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Season 3 Episode 9 - Digital Technologies, Shark Liver, Books vs Streets, Web3 and Australian Natural Disaster Predictions

In today's episode, we will be exploring screen addiction among young people in Australia, shark liver harvesting in the cosmetics industry, 'booksmart' vs 'streetsmart' in Australian culture, developments around Web3 and a story about Australia's capabilities to predict and tackle natural disasters. Producer: Chloe Henry Assistant Producer: Zak Wheeler Presenter: Thom Monaghan Reporters: Rebecca Broadhead, Alexandra Marcocci, Olivia Thomson, Thom Monaghan. Reyam Alyasery

Season 3 Episode 8 - Green Washing, Climate Change and Wineries in Australia, Psychology of Nature, Lockdown & Ghosting

In this week's episode, we will be looking at the phenomenon of green washing, but we will also look at the psychology of seeing a lot of green and how going to locations of nature can really do wonders for your health. One way to see beautiful greenery in Australia is by going to wineries - but climate change might change the way wine industries in Australia operate. Still on psychology, do you know what might actually be good for your kids? Lockdown. Only if you do it well, obviously. And be there for your kids. Speaking of being there, have you ever had the experience of being 'ghosted'? Because in this episode we will talk about it. Producer: Thu Thuy Nguyen Assistant Producer/Reporter: Charlie Williams Presenters/Reporters: Matilda Anderson and Cara Briggs Reporters: Kaya Martin, Ibanez Taylor-Hurihanganui

Season 3 Episode 7 - Russians in Melbourne, Ex-prisoners Ventures, Post-COVID Music Taste and Lives of People with Disabilities

Welcome back! In this episode, we will hear about the experience of Russians in Melbourne who are struggling with how people treat them as a result of the war in Ukraine. We will also hear about a business venture started by ex-prisoners, how the pandemic has changed our music habits and how returning to 'normal' lives after the pandemic has been harder for people with disabilities.

Season 3 Episode 6: Ukrainian Australians, Bells Beach, Online Dating

In this episode, we will explore the experiences of Australians with Ukrainian heritage during the Russian Invasion, the protection of Bells Beach, one of Australia’s most famous beaches, and the dangers of online dating.

Season 3 Episode 5: Women in Sport, Climate Change and Mental Health, Dungeons and Dragons, AFLW and Heat Island Effect in Melbourne

WARNING THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MENTIONS OF SELF HARM AND VIOLENCE. Welcome back! In this week's episode, we take a look at why Australian girls are dropping out of sports as teenagers, the devastating effects of coral bleaching on our reefs, Dungeons and Dragons as an alternative form of therapy for kids, how the AFLW is coping under the spotlight and what exactly the ‘heat island effect’ is and how it impacts people's lives in Melbourne.

Season 3 - Episode 4: Bottled water, remote health, independent women, homelessness

Welcome back! In this episode we look at groundwater extraction for bottled water in the small town of Musk, the cost for care in remote, regional and metropolitan areas, independent women running in this year's election, and active programs in Victoria to help homeless people rebuild their lives.

Episode 3 - Climate change, shoes and teen pregnancy

Welcome to the third episode of the third season of Under Cover!

Season 3 - Episode 2: Male Pills, Indonesian AFL and Music in COVID

In this episode, we look at male contraceptive pills, Indonesian AFL, music and life after lockdown.

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Fishing, Endometriosis and Price of Living.

Welcome back! In this episode, we look at what's happening with the ban on commercial fishing on Port Phillip in Melbourne, Victoria; we hear the stories of Australian women who are struggling financially after COVID, and some of the painful challenges faced by 1 of 9 women in Australia who have endometriosis.

Season 2 - Episode 7

This week’s full of interesting stories, so much so that we’ve decided to split the show into two parts. Part One explores the theme of family. We looked at the impact COVID has had on family, whether it be the inability to see loved ones in times of hardship, the impact the COVID vaccine may have on childcare and schooling or the power of religion in dictating antivax ideology and family disagreement. Part Two is a compilation of stories which explores lessons we can learn from COVID. These stories teach us ways in which alternative media like gaming can be used to fight misinformation, how media reportage affects vaccine hesitancy, the importance of giving refugees the same information on vaccine eligibility and the lessons we can learn from other countries like the Czech Republic.

