Life Matters - Separate stories podcast

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Life Matters is your guide to a better life for you, those you love and the place you call home. We're here to help you get a handle on all the important stuff: love, sex, health, fitness, parenting, career, finances and family.

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Life Matters is your guide to a better life for you, those you love and the place you call home. We're here to help you get a handle on all the important stuff: love, sex, health, fitness, parenting, career, finances and family.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-10-17 07:53
last episode published
2019-10-17 09:39
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0.42 days
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Number of Episodes
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17.10.2019

Seeking Utopia: the drive to live off-grid

As we become more aware of our relationship to the Earth there is an urge for many to nurture a more sustainable and ethical way of living. But this hankering to leave modern society for an alternative life is not new. According to PhD Candidate Rache...
ABC Radio National author
17.10.2019

What is Australia's feminist history?

How much were you taught about the ground breaking women who helped shape the Australia we live in today? Over the 19th and 20th centuries many Australian women were busy fighting for work equality, contraceptive rights and more. But why don't we know...
ABC Radio National author
17.10.2019

Three million Australians living below poverty line

Thirteen per cent of Australians are living below the poverty line - that's about three million of us. During National Anti-Poverty Week we hear some personal stories of homelessness, and talk about how we can help. Two women who share their stories ...
ABC Radio National author
16.10.2019

Burning question: plastic substitutes

Plastic is clogging up our landfills, our oceans and our bodies. Ken in Brisbane asks "Will there be a substitute for plastic anytime soon? Surely there's a Nobel Prize for this (and another way to clean up the tonnes of plastic currently polluting th...
ABC Radio National author
16.10.2019

Seventy years since the "greatest single project in our history" was launched

Along with the Eiffel Tower and the Panama Canal, the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric scheme has been named as one of the most impressive engineering landmarks in the world. Not only is it the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in this coun...
ABC Radio National author
16.10.2019

Calls for exercise to be embedded in cancer treatment regimes

Some studies have found that exercise during medical cancer treatments has been associated with improved survival rates, reduced pain and improved quality of life. Researchers believe this is because exercise releases natural killer cells into the bloo...
ABC Radio National author
15.10.2019

Australia Talks: why younger jobseekers worry about their careers

Just over half of Australians aged between 18 and 30 are worried they won’t be able to keep a job, or have the career opportunities they’d like. That’s one of the strong outcomes on employment from the ABC’s Australia Talks survey. Three people aged ...
ABC Radio National author
15.10.2019

Australia's longest running theatre company delivering grassroots arts to Goulburn

How do you connect with the people in your community? Have you even considered amateur theatre? The NSW country town of Goulburn is the home of Australia's longest running theatre company, established in 1981. Today, it delivers community arts to the...
ABC Radio National author
15.10.2019

Libby Trickett on life after swimming

At one point, Libby Trickett was the fastest female swimmer in the world, but by 28 she was forced to retire after an injury. So, what next? How are you supposed to start a whole new life after three Olympic Games and countless medals? She's written...
ABC Radio National author
14.10.2019

When your body can't keep up with your dreams

Chloe Bayliss didn't set out to be an actor, but her dream of becoming a ballerina abruptly came to an end when she was diagnosed with lupus. She shares her inspirational story of hitting rock bottom and having to get back up, choose a new dream, and...
ABC Radio National author
14.10.2019

Life In 500 Words: Hang gliding with 'vermin'

Farmers used to view wedge-tailed eagles as vermin who killed their sheep. When Bruno Wright was a boy, he'd see dead eagles strung up on fences in rural NSW. Now, Bruno glides with them.
ABC Radio National author
14.10.2019

Talkback: How has your order of birth shaped the person you've become?

