Cover art for podcast Earshot

Earshot

249 EpisodesProduced by ABC RadioWebsite

Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.

episodes iconAll Episodes

Absence makes the heart grow fonder | Part 2

June 27th, 2022

28:44


Ahmed spent six years in immigration detention before winning a landmark legal case, he was finally free. But when the government appealed that decision in the High Court Ahmed and his partner Danice …

Absence makes the heart grow fonder | Part 1

June 20th, 2022

28:38


Danice and Ahmed fell hard for each other, even though he was behind bars and she had four children. When he was released they started building a life together until Ahmed's visa was cancelled, he …

The CWA and the F-word

June 13th, 2022

28:33


When the daughter of a trailblazing feminist moves to small town NSW, the only women’s organisation she can join is the Country Women’s Association. How will she fit in?

Hear me out

June 6th, 2022

28:36


Stand up comedian David Rose is deaf in one ear. His own experience of living with hearing loss gets him curious about the rise and rise of headphone wearing, and what this may be doing to one of our …

Who is Tootie? A journalist investigates her cat

May 30th, 2022

29:11


Listless in the Melbourne lockdowns two through six, Lisa Divissi became obsessed with the mystery of her adopted cat’s past life - and what it means to live with the unknown

In the shadow of The Taliban

May 23rd, 2022

28:34


We follow two people in Afghanistan whose lives have been transformed since the Taliban takeover. Surveillance and poverty have …

The Mathoura bra fence

May 16th, 2022

28:35


Two stories from the beating heart of small town country Australia: how a fence is helping to hold one community together and the …

Mum's saris

May 9th, 2022

28:37


As he helped his mother Sushila pack up her home to move into residential aged care, writer Sunil Badami uncovered something even …

04 Shifting Cultures | From paddock to plate

May 2nd, 2022

28:36


Four sisters plan to take on their family’s huge beef cattle property in southwest Queensland. Despite the spectre of drought, …

03 Shifting Cultures | Saving our species

April 25th, 2022

28:34


Australia is famous for its unique wildlife and landscapes. But we also have the highest mammal extinction rate in the world, and there are big declines in frogs, reptiles, and birds caused by …

Shifting Cultures | Healing with fire on koala country

April 18th, 2022

28:39


In regions worst-hit by Australia’s Black Summer bushfires, a rebirth is happening. Not just the green shoots bursting from the blackened trees, but the reawakening of ancient knowledge. On sacred …

01 Shifting Cultures | A town in fear of the sea

April 11th, 2022

28:34


The ocean is central to the Esperance community’s lifestyle and identity. But three fatal shark attacks in three years have had a profound impact on this remote Western Australian coastal town. As …

Changing faces: how cosmetic injectables are reshaping our idea of beauty

April 4th, 2022

28:28


As more people use anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to alter their appearance, the way we see ourselves and what we …

The last chance lands: Werribee South's market gardens

March 28th, 2022

28:36


Welcome to Werribee South. A wedge of verdant farming land 30km south-west of Melbourne that's under threat from the ever-growing city.

501 Deportees

March 21st, 2022

27:38


For most of us the experience of deportation is unimaginable. In this story we meet 3 people who've been deported under Australia's controversial 501 clause in the Migration Act, who've failed the …

Everyone wants to be Fuhrer | Part 2

March 14th, 2022

28:36


Between 2015 and 2019, Michael* was a leader in the Australian alt-right movement. He was instrumental in building the presence of extreme rightwing groups, online and in the real world, before a …

Everyone wants to be Fuhrer | Part 1

March 7th, 2022

28:37


Between 2015 and 2019, Michael* was a leader in the Australian alt-right movement. He was instrumental in building the presence of extreme rightwing groups, online and in the real world, before a …

The seed savers

February 28th, 2022

28:33


How important is diversity in seeds and what kinds of diversity will we eat in the future?

Myanmar - a year in the life of a coup

February 21st, 2022

27:53


What’s it like to live under a military coup? Across the past year, after the military seized power in Myanmar on February 1st, 2021, young Burmese journalist, Mi Zar has been keeping a diary of …

Danny's inferno part 2 - The Whiskey monster

February 14th, 2022

37:44


Danny Stuart was a teenager when he witnessed what he says was a stitch-up by corrupt Queensland Police of his Uncle John Stuart …

Danny's inferno Part 1 - Family demons

February 7th, 2022

34:40


Behind the tragic firebombing of the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Brisbane 1973, where 15 people lost their lives, lies another …

A Succulent Chinese Meal

January 31st, 2022

1:00:13


How an imprisoned playwright helped create Australia’s most iconic internet meme. This...is democracy manifest.

Secrets and sexuality: the cost of coming out

January 24th, 2022

28:35


Every family has its secrets, but for people from the LGBTQIA+ community the 'secret' can be their true selves. We meet three young queer Australians at different stages of coming out.

Walking eel country

January 17th, 2022

28:32


As you enter the town of Lake Bolac in southwest Victoria, you pass a sign that says 'home of aquatic sports', but historically …

A newspaper is born

January 10th, 2022

28:36


Locals were devastated when their newspaper was axed, so they set up their own. Dynamo editor cum journalist Susanna Freymark tells the stories that really matter to The Richmond River community.

Mapu Anyul Yandi Gindarr - people come together as one

January 3rd, 2022

28:36


Indigenous and African migrant communities collide in the Northern Territory, as Sydney-born Brian Obiri-Asare explores what it …

Cath and Jack and the firestorm in Dale Place

December 27th, 2021

35:03


When the Black Summer firestorm hits her street, Cath runs for her life—leaving her partner Jack, who’s hellbent on staying to defend their home. Later, among the shock and the chaos, it hits her: Oh …

Songs of Love and Suicide - Landays poetry of Afghanistan

December 20th, 2021

28:36


Landays is a powerful and subversive form of poetry in Afghanistan, performed by women. Part of traditional folk culture, the …

Who's going to make the gravy?

