March 2011

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 7 March 2011 / Repeat Friday 11 March 2011

A Learning Society

Barry GoldingOn Monday 7 March at 8.30pm in Adelaide (GMT +10’ 30”), Learning Works takes a close look at Community Sheds, with a special focus on the important role that these sheds play in providing men who may be depressed because they are unemployed or coping with early retirement or the loss of a life partner, with a safe place to relate to other men whilst involved in learning new skills and also learning to talk and share with other men. The program includes interviews recorded at the Community Shed at Aldinga, a beachside suburb south of Adelaide (South Australia), and then an extended interview with Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat, and the Executive Officer of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, David Helmers. The program is repeated on Friday 11 March at 9am in Adelaide (GMT +10’ 30”)

Caption: Professor Barry Golding, University of Ballarat.

For earlier interviews with Professor Golding on the topic of older men’s learning, go to the Learning Works Archives section, and then go to programs broadcast in June 2009.

Online Resources: Podcast Part 1 Podcast Part 2

Monday 14 March 2011 / Friday 18 March 2011

A Learning Society
Building Family Opportunities

So how do we, as a society, go about breaking the cycle of inter-generational joblessness. This is the focus of Building Family Opportunities, a program that aims to break the cycle of unemployment, by bringing together long-term jobless families, local community organisations, government, businesses and employers, to find solutions to issues that prevent families from participating in employment and getting ahead. In Learning works this week, the focus is on the Building Family Opportunities initiative, which is now providing intensive support for up to 400 families across the local government areas of Playford, Port Augusta and Port Adelaide Enfield. A social justice initiative through the SA Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, the Building Family Opportunities in the Playford Local Government Area is managed by Centacare in Elizabeth. For Learning Works this week, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with Lisa Osbourne and case managers Simon and Venae about this initiative.

Online Resources: Podcast

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law Spot – Program 12

Today in The Law Spot, we’re looking at some of the issues around cyber-bullying from the perspective of parents. I’m speaking with Senior Constable Mick Schooley, from South Australia Police, Professor Des Butler from Queensland University of Technology, and Professor Elizabeth Handsley from Flinders University. PBA FM acknowledges support from the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this project.

Online Resources: Podcast Study Guide

Monday 21 March 2011 / Friday 25 March 2011

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Mates can help! – Men’s Health

Making the time to really talk with two or three mates is just one strategy to help men through difficult times. This is the view of our guest this week in Learning Works, Greg Millan, a Newcastle-based Men’s Health Educator, and author of Men’s Health and Wellbeing, An A-Z Guide. In this Learning Works exclusive interview during his recent visit to Adelaide, Greg Millan talks about a wide range of issues relating to men’s health and wellbeing, including healthy men at work. This interview is a good follow-on from the recent programs on older men’s learning, and the growth around Australia of Men’s Sheds.

Online Resources: Podcast


Cinema Studies
Film Review - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is the final episode in this three-part Swedish series and because I reviewed the first two episodes I felt obliged – for the sake of completion – to have a look at this last one too. I was very scathing about the first one – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – but I found that the second episode – The Girl Who Played with Fire – was a much better experience.” So what about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest? Find out in this month’s review by our regular film critic, author and film director, John J McGowan.

Online Resources: Podcast; Transcript.

Monday 28 March 2011 / Friday 01 April 2011

A Learning Society
Abilities for All – Taperoo Community Centre

The Abilities for All program provides learning pathways for South Australian job seekers with disability or disadvantage. Often these members of the community face significant barriers to learning, training and work. This week in Learning Works, we visit the Taperoo Community Centre, near Port Adelaide, and meet two young people who have recently graduated from the Abilities for All program. We also hear a radio segment produced by some current students at Taperoo, about how radio can assist with messages for the community about bullying.

Online Resources: Podcast

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 13: Some of the many positives!

In this, the final program on the law – young people, parents and schools, we look at some of the many positives in our use of digital technologies. However, if parents and schools still need to be reminded of the dangers that young people can get themselves into by mis-using mobile phones for so-called “sexting”, then this recent article in the New York Times is an absolute “must read”.

Online Newspaper Article

Online Resources: Podcast Study Guide

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