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Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia's most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world.

Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

Talking Australia Australian Geographic

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Talking Australia, from award-winning Australian Geographic, shares the stories of Australia's most inspiring explorers, conservationists and adventurers. Listen as they take you on a journey around this magnificent country and beyond, whether battling the elements to achieve their lifelong dreams or working hard to preserve our unique and fragile natural world.

Each week the podcast features intimate conversations with extraordinary Australians.

    How climate change is killing us: Paddy Manning

    How climate change is killing us: Paddy Manning

    Author Paddy Manning has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years and in his new book “Body count: How climate change is killing us” he is investigating the true scale of climate change related deaths. From heat stroke victims to devastating mental health issues related with climate anxiety, Manning shows that climate deaths didn’t start in 2019 during one of the worst fire seasons Australia has ever experienced. For his book Manning has spoken to survivors and the families of victims to make us realise that it is time to act.
     
    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
     
    You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

    • 29 min
    Mapping Australia´s dark history: Lyndall Ryan (Rebroadcast)

    Mapping Australia´s dark history: Lyndall Ryan (Rebroadcast)

    Lyndall Ryan´s interest in the history of Australia has grown since her early days as a scholar researching the history of Tasmania and the consequences of the "Black War” for the local Aboriginal population. Through her work, the historian became heavily invested in the survival stories of Indigenous Australians and the frontier wars, which included acknowledgment of massacres committed by European settlers in the early days of the nation. Her research and expertise in the field got her involved in the legendary “History Wars” during the 1990s and early 2000s with other historians. In 2017, Lyndall gained worldwide exposure after she and her team at the University of Newcastle in NSW published an interactive online map of massacre sites in Australia. The map went viral and since its first release has turned into a national project in which Australian´s are helping to tell the whole story of the nation’s past.

    Here you can find out more about Lyndall’s work and look at the map:
    https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/lyndall-ryan
    https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/map.php

    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).

    • 35 min
    Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.2)

    Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.2)

    Brigitte Muir’s life has been all about pushing the limits. She discovered her passion for adventure in high school while exploring the caves near her home in Belgium. This escalated to scaling the world’s highest peaks, becoming the first woman to scale the world's seven highest summits on each continent, including Mt Everest. 
    In recent years, she has committed herself to affecting positive change for women and communities in her beloved eastern Nepal.
     
    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
     
    You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

    • 31 min
    Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.1)

    Meet the first Australian woman to summit Mt Everest: Brigitte Muir (Pt.1)

    Brigitte Muir’s life has been all about pushing the limits. She discovered her passion for adventure in high school while exploring the caves near her home in Belgium. This escalated to scaling the world’s highest peaks, becoming the first woman to scale the world's seven highest summits on each continent, including Mt Everest.

    In recent years, she has committed herself to affecting positive change for women and communities in her beloved eastern Nepal.


    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).

    You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

    • 25 min
    How a few blokes decided to try and save the Numbat: Rob McLean

    How a few blokes decided to try and save the Numbat: Rob McLean

    Robert McLean is an unlikely conservationist. Throughout the week he drives a meat truck and is a bloke who enjoys a steak and a beer. But most weekends he's out in the Dryandra Woodland conservation area, 170km south-east of Perth, trying to save one of Australia’s most endangered species - the numbat - from extinction. There are less than 1000 mature individuals remaining. Together with three other unlikely conservationists - airline worker Sean Van Alphen, power-company employee Matthew Willett, and John Lawson, caretaker of the Lions Dryandra Woodland Village and a former stonemason - he founded The Numbat Task Force.

    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).

    You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

    • 21 min
    How to survive sailing solo around Antarctica: Lisa Blair (Rebroadcast)

    How to survive sailing solo around Antarctica: Lisa Blair (Rebroadcast)

    Lisa Blair is the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica. The dangerous journey took her 184 days to finish and almost killed her when her mast broke in the middle of nowhere in giant seas. The courageous sailor survived the incident to fulfil her dream and tell her incredible story. It made her not only grow as a sailor but as a person. Since then she’s added another record to her belt: the first woman to circumnavigate Australia on her own. And as if all this isn’t enough, plans for a new adventure are already underway.

    Here you can find out more about Lisa´s adventures:
    https://lisablairsailstheworld.com/

    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).

    You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

    • 48 min

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