Mondays with Melanie

Feed By: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: In this weekly programme Melanie talks to experts about various social issues that are either sensationalised in the media or are given very low exposure to the point that they are not given the attention they deserve. Originally broadcast on Trax FM in Port Pirie on Mondays and Thursdays the programmes are uploaded here after broadcast.
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Title: Welfare Fraud
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:36 PM
Duration: 22:05
Download: Melanie Ep44 - Welfare Fraud.mp3
Title: Paedeatric Anorexia
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:31 PM
Duration: 20:39
Download: Melanie Ep43 - PaedeatricAnorexia.mp3
Title: Cuttlefish (cont) Part 2
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:29 PM
Duration: 30:02
Download: Melanie Ep42 - Cuttlefish_part_2.mp3
Title: Cuttlefish and Ports
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:27 PM
Duration: 20:22
Download: Melanie Ep41 - Cuttlefish_and_Ports.mp3
Title: Amazon - its affect on retailers
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:25 PM
Duration: 15:19
Download: Melanie Ep40 - Amazon.mp3
Title: Cyanne Westerman Digity Candidate for the SA Parliament
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:24 PM
Duration: 13:23
Download: Melanie Ep38 - Cyanne_Westerman_Dignity_Candidate_SA.mp3
Title: Crustacian Cruelty (RSPCA)
Author: Mellanie Westbrook
Published: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 6:22 PM
Duration: 16:39
Download: Melanie Ep37 - RSPCA_Crustacean_Cruelty.mp3
Title: More Police in South Australia
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Published: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 6:42 PM
Duration: 20:47
Download: Melanie Ep36 - More_Police_in_SA.mp3
Title: Microplastics
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Published: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 6:41 PM
Duration: 18:32
Download: Melanie Ep35 - Microplastics.mp3
Title: Mobile Phones and Depression
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Published: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 8:48 PM
Duration: 25:32
Download: Melanie Ep34 - Mobile Phones and Depression.mp3
Title: Drone Dystopia
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: The mainstream media has gone into a frenzy about drones and their potential to cause chaos and invasion of privacy. But is the media creating an inaccurate picture of a drone dystopia? To get a more positive perspective from a drone expert and enthusiast, Melanie talks to David Beesley, an academic from RMIT University, Melbourne who has written extensively on representations of drones in the mainstream Australian media.
Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 4:57 PM
Duration: 36:07
Download: Melanie Ep33 - Drone Dystopia.mp3
Title: Face Recognition Technology
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Facial Recognition Technology is being used by police forces around the world, and many around the world have raised concerns regarding the potential for misuse and racial profiling. Today Melanie discusses some of current concerns surrounding facial recognition technology by SA police with Mr. Steven Kenny, a well known Adelaide Lawyer and a Committee Member of SA Council for Civil Liberties.
Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 4:56 PM
Duration: 19:40
Download: Melanie Ep32 - FaceRecognition.mp3
Title: Mental Health SA
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Mental Health is an important issue in our regional South Australian towns from Port Pirie to Peterborough. Despite SA government campaigns however, many people in smaller regional towns struggle with the stigma of mental illness and finding an appropriate way to deal with it. To discuss important mental health issues and available mental health services in smaller towns, today Melanie has Umit Agis, Director of Strategic Operations, Country Mental Health Services of South Australia.
Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 4:55 PM
Duration: 26:42
Download: Melanie Ep31 - MentalHealthSA.mp3
Title: Smacking Children
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Medical organizations and media outlets have often claimed that parents smacking children causes emotional harm in children and leads to aggressive behavior when they are older. Although many Australians want to follow countries like Sweden and Scotland who have reacted by banning smacking, some experts around the world question if ordinary spanking of persistently disobedient children is such a bad thing. Today Melanie discusses smacking with Dr. Robert Larzalere,a world expert on parental discipline who holds the Endowed Professorship in Parenting in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University and has written on the topic in collaboration with the American College of Physicians.
Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 4:52 PM
Duration: 0:12
Download: Melanie Ep30 - SmackingChildren.mp3
Title: Bee Decline
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Around the world bee populations are declining dramatically, with dire consequences for ecosystems and crops. But how dire is the situation in Australia, where there are over 1500 species of native bees? Today I have Dr. Katja Hoggendoorn, Research Associate from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide to discuss the hard road ahead for Australian honeybees and native bees and the important role that her research team at The University of Adelaide is playing in ensuring improved conditions for pollinating insects.
