Earshot

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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.

Episode Date
Absence makes the heart grow fonder | Part 2
28:44
Ahmed spent six years in immigration detention before winning a landmark legal case, he was finally free. But when the government appealed that decision in the High Court Ahmed and his partner Danice faced a difficult choice.
Jun 27, 2022
Absence makes the heart grow fonder | Part 1
28:38
Danice and Ahmed fell hard for each other, even though he was behind bars and she had four children. When he was released they started building a life together until Ahmed's visa was cancelled, he was thrown into immigration detention and Danice was left fighting for his release.
Jun 20, 2022
The CWA and the F-word
28:33
When the daughter of a trailblazing feminist moves to small town NSW, the only women’s organisation she can join is the Country Women’s Association. How will she fit in?
Jun 13, 2022
Hear me out
28:36
Stand up comedian David Rose is deaf in one ear. His own experience of living with hearing loss gets him curious about the rise and rise of headphone wearing, and what this may be doing to one of our key senses: hearing.
Jun 06, 2022
Who is Tootie? A journalist investigates her cat
29:11
Listless in the Melbourne lockdowns two through six, Lisa Divissi became obsessed with the mystery of her adopted cat’s past life - and what it means to live with the unknown
May 30, 2022
In the shadow of The Taliban
28:34
We follow two people in Afghanistan whose lives have been transformed since the Taliban takeover. Surveillance and poverty have become part of everyday life for Ahmad, whose home has been searched by The Taliban. When Bayan lost her job as a manager in the media simply because she was a woman she had no reason to stay.
May 23, 2022
The Mathoura bra fence
28:35
Two stories from the beating heart of small town country Australia: how a fence is helping to hold one community together and the tale of local legend Charlie Woollett
May 16, 2022
Mum's saris
28:37
As he helped his mother Sushila pack up her home to move into residential aged care, writer Sunil Badami uncovered something even more valuable than his grandmother’s century-old wedding sari: the stories of some of the most important saris — and moments — in Sushila’s long and trailblazing life. And in sorting out what to hold onto and what to let go of, Sunil discovered what might have always been the most precious thing of all. And another portrait of a special family member, producer Catherine Merchant's Uncle, Bruce. He loves music, fairs, and keeping things tidy. His generosity and zest for life made him the best babysitter and friend a child could possibly have.
May 09, 2022
04 Shifting Cultures | From paddock to plate
28:36
Four sisters plan to take on their family’s huge beef cattle property in southwest Queensland. Despite the spectre of drought, the Penfold daughters are determined to keep feeding Australia well into the 21st century.
May 02, 2022
03 Shifting Cultures | Saving our species
28:34
Australia is famous for its unique wildlife and landscapes. But we also have the highest mammal extinction rate in the world, and there are big declines in frogs, reptiles, and birds caused by introduced predators and land clearing. Could paying farmers and indigenous landowners to return parts of their properties to nature help solve our biodiversity crisis?
Apr 25, 2022
Shifting Cultures | Healing with fire on koala country
28:39
In regions worst-hit by Australia’s Black Summer bushfires, a rebirth is happening. Not just the green shoots bursting from the blackened trees, but the reawakening of ancient knowledge. On sacred land of the Yuin people, cultural fire is being reintroduced to protect endangered koalas, and bring the land back to life.
Apr 18, 2022
01 Shifting Cultures | A town in fear of the sea
28:34
The ocean is central to the Esperance community’s lifestyle and identity. But three fatal shark attacks in three years have had a profound impact on this remote Western Australian coastal town. As this community grieves the loss of life, they are also navigating their relationship to the ocean and the apex predator that swims within it.
Apr 11, 2022
Changing faces: how cosmetic injectables are reshaping our idea of beauty
28:28
As more people use anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to alter their appearance, the way we see ourselves and what we think we should look like is changing. What does that mean for the future of our faces?
Apr 04, 2022
The last chance lands: Werribee South's market gardens
28:36
Welcome to Werribee South. A wedge of verdant farming land 30km south-west of Melbourne that's under threat from the ever-growing city.
Mar 28, 2022
501 Deportees
27:38
For most of us the experience of deportation is unimaginable. In this story we meet 3 people who've been deported under Australia's controversial 501 clause in the Migration Act, who've failed the character test or are considered to pose a threat to safety
Mar 21, 2022
Everyone wants to be Fuhrer | Part 2
28:36
Between 2015 and 2019, Michael* was a leader in the Australian alt-right movement. He was instrumental in building the presence of extreme rightwing groups, online and in the real world, before a series of shattering events forced him to pull away.  For the first time, he tells his story in full. In part 2 of 2, Michael travels the country helping to steer warring facist groups towards a united project, before an unexpected visit, and a traumatic family event, forces a personal reckoning. *Name changed to protect his identity
Mar 14, 2022
Everyone wants to be Fuhrer | Part 1
28:37
Between 2015 and 2019, Michael* was a leader in the Australian alt-right movement. He was instrumental in building the presence of extreme rightwing groups, online and in the real world, before a series of shattering events forced him to pull away.  For the first time, he tells his story in full. In part 1 of 2, islamophobia in politics and the media inspires Michael to look for answers online. In his late teens, he is groomed into a fast-growing fascist movement, with tentacles reaching right into the heart of Australian politics. *Name changed to protect his identity
Mar 07, 2022
The seed savers
28:33
How important is diversity in seeds and what kinds of diversity will we eat in the future?
Feb 28, 2022
Myanmar - a year in the life of a coup
27:53
What’s it like to live under a military coup? Across the past year, after the military seized power in Myanmar on February 1st, 2021, young Burmese journalist, Mi Zar has been keeping a diary of daily life in her country under the junta.
Feb 21, 2022
Danny's inferno part 2 - The Whiskey monster
37:44
Danny Stuart was a teenager when he witnessed what he says was a stitch-up by corrupt Queensland Police of his Uncle John Stuart for the firebombing of the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub.  Veteran journalist Frank Robson tells the tale of Danny’s obsession with clearing his Uncle’s name, an obsession that took him to the brink of madness. But it’s also a story of a brother and sister whose love and support for each other helped them survive an unspeakable childhood.
Feb 14, 2022
Danny's inferno Part 1 - Family demons
34:40
Behind the tragic firebombing of the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Brisbane 1973, where 15 people lost their lives, lies another tale of two young children surviving the violence of their abusive father. Queensland journalist Frank Robson tells the story of Danny and Maggie Stuart and their Uncle John Stuart, one of the few people ever to show them respect and kindness, before he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the firebombing. A crime he said he never committed and a conviction aided and abetted by the false testimony of his own brother – Danny’s father.
Feb 07, 2022
A Succulent Chinese Meal
01:00:13
How an imprisoned playwright helped create Australia’s most iconic internet meme. This...is democracy manifest.
Jan 31, 2022
Secrets and sexuality: the cost of coming out
28:35
Every family has its secrets, but for people from the LGBTQIA+ community the 'secret' can be their true selves. We meet three young queer Australians at different stages of coming out.
Jan 24, 2022
Walking eel country
28:32
As you enter the town of Lake Bolac in southwest Victoria, you pass a sign that says 'home of aquatic sports', but historically Lake Bolac is famous for its fine quality and abundance of kuyang or short-finned eels. Eels were the most important food source for indigenous communities in this area, but the records that are left are patchworked and few. Walk eel country, following the path of the eel migration and in the footsteps of human history.
