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'Social Media' - How it is influencing our lives [Image: localbusinessau.org]
23 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a discussion on - 'Social Media' - and how it is influencing our lives, society and the new generation. The discussion in the form of informal conversation between two Canberra new generation members touched upon the issues of good and evil sides of social media such as mental illness, social media platforms' responsibility and social media detoxification. The participants were Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Looking forward to 2020 - New year, New you, New goals [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
18 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program, presented by the new generation Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra, Australia, talked about their SMART goals to stay positive, stay hopeful and stay well in 2020 - covering both physical and mental health. The background music used in the program were played by Tony O'Connor and Chris Kimber in their albums 'Bushland Dreaming' and 'Enhancing your Mind, Body, Spirit' respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Bangladesh National Parliament Building at a permanent display in Canberra [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
30 Dec 2019 MP3

This week's program highlighted the launch of a miniature model of the Bangladesh National Parliament Building at a permanent display in Canberra. It has been added to the collection of world's famous buildings on display at the Cockington Green Gardens - a multiple award winning landmark attraction of Canberra. The program spoke to Mr. Mark Sarah, General Manager of Cockington Green Gardens, and Mr. Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob, President of Let's Work for Bangladesh in Canberra about the successful completion of the project. The song played in the program was from album 'Jagoroner Gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Welcome 2020 [Image: Photo by Matthew Abbott for the New York Times]
06 Jan 2020 MP3

This week's program, the first for 2020, provided a summary of the unprecedented bushfires burning across Australia on the eve of the Christmas Day and New Year. It described the massive bushfires sweeping across the country that shocked Australians in their size and ferociousness while authorities declare state of emergency in New South Wales and Victoria, and state of alertness in the Australian Capital Territory. The singers of songs played in the program were Abbasuddin Ahmed, Shandha Mukhopadhay and Paban Das Baul. The background music were by Tonny O'Connor (Bushland Dreaming) and Gary Reman Malkin (The Innocent Land). This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A beautiful collection of songs from Bangladeshi cinema of the 70s and 80s [Photo: en.newsg24.com]
20 Jul 2020 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Chhaya Chhondo' - a beautiful collection of songs from Bangladeshi cinema of the 70s and 80s. These popular songs of the bygone days will bring back memories of many of us of our childhood, youth or adulthood life to reflect on and cherish during the difficult time we are passing now - a small slice of the sky to wonder and fly your mind for a while. This week’s program was produced and presented by Seena Zaman.

New Generation's Voice: Working from home: Our thoughts and experiences [Photo: Adnin Zahid]
24 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program - 'Working from home: Our thoughts and experiences' - highlighted the positives and negatives of working from home as observed by the new generation in Canberra. Current Corona pandemic has redefined how we live, learn, work, play and socialise - from 'home'. The program also touched upon how this is shaping our life now and will in future and what are the consequences: physically, socially and mentally. The beautiful song 'Work From Home' played in the program was sung by popular American girl group Fifth Harmony. The song collected from YouTube was posted courtesy of iHeartRadio Australia. The background music piece 'Spirals' used in the program was played by Chris Kimber in album 'Mind Body Spirit'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid.

