#544 Dark Matter – Melbourne Uni Stories

‘Dark matter’ is a component of the universe that scientists say encompasses 80% of its makeup.

It doesn’t emit light and is therefore invisible and it cannot be detected by electromagnetic or other means.

Scientists say dark matter exists, not because they’ve encountered it but because it doesn’t make sense for the rest of the universe to exist without it. 

The students of the Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne were tasked with creating an audio story using the term ‘dark matter’ as inspiration. As part of All the Best’s annual collaboration with these students we have chosen some of our favorites to share with you.

1 – Psilocybin

Amelia investigates Australia’s journey into legalising psychedelic assisted therapies, where MDMA and magic mushrooms could be used to treat severe PTSD and depression. 

Produced by Amelia Costigan

2 – Taboo

Our next story focuses on the idea of ‘taboo’, a term that has a long history from ancient religious societies. But despite this history are taboos still relevant in contemporary society? Or they just a way for families to maintain control?

Produced by Li Guangao

3 – New Parents

Post-natal depression and anxiety is a common issue suffered by new parents, but is rarely talked about in the mainstream. Our next story explores the toll this isolating feeling can take on the people bringing new life into the world. 

Produced by Angelina Maroulis

4 – A Light in Dark Times

Our final piece is the story of Sarah Chien. Sarah is an international student from Taiwan who used her creativity and connection to culture to create a light for herself in the darkest of times. 

Produced by Chung-Yun Hsu

Supervising production for these stories were by Sami Shah, Daniel Semo and Mell Chun.

Music: Dark Matters by Leftfield

Content Warning: This episode contains references to clinical drug use and post-natal depression.

All The Best credits:

Production Manager: Phoebe Adler-Ryan

Editorial Manager: Mell Chun

Host: Madhuraa Prakash

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