Down To Earth

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Every fortnight Associate Professor Kurt Iveson of the University of Sydney joins FBi Mornings host, Eddy Diamond, to discuss urban environmental issues and the different ways we can make our cities fairer and more sustainable places. Mornings was h...Show More
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07.06.18 - Libraries

20:50 | Aug 17th, 2018

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.
21.02.19 - Green New Deal

17:02 | Feb 21st

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

15:25 | Dec 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

22:47 | Nov 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, and existing biases and forms of ...Show More
18.10.18 - Amy Fairall: Banking

10:53 | Oct 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 banks, including time banking. Check...Show More
20.09.18 – The Bower

16:20 | Sep 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 re-using broken furniture, household i...Show More
06.09.18 – Working Off The Books

21:20 | Sep 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. Can't get enough of Kurt? He'...Show More
05.07.18 - Right To Protest

24:06 | Aug 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 do. He also gives us the rundo...Show More
16.08.18 - Train Station Accessibility

15:40 | Aug 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

20:59 | Aug 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 Sydney, and how we can reclaim our roads.
11.12.17 - Jason Moore: Cheap Things

19:19 | Aug 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, and the Future of the Planet, ou...Show More
19.04.18 - Rubbish

16:18 | Apr 24th, 2018

Associate Professor Kurt Iveson talks trash with Eddy Diamond.
05.04.18 - Shopping Streets Versus Shopping Malls

20:50 | Apr 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 shopping and sustainability with Mornings host, Alex Pye.
01.03.18 - Environmental Apps

20:53 | Apr 24th, 2018

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

16:40 | Apr 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

16:29 | Apr 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

17:20 | Apr 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

16:26 | Apr 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

21:38 | Nov 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

21:46 | Nov 1st, 2017

Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye discuss sustainable fashion with special guest Liza Heinze
19.10.17 - Obesogenic Cities

16:47:00 | Oct 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

15:09:00 | Sep 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

17:55 | Sep 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 recommendations including the works of Cory Doctorow and a whole bunch more.
03.08.17 - Universal Basic Income

18:24:00 | Aug 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

18:03 | Jul 20th, 2017

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

14:14 | Jun 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

16:49 | Jun 15th, 2017

Associate Professor Kurt Iveson and Alex Pye are joined by April Crawford-Smith from community energy provider Pingala. Pingala are providing the Newtown community with access to solar energy and have also teamed up with local beer makers Young Henry...Show More
01.06.17 - DIY Compost and Worm farming

15:30 | Jun 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

13:14 | Apr 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

15:11 | Mar 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

13:31 | Feb 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 this has reignited a familiar ...Show More
02.02.17 - Solar Energy for Renters, Green Power, and Community Energy

12:12 | Feb 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 use renewable power in rental and share households.
01.12.16 - Food Waste

14:23 | Nov 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

13:10 | Nov 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 the sustainable production and co...Show More
03.11.16 - Public Transport

17:19 | Nov 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 same amount of effort being put into the experience for the daily user? Kurt joins us to talk abou...Show More
20.10.16 - Self Driving Cars and Machine Space

16:47 | Oct 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 of their manufacturers. What's ...Show More
15.09.16 - Green Bans and Urban Activism

11:07 | Sep 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

15:58 | Sep 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 to recycle and reuse previously...Show More