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Sometimes funny, sometimes dark. Always curious. Stories about why we do the things we do. Told by characters you won’t forget, This is About digs deep into issues that matter through the messy, beautiful and dismal stuff that actually happens to peo...Show More

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This is about Jesse Cox

1:09:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

You might not have heard Jesse Cox’s voice, but if you’ve listened to This is About, you definitely know his work. Jesse was our friend, colleague, and the co-founder of this podcast. He died suddenly this week at the age of 31 from a rare cancer. He...Show More

This is about Jesse Cox

1:09:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

You might not have heard Jesse Cox’s voice, but if you’ve listened to This is About, you definitely know his work. Jesse was our friend, colleague, and the co-founder of this podcast. He died suddenly this week at the age of 31 from a rare cancer. He...Show More

025 | The Unknown Man

38:26 | Dec 13th, 2017

It’s one of Australia's greatest mysteries. On December 1, 1948, an unknown man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide. Nobody knew who he was or how he died, and 70 years on the case remains unsolved. Many people have tried to crack the case, ...Show More

025 | The Unknown Man

38:26 | Dec 13th, 2017

It’s one of Australia's greatest mysteries. On December 1, 1948, an unknown man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide. Nobody knew who he was or how he died, and 70 years on the case remains unsolved. Many people have tried to crack the case, ...Show More

024 | The Bat Lady

21:19 | Nov 28th, 2017

Inside her Sydney apartment, Meg Churches is running a secret operation that not even her neighbours are aware of. A trained hospital nurse, she’s transformed her home into an intensive care unit, with the kitchen table now a makeshift operating tabl...Show More

024 | The Bat Lady

21:19 | Nov 28th, 2017

Inside her Sydney apartment, Meg Churches is running a secret operation that not even her neighbours are aware of. A trained hospital nurse, she’s transformed her home into an intensive care unit, with the kitchen table now a makeshift operating tabl...Show More

023 | Love in the time of communism

27:45 | Nov 15th, 2017

A few years ago, Cheyne Anderson was working at a Sydney cemetery, walking groups around and telling stories about the people buried there. Like all cemetery tour guides, she had a favourite tombstone. It read ‘Aurel Popescu: Romanian Hero.’ Cheyne h...Show More

023 | Love in the time of communism

27:45 | Nov 15th, 2017

A few years ago, Cheyne Anderson was working at a Sydney cemetery, walking groups around and telling stories about the people buried there. Like all cemetery tour guides, she had a favourite tombstone. It read ‘Aurel Popescu: Romanian Hero.’ Cheyne h...Show More

022 | The search for the fishing cat

26:25 | Nov 1st, 2017

The elusive fishing cat of South India’s wetlands is a species under threat, and no one is more dedicated to saving it than Ashwin Naidu. After giving up a career in engineering, he spends years collecting their poop and studying their tracks. Then h...Show More

022 | The search for the fishing cat

26:25 | Nov 1st, 2017

The elusive fishing cat of South India’s wetlands is a species under threat, and no one is more dedicated to saving it than Ashwin Naidu. After giving up a career in engineering, he spends years collecting their poop and studying their tracks. Then h...Show More

021 | Vanishing act

25:41 | Oct 18th, 2017

Eric Myers is winning at life. Married to an old childhood friend, he's got five children and a career that's on the up. It's everything he's always wanted. Or is it?

021 | Vanishing act

25:41 | Oct 18th, 2017

Eric Myers is winning at life. Married to an old childhood friend, he's got five children and a career that's on the up. It's everything he's always wanted. Or is it?

020 | The Mullins vs the economy

24:42 | Oct 4th, 2017

South Australian woman Raylene Mullins made news headlines last year when she shirtfronted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the lack of jobs in her state. Now, just as Holden's Australian operations are about to close, her family have come up wi...Show More

020 | The Mullins vs the economy

24:42 | Oct 4th, 2017

South Australian woman Raylene Mullins made news headlines last year when she shirtfronted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the lack of jobs in her state. Now, just as Holden's Australian operations are about to close, her family have come up wi...Show More

019 | What a catch

16:12 | Sep 20th, 2017

Two fisherman sail into waters off the southeast coast of Australia, looking for their daily catch. When word gets around about what they've pulled up in their net, tongues start wagging back on the wharves, and a police investigation begins. Finally...Show More

019 | What a catch

16:12 | Sep 20th, 2017

Two fisherman sail into waters off the southeast coast of Australia, looking for their daily catch. When word gets around about what they've pulled up in their net, tongues start wagging back on the wharves, and a police investigation begins. Finally...Show More

018 | The last word

27:40 | Sep 7th, 2017

On a chilly Hobart morning, Katharine Dean and her husband arrive at a family event. Katharine’s feeling nervous, because today she plans to confront her abuser—her step-father David. Not everyone’s happy about this, but Katharine has made up her min...Show More

018 | The last word

27:40 | Sep 7th, 2017

On a chilly Hobart morning, Katharine Dean and her husband arrive at a family event. Katharine’s feeling nervous, because today she plans to confront her abuser—her step-father David. Not everyone’s happy about this, but Katharine has made up her min...Show More

This is About

02:15 | Aug 22nd, 2017

This is About...will be back soon! Here's a sneak peek of some the stories we're working on.

