Episode 116      22 min 32 sec
Destined to fail: US policy in the Middle East and where it has gone wrong

Professor Marina Ottaway

Professor Marina Ottaway argues that past and current United States policy toward the Middle East is failing America, and needs to be recreated from a new perspective. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 113      23 min 31 sec
Catching insects in Africa: A window on 18th century English society

Professor Deirdre Coleman

Historian, literary critic and author Professor Deirdre Coleman connects naturalist Henry Smeathman's years in West Africa to the social norms and intellectual life 18th century England. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 109      25 min 26 sec
The Witch Depicted: Images and iconography in early modern times

Professor Charles Zika

Historian Prof Charles Zika explains the social and religious manipulations behind 15th and 16th century European images of witches and witchcraft, and how this contrasts with our contemporary visual representation of witches. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 106      28 min 13 sec
Nothing To Eat: Famine and Its Consequences

Cormac O Grada

Economic Historian Prof Cormac O Grada joins host Jennifer Cook to discuss famine, its causes and repercussions, and the human condition in times of mass food scarcity.

Episode 103      17 min 06 sec
The Irish Diaspora and Its Legacy

Elizabeth Malcolm

Historian Professor Elizabeth Malcolm tells the story of Irish migration, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, and what it means for Ireland and the world today. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 79      22 min 09 sec
A Hole in the Head: Phineas Gage Revisited

Prof Malcolm Macmillan

Phineas Gage appears in virtually every introductory Psychology textbook. But very little is known about his life after the horrific accident in which an iron bar was shot through his brain. By painstakingly tracking down and assembling documented evidence, Prof Malcolm Macmillian pieces together Phineas' post-accident life and discusses how the Phineas Gage story informs the treatment of patients suffering frontal lobe injury and the nature of the brain. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 77      28 min 19 sec
Searching for Russia's Future in Its Past

Prof Leslie Holmes
Leslie Rowe

Prof Leslie Holmes and former Ambassador Leslie Rowe discuss how Russia's past influences this great nation's future. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 72      34 min 45 sec
The Fourth Rise of China

Prof Wang Gungwu
Dr Pradeep Taneja

Prof Wang Gungwu and Dr Pradeep Taneja examine the latest rise of China in its historic, economic and strategic dimensions. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 68      18 min 57 sec
Pakistan: A State for Devolution

Dr Nadeem Malik

Dr Nadeem Malik ponders the question of why stable and robust democratic institutions have eluded Pakistan. Since its formation in 1947, military rule has been a recurrent theme for Pakistan, and true devolution of power to the local level is still a quest. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 67      29 min 32 sec
400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes

Prof Rachel Webster

Astrophysicist Prof Rachel Webster discusses the evolution of the astronomical telescope - from Galileo's version in 1609 to the iconic Hubble space telescope, and then onto a sneak peek of the upcoming James Webb space telescope which will be parked so far from earth that it can't be repaired. Every improvement to the telescope has extended our understanding of the universe around us. 2009 is both the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's astronomical telescope. With host Dr Shane Huntington.