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The mission of a flying midwife

51:30 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Jan Becker is a helicopter pilot, and a midwife in Tanzania, where she teaches infant resuscitation
The memory whisperer

51:19 | Jun 3rd

Lynne Kelly became a senior memory champion after she began researching ancient ways of transforming landscapes, objects and the human body into 'memory palaces.'
PRESENTS — Shutup 01 — Talking about speaking

29:09 | May 31st

As a bonus for our podcast subscribers, we're including five episodes of Sami Shah’s Shutup — A free Speech Investigation in the Conversations feed today. What is freedom of speech and how much of it do we have? Sami Shah goes in search of the origi...Show More
Shutup 02 — Going mad

29:09 | May 31st

Sami Shah finds out what political correctness is and why it’s so darn mad. This is a bonus for our podcast subscribers. Five episodes of comedian and journalist Sami Shah’s Shutup — A free Speech Investigation.
Shutup 03 — Getting Yassmined

33:09 | May 31st

A young woman posted on Facebook on Anzac Day and Australia went mad. Sami Shah investigates why every comedian of colour is afraid of being 'Yassmined'. This is a bonus for our podcast subscribers. Five episodes of comedian and journalist Sami Shah...Show More
Shutup 04 — Frontlines and punchlines

31:52 | May 31st

Sami Shah looks at where the free speech lines are being drawn in our newsrooms and comedy clubs. This is a bonus for our podcast subscribers. Five episodes of comedian and journalist Sami Shah’s Shutup — A free Speech Investigation.
Shutup 05 — Not shutting up

30:11 | May 31st

Online, on campus, everywhere we’re losing free and frank speech. Sami Shah discovers the consequences of this loss but also finds some solutions. This is a bonus for our podcast subscribers. Five episodes of comedian and journalist Sami Shah’s Shut...Show More
Operation Babylift

52:04 | May 31st

In the dying days of the Vietnam War, hundreds of orphans were airlifted from Saigon to safety. Ian Shaw tells the story of two Australian women at the heart of Operation Babylift
Psychotherapy on the couch

52:24 | May 30th

Demystifying the art of talk therapy and the complex relationship between therapist and patient
Behind the sequins: the Tony Sheldon story

52:06 | May 29th

Tony became an actor against his mother's wishes. Three decades later, he won the part of a lifetime (R)
Helen Zaltzman is the Allusionist

51:01 | May 28th

Travelling the world in pursuit of language and exploring its uses, abuses and transformation
The iron law of newspapers

52:09 | May 27th

Sally Young unearthed a culture of 'dog does not eat dog' as she wrote a history of Australia's newspaper barons
Inside the Robbers Cave: testing tribal loyalties at a boys summer camp

52:26 | May 24th

Gina Perry uncovers the strange story behind a controversial psychological experiment (R)
The great dogs of Australian history

52:08 | May 23rd

Dog whisperer Guy Hull on remarkable dogs, from life-saving kangaroo dogs to plane-flying Alsatians (R)
In and out of strife: Vickie Roach's turbulent life

52:28 | May 22nd

Vickie's met with trouble all through her life, starting with a police record at the age of two. She went on to challenge a Federal law on the rights of prisoners
Bob Hawke on a life in power

51:30 | May 21st

The late Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke on his life before politics, and his years at The Lodge (R)
How Australian Labor lost 'the unlosable election'

51:36 | May 20th

Social Researcher Rebecca Huntley on Australia's new political landscape
Jessie Cole's survival story

51:30 | May 17th

After two suicides within her family, Jessie returned to Northern NSW to begin again. (R)
How to change a mind

52:31 | May 16th

Eleanor Gordon-Smith was a 'recovering champion debater' when a night in King's Cross upended her belief in the power of reason
Irvine Welsh: the origins of Trainspotting

46:30 | May 15th

As a young man, Irvine Welsh fell off a double-decker bus and won a tidy sum in compensation. Then he began to write 'Trainspotting'
The story of The Snowy

52:12 | May 14th

Tales of drowned towns, pugnacious unionists, terrifying brumbies and a love story in a laundry floor came to light in Siobhan McHugh's history of the Snowy Scheme
Revealing the scars: the life of Kate Mulvany

48:18 | May 13th

Kate has used tragic events in her own life as creative fuel to write more than 25 plays (R)
When the library burned

49:09 | May 10th

Writer Susan Orlean on the enduring mystery of who set fire to the Los Angeles Central Library
The brutal and beautiful world of Australia's native bees

49:09 | May 9th

The Sugarbag bees who headbutt their queen to her death are among the many Australian bee species which fascinate ecologist Toby Smith
This is your captain speaking

46:24 | May 7th

On 9/11 Captain Beverley Bass diverted her American Airlines jet to a tiny town in Newfoundland, along with thousands of other airspace refugees
Monsters and morals: Sarah Perry

52:17 | May 6th

Sarah’s life took a gothic turn as she crafted her version of Melmoth
The power of Less: Andrew Sean Greer

49:05 | May 3rd

The Pulitzer Prize winner was working as an odd-jobs man for an Italian Baroness when a phone call upended his life
How George Saunders became 'a genuinely freaky person'

1:00:00 | May 2nd

George Saunders was a knuckle puller in a slaughterhouse and drove a chicken delivery van before he became a writer
Hunting the turquoise-blooded frog

52:30 | May 1st

Biologist Jodi Rowley has identified 26 new species of frogs in South-East Asia and Australia (R)
Taking the pulse of a dopesick nation

49:26 | Apr 30th

The opioid crisis is destroying hundreds of thousands of American lives and Beth Macy has been up close to it
An erratic family saga

52:00 | Apr 29th

Vicki Laveau-Harvie was estranged from her parents for decades, before she was summoned to their isolated ranch on the Canadian prairies (R)
Mary Bryant: no ordinary highwaywoman

51:23 | Apr 26th

The epic life story of a First Fleet rebel as told by Meg Keneally
Questioning the line of duty

53:29 | Apr 25th

Why Gwen Cherne became an advocate for war widows after the death of her husband Pete (R)
Listening to China

53:06 | Apr 24th

Professor David Walker on the history of the Australia-China relationship
Vasilisa the Wise and the witch Baba Yaga

