Doomscroll Remedy

The University of Queensland

When your feed is filled with crushing news, conspiracy theories and existential threats (climate change who?), life can seem pretty overwhelming. But that’s why in Doomscroll Remedy, we’re going deeper in an attempt to better understand how we got ourselves into this mess and what we can do to get out of it. It’s for that knot in your gut – yeah, we feel it too – when you’re stuck on an endless stream of terrible news and you’re not quite sure how to get off the doomscroll death spiral. You’ll get a glimpse into the lives of people on the front lines of the curliest issues – and meet the people trying to solve them. Don't throw your phone through the wall – seek solace in your podcast app instead.

Storms that bring fire – using artificial intelligence in Australia’s bushfire crisis
Mar 22 2022
Storms that bring fire – using artificial intelligence in Australia’s bushfire crisis
When you’re on the frontline of a raging bushfire, every second counts. Life-saving decisions have to be made in seconds, and anyone who’s lived through a bushfire can tell you the difference 5, 10 or 15 minutes can make.  Even if you haven’t lived it, most Australians remember the images of glowing red skies, smoke-blanketed cities and angry thunderstorms that, instead of rain, brought more fire.  The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 brought discussions about Australia’s changing climate to the forefront of the national consciousness, leaving many of us overwhelmed by the scale of the problem and how often we’ll be facing it in the future.  We'll take you to where that deadly fire season started in Queensland: a little holiday town on the coast where fire spread with alarming speed. You’ll also meet the UQ researchers using artificial intelligence to support firefighters, communities and families to make those 5, 10 or 15 minutes count.  Doomscroll Remedy takes you to the edge of the existential crises that keep us up at night and introduces you to the experts working to solve them.+++ Doomscroll Remedy is a University of Queensland podcast, produced by Deadset Studios. Hosted by Stephen Stockwell. Produced by Grace Pashley, Krissy Miltiadou and Rachel Fountain at Deadset Studios. The consulting producer is Zoe McDonald and commissioning editor at The University of Queensland is Greta Usasz.We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land on which this show was made.
Not so fantastic: is there plastic in my brain?
Mar 11 2022
Not so fantastic: is there plastic in my brain?
"I think we've been quite naïve in terms of how we've dealt with plastic and how we've let it contaminate every sphere of the environment:  from the highest points of the Himalayas to the deep ocean trenches, we find plastic now."Professor Kevin Thomas has been studying plastic since before it was cool, and he’s right – once it hits the tallest mountain peak and the bottom of the ocean, it gets a bit hard to ignore. And yeah, it's unsightly and terrible for the environment, but what about the stuff you can’t see? When plastic breaks down, it doesn’t go away – it just gets smaller. It also leaches chemicals, and we have no idea what either of these things do to our bodies.Scary, right? It’s why The University of Queensland and the Minderoo Foundation have joined forces to try to find out how tiny pieces of plastic (and the chemicals used to make it) could end up inside us, and what it means for human health.   Travel with us from a beach on the west coast of Wales to a world-first lab in Brisbane to chart the unknown waters of micro and nanoplastics. Should you be using that plastic water bottle that’s been baking in your car over summer? Truth is: we don’t really know yet. But we’re figuring it out for you. Doomscroll Remedy takes you to the edge of the existential crises that keep us up at night and introduces you to the experts working to solve them.+++ Doomscroll Remedy is a University of Queensland podcast, produced by Deadset Studios. Hosted by Stephen Stockwell. Produced by Grace Pashley, Krissy Miltiadou and Rachel Fountain at Deadset Studios, in partnership with consulting producer Zoe McDonald and commissioning editor Greta Usasz at The University of Queensland.We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land on which this show was made.