The best story you'll hear this week. Days Like These is a podcast told by one person telling the tale of how they lived through something wild. Sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes both. We've got sharks and pirates, justice and injustice, drugs and recovery, love and hate, spies and thieves, triumphs and disasters. All we need from you is less than half an hour each week.
Brenden finds his wave
As Brenden Newton grows up along Sydney's Northern Beaches in the 1990s, bodyboarding reigns supreme.
He loves the physicality, how it brings him into such close contact with the water. And after a fateful trip to Tahiti, he decides to try going pro in the sport.
But just as his career takes off, strange thoughts surface over and over, threatening to engulf his mind and his body.
And Brenden has to re-build his life before taking on the biggest wave he's ever encountered.
The politician who grew pot
The day Gough Whitlam is dismissed from office, in November of 1975, Catherine is sitting in the uni library when she hears the news over the loudspeaker. She's incredulous, incensed.
She decides it's time to formally join the Labor party and, shortly after, Catherine herself is elected as a local member in a harbor-side Sydney council.
And it's there, in the busy, chaotic world of local government, that Catherine learns how to govern, how to compromise, and how to balance her politics and personal life.
Craig survives the mine field
Craig was a happy go lucky 19 year old when an accident changes his life forever.
Forced to pay off a debt he decides to go work as a miner in Western Australia.
What was a temporary gig to get cash becomes a ten year career avoiding responsibility, danger and exhaustion.
Caroline Winter had a perfectly lovely life with her husband, until the day it all changed.
Despite everything she tried, she just couldn't move forward, so she moved sideways instead.
This is a story of loss, loneliness and the ways we keep going.
The Professor and the spy
Konrad has dedicated his life to studying the history of the Jewish people.
In the 1980s, he's invited to work with an East German historian to complete his magnum opus, making frequent trips behind the Berlin Wall and back again.
But little does Konrad know that while he is researching in East Germany, East Germany is researching him, too.
Flashdance for fame school
Chris Ryan grew up in India in the 1980s, so despite being born in Australia, the pop culture of the time was so exotic she could hardly believe it was real.
Moving countries is hard, you leave behind a lot and making new friends is hard. This was the challenge for nine-year-old Chris, she felt like an outsider even though she looked like she fitted in just fine.
To tackle her problems and make some friends she took some drastic and hilarious measures that would also pay off when she became a grown-up.
One of my favourites
A really interesting podcast, more please!
Love these colourful and real life stories!
I look forward to them each week.