Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
The best podcasts of 2022 handle sensitive content with care and flair.
The James Webb Space Telescope is providing astronomers with images and data that reveal secrets from the earliest era of the universe.
It has been one year since the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and six months since the first pictures were released. Astronomers are already learning unexpected things about the early universe.
We discuss the politics of comedy with comedian Andrea Jin who recently made her late-night debut on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ in October.
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Some comedians put race at the centre of their comedy, giving audiences a chance to release some tension. But how far is too far? Where is the line between a lighthearted joke and deep-rooted racism?
China began promoting potatoes as a staple in 2015 in an effort to combat food insecurity.
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Why countries need to shift what their citizens eat, and what the optimum diet for our planet might be. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Two fatal shooting incidents at Toronto high schools, 15 years apart, show just how little has been done to address the root cause of violence in schools. Here people protest gun violence in Toronto in March 2018.
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To resolve growing violence in schools, policy conversations about gun violence need to include community programs that dismantle systemic barriers and inequities.
Fifteen years after Jordan Manners was killed in a Toronto school, Canada’s largest city is still struggling to curb youth violence.
Youth violence hasn’t let up in Toronto. In fact, it’s getting worse. Community members say it’s a major problem that needs a more holistic solution.
Liverpool fans have embraced the Egyptian footballer with chants including “Mohamed Salah, a gift from Allah.”
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Listen to Discovery, a series via The Conversation Weekly podcast, telling the stories of fascinating research discoveries from around the world.
Drinking is going out of fashion among young people in some parts of the world, but not others.
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Young people in high-income countries now drink much less than their counterparts 20 years ago. But the opposite is happening in developing countries. Why? Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
It’s been two years since corporations jumped on the diversity bandwagon after the tragic murder of George Floyd. They spoke about anti-Black racism and asserted their solidarity but promises are different than action.
Corporations may have amped up their diversity statements, but their promises to promote anti-racist cultures without action plans can lead to greater blocks to success for racialized employees.
Duncan McCue, left, walks with Rocky James, a podcast guest on CBC’s ‘Kuper Island.’
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Canadian journalist institutions have failed to address their ongoing colonialism and that has meant that urgent Indigenous issues have been ignored or sensationalized.
Around the world 55 million people live with dementia. Researchers are still looking for answers on what causes it and how to treat it.
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The world’s longest running cohort study reveals risk factors for dementia. Families of athletes with early-onset dementia tell their stories. Could viruses cause Alzheimer’s? Listen to the Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia podcast series.
Millions have lost their homes in flooding caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan this year that many experts have blamed on climate change.
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Does the Global North have a moral responsibility to protect and compensate those in the Global South that disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change devastation?
Join us for season 4 of Don’t Call Me Resilient.
Join us for Season 4 of Don’t Call Me Resilient from The Conversation Canada.
Hands across the divide: a statue in Northern Ireland.
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We talk to a political scientist and a philosopher about how to bring countries back from dangerous levels of polarisation. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia is a new podcast series from The Conversation.
A podcast and long read series exploring new research into the brain and dementia.
Tibetan monks at a monastry in Gansu province in China. New research shows sending a child to a monastery can have surprising evolutionary advantages for a family.
Listen to the first episode of Discovery, a new series available via The Conversation Weekly podcast, telling the stories of fascinating new research discoveries from around the world.
For many species, human actions are the biggest factor in their evolution.
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In this week’s episode of The Conversation Weekly, we speak with three scientists who study the ways plants and animals evolve in a world dominated by humans.
Digital nomads: ditch the office chair for a backpack.
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How governments around the world are trying to woo digital nomads. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
President Jair Bolsonaro relaxed rules around private gun ownership.
Jair Bolsonaro put gun ownership at the centre of his political platform and relaxed gun regulations. What does that mean for Brazll? Listent to The Conversation Weekly podcast.