Jan 17, 2022
A newspaper is born
28:36
Locals were devastated when their newspaper was axed, so they set up their own. Dynamo editor cum journalist Susanna Freymark tells the stories that really matter to The Richmond River community.
Jan 10, 2022
Mapu Anyul Yandi Gindarr - people come together as one
28:36
Indigenous and African migrant communities collide in the Northern Territory, as Sydney-born Brian Obiri-Asare explores what it means to be black in Australia
Jan 03, 2022
Cath and Jack and the firestorm in Dale Place
35:03
When the Black Summer firestorm hits her street, Cath runs for her life—leaving her partner Jack, who’s hellbent on staying to defend their home. Later, among the shock and the chaos, it hits her: Oh my god, where is Jack?
Dec 27, 2021
Songs of Love and Suicide - Landays poetry of Afghanistan
28:36
Landays is a powerful and subversive form of poetry in Afghanistan, performed by women. Part of traditional folk culture, the poems are oral and improvised. And for the women who give voice to them, there's a price to pay.
Dec 20, 2021
Who's going to make the gravy?
28:33
It might be the most famous recipe in Australia: flour, salt, a little red wine, and don’t forget a dollop of tomato sauce. Paul Kelly’s ‘How to Make Gravy’ — written as a letter from prison at Christmas time — has grown in popularity since it was first recorded 25 years ago. Using the song as a starting point, Earshot speaks with five previously incarcerated people about their experience in prison on Christmas day.
Dec 13, 2021
The Kabul diaries part 2
29:09
Ghezal is a journalist trapped in a safehouse in Kabul as The Taliban take over the city. Through the intimacy of voice messages she tells her story of searching for a way out of Afghanistan for her young family and the realities of becoming a refugee.
Dec 06, 2021
The Kabul diaries Part 1
29:43
Ghezal is a journalist in Afghanistan and when her city Mazar i Sharif falls to The Taliban they come looking for her. She escapes to Kabul, joining the desperate crowds at the airport but unable to board a plane she returns to the city, her young family in tow, with nowhere to stay. She tells her story of fear and defiance through intimate voice messages recorded on her phone.
Nov 29, 2021
Rise of The Cat Empire
30:47
The Cat Empire’s style is impossible to pin-down. The most accurate description might be 'uniquely Melbourne'. The six-piece have earned fans worldwide through 20 years of raucous live shows and dogged touring. Before the original line-up play their final shows together the band reflect their incredible story.
Nov 22, 2021
Songs from a walled village
28:35
Chinese-Australia singer, Rainbow Chan, returns to her mother’s village in Hong Kong. She meets some charismatic grannies who sing surprisingly subversive and feminist protest songs, known as bridal laments.
Nov 15, 2021
Brief Encounters
28:22
Three stories which explore brief encounters, chance meetings and the fleeting nature of life
Nov 08, 2021
The dignity business
28:37
It’s the perennial question: what's for dinner tonight? But for a rising number of Australians experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic, the question has taken on new meaning. As NSW emerges from lockdown, Earshot shares a portrait of the community group, Addi Road and discovers what we can learn from their hyperlocal response to the crisis.
Nov 01, 2021
Following The Star of Taroom
28:35
It was a simple act, done in a less-than-simple way. When Johnny Danalis decided to return the “Star of Taroom”, an ancient Indigenous groove stone his father had souvenired in the 1970s, it was simply to give back what was taken. But when he decided to wheel the 160 kilogram stone 500 kilometres from Brisbane to Taroom he had no idea it had the power to teach its people’s history, draw Iman people back to country and heal old wounds.
Oct 25, 2021
My voice is my passport
28:36
What does your voice say about you? Not your choice of words, but all the extra information the voice carries, like our emotions, accents, even apparently our identity. Details that big tech and governments are more and more interested in each day.
Oct 18, 2021
You are not alone - Turkey
36:57
Under the rule of President Erdogan Turkey has become the world’s biggest jailer of journalists.
Oct 11, 2021
You are not alone - Stella Nyanzi Uganda's rudest writer
30:25
Stella Nyanzi’s words are searing, she plans to topple a dictator with them.  She was imprisoned for her poem on facebook that called the President of Uganda, Museveni, a diseased foetus that should not have been born.  Her 18 months in prison have made her bolder, angrier and more determined to create change in Uganda.
Oct 04, 2021
You are not alone - Ma Thida prisoner of conscience
32:57
Ma Thida is a major figure in the struggle for democracy in Myanmar.  A surgeon and writer she was initially happy to go to prison to gain experience to write a prison memoir.  However after years in solitary confinement it was only mindfulness meditation and books she had smuggled into jail that got her through.  She speaks to Earshot for this special series marking the anniverary of PEN International from an undisclosed location she has fled to after the February coup in Myanmar.
Sep 27, 2021
You are not alone - Uyghur poets
43:25
In this first program in a series marking 100 years of Pen International, the organisation that advocates for prisoners of conscience around the world, we investigate the disappearance of Uyghur poets into the detention camps of Xinjiang.
Sep 20, 2021
Let's talk about race: Is it ok to be white?
29:03
Are white people being silenced by being labelled as racists? Controversial comedian Isaac Butterfield thinks so.  And what about people who publicly call out racism? Are they also silenced? Sami Shah feels frustrated with all this shouting and looks for answers to cancel culture by confronting his own racism.
Sep 13, 2021
Let's talk about race: Race and class
28:35
The idea that immigrants are taking work away from working class white people has created a perfect racist storm.  Where does the idea come from and how do we counter it?
Sep 06, 2021
Let's talk about race: The new racists
28:30
Why do people who’ve experienced racism dish it out to other racial groups?  Sami Shah investigates a taboo subject that’s like a crack in the mirrorball of multicultural Australia.
Aug 23, 2021
Let's talk about race: An uncomfortable truth
28:36
Comedian and journalist Craig Quartermaine describes to Sami Shah white Australia’s reaction to Indigenous people and their place in our national narrative as “an uncomfortable truth”.  So how do young Indigenous people get around that reality?  Craig talks to two young people who are facing up to racism with bravery and creativity.
Aug 16, 2021
Let's talk about race: Is Australia racist?
28:34
Comedian and journalist Sami Shah had never experienced racism until he moved to Australia from Pakistan. It makes him the best person to prise open the lid on this difficult conversation about what racism means, who experiences it and the impact it’s having on the whole country.
Aug 09, 2021
Walking eel country
29:45
As you enter the town of Lake Bolac in southwest Victoria, you pass a sign that says 'home of aquatic sports', but historically Lake Bolac is famous for its fine quality and abundance of kuyang or short-finned eels. Eels were the most important food source for indigenous communities in this area, but the records that are left are patchworked and few. Walk eel country, following the path of the eel migration and in the footsteps of human history.
Aug 02, 2021
Bev Francis - strongest woman in the world
28:38
Bev Francis found out by accident she was the strongest woman in the world. It was the late 1970s, and the sport of women’s weightlifting was still new. When international records were compared, no one was as strong as Bev: she could defy gravity, lifting more than three times her bodyweight. Meet this forgotten champion of women’s muscle sports, who’s a firm believer that rules are meant to be broken.
