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A podcast for Greeks of the diaspora. Join Sydney-based Greek-Australians Tom and Nick as they bring the Ouzo-fuelled conversations of ‘kaffeneia’ the Greek world over, right to your ears. From music, history and culture, to science, philosophy and everything in between, Ouzo Talk is all about 'parea'. And with a bottle of Ouzo always on the table, there's no telling where the conversation might go. It's solving the world’s problems – one bottle of Ouzo at a time.

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Kalymnos

Kalymnos

2024-07-1001:49:36

Ouzo Talk continues its' Greek Island series by taking a quick trip over to the island of Kalymnos. With the help of Michael Melas and George Karantonis from the Kalymnian Association of NSW, the boys take a journey through Kalymnian history, sponge-diving, some genuinely bizarre foods plus a whole lot more! Looking for your next destination in Greece? Kalymnos just might be the ticket!This episode of Ouzo Talk is proudly brought to you by The Kalymnian Association of NSW and The Greek ...
Famed Bouzouki player Manolis Michalakis drops by Ouzo Talk to talk all things Rebetika and the instrument that has come to characterise the genre. Often referred to as 'the blues of Greece', Rebetika is an important part of Greece's musical and cultural heritage, in a marriage of instruments and styles that draw inspiration from ancient Greece, right through to Smyrna in the early 20th century. With the help of our resident Bouzouki expert, George Calopedos, the boys share a few drinks, play...
It’s been 50 years since the invasion of Cyprus, so the boys enlist the help of Cypriot High Commissioner Antonis Sammoutis and Deputy High Commissioner Stavros Nikolaou to talk all things Cyprus. From the circumstances that led to the conflict, to the real-world impact on people and families, this is a comprehensive look at the Cyprus issue as told through the eye of people who see the generational trauma first hand.This episode is brought to you by the great people at KST Buseshttps://www.k...
Ouzo Talk goes live from the Greek Festival of Sydney in Brighton. Over two decades have passed since Brighton Le Sands played host to this iconic event, and with it being right in the boys' backyard it made sense that Ouzo Talk was on hand to talk to people on the ground! Join the boys as they talk to event organisers, Ouzo Talk fans, family and more in what is surely one of the closest things to a Greek 'Panigiri' that you can get.This episode of Ouzo Talk is proudly brought to you by:Kings...
Ouzo

Ouzo

2024-05-1502:34:45

After three seasons, the boys finally bite the bullet and dedicate a full episode to Ouzo! With the help of some returning special guests, the boys try an eye-watering 14 different bottles of ouzo in search of their personal favourite drop! The conversation and banter improves with every bottle! Note: The views expressed in this episode are those of each individual and does not reflect the views of the Ouzo Talk Podcast.Send us a Text Message. Support the Show.Email us at ouzotalk@outlook.com...
Former senior NSW Police Officer Arthur Katsogiannis joins Ouzo Talk to discuss all things true crime. Having begun and led strike forces, high profile investigations as well as being A public face for the NSW Police in front of the Australian media, the now retired Arthur isn't short of a story. From bikies and cyber-crime, to drugs, murder and everything in between, this is a mandatory listening if you're into your true crime stories. TRIGGER WARNING: This episode may contain graphic d...
How did Christianity make it to Greece? Were there Greeks in The Bible? Did Jesus speak Greek? Why did the Catholics and Orthodox split? These are all important questions answered by Academic and devout Christian, Dr Vassilis Adrahtas as he stops by the Ouzo Talk podcast. In a wide-ranging discussion, Tom and Nick have all their burning religious questions answered – many of which you'll know doubt share yourself! No matter what your religious affiliation or status, this is mandatory listenin...
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, US Admiral James Stavridis returns to Ouzo Talk with his new book, 2054 in tow. The Admiral discusses his latest effort, as well as answering questions about the future of the Cyprus issue, the US sale of F16s to Turkey and F35s to Greece, Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin, the war between Ukraine and Russia, as well as Israel, Palestine and the threat of World War 3.2054 is available for purchase here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/book...
2024 Eurovision contestant and rising star, Silia Kapsis, joins Tom and Nick to talk about representing Cyprus at this year's competition in Sweden! At just 17 years of age, Australian-born Kapsis enters the world-renowned song-contest with the support of three nations behind her in the form of Cyprus, Greece and Australia. Silia talks about her song, Liar, gives an insight into how she juggles performance with her schooling, and her pride for her triple-threat heritage. From impersonat...
From fierce warriors and freedom fighters sporting mullets, to the amazing flavours of the region, Ouzo Talk journeys to the rugged and historic region of Epirus with the help of special guest host, historian, Panayiotis Diamadis. Join the boys as they delve into the mystical landscapes, ancient traditions, savoury delights, musical notes and more that define Epirus. Make no mistake, the dramatic mountains match the dramatic stories about Souliotes, the Dance of Zalongo and so much more, so g...
Are You Even Greek?

