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  1. Mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital - Conversations - ABC Radio

    Avi is revolutionising the image of traditional folk instrument, the mandolin (R)

    Avi grew up in Be’er Sheva in Israel, where he learned mandolin from a violinist.

    Not until he went to Italy to study at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Music in Padua, did he play music written specifically for his instrument.

    Today his style sits somewhere between the traditional mandolin technique he was taught in Italy, and his own.

    Avi now lives in Berlin and performs all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

    His renditions of Baroque and folk music, in concert and recordings, have been described as ‘electric’, and have seen his acclaim, and touring schedule, grow dramatically.

    In a first for a mandolinist, Avi was nominated for a Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy in 2010.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/avi-avital-rpt/9022104

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  2. The morality of robots: Genevieve Bell’s predictions for the future of AI - Conversations - ABC Radio

    Genevieve had never imagined a life in technology, until a chance meeting in a bar in Palo Alto.

    A chance meeting in a bar one night led a young Australian academic Genevieve Bell into a job she’d never expected.

    She was hired by software maker, Intel, as their resident anthropologist.

    Her boss asked her to find out how people outside America were using their cell phones.

    This began fourteen years of helping translate how humans use technology back to the software engineers who make the machines in the first place.

    Now Genevieve is back in Australia, in a job which aims to transform how we think about the interconnectedness of the technological world.

    In an era of rising anxiety about Artificial Intelligence, she says many predictions about the AI-driven future are far too apocalyptic.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-genevieve-bell/9173822

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  3. Facebook and the last days of reality: futurist Mark Pesce - Conversations - ABC Radio

    Is our increasing immersion in the online world affecting our ability to distinguish between what’s real and what’s not?

    Mark is an inventor, writer and entrepreneur, with more than three decades experience in digital technology.

    He believes Facebook is constantly trying to shape the emotional state of its users, to make them happy to stay there longer.

    Mark says the world is increasingly being presented to us as we want to see it, rather than as it really is.

    Looking ahead, he is wondering whether we’re approaching the last days of reality.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-mark-pesce/9354558

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  4. Kitchen Conversations Podcast

    During Festival Luna, a two-day Global Weekends festival that took place at the American Museum of Natural History in early 2013, the Museum hosted a team from Kitchen Conversations, a project to document storytelling about food. Interviewers asked visitors to offer personal reflections about meals and cooking. In this podcast, join the conversation with raconteurs of all ages and from different backgrounds as they swap recipes and recall their favorite home-cooked meals. 

    http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/kitchen-conversations-podcast

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