The XYZ Experiment

The XYZ Experiment

Looking for a podcast that bridges the generation gap and tackles the issues that matter? Look no further than "The XYZ Experiment". Our show brings together people of all ages to talk about everything from pop culture, social issues, relationships, and everything in-between. With each episode, we delve deep into the thoughts and experiences of our diverse presenters and guests, representing a range of age groups and backgrounds. From the wise wisdom of our elders to the fresh perspectives of our youngest voices, we explore the nuances and complexities of modern life in a way that will have you laughing, nodding your head in agreement or maybe yelling at our podcast in disagreement. So what are you waiting for? Tune in and get ready for some serious intergenerational bonding as we travel through time and explore the issues that matter most, learning from each other and have a blast doing it. Produced by Fiona Kelly and Darsh Ayton Edited by Fiona Kelly Website: Original Music created and performed by Luke Champion


May 21, 2024 51 mins

Here at The XYZ Experiment we think the topic of purity culture is more relevant than ever. Especially after the explosion of discussion and debate following Harrison Butker's speech to a graduating class.

In this episode we unravel the complex story of purity culture, exploring its origins, core beliefs, and lasting effects on individuals and society. You will hear personal stories from our own Gen Y Darsh who grew up within the pu...

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Have you ever thought about how many days you might have left to live? We mean, really calculated it?

Recently our Gen X Fiona was doing her calculations on how many days she has lived and how many she may possibly have to go, after seeing Steven Bartlett speak about his obsession with death (The Diary of a CEO podcast).

The realisation that she has lived for over 20,000 days and maybe has less than 10,000 to go was a shock. She alwa...

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Strap on your helmet, grab your water bottle and get ready to dive into the world of bike riding as we uncover the countless joys and advantages it brings.

Join us as Lauren helps us explore how to integrating bike riding into your daily routine that not only benefits you but also the planet.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rider, discover how you can make the most out of your bike adventures and maybe ride high on the road ...

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April 30, 2024 51 mins

Who is an academic? Traditionally an academic was seen as an old guy sitting behind a mahogany desk with an impressive bookcase and a tweed blazer. He spends his days thinking and reading and writing and giving philosophical lectures to enthralled students.

In this episode we hear from Dr Katrina Long and our co-host Associate Professor Darshini Ayton on what life as an academic is really like. They share their own stories and resu...

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This week we're interested in the world of smartphones, questioning whether we can even call them 'phones' anymore. We explore the ever growing importance pf these pocket-sized wonders in our daily lives. From communications to navigation, entertainment to zoom meetings, our smartphones have become indispensable companions.

But do we adhere to smartphone etiquette? And who decides what is the right way to use them anyway? Are gener...

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April 16, 2024 66 mins

Join Mitchell and Jac as they share their beautiful love story. From meeting and travelling. To proposals and marriage. Finding their community and bringing up a young family in Melbourne, Australia.

This is a gorgeous journey of two Gen Ys finding each other and making a go at not only a beautiful life but also a meaningful one.

Co-hosted by Darsh & Luke

Produced by Fiona Kelly, Darsh Ayton & Luke Patitsas

Edited by Fiona Kel...

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In this episode, we delve into the complex landscape of the metaverse, where virtual realms collide with real-world issues.

Dyah Pitaloka, PhD joins us again this time to discuss the rise of gender violence within digital environments and the need for regulation to ensure the safety and well-being of users.

With projections suggesting a significant portion of the global population will soon inhabit the metaverse, we explore the ethic...

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Join us, as our very special guest Dyah tells us about an inspiring journey of an Indonesian Women's Choir. Where formerly outcast women find solace, empowerment, and a sense of belonging through music.

Struggling to integrate into society, these women use their voices to share their experiences, breakdown barriers, and rebuild connections with their communities.

This episode shares their story, as we explore the transformative power...

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In this thought provoking episode, we delve into the critical concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and explore their significance in contemporary society.

Join Ayan, Darsh & Fiona as they engage in a dynamic conversation sharing insights, and personal anecdotes on fostering diversity, achieving equity, and promoting inclusivity in various settings, from workplace to community.

Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of...

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What happens when you witness a loved one passing away?

In this heartfelt episode we delve into the deeply personal experiences of Fiona who has witnessed the passing of loved ones.

It's a raw and honest conversation as we explore the emotional journey of grief, the profound impact of loss, and the resilience and lessons found in navigating these difficult moments.

Join us as we share stories of love, loss, and the enduring bond be...

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March 12, 2024 47 mins

In this episode, join us as we dive into the dynamic world of dating in 2024 with our insightful Gen Y (Millennial) guest, Alex.

With a good mixture of humour, poignant reflections & insightful anecdotes, Alex takes us on a journey from pre-app era romances to navigating the intricacies of modern dating apps,

Join us for this captivating blend of laughter, heartfelt moments & a glimpse into the hopeful pursuit of a life par...

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Dive into the intricacies of Ethical Non-Monogamy with our latest episode, as we navigate the uncharted waters of open relationships, polyamory and consensual non-monogamy.

Join our candid conversation with Leonie about love, communication, discovering your true identity and the evolving landscape of modern relationships.

We explore the joys and challenges of embracing ethical non-monogamy, sharing Leonie's personal story and insight...

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In this compelling episode, join us as we delve into the personal journey of Darsh navigating the complexities of life with endometriosis.

From the initial challenges of diagnosis that many people face who have endometrial tissue in their body, to the setbacks and treatments offered, Darsh's story sheds light on the often silent struggles faced by those with endometriosis.

Through this candid conversation, we explore the emotional to...

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February 20, 2024 47 mins

What makes someone want to become a dentist?

Join us in this insightful podcast episode as we delve into the world of dentistry.

Hear Fiona's firsthand experience of practicing dentistry for 34 years, the challenges, rewards and unique moments that defines her profession.

Gain a deeper understanding of what it is truly like to be a dentist and the impact they have on oral-health, well being and the lives of those around them. `

A po...

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Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Co-hosted by Fiona, Darsh & Luke

Produced by Fiona Kelly, Darsh Ayton & Luke Patitsas

Edited by Fiona Kelly

Original Music created and performed by Luke Champion

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February 6, 2024 31 mins

This week we are proud to announce that our podcaster Luke was accepted into The University of Tasmania to further his post-grad psychology studies.

Embark on this captivating journey as we explore the transformative road to becoming a psychologist through Luke's experiences.

Join us as we delve into the academic challenges, personal growth, and profound insights that shape aspiring psychologists.

Whether you are considering this path...

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In this episode we chat to Professor Scott Ayton - a Melbourne based neuroscientist working predominantly in the area of dementia. We hear his story of how and why he pursued a career in science, what is neuroscience, the ups and downs of being a scientist and his insights on the disease of dementia and things we can do to prevent or delay dementia.

Please join us as Scott explains the journey of developing treatments for dementia, ...

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Every year, January 26 is a public holiday in Australia and a barbecue is often the way friends and family come together.

Every year the lamb industry makes a funny advert to encourage having lamb on this day, and in 2024 they showed how lamb on the barbie can bring all of the generations together.

Of course it immediately piqued our interest. We had planned to discuss the advert's representation of our Gens, but as we chatted it evo...

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Get ready for honesty, laughter and reflection as 2023 was a huge year for our podcast. In the final episode for 2023 we share what we've learnt about ourselves over the year.

From Fiona our Gen X, rediscovering herself both professionally and personally after the covid years of uncertainty. To Darsh our Gen Y, discovering through her health journey a new way to feel well and Luke our Gen Z learning "Life is not about avoiding probl...

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December 12, 2023 31 mins

Dive into our latest podcast episode where we explore the unique ways each generation experiences and embraces nostalgia. From Gen Z's digital throwbacks to Gen Y's analog reminiscences, we unravel the threads of nostalgia that bind us across time.

Get ready for laughter induced nostalgia as we discuss our own awkward phases while proving that no generation is safe from the hilarious grip of yesterday's trends.

Co-hosted by Fiona, ...

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