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Episode 23: Queensland Politics with Amy MacMahon

In this episode Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old sociologist, Amy MacMahon. Amy has spent the last four years completing her PhD on adaptation initiatives in Bangladesh rolled out by NGOs and governments to combat climate change. She investigates how these initiative impact women farmers specifically and perpetuate gender inequality.

But Amy has another side. She is also running as a Greens candidate for South Brisbane in the upcoming Queensland state elections. Caspar and Amy binge on her journey to politics through her research, navigating the difficult and insecure Australian labour market, her family and her personal life. You can follow Amy on Twitter and Facebook This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Episode 14: Immortality with Cathal O'Connell

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

Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connell gets Binge Thinking the science and folly of immortality in discussing his piece 'A modern epic: The Gilgamesh quest', published by Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. 

Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connell gets Binge Thinking the science and folly of immortality in discussing his piece 'A modern epic: The Gilgamesh quest', published by Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. 

 

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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Episode 2: Evolutionary Biology with Kate Garland

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...

Evolutionary Scientist Kate Garland shares her passion for science, animals and the world around us

Evolutionary Scientist Kate Garland shares her passion for science, animals and the world around us