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The Real Thing

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

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#36: Nico's last ride

May 19th, 2018

22:13


After cycling the world, Nicolás Marino set off to cross his adopted homeland using pedal power alone.

He discovered knowing …

#35: Follow the Lita

April 9th, 2018

20:51


As a teenager, Lita Lewis was expected to set the example for her siblings. So much so, that she wanted out.

In an adult life far …

#34: Shoal Attack!

March 19th, 2018

33:19


A school of fish help the Australian netball team win a Commonwealth gold medal.

An introduction to Sum Of All Parts - a podcast …

#33: Khadija's stolen itch

March 6th, 2018

24:00


For International Women's Day, a story about feeling incomplete.

Khadija Gbla’s repressed memory of female genital mutilation …

#32: Monkey in Mirani (live from Woodford)

February 19th, 2018

15:41


The Real Thing perform live at Woodfolk Folk Festival, Queensland.

In between music and magic tricks, Timothy and Mike risk it all …

#31: Picnic Tropicana

February 9th, 2018

31:57


It started as an idea in a Darlinghurst cafe and became the world’s largest short film festival.

Tropfest has helped kickstart generations of Australian film careers throughout its 25 year history.

#30: The woman who lived in a tree

January 23rd, 2018

24:31


Miranda Gibson was an unlikely candidate to break the record for Australia’s longest tree-sit.

The shy Queenslander had never seen a forest until her early twenties.

In 2011 she vowed to live in a tree …

#29: Elvis town

January 9th, 2018

23:03


Improbable hairdos, gyrating hips, overstretched jumpsuits, way too many rhinestones, and a whole lot of community spirit.

You …

#28: Bruce Lee of the sea

December 25th, 2017

20:18


When Robbie Page discovered surfing it consumed him.

The former Pipeline Master views the sport as a martial art.

It led him on a global adventure, with stopovers in a Japanese prison, the French …

#27: The nightmare before Christmas

December 11th, 2017

13:53


Christmas; family, food, anticipation. The stakes are high.

There's extra pressure for the Williams family, who are only able to get together every second year.

But when a tradition goes wrong, the …

#26: It's not about Steph

November 28th, 2017

21:46


A bike ride and a book inspired Stephanie Lorenzo to cut her corporate career short and start a charity.

Her passion to end human trafficking helped change young Australians' view on giving.

When a …

#10: Freedom is a goat (tribute to Gary)

November 17th, 2017

36:34


Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland.

There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever.

Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin …

#25: Campsite Panorama

September 27th, 2017

27:04


Ford vs Holden. Blue vs red. Mate vs mate.

There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to motoring's great rivalry.

But factory …

#24: Balloons for Harper

September 14th, 2017

18:24


Alison and David Homer were ecstatic when they fell pregnant in 2005.

"Finally, I feel part of something of consequence," Dave said.

But at 32 weeks, Harper's heart unexpectedly stopped.

How they coped …

#23: Up up MC Hammerhead

September 1st, 2017

26:04


David Ninness is one of the Cronulla Shark's biggest fans, despite living nowhere near Sydney's Sutherland Shire.

When the NRL …

#22: Lizard of Oz

August 7th, 2017

26:09


Sleepy lizards keep popping up in the life of Off Track producer, Ann Jones.

So she was curious to speak with Professor Michael …

#21: Love and courage in Wilcannia

July 13th, 2017

18:43


Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.

Robert Clayton broke his leg three years ago.

The injury set off a …

#20: Wilcannia dreaming

July 11th, 2017

20:47


Positively Wilcannia, part 5: a tenacious Barkindji woman grabs every opportunity.

Bobbi Murray loves her river, the Boomerangs football club, and the entire Wilcannia family.

From a young age she …

#19: Still down river

July 7th, 2017

28:06


Positively Wilcannia, part 4: how The Wilcannia Mob took their river to the world.

The Wilcannia Mob's Down River gave us a unique view into life growing up in Wilcannia.

Band members, and the town, …

#18: You had me at Ngaayi

July 7th, 2017

23:45


Positively Wilcannia, part 3: taking anxiety out of health checks, and Barkindji for beginners.

Rugby league is being used to improve men's health in more ways that one.

