Picking Up STEAM: A new Faculty of Arts podcast

Picking Up STEAM is a new podcast by the Faculty of Arts about the human consequences of the weird, ugly and the wonderful advances in STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By Thomas Feng

Episode 1: What online dating says about ourselves

Everyone seems to be dating online now because of Tinder. But in swiping for our ideal partner, are we dating different versions of ourselves? How is online dating changing the way we behave online and offline?

Pop culture expert Lauren Rosewarne speaks with Thomas Feng about what online dating says about ourselves in the inaugural episode of Picking Up STEAM.

Lauren Rosewarne is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne who writes, researches and comments on sexuality, pop culture, public policy and feminism in the media. She’s also the author of the book, Intimacy and the Internet.

Episode 2: Talking to the dead online

This episode is about the disruption of death. It is normal for people to post on social media at a funeral; you can speak to a chatbot or a physical avatar with the data of a dead loved one; and you can now curate Spotify playlists to play in coffins to loved ones. Why?

I spoke to School of Culture and Communication (SCC) digital media expert Bjorn Nansen and School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) social anthropologist Tamara Kohn about these eerie new developments of death in this episode of Picking Up STEAM.

Picking Up STEAM is hosted and produced by Thomas Feng. Editing and audio-engineering by Gavin Nebauer. Episodes are released fortnightly on Mondays at 10am AEST.

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For more information about the Picking Up STEAM podcast please contact:
Thomas Feng
Email: thomas.feng@unimelb.edu.au