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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.

  • 50 minutes 54 seconds
    Pack ice, seal fat and the big slide: Tim and Ernest's incredible journey

    Tim Jarvis takes you on his adventures, following in the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton, who tried valiantly to cross Antarctica from sea to sea, from 1914-17 (R)

    21 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 48 minutes 30 seconds
    How Leila saw birds anew

    Leila Jeffreys was a young photographer when she built a tiny studio specifically for birds. She then began taking heart-stopping images of budgies, owls, eagles and cockatoos 

    20 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 52 minutes 42 seconds
    Avani Dias on modern India and the rise of Narendra Modi

    Avani Dias was working as the South Asia Correspondent for the ABC when she was forced out of India for doing her job as a journalist

    19 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 45 minutes 54 seconds
    The beauty of the brain

    Neurosurgeon Brindha Shivalingam says it is a privilege to go into someone’s brain and repair the body's most vital organ. She didn’t expect to become the patient in 2019

    18 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 28 minutes 8 seconds
    Michael Theo's childhood dream

    Michael Theo found unexpected fame on 'Love on the Spectrum'. Now he's realised a childhood dream: to become an actor

    17 June 2024, 3:00 am
  • 46 minutes 54 seconds
    The strange true tale of the tattooed arm regurgitated by a shark

    Phil Roope with a true crime saga from 1930s Sydney involving a tiger shark, a severed arm, a Gladstone bag, smuggled cocaine, and a wronged man (CW: graphic descriptions)

    14 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 50 minutes 33 seconds
    The girl who turned her head away

    Juliana Nkrumah survived ill treatment at the hands of her stepmother, growing up in Ghana, and got away with a warning from the Mugabe regime when she was teaching in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. And she is still the same girl who was too shy to look her husband in the eyes the first time they met

    13 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 50 minutes 30 seconds
    Free will, liberty and Aristotle in the animal kingdom

    Why do we all feel "funny" about zoos? And should we? Dr Jenny Gray is the CEO of Zoos Victoria, and an ethicist fascinated by concepts like liberty and free will in the animal kingdom

    12 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 49 minutes 42 seconds
    Michael Mosley’s legacy: empowering science for the everyday

    The late Michael Mosley on his investigations into the complicated and fascinating world of our gut health and the human microbiome (R)

    11 June 2024, 3:00 am
  • 51 minutes 48 seconds
    The 700-room nightmare

    For a thousand years, Colditz Castle has sat on the edge of a cliff in eastern Germany. It has been a royal hunting lodge, a madhouse, and most famously an inescapable prisoner of war camp (R)

    10 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 52 minutes 18 seconds
    Tabletop, Spank, and Spycraft

    Thriller writer Louise Doughty on spycraft, trench coats and her Romany roots

    7 June 2024, 1:00 am
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