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Not What You Think with Zacha Rosen

Not What You Think with Zacha Rosen

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Prison, comics, pirates, dating, edible computers and caecilians. From Sydney's FBi Radio, we talk about the quiet ideas you haven't heard of. Yet.

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408: Midwives, Doctors and Rabbits (Amelia Dale)  

Almost three hundred years ago, a woman called Mary Toft was interrogated a bunch of doctors in London. She was interrogated after having given birth to a litter of rabbits. Or so she claimed.

But, in that era, one of the strangest things about the case wasn’t just the rabbits: it was that doctors — “male midwives” — were muscling into the giving birth business.

Amelia Dale teaches at Sydney University and talked about Toft in her PhD thesis.

Links from this episode:

Learn more about Mary Toft here, or listen to the BBC’s take on her story.

What Hogarth print where? William Hogarth was a visual satirist, who made fun of the scandal around Toft with this engraving:

 

Songs from Midwives, Doctors and Rabbits:

Ojos Del Sol — Y La Bamba
Akogare — Super Magic Hats
Copza Luca — Adrian Simionescu and Orchestre Marin Ioan (Gajo Dilo soundtrack)
Slip Away — Kim Boekbinder

407: The Milky Way is Disappearing (Angel Lopez-Sanchez)  

There’s this thing that’s disappearing in cities across the world: the entire Milky Way. Light pollution means that more and more people can’t see our own galaxy in the sky. A view which used to be a fundamental human experience.

Angel Lopez-Sanchez is an astronomer at the the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and Macquarie University who knows what we’re missing and what we can do about it.

Links from this episode:

Angel’s blog, the Lined Wolf and his post on light pollution.

Find a good piece of dark sky to find the Milky Way on with the Dark Sky Map.

Or read about Australia’s recently-declared, first Dark Sky Park.

Songs from this episode:
Human Orchestra — Mark Bradshaw (Bright Star soundtrack)
As You Wish — stackhat
Still Unbeaten Life — Gang of Youths
Chi Glow — Fishing
Honest — Little Earthquake
Lux Aeterna — Clytus Gottwold (2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack)

407: The Milky Way is Disappearing (Angel Lopez-Sanchez)  

There’s this thing that’s disappearing in cities across the world: the entire Milky Way. Light pollution means that more and more people can’t see our own galaxy in the sky. A view which used to be a fundamental human experience.

Angel Lopez-Sanchez is an astronomer at the the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and Macquarie University who knows what we’re missing and what we can do about it.

Links from this episode:

Angel’s blog, the Lined Wolf and his post on light pollution.

Find a good piece of dark sky to find the Milky Way on with the Dark Sky Map.

Or read about Australia’s recently-declared, first Dark Sky Park.

Songs from this episode:
Human Orchestra — Mark Bradshaw (Bright Star soundtrack)
As You Wish — stackhat
Still Unbeaten Life — Gang of Youths
Chi Glow — Fishing
Honest — Little Earthquake
Lux Aeterna — Clytus Gottwold (2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack)

407: The Milky Way is Disappearing (Angel Lopez-Sanchez)  

There’s this thing that’s disappearing in cities across the world: the entire Milky Way. Light pollution means that more and more people can’t see our own galaxy in the sky. A view which used to be a fundamental human experience.

Angel Lopez-Sanchez is an astronomer at the the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and Macquarie University who knows what we’re missing and what we can do about it.

Links from this episode:

Angel’s blog, the Lined Wolf and his post on light pollution.

Find a good piece of dark sky to find the Milky Way on with the Dark Sky Map.

Or read about Australia’s recently-declared, first Dark Sky Park.

Songs from this episode:
Human Orchestra — Mark Bradshaw (Bright Star soundtrack)
As You Wish — stackhat
Still Unbeaten Life — Gang of Youths
Chi Glow — Fishing
Honest — Little Earthquake
Lux Aeterna — Clytus Gottwold (2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack)

406: Telling One Frog From Another (Jodi Rowley)  

It's not just that there are a lot of different kinds of amphibians. There are a lot of different kinds of frogs. Some fight, some bark, some sing. we have a lot to learn from this (often) threated variety of amphibians. Not just about how frogs work, but also for human benefit as well.

Jodi Rowley curator of amphibian and reptile conservation biology for the Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales. She knows frogs.

Links from this episode:

Jodi has SO MANY FROGS on her website.

You can hear more frog calls on the Australian Museum website. There's more about singing frogsmissing frogs or vampire frogs there, as well.

This is one of Jodi's pictures of a caecilian.

The Amphibians of the World online reference.

The lowdown on Amphibian Chytrid Fungus.

Songs from this episode:
No Hablo Español — Fea
Batonga — Angelique Kidjo
I've Got a Fang — They Might Be Giants
Say Sun — Y La Bamba
Orca — Y La Bamba
Pure & Easy — The Dining Rooms (Six Feet Under soundtrack)

405: How to Close All of Italy's Asylums if You're a Basaglia (John Foot)  

In 1978, Italy passed a law to shut down its Asylums. The asylums were ageing, horrfying institutions that weren’t so great at looking after people. Two people at the centre of the change were Franco Basaglia and his wife, Franca Ongaro Basaglia. 

Historian John Foot accidentally discovered this story at a documentary screening, and wrote a book on them. He explains why what they did is such a big thing.

Links from this episode:

John’s book is available in all the places.

The documentary that moved John was called San Clemente, by  Raymond Depardon and Sophie Ristelhueber.

If you’re interested in how this ‘deinstutionalisation’ works with current mental health services, one of the best round ups is from the US (covering their system, but similar dilemmas). Of course, it’s by John Oliver.

Songs from How to Close All of Italy’s Asylums:
The Solist in the Living Room — Cold War Kids
La Strada — Nino Rota
8 1/2 — Nino Rota
Paris Mood — Tom Waits

404: Reading What Spies Write About You (Lars Rutz)  

Lars Rutz grew up in the East Berlin bohemian scene in communist Germany in the 80s. Like a lot of people in the East, he wanted to leave. But East Germany was a police state, with an ever-present spy agency, the Stasi.

What is it like to try to escape a place like that? And what is it like to read what the spies wrote about you, years later?

Links from this episode:

The Stasi really did have a library of smells.

Snowden really did have a statue in Berlin, along with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Though they started in Berlin, the three statues are part of an art project, Anything to Say, which is touring the world.

Lars' lawyer was Wolfgang Vogel, who was the other lawyer in Bridge of Spies. (Not the one played by Tom Hanks.)

Lars was suggested, accidentally, by Cassie Findlay. Much of this story was originally presented by Lars at a talk for the Australian Society of Archivists.

Songs in this episode:
Love is Blindness — Jack White (Great Gatsby soundtrack)
Brain Retractor — Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
10 Sola Gratia (Part 2) — SQÜRL (Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack)
La Valse Des Vieux Os — Yann Tiersan (Amelia soundtrack)
Engel — Laurent Pettigrand (Faraway, So Close! soundtrack)
Martha's Dream — Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Oily Night — Tom Waits
Chasing Down Sadness — Michael Giacchino (Inside Out soundtrack)
Song For Jesse — Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Os Quindins De Ya Ya — Stanley Black (Strictly Ballroom soundtrack)
Drive Away — Thomas Newman (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events soundtrack)

403: Grandmas (Kristen Hawkes)  

Why is menopause a thing? Only three species really do it: short-finned pilot whales, killer whales and humans beings. It’s biologically strange. And it gives us another biologically strange thing: grandmas.

Dr Kristen Hawkes (University of Utah) is the lead proponent of the Grandmother Hypothesis, which says that grandmas became a thing in human evolution because having them was a pretty good deal, evolutionarily speaking.

 

Links from this episode:

Listen to Kristen’s full lecture at the Science Festival at Sydney Uni’s Sydney Ideas podcast. (She’s introduced by local collaborator, Peter Kim.)

The Atlantic also has a bit more about the Grandmother Hypothesis.

If you just want to know about other animals that do go through menopause, National Geographic has you covered.

 

Songs in This Episode:

Green, Green Rocky Road — Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack)
1, 2, 3 — Camille
Golden Valves — Orkestra Del Sol
Il Principe — Eusebio
Green, Green Rocky Road — Dave Van Ronk (Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack)
Mis Dos Pequeñas — Orlando Cachaito Lopez (Six Feet Under soundtrack)

402: The Ex. Ex. (Will Scates Frances)  

Nowadays the Ex. Ex. is less famous that The XX. But in the early nineteenth century, it was one of the most ambitious journeys in history. The US Exploring Expedition (the Ex. Ex.), traveled the Pacific on a mission of non-violent exploration. But it was an ideal it didn't always exactly live up to.

Will Scates Frances is writing a PhD about the expedition and the perspectives of its crew. He knows the Ex. Ex.

Links from this episode:

Read a whole lot more about the Ex. Ex. at the Smithsonian.

Will's Twitter summary of why the Ex. Ex. is worth knowing about.

Music from the Ex. Ex.:

Reunion (Mistakes Are Ok Remix) — The XX
Stranger in a Room — Jamie xx (ft. Oliver Sim)
Hold Tight — Jamie xx
Fiction (Marcus Worgull Remix) — The XX
Sleep Sound — Jamie xx
Reunion (Ame Remix) — The XX

401: The Unreliability of Witness Testimony (Celine Van Golde)  

If you’re a fan of Serial, Law & Order, Making a Murderer, you’ve probably spent a bit of time watching TV police making people confess to their criminal acts and listening to witnesses place someone at the scene of the crime. But for the legal system, memory and confessions aren’t always as reliable as you think they are.

Dr Celine Van Golde is the director of the Sydney Exoneration Project, which examines old convictions to look for wrongful imprisonment.

Links from this episode:

Read more about the Sydney Exoneration Project.

Since we recorded this episode, Brendan Dassey’s conviction has been overturned.

Music from this episode:

Keep Running — New Venusians
Single Serving Jack — The Dust Brothers (Fight Club soundtrack)
Karle Pyaar Karle (from Sachaa Jhutha) — The Bombay Royale
The Cold-Blooded Murder Of Deputy Vilmos Kovacs — Alexandre Desplat (Grand Budapest Hotel soundtrack)
Moving On — Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford soundtrack)

306: Molluscs (Ross Coleman)  

 

They're pretty much all guts, foot, teeth and maybe a bit of shell. Snails, limpets, octopuses or giant squid: they're all a kind of mollusc. You'll find one in almost every ecosystem in the world. 

Sydney University's Professor Ross Coleman specialises in limpets and knows all his molluscs pretty well. He takes us from the Liverpool docks, to Blackwattle Bay, to the weirdest of mollusc sex.

Links from this episode:

The lowdown on molluscs of all kinds.

Ross has written all sorts of papers, and most of them can be found here on Academia.edu.

Read about cleaning up the Albert Dock in Liverpool, using mussels. (PDF)

Music in this episode:

River — Ibeyi
Freedom Come — Gabriel le Mar
Confessions of a Pig — Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett
Back n Forth — Nimble Animal
Sea of Love — Cat Power
Space Monkeys — Dust Brothers

305: LGBTIQ Domestic Violence (Moo Baulch)  

This episode talks about domestic violence in the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bixexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer) community. It's probably not appropriate for children and could be a trigger for some listeners.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence you can talk to someone on 1 800 RESPECT. In an emergency, call the police on 000. Lots more options further down these show notes.

Over the course of the last year Australia seems to have paid more attention to the issue of domestic violence than it ever has before. But, even so, many people are unaware that this isn't just an issue for the mainstream community. It's something that happens in the LGBTIQ community as well. 

Moo Baulch is the CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. She'll walk us through what often happens and what you can do about it.

Links for this episode:

In or outside of Australia, Another Closet is a great resource specifically about LGBTIQ domestic violence. (Use "private" or "incognito" mode in your browser, carefully, if you need to hide your visit to this site.)

You can find more information on same sex domestic violence at ACON or Domestic Violence NSW, which has a list of many more  services you can contact.

If you're under 27, you might want to talk to Twenty10. Kids Helpline is on 1800 55 1800 Q-Life also offersonline or phone (1 800 184 527) counselling 3pm-12am every day.

The Men's Referral Service is available on 1 300 766 491 and can connect you or someone you know with one of the diversion services we talked about during the episode. Anyone can call it for that information, not just men.

Lynne Hilier's LGBTIQ youth report Writing Themselves In has three versions, all at that link. (Some of the contents of the reports will, naturally, be pretty serious.)

Songs from This Episode:

 

Dog Days Are Over — Florence + the Machine
Lonely Press Play — Damon Albarn
The Selfish Giant — Damon Albarn
Parades Go By — The Magnetic Fields

304: Making Newpapers for Children (Saffron Howden)  

While a lot of newspapers in the grownup world are struggling to get by, one kind of newspaper is doing kind of ok thank you. In France, Germany and the UK children's newspapers are going strong, mailed out to a waiting audience of school-age children.

Saffron Howden is launching Crinkling in April, a kids' newspaper in Australia and she's ready to tell us all about the workings of these junior newspapers.

Links from this episode:

Crinkling launches in April. Have a look at their pre-launch stories or subscribe. You might also want to read their story on whether whether Syrian refugees get to go to school.

There are all sorts of kids newspapers around the world. Mon Quotidien, publisher of two other kids' titles in France, Le Petit Quotidien and L'Actu. First News is an English language, UK newspaper that a lot of adults seem to read as well. Germany's Kruschel is also pretty cool (in German).

Mon Quotidien's Paris coverage actually published an English version (PDF). The New York Times tells you a little more about how they make that paper.

Who was that Craig Mod guy? Zacha wrote about him at Concrete Playground.

Songs from this episode:

Robot Parade — They Might Be Giants
Goodnight My Friends — They Might Be Giants
Love is Blindness — Jack White
This Abyss — The Gothic Archies
Drive Away — Thomas Newman (A Series of Unfortunate Events soundtrack)
Up the Spout — Mateo Messina (Juno soundtrack)
Shipwrecked — The Gothic Archies
Sleepwalkers — They Might Be Giants
The Hula Hoop — Carter Burwell (after Khachaturian)

303: Making it Big and Making it Small in Comics (Matt Huynh)  

It seems a bit like comic books are everywhere these days: dominating our screens from Iron Man to Jessica Jones. But this isn't the first time that there's been a comic book boom. And it's not always as easy to ride that wave, as an artist, as it might seem.

Comic artist Matt Huynh has had a lot of success at this comic-making thing. First in Australia, now in New York. We're also joined by Marcelo Baez, who witnessed the 90s comics craziness first hand.

Links from this episode:

So much of Matt's art is on his site; but you'll need to check out SBS to read the Boat.

Have a look at Marcelo's work on his site. There's some Diabla artwork to see as well.

Frank Miller wrote and drew things like the Dark Knight Returns, 300, Sin City and Daredevil. The Daredevil story Born Again was one of the comics Matt recommends getting started reading with. The other comic he recommended was Marjane Satrapi's Chicken with Plums, which is first date approved by his girlfriend.

Some of the Australian comics mentioned in the episode were Cyberswine, Da 'n Dill, Hairbutt the Hippo, Squadron Supremeand Tim McEwan's Greener Pastures. Matt drew us a red homage to McEwan's comic for FBi's upcoming Brush with Fame art auction for 2016:

Songs from this episode:
Girl — Beck
Strange Nostalgia For The Future — Cut Copy
Golden Valves — Orkestra Del Sol
Phat Planet — Leftfield
Boardwalks — Little may
Black Wax — Dananananaykroyd

302: Motoboys and Motogirls (Antoni Abad)  

São Paolo has a traffic problem. But while the cars stand still, motoboys (and motogirls) ride up the "corridor of death" between gridlock. Over two hundred thousand of them. It's an incredibly dangerous job.

Spanish artist, Antoni Abad gave the motoboys a voice atmegafone.net in the early days of the mobile internet and will tell you all about them, from the favela to the app economy.

He knows his motoboys.

Links from this episode:

The motoboy section of Megafone.net is still running, the better part of a decade later. If you're Sydney-based, you might want to check out his Sydney project Blind.wiki. If you're blind or vision impaired, you might want to contribute.

You can also check out a few of megafone.net's other channels.

Read the New York Times' article on Motoboys from 2004. Dated, but still good.

Antoni was in Sydney for Art and About as a guest of theSydney Cervantes institute.

You can also check out Rinaldo's mini-documentary about life as a motoboy. (It's ok: there are subtitles.)

