MODCast season two imagines what Australia looks like in 2050

UniSA’s Museum of Discovery has launched a new podcast series exploring what Australia’s future could look like to accompany its current Seven Siblings of the Future exhibition.  (Image source: MOD Museum

By Meika Bottrill @meikabottrill

Over the summer, journalism students Anna Day, Madina Jaffari and myself worked with Radio Adelaide and the University of South Australia’s Museum of Discovery (MOD) to launch the second season of MODcast.

MODcast is a podcast series designed to complement the ongoing exhibition and engage the museum’s audience.

The current exhibition, running until the end of May 2020, is titled Seven Siblings of the Future.

Seven Siblings of the Future is a fascinating exhibition that delves into the idea of Australia in 2050, and the themes covered are relevant to today’s political climate.

Some of the topics discussed throughout the exhibition include automation in the workforce, the ethics behind wearable trackers, making a liveable city, altering human genetics, and climate-induced migration.

The seven-part podcast series was developed in collaboration with Radio Adelaide’s Podcast Works and with help from senior producer Sarah Martin.

Over the weeks of production, we were provided training in making a podcast, interviewing academics, and most importantly, editing and finetuning audio to ensure the podcast was at a high standard.

Madina Jaffari studies a Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing at the University of South Australia and was intrigued by the prospect of producing a podcast.

“I’ve always wanted to make a podcast and I’m so grateful it started with MOD, where we had access to amazing mentors like Sarah Martin and Nikki Marcel,” Ms Jaffari said.

“If I had to be bluntly honest, I was quite nervous for the first couple of interviews, but as time progressed, it got so much easier.

“It’s crazy how confident the interviews made me by the end of it all, I feel like I can approach anyone now and shove a mic on their face without being nervous that I’m doing the wrong thing.”

One of the topics that Ms Jaffari researched was climate change: something very significant to all of us in light of the devastating Australian bushfires.

“Looking back at the conversations that I had with academics in regards to climate adaptation, it’s crazy that within two months we were already experiencing such devasting bushfires that have impacted us a lot,” she said.

“It just goes to show how important the topics are and how much we need to educate ourselves and each other.”

Fellow student Anna Day said that the experience was enlightening.

“Speaking to experts about the future of a range of industries—human genetics, space, transport, migration and liveable cities—was an eye-opening and, at times, mind-bending opportunity, Ms Day said.

With so much negativity surrounding the future of our environment, Seven Siblings aims to provide a positive outlook on Australia in 2050.

“As a young adult, climate change and the turmoil of our current world are often on my mind, and it’s easy to get bogged down in the doom and gloom narrative about our shared future,” she said.

Seven Sibling From the Future, however, has given me optimism about Australia in 2050…it seems very clear that Australia’s future will be built by people from all walks of life working together.”

Producing a podcast is hard work, and this experience has undoubtedly given us an appreciation of the work that goes into the other podcasts we listen to.

While speaking up about the devastating things happening globally is vital, it is equally important to provide a positive outlook on Australia’s future to inspire and encourage others.

The podcast is released weekly on Mondays and you can listen to the first four episodes here or wherever you get your podcasts.

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