The dark side of social media [Image: socialmediaaddictionwebblog.wordpress.com]
28 Sep 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the affect of 'Social Media' in our life. Dr Lubna Alam, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, Melbourne joined this week's program to shed some light on the dark side of social media - how it manipulates human behaviour for profit, keeps user constantly engaged to influence his or her actions and turning them into easy prey for advertisers and propagandists. Referring to two recent documentaries on the topic (The Social Dilemma, The Great Hack) she advised listeners to be cautious about their addiction and privacy breaches. The singers of the song played in the program were Shukonna Ghosh and Pintu Ghosh. The background music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Science - Blackhole and Time travel - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Image: education.abc.net.au]
12 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program, on popular demand of the listeners, presented another two articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain on space-time and time travel. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. The articles written in easy to understand language beautifully described (1) the concepts of blackhole, whitehole and quantum space-time, and (2) what is 'time travel' - is it really possible? The articles were collected from Dr. Hossain's Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The fatigue of home digital office and its remedy - Interview: Dr. Lubna Alam [Image: abc.net.au]
19 Oct 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the issues of increased technology use, particularly working online from home during the COVID-19 pandemic - how it affects our physical and mental well-being. Dr Lubna Alam, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, Melbourne highlighted these issues and provided some useful tips to reduce screen-time to maintain our digital-health and wellness. The singer of the song 'tomar jonno' played in the program was Balam. The background music used in the program was played by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - exploring the influence of human gene on human culture - Part 1:  Evolution of human communities and culture based on - 'language' [Image: theindependentbd.com]
02 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program introduced a new series - 'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - exploring the influence of human gene on human culture. Two well-known Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chowdhury and Dr. Tanvir Hossain teamed together to discuss issues surrounding the topic to answer questions like: Is human culture controlled by their DNA? Or does gene have any role on the evolution of human civilisations? This week's program is part one of that series that focused on how human communities and their culture evolved based on - 'language'. The multi-lingual songs played in the program were sung by Asmi. The background music was by Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The story of Kamala Harris [Photo: sbs.com.au/AP]
09 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program presented the story of Kamala Harris who made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president-elect in 2020 presidential election along with US president-elect Joe Biden. It also mentioned the 'White Ribbon Day' to be observed in Australia on Friday 20 November 2020 to bring people together to raise awareness and commit to action to prevent men’s violence against women. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Jayati Chakaraborty. The background music was by Llewellyn from album Mysts of Avalon. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

New Generation's Voice: Experience of owning pet and the White Ribbon Day [Photo: Adiba Ahmed]
16 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program presented the experience of owning pet and the White Ribbon Day to be observed in Australia on 20 November 2020. A new owner shared her feelings of owning a kitten and described how it could enrich one's life. She also noted the differences in pet love and animal empathy in different culture. Finally it reminded the importance of White Ribbon Day to be observed this week in Canberra. The background music piece used in the program was taken from album 'Panflute Memories'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid.

A brief history of the pleasure plant opium [Image: A poppy field with capsules/bbc.com]
30 Nov 2020 MP3

This week’s program presented a brief history of the pleasure plant opium. Opium was known to have medicinal properties from about 3500 BC in Sumeria. Later that knowledge spread to Europe and then to India and China. The East India Company controlled the production of opium in our subcontinent and set up a very profitable triangular trade route between India, China and the UK. The effects of that trade are still with us today. The songs played in this week’s program were by Kanak Chapa, Shahnaz Beli, Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and Nabonita Ray. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

New Generation's Voice: The year that was 2020 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
28 Dec 2020 MP3

This week's program presented by the new generation members of the Bangladeshi community gave a brief summary of - 'the year that was 2020' - from their perspective. It highlighted how the year changed our life, expectations and future realities. The background pieces: 'The Innocent Land', 'Mountain Majesty' and 'A Time Ago' used in the program was played by Gary Remal Malkin in album 'The Music of the Great Smoky Mountains'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

The rebirth of Dhaka Muslin - Possibilities [Image: A woman in fine Bengali muslin; Dhaka, 18th-century/Wikipedia.org]
11 Jan 2021 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Dhakai Mosliner Punorjonmo' (Rebirth of Dhaka Muslin) - describing the possibilities of re-establishing the ancient 'Muslin' industry - a handwoven legendary fabric made with the finest hand spun yarns from locally grown cotton alongside the river banks of Brahmaputra near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a molecular geneticist and Dr. Tanvir Hossain, a plant scientist discussed in depth the recent attempts to revive the Muslin industry in Bangladesh. They touched on factors such as plant biology, gene editing technologies, weaver training and commercial entrepreneurial support that could not only revive the rich heritage of the country but also become a major foreign currency earner beyond the present garment industry. The singer of the song played in the program was Sandhya Mukhopadhyay. The background Dilruba music piece collected from YouTube was by G. Saroja. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.