December 13th, 2021

28:33


It might be the most famous recipe in Australia: flour, salt, a little red wine, and don’t forget a dollop of tomato sauce.

Paul …

The Kabul diaries part 2

December 6th, 2021

29:09


Ghezal is a journalist trapped in a safehouse in Kabul as The Taliban take over the city. Through the intimacy of voice messages …

The Kabul diaries Part 1

November 29th, 2021

29:43


Ghezal is a journalist in Afghanistan and when her city Mazar i Sharif falls to The Taliban they come looking for her. She …

Rise of The Cat Empire

November 22nd, 2021

30:47


The Cat Empire’s style is impossible to pin-down. The most accurate description might be 'uniquely Melbourne'.

The six-piece have earned fans worldwide through 20 years of raucous live shows and …

Songs from a walled village

November 15th, 2021

28:35


Chinese-Australia singer, Rainbow Chan, returns to her mother’s village in Hong Kong. She meets some charismatic grannies who sing surprisingly subversive and feminist protest songs, known as bridal …

Brief Encounters

November 8th, 2021

28:22


Three stories which explore brief encounters, chance meetings and the fleeting nature of life

The dignity business

November 1st, 2021

28:37


It’s the perennial question: what's for dinner tonight?

But for a rising number of Australians experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic, the question has taken on new meaning.

As NSW emerges …

Following The Star of Taroom

October 25th, 2021

28:35


It was a simple act, done in a less-than-simple way. When Johnny Danalis decided to return the “Star of Taroom”, an ancient Indigenous groove stone his father had souvenired in the 1970s, it was …

My voice is my passport

October 18th, 2021

28:36


What does your voice say about you? Not your choice of words, but all the extra information the voice carries, like our emotions, accents, even apparently our identity. Details that big tech and …

You are not alone - Turkey

October 11th, 2021

36:57


Under the rule of President Erdogan Turkey has become the world’s biggest jailer of journalists.

You are not alone - Stella Nyanzi Uganda's rudest writer

October 4th, 2021

30:25


Stella Nyanzi’s words are searing, she plans to topple a dictator with them.  She was imprisoned for her poem on facebook that …

You are not alone - Ma Thida prisoner of conscience

September 27th, 2021

32:57


Ma Thida is a major figure in the struggle for democracy in Myanmar.  A surgeon and writer she was initially happy to go to prison to gain experience to write a prison memoir.  However after years in …

You are not alone - Uyghur poets

September 20th, 2021

43:25


In this first program in a series marking 100 years of Pen International, the organisation that advocates for prisoners of conscience around the world, we investigate the disappearance of Uyghur …

Let's talk about race: Is it ok to be white?

September 13th, 2021

29:03


Are white people being silenced by being labelled as racists? Controversial comedian Isaac Butterfield thinks so.  And what about people who publicly call out racism? Are they also silenced? Sami …

Let's talk about race: Race and class

September 6th, 2021

28:35


The idea that immigrants are taking work away from working class white people has created a perfect racist storm.  Where does the idea come from and how do we counter it?

Let's talk about race: The new racists

August 23rd, 2021

28:30


Why do people who’ve experienced racism dish it out to other racial groups?  Sami Shah investigates a taboo subject that’s like a …

Let's talk about race: An uncomfortable truth

August 16th, 2021

28:36


Comedian and journalist Craig Quartermaine describes to Sami Shah white Australia’s reaction to Indigenous people and their place in our national narrative as “an uncomfortable truth”.  So how do …

Let's talk about race: Is Australia racist?

August 9th, 2021

28:34


Comedian and journalist Sami Shah had never experienced racism until he moved to Australia from Pakistan. It makes him the best …

Walking eel country

August 2nd, 2021

29:45


As you enter the town of Lake Bolac in southwest Victoria, you pass a sign that says 'home of aquatic sports', but historically …

Bev Francis - strongest woman in the world

July 26th, 2021

28:38


Bev Francis found out by accident she was the strongest woman in the world. It was the late 1970s, and the sport of women’s weightlifting was still new. When international records were compared, no …

The Melbourne Towers' hard lockdown - one year on

July 19th, 2021

28:35


In July last year, after a surge in Covid outbreaks, 3000 residents in nine public housing towers in Melbourne were forced into …

Martuwarra Fitzroy River: Then they came for the water

July 12th, 2021

42:39


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following program contains the voice of a person who has …

Martuwarra Fitzroy River: First they came for the land

July 5th, 2021

34:30


The Martuwarra Fitzroy River is one of our most pristine river systems. But it’s fast becoming one of Australia’s most contested spaces; for the oil, gas and land around it, and for the water in it.

Refugees chase the Olympic dream

June 28th, 2021

28:32


How can you represent your country at the Olympics if you don’t have one? This was the challenge facing refugee athletes until 2016 when an Olympic team made up of asylum seekers was brought together …

Greetings from Port Kembla

June 21st, 2021

28:34


From the Aboriginal mission to the steelworks to the sex workers, there’s many a tale etched into the bitumen of Wentworth Street.  Local artist Anne-Louise Rentell takes us on a tour of a suburb …

Greetings from Footscray

June 14th, 2021

29:35


Migrants, artists, drug users and The Western Bulldogs have brought fame and infamy to Footscray.  Writer and local Alice Pung …

Greetings from Mallacoota

June 7th, 2021

30:53


The firestorm of 2019 has left a lingering shadow over this town.  Local radio DJ Don Ashby shows us the other side of Mallacoota – the abalone divers, the museum in a war bunker and the traditional …

Greetings from Broken Hill

May 31st, 2021

30:15


There’s so much more to this town than Priscilla and Mad Max. Writer Jack Marx takes us to the hidden corners of Broken Hill and its history; from the cross that used to light up the main street …

The Iceman of Nederland

May 24th, 2021

28:34


The town of Nederland in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has an unusual mascot: an old, dead Norwegian man, whose body is preserved in …

Boy on the Bike - the mystery of a wartime photograph

May 17th, 2021

28:35


In 2003, journalist Andrew Gray was embedded with a US tank battalion during the Iraq invasion. In this documentary he returns to an event from that time which has haunted him for nearly 20 years.

