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Bloom: Human Stories of Resilience
21 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
The Moment I Knew
Is it curtains for the Bloom podcast? No. It's not. But it is the end of series three. Susie and Dr Steve reflect on pivotal moments that changed their lives (always easy listening here)... and unveil their cunning plan for series four.
36 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Good To Go
Good to Go. It’s going to happen to us all (except Keith Richards). This week Susie and Dr Steve explore the final frontier. What makes a good death, and who gets to have one? And when very, very bad things happen to people we love, how do we carry on - and how do we remember them? CW: discussion of death under very sad circumstances. Not for listening with kids around.
45 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
No Courage Without Fear
Has your life worked out the way you expected? Guest Elizabeth found the resilience to do something extraordinary. She tells us about processing her daughter’s Down syndrome diagnosis with aplomb, humour and support and solace for others - oh, and she made a podcast! And we talk about brain loops. Why do Susie’s worries keep bobbing back up at 2am and how can she make them go away?
27 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
I Was a Priest… And Then I Wasn’t.
Susie and Dr Steve talk to Andrew, who was a Roman Catholic priest for a decade, and then… wasn’t. What is it like entering the outside world? Steve should know, because something like that happened to him, too. PLUS we reveal the meaning of life. Sort of.
32 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
When It Rains
Is it possible to store up resilience? Susie and Dr Steve talk about building up your reserves for when life throws lemons at you. Today's guest is Paul, who has taken advantage of a terrible period of his life to help others as a Speaker for Beyond Blue.
31 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Be Yourself - Everyone Else Is Taken
You CAN be what you can't see, but it's harder when you have to forge your own path. Guest Cath describes building a life as a gay single parent and corporate boss. Susie and Dr Steve talk about confidence and how to find it, and for the rest of us - just what is required to get the doona off your head of a morning...
33 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Grace Under Pressure
Hemingway's definition of guts never applied better than to Liz, today's guest. A bitter divorce is one thing, but coping with years of manipulation and emotional abuse quite another. Susie and Dr Steve talk about resilience when things are bleak and how to find it. [CW: discussion of emotional and legal abuse.]
52 minutes | May 29, 2021
Memories Are Made of… What?
CW: violence against children, coercive control.What’s your earliest memory? Probably never happened – at least, not like that. Susie and Dr Steve talk about memory and how time changes perspectives and getting the view from the other side. In this two guest special you’ll meet Catherine, wife of Andy (who’s not an arsehole). Catherine tells us what it is to build a life with someone with ADHD. Then our second guest Brennan shares his memories of growing up in a cult, and his relationship now with his parents.
32 minutes | May 22, 2021
Devils and Angels
If I exorcise my devils, my angels may leave too. When the life you plan is snatched from you, how to do you get the point of being glad of it? Susie and Dr Steve meet Kenny, a remarkable man who wouldn’t have his sight back even if he could. Plus BONUS Tom Waits reference.
39 minutes | May 15, 2021
Belief in religion is in decline. In this episode we discuss faith, its absence from our lives and what it means to live in a secular world. Joining Susie and Dr Steve is Father Bob, a Roman Catholic priest driven to serve the poor and excluded. Steve talks about the time he very nearly became a priest himself (yes really) and Susie explains that Faith is her middle name (yes really).
7 minutes | May 8, 2021
Trailer - Season 3
Susie and Dr Steve are back for season 3! Introducing our first guest (world famous in Melbourne) and how we've tweaked the formula to focus on 'human stories'.
27 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
Best of 2020 - Resilience
In this final episode of season 2, Susie and Dr Steve talk resilience - what it means and how to tap into it - and review favourite tips for resilience from some of 2020's best episodes. Includes Steve's five top tips for finding equilibrium during a pandemic.
41 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Thank You, Mind!
Are you the slave of your emotions, or the master? And if slave, what can you do about it? Guest Judy Herreen speaks about mindfulness, NLP, ACT and how she used her mind to recover from a terrible time. Plus Susie puts the cross back in cross-trainer and Steve mourns the plethora of TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) in therapy.
33 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
My Life is Compost
Is your body telling you things have to change? Can illness, stress or depression be cured by health, fitness or yoga? Steve and Susie meet Jane Mallick, who broke, mended herself and is now living the life she always dreamt of – with added compost.
53 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
PC, JKR and All That Jazz
Language is powerful - but is it so powerful that it must be policed? We hear from an expert who's written the book on balancing freedom and control in language. We chat about JK Rowling and Steve tells us his position vis-a-vis the Nazis (he's against) and why even so they should still be allowed to speak. Best of all - no one says 'political correctness gone mad'!
38 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
Inside of a Dog... The Joy of Reading
If how we perceive reality relies on the language we use, then the books we read matter. A lot. Susie and Dr Steve talk to university professor (and good egg) Beth Driscoll. Is Fifty Shades of Grey better than Jane Austen - better to read, better for you, better in general? Does reading foster empathy and help us relate or is it 'just' entertainment? And is it a good thing that cheap kids' books are for sale in discount department stores? Take a break from your Christmas reading with this episode of the Bloom Podcast.
21 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
It’s Christmas! A time of joy and togetherness. But what about when it isn’t? Families, gift giving and alcohol can be a recipe for a difficult time. Join Susie, Dr Steve and very special guest Santa to find out how to make it through the festive season with your spirits and mental health intact.
42 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Down the Rabbit Hole
How do smart, self-aware people get drawn into difficult and dangerous situations, such as cults and scams? Hear the amazing story of Sue and Gordon, an ordinary couple who became enmeshed in a cult and very nearly lost everything, including their home, each other and their children.
31 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
I Want Money, That’s What I Want
Can money buy happiness, and how much is enough? And the ordinary, extraordinary story of a man who turned a corner… and in an instant his financial world fell to pieces. Guest Royce Kurmelovs illuminates our relationship with mortgages, debt and the financial system.
35 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
It's Raining Tic Tacs!
What goes on inside other people's heads? Steve's daughter Rowena has synaesthesia, and describes what it's like when words and music have colours. Not to be outdone, Steve talks about aphantasia, which is the weird head he lives with! We chat about perception and inner worlds and the order in which you put on your shoes and socks.
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