Earshot is going seasonal, welcome to our first season Promise Me.
How easy is it to make a promise? What happens when you don't deliver?
In these eight deeply personal stories you'll hear promises made, broken, kept, and stretched. Come ride a rollercoaster of trust, hope, betrayal, love and loss: from the funny to the devastating. Eavesdrop on life as it's lived.
A Final Promise | Meet me in the middle of the air
If a friend sent you a farewell text, saying she was planning to end her life, what would you do? Jennie’s response was to go and sing with Nia and promise to tell her story.
Nia has scleroderma, her skin and lungs have hardened over the last 20 years, the pain and discomfort has now become unbearable. But thanks to the Voluntary Assisted Dying laws that Nia helped establish she will have the death she hopes for.
A Promise Renegotiated | For the love of God
Charlotte was a deeply religious teenager - she prayed, served, and saved herself for marriage. Marriage, she was promised, would bring fireworks, fulfilment. After 5 years of dating, Charlotte married Casey. But as she got older, Charlotte began to question those promises made to her about marriage and happy-ever-after.
PRESENTS — Run, Hide, Repeat
Pauline Dakin’s childhood was marked by unexplained events, a sense of unseen menace, and secretive moves to new cities with no warning.
When Pauline was a young adult, her mother finally told her what they were running from – organised crime, secret police and double lives.
Listen to more here Run, Hide, Repeat
An Unattainable Promise | Beauty queens who want to save the world
Full of hope, botox and impossible dreams, beauty queens are judged on their beauty, sincerity and smarts. They promise world peace in exchange for fame, fortune and adoration. That’s the pact contestants make with the faceless owners of glittering pageants.
A Promise Frayed | When Oscar was promised the world
Oscar Berry is 24 and has a rare genetic disorder, speech disability, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He might have a “dodgy chromosome” as his mum Kim says, but he’s gregarious, lives for the gym and his weekend activities, and is dying to move in with his mates. But when Oscar got his new NDIS plan in April, those dreams blew apart.
A Silent Promise | The keeper of forgotten souls
Imagine facing death with no next of kin and no funds to pay for your funeral. In Victoria you’ll end up in the care of Alan Barr at the Old Ballan Cemetery. He’s made a promise to people like this, who often become State Trustees, to provide a dignified end to their lives.
When Miyuki Jokiranta finally finds her friend, Monika, a State Trustee who died during the pandemic, she meets Alan, the keeper of the forgotten souls
The definition of life is being different
Nature finds a way of occupying all possible niches. No one can predict what will be successful. Good on you, mates!
The series “Let’s Talk About Race” is spot on! We have to confront racism head on and call it out.
Another great ABC podcast
I've been listening to this now for, I want to say 3 or 4 years, but I might be misremembering. A while, anyway. This is kind of a slice of life podcast that often intersects with the equally good History Listen podcast.