The Yarn

The Yarn is a podcast showcasing work from The Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.  It features original reporting by students, content from The Citizen publication, as well as talks and events held by the Centre.

Producer: Clancy Balen

Episodes

  • Making the Murray River Sing

    What if the Murray River could sing? Well, it turns out that it can.

    In this special edition of The Yarn, a co-production with ABC Radio National, outgoing 2021 Citizen graduate cadet Jordyn Beazley reports on what the river song tells about the history and health of this vital waterway, its ecology, and its troubled future.

    This audio feature was developed for Radio National’s Science Friction program, where it was originally produced and presented by Natasha Mitchell. It was supported by a fellowship grant awarded by the Science Journalists Association of Australia.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

    Original audio and other great Science Friction episodes can be found here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sciencefriction/murray-river-sound-sonification/13647928

  • Hulk Pressure Part 2: Men & Mirrors

    How far would you go for the perfect body?

    Mounting scientific evidence points to alarming health risks associated with taking bodybuilding supplements at a young age. But the question remains: why are so many young men turning to potentially harmful supplements in such large numbers?

    In part two of Hulk Pressure, reporter Harry Sekulich investigates male body image, and the pressures young men face in trying to achieve the perfect body.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne.

    The following episode contains descriptions of mental health struggles, and experiences of eating disorders. If this episode brings up anything for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation on 1800 334 673.

  • Hulk Pressure Part 1: Pills & Powders

    What’s the cost of a perfect body? For some young Australian men, it could be lifelong liver damage.

    Under-regulated and readily available straight off the shelf, bodybuilding supplements are being consumed in growing numbers by adolescent males. But many of them haven’t been tested on teenage bodies, and no one knows the true extent of what the damage may be.

    In part one of our two-part series Hulk Pressure, Harry Sekulich investigates supplements, male body image, and the hidden toll this is taking on young men.

    The Yarn is produced at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, at the University of Melbourne

  • MENTAL Part. 4: Catharsis

    Minds are messy, complicated things. But we can make them work for us…not against us. This week we focus on catharsis.

    From emotional support animals, to conquering seasonal affective disorder and finding peace with the grieving process, our reporters investigate the capacity for emotional and mental healing.

    Reporting by Anthony Marsicotevere, Stephanie Zhang, and Sean Goodwin.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • MENTAL Part. 3: Phobophobia

    Birds, small spaces, holes – our phobias don’t always have to make sense for them to control our lives. But is there a way to break free from the anxieties we carry with us?

    From a fear of getting pregnant, to deep water, and the thrill of horror movies, our journalists dig down into what terrifies us and why we might sometimes even enjoy scaring ourselves.

    Reporting by Alyssa Herr, Li Yongrong, and Chenlu Chen.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • MENTAL Part 2: Brain Baggage

    We all carry baggage of some kind, in one way or another. In part two of our series MENTAL, we look at the neurological nuances that define us, separate us, and bring us together.

    From epilepsy in Russian literature to Heavy Metal therapy and learning to live with Aphasia, we look at the beauty and complexity of neurodivergence.

    Reporting by Zoe Stinson, Jesse Turland, Anthea van den Bergh, and Sophie Berrill.

    This episode is made in collaboration with All the Best Radio and the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • MENTAL Part 1: The New You

    Our brains are fickle things.

    This week we bring you four stories that explore our stigmas, fears, and fantasies as we take a look under the hood and ask: why do we do what we do?

    This week is all about the new you – from behaviour shaping algorithms to ‘smart’ pills, our journalists investigate how the ‘you’ in your head might not always be making the decisions.

    Reporting by Nell Gereats, Xiyu Zha, Daniel Pfaender, and Peter Quattrocelli.

    This episode is made in collaboration with the Science Gallery Melbourne. Their new exhibition MENTAL: Head Inside is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health. It runs from 20.01.22 -18.06.22

  • Tales of the Environment Part 3: Action is the Antidote

    While Australia becomes increasingly infamous for being a laggard on climate action, many everyday Australians have decided to break ranks and take action into their own hands.

    From the picket line to the court room, on our final episode of Tales of the Environment we hear how three Australians are pushing for a greener future.

    Clancy Balen, Thomas Phillips, Jenny Cai and Jordyn Beazley report.

  • Tales of the Environment Part 2: Our Disappearing Forests

    Forests are among the most biodiverse places in the world and are crucial to regulating the planet’s weather and hauling back the climate change. But so much has been cleared that scientists warn a sixth mass extinction event has been triggered on earth.

    In our second episode our Tales of the Environment podcast, we hear how three Australians are fighting tooth and nail to save Australia’s forests.

    Clancy Balen, Thomas Phillips, Jenny Cai and Jordyn Beazley report.

  • Tales of the Environment Part 1: Sweltering Futures

    In Australia, where the mercury sometimes nears 50 degrees Celsius, people are grappling with a confronting question: what happens when their country becomes too hot to live in?

    Kicking off part one of our new three-part series, Tales of the Environment, we hear how a doctor is looking to Indigenous knowledge, why heat is becoming a wealth issue, and the hopeful story of an endangered fish that walks along the ocean floor.

  • The Yarn Ep 9: Behind the scenes of the Uncurated podcast

    On this weeks episode of The Yarn, we talk to reporters Nell Gereats and Mustafa Nuristani about Uncurated, a new seven-part podcast by students from the Centre for Advancing Journalism that unpacks Australia’s hidden histories.

    Listen to Uncurated: Unpacking Australia’s hidden histories here

     

  • The Yarn Ep 8: For the locked-down student far from home, a little culture goes a long way

    On this week’s episode of The Yarn podcast, we talk to Prealene Khera and Ayah Alkhars about their special photographic essay on being far from home, and cultivating connection to culture and distant family.

    Read Prealene Khera’s original story and photographic essay For the locked-down student far from home, a little culture goes a long way here