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A powerful account of mental illness: No Feeling Is Final

12/14/2018
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In 'No Feeling is Final ' from the ABC the writer and podcaster Honor Eastly presents a highly personal account of her experiences of living with anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The show weaves together years' worth of audio diaries with scripted narrative and recreations of scenes from her past. It creates a moving memoir about mental health that's difficult and heartbreaking and confronting at times, but also speaks powerfully and with humour about the experience of living with a cruel...

Duration:00:12:33

Freakonomics Radio: How could open-plan offices be less terrible?

12/14/2018
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Journalist Stephen J Dubner explores the "hidden side of everything" with "Nobel laureates, provocateurs, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers" in the super-popular podcast Freakonomics Radio. In the recent episode 'Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be', Dubner looks at the history of office design, why today's open offices are often "a nightmare of noise and discomfort" and whether they can be saved.

Duration:00:11:46

The mysterious death of a high-ranking Nazi: The Ratline

12/14/2018
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A recently released BBC series called' The Ratline' tries to uncover the truth about a senior Nazi, Baron Otto Gustav von Wächter, who disappeared after the Second World War, then died in mysterious circumstances in Italy.We play some of Episode 1 of The Ratline called 'The Secrets In The Castle' presented by Philippe Sands, produced by Gemma Newby for BBC Radio 4 and the editor is Hugh Levinson.

Duration:00:08:13

Unspooled: dissecting the top 100 films ever made

12/14/2018
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In each episode of 'Unspooled' the film critic Amy Nicholson and the actor, comedian, and all-round movie buff Paul Scheer take a film from the American Film Institute's Top 100 list, and pull it apart. I've listened to episodes recently about Apocalypse Now, 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, and Taxi Driver. We play some of their take on Number 83 on the AFI list: James Cameron's 1997 epic Titanic starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Unspooled is presented by Amy Nicholson and Paul Scheer...

Duration:00:10:44

The Podcast Hour for Saturday 15 December 2018

12/14/2018
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'Unspooled' dissects the top 100 films ever made. The mysterious death of a high-ranking Nazi is investigated in 'The Ratline'. 'Freakonomics Radio' asks the question; do open plan offices (help us) work? And 'No Feeling Is Final' offers a powerful account of living with a mental illness.

Duration:00:48:51

'Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower': headspace and happiness

12/7/2018
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In 'Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower' the comedian James Nokise gets 8 well-known New Zealanders to open up about their mental health. They are in his shower. They stay fully clothed. There's no water. But there is fried chicken! We feature an excerpt from James' chat with the actor and playwright Rob Mokaraka, who was shot by police in 2009 after a confrontation he engineered to end his own life.

Duration:00:10:15

'Front Burner': serving up daily news

12/7/2018
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We play an extract from a Canadian contribution to the burgeoning daily news podcast scene. CBC's 'Front Burner' looks at Google's plans to turn an area of Toronto into a hi tech testing lab for our future cities.

Duration:00:10:20

Girl power: 'Fierce Girls'

12/7/2018
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The ABC series 'Fierce Girls' tells inspiring stories about Australian women, targeted at younger listeners. After previous episodes involving athletes, aviators, scientists, tennis players and spies, The Girl Who Roared is all about the singer, actress and activist Helen Reddy whose signature hit was the 1972 number 1, 'I Am Woman'.

Duration:00:12:31

'Simple Pleasures': famous foodies

12/7/2018
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In 'Simple Pleasures', the popular chef Yotam Ottolenghi gets some interesting guests round to his place and makes them a meal from his new cookbook. The focus isn't just on food either, but also on travel and culture and life. We play an episode featuring the ex-Python and TV traveller Michael Palin, who likes pies but isn't so flash at cooking it turns out.

Duration:00:09:37

Everyday people face up to grievances and regrets in the podcast Heavyweight

12/7/2018
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In Heavyweight, Canadian writer Jonathan Goldstein is a kind of "therapist with a time machine” leading people back into their own pasts to face the truth about a crucial life event,

Duration:00:11:37

The Podcast Hour for Saturday 8th December 2018

12/7/2018
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Domestic detective stories in 'Heavyweight', Yotam Ottolenghi interviews famous foodies in 'Simple Pleasures', 'Fierce Girls' tells stories of Aussie girl power, 'Front Burner''s a Canadian offering for your daily news diet, and 'Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower' sees some well-known New Zealanders opening up about their mental health.

Duration:00:56:46

Casefile: true crime with a mysterious host

11/30/2018
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Casefile's a popular collection of true crime stories from around the world told with a keen appreciation of narrative and suspense. It's not like some other true crime podcasts where the production team might try to jazz things up a bit by digging up some old interview tapes, or by creating a montage of news reports set to music. No, in Casefile all you have is a rather flat, unemotional Australian voice backed by minimal, often menacing, music telling you what happened. It sounds...

Duration:00:10:28

Human/Ordinary: In The Neighbourhood

11/30/2018
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You don't need lots of fancy gear, or a cold case, or ads for mattresses, or heaps of sound design wizardry to make a great podcast. Sometimes you can just walk around the place you live with recording gear and a sense of curiosity, capturing stories. From Human/Ordinary, Sam Loy shares tales from his Melbourne suburb in "In The Neighbourhood" (produced and presented by Sam Loy and Human/Ordinary is part of the Planet Broadcasting Network).

Duration:00:09:47

Listening to the city: To The Best of Our Knowledge

11/30/2018
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TTBOOK (as it's known to its friends) started life as a radio show back in 1990 on Wisconsin Public Radio. 28 years later and it's still on the radio on nearly 200 different US stations, and of course now you can podcast it too! Husband and wife team Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson do most of the interviewing, with Anne taking the lead role as host. And the format's perhaps best described as 'variations on a theme'. Each episode takes a big idea and explores it with a range of different...

Duration:00:11:59

Ghosts in the Machine: how our ears can deceive us

11/30/2018
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Our sense of hearing isn't nearly as well developed as our sense of sight. And as we devote less of our brain power to perceiving sounds, it's relatively easy to trick the human ear into hearing things that aren't actually there. The BBC documentary 'Ghosts In The Machine' explores some of these audio hallucinations, with host Laurie Taylor entering a rabbit hole of electronic voice phenomena (EVP) research to explain strange noises found in recorded sounds. ('Ghosts in The Machine' is...

Duration:00:14:35

The Podcast Hour for Saturday 1 December 2018

11/30/2018
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Ghosts in the Machine: auditory hallucinations (or how our ears can deceive us). We listen to the city in To The Best of Our Knowledge. Human/Ordinary explores a Melbourne neighbourhood with a revealing name. And Casefile tells true crime stories using a very mysterious host.

Duration:00:49:47

Parental Guidance Recommended: parenting tips from famous Aussies

11/23/2018
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Ever wondered what high-profile Australians are like as parents? Comedian and mother-of-two Terri Psiakis coaxes some into sharing their parenting tips and fessing up to some of the challenges and the failures in the new ABC Radio show Parental Guidance Recommended. Richard Scott takes a listen.

Duration:00:11:21

On robots and remembering: This Is Love

11/23/2018
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'This Is Love' is made by the same team that makes 'Criminal', a show that we featured on The Podcast Hour a few months' back. 'Criminal' tells true stories about right and wrong, and how to tell the difference. And the subject matter of 'This Is Love' is no less broad or ambitious: it investigates the mystery of love in all its endless variety. The show returned with a second season of stories last week, starting with 'How To Live Forever'. It's a very modern story about the development of...

Duration:00:11:04

Instant noodles: BBC podcast tells their untold story

11/23/2018
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Sold in pots, packets, cups and bowls, the instant noodle turns 60 this year. And love them or loathe them, this cheap DIY fast food is still celebrated as a triumph of modern food production and even as Japan's greatest ever invention! 'The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle' is presented by Celia Hatton and produced by John Murphy for BBC Radio 4.

Duration:00:10:40

Headlong, Surviving Y2K: remembering the millennium hysteria of 1999

11/23/2018
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Remember the fearful run-up to the moment when the calendar clicked over to Saturday 1 January 2000 and the whole of modern civilisation as we knew it would fall off a cliff? In Headlong: Surviving Y2K, Dan Tabersk meets computer coders, conspiracy theorists and survivalists who believed the end of 1999 was no time for celebration.

Duration:00:13:06