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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
    • 4.5 • 145 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.

    Enron, schizophrenia, the Bowls Club and me - the life of Glenn Jarvis

    Enron, schizophrenia, the Bowls Club and me - the life of Glenn Jarvis

    Glenn was working at Enron in London when his mental health began to unravel. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and lost nearly everything. Then a Bowls Club in Queanbeyan helped him begin again

    • 46 min
    Kitty Flanagan's unlikely path to comedy

    Kitty Flanagan's unlikely path to comedy

    Kitty has woven together a series of true stories from her life including being locked in a crayfish freezer for talking too much (R)

    • 1 hr
    Confronting my grandmother the Baba Yaga

    Confronting my grandmother the Baba Yaga

    Krissy Kneen grew up under the strict control of her grandmother, Lotty, who was the eccentric and sometimes cruel matriarch of her small family. Krissy was forbidden to investigate Lotty's past or ask why she'd come to Australia from Slovenia via Egypt. The extraordinary truth of Lotty's life could only be told after Lotty's death

    • 55 min
    Sarah Dingle — finding my donor dad

    Sarah Dingle — finding my donor dad

    Sarah was twenty-seven when she discovered she had been conceived using a sperm donor. When she set out to find her biological father, she found out the truth about the global fertility business

    • 50 min
    Hope, hype and exploitation — the wild history of stem cell science

    Hope, hype and exploitation — the wild history of stem cell science

    Physician scientist Professor John Rasko on some of the charlatans and shining lights from the problematic and often tragic field of regenerative medicine. Long regarded as a coming salvation, the full potential of stem cells is yet to be realised. John de-mystifies our understanding of the science and explains why there's reason for hope

    • 51 min
    The blue budgie in Berlin — Gisela Kaplan's story

    The blue budgie in Berlin — Gisela Kaplan's story

    Animal behaviourist Gisela Kaplan grew up in devastated post-WWII Berlin, forced to eat soap and wild nettles to survive. A brilliant student who loved music, she trained as an opera singer and an academic. Decades later, after adopting a magpie nestling, she began a new chapter as one of the world's leading authorities on the lives of Australia’s native birds

    • 52 min

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4.5 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

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Excellent

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One of my favorite podcasts

Conversation is a fresh breath of air for those of us who live in United States of toxic media and redundant boring topics. My wife and I can’t wait for the next episode of year show. Keep up the good work and thank you. Tony E. Los Angeles

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