Searching for Trough Man

May 10th, 2021

28:35


He emerged of Sydney's gay party scene of 1980s, a time of creative and sexual freedom. But where is he today?

Me, my half-sister and her biological mum

May 3rd, 2021

28:34


The unlikely story of two half-sisters who connected late in life, a birth mother turned adoptive mother, and what can happen …

Broken by battle

April 26th, 2021

50:13


Australian forces took part in the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Three soldiers share their experiences of those wars …

Antarctica, the Big Dead Place

April 17th, 2021

28:40


When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.

Secrets and sexuality: the cost of coming out

April 10th, 2021

28:35


Every family has its secrets, but for people from the LGBTQIA+ community the 'secret' can be their true selves. We meet three young queer Australians at different stages of coming out.

After faith

April 3rd, 2021

28:36


What happens when you no longer believe in God, but still experience a God-shaped hole in your life?

A newspaper is born

March 27th, 2021

28:35


Locals were devastated when their newspaper was axed, so they set up their own. Dynamo editor cum journalist Susanna Freymark tells the stories that really matter to The Richmond River community.

My fake naked body: one woman's story of image-based abuse

March 20th, 2021

28:35


Noelle Martin was an 18-year-old law student when she found hundreds of explicit images online with her face photoshopped onto …

Boobs Behaving Badly: the dark side of breast implants

March 13th, 2021

33:02


In 2018 more than 20,000 Australians decided to ‘upsize their cup size', and if the numbers are anything to go by, the desire for bigger breasts isn’t decreasing. Breast augmentation is currently …

Cath and Jack and the firestorm in Dale Place

March 6th, 2021

35:00


When the Black Summer firestorm hits her street, Cath runs for her life—leaving her partner Jack, who’s hellbent on staying to defend their home. Later, among the shock and the chaos, it hits her: Oh …

Overlooking the grasslands

February 27th, 2021

28:38


Natural temperate grasslands once spread from the Melbourne to the South Australian border, but only 1% remain. So how can we learn to see the landscape anew and protect the remaining grasslands?

Mapu Anyul Yandi Gindarr - people come together as one

February 20th, 2021

28:35


Indigenous and African migrant communities collide in the Northern Territory, as Sydney-born Brian Obiri-Asare explores what it …

The Gift: life on the organ donor waiting list

February 13th, 2021

28:35


What's it like to be waiting for an organ transplant waiting for the gift that could save your life, knowing that you're waiting …

Australia's caste divide

February 6th, 2021

28:35


The caste system has impacted the lives of many South Asians for thousands of years, but how does it affect communities here in Australia? 

One Single Moment

January 30th, 2021

28:33


What's it like when an ordinary day suddenly spins out of control? Three people tell their stories of a near-death experience

Lucky Dube: how a South African musician changed the sound of desert music

January 23rd, 2021

28:35


In the remote Aboriginal communities of Central Australia, a musician most of us have never heard of, was “bigger than The Beatles”.

Kangaroo cuddles - life inside a premmie baby unit

January 16th, 2021

28:36


Come inside a neo-natal intensive care unit, where the lives of premature babies hang in the balance. Four mothers remember the excitement and the agony of their babies' first few months of life.

Small town syndrome

January 9th, 2021

28:34


A documentary maker can’t forget the hopes and dreams of a 14-year-old boy he interviewed and returns to the same rural town nine …

My beautiful lungs - living with cystic fibrosis

December 26th, 2020

28:36


Cystic fibrosis affects nearly 4000 Australians but how much do you know about what it's like to live with?

The cop and the crim

December 19th, 2020

28:34


30 years ago Bill was a Policeman and Brett was a teenager heading towards a life of crime. But then Bill said something to Brett …

The New Normal, ep 3

December 12th, 2020

31:34


2020 will forever be remembered as the year which was turned upside down in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using intimate …

The New Normal, ep 2

December 5th, 2020

28:37


Covid-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down and as the year has dragged on, we are all learning to live with a new post-pandemic economic and social reality. Using intimate audio diary …

The New Normal, ep 1

November 28th, 2020

28:37


Covid-19 has created a new economic and social reality. Using intimate audio diary recordings, this series follows the lives of …

Four parents two gaybies: part 2

November 21st, 2020

32:49


A gay family story with a twist. Gay couples John and Charlie, and Ruth and Betty hit some very modern day family dilemmas.

Four parents two gaybies: part 1

November 14th, 2020

28:33


About twenty years ago two gay couples met by chance in Sydney. Betty and Ruth wanted to have children, so did Charlie and John. But the boys didn't just want to be sperm donors, they wanted a …

Living on the ice edge

November 7th, 2020

31:56


What if instead of looking at the world through complex systems like politics, economics, community health, we observed the world …

What does haka mean today?

October 31st, 2020

28:36


The All Blacks have taunted their opponents with haka for more than a century. But the world saw haka in a new light after the Christchurch terror attacks in 2019 triggered spontaneous haka …

Worm Holes and Dinosaur Trails

October 24th, 2020

28:36


What can dinosaurs and giant worms tell us about the meaning of time?

