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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 9K 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.

    The family and the jail sentence — the ripple effect of losing a parent to prison

    The family and the jail sentence — the ripple effect of losing a parent to prison

    Dennis Van Someren works as a transport volunteer with young people going to visit a parent in the prison system. Dennis does the work because he's been in their shoes (R)

    • 44 min
    Knuckles, ruffles, flesh-bags and fences: the story of Australia's first dictionary

    Knuckles, ruffles, flesh-bags and fences: the story of Australia's first dictionary

    Kel Richards with the story of the gentleman thief James Hardy Vaux, who wrote Australia's first dictionary of convict slang

    • 1 hr
    Inside the world of Australian camel vet Margie Bale

    Inside the world of Australian camel vet Margie Bale

    Margie's car is loaded with ultrasounds, milk crates and angle grinders: all things needed when tending to seven ft camels in the middle of nowhere (R)

    • 52 min
    Love and letting go — Sarah, Eric, and Coco

    Love and letting go — Sarah, Eric, and Coco

    When Sarah Sentilles became a foster parent she gave herself wholeheartedly to caring for baby Coco. A year later her understanding of love, motherhood and herself were utterly transformed (CW: Adoption)

    • 52 min
    Enron, schizophrenia, the Bowls Club and me - the life of Glenn Jarvis

    Enron, schizophrenia, the Bowls Club and me - the life of Glenn Jarvis

    Glenn was working at Enron in London when his mental health began to unravel. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and lost nearly everything. Then a Bowls Club in Queanbeyan helped him begin again

    • 46 min
    Kitty Flanagan's unlikely path to comedy

    Kitty Flanagan's unlikely path to comedy

    Kitty has woven together a series of true stories from her life including being locked in a crayfish freezer for talking too much (R)

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9K Ratings

9K Ratings

KerstKB ,

Love this podcast - so much to learn

Listening while I drive around for work in sales and it’s an inspiration this podcast. One of my favourites is Glenn’s story of living with mental health issues and the bowling club and Enron. Good on you Glenn - I learnt a lot and you made me feel so grateful. What a great human and a great journey. Thanks Chris!!

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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. (Veronica Gorrie, case in point.)
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).

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