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07.06.18 - Libraries


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Kurt gives us a brief history of how libraries have adapted to the times and explains why they’re much more than the books they have on their shelves.

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11.07.19 - Interview With A Bus Driver

July 12th, 2019

We've talked a lot about public transport on Down To Earth, but we've never talked directly to anyone who has worked in the public transport sector, until now! Professor Kurt Iverson brought in special guest David …

27.06.19 - "Climate Emergency"

June 27th, 2019

The City of Sydney just passed a mandate to declare a "Climate Emergency", but what does that actually mean? Professor Kurt Iverson joins Ondine in the studio to talk all about the complexities of climate language.

30.05.19 - Bees In The City

May 30th, 2019

It may seem like bees wouldn't be that important in cities, but this is a HUGE misconception! Prof. Kurt Iverson chats to Eddy Diamond all about why …

02.05.2019 - Electric Cars

May 2nd, 2019


Electric cars are the topic of this week’s podcast as it is a hot topic within Australia and has been discussed within the election as a way to help us move forward sustainably. Find out the real deal and the actual …

18.03.2019 - Wild Wild Inner West

April 18th, 2019


With special guest Steph Clarke, the show discusses the initiative Wild Wild Inner West, which looks at the misperception between cities and the wildlife being two different entities. The episode looks at how we can get …

04.03.2019 - Public Spaces

April 3rd, 2019


A post election special which discusses public spaces and the new minister for those spaces, Rob Stokes. They discuss the ways in which Rob Stokes …

21.03.19 - Neighbourhood Waste Treatment Facilities

March 20th, 2019

What if there were alternatives to offshore recycling in Australia? Associate Professor Kurt Iverson joins Eddy Diamond to talk all about …

07.03.19 - Make Renting Fair w/ Leo Patterson Ross

March 7th, 2019

In preparation for the Sydney Alliance assembly on housing, Leo Patterson Ross joins Prof. Kurt Iverson to talk all about the Tenant's Union's Make Renting Fair campaign.

21.02.19 - Green New Deal

February 21st, 2019


Professor Kurt Iverson talks the Green New Deal, a proposed climate policy in America that has global implications.

29.11.18 - School Strike 4 Climate Action

December 3rd, 2018


Kurt and Eddy chat with Aisheeya Huq and Vivienne Paduch - a couple of the organisers of School Strike 4 Climate Action.

15.11.18 - Surveillance

November 26th, 2018


Professor Kurt Iveson chats with Eddy about Surveillance in the urban environment. He asks what the proposed National Facial Biometric Matching Capability might mean for our safety, right to protest, the environment, …

18.10.18 - Amy Fairall: Banking

October 22nd, 2018


Amy Fairall, a postgrad student working with Prof. Kurt Iveson, came in to chat with Eddy about how banking and financial services impact sustainability. She ran us through some of the alternatives to the big four …

20.09.18 – The Bower

September 24th, 2018


Guido, the director of The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre, gave us a rundown of the various ways in which the Bower helps the environment and the community. The centre diverts waste from landfill by repairing and …

06.09.18 – Working Off The Books

September 10th, 2018


Have you ever worked a dodgy cash-in-hand job? Been asked to work an unpaid trial period? In this episode, Kurt chats with Eddy about informal work sector and the impact this has on the economic landscape of our cities.

05.07.18 - Right To Protest

August 27th, 2018


Kurt chats with Alex about your right to protest in an age where we're seeing increasing restrictions on the types of spaces we can occupy, the length of time we can protest, and the kinds of activities we're allowed to …

16.08.18 - Train Station Accessibility

August 22nd, 2018


Kurt chats to Eddy about Sydney’s train station accessibility and some local campaigns pushing to make Sydney transport more accessible.

21.06.18 - Transport

August 21st, 2018


Should we continue to build cities around cars? What's the alternative? Kurt chats with Alex about the past, present and future of transport in …

11.12.17 - Jason Moore: Cheap Things

August 17th, 2018


Special guest, Associate Professor Jason W. Moore chats about why cheapness is never a bargain. He gives us an insight into his latest book, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, …

19.04.18 - Rubbish

April 24th, 2018


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson talks trash with Eddy Diamond.

05.04.18 - Shopping Streets Versus Shopping Malls

April 24th, 2018


Where should we be spending our money - in shopping streets or shopping malls? In this episode Associate Professor Kurt Iveson talks all about …

01.03.18 - Environmental Apps

April 24th, 2018


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Mornings host Alex Pye talk all about environmental apps in this episode.

