'Afraid to Ask' Podcast

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 23

Podcast 23: Do We Need International Students?
On this episode of Afraid to Ask we’re talking to AUT Culture and Society Professor Nigel Hemmington, International Operations Manager Joanne Chrystal, and Vietnamese AUT business student Quynh Nguyen about international students, and why we need their opinions, influences and perspectives to advance the society of New Zealand.

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


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Episode 22

Podcast 22: When Does Freedom of Speech Become Hate Speech?
In today's tumultuous political climate, it can be hard to distinguish between free speech and hate speech. To clear things up, we had a chat to AUT Professor of History, Paul Moon and Professor of Law, Kris Gledhill about what we can and cannot say.

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


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Episode 21

Podcast 21: Have Cultural Holidays Lost their Meaning?
While Diwali is a sacred cultural festival for many, for others it seems to just be an excuse to party. Has the significance of the holiday been lost in its commercialisation?

Today on Afraid to Ask we're talking with AUT Event Management programme leader Dr Alison Booth and Balamohan Shingade from AUT’s School of Art and Design about the festival of lights and the consequences of festivalisation.

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


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Episode 20

Podcast 20: Why Should I Learn Another Language?
With society becoming more diverse, learning a second language could one day become a necessity. Today on Afraid to Ask, we're chatting with AUT Language and Culture Associate Professor Sharon Harvey and Senior Lecturer in Economics Dr. Rahul Sen about other languages outside of English, and the world of opportunities that can open up when you can speak more than one.

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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Last updated: 19-May-2017 12.40pm

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