter (angle face)? Which can you use to communicate science?

We sat down for a (coffee cup emoji) with Dr Lulu Mateos from BUAP's Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación in Mexico to talk emoji use in communicating science!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

The Department of Organisation - Professor Alan Irwin!

Listener, do you know what a doyen is? We don't, but if there's an international doyen of science communication, then that doyen would probably be Professor Alan Irwin of the Copenhagen Business School - Department of Organisation!

We had a great chat with doyen Alan at the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand, talking the invention of citizen science, Danish Consensus Conferences and book covers!

BREAKING: Sexism Not Solved! (But Christine O'Connell Is Working On It!)

Sexism continues to present massive barriers in science.

But can science communication training get scientists to think differently about the behaviours and structures that shape our scientific world? We had a chat to Dr Christine O'Connell of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to explore more...

We also found out that American people have never heard of fruit toast! And they have puny electricity!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

A Gaffer, A Best Boy and Two Scientists - Prof David Kirby at #PCST2018

Hey listener, are you one of those people who sits in science fiction movies grumbling about the inaccurate physics, or are you happy with the magical properties of vibranium?

Well, if you're one of the first group, it may please you to realise that Hollywood is getting better at science. We talked to someone who studies this, Professor David Kirby of The University of Manchester!

This week The Wholesome Show is reporting from the Public Communication of Science and Technology (Network) Conference in Dunedin New Zealand - exploring the cutting edge of communicating science!

Now Only 30% Slavery! A Beer With Assoc Prof Jo Ford!

Modern slavery eh - you know what the big problem is? There's not enough jokes in it!

(No, that's not the problem. The problem is that somewhere between 21 and 44 million people around the world are currently enslaved and we're all potentially contributing to the problem. But what do we do about it? Is it regulation? Is it culture change? We sat down with Associate Professor Jo Ford who knows all about it it find out more!)

Don't Be The First Adopter? Assoc Prof David Caldicott Talks Pill Testing!

Party drugs - these days, they're all the rave!

(Sorry, terrible 1990s joke there).

But seriously, party drugs are getting more diverse and more complicated every single year. To deal with the complexity, people like our guest in this episode Associate Professor David Caldicott reckon the best thing to make people safe is to arm them with knowledge. You know, test the drugs, and give them advice on that basis. But conservative types don't agree...

We sat down with the dark knight of the emergency room to talk chemistry, partying, giving advice and politician morals...

You're Going To Bloody Say Yellow - A Beer with Vanessa De Kauwe!

What's your thoughts on disability education. Reckon it's great? Or are we just doing minimal compliance education not far from the institutional model of the 1950s?

We talk with Vanessa de Kauwe who's finishing up a Phd on bringing science into disability education! We talk frogs, knives and acid, and why it's important to teach people about yellow...

A Bunch of Pseuds! - A Beer with Steve Fuller, Founder of Social Epistemology

Ok, explainer challenge: how do you explain social epistemology to a bunch of real estate agents at your neighbourhood barbecue?

You know who knows how? Professor Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, that's who!

We talk with Steve about advice for Zuckerberg, the crucial role of the 'we' and when is the best time to throw down the Popper!

Live Show: Licking Toads For Science at CitSciOz18!

You know what? If you ask nicely, it’s amazing the things people will volunteer to do. Or at least that's what some of the world's leading thinkers on citizen science reckon!

We took a trip to the Australian Citizen Science Association Conference to find out more, including: Are scientists’ jobs in danger? Can you hide things in easter eggs? Should you stop children licking toads? Why should you take your camera with you when you poo in the woods?

Awesome guests in this episode: 
- Ellie Downing (Secretary of the Australian Citizen Science Association), 
- Mendel Wong (Co-founder of CitizenScience.Asia and the Zikathon), 
- Stuart Harris (discoverer of the Peacock Spider!) and
- Associate Professor Caren Cooper (author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery, and founder and moderator of @IamCitSci)

Don't Spill Beer on The Supercomputer! Dr Leaf Lin, Supercomputer Wrangler!

They said it couldn't be done.
They said it shouldn't be done! 
But guess what listener - we did it!

That's right, your intrepid team at The Wholesome Show went and recorded a podcast inside the thrumming chamber of Australia's biggest supercomputer. And we didn't spill any beer on it!

This week we chat with Dr Leaf Lin, Senior High Performance Computer Systems Specialist at Australia's National Computational Infrastructure. We learn about cassette tapes making a comeback, being able to hear the different sounds of a supercomputer, and why they don't just use the computer to mine bitcoin!

(Also ummm yes, there is an awful lot of *sound* in this episode. Like when your computer calculating something really tough, but (literally) times a million. But it's working hard to save lives so let's give the noisey computer a break).

What's The Magic Wand Bullet? Benny Wilson of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies!

Hi there international listeners,

You may not realise this but Australia has some issues with... how we came to be what we are right now. You know, mass appropriation of indigenous lands, attempted genocide, long centuries of deprivation. The usual colonial lot!

Anyway, we're trying to be better! And we at The Wholesome Show are part of that too. So we sat down with Benny Wilson from the National Centre for Indigenous Studies to talk reconciliation, welcomes to country, and how we all can do better! Enjoy!

Magnificent Mundane Governance! Steve Woolgar, Simone Dennis, Kate Henne!

Mundane governance doesn't sound too interesting, huh?

But it's actually crazy fascinating!

In this week's episode we crashed this Mundane Governance Conference and had not one, but three beers with three interesting people.

And look, we admit it we laughed a little at the the conference tite at first, but then we found it was chock full of intriguing people and ideas. Seriously, check this out:

First we yacked with Professor Simone Dennis about 'governance of the tongue', how there are rules about how we taste stuff, and how anthropologists are concerned with 'pre-swallowing'...

Next, we mused about how your Fitbit might be conspiring with big business to take over your brain and life and Netflix favourites list (or something like that...)with Dr Kate Henne.

Finally, we dove into the big issues with Professor Steve Woolgar and heard about recycle bin rage (seriously), and how 101 mls of liquid on a plane is super-dangerous, but 10 litres of that same liquid in a bin at the airport is just hunky-dory.

Honestly, we could have kept talking with any of these guest for hours (but don't worry, we didn't) - listen in here and have your view of the mundane changed forever!