This is About

02:15 | Aug 22nd, 2017

This is About...will be back soon! Here's a sneak peek of some the stories we're working on.

017 | Bina-gurri: Part two

34:41 | Jun 22nd, 2017

For 20 years, Jody Barney says she's been visiting Australian jails to meet a section of the population neglected by the justice system. In the Northern Territory, 94 percent of Aboriginal people in prison have significant hearing loss. It’s often ca...Show More

017 | Bina-gurri: Part two

34:41 | Jun 22nd, 2017

For 20 years, Jody Barney says she's been visiting Australian jails to meet a section of the population neglected by the justice system. In the Northern Territory, 94 percent of Aboriginal people in prison have significant hearing loss. It’s often ca...Show More

016 | Bina-gurri: Part one

16:26 | Jun 21st, 2017

Left in a strange house far from home, a young girl can sense that something is wrong, but not the reasons why. Later, as she and her family shift from one community to the next, she’ll come to understand why her father kept his children moving. The ...Show More

016 | Bina-gurri: Part one

16:26 | Jun 21st, 2017

Left in a strange house far from home, a young girl can sense that something is wrong, but not the reasons why. Later, as she and her family shift from one community to the next, she’ll come to understand why her father kept his children moving. The ...Show More

015 | #familyphotos

21:13 | Jun 9th, 2017

A few years ago, Cameron Bloom started posting photos he had taken of his family on Instagram. Within weeks, their account had tens of thousands of followers - the internet fell hard for this photogenic surfy family living on Sydney’s northern beache...Show More

015 | #familyphotos

21:13 | Jun 9th, 2017

A few years ago, Cameron Bloom started posting photos he had taken of his family on Instagram. Within weeks, their account had tens of thousands of followers - the internet fell hard for this photogenic surfy family living on Sydney’s northern beache...Show More

014 | Survival at Niagara Falls

23:11 | May 24th, 2017

In 1960, a seven-year-old boy and his older sister were taken on a boat ride near Niagara Falls. The boat capsized and they were powerless to swim against the force of the river currents.  Roger Woodward, now 64 years old, lived to tell his story of ...Show More

014 | Survival at Niagara Falls

23:11 | May 24th, 2017

In 1960, a seven-year-old boy and his older sister were taken on a boat ride near Niagara Falls. The boat capsized and they were powerless to swim against the force of the river currents.  Roger Woodward, now 64 years old, lived to tell his story of ...Show More

013 | El turista

33:40 | May 10th, 2017

In Colombia, an Australian man hops into a taxi. When a police officer stops the car and comes to the window, Dave finds himself involved in a struggle that has paralysed Colombian society for decades. While the actions of violent men will change Dav...Show More

013 | El turista

33:40 | May 10th, 2017

In Colombia, an Australian man hops into a taxi. When a police officer stops the car and comes to the window, Dave finds himself involved in a struggle that has paralysed Colombian society for decades. While the actions of violent men will change Dav...Show More

012 | Cassette famous

26:01 | Apr 26th, 2017

A man spends thousands of hours sharing the details of his life with others. Not on Twitter, or Facebook, or any other online social network. It's 1978, and Mark Talbot is live with Second Side Up: his very own radio show, distributed through casse...Show More

012 | Cassette famous

26:01 | Apr 26th, 2017

A man spends thousands of hours sharing the details of his life with others. Not on Twitter, or Facebook, or any other online social network. It's 1978, and Mark Talbot is live with Second Side Up: his very own radio show, distributed through casse...Show More

011 | Nazi heist

30:00 | Apr 13th, 2017

This is About... a hunt for buried treasure, and the terrible truth it unearths. When an Israeli ex-detective hears about a bag of looted diamonds, hidden during World War II on the French/German border, he decides to go and find them. In his search,...Show More

011 | Nazi heist

30:00 | Apr 13th, 2017

This is About... a hunt for buried treasure, and the terrible truth it unearths. When an Israeli ex-detective hears about a bag of looted diamonds, hidden during World War II on the French/German border, he decides to go and find them. In his search,...Show More

010 | The inoperable unstoppable Colleen Lavelle

20:46 | Mar 29th, 2017

This is About...what happens when you tick that box. The story of a seemingly innocuous piece of paperwork — and the fight one whip-smart woman leads to fix an Australian hospital system rife with racism.

010 | The inoperable unstoppable Colleen Lavelle

20:46 | Mar 29th, 2017

This is About...what happens when you tick that box. The story of a seemingly innocuous piece of paperwork — and the fight one whip-smart woman leads to fix an Australian hospital system rife with racism.

