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Fascinating lives, deep convictions, dedication to self-mastery...these are the stories within Rare Air. Meri Fatin's curiosity and light touch as an interviewer allows the teller to guide the narrative. Prepare to be enlightened.

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    • 4.4 • 14 Ratings

Fascinating lives, deep convictions, dedication to self-mastery...these are the stories within Rare Air. Meri Fatin's curiosity and light touch as an interviewer allows the teller to guide the narrative. Prepare to be enlightened.

    Saul Griffith: Australia's Electric Future

    Saul Griffith: Australia's Electric Future

    If you follow thought leaders on the energy transition, you’ll be familiar with the hashtag Electrify Everything.
    The argument is that a huge proportion of ‘global energy needs’ can be met with electricity sourced from renewables – and to use it we simply need to – electrify everything.
    This is the message of Australian inventor and engineer Saul Griffith – recently returned from two decades in the US where he’s advised, among others, NASA and the Biden Administration. Saul Griffith's book, “The Big Switch – Australia’s Electric Future” details some very clear thinking that could drive Australia's energy transition pathway.

    • 18 min
    Paul Cleary: Yindjibarndi Native Title Fight

    Paul Cleary: Yindjibarndi Native Title Fight

    "I think it’s a scandal in this country that so much wealth is being extracted and Aboriginal people are no better off."
    Paul Cleary is author of "Title Fight: How the Yindjibarndi Battled and Defeated a Mining Giant".  For over a decade he followed this story as a journalist, before finally sitting down to the task of recording the complex and troubling detail of this tale in a book.
    If ever a story was worth telling, it's this one.  It highlights an organisational culture in FMG that on one hand revered and respected Aboriginal people, but on the other used the courts and a vast array of unconscionable tactics to secure below par compensation native title agreement with traditional owners. And it reveals the tenacity and vision of Yindjibarndi people and their leader Michael Woodley who in 2020,  after a thirteen year dispute, secured exclusive native title over the land FMG has been mining.

    • 34 min
    Matthew Evans: Soil

    Matthew Evans: Soil

    The power of great storytelling has never been more evident than in the fight to change hearts and minds around sustainability, environmental care and climate action.
     The people who can sweep us along in their enthusiasm and can-do attitude offer solid foundations for optimism as we witness the earth struggling …and the solutions seem too much for us as individuals to contemplate.
     Matthew Evans is one of those people.  Matthew is a chef, food critic, TV host and farmer, and increasingly across his career he has spoken and written the truth about our food and its journey to our tables, always leaving us with the tools to choose better.
     A couple of years ( but just a few episodes) ago Matthew joined me on Rare Air to discuss his book On Eating Meat. It was great to be getting together again to chat about his new book “Soil:  The Incredible story of what keeps the Earth, and us, healthy”

    • 42 min
    David Carter + Jeff Hansen: An Unlikely Alliance

    David Carter + Jeff Hansen: An Unlikely Alliance

    It began with a deep sea cod.
    David Carter and Jeff Hansen
    are people who have the courage of their

    What’s surprising about their alliance is that at first
    glance one might struggle to see HOW their
    convictions are aligned.

    David Carter is CEO of Austral Fisheries. He’s spent
    42 years with the company, working from the
    ground up as a graduate and thriving under
    inspiring mentorship.

    His commitment to sustainable fishing practices has
    defined his career. This year David was awarded the
    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marine
    Stewardship Council and Austral Fisheries has been
    carbon neutral for four years.

    Jeff Hansen joined Sea Shepherd Australia in 2006
    and was instrumental in the success of two anti-
    whaling expeditions in the Antarctic before being
    offered Australian directorship by Sea Shepherd
    founder Captain Paul Watson.

    It’s Jeff’s passion and regard for the ocean and it’s
    inhabitants that has focussed his efforts into
    eradicating illegal fishing, plastic pollution and
    mitigating climate change.

    It was an appearance at
    a Senate inquiry about Australia’s future activities in
    the Southern Ocean, that led to his auspicious
    meeting with David… because of a shared concern for a deep sea cod - the Patagonian toothfish.

    • 50 min
    Andrew Wear: Solved

    Andrew Wear: Solved

    There’s a whiff of hope out there. 
    Sounds like a strange thing to say as Australia comes to grips with the early days of the corona virus pandemic as this episode is recorded.  We are a nation that has literally NO IDEA what 2020 will be like.
    Yet, there’s still hope and author Andrew Wear has tapped into it. Andrew is a very experienced public policy expert from Melbourne.  He’s worked for Government across a vast array of different policy areas from Planning and Community, Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. But his view is global. And that came in handy when he decided to write a book that looked at how some of the world’s biggest problems were being solved.  The Book is called SOLVED  - and it details how ten countries solved ten big problems from climate change to multiculturalism. 

    • 46 min
    Tom Cronin: The Portal

    Tom Cronin: The Portal

    Can meditation really save the world? Tom Cronin thinks so.
    Big ideas and the people who chase them are captivating. Tom Cronin’s big idea is to bring an ancient practice, meditation, and sweep the message of it's benefits across the globe using the even more ancient art of storytelling.
     The practice of meditation is tens of thousands of years old and of everyone who takes it up, relatively few become teachers.  For many, personal enjoyment of the multitude of benefits is enough.
     And of those who become meditation teachers, no matter the strength of their personal practice, or conviction that meditation improves wellbeing, even fewer feel compelled to reach a global audience.
     At 29, as a stressed-out bond and swap broker, Tom Cronin took up meditation.  As he developed his practice, he’d work days on the trading floor, and over time, nights as a meditation teacher. The transformation for Tom was extraordinary, but can be illustrated like this. At 29 his biological age was measured as 37.  With the help of meditation, by the time he was 42, his biological age was just 34.
     Tom became so passionate about the profound change meditation could effect, that he built a new career taking this information to the world, hosting retreats, mentoring, speaking publicly, and in 2019, releasing a book and a film, both entitled “The Portal : how meditation can save the world”. The book and film use the stories of a wide range of people whose lives have been utterly transformed by their meditation practice.
    In this episode of Rare Air, Tom explains how meditation changes a human being, and how it has the power to defuse the tensions affecting humanity today.

    • 34 min

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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