48:01 | Apr 22nd

Kate Forsyth explores a classic Russian folk tale and delves into the romantic life of the Brothers Grimm (R)
Diving bells, gangsters and the women of the Brooklyn Navy Yards

52:10 | Apr 19th

Acclaimed novelist Jennifer Egan dives into the chaos, romance, and hard graft of the old Navy Yards (R)
That Italian girl

52:04 | Apr 18th

Melina Marchetta on the real story behind Looking for Alibrandi
Mark Scott on stepping outside the echo chamber

51:06 | Apr 17th

Mark led the ABC through a decade of dramatic change. Now he's on a quest for digital minimalism
How the iPhone rewrote the teenage brain

45:54 | Apr 16th

David Gillespie on how Fortnite and Instagram are altering the neural pathways of a generation
The ethics of everything: Simon Longstaff

52:09 | Apr 15th

Simon Longstaff's life was changed by one of the most searing ethical dilemmas imaginable
Climbing K2, custody and other extreme challenges

52:24 | Apr 12th

Adventurer Adrian Hayes on what he learned while attempting the world’s second tallest summit
Sam Thaiday: how to build a Bronco

52:03 | Apr 11th

An NRL champion talks candidly about his challenges on the road to football fame
The truth about space junk

51:30 | Apr 10th

Space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman on the unexpected artefacts of the space age
The secret life of the 'Beauty Queen Killer'

51:12 | Apr 9th

Duncan McNab on how Australian-born criminal Christopher Wilder became America's most wanted
A mountaineer's reckoning

49:30 | Apr 8th

Mountaineer Neill Johanson was trekking near Everest Base Camp when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the roof of the world
Fearless Alice Anderson and her all-girl garage

50:07 | Apr 5th

The story of an Austin-driving Australian maverick who died in mysterious circumstances
Mamma Simba: love and Tanzania

53:04 | Apr 4th

Donna Duggan fell in love with a Tanzanian man and together they built a safari company
Unlocking the mystery of Motor Neurone Disease

50:11 | Apr 3rd

Dominic Rowe is asking how common degenerative brain diseases begin (R)
Finding Mer-Neith-it-es

49:25 | Apr 2nd

When archaeologist Dr Jamie Fraser opened an 'empty' Egyptian sarcophagus, he found a 2600 year old mummy of a temple Priestess inside
Letters to a serial killer

51:30 | Apr 1st

Crime writer Candice Fox began exchanging letters with a serial killer on death row. Then he asked to meet her in person
Prisoner to PhD: the rise of Kerry Tucker

52:06 | Mar 29th

An opportunity to further her education while serving time proved the making of Kerry (R)
Felafel and fatherhood

51:25 | Mar 28th

John Birmingham on rebuilding his life after devastating loss, years after he wrote his 90s cult novel
More than kindness: compassion and its uses

51:19 | Mar 27th

Paul Gilbert on how our brains are wired for inner conflict and possible cruelty, and what to do about it
Anton Enus, son of the Masked Marvel

47:30 | Mar 26th

Journalist Anton Enus grew up as the son of a professional wrestler, in apartheid-era South Africa
Death on the summit of Mount Kosciuszko

48:02 | Mar 25th

Historian Nick Brodie on how a 1928 adventure on the slopes of Australia's highest mountain went horribly wrong
Disrupting forensic science and playing with fire

53:28 | Mar 22nd

Chemist and fire scene investigator Niamh Nic Daeid on doing science in the service of justice
Cradle Mountain's great love story

51:27 | Mar 21st

Kate Legge traces the lives of pioneering naturalists Kate Cowle and Gustav Weindorfer in Tasmania's sublime wilderness
Women of the American heartland

53:03 | Mar 20th

Sarah Smarsh on the idiosyncratic women who raised her in Kansas
Dr Budgerigar

53:00 | Mar 19th

Bob Doneley is one of the only Australian vets specialising in the health of budgerigars (R)
Going back to Baghdad

47:24 | Mar 18th

Doctor Munjed Al Muderis on returning to Iraq to operate on soldiers and civilians wounded in the war against ISIS
Undercover in the asylum

53:04 | Mar 15th

Thousands of citizens were housed in Melbourne's asylums during the 19th Century, and they received surprisingly humane treatment
Meryl Tankard: dancing beyond ballet

50:05 | Mar 14th

How a former ballerina revolutionised Australia’s dance landscape
The adventures of Captain Patch

51:20 | Mar 13th

How Travis Saunders and his son Patch are helping rewrite the story of autism.
The evolution of Courtney Act

51:03 | Mar 12th

At five, Shane Jenek won his first talent quest. Sixteen years later he became Courtney Act, one of the world's most recognisable drag queens
Kuranda's compass

46:25 | Mar 11th

When Kuranda Seyit was thrust into the public eye after 9/11, he unearthed a history which had to be told
How Australia's first female detective took on Sydney's razor gangs

52:15 | Mar 8th

Leigh Straw tells the story of Lillian Armfield, arch enemy of serial criminals Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh et al (R)
Changing how we talk about rape

51:32 | Mar 7th

Sohaila Abdulali was seventeen when she was gang raped and forced to fight for her life
John Prine: from Paradise to Nashville

52:15 | Mar 6th

A songwriter's songwriter, John has turned his often bemused view of people and politics into songs for fifty years
Chair's tenacious daughter

48:34 | Mar 5th

Caro Llewellyn was in her 40s when she got a distressing diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis
The future of cyber war

52:03 | Mar 4th

Journalist David Sanger on how the internet became 'the perfect weapon'
Basketball and belonging: Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

50:13 | Mar 1st

Cheryl is a Wadjuk traditional owner, playing the long game in her Swan Valley community
Abu Dhabi's temporary people

47:00 | Feb 28th

What is it like when home is a country that doesn't want you? Deepak Unnikrishnan's family story
Hello Carly Findlay

51:16 | Feb 27th

Carly was born with facial difference, and says the rudeness of strangers has sometimes been more painful than the disability she's grown to embrace
Digging with his pen

53:30 | Feb 26th

Irishman John Connell was an acclaimed journalist when his life began to unravel
The guiding light

