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Rob Kajiwara is an Indigenous Luchuan (Okinawan / Uchinanchu) activist, scholar, and musician based in Okinawa City. He is president of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition dedicated to promoting Luchuan culture, history, languages, and rights. In 2018-19 Kajiwara petitioned to stop the illegal construction of the U.S. military base at Henoko, Okinawa receiving over 212,000 signatures. Since then he has frequently spoken at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as a representativ ...
 
A podcast that’s like a prospectus but not written by old people who went to Oxbridge in 1823. Abi and Leah (season 1), and Will and Romana (season 2) are real students who share their uncensored university experience and practical advice so you won’t make the same mistakes they did. Produced by The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University.
 
Welcome to FinCrime Spotlight, the podcast that looks to shine a light on the FinTech community and their fight against financial crime. FinTechs have disrupted the financial services industry and have transformed the ways in which we identify, monitor and expose bad actors and criminal organisations. FinCrime Spotlight will offer listeners the opportunity to hear from the FinCrime fighters on the front line, delve into fincrime investigations, examine the technology underpinning the industr ...
 
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A Podcast for people working in housing and construction, who are building new homes and retrofitting old ones, here in the UK and Ireland. The show focuses on what we need to do to meet our collective Climate Change targets, address fuel poverty and build healthier sustainable communities. We want to share good practice and advice to those professionals working in the industry as well as those who just want to learn what we have to do.
 
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In this episode of MetCast, we talk about the issues of going through complex fertility journeys at work. There are 3.5 million people in the UK facing fertility issues, whether that be infertility, going through fertility treatments, or experiencing miscarriage. Researchers in the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity are looking into the experi…
 
Professor of Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University Kevin Albertson makes the point that we can't put off the change that is required now for future generations and that we need to change our socio-economic systems in a way that we use less energy and the energy we do use is done in a sustainable and equitable for everyone in society.…
 
What can we understand about the actions and greed associated to powerful and wealthy people caught up in crime and corruption, from a real life story interpreted to film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Matthew to explore all of this, and more, based on the American crime film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and …
 
What can we discover about the impact the ‘80s Colombian cocaine trade had on society, from the portrayal of real life events in a TV show? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Hanna to explore all of this, and more, based on the TV series ‘Narcos’ and true story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Hanna is a regulato…
 
What can we realise about the violence associated with organised crime and drug traffickers in London today, from its portrayal on TV? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Koos to explore all of this, and more, based on the 2020 British action–crime drama TV series ‘Gangs of London’. Koos Couvée is Senior Reporte…
 
Professor of Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University Kevin Albertson makes the point that we can't put off the change that is required now for future generations and that we need to change our socio-economic systems in a way that we use less energy and the energy we do use is done in a sustainable and equitable for everyone in society.…
 
In this episode of MetCast, we look at the vital role the Amazon rainforest plays in capturing carbon and what needs to be done to save it. We spoke with Dr Alex Lees, a researcher from Manchester Metropolitan, who has spent several years working in the Amazon to learn more about how best we can protect it. Dr Lees has also contributed to a major n…
 
In this episode of MetCast, we talk about how Greater Manchester is planning to adapt to mitigate some of the risks that climate change will bring in the future – from increased risk of flooding, to the dangers rising temperatures bring. Senior Lecturer, Dr Paul O'hare discusses his work with the Manchester Climate Change Agency as he supports the …
 
Demilitarizing the Pacific: Ryukyu (Okinawa), Guam / Northern Mariana, Hawaii. For generations the Indigenous peoples of the island nations have been under U.S. military occupation, which is harming our environment and putting us in danger. Now, Native Ryukyuans (Okinawans / Uchinanchu), Chamorro, and Hawaiians have come together to assist each oth…
 
Bankers Without Boundaries (‘BwB’), an innovator in finance, is a not-for-profit powered by former investment bankers to assist high impact projects that benefit the environment and social good. BwB works with governments, institutions, cities and foundations to provide advisory and research services to mobilize capital. They apply financial concep…
 
In this episode of MetCast, we chat about Carbon Literacy at Manchester Met – and how it’s being used to help councils, schools and businesses. Led by Dr Rachel Dunk, Carbon Literacy is training and teaching people about the steps they and their organisations can take to live cleaner and greener lives. So far, thousands have been trained in Carbon …
 
What can we understand about corruption, competition, power and wealth that drives the energy industry, from its depiction in a film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Tamara to explore all of this, and more, based on the 2005 American geopolitical thriller film ‘Syriana’. Tamara is currently the Managing Dire…
 
