Afternoons with Gillian O'Shaughnessy
How to succeed in literature after being silly and disruptive in class
"I'd come home from school crying almost every day and I'd tell my mum my teachers hate me." Dav Pilkey's series of Captain Underpants books have sold tens of millions of copies, and they had their genesis during time out in the school corridor. Dav...
We also learned how to operate a cheese and vegemite jaffle safely. The words "incredible thermal capacity" were actually used. It's science, people
Looking for clues.
Carl Koppelman is just one of many spending long hours sifting through information available online and piecing it together to help solve open crime cases. Koppelman claims to have helped match 3 missing persons to unidentified human remains. Sites...
Today, the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour we pause and remember the soldiers who died fighting for Australia. We do that to echo the moment when the guns of the Western Front fell silent in 1918 at the end of the war, 95 years ago. But...
Rules of Summer
It was breaking parental rules and getting up to forbidden games with his brother that gave the young Shaun Tan his best childhood memories. His new book for children, Rules of Summer, creates a magical and slightly threatening world, inhabited by...
Extinct 'King Kong' platypus discovered
David Attenborough rates it as one of the top four signficant fossil sites in the world and the latest discovery from the famous Riversleigh World Heritage area in Queensland proves he's right. An extinct platypus species has been found but it's...
Another great read from Barb Sampson
JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS BY SEBASTIAN FAULKS Our regular book worm - Barb Sampson - has given this book a rave review. She said 'I just had such a good time reading it, I didn't want it to end' - high praise indeed from someone who reads an awful...
Under the Covers with Richard Fidler
If you're a regular ABC listener you'll know Richard Fidler as the host of 'Conversations' – a weekday, hour-long radio show that brings you true stories from extraordinary people. In another life Richard co-founded comedy group The Doug Anthony...
Travelling with the entire family
Do you look forward to your holiday as a chance for peace and quiet and a dose of me-time? Or, as we found out today, a chance to get the entire family group together to build bonds that should last a lifetime? Ros Thomas from the Weekend West...
Blue whales off the WA coast
Gillian O'Shaughnessy may be in the wrong job! Senior wildlife officer, Doug Coughran told her bluntly if she wanted to fulfil her lifelong ambition to see a whale in our ocean, she'd better stop spending every afternoon in the studio and get out on...
Meeting Kevin McCloud
Do you enjoy the dreams, disasters and occasional triumphs of other people's home renovations? If so, you'd probably want to be in the audience when Kevin McCloud from 'Grand Designs' comes to Perth next week. There's a chance to win both front row...
Varied doesn't begin to describe this woman's work
She was a war artist in East Timor in 2009 and last year Wendy Sharpe was the official artist for the Mawson Centenary Antarctic Voyage. Now she's in Perth for the opening of her new exhibition inspired by burlesque dancers she met here, "Burlesque...
The hundreds of people who accepted the Ride to Work challenge today didn't let a little bit of rain deter them from joining celebrations at Perth Concert Hall. There Gillian O'Shaughnessy presented a brand new bicycle to the winner of 720's Afternoon...
Jackie Collins: Confessions of a Wild Child
Men of Perth, the glamorous writer, Jackie Collins, has a message for you. Towards the end of this interview, she makes very clear just what she thinks of you. (And yes, it IS very complimentary.) And as a mother, she told Gillian O'Shaughnessy, that...
Crimes of Fashion
We suddenly got a bit self-conscious about our clothes today. We were doing a feature on fashion faux pas and had to do hurried checks to make sure weren't ourselves wearing something that would make the fashion police find us guilty as charged. We...
Fun at the Show (at a cost)
The memories made at the Perth Royal Show can last a lifetime. It won't take you quite as long as that to recover from the damage done to your hip pocket, but jaws did drop somewhat on the Afternoon Program when we learned what it cost some families...
Scottish crime writer, Stuart MacBride is touring Australia. He has a new book in his DS Logan McRae series. He is no Miss Marple. Stuart MacBride writes crime that is gruesome, very dark with a sharp edge of wit. As you'll hear in this interview with...
When Patrick Hennessey returned home from Afghanistan, battle-worn, exhilarated, unsure if he'd see anything like it in his life again, he left behind him bands of friendship forged in the heat of the moment between living and dying. The comrades he...
Under The Covers with Barb Sampson
She has a great eye for a good read. Afternoons regular book worm Barb Sampson shares her favourite books with us and those that have most shaped her life. Download audio">Download BARB SAMPSON for blog
The Day You Went Away with Wendy Mathews
It may come as a surprise that The Day You Went Away was a dance track from a hip hop band before it was a massive hit for Wendy Mathews. Wendy goes Behind The Song with Gillian O'Shaughnessy on Afternoons. Download audio">
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