Tall Tales & True
By ABC Radio
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Tall Tales & True brings together the very best of live storytelling from across Australia. Courageous storytellers front up to the microphone to bare their soul and share their life-changing moments in front of a live audience. Captivating, jaw-dropping and thought provoking, these pure Australian stories will make you laugh, cry or gasp, or maybe all three at once.
||CleanTracey Spicer: The fainting weathergirl||Tracey Spicer tells how her "Brisbane bogan" upbringing prepared her for the challenges of working in the media.||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLuke O'Brien: Drugs robbed me||Luke O'Brien survived drugs, crime and jail to lose the most important person in his life.||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFiona Scott-Norman: Keeping up appearances||Fiona Scott-Norman tells of being raised in the English middle-class, colonial way of emotional detachment and her family lineage of blocked artists.||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDarren Percival: The voice within||Darren Percival embarks on a road-trip to make sense of his life and the world and to find the truth he needs to speak.||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVanessa O'Neill: Letting go of Dad||Vanessa O'Neill tells how losing her father to Alzheimer's Disease was just "too sad", and she couldn't cry for seven years.||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeries four: New season coming for Easter||Tall Tales & True returns with a special series of stories told live at the 2017 Woodford Folk Festival, just in time for the Easter break.||21 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus episode: The Real Thing||Brad Guy went skydiving and his parachute failed. Incredibly, he survived. Although the physical injuries healed, his emotional recovery has taken years. This is a bonus episode of The Real Thing, an ABC podcast that celebrates unique Australian charac||6 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying on the right side of the mental health road||How David Cunningham stays on the right side of his mental health||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWaking up to postnatal depression||A new first-time mum embarks on the scary rollercoaster ride of parenthood and it's not what she expected.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMitch McPherson: My brother Ty||Family tragedy motivated Mitch McPherson to start a charity to encourage people to keep talking to loved ones.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonna Thistlethwaite: Coming out as a suicide survivor||Donna Thistlethwaite talks about the reaction of her ‘coming out’ as a suicide survivor and how her life has changed.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMelissa Lukashenko: Lock it in Eddie||Melissa Lukashenko shares the experience of being on a mental health "precipice" with her beloved daughter.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOsher Gunsberg: The day I lost my mind||Osher Gunsberg talks about the day his world came crashing down and why it's important to share mental health stories.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeries three: New season coming soon to mark World Mental Health Day||Tall Tales & True returns with a special series to mark World Mental Health Day 2017. Osher Günsberg presents a special curation of stories from live storytelling events from around Australia, featuring courageous people talking about their mental heal||5 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo pain no gain||Much-loved comedian Magda Szubanski on the horror of being "papped" (photographed by paparazzi) while swimming at Bondi Beach and how her Polish heritage helped her hit back at the haters.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuicide Survivor: The day I fell from Brisbane’s Story Bridge||A woman speaks bravely of the hardest time in her life when she attempted to take her own life but miraculously survived.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe's NOT having a baby||Jessica Tuckwell is a young woman who's had a bad day, has a lot on her mind and will not under any circumstances give up her seat on the bus...... not today, not for anyone. But the fallout is more than she bargained for.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCircle of life||A young doctor re-lives assisting his very first birth and the stinging realisation it brings. In story number two, if the prospect of losing your mother isn't bad enough, then a throwaway line from a well-meaning believer about God's plans could b||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo soon?||A comedian makes a play about an Australian disaster and is savaged by the media and public. Comfort comes from an unexpected source.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSwipe off||A working mum with two kids unexpectedly finds herself back in the world of dating. Last time around, there were no devices or swiping involved. How does she navigate the murky travails of hooking up online?||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Oscar-winning performance||Australian performer and professional s**t-stirrer Rob Carlton takes on the toughest role of his career. It turns out to be the best acting he's done in his life, but for all the wrong reasons.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe full catastrophe||A tale of one of the worst days of this storyteller's life..... a downward-spiral into a spectacular mess of sickness, dog poo, piles of laundry and a dodgy aura healer. Is there a gift or message in this catastrophe?||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew season coming soon||Tall Tales & True returns with a second series of the very best of live storytelling from around Australia. Stories of loss, hope, struggle and joy. We promise to make you laugh, cry and gasp. Subscribe now to have eight brand new episodes land in yo||9 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI nailed a murderer||Colleen Gwynne is the Children’s Commissioner for the Northern Territory but, in 2001, she was the investigating officer on one of Australia’s most notorious murder cases, the murder of UK tourist Peter Falconio. In this riveting and must-listen epi||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDestination Bliss||Australian actress and writer Kate Mulvany, best known for her role in The Great Gatsby, shares her hilarious experience at holiday hotspot Byron Bay. Setting off on a nine-hour roadtrip, consumed with the stress and excess of city-living, Kate and her||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA mother's nightmare||In the presence of her family and a live audience, gently-spoken and unassuming Vianne Brain from regional Tasmania fronts the microphone and shares a story that’s been safely buried deep inside for many years. A beautiful, soul-touching true-life tal||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe emergency room||A young Dr Izaak Lim is in the ER witnessing his first major emergency response. This is it, what he’s been trained for, what he’s spent nearly a decade studying for... to pull a human being back from the brink of death. What happens in that room, on that day, and his response to it will amaze and surprise you... but also warm your heart. This story was first told at Barefaced Stories.||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMan vs croc||Chris Keeping is a keen kite-surfer from Australia’s Top End who one day comes face to face with one of the Territory’s most feared and infamous predators. This is a man who has been in the clutches of a crocodile and lives to tell the tale… a story so visceral it will chill your spine.||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA man walked into a cafe||A man spends his life searching for members of his birth family to only bump into one completely by mistake one sunny day in Noosa. It really is a tale almost too unbelievable to be true. It’s the highly-emotionally charged story of how David Anthon||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis little piggy||Luke Martin is a lovable larrikin who strikes out with the ladies until he goes against his instinct and inadvertently sets a new pattern for the rest of his life. In our second story, committed vegetarian, Zoya Patel travels to India with her family for a cultural festival and faces a sizeable (and tasty) ethical and moral dilemma. Where will the knife fall?||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDad's political advice||Deciding to run in a federal seat in the ACT was a huge decision for Elizabeth Lee but, armed with some profound advice from her Korean father, she channels the courage to take the plunge. Elizabeth shares some of the best life-advice you’ll ever hear, courtesy of her generous, wise and very proud dad.||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPen pals for life||A young woman is given an opportunity to attend an exclusive all-girls private school and strikes up a long-distance relationship with one of the benefactors that continues long after. In this story, told at the Woodford Folk Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Eleanor Jackson shares how the learnings from this most unusual relationship have influenced her entire outlook on life.||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaking it||Author and former oil rig worker, Paul Carter, tells a story of faking it and coming perilously close to getting totally busted. Then, our host Melanie Tait tells her own personal story of how pretending to be someone she wasn’t took her all the way to London’s West End.||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I laughed. I cried. what a treasure of a podcast. The stories of Australians.
Incredible and poignant
One of the best podcasts of the year. True stories, full of heart and absolutely compelling.
Best. Podcast. Ever.
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- Language: English
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