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: Oldest Children
Author: Melanie Westbook
Subtitle: Are older siblings smarter?
Summary: Do oldest siblings develop differently to their younger counterparts in a family and if so in what ways? This week Melanie talks to Dr Marion Fernandez from the University of Sydney about this topic
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: Melanie discusses a very topical subject of Nuclear War or the Nuclear Threat which has been in the news recently. She talks to Dr. Wayne Reynolds from the University of Newcastle who is a Professor of History
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: Dr Omar Mubin from the University of Western Sydney, who is an expert in social robotics discusses the use of robots in schools with Melanie.
Published: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 8:01 PM
Duration: 21:25
Download: Robots in Schools.mp3
Title: Children and books in schools
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: Electronic media - is it in, or out of favour with children?
Summary: Melanie talks to Dr Margaret Merga, Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth
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: Dr Paul Henman Associate Professor of Digital Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Queensland talks to Melanie about issues with Centrelink communications with the public.
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 who has written numerous books on gender and sexuality in contemporary society talks to Melanie today. Dr Jeffreys was formally at the University of Melbourne. Dr Jeffreys gives us a feminist critique of transgender procedures in children today.
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 2:19 PM
Duration: 32:05
Download: Transgenderchildren-Jeffreys.mp3
Title: Transgender Children Pt1
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Melanie interviews Dr John Whitehall, Paediatrician at the University of Western Sydney and commentator on issues of transgender children today
Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 2:02 PM
Duration: 36:11
Download: Transgenderchildren-Whitehall.mp3
Title: Men's Rights
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Melanie talks to Dr Michael Flood, Sociologist and expert on gender, masculinities and domestic violence. Dr Flood 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: Today Melanie talks to Ann Hollonds from the Australian Institute of Australian Studies about the changing roles of grandparents in todays society.
Published: Sat, 13 May 2017 11:19 AM
Duration: 16:14
Download: GRANDPARENTS1processed.mp3
Title: Cervical Screening
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Subtitle: Changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme on 1st December 2017
Summary: Melanie talks to Professor Ian Hammond, Certified Gynaecologic Oncologist who worked at the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer service. Professor Hammond is involved in the National Cervical Screening Programme and is involved in the drafting of new guidelines for the screening programme.
Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55 AM
Duration: 25:08
Download: CPOD - Cervical Screening.mp3
Title: Elderly Suicide
Author: Melanie Westbook
Summary: This week Melanie looks at elderly suicide and she talks with Mr Alan Woodford, Executive Director of the Lifeline Research Foundation. Mr Woodward describes the worrying trend of elderly suicide and tells us what the signs are that a loved one or someone is not traveling well.
Published: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 6:34 PM
Duration: 17:06
Download: MythBusters - Elderly Suicide .mp3
Title: Ice
Author: Melanie Westbook
Summary: Today Melanie talks to Prof Nicole Lee about Ice in the community. Professor Lee discusses the way that ice use in Australia is presented in the media, and the implications of sensationalisation for good public policy preventing the drug's use and effects.
Published: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:18 AM
Duration: 14:37
Download: CPOD - Ice.mp3
Title: Childhood Obesity
Author: Melanie Westbrook
Summary: Today Melanie talks to Dr Timothy Olds, Professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. Dr Olds talks about very surprising research findings into the trends of childhood obesity today.
Published: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:06 AM
Duration: 16:25
Download: CPOD - Childhood Obesity.mp3