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.

Lisa Blair – How to survive sailing solo around Antarctica

Lisa Blair is the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica. The dangerous journey took her 184 days to finish and almost killed her when her mast broke in the middle of nowhere in giant seas. The courageous sailor survived the incident to fulfil her dream and tell her incredible story. It made her not only grow as a sailor but as a person. Since then she’s added another record to her belt: the first woman to circumnavigate Australia on her own. And as if all this isn’t enough, plans for a new adventure are already underway. Here you can find out more about Lisa´s adventures: https://lisablairsailstheworld.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.

Andrew Tink – How Australia transmitted the Apollo missions broadcast

In his book “Honeysuckle Creek – The story of Tom Reid, a little dish and Neil Armstrong’s first step” author Andrew Tink sets the story straight about Australia´s role in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969. In this episode he talks about Tom Reid, the mind behind the operation of the famous “Dish” near Canberra and how Tom and his team saved the world wide live broadcast of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and his very personal connection to the man that made it all happen in the tracking station in Honeysuckle Creek. Here you can find out more about Andrew´s work: http://andrewtink.com 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.

Tim Faulkner – Building an Ark to protect Australia´s Wildlife

Tim Faulkner is well known for his passion for Australian wildlife and his conservation work with the Australian Reptile Park. He’s also a highly energetic TV personality who’s trying to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction with the “Devil Ark” protection program. Tassie devils are getting wiped out by an aggressive and infectious cancer, and trying to protect a few of them in an enclosed territory might be the only hope for their survival. Tim also talks about his fascinating life, the start of the Ark program and its huge success, which has led to its extension – using the “Ark” to protect other endangered native species. He also reveals the details of the difficult and labour-intense process of running an anti-venom program – for most of Australia´s venomous spiders and snakes – to save human lives. Tim reckons since the late 1950s the program saved roughly about 20,000 people. For more info visit https://reptilepark.com.au Or follow Tim on Instagram @timswildlife 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.

Di Westaway – How 10 minutes a day can change your life

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.

Valerie Taylor – Shark lady and dead set Aussie legend

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.

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

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.

Glenn Singleman: How to handle fear and BASE jump off a cliff Part 2

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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