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Conversations with people who have lived through extreme events. Some stories are dark and twisted, others are light and funny. In all cases, we get an intimate portrait of 'what it was like' to be there.
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Conversations with people who have lived through extreme events. Some stories are dark and twisted, others are light and funny. In all cases, we get an intimate portrait of 'what it was like' to be there.
Hosted by Julian Morgans
A Superreal Production

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    My Life in Australia's Most Infamous Cult: The Family

    My Life in Australia's Most Infamous Cult: The Family

    Ben Shenton grew up in a religious sect in central Victoria called 'The Family'. The children were told that their leader, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ and were made to dress alike and bleach their hair. This continued until Ben was 15, when police raided the compound. Ben tells us about his life before and after that raid.
    You can buy Ben Shenton's autobiography 'Life Behind the Wire' here.
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    I Rescue People From Scammer Farms (Part 2)

    I Rescue People From Scammer Farms (Part 2)

    Last week, we covered the story of a woman sold into slavery to run scams. This week, we meet the man who rescued her. We're speaking with Judah Tana, who runs the NGO Global Advance Projects. He explains how he ended up at the epicenter of the world's scams industry and how the business is expanding.
    Global Advance Projects website is here
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    • 54 min
    I Was Sold Into Slavery to Run Scams (Part 1)

    I Was Sold Into Slavery to Run Scams (Part 1)

    When Miriam boarded a plane to Thailand, she thought she was starting her dream job. Instead, she was drugged upon arrival and woke up in a nightmare. This is her story of survival in a 'scammer farm,' a hidden compound where thousands are forced to run scams. Miriam describes how she endured and eventually escaped.
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    • 57 min
    I Caught Serial Killer Ivan Milat

    I Caught Serial Killer Ivan Milat

    Between 1992 and 1993, seven decomposing bodies were discovered in bushland south of Sydney. The ensuing media storm prompted the state to hastily assemble a police taskforce. Our guest, former-homicide detective Stuart Wilkins, explains how this task force sifted through hundreds of suspects to arrest a road worker named Ivan Milat.
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    • 58 min
    Rain Spencer Will Probably Be Extremely Famous

    Rain Spencer Will Probably Be Extremely Famous

    In 2022, we interviewed a Hollywood producer who predicted that unknown actress Rain Spencer would be the next big thing. Back then, Rain was in an indie film and had 100k followers. Now, she's on her third season of a streaming hit and has nearly a million followers. Today, we ask Rain what it's like slowly becoming a celebrity.
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    • 36 min
    The Hurricane That Swallowed a Cargo Ship

    The Hurricane That Swallowed a Cargo Ship

    In 2015, Hurricane Joaquin roared over the Bahamas and sank a cargo ship called the El Faro, drowning all 33 people onboard. It was a mystery how a modern US-flagged ship could sail into a hurricane until its black box was found. In this episode, Julian examines the black box transcript to discover a crew that ignored all their own instincts.
    Transcript from the El Faro's black box is here.
    The US Coast Guard's report is here.
    And here is an article and a book that was hugely helpful in researching this case:
    “The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades by William Langewiesche
    Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
463 Ratings

463 Ratings

CuddyCudmore ,

Great subjects, hopefully style improves

I think this podcast has the potential to be brilliant. The host may need to mature a little and not assume everybody feels the same as he does. He often misses getting a lot more from his interviewees and some of his softball questions are inane.
I was frustrated by the interview with the scam ‘slave’. I have no doubt she endured a horrific experience, but for a time there she was a willing participant in scamming who knows how many $$$$ from unsuspecting, and as she acknowledges, often lonely old men. She justifies her actions and feels no guilt and the host seems in awe of her and asks very few clarifying questions.
More depth and some insightful questions would go a long way.

Fingerbun21 ,

Very interesting subjects

I’m really enjoying this podcast. Julian finds some amazing people to interview and I’m learning about the breadth of human experience.

annie rainflower ,

Love the stories

Fantastic podcast, interesting guests and stories who often share their heart and soul. Frequently missed opportunities by the host to go deeper and engage more with the guest. Sometimes the host doesn’t really seem to listen to the guests response to his questions, even when the answers are really emotional and could lead to some interesting conversation, as he is keen to just get the next question going. Those parts are hard to listen to. A little more sensitivity would go a long way.

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