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Bruce talks with Dr. Kendra Stewart from the College of Charleston. Dr. Stewart discusses her experience of finding public administration and succeeding in graduate school and on the tenure track. She also discusses the role that communication plays in effective public administration, the importance of the politics-administration dichotomy, and the…
 
To start the episode, Skye rejoins Dirk and David to finish off their deep dive into the MOBA genre. They talk about what they learned for their personal design work, as well as what they learned for improving future genre deep dives. The next series of episodes to get the Genre Deep Dive treatment will be all about collectible and living card game…
 
Join Josie for a conversation with Dr. Mary Feeney, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and professor from Arizona State University. Dr. Feeney talks about her experience of finding academia and the belief that a degree is the way to a better life. She also talks about her experiences in undergraduate and gra…
 
Kathryn Hymes joins Dirk and David to answer listener questions from our Discord channel. Questions range from practical designer concerns like pitching digital games and community building to more philosophical questions on topics like emergent gameplay and novelty vs structure.By Kathryn Hymes, David V. Heron, Dirk Knemeyer
 
Our summer series of Vinyl Hours music interviews kicks off with an interview with Steve Wall, the renowned actor and singer-songwriter who delighted audiences in The Stunning and wrote songs that defined, and are part of the DNA of, a whole generation of Irish people. Join us Wednesday 30 June for the next edition of Vinyl Hours. Vinyl Hours is ho…
 
Bruce talks with Drs. Sarah Young from the University of North Georgia and Kimberly Wiley from the University of Florida. Drs. Young and Wiley discuss the problem of faculty sexual assault in academia and the field of public administration. They also discuss how we can take steps to address the problem and move forward as a community. References fr…
 
Show producer Skye Larsen joins Dirk and David to talk about his first published design, Paperback Adventures. Topics include the balancing act that comes with mashing genres together, the path that led to Skye’s debut design, and the collaborative nature of the project. The discussion also covers some nitty gritty design topics, from the card-spla…
 
On this episode, Josie talks with Drs. Ana-Maria Dimand from Boise State University and Juniper Katz from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Drs. Dimand and Katz discuss their experience as early career faculty in the field of public administration. They also discuss the experience of surviving the PhD process and succeeding on the job market…
 
Brian “FeralPony” Feeney joins Dirk and David to talk about the new mobile MOBA game from Riot Games, League of Legends: Wild Rift. The discussion covers how the mobile format did and did not impact the gameplay for Wild Rift, and what the current audience for the game is like. The group chats about how even small changes like enemy spawn times can…
 
In this episode, Pulitizer Prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith, writer, performer and theatre maker, discusses the experiences and ideas which inform much–praised works like Forever, Beauty’s Daughter and Yellowman. She is interviewed by Professor Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway. Dael Orlandersmith's First Thought …
 
The Endeavour Programme has developed an artificial intelligence technology that can be applied to improve the performance of major projects. Key takeaways: Throughout history, the construction industry has rapidly adopted ‘mechanical’ technology, but the management and design of projects is still dominated by humans using programmes such as excel,…
 
On this week's Vinyl Hours episode, host Tiernan Henry talks to award–winning and critically acclaimed singer and composer Julie Feeney. Please note that song excerpts have been edited out of the podcast for copyright reasons. You can listen to Julie's full Vinyl Hours playlist on Galway International Arts Festival's Spotify page: http://spoti.fi/2…
 
In this episode, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and now head of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, will talk about possibly the single most important issue facing humanity. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in July 2019 at NUI Galway.…
 
Clare is an award-winning environmental expert and sustainability strategist. Key takeaways Although widely used, sustainability is a jargonistic word which is not immediately self-explanatory. ‘Wellbeing’ (social, indigenous, economic and environmental) is a term people can more closely relate to, measure and understand If the key project evaluati…
 
In this week's Vinyl Hours episode, host Tiernan Henry talks to Liz Nugent, the bestselling author of Unravelling Oliver, Lying In Wait, Skin Deep, andOur Little Cruelties. Please note that song excerpts have been edited out of the podcast for copyright reasons. You can listen to Liz's full Vinyl Hours playlist on Galway International Arts Festival…
 
In this 15-minute interview, playwright Enda Walsh and Galway International Arts Festival Artistic Director Paul Fahy discuss their ongoing collaboration on the Rooms series of immersive theatre installations. ​ Changing Room, which premiered as part of GIAF's Autumn Edition, is the latest in the series and follows on from Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroo…
 
Key takeaways: A Portfolio is the totality of an Organisation’s investment required to achieve its strategic objectives. An Organisation can have one or multiple Portfolio’s depending on its business model. A Program is a temporary organisation structure created to coordinate, direct and oversee the implementation of a number of related Projects. P…
 
Nicole Cutler joins Dirk and David to discuss her roles in operations and production in the tabletop industry. They discuss some of the production choices made when developing Gods Love Dinosaurs from Pandasaurus Games. Nicole shares insights into how the small teams common in the industry often end up with many of the production, operations, and p…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of our Vinyl Hours conversation with Ireland’s renowned concert orchestra conductor and choirmaster David Brophy, hosted by Tiernan Henry. To listen to David Brophy's full playlist, visit GIAF's Spotify page here http://bit.ly/DavidBrophyPlaylist. This episode was recorded as part of Galway International Arts Festival's September …
 
Richard is the Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG where he leads a team of nearly 3,000 people. Richard is an authority within the infrastructure industry. Key takeaways: Infrastructure drives quality of life – society functions on the strength of its infrastructure Covid, and the rising societal awareness of climate change, is releasing the abi…
 
