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IAEA Talk - Podcasts


Iaea Talk - Podcasts IAEA Talk is a podcast that features scientists and experts discussing issues related to nuclear science and its peaceful applications. Based in Vienna, the IAEA works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Its key roles contribute to international peace and security, and to the World's Millennium Goals for social, economic and environmental development. Subscribe via RSS →

Podcasts produced in 2010 and earlier are listed below. (Podcasts produced in 2013 are available here).

Nuclear Desalination

8 June 2010

Nuclear Desalination

As water scarcity increases worldwide, several countries are considering desalination - a process which turns seawater into freshwater. The IAEA operates a programme that helps countries in the field of nuclear desalination. Louise Potterton speaks to IAEA's Ibrahim Khamis to find out more about the programme.
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Trafficking in Nuclear Material

31 March 2010

Trafficking in Nuclear Material

Established in 1995, the Illicit Trafficking Data Base (ITDB) is the IAEA's information system on incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities and events involving nuclear and radioactive materials. Louise Potterton speaks to George Moore, a senior analyst in the IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security, which is responsible for the database.
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Training IAEA Inspectors

23 February 2010

Training IAEA Inspectors

170 states have entered into safeguards agreements with the IAEA, submitting nuclear materials, facilities and activities to the scrutiny of the IAEA´s safeguards inspectors. These inspectors have to undertake an intensive three-month course before venturing into the field. Louise Potterton spoke to the IAEA´s Therese Renis who conducts part of the course.
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Toxic Playpens: Children and Lead Pollution

8 June 2010

Toxic Playpens: Children and Lead Pollution

An estimated 120 million people worldwide are exposed to lead in the environment and dangerous levels of lead poisoning are found in children in some 80 countries, including the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Sasha Henriques speaks with victims of lead poisoning, as well as Jamaican scientists and experts at the IAEA about the issue.
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Deep Geological Disposal

18 September 2009

Deep Geological Disposal

Thirty countries around the world currently operate over 430 nuclear reactors. But there is still no system in place for the permanent disposal of the spent nuclear fuel. The IAEA considers deep disposal in stable geological formations as the only sustainable way to safely manage high-level waste; some countries, including Sweden, France, and Finland have decided to move forward with this option. Louise Potterton speaks to Peter Wikberg, the Research Director for Safety and Science at the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company.
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The work of PACT in Tanzania

17 September 2009

The work of PACT in Tanzania

Cancer is on the increase in Tanzania where it is estimated that around 35,000 cancer cases occur each year. But this African country with a population of 38 million has only one cancer treatment centre - the Ocean Road Cancer Institute. The IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy, or PACT, is working closely with this centre to help Tanzania establish a comprehensive cancer control programme. Louise Potterton speaks to Professor Twalib Ngoma, Executive Director of the Cancer Institute.
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Nuclear Science and Technology in Africa

17 September 2009

Nuclear Science and Technology in Africa

For 20 years, an intergovernmental agreement supported by the IAEA has contributed to foster nuclear science and technology for African development. Louise Potterton speaks to the outgoing chairperson of the agreement - known as AFRA - Professor Evelyne Mbede of Tanzania.
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Energy for Development - 2009 Scientific Forum

15 September 2009

Energy for Development - 2009 Scientific Forum

Energy for Development was the topic of the IAEA´s 2009 Scientific Forum. This two-day event, which coincides with the annual General Conference, brought together energy experts, economists and climate change specialists from around the world to debate this issue. Louise Potterton speaks to the Chair of the Scientific Forum, Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India.
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Protecting the Marine Environment

25 August 2009

Protecting the Marine Environment

Monaco is the home of the rich and famous, the pink palace, the Monte Carlo Casino and also the location of the IAEA´s Marine Environment Laboratories (MEL) - the only marine laboratory in the UN system. Louise Potterton speaks to Maria Betti, Director of the IAEA´s Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco.
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Combatting Wheat Rust

5 May 2009

Combatting Wheat Rust

A new strain of wheat rust - known as Ug99 - is decimating wheat fields worldwide. But help could be at hand in the form of nuclear science. The Joint Division of the IAEA and the UN´s Food and Agriculture Organization has brought together experts from around the world to develop Ug99 resistant wheat varieties by using radiation to induce mutations in seeds. Louise Potterton spoke to one of the experts, William Wagoire from Uganda, who first detected the new strain.
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Searching for Pollution in the Caribbean

30 April 2009

Searching for Pollution in the Caribbean

The IAEA is using nuclear technologies to study coastal pollution in 12 Caribbean countries. The project, which operates in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is coordinated by the IAEA´s Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco. Louise Potterton spoke to Joan Albert Sanchez Cabeza, who heads the Radiometrics Laboratory in Monaco.
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Getting Nuclear Power Started

15 April 2009

Getting Nuclear Power Started

Over 60 countries around the world are considering launching nuclear power programmes to meet energy needs. These countries have approached the IAEA - which offers support and advice to Member States that are considering or have decided to introduce nuclear power - for guidance. Louise Potterton speaks to Hans Holger Rogner, Head of the IAEA's Planning and Economic Studies Section within the Department of Nuclear Energy.
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Addressing Concerns About Food Irradiation's Safety

18 March 2009

Addressing Concerns About Food Irradiation´s Safety

David Byron, Head of the IAEA´s Food and Environment Protection Section, talks to Sasha Henriques about the use of irradiation to protect people from food-borne illnesses caused by harmful micro-organisms.
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Tsetse Flies and Sterile Insect Technique

