112 episodes

Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.

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Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.

    What Will Republicans Do About Trump?

    What Will Republicans Do About Trump?

    Retired General Jim Mattis has launched a scathing criticism of his old boss, labelling Donald Trump a divisive President and a threat to the Constitution.

    Geraldine and Eliza wonder if General Mattis' letter will act as a call to arms amongst Republicans who have been privately wary of the President's behaviour, but until now unwilling to criticise him publicly.

    Also this week, Eliza is enthralled in the German TV series "Das Boot".

    Geraldine wonders how long it takes for a war-torn country to properly confront its past.

    And the women talk shopping in the age of COVID-19.

    Thanks for listening! Get in touch via the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

    General Mattis condemns President Trump – The Atlantic

    Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

    Das Boot – SBS on Demand

    The Firekeepers of Kakadu

    Rio Tinto feels more heat on cave blast

    • 22 min
    Missing the Middle East

    Missing the Middle East

    Eliza is missing her home in Beirut while loving life in Australia.

    It's a strange case of geographical scizophrenia.

    Meanwhile, Geraldine wonders how much adventure and pressure we should inject back into life as we emerge from lockdown.

    Eliza's engrossed in the new 'Wind of Change' podcast and Geraldine has finished the 'Sergio' documentary on Netflix.

    Thanks for listening!

    Join the conversation at the facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

    Rolling Stone on Wind of Change

    It's Only Breathing: Fenella Souter in the Good Weekend

    Amateur vision from 1990 from outside (and inside) Khiam prison

    Wind of Change podcast: Crooked Media

    Sergio: Netflix

    The Bureau: SBS

    Mrs America (Cate Blanchett)

    • 35 min
    Lockdown Chronicles: Anxiety

    Lockdown Chronicles: Anxiety

    As we emerge from lockdown, are we facing a pandemic of anxiety?

    The COVID-19 crisis has forced us into new patterns of social interaction. We've been told that the best way to protect ourselves from coronavirus is staying indoors and away from people.

    Journalist and author Judith Hoare argues that social distancing feeds off fear.

    She conducted extensive research about anxiety for her book called "The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code: The Extraordinary Life of Claire Weekes."

    The Australian doctor's work on anxiety was released in the 1960s without fanfare but has come to be seen as cutting edge.

    Judith Hoare thinks society has learnt a habit of fear and we need to learn to manage anxiety as we resume our normal lives.

    On this special episode of the Lockdown Chronicles, Geraldine interviews Judith Hoare.

    • 23 min
    Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True?

    Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True?

    Geraldine and Eliza dive into the debate about Ronan Farrow's journalistic ethics this week.

    The New York Times has launched an attack on Farrow, arguing that he doesn't like to let inconvenient truths get in the way of a ripping yarn.

    The celebrity journalist won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein along with New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor & Meghan Twohey.

    Eliza thinks Farrow could have done more to acknowledge his colleagues and the team of people involved in bringing down a predator like Weinstein. She acknowledges that Farrow's ego is a problem. But that doesn't discredit his work.

    Geraldine is inherently sceptical of journalists who fly too close to the sun. She thought the New York Times expose was a cautionary tale for less experienced journalists embarking on big investigations.

    Also this week, Geraldine finishes her first novel in a while.

    Ireland and the "terrible beauty" that was the Easter Rising.

    And the future of the office.

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    In this election, it’s the remote against the exposed: Bret Stephens New York Times

    We will miss the office if it dies: Lucy Kellaway (FT)

    Actress – Anne Enright

    The New Yorker reviews “Actress”

    Easter, 1916 W.B Yeates

    Geraldine Doogue: Reflections on an Easter Rising

    She Said - Jodi Kantor & Meghan Twohey

    Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True? Ben Smith NYT

    • 48 min
    Hard Things Are Hard

    Hard Things Are Hard

    American political strategist David Axelrod once famously told President Obama that "hard things are hard".

    Eliza thinks Axelrod's blunt advice is useful when it comes to preparing for COVID-19.

    She's starting to plan for a future where coronavirus and all the associated disruptions become the new normal. That process of change and adaptation is hard - but then everyone's finding it a challenge.

    Geraldine is forcing herself to put down COVID-related news and pick up a novel instead.

    Also this week: Sydney's terrific urban renewal project. Eliza and her Mum also clash over Sydney's new casino building.

    Thanks for listening! Join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

    Quarantine Fatigue is Real – The Atlantic

    “Live and Let Die” Pod Save America

    Spies of No Country – Matti Friedman

    The Actress - Anne Enright

    The Risks – Erin Bromage blog

    How America’s First Known Coronavirus Patient Recovered- Frontline PBS America

    • 26 min
    Lebanon Reignites After Corona Success

    Lebanon Reignites After Corona Success

    Lebanese people are breaking free of quarantine and returning to the streets to protest against the corrupt ruling elite.

    The Government has successfully managed to stop the spread of coronavirus. But the economy - which was already in freefall - is now terminal. The Government has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan, but that money will come with strict austerity conditions that risk further angering the 'street'.

    Eliza's husband Adam covers Lebanon's recent turbulent past in a program on ABC TV Tuesday 5th May at 8pm.

    Also on the podcast, Geraldine wonders if the COVID-19 pandemic will unlock our creative juices? History would suggest not.

    And where should a novice gardener begin?

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    David Runciman – Big Ideas

    Will Joe Biden be the next President of the United States?

    The Art of Forgetting – The Australian - Rosemary Neill

    Affection – Ian Townsend

    Metropolis – Philip Kerr

    Eichmann in Jerusalem – Hannah Arendt

    Hot Mess – ABC Radio National

    • 33 min

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