Animals & nature
Witnessing Climate Change
Climate change is too often discussed in the abstract – in terms of graphs, statistics and future projections. For an evening at the Athenaeum Theatre in March, we’ll present people who are already seeing, and living, the impact. They’ll share their stories, visions and ideas for the future.
We’ll hear moving words and performances from Marshall Islands spoken-word artist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
There are restless people ... and then there is Robyn Davidson.
She’s the kind of person who spends months travelling through western India with nomadic Rabari cattle-herders. And, perhaps most famously, she’s the kind of person (well, the only person) who undertakes 2,700-kilometre journeys across Australian desert with four feral camels and a dog for company. Her account of that…
Feather Permitting: Jim Robbins on Birds
The human fascination with birds is expressed in our technology and in our culture. Poets, artists, philosophers and inventors have, for centuries, found inspiration in the song, sight and flight of birds. What more can we learn about avian life?
Jim Robbins is a celebrated science journalist for the New York Times and the author of six acclaimed books, including…
The Wheeler Centre
Activated charcoal, sound baths, coffee enemas, adaptogens – wellness trends continue to rise and rise, and many of them are totally (wholemeal) crackers.
While it’s easy to make fun of the more bizarre notions floated by self-styled wellness gurus, there’s no escaping the fact that the wellness industry is serious, multimillion-dollar business. How much of it is harmless nonsense, how much is actually helpful and how much is exploitative and dangerous? And to what extent does the rise in the wellness industry reflect real deficiencies in traditional medicine, especially in the treatment of women?
We ask these questions of Nick Toscano – one of the journalists who exposed Belle Gibson’s cancer hoax – as well as nutritional scientist and dietician Tim Crowe, writer Clem Bastow and host Jacinta Parsons.
Jacinta Parsons, Nick Toscano, Clem Bastow and Tim Crowe
Healthy, Wealthy … Unwise?
What's the meaning, and the cost, of wellness? And who can afford it? Clem Bastow reflects on infra-red saunas, whey isolate and crystal-infused bee-pollen sprinkles.
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