Trace – A New True Crime Podcast from the ABC

Trace is a new true crime podcast from the ABC. Mother of two, Maria James, was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop in June 1980. Her killer has never been found.

Presented by ABC investigative reporter, Rachael Brown, Trace sifts through evidence to see whether police missed anything at the time, revisits suspects, and finds a new one of its own.

Two episodes in and I’m gripped. Warning: it’s gruesome and terrifying in parts.

Listen to the preview and podcast episodes.

When I Get A Minute


Photo from ABC iView

A 15-minute weekly show hosted by Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb where they discuss culture for the chronically time poor. Described by the ABC as “an occasionally shambolic conversation about books, movies, TV shows, cooking and other cultural obsessions.” Each episode is shot around Sydney whilst they’re chatting over something delicious and they never take themselves too seriously. It’s only available to watch on ABC iView. The pair also have a podcast of a similar nature Chat 10 Looks 3.

Richard Flanagan on Syria’s Great Exodus – Podcast


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.

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