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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

Conversation‪s‬ ABC Podcasts

    • Relationships
    • 4.4 • 8.8K Ratings

Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

    Two spoons and a dugout canoe: the story of Jock McLaren

    Two spoons and a dugout canoe: the story of Jock McLaren

    Tom Gilling with the story of how a Scottish-born soldier named Jock McLaren became one of Australia's greatest World War II guerrilla fighters

    • 51 min
    Bill Birtles, on China

    Bill Birtles, on China

    In 2015 Bill began his dream job as the ABC's China Correspondent. Five years later, 7 State Security police officers visited him in the middle of the night and told him he was barred from leaving the country

    • 50 min
    A twitcher's life

    A twitcher's life

    Sean Dooley's passion for birdwatching began with the coo of a spotted turtle dove. Decades later he broke the Australian birdwatching record (R)

    • 50 min
    The cold case secret in a Brisbane garage

    The cold case secret in a Brisbane garage

    When Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, and Uluru, he unearthed new evidence about an 86-year old cold case *CW: For our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners please be advised that today’s conversation contains the voice and names of people who have died.

    • 51 min
    Raised in a cult

    Raised in a cult

    Serafina Tanè was born into a doomsday cult led by a charismatic and abusive man who claimed he'd been abducted by aliens



     

    • 49 min
    Water, Water: a story collection

    Water, Water: a story collection

    Eight thrilling encounters in and on the water, as told by previous Conversations guests (R)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8.8K Ratings

8.8K Ratings

Indy28 ,

Great storytelling podcast

The stories of long haul truck driver Heather Jones and of Paula Constant crossing the Sahara desert with her camels remain some of my favourite ever podcast stories - it was so fascinating to be in their worlds for even a short time. I love Richard Fidler's bursts of laughter, energy and spontaneity and his genuine interest in what makes people tick. I find it harder to listen to Sarah and find her giggling irritating, as well as her scripted questions that don't seem to pick up on what the interviewee has just said offhandedly that often begs for further questioning, but that Sarah misses. All in all though it's a great storytelling podcast, with William Mcinnes up there with the very best oral storytellers 😊

Mollydoggles ,

Still delivers.....

I have been listening to Conversations for, well, years now.
Not all subject matter appeals to me but that’s why this podcast is so diverse. There is literally a subject suitable for everyone.
I love the episodes on obscure or unknown moments in history but am particularly drawn to stories of ordinary people who experience extraordinary events that change them and the course of their lives.
I have really really enjoyed Sarah being on board. I could listen to her read my shopping list, what a natural interviewer, great voice!
( sorry Richard).

Barbarella30911 ,

A top Five Podcast

If there is any Podcast to download , this is it ! Remarkably honest and I have loved almost every episode. Interviews make you feel at home and at the same time riveted ! Congratulations to ALL involved in bringing every story to light and letting listeners disappear into stories and learn when we thought we knew stuff in life there is always more . More kindness , more hate , more love , more honesty and more stories of life and hope ! Thank you !!!

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