Younger children are more free spirited, firstborns are extremely conscientious and middle children are desperate for attention. Most of us have, at some point in our lives, had our personality explained through our position in the family. But how t...
ABC Radio National author
12.10.2019

Weekend Life Matters: lifting weights for good bones, Backflip 7, diverse life saving, indigenous entrepreneurs, and cafes offer repair

Bone health from weightlifting, Backflip gets serious, lifesaving gets diverse, the life of an Indigenous entrepreneur, and repair cafes helping us to help ourselves.
ABC Radio National author
11.10.2019

Modern Dilemma: the politics and price of office gift giving

Three times in one week you've been asked to put in cash for farewell gifts for departing colleagues. You're not a scrooge, but you do think the suggested contribution of $20 per gift a bit steep. You put it in despite not being able to afford it an...
ABC Radio National author
11.10.2019

Why I refused to become another non-home-owning millennial statistic

When Bernard Salt defined millennials as the smashed avocado generation, Nicole Haddow was outraged. Sure, she'd spent her twenties wracking up credit card debt, but, she'd also juggled multiple jobs, put up with bad rentals and managed to pull hersel...
ABC Radio National author
11.10.2019

Teacher librarian numbers are dwindling — should we be worried?

Research shows the number of specialist teachers in primary and secondary schools is decreasing, and those working in the field say when their colleagues retire or are made redundant, their roles aren't being filled. You might question why your childr...
ABC Radio National author
10.10.2019

Culture shift for paramedics regarding their mental health

Drug overdoses. Domestic violence. Births. Brawls.  Working as a paramedic is a huge mental and emotional rollercoaster. Holding it together on the job can have you falling apart at the end of a day. As part of a broader workplace strategy, Ambulanc...
ABC Radio National author
10.10.2019

Is our approach to vaccine hesitant parents all wrong?

Most Australian parents vaccinate their children, but there is still a minority who choose not to. What is the best way to get them on side and is our current approach of shaming them into changing their views the best way forward? What would compass...
ABC Radio National author
10.10.2019

Getting older? Don't throw out those dumbbells

As we get older it's a fine line between stressing our bodies, and doing enough of the right kind of exercise to keep us healthy. Right now around 75 to 95 per cent of Australians over 50 are not meeting recommended physical activity targets to mainta...
ABC Radio National author
9.10.2019

Wanted: lifesavers from Western Sydney

One of Australia's smallest surf clubs has started a unique recruitment drive. Garie Beach Surf Lifesaving Club is hoping to attract volunteer lifesavers from Western Sydney to help keep its beautiful, but at times dangerous, beach safe.
ABC Radio National author
9.10.2019

Would you like to be buried beneath native Australian bushland?

Many of us have wild and romantic ideas for what we'd like to happen to our remains after we die. Unfortunately, because of bureaucratic practicalities, many of these ideas don't work out as magically as we would have hoped. Well, architect David N...
ABC Radio National author
9.10.2019

Is it time to move beyond the ATAR?

If you finish year 12 in Australia, you get allocated a mark, called the ATAR, and Queensland is about to switch over to that system next year too. It’s a national percentage mark that ranks students in relation to all the others in their year. But, s...
ABC Radio National author
8.10.2019

True stories of arranged marriage at the theatre

Would you trust your parents' judgement on who should be your 'happily ever after'? Perhaps they've played a part in choosing a life partner and it's worked out great. Or not. A Brimful of Asha features a real-life mother and son, on-stage, sharing ...
ABC Radio National author
8.10.2019

Hands On: I'm a fixer

Electric kettles are cheap as chips these days, so if yours breaks, you don’t need to wait long for a cuppa. But years ago, people used to repair broken appliances, rather than replace them. Could we go back to that approach? Hilary Harper took her b...
ABC Radio National author
8.10.2019

Hands On: I'm a fixer

Electric kettles are cheap as chips these days, so if yours breaks, you don’t need to wait long for a cuppa. But years ago, people used to repair broken appliances, rather than replace them. Could we go back to that approach? Hilary Harper took her b...
ABC Radio National author
8.10.2019

Australia Talks talkback: how do you feel about the future?

The ABC has conducted the Australia Talks National Survey, where 54,000 Australians were surveyed to find out how they are feeling on a range of topics and issues. When it comes to the future, Australians are generally optimistic about our individual...
ABC Radio National author
7.10.2019

Backflip episode 7 - danger zone

Fatigue and work commitments collide as Mike enters the 'danger zone'.
ABC Radio National author
7.10.2019

Cairns, Canberra, Canada and Cambridge: the life of Indigenous entrepreneur Ben Mitchell

The abbreviation FIFO became commonplace during the resources boom. But Ben Mitchell isn't a miner. This entrepreneur, and father of eight children, has flown in and out (FIFO) of his hometown of Cairns in a punishing schedule whilst earning a Maste...
ABC Radio National author
7.10.2019

Can complementary therapies and mainstream medicine be integrated?

