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Ep4: Backyard lion safari

19:12 | Sep 19th, 2016

A decision to kick a storm water grate has roaring consequences.

#36: Nico's last ride

22:13 | May 19th, 2018

After cycling the world, Nicolás Marino set off to cross his adopted homeland using pedal power alone. He discovered knowing Australia would require knowing himself. In this last episode of The Real Thing we're on our bikes, as lunch cooks in the d...Show More

#35: Follow the Lita

20:51 | Apr 9th, 2018

As a teenager, Lita Lewis was expected to set the example for her siblings. So much so, that she wanted out. In an adult life far from her home and tribe, she’d battle pride and heartbreak alone. By sharing her rebuild of physical and mental health...Show More

#34: Shoal Attack!

33:19 | Mar 19th, 2018

A school of fish help the Australian netball team win a Commonwealth gold medal. An introduction to Sum Of All Parts - a podcast that shares extraordinary stories from the world of numbers. Subscribe to SOAP: More

#33: Khadija's stolen itch

24:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

For International Women's Day, a story about feeling incomplete. Khadija Gbla’s repressed memory of female genital mutilation would surface during puberty. Being an outsider to a ‘clitero-centric’ culture, was a decision made for her. Khadija is up...Show More

#32: Monkey in Mirani (live from Woodford)

15:41 | Feb 19th, 2018

The Real Thing perform live at Woodfolk Folk Festival, Queensland. In between music and magic tricks, Timothy and Mike risk it all by attempting to tell a story they’ve never heard before - live on stage, with improvised music, script, and sound eff...Show More

#31: Picnic Tropicana

31:57 | Feb 9th, 2018

It started as an idea in a Darlinghurst cafe and became the world’s largest short film festival. Tropfest has helped kickstart generations of Australian film careers throughout its 25 year history. While controversy and financial hardship has threa...Show More

#30: The woman who lived in a tree

24:31 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Miranda Gibson was an unlikely candidate to break the record for Australia’s longest tree-sit. The shy Queenslander had never seen a forest until her early twenties. In 2011 she vowed to live in a tree in the Tyenna Valley until it was protected fr...Show More

#29: Elvis town

23:03 | Jan 9th, 2018

Improbable hairdos, gyrating hips, overstretched jumpsuits, way too many rhinestones, and a whole lot of community spirit. You can't help falling in love with the NSW town of Parkes, where Elvis never left the building.

#28: Bruce Lee of the sea

20:18 | Dec 25th, 2017

When Robbie Page discovered surfing it consumed him. The former Pipeline Master views the sport as a martial art. It led him on a global adventure, with stopovers in a Japanese prison, the French President’s home, and now he's tracing his Indigenou...Show More

#27: The nightmare before Christmas

13:53 | Dec 11th, 2017

Christmas; family, food, anticipation. The stakes are high. There's extra pressure for the Williams family, who are only able to get together every second year. But when a tradition goes wrong, the best day of the year turns into a horror show. Su...Show More

#26: It's not about Steph

21:46 | Nov 28th, 2017

A bike ride and a book inspired Stephanie Lorenzo to cut her corporate career short and start a charity. Her passion to end human trafficking helped change young Australians' view on giving. When a crisis threatens everything she’d been working tow...Show More

#10: Freedom is a goat (tribute to Gary)

36:34 | Nov 17th, 2017

Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland. There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever. Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin and his antics made people laugh worldwide. We...Show More

#25: Campsite Panorama

27:04 | Sep 27th, 2017

Ford vs Holden. Blue vs red. Mate vs mate. There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to motoring's great rivalry. But factory closures are forcing fans to rethink a homegrown passion. The Ford-Holden passion is at a crossroads.

#24: Balloons for Harper

18:24 | Sep 14th, 2017

Alison and David Homer were ecstatic when they fell pregnant in 2005. "Finally, I feel part of something of consequence," Dave said. But at 32 weeks, Harper's heart unexpectedly stopped. How they coped with the grief that followed changed their li...Show More

#23: Up up MC Hammerhead

26:04 | Sep 1st, 2017

David Ninness is one of the Cronulla Shark's biggest fans, despite living nowhere near Sydney's Sutherland Shire. When the NRL club was in turmoil he volunteered to resurrect their second mascot, MC Hammerhead. But before he could help cheer his te...Show More

Ep22: Lizard of Oz

26:09 | Aug 7th, 2017

A story about lizards turns into something much bigger.

Ep21: Love and courage in Wilcannia

18:43 | Jul 13th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.

Ep20: Wilcannia dreaming

20:47 | Jul 11th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 5: a tenacious Barkindji woman grabs every opportunity.

Ep19: Still down river

28:06 | Jul 7th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 4: how The Wilcannia Mob took their river to the world.

Ep18: You had me at Ngaayi

23:45 | Jul 7th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 3: taking anxiety out of health checks, and Barkindji for beginners.

Ep17: The Shakeathon

28:07 | Jul 6th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 2: Mike and Timothy race to shake up Wilcannia.

Ep16: Positively Wilcannia

13:00 | Jul 5th, 2017

Positively Wilcannia, part 1: The Real Thing is helping put Wilcannia on the map.

Ep15: Now we're flying

28:04 | Jun 12th, 2017

Four years after skydiving, Brad Guy lands on his feet.

Ep14: Lizzy, queen of costumes

26:40 | May 29th, 2017

An unlikely Oscars win and an unforgettable dress.

Darren Hanlon feels things

05:13 | May 24th, 2017

A friend of the show introduces season two.

Ep13: A kangaroo has three ears

52:34 | May 11th, 2017

Mark Colvin like you've never heard him.

Ep12: Thanks for screaming

25:45 | Apr 27th, 2017

The voice behind the iconic Rage scream.

Ep11: Rage 'til you puke

30:44 | Apr 12th, 2017

The history of your favourite music video program.

Ep10: Freedom is a goat

33:46 | Dec 12th, 2016

One man, one goat and a wide open road.

Ep9: Samantha and the secret

20:50 | Dec 5th, 2016

Samantha has a life changing secret, but it's not hers to tell.

See The Real Thing Live!

01:22 | Nov 21st, 2016

Timothy and Mike are performing the podcast on stage. And you're invited!

Ep8: Nineteen

36:48 | Nov 8th, 2016

The story behind the song that united Australia's Vietnam veterans.

Ep7: Yadu's fair go

22:57 | Oct 25th, 2016

Yadu’s immigration experience defined his view of Australia.

Ep6: Halfway and home

20:14 | Oct 11th, 2016

Take the Tarcutta exit down the old Hume Highway.

Ep5: There's something about Mary Leunig

24:58 | Sep 27th, 2016

More than one ‘Leunig’ knows how to use a pencil.

Ep3: Run like a cheetah

18:42 | Sep 6th, 2016

A Paralympian reinvents herself after her category is banned.

Ep2: Eastbound Anton

18:01 | Aug 29th, 2016

Anton is facing the biggest challenge of his life; China.

Ep1: The original Bronson

25:35 | Aug 22nd, 2016

The search to discover what happened to the actor who played ‘Bronson’ in season one of Round the Twist.

Subscribe to The Real Thing!

00:59 | Aug 3rd, 2016

The Real Thing searches for real Australia.