48:07 | Feb 25th

When Dorothy Hoddinott became Principal of Holroyd High School, she began a wave of change for her students
Joan and the bone men

52:28 | Feb 22nd

The rewards and challenges of working in orthopaedics
From the Shetlands to Vera: crime writer Ann Cleeves

52:00 | Feb 20th

Award-winning novelist Ann Cleeves lived many lives before her career as an author took off (R)
Joan Jett's life in music

1:00:00 | Feb 19th

When Joan Marie Larkin was given a guitar at the age of 13, she was on the path to becoming the Godmother of Punk
Joan Jett's life in music

47:27 | Feb 19th

When Joan Marie Larkin was given a guitar at the age of 13, she was on the path to becoming the Godmother of Punk
The marvellous Miss Matters

52:04 | Feb 18th

Historian Clare Wright on the true story of how Adelaide's Muriel Matters began to change the world
Becoming Zenith

52:30 | Feb 14th

Zenith Virago married at 17, and had two children. Then she left her young family to create a life of her own on the other side of the world
The homesickness letters

52:18 | Feb 13th

Growing up on the biggest council estate in Western Europe, Jeff Green dreamed of a life in Australia. Then he got his own chance to emigrate
How Osher learned to love his mind

47:13 | Feb 12th

Osher Gunsberg was living in Los Angeles when his mental health took a dramatic turn for the worse
The power of Hope

52:13 | Feb 11th

Louisa Hope was seriously injured in the Sydney siege. From her hospital bed, she began a charity to help her nurses
Singing with strangers and Spooky Men

50:16 | Feb 8th

Choir master Stephen Taberner was raised a Christadelphian, but in his adult life he celebrates the pleasure of music
The girl in the vintage lace

52:06 | Feb 7th

In the 1980s, Lydia Pearson began a wildly successful fashion label with her best friend. In 2016, everything changed
Wake In Fright and walking the dog with Ken

50:16 | Feb 6th

Renowned biographer Jacqueline Kent recalls her volatile year of love with Kenneth Cook
Judith Lucy, and her men

48:06 | Feb 5th

Comedian Judith Lucy has been reflecting on what has gone right, and wrong in her relationships with men
The joy of hovercraft

51:20 | Feb 4th

Peter Venn built his first hovercraft in the early 1970s. By 1988 he had a fleet of them on the Brisbane River, and was giving joyrides to 140 000 World Expo visitors (R)
The state of your nation begins in your street

51:05 | Feb 1st

Hugh Mackay on how our neighbourhoods hold the key to the isolation felt by so many (R)
How to catch a wild bull

47:16 | Jan 31st

Lach McClymont mustered hundreds of wild cattle, untouched for decades, from a remote area of the Northern Territory
The voice of a child who can’t speak

52:22 | Jan 30th

Samantha Wheeler’s daughter Charlotte has Rett Syndrome, a rare ‘locked-in’ disorder
Ghostwriting love stories

47:25 | Jan 29th

Melanie Lewis is the secret hand behind many wedding ceremonies
Naomi Price and the business of show

49:26 | Jan 25th

From Annie to Sweet Charity, by way of The Voice and Rumour Has It: Naomi on music that's shaped her career so far
Rome in the Balkans

51:10 | Jan 24th

Uncovering the little-known history of the late Roman Empire in Serbia
What makes a body perfect?

52:15 | Jan 23rd

How scars and physical differences affect our idea of human beauty
When Sister Margaret found her voice

54:30 | Jan 22nd

Margaret Harrod grew up as her father's 'proxy wife'. To escape him, she became a nun, until a chance conversation changed everything
How 'the man in the hat' walked free

51:11 | Jan 21st

Journalist Sam Vincent on the lingering questions about Canberra's most notorious murder
Best of 2018: Bringing life-saving dialysis to the bush

52:28 | Dec 13th, 2018

Sarah Brown always wanted to be a remote area nurse. Then she began a medical revolution (R)
Best of 2018: Hunting the deadly coastal taipan

52:19 | Dec 12th, 2018

How an elusive copper-coloured snake species terrorised post WWII North Queensland (R)
Best of 2018: Jenny Briscoe-Hough

51:18 | Dec 11th, 2018

After a bruising experience with her own mother's funeral, Jenny Briscoe-Hough set up a d.i.y funeral home in an old fire station (R)
Best of 2018: Colleen Gwynne

51:28 | Dec 10th, 2018

Colleen rescued her mum from a violent marriage. Later, she solved one of Australia's most complicated murder cases (R)
Colin Hay's real life

55:05 | Dec 7th, 2018

How the Men at Work front man managed the trip to mega-stardom and back again (R)
More power to the mums

51:00 | Dec 6th, 2018

Natalie Millar is at the centre of a 20 000-strong network of mothers in Logan City
The true story of Chow Hayes, Australia's first gangster

50:16 | Dec 5th, 2018

Jack Hoysted tells of the violent standover man and extortionist who was the first local criminal to be described by Australian police as a gangster (R)
Life in 248 dimensions

45:26 | Dec 4th, 2018

Mathematician Geordie Williamson spent eight years cracking the code to find the weight of atoms in space
The sufferings of 'Sydney's top ratbag'

46:33 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Psychiatrist Robert Kaplan on the strange illness which altered the personality of Bea Miles, making her one of her city's most famous eccentrics
What Jack Reacher did next

53:23 | Nov 30th, 2018

How a Birmingham boy became best-selling thriller writer, Lee Child
Gardeners' secret lives

26:19 | Nov 29th, 2018

Landscape designer Georgina Reid on some of the world’s most unusual gardens
Hunting Heliconias in Panama

27:20 | Nov 29th, 2018

An Australian's epic journeys to glimpse rare tropical flowers
Bruce Dunstan and Georgina Reid

52:32 | Nov 29th, 2018

Two botanical conversations: plant-hunter Bruce Dunstan, and great gardens with Georgina Reid
Inside the Coroner's Court

51:10 | Nov 27th, 2018

A guide to the investigation of sudden or unexplained deaths
Speed skater Steven Bradbury's race to Salt Lake City

52:01 | Nov 26th, 2018

Steven Bradbury nearly died on the ice when he was 20. Then he won history's most unexpected gold medal (R)
The foreign correspondent and the fear of flying

