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Preview: The Conversation Hour with Richard Fidler


Spend an hour in someone else's life. 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

Copyright: Copyright 2018, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Alexander McCall Smith: before and after The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

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

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Nags, glad rags and the hoi polloi

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Craig Sherborne's childhood was shaped by the social aspirations of his parents

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Jordan Peterson's rules for life

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

In 2016, psychologist Jordan Peterson unexpectedly became one of the world's most influential thinkers

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Surviving a plane crash in Burma

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Circumstances around the plane crash Anna Bartsch and her partner survived in 2012 have become increasingly suspicious ABC Radio - Conversations

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An Australian firefighter's 9/11 story

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

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

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Hunting the deadly coastal taipan

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Brendan James Murray on the elusive copper-coloured snake species which terrorised post WWII North Queensland 

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An extreme treatment for depression

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Helen Elliot was working as a psychologist when she became so ill she was held in a locked psychiatric ward

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On love: Mandy Len Catron

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Can 36 questions lead you to fall in love with a stranger?   

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Father Lockwood's rebel daughter

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Patricia Lockwood's grew up as the daughter of one of America's few married Catholic priests

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Cornish pasties and powerhouse boys: a love song to Moonta

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Kristin Weidenbach on her father's early life in a Methodist-run mining town in South Australia

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Nigeria to New York: travelling with Teju Cole

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

The photographer, author and art critic on his work and life across cultures

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God, war and weapons of peace

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +1100

In the midst of training to become a priest, Sarah Sentilles gave up God

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Vasilisa the Wise and the witch Baba Yaga

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

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

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The mystery of broken-hearted syndrome

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp reveals how emotional shock can be fatal ABC - Conversations

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The singular quest of Kyung Ae

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Peter Bell's Korean birth mother spent years searching for her son in America. Then she discovered an AFL star living in Perth

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Dave Graney and the art of the bludge

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

A hard working musician explains how he's stayed on the road

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After the tsunami: using DNA to return names to the missing

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Forensic biologist Kirsty Wright spent five months in Phuket, Thailand, leading a DNA team to identify victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami

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How the First Fleet piano was lost and found

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Australia's first piano disappeared for more than a century. Then pianist and conductor Geoffrey Lancaster launched his own rescue mission

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Showman Fred Brophy's life inside the boxing tent

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Raised by a side-show operator and a trapeze artist, Fred is now the last boxing tent showman in the world (R) ABC - Conversations

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Tales from the 'backies' of Dundee

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

As a child, Gary Todd testified against his father in court to save his mother's life

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The daring and scandalous life of British double agent ‘Celery’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

By uncovering the complicated history of her grandfather, Carolinda Witt also gained a sizeable extended family

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Christine Milne: a quiet revolutionary

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Christine Milne was a teacher in north-west Tasmania when she joined a campaign against a pulp mill in the town of Wesley Vale. The campaign changed her life, and Tasmania's fortunes

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Bringing the dead back home

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Jenny Briscoe-Hough is helping Port Kembla locals take back control at the end of life

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Family jail sentence: the ripple effect of losing a parent to prison

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Dennis Van Someren draws on his own story to help others rise above the grief of a parent being jailed

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Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Author Heather Morris on the Slovakian Jew who became the tattooist for Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Royal Navy Helicopter rescue pilot Jerry Grayson

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Jerry recounts some of the many rescues which led to him becoming the Royal Navy's most decorated peacetime pilot (R) Jerry Grayson

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The story of the Devil

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Philip Almond explains the origins of the Devil and unravels the influence of the concept on Western society

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A sizzle in the brain changed Lavinia Codd's life

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

After a stroke at age 31, Lavinia Codd lost part of her memory, and half her vision. She then became fascinated by her brain’s ability to regenerate ABC Radio - Conversations

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Prepping for the apocalypse: bunkers, bullets and billionaires

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Bradley Garrett explores ‘doomsday prepping’, a multi-billion dollar industry driven by dread

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Bill Bailey: seriously funny amateur naturalist

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Bill Bailey's passion for twitching began as boy growing up in England's west country

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The unlikely star of the Sydney Harbour Bridge opening ceremony

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Peter Lalor tells the story of 9 year old Lennie Gwyther's 1000km horseback ride to see the grand opening

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Colin Hay's real life

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +1100

The Men At Work frontman and solo artist reflects on his life in music

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The cancer moonshot: unlocking genetic weapons to defeat cancer

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Miles Prince explains how science and technology are joining forces with the human immune system to beat cancer

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Facebook and the last days of reality: futurist Mark Pesce