Songs from a walled village

October 17th, 2020

28:36


Chinese-Australia singer, Rainbow Chan, returns to her mother’s village in Hong Kong. She meets some charismatic grannies who sing surprisingly subversive and feminist protest songs, known as bridal …

The genetic lottery

October 10th, 2020

28:36


The Ashkenazi Jewish population have a much higher risk of cancer than other people. In this story three families talk about …

Songs of Love and Suicide - Landays poetry of Afghanistan

October 3rd, 2020

28:36


Landays is a powerful and subversive form of poetry in Afghanistan, performed by women. Part of traditional folk culture, the …

Facing down the beauty myth

September 26th, 2020

28:36


On the 30th birthday of Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth we do a deep dive into the multi-billion dollar world of the beauty vlogger …

No ordinary beauty queen

September 19th, 2020

28:36


Anyier Yuol has been a soccer star, beauty queen and a refugee. She's on a mission to change the face of Australian fashion and …

The forbidden city - Melbourne's covid curfew

September 12th, 2020

28:36


Take a near empty tram through Melbourne in curfew and meet the people behind the masks who are keeping the city alive.

A Bucket List of Sounds

September 5th, 2020

28:36


Before the tumours on her auditory nerve turn Kylie Webb’s world silent, she has a few sounds she’d like to hear one more time.

Small town syndrome

August 29th, 2020

29:31


A documentary maker can’t forget the hopes and dreams of a 14-year-old boy he interviewed and returns to the same rural town nine …

Still in the shearing game

August 22nd, 2020

31:13


Australia is facing a shortage in shearers — long hours, injury, poor working conditions, and extended trips away from home are …

Quarantine dreams

August 15th, 2020

29:31


Have you been having more vivid dreams lately? You’re not alone. We delve into the collective unconscious to find out what’s …

My voice is my passport

August 8th, 2020

28:36


What does your voice say about you? Not your choice of words, but all the extra information the voice carries, like our emotions, accents, even apparently our identity. Details that big tech and …

The Lone Soldier

August 1st, 2020

28:36


Every month many young Australians pack their bags and travel to Israel to join the Israeli Defence Force. And when they do, the …

Beyond the cure

July 25th, 2020

28:36


A family receives devastating news that changes their lives and propels them into a future they never imagined.

Cann River Emergency Warning

July 18th, 2020

28:36


As New Year's Eve approached, the crossroads town of Cann River in the heart of East Gippsland was facing the flames of an unprecedented bushfire season. Three residents describe their response to …

Arncliffe's rear window

July 11th, 2020

28:37


During the pandemic lockdown a documentary maker grows increasingly obsessed with his neighbours and sets out to meet them all.

A stroke of love

July 4th, 2020

28:37


A split second was all it took to shatter Judi Green’s life. It took decades, a lot of forgiveness and a little luck to piece it back together.

04 | Housing the Australian Nation: Brisbane

June 27th, 2020

28:36


In the final episode Peter Mares is in Brisbane to see if the not-for-profit community housing model offers some solutions to the …

The artist and the algorithm: how YouTube is changing our relationship with music

June 22nd, 2020

28:35


An obscure Japanese musician has found millions of fans thanks to YouTube.  Hiroshi Yoshimura's ambient synth music is perfect for long background listening and keeps you on the YouTube platform for …

03 | Housing the Australian Nation: Adelaide

June 13th, 2020

28:36


Peter Mares travels to Adelaide, home to the South Australian Housing Trust, which once set the gold standard for state housing …

02 | Housing the Australian Nation: Hobart

June 6th, 2020

28:36


Peter travels to Hobart which in late 2019 was named Australia’s least affordable capital city for renters. More than one in four …

01 | Housing the Australian Nation: Melbourne

May 30th, 2020

28:36


The COVID-19 virus has exposed the failings of Australia’s housing system like never before: rough sleeping and homelessness, the insecurity of renting, and a real estate boom-bust cycle. Our housing …

The COVID Diaries — Episode 3: Work

May 23rd, 2020

28:36


A paramedic, an Indigenous educator in the remote Kimberley, and an international student turned bike courier take us to the frontline of working through COVID-19.

The COVID Diaries — Episode 2: School

May 16th, 2020

28:36


From the trenches of the home schooling front a teacher, a student and a parent tell the story of the education revolution …

The COVID Diaries — Episode 1: Home

May 9th, 2020

28:36


Stolen hand sanitizer, an iso wedding, losing all three of your jobs in one week—life at home in lockdown in Australia, as told …

Where have all the sharks gone?

May 2nd, 2020

28:36


In 2019, the famous flying great white sharks of South Africa’s False Bay completely disappeared, leaving locals, scientists and a booming tourism industry desperate for answers. Are shark-eating …

Lives After Hate, part 2

April 25th, 2020

28:36


The story of one man's slide into the white supremacist movement in Canada, and the aftermath. How do we deal with those who've …

Lives After Hate, part 1

April 18th, 2020

28:34


The story of one man's slide into the white supremacist movement in Canada in the late 1980s, and which asks the question; whose …

Homer of the Wimmera

April 11th, 2020

28:36


The fascinating life story of Homer Rieth — a composer, poet and founder of the Minyip Philosophical Society.

Solomon Islands: encounters in paradise

April 4th, 2020

28:36


If your government failed to provide running water, electricity, roads, safety from gender violence, or other staples of everyday …

Survival across the ditch: Kiwis in Australia

March 28th, 2020

28:35


We make it easy for New Zealanders to work in Australia but not so easy for them to survive in times of personal crisis. Four Kiwis tell their stories of falling between the cracks.

Tombstones

March 21st, 2020

28:36


Tombstones were once doors to the afterlife, where spirits could pass through. Today they're smaller, but they still mark a place …

My beautiful lungs - living with cystic fibrosis

March 14th, 2020

31:32


Cystic fibrosis affects nearly 4000 Australians but how much do you know about what it's like to live with?

#I'llridewithyou, West Papua

March 7th, 2020

28:36


How do you make people care when they risk going to jail for it? Three women helped start a movement in Jakarta bringing attention to West Papua, and today it’s seen thousands protesting across the …

Inside the birth suite: why women are left traumatised by birth

February 29th, 2020

28:36


After her own traumatic birth Elly Bradfield started asking other mothers about their births, it was like swapping war stories. Why are so many Australian women leaving the birth suite traumatised?