53:30 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Lisa Millar has reported some of the world's biggest stories, including acts of terrorism, political upheaval, and gun massacres
Backing the wild dreams of youth

52:18 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Jan Owen’s work as a champion of young people has its roots in her own story
Mikey Robins' bizarro tour though the history of food and sin

46:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

A wander through some of the strange habits, rituals and obsessions people have developed around food and eating
The end of the Milky Way

51:32 | Nov 20th, 2018

Astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith on how Andromeda is due to collide with our galaxy in five billion years time
The blood-soaked history of the Münster Anabaptists

51:31 | Nov 19th, 2018

Historian Paul Ham explains the short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant sect
How Johnathan Thurston became one of the greats

56:24 | Nov 16th, 2018

When Johnathan was a boy he was written off as too skinny and too wild for rugby league
Pink diamonds and crocodiles: a Kimberley tale

51:27 | Nov 15th, 2018

How Frauke Bolten-Boshammer raised a farm, a family and a diamond empire from the red dirt of Kununurra
With ears wide open: stories from a master field recordist

50:28 | Nov 14th, 2018

Chris Watson worked alongside David Attenborough for 20 years, pioneering up-close field recording of birds and animals (R)
David Marr on his perplexing, beloved country

47:28 | Nov 13th, 2018

David began his working life digging ditches, before he found his calling as a writer
An unexpected mid-life love story

51:24 | Nov 12th, 2018

Susan Francis was in her 50s when she met Wayne, who became the great love of her life. But their story together didn't turn out as planned (R)
Armistice: The Shattered Village

53:02 | Nov 9th, 2018

A century ago the little town of Pozieres was known as the worst place on earth
Armistice: The Underground City

52:17 | Nov 8th, 2018

A cave network in France with thousands of signatures, written in pencil by Australian soldiers from the First World War
Armistice: The Good Friends

52:27 | Nov 7th, 2018

The story of two men who fought for different sides on the western front, and an unexpected friendship between their descendants
Liz Ellis on infertility, netball and love

52:07 | Nov 6th, 2018

While struggling to conceive her son, Liz faced infertility head on. She found it hard to access reliable information on the subject (R)
#Thisflag and the man behind a movement

52:04 | Nov 5th, 2018

Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire inadvertently began a grassroots democracy movement which contributed to the removal of Robert Mugabe
Candy Devine's life on the air

52:25 | Nov 2nd, 2018

The girl from a Queensland cane farm who became Candy Devine, Northern Ireland's first black radio star
The Google truth serum

51:18 | Nov 1st, 2018

Steph Stephens-Davidowitz says what, how and when we Google is deeply revealing
A boy, his pony and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

52:24 | Oct 31st, 2018

Lennie Gwyther was 9 years old when he rode Ginger Mick from country Victoria to Sydney to be at the opening of the Bridge (R)
Helping troubled kids find a way back

52:18 | Oct 30th, 2018

Bernie Shakeshaft was a wild teenager who grew up become a jackeroo and a dingo trapper. Then he began helping kids in trouble
Safari suits and Quiche Lorraine

48:34 | Oct 29th, 2018

Richard Glover revisits the landscape of his Australian childhood, when parenting was lackadaisical, and avocados were a rarity
Anne Summers on taking centre stage

52:30 | Oct 26th, 2018

Anne has worked in the midst of power on both sides of the Pacific, as a prominent journalist, policy advisor and magazine editor
North Korea from the inside

52:14 | Oct 25th, 2018

Veteran reporter Jean Lee did the seemingly impossible from within Pyongyang
Blade runner Dave Henson: after the blast

52:12 | Oct 24th, 2018

After losing both legs to an IED, veteran and Paralympian Dave Henson is applying his unique insight to developing advanced prosthetics
Inside the mind of a bomber

52:28 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Bruno Guevremont was working in a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan when he was called to dismantle the vest of a live suicide bomber
Dr Munjed Al Muderis restores mobility with robotic limbs

49:24 | Oct 22nd, 2018

How a doctor's brave escape led him to Australia, and extraordinary medical advancements for amputees (R)
The other Tuscany

51:28 | Oct 19th, 2018

In 1957, Moreno Giovannoni's family left Tuscany for Australia. Twelve years later they returned to San Ginese, but struggled to make it their home
Ben Quilty, Syria's children, and witnessing war

52:28 | Oct 18th, 2018

Exploring the drawings of children who've survived Syria's conflict
The pavlova in the suitcase

49:01 | Oct 17th, 2018

Michelle Garnaut created one of the world's most famous restaurants in Shanghai
David Astle's brain on puzzles

51:17 | Oct 15th, 2018

David's is the first mind in the world to be tested on an MRI machine while solving cryptic clues
How a department store family's fortune was lost

40:28 | Oct 12th, 2018

Melissa Fagan reveals the scandals entwined in the McWhirters department store story
Raising boys with love

52:10 | Oct 11th, 2018

Maggie Dent’s ideas on growing up good men stem from her professional work, and having brought up four sons
The Antarctic voyage which helped end a decade of silence

50:22 | Oct 10th, 2018

Robyn Mundy has adventured in some of the world's wildest places (R)
The making of Mike Carlton

52:08 | Oct 9th, 2018

While reflecting on his life's work, Mike uncovered his parents' controversial love affair
The day that shook the Olympic movement

51:03 | Oct 8th, 2018

Matt Norman's late uncle Peter won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics, but he was notoriously cast out of Australian sport
How Brolga Barns became a 'kangaroo mum'

51:17 | Oct 5th, 2018

Saving the orphaned kangaroo joeys of Central Australia
Taking desert art to the world

47:08 | Oct 4th, 2018

Cecilia Alfonso learned how to sell art when she was a child, and now brings millions of dollars a year to the Central Australian town of Yuendumu
Bringing life-saving dialysis to the bush

51:25 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Sarah Brown always wanted to be a remote area nurse. Then she began a medical revolution
Love and family and Asperger's: Tony Attwood

51:26 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Tony works with couples in which one partner has Asperger's, helping them navigate relationships and parenting (R)
Leigh Sales: the day after the worst possible day

