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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.


Brisbane, QLD




Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.






Conversations GPO Box 9994 Brisbane 4001 07 3377 5567


Paralympian Christie Dawes is super/normal

Christie splits her time between training for road and track wheelchair races, holding down several jobs, and raising her family. The Tokyo Paralympics will be her seventh as a competitor, but Christie almost gave up marathons after the 2013 Boston Marathon, and the most frightening experience of her life (CW: mention of suicide)


The life of Dr Norman Swan

How a boy from Glasgow named Norman Swirsky grew up to become Australia's most famous doctor


Getting psychoactive — plant-derived drugs that change our minds

From his daily coffee addiction to the 'war on drugs', science writer Michael Pollan's research into three psychoactive substances derived from plants was broad in scope. In this episode he talks about how caffeine, opium and mescaline affect our brains, change us as people, and make a profound impact on societies that use them (CW: Drug references)


Love, power, and my PNG family — Dame Carol Kidu

Brisbane-born Carol followed her heart to Papua New Guinea in the 1960s. Her husband, Buri Kidu, a young lawyer from a village near the capital with a deep sense of duty went on to became the nation's first Indigenous Chief Justice. After Sir Buri's premature death, Carol entered politics, blazing a trail for women in a intensely patriarchal political system


Reconsidering morality

Philosopher Tim Dean on why human morality needs an update for the modern world


Finding Mer-Neith-it-tes

When archaeologist Dr Jamie Fraser opened an 'empty' Egyptian sarcophagus, he found a 2600 year old mummy of a temple Priestess inside (R)


Rebel doctor Caroline de Costa — smuggling condoms and scaring priests

Being a single mother and student doctor in 1960s Ireland was merely the 'first act' in Caroline's gutsy adult life. She became a pioneering obstetrician, delivering sometimes contraband contraception, and babies, for fifty years


Taming the Black Dog, and burnout

Gordon Parker is the founder of the Black Dog Institute, which works to remove the stigma around depression, mental illness and bipolar disorder. For the past few years he's been looking closely at the phenomenon of burnout at home and at work


When I am dead I will love this

From Scotland's Orkney Islands, stories of how a chance meeting in a pub led Andrew Greig to climb the Himalayas, how golfing helped him recover from a near death experience, and his quest for the Loch of the Green Corrie


40 years in journalism — Philip Williams and his brilliant career

A former ABC chief foreign correspondent, Philip began at the ABC as a stagehand in 1975. He left the organisation 46 years later after reporting from Japan, Washington, the Middle East, Nyngan and the Ukraine


Dr Anne Aly's passion for justice

When Anne was ten, she walked onto the school playground and a girl spat in her face after calling her ‘a dirty, Arab Muslim’. To her shock, her teacher did nothing. The incident changed how she saw the world, and helped set her on the path to becoming the first Australian Muslim woman elected to parliament (R)


Ben and the birth of Miss Ellaneous

Darwin's Ben Graetz on becoming one of Australia's best-known Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Drag Queens


Megan Davis: the road to the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Megan Davis was raised as a 'Queensland Rail kid', then in a book-loving household in a housing commission home. She grew up to become a lawyer at the UN, then began a history-making process of helping Australia's First Nations people speak the truth to power


PRESENTS — Unravel Juanita

We wanted to share this special preview of the new ABC Unravel True Crime podcast series. In 1975, Australia was transfixed by the disappearance of Juanita Nielsen. Juanita was a journalist, fashion model, socialite and Sydney’s most famous anti-gentrification activist. Forty-six years later, Unravel: Juanita looks into her suspected murder — who might have killed her and why? What made Juanita a target?


Australia after COVID-19

George Megalogenis looks at the Morrison government's response to the pandemic so far, and asks whether the 'exit strategy' fully comprehends the changed landscape of the post-COVID world


Basketball and belonging — Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Cheryl is a Wadjuk traditional owner playing the long game in the Swan Valley community where she grew up (R)


Mick Gooda on working for a better day for all of us

A Gangulu elder, Mick was Co-Commissioner of the high profile Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Mick's fierce advocacy for young people is due in part to a sliding doors moment in his teens (CW: Discussion of suicide. And for ATSI listeners please be advised this conversation contains the names of people who have died. Take care when listening.)


Quandamooka Country to Canberra — Dr Valerie Cooms

Aunty Kath, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, was Valerie's godmother, and just one of many staunch political figures on both sides of her family. Val worked her way to becoming a powerful advocate for Aboriginal people and her family CW: ATSI listeners please use discretion when listening as the program references people who have died.


Vic Simms and Luke Peacock on bringing new life to 'The Loner'

Vic grew up on an Aboriginal mission in Sydney's La Perouse in the 1950s, becoming a singing star in his teens. He went on to write and record Australia's first Aboriginal protest album, while in prison. Luke Peacock 'unearthed' Vic's album decades later, and worked alongside him, to bring it to a new public (R)


Charlie King — my mother Ningardi's story

Gurindji man and ABC presenter Charlie knew a little about his mum's life as he grew up. But after her death, he began to reckon with what she'd lived through as a child (CW: contains mention of ATSI people who have died; mentions of sexual violence)