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Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia's most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world. Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia's most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world. Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

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Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia's most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world. Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

Language:

English


Episodes

Growing up on a bike ride around the world: Jimmy Ashby (Rebroadcast)

2/25/2021
At only 18 years of age, passionate cyclist and outdoor enthusiast Jimmy Ashby jumped on his bike and set off on a life-changing trip that even the most devoted cyclists would balk at. The South Australian teenager wanted to fulfil his dream to cycle around the whole world all by himself. Thirteen months later, Jimmy had cycled 39,000km, crossing 32 countries on four continents before arriving back home in Adelaide. In this episode he shares some of the fascinating stories and talks about...

Duration:00:38:16

How regenerative farming can heal the land: Charles Massy

2/19/2021
Charles Massy is one of the most important voices of Australia's regenerative farming movement. A farmer, scientist and author, he experienced the devastating effects of traditional farming methods firsthand on his family farm. For years Charles unwittingly contributed to its decline, using chemicals and pesticides that degraded the soil. After years of drought turned the property into a dustbowl, he turned to other, more holistic, methods. These ideas helped him to carefully nurse the...

Duration:00:34:12

Turning bird photography into fine art: Leila Jeffreys (Rebroadcast)

2/4/2021
Leila Jeffreys is a fine art photographer famous for her Australian bird portraits. Rather than capturing her motives in the outdoors she brings them into a photo studio environment and creates truly unique pictures of local birds. This gives her the ability to capture incredible detail and the results are pictures that bend the idea of where nature photography ends and fine art begins. On this episode she talks about how she ended up in photography, what motivated her to focus on bird...

Duration:00:35:30

A man who believes in making it possible: Huw Kingston

1/28/2021
Huw Kingston is an adventurer, speaker, entrepreneur, former cafe owner, event director, environmentalist, writer, ski guide, mountain bike guide, tour leader, parliamentary candidate and grandfather. But to most he is best known for his year-long, human-powered circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea. Huw sea kayaked, walked, cycled and rowed a boat 13,000 kilometres through 17 countries. This adventure coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. During his journey Huw...

Duration:00:35:21

Why light pollution is bad for us and the night skies: Fred Watson (Rebroadcast)

1/14/2021
Fred Watson is a professor of astronomy, a popular author, musician, and beloved TV and radio personality and has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson). He is also Australia’s first Astronomer-at-large which is not only a pretty impressive work title but more so a testament to all of his accomplishments over the years in the field of astronomy. It also means Fred knows better than most of us what’s at stake when talking about the issue of light pollution. In some urban areas our...

Duration:00:33:12

A deep diving legend: Ron Allum (Part 1) Rebroadcast

1/3/2021
Ron Allum is a pioneering cave diver and inventor who originally started out as a broadcasting technician for the ABC. Not only has he broken records as a cave diver but also discovered his talent for inventing state of the art underwater equipment used in film. His abilities brought him together with legendary film-maker and deep-sea enthusiast James Cameron. The mission was nothing less than to build a submarine that could take James to the deepest-known point in the Earth’s seabed - the...

Duration:00:37:23

A deep diving legend: Ron Allum (Part 2) Rebroadcast

1/3/2021
Ron Allum is a pioneering cave diver and inventor who originally started out as a broadcasting technician for the ABC. Not only has he broken records as a cave diver but also discovered his talent for inventing state of the art underwater equipment used in film. His abilities brought him together with legendary film-maker and deep-sea enthusiast James Cameron. The mission was nothing less than to build a submarine that could take James to the deepest-known point in the Earth’s seabed - the...

Duration:00:44:35

Conservation work starts in our own backyard: Andrew Gregory

12/17/2020
Andrew Gregory is well known to readers of Australian Geographic as a remote area photographer. He is also an awarded adventurer, but on this episode Andrew talks about powerful owls and especially the ones in his backyard on the northern beaches of Sydney. Over the past few years he has become a passionate conservationist and shares his love for the wildlife in our backyards and how we can protect it and help it thrive. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick...

Duration:00:55:27

Why museums are a keystone in fighting future pandemics: Kristofer Helgen

11/30/2020
The new Chief Scientist and Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, Professor Kristofer Helgen talks about the future of the nation’s first museum. After a massive redevelopment the museum unlocked more than 3000sq.m of new public space and recently reopened its gates to the public. Helgen has an outstanding global research track-record and a deep understanding of museums after working for almost 10 years at the legendary Smithsonian´s National Museum of Natural History in...

Duration:00:33:09

How a blind adventurer has seen more than most of us: Nick Gleeson (Rebroadcast)

11/27/2020
Nick Gleeson has achieved more in his life than most people could dream of. He climbed to the summit Mount Kilimanjaro, climbed beyond Mount Everest’s base camp, ran the New York marathon three times, made it onto the state cricket team of Victoria, carried the Olympic torch, and represented Australia in athletics. He also crossed the Simpson Desert and a part of Lake Eyre National Park - all while being blind since age 7. On this episode Nick shares his amazing life story, and chats about...

Duration:00:58:20

A life dedicated to fighting climate change: Anna Rose

11/16/2020
Anna Rose became passionate about fighting climate change as a teenager. The author, public speaker, community organiser and campaigner truly knows what it means to try to be part of the solution. She's dedicated to keep pushing and trying to raise awareness and come up with better ways for people to get involved. This led to her starting Australia’s first climate advocacy-focused giving circle, Groundswell, together with other dedicated friends. On this episode Anna shares her journey to...

Duration:00:29:23

The plight of the wedge-tailed eagle: Simon Cherriman

11/5/2020
Simon Cherriman has a passion for the wedge-tailed eagle, which began after finding a nest when he was 15. To this day, he continues to find and map nests and study, photograph and film eagles in the wild. In this episode of Talking Australia, we chat to Simon about the ongoing conservation issues facing wedgies, what he’s learnt getting up close and personal with these enormous birds and what he hopes to find by tracking their long journeys around Australia. This Episode of Talking...

Duration:00:31:56

Michael Smith – Circling the earth in a flying “bathtub” Pt. 1 (Rebroadcast)

10/29/2020
Michael Smith is a passionate pilot and movie enthusiast who runs a number of cinemas and owns a tiny flying boat. Both helped him to fulfil his lifelong dream to fly the old Rose Bay to London route operated by Qantas in the 1930s and ’40s. He embarked on a several-month-long journey in his “flying bathtub” and extended his trip to eventually take him around the world. Michael did all this without any sponsors and out of pure passion for adventure, which ultimately won him the Australian...

Duration:00:42:07

Michael Smith – Circling the earth in a flying “bathtub” Pt. 2 (Rebroadcast)

10/29/2020
Michael Smith is a passionate pilot and movie enthusiast who runs a number of cinemas and owns a tiny flying boat. Both helped him to fulfil his lifelong dream to fly the old Rose Bay to London route operated by Qantas in the 1930s and ’40s. He embarked on a several-month-long journey in his “flying bathtub” and extended his trip to eventually take him around the world. Michael did all this without any sponsors and out of pure passion for adventure, which ultimately won him the Australian...

Duration:00:39:18

How climate change is killing us: Paddy Manning

10/21/2020
Author Paddy Manning has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years and in his new book “Body count: How climate change is killing us” he is investigating the true scale of climate change related deaths. From heat stroke victims to devastating mental health issues related with climate anxiety, Manning shows that climate deaths didn’t start in 2019 during one of the worst fire seasons Australia has ever experienced. For his book Manning has spoken to survivors and the families of victims...

Duration:00:29:56

Mapping Australia´s dark history: Lyndall Ryan (Rebroadcast)

10/15/2020
Lyndall Ryan´s interest in the history of Australia has grown since her early days as a scholar researching the history of Tasmania and the consequences of the "Black War” for the local Aboriginal population. Through her work, the historian became heavily invested in the survival stories of Indigenous Australians and the frontier wars, which included acknowledgment of massacres committed by European settlers in the early days of the nation. Her research and expertise in the field got her...

Duration:00:35:12

Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.2)

10/7/2020
Brigitte Muir’s life has been all about pushing the limits. She discovered her passion for adventure in high school while exploring the caves near her home in Belgium. This escalated to scaling the world’s highest peaks, becoming the first woman to scale the world's seven highest summits on each continent, including Mt Everest. In recent years, she has committed herself to affecting positive change for women and communities in her beloved eastern Nepal. This Episode of Talking Australia is...

Duration:00:31:38

Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.1)

9/30/2020
Brigitte Muir’s life has been all about pushing the limits. She discovered her passion for adventure in high school while exploring the caves near her home in Belgium. This escalated to scaling the world’s highest peaks, becoming the first woman to scale the world's seven highest summits on each continent, including Mt Everest. In recent years, she has committed herself to affecting positive change for women and communities in her beloved eastern Nepal. This Episode of Talking Australia is...

Duration:00:25:07

How a few blokes decided to try and save the Numbat: Rob McLean

9/16/2020
Robert McLean is an unlikely conservationist. Throughout the week he drives a meat truck and is a bloke who enjoys a steak and a beer. But most weekends he's out in the Dryandra Woodland conservation area, 170km south-east of Perth, trying to save one of Australia’s most endangered species - the numbat - from extinction. There are less than 1000 mature individuals remaining. Together with three other unlikely conservationists - airline worker Sean Van Alphen, power-company employee Matthew...

Duration:00:21:22

How to survive sailing solo around Antarctica: Lisa Blair (Rebroadcast)

9/11/2020
Lisa Blair is the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica. The dangerous journey took her 184 days to finish and almost killed her when her mast broke in the middle of nowhere in giant seas. The courageous sailor survived the incident to fulfil her dream and tell her incredible story. It made her not only grow as a sailor but as a person. Since then she’s added another record to her belt: the first woman to circumnavigate Australia on her own. And as if all this isn’t...

Duration:00:48:59