55:30 | Oct 1st, 2018

In 2014, Leigh went through an event which changed her profoundly. She was left questioning how we cope when the unimaginable happens
Brylcreem, beehives, and Devils on Horseback: how the 1960s changed Australia

47:23 | Sep 28th, 2018

Noeline Brown went from librarian to household name during the 60s, and here remembers some of the era's most distinct pop culture and political moments (R)
Rachael Maza's tale of three islands

52:32 | Sep 27th, 2018

Palm Island, Mer Island, and Australia are the cornerstones of this hard-working actor and director's story
Toad vs toad: outwitting the cane toad with ingenious biology

51:27 | Sep 26th, 2018

Rick Shine used one toad to defeat another, by a process of evolutionary conditioning, to save the snakes he was studying in Northern Australia
Inside The Family, the bizarre and brutal Australian cult

52:07 | Sep 25th, 2018

Rosie Jones and Chris Johnston have unearthed the origins of the bizarre Australian cult known as The Family (R)
Laura Tingle on leadership, and political self-indulgence

50:29 | Sep 24th, 2018

Journalist Laura Tingle asks if it's time to update our idea of what makes a great leader
Tim Minchin makes his own luck

48:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

Tim Minchin's bruising Hollywood experiences have helped bring him a new perspective on comedy
Tim Minchin makes his own luck

48:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

Tim Minchin's bruising Hollywood experiences have helped bring him a new perspective on comedy
Gwynne Dyer on the future of the world

52:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Military historian Gwynne Dyer is surprisingly upbeat about the future of humanity
Murgon's shining star

55:26 | Sep 18th, 2018

Leah Purcell was working in a small-town meatworks during her school holidays, when she discovered she had a rare talent
The bond between two alpine climbers which nearly killed them

49:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Simon McCartney was a young mountaineer when he met a fellow climber who altered his life
Beatrix Campbell has stayed fierce and funny about class in Britain

51:19 | Sep 14th, 2018

Political commentator Bea Campbell grew up communist in northern England
Ordinary on the inside

57:12 | Sep 13th, 2018

Wil Patterson was a suburban dad who wanted all the good things in life for his family. Then he made a decision which upended everything
Discovering a father's secret life in France

50:35 | Sep 12th, 2018

Growing up, Louisa Deasey knew very little about her late father's life. Then she found a bundle of his lost love letters
Wendell Rosevear treats victims and perpetrators of sexual violence

52:03 | Sep 11th, 2018

Dr Wendell Rosevear's upbringing gave him an unexpected sense of mission
The man behind the Bee Gees

44:32 | Sep 10th, 2018

Stephen Dando Collins with the story of Robert Stigwood, the boy from Port Pirie who went on to become the entertainment industry's most powerful tycoon
Father Rod bucks the system

52:17 | Sep 7th, 2018

How an ex-butcher in the midst of a career crisis began a social movement
Guerrilla film-making in Afghanistan

50:35 | Sep 6th, 2018

When the Pakistani Secret Service denied Benjamin Gilmour permission to make a feature film he crossed the border to Afghanistan
The life changing power of honeybees

45:12 | Sep 5th, 2018

When Helen Jukes was given a colony of bees it helped release her from the numbing grind of her working life
The science of the Dreamtime

47:13 | Sep 4th, 2018

Patrick Nunn on the real life stories of volcanic eruptions, meteor crashes and encounters with megafauna, recorded long before written language
The great dogs of Australian history

51:35 | Aug 31st, 2018

The 'dog whisperer' Guy Hull on the dogs that made Australia, from life-saving Kangaroo dogs to plane flying Alsatians
Inside the ad agency which changed Australia

53:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

John Bevins helped change Australians' minds about smoking and drink driving
The incredible tale of where we come from

46:25 | Aug 29th, 2018

Fiona Katauskas wrote a funny, charming book for children about the facts of life. Then she discovered the book had a life of its own
Growing up in old Broome

48:21 | Aug 28th, 2018

Anne Poelina, the daughter of a Timorese pearl diver and an Indigenous mother, has always been drawn back to her home town of Broome
Falling in love with Jimmy Pike

51:10 | Aug 27th, 2018

Pat Lowe was working as a prison psychologist in Broome when she met the artist Jimmy Pike, who was serving a life sentence
The art of being truthful

53:02 | Aug 24th, 2018

Artist Davida Allen's true feelings about some of the trials of parenthood, bushwalking, and a raging attraction to actor Sam Neill have poured out through her paintbrush
Irish novelist Marian Keyes

51:02 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Now a wildly popular author, for many years Marian doubted her ability to write (R)
The lucky accident of Sydney's Opera House

52:00 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Helen Pitt on how the luminous shells of the Sydney Opera House nearly didn't get off the drawing board
Living the Prague Spring

52:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

Jaroslav Kovaricek was there for the violent crushing of the Prague Spring
The history of making colours

46:34 | Aug 20th, 2018

David Coles is known as the 'pigment-whisperer'
From the Shetlands to Vera: the adventures of crime writer Ann Cleeves

53:18 | Aug 17th, 2018

The award-winning novelist lived many lives before her career as an author took off
The anxiety of modern life

51:19 | Aug 16th, 2018

Matt Haig's candour about his depression and anxiety has resonated around the world
The allure of silver barramundi

43:24 | Aug 15th, 2018

Jimmy Shu's childhood in Sri Lanka planted the seeds for his later life as a legendary restaurateur
Staring down the monster

50:16 | Aug 14th, 2018

At 19, Colleen Gwynne rescued her mum from a violent marriage. Then she joined the police and solved one of Australia's most complicated murder cases
The terrible journey of the Ticonderoga

49:00 | Aug 13th, 2018

Michael Veitch's great-grandfather arrived in Australia on a ship dubbed 'the floating charnel house'
Jacqui Lambie: the unlikely senator

52:39 | Aug 10th, 2018

From painkiller addiction to parliament Jacqui Lambie's life has been a rollercoaster
The Hunger Games on Wheels

52:27 | Aug 9th, 2018

In 2017 Rupert Guinness, a veteran cycling journalist, embarked on a 5000 km endurance ride that would permanently change his outlook on a sport he loved
How Lemn Sissay found his voice

55:13 | Aug 8th, 2018

Lemn Sissay grew up in the UK as a child of the state. At 18 he was given a letter written in 1968 from his Ethiopian mother pleading for his return
Can football save politics?