Jul 26, 2021
The Melbourne Towers' hard lockdown - one year on
28:35
In July last year, after a surge in Covid outbreaks, 3000 residents in nine public housing towers in Melbourne were forced into hard lockdown. Police surrounded the buildings and no one was allowed in or out. The controversial lockdown drew a lot of criticism. Residents struggled to get hold of essential supplies and the heavy police presence made people feel like prisoners in their homes. One year on, we speak with some of those people who were locked down and locked in.
Jul 19, 2021
Martuwarra Fitzroy River: Then they came for the water
42:39
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following program contains the voice of a person who has died. The Martuwarra Fitzroy River is one of Australia’s most pristine and unregulated river systems. But now the pressure is on to take its water for irrigation. Pastoralists watch the water flowing through their stations and see wasted opportunity. Traditional owners see life and say not one drop is wasted.
Jul 12, 2021
Martuwarra Fitzroy River: First they came for the land
34:30
The Martuwarra Fitzroy River is one of our most pristine river systems. But it’s fast becoming one of Australia’s most contested spaces; for the oil, gas and land around it, and for the water in it.
Jul 05, 2021
Refugees chase the Olympic dream
28:32
How can you represent your country at the Olympics if you don’t have one? This was the challenge facing refugee athletes until 2016 when an Olympic team made up of asylum seekers was brought together to represent 80 million displaced people. In the run up to the 2021 Tokyo games, Earshot follows two Australian-based refugee athletes hoping to be selected for the highly competitive Refugee Olympic team.
Jun 28, 2021
Greetings from Port Kembla
28:34
From the Aboriginal mission to the steelworks to the sex workers, there’s many a tale etched into the bitumen of Wentworth Street.  Local artist Anne-Louise Rentell takes us on a tour of a suburb with a colourful past, in search of a new identity.  
Jun 21, 2021
Greetings from Footscray
29:35
Migrants, artists, drug users and The Western Bulldogs have brought fame and infamy to Footscray.  Writer and local Alice Pung introduces us to the people that make this Melbourne suburb feisty and full of heart.
Jun 14, 2021
Greetings from Mallacoota
30:53
The firestorm of 2019 has left a lingering shadow over this town.  Local radio DJ Don Ashby shows us the other side of Mallacoota – the abalone divers, the museum in a war bunker and the traditional owners who had to hide their Aboriginality to survive.
Jun 07, 2021
Greetings from Broken Hill
30:15
There’s so much more to this town than Priscilla and Mad Max. Writer Jack Marx takes us to the hidden corners of Broken Hill and its history; from the cross that used to light up the main street every time someone died to staring down the six o’clock swill.
May 31, 2021
The Iceman of Nederland
28:34
The town of Nederland in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has an unusual mascot: an old, dead Norwegian man, whose body is preserved in a backyard cryogenics chamber. Behind it all - his grandson keeps the dream of his return alive.
May 24, 2021
Boy on the Bike - the mystery of a wartime photograph
28:35
In 2003, journalist Andrew Gray was embedded with a US tank battalion during the Iraq invasion. In this documentary he returns to an event from that time which has haunted him for nearly 20 years.
May 17, 2021
Searching for Trough Man
28:35
He emerged of Sydney's gay party scene of 1980s, a time of creative and sexual freedom. But where is he today?
May 10, 2021
Me, my half-sister and her biological mum
28:34
The unlikely story of two half-sisters who connected late in life, a birth mother turned adoptive mother, and what can happen when biological relatives turn up out of the blue.
May 03, 2021
Broken by battle
50:13
Australian forces took part in the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Three soldiers share their experiences of those wars and returning home to face a battle of a different kind.
Apr 26, 2021
Antarctica, the Big Dead Place
28:40
When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.
Apr 17, 2021
Secrets and sexuality: the cost of coming out
28:35
Every family has its secrets, but for people from the LGBTQIA+ community the 'secret' can be their true selves. We meet three young queer Australians at different stages of coming out.
Apr 10, 2021
After faith
28:36
What happens when you no longer believe in God, but still experience a God-shaped hole in your life?
Apr 03, 2021
A newspaper is born
28:35
Locals were devastated when their newspaper was axed, so they set up their own. Dynamo editor cum journalist Susanna Freymark tells the stories that really matter to The Richmond River community.
Mar 27, 2021
My fake naked body: one woman's story of image-based abuse
28:35
Noelle Martin was an 18-year-old law student when she found hundreds of explicit images online with her face photoshopped onto the naked bodies of porn actresses.
Mar 20, 2021
Boobs Behaving Badly: the dark side of breast implants
33:02
In 2018 more than 20,000 Australians decided to ‘upsize their cup size', and if the numbers are anything to go by, the desire for bigger breasts isn’t decreasing. Breast augmentation is currently the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide.
Mar 13, 2021
Cath and Jack and the firestorm in Dale Place
35:00
When the Black Summer firestorm hits her street, Cath runs for her life—leaving her partner Jack, who’s hellbent on staying to defend their home. Later, among the shock and the chaos, it hits her: Oh my god, where is Jack?
Mar 06, 2021
Overlooking the grasslands
28:38
Natural temperate grasslands once spread from the Melbourne to the South Australian border, but only 1% remain. So how can we learn to see the landscape anew and protect the remaining grasslands?
Feb 27, 2021
Mapu Anyul Yandi Gindarr - people come together as one
28:35
Indigenous and African migrant communities collide in the Northern Territory, as Sydney-born Brian Obiri-Asare explores what it means to be black in Australia
Feb 20, 2021
The Gift: life on the organ donor waiting list
28:35
What's it like to be waiting for an organ transplant waiting for the gift that could save your life, knowing that you're waiting for someone to die, but that you could also die waiting? This is 30 year old Matt's story
Feb 13, 2021
Australia's caste divide
28:35
The caste system has impacted the lives of many South Asians for thousands of years, but how does it affect communities here in Australia? 
Feb 06, 2021
One Single Moment
28:33
What's it like when an ordinary day suddenly spins out of control? Three people tell their stories of a near-death experience
Jan 30, 2021
Lucky Dube: how a South African musician changed the sound of desert music
28:35
In the remote Aboriginal communities of Central Australia, a musician most of us have never heard of, was “bigger than The Beatles”.
Jan 23, 2021
Kangaroo cuddles - life inside a premmie baby unit
28:36
Come inside a neo-natal intensive care unit, where the lives of premature babies hang in the balance. Four mothers remember the excitement and the agony of their babies' first few months of life.
Jan 16, 2021
Small town syndrome
28:34
A documentary maker can’t forget the hopes and dreams of a 14-year-old boy he interviewed and returns to the same rural town nine years later to track him down.
Jan 09, 2021
My beautiful lungs - living with cystic fibrosis
28:36
Cystic fibrosis affects nearly 4000 Australians but how much do you know about what it's like to live with?
Dec 26, 2020
The cop and the crim
28:34
30 years ago Bill was a Policeman and Brett was a teenager heading towards a life of crime. But then Bill said something to Brett that turned his life around. This is a rare encounter between two men whose lives have been scarred by violence and anger, who want to reach out and help each other to heal.
