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What Happens Next?
What Happens Next?
Monash University

The Handmaid’s Tale. Brave New World. Mad Max. Fictional dystopias have never seemed so close to becoming reality. Is it too late... more

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Episodes

Can We Learn to be More Civil?

Monash University’s podcast, “What Happens Next?”, explores the importance of civility in a digital age, reminding us to recognise the... more

09 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Are We Getting More Rude?

On Monash University’s podcast, “What Happens Next?”, experts discuss the importance of civility in a democratic society marked by dehumanisation... more

02 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Can Escapism Be Good for Us?

Monash University’s podcast, “What Happens Next?”, examines the benefits of escapism for our renewal and well-being.

26 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
What Are We Trying to Escape?

Is escapism a healthy retreat or a slippery slope? Join the conversation with experts from Monash University and beyond on... more

19 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
What Can Influencers Teach Us About Women and Work?

The rise of influencer culture has been meteoric, but what’s going on behind the selfie stick? And what does it... more

13 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Does Influencer Culture Have a Dark Side?

Monash University’s podcast, “What Happens Next?” explores influencer culture's societal impact and its inherent gendered labour dynamics.

06 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Can Tech Unlock Humans’ Full Potential?

Monash University’s “What Happens Next?” podcast untangles into the exciting yet potentially unethical implications of transhumanism. Experts explore technology’s potential... more

28 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Are Humans About To Evolve?

Leading experts examine transhumanism and trace the blurred line between man and machine on Monash University’s “What Happens Next?” podcast.

21 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Can Art Help Our Climate Anxiety?

Discover how music, fiction and other creative works can offer solace and foster empathy amidst the complexities of climate change.

14 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
How Can We Conquer Climate Anxiety?

Shared climate anxiety isn't insurmountable. Collective action, bridging knowledge gaps, optimism and practical steps transform anxiety into positive change.

07 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Are We So Anxious About Earth?

Struggling with climate anxiety? You’re not alone. Experts unpack this unprecedented and growing mental health crisis.

01 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
How Do We Balance Work and Play?

Play has the power to boost focus, innovation and well-being. Monash University’s “What Happens Next?” podcast offers expert insights into... more

24 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
What Happens When We Stop Playing?

Monash University's podcast season premiere explores play's profound impact on creativity, well-being, and learning. Experts unravel how play shapes our... more

17 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Introducing season eight of ‘What Happens Next?’

In Season 8 of Monash University's "What Happens Next?" podcast, host Dr Susan Carland addresses a new set of topics... more

03 Aug 2023 · 3 minutes
A Pride Open Road (Part 2) | Bonus episode

In part two of “A Pride Open Road”, Monash University’s student delegation lands in Sydney for WorldPride23 at the largest-ever... more

16 May 2023 · 21 minutes
A Pride Open Road (Part 1) | Bonus episode

It’s Pride Week at Monash University, and “What Happens Next?” is back with two special bonus episodes to celebrate. In part... more

11 May 2023 · 23 minutes
What Is Reproductive Justice?

24.2.23What Happens Next?What Is Reproductive Justice? | 80 In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe... more

23 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?

When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade in June 2022, it was a blow not only to reproductive... more

16 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
Can We Take a Bite Out of Food Insecurity?

3.2.23What Happens Next?Is Food Insecurity Getting Worse? | 77 Have you noticed your grocery bill rising lately? Get used to it. When... more

09 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Is Food Insecurity Getting Worse?

3.2.23What Happens Next?Is Food Insecurity Getting Worse? | 77 Have you noticed your grocery bill rising lately? Get used to it. When... more

02 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Do NFTs Require New Laws?

02.12.22‘What Happens Next?’Do NFTs require new laws | 76 People create, collect and trade NFTs for millions of dollars, with the... more

01 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Can NFTs Help Digital Artists?

25.11.22“What Happens Next?”Can NFTs help digital artists? | 75 NFTs are an interesting use of crypto technology, and could enable artists... more

24 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Hear Her Roar: Women’s Safety & Gender Equality

18.11.22‘What Happens Next?’Hear Her Roar: Women’s Safety & Gender Equality | 74 “Hear me now”: 2021 Australian of the Year Grace... more

17 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Can Australia Become a Green Energy Superpower?

11.4.22What Happens Next?“Can Australia Become a Green Energy Superpower?” | 73 Green mining is a dirty business, but our sustainable future... more

10 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Is Australia Behind in the Critical Minerals Race?

04.11.22What Happens Next?Is Australia Behind in the Critical Minerals Race? | 72 This week on What Happens Next?, we’re kickstarting a... more

03 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
Can We Save Endangered Languages?

28.10.22“What Happens Next?”Can We Save Endangered Languages? | 71 Soon after the first British ships arrived in Australia, Indigenous people were... more

27 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
What Do We Lose When Languages Die?

21.10.22What Happens Next?What Do We Lose When Languages Die? | 70 When we travel through Europe, we expect to experience a... more

20 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Can We Sharpen Our Focus?

14.10.2022 “What Happens Next?” Can We Sharpen Our Focus? | 69 Between social media content, notifications pinging away on our phones, countless streaming... more

13 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Is Our Attention Slipping?

7.10.2022 “What Happens Next?” Is Our Attention Slipping? | 68 Having trouble focusing lately? You’re not alone – and you probably already know it. From... more

06 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Introducing Season 7 of ‘What Happens Next?’

