Some of our favourites from the many hundreds of conversations available:
Meet David Lane whose great uncle, a journalist called William Lane, came up with the idea of setting up the perfect communal society in the 1890s. New Australia was carved out of the Paraguayan jungle and bravely supported by hundreds of excited pioneers, including the woman on our 10 dollar note – Mary Gilmore.
Meet Mike Chapman, an Aussie songwriter and producer who became one of the biggest names in the music business in the 70s and 80s and has worked with some of music’s biggest names. He penned many of the hits we know and love as well as writing number #1 hits for the likes of The Sweet, Smokey, and Suzi Quatro. He produced Blondie’s classic album, Parallel Lines, which sold more than 20 million copies.
Meet Ivonne Ranisch and Matthew Ferguson, the first tourists to visit North Korea. Despite widespread reports of mass starvation, North Koreans are told they live in the happiest, most prosperous land in the world. Matt and Ivonne decided they had to see for themselves. For Matt, the experience was so weird, he had to keep pinching himself to make sure it was all really happening. For Ivonne, who had grown up in Stalinist East Germany, the propaganda was all too familiar.
Meet mountaineer Lincoln Hall who reached the summit of Mt Everest in 2006. On the way down he suffered severe altitude sickness, and was left to die . . . but he survived. Lincoln spent a very, very strange night near the summit of the mountain.
Meet Mark Tedeschi, senior Crown Prosecutor for NSW. Mark tells the story of the crime that shocked a nation. In 1960, the NSW Government launched a lottery to help raise money for the the construction of the Sydney Opera House. It was won by the Thorne family, but a man named Stephen Bradley decided to extort their winnings by kidnapping their eight year old son.
If these yarns don’t take your fancy, there’s hundreds more from which to choose.