Dec 19, 2020
The New Normal, ep 3
31:34
2020 will forever be remembered as the year which was turned upside down in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using intimate audio diary recordings, this series follows 11 people from around the country and across several generations through this rollercoaster year. In the final episode, we hear from a group of people in their 40s.
Dec 12, 2020
The New Normal, ep 2
28:37
Covid-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down and as the year has dragged on, we are all learning to live with a new post-pandemic economic and social reality. Using intimate audio diary recordings, this episode captures the lives of four people in their 30s, who've all experienced the precarious nature of existence this year.
Dec 05, 2020
The New Normal, ep 1
28:37
Covid-19 has created a new economic and social reality. Using intimate audio diary recordings, this series follows the lives of 11 people, spread around the country and spanning several generations, through the rollercoaster of 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Four parents two gaybies: part 2
32:49
A gay family story with a twist. Gay couples John and Charlie, and Ruth and Betty hit some very modern day family dilemmas.
Nov 21, 2020
Four parents two gaybies: part 1
28:33
About twenty years ago two gay couples met by chance in Sydney. Betty and Ruth wanted to have children, so did Charlie and John. But the boys didn't just want to be sperm donors, they wanted a family. Four parents two gaybies tracks the foursome over the next two decades, as their unconventional family plan hatches
Nov 14, 2020
Living on the ice edge
31:56
What if instead of looking at the world through complex systems like politics, economics, community health, we observed the world through the lens of ice?
Nov 07, 2020
What does haka mean today?
28:36
The All Blacks have taunted their opponents with haka for more than a century. But the world saw haka in a new light after the Christchurch terror attacks in 2019 triggered spontaneous haka performances in streets, parks and outside the Al Noor mosque.
Oct 31, 2020
Worm Holes and Dinosaur Trails
28:36
What can dinosaurs and giant worms tell us about the meaning of time?
Oct 24, 2020
Songs from a walled village
28:36
Chinese-Australia singer, Rainbow Chan, returns to her mother’s village in Hong Kong. She meets some charismatic grannies who sing surprisingly subversive and feminist protest songs, known as bridal laments.
Oct 17, 2020
The genetic lottery
28:36
The Ashkenazi Jewish population have a much higher risk of cancer than other people. In this story three families talk about receiving the news that could drastically change their lives.  
Oct 10, 2020
Songs of Love and Suicide - Landays poetry of Afghanistan
28:36
Landays is a powerful and subversive form of poetry in Afghanistan, performed by women. Part of traditional folk culture, the poems are oral and improvised. And for the women who give voice to them, there's a price to pay.
Oct 03, 2020
Facing down the beauty myth
28:36
On the 30th birthday of Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth we do a deep dive into the multi-billion dollar world of the beauty vlogger and the young feminists who love it.
Sep 26, 2020
No ordinary beauty queen
28:36
Anyier Yuol has been a soccer star, beauty queen and a refugee. She's on a mission to change the face of Australian fashion and the lives of young African-Australian women.
Sep 19, 2020
The forbidden city - Melbourne's covid curfew
28:36
Take a near empty tram through Melbourne in curfew and meet the people behind the masks who are keeping the city alive.
Sep 12, 2020
A Bucket List of Sounds
28:36
Before the tumours on her auditory nerve turn Kylie Webb’s world silent, she has a few sounds she’d like to hear one more time.
Sep 05, 2020
Small town syndrome
29:31
A documentary maker can’t forget the hopes and dreams of a 14-year-old boy he interviewed and returns to the same rural town nine years later to track him down.
Aug 29, 2020
Still in the shearing game
31:13
Australia is facing a shortage in shearers — long hours, injury, poor working conditions, and extended trips away from home are making the job a difficult proposition for the next generation.
Aug 22, 2020
Quarantine dreams
29:31
Have you been having more vivid dreams lately? You’re not alone. We delve into the collective unconscious to find out what’s behind these ‘quarantine dreams’.
Aug 15, 2020
My voice is my passport
28:36
What does your voice say about you? Not your choice of words, but all the extra information the voice carries, like our emotions, accents, even apparently our identity. Details that big tech and governments are more and more interested in each day.
Aug 08, 2020
The Lone Soldier
28:36
Every month many young Australians pack their bags and travel to Israel to join the Israeli Defence Force. And when they do, the army calls them lone soldiers.
Aug 01, 2020
Beyond the cure
28:36
A family receives devastating news that changes their lives and propels them into a future they never imagined.
Jul 25, 2020
Cann River Emergency Warning
28:36
As New Year's Eve approached, the crossroads town of Cann River in the heart of East Gippsland was facing the flames of an unprecedented bushfire season. Three residents describe their response to the threat.
Jul 18, 2020
Arncliffe's rear window
28:37
During the pandemic lockdown a documentary maker grows increasingly obsessed with his neighbours and sets out to meet them all.
Jul 11, 2020
A stroke of love
28:37
A split second was all it took to shatter Judi Green’s life. It took decades, a lot of forgiveness and a little luck to piece it back together.
Jul 04, 2020
04 | Housing the Australian Nation: Brisbane
28:36
In the final episode Peter Mares is in Brisbane to see if the not-for-profit community housing model offers some solutions to the crisis in affordable housing.
Jun 27, 2020
The artist and the algorithm: how YouTube is changing our relationship with music
28:35
An obscure Japanese musician has found millions of fans thanks to YouTube.  Hiroshi Yoshimura's ambient synth music is perfect for long background listening and keeps you on the YouTube platform for hours, caught in the attention economy.
Jun 22, 2020
03 | Housing the Australian Nation: Adelaide
28:36
Peter Mares travels to Adelaide, home to the South Australian Housing Trust, which once set the gold standard for state housing authorities worldwide, but now struggles to house even the most vulnerable and needy citizens. With the public sector failing to meet the need, Peter goes onsite with an enterprising developer who claims he can build and sell houses at price that even pensioners can afford.
Jun 13, 2020
02 | Housing the Australian Nation: Hobart
28:36
Peter travels to Hobart which in late 2019 was named Australia’s least affordable capital city for renters. More than one in four Australian households rent from a private landlord. There are growing numbers of long-term renters, older renters, and families renting with young children.
Jun 06, 2020
01 | Housing the Australian Nation: Melbourne
28:36
The COVID-19 virus has exposed the failings of Australia’s housing system like never before: rough sleeping and homelessness, the insecurity of renting, and a real estate boom-bust cycle. Our housing mess can be measured in lost productivity, poor health, high debt and growing inequality. Peter Mares visits four capital cities, to investigate what’s gone wrong with housing in Australia, and what we might do about it, beginning in his home town of Melbourne
May 30, 2020
The COVID Diaries — Episode 3: Work
28:36
A paramedic, an Indigenous educator in the remote Kimberley, and an international student turned bike courier take us to the frontline of working through COVID-19.
May 23, 2020
The COVID Diaries — Episode 2: School
28:36
From the trenches of the home schooling front a teacher, a student and a parent tell the story of the education revolution brought on by COVID-19.
May 16, 2020
The COVID Diaries — Episode 1: Home
28:36
Stolen hand sanitizer, an iso wedding, losing all three of your jobs in one week—life at home in lockdown in Australia, as told through the intimate audio diaries of three women.
May 09, 2020
Where have all the sharks gone?