Vanuatu's stolen generation

February 22nd, 2020

28:36


150 years ago thousands of young men were taken from the Pacific Islands. Today the scars are still being felt.

Polygamous marriage in modern Malaysia

February 15th, 2020

28:36


Muslim Malaysians often have complex and tangled views about polygamy. Their feelings and beliefs aren’t always mirrored by their …

Survival and revival in the Torres Strait

February 8th, 2020

28:36


The island of Poruma is a shrinking tropical paradise – battered by king tides and eaten by coastal erosion. Meet the locals fighting for survival, in more ways than one.

South Korea's hope in hell

February 1st, 2020

28:35


Expectation and competition are pushing young South Koreans to give up on marriage and kids.

Love, obsession and fanyuism in figure skating

January 25th, 2020

28:35


To his cult-like following of fans Yuzuru Hanyu is the “god of figure skating”, and no price is too high or distance too great to …

Banaba: The island Australia ate

January 18th, 2020

28:35


100 years ago the Banaban people had no idea they were living on the richest natural resource in the Pacific- one the world was desperate to get its hands on. The first they heard of it was when a …

Burn

January 11th, 2020

28:31


Indigenous Australians have been setting fire to the bush for tens of thousands of years, and today their "cool burns" are making …

Singing the Stones: can industry and ancient rock art coexist on the Burrup Peninsula?

January 4th, 2020

28:35


After fifty years of industrial development that’s destroyed thousands of sacred petroglyphs, the West Australian government is finally backing a push for World Heritage Listing. But it’s also …

Ball by bloody ball

December 28th, 2019

28:35


Two blokes buy the radio rights to an international test cricket series on a credit card.

The peaceful rebels of Poso

December 21st, 2019

28:35


How does a community learn to live together after years of fighting each other in the most violent way possible? The remote …

Five days in a balloon

December 14th, 2019

28:33


Hot air ballooning is more popular in Australia than ever before. But how did it start? And where is it drifting to?

Back to the multilingual future

December 7th, 2019

28:36


To imagine our multilingual future do we have to return to the past?

Talking through the generations

November 30th, 2019

28:33


Migrant languages tend to disappear by the third generation. But is there a way to resist this trend towards being a 'graveyard …

How language education is failing and flourishing

November 23rd, 2019

28:34


The Australian education system both values and devalues languages other than English. So schools play a crucial role in …

Bringing up bilingual baby

November 16th, 2019

28:34


Australian families and communities who bring up their children in more than one language take on a huge challenge. Is it worth the effort?

Is Australia ready for the multilingual mindset?

November 9th, 2019

28:35


Australia has a monolingual mindset but a multilingual reality. What does this mean for how we go about our day-to-day lives? …

From St Kilda to Kings Cross

November 2nd, 2019

28:32


Jump on a bus 'From St Kilda to Kings Cross' and discover the significance of the song that sparked Paul Kelly's career.

Kangaroo cuddles - life inside a premmie baby unit

October 26th, 2019

28:31


Come inside a neo-natal intensive care unit, where the lives of premature babies hang in the balance. Four mothers remember the excitement and the agony of their babies' first few months of life.

The cop and the crim

October 19th, 2019

28:37


30 years ago Bill was a Policeman and Brett was a teenager heading towards a life of crime. But then Bill said something to Brett …

Lucky Dube: how a South African musician changed the sound of desert music

October 12th, 2019

32:00


In the remote Aboriginal communities of Central Australia, a musician most of us have never heard of, was “bigger than The Beatles”.

The Call: inside the Christian Brothers

October 5th, 2019

29:24


For almost a century the Christian Brothers was a formidable presence in education in Australia. In recent decades the order's reputation has been deeply marred by revelations of widespread sexual …

Aziz: A Stranger in Geneva

September 28th, 2019

28:47


Manus Island detainee Abdul Aziz Muhamat has been allowed to spend three weeks in Geneva in order to accept a human rights …

Aziz: Flight from Manus

September 21st, 2019

28:33


After six years in detention on Manus island, Abdul Aziz Muhamat is allowed to visit Geneva for two weeks. It's a strange blip in …

The last golden age of the bee people

September 14th, 2019

29:27


Australia is the last inhabited continent on earth without a little mite that could unravel our food system. Meet the city and …

Borderland: Ireland in the shadow of Brexit

September 7th, 2019

28:37


Come on a road trip along the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as the departure of Britain from the European Union creeps closer. Hear what locals from both sides of the line …

My fake naked body: one woman's story of image-based abuse

August 31st, 2019

28:36


Noelle Martin was an 18-year-old law student when she found hundreds of explicit images online with her face photoshopped onto …

The Mystery of the Marree Man

August 24th, 2019

28:35


The Australian outback is home to many mysteries, but the Marree Man has to be one of the biggest. In every sense of the word.

The Iceman of Nederland

August 17th, 2019

28:36


The town of Nederland in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has an unusual mascot: an old, dead Norwegian man, whose body is preserved in …

Naponi's story: Loving a man with schizophrenia

August 10th, 2019

28:35


The man Naponi married turned out to be violent and for decades her life was simply about survival. But her husband's been in a …

The artist and the algorithm: how YouTube is changing our relationship with music

August 3rd, 2019

28:35


An obscure Japanese musician has found millions of fans thanks to YouTube.  Hiroshi Yoshimura's ambient synth music is perfect for long background listening and keeps you on the YouTube platform for …

Ball by bloody ball

July 27th, 2019

28:37


Two blokes buy the radio rights to an international test cricket series on a credit card.

You should feel uncomfortable: One family's time in Outreach International

July 20th, 2019

28:36


Robert, Laura and Lee Sullivan were all once members of Outreach International, an organisation that they now believe is a cult …

A Mother's Mind

July 13th, 2019

29:17


For most women becoming a new mother is an exhilarating, if physically exhausting experience; infused with love and joy. But what if it's the opposite of this? The stories of three women who have …

Singing the Stones: can industry and ancient rock art coexist on the Burrup Peninsula?

July 6th, 2019

28:36


After fifty years of industrial development that’s destroyed thousands of sacred petroglyphs, the West Australian government is finally backing a push for World Heritage Listing. But it’s also …

Wentworth Street Port Kembla

June 29th, 2019

28:35


It's deceptively quiet but the main street of Port Kembla has a thousand tales to tell and a cast of captivating characters to tell them.

A revolution in the paddocks - regenerative farming

June 22nd, 2019

28:22


A young farming couple find out they can rehabilitate the environment by the way they farm, but the stakes are high, they could …

Coal country

June 15th, 2019

28:22


A coal mine, an anonymous billboard, and a community split in two.

Banaba: The island Australia ate

June 1st, 2019

28:25


100 years ago the Banaban people had no idea they were living on the richest natural resource in the Pacific- one the world was desperate to get its hands on. The first they heard of it was when a …

A Sense of Quietness

May 25th, 2019

29:02


This story reveals a line of connection through four Irish women across two referendums, to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion.

A tourist in Modi's Varanasi

May 18th, 2019

28:37


The ancient city of Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi’s chosen electorate, offers Hindus a direct path to the heavens but it’s one of …

Shutup bonus — Andrew Bolt talks to Sami Shah

April 25th, 2019

47:38


Sami Shah talks candidly with this controversial columnist and commentator about the challenges of being so open with his …

Shutup Bonus — Nyadol Nyuon talks to Sami Shah

April 25th, 2019

46:13


Lawyer and anti-racism advocate is searing and reflective with Sami Shah about the divisions in Australian media and society and …

Shutup 01 — Talking about speaking

April 13th, 2019

29:09


What is freedom of speech and how much of it do we have? Sami Shah goes in search of the origins and limits of our free and frank speech.

Shutup 02 — Going mad

April 13th, 2019

29:09


Sami Shah finds out what political correctness is and why it’s so darn mad.

Shutup 03 — Getting Yassmined

April 13th, 2019

33:09


A young woman posted on Facebook on Anzac Day and Australia went mad. Sami Shah investigates why every comedian of colour is …

Shutup 04 — Frontlines and punchlines

April 13th, 2019

31:52


Sami Shah looks at where the free speech lines are being drawn in our newsrooms and comedy clubs.

Shutup 05 — Not shutting up

April 13th, 2019

30:11


Online, on campus, everywhere we’re losing free and frank speech. Sami Shah discovers the consequences of this loss but also …

Life on the border: Tijuana migrant stories

April 6th, 2019

30:11


As the 'migrant caravans' continue to roll into Tijuana, on the US-Mexico border, journalist Janak Rogers spent a week on the …

A trans girl’s story

March 30th, 2019

28:35


When she was just four-years-old, the child in this story told her mum she wasn’t a boy, but a transgender girl. She had to fight …

Boy on the Bike

March 23rd, 2019

28:47


In 2003, journalist Andrew Gray was embedded in a US tank battalion during the Iraq invasion. In this documentary he returns to an event from that time which has haunted him for over 15 years.

The peaceful rebels of Poso

March 16th, 2019

28:36


How does a community learn to live together after years of fighting each other in the most violent way possible? The remote …

Stainforth Court: closing the door

March 9th, 2019

28:49


In 2011, a murder prompted a transformation of Stainforth Court, a troubled public housing estate in Hobart. Who’s living there now? And what we can learn from this story when it comes to improving …

Stainforth Court: the trauma centre

March 2nd, 2019

28:35


Stainforth Court was a troubled public housing estate in Hobart. But what was it really like to live there?

Ben Buckley: voting is a crime

February 23rd, 2019

28:29


Ben Buckley is a pilot, politician and a maverick - a councillor who won't vote for himself.

The life and death of Turbo Brown

February 16th, 2019

28:36


From homelessness on the riverbank, to having a million people come view his paintings, this is the story of an immensely creative man who lived hard, painted every day as though he was on a mission, …

The ghosts of Wittenoom: the lethal asbestos still putting Aboriginal lives at risk

February 9th, 2019

33:39


Giant, slate-blue glaciers of asbestos tailings still contaminate Western Australia’s Wittenoom Gorge more than fifty years after the blue asbestos mine closed, putting new generations at risk of …

The ghosts of Wittenoom: how asbestos changed the lives of the Pilbara's Aboriginal people

February 2nd, 2019

28:36


The Aboriginal people of Western Australia’s Pilbara region have one of the highest mortality rates from mesothelioma of any group, anywhere in the world. Thrust into working at the blue asbestos …

Argentina's stolen generation

January 26th, 2019

28:33


Maximiliano's world was turned upside down when he got a phone call from a stranger that said "You're not who you think you are." At 40 he found out he was one of Argentina's lost grandchildren.

My favourite Martian

January 14th, 2019

28:44


Dianne McGrath is a Mars One astronaut candidate. She is on the short list for a one-way ticket to live and die on the red planet.

Swings and roustabouts: the life and times of a shearer and his daughter

January 7th, 2019

28:22


Shearers and roustabouts are our modern-day swag-people. They straddle two worlds; travelling from shed to shed, doing one of the toughest physical jobs around.

Adopting a war

December 31st, 2018

28:33


The story of a young Australian man killed fighting with the Kurds in Syria.

A portrait of a foster family

December 24th, 2018

28:22


Meet the Greenocks. They fostered their first child seven years ago oblivious to the joy, the grief, the chaos, the worry and the …

Former foreign correspondent Jill Jolliffe's latest battle

December 17th, 2018

28:36


Crusading journalist Jill Jolliffe has spent her time giving a voice to others. But since being diagnosis with Alzheimer's, …

How to win friends and become an Instagram influencer

December 10th, 2018

28:22


Writer Stephanie Coombes, not satisfied with her F-list media lifestyle, goes in search of lucrative Instagram fame.

