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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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    • 4.2 • 289 Ratings

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.

    How Neil Perry became the unofficial mayor of Double Bay

    How Neil Perry became the unofficial mayor of Double Bay

    In this episode, we speak with Sydney chef Neil Perry, and we're asking a specific question - can one restaurateur single-handedly lift a suburb from the doldrums? Perry now has three Double Bay eateries, Margaret, Next Door, and the Melbourne import Baker Bleu, with two more scheduled to open in August.Hosting this episode about the Perry family business, his experience in the food scene over many decades and what it takes to renew an entire suburb is Sydney editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Koziol.
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    • 29 min
    Sydney's gay hate crimes and the lawyer representing victims

    Sydney's gay hate crimes and the lawyer representing victims

    In this episode we discuss the wave of anti-gay murders that struck Sydney from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s and beyond, and why so many have still not been solved. The police have long been accused of inaction over these murders but thanks to a special inquiry into anti-gay hate crimes held last year, it's become clear that much more the simple police indifference is responsible.

    Criminal lawyer Nicholas Stewart joins Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan to discuss the murders, answer the question, "what makes it a gay hate crime?" and analyse more recent gay hate crimes across Australia.
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    • 33 min
    3AW's Tom Elliott on stepping out of Neil Mitchell's shadow - and that of his late father John

    3AW's Tom Elliott on stepping out of Neil Mitchell's shadow - and that of his late father John

    This week we speak with Tom Elliott, host of Melbourne's top rating Mornings program, about what makes morning radio tick - and what doesn't, growing up with his infamous father John, and how (and why) he swapped a career in finance for the power of the microphone.
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    • 32 min
    Paraplegic surfing - world champion Joel Taylor on reclaiming the ocean

    Paraplegic surfing - world champion Joel Taylor on reclaiming the ocean

    In this episode we speak to para surfing star Joel Taylor. At 21, Joel was a pro bodyboarder left paraplegic after a freak wave dumped him at the famous Pipeline break in Hawaii. Two decades on, he’s a world surfing champion.

    Joel speaks with senior Good Weekend writer Tim Elliott about his early life as a Jehovah’s Witness, his love of the ocean, that life-threatening injury and his phenomenal comeback. Also joining the conversation is Joel's wife Lorin, who discusses how they got together, her husband's obsessive compulsive disorder and life with their young two sons.
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    • 29 min
    What happened to Nam Le? The return of one of Australia's brightest literary talents

    What happened to Nam Le? The return of one of Australia's brightest literary talents

    After releasing his first book of short stories, The Boat, Nam Le was branded a "criminally talented" young author of "a singular masterpiece". That was back in 2008, and he hasn't released another book ... until now.

    Returning to the literary stage with a book of poetry - 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem - Le talks to Good Weekend senior writer Konrad Marshall about what happened in the interim, and how he found his way back to writing his first literary love - writing in rhyme and verse.

    He also chats candidly about his family's refugee origins, his upbringing in suburban Doncaster, his short-lived legal career and his love of poker.
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    • 42 min
    Former army lawyer David McBride on the cost of being a whistleblower

    Former army lawyer David McBride on the cost of being a whistleblower

    David McBride is awaiting sentencing for the leak of classified military documents from his time as an army lawyer in Afghanistan.

    In a candid conversation with senior Good Weekend writer Jane Cadzow, he speaks about what led him to do it, the personal fallout and his complex relationship with his father William, who blew the whistle on problems with thalidomide in the 1960s before his own fall from grace.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

Allambi ,

Topical, informative and thoughtful

I love the variety of these podcasts, diving more deeply into lead articles. Editor Katrina Strickland, Konrad Marshall and other journalists interview the writers, subjects and experts in a no-nonsense yet warm-hearted way. I’m often moved by the honesty and vulnerability of the speakers, as well as learning about diverse, current topics in every field from science, to nature, to sport and family.

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Brian Ritchie i’view RIVETINGLY EXCELLENT

I cannot convey the magnitude of brilliance of Elizabeth Flux’s interview with Brian Ritchie - engaging, amusing, awesome, fascinating anecdotes - just exemplary. The best interview I’ve had the good fortune of enjoying, in many years!

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Sarah Wilson the voice of reason always. Excellent episode.

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