Music in this episode:

The Shrew — Beirut
Jaan Pehechan Ho — The Bombay Royale
Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Theives) — Carlo Lippari
Dreamsong — Kim Boekbinder
Please Feel Free to Piss in the Garden — SQÜRL
Together - the xx
Monkey Fight Snake — The Bombay Royale

301: Growing Older as a Lesbian (Teresa Savage)  

Have you ever thought about what the world is like as you get older? It can be hard. Even harder if you're a woman. And harder still if you're gay. Or transgender. If you don't fit in.

Teresa Savage has spent her life not fitting in. And being awesome for it. She runs the website 55 Uppity, which is a site ”about what older dykes and queers and lezzos wear and think and believe.”

She fills us in.

Links from this episode:

Find more cool, older lesbians at 55 Uppity.

The Australian Silver Rainbow Project and the Rainbow Tickhelp make sure retirement is an LGBTI safe place.

Songs in this episode:

Impossible Girl #3 — Kim Bokebinder

Musica Poetica I: Gassenhauer — Carl Orff (Tölzer Knabenchor, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Der Kammerchor der staatlichen Hochschule für Musik, München, Fritz Schieri, Stuttgarter Sprechchor, Godela Orff-Büchtemann & Instrumental Ensemble)

Bad Girls — M.I.A.

You're So Cool — Hans Zimmer

205: Living Secret Lives (Sophie Long)  

Actor, standup and improvisor Sophie Long kind of has two secret lives. In one of them, she learned Impro at the Second City, where Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert got their start. It’s difficult to explain: which means sometimes it’s like having a secret life. It can so hard to know how to talk about it. Or when.

And that’s before we get to Sophie’s other secret life.

Links from this episode: Story night, Fabulous Monster; a bit more on Second City; read the Hyperbole and a Half comic; writer Michelle Law wrote about life at the Second City in the Lifted Brow 25.

Songs in this episode:

Mr Moustafa — Alexandre Desplat
Si Tou Vois Ma Mere — Sidney Bechet
Saturate — The Chemical Brothers
 

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204: Getting Bacteria to do What You Want (Nicholas Coleman)  

We can actually do a lot just with bacteria. Microbiologist Nicholas Coleman wants to tell you exactly how much. We can build them into computers, redesign them and even use them as computers. Which you can eat.

Links from this episode: Do some of this stuff yourself at Sydney’s Biofoundry; further afield, via DIY Bio’s great directory of spaces; at the iGEM competition (Sydney has a team this year); recreating a virus similar to the 1918 “Spanish” flu; make Nick’s life harder, learn about E. coli.

Songs in this episode:
Stellar Alchemist — Kim Boekbinder
Lighten Up — The Beastie Boys
Electric Worm — The Beastie Boys
Suco de Tangerina — The Beastie Boys
Freaky Hijiki — The Beastie Boys

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203: How Pirates Get Organised (Kyra Maya Phillips)  

Kyra Maya Phillips wrote a book trying to understand illicit economies with Alexa Clay, the Misfit Economy. But in this episode she’s geeking out about pirates. Get the lowdown on how pirates did things, from pirate voters in eighteenth-century Atlantic, through to the pirates with letterheads in twenty-first century Somalia.

Links from this Episode: The book mentioned in the intro was Marcus Rediker’s Villains of All Nations; how Somali fishermen became pirates; yes really, there are pirate letterheads.

Songs in this Episode:
The Drake Equation — Kim Boekbinder
Got Glint — The Chemical Brothers
Nights — Totally Mild
World Love — The Magnetic Fields
Art of Revolution — Bassnectar

 

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202: People Keep Grabbing My Hair (Ameisa Meima Konneh)  

How would you feel if random strangers kept grabbing your hair? African Australian women deal with this all the time. It’s annoying, it’s humiliating and it’s about deeper things than just random hair touching.

Ameisa Meima Konneh has African Australian hair. In fact, she wrote her honours thesis about life with African hair in Australia. She has thoughts.

Links from this episode: Leaf through Ameisa’s thesis (pdf); see where your curly hair sits on a curl chart; the trailer for Chris Rock’s Good Hair doco; Lenya Jones‘ is starting up a new personal styling gig, you can contact her for more info; a friend of hers also runs Curl Talks — they got cut from this episode for time — all curly hair, and associated styling traumas, are welcome there.

Songs in this Episode:
Fix You Good — Kim Boekbinder
To Be Touched — Kim Boekbinder
Beastie Boys — The Cousin of Death
Good to Be Alive — They Might Be Giants
 

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