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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.

Days Like These - True Stories ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 773 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 34 min
    The politician who grew pot

    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.

    • 30 min
    Craig survives the mine field

    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.

    • 26 min
    Moving sideways

    Moving sideways

    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.

    • 29 min
    The Professor and the spy

    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.

    • 24 min
    Flashdance for fame school

    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.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
773 Ratings

773 Ratings

ezmay7 ,

One of my favourites

A really interesting podcast, more please!

Angiedow ,

Fabulous podcast!!

Love these colourful and real life stories!

JA Sant101 ,

Great podcast

I look forward to them each week.

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