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The Australian Documentary Podcasts

The Australian

An archive of all of The Australian's award-winning collection of investigative and narrative podcasts.

27:20 | May 4th, 2016

Three children disappear from one small Australian town; the same man seen at the scene of each, but never convicted. A podcast investigation into a serial killing that remains unsolved after 25 years.

45:00 | May 20th, 2016

Only a small section of our interview with Jay Hart made it into episode 5. Here is the full 45 minute conversation. A podcast investigation into a case that remains unsolved after 25 years.

31:36 | May 18th, 2016

How strong is the evidence of Jay Hart's innocence? Can you build a case to prove he didn't do it? A podcast investigation into a case that remains unsolved after 25 years.

25:31 | May 15th, 2016

How the courts refused to jail the main suspect in the murders. Has a serial killer been allowed to walk free? A podcast investigation into a case that remains unsolved after 25 years.

21:51 | May 11th, 2016

Who is Jay Hart? His family and former friends describe the boy who grew up to be the suspect in the case. A podcast investigation into a serial killing that remains unsolved after 25 years.

20:51 | May 8th, 2016

What happened after the police finally arrived in Bowraville? The mistakes made - and the evidence never heard in court. A podcast investigation into a serial killing that remains unsolved after 25 years.

18:57 | Apr 12th

There are no shortage of environmental issues to keep track of, but what about soil degradation? This podcast is part of The Australian's coverage of the Global Food Forum, an annual conference presented in partnership with VISY. You can find more ...Show More

18:19 | Feb 24th

There's a green rush underway in Victoria as commercial operators make a move on medicinal cannabis. Cann Group has developed Australia's largest such facility to date, at an undisclosed location in Melbourne. Company CEO Peter Crock takes us behind ...Show More

1:04:05 | Dec 7th, 2018

A weekly interview with journalists, writers, editors, presenters and other media careerists. On this episode Media Diarist Stephen Brook interviews Hedley Thomas, the investigative journalist behind the record breaking true crime podcast The Teacher...Show More

29:31 | May 22nd, 2018

One of the most peculiar things about Paddy Moriarty's disappearance is that his dog, Kellie, is missing too. We investigate the strange twist that might be the key to this mystery, and what his absence means for a town on the brink of vanishing. Mus...Show More

27:10 | May 22nd, 2018

Paddy Moriarty loved a tall tale and was known as a larrikin. Some of the potential reasons for his disappearance sound like a tall tale themselves. There are sinkholes, crocodiles and a dangerous highway that others have vanished on. And by all acco...Show More

24:55 | May 22nd, 2018

For people in Larrimah, the hardship isn't just that Paddy Moriarty's missing. Or that he's probably not coming back alive. They're facing the idea that one of their neighbours might have done something terrible. Music credits: Kevin Macleod - Thinki...Show More

22:45 | May 22nd, 2018

If there's one thing Larrimah's residents can agree on, it's that Paddy Moriarty and Fran Hodgetts have been fighting for years. Now the grandmother, who make pies for a crust, has people driving past her teahouse accusing her of murder. But she has ...Show More

23:15 | May 22nd, 2018

As police begin to suspect Paddy Moriarty has met with foul play, existing tensions in Larrimah flare up. The town has been in a civil war for more than a decade. There's a missing train, a secret cricket match and accusations of theft, arson and hoo...Show More

29:24 | May 22nd, 2018

Paddy Moriarty was a larrikin - and when he goes missing under mysterious circumstances, the tiny town of Larrimah finds itself in the midst of an outback mystery. This is Never Never country, it's easy to get lost here. But there are plenty of other...Show More

29:17 | Mar 20th, 2018

Australia's organic industry today is only a small slice of total food production, but there's plenty of optimism and commercial investment in the space. What does the term "organic" actually mean to producers and consumers, and is that way of seeing...Show More

22:14 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Is a solution for the Murray Darling Basin too much to hope for? Farmers and locals on the border of New South Wales and Victoria tell their side of a story, and explain their frustration with the state of Australia's politicians.

31:15 | Feb 20th, 2018

The enduring love story that drove one of Australia's greatest boxers who never was. Music credits I got 99 broadswords but this isn't one (Komiku) Androids always escape (Chris Zabriskie) Tent show audio courtesy of TenSecondsOut

30:44 | Feb 20th, 2018

Searching for the man whose adventures inspired a generation of Australians. Music credits Big tree (Evan Schaeffer) I will not let you let me down, Honcho Graham from Birmingham (Josh Woodward) Ambient truth (Komiku) Readers do you read, God be ...Show More

21:41 | Feb 20th, 2018

The humble objects treasured by Mao's last dancer. Music credits Mirror lake (Cyrus) Opening, Wake up heroic figure, Dreaming of you (Komiku) Nirvana VEVO (Chris Zabriskie) Honcho Graham from Birmingham (Josh Woodward)

28:35 | Feb 20th, 2018

A young mother makes a desperate bid to save her infant son. Music credits Deep dive, Persistence with beat (Raphael Angel) La Citadelle (Komiku) Three kites circling, The thorn revisit (Axletree) I need to start writing things down (Chris Zabrisk...Show More

30:33 | Feb 20th, 2018

The private pleasures of Australia's greatest composer, only discovered a decade after his death. Music credits Action investigation, Time (Komiku) A queer and pleasant danger (Mystery Mammal) Vervain (Axletree) All archival audio courtesy of the...Show More

25:08 | Feb 20th, 2018

How a Solomon Island war canoe launched a signature swimming style. Music credits But enough about me Bill Paxton, Undercover vampire policeman (Chris Zabriskie) This is not a rock song (Monplasir) You're right but I'm me (Doctor Turtle) Flutt...Show More

28:16 | Oct 30th, 2016

For decades, victims of clerical paedophilia in Ballarat had suffered in silence. With the first conviction of Gerald Ridsdale in 1993, the wall of silence began to break. Victims were encouraged to come forward and have their day in court. But what ...Show More

28:08 | Oct 23rd, 2016

In the wake of the Ryan-Day episode in 1972, rates of clerical offending exploded in the Ballarat Diocese. Priests and religious figures preyed upon children with impunity, and victims did not know where to turn.

33:09 | Oct 16th, 2016

The Ballarat Diocese became the epicentre of an epidemic of clerical paedophilia. The obvious question is how could thousands of children be abused without coming to the attention of police?

30:13 | Sep 30th, 2016

Ford employees share their memories of the company with Chip Le Grand as the company concludes manufacturing cars in Australia.

16:35 | Jul 19th, 2016

Past and present athletes speak to Nicole Jeffery about the moments that stick with those who  participate in the world's biggest sporting event.

26:49 | May 25th, 2016

Farmers are furious, corporate regulators are circling and lobby groups are calling for levies. But how did we get here?

23:05 | May 20th, 2016

Paul Dibb tells The Australian's Associate Editor Cameron Stewart why he's bitter about his former ASIO bosses.

19:58 | Apr 21st, 2016

Controversial and outspoken agribusiness executive David Williams holds court at The Australian's 2016 Global Food Forum, discussing Chinese investment, and the misplaced focus on Australia's north.