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15 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
We all go through changes in life. Sometimes they impact us positively….other times - not so much. Jason Wakefeild is a rehabilitation nurse at the Queen Elizabeth hospital and he witness changes in his patients everyday. However he has been through some rather big changes in his life and came by to share his story.
29 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Chasing bears, taming wild horses or riding with Bruce Springsteen through the Victorian High County. All in a day for this third generation Australian Horseman.
20 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
What do you think the purpose of being a human is? a) To live stress-free and happy b) To push the boundaries of humankind c) To live a full life d) Other
39 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
I’ve heard it said that the desire to become a politician should in itself prevent you from ever becoming one.Unfortunately this advice isn’t often heeded.My guest today (who remains anonymous for obvious reasons) talks about politics being an addictive, lowbrow games full of dirt sheets, sabotage and backstabbing. All in the life of university student politics.
21 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Coming from South America, Guillermo Guzzoni arrived in Australia 11 years ago without knowing anyone ...or any english. When he decided to stay, he started to question who he was. I had a chat to him about the challenges of moving to a new country, redefining yourself and reestablishing your identity.
23 minutes | May 20, 2021
Papua New Guinea used to be known to Australians as "The last frontier", a premium destination in the 1970's before it separated, gaining it's full independence. Janice Newton, an accomplished anthropologist who often visited the country from 1970 - 1979, reflects back on some of the key moments that shaped her life.
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
WARNING: If you believe in ghosts and want to continue this belief...perhaps skip this episode. Dr David Waldron will drop some logic that may make you re-examine your beliefs.Two blocks South East lives Dr David Waldron. He is a folklorist and historian with a particular focus on the development of urban legends and popular folklore as a response to traumatic community experiences. David tells us about some of the ghosts in Victoria like the mysterious woman’s face that appears in bath lane; or the terrible true story of Mabel Ambrose who was found by two boys in a box in the Yarra River near the Chapel Street bridge; and the indigenous Gunditjmara man's ghost from Portland in 1876. As you will find it's not necessarily the creepy stories that David is interested in, but the intersection of folklore and popular culture that reflect out dark past....and what that means.Also last year I made a short documentary under Ballarat’ Mechanic's institute with David for the Ballarat Heritage weekend. You view this at https://vimeo.com/420587165
19 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
In 2001 a group of tourists from all over the world gathered in Tiananmen Square seemingly to take a photo ….but they had other intentions. Unveiling a yellow flag they started a protest. Emblazoned on this flag were just three words - Truth, Compassion, Tolerance. Seemingly from nowhere, vans and police quickly enveloped the group, arresting them. What were they protesting you might ask? Falun Dafa!
16 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Barry Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung man, a traditional custodian of Ballarat and surrounding areas. He is a poet, a story teller and my local postie.He is also a respected singer songwriter and specialises in bringing back the ancient language of his people through his music.
22 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
You know when you’ve had one of those nights, where in the early hours of the morning you find yourself pondering the big questions of life ... until it does your head in? Now imagine if your entire life was doing exactly that. I sat down with Ben Numquam a PHD candidate studying philosophy at federation University.At the end of the show I mention the Podcast 'The Volume knob: The Songs that saved your life'. The host, Keith Serry', spoke to me about the song 'Pore Jud Is Dead' which was actually a song that nearly ended my life. Keith's podcast is a weekly exploration of personal storytelling through song and I hope you will have a listen and binge all of the episodes as I did. You can find it at volumeknob.net or search for 'The Volume Knob' on your favourite podcasting program.
21 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Merv Romeo spent 16 years performing rock n’ roll Christmas carols on his front porch and became an icon of the Ballarat Christmas scene. I spoke to him about where the tradition came from, what it meant to locals and visitors alike and what it meant to him.
16 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Gardens provide us many things - flowers, fruit, weeds and at certain points in our lives, free therapy. I spoke with Kim Nolan, a member of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens about what the garden means to her and how, when we're at our most vulnerable, a beautiful garden can offer a peace and tranquility to help us to heal.
19 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Sometimes You Won't
What happens when things start to go wrong - all around you? I sat down with Chris and Lucy Frith and spoke about when they met, when they got married and how when things started to crumble, they reevaluated and swivelled.
19 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
The Funky Turtles
Moving from the UK to Australia in the mid 1960’s, an aspiring young drummer found himself living in Melbourne during the hey day of sharpies, rockers & mods. Geoff Hassall chatted to me about his love of music and what led to an unexpected yet possibly the most fulfilling chapter in his music career.
21 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
The Comfort of Strangers
Ask anyone what Ballarat is known for and you’d probably hear gold, amazing architecture, freezing cold weather and pubs.Torquil Neilson, a former film and tv actor, spoke to me about hanging up his actors hat, moving to Ballarat and opening an intimate bar 'The Comfort of Strangers' and how this decision changed his life.http://thecomfortofstrangers.com
18 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Katrina Hill is a talented performing artist, events manager, podcaster and registered celebrant. But more than that, as many of her friends can attest, Katrina is a truth seeker both on and off the stage.
20 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Ghosts, Ned Kelly and Eureka are all a part of Dana Street Primary school’s history. I sat down with Paul Nolan, the former principal and asked him to tell us about his time there and what he learnt about it’s 160 year history. Find out about how, when locking up the school one night, he took a photograph of a ghost that scared the living daylights out of him and his teachers.
18 minutes | May 20, 2020
The Mechanics' Institute
The Mechanics Institute's building in Ballarat, perhaps by design, has a feeling of exclusivity and although I walk past it almost every day, I never knew what went on inside. So one day I went in to find out.
16 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Rite of Passage
Several months ago, before we were all locked down, I spoke with Trav Munro. Trav is an inspirational youth educator, life coach and motivational speaker. In our conversation we explored his upbringing, his relationship with his father and his Rite of Passage program that he designed for Fathers and Sons.
16 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Century Old Audio
Why do we collect things? Some use it to relax, others for the thrill of the hunt. Then there are those that use it as a way to keep the past alive.
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