By Paper Radio
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Paper Radio. Stories, tall and true, from Australia and New Zealand.
||Have We Met?||What do actor Brad Pitt, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki have in common? Let’s just say: you might not know it if you saw it. Sonja Dechian looks into what’s really in the eye, or the mind, of the beholder.||19 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Transcenmentalism||In some modern societies, the economy has achieved the status of a living, breathing human being. Often it is afforded greater protection and rights than the communities it is supposed to support. Although all-knowing and all-powerful,||30 8 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Big Prawn||By some estimates, there are as many as 150 ‘big things’ strewn across Australia. There’s the Big Banana, the Big Merino and even the Big Magic Mushroom. In this story, Ballina’s Big Prawn casts a long shadow over the imagination of a young girl,||12 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Shortage of Santas||Surviving a trip to the shopping centre at Christmas time is enough to test the patience of a saint. Imagine, then, the annual suffering of your local Santa Claus. Take a trip behind the tinsel to hear a true account of what it takes to be a gifted ma||9 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Art of Art||Forget minimalism. There’s a new kid on the block: hypotheticalism. Grounded in complex ideas and elegant concepts, it’s a movement that’s challenging the way we think about visual art and what, exactly, constitutes an artwork.||16 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Deliberation||In a time of repetition and assertion, repetition and assertion, questions have become rhetorical and answers unrelated. The pioneers of this practice? The residents of the fourth estate – and yes, Australian politics. At the end of a microphone,||29 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Noise to a Minimum||Once the home of the ubiquitous KEEP QUIET sign and the archetypal shushers, libraries now serve as repurposed meeting places, infotech zones, and speakeasies. The contemporary hum of incidental noise we make in libraries is considered acceptable,||14 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Isolation-Solitude-Confinement-Happiness-Freedom Domain||A day spa isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a think tank, and yet it’s here that Toby Fehily finds himself stepping into a darkened capsule filled with warm, salty water. With the lid tightly shut,||9 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Me and Run Like A Dream||In Me and Run Like A Dream, from Melbourne’s Elizabeth Reale, our protagonist gives us a candid first-hand account of the power of animal magnetism — reminding us that sometimes when you place all your bets on love, you can win big.||13 2 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Weather #3||The third and final episode of Thomasin Sleigh’s Weather trilogy. In a world plagued by the sudden absence of its weather forecasters, these unexplained disappearances become absorbed into the minutiae of everyday life. Listen to: Weather #1, Weather #2||17 8 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Cosmic Frequency||Before the likes of Skype and Twitter, curious people built and operated amateur ‘ham’ radios in order to connect with other curious people around the world. The Cosmic Frequency tells the story of Maggie Iaquinto,||7 7 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Weather #2||The second of Thomasin Sleigh’s three part Weather series. In a world mysteriously absent of its meteorologists, people begin to study details of the weather themselves. Listen to: Weather #1, Weather #3||31 5 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Sound of Music||In a surreal pop renovation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, The Sound Of Music fuses familiar and familial characters as it grapples with who we are, and become, in love. The Sound of Music is taken from Tom Cho’s book Look Who’s Morph||29 4 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Weather #1||The first story in a series of three, Weather #1 chronicles a world in which all meteorologists have vanished suddenly and without explanation. See also: Weather #2, Weather #3||30 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Calf Club 1989||Played out against a backdrop of pre-teen animal husbandry, Calf Club 1989 is the story of a sister and brother grappling with an unexpected familial revelation.||20 7 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Tone Deaf||In his ongoing wrestling match with the Cantonese language, Benjamin Law charts his attempts to master his family’s mother tongue. Tone Deaf is an extract from Benjamin Law’s book The Family Law, published by Black Inc.||14 6 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Drowning Man||A teacher’s classroom of restless, indifferent students becomes suddenly reliant on his seemingly worthless field study on drowning.||25 4 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
Better than all the rest; better than anyone
I tune in to plenty of the world's most popular and engaging podcasts and audio storytelling channels, and Paper Radio have Got It Going On. Any time they produce a new piece I drop everything else and listen, because I know I'll be transported to somewhere much more interesting, and I'll probably learn a hell of a lot too. 5 million stars.
Each and every ep is unique and Paper Radio just has this real niceness to it sound wise as well!