51:11 | Aug 7th, 2018

George Megalogenis thinks that Australia's political leaders should learn from football
Universal Basic Income: the future?

50:19 | Aug 6th, 2018

Rutger Bregman is calling for new thinking about the kind of world we want to live in
The life and landscapes of Alison Lester

52:01 | Aug 3rd, 2018

From Antarctica to Arnhem Land, the pages of the books of this prolific author and illustrator are fuelled by adventure
The other Kokoda trail

51:24 | Aug 2nd, 2018

When the Japanese began bombing New Guinea, Peter Phelp's granddad was forced to trek through some of the most rugged terrain on earth, but he wasn't a soldier.
Growing up dirt poor

52:01 | Aug 1st, 2018

Rick Morton was growing up on a cattle station when his parents split up. His mum was left to raise three children in poverty
William McInnes’ stories of fatherhood

55:13 | Jul 31st, 2018

Tales ranging from growing up in 70s Queensland, to raising children as a single dad
Unlocking the mystery of Motor Neurone Disease

51:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

Dominic Rowe is asking how common degenerative brain diseases begin
Losing a brother, finding himself

52:30 | Jul 27th, 2018

Nic Newling believes sharing his story of living with mental illness will help others
A grief pilgrimage on Te Araroa Trail

52:19 | Jul 26th, 2018

Bruce Hopkins set out to walk the length of New Zealand, with the ashes of his father and brother
Searching for Christoph

45:28 | Jul 25th, 2018

In 1975, Ivonne Ranisch’s brother Christoph disappeared from an East German hospital. Her parents now believe he was stolen by the state
On being shot

50:28 | Jul 24th, 2018

At 17, Gail Bell was shot in the back. The shooter was never found
Questioning the line of duty

54:10 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Gwen Cherne has become an advocate for war widows after the death of her husband Pete
Bringing kids back from the edge

52:25 | Jul 20th, 2018

Major Paul Moulds and his calling to ‘run a rescue shop within a yard of hell’
The daring mission to rescue survivors of the Titanic

52:24 | Jul 19th, 2018

Jay Ludowyke has traced the story of RMS Carpathia, from Titanic rescue mission to the bottom of the ocean
The secretive world of mercenaries and private armies

51:22 | Jul 18th, 2018

Sarah Percy explains the history and motivations of unconventional combatants (R)
How religious zealots shaped a family

52:28 | Jul 17th, 2018

Lech Blaine grew up in a large family of foster siblings. When he was ten years old, his childhood ended suddenly (R)
Surviving kidnap in Sierra Leone

57:05 | Jul 16th, 2018

Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped during the Sierra Leone Civil War, and endured months of terror at the hands of rebel soldiers.
Censorship, and an unexpected friendship

52:22 | Jul 13th, 2018

Sari Braithwaite is drawn to making films on things we don't like to talk about
Osamah Sami - not always the good Muslim boy

52:32 | Jul 12th, 2018

Osamah Sami wrote and starred in the hit Australian comedy film Ali's Wedding.
The doctor known as 'the God of Sight'

52:03 | Jul 11th, 2018

Nepalese surgeon Dr Sanduk Ruit has restored the sight of more than 150 000 people during his career
Behind the sequins: the Tony Sheldon story

51:23 | Jul 10th, 2018

Tony Sheldon's mum was a major star when he was a child. At 17, he became an actor against her wishes
The girl from Mount Druitt who became a remarkable comedy voice

46:29 | Jul 9th, 2018

Playwright Nakkiah Lui was given a crucial early piece of advice: when telling stories, always try to offend your mother (R)
A 'lucky' accident changed Sarah Brooker's life

50:35 | Jul 6th, 2018

Sarah Brooker was studying to be a neuroscientist, when a freak accident forced her to rebuild her life from the ground up (R)
The world's sinking megacities

52:16 | Jul 5th, 2018

Michael Kimmelman on why the world's giant cities like Jakarta and Mexico City are slumping into the earth
Young Hitler

49:31 | Jul 4th, 2018

WWI helped a homeless vagabond named Adolf Hitler become the dictator of the German Reich
Jurors behaving badly

49:19 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Jeremy Gans on the limitations of the jury system, and stories of extreme misbehaviour among jurors
Betty, Queen of Donks

50:08 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Betty Klimenko grew up as an heiress to the Westfield fortune. Then she turned her back on it all to marry the man of her dreams
Sam Cutler tour-managed some of rock's biggest names

33:02 | Jun 29th, 2018

Sam worked behind the scenes for Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead (R)
Dr Budgerigar

52:24 | Jun 28th, 2018

Bob Donely is one of Australia's only vets specialising in the health of budgerigars
The Kharkov experiment

48:01 | Jun 27th, 2018

When Maria Tumarkin travelled back to her homeland with her daughter, she had high hopes for the journey
A question of remorse

51:27 | Jun 26th, 2018

Anthropologist Kate Rossmanith asks how our legal system decides if a criminal is truly sorry
The force of Will

46:18 | Jun 25th, 2018

Winemaker Will Rikard-Bell's skin needed to be almost entirely rebuilt after a 2008 explosion at a winery in the Hunter Valley
The mysteries of the Southern Ocean

54:09 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Joy McCann's early fascination with the vast Southern Ocean has become a lifelong passion
Seeing Bergen-Belsen through my father's camera

52:19 | Jun 21st, 2018

Helen Lewis' father Mike filmed the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp
Michael Mosley and the gut brain

51:34 | Jun 20th, 2018

Dr Michael Mosley swallowed a tiny camera to peer into his own gut and its microbiome
The island of the ancients

44:24 | Jun 19th, 2018

Journalist Ben Hills travelled to Sardinia, where locals are three times as likely to live to 100 as anywhere else on earth (R)
The rise of a watchful boy

50:09 | Jun 18th, 2018

As a child, Trent Dalton was a silent observer of the drama of his family and his neighbourhood. He grew up to become an award-winning writer
John Marsden is an outlaw of education

