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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 168 Ratings

Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

    Tidying up the crematorium

    Tidying up the crematorium

    When writer Lily Brett went to visit Auschwitz, the death camp both her parents had survived, she couldn't help but start tidying up the place where so many of her family had been murdered, and touching the ashes of what was left

    • 49 min
    PRESENTS — I Was Actually There | The Boxing Day tsunami 2004

    PRESENTS — I Was Actually There | The Boxing Day tsunami 2004

    I Was Actually There is a new ABC podcast featuring gripping stories told by people who witnessed history first-hand. Hear what it was like to be a police sniper tasked with handling the gunman at the Port Arthur massacre; how it felt to be a teenager seeing The Beatles during their record-breaking 1964 Adelaide visit; and how one man survived being trapped 1km underground for 14 days, after the Beaconsfield mine collapse.

    Follow the I Was Actually There podcast on ABC listen.

    In this episode, Rebekah Giles and her boyfriend were enjoying a last-minute Christmas holiday in Thailand when the deadliest tsunami in recorded history struck. Rebekah recounts her remarkable survival, from the moment a torrent of water blew apart her beachfront hut on Phi Phi Island.

    • 41 min
    The many magnificent, mysterious faces of Monte Punshon

    The many magnificent, mysterious faces of Monte Punshon

    Monte Punshon was 103 years old when she was crowned the world's oldest lesbian, but that wasn't how she summed up her extraordinary life. Historian Tessa Morris-Suzuki charts Monte's adventures through underground bars and secret clubs

    • 49 min
    Winnie Dunn — the first

    Winnie Dunn — the first

    How family and writing brought her home to Tonga, and gave Winnie the power to launch herself into the world on her own terms

    • 51 min
    The power and determination of Nas Campanella

    The power and determination of Nas Campanella

    Nas Campanella was six months old when she lost her sight. She fell in love with the radio and audio books as a child, growing up to become one of Australia's most well-known TV and radio journalists (R)

    • 53 min
    The megadeath of megafauna

    The megadeath of megafauna

    Dr Aaron Camens studies the fossilised skeletons, footprints and soft tissue left behind by strange, alien-like behemoths, to work out how they lived, and what, or who, killed them

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

O’Hara Drive ,

Sleepless nights

So love this Podcast! Live in NIreland but family in Australia- hearing the lilting tones of the Southern Hemisphere keeps my heart connected to them all just a little bit more! Brendan Cowell’s Episode is the best! A wonderful story teller ❤️

nickyljames ,

Fantastic podcast

As an Australian living in the UK, I LIVE for this podcast! I’m a big fan of Richard Fidler as an author and historian, so I was delighted to learn about this podcast. Sarah & Richard have interesting conversations with a diverse range of guests, exploring a myriad of topics in a sensitive and engaging manner. Brilliant! Thank you ABC Australia!

123etcetc ,

A great podcast!

Australian friends recommended this podcast, and while I’m unfamiliar with all of the interviewees (I’m In the UK), I often get sucked in. Both interviewers have a very natural style and bring the best out.

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