Breandáin O'Shea is a journalist who has been working internationally for decades. He is constantly amazed at the number of Australians - high profile or otherwise - living outside Australia - who have remarkable careers and what's more, remarkable stories to tell. In Tall Poppies: The Podcast, Breandáin sits down with one of these inspiring Aussies each episode to chat about their work, living abroad and their passage to international success. Of course he also discusses how growing up in Australia influenced them in the past and even today in their work.
Check out the extensive archive featuring interviews that include philosopher Peter Singer, composer Brett Dean or author Gail Jones.
Matthew Larkum, Neuroscientist
Away from the challenges the world is facing during this pandemic, we are also living through another one of the greatest of scientific endeavours - that is - the attempt to understand the most complex object in the universe, the brain. Researchers are devoting massive amounts of time and energy to exploring what brains do and new technology is enabling them to both describe and manipulate that activity. It came as a surprise to discover that here in Germany, one of the country's leading neuroscientists is Sydney-born Matthew Larkum, who heads the Larkum Laboratory at Humboldt University, Berlin. He joins Breandáin O'Shea on this episode of Tall Poppies: The Podcast.
Stanley Dodds - Violinist and Conductor
Stanley Dodds grew up in Adelaide and has been a violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra since the early 90s. He is also a conductor and frequently directs ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic and in 2014 was appointed Principal Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He is dedicated to working with youth and amateur orchestras and is in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic Schools Orchestra Concert and Youth Composition Workshop. Stan Dodds is also a member of the Berlin Philharmonic executive board.
Gail Jones, Author
Gail Jones one of Australia's most celebrated writers who has a special place in her heart for Berlin. At home, her work has received several major accolades including the 2019 Australian Prime Minister's prize for literature, while abroad Gail's fiction has been translated into fifteen languages and long-listed for esteemed prizes, such as the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.
Tall Poppies Postcard: Remembering Joan Sutherland (1926 -2010)
Not many opera singers could match the achievements of the Australian soprano, Joan Sutherland. Her brilliant career stretched over four decades and the legendary singer was celebrated in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Yet, despite her worldwide fame and the many international honours she received during her lifetime, Joan Sutherland remained unaffected by it all.
Breandáin met Dame Joan in 2000, during the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium, and recorded this interview.
Shannon Barnett, Jazz Trombonist
In this podcast, the extraordinary jazz trombonist Shannon Barnett joins Breandáin to talk about her phenomenal career in music, the challenges she continues to face as a female musician and about the inspiration she finds through teaching the next generation of musicians.
Tall Poppies Postcard with Adam Elliot, Animation writer, Director and Producer
Adam Elliot's films have been featured at hundreds of festivals and have received numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his film, "Harvie Krumpet". Adam calls his films "Clayographies," and by that, he means clay-animated biographies.
Their themes are bittersweet and often venture into domains that many filmmakers might normally shy away from. While being hilarious and poignant, they explore friendship, autism, taxidermy, obesity, kleptomania, religious differences and mental illness.
This podcast features one of Breandáin's interviews with Academy Award-winner Adam Elliot from 2009.
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