In each episode of our podcast series, Afraid to Ask, we ask AUT experts the weird questions you've been thinking about your whole life. They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, so it's time to put that theory to the test.

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Episode 19

Podcast 19: Should I Bother Voting?

Does every vote actually count? AUT Lecturer Leonid Sirota doesn't think so, and on this episode of Afraid to Ask, we delve right into his relatively unpopular opinion when it comes to election season.

Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to submit your question at #askAUT

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Are Open Plan Classrooms Actually a Good Idea?

Podcast 18: Are Open Plan Classrooms Actually a Good Idea?

Desks or beanbags? Uniform structure or room to move freely? Today we're talking with Dr Rachel Morrison and Dr Leon Benade about modern learning environments, and whether or not they achieve their goal or simply create more problems.

You can read more about Dr Rachel Morrison’s research into the dark side of open plan offices here: Get out of my face! We’re more antisocial in a shared office space

Leon Barnade has written about open plan classroom spaces – the modern learning environment – on his blog.

Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to submit your question at #askAUT

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Why Are Women Worth Less?

Podcast 17: Why Are Women Worth Less?

We're once again tackling a touchy subject on Afraid to Ask: The gender wage gap. What is it? Why is does it exist? Does it EVEN exist? To answer our questions we talk to AUT senior lecturers Dr Katherine Ravenswood and Dr Julie Douglas.

Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to submit your question at #askAUT

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Will We Ever Cure Cancer?

Podcast 16: Will We Ever Cure Cancer?

It seems like an obvious question, and one which should have probably been answered by now, but finding a cure for cancer is not as simple as it sounds. This week we talked to AUT Professor and CEO of KODE Biotech Steve Henry about the disease, and why after all these years, scientists are still unable to get rid of it completely.

Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to submit your question at #askAUT

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Music used in all episodes: Go Cart - Loop Mix Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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