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Parliament for the people

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 12 May 2010

Curator Jennifer Wilson tells us how Australia’s first purpose-built home for the Commonwealth Parliament was opened with suitable pomp and ceremony in Canberra on 9 May 1927.

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architecture, ceremony, politics

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Matthew Flinders in the Recherche Archipelago

Pip McNaught, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 14 April 2010

Matthew Flinders sailed through the Recherche Archipelago in 1802 and 1803 on board the Investigator. Curator Pip McNaught shares her work developing a Landmarks’ exhibit and talks about Matthew Flinders and his cat, Trim.

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collection, colonial, exploration, place, science

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The Age of Stupid – film screening and discussion

Julian Cribb, Julian Cribb and Associates Science Communicators, and Professor Will Steffan, Australian National University

10 April 2010

Dr Jenny Newell hosts a public screening of Franny Armstrong’s drama documentary about climate change, The Age of Stupid. This audio consists of her introductions and the ensuing discussion led by a climate change scientist and a science communicator.

environment, media, science

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How can museums help history teachers?

Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

31 March 2010

Dr Peter Stanley, the head of the National Museum’s Research Centre, asks teachers ‘How can museum historians and curators best support history teachers?’

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museums, ways of knowing

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Curating Australian histories

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

31 March 2010

What can objects tell us about the past? Kirsten Wehner talks to history teachers about the nature of exhibitions as histories.

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collection, exhibition, museums, ways of knowing

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Tasting and discussion

Mark Juddery, Dr Simon Toze, Dr Kelly Fielding and Dr Peter Collignon

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Mark Juddery, National Museum of Australia, facilitates the recycled water taste test and discussion among the panellists and audience.

food, science

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Living language

Susan Butler, Macquarie Dictionary, and Roly Sussex, University of Queensland

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Susan Butler and Roly Sussex discuss the idea that a living Australian English is all about change and infiltration by ‘multiple, parallel streams’ as spoken by Aboriginal people, Southern European migrants, English-speakers in other countries and so on.

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language

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Bendable learnings

Don Watson, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Don Watson looks at the triumph of modern management-speak and how those who favour the deliberately obscure and the falsely scientific are driving us all nuts.

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audiences, language, media, politics

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Love of language

David Malouf, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

David Malouf talks about the importance of language and literacy, and his love of language, but also laments its overuse and debasement.

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language

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The science of recycling water

Dr Simon Toze, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Simon Toze explains various processes for recycling water, the kinds of chemicals that appear in water (such as pharmaceuticals, oestrogen and plasticisers) and makes a case for drinking recycled water.

environment, food, science

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