From the Wandering Journo at Stories that Matter Studios this is The Streets of Your Town. The podcast that takes you on an audio journey through theatre of the mind highlighting a different slice of Australian life each episode.
Artist Liz Gallie - Streets of Your Town
Nestled in far north Queensland Wet Tropics rainforest that stretches from the surrounding mountains to the ocean, is the small settlement of Mission Beach. The World Heritage Area is brimming with natural beauty and incredible vistas, looking out to the the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical paradise of Dunk Island in the distance. Conservationist and artist Liz Gallie tells us on his episode of Streets of Your Town podcast how she has made this town her home for decades, and sees it as part of her responsibility of living here to fight to protect the environment and endangered animals such as the Cassowary, from encroaching development. I stumbled upon Liz at her stall at the Mission Beach markets, where she sells beautiful silver jewellery she has crafted herself in her paradise home, with inspiration from the surrounding rainforest.
Senator Jordon Steele-John - Streets of Your Town
Many people will remember Senator Jordon Steele-John crying as he read the names of 34 Australians with disabilities who had died from abuse and neglect to an almost empty Senate chamber two years ago. It was his stirring words that finally ended an almost decade long fight to bring the Commission into being. But he is now concerned that failures in the legislation supporting that investigation, are putting the entire Commission process at risk. He tells me on this episode of Streets of Your Town podcast, that he's spoken to many whistleblowers who are now not giving crucial evidence, because of a lack of legislative protections. He's only 25, but age and disability have not stopped him from becoming the youngest sitting member in the Australian Federal parliament and its youngest Senator.
Dinesh Palipana - Streets of Your Town
Ten years ago, halfway through completing his medical degree, Dinesh Palipana's car crashed, leaving him a quadriplegic. Dinesh lost all sensory and motor function below his chest, affecting his fingers and half his arm. It took him seven months of recovering in hospital, but he emerged still determined to become a doctor. He went on to complete his medical degree, and now works as a resident at Gold Coast University Hospital in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country. Dinesh's refusal to accept the loss of his dream is paving the way not only for him, but for people with a disability around the world. He tells me on this episode of Streets of Your Town how he found his life's purpose in medicine, and that he's so relieved he didn't listen to the naysayers who told him he could no longer become a doctor after his accident.
Brian Courtice on blackbirding - Streets of Your Town
As the Black Lives Matter movement gathers pace around the world, prompting Australians to reflect on race and discrimination in this country, debate is growing about Australia's legacy of blackbirding. More than 60,000 Pacific Islanders, then known as kanakas, were forced, coerced or deceived into leaving their native lands and shipped to Australia between 1863 to 1904. They worked in often cruel conditions, and were paid a pittance as indentured labourers on farms. Their graves, many unmarked, are still being discovered. Many thousands of their descendants still live in Australia, and are proudly known as Australian South-Sea Islanders. Brian Courtice is the former federal member for Hinkler, who lives on the farm "Sunnyside" just outside of Bundaberg in Queensland. He's had to come to terms with the farm's blackbirding past, and in this interview on Streets of Your Town podcast, he renews his calls to the federal government and the Australian public, to not only recognise this chapter of Australian history, but also support ways to heal the ongoing pain of the generations who followed. This interview is on Brian's front porch, with his grandchildren running around him, continuing the generations of his family who have lived on the farm since the 1920s. He shows me photos of a recent tour of local schoolchildren who came to his property. They came to see the graves of South Sea Islanders who died on the farm, and learn about local history. The site is now heritage listed.
Gerard Ryle - Streets of Your Town The Journo Project
This episode of Streets of Your Town - The Journo Project podcast features Gerard Ryle, the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Before becoming the ICIJ's first non-American director almost ten years ago, Gerard spent more than 20 years working as an investigative reporter and editor in Australia, writing on subjects from politics to financial and medical scandals, and police corruption. He led the worldwide team of journalists working on the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, two of the biggest investigations in journalism's history. Under his leadership over the past seven years, ICIJ has become one of the best-known journalism brands in the world. Reporters Without Borders has described Ryle's work with ICIJ as "the future of investigative journalism worldwide" naming him as one of "100 information heroes" of worldwide significance.
Nas Campanella - Streets of Your Town The Journo Project
This episode of Streets of Your Town - The Journo Project features Nas Campanella, who is thought to be the only blind newsreader in the world. Nas is a journalist and radio newsreader on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's national network, Triple J, and a proud journo who has wanted to do this job since her teens. She secured a highly sought after ABC cadetship in 2011, spending her first year newsgathering in Sydney before moving to Bega where she began newsreading. Nas lost her sight when she was six months old and uses an audio speech program to help her read the radio news bulletin.
In 2013, Nas joined Triple J, where she produces, writes, and reads the news several times a day. She also files television reports for the ABC.
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First ever pod cast!
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A must listen!
Nance is a fantastic journalist who knows how to tell an interesting story! She gives a truthful and raw insight into her interviewees’ professional lives.
As a seasoned journo Nance knows how to make her guests feel comfortable and tease a fascinating yarn out of them. The stories will have you hooked. Love it, Nance!