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Too Hard Basket: when a friend from the past wants to rekindle the friendship but you don't
At high school you formed a strong friendship with another girl, but by the time you finished fourth form you were going in opposite directions. Fast forward 50 years and your erstwhile friend has traced you via a remote connection. There didn't seem to be any common ground and you felt you were feigning interest in her life. However, she has now sent a couple of long messages and wants to meet up. Would it be churlish of you not to at least be polite and go through the motions? You really don't want to renew contact with this friend, so what do you do?
Halloween and the origins of candy
Candy wasn't always associated with a sugar hit. In medieval Europe, it was taken as a vitamin and thought to have medicinal properties. Food historian Sarah Lohman traces the origins of candy, from its inception in the Middle East to the tradition of handing it out on Halloween and the origins of trick-or-treating.
Making home insurance affordable in a changing climate
The wild weather experienced along the east coast this week, and the prospect of a La Nina summer ahead, has insurance experts concerned about the potential for disaster events. When the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements final report is made public it could include recommendations about how we plan for these events to prevent damage, rather than relying on a post-event mop up. So what might that look like, and will you end up paying for it in your insurance premiums?
How the weekend was won
You might think of a two-day weekend as the norm, but that wasn't always the case. In parts of the world, Mondays were the original (unofficial) day off. So, how was the weekend won?
Strengthening families one doula at a time
Giving birth is a stressful endeavour, but for parents who are isolated, newly-arrived migrants, or those dealing with social disadvantages, that stress is compounded tenfold. A volunteer doula program is helping to turn things around in Melbourne.
Australians trying to get home
The situation for thousands of Australian residents stranded overseas remains precarious. The Australian government has begun chartering repatriation flights, but the massive backlog, combined with caps on quarantine, means it's unlikely the majority will be back in the country by Christmas.
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Thanks! Cool podcast.
Enjoying the content. Very relevant. Where is 'Making Cents of super' part 1?
Love the separate stories
So great being able to pick and choose the stories I’m interested in. Short bites work well for me too rather than hour long episodes.
3 men and a feeling - Anger podcast
Downloaded this EXCELLENT episode after I heard it on radio, but it isn't the titled one. Please would you upload the anger episode (aired Tuesday 25th July 2017) Many thanks!