A bad bend in the road-an accident at Bonny Hills

December 3rd, 2018

30:12


After a 21st birthday party a car accident left a teenager dead, another in jail and a third with a permanent brain injury.  This is a story about grief, forgiveness and the healing power of music.

Me, my half-sister and her biological mum

November 26th, 2018

28:42


The unlikely story of two half-sisters who connected late in life, a birth mother turned adoptive mother, and what can happen …

A stroke of love

November 19th, 2018

28:27


A split second was all it took to shatter Judi Green’s life. It took decades, a lot of forgiveness and a little luck to piece it back together.

The last flamingo

November 12th, 2018

28:22


What can the last flamingo who lived in Australia tell us about zookeeping, taxidermy and loneliness?

To end all wars

November 5th, 2018

39:30


Contemporary Australian poets respond to the centenary of the Armistice.

Becoming a motherless mother

October 29th, 2018

28:29


Olivia Humphreys found herself pregnant and full of questions about what it's like to be a mother when you don't have a mother of …

Sex, gender and sport - are you woman enough?

October 22nd, 2018

28:29


How should transgender athletes prove that they are woman enough to play with other women on the sporting field?

Robert Manne's voice

October 15th, 2018

37:45


Public thinker Robert Manne's voice changed after he had surgery for throat cancer. In this candid documentary he reflects on questions of voice and identity, enduring love and friendship.

Mad for manga

October 8th, 2018

28:22


Once considered nerdy, Japanese pop culture like manga and anime is now big in Australia. What’s the appeal?

I heart women's wrestling

October 1st, 2018

28:27


Three bad-ass women wrestlers talk about the power, performance and passion in Australia's world-class pro-wrestling scene.

Rebel Roma

September 24th, 2018

28:21


Come to a Gypsy wedding but don't be shocked that the bride is 14. Perty had no choice, but months later she is learning to walk a fine line between being a feminist and honouring her Roma tribal …

Deported

September 17th, 2018

28:25


Two Australian musicians travelled overseas for work but they didn't make it past immigration at the airport; tales of holding …

Homer of the Wimmera

September 10th, 2018

30:07


The fascinating life story of Homer Rieth — a composer, poet and founder of the Minyip Philosophical Society.

Nervous, scared, proud-women's footy comes to Bidyadanga

September 3rd, 2018

28:21


The women of a remote Aboriginal community are thrilled to finally be playing the sport that's always been in their hearts and it's helped heal their grief.

Aurukun part 2: Black, white and shades of grey

August 27th, 2018

29:03


A story of heartbreak, a journey across Australia to take an Aboriginal child, a bitter court case and, in the middle of it all, two people who loved their child.

Aurukun part 1: Two love birds in the bush

August 20th, 2018

28:23


We travel to Aurukun, an Indigenous community in far north Queensland, to hear the story of a Wik woman, a white engineer turned …

Sinkers, stinkers and sharks

August 13th, 2018

28:26


Our insatiable appetite for fish is growing, the way we hunt them is changing, yet fish farming for many still has a salty pong about it. Come visit the community of Port Stephens who are treading …

The true cost of interpretation

August 6th, 2018

25:18


Life in Afghanistan is dangerous, but if you've worked as an interpreter, you're even more of a target.

Four parents two gaybies: part 2

July 30th, 2018

27:54


A gay family story with a twist. Gay couples John and Charlie, and Ruth and Betty hit some very modern day family dilemmas.

Four parents two gaybies: part 1

July 23rd, 2018

28:22


Twenty years ago two gay couples met by chance in Sydney. Betty and Ruth wanted to have children, so did Charlie and John. But the boys didn't just want to be sperm donors, they wanted a family. Four …

Edgar, Edgar, where are you?

July 16th, 2018

28:26


After a chance encounter with a ghost from her past, Elizabeth Mora is forced to confront a decade old question: did coming to …

Bedtime stories from prison

July 9th, 2018

26:33


Approximately half of Australia's prisoners are also parents. So how do they maintain a relationship with their kids while they're inside?

Sink or swim: finding asylum in Australia

July 2nd, 2018

27:53


When Mina Abdolmaleki arrived in Australia as a spiritual exile from Iran, she thought the challenges would end there. But …

We don't belong to anywhere

June 25th, 2018

28:28


When Australia stopped the boats, what happened to the refugees? Mozhgan and Jafar are young asylum seekers now stranded in Indonesia, trying to build an awkward life in limbo.

Hugh, you're gay

June 18th, 2018

28:22


15 year old Hugh knows he’s gay but he’s terrified of anyone at his Catholic boy’s school finding out.  Then he meets Peter who …

Swings and roustabouts: the life and times of a shearer and his daughter

June 11th, 2018

28:26


Shearers and roustabouts are our modern-day swag-people. They straddle two worlds; travelling from shed to shed, doing one of the toughest physical jobs around.

The young Apprentice

June 4th, 2018

29:02


Kudakwashe Pwiti always wanted to make dancehall music, but his sheltered childhood wouldn’t prepare him for the dark side of the …

The last Jew of Essaouira

May 28th, 2018

28:22


Why did all the Jews suddenly leave a town in Morocco where they had lived in harmony with their Muslim neighbours for centuries?

Chasing meteors

May 21st, 2018

28:47


An out-of-this-world quest to find the origins of life in the middle of the desert.

The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the dog whisperer

May 14th, 2018

28:22


A remarkable tale of two women from opposite sides of the political divide in Chile who washed up in the desert in Central …

The Unknown Man

May 7th, 2018

28:28


In 1948, an unknown man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide. Nobody knew who he was or how he died. 70 years on the case reveals a startling new lead.

Antarctica, the Big Dead Place

April 30th, 2018

28:22


When a young American took up a position with the US Antarctic Program in the late '90s he imagined incredible adventures within a pristine landscape, but he found something completely different.

