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Your weekly expedition to the heart of modern life through buildings, design, gardens and food.

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    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 112 Ratings

Your weekly expedition to the heart of modern life through buildings, design, gardens and food.

    The milk debate, parliamentary architecture, and Geelong's threatened birds

    The milk debate, parliamentary architecture, and Geelong's threatened birds

    Chef and farmer Matthew Evans explores the polarising nature of milk, we unpick what parliamentary design means for democracy, and visit artist and scientist Mary-Jane Walker in her studio to explore her art project on Geelong's threatened birds.

     

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    A modern grand tour, Sam Cox on garden design, and plants in space

    A modern grand tour, Sam Cox on garden design, and plants in space

    We go on a grand tour for the 21st century, discuss better apartment design, visit landscape designer Sam Cox in his naturalistic garden, and look to the future when plants can survive on the Moon and sustain us as we journey Mars.

    • 54 min
    Mourning fashion, for the love of cemeteries, and Jamie Oliver's last supper

    Mourning fashion, for the love of cemeteries, and Jamie Oliver's last supper

    We explore a Blueprint for death on this special episode: why black is the colour of mourning, cemeteries as a boon for the living, Colin Bisset's world tour of monuments, and Jamie Oliver's last supper.

    • 54 min
    The future of weeds, native seeds, and restaurant feeds

    The future of weeds, native seeds, and restaurant feeds

    Feeds: Will Aussie cafes and restaurants survive?

    Australian restaurants and cafes are grappling with the impacts of the cost of living, COVID, immigration reform, and wages, jeopardising their survival. Wes Lambert is the head of a new peak body, alongside Neil Perry and Chris Lucas, tackling these pressing challenges to sustain the $64 billion sector.

     

    Weeds: Rethinking our war on weeds

    See a weed, pluck it out, right? Maybe it’s not so simple. Tim Entwisle speaks with John Dwyer whose new anthology, "Weeding Between the Lines," offers a provocative rethink of what weeds are and how we approach them - in our backyards and in the bush. 

     

    Seeds: How do we regenerate land when we lack 90% of seeds?

    The total area of degraded land in Australia is eight times the size of Tasmania. The need to replant diverse native species is more urgent than ever. But with a critical shortfall in the availability of native seeds, how can we replant degraded ecosystems and meet Australia’s ambitious international targets? Associate Professor Rachael Gallagher from Western Sydney University explains.

    • 54 min
    Gut health, croissants, concrete and life after the flood

    Gut health, croissants, concrete and life after the flood

    Tim Spector – The Gut and the New Science of Eating Well

    What exactly is the gut microbiome and why is everyone talking about it? Nutrition expert and genetic epidemiologist Tim Spector debunks common dietary myths, and gives his top 5 tips for eating a healthy and diverse diet that your gut – and your mind – will thank you for.

    Lismore After the Flood: Rebuilding and Resilience

    Two years after devastating floods ravaged Northern NSW and South-East Queensland, the town of Lismore is the focus of a collaborative effort to rebuild. Drawing from her experience in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Professor Elizabeth Mossop explores what’s ahead for Lismore and how other communities can thrive amid climate change threats.

    Colin Bisset - A Journey Through France with Le Corbusier

    Explore the fascinating world of architect Le Corbusier with design commentator Colin Bisset, as he walks in the footsteps of this larger than life figure. Colin shares his own love affair with France, including his firsthand experiences of Le Corbusier’s iconic buildings, and his strange obsession with concrete.

    Birds: Watching them, painting them… eating them

    Birds: Watching them, painting them… eating them

    Painting birds: Australian Birds in Watercolour

    Artist and former regional doctor David Freeman shares his sense of place – a setting which led to his exquisite new collection Australia's Birds in Watercolour.

     

    Eating birds: How to roast a duck with Annie Smithers

    Annie takes Jonathan through jointing and roasting a duck. Learn how to cook a duck stock, duck sausage, and the prized duck fat.

     

    Watching birds: Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra’

    Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood discuss traditional agriculture and how they find strength in Country at their farm Yumburra. 

     

    Object of Desire: Comedian Daniel Connell’s porcelain owl

    Comedian Daniel Connell shares the story behind a cute little porcelain owl which has accompanied him on his comedic journey. 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

Sewelli ,

John S

Basically entertaining, if not for Jonathan's inane giggling, often at rather questionable times. His normally well selected, well informed guests often try to make a point, only to be greeted by giggles and sniggers from JG.
And, late once again, the most recent episodes, 16th July and 23rd July haven't appeared in my podcasts...
Is there something amiss? I hope not, because Blueprint is essential listening and podcasts make it so very accessible. Cheers!

rutherglengoddess ,

Broad Beans

I was listening with interest to the chef from Lorne regarding cooking broad beans whole. My father often cooked whole, young beans in a parsley and white sauce. Give it a crack. I’ve tried to locate another way of contacting but no joy.

D Fuss ,

Recommended

Thirst-quenching pod. You can get the granular written details but you have to go through to the ABC pages.

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