Our so-called Australian lives.
A weekly podcast bringing you thought-provoking stories from this country’s brightest young journos.
In a year where many have spent half their waking life staring at their own face in a Zoom call, it's only fitting that the final episode of our first season is about the omnipresent video conferencing platform. A trend named "Zoombombing" is being perpetrated by people all over the world, whether by radio hosts or would-be corporate spies or frustrated teenage boys. Reporters Patrick Hargreaves and Dom Hennequin speak to those on the frontlines of Zoombombing - the brave teachers holding classes online - and how the trend is strangely a small, if disturbing, reflection of pre-pandemic life.
Forty Years Cold
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tynong North and Frankston murders. Still to this day, the case remains unsolved. Despite a long-running investigation by the country's top detectives and a massive reward offered by Victoria Police, the identity of Australia's third-worst serial killer is unknown. In this episode, reporters Jake Pike and Charisa Bossinakis delve into the murders of the six women, speaking to the people whose lives are still touched by the ripples of their deaths. They also speak with Walkley-winning journalist John Silvester, an original reporter on the case.
Australia's laissez-faire relationship with booze brings with it a whole assortment of cultural and societal issues, yet despite our awareness of this most of us still enjoy a beer or a glass of wine every night. But when cities went into lockdown across the country at the beginning of the pandemic, for some that one glass slowly turned into one bottle, enjoyed alone and without the company of friends and family. Sam Mills and Katie Johnson speak to Australians who turned to alcohol in lockdown - and experts who say the general trends and attitudes towards booze in Australia might be changing.
The Long Run
When you're an Olympian, every moment of the four years between the big competitions is rigorously planned and perfectly weighted to get you in your best form on the big day. So what happened to the thousands of athletes left in the lurch when the 2020 Tokyo Games were cancelled earlier this year? Madeleine Spencer and Maeve Bannister speak to athletes and trainers about how rescheduling the Games and living under a lockdown changes your roadmap - and why the four-year cycle might be having such a big effect on athletes' mental health.
Every year, hundreds of rational people find themselves on the receiving end of a phone scam. Their premises border on ridiculous, asking you to pay off your tax debt in iTunes gift cards, yet time and time again we fall for them. How do these scam artists, so amateurish in many other ways, have our psychology so figured out? Reporters Danielle Collis and Rosa Ritchie speak to victims, near-victims and experts in an attempt to open up the mind of both scammer and scammed.
With a tourist economy shattered by six months of coronavirus shutdown, Bali has reopened its borders to a tragic increase in infections and deaths. To understand why this happened, Belinda Yohana and Sophie Raynor take us back to the 70s: to understand how Bali became so dependent on mass tourism in the first place. It’s the story of surf exploration, the hippy trail, cut-price flights, the Asian recession, and a hamstrung economy. But it’s also the story of a new opportunity for Bali to re-open with a resilient, sustainable, and diverse economy.
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Love the variety
Such a good format, short and sweet - always less than 20 mins. And each episode covers a different topic. It's made by students in Australia but I personally think the content would be interested to audiences everywhere. Keep it coming!
Such awesome reporting, can’t wait to hear what comes next! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to dive a little deeper in some contemporary Australian stories.
Only two episodes in and I’ve already learnt so much. Great reporting, wonderful content and shows what a combination of curiosity, commitment and talent can bring to this medium — you can tell these people really care about their craft!