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Welcome to your brain on writing. The podcast where we unpack the experience of reading and writing and try to understand what it does to our brains. 

This podcast was produced by Professor Inger Mewburn from The Australian National University and Associate Professor Paul Magee from the University of Canberra. Paul and Inger write books and teach writing. They also share a fascination with way words on a page can become images in our minds, or ideas in our hearts. 

This podcast series was made with the assistance of undergraduate student interns from the Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. 

This episode is about what makes writing boring. Specifically, what makes academic writing boring. This episode was researched, written and narrated by Tara South and contains interview segments from Paul and Inger.

The next episode in this series will be about that little voice inside your head that you ‘hear’ when you read. You might be surprised to learn how useful it can be. 

Our office door is always open so please leave your comments in the suggestion box (well, the review section of whatever platform you are on right now).

Send us an email at, record a speak pipe at or talk to us via the Thesiswhisperer Linkedin Page (it seemed appropriate for this project!)

You might want to tell us about this episode, your theories about what is actually being done at Lumon or speculate on plot points for season two. We'll read them all out in the last show!

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