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Author: ABC Radio

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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.
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Dave looks back on the many forms of employment and unemployment to have sustained him as a hard working musician (R)
In the late 70s, Gabrielle Carey co-wrote a blisteringly honest novel about the real lives of teenage surfie chicks in Cronulla which caused a storm of public outrage. What happened next saw her make a new life far from the limelight
Why the only remaining WW1 German A7V tank is in Brisbane, Australia (R)
A new conversation with James Rebanks on how he saved his family farm by returning to ancient ways of growing crops and meadows
Fifa started in the music industry at 16, and worked her way up the ranks of Albert Music to become CEO. In the 1970s she formed a beautiful friendship with AC/DC's wild lead singer Bon Scott
Jane Fonda's big life has included Barbarella, activism, three husbands, workout videos and hair epiphanies. Now in her 80s, she's devoting her energy to raising awareness about climate change
Lisa Woollett's family made their living from combing through London's waste for treasures. Her great-grandfather was a scavenger and her grandad was a dustman, and as she grew up she also began mudlarking on the Thames
When they were kids, Stephen and his brothers would climb onto the laundry roof and put on a show for their neighbourhood. Stephen's since made an exceptional career as a dancer, and at the helm of Bangarra Dance Theatre (R)
Grace Karskens with the story of the riverlands of the Hawkesbury-Nepean, where ancient and modern Australia first collided
Maggie grew up around boys, then raised four sons of her own. Now she helps parents understand the changes teenage boys are going through as they cross the bridge from boyhood to manhood
Andrew was a 4 year old when his family migrated to Australia from Burma. By his mid-20s he had his own criminal law practice. When he took on a client named Ivan Milat, his career became front page news
When a powerful wave he was riding sent him smashing into the sand, breaking his neck, former Army Ranger Billy Hedderman came within a breath of dying. Good fortune and an iron will featured in his recovery
After young Australian soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi was imprisoned in Thailand, Craig fought the power of two monarchies, a military junta, and the world's largest sporting institution to free him (R)
A former boxer and builder's labourer, Geoff is now a highly successful poet (R)
How a girl from the suburbs of Melbourne grew up to become Australia's first female Muslim standup comedian
The true story behind Looking for Alibrandi (R)
Richard shares stories gathered while writing his biography of the city of Prague. Some emerged from his research trip of 2019, others involved deep historical research, and others are altogether more personal
Jeff's latest book on animal behaviour tackles grief — the loss we feel when a beloved pet dies, as well as the understanding other species have of death
Timothy’s stellar career, including roles in ‘Mr Turner’, ‘Secrets and Lies’, the Harry Potter films, and his latest, ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’, was almost cut short by a life-threatening illness (R)
Dr Raymond Shuey saved countless lives during his career with Victoria Police, driving significant change to road rules, as well as how police respond to incidents involving the mentally ill. Ray is Victoria's Senior Australian of the Year 2020
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Diana Hunt

I felt like let I'd drown.

Sep 4th
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Diana Hunt

Billy, I had a wave, at King beach, Caloundra, that had me all messed up. I landed head down on sand. I was so lucky. bleeding nose, walking. Ambulance saw me ok. but my immune system was messed up. went home .. later that night I could barely breathe. if it was wasn't for ringing my aunt barely audible I'd be dead.

Sep 4th
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sharon maitland

What an amazing young man. If he doesn't fit the bill for youth leader of the year noone does. Legend. Big love and respect to Isaiah ❤️💪🌟

Aug 29th
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sharon maitland

What a beautiful man ❤️🐈🐇🐕‍🦺

Aug 29th
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Dee Gather

My favourite movie of the year. Beautiful. Calm.

Aug 26th
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Run The Grain

terrible interviewer

Aug 19th
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Maryanne Sant

talking too fast, crazy fast..who can possibly keep up??

Aug 14th
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tim newport

So very interesting, thank you Melanie for sharing this information with us.

Aug 4th
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Jo Southwell

very interesting and poignant, especially Rebecca's comments about the imminent death of the form of religious life. I have 2 elderly aunts who have given their lives to the FCJ nuns so this podcast was very meaningful to me.

Aug 3rd
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Susan James

I agree with the loyalty argument - though it does depend upon how much you are invested personally in the artist v their music. Having a ‘crush’ on a pop star (eg David Cassidy as was mentioned) is vastly different to the loyalty to an artist whose music really resonates with you or some part of your life. I feel music is very emotionally connected. Incidentally, although I only vaguely remember D. Cassidy, I will always love the track “Cherish”. It is also a function of developing appreciation of musical forms and complexity.

Jul 23rd
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Dee Gather

why not?

Jul 9th
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Doot Smith

more man bashing occurred in this podcast than any woman ever will be

Jun 28th
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J Coker

watch this space for the next installment of this neurotic narcissists life

Jun 26th
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Bec G

this is an old episode

Jun 21st
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Diana Hunt

hard. I feel sick.

Jun 17th
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Elaine Chang

43:55 "PJ is very virginised" or did she say "organised"?! 🤣

Jun 10th
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Diana Hunt

a life of craziness. keep sane it isn't easy

Jun 8th
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Diana Hunt

I work in earlychild care. My son is in college, year 12. At work children are struggling especially those reintegrating from home. The other half of our 2 year olds (who stayed in care) barely remember life in January, friends, parents in track pants?, routines etc and so it is not much different for them. My son struggled, hard, as a 17 year old but is slowly adapting. Two year olds take much, much longer.

Jun 6th
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Dove Hex

What a beautiful conversation. Enjoyed this immensely.

Jun 2nd
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Diana Hunt

heart felt. keep working.

May 26th
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