Conversations

ABC (Australia)

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.

Location:

Brisbane, QLD

Genres:

Podcasts

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@abcconvos

Language:

English

Contact:

Conversations GPO Box 9994 Brisbane 4001 07 3377 5567


Episodes

Dr Koppe's new life

2/2/2023
Hilton Koppe on how his life as a soccer-obsessed country GP changed forever when he became a patient himself

Duration:00:53:25

Deborah's fight for her wings

2/1/2023
Deborah Lawrie had her first flying lesson at 16, then became a flying instructor herself. But when she applied for a job as a pilot, she found herself in the fight of her life (R)

Duration:00:52:35

Where the Music Began — a story collection

1/31/2023
Vic Simms, Jen Cloher, Vika and Linda Bull, Rob Hirst, Elena Kats-Chernin, William Barton with stories from their formative years

Duration:00:51:36

John Grisham: lawyering, writing and innocence

1/30/2023
Novelist John Grisham with his life story; from his work as a trial lawyer, to writing, and how he became involved in a movement using DNA testing to exonerate the innocent (R)

Duration:00:51:30

Danielle, Jimmy the pig, and the inferno

1/29/2023
Academic Danielle Celemajer on how the Black Summer bushfires brought she and her rescue pig Jimmy into a terrible proximity with the inferno, changing both of their lives forever

Duration:00:53:22

How Aunty Val became the 'Afar Angel'

1/26/2023
Valerie Browning moved to the northern deserts of Ethiopia as a naive young nurse in 1973. A chance meeting on the streets of neighbouring Djibouti changed her life, and women's health in the region

Duration:00:46:29

The ghosts of Babylonia

1/24/2023
Dr Irving Finkel on the ghosts who joined the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians in their day to day lives (R)

Duration:00:51:09

Tim Ferguson: breaking barriers and taking names

1/23/2023
Tim Ferguson was in the midst of a high-flying comedy career when he started experiencing 'whacky symptoms'. In his early 30s, doctors told him he had Multiple Sclerosis

Duration:00:48:24

A song connection: Genevieve and the Tiwi strong women

1/22/2023
When Dr Genevieve Campbell heard the intoxicating music of Tiwi song women, it made her hair stand on end. Immediately she knew she needed to meet the women, and these relationships have changed her ideas of what music is

Duration:00:52:32

Dave Gleeson needs a damn good lie down

1/19/2023
Dave Gleeson is known for his blistering performances in The Screaming Jets and The Angels, but he grew up singing at Mass in Cardiff, with a mum who opened their home to hundreds of foster children

Duration:00:53:34

The last keeper of Boston Light

1/18/2023
One of America's oldest lighthouses was built in 1716 and survived the Revolutionary War. Its first two keepers met dismal ends, but Sally Snowman was always enamoured by it. She is the first woman to care for the lighthouse, and now she will be the last (R)

Duration:00:47:00

Cynthia's Swans

1/17/2023
When Cynthia Banham survived the unthinkable, she had to reinvent herself, with the support of her family, and the kindness of the Sydney Swans AFL team

Duration:00:48:03

Edita’s 600 days of longing

1/16/2023
Edita Mujkic fled the Bosnian War in Sarajevo with her two children, 50 American dollars in her pocket and no real plan. It took her almost two years to get her husband Goran out of the deadly siege situation, all the way from the Lake District in England

Duration:00:50:25

Making peace with stuttering

1/15/2023
Lifelong stutterer Jonty Claypole on how fluency can be a barrier to our creativity, authenticity and persuasiveness

Duration:00:51:51

Best of 2022 — Elizabeth Chong

12/15/2022
At 90, Elizabeth Chong recalls the familiar abundance of the Queen Victoria Market of the 1930s, how her father popularised the dim sim in Australia and the 37,000 people she has taught to cook (R)

Duration:00:50:47

Best of 2022 — Tony Bull

12/14/2022
Tony spent three decades in and out of jail. Inside Hobart's Risdon Prison, he joined a debating club with Chopper Read, and found his voice for the first time. Then a few years ago, on a fishing trawler far out to sea, he began the painful process of changing his life (R)

Duration:00:46:36

Best of 2022 — Kelvin Kong

12/13/2022
Professor Kelvin Kong is one of Australia's leading ENT surgeons. The proud Worimi man changes the course of children's lives by looking inside their ears (R)

Duration:00:49:56

Best of 2022 — Lindy Lee

12/12/2022
As a Chinese-Australian girl growing up in the era of the White Australia Policy, artist Lindy Lee always felt that she didn't belong. When she became a student of Zen Buddhism, big shifts began in her life, and her art (R)

Duration:00:53:51

Best of 2022 — Stephen Walker

12/11/2022
The author tells the thrilling, surreal story of Yuri Gagarin, the loyal communist and father of two who became the first person to journey into space, in a capsule perched on top of a modified Soviet R-7 missile (R)

Duration:00:48:01

Ken Done's vivid life

12/8/2022
Artist Ken Done grew up in a country town in NSW, drawing, fishing and listening to the Argonauts. Before he became a became a full-time artist, he had a wild career in advertising in the 1960s

Duration:00:44:26