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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

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.

    Painter Wendy Sharpe on her Jewish roots

    Painter Wendy Sharpe on her Jewish roots

    When Wendy Sharpe read her late father's diaries, she began a new exploration of her Jewish family's history, including the story of her psychic grandmother, Bessie

    • 49 min
    The ballad of Ally Colquitt

    The ballad of Ally Colquitt

    When stripper and tattoo artist Ally Colquitt was arrested for drug dealing, it became a turning point. Inside her jail cell, she began reading, drawing, and embarked on the painstaking process of rebuilding her life from its ashes (CW: mentions suicide, grief and loss, drug use)

    • 48 min
    Searching for the Countess of Kirribilli

    Searching for the Countess of Kirribilli

    Joyce Morgan with the story of Elizabeth Von Arnim, the Australian-born literary sensation who captivated Victorian London

    • 51 min
    The butterfly effect — collecting in the Torres Strait

    The butterfly effect — collecting in the Torres Strait

    Entomologist Dr Trevor Lambkin says the main thing butterfly collectors need is a sense of adventure — something he has honed over 40 years of travel to the Torres Strait

    • 43 min
    Steve Killelea and the measure of world peace

    Steve Killelea and the measure of world peace

    After an early life spent surfing around the world, an Australian businessman got serious about his career and created a global tool for measuring peace in every country, and has since been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize

    • 51 min
    Best of 2021 - Paul Livingston

    Best of 2021 - Paul Livingston

    Paul is a musician, author and performer best known for his comedic alter-ego, Flacco. In recent years he's joined an eclectic band of people who ring the bells at his local church tower in inner Sydney. He's also been working as a volunteer, listening to and writing down the stories of people at the end of their lives (R)

    • 52 min

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