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Eavesdrop on life as it's lived. Earshot brings you intimate stories exploring the human experience.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 306 Ratings

Eavesdrop on life as it's lived. Earshot brings you intimate stories exploring the human experience.

    Follow me down the rabbit hole | A mother's story

    Follow me down the rabbit hole | A mother's story

    Sarah and Miles took a strict approach to internet use with their 13 year old daughter Ruby. And when Miles suspected she was being groomed on Pinterest, they cracked down harder. But Ruby pushed back – she hacked the controls, secretly spent nights and class time on socials. Their relationship with Ruby took a hit and she shut down.

    When Sarah realised she was losing her daughter she decided to find a new way to keep Ruby safe, sane and connected.

    Follow me up a mountain | Climbing Mt Bowen

    Follow me up a mountain | Climbing Mt Bowen

    It was supposed to be a hiking adventure, but it ended in an unforeseeable accident that would change Warren and Geert's futures forever.  

    When he was sitting around a campfire on a remote island in Far North Queensland, Warren Macdonald made a life-changing decision.

    He’d sparked up a conversation with a Dutch hiker named Geert van Keulen, and he decided to follow Geert up a mountain the following morning.

    It was supposed to be a hiking adventure, but it ended in an unforeseeable accident that would change both their futures forever.  

    • 29 min
    A Final Promise | Meet me in the middle of the air

    A Final Promise | Meet me in the middle of the air

    If a friend sent you a farewell text, saying she was planning to end her life, what would you do? Jennie’s response was to go and sing with Nia and promise to tell her story.

    Nia has scleroderma, her skin and lungs have hardened over the last 20 years, the pain and discomfort has now become unbearable. But thanks to the Voluntary Assisted Dying laws that Nia helped establish she will have the death she hopes for.  

    • 30 min
    A Promise Renegotiated | For the love of God

    A Promise Renegotiated | For the love of God

    Charlotte was a deeply religious teenager -  she prayed, served, and saved herself for marriage. Marriage, she was promised, would bring fireworks, fulfilment. After 5 years of dating, Charlotte married Casey. But as she got older, Charlotte began to question those promises made to her about marriage and happy-ever-after.

    • 30 min
    An Unattainable Promise | Beauty queens who want to save the world

    An Unattainable Promise | Beauty queens who want to save the world

    Full of hope, botox and impossible dreams, beauty queens are judged on their beauty, sincerity and smarts. They promise world peace in exchange for fame, fortune and adoration. That’s the pact contestants make with the faceless owners of glittering pageants.

    A Promise Frayed | When Oscar was promised the world

    A Promise Frayed | When Oscar was promised the world

    Oscar Berry is 24 and has a rare genetic disorder, speech disability, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He might have a “dodgy chromosome” as his mum Kim says, but he’s gregarious, lives for the gym and his weekend activities, and is dying to move in with his mates. But when Oscar got his new NDIS plan in April, those dreams blew apart. 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
306 Ratings

306 Ratings

Peruja ,

Excellent and I’m so sorry to see you go!

I’ve been listening to Ear shot forever and I can’t believe I won’t hear new episodes any longer! You have given me so much knowledge that I didn’t know I needed it to live better, so many vivid experiences from such a diversity of peoples and lives that have warmed my heart, gave me solace in my lows and rejoiced me all the time!
For all it can do, I would beg you didn’t stop producing these incredibly wonderful episodes.
But to all who have worked on this programs over all these years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.

Gadgetmumma ,

Love the stories but …

I wish I had the option to turn off the sound effects. Or at least turn down the volume.

hemmo42 ,

A succulent Chinese meal.

What a great story. Absolutely loved it. Thank you ABC

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