Yeah so there are these solar panels that just take the sun's energy and turn it into electricity. Maybe you've got them on your roof? But have you ever wondered how this actually works? Samantha Hood is a 26 year old physicist who is pushing solar technology to brave new heights. Come binge thinking as she explains how solar technology is replicating natural systems in plant leaves, and how women have been left out of the scientific world for too long! Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old Melbourne artist Gerard Geer. Gerard first came to public prominence when the Victorian government ordered him to destroy all his artwork. Since then, he's made up with the state, started teaching skeletal articulation, and gone viral on Instagram. Listen in as we recount his crazy adventure. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic. Get into it.
In this episode, Binge Thinking brings you marine scientist, turtle rescuer and mother of joeys Jessie Hildebrand. Jessie shares her unique experiences at the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. She also schools Caspar in the pollution from Tasmanian fish farming, ethical meat consumption, and riffs on the Great Barrier Reef in crisis. What is coral bleaching anyway? And how much has it REKT the Reef? What does a cow’s ‘moo’ really say? Hear the struggle of a young graduate in a country in denial. An epic failing for conservation, sustainability and renewable energy. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connor joins Caspar to discuss his piece 'A Modern Epic: The Gilgamesh Quest'. In this final Binge Thinking collaboration with Griffith Review, Cathal explores humankind's pursuit of immortality, the science of ageing, and the tech philosophers that thinks they can crack eternal life. When he isn't writing, Cathal works in Australia on 3D printing stem cells. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.
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After a brief interlude (#1) Caspar went into the wide wonderful world of Speech Pathology with Katherine Gehrke (@klgehrke). Aside from helping children (and their parents) overcome speech problems, Katherine is also an avid science communicator who suffers from imposter syndrome. Caspar and Katherine binged on work, passion, internal conflicts and the mice that live in Caspar’s kitchen. You can check out Katherine’s own video content on her great YouTube channel or follow her on Twitter. As per usual, all music is by Big Gigantic and this episode was co-produced by Nina Roxburgh. Rate us, like us, review us, and FOR SCIENCE’S SAKE GET ON BOARD!
After a restful Xmas and New Year, Caspar sat down with evolutionary scientist Kate Garland. Despite only having finished her Bachelor of Science (with Honours) at the University of Queensland, Kate is already a published author from her work with the Weisbecker lab. She is also the Queensland coordinator of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots program. Kate has won several awards for her work, including one from the Australian Mammalian Society.
Caspar and Kate binged on their work as scientists, what it's like to be an evolutionary scientist, whether scientists can (and should) be activists, mental health in science, issues in funding, and Kate shared her experience being a woman in science. They also talked about the new Star Wars film ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You can follow Kate's travels through Africa this year on her blog and on Instagram (@oh__possum) and Twitter (@Kate_Garland). And check out Roots and Shoots on Facebook. All the awesome music you hear is by Big Gigantic. Get on board...