The future is important! But what should be the most pressing future concerns for humanity? In a subversion of the usual format, Jack is joined by his grandparents, Sally and Philip Brentnall, to chat about the future and how it relates to climate change, overpopulation, the importance of education and how to get involved in politics. Sally and Philip are British-born Australians in their late 80s, and are exceptionally engaged and interested in current issues surrounding Australian politics and society. They’re good grandparents.
Young people, big topics: over coffee. A fortnightly podcast that asks young people what they think about issues relating to science, skepticism and critical thinking. Each episode focuses on one person and their main topic of interest, all over coffee in a Melbourne café. Hosted by Jack Scanlan. A podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics.
Are we alone in the solar system? Jack is joined by Alastair Tait to chat about life on Mars and other places in our solar system. Alastair is a PhD student at Monash University in Melbourne, where he studies planetary geology and meteorites. You’re about to hear about his work, actually. Before he started his PhD, he was a regular contributor to the Young Australian Skeptics’ podcast “The Pseudoscientists”. He’s basically moved onto better things.
Mathematics: it’s more important than you might think. Jack is joined by Matthew Mack to discuss the trouble with teaching maths, the relationship betweens maths and science, and why blockbuster movies don’t feature mad mathematicians. Matthew is a Masters graduate in mathematics attempting to foray into the real world. When he isn’t mentally dissecting or marrying various concepts, he can be found playing the cello or working through a backlog of indie games.
Jack sits down with Bren Carruthers to chat about the big, bad world of journalism, touching on science, climate change and politics. Bren is a graduate student at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. A self-described ‘media all-rounder’, he has held roles in radio, editing and publishing, as well as writing for numerous publications around Melbourne. His hobbies include worrying about politics and buying more books and magazines than he will ever have time to read.
Jack sits down with Will Farr (again!) to chat about the science and science-fiction of asteroids. Will has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, and is interested in the technology of energy generation. This episode was recorded in a graduate student bar at the University of Melbourne – see what fun antics you can make out in the background.