39 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
22 - About Conspiracy Theories
On the last episode for season 1, I spoke to Professor Karen Douglas, a Professor of Psychology for the University of Kent, all about the psychology behind conspiracy theories. What defines them? Why are they so attractive to some? What makes them gain traction? What is the best approach to deal with a friend or family member who has gone deep down the rabbit hole? This was a fascinating and very timely conversation. Tune in to my new podcast - She Is Legend, a podcast about amazing women who excel, amaze and inspire, launching on all platforms on 24/09/2020
44 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
21 - About Closing the Gap
I am joined this week by Dr Michelle Bovill and Jessica Bennett who both work in research in Indigenous Health, to talk about Closing the Gap. What does it involve? Why is it so important? How have past injustices impacted the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today? What can non-indigenous allies do to help? This is a really important conversation for anyone wanting more of an understanding of the differing and complex needs of First Nations' People, and why they are not being adequately met by the current structure of healthcare.
34 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
20 - About Le Tour De France
James Gage - an avid cycling fan, a half iron man competitor, general sports fan and mechanical engineer, who also happens to be my ridiculously good looking husband - joins me this week to chat all about Le Tour De France. The Tour is a BIG deal in our house, and James has been following it since he was a kid - I'm certain he rates the day he met Cadel Evans above our wedding day. This was the first episode I ever recorded and after re-listening to it, decided it was too good not to release. So buckle up for the podcast debut of the man, the myth, the legend that is my Husband - James Gage.
36 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
19 - About Fighting Cancer
Kelly Varidel's life was turned upside down in November 2019 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she has undergone an intensive treatment regime, including a double mastectomy, and is now cancer free. However, the journey doesn't end there - not by a long shot. Kel joined me to share her experience of the physical, emotional and psychological toll that fighting cancer takes. She is one amazing lady and her story is one of hope, courage and resilience.
38 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
18 - About Being an Astronaut with Dr Andy Thomas
Dr Andy Thomas was the first Australian to fly in space as a NASA Astronaut. He completed 4 missions throughout his career, one of which involved a 141 day stay aboard the Russian Mir Space Station. He spent a total of 177 days in space over the course of his career, including a 6.5 hour space walk, outside the Mir Space Station. Dr Thomas is now retired from NASA and resides, with his wife and fellow NASA Astronaut, Shannon Walker, in Texas, USA. I spoke with Dr Thomas all about what it's like to be in space, how the training prepared him, how he coped with weightlessness - we even covered space movies! This discussion was an absolute thrill and I hope you enjoy it. It's definitely one I will never forget!
34 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
17 - About Aboriginal Astronomy and Ecology
Jessie Ferrari and Jason Rimmer are both students at Melbourne University studying various aspects of Aboriginal Astronomy and Ecology of the Kulin Nation, and they joined me to share what they have learnt so far and their continued studies, under Associate Professor Duane Hamacher. This episode was a deep dive into a rich cultural history that is being restored and preserved after being damaged by colonization. You can learn more about the collective of researchers and their work at www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au
41 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
16 - About Climate Change
Ella Weisbrot is a Research Scientist from the Climate Council of Australia, and we chatted all about climate change. From how it's measured, to what actually is a carbon footprint, transitioning to clean energy and the effects that clean energy could have in the current economic climate. This episode is a really important one for anyone wanting to understand the current climate crisis and what a future with renewable energy would mean on an individual level, as well as for the country and the world. Find out more about the Climate Council at https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/ and donate if you can!
43 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
15 - About Donor Embryo Recipients
I chatted to Jen Bray this week, all about her turbulent fertility journey, which resulted in her and her husband being the recipients of a donor embryo, which enabled them to bring their daughter, Ivy, into the world to complete their family. Jen shared her very personal experience of the joyful highs and painful lows that she and her husband lived through in order to fulfill their dreams of having children. She also talks about some common misconceptions about donor recipient parents, and what she would like everyone to know about alternative paths to parenthood. This was a very honest and raw conversation with a woman who's strength and determination is nothing short of inspirational.
37 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
14 - About Virus Testing
This week, I talked to Steph Atchison, a Molecular Microbiologist working predominantly in the field of HPV testing and research, who is currently working to process COVID-19 swabs and data collection for research. We chatted all about what happens once a swab sample is taken, how the testing works, how accurate it is and about how Australia is leading the way in HPV research and prevention, globally. This conversation gave some fascinating insight into the intricacies behind how a positive or negative test result comes to be.
48 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
13 - About Superannuation
This week I am joined by Alex Andrews - the COO and Co-Founder of Verve Super, to talk about all things superannuation. What is it? Why is it so important? How does it grow? What are some common misconceptions? Why do women generally have less to retire on than men? This was a really interesting chat about something we really should all know about (kind of the point of the whole podcast, right?), and definitely left me with a lot to think about! You can learn more about Verve Super and find the resources Alex referred to in the episode at www.vervesuper.com.au
40 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
12 - About Credible Scientific Research
Dr Jessica Stokesparish is an ICU Nurse, an author, a clinical educator and now has a PhD in research. She joined me to talk all about how we can distinguish the difference between credible scientific research and misinformation. We chatted about what is involved in solid scientific and medical research, things to look out for, common areas of misinformation and the complex psychology behind why people hold onto their beliefs despite the research showing it to be false. This is a very timely episode with the ever increasing confusion around medical science and research in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. For anyone wanting more of an understanding of how to know what information to trust, this is the episode for you!
41 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
10 - About Town Planning
Ever wondered what a Town Planner does? Same. So, Meredith Hutton, a fabulous human, dedicated Town Planner and one of my very best friends, joined me for this episode to talk all about how Towns come to be! We chatted about the initial planning phases, lifespans of a town, who gets to pick street names and what has to be considered. This was a fun chat with one of the smartest, most hard working people I know. If you're feeling extra fabulous, rate and review the episode and podcast for an extra serve of that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you're a legend!
