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The Leap Year
32 minutes | a day ago
#22 Ramachandra Guha on India
Ramachandra Guha is an Indian writer and social commentator, whose work traverses environmental, social, economic, historical and political issues. Speaking to Sally from India, he discusses India’s coronavirus response, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to crises and the relationship between cricket and nationalism.
33 minutes | 3 days ago
#21 Ahmed Dini on the towers
Ahmed Dini is an African youth community leader, who lives in one of the nine Melbourne public-housing towers that underwent hard lockdown in July. In this episode, he speaks with Sally about the shock and the lingering implications for residents detained in their homes without warning, and about the dissonance between Victoria’s progressive self-image and the harsher reality laid bare by Covid-19.
26 minutes | 10 days ago
#18 Veronica Haccou on border towns
When the New South Wales-Victoria border opened up on Monday, Veronica Haccou was among those who felt great relief. Veronica lives in Albury, New South Wales, and works in Wodonga, Victoria. She'd been navigating daily border checkpoints since July, just to go to work. In this episode, she talks with Sally about the stark, surreal contrast between the two border towns during Victoria's second lockdown and about the widespread exhaustion in a community that has lived through devastating bushfires and a pandemic in a single year.
29 minutes | 12 days ago
#17 Will Smith on getting better
At the start of the year, 23-year-old Will Smith was pursuing his dreams in Boston on a competitive rowing scholarship. When he returned to Australia in March, he was diagnosed with Covid-19. Eight months on, he speaks to Sally about the effects of ‘long Covid’ and how the virus has changed the course of his life.
33 minutes | 15 days ago
#16 Mario D'Cruz on taking care
Dr Mario D’Cruz is a medical educator and practitioner, whose work is focused on spinal and mobility impairment. Mario himself was injured in a car accident 20 years ago and lives with quadriplegia. He talks to Sally about the challenges and upsides of the pandemic and about the complicated dynamics of care – as a doctor and as a person living with disability.
35 minutes | 20 days ago
#14 Rabbi Ralph Genende on faith
Rabbi Ralph Genende was shattered when, for the first time in 75 years, he had to close the doors of Melbourne’s Caulfield Shule in March. In this episode, he talks with Sally about leadership during times of hardship, prayer in isolation, preservation of life in Jewish law and how ritual helps us shape time in moments of crisis.
25 minutes | 22 days ago
#13 Kara Baker on Covid and clothing
Kara Baker is a fashion designer, whose business stopped dead on 13 March this year, when a host of major events including Melbourne Fashion Festival were cancelled. In this episode, she talks with Sally about how major historical events influence the evolution of fashion, how the pandemic might change outdated and unsustainable fashion business models and how women might want to burn their leggings after lockdown.
29 minutes | 24 days ago
#12 Luke Davies on solitude
Luke Davies is a poet, novelist and screenwriter, best known for Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, and the Academy Award-nominated film, Lion. This year, he has found himself alone in Los Angeles with the thing a writer wishes for most: all the time in the world. He speaks to Sally Warhaft about how he is passing these slow days, his feelings of America, and his deep longing for Australia.
29 minutes | a month ago
#10 Glyn Davis on learning
Glyn Davis is a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy, and previously served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge economic and human toll on Australia’s university sector, with thousands of jobs lost, students forced to study remotely and international students left stranded due to travel restrictions. Glyn Davis reflects on what has been lost, and what can be salvaged.
31 minutes | a month ago
#8 Rachel Baxendale on the presser
Earlier this month, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews appeared for his 100th consecutive press conference. But politicians are not the only ones on this marathon. Rachel Baxendale is the state political reporter for the Australian, and is one of the journalists covering these highly public press conferences. She has also been subjected to online trolling, and has even become a meme – #WhatsTheIssueRachel? In this episode, she describes what it’s really been like for journalists this year.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
#4 Robyn Archer on looking forward
Robyn Archer AO is a singer, performer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She was first introduced to the topic of resilience by Dr Brian Walker, who writes, ‘Bouncing back is not resilience – this means nothing has been learned.’ In this interview, Robyn talks to Sally Warhaft about what the arts industry can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
#3 Brendon Gale on bringing it home
In July 2020, Victoria’s AFL teams left the state amidst tightening restrictions and a spike in Covid-19 cases. The teams expected to spend 32 days in the Queensland hub, isolating and only interacting with other players, before returning home. Three months later, CEO of Richmond Football Club Brendon Gale talks to us about life in the hubs, breaches, and how the football community has pulled through in a time of crisis.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
#2 Chenxin Tu on rites of passage
Amongst her teachers, Chenxin Tu is known as a ‘force of nature'. In this episode, Chenxin talks about coming of age during a global pandemic, and navigating her final year of school after moving to Australia from China seven years ago. She speaks on resilience, adaptability and her passion for the environment.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
#1 Gustav Nossal on all things considered
Gustav Nossal is famous for his contributions to the fields of antibody formation and immunological tolerance. He's the former Chairman of the committee overseeing the World Health Organization's Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals programme. This year, he's 89 years old. In this episode of The Leap Year, Gustav shares his insight on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the possibilities of science for good – and a window into his personal life during the long days of lockdown.
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