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.

Shark lady and dead set Aussie legend: Valerie Taylor

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Shark lady and dead set Aussie legend: Valerie Taylor
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Valerie Taylor is the Grand Madame of Australian nature filming and to this day a passionate diver and wildlife advocate. Together with her husband Ron Taylor she produced some of the most iconic nature films about sharks and other marine wildlife. From their days as professional spearfishing champions the couple became wanted experts in their field of filming and swimming with sharks. This led to Hollywood knocking on their door in the mid 70s and asking for their help in making Steven Spielberg´s breakthrough film “JAWS” – one of the most iconic, successful and genre-breaking films of all time. On this episode Valerie shares some stories of her unique life, from her childhood in New Zealand during the war to her present passionate engagement for the environment. Make sure to check out Valerie´s latest children’s book “Melody the Mermaid”. 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.

How an inventor is fighting the war on waste: Veena Sahajwalla

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How an inventor is fighting the war on waste: Veena Sahajwalla
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Professor Veena Sahajwalla is also known as “the waste queen” and the inventor of the world’s first e-waste micro factory. Her mission in life is to find new ways to deal with our massive waste problems. Her ideas of reviving waste gained huge popularity through the successful tv-program “war on waste”. In this episode she shares her story from her childhood in India to becoming a recycling guru and professor at the University of NSW. Here you can find out more about Veena´s work: www.newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/fighting-war-waste 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 to handle fear and BASE jump off a cliff: Glenn Singleman (Part 2)

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How to handle fear and BASE jump off a cliff: Glenn Singleman (Part 2)
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Dr. Glenn Singleman has achieved so many things in his life that one might ask whether his day has more than 24 hours. He is an emergency doctor, a mountaineer, a skydiver, a record-breaking high-altitude BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot, a motivational speaker, a husband, a father and submarine medical doctor who joined both world-famous director James Cameron and businessman and explorer Victor Vescovo on their journeys to the bottom of the ocean. He also goes trail running every morning, is a passionate vegan and has obtained several university degrees covering everything from medicine to film making. But it all started with Glenn overcoming his fears. And he says that everyone can do the same, treating fear as a good friend rather than letting it take over and stop us from doing things we think are otherwise impossible. Here you can find out more about Glenn: https://www.baseclimb.com 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.

How to handle fear and BASE jump off a cliff: Glenn Singleman (Part 1)

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How to handle fear and BASE jump off a cliff: Glenn Singleman (Part 1)
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Dr. Glenn Singleman has achieved so many things in his life that one might ask whether his day has more than 24 hours. He is an emergency doctor, a mountaineer, a skydiver, a record-breaking high-altitude BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot, a motivational speaker, a husband, a father and submarine medical doctor who joined both world-famous director James Cameron and businessman and explorer Victor Vescovo on their journeys to the bottom of the ocean. He also goes trail running every morning, is a passionate vegan and has obtained several university degrees covering everything from medicine to film making. But it all started with Glenn overcoming his fears. And he says that everyone can do the same, treating fear as a good friend rather than letting it take over and stop us from doing things we think are otherwise impossible. Here you can find out more about Glenn: https://www.baseclimb.com 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.

What it means to be the Aussie voice of climate change: Tim Flannery

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What it means to be the Aussie voice of climate change: Tim Flannery
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Professor Tim Flannery has devoted his life to fighting climate change. His best-seller “The Weather Makers” remains the second highest-selling book on climate change of all time. This ultimately made him the Australian voice of the debate. In this episode, he shares his views about the recent grassroots movement of the younger generation demanding change. He also gives insights into his life and what the personal costs are of challenging international players and companies. Here you can find out more about Tim´s work: https://australianmuseum.net.au/about/history/exhibitions/trailblazers/tim-flannery/ https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/author/tim-flannery/ 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.

The rebirth of Australian-made nature documentaries: Tosca Looby & Karina Holden

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The rebirth of Australian-made nature documentaries: Tosca Looby & Karina Holden
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Tosca Looby and Karina Holden are the creators of the hugely successful Australian-made nature documentary series The Magical Land of Oz. The series reveals the real stories behind Australia´s extraordinary wildlife and uncovers the hidden beauty and miracles of this magical country. In this episode the duo share their approach to capturing nature on screen and how they succeeded in a highly competitive market as female Australian documentary film makers. Here you can find out more about Toska´s & Karina´s work: https://northernpictures.com.au/magical-land-of-oz Here is a link to rewatch the series: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/magical-land-of-oz This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

How to survive climbing the world’s highest mountains: Andrew Lock

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How to survive climbing the world’s highest mountains: Andrew Lock
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Andrew Lock is Australia´s most accomplished mountaineer who has climbed all of the world´s fourteen 8000+ metre summits without supplemental oxygen. From Shishapangma in China to Everest, the mother of all mountains, Andrew has managed to survive these risky adventures. In this episode he shares his route to becoming one of our greatest mountaineers and what else he is up to these days. Here you can find out more about Andrew´s endeavours: www.andrew-lock.com This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

What it takes to become a nature photographer: Justin Gilligan

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What it takes to become a nature photographer: Justin Gilligan
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Justin Gilligan has been working as a nature photographer for Australian Geographic for more than a decade. He specialises in marine wildlife and underwater photography, travelling everywhere from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Australian Bight and the coral reefs of Western Australia. In this episode, he shares his passion for photography and how he ended up with a job that many would consider a dream. Here you can find out more about Justin´s work: www.justingilligan.com This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

A life devoted to wildlife and conservation: Terri Irwin (Part 2)

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A life devoted to wildlife and conservation: Terri Irwin (Part 2)
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Terri Irwin, the owner of world famous Australia Zoo and wife of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, has dedicated her life to conserving wildlife. Over the past decade, Terri and her children Bindi and Robert have built up Australia Zoo to new heights. Here, she tells us about meeting Steve for the first time, making ground-breaking television together, and how she and her family coped with losing him. For more info visit www.australiazoo.com.au This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

A life devoted to wildlife and conservation: Terri Irwin (Part 1)

Talking Australia
A life devoted to wildlife and conservation: Terri Irwin (Part 1)
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Terri Irwin, the owner of world famous Australia Zoo and wife of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, has dedicated her life to conserving wildlife. Over the past decade, Terri and her children Bindi and Robert have built up Australia Zoo to new heights. Here, she tells us about meeting Steve for the first time, making ground-breaking television together, and how she and her family coped with losing him. For more info visit www.australiazoo.com.au This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.