28:36
In 2019, the famous flying great white sharks of South Africa’s False Bay completely disappeared, leaving locals, scientists and a booming tourism industry desperate for answers. Are shark-eating orcas or climate change to blame? Or could the answer lie across the Southern Ocean in Australia?
May 02, 2020
Lives After Hate, part 2
28:36
The story of one man's slide into the white supremacist movement in Canada, and the aftermath. How do we deal with those who've engaged in the politics of hate when they decide to walk away from it?
Apr 25, 2020
Lives After Hate, part 1
28:34
The story of one man's slide into the white supremacist movement in Canada in the late 1980s, and which asks the question; whose voices should be heard in the aftermath of violence, as a community attempts to move towards life after hate?
Apr 18, 2020
Homer of the Wimmera
28:36
The fascinating life story of Homer Rieth — a composer, poet and founder of the Minyip Philosophical Society.
Apr 11, 2020
Solomon Islands: encounters in paradise
28:36
If your government failed to provide running water, electricity, roads, safety from gender violence, or other staples of everyday life, what would you do? In the Solomon Islands people are taking matters into their own hands, even schoolgirls. If their government can’t provide, they’ll try.
Apr 04, 2020
Survival across the ditch: Kiwis in Australia
28:35
We make it easy for New Zealanders to work in Australia but not so easy for them to survive in times of personal crisis. Four Kiwis tell their stories of falling between the cracks.
Mar 28, 2020
Tombstones
28:36
Tombstones were once doors to the afterlife, where spirits could pass through. Today they're smaller, but they still mark a place where we can leave offerings, tell stories and think alternative thoughts.
Mar 21, 2020
My beautiful lungs - living with cystic fibrosis
31:32
Cystic fibrosis affects nearly 4000 Australians but how much do you know about what it's like to live with?
Mar 14, 2020
#I'llridewithyou, West Papua
28:36
How do you make people care when they risk going to jail for it? Three women helped start a movement in Jakarta bringing attention to West Papua, and today it’s seen thousands protesting across the country. But the personal toll has been huge.
Mar 07, 2020
Inside the birth suite: why women are left traumatised by birth
28:36
After her own traumatic birth Elly Bradfield started asking other mothers about their births, it was like swapping war stories. Why are so many Australian women leaving the birth suite traumatised?
Feb 29, 2020
Vanuatu's stolen generation
28:36
150 years ago thousands of young men were taken from the Pacific Islands. Today the scars are still being felt.
Feb 22, 2020
Polygamous marriage in modern Malaysia
28:36
Muslim Malaysians often have complex and tangled views about polygamy. Their feelings and beliefs aren’t always mirrored by their actions.  What role does pragmatism play? What role does faith play?
Feb 15, 2020
Survival and revival in the Torres Strait
28:36
The island of Poruma is a shrinking tropical paradise – battered by king tides and eaten by coastal erosion. Meet the locals fighting for survival, in more ways than one.
Feb 08, 2020
South Korea's hope in hell
28:35
Expectation and competition are pushing young South Koreans to give up on marriage and kids.
Feb 01, 2020
Love, obsession and fanyuism in figure skating
28:35
To his cult-like following of fans Yuzuru Hanyu is the “god of figure skating”, and no price is too high or distance too great to watch him skate.
Jan 25, 2020
Banaba: The island Australia ate
28:35
100 years ago the Banaban people had no idea they were living on the richest natural resource in the Pacific- one the world was desperate to get its hands on. The first they heard of it was when a mysterious visitor arrived, wanting signatures. That was the beginning of the end of their time on their island home, and the start of a superbly rich period in Australia’s history.
Jan 18, 2020
Burn
28:31
Indigenous Australians have been setting fire to the bush for tens of thousands of years, and today their "cool burns" are making a welcome comeback.
Jan 11, 2020
Singing the Stones: can industry and ancient rock art coexist on the Burrup Peninsula?
28:35
After fifty years of industrial development that’s destroyed thousands of sacred petroglyphs, the West Australian government is finally backing a push for World Heritage Listing. But it’s also considering two major new chemical plants.
Jan 04, 2020
Ball by bloody ball
28:35
Two blokes buy the radio rights to an international test cricket series on a credit card.
Dec 28, 2019
The peaceful rebels of Poso
28:35
How does a community learn to live together after years of fighting each other in the most violent way possible? The remote Indonesian province of Poso is recovering from a decade-long religious conflict and in the face of hatred a brave group of women are leading the charge for peace and sovereignty.
Dec 21, 2019
Five days in a balloon
28:33
Hot air ballooning is more popular in Australia than ever before. But how did it start? And where is it drifting to?
Dec 14, 2019
Back to the multilingual future
28:36
To imagine our multilingual future do we have to return to the past?
Dec 07, 2019
Talking through the generations
28:33
Migrant languages tend to disappear by the third generation. But is there a way to resist this trend towards being a 'graveyard of languages' and for us to hold onto language through the generations?
Nov 30, 2019
How language education is failing and flourishing
28:34
The Australian education system both values and devalues languages other than English. So schools play a crucial role in contributing to a multilingual Australia — or do they?
Nov 23, 2019
Bringing up bilingual baby
28:34
Australian families and communities who bring up their children in more than one language take on a huge challenge. Is it worth the effort?
Nov 16, 2019
Is Australia ready for the multilingual mindset?
28:35
Australia has a monolingual mindset but a multilingual reality. What does this mean for how we go about our day-to-day lives? Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham investigate.
Nov 09, 2019
From St Kilda to Kings Cross
28:32
Jump on a bus 'From St Kilda to Kings Cross' and discover the significance of the song that sparked Paul Kelly's career.
Nov 02, 2019
Kangaroo cuddles - life inside a premmie baby unit
28:31
Come inside a neo-natal intensive care unit, where the lives of premature babies hang in the balance. Four mothers remember the excitement and the agony of their babies' first few months of life.
Oct 26, 2019
The cop and the crim
28:37
30 years ago Bill was a Policeman and Brett was a teenager heading towards a life of crime. But then Bill said something to Brett that turned his life around. This is a rare encounter between two men whose lives have been scarred by violence and anger, who want to reach out and help each other to heal.
Oct 19, 2019
Lucky Dube: how a South African musician changed the sound of desert music
32:00
In the remote Aboriginal communities of Central Australia, a musician most of us have never heard of, was “bigger than The Beatles”.
Oct 12, 2019
The Call: inside the Christian Brothers
29:24
For almost a century the Christian Brothers was a formidable presence in education in Australia. In recent decades the order's reputation has been deeply marred by revelations of widespread sexual abuse. Two former Christian Brothers, who entered the order as young teens, recall their lives inside their notoriously cloistered world
Oct 05, 2019
Aziz: A Stranger in Geneva
28:47
Manus Island detainee Abdul Aziz Muhamat has been allowed to spend three weeks in Geneva in order to accept a human rights award. But he has a big decision to make. Should he stay and seek asylum or return to Manus? There's no middle ground.
Sep 28, 2019
Aziz: Flight from Manus
28:33
After six years in detention on Manus island, Abdul Aziz Muhamat is allowed to visit Geneva for two weeks. It's a strange blip in his internment which is happening because he's on the short-list for a human rights award.
Sep 21, 2019
The last golden age of the bee people
29:27
Australia is the last inhabited continent on earth without a little mite that could unravel our food system. Meet the city and regional beekeepers who are preparing for its inevitable arrival that will change everything for them and their bees.