009 | Ned Kelly's bones

19:36 | Mar 15th, 2017

This is About…a granddaughter, her grandfather, and how Ned Kelly came between them. Melita Rowston remembers her grandfather was a hard-working, angry man. He was of the generation who never spoke very much. That is, except over the Sunday dinners t...Show More

009 | Ned Kelly's bones

19:36 | Mar 15th, 2017

This is About…a granddaughter, her grandfather, and how Ned Kelly came between them. Melita Rowston remembers her grandfather was a hard-working, angry man. He was of the generation who never spoke very much. That is, except over the Sunday dinners t...Show More

008 | Son of a preacher man

24:33 | Mar 1st, 2017

This is About... a dying father's career advice for his son. Phil Wilcox's dad had tried to fit a lifetime of parental advice into one last conversation. His father's words had always loomed large for him, but when Phil discovers his own voice — and...Show More

008 | Son of a preacher man

24:33 | Mar 1st, 2017

This is About... a dying father's career advice for his son. Phil Wilcox's dad had tried to fit a lifetime of parental advice into one last conversation. His father's words had always loomed large for him, but when Phil discovers his own voice — and...Show More

007 | The fixer

24:59 | Feb 15th, 2017

This is About... the pursuit of other people's happiness. Mel Holman is a woman who gives her eggs away for free. Dozens of women with fertility issues have been moved to tears by her generosity. But as Mel offers to help Tereasa's dreams of motherho...Show More

007 | The fixer

24:59 | Feb 15th, 2017

This is About... the pursuit of other people's happiness. Mel Holman is a woman who gives her eggs away for free. Dozens of women with fertility issues have been moved to tears by her generosity. But as Mel offers to help Tereasa's dreams of motherho...Show More

006 | How to escape

23:15 | Dec 21st, 2016

This is About...a dutiful wife. Frances Carleton is super DIY. She’s a nurturer — and that’s easy to take for granted. Just ask her husband. Then there's an offer she can’t refuse. Frances is about to aim her skill set in a very different direction. ...Show More

006 | How to escape

23:15 | Dec 21st, 2016

This is About...a dutiful wife. Frances Carleton is super DIY. She’s a nurturer — and that’s easy to take for granted. Just ask her husband. Then there's an offer she can’t refuse. Frances is about to aim her skill set in a very different direction. ...Show More

005 | The lesson

24:51 | Dec 8th, 2016

This is About…a man who won’t leave his house. He’s decided the outside world is too much and he doesn’t want to be a part of it anymore. Japanese psychologists have a name for this: hikikomori. Except this story takes place in a small Australian co...Show More

005 | The lesson

24:51 | Dec 8th, 2016

This is About…a man who won’t leave his house. He’s decided the outside world is too much and he doesn’t want to be a part of it anymore. Japanese psychologists have a name for this: hikikomori. Except this story takes place in a small Australian co...Show More

004 | Beyond zero visibility

30:48 | Nov 23rd, 2016

This is About...Captain America and the search for the lost bell of King Dhammazedi. Deep sea diver James Blunt (not the singer) made over a hundred dives in Myanmar, searching for the fabled bell. In his way – ogres, poisonous water snakes and 400 y...Show More

004 | Beyond zero visibility

30:48 | Nov 23rd, 2016

This is About...Captain America and the search for the lost bell of King Dhammazedi. Deep sea diver James Blunt (not the singer) made over a hundred dives in Myanmar, searching for the fabled bell. In his way – ogres, poisonous water snakes and 400 y...Show More

003 | The moon and other things

22:04 | Nov 9th, 2016

This is About...the unsung hero who saved the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” goes the famous quote from John F. Kennedy, “not because they are easy but because they are hard.” The...Show More

003 | The moon and other things

22:04 | Nov 9th, 2016

This is About...the unsung hero who saved the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” goes the famous quote from John F. Kennedy, “not because they are easy but because they are hard.” The...Show More

002 | Mrs Banks' magnum opus

22:22 | Oct 26th, 2016

This is About...one kid’s moment of guilt, and the adventure she takes to free herself from it. Robyn’s father makes life at home unpredictable and sometimes violent. Real life starts with a road trip and a cast of colourful characters in the bright ...Show More

002 | Mrs Banks' magnum opus

22:22 | Oct 26th, 2016

This is About...one kid’s moment of guilt, and the adventure she takes to free herself from it. Robyn’s father makes life at home unpredictable and sometimes violent. Real life starts with a road trip and a cast of colourful characters in the bright ...Show More

001 | Killing in the name of

18:58 | Oct 11th, 2016

This is About...a group of independent theatre makers getting smacked down by the United Nations. Four Aussie theatre makers travel to the Philippines to adapt a violent Japanese cult novel with local theatre group the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. What happ...Show More

001 | Killing in the name of

18:58 | Oct 11th, 2016

This is About...a group of independent theatre makers getting smacked down by the United Nations. Four Aussie theatre makers travel to the Philippines to adapt a violent Japanese cult novel with local theatre group the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. What happ...Show More

This is About

01:43 | Oct 10th, 2016

This is About...a new podcast of stories told by those who lived them. Sometimes funny, sometimes dark. Always curious. This is About digs deep into issues that matter through the beautiful, awkward and dismal stuff that actually happens to people.

This is About

01:43 | Oct 10th, 2016

This is About...a new podcast of stories told by those who lived them. Sometimes funny, sometimes dark. Always curious. This is About digs deep into issues that matter through the beautiful, awkward and dismal stuff that actually happens to people.