80 episodes

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.

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    • 4.7 • 647 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.

    Finding Paleface

    Finding Paleface

    When horse lover Nicole began to learn about brumbies, there was one who took her breath away on Facebook page: Paleface. He was the most famous stallion of all the wild horses on the Snowy Mountains. A rock star horse with a breathless online following. But after the bushfires of 2019, he wasn't seen again. Fast forward to 2021 when Nicole helps rescue a herd of brumbies from the Mountains: could an angry, malnourished stallion in the back of the horse truck be him? It's up to Nicole to find out, armed with only with an obsession to find out the truth and a d*ck pic.

    • 25 min
    Jaleh's Drive for Freedom

    Jaleh's Drive for Freedom

    Growing up in pre-revolution Iran, Jaleh Misaghi dreams of becoming a race car driver. So strong is the pull of rubber on the road, she glues herself to the TV, watching Formula 1, practicing her moves and yearning for the speed of the track.  But after the Iranian revolution, Jaheh's driving quest is shattered - she can't even get her licence. With the regime cracking down and a young daughter to care for, she must decide on a new road, one that ultimately brings her to Australia and, finally, behind the wheel.

    • 25 min
    Jacek Takes A Bow

    Jacek Takes A Bow

    Jacek Koman grew up in theatres, the son of two actors performing their way around Communist Poland in the 1950s and 1960s.

    At school he's more interested in learning Russian than stagecraft, by the time Jacek reaches university he decides to follow in their footsteps and go to drama school.  

    But, after a night out ends in a brush with the Polish secret police, Jacek and his brother make a run for the West.   

    Over the years, he rebuilds his career from scratch to become one of the Australia's most cherished actors on stage and screen, with roles in Belvoir Street plays, The Secret Life of Us and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. 

    But Jacek's rusty Russian also plays a reprising role when he's called to become the front man of a band performing the songs of the Russian criminal underground.

    • 29 min
    Swimming for Joy

    Swimming for Joy

    It's mid-winter in the Snowy Mountains and in the Thredbo river, where the water is 3.3 degrees, a woman swims laps. She's wearing just a regular swimsuit, cap and goggles.  

    The swimmer is 40-year-old Joy Symons, attempting an 'ice mile', a feat considered by some the most dangerous swim in the world. To achieve this official ice mile, she must give proof that she is alive 45 minutes after the event. 

    A former Australian representative swimmer, she and her family live at the public pool they manage in sunny Rockhampton, Queensland. 

    So what's brought her to swim in this murky pond with snow falling around her? And how will the grit that made Joy competitive as a young swimmer help her today?

    • 28 min
    Swimming for Joy

    Swimming for Joy

    It's mid-winter in the Snowy Mountains and in the Thredbo river, where the water is 3.3 degrees, a woman swims laps. She's wearing just a regular swimsuit, cap and goggles.  

    The swimmer is 40-year-old Joy Symons, attempting an 'ice mile', a feat considered by some the most dangerous swim in the world. To achieve this official ice mile, she must give proof that she is alive 45 minutes after the event. 

    A former Australian representative swimmer, she and her family live at the public pool they manage in sunny Rockhampton, Queensland. 

    So what's brought her to swim in this murky pond with snow falling around her? And how will the grit that made Joy competitive as a young swimmer help her today?

    • 28 min
    The Orphan from Crete

    The Orphan from Crete

    Sonya grew up in Brisbane. But at 26 she decides to move her life to London. Within days of arriving, she meets a beautiful woman at a bar in Soho. They click instantly.

    They fall in love, get married and build a life together in their adopted city. The only thing missing is... a baby. But after 5 years of trying, it doesn't happen for them and they decide to call it a day.   

    Not long after Tess and Sonya find themselves on holidays on the Greek island of Crete. And that's when their life changes forever. Because that's when they meet HER. She has black hair and her socks are white despite playing in the dust. Apparently she's been living in the ruins of an old palace by herself. They can't just leave her there... can they?

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
647 Ratings

647 Ratings

pevvvy ,

Storytelling at its best

Love the format of Days Like These - allowing the storyteller to take the lead. From the simple to the extraordinary, every episode seems to leave an impact. Love it ♥️

redbulletkb ,

Jacek Koman take a bow

This is Days Like These storytelling at its best. A great tale of a Polish immigrant who arrives in the lucky country willing to take on physical work to survive, who ends up on the stage in his chosen profession of performing. Beautifully told, by a natural storyteller with a voice to die for. 5 stars.

loose the song!! ,

Great podcast annoying ear worm song!!

Content is fantastic ruined by that painful yeah - nah song on repeat. Please get rid of it!!!

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