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Is our increasing immersion in the online world affecting our ability to distinguish between what's real and what's not? ABC - Conversations

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The secret history of the native hibiscus

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +1100

Botanist and D'harawal elder Fran Bodkin uses western science to explain up to 80,000 years of indigenous plant knowledge

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Best of 2017: Candice Fox

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

How to raise a bestselling crime writer (R)

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Best of 2017: David George Haskell

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Listening to trees, nature's magnificent networkers (R)

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Best of 2017: Michael Adams

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Learning to freedive helped one man explore life and death (R)

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Best of 2017: Mary-Rose MacColl

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Mary-Rose MacColl on betrayal, motherhood and letting go of secrets (R)

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Best of 2017: Daniel Kish

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Daniel Kish uses a self-initiated sonar, called echolocation, to navigate the world as a blind person (R)

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Best of 2017: Jimmy Webb

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Being raised as the son of an Oklahoma preacher inspired the American Songbook of this prolific singer-songwriter (R)

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Graham Long and the 'quantum of compassion'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Wild funerals, and staff who jump the counter: a day in the life of Graham Long and the Wayside Chapel

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Turning to Beijing: Australia's future in the new Asia

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Hugh White says Australia faces a choice between the power keeping us safe, and the one making us rich

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Wild and full of longing: Australia's definitive pop anthems

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

From Johnny O'Keefe to Sia, via AC/DC — Andrew P. Street counts down Australia's greatest pop songs

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The struggle and the strife behind Steven Bradbury's race to Salt Lake City

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Australia's best-known Olympic skater nearly died on the ice when he was 20. Eight years later, he won history's most unexpected gold medal

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Horses: a story collection

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Colin Friels, Zelie Bullen, Pip Courtney, and drover Bruce Simpson on their deep love of horses (R)

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Love and family and Asperger's: Tony Attwood

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Tony draws on decades of clinical experience to help couples and individuals navigate dating and love with Asperger's

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For better and for worse: becoming my wife’s carer

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

How Bob and Jo’s married life changed course when Jo needed full-time care

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The man behind the legend of 'Eternity'

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Roy Williams tells the story of Arthur Stace, who for decades rose before dawn to write a one-word sermon, in chalk on the footpaths of Sydney. ABC - Conversations

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The morality of robots: Genevieve Bell's predictions for the future of AI

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Genevieve had never imagined a life in technology, until a chance meeting in a bar in Palo Alto

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Reinventing Susan: a study in survival

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

How high-flyer Susan Duncan completely remade her life after a series of losses (R)

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Helen Garner at 75: still asking, what powers the human heart?

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

A master storyteller reflects on stories she’s witnessed and crafted for the page

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Nelson Mandela's archivist and the failings of South Africa

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Verne Harris on post-Apartheid South Africa, and life lessons from Madiba

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Fabulous Ada Delroy: serpentine dancer and vaudevillian

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Cartoonist and author Kaz Cooke traces the dramatic life of a singular woman

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Kevin Sheedy's fifty years in AFL

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

A true champion of the game reflects on opening up the AFL, and his dream to sell it to the world

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Bernard Fanning's Brisbane

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

A suburban Brisbane childhood, a particularly determined nun and the Beatles all shaped Bernard Fanning's music

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How Pixar became a creative powerhouse

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Lawrence Levy was hired by Steve Jobs in 1994, to save a struggling animation company with a secret project

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Tony Martin and the comedy of suburbia

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Tales from one of Australia’s most prolific comedy writers and performers

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Nutritionist Rosemary Stanton: breaking from the Brethren

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Rosemary Stanton and her family had to break free of a religious sect before she could attend university (R)

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How friendly were the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Stories of subterfuge, tragedy and romance from the cold-war games

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Fishing in Eden

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Historian and fishing enthusiast Anna Clark on the story of fishing in Australia

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A dynasty divided: the tragedy behind the Bradman of billiards

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Australia’s sporting Lindrum family was dogged by scandal and tragedy

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The boy from Port Pirie who guided the Bee Gees to global fame

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Stephen Dando Collins returns with the story of Robert Stigwood

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The story of Australian soccer, from ethnic clubs to the A-League

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Sports writer Joe Gorman on the unique challenges facing Australia's 'beautiful game' ABC - Conversations

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Phoenix of the working-class: Beatrix Campbell and the changing face of Britain

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Princess Diana, public housing and the patriarchy — politics is always personal for one of Britain's most influential thinkers

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How the ocean liner changed the world

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Maritime historian Chris Frame unfolds the history of these engineering marvels (R)