Sep 14, 2019
Borderland: Ireland in the shadow of Brexit
28:37
Come on a road trip along the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as the departure of Britain from the European Union creeps closer. Hear what locals from both sides of the line have to say about Brexit, and its' impact on their lives. Will a no-deal UK departure signal the end of 20 years of peace along this once troubled border?
Sep 07, 2019
My fake naked body: one woman's story of image-based abuse
28:36
Noelle Martin was an 18-year-old law student when she found hundreds of explicit images online with her face photoshopped onto the naked bodies of porn actresses.
Aug 31, 2019
The Mystery of the Marree Man
28:35
The Australian outback is home to many mysteries, but the Marree Man has to be one of the biggest. In every sense of the word.
Aug 24, 2019
The Iceman of Nederland
28:36
The town of Nederland in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has an unusual mascot: an old, dead Norwegian man, whose body is preserved in a backyard cryogenics chamber. Behind it all - his grandson keeps the dream of his return alive.
Aug 17, 2019
Naponi's story: Loving a man with schizophrenia
28:35
The man Naponi married turned out to be violent and for decades her life was simply about survival. But her husband's been in a psychiatric facility for over 14 years now and some in her Sudanese community blame her for keeping him there.
Aug 10, 2019
The artist and the algorithm: how YouTube is changing our relationship with music
28:35
An obscure Japanese musician has found millions of fans thanks to YouTube.  Hiroshi Yoshimura's ambient synth music is perfect for long background listening and keeps you on the YouTube platform for hours, caught in the attention economy.
Aug 03, 2019
Ball by bloody ball
28:37
Two blokes buy the radio rights to an international test cricket series on a credit card.
Jul 27, 2019
You should feel uncomfortable: One family's time in Outreach International
28:36
Robert, Laura and Lee Sullivan were all once members of Outreach International, an organisation that they now believe is a cult because they felt controlled and were only allowed to have relationships with other members of the organisation. And find out why they left.
Jul 20, 2019
A Mother's Mind
29:17
For most women becoming a new mother is an exhilarating, if physically exhausting experience; infused with love and joy. But what if it's the opposite of this? The stories of three women who have suffered from postpartum psychosis.
Jul 13, 2019
Singing the Stones: can industry and ancient rock art coexist on the Burrup Peninsula?
28:36
After fifty years of industrial development that’s destroyed thousands of sacred petroglyphs, the West Australian government is finally backing a push for World Heritage Listing. But it’s also considering two major new chemical plants.
Jul 06, 2019
Wentworth Street Port Kembla
28:35
It's deceptively quiet but the main street of Port Kembla has a thousand tales to tell and a cast of captivating characters to tell them.
Jun 29, 2019
A revolution in the paddocks - regenerative farming
28:22
A young farming couple find out they can rehabilitate the environment by the way they farm, but the stakes are high, they could go broke by doing it.
Jun 22, 2019
Coal country
28:22
A coal mine, an anonymous billboard, and a community split in two.
Jun 15, 2019
Banaba: The island Australia ate
28:25
100 years ago the Banaban people had no idea they were living on the richest natural resource in the Pacific- one the world was desperate to get its hands on. The first they heard of it was when a mysterious visitor arrived, wanting signatures. That was the beginning of the end of their time on their island home, and the start of a superbly rich period in Australia’s history.
Jun 01, 2019
A Sense of Quietness
29:02
This story reveals a line of connection through four Irish women across two referendums, to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion.
May 25, 2019
A tourist in Modi's Varanasi
28:37
The ancient city of Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi’s chosen electorate, offers Hindus a direct path to the heavens but it’s one of the worst polluted places in the world and a demolition site.
May 18, 2019
Shutup bonus — Andrew Bolt talks to Sami Shah
47:38
Sami Shah talks candidly with this controversial columnist and commentator about the challenges of being so open with his opinions.
Apr 25, 2019
Shutup Bonus — Nyadol Nyuon talks to Sami Shah
46:13
Lawyer and anti-racism advocate is searing and reflective with Sami Shah about the divisions in Australian media and society and her role in public debate.
Apr 25, 2019
Shutup 01 — Talking about speaking
29:09
What is freedom of speech and how much of it do we have? Sami Shah goes in search of the origins and limits of our free and frank speech.
Apr 13, 2019
Shutup 02 — Going mad
29:09
Sami Shah finds out what political correctness is and why it’s so darn mad.
Apr 13, 2019
Shutup 03 — Getting Yassmined
33:09
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'.
Apr 13, 2019
Shutup 04 — Frontlines and punchlines
31:52
Sami Shah looks at where the free speech lines are being drawn in our newsrooms and comedy clubs.
Apr 13, 2019
Shutup 05 — Not shutting up
30:11
Online, on campus, everywhere we’re losing free and frank speech. Sami Shah discovers the consequences of this loss but also finds some solutions.
Apr 13, 2019
Life on the border: Tijuana migrant stories
30:11
As the 'migrant caravans' continue to roll into Tijuana, on the US-Mexico border, journalist Janak Rogers spent a week on the ground in the city, speaking with recent arrivals and local residents.
Apr 06, 2019
A trans girl’s story
28:35
When she was just four-years-old, the child in this story told her mum she wasn’t a boy, but a transgender girl. She had to fight to be accepted as a girl, and she, and her family faced significant challenges along the way.
Mar 30, 2019
Boy on the Bike
28:47
In 2003, journalist Andrew Gray was embedded in a US tank battalion during the Iraq invasion. In this documentary he returns to an event from that time which has haunted him for over 15 years.
Mar 23, 2019
The peaceful rebels of Poso
28:36
How does a community learn to live together after years of fighting each other in the most violent way possible? The remote Indonesian province of Poso is recovering from a decade-long religious conflict and in the face of hatred a brave group of women are leading the charge for peace and sovereignty.
Mar 16, 2019
Stainforth Court: closing the door
28:49
In 2011, a murder prompted a transformation of Stainforth Court, a troubled public housing estate in Hobart. Who’s living there now? And what we can learn from this story when it comes to improving Australia’s public housing?
Mar 09, 2019
Stainforth Court: the trauma centre
28:35
Stainforth Court was a troubled public housing estate in Hobart. But what was it really like to live there?
Mar 02, 2019
Ben Buckley: voting is a crime
28:29
Ben Buckley is a pilot, politician and a maverick - a councillor who won't vote for himself.
Feb 23, 2019
The life and death of Turbo Brown
28:36
From homelessness on the riverbank, to having a million people come view his paintings, this is the story of an immensely creative man who lived hard, painted every day as though he was on a mission, and died too soon.
Feb 16, 2019
The ghosts of Wittenoom: the lethal asbestos still putting Aboriginal lives at risk
33:39
Giant, slate-blue glaciers of asbestos tailings still contaminate Western Australia’s Wittenoom Gorge more than fifty years after the blue asbestos mine closed, putting new generations at risk of mesothelioma.
Feb 09, 2019
The ghosts of Wittenoom: how asbestos changed the lives of the Pilbara's Aboriginal people
28:36
The Aboriginal people of Western Australia’s Pilbara region have one of the highest mortality rates from mesothelioma of any group, anywhere in the world. Thrust into working at the blue asbestos mine, it’s had a devastating and disproportionate impact.
