Good Weekend Talks
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Good Weekend Talks features in-depth conversations with the people fascinating Australians right now, from sport to politics to the arts, business and beyond, interviewed weekly by the country's top journalists. Consider it a magazine for your ears.
In this episode we speak with Nick Bryant, author, former BBC correspondent and occasional columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, about the big events across the globe this year. Unlike the so-called Roaring 1920s, Bryant notes that the 2020s have gotten off to a rather wretched start. From war in the Middle East to the harsh effects of climate change, to the consolidation of power by strongmen such as Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, Bryant laments the state of play right now. And that's before we even get to the spectre of another Donald Trump term in the White House. Hosting this conversation, which also canvasses some of the high points of the year, from our fervour for the Matilda's to the Barbie and Taylor Swift phenomena, is the editor of Good Weekend, Katrina Strickland. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we speak with Hollywood director, actor, screenwriter and producer Taika Waititi. The Kiwi filmmaker is the man behind New Zealand films, Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well as global blockbusters like Thor: Love and Thunder, and critically acclaimed Holocaust dramedy JoJo Rabbit. Hosting the conversation about his latest movie, Next Goal Wins starring Michael Fassbender, and how Waititi has been, for the past 22 years, flying to NZ from wherever he is in the world to play rugby every Saturday (kidding!), is Good Weekend senior writer, Konrad Marshall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we talk with Melbourne based transgender advocate Son Vivienne. Son is non binary and the chief of Transgender Victoria, which aims to improve social, economic and health outcomes for trans and gender diverse people. Hosting this discussion on affirmative care, treatments and the realities of living as a gender diverse Australian is The Age senior writer, Michael Bachelard. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we talk with Melbourne based research scientist Tim Moss about the controversial claim that human sperm is in precipitous decline. So are we all doomed - or is the research not quite as definitive as it seems? Hosting this conversation on fertility, masculinity and tight underwear is Good Weekend senior writer, Tim Elliott. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we speak with singer Marcia Hines about her family ties, arriving in Australia aged 16 and pregnant, her deep connection to music and her enduring appeal. Hosting a conversation that also covers her latest album, The Gospel According to Marcia, as well as upcoming gigs in the stage version of Grease and as a returning judge on Australian Idol, is The Age culture writer and unabashed Marcia fan, Michael Lallo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 2020, former Victorian state MP Tim Holding and fiancée Felicity Selkirk purchased a crumbling 18th century French chateau and set about restoring it. The monumental, multi-year renovation has drained their patience - and bank balance - but become one of the most rewarding things they've ever embarked upon. Hosting a conversation about why they decided to do it in the first place, what it's taught them about themselves and each other, and living in the French countryside, is Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan discusses everything from his latest novel, Question 7 – from his near-death experience as a young man kayaking on the Franklin River to his decision to become a novelist as a four-year-old, and how his connection to Tasmania dates back to the first convicts. Hosting the conversation about the difficulties of forgetting, remembering and writing about the past is Spectrum editor and culture writer Melanie Kembrey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, journalist and bestselling author Julia Baird speaks about her latest book, Bright Shining, which explores the role of grace in our lives: what it is, where to find it, and how to cultivate it. Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Amanda Hooton. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today’s episode we talk to Jodi Matterson, the most important person in Australian film and TV that you've likely never heard of. This powerhouse of the screen is behind everything from the Naomi Watts film Penguin Bloom, to the Nicole Kidman series Nine Perfect Strangers. She speaks about her globetrotting life, and how she fell into the career in the first place. Hosting this discussion is Good Weekend senior writer Amanda Hooton. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, Australian thriller writer Matthew Reilly talks about his writing life in Los Angeles, what it was like to make the film Interceptor and how long it takes to know if you've got a Netflix hit (hint: not long at all). Hosting the conversation is Books Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Jason Steger. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we talk with former Olympic champion Kieren Perkins. The swimmer had an amazing career in the pool, including winning consecutive individual gold medals through the 1990s. Since then he's worked in leadership, consultancy and banking - and for the past 18 months, at the Australian Sports Commission, as CEO of an organisation charged with fostering Australia's Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth games sports. Hosting the conversation is Good Weekend senior writer, Konrad Marshall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we speak to the former frontman for The Cruel Sea, Tex Perkins, who’s currently on tour playing the hits of the legendary Johnny Cash. In conversation with Karl Quinn, Perkins discusses everything from performance anxiety and growing up in Brisbane to the pros and cons of playing Cash’s songs to the inmates of a maximum security prison. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, we speak to the world’s leading melanoma pathologist, professor Richard Scolyer, about the tumour found in his brain earlier this year, and how he decided to see himself as a guinea pig, adapting his pioneering approach to melanoma to solving the riddle of brain tumours like his own. He’s joined by his close friend and colleague from Melanoma Institute Australia, professor Georgina Long, with Good Weekend senior writer Tim Elliott hosting a discussion about cancer treatments, grief - and how you respond when death appears to be a certainty. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today’s episode, former AFL player, coach and transgender advocate Danielle May Laidley opens up about her battle with gender dysphoria and how reconnecting with her childhood sweetheart, plus her friends from footy, helped her get through her lowest points. Plus, what the future holds and whether she will one day return to the AFL. Hosting the conversation is the co-author of Laidley’s memoir, Don’t Look Away, senior writer for Good Weekend, Konrad Marshall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, we speak to former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon, whose life was changed forever when a tackle left him a quadriplegic almost a decade ago. Today, he opens up about his injury, how it made him a better person, and how legendary coach Wayne Bennett helped him through that testing time. Hosting the conversation is chief sports writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Webster. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we speak with professor Martin Green from the University of New South Wales about the solar cell that's turbo-charging the take-up of solar energy around the globe. Hosting the discussion about how Green and his colleagues developed the cell over many decades, what it means for the world and why, despite international accolades, he's not yet a household name is the environment and climate editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Nick O'Malley. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today’s episode we speak with journalist Madonna King about the growing global problem of "sextortion", in which teens are groomed online then extorted for money and/or explicit pictures. Madonna, who looks at the issue in her new book Saving Our Kids, speaks with Good Weekend senior writer Melissa Fyfe about the people and forces behind sextortion, the damage they're inflicting on our kids - and what parents can do about it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today’s episode, we speak with British historian Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads and The Earth Transformed: An Untold History. His discussion with Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan covers the way mankind has reacted to ecological shocks, our industrial enslavement of animals, the threat of new pandemics - and how, in the face of all this, he remains an optimist at heart. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this week’s episode of Good Weekend Talks we speak with journalist David Meagher, who has written a memoir, Secrets & Lies, about the sexual abuse and bullying he suffered at school, the drug use and suicidal ideation that followed, and what it felt like, four decades later, to help put his abuser in jail. He talks with Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today’s episode we speak with retired AFL star Joel Selwood, whose glittering resume includes premierships and all-Australian berths. He’s perhaps best known as the consummate captain, having lead the Geelong Cats for 10 years or 227 games - the most as a skipper in AFL history. Hosting a discussion about everything from head high tackles to concussion, fertility and disability to the balance between ruthlessness and kindness in sport, as well as Selwood's upcoming memoir, All In, is Good Weekend senior writer, Konrad Marshall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.