Published: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:58 PM
Duration: 27:32
Download: Melanie Ep29 - BeeDecline.mp3
Title: Voluntary Assisted Dying - a slippery slope?
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: While Voluntary Assisted Dying bills have passed in Victoria, the last South Australian Voluntary Assisted Dying bill was struck down by one vote in Parliament last November. This will not stop South Australian pro-euthanasia activists seeking another in the near future - but they face some strong political opposition and sensationalist populist rhetoric. Today ethicist Dr. Samuel Douglas joins Melanie to examine common arguments against Voluntary Assisted Dying across Australia.
Published: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:43 PM
Duration: 38:28
Download: Melanie Ep26 - VoluntaryAssistedDying.mp3
Title: Burka Ban
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and now Australia's own Pauline Hanson are all for banning the burqa, but should the burqa be banned in Australia? Today Melanie analyses populist political arguments in support of this with law professor Dr. Renae Barker.
Published: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:36 PM
Duration: 40:58
Download: Melanie Ep25 - BurkaBan.mp3
Title: Gender Pay Gap
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Millionaire Morning show presenter Lisa's Wilkinson's defection from channel nine over being given lower pay than co-host Karl Stefanovic sparked a national discussion about women being paid less than men in Australia. But do average women really get paid less than men for the same jobs? And does this happen often to women working in everyday jobs in Whyalla, Wallaroo, Port Pirie or Peterborough? Today Melanie gets the answers on these questions from Dr. Alison Sheridan, head of the New England University Business School in Armadale, New South Wales and author of numerous articles and studies on the gender pay gap in regional Australia.
Published: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:57 PM
Duration: 19:43
Download: Melanie Ep28 - GenderPayGap.mp3
Title: Sexual Harassment in smaller towns
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Sexual harassment is in the media spotlight this year everywhere from Hollywood to the South Australian police force. So it seems workplace sexual harassment is still something that women everywhere have to lump, but is the problem just as bad, if not worse in townships like Port Pirie, Whyalla or Wallaroo? Today Dr. Skye Saunders,Australia's leading expert on sexual harassment in regional communities joins Melanie to discuss the findings from her ground breaking book entitled 'Whispers from the Bush - The Workplace Sexual Harassment, of Australian Rural Women' .
Published: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:09 PM
Duration: 26:58
Download: Melanie Ep27 - Sexual_Harassment.mp3
Title: Breaking The Cycle - ten years on
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Ten years ago the state government commissioned a major report and a police operation to stop juvenile offending and recidivism in South Australia - with a set of recommendations regarding young indigenous offenders. But has the government delivered on reducing the amount of young indigenous people that get caught up in the juvenile justice system? Today Melanie talks to report contributor and Aboriginal justice advocate Mr. Tauto Sansbury to get his thoughts on the government's progress in this area in the last decade.
Published: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 5:13 PM
Duration: 17:23
Download: Melanie Ep24 - Indigenous_incarceration.mp3
Title: Same Sex Marriage
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: The same sex marriage postal vote has hit our letterboxes - and the political stakes riding on the outcome are higher than any campaign in history. Today Melanie talks to Dr John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Australian National University about what a yes or no outcome means for prominent politicians.
Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 3:50 PM
Duration: 24:06
Download: Melanie Ep23 - SameSexMarriageCampaign.mp3
Title: Cashless Debit Card
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: The concept of a cashless debit card instead of Centrelink cash welfare money has sparked political controversy allover Australia. It has been implemented successfully in Ceduna to stop social problems and substance abuse- but would it work in Port Augusta? Today Melanie talks to Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson about his fact finding mission into the cashless debit card as an one size- fits all option for residents of Port Augusta.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:33 PM
Duration: 21:49
Download: Melanie Ep22 - Cashless Debit Card.mp3
Title: Driverless Cars
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Driverless cars are hailed in the media as the inevitable future. Will they really be ubiquitous in as little as ten years? If so, what will this mean for driving related employment in regional Australia? Today Dr. Damith Herath, PhD in robotics, joins Melanie to discuss the future of driverless cars and the nature of work in a driverless future.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:31 PM
Duration: 18:28
Download: Melanie Ep21 - Driverless Cars.mp3
Title: Noise Pollution in our Oceans
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Humans are creating more and more noise than ever before. This is destroying the lives of animals - even in the depths of the ocean. Dr. Christine Erbe, Director of the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University explains the catastrophic damage that occurs today to many sea creatures due to human noise, and what we can do to reduce our own noise footprints.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:09 PM
Duration: 14:53
Download: Melanie Ep20 - Ocean Noise.mp3
Title: Universal Basic Income
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: The 'cash for all' payment system known as Universal Basic Income is being hailed by high profile figures such as Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg as a replacement to welfare or dole payments in some countries.Although the Australian Greens are interested in the idea, it has been called 'the most dangerous idea of 2016', 'the capitalist road to communism' and criticised as 'payments to millionaires''. But what exactly is universal basic income? And do economists think that it work in Australia as an alternative to our current system of centrelink payments for the poor? Today Dr. Gigi Foster, and economics expert from the University of Canberra joins Melanie to explain what exactly a universal basic income is, and if this radical idea of payments all citizens could and should be a reality in Australia.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:08 PM
Duration: 19:28
Download: Melanie Ep19 - UniversalBasicIncome.mp3
Title: Tesla Battery
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Dr. Ariel Liebman joins Melanie today to explain how the Tesla battery works, and the exciting possibility of South Australia becoming a world leader in developing and implementing similar technologies.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:06 PM
Duration: 18:54
Download: Melanie Ep18 - Tesla Batteries.mp3
Title: Pokie Losses in Australia Today
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Australians love their pokies - but how do we stack up with the rest of the world in terms of average losses? How have anti gambling measures and campaigns affected this? Dr. Francis Markham from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at The Australian National University in Canberra joins Melanie today to discuss Australia's love affair with the pokies.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:05 PM
Duration: 16:01
Download: Melanie Ep17 - Poker Machines.mp3
Title: Life Extension Technology
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Brilliant scientists and billionaire investors are racing to patent life extension technology - and it is said by many that it will be possible for humans to live much, much longer lives in as little as a decade. Professor Janna Thompson, a philosophy expert from La Trobe University joins Melanie today to argue that when it comes to living longer, we should be careful what we wish for.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 9:03 PM
Duration: 14:38
Download: Melanie Ep16 - Life Extension Pills.mp3
Title: Animal Testing in Today's Australia
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: The government has recently introduced a bill into parliament to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals in Australia. Melanie is joined by Dr Clive Philips, Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Queensland to discuss animal testing in Australia today and how the Australian ban could have global significance.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 8:50 PM
Duration: 14:55
Download: Melanie Ep15 - Cosmetic Testing.mp3
Title: Sex Selection of Unborn Children
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Sex selection of an unborn child's gender is possible in some circumstances today, but is it right? Does it perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes? Bioethicist Dr. Tamamra Browne joins Melanie today to discuss the process of sex selection for unborn children through IVF and some of the social concerns that many bio-ethicists hold regarding this process.
Published: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 8:46 PM
Duration: 14:38
Download: Melanie Ep14 - IVF Baby Sex Selection.mp3
Title: Oldest Children
Author: Melanie Westbook
Subtitle: Are older siblings smarter?
Summary: Are eldest children destined to become smarter and more successful than their younger siblings? This week Melanie talks to Dr Marion Fernandez from the University of Sydney about her groundbreaking research into the considerable life advantages that older siblings enjoy in a family.
Published: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 2:09 PM
Duration: 14:12
Download: Oldest Children.mp3
Title: The Nuclear Threat
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: How real are the nuclear threats that we read about today in the media?
Summary: North Korea - bluster or ballistic missiles? Melanie talks to Professor of History Dr. Wayne Reynolds to about the likelihood of nuclear action by North Korea, and the military tactics the US might employ in response to the threat (recorded in June 2017).
Published: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 8:08 PM
Duration: 18:20
Download: NuclearWar.mp3
Title: Robots in Schools
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: How are robots used in schools?
Summary: Robots have arrived in South Australian classrooms - but what purposes do they serve? And how do teachers feel about them? Dr Omar Mubin from the University of Western Sydney, who is an expert in social robotics discusses the uses of robots and the fear they instill in many teachers.