Feb 02, 2019
Argentina's stolen generation
28:33
Maximiliano's world was turned upside down when he got a phone call from a stranger that said "You're not who you think you are." At 40 he found out he was one of Argentina's lost grandchildren.
Jan 26, 2019
My favourite Martian
28:44
Dianne McGrath is a Mars One astronaut candidate. She is on the short list for a one-way ticket to live and die on the red planet.
Jan 14, 2019
Swings and roustabouts: the life and times of a shearer and his daughter
28:22
Shearers and roustabouts are our modern-day swag-people. They straddle two worlds; travelling from shed to shed, doing one of the toughest physical jobs around.
Jan 07, 2019
Adopting a war
28:33
The story of a young Australian man killed fighting with the Kurds in Syria.
Dec 31, 2018
A portrait of a foster family
28:22
Meet the Greenocks. They fostered their first child seven years ago oblivious to the joy, the grief, the chaos, the worry and the love it would bring to their home.
Dec 24, 2018
Former foreign correspondent Jill Jolliffe's latest battle
28:36
Crusading journalist Jill Jolliffe has spent her time giving a voice to others. But since being diagnosis with Alzheimer's, telling her own story has become more urgent than ever.
Dec 17, 2018
How to win friends and become an Instagram influencer
28:22
Writer Stephanie Coombes, not satisfied with her F-list media lifestyle, goes in search of lucrative Instagram fame.
Dec 10, 2018
A bad bend in the road-an accident at Bonny Hills
30:12
After a 21st birthday party a car accident left a teenager dead, another in jail and a third with a permanent brain injury.  This is a story about grief, forgiveness and the healing power of music.
Dec 03, 2018
Me, my half-sister and her biological mum
28:42
The unlikely story of two half-sisters who connected late in life, a birth mother turned adoptive mother, and what can happen when biological relatives turn up out of the blue.
Nov 26, 2018
A stroke of love
28:27
A split second was all it took to shatter Judi Green’s life. It took decades, a lot of forgiveness and a little luck to piece it back together.
Nov 19, 2018
The last flamingo
28:22
What can the last flamingo who lived in Australia tell us about zookeeping, taxidermy and loneliness?
Nov 12, 2018
To end all wars
39:30
Contemporary Australian poets respond to the centenary of the Armistice.
Nov 05, 2018
Becoming a motherless mother
28:29
Olivia Humphreys found herself pregnant and full of questions about what it's like to be a mother when you don't have a mother of your own.
Oct 29, 2018
Sex, gender and sport - are you woman enough?
28:29
How should transgender athletes prove that they are woman enough to play with other women on the sporting field?
Oct 22, 2018
Robert Manne's voice
37:45
Public thinker Robert Manne's voice changed after he had surgery for throat cancer. In this candid documentary he reflects on questions of voice and identity, enduring love and friendship.
Oct 15, 2018
Mad for manga
28:22
Once considered nerdy, Japanese pop culture like manga and anime is now big in Australia. What’s the appeal?
Oct 08, 2018
I heart women's wrestling
28:27
Three bad-ass women wrestlers talk about the power, performance and passion in Australia's world-class pro-wrestling scene.
Oct 01, 2018
Rebel Roma
28:21
Come to a Gypsy wedding but don't be shocked that the bride is 14. Perty had no choice, but months later she is learning to walk a fine line between being a feminist and honouring her Roma tribal traditions.
Sep 24, 2018
Deported
28:25
Two Australian musicians travelled overseas for work but they didn't make it past immigration at the airport; tales of holding cells and humiliation.
Sep 17, 2018
Homer of the Wimmera
30:07
The fascinating life story of Homer Rieth — a composer, poet and founder of the Minyip Philosophical Society.
Sep 10, 2018
Nervous, scared, proud-women's footy comes to Bidyadanga
28:21
The women of a remote Aboriginal community are thrilled to finally be playing the sport that's always been in their hearts and it's helped heal their grief.
Sep 03, 2018
Aurukun part 2: Black, white and shades of grey
29:03
A story of heartbreak, a journey across Australia to take an Aboriginal child, a bitter court case and, in the middle of it all, two people who loved their child.
Aug 27, 2018
Aurukun part 1: Two love birds in the bush
28:23
We travel to Aurukun, an Indigenous community in far north Queensland, to hear the story of a Wik woman, a white engineer turned anthropologist, and their son Bruce.
Aug 20, 2018
Sinkers, stinkers and sharks
28:26
Our insatiable appetite for fish is growing, the way we hunt them is changing, yet fish farming for many still has a salty pong about it. Come visit the community of Port Stephens who are treading the choppy waters of aquaculture.
Aug 13, 2018
The true cost of interpretation
25:18
Life in Afghanistan is dangerous, but if you've worked as an interpreter, you're even more of a target.
Aug 06, 2018
Four parents two gaybies: part 2
27:54
A gay family story with a twist. Gay couples John and Charlie, and Ruth and Betty hit some very modern day family dilemmas.
Jul 30, 2018
Four parents two gaybies: part 1
28:22
Twenty years ago two gay couples met by chance in Sydney. Betty and Ruth wanted to have children, so did Charlie and John. But the boys didn't just want to be sperm donors, they wanted a family. Four parents two gaybies tracks the foursome over the next two decades, as their unconventional family plan hatches
Jul 23, 2018
Edgar, Edgar, where are you?
28:26
After a chance encounter with a ghost from her past, Elizabeth Mora is forced to confront a decade old question: did coming to Australia break or save her family? As she reconciles her parents’ complicated love story, Elizabeth’s capacity for forgiveness is put to the test.
Jul 16, 2018
Bedtime stories from prison
26:33
Approximately half of Australia's prisoners are also parents. So how do they maintain a relationship with their kids while they're inside?
Jul 09, 2018
Sink or swim: finding asylum in Australia
27:53
When Mina Abdolmaleki arrived in Australia as a spiritual exile from Iran, she thought the challenges would end there. But despite now having the freedom to think and act freely, her faith is still the greatest comfort as she waits for her future to be decided.
Jul 02, 2018
We don't belong to anywhere
28:28
When Australia stopped the boats, what happened to the refugees? Mozhgan and Jafar are young asylum seekers now stranded in Indonesia, trying to build an awkward life in limbo.
Jun 25, 2018
Hugh, you're gay
28:22
15 year old Hugh knows he’s gay but he’s terrified of anyone at his Catholic boy’s school finding out.  Then he meets Peter who was in the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 40 years ago.  Will Hugh find the courage to come out?
Jun 18, 2018
Swings and roustabouts: the life and times of a shearer and his daughter
28:26
Shearers and roustabouts are our modern-day swag-people. They straddle two worlds; travelling from shed to shed, doing one of the toughest physical jobs around.
Jun 11, 2018
The young Apprentice
29:02
Kudakwashe Pwiti always wanted to make dancehall music, but his sheltered childhood wouldn’t prepare him for the dark side of the music scene.
Jun 04, 2018
The last Jew of Essaouira
28:22
Why did all the Jews suddenly leave a town in Morocco where they had lived in harmony with their Muslim neighbours for centuries?
May 28, 2018
Chasing meteors
28:47
An out-of-this-world quest to find the origins of life in the middle of the desert.