When the town travels to …

#17: The Shakeathon

July 6th, 2017

28:07


Positively Wilcannia, part 2: Mike and Timothy race to shake up Wilcannia.

Timothy and Mike compete in a race to shake as many Wilcannia hands as possible.

Along the way they gather a snapshot of the …

#16: Positively Wilcannia

July 5th, 2017

13:00


Positively Wilcannia, part 1: The Real Thing is helping put Wilcannia on the map.

Wilcannia locals are fighting for the town's reputation, despite numerous social challenges and a complicated …

#15: Now we're flying

June 12th, 2017

28:04


Brad Guy went skydiving and his parachute failed.

Incredibly, he survived.

Although he recovered from the physical injuries, what …

#14: Lizzy, queen of costumes

May 29th, 2017

26:40


Lizzy Gardiner's early life included minimal supervision, late nights at the Dubbo drive-in and a stint in Papua New Guinea.

Her …

Darren Hanlon feels things

May 24th, 2017

5:13


Hey, it's Mike and Timothy.

The car's fuelled up, the thermos is hot and there's lots of characters to meet.

Make sure you subscribe to the podcast so you can join us on the search for the real …

#13: A kangaroo has three ears

May 11th, 2017

52:34


Mark Colvin like you've never heard him.

In 1978 the ABC’s renegade youth broadcaster Double Jay premiered an audio experiment …

#12: Thanks for screaming

April 27th, 2017

25:45


Deni Gordon's long and varied career includes musical theatre, television and film.

While she no longer works in showbiz, an unlikely ten minute voice-over job in 1987 continues to blast out of …

#11: Rage 'til you puke

April 12th, 2017

30:44


Nothing on television compares to Rage.

For 30 years the biggest artists have beamed weird and wonderful music videos to your …

#10: Freedom is a goat

December 12th, 2016

33:46


One man, one goat and a wide open road.

Gary the goat is famous. Millions of fans have watched videos of the …

#9: Samantha and the secret

December 5th, 2016

20:50


Samantha Beranic was 12 when her Mother told her a secret.

This information quickly became a burden that would shadow Sam's life.

See The Real Thing Live!

November 21st, 2016

1:22


Timothy and Mike are performing the podcast on stage. And you're invited!

The Real Thing's 10th instalment of their search for the "real" Australia will be performed in front of audiences in Melbourne …

#8: Nineteen

November 8th, 2016

36:48


Redgum’s ‘I was only 19’ united the Vietnam veteran’s movement in Australia.

The song tells the true story of an Australian …

#7: Yadu's fair go

October 25th, 2016

22:57


Yadu Singh was ‘numb’ when he found out his application for permanent residency was unexpectedly cancelled.

The young cardiologist …

#6: Halfway and home

October 11th, 2016

20:14


The small village of Tarcutta, NSW is sacred to the Australian truck driving industry.

Every year since 1994, families, …

#5: There's something about Mary Leunig

September 27th, 2016

24:58


Mary Leunig is an artist and self-described recluse living in regional Victoria. She comes from a creative family; her brother is cartoonist, Michael Leunig.

In the 1980s she had books published. For …

#4: Backyard lion safari

September 19th, 2016

19:12


After the closure of the African Lion Safari in Sydney’s far west, wildlife remained living inside its boundaries.

The exotic animal park sat next to suburban houses and kids played near its fences.

#3: Run like a cheetah

September 6th, 2016

18:42


Lisa Llorens is one of Australia’s most decorated Paralympians with six medals across track and field events.

She was dubbed ‘the cheetah’ because she loves cats and was fast on the track.

But …

#2: Eastbound Anton

August 29th, 2016

18:01


Anton McMillan is a role model for younger residents in a uniquely structured household called Boys from the Bush.

During the …

#1: The original Bronson

August 22nd, 2016

25:35


'Bronson' was the youngest member of the Round the Twist family. He loved food, had smelly feet and was often the easy target of …

Introducing The Real Thing!

August 3rd, 2016

0:59


Welcome to The Real Thing, a new podcast in search of the real Australia.

Each episode we'll venture into the corners to discover the characters, scenes and stories that make this country unique.

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