51:31 | Jun 14th, 2018

John Marsden's years at a military high school inspired him to buy 850 acres of land to open a very different kind of school of his own
An erratic family saga

51:12 | Jun 13th, 2018

Vicki Laveau-Harvie was estranged from her parents for decades, until she was summoned to their isolated ranch on the Canadian prairies
Inside the murderous mind

50:13 | Jun 12th, 2018

Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant has assessed the mental state of many people charged with murder
Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

50:17 | Jun 8th, 2018

How living between two cultures shaped Sofija Stefanovic
A friendship - and a giant literary hoax

51:20 | Jun 7th, 2018

Alison Hoddinott was one of the first Australian women to go to Oxford University. She then returned home to raise her family, and became great friends with the rebel poet, Gwen Harwood
How Hitler used heroin and methamphetamines to fuel the Third Reich

46:01 | Jun 6th, 2018

Norman Ohler has unearthed a little-known element of WWII history: the drugs which played a crucial role in the progress and failures of the Nazis (R)
Jill's big change

52:11 | Jun 5th, 2018

Jill Emberson worked for decades at the heart of social change, and never believed in marriage. But later this year her daughter will walk her down the aisle
An unexpected later in life love story, set in New York

50:17 | Jun 4th, 2018

At 48, Bill Hayes moved to New York. He took up photography, and fell in love with his neighbour, Dr Oliver Sacks (R)
Inside the Robbers Cave: testing tribal loyalties at a boys summer camp

52:13 | Jun 1st, 2018

Gina Perry uncovers the strange story behind a controversial psychological experiment
The art of taking sperm from a rhino

48:30 | May 31st, 2018

Dr Tamara Keeley uses reproductive technology to help save rhinos, Tasmanian devils and koalas from extinction
How a young Dutch woman discovered her savage self in the wild

49:19 | May 30th, 2018

Miriam Lancewood on her daily life roaming the New Zealand bush, hunting possums and goats to survive (R)
The murderous rise of Rodrigo Duterte

50:17 | May 29th, 2018

Jonathan Miller on President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs in the Philippines
The One-Child Policy: understanding China's radical social experiment

52:25 | May 28th, 2018

Mei Fong explains how China's misguided population control scheme rendered it 'too old, too male, and too few' (R)
Eileen Myles: New York punks, and a dog named Rosie

51:12 | May 25th, 2018

A freewheeling conversation with the celebrated poet and essayist
Jessie Cole's survival story

50:21 | May 24th, 2018

After two suicides changed her family forever, Jessie Cole returned to Northern NSW to begin again
No way to lose her: Sarah Ferguson on her mother

52:04 | May 23rd, 2018

In the midst of her grief, Sarah became aware that hospital negligence led to her mother's death
Terrible treasure: 75 000 convict stories housed in a Hobart basement

52:09 | May 22nd, 2018

Hamish Maxwell Stewart from the University of Tasmania has spent his working life deep in the Tasmanian convict archive (R)
The life of Space Gandalf

46:05 | May 21st, 2018

Amateur astronomer Greg Quicke was working in Northern Australia, sleeping under the stars in a swag when he bought a second-hand telescope
How the state of your nation begins in your street

50:19 | May 17th, 2018

Social researcher Hugh Mackay has some ideas for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia
Hillary Rodham Clinton and the impossible defeat

45:06 | May 16th, 2018

Reflections on a failed campaign to become America’s first female President
Stephen Davis: life as an international peace negotiator

51:35 | May 15th, 2018

In 2014, Stephen Davis went on a rescue mission to northern Nigeria to save the Chibok girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram (R)
Shaking up the power structure: Jeremy Heimans

51:18 | May 14th, 2018

Jeremy Heimans was one of the founders of GetUp in 2005. Since then he's been at the forefront of the online movement for social change
On the trail of Candidate Trump: journalist Katy Tur

52:04 | May 10th, 2018

Katy was described by Donald Trump as disgraceful, a liar, and 'third-rate' during her coverage of his successful Presidential campaign
The search for the turquoise-blooded frog

52:06 | May 9th, 2018

Biologist Jodi Rowley has identified 26 new species of frogs in South-East Asia and Australia
The evolution of Poh

49:16 | May 8th, 2018

How a shy Mormon girl named Sharon became Poh Ling Yeow
Growing up in the shadow of Long Bay

50:13 | May 7th, 2018

Growing up next door to some of Australia's most notorious criminals shaped Patrick Kennedy's family
Richard Lloyd Parry: encounters with Japan's ghosts

52:19 | May 4th, 2018

The story of the 2011 earthquake that triggered multiple disasters in Japan, and took many thousands of lives
The weed forager's cure

48:25 | May 3rd, 2018

Annie Raser-Rowland's adventurous life as a weed forager and free thinker
Tara Westover's escape from ignorance

50:18 | May 2nd, 2018

Raised in rural Idaho in an extremist Mormon family who forbade her to attend school, Tara studied in secret, and made her way to university
The life of Masha Gessen

51:30 | May 1st, 2018

Journalist Masha Gessen on growing up Jewish in the Soviet Union, and her two remarkable grandmothers
How haemophilia shaped a family

48:14 | Apr 30th, 2018

Charles Eddy became an expert on rare bleeding diseases after his son Lachie was born with haemophilia
Liz Ellis on infertility, netball, and other love stories

51:34 | Apr 27th, 2018

Liz's life before and after netball; and what she had to unlearn to have a baby boy after facing secondary infertility
Robert Fisk: life as a war correspondent

51:06 | Apr 26th, 2018

Robert Fisk has spent his career reporting from war zones, and he's one of the few Western journalists who met Osama Bin Laden in person (R)
The rise of Kerry Tucker

51:31 | Apr 24th, 2018

Kerry Tucker rewrote her life story from inside maximum security
Fishing in Eden

51:18 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Historian and angler Anna Clark on the story of fishing in Australia (R)
How to fly a hovercraft

50:31 | Apr 20th, 2018

Peter Venn's imagination was captured by the simple physics of the hovercraft. He turned flying them into a business, but the unusual vehicles still bring him joy
The strange honeycomb houses of Çatalhöyük

49:15 | Apr 19th, 2018

Archaeologist Serena Love on climbing into history in one of the first villages on earth, where the locals lived with de-skulled bodies buried in the floor
What Clare did next: a survivor's story

47:19 | Apr 18th, 2018

Stockbroker Clare Keenan has worked in places ranging from a New Zealand prison, to a covert Jordanian broadcaster. She trusts her fierce survival instinct to keep her safe
How Australia's first female detective took on Sydney's razor gangs

52:09 | Apr 17th, 2018

Leigh Straw tells the story of Lillian Armfield, arch enemy of serial criminals Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh et al
The mission of a flying midwife

1:00:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

Jan Becker on her work saving the lives of newborn babies in Sub-Saharan Africa, in 'the golden minute' after birth (R)
Midnight Oil's Rob Hirst

50:10 | Apr 13th, 2018

Chasing the back beat and adventures in wide open spaces, Rob remains essentially the same as the boy he was
Pleasures and pain: tales from the piano

49:35 | Apr 12th, 2018

Virginia Lloyd's talent for the piano shaped her early life
The delicate and deadly world of jellyfish: from Bazinga to Shiraz

52:00 | Apr 11th, 2018

Lisa-Ann Gershwin is among the world's foremost jellyfish biologists (R)
The poetry of the trenches

45:25 | Apr 10th, 2018

Neil James on the Australian soldiers sent to WWI with spurs, a clasp knife and two books of verse
Vasily Sukhomlinsky: educating the heart, head and hands

49:22 | Apr 9th, 2018

Alan Cockerill explains the revolutionary philosophy of educator Vasily Sukhomlinsky (R)
Adrian Mole and the Shropshire postman

49:16 | Apr 6th, 2018

Young Robert Lukins modelled himself on the fictional character Adrian Mole, a prodigious reader and writer
What the whales know: how humpbacks thrive in Australian waters

51:07 | Apr 5th, 2018

Marine biologist Micheline Jenner has lived at sea, researching humpbacks, for thirty years
Lessons from the end of a marriage

50:03 | Apr 4th, 2018

When James Jeffrey's parents split up, his life took on a seismic instability
Revealing the scars: the life of Kate Mulvany

46:33 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Kate Mulvany has used tragic events in her own life as creative fuel to write more than 25 plays
The curious history of the umbrella

25:10 | Mar 29th, 2018

Marion Rankine finds a wealth of stories in the folds of literary and historic umbrellas
The Orchid and the Wasp: the life and work of naturalist Edith Coleman

26:38 | Mar 29th, 2018

Danielle Clode is determined to restore naturalist Edith Coleman's reputation in Australian science
The murder of Mollie Dean

50:23 | Mar 28th, 2018

Gideon Haigh returns with the story of a shocking crime from bohemian 1930s Melbourne
Geoffrey Robertson's fear of the dull

52:27 | Mar 27th, 2018

Geoffrey's sense of social justice saw him become a barrister at the Old Bailey, then a champion for human rights
Kitty Flanagan's unlikely path to comedy

52:22 | Mar 26th, 2018

Kitty Flanagan has woven together a series of true stories from her life including being locked in a crayfish freezer for talking too much
Urzila Carlson: a life without regrets

51:33 | Mar 23rd, 2018

A group of work colleagues cajoled Urzila into performing live on stage for the first time, and kickstarted her unexpected career in comedy
Watching the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope

1:04:00 | Mar 22nd, 2018

NASA astronomer Jennifer Wiseman on exploring the design of the universe
The story of Sydney's ferries

46:19 | Mar 21st, 2018

After a boyhood spent riding the ferries, John Darroch devoted his life to recording their stories
Untangling the physics of String Theory

49:27 | Mar 20th, 2018

Brian Green explains how the universe is made of strings, vibrating in 11 dimensions (R)
The crime-soaked history of Melbourne's Dockyards

47:25 | Mar 19th, 2018

Jack the Insider tells how a union became an elaborate front for murders, standover rackets, drug syndicates and armed robbery
Alexander McCall Smith: before and after The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

52:24 | Mar 16th, 2018

A wide-ranging conversation about the landscapes, physical and imaginary, that inspire one of the world's most prolific authors
Nags, glad rags and the hoi polloi

49:17 | Mar 15th, 2018

Craig Sherborne's childhood was shaped by the social aspirations of his parents
Jordan Peterson's rules for life

51:03 | Mar 14th, 2018

In 2016, psychologist Jordan Peterson unexpectedly became one of the world's most influential thinkers
Surviving a plane crash in Burma

50:34 | Mar 13th, 2018

Circumstances around the plane crash Anna Bartsch and her partner survived in 2012 have become increasingly suspicious
An Australian firefighter's 9/11 story

46:12 | Mar 12th, 2018

Andrew Wallace flew from Western Australia to New York city, to help the exhausted firefighters of Ladder 24 in mid-town Manhattan
Hunting the deadly coastal taipan

51:22 | Mar 9th, 2018

Brendan James Murray on the elusive copper-coloured snake species which terrorised post WWII North Queensland
An extreme treatment for depression

52:11 | Mar 8th, 2018

Helen Elliot was working as a psychologist when she became so ill she was held in a locked psychiatric ward
On love: Mandy Len Catron

50:33 | Mar 7th, 2018

Can 36 questions lead you to fall in love with a stranger?
Father Lockwood's rebel daughter

47:07 | Mar 6th, 2018

Patricia Lockwood's grew up as the daughter of one of America's few married Catholic priests
Cornish pasties and powerhouse boys: a love song to Moonta

49:15 | Mar 5th, 2018

Kristin Weidenbach on her father's early life in a Methodist-run mining town in South Australia
Nigeria to New York: travelling with Teju Cole

49:06 | Mar 2nd, 2018

The photographer, author and art critic on his work and life across cultures
God, war and weapons of peace

47:14 | Mar 1st, 2018

In the midst of training to become a priest, Sarah Sentilles gave up God
Vasilisa the Wise and the witch Baba Yaga

47:00 | Feb 28th, 2018

Kate Forsyth explores a classic Russian folk tale and delves into the romantic life of the Brothers Grimm