52 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
9 - About the Stillbirth of Flynn
I am joined for this episode, by my friend Leigh Francis, who in 2014 gave birth to her first child - A perfect little boy named Flynn William Balnaves. Flynn was stillborn. In this episode, Leigh talks about her experience of giving birth and being a parent to a child who had died. She talks about the process of what's involved from finding out he had died, to giving birth, and life after the death of a child. She talks about the stages of grief she experienced and what she found helpful and comforting, and what made it worse, from the people around her. Most importantly, she speaks of the lasting impact that Flynn had on her and her family's life, and the lives of those around her. She tells the story who was very real and left a very real mark on the world. Hopefully this episode helps to shine a light on the darkness surrounding still birth and neonatal loss, and helps end the stigma and the silence that plagues the most difficult time in some people's lives. Organisations mentioned in this episode include SANDS - Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support which can be found at https://www.sands.org.au/ and Heartfelt - A volunteer network of professional photographers providing photographic memories for families who have experienced still birth, premature birth, or have children with serious or terminal illnesses. They can be found at https://www.heartfelt.org.au/ If you know of someone who might benefit from hearing Leigh's story, whether it be to help them gain insight into how to be around someone experiencing the loss of a child, or to help someone with a similar experience feel less alone - please share this episode. Ratings and reviews also help the episode to reach new listeners.
46 minutes | May 27, 2020
8 - About Cults
I am joined, for this episode, by Jo Thornely, Author and podcast host of Zealot, to talk all about cults! what makes a cult a cult? How do they grow? What are some common traits of cult leaders? What are some of the most out there cults and what do they believe?? Soooo many questions! Jo shares her knowledge of cults, how they function and how they come to be, as well as her favourite cults and her "cutest' cult. If you've ever been fascinated by the idea of cults, this is the episode for you. Can I use the word "cults" any more? ...Cults. Visit www.sotellmepodcast.com.au for pics and more info on today's episode. If you're feeling extra awesome, I'd love for you to leave a rating and review, and make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode... or don't - this is not a cult... promise!
39 minutes | May 20, 2020
7 - About the Reserve Bank of Australia
This episode, I am joined by Bryce and Alec from Equity Mates Podcast to chat all about the Reserve Bank. We start with the basics of what exactly is the RBA and what does it do? How does it affect the economy? How do they decide on interest rate changes? Right through to what the RBA is doing and can potentially do during the economic downturn thanks to our old mate COVID-19. I learnt SO much from this episode, having basically gone in knowing nothing, so hopefully you might learn something too! You can find Alec and Bryce on their podcast Equity Mates, or visit their website www.equitymates.com for more info. So Tell Me is a fully independent podcast and as such, relies heavily on ratings, reviews and clicking that little subscribe/follow button, in order to reach new listeners. If you felt particularly fabulous and wanted to leave a rating and review, that would solidify your status as a legend in my book!
38 minutes | May 13, 2020
6 - About Bees
Kelly Lees and Anna Scobie are the Co-Founders of Urban Hum, a Bee Keeping business with 130 hives around Newcastle. On this episode I am joined by Kelly to talk about all things bees! Why does honey taste different from different suburbs? What is the "Save the Bees" movement all about? What are the biggest threats to bees at the moment? and why do they actually make honey?? Kelly answers all these questions and drops some great knowledge bombs along the way. If you would like more info from today's episode, you can visit www.urbanhum.com or get in touch with me via email email@example.com or visit our website www.sotellmepodcast.com.au
49 minutes | May 6, 2020
5 - About Brexit
I am joined in this episode by my friend Kirsty Devine, who lived in the UK for most of her life before coming to Australia. Kirsty tells me all about Brexit - What it is, what it means, what effect it has on Europe, the UK and the rest of the world. I'll admit, going into this episode my knowledge of Brexit was minimal, which, considering it's probably one of the biggest global political stories of 2020 (since overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic) needed to be rectified. Kirsty did just that. I learn a LOT and definitely added to my trivia night arsenal with some of the knowledge bombs she dropped. Enjoy!
42 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
4 - About Antarctica
On this episode of So Tell Me, I talk with Jackson Browne, a Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, who recently returned from a five month stint in Antarctica. We chat all about Antarctic weather events, cool phenomena, and what life is like living on the coldest, windiest, and least populated continent on the planet. This is a fascinating episode that will definitely arm you with some knowledge gems to take along to your next trivia night! This podcast is hosted and produced by just little old me, so every rating, review and new subscriber means the absolute world! I am so grateful for all the support. Hope you enjoy the episode.
46 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
3 - About DNA
On this episode of So Tell Me I chat with Dr Renee Blackie, a Forensic Scientist and expert in DNA. We talk about what DNA is and how it works, what makes a solid DNA sample for law enforcement, how familial DNA works and how our DNA connects us right back to our Neanderthal ancestry. We also talk about how DNA can be used to solve cold cases. If you enjoyed this episode, I would love if you could rate, review and subscribe! This podcast is a one woman show, and your support means the world!
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
2- About Jehovah's Witnesses
In this episode of So Tell Me, I speak to Amanda Monzeglio, my very best friend, about what it's like to be brought up as a Jehovah's Witness, what they believe, why they don't celebrate birthdays and Christmas, and what it's like to leave the religion and be "disfellowshipped". Amanda offers some great insight into life as a Witness and how her life changed when she left. If you've ever wondered why the Jehovah's Witness faith seems so different to mainstream Christianity and what makes them want to get out and door knock every weekend - this episode answers all those questions and heaps more! I hope you enjoy this chat, and please rate, review and subscribe to keep up to date with all the latest episodes as soon as they drop!