Published: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 8:01 PM
Duration: 21:25
Download: Robots in Schools.mp3
Title: E- readers vs books in Australian primary schools
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Today libraries are becoming bookless and E- readers and kindles are touted as the future of education. However, are shiny new reading devices really the best way to encourage a child to read? Today Melanie talks to Dr Margaret Merga, Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth about the digital reading craze in schools and the surprising case for the good old fashioned paper book.
Published: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 7:56 PM
Duration: 15:49
Download: Children Reading Books.mp3
Title: Centrelink
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: Centrelink communications
Summary: Is Centrelink service getting worse? And do politicians care? Dr Paul Henman Associate Professor of Digital Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Queensland talks to Melanie about some of Centrelink's customer service issues over the last few years and the cultural stigmatisation that may be contributing to this.
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 2:35 PM
Duration: 22:45
Download: Centrelink.mp3
Title: Transgender Children Pt2
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Dr Shiela Jeffreys, world reknown feminist, academic and author gives us a feminist critique of gender dysphoria and the her concerns regarding the growing trend of young men and women changing their gender today.
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 2:19 PM
Duration: 32:05
Download: Transgenderchildren-Jeffreys.mp3
Title: Transgender Children Pt1
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Numbers of children being referred to gender clinics today are rising, but is the current definition and treatment of gender dysphoria something that is agreed on by all doctors? Today Melanie interviews Dr John Whitehall, Paediatrician at the University of Western Sydney and conservative commentator on what he sees as a dangerous cultural fad in a complicated world.
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 2:02 PM
Duration: 36:11
Download: Transgenderchildren-Whitehall.mp3
Title: Men's Rights
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Men's rights campaigns are flooding our Facebook pages and TV screens, but what can we make of the idea that men have too often become the victims in today's world of women's emancipation? Dr Michael Flood, expert on domestic violence explains what men's rights groups in Australia are all about and examines their recent claims that men are frequent victims of domestic violence.
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 1:53 PM
Duration: 28:42
Download: Mens Rights.mp3
Title: Grandparents
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: Grandparents Changing Roles
Summary: As the cost of day care rises and becomes less accessible, parents are utilising grandparents as regular carers for children more than ever before . But what does this mean for grandparents lives? Does the extra caring load sometimes cause friction between grandparents and parents of children? As national family week falls upon us Melanie talks to Ann Hollonds from the Australian Institute of Family Studies about the possible impacts of this extra caring on family relationships.
Published: Sat, 13 May 2017 11:19 AM
Duration: 16:14
Download: GRANDPARENTS1processed.mp3
Title: Pap smears - a thing of the past?
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: Important changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme on 1st December 2017
Summary: Soon the women's anti - cancer procedure known as the pap smear is set to become a thing of the past - and many are very worried about what this means for women's health. Today Professor Ian Hammond, a Gynaecologist involved in the drafting of new guidelines for the screening programme, joins Melanie to discuss the new procedures that will replace the pap smear, and why he feels that the changes are safe and beneficial for Australian women despite online protest.
Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55 AM
Duration: 25:08
Download: CPOD - Cervical Screening.mp3
Title: Elderly Suicide
Author: Melanie Westbook
Summary: Suicide is a tragic truth in Australia - but what about suicide rates in the elderly? This week Melanie talks with Mr Alan Woodward, Executive Director of the Lifeline Research Foundation about the growing trend of elderly suicide and how to spot the signs that your loved one is not feeling the greatest.
Published: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 6:34 PM
Duration: 17:06
Download: MythBusters - Elderly Suicide .mp3
Title: The Ice Epidemic
Author: Melanie Westbook
Summary: The social effects of the drug ice are splashed everywhere in today's media - but do the mainstream media paint an accurate picture of how many people have a serious ice problem? Do the government implement effective policy to prevent the use of the drug? Drug and alcohol expert Professor Nicole Lee joins Melanie to discuss the way that ice use in Australia is presented in the media, and the impact of of media sensationalism for good public policy.
Published: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:18 AM
Duration: 14:37
Download: CPOD - Ice.mp3
Title: Childhood Obesity
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: What are global trends regarding obesity today, after years of healthy eating campaigns? Are prevention tactics such as weighing kids in schools damaging overweight children's self esteem? Today Dr Timothy Olds, Professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia joins Melanie to discuss his ongoing research into obesity in today's Australia - and his surprising findings.
Published: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:06 AM
Duration: 16:25
Download: CPOD - Childhood Obesity.mp3