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Sometimes funny, sometimes dark. Always curious. Stories about why we do the things we do. Told by characters you won’t forget, This is About digs deep into issues that matter through the messy, beautiful and dismal stuff that actually happens to people. Hosted by funny woman and writer Jordan Raskopoulos. New episodes released every fortnight on a Wednesday.
||Clean023 | Love in the time of communism||A few years ago, Cheyne Anderson was working at a Sydney cemetery, walking groups around and telling stories about the people buried there. Like all cemetery tour guides, she had a favourite tombstone. It read ‘Aurel Popescu: Romanian Hero.’ Cheyne||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022 | The search for the fishing cat||The elusive fishing cat of South India’s wetlands is a species under threat, and no one is more dedicated to saving it than Ashwin Naidu. After giving up a career in engineering, he spends years collecting their poop and studying their tracks. Then he||31 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021 | Vanishing act||Eric Myers is winning at life. Married to an old childhood friend, he's got five children and a career that's on the up. It's everything he's always wanted. Or is it?||17 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020 | The Mullins vs the economy||South Australian woman Raylene Mullins made news headlines last year when she shirtfronted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the lack of jobs in her state. Now, just as Holden's Australian operations are about to close, her family have come up with||3 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019 | What a catch||Two fisherman sail into waters off the southeast coast of Australia, looking for their daily catch. When word gets around about what they've pulled up in their net, tongues start wagging back on the wharves, and a police investigation begins. Finally, t||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 | The last word||On a chilly Hobart morning, Katharine Dean and her husband arrive at a family event. Katharine’s feeling nervous, because today she plans to confront her abuser—her step-father David. Not everyone’s happy about this, but Katharine has made up her||7 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis is About||This is About...will be back soon! Here's a sneak peek of some the stories we're working on.||22 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 | Bina-gurri: Part two||For 20 years, Jody Barney says she's been visiting Australian jails to meet a section of the population neglected by the justice system. In the Northern Territory, 94 percent of Aboriginal people in prison have significant hearing loss. It’s often ca||21 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 | Bina-gurri: Part one||Left in a strange house far from home, a young girl can sense that something is wrong, but not the reasons why. Later, as she and her family shift from one community to the next, she’ll come to understand why her father kept his children moving. The u||20 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 | #familyphotos||A few years ago, Cameron Bloom started posting photos he had taken of his family on Instagram. Within weeks, their account had tens of thousands of followers - the internet fell hard for this photogenic surfy family living on Sydney’s northern beaches||8 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 | Survival at Niagara Falls||In 1960, a seven-year-old boy and his older sister were taken on a boat ride near Niagara Falls. The boat capsized and they were powerless to swim against the force of the river currents. Roger Woodward, now 64 years old, lived to tell h||23 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 | El turista||In Colombia, an Australian man hops into a taxi. When a police officer stops the car and comes to the window, Dave finds himself involved in a struggle that has paralysed Colombian society for decades. While the actions of violent men will change Da||9 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 | Cassette famous||A man spends thousands of hours sharing the details of his life with others. Not on Twitter, or Facebook, or any other online social network. It's 1978, and Mark Talbot is live with Second Side Up: his very own radio show, distributed through cassette||25 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 | Nazi heist||This is About... a hunt for buried treasure, and the terrible truth it unearths. When an Israeli ex-detective hears about a bag of looted diamonds, hidden during World War II on the French/German border, he decides to go and find them. In his search, Ya||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 | The inoperable unstoppable Colleen Lavelle||This is About...what happens when you tick that box. The story of a seemingly innocuous piece of paperwork — and the fight one whip-smart woman leads to fix an Australian hospital system rife with racism.||28 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 | Ned Kelly's bones||This is About…a granddaughter, her grandfather, and how Ned Kelly came between them. Melita Rowston remembers her grandfather was a hard-working, angry man. He was of the generation who never spoke very much. That is, except over the Sunday dinners th||14 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 | Son of a preacher man||This is About... a dying father's career advice for his son. Phil Wilcox's dad had tried to fit a lifetime of parental advice into one last conversation. His father's words had always loomed large for him, but when Phil discovers his own voice — and||28 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 | The fixer||This is About... the pursuit of other people's happiness. Mel Holman is a woman who gives her eggs away for free. Dozens of women with fertility issues have been moved to tears by her generosity. But as Mel offers to help Tereasa's dreams of motherhood||14 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 | How to escape||This is About...a dutiful wife. Frances Carleton is super DIY. She’s a nurturer — and that’s easy to take for granted. Just ask her husband. Then there's an offer she can’t refuse. Frances is about to aim her skill set in a very different direct||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 | The lesson||This is About…a man who won’t leave his house. He’s decided the outside world is too much and he doesn’t want to be a part of it anymore. Japanese psychologists have a name for this: hikikomori. Except this story takes place in a small Australi||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 | Beyond zero visibility||This is About...Captain America and the search for the lost bell of King Dhammazedi. Deep sea diver James Blunt (not the singer) made over a hundred dives in Myanmar, searching for the fabled bell. In his way – ogres, poisonous water snakes and 400 ye||22 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 | The moon and other things||This is About...the unsung hero who saved the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” goes the famous quote from John F. Kennedy, “not because they are easy but because they are hard.||8 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 | Mrs Banks' magnum opus||This is About...one kid’s moment of guilt, and the adventure she takes to free herself from it. Robyn’s father makes life at home unpredictable and sometimes violent. Real life starts with a road trip and a cast of colourful characters in the bright||25 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 | Killing in the name of||This is About...a group of independent theatre makers getting smacked down by the United Nations. Four Aussie theatre makers travel to the Philippines to adapt a violent Japanese cult novel with local theatre group the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. What happens||11 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This Is About is SO GOOD I CAN'T STOP LISTENING I AM TOTALLY ENGROSSED THE CHILD HAS BEEN SHUSHED SO I CAN KEEP LISTENING NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. When is the next episode being released?! Do we really have to wait a whole week for the next one?!
Edgy and compelling
Jason from Axis of Awesome is a great host for this edgy podcast. I didn’t know what to expect and found it challenging in parts. But listen and throughout what seems like a bizarre story, you will get an insight into what is going on now in the Philippines. This is a podcast that makes you think, Looking forward to the next edition.
Accidental found gem...
This started playing (unplanned) on a drive... so good. Compelling in its frankness - and a window on a different world. Pulled over to find more... can't wait.
- Category: Arts
- Language: English
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