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Can you tell me why?

Surprising answers to difficult questions

Episodes (8):

Why can’t I keep my exercise routine?

If you pay for a gym membership you don’t use, or have new joggers gathering dust in the corner, take a walk with us as we find out why.

  • Dr Christian Swann, Associate Research Fellow, Early Start Research Institute (now at SCU)
  • Matthew Schweickle, PhD candidate, Early Start Research Institute

Why do children need fathers?

Can fathers be replaced by other male role models? We look at the influence fathers and father figures have on early childhood development.

  • Dr Elisabeth Duursma, Senior Lecturer, Early Start Research Institute
  • Professor Marc in het Panhuis, Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials

Why is there a war on drugs?

Many drugs now illegal were legal, not so long ago, so what would happen if we admitted defeat and ended the drug war?

  • Ben Mostyn, School of Law
  • Associate Professor Lynne Magor-Blatch, School of Psychology

Why do people commit crimes?

Do prisons work? And why do people commit crimes?

  • Associate Professor Mitch Byrne, School of Psychology
  • Associate Professor Julia Quilter, School of Law

Why are we letting robots takeover?

From making hamburgers to driving trains, the robot economy is inevitable. But just as jobs will disappear, will automation herald new industries?

  • Dr Eduardo Fernandez-Pol, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  • Dr Nathan Larkin, Research Fellow, School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering.

Why is it so hard to buy a house? Part 1

Millennials are facing the most expensive housing market in history. How did it get that way and is buying worth it?

  • Professor Simon Ville, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
  • Professor Pascal Perez, Director, SMART Infrastructure Facility

Why is it so hard to buy a house? Part 2

Hold the avo! It can be hard to know when to sacrifice and when to treat yourself.

  • Charlie Gillon, PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Loretta Iskra, Associate Lecturer, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Why can’t we live forever?

Or maybe we can. We discuss the reality of 3D printing bones, tissues and maybe entire organs in humanity’s quest to beat disease and death.

  • Professor Gordon Wallace, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
  • Professor Katina Michael, School of Computing and Information Technology

About Can you tell me why?

Can you tell me why (CYTMW) is a podcast where you ask the big questions and we try to find experts with, hopefully, the answers. We hit the campus to ask students what they think about issues that matter to them.

Your hosts are Hannah Laxton-Koonce and William Verity. Hannah is a Wollongong-based reporter and producer, while William brings 30 years of journalism experience to the podcast.

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