Category: Talking Australia

Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia’s most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world.

Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

The impact of cats on Australian wildlife: Claire Greenwell

Ecologist Claire Greenwell has dedicated her life to studying Western Australia’s fairy terns, an endangered seabird. In 2019, Claire published her study which found that a single cat had wiped out an entire breeding colony in the town of Mandurah. The study went viral and highlighted the impact of both feral and pet cats on Australian wildlife.   This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

How indigenous thinking can save the world: Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta belongs to the Apalech Clan from Western Cape York and is the author of the award winning book “Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World”. He is also a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges, a published poet and exhibited artist. On this episode Tyson talks about his book and the great value of indigenous knowledge that goes way beyond environmental and conservational topics and is often overlooked when it comes to finding solutions to complex issues such as history, education, money or power.   This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Helping people to achieve the unthinkable: Joe Bonington

Joe Bonington is the founder of Joe’s Basecamp, a highly specialised training gym on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The master adventure fitness trainer and son of legendary British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has been helping people to achieve amazing goals for almost 20 years. His gift is to help ordinary people to unlock their full potential to achieve things they never thought possible. On this episode Joe talks about his training philosophy, the right mindset and how juggling and doing handstands are a great way to enhance your performance level. He also shares his darker past and the moment he decided to fill his life with purpose and share his guidance to help others become the best possible version of themselves. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Justin Walker (Editor Australian Geographic Adventure) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

How 10 minutes a day can change your life: Di Westaway (Rebroadcast)

Di Westaway is the leader of her so called “tribe” of 40,000 Australian women who found a way to be active, enjoy nature and the outdoors even after becoming working or full-time mums caught up with every day life struggles. Di wanted to escape that hamster wheel and founded Wild Women on Top, an organisation that helps women to achieve their goals, whether that’s a long hike with like-minded friends or conquering a high-altitude summit in some remote parts of the world. Strength lies in numbers and that’s why the Fred Hollows Foundation jumped on board from the very beginning. Together they have managed to raise more than $20 million for good causes. Here you can find out more about Di: www.wildwomenontop.com www.hollows.org This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

A rock climber in her own league: Angie Scarth-Johnson

At age 7 Australian rock climbing sensation Angie Scarth-Johnson was already climbing grades that other rock climbers spend years and years to figure out. Now the 16 year old rock climbing sensation is already in a league of her own and eying to represent Australia in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. On this episode Angie shares her path to discovering her passion and her latest endeavours including the launch of her film ‘Pacific lines’ that was two years in the making and follows her on an adventure to a remote island in the south pacific where she creates a new climbing route and connects with her heritage. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Justin Walker (Editor Australian Geographic Adventure) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Fighting for Australia’s water: Bradley Moggridge

Bradley Moggridge is a Murri man from the Kamilaroi Nation (north-west NSW) and a water scientist. Bradley has dedicated his life to finding better ways, imbued with Indigenous knowledge, to manage Australia’s water in the age of climate change. He’s been vocal about the shortcomings of the Murray-Darling Basin plan and wants to see the gap between western science and Traditional Science close. Here, he chats to us about his life-long fight.   This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Why we have to stop ignoring indigenous science and knowledge: Ian Morris (Part2)

Ian Morris is a zoologist, educator, conservationist and author that has worked with the traditional owners of Arnhem Land for decades and speaks Djambarrpuyŋu, Warramirri & Gupapuyŋu – all local Indigenous languages. Today, he works as an environmental consultant and teaches children the importance of indigenous science and knowledge. He believes: “If you have the right attitude when you are out in the bush, you are not afraid of what might happen to you but you are fascinated by what’s around you.” This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Why we have to stop ignoring indigenous science and knowledge: Ian Morris (Part1)

Ian Morris is a zoologist, educator, conservationist and author that has worked with the traditional owners of Arnhem Land for decades and speaks Djambarrpuyŋu, Warramirri & Gupapuyŋu – all local Indigenous languages. Today, he works as an environmental consultant and teaches children the importance of indigenous science and knowledge. He believes: “If you have the right attitude when you are out in the bush, you are not afraid of what might happen to you but you are fascinated by what’s around you.” This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

The Neil Armstrong of ocean exploration: Victor Vescovo (Rebroadcast)

While 12 people have walked on the moon only three have ever been to the bottom of the ocean. That’s the scale of the life-changing challenge that undersea explorer Victor Vescovo had taken on: Successfully diving the five deeps of the world. After the private equity investor and retired naval officer decided to fund this ground breaking project all by himself, Victor and his team had to overcome many technical challenges by trying to achieve something that has never been done before. The result was a brand new form of submarine that can go to the greatest depths and come back in one piece and do it all over again. On this episode Victor talks about the challenges that led up to his mission and the findings after being down deep like new species that has never been discovered before and new accurate maps of the ocean floors. Here you can find out more about Victors endeavours: https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/australian-geographic-adventure/adventure/2019/09/deeper-than-mt-everest-is-high-diving-the-mariana-trench/ This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic