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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.

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Wil Paterson aka Mr Ordinary — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Wil Patterson was a suburban dad who wanted all the good things in life for his family. Then he made a decision which upended everything

53 min2 d ago
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Wil Paterson aka Mr Ordinary — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Helen Elliott — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Helen was working as a psychologist when she became so ill she was held in a locked psychiatric ward. There she was given ECT, one of the most extreme treatments for depression (R)

59 min3 d ago
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Helen Elliott — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Zenith Virago — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Zenith Virago married at seventeen, and had two children. Then she left her young family to create a life of her own on the other side of the world (R)

52 min4 d ago
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Zenith Virago — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Akmal Saleh — Not Quite What I Had Planned

When Akmal and his wife decided to have a treechange by moving to Byron Bay, almost immediately a comedy of errors ensued, involving a python in the roof, a half-finished home and rats in the wall (R)

53 min5 d ago
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Akmal Saleh — Not Quite What I Had Planned

James Earl Jones — Not Quite What I Had Planned

How the man who voiced Darth Vader and Mufasa overcame a childhood stutter to build a career on his rich, resonant voice (R)

43 min6 d ago
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James Earl Jones — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Dave Graney — a musician's take on the art of the bludge

Dave looks back on the many forms of employment and unemployment to have sustained him as a hard working musician (R)

46 min1 w ago
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Dave Graney — a musician's take on the art of the bludge

The Salami Sisters, Puberty Blues, and beyond

In the late 70s, Gabrielle Carey co-wrote a blisteringly honest novel about the real lives of teenage surfie chicks in Cronulla which caused a storm of public outrage. What happened next saw her make a new life far from the limelight

49 min1 w ago
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The Salami Sisters, Puberty Blues, and beyond

The story of a tank named Mephisto

Why the only remaining WW1 German A7V tank is in Brisbane, Australia (R)

51 min1 w ago
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The story of a tank named Mephisto

A Herdwick shepherd's epiphany

A new conversation with James Rebanks on how he saved his family farm by returning to ancient ways of growing crops and meadows

59 min1 w ago
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A Herdwick shepherd's epiphany

Fifa Riccobono — godmother of Australian music

Fifa started in the music industry at 16, and worked her way up the ranks of Albert Music to become CEO. In the 1970s she formed a beautiful friendship with AC/DC's wild lead singer Bon Scott

59 min1 w ago
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Fifa Riccobono — godmother of Australian music

Latest Episodes

Wil Paterson aka Mr Ordinary — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Wil Patterson was a suburban dad who wanted all the good things in life for his family. Then he made a decision which upended everything

53 min2 d ago
Comments
Wil Paterson aka Mr Ordinary — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Helen Elliott — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Helen was working as a psychologist when she became so ill she was held in a locked psychiatric ward. There she was given ECT, one of the most extreme treatments for depression (R)

59 min3 d ago
Comments
Helen Elliott — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Zenith Virago — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Zenith Virago married at seventeen, and had two children. Then she left her young family to create a life of her own on the other side of the world (R)

52 min4 d ago
Comments
Zenith Virago — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Akmal Saleh — Not Quite What I Had Planned

When Akmal and his wife decided to have a treechange by moving to Byron Bay, almost immediately a comedy of errors ensued, involving a python in the roof, a half-finished home and rats in the wall (R)

53 min5 d ago
Comments
Akmal Saleh — Not Quite What I Had Planned

James Earl Jones — Not Quite What I Had Planned

How the man who voiced Darth Vader and Mufasa overcame a childhood stutter to build a career on his rich, resonant voice (R)

43 min6 d ago
Comments
James Earl Jones — Not Quite What I Had Planned

Dave Graney — a musician's take on the art of the bludge

Dave looks back on the many forms of employment and unemployment to have sustained him as a hard working musician (R)

46 min1 w ago
Comments
Dave Graney — a musician's take on the art of the bludge

The Salami Sisters, Puberty Blues, and beyond

In the late 70s, Gabrielle Carey co-wrote a blisteringly honest novel about the real lives of teenage surfie chicks in Cronulla which caused a storm of public outrage. What happened next saw her make a new life far from the limelight

49 min1 w ago
Comments
The Salami Sisters, Puberty Blues, and beyond

The story of a tank named Mephisto

Why the only remaining WW1 German A7V tank is in Brisbane, Australia (R)

51 min1 w ago
Comments
The story of a tank named Mephisto

A Herdwick shepherd's epiphany

A new conversation with James Rebanks on how he saved his family farm by returning to ancient ways of growing crops and meadows

59 min1 w ago
Comments
A Herdwick shepherd's epiphany

Fifa Riccobono — godmother of Australian music

Fifa started in the music industry at 16, and worked her way up the ranks of Albert Music to become CEO. In the 1970s she formed a beautiful friendship with AC/DC's wild lead singer Bon Scott

59 min1 w ago
Comments
Fifa Riccobono — godmother of Australian music
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