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Good Weekend Talks

English, News magazine, 4 seasons, 145 episodes, 3 days 11 hours 38 minutes
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It's your favourite magazine, brought to life for your ears, your heart and your soul - deep-dive into the definitive stories in stereo. Immerse yourself in long reads of some of the best Good Weekend features, followed by a discussion with the magazine's much-loved writers.
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How Hunter Johnson helps young men navigate the 'manosphere'

As CEO and founder of national charity organisation The Man Cave, Hunter Johnson helps young men build self-esteem and emotional resilience, while arming them with the tools to navigate the sometimes toxic 'manosphere'. In this episode of Good Weekend Talks, senior writer Melissa Fyfe talks to Johnson about his youth at an elite high school, his journaling practice, visiting Buckingham Palace - even working with Harry and Meghan - while creating a brand of toiletries for young men.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/02/202439 minutes 41 seconds
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Brian Ritchie on the Violent Femmes, MONA, and his meditative flute

He's toured the world as a rock star, but ended up in Hobart running an arts festival. In this episode of Good Weekend Talks, Brian Ritchie, bass player for American folk punk band Violent Femmes speaks to The Age arts editor Elizabeth Flux about his career in music, how he became artistic director for Mona Foma, his friendship with the eccentric head of MONA, David Walsh, and how the Shakuhachi flute keeps him grounded. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/02/202434 minutes 23 seconds
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How Eric Bana and Robert Connolly survived filming in 'Leech Gully'

In this episode, we speak with actor Eric Bana and director Robert Connolly about their new film, Force of Nature, a sequel to their 2020 smash it, The Dry. Hosting this conversation about their shared work experience, leeches on location, and filming in frigid and wet Victorian forests, is senior culture writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Karl Quinn.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/02/202425 minutes 13 seconds
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How we can harness intuition to make better decisions

In this episode, we speak with neuroscientist Joel Pearson, author of a new book, The Intuition Toolkit, about the science behind intuition and how we can harness that to make better decisions. Joel explains what happens when we experience the powerful gut feelings and hunches or as he prefers to define them, the learned productive use of unconscious information. Hosting this conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Amanda Hooton.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/01/202438 minutes 47 seconds
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Jelena Dokic on abuse and resilience, body positivity and trolls

In this episode of Good Weekend Talks, we go to Melbourne Park - home of the Australian Open - and speak to former tennis star, author, and now inspirational Nine commentator, Jelena Dokic. Jelena burst onto the scene in 1999, when she was just 16. Ranked 129 in the world, she knocked over then world number 1, Martina Hingis, launching a career full of promise. But behind closed doors, she had already survived a decade of abuse at the hands of her father. She famously overcame (or survived) that adversity, to eventually become the number four player in the world, before retiring from the game 10 years ago. She speaks with Good Weekend senior writer Konrad Marshall about fleeing war, mental health, body positivity, online abuse, and who will win the women's final this year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/01/202430 minutes 31 seconds
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GWT summer Are there seven stages to go through after discovering an affair?

We'll be back in late January 2024 with plenty of exciting interviews booked in the calendar.  But for now enjoy one of our most popular episodes from the past year. And remember to subscribe and share. Do affairs run in families? Are there seven stages to go through after discovering your spouse has cheated on you? What is the best way to move on? Journalist Kate Legge delves into these questions and more - with Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland - after discovering not only that her husband had cheated on her, but that their son had cheated on his partner too, and that her husband's father and grandmother had both also had affairs. This episode first aired on February 18, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/01/202441 minutes 16 seconds
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GWT summer: Hugh van Cuylenburg on feeling happier through GEM

We'll be back in late January 2024 with plenty of exciting interviews booked in the calendar.  But for now enjoy one of our most popular episodes from the past year. And remember to subscribe and share. We talk with Hugh Van Cuylenburg, a former teacher turned podcaster and public speaker who founded the Resilience Project and co-hosts The Imperfects podcast. Van Cuylenburg talks to Good Weekend senior writer Konrad Marshall about the twists and turns in his own life, the lessons he wants to impart to others and why he loves a good long run. This episode first aired on April 14, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/01/202437 minutes 51 seconds
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GWT summer: RecipeTin Eats founder Nagi Maehashi on her inspiration - and obsessive testing process

We'll be back in late January 2024 with plenty of exciting interviews booked in the calendar.  But for now enjoy one of our most popular episodes from the past year. And remember to subscribe and share. In this episode we speak with Nagi Maehashi, the creator of cult cooking website, RecipeTin Eats, which has grown into a global success story since it launched almost a decade ago. Nagi Maehashi talks with us about what inspired her to start cooking her obsessive testing process and how her former career as an auditor helped make her business so strong.And hosting this discussion, which includes generous mention of Maehashi’s much loved sidekick Dozer - a golden retriever almost as popular as her food - is senior culture writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald Kerrie O’Brien.  This episode first aired on April 6, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/12/202329 minutes 54 seconds
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GWT summer: Guy Pearce on fatherhood, films, cults and that Neighbours reboot

We'll be back in late January 2024 with plenty of exciting interviews booked in the calendar.  But for now enjoy one of our most popular episodes from the past year. And remember to subscribe and share. We talk with veteran Aussie actor Guy Pearce, whose career now spans four decades, from his debut as a novice straight out of high school in Neighbours, via Hollywood movies like LA Confidential and international hits like The King's Speech, to high-end TV series such as Jack Irish and Mare of Easttown and his new show coming out shortly on Disney+ - The Clearing - an eight-part thriller set in Victoria. Hosting this conversation - about everything from how fatherhood has changed him, to his itinerant global life, to how he really feels about the Neighbours reboot, is senior culture writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Karl Quinn. This episode first aired on May 19, 20
22/12/202336 minutes 20 seconds
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Konrad Marshall's commandments for good magazine writing

In this episode, Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland sits down with senior writer Konrad Marshall to discuss what makes a great magazine feature, what Marshall learnt from his early days working for small town American newspapers and how, in an increasingly media-managed world, the specialist craft of longform writing is changing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/12/202329 minutes 32 seconds
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A whip around the world in 2023: more Wretched than Roaring Twenties

In this episode we speak with Nick Bryant, author, former BBC correspondent and occasional columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, about the big events across the globe this year. Unlike the so-called Roaring 1920s, Bryant notes that the 2020s have gotten off to a rather wretched start. From war in the Middle East to the harsh effects of climate change, to the consolidation of power by strongmen such as Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, Bryant laments the state of play right now. And that's before we even get to the spectre of another Donald Trump term in the White House. Hosting this conversation, which also canvasses some of the high points of the year, from our fervour for the Matilda's to the Barbie and Taylor Swift phenomena, is the editor of Good Weekend, Katrina Strickland. See <a href
08/12/202335 minutes 28 seconds
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Taika Waititi on spirituality and sport, creativity and criticism

In this episode, we speak with Hollywood director, actor, screenwriter and producer Taika Waititi. The Kiwi filmmaker is the man behind New Zealand films, Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well as global blockbusters like Thor: Love and Thunder, and critically acclaimed Holocaust dramedy JoJo Rabbit. Hosting the conversation about his latest movie, Next Goal Wins starring Michael Fassbender, and how Waititi has been, for the past 22 years, flying to NZ from wherever he is in the world to play rugby every Saturday (kidding!), is Good Weekend senior writer, Konrad Marshall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/12/202331 minutes 49 seconds
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Behind the headlines: talking frankly about gender identity and transition

In this episode, we talk with Melbourne based transgender advocate Son Vivienne. Son is non binary and the chief of Transgender Victoria, which aims to improve social, economic and health outcomes for trans and gender diverse people. Hosting this discussion on affirmative care, treatments and the realities of living as a gender diverse Australian is The Age senior writer, Michael Bachelard.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/11/202340 minutes 32 seconds
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Declining sperm counts and shrinking penises - what's up with men's health (downstairs)?

In this episode, we talk with Melbourne based research scientist Tim Moss about the controversial claim that human sperm is in  precipitous decline. So are we all doomed - or is the research not quite as definitive as it seems? Hosting this conversation on fertility, masculinity and tight underwear is Good Weekend senior writer, Tim Elliott.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/11/202326 minutes 51 seconds
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Marcia Hines on music, longevity and personal growth

In this episode, we speak with singer Marcia Hines about her family ties, arriving in Australia aged 16 and pregnant, her deep connection to music and her enduring appeal. Hosting a conversation that also covers her latest album, The Gospel According to Marcia, as well as upcoming gigs in the stage version of Grease and as a returning judge on Australian Idol, is The Age culture writer and unabashed Marcia fan, Michael Lallo.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/202337 minutes 34 seconds
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What restoring an 18th century French chateau taught former Victorian pollie Tim Holding and his partner about themselves

In 2020, former Victorian state MP Tim Holding and fiancée Felicity Selkirk purchased a crumbling 18th century French chateau and set about restoring it. The monumental, multi-year renovation has drained their patience - and bank balance - but become one of the most rewarding things they've ever embarked upon. Hosting a conversation about why they decided to do it in the first place, what it's taught them about themselves and each other, and living in the French countryside, is Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/202332 minutes 24 seconds
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How do you capture your past? Acclaimed author Richard Flanagan explains

