Richard Flanagan on Syria’s Great Exodus – Podcast

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I’m going to preface this by saying that clearly the content of the podcast I’m recommending here isn’t a Very Good Thing, however, the way in which the message gets across is and in an ideal world this would be mandatory listening for every Australian. Richard Flanagan (author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North which won the Man Booker Prize 2014) talks to Richard Fidler (host of Conversations with Richard Fidler) about his visit to the Syrian border. Richard Flanagan was asked by World Vision to witness and report on what he saw as they were desperate to find new ways of alerting people to the crisis. They felt they were having trouble getting the message out about what was happening to refugees from Syria; that there was a weariness about it and that people had disengaged from the issue. Richard was reluctant to go as he wasn’t sure he could do as they’d hoped but thought if he engaged his artist friend Ben Quilty, they could do a better job together. He was adamant that he didn’t want to do it as part of a media circus nor come at it from the political/historical/religious angle. He wanted to write about the people he met and come at it from the human angle. Listen to this podcast and read Richard’s article for The Guardian.

Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

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This is a TED talk by Reshma Saujani who believes that we are raising girls to be perfect and boys to be brave. Before you stop reading and think this is a message that just applies to parents, it’s a wider message than that that rings true for business and society in general. She’s the founder of Girls Who Code. Reshma has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”It’s just over 12 minutes long. Watch it here.

 

Buy Me Once Online Shop

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Buy Me Once launched earlier this year and lets you shop online for products that last a lifetime. The benefits? Good for the environment and saves you money in the long run. It’s aims to be the go to place for finding the most durable products available from cutlery and clothing to luggage and children’s toys. They currently operate in USA and UK and are expanding. Learn more about the story behind this brilliant idea.

Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin Podcast

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In this podcast, Alec Baldwin talks with artists, policy makers and performers – to hear their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work. I was sceptical when I heard about this. It didn’t strike me as a particularly compelling listen but he’s a great interviewer. Two I’ve enjoyed this year are his chats with Molly Ringwald and the team behind Making a Murderer.

Deep Stealth Mode Podcast

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Love + Radio podcasts are beautifully produced. Stories range from the seedy to the sublime and are often haunting. Listen with headphones, if possible. Deep Stealth Mode is an episode courtesy of their friends at Here Be Monsters. Told by a protective mother about her transgender 7 year old daughter. Around 20 minutes long. Listen on Soundcloud or search for ‘Love and Radio’ on your podcast app and go to the 26 Feb episode.

Tig Documentary on Netflix

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The personal biography of Tig Notaro, a stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer and announced it at a gig in 2012 which became legendary. The documentary follows her search for humour amid this and other devastating news. I’ve since heard some of her work on This American Life. Loved her, loved the film. It’s a Netflix Original. View trailer.

 

Wunderlist App

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I love lists. I do not understand how anyone gets anything done without a list. Wunderlist is a simple list app that helps you get stuff done by letting you capture, share, and complete your tasks. I have a bunch of lists in there, e.g. groceries, present ideas for friends and family, books/movies/restaurants I want to try. My favourite part of this app is that I can make a list for my husband of tasks I need him to complete. I can put due dates on them and also email it to him when he’s lagging behind. He’s not naturally a list man but I’ve converted/forced him into it. He’s thrilled about my efficiency. Wunderlist syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access all your tasks from anywhere. Learn more or download.

 

Longform Podcast: Mishka Shubaly

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Mishka Shubaly is a great storyteller.  A writer, musician, former alcoholic and drug abuser who has transformed himself into an Ultrarunner, he writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been best sellers and his new book I Swear I’ll Make It Up To You is now on shelves. The podcast runs for 50 minutes .It’s worth a listen.

Kondo Your Apps

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I’ve been on the Marie Kondo bandwagon for a while now. I loved her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. What’s not to love about getting rid of possessions that do not spark joy? No reason to stop at your house though. Her method works well with cleaning up your phone too. The result is that your device becomes task oriented instead of a cluttered time waster. It’s so easy. So satisfying. Do it.

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