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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.

Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.


Melbourne, VIC


Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.




Is Australia racist?

Comedian and journalist Sami Shah had never experienced racism until he moved to Australia from Pakistan. It makes him the best person to prise open the lid on this difficult conversation about what racism means, who experiences it and the impact it’s having on the whole country.


Walking eel country

As you enter the town of Lake Bolac in southwest Victoria, you pass a sign that says 'home of aquatic sports', but historically Lake Bolac is famous for its fine quality and abundance of kuyang or short-finned eels. Eels were the most important food source for indigenous communities in this area, but the records that are left are patchworked and few. Walk eel country, following the path of the eel migration and in the footsteps of human history.


Bev Francis - strongest woman in the world

Bev Francis found out by accident she was the strongest woman in the world. It was the late 1970s, and the sport of women’s weightlifting was still new. When international records were compared, no one was as strong as Bev: she could defy gravity, lifting more than three times her bodyweight. Meet this forgotten champion of women’s muscle sports, who’s a firm believer that rules are meant to be broken.


The Melbourne Towers' hard lockdown - one year on

In July last year, after a surge in Covid outbreaks, 3000 residents in nine public housing towers in Melbourne were forced into hard lockdown. Police surrounded the buildings and no one was allowed in or out. The controversial lockdown drew a lot of criticism. Residents struggled to get hold of essential supplies and the heavy police presence made people feel like prisoners in their homes. One year on, we speak with some of those people who were locked down and locked in.


Martuwarra Fitzroy River: Then they came for the water

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following program contains the voice of a person who has died. The Martuwarra Fitzroy River is one of Australia’s most pristine and unregulated river systems. But now the pressure is on to take its water for irrigation. Pastoralists watch the water flowing through their stations and see wasted opportunity. Traditional owners see life and say not one drop is wasted.


Martuwarra Fitzroy River: First they came for the land

The Martuwarra Fitzroy River is one of our most pristine river systems. But it’s fast becoming one of Australia’s most contested spaces; for the oil, gas and land around it, and for the water in it.


Refugees chase the Olympic dream

How can you represent your country at the Olympics if you don’t have one? This was the challenge facing refugee athletes until 2016 when an Olympic team made up of asylum seekers was brought together to represent 80 million displaced people. In the run up to the 2021 Tokyo games, Earshot follows two Australian-based refugee athletes hoping to be selected for the highly competitive Refugee Olympic team.


Greetings from Port Kembla

From the Aboriginal mission to the steelworks to the sex workers, there’s many a tale etched into the bitumen of Wentworth Street. Local artist Anne-Louise Rentell takes us on a tour of a suburb with a colourful past, in search of a new identity.


Greetings from Footscray

Migrants, artists, drug users and The Western Bulldogs have brought fame and infamy to Footscray. Writer and local Alice Pung introduces us to the people that make this Melbourne suburb feisty and full of heart.


Greetings from Mallacoota

The firestorm of 2019 has left a lingering shadow over this town. Local radio DJ Don Ashby shows us the other side of Mallacoota – the abalone divers, the museum in a war bunker and the traditional owners who had to hide their Aboriginality to survive.


Greetings from Broken Hill

There’s so much more to this town than Priscilla and Mad Max. Writer Jack Marx takes us to the hidden corners of Broken Hill and its history; from the cross that used to light up the main street every time someone died to staring down the six o’clock swill.


The Iceman of Nederland

The town of Nederland in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has an unusual mascot: an old, dead Norwegian man, whose body is preserved in a backyard cryogenics chamber. Behind it all - his grandson keeps the dream of his return alive.


Boy on the Bike - the mystery of a wartime photograph

In 2003, journalist Andrew Gray was embedded with a US tank battalion during the Iraq invasion. In this documentary he returns to an event from that time which has haunted him for nearly 20 years.


Searching for Trough Man

He emerged of Sydney's gay party scene of 1980s, a time of creative and sexual freedom. But where is he today?


Me, my half-sister and her biological mum

The unlikely story of two half-sisters who connected late in life, a birth mother turned adoptive mother, and what can happen when biological relatives turn up out of the blue.


Broken by battle

Australian forces took part in the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Three soldiers share their experiences of those wars and returning home to face a battle of a different kind.


Antarctica, the Big Dead Place

When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.


Secrets and sexuality: the cost of coming out

Every family has its secrets, but for people from the LGBTQIA+ community the 'secret' can be their true selves. We meet three young queer Australians at different stages of coming out.


After faith

What happens when you no longer believe in God, but still experience a God-shaped hole in your life?


A newspaper is born

Locals were devastated when their newspaper was axed, so they set up their own. Dynamo editor cum journalist Susanna Freymark tells the stories that really matter to The Richmond River community.