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The Leap Year
23 Ed Caesar on adventure
Ed Caesar is a contributing writer to The New Yorker whose work has taken him on a number of adventures, while covering stories about the mysterious owners of London’s largest private residence, Russian money-laundering scams, and Mount Everest in his latest book, The Moth and Mountain. Speaking to Sally from lockdown in his home in Manchester, the UK, Ed talks about craving fun, feelings of restlessness and his approach to research.
The Leap Year
9 Todd Heery on Antarctica
Earlier this year, Todd Heery was already preparing himself for a year of isolation. Todd is the plumber at Mawson Research Station in Antarctica – the only continent so far untouched by the coronavirus. When he boarded the boat for departure, he never expected that the world he was leaving behind would change the way it has. In this episode, Todd speaks to Sally Warhaft about life in Antarctica, the importance of ritual and surviving isolation.
The Fifth Estate
New Economic Futures
Remember March 2020? When Australian borders closed, when we saw the first round of social restrictions? When the disturbing and surreal realities of COVID-19 finally hit home across Australia? March! We were so young.
Back then, Sally Warhaft caught up with George Megalogenis for a Fifth Estate conversation about political leadership during the pandemic, and about its historic and economic…
On ‘Welcome’: Migration, First Nations and Refugee Communities
What’s in a welcome? It’s a word we hear often in relation to Australia’s refugee movement – but in the context of hostile refugee policy and unceded sovereignty, what meanings can it hold?
Together with the Refugee Council of Australia, we’re hosting the official launch of Refugee Week 2020. We’ll kick off the week-long celebration with a deep dive into…
Books and Ideas at Montalto: Arnold Zable
Arnold Zable is a much-loved Australian writer and a life-long traveller. He’s well known for his affectionate accounts of the characters and suburbs of his hometown, Melbourne (in Cafe Scheherazade and The Fighter) as well as his portraits of people and places he's encountered all across the world, in his incredibly far-reaching travels (Violin Lessons).
The Wheeler Centre
A Walk in the Park: Lisa Dempster with Leah Kaminsky
There’s walking, and then there’s walking. When Lisa Dempster set out to tackle the Shikoku Pilgrimage – a 1200km, 88 temple route through regional Japan – she was at a nadir of mental and physical health; desperate for something to bring major change to her life.
'People really do see walking now as a solution, and an answer to things.'Lisa Dempster
As she describes the gruelling journey, laid out in her travelogue Neon Pilgrim (2009; re-launched in 2017), it surprised her with unexpected spiritual encounters. Yet the sense of an inner shift was still elusive and intangible – and something which only later emerged through writing about the experience.
Walking Princes Park with doctor and author Leah Kaminsky, Dempster recounts the circumstances of her adventure, her writing of it, and how it’s impacted her life in the near-decade since.
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