The Leap Year

The Leap Year is a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020, and the impact COVID-19 has had on Australians’ lives, presented by Sally Warhaft.

Latest episode

Listen to #24 Clem Baade on the road less travelled

Clem Baade is a public servant and performer. He has worked for the Department of Human Services for thirty years, and this year, like many others, he moved his work and his art online. For the very last episode of The Leap Year, Clem talks to Sally about working with the DHHS and Rawcus Theatre, and how poetry has helped him through the pandemic.  With narration from Scott Limbrick and Robert Frost.

We knew 2020 would be a longer year than most. We were expecting 366 days, with one extra day in February, but it feels like we passed 366 months somewhere back in March, when the first lockdowns in Australia caused time to take on strange dimensions. 

In each episode of The Leap Year, host Sally Warhaft interviews Australians with their own story to tell about this very long year – from a police officer with previously unimaginable power to a school student navigating a stop-start year, a writer with unexpected reserves of solitary time and an emergency doctor reflecting on compassion.

You’ll hear intimate accounts of dread, loss, mistakes and malaise as well as humour, ingenuity and resilience. The Leap Year: a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020 and the people living through them.


Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.