17 March 2009

Tsetse Flies and Sterile Insect Technique

Scientists at the IAEA are working on programmes to control the deadly tsetse fly in Africa using a nuclear technology. The fly is the carrier of the parasite that causes a wasting disease in livestock and sleeping sickness in humans - a disease that can lead to death if untreated. Louise Potterton speaks to IAEA entomologist and tsetse fly expert, Udo Feldmann.
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Radiotherapy for Paediatric Cancer

4 March 2009

Radiotherapy for Paediatric Cancer

Dr. Raul Ribeiro is professor in paediatrics and Director of the International Outreach Program at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, USA. Here, he talks to Angela Leuker about the challenges of treating childhood cancer in low-income countries and how a new IAEA-coordinated initiative is developing improved strategies by optimising radiotherapy for paediatric cancer.
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IAEA and Cancer Control

4 February 2009

IAEA and Cancer Control

Latest figures from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) show that by 2010 cancer will have overtaken cardiovascular disease to become the world's number one killer. Louise Potterton speaks to IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Werner Burkart, about the IAEA's cancer-related activities.
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Nuclear Science in Food Security

8 December 2008

Nuclear Science in Food Security

The IAEA is calling for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that could pull millions of people out of the hunger and poverty trap. Louise Potterton speaks to Pierre Lagoda, the head of the IAEA's Plant Breeding and Genetics Section.
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Fighting Cancer in Developing Countries

5 November 2008

Fighting Cancer in Developing Countries

Louise Potterton speaks to Massoud Samiei, the programme manager of the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).
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Addressing Global Shortage of Radiation Sources and Isotopes

4 November 2008

Addressing Global Shortage of Radiation Sources and Isotopes

Ed Bradley, a nuclear engineer from the IAEA Research Reactors Group, explains to Giovanni Verlini how the IAEA is contributing to avert a potential global medical emergency by helping research reactor operators run their facilities safely and reliably.
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IAEA General Conference Opens in Vienna

29 September 2008

IAEA General Conference Opens in Vienna

The 52nd annual IAEA General Conference opened 29 September 2008 in Vienna, Austria with high-level delegates in attendance. Mr. David Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General for Management outlines the expectations.
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Protecting Those Who Heal

29 August 2008

Protecting Those Who Heal

Operating theatres can be dangerous workplaces for heart surgeons and other medical personnel. Giovanni Verlini speaks to Professor Eliseo Vano, from the Radiology Department of the Complutense University of Madrid.
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Birth Control for Mosquitos

11 August 2008

Birth Control for Mosquitos

Entomologists at the IAEA are hard at work on a project to control malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in Africa. Louise Potterton speaks to Mark Benedict, who is in charge of the programme.
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Olive Fruit Fly

30 June 2008

Olive Fruit Fly

The olive - consumed by millions around the globe - is under attack. Louise Potterton examines how scientists at the Joint Divison of the IAEA and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation are using nuclear technologies to develop techniques to combat the Olive Fruit Fly.
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Safe Shipment of Radioactive Materials

26 June 2008

Safe Shipment of Radioactive Materials

In this episode of IAEA talk, Dana Sacchetti discusses the topic of shipment of radioactive materials with Jack Edlow, a leading expert in the field.
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"Orphaned" Radioactive Sources

6 June 2008

"Orphaned" Radioactive Sources

In this episode of IAEA talk, Kirstie Hansen looks at the problem of so-called "orphaned" radioactive sources.
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Nuclear Safety

6 May 2008

Nuclear Safety

IAEA's Dana Sacchetti discusses issues related to nuclear safety with United States Nuclear Regulatory Chairman Dr. Dale E. Klein.
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Screw Worm Fly in Yemen

30 April 2008

Screw Worm Fly in Yemen

IAEA's Kirstie Hansen reports on the outbreak of the insidious "screw worm" fly in Yemen.
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Climate Change

25 April 2008

Climate Change

IAEA's Giovanni Verlini talks with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on averting catastrophic consequences for the earth's climate.
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24 April 2008

Nuclear Waste

Giovanni Verlini talks with Hans Forsström, Director of the IAEA's Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, on the closing of the fuel cycle.
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9 April 2008

Plant Breeding and Food Security

IAEA intern Karine Langlois talks with Plant Breeding Unit Head Chikelu Mba on the IAEA's work to help ensure food security through plant breeding techniques.
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Human Resources in the Nuclear Power Industry

27 March 2008

Human Resources in the Nuclear Power Industry

Is the nuclear energy industry facing a brain drain? Dana Sacchetti talks with IAEA nuclear knowledge management head Yanko Yanev about the human resources issue.
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World Water Day 2008

19 March 2008

World Water Day 2008

Pradeep Aggarwal, Head of the IAEA's water resources programme, discusses the importance of sanitation and how the IAEA applies scientific techniques to address global water challenges.
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Podcasting: A Basic Q & A


Q. What is a podcast?

A. A podcast is a digital recording of an audio programme, made available on the Internet for downloading and listening on a personal audio player (Oxford English dictionary). What sets it apart from a traditional audio file is the ability to subscribe to a series of programmes and then automatically receive the most recent episodes as they become available. Podcasts are growing in popularity and many traditional broadcasters (such as National Public Radio in the US, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and a host of major television channels) have begun to use them as an additional content delivery source.

Q. What do I need to listen to a podcast?

A. Because podcasts are created as standard audio files, they can be played on computers, mp3 players and a growing number of cell phones. If you would like to receive the podcasts automatically, you'll need a program that can subscribe to podcasts, such as iTunes.

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