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Your weekly expedition to the heart of modern life through buildings, design, gardens and food.

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Your weekly expedition to the heart of modern life through buildings, design, gardens and food.

    Matt Preston, Baker Bleu, and an architectural history of student protests

    Matt Preston, Baker Bleu, and an architectural history of student protests

    Uni student protests: An architectural history

    What impact has the built environment had on student protests on campus? How have universities responded architecturally in order to curb dissent?




    Matt Preston: Big Mouth

    The former MasterChef judge, restaurant critic and radio host discusses his memoir Big Mouth. 




    The rise and rise of Baker Bleu

    The Baker Bleu owner shares his ingredients for success in the food business, as well as some of the secrets behind baking seriously good bread. 

    • 54 min
    Charcuterie, a mid-century modernist icon, and permaculture as a beacon of hope

    Charcuterie, a mid-century modernist icon, and permaculture as a beacon of hope

    Annie Smithers cooks Elizabeth David - Charcuterie

    What’s your relationship like with your local sausage maker? Learn about French techniques and recipes that bring to life the art of charcuterie, celebrating its rich flavours and cultural significance.




    What is the future for WA’s forests?

    She spent an enchanted childhood exploring her great-grandfather’s land around Whistlepipe Gully, in southern WA. Greenpeace's Jess Panegyres is now concerned by the alarming decline of ancient forests in the region.




    Milkwood: Permaculture as a beacon of hope

    The author of The Milkwood Permaculture Handbook, Kirsten Bradley, offers an inspiring discourse on how practical permaculture principles may be a lifeline not just for our environment, but for our sense of hope and community.


    Clement Meadmore’s iconic mid-century furniture

    While best known for his sculptural works, this Australian icon’s furniture pieces encapsulate the minimalist aesthetics and functional elegance that influenced an era. 

    • 54 min
    Viking cinnamon buns, Bruce Pascoe's object of desire, and can churches solve the housing crisis?

    Viking cinnamon buns, Bruce Pascoe's object of desire, and can churches solve the housing crisis?

    Breaking news: Vikings enjoyed cinnamon buns

    Why is vanilla a byword for boring? How did peppercorns end up next to salt on every western table? Did you know the Vikings were rather partial to cinnamon buns? Food writer Eleanor Ford explores the rich history of spices. 




    Can churches solve the housing crisis?

    The Australian housing crisis rolls on with profound effect. From low-income families, to the elderly, to renters facing rent increase after rent increase. Against this backdrop, we head to Marrickville in Sydney's inner-west where a daring new housing development may provide a path forward.




    Bruce Pascoe’s object of desire - Nadgee IV

    Writer Bruce Pascoe shares the many stories that bind him closely to his boat and the river.




    The magnificence of Broughton Hall 

    It started as a paddock and became a wonderland of terraced botanical displays, intricate parterre, maze-like pathways and spectacular colour. Join Tim Entwisle as he explores the beauty of Broughton Hall. 

    • 54 min
    Paul Bangay tours the Murdoch family farm, and the meat name game heats up

    Paul Bangay tours the Murdoch family farm, and the meat name game heats up

    Your weekly expedition to the heart of modern life through buildings, design, gardens and food.

    • 54 min
    Future-proofing our beloved cities, and Hetty Lui McKinnon's last meal

    Future-proofing our beloved cities, and Hetty Lui McKinnon's last meal

    From ancient Roman aqueducts to futuristic vertical farms, how can we blend historical wisdom and cutting-edge technology to make our cities resilient places to live? 

    What would food writer Hetty Lui McKinnon eat if it was her last day on Earth?

    And a writer takes us on a tour of his beloved Queensland coastal town.

    • 54 min
    Saudi Arabia’s 'The Line' and architectural megalomania

    Saudi Arabia’s 'The Line' and architectural megalomania

    Stretching for 170 kilometres and soaring 500 metres into the sky, how does The Line rank among the most grandiose architectural efforts in history? The story behind a Vogue editor's beloved Chanel jacket; and who wields the real influence when it comes to the world of social media food influencers?

    • 54 min

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I really enjoy this programme, it has such a fun mix of stories. You can tell Michael enjoys chatting with each guest. Keep up the great work Blueprint Team!

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