Christina Gaiger is the current President of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and is committed to the creative reuse of buildings, alongside the construction of a supportive network for the profession, to give traction to the value of good design.Following graduation, Christina has worked on a wide variety of projects, inclu…
 
Dr Jan Rosenow joins us on the first day of CoP26 to talk about the decarbonisation of our buildings and how we transition to zero carbon heating. The conversation includes the electrification of heat and how we ensure a just transition.As the director of European programmes, Dr. Jan Rosenow leads RAP’s initiatives in Europe on power market design …
 
This week we are joined by Bex Porter who is the Built Environment Lead for the High-Level Champions TeamThe UN High-Level Climate Champions are spearheading the race to a cleaner, safer, healthier and more resilient world. Through our campaigns, Race to Resilience and Race to Zero, we are elevating ambition and mobilizing credible climate action a…
 
What can we learn about why people get tempted into bad choices through their own life narratives and the incentives and circumstances they are exposed to, from its portrayal in film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Niels to explore all of this, and more, based on the 1993 American legal thriller 'The Firm'.…
 
On Wednesday, October 27, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver his next Budget and Spending Review to the House of Commons. In the latest episode of MetCast we hear from Christian Spence, Head of Future Economies Analytics in Manchester Metropolitan’s Future Economies Research Centre, about what we can expect to hear from the Ch…
 
Morten is the Business Development Manager at DBDH (Danish Board of District Heating) in charge of all activities in Western Europe.The DBDH is a Danish member organization with members from the entire Danish district heating sector. Thier mission is to “Promote District Energy for a Sustainable City Transformation”. Morten works with governments, …
 
What can we discover about the evolving networks of international organised crime and human trafficking from its representation in a TV drama? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Charlotte to explore all of this, and more, based on the BBC TV series adaptation of Misha Glenny’s book ‘McMafia’. Charlotte is curre…
 
Conversation with Michael Jones, the Head of Housing Delivery and Asset Management at York City Council.Michael is the strategic lead for all asset elements of housing at the authority. He is passionate about zero-carbon housing delivery and the energy efficiency of retrofit.Part of a team tasked with leading initiatives that improve the health and…
 
Okinawa (Ryukyu) has often been called the keystone of security in the Asia-Pacific, yet since 1945 Okinawans have strongly opposed the presence of the U.S. military, including the current building of the controversial military base at Henoko. Both the U.S. and Japan cite the threat of China as reason for the heavy concentration of military on Okin…
 
What can we learn about responses to terrorist financing from its portrayal on TV? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Tom to explore all of this, and more, based on Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan series. Tom is the Director of Royal United Services Institute’s (RUSI) Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies (CFC…
 
Occupied Okinawa. Discusses Okinawan history, including the Ryukyu Kingdom, the illegal annexation by Japan, the Battle of Okinawa, the U.S. military bases, and the movement to restore Luchu's independence. Done for the Master of Asian International Affairs program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Asian Studies 651: East Asia Now. Originally p…
 
Is Hawaii really part of the USA? Talking about the history of Hawaii, including the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, and the subsequent 1898 illegal annexation of Hawaii by the U.S. without a treaty of annexation. Featuring H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom. www.HawaiianKingdom.net Suppo…
 
IN 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 1469 under the mistaken belief that the people of Alaska and Hawaii had exercised their right to self-determination and consented to be integrated into the United States of America as the 49th and 50th States, respectively. The error aided and abetted the United States in its subjugation and pillag…
 
"Okinawans call for independence at the United Nations." Podcast / audio version of the UN panel presentation (side event) titled "Demilitarizing the Pacific: Ryukyu (Okinawa), Mariana (Guam) and Hawaii," that originally aired 10 March 2021 at the UN Human Rights Council 46th session in Geneva, Switzerland. Sponsored by Incomindios, an NGO in consu…
 
This week I caught up with Scott McAulay, from the Anthropocene Architecture School.Scott is an architect who has been writing about climate change and the built environment, and the need for radical change and to reshape the architectural education model.I discussed Scott's journey and what has caused him to rebel and how the Anthropocene architec…
 
Interview with Dr. Alfred de Zayas, professor of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law and high-ranking United Nations official. He was the original UN Independent Expert for a Democratic and Equitable International Order. He is also a former senior lawy…
 