May 21, 2018
The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the dog whisperer
28:22
A remarkable tale of two women from opposite sides of the political divide in Chile who washed up in the desert in Central Australia. They've formed a strong bond and now work together with the artists of Yuendemu to bring the stunning art of the Warlpiri people to the world.
May 14, 2018
The Unknown Man
28:28
In 1948, an unknown man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide. Nobody knew who he was or how he died. 70 years on the case reveals a startling new lead.
May 07, 2018
Antarctica, the Big Dead Place
28:22
When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.
Apr 30, 2018
Deaf heart
26:51
Jodee Mundy is the only person in her family who can hear. Ever since she was little, she has moved between two worlds.
Apr 23, 2018
The Outcasts
22:05
What kind of sacrifices are you willing to make to pursue your life’s work? When anthropologist Laura Rival left Europe to live and work with a remote group in Amazonia, she took her young daughter with her.  But things didn't go to plan, and Laura faced a difficult decision  
Apr 16, 2018
The C word
28:22
Today we're breaking taboos. It's all about the Class. Comedian Nelly Thomas gathers a group of her blue-collar classmates for a frank chat.
Apr 09, 2018
Walking on eggshells
26:55
For Barry Jorgensen, an electrician and lifelong tinkerer, learning to live with Parkinson’s Disease is a bit like constantly rewiring a faulty circuit board. For his family, it's a fragile negotiation of a chronic illness, family dynamics, and memories of lives past.
Apr 02, 2018
The legend of Larantuka
28:22
It's the world's most populous Muslim nation. So what brings thousands of Catholic pilgrims each Easter to the remote town of Larantuka in Flores, Indonesia?
Mar 26, 2018
My favourite Martian
28:22
Dianne McGrath is a Mars One astronaut candidate. She is on the short list for a one-way ticket to live and die on the red planet.
Mar 19, 2018
A wicked problem
31:22
More than half the children in out-of-home care in Western Australia are Indigenous; it's the highest rate of overrepresentation in Australia. So what is the government doing about it?
Mar 12, 2018
A portrait of a foster family
28:22
Meet the Greenocks. They fostered their first child seven years ago oblivious to the joy, the grief, the chaos, the worry and the love it would bring to their home.
Mar 05, 2018
Mal and Ari
28:22
The aftermath of child sexual abuse is an ordeal for all survivors - but for men, it can carry particular challenges. Mal and Ari tell their stories.
Feb 26, 2018
Music Our Bodies Can't Hold
31:38
Poet Andy Jackson writes about people who live Marfan Syndrome, including some famous characters who are thought to have had it, such as Abraham Lincoln, Robert Johnson and Rachmaninov.
Feb 19, 2018
Adopting a war
28:22
The story of a young Australian man killed fighting with the Kurds in Syria.
Feb 12, 2018
The hoarder, the daughter, the lover and the wife
28:22
A tale of friendship, betrayal, hoarding, squatters and a missing $100,000 dollar cheque. Helen and Franca weren't meant to be friends because Franca was Helen's husband's lover. But then Franca had a daughter and a big problem with hoarding. Helen stepped in to help.
Feb 05, 2018
Mindfulness and the moon
28:22
What has practising mindfulness taught sound artist Sherre Delys about understanding climate change and stress at work? Join Sherre on this very personal and sound-rich story of mindfulness as she comes to understand how to be mindful and still be yourself.
Jan 29, 2018
Feral or For Real: Why do we see big cats?
28:22
Stories of big cats prowling the Australian bush are now generations old. Hundreds of Australians say they’ve seen a panther, lion or tiger roaming wild in the countryside. Is there a whisker of truth to these sightings?
Jan 22, 2018
Three front doors and a paddock episode four: traditions
54:55
Andrew and Ben talk about the challenge of when to honour the canon, and when to let it go in the name of creativity.
Jan 16, 2018
The Grind
54:55
Our cultural practices help define us, but when the mood of the world is against us, what do we do? 
Jan 16, 2018
Lost for words: The Gene Gibson story
28:28
On a sweltering February night in 2010, the destinies of two 21-year-olds — one white, and one black collided fatally on a deserted road outside of Broome. Gene Gibson, a cognitively impaired Pintubi man, was caught in the failures of the justice system.
Jan 14, 2018
Three front doors and a paddock episode three: down to business
54:29
There are always strings attached to earning a living from making art and writing music.
Jan 09, 2018
The three of us
54:29
What happens to romance and intimacy when you become your partner’s carer? One woman’s unlikely story of love when her husband fell ill with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Jan 09, 2018
Falling: The Andrew Mallard story
36:16
In 1994 mother-of-two, Pamela Lawrence, was murdered Andrew Mallard would make one of the most unorthodox "confessions" in the annals of criminal justice and virtually every single part of the justice system fell down..
Jan 08, 2018
Three front doors and a paddock episode two: life into art
55:34
Andrew and Ben have both made powerful work about the human cost of war and what happens to children in harm's way. How and why do they turn these big themes of life into art?
Jan 02, 2018
Finding Australia's Tarzan
55:34
Michael ‘Tarzan’ Fomenko lived among the dense tropical rainforest for 50 years.
Jan 02, 2018
Three front doors and a paddock episode one: first marks
54:42
Ben is an artist and Andrew is a composer. They have different approaches to the creative process. Ben calls it 'practice' while Andrew thinks that makes him sound like a GP.
Dec 26, 2017
Do not go gentle
54:42
Old LP records found in a rubbish skip reveal some famous voices.
Dec 26, 2017
Dead unlucky: The John Button story
34:04
On the eve of his 19th birthday, in February 1963, John Button's life changed forever, when he was accused of the manslaughter of his girlfriend in a hit and run accident on the streets of Perth. It took nearly half a century to prove his innocence.
Dec 25, 2017
Fallen Angels
28:57
A very personal journey to the Philippines to meet the children of Australian sex tourists.
Dec 19, 2017
Any stick to beat a dog: The Darryl Beamish story
31:28
Darryl Beamish was a profoundly deaf teenager when he was charged with the 1959 axe murder of glamorous young Perth socialite Jillian Brewer. The Beamish case would take fifty years to resolve, and remains as a landmark case of the miscarriage of justice.
Dec 18, 2017
Majnoon: Muslims and mental health
28:22
Within Australia's Islamic communities, mental illness is often a silent scourge. We hear personal stories from the frontlines of mental health awareness.
Dec 12, 2017
Ultimately Frisbee
28:17
Michelle Phillips, one of Australia’s elite athletes, is deciding what’s next after devoting the past 11 years of her life to the little-known sport of Ultimate Frisbee.
Dec 11, 2017
The Finnish Paradox
28:19
This year marks the centenary of Finland's independence - a country and a history cursed and blessed by its location.
Dec 05, 2017
Where the bloody hell were you! Ep. 4, When the tobacco ads came down
28:22
In the Age of Aquarius the public get wise to being hoodwinked. Health campaigners hijack the medium — and turn it to their advantage.
Dec 04, 2017
Too many Asians?
28:22
Why are most selective high schools for the academically gifted dominated by Asian Australian students? And what do Asian students and graduates of selective schools think of our education system that’s described as being ‘hyper-racialised’?
Nov 28, 2017