Good Weekend Talks

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Good Weekend Talks features in-depth conversations with the people fascinating Australians right now, from sport to politics to the arts, business and beyond, interviewed weekly by the country's top journalists. Consider it a magazine for your ears.

  • 31 minutes 16 seconds
    Debunking milk myths: Farmer and food writer Matthew Evans on the white stuff

    In this episode we speak with Matthew Evans, the Australian chef and restaurant critic turned Tassie farmer and food writer. Evans, who has written a new book called Milk, talks about the science behind dairy products, the truth and lies around them - and answers the curly question of whether cheese dreams are real.

    Hosting the conversation, in which Evans also discusses the big issues facing food producers, is the national editor of Good Food, Ardyn Bernoth.

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    19 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 33 minutes 20 seconds
    Solving Australia's chronic housing crisis

    In this episode we speak with economics commentator Cameron Murray, author of the book, The Great Housing Hijack, which looks at the factors behind Australia's housing crisis. Murray was one of the few who predicted the boom in home prices after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hosting a conversation that covers Murray's analysis of the underlying causes of the problem, international templates for improvements and the role of social housing in the solution is Good Weekend deputy editor, Greg Callaghan.

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    12 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 32 minutes 24 seconds
    ‘Live, give, get uncomfortable’: Nedd Brockmann on that epic run across Australia - and his next crazy challenge

    In this episode we speak with Nedd Brockmann. The 25 year old sparky captured the attention of the country in 2022 when he ran from Perth to Sydney, raising $2.5 million for homelessness in the process. With a second book and a Kayo documentary in the works, he’s now come up with a new way to challenge himself - and hopefully break a world record.

    Hosting the conversation with Brockmann is Good Weekend senior writer Konrad Marshall. 

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    5 July 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 39 minutes
    'I've got to work out who the hell this guy is:' The true story behind 'Fake'

    In this episode, we speak with former Good Weekend staff writer Stephanie Wood. Stephanie's 2017 story about her real-life relationship with a man who deceived her with a web of lies received an incredible response from readers, such that she left the magazine to write a book about the experience, Fake, which was published in 2019. That story has now been turned into an eight-part TV series starring Asher Keddie and David Wenham, premiering on Paramount Plus on July 4.

    On today's podcast, Wood discusses that long-ago relationship, why she thinks her experience resonated so much with readers, what it's like to see Asher Keddie playing her – and whether this lemons-to-lemonade tale means all the heartache was worth it in the end. With host, Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland. 

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    28 June 2024, 5:07 am
  • 34 minutes 44 seconds
    Athletics champ Tamsyn Manou on Australia’s ‘resurgence’ in the lead-up to Paris 2024

    In this episode we speak to Tamsyn Manou (née Lewis). The former track star long ago traded her running shoes for the microphone, and is headed to France next month as a Nine Wide World of Sports expert athletics commentator.

    In this chat, she takes us into everything from the headspace occupied by aspiring Olympians right now, to the things she's most looking forward to seeing in Paris and the rise of middle-distance running in Australia.

    Hosting this conversation is chief reporter for The Age, Chip Le Grand.

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    21 June 2024, 3:23 am
  • 31 minutes 20 seconds
    Max Chandler-Mather on housing, heckling and the perfect door knock

    In this episode we speak to Max Chandler-Mather, the 32 year old Greens MP who's shaking up Canberra with his uncompromising take on the housing crisis.

    Chandler-Mather talks with Good Weekend senior writer Jane Cadzow about his own experience as a renter and how it feeds into his policies and politics, his success with door-knocking at the 2022 federal election, and what he thinks of the hecklers in federal parliament.

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    14 June 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 37 minutes 57 seconds
    Liz Ellis on healing the wounds within netball

    In this episode, we speak with retired Australian netball champion and TV presenter Liz Ellis, who was recently appointed chair of Netball Australia, following a series of crises. Netball was riven with issues last year, including a team departing the national league, a pay dispute with players, and the loss of critical national funding.

    Hosting the conversation - about the many problems facing an otherwise popular sport that's played by millions of women and girls (and, increasingly, men and boys) around the country - is The Age sports reporter Carla Jaeger.

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    7 June 2024, 4:36 am
  • 24 minutes 41 seconds
    Did Robert Farquharson kill his three sons? A science-led reappraisal

    In this episode we speak with the chief executive of the Australian Academy of Science, Anna-Maria Arabia, who leads a growing band of people expressing concern about the evidence used to convict Robert Farquharson of the murder of his three sons.

    The Victorian father drove his car, with the three boys inside, into a dam on Father’s Day, 2005, for which he is serving a 33 year sentence. Arabia unpicks the evidence used in his case and calls for better science to be presented in the legal system in general.

    Hosting the episode is a journalist who’s spent months combing through the Farquharson evidence, Michael Bachelard, a senior writer with The Age.

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    31 May 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 4 minutes
    Introducing: Trial by Water

    From The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Trial by Water is a new investigative podcast series about Robert Farquharson, who has been locked up for decades for an unthinkable crime: murdering his three sons in a dam on Father’s Day, 2005.

    Now scientists and lawyers are asking the question: did we get it wrong? And is this man in prison for a crime he didn’t commit?

    Episode 1 will arrive on Saturday, June 1.

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    26 May 2024, 9:00 pm
  • 36 minutes 9 seconds
    How the world-famous Bondi Icebergs pool became a literal life saver

    In this episode we speak with documentary maker Ian Darling, whose latest movie - The Pool - is premiering at the Sydney Film Festival in June before a national cinema release. The film is a paean to Bondi Icebergs, a picturesque pool on the edge of Australia’s most famous beach.

    Hosting this episode, which explores Darling's shift from stockbroking to filmmaking, the meditative nature of swimming, the eclectic 'Bergs community, and the trials and tribulations of a 12-month outdoor shoot, is Good Weekend editor, Katrina Strickland.

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    24 May 2024, 7:01 pm
  • 28 minutes 4 seconds
    The law student who thought Kathleen Folbigg innocent - then went on to secure her freedom

    In this episode we meet Rhanee Rego, the young Novocastrian who became interested in the case of Australia's "worst serial child killer", Kathleen Folbigg, when studying law. Six years later, Rego was instrumental in securing the release of Folbigg, who'd been jailed in 2003 for killing her four infant children. With Folbigg's convictions now quashed, Rego is working to secure what's expected to be one of the biggest compensation payouts in Australian legal history.

    Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Tim Elliott.

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    17 May 2024, 7:01 pm
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