Trust Me, I'm An Expert

A podcast from The Conversation - on everything from the curious to the serious
Each month, The Conversation's editors bring you the most fascinating, surprising stories from the academic world. We're asking the experts to bust the myths, explain the science and put the news headlines into context. Join us as we take a deep dive into the big ideas driving our world.

Latest Episodes

Trust Me I'm An Expert: Why February is the real danger month for power blackouts

The urban heat island and summertime blackouts. The Conversation25.6 MB (download)

It's been hot -- and it's going to get hotter. Australia has experienced some record hot days in recent weeks and scientists say Sydney and Melbourne need to prepare for 50℃ days by the end of the century, or sooner. In today's episode of Trust Me I'm An Expert, we're unpacking the research on why some of the most disadvantaged parts of our cities cop the worst of a heatwave. And Chris Dunstan, an…

3 Hosts: Casey Furlong, Chris Dunstan, and Marco Amati

Trust Me, I'm an Expert: Risk

Trust Me, I’m an Expert: Risk. CC BY45.3 MB (download)

Ah, the new year. A time for throwing off your shackles, following your bliss, quitting your job and abandoning your family to finally start the artisinal yak-butter-sculpture studio of your dreams. But big choices come with big risks. In this episode of Trust Me, I'm an Expert, Hassan Vally, an expert in epidemiology from La Trobe University, talks about "microlives", which measure how much your life…

3 Hosts: Alex Russell, Hassan Vally, and Michelle H Lim

Marrying across Australia's Catholic-Protestant divide

Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide. Trust Me, I'm An Expert, CC BY-ND44.1 MB (download)

These days, when Australians of Irish Catholic descent have occupied the highest positions in the land, it may seem hollow to talk of them as marginalised. But right up to the 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched – with painful and often lasting social consequences for those who dared to marry across it. Siobhan McHugh, a journalism academic and oral historian, captured some of…

1 Host: Siobhan McHugh

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: Competition

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Competition. The Conversation, CC BY62.4 MB (download)

Did you fight with a brother or sister when you were little? Do you still? According to Rob Brooks, professor of evolutionary ecology at UNSW, sibling competition has played a more important role in human evolution than many of us realise. "Siblings compete with one another for the love and affection of their parents but even more importantly for the investment of their parents. And that's been a really…

3 Hosts: Rob Brooks, Rob Hess, and Seng W. Loke

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: a lawyer, a biblical scholar and a fact-checker walk into the same-sex marriage debate...

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Episode 1. The Conversation, CC BY-ND81.9 MB (download)

Where should the line fall between protecting people's right to hold religious beliefs and the right to be free from discrimination? It's a question that's emerged several times as the same-sex marriage debate has unfolded in Australia. "Freedom of religion is not absolute. And neither is anti-discrimination law. Both are rights, absolutely, but both have limitations - particularly where they impinge…

3 Hosts: Jennifer Power, Renae Barker, and Robyn J. Whitaker

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: a new podcast from The Conversation

Everything from the curious to the serious. The Conversation, CC BY-ND4.16 MB (download)

Trust Me, I'm An Expert is a new monthly podcast from The Conversation, where we bring you the most fascinating, surprising stories from the academic world. On this show, we ask the experts to bust the myths, explain the science and put the news headlines into context -- and to do it in a way we can understand and enjoy. Listen to our teaser episode, above, to get a taste of the amazing stories ahead…

4 Hosts: Jennifer Power, Renae Barker, Rob Brooks and 1 other

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