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Ideology

In today’s episode we will be exploring the intersection between political ideology and vaccine hesitancy. What fuels vaccine hesitancy? Who is affected by it and what will it mean for Australia’s COVID recovery? We’ll take a trip to a community on Australia’s east coast which has been referred to as the country’s 'anti-vax capital'. We know that misinformation and political ideology influences adults - but how is it affecting our young people? And is there anyone trying to help? Producer/Presenter: Isabella Podwinski

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Fear

Misinformation not only spreads false or misleading claims, it spreads fear. In episode 5, RMIT’s third-year journalism students address the existing fear circulating in the COVID-19 pandemic as well as what we can do to productively move forward. Producer: Indiana Hansen Presenter: Kaylah Baker

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Digital

In this episode we're looking at the world of digital misinformation and its relationships with broader health issues. Continuing from previous episodes, we’re also continuing to dig deeper into how Australians have been affected by the AstraZeneca vaccine. Presenter: Youssef Saudie / Producer: Chisa Hasegawa

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Rollout

Australia’s rollout of the vaccine has failed to meet its deadline. The Morrison government announced four million people would be vaccinated by the end of march. In episode 3, RMIT’s student journalists focus on the vaccine rollout; exploring a lack of public confidence in the vaccine, explaining just how it works and investigating the lack of distributions to those in need. Presenter: Ellen Madden / Producer: Ellen Madden / Assistant Producer: Sarah Oliver

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Influence

Misinformation can be a constant battle between social media platforms, information consumers, journalists and content creators. In Episode 2 RMIT Journalists look at the role of influence. How our local communities can be influenced by each other and outside pressures. We also look to our role models and how they may influence us when sharing content online. Presenter: Casper McLeod Producer: Nieve Walton

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Community

Our communities make up a substantial part of who we are; it helps us feel secure and gives us a sense of identity within the larger world. The communities we find ourselves in shape our opinions and perspectives, sometimes without us even realising. 'Community' can mean many different things and can come in many different forms; it could be a work community, a religious community or even an online community. In short, communities are the people and places we hold closest. In this first episode of the new season, we're looking at the impact of coronavirus misinformation in different communities - how it's spreading, how people cope with it and what's being done to fight it. Presenter: Georgia Barry | Producer: Damon Rowston

Episode 8 - Reality Now

What will the new normal look like after the corona-virus? What does normal look like for us, right now? This episode we’ll be arming you with stories to quell your queries about life might look like after lockdown. We’ll talk about how you’re faring - missing friends or fearing a return to your outside life? we’ll cover stories from a few of our closest international neighbours, and we’ll give you an update on the environment as well as the manufacturing industry. Presenter: Eva Marchingo Producer: Alexandra Middleton Assistant Producer: Leyla Arrykova

Interview with Eve Barlow - Bonus

If you’re into music reviews, interviews with artists, and music journalism, you know Eve Barlow… or at least you know her work. You might also know her as the journalist fighting against the prediction of the end of journalism. In this bonus interview, journalist Eva Marchingo asks Eve about the future of music journalism in the wake of Coronavirus and beyond.

Episode 7 - New Normal

This episode, we’re looking at how things have changed from what we’re used to, from the media landscape to volunteering. How has the news industry changed and will those changes be permanent? How productive is too productive and are you too dedicated to “the hustle”? How do athletes and regular people train and exercise under restrictions ? What happens when volunteers can’t work any more? All these questions and more, explored in this episode of Under Cover. Producer: Mikayla Van Loon Assistant Producer: Isabelle Harris Presenter: Katelyn Kalafatis

Episode 6 - Change (Full Episode)

In this episode of the podcast, we explore the topic of ‘change’. How have our lives changed since the pandemic started, and what might the future look like? We look at changes to the economy, rent, essential work, tourism and more. Producer: Edward Lim | Assistant Producer: Stephen Ganavas

Episode 5 - Bonus Story - Saba's Ramadan in Isolation

For reporter Saba Hashmi and her family, Ramadan is not only about fasting; it is also a time for giving and undertaking charity work, spending time with family and friends, spiritual reflection and prayers. This year, however, Ramadan is not going to be like previous years. During Ramadan, Mosques are usually a place of congregation for people to break their fast and pray together. With isolation measures due to COVID-19, this cannot happen this year. But this doesn't mean Saba and her family can't still celebrate the holy month. Here's her story of how she spends Ramadan this year in Melbourne, Australia.

