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Good Weekend Talks features in-depth conversations with the people fascinating Australians right now, from sport to politics to the arts, business and beyond, interviewed weekly by the country's top journalists. Consider it a magazine for your ears.

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Good Weekend Talks features in-depth conversations with the people fascinating Australians right now, from sport to politics to the arts, business and beyond, interviewed weekly by the country's top journalists. Consider it a magazine for your ears.

    Bringing back the Tasmanian tiger

    Bringing back the Tasmanian tiger

    Professor Andrew Pask is head of the TIGRR Lab (short for Thylacine Integrated Genomic Restoration Research) at the University of Melbourne, leading the charge to extract DNA from a Tasmanian tiger pelt sample, and genomes from thylacine relatives, to build a new genome for the de-extinction of the Tasmanian tiger - a possibility that’s closer to reality than science fiction.Hosting the podcast conversation this week – about everything from conservation to venture capitalism – is national science reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Liam Mannix.Mannix was one of a host of experts from our newsrooms who helped compile our list of “52 New Makers of 2022” – an annual issue of the magazine that honours those who rose to prominence in the year in question, from a range of fields – including everything from sport to business to politics to fashion and science.
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    AFLW star Daisy Pearce on finding fulfilment outside flag dream

    AFLW star Daisy Pearce on finding fulfilment outside flag dream

    A premiership medal has so far eluded Melbourne’s captain Daisy Pearce, widely regarded face of the AFLW, but the Demons star says her football journey has been “so much more than that”, as she’s found fulfilment outside the flag dream.Last season, when Melbourne made the grand final for the first time in competition history, a narrative was quickly created around “Do it for Daisy”. Pearce speaks to sports reporter for The Age, Marnie Vinall, about the upcoming preliminary final against North Melbourne at Ikon Park on Saturday, where the Demons are the strong favourites to progress into another grand final.“The beauty of AFLW footy is the amount of time you spend together, and the time and level that you can connect on," says Pearce. "You know, people that just challenge and inspire every day, in all walks of life, not just to get better at footy, but just to be better in general, has been awesome." 
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    Graham Arnold on leading the Socceroos to the World Cup

    Graham Arnold on leading the Socceroos to the World Cup

    Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has compared his tough upbringing under his late father to that of Jelena Dokic and Andre Agassi but concedes it made him the coach he is today."He was hard on me but I look at it now and there was a method to his madness. That’s how fathers were," Arnold tells chief sports writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Webster in this episode. Arnold speaks about Australia's win against Peru earlier this year, family and upbringing, and preparations for the Socceroos World Cup campaign this November. You can read Andrew's full story here. 
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    Author Anke Richter on the lure of a sex cult

    Author Anke Richter on the lure of a sex cult

    Warning: This episode contains mentions of sexual assault and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.

    If there is one common denominator to all sex cults, it’s the exploitation of women, with an estimated 40 per cent of female participants suffering sexual abuse, according to a new book called Cult Trip by New Zealand-based journalist Anke Richter. 

    In this episode, Richter speaks with deputy editor Greg Callaghan about her 10-year-long investigations into sex cults, which began with her own participation in a festival of sexual freedom. “Cult followers are not what we think they’re like. They’re actually people like you and me who are out to improve ourselves,” explains Richter.
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    • 33 min
    Wendy Whiteley on creativity, gardening and fame

    Wendy Whiteley on creativity, gardening and fame

    A great interview has range and depth, humour and pathos, and who better to deliver that than Wendy Whiteley, former wife of the late artist Brett Whiteley and creator of Wendy’s Secret Garden in Sydney’s Lavender Bay, in discussion with her friend, journalist Ashleigh Wilson, who has just written a book – A year with Wendy: Conversations about Art – to be released next week by Text Publishing.In this episode, Whiteley opens up about everything from the way great women are hidden within our histories (including her own), to the “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll" of 1960s London and New York, to the rubbish dump out the front of her home in Lavender Bay that she turned into a heritage-listed garden.
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    • 36 min
    Zookeeper Lucy Truelson on the impending birth of three baby elephants in Melbourne

    Zookeeper Lucy Truelson on the impending birth of three baby elephants in Melbourne

    Three baby elephant calves are due for delivery at Melbourne Zoo in November, December and January, and it sounds as though their arrival is well timed. 

    Not only are the elephants due for transfer to an expansive new habitat in Werribee in 2024, but the zoo itself has adopted a new elephant-led approach to their care, in which the animals have greater autonomy - including everything from choosing when to offer up their ear for a blood test to when (and whether) they might enter a crate for transportation.

    In an interview hosted by Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe - author of Baby Giants, our featured story this week - veteran zookeeper Lucy Truelson talks about everything from breeding in captivity to the splendour of working with a five tonne animal. “The key for us as zookeepers is delving into ‘How do these animals live in the wild?’" Truelson says. "Let’s learn about that, and then ask ‘How do we replicate that in their everyday care?’” 
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

StingyOne ,

Very informative

Just listened to the refereeing interview- we’ll covered and critically important topic for the future of all codes of football.

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The inside story of the woman who took down Josh Frydenberg

Great podcast content. Unfortunately I had to switch off part way through due to extreme disappointment that I was subjected to gambling advertising. It is difficult to comprehend how such advertising aligns with the values of the ABC.

Siobhan TM ,

Interesting podcast.

Very interesting and sad listening to Anita Jacoby speak about her Fathers life story trying to understand a man who she knew and saw through different eyes and at times rationalise his behaviour four marriages on.

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