Monash University’s multi-award-nominated podcast, What Happens Next?, is back with an all-new season of tough challenges and expert guests. New... more

29 Sep 2022 · 1 minute
Where Are Women in Peacebuilding?

“This is one of the single biggest and particular attacks on the rights of women, and girls in particular, that... more

02 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
Escape from the Taliban

“I hope one day, again we will have what we had. Again, our women can raise their voice. Again we... more

27 May 2022 · 22 minutes
Will AI Change the Future of Soldiering?

Ask an artificial intelligence to play you in a game of chess, and chances are, you’ll lose. Ask an artificial intelligence... more

19 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Will Tomorrow’s Wars Be Fought by Robots?

Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems are poised to change the battlefield, and with it, soldiers themselves. Today, the human cost... more

12 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Can We End Loneliness?

In last week’s episode of ‘What Happens Next?’, Monash University’s podcast, Dr Susan Carland’s expert guests explained why a loneliness... more

05 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Are We Lonelier Than Ever?

The pandemic certainly exacerbated feelings of social isolation, but even before lockdown became the name of the game, global reports... more

29 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
Can We Put the Brakes on Fast Fashion?

Happy Earth Day! If last week’s episode of ‘What Happens Next?’ caused you to reconsider your wardrobe or sent you... more

22 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
Is It Time to Rethink Our Wardrobes?

You take the bus to work, you turn off the lights when you’re not using them, and you’ve embraced meatless... more

14 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Are There ‘Good’ Trolls?

‘Wanted’ posters. Your local neighbourhood watch. CrimeStoppers. There’s a long tradition of citizens assisting law enforcement in reporting illegal activities... more

07 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
Does Digital Vigilantism Work?

It’s easy to see why the concept of vigilante justice resonates with so many people. In the last few years,... more

31 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Should We Change How We Think About Fat?

Last week on ‘What Happens Next?’, our guest experts served up some unappetising truths about weight loss. Ultimately, our body... more

24 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight?

Welcome to season six of 'What Happens Next?'. You can’t go anywhere without hearing about the latest fad diet or workout,... more

17 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Introducing Season 6

Introducing ‘What Happens Next?’ season six Monash University’s multi-award nominated podcast, What Happens Next?, is back with an all-new season of... more

10 Mar 2022 · 3 minutes
Racism: It Stops With...? (Pt 2)

We’re wrapping up this season of What Happens Next? with some hope. The 2020 murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis... more

03 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Racism: It Stops With...? (Pt 1)

Understanding racism is the key to positive social change. The ‘Racism: It stops with…..?’ panel discussion, moderated by Dr Susan... more

23 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
A More Welcoming Country?

What are some of the ways we are making our cities more welcoming and how can we as individuals encourage... more

18 Nov 2021 · 22 minutes
Why Do Migrants Matter?

There’s no doubt about it: Migration has shaped and changed Australia. The country’s history is marked by a series of... more

11 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
Can We Open the Halls of Power?

Class inequality is not inevitable, and it’s not too late to change things here in Australia to promote a better... more

04 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
Is Australia Classist?

Who holds the power in Australia? In this two-episode arc, Dr Susan Carland seeks to answer that question – and understand how... more

28 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Is It Time to Join the Psychedelic Renaissance?

Attitudes towards psychoactive drugs for the treatment of PTSD are changing, and for good reason – it’s hard to disagree with... more

21 Oct 2021 · 23 minutes
Should We Decriminalise Psychedelics?

After years of very little pharmaceutical innovation in the treatment of mental illness, psychiatry is on the verge of something... more

14 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Should Comedy Cross Lines?

Growth comes with growing pains, and as we work to create a more inclusive, welcoming society, we see that reflected... more

23 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
Are We Too Quick to Cancel?

Public opinions and attitudes shift, but the internet is forever. In recent years, we’ve seen example after example of entertainers and... more

16 Sep 2021 · 30 minutes
How Do We Teach Machines to Think Responsibly?

If humans are the ones programming artificial intelligence, are we stuck with the human biases that inadvertently work their way... more

09 Sep 2021 · 23 minutes
Is AI a Little Too Human?

Humans have long dreamed of artificial intelligence and smart machines that can help us make better decisions or even just... more

02 Sep 2021 · 29 minutes
Can We Reinvent the Justice System?

The last episode of What Happens Next? explained what we learned from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody... more

26 Aug 2021 · 23 minutes
Why Is the Rate of Black Deaths in Custody So High?

More than 30 years ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADC) was set up to investigate black... more

19 Aug 2021 · 21 minutes
Does Hustle Culture Drive Creativity?

Last week’s episode of ‘What Happens Next?’ investigated the downsides of hustle culture – the pervasive idea that the only... more

12 Aug 2021 · 26 minutes
Are We Hustling Ourselves to Death?

Productivity hacks and optimisation have long been buzzwords of success. Start-up founders and LinkedIn gurus are encouraging us to have... more

05 Aug 2021 · 26 minutes
Kicking Goals

Welcome to the final instalment of our topic on the culture of Sport. Richmond Football Club CEO Brendon Gale has... more

18 Mar 2021 · 35 minutes
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After years of very little pharmaceutical innovation in the treatment of mental illness, psychiatry is on the verge of something big: Psychedelic... more