For the first time, Galway International Arts Festival's popular Vinyl Hours music discussion series is available as a podcast. In this episode, Vinyl Hours host Tiernan Henry chats to Ireland’s world renowned concert orchestra conductor and choirmaster David Brophy about the music he loves. Please note that song excerpts have been edited out of th…
 
The global pandemic has distracted everyone from another problem facing the planet, for which there is no vaccine: climate change and its predictable disastrous effects on our lives. In 2019, First Thought Talks hosted a fascinating and inspiring talk with four of the young people involved in the schools’ protests for action on climate change, in c…
 
Does Culture Drive Human Evolution? Gaia Vince thinks it does. She claims that four evolutionary drivers – Fire, Language, Beauty and Time – are further transforming our species into a superorganism, a hyper–cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis, or ’Homni’. Drawing on cutting–edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, pala…
 
The COVID–19 pandemic has exposed deep fractures in many countries in how we organise our societies, in our capacity to care for our most vulnerable citizens and in the systems that govern our lives. Some of us hope for change in these systems when we finally escape COVID’s clutches. Will the dreadful death toll, the economic devastation and the ob…
 
Our nearest neighbour seems to be in an ongoing state of division and uncertainty for the last number of years, a situation which has been further exacerbated by the COVID–19 pandemic. With the arrival of Brexit, where to next for an increasingly disunited kingdom? John Lanchester, novelist and journalist, known for explaining the 2007 financial cr…
 
Firaxis designer David McDonough joins the show to talk strategy game design with Dirk and David. Topics in their discussion include: player stories vs game stories, the spectrum between full sandbox games and historical simulations, and how immersion in player stories can be encouraged. Along the way many games are covered, including both the Civi…
 
Following the publication of “Know your options” Frank joined us to discuss what level of private sector participation a government can and should have in delivering long-term infrastructure projects. Key takeaways Although ‘Traditional’ models are compared to PPP, all models involve some level of private sector participation. This begs the questio…
 
What happened in Ireland during the Spanish Flu pandemic just over 100 years ago? Who died, how, and what did the authorities do to manage the disease? Did we learn from that experience? Will we learn from this one? Dr. Ida Milne, historian and author of Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, and Fergal Bowers, RTÉ Health C…
 
Alisha Thayer, a designer who has worked on AAA video games like Red Dead Redemption and Rise of the Tomb Raider, joins Dirk and David to talk game systems. They discuss both the strengths and limitations of designing games that allow multiple systems to interact with each other and create novel experiences. By walking through the different games s…
 
Ireland’s participation in the soccer World Cup in Italy in 1990, 30 years ago, was a defining time for the country, leading to community bonding, national pride and general elation. Jack Charlton, alas no longer with us, became an object of national veneration for getting us so far in the competition before Italy put a stop to our gallop. The Iris…
 
Bruce talks with Dr. John Diamond from Edge Hill University and co-editor-in-chief of Teaching Public Administration and Jeremy Hall from University of Central Florida and co-editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review. Drs. Diamond and Hall discuss the review process of academic journal and the challenges that academic publishing is experienci…
 
The grotesque murder of George Floyd, filmed by a brave 17–year–old girl, shocked the world into a fresh realisation of racism and its consequences in the United States. We also need to look nearer to home and to articulate and hear what people of colour have experienced here in Ireland. In this episode, Tobi Lawal, Felicia Olusanya and Amanda Adew…
 
Dirk, David, and show producer Skye team up to tackle the third episode in our deep dive into the MOBA genre. This time the group discusses an aspect that’s fairly unique to the genre: its constant changes. Topics include why MOBAs have such huge casts of playable characters, a digression into the QWER four-ability mechanic, how the cadence of chan…
 
Following his excellent article ‘A 10 Point Public-Private Partnership Plan for National Economic Recovery in the USA’ (link in comments) David joined us to discuss the state of the infrastructure in the USA and how the acceleration of PPP programs can provide a solution. Key takeaways: For decades, investment into new build infrastructure, or main…
 
The majority in Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU but has failed to insist on a course which is, arguably, very much in its best interests. What are the divisions within Northern society that have led to the current situation, and how will Brexit play out for the different communities there? In this episode, we'll hear from Glenn Paterson,…
 
How has Ireland managed the novel coronavirus COVID–19? Were we ready for it? Did the government make the right choices? What isthe science now on the virus? In this episode, hear from Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Catherine Motherway, intensive care specialist at University Hospital, Limerick, Paul Moynagh,…
 
In this episode, we are joined by the team from Conexig to take an in-depth look at the infrastructure market in Latin America. Key takeaways Covid has significantly impacted economies across the region – with GDP expected to fall by 10% in 2020 Across the region basic infrastructure is not fully developed. Although this creates a strong pipeline o…
 
100 years ago this 21 November, over 30 people were killed in three separate events: the assassination of British intelligence agents by Michael Collins’ Squad in the morning, the shooting in reprisal of civilians at a match in Croke Park in the afternoon, and the torture and killing of Dick McKee, Peadar Clancy and Conor Clune at Dublin Castle tha…
 
This is the podcast version of our recent videocast https://youtu.be/EDnCJWurQIs Key conclusions We do not know where the bottom of the market is. However, we have seen upward curves in the US (Domestic) market, Europe (pre-lockdown), Mexico, Russia, and China. Private aviation is also performing strongly Consistency of Government policy in relatio…
 
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