Episode 5 - Odd Jobs (Full Episode)

This episode, we explore the world of “odd jobs” during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people don’t conform to the banalities of the 9-5, and it’s these sole traders that are getting left behind by Jobseeker and Jobkeeper payments. We speak to those on the margins - drug dealers, refugee advocates, cam girls and funeral celebrants - and the everyday, like dog walkers and babysitters about pandemic life. Some are on the brink, and others are experiencing unexpected success. Producer: Josh Martin | Assistant Producer: Katelyn Kalafatis

Episode 4 Bonus Story: Interview with Washington Post reporter Harry Stevens

Have you read the Washington Post's story on flattening the curve? The one with dots bouncing off each other? That's the work of reporter Harry Stevens, one of the many journalists around the world who are working amazingly hard to give us the best information you can get about the world we are living in, despite the challenges of not being able to function as usual in a newsroom. Harry Stevens' work is also interesting in another way - his way of using data visualisation gives us a glimpse to how we should think about journalism today and in post-pandemic times. We live in a complex world and we have so much data floating around - his data stories were so inspiring for us journalism students to see how we could work with data, and with the people who are collecting them, to tell important and beautiful stories. We were so inspired that we just had to talk to him, and here's the result. Hope you'll be as inspired as we are.

Episode 4 - Reset (Full Episode)

On this episode of the Undercover Podcast it’s time to reset. We share with you the stories of people and businesses who have been forced to completely rethink the way they live and work amidst the COVID-19 crisis. From fabric production to sex work, supermarkets to cinemas, we find out how our society is changing and evolving to suit a time where nothing is stable. How are Australians going to use this global pause, and how is the world going to reset itself when we can finally hit play? Will everything just go back to ‘normal’, or has this pandemic changed the way society will function forever?

Episode 3 - New Skills (Full episode)

In the general doom and gloom of a global pandemic, t can be quite difficult these days to see the positives in our lives. This week, we will be focusing on one of the more positive aspects of COVID-19: the way we are learning new skills. We will hear from the Indigenous Programs Coordinator at Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia, and how he’s dealing with the online transition. One of our reporters looks into how a couple of businesses are utilising old skills in new ways to adapt and survive. On a more fun note, we hear about how young adults are re-learning the skill of picking up the phone as well as an introvert letting us in on some tips and tricks for surviving isolation. Producer: Claudia Skubel | Assistant Producer: Cai Holroyd

Episode 3 - Story 2 - Young Adults Communication in Times of Coronavirus

For many young adults, communication pre COVID-19 consisted of texts, Snapchats and instant messages. Now, since real human contact doesn’t go much further than immediate family, and seeing friends has become a distant notion, many young adults are craving more meaningful contact than the instant messages. So what do they do? They are relearning the skill of making a phone call. Reporter: Katelyn Kalafatis

Episode 3 - Story 1 - A Whole New Ballgame: Engaging Indigenous Students Online

For the first time in Australian history, a school semester has started without students in the classroom. While the transition from classroom to online has been mostly seamless, there are still many challenges to face. For Tyrone Bean, Indigenous programs coordinator at Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne, remote learning could set back years of work to close the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students. Reporter: Georgia Bennett-Murphy

Episode 3 - Story 3 - Online Dance

The introduction of social distancing restrictions has seen the closure of dance studios around the country. Taking this in their choreographed strides, instructors and dancers have taken to the internet to teach and perform, and found new ways to move and communicate in the process. Reporter: Simone Etheve

Episode 3 - Story 4 - Business Survival

COVID-19 has brought a fair amount of challenges for everyone. But it has hit businesses, particularly small ones, the hardest. Many have gone from thriving to just trying to survive almost overnight. “Adapt or die” is the ultimatum many Australian businesses are facing at the moment. Two companies, Stagekings from Sydney and BC Global in Melbourne, are proving the best way to survive is by utilising existing skills in new ways. Reporter: Willem Van Denderen

Episode 3 - Story 5 - Introverts

Who would have thought that in 2020, introverts and extroverts would be spending their Friday nights the same way? Yet, here we are. Luckily for us who are more extroversion inclined, two introverts have recognised our plight and are here to discuss what it is like being an introvert in isolation and share a few tips along the way. Reporter: Saba Hashmi

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