Living History with Mat McLachlan
About This Show
Historian Mat McLachlan brings history to life in this engaging, educational and entertaining podcast. From the ancient age to the modern world, take a trip through time with Living History!
Most Recent Episode
Monash and Me - Interview with Peter Greste
7 days ago
Journalist Peter Greste joins Mat to talk about his new documentary, Monash and Me: Peter Greste on Australia's Great Commander, which tells a new story of General Sir John Monash, commander of the Australian Corps in 1918. Through his personal family connection to the war, Peter explores the story of Monash as he rose from citizen soldier to the commander of all Australian forces on the Western Front. By delving into archival resources, interviewing experts and walking the ground where Monash conceived and conducted his greatest victories, Peter discovers that Monash's story is much more complicated and intriguing than history has suggested. Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places. From Afghanistan to Latin American, Africa and the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond, although he is best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with terrorism offences. In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom – a stance that has earned him awards from Britain’s Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL’s Anzac Peace Prize, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award. He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty. Monash and Me: Peter Greste on Australia's Great Commander screens on ABC1 at 8.30pm on April 24, 2018. For more information about Mat's adventures through history, visit www.matmclachlan.com To learn how you can walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on one of Mat's tours, visit www.battlefields.com.au