15.02.18 - Heatwaves

April 24th, 2018


Michelle St Anne and Associate Professor Ollie Jay join Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye to chat about their research for an upcoming play about heatwaves.

01.02.18 - Pets In The City

April 24th, 2018


In this episode, Eddy Diamond fills in for Alex Pye and chats with host Associate Professor Kurt Iveson about pets and city living.

18.01.18 - Holiday Edition

April 24th, 2018


Professor Kurt Iveson talks heatwaves with Alex Pye and gives us his take on Kim Stanley Robinson’s climate fiction novel 'New York 2140'.

07.12.17 - Privately Owned Public Space

April 24th, 2018


Professor Kurt Iveson brought in special guest Dr. Brad Garrett from the University of Sydney to chat about the paradox that is privately owned public space.

16.11.17 - Sexuality In The City

November 15th, 2017


The YES votes are in and Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye dissect the stats of the same-sex marriage plebiscite

02.11.17 - Sustainable Fashion

November 1st, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye discuss sustainable fashion with special guest Liza Heinze

19.10.17 - Obesogenic Cities

October 18th, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye discuss Obesogenic Cities and the relationship
between chronic health conditions like obesity and our urban environments.

21.09.17 - Redeveloping Industrial Areas

September 21st, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye discuss the potential effects of redevelopment in creative and industrial areas.

07.09.17 - CLI-FI

September 7th, 2017


The first unofficial Down To Earth book club! We learn all about Cli-Fi or climate fiction. Associate Professor Kurt Iveson gave us his hottest …

03.08.17 - Universal Basic Income

August 3rd, 2017


What is Universal Basic Income? Kurt and special guest Troy Henderson (PhD Student at Sydney Uni) gave Alex a run down of this system.

20.07.17 - Housing Affordability

July 20th, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye chat about how the need for housing affects our cities.

29.06.17 - Bus Privatisation

June 30th, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye talked all about bus privatisation and how it might impact us and they way we travel using public transport in Sydney. 

15.06.17 - Solar Powered Beer

June 15th, 2017


Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye are joined by April Crawford-Smith from community energy provider Pingala. Pingala are providing the …

01.06.17 - DIY Compost and Worm farming

June 1st, 2017


Alex Pye and Associate Professor Kurt Iveson talk about making your own top soil from food scraps and farming worms, even in the smallest of spaces.

06.04.17 - Cyclone Debbie and Market Gardens in the City

April 6th, 2017


Kurt joins Alex to chat about the flow on effects from Cyclone Debbie and how real estate pressures are threatening market gardens.

16.03.17 - Kids in the City

March 2nd, 2017


How do changes to our cities change how our kids grow up? Less vacant lots, more traffic - Kurt joins Alex this morning to chat about how changing cities affect children.

16.02.17 - Commercialising Green Space & Fencing Off Schools

February 15th, 2017


Commercialising green space: In Sydney's growing urban environment, why are we decreasing the access to the few public spaces that remain? Join Kurt and Alex to chat about the planned burger festival in Newtown, and how …

02.02.17 - Solar Energy for Renters, Green Power, and Community Energy

February 1st, 2017


Kurt and Alex are back for the new year! This week, we chat about the social side of power, the pros and cons of green power, and how to choose and …

01.12.16 - Food Waste

November 30th, 2016


1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted every year, with 360kg thrown out per person each year in Australia. Kurt joins us to talk about what we can do with this excess.

17.11.16 - Food in the City

November 16th, 2016


Not only do places to eat food form massive parts of our cities, but so do places to produce this food. This week Kurt and Alex explore how food is produced in the City of Sydney, and what else can be done to improve …

03.11.16 - Public Transport

November 2nd, 2016


How does the experience of public transport affect the way people use it? As much as we may improve the technologies behind public transport, is the …

20.10.16 - Self Driving Cars and Machine Space

October 20th, 2016


How do cars affect the design of our cities? How will this change with the dawn of the self driving car? Kurt and Alex look at the geographic and ethical effects of the self driving car, and the social responsibilities …

15.09.16 - Green Bans and Urban Activism

September 15th, 2016


Kurt goes through the history of Sydney's green bans and what they mean for the proposed redevelopment of the Sirius Building in The Rocks.

01.09.16 - Smart Phone Recycling

September 1st, 2016


Do you know what goes into your smart phone? What about when you throw it away? Kurt and Alex go through the hidden processes and human side of your mobile phone, as well as the initiatives like Mobile Muster that work …

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