In this episode, Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan discusses everything from his latest novel, Question 7 – from his near-death experience as a young man kayaking on the Franklin River to his decision to become a novelist as a four-year-old, and how his connection to Tasmania dates back to the first convicts. Hosting the conversation about the difficulties of forgetting, remembering and writing about the past is Spectrum editor and culture writer Melanie Kembrey.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/10/202337 minutes 41 seconds
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Journalist and author Julia Baird on the concept of grace in everyday life

On this episode, journalist and bestselling author Julia Baird speaks about her latest book, Bright Shining, which explores the role of grace in our lives: what it is, where to find it, and how to cultivate it. Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Amanda Hooton.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/10/202329 minutes 16 seconds
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Film and TV producer Jodi Matterson on selling Australian stories to global audiences

On today’s episode we talk to Jodi Matterson, the most important person in Australian film and TV that you've likely never heard of. This powerhouse of the screen is behind everything from the Naomi Watts film Penguin Bloom, to the Nicole Kidman series Nine Perfect Strangers. She speaks about her globetrotting life, and how she fell into the career in the first place.Hosting this discussion is Good Weekend senior writer Amanda Hooton.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/10/202333 minutes 27 seconds
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Bestselling author Matthew Reilly on writing, making his first movie and working with Netflix

In this episode, Australian thriller writer Matthew Reilly talks about his writing life in Los Angeles, what it was like to make the film Interceptor and how long it takes to know if you've got a Netflix hit (hint: not long at all). Hosting the conversation is Books Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Jason Steger.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/202335 minutes 43 seconds
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Former Olympian Kieren Perkins on the thorny challenges facing sport

In this episode, we talk with former Olympic champion Kieren Perkins. The swimmer had an amazing career in the pool, including winning consecutive individual gold medals through the 1990s.  Since then he's worked in leadership, consultancy and banking - and for the past 18 months, at the Australian Sports Commission, as CEO of an organisation charged with fostering  Australia's Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth games sports. Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Konrad Marshall.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/09/202346 minutes 51 seconds
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Musician Tex Perkins on music, performance anxiety and covering Johnny Cash

In this episode, we speak to the former frontman for The Cruel Sea, Tex Perkins, who’s currently on tour playing the hits of the legendary Johnny Cash. In conversation with Karl Quinn, Perkins discusses everything from performance anxiety and growing up in Brisbane to the pros and cons of playing Cash’s songs to the inmates of a maximum security prison. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/09/202332 minutes 22 seconds
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Tracey Spicer on artificial intelligence, misogyny in the media and living with long covid

On today’s episode, we speak with former broadcaster Tracy Spicer about artificial intelligence, misogyny in the media and what it’s like living with long COVID. Her latest book, Man-Made, examines the rapidly developing world of technology, which she says is fraught with danger, posing a real risk to the gains made by the civil rights movement. And hosting this conversation about bias in machine learning, living with a disability and indigenous women as the world’s first coders - is senior culture writer at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Kerrie O’Brien.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/07/202330 minutes 2 seconds
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‘Feel the rage and get active:’ author Tim Winton on his fight to save Ningaloo

This week, we speak to writer Tim Winton about his campaign to save the remote, pristine ecosystems around Ningaloo, in north-west Western Australia. The award-winning author has produced a documentary about the battle to protect this beautiful reef and the land that surrounds it from numerous threats including salt mines, oil and gas pipelines and a deep water port proposed for the middle of a humpback whale refuge. Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer Tim Elliott.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/07/202340 minutes 23 seconds
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Myf Warhurst on keeping young, being a failed musician, and her long-running career

On today's episode, we speak to broadcaster Myf Warhurst about her eclectic career in radio and TV, including the music knowledge that made her both a Eurovision commentator and a Spicks and Specs favorite, as well as her current stage role playing the narrator in a new production of the Rocky Horror Show. Not to mention a recurring gig on the animated global hit Bluey.  Hosting the conversation - from being a foster parent and her documentary about menopause - is Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/06/202334 minutes 27 seconds
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Hugh van Cuylenburg on feeling happier through GEM

This week we talk with Hugh Van Cuylenburg, a former teacher turned podcaster and public speaker who founded the Resilience Project and co-hosts The Imperfects podcast. Van Cuylenburg talks to Good Weekend senior writer Konrad Marshall about the twists and turns in his own life, the lessons he wants to impart to others and why he loves a good long run.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/04/202337 minutes 51 seconds