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Behind every big idea, there's a long story. Produced by Sydney Opera House as part of the Talks and Ideas program, Edwina Throsby interviews some of the world's most interesting thinkers and culture creators.

It's a Long Story Sydney Opera House

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Behind every big idea, there's a long story. Produced by Sydney Opera House as part of the Talks and Ideas program, Edwina Throsby interviews some of the world's most interesting thinkers and culture creators.

    SPECIAL EPISODE: ANTIDOTE 2019 Program Launch

    SPECIAL EPISODE: ANTIDOTE 2019 Program Launch

    In this special episode of It’s a Long Story, host and ANTIDOTE festival curator Edwina Throsby is interviewed by Sydney Morning Herald Editor Lisa Davies about the 2019 festival.
    Discover the lineup here: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/festivals/antidote.html

    • 20 min
    Adam Liaw | Every dish tells a story

    Adam Liaw | Every dish tells a story

    Adam Liaw understands how Australian families eat. Emigrating to South Australia from Malaysia in the 1980s his childhood was a delicious mix of international cuisines. Adam’s precocious smarts fast-tracked his academic career, and landed him at law school well ahead of schedule. Moving to Japan in his twenties to work at Disney Asia, he was settling into Japanese culture. But everything changed when he applied on a whim for the second season of Masterchef Australia. Ten years, six books and one snow egg later, he now hosts award-winning SBS television series Destination Flavour. His columns and recipes provide a thoughtful culinary perspective and a solid knowledge of what you should put on the table tonight.
    Watch Adam with Yotam Ottolenghi

    • 39 min
    Liz Jackson | Rebranding disability

    Liz Jackson | Rebranding disability

    When Liz Jackson woke up one morning back in 2012 unable to feel her legs, her life radically changed direction. Diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease, Liz left her successful career in television to become a designer and activist, devoted to improving design for disabled people across the world. Her blog, The Girl with the Purple Cane, and her organisation The Disabled List, brings the unique insights and skills of disabled people and designers into the broader design conversation.
    Show notes:
    Watch Liz at ANTIDOTE 2018
    Listen to her talk 'The Original Lifehackers'

    • 36 min
    Yotam Ottolenghi | Keep cooking simple

    Yotam Ottolenghi | Keep cooking simple

    It’s hard to remember what we used to cook before Yotam Ottolenghi burst into our culinary consciousness. His brand of colourful, vegetable-based food has transformed kitchens and tables the world over. Born in Jerusalem, Yotam was set to pursue an academic career after completing a master’s degree in comparative literature. However at age 30 he decided to move to London to become a chef, and his future was rewritten. His London restaurants have become cult destinations, his cookbooks are on everyone’s shelves, he’s a TV host, he’s one of the world’s most famous gay dads, and he’s one of the loveliest people you’re likely to meet.
    Show notes:
    Watch Yotam Ottolenghi in conversation with Adam Liaw 
    Listen to his 2014 conversation with Joanna Savill
    5 things you don't know about Ottolenghi
    Win flights to London to visit his restaurant Nopi

    • 42 min
    Sarah Wilson | Anxiety, the beautiful journey

    Sarah Wilson | Anxiety, the beautiful journey

    As a hugely successful journalist and writer, and the founder of the international diet and lifestyle empire I Quit Sugar, Sarah Wilson might seem like the poster girl for perfect health. Yet anxiety and bipolar disorder have been with her throughout her life and career. Growing up in rural Australia in a big, poor family, she has always been driven to overachieve, editing national magazines, hosting the first season of Masterchef, writing a series of bestselling cookbooks, and amassing a small army of online followers. In her book First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Sarah gives an unflinchingly honest account of her struggles with mental illness, and how anxiety doesn’t have to be a negative force in your life.

    • 37 min
    Jonathan Drori | The under story

    Jonathan Drori | The under story

    Walking through Kew Gardens in London with his family was formative for polymath, writer and tree-lover Jonathan Drori. With a career bridging engineering and broadcasting, he was part of the trailblazing team which created the very first iteration of BBC online, surfed the crest of the dotcom boom, and created a whole lot of very good BBC television programs. Yet the pull of the natural world held strong, and his book, Around the World in 80 Trees, explores the unique relationship of human beings with the trees that surround us, and the ways trees are tipping us off to the health of our societies and our planet.
    Show notes:
    Watch Jonathan Drori in Three Ways to Save the World

    • 35 min

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