What can we takeaway from this true story of a privileged, well educated women caught up in money laundering? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Elizabeth to explore all of this, and more, based on the TV series and story of Piper Kerman: ‘Orange is the New Black’. Elizabeth Bramlage is Chief Marketing Officer …
 
Discussion with Professor Kevin Albertson on the UK Energy Market and the causes of the current energy issues regards increased costs and supply, as well as some of the policy solutions that might be available to us.Prof. Kevin Albertson is an eclectic economist with a background in statistics and economics. He is a member of the Decent Work and Pr…
 
What can we learn about employee fraud and amateur criminals involved in money laundering from its interpretation in a late 90s American comedy film? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Micah to explore all of this, and more, based on the film ‘Office Space’. Micah Willbrand is VP of product for AML services at …
 
Peter Rickaby qualified as an architect at Cambridge University and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University. He worked in leading architectural practices in New Zealand and London before a thirty-five-year career as an energy and sustainability consultant in buildings and housing. He has published numerous technical guides to e…
 
What can we learn from insurance fraud and a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system in a Hollywood movie? Quite a lot, it seems! Gemma Rogers, Co-Founder, FINTRAIL sits down with Jas to explore all of this, and more, based on the film ‘The Laundromat’. Jas is the Head of Financial Crimes for Stripe's (US) and leads…
 
In this episode of MetCast, we speak to four experts from the Manchester Metropolitan University Fuel Cell Innovation Centre about the Government's newly launched UK Hydrogen Strategy. In August 2021, the Government announced its plan for a world-leading hydrogen economy – the first of its kind in the UK. Amer Gaffar, Dr Ian Madley, Dr Yagya Regmi …
 
Interview with Scott Foster, who is the Director of Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Council for Europe (UNECE), and Jenna Cramer who is Executive Director at the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh and part of the UN Centre of Excellence programme.By Jeff Colley & Duncan Smith
 
In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Jackie Newton, Manchester Met Exercise and Sports Science MA graduate. Jackie was Director of Coaching and Athlete Development for Athletics Northern Ireland going into this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, helping to prepare athletes for the biggest competition of their lives. She is now starting a new …
 
In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Helen Scott, Manchester Met sport and exercise science student and Paralympic track cyclist. Helen is currently out in Tokyo ready to compete in the kilo and individual pursuit events with her stoker Aileen McGlynn. Helen and Aileen last competed together at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where the pair wal…
 
On Monday, August 2, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. In the latest episode of MetCast we speak to experts from Manchester Metropolitan University's Institute of Sport about the current rules and regulations and the science behind the International Olymp…
 
In this episode of MetCast we chat to Dr Thomas Allen from Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport about the latest technology in running shoes and running spikes which could break new records at the Olympics. Over recent years shoe technology has jumped ahead with innovations such as carbon plates in the shoes and feather-light mater…
 
In this episode of MetCast, we chat to Valencia Nathaly Sihera, Manchester Met sport science graduate and head coach for the Grenada Olympic swimming team. Valencia has been out in Tokyo supporting two young swimmers from the Caribbean island nation at their first games, Kimberley Ince who has since competed in the 100m backstroke and Delron Felix,…
 
With the Olympic Games beginning in Tokyo, Japan, Professor Jonathan Grix and Dr Paul Brannagan, from the Institute of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University, join us to discuss their research into sports mega-events. In the latest episode of MetCast we discuss the concept of soft-power and the future of the Olympic Games in the wake of the CO…
 
With England due to compete in final of the Euros in front of 60,000 fans at their home ground Wembley, we talk to Dr Martin Turner about the psychological advantages and disadvantages of competing at home and the impact of crowds on performance. Dr Turner is a Reader in Psychology specialising in human performance under pressure and adversity, fro…
 
With the knockout stages of the UEFA European football championship kicking off on 26 June, in this episode, we will be exploring how anxiety can affect players who are called up to take penalties. When we consider that the England national team has around a 30% success rate in penalty shootouts, this tells us that penalty success is not simply dow…
 
On Friday, June 18, England will meet Scotland at Wembley stadium in the UEFA European Football Championship. Fans of both teams will have their own predictions on the outcome of the game, but is there a proven way of being able to predict the score of a football match before it is played? A group of students at Manchester Met think there is. We sp…
 
On Friday, June 11, the postponed European Football Championship, otherwise known as the Euros will begin. In the latest episode of MetCast, academics from the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport explain how fans will return to football stadiums safely under Covid-19, how players prepare mentally for tournaments and perform under …
 
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