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Drawing magic from life and landscapes: Alison Lester

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

An adventurous spirit and deep connection to the land fill the pages of the books of this prolific author and illustrator

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The war of hearts and minds: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Chris Masters explains the fine balance between force and diplomacy in Uruzghan

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Unlocking the secret life of Amelia

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

When Melinda Hildebrandt learned how to sign with her daughter Amelia, it began a new relationship between them

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Irish novelist Marian Keyes

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Now a wildly popular author, for many years Marian doubted her ability to write

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A mid-life love story which all changed, one morning in Lisbon

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Susan Francis met the love of her life in her fifties. But things with the miner called Wayne didn’t turn out as she planned

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Kayaking Sydney’s Harbour

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Scott Bevan on the harbour’s vivid history, generous people and quiet pleasures

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The boxer puppy and the bird of prey

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

A shocking event in Peta Clarke's early life saw her become one of the world's most respected animal trainers

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Seeing the world through a movie camera’s eye

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Pieter de Vries has filmed the Earth's most remote corners - from its deepest oceans, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Pieter de Vries

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The mission of a flying midwife

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

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

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Masha Gessen: what the US can learn from Russia

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen believes Donald Trump is a threat to democracy

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2017 Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

George Saunders' first novel Lincoln in the Bardo centres around the grief that haunted Abraham Lincoln (R)

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The strange life of the twitcher

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Sean Dooley is a twitcher, recording the lives of birds like the Godwit, which flies from Alaska to New Zealand without stopping

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Ears wide open: master field recordist Chris Watson

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Capturing the sounds of wildlife, natural phenomena and secret worlds

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Friedrich and Flanagan: the con-man and his ghostwriter

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Richard Flanagan recounts a strange chapter from early in his writing career

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Acts of valour and the cost of bravery

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

How police officer Allan Sparkes became one of Australia's most highly decorated people (R) Allan Sparkes

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Times of horror and grace: a newsman's 40-year career

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

The second of two episodes on Hugh Riminton's adventurous life in news reporting

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Journalism rescued Hugh Riminton from a troubled adolescence

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

The first of two episodes on Hugh Riminton’s adventurous life in news reporting  

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The strange reality of life with severe OCD

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Lily Bailey spent years making lists of 400 things she'd done wrong each day (R)

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Reconstructing a life after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Anita Link experienced her first major psychotic episode shortly after the birth of her first child (R) Anita Link

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Birds and the city: Darryl Jones

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

(How well do magpies, bush turkeys and people live alongside each other? (R) Darryl Jones

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Mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Avi is revolutionising the image of traditional folk instrument, the mandolin (R)

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Leaping lexicons: David Astle and the joy of words

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Australia's most exuberant word nerd, cryptic crossword setter and lover of the English language returns

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Inside The Family, the bizarre and brutal Australian cult

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Rosie Jones and Chris Johnston investigated the notorious cult, that operated in secret for more than two decades

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Brylcreem, beehives and Devils on Horseback: the decade which changed Australia

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Noeline Brown remembers the sixties as the most important decade of her life.

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The death of a neighbour which began an obsession

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +1100

Writer Poe Ballantine tells the story of true mystery that will never be solved (R) Poe Ballantine

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The mystery of Lasseter's Reef: greed, hardship and hope

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Warren Brown explores the fever sparked by claims of a gold reef in the Central Australian desert during the Great Depression (R) Warren Brown

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Becoming Eddie Ayres

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +1000

Eddie left everything behind, moved to one of the most dangerous places on earth, and faced his true self

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A daughter's drowning sent a family on wildly different paths

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Jesse Blackadder was 12 when her youngest sister Lucie drowned in the family's pool. The tragedy began a whole new story for her family

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Engineering myself: Mark Lesek and his bionic arm

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Brilliant medical technology and uncommon determination have restored the mobility Mark lost in a car accident

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Australia's Romani Gypsies

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Mandy Sayer has uncovered the history of a thriving Gypsy community

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The former NSW Police detective who turned to crime (fiction)

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Karen M Davis's crime novels draw on her decades of experience as a NSW detective (R) Karen M Davis

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The politics of poker machines in Australia's poorest state

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

How gambling in Tasmania came to be dominated by a single company

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How Alexei Sayle blew up Britain's comedy scene

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Alexei Sayle brought a tough, political edge to his comedy, changing the landscape forever

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The history of libraries from before stone tablets, to printed books

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

Stuart Kells' life as a bibliophile began with one ancient, leather-bound, blue book ABC - Conversations

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