Deaf heart

April 23rd, 2018

26:51


Jodee Mundy is the only person in her family who can hear. Ever since she was little, she has moved between two worlds.

The Outcasts

April 16th, 2018

22:05


What kind of sacrifices are you willing to make to pursue your life’s work? When anthropologist Laura Rival left Europe to live …

The C word

April 9th, 2018

28:22


Today we're breaking taboos. It's all about the Class. Comedian Nelly Thomas gathers a group of her blue-collar classmates for a …

Walking on eggshells

April 2nd, 2018

26:55


For Barry Jorgensen, an electrician and lifelong tinkerer, learning to live with Parkinson’s Disease is a bit like constantly …

The legend of Larantuka

March 26th, 2018

28:22


It's the world's most populous Muslim nation. So what brings thousands of Catholic pilgrims each Easter to the remote town of …

My favourite Martian

March 19th, 2018

28:22


Dianne McGrath is a Mars One astronaut candidate. She is on the short list for a one-way ticket to live and die on the red planet.

A wicked problem

March 12th, 2018

31:22


More than half the children in out-of-home care in Western Australia are Indigenous; it's the highest rate of overrepresentation in Australia. So what is the government doing about it?

A portrait of a foster family

March 5th, 2018

28:22


Meet the Greenocks. They fostered their first child seven years ago oblivious to the joy, the grief, the chaos, the worry and the …

Mal and Ari

February 26th, 2018

28:22


The aftermath of child sexual abuse is an ordeal for all survivors - but for men, it can carry particular challenges. Mal and Ari …

Music Our Bodies Can't Hold

February 19th, 2018

31:38


Poet Andy Jackson writes about people who live Marfan Syndrome, including some famous characters who are thought to have had it, …

Adopting a war

February 12th, 2018

28:22


The story of a young Australian man killed fighting with the Kurds in Syria.

The hoarder, the daughter, the lover and the wife

February 5th, 2018

28:22


A tale of friendship, betrayal, hoarding, squatters and a missing $100,000 dollar cheque. Helen and Franca weren't meant to be …

Mindfulness and the moon

January 29th, 2018

28:22


What has practising mindfulness taught sound artist Sherre Delys about understanding climate change and stress at work? Join …

Feral or For Real: Why do we see big cats?

January 22nd, 2018

28:22


Stories of big cats prowling the Australian bush are now generations old. Hundreds of Australians say they’ve seen a panther, …

Three front doors and a paddock episode four: traditions

January 16th, 2018

54:55


Andrew and Ben talk about the challenge of when to honour the canon, and when to let it go in the name of creativity.

The Grind

January 16th, 2018

54:55


Our cultural practices help define us, but when the mood of the world is against us, what do we do? 

Lost for words: The Gene Gibson story

January 14th, 2018

28:28


On a sweltering February night in 2010, the destinies of two 21-year-olds — one white, and one black collided fatally on a …

Three front doors and a paddock episode three: down to business

January 9th, 2018

54:29


There are always strings attached to earning a living from making art and writing music.

The three of us

January 9th, 2018

54:29


What happens to romance and intimacy when you become your partner’s carer? One woman’s unlikely story of love when her husband fell ill with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Falling: The Andrew Mallard story

January 8th, 2018

36:16


In 1994 mother-of-two, Pamela Lawrence, was murdered Andrew Mallard would make one of the most unorthodox "confessions" in the …

Three front doors and a paddock episode two: life into art

January 2nd, 2018

55:34


Andrew and Ben have both made powerful work about the human cost of war and what happens to children in harm's way. How and why …

Finding Australia's Tarzan

January 2nd, 2018

55:34


Michael ‘Tarzan’ Fomenko lived among the dense tropical rainforest for 50 years.

Three front doors and a paddock episode one: first marks

December 26th, 2017

54:42


Ben is an artist and Andrew is a composer. They have different approaches to the creative process. Ben calls it 'practice' while Andrew thinks that makes him sound like a GP.

Do not go gentle

December 26th, 2017

54:42


Old LP records found in a rubbish skip reveal some famous voices.

Dead unlucky: The John Button story

December 25th, 2017

34:04


On the eve of his 19th birthday, in February 1963, John Button's life changed forever, when he was accused of the manslaughter of his girlfriend in a hit and run accident on the streets of Perth. It …

Fallen Angels

December 19th, 2017

28:57


A very personal journey to the Philippines to meet the children of Australian sex tourists.

Any stick to beat a dog: The Darryl Beamish story

December 18th, 2017

31:28


Darryl Beamish was a profoundly deaf teenager when he was charged with the 1959 axe murder of glamorous young Perth socialite …

Majnoon: Muslims and mental health

December 12th, 2017

28:22


Within Australia's Islamic communities, mental illness is often a silent scourge. We hear personal stories from the frontlines of mental health awareness.

Ultimately Frisbee

December 11th, 2017

28:17


Michelle Phillips, one of Australia’s elite athletes, is deciding what’s next after devoting the past 11 years of her life to the little-known sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

The Finnish Paradox

December 5th, 2017

28:19


This year marks the centenary of Finland's independence - a country and a history cursed and blessed by its location.

Where the bloody hell were you! Ep. 4, When the tobacco ads came down

December 4th, 2017

28:22


In the Age of Aquarius the public get wise to being hoodwinked. Health campaigners hijack the medium — and turn it to their advantage.

Too many Asians?

November 28th, 2017

28:22


Why are most selective high schools for the academically gifted dominated by Asian Australian students? And what do Asian …

Where the bloody hell were you! Ep. 3, When TV advertising went marketing mad

November 27th, 2017

28:22


The hunt is on for the winning formula to make that perfect ad. Keeping clients happy and the consumers consuming.     

Loading ...

Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to Earshot

RadioPublic

A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/feed/6027474/podcast.xml

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens