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In the first episode for Season 3 of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by EY alumni and CEO and Founder of XVenture Mike Conway, who shares his expertise around emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership, and offers an insight into his ten-year tenure at The Wiggles. Host: Jenelle McMaster is Managing Partner, Ocean…
 
Nowadays, the idea of encountering robots in our daily lives isn't pure science fiction. Many of us interact with AI every day, and the use of robots in, for example, healthcare settings, is already on the horizon. But what if something goes wrong? The RoboTIPS team at the University of Oxford is developing an innovative feature - an 'ethical black…
 
Do you remember when the price of fizzy drinks in the UK went up slightly a few years ago? Soda fans, perhaps you remember all too clearly...! Well, this was because the UK government introduced a sugar tax (or the Soft Drinks Industrial Levy, to be precise), requiring manufacturers to pay a tax on sugary drinks - a cost which was then passed on to…
 
"Somewhere within our public discussions within Australia, a repositioning and revaluing of technical skills, which you are not going to learn off YouTube, which you do need to be at a TAFE, how do we elevate that?" In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by Chair of Australian Sports Commission and Principa…
 
An arboretum could be described as a "living library". A beautifully curated collection of woody plants from across the globe, each one carefully labelled and managed. In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we chat to Ben Jones, Arboretum Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, about what makes an arboretum …
 
Lockdowns, social distancing, restrictions on 'normal' activities - we've all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But how has it impacted on our mood and mental wellbeing? We chat to Dr Maxime Taquet from the Department of Psychiatry about 'mood homeostasis' (the interplay between people's activities and the way they feel), and how this has bee…
 
"Anyone who has been through a crisis like a natural disaster like a bushfire or flood or whatever really, really need to tell their stories." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by Lisa Paul AO PSM, who shares her passion for education and mental health as well as her experiences managing crises and fac…
 
Their distinctive 'teacher teacher' call is synonymous with British gardens, but great tits are facing a big problem - climate change. As our springtime becomes warmer and begins earlier, peak caterpillar abundance is also shifting earlier. As a crucial food source for great tit chicks, this is cause for concern. In this episode of the Big Question…
 
"Where I see purposes become a little bit trite or superficial is that they’re trying to meet a convenient or a strategic goal. Where I see them to be authentic and powerful is where they start with the core belief system of the people at the centre of the company." In the latest episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by …
 
Remember those days when it was possible to climb aboard a plane and jet off around the world? Well, while we might be yearning for foreign shores, there's no denying that air travel comes with a big ol' carbon footprint. But is it possible to make aeroplanes 'greener'? We chat to Dr Chiara Falsetti, a researcher at the Oxford Thermofluids Institut…
 
"I always say to myself at the end of the year, okay, how many failures did I have this year? Because if I haven't made failures, it means I've been too comfortable." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by world renowned food creator and publisher Donna Hay who shares her change journey as a ground-…
 
The moon may be the closest planetary body to us, but we still have a lot to learn about it. For example, what is the water-cycle like on an airless body such as the moon? How much water can be found there, and could we one day utilise this water for space exploration? In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast, we chat to Dr Katherine Shirley, a…
 
"In many ways it’s a bit like the kids in the playground standing up to the bullies, so nine nuclear weapon states have had the other countries turn on them and say, these weapons are not okay." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by Dr Margaret Beavis, Director of Quit Nukes: Nuclear Weapon Free Fi…
 
We're over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, and it's affected our lives in many ways - including, for many of us, how we sleep. You may have experienced changes to your sleep pattern (particularly if you waved goodbye to your commute last March), your quality of sleep, or even had some very weird or vivid dreams! If so, you're not alone. Join …
 
"We need every little girl in this world to wake up and have the same opportunity as every little boy. We need every child in this world to wake up and have the same opportunity no matter where they’re born." Celebrating International Women’s Day, this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast shines a light on equality and the celebration of di…
 
If you've ever been lucky enough to hear a lion roar (whether that's at the zoo or in the wild - hopefully at a safe distance!), you'll know that it's a truly bone-shaking experience. But do lions have a unique roar, or do they all sound the same? How could knowing this help with conservation efforts? Join us for this episode of the Big Questions p…
 
"There’s lots of quotes that say 70% of change fails. Now, whether it’s 70% or 80% or 50%, we know a lot of our change efforts fail because we’re trying to communicate and trying to lead change through logic, and again, logic just informs us, it doesn’t actually change our behaviour or influence us to do something different or feel something differ…
 
In this year's Valentine's episode, we're exploring one of the most special relationships around. That's right - the one between us and our dogs! We often hear pooches described as "(wo)man's best friend", but for how long has this been the case? Join Prof Greger Larson, an expert in palaeogenomics and bio-archaeology, as we journey back thousands …
 
"We hadn't practised specifically, what would happen, you know, if the boss got blown up one morning, but we’d practiced enough so they knew the drills." In the first episode for Season 2 of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by author and Managing Director of Trebuchet Pivot, Garth Callender, who shares his remarkable expe…
 
It's a question that's on the lips of politicians, scientists and policy-makers right across the globe - who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first? Should it be the elderly and clinically vulnerable, healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, or another group entirely? We chat to Dr Alberto Giubilini, a philosopher at the Oxford Uehiro C…
 
Is it possible to edit someone's genes before they are born to make them a nicer, kinder, more moral person? Not only that - but, importantly, should we do this? When it comes to gene editing for moral enhancement, there are many ethical points to consider. Join us as we chat to Tess Johnson, a Philosophy PhD student at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for…
 
Most of us have probably heard of video games being described as "addictive", but is there evidence of this? Are they damaging to our mental health, or could they actually have a positive impact on our metal wellbeing? In this episode of the Big Questions podcast we're booting up our consoles, and asking Prof Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research…
 
It's that time of year - the festive jumpers are going on, the lights are going up, and we're ready to decorate our Christmas trees. But when it comes to choosing your fir, what do you go for - real or fake? Perhaps you have a trusty old family-favourite that comes down from the attic each year? Or maybe going to choose a real tree gets you into th…
 
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