I'm a fully grown adult with lots of adult responsibilities, who also has some big knowledge gaps. How does the stock market work? What should I know about tax? What's going on in the Middle East? Why is climate change so complicated? But also... How do you mate big animals together? What if they don't like each other?? And HOW do the riders not crash and die ALL THE TIME during the tour de france?? So. Many. Questions! So - why not make a podcast?
Each week I'll speak with an expert in an interesting field and get them to tell me all about what they do and how things work. So come along with me and learn some cool stuff!
About Conspiracy Theories
On the last episode for season 1, I spoke to Professor Karen Douglas, a Professor of Psychology for the University of Kent, all about the psychology behind conspiracy theories. What defines them? Why are they so attractive to some? What makes them gain traction? What is the best approach to deal with a friend or family member who has gone deep down the rabbit hole? This was a fascinating and very timely conversation.
Tune in to my new podcast - She Is Legend, a podcast about amazing women who excel, amaze and inspire, launching on all platforms on 24/09/2020
About Closing the Gap
I am joined this week by Dr Michelle Bovill and Jessica Bennett who both work in research in Indigenous Health, to talk about Closing the Gap. What does it involve? Why is it so important? How have past injustices impacted the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today? What can non-indigenous allies do to help? This is a really important conversation for anyone wanting more of an understanding of the differing and complex needs of First Nations' People, and why they are not being adequately met by the current structure of healthcare.
20 - About Le Tour De France
James Gage - an avid cycling fan, a half iron man competitor, general sports fan and mechanical engineer, who also happens to be my ridiculously good looking husband - joins me this week to chat all about Le Tour De France. The Tour is a BIG deal in our house, and James has been following it since he was a kid - I'm certain he rates the day he met Cadel Evans above our wedding day. This was the first episode I ever recorded and after re-listening to it, decided it was too good not to release. So buckle up for the podcast debut of the man, the myth, the legend that is my Husband - James Gage.
About Fighting Cancer
Kelly Varidel's life was turned upside down in November 2019 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she has undergone an intensive treatment regime, including a double mastectomy, and is now cancer free. However, the journey doesn't end there - not by a long shot.
Kel joined me to share her experience of the physical, emotional and psychological toll that fighting cancer takes. She is one amazing lady and her story is one of hope, courage and resilience.
18 - About Being an Astronaut with Dr Andy Thomas
Dr Andy Thomas was the first Australian to fly in space as a NASA Astronaut. He completed 4 missions throughout his career, one of which involved a 141 day stay aboard the Russian Mir Space Station. He spent a total of 177 days in space over the course of his career, including a 6.5 hour space walk, outside the Mir Space Station. Dr Thomas is now retired from NASA and resides, with his wife and fellow NASA Astronaut, Shannon Walker, in Texas, USA. I spoke with Dr Thomas all about what it's like to be in space, how the training prepared him, how he coped with weightlessness - we even covered space movies! This discussion was an absolute thrill and I hope you enjoy it. It's definitely one I will never forget!
17 - Aboriginal Astronomy and Ecology
Jessie Ferrari and Jason Rimmer are both students at Melbourne University studying various aspects of Aboriginal Astronomy and Ecology of the Kulin Nation, and they joined me to share what they have learnt so far and their continued studies, under Associate Professor Duane Hamacher. This episode was a deep dive into a rich cultural history that is being restored and preserved after being damaged by colonization. You can learn more about the collective of researchers and their work at www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au
Teach me more!
Chole is just the best. The way she guides these conversations is the epitome of how to educate.
Fascinating and funny
This is the first time I’ve listened to podcasts and I am glad I started with this one. Chole is funny and the guests are fascinating. Win/win!
Highlight of the week
Absolutely love every episode of this podcast, it’s FANTASTIC! Passionate people talking about their favourite topics, I’m learning so many things I didn’t know that I didn’t know! Chole, you’re the best! An absolute gem of a one woman show #girlpower