Are You Even Greek?

2024-01-3101:14:09

Tom and Nick sit down with Kristina, the creative mind behind the hugely popular Instagram page; Are You Even Greek? By blending humour with tradition and nuance, the page has become a hub for celebrating Greek identity with viral memes, short history lessons, videos and more that people share with their friends, families and partners every day. Join in as the guys discuss Greek genealogy, history, social media and the growing success of the page that has fast-become a mainstay of the G...
Nick Giannopoulos

Nick Giannopoulos

2024-01-1702:03:23

The Wog Boy himself, Nick Giannopoulos, joins Tom and Nick to help kick off season 3 of Ouzo Talk! From the iconic comedies like Wogs Out of Work and Acropolis Now, to the phenomenon of the Wog Boy films, Nick's work holds an important place in the psyche of the Greek diaspora experience in Australia, but also globally. Nick takes us on a real journey and speaks at length about everything from dealing with racism in his early years, filming in his beloved Mykonos, but also about his new stage...
Greek conceptual artists, Caroline Rovithi, joins Tom and Nick for our season two finale, and 50th episode of the podcast! Famed for creating colour-splashed, graphic pop art-inspired pieces with Greece as her main source of inspiration, Caroline inspires the boys with her story and her way incredibly optimistic way of looking at the world – and that’s before we even get to her art! Using traditional Greek symbols in her work, including images such as the Tsarouchia worn by the Presidential G...
New Australian Ambassador to Greece, Her Excellency Alison Duncan, joins Ouzo Talk to discuss her new role in Athens. Alison talks all things Greek and Australia, including the most common things the Australian Embassy in Athens helps citizens with. From lost passports and the importance of travel insurance, to the diplomatic relationship between Greece and Australia, trade and travel, this is mandatory listening if you're interested in international relations. But it’s also a unique insight ...
Legendary Historian, Professor Paul Cartledge, joins Ouzo Talk for a personal lecture on the Ancient Greeks. When it comes to experts, few come close to the A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the Faculty of Classics. Add in countless documentaries, books, lectures and more to his name, and there’s no doubt that there’s much you can learn from this now honorary Spartan Citizen. One thing’s certain when it comes to P...
Basile Katsikis

Basile Katsikis

2023-11-0101:53:02

Legendary Greek-American actor, writer and standup comedian, Basile, couldn't resist the chance to have a drink with Tom and Nick in The Distillery – despite having only just gotten off a plane! Back on Australian shores for his 'Blame it on the Greek' World Tour, Basile is ready and raring to go as he brings his unique brand of standup not just to Greek-Australians, but everyone! With a quickly-dwindling bottle of Mastiha in tow, Basile talks everything from his Greek heritage and come...
It’s ‘Mr Protathlima’ himself!! Legendary former AEK and Greece goalkeeper, Spiros Economopoulos, joins the boys in The Distillery to talk football! From playing cricket in Sydney as a child, to moving to Greece where he would discover his aptitude for playing in-goal, Spiro would experience a meteoric rise from playing for his local team in Akrata on gravel, to taking the field at Nea Filadelfia for AEK. He would go on to become an integral part of AEK’s 1989 Championship winning side, while...
Actor, writer, director and producer Tony Nikolakopoulos joins Tom and Nick in The Distillery to talk about his amazing body of work, including his upcoming show with George Kapiniaris, 'Life of Byron'. From Blue Heelers and Seachange, to Wannabes and The Wog Boy, Tony has been a mainstay of Australia's big and small screens for decades. Now, the proud Greek-Australian is ready to share Life of Byron with audiences – a story about a middle-aged man struggling with his mother's dementia and al...
Olympic Airways

Olympic Airways

2023-09-2001:38:37

Ouzo Talk salutes Greece’s iconic national airline; Olympic Airways. From secret FBI investigations into owner, Aristotle Onassis, to conspiracy theories around the death of his son Alexandros Onassis in a plane crash, this is the story of a Greek icon like you've never heard it before. With author of the book Olympic Airways – A History , Graham M Simons. joining Tom and Nick, the boys fly through inspiring, and often turbulent skies. From the airline’s humble beginnings, to glamorous Pierre...
Ouzo Talk does Greek Summer

Ouzo Talk does Greek Summer

2023-09-0601:56:27

The boys are back! After speaking about going to Greece together for years, Tom and Nick finally met up in Greece for the very first time, and true to form, there are plenty of stories to share. From Athens to Igoumenitsa, and Corfu to Ithaca and everywhere in between, the boys return to The Distillery to recall the best moments from their Greek Summer Odyssey. With boat rides and festivals, gyros and dances plus a dash of nostalgia to boot. If you didn't get a chance to experience a Greek Su...
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