'Integrative medicine' is a new descriptive label being taken up by a growing number of medical doctors, who say they are integrating complementary therapies into their mainstream medical practice. But this trend has raised alarm bells for some within...
ABC Radio National author
5.10.2019

Weekend Life Matters: fighting in a fair way, jogging and its impact on your knees, volunteering overseas with your family

Can we all learn to argue in an ethical way? One woman reflects on responsible volunteering after a year in Nepal with her family, how to cope with life when your rock ’n’ dream ends, and the best ways to train so your jogging habit doesn’t injure your...
ABC Radio National author
4.10.2019

Modern Dilemma: how do I stop my son using social media while studying?

Your child is studying for their first year University exam, but they're afraid to lose connection with their friends so constantly check social media when they should be studying. As a parent, you're concerned that your child's study will not be eff...
ABC Radio National author
4.10.2019

Is feeding birds Australia's most guilty pleasure?

'Don't feed the birds!' Australians have those four words drilled into them from a young age. But urban ecologist Darryl Jones says more than half the country feeds birds anyway, and this 'no tolerance' approach is doing more harm than good. Profess...
ABC Radio National author
4.10.2019

Young people from drought affected communities join forces

20-year-old farm worker Sally Downie says young people living in drought affected areas are feeling stressed and tired. She's part of a steering committee at a youth summit in New South Wales which is bringing together 100 young people from across th...
ABC Radio National author
3.10.2019

What girls are made of: a life story told through rock 'n' roll

Circa 1992 Scotland, Cora Bissett and her band Darlingheart are hailed to be the 'next big thing'. A five album record deal lands on the table and within months of forming, they are supporting Blur and Radiohead. It was a wild ride for a 17 year old...
ABC Radio National author
3.10.2019

Talkback: coping with the pressure of exams

A recent mental health survey found that one in ten young people are suffering extreme stress because of school or university exams. Despite a slight increase in the number of young people seeking help, only one third of those under stress are reachi...
ABC Radio National author
2.10.2019

Burning question: keeping your knees healthy

Like running but hate what it does to your knees? If you answered yes, you're like our listener Julie who's written in with this burning question - "I've taken up jogging this year and it's been great for my fitness, but it's wreaking havoc on my knee...
ABC Radio National author
2.10.2019

Your choices don't matter nearly as much as you think

Renata Salecl no longer worries about each choice she makes. After surveying all the evidence, the world renowned philosopher discovered that our individual decisions don't matter nearly as much as we think. She says this realisation set her free.
ABC Radio National author
2.10.2019

A rare snapshot of single parents

A new survey has shown the extent to which single parents are struggling to survive, with the overwhelming majority enduring poverty, rising stress levels and unsafe living conditions. So what's brought this on?
ABC Radio National author
1.10.2019

Living the dream in Nepal

Lucinda Peterson put her career on hold to move her family to Nepal for a year. All her life she wanted to work overseas. Through Australian Volunteers she began working as an urban planner near Kathmandu. The experience changed her and her family.
ABC Radio National author
1.10.2019

The ethics of good fighting

When you lock horns with someone, how do you maintain a respectful approach to fighting fair? From the boardroom to the bedroom, in the car or the classroom - and especially online - arguing in a clear, rational way can be challenging.
ABC Radio National author
1.10.2019

What happens when students live in an aged care facility?

Spending time and showing care to older adults living in aged care facilities can make a huge difference to their sense of self. And for health students, experience living with older adults can be invaluable to their overall learning. So, what happen...
ABC Radio National author
30.09.2019

Being a man in nursing

Males make up just 11% of Australia’s nursing workforce, and those in the industry are calling for more men to join them. Some men in the profession believe stereotypes and stigma need to be broken down. They’ve shared their stories in a new book th...
ABC Radio National author
30.09.2019

Embarking on life as a new amputee

Last year, John Davey's health took a really serious turn. He was rushed to hospital and placed in an induced coma. To save his life – doctors amputated both of his legs and arms. Then he faced months of recovery and rehabilitation. Producer Eliza...
ABC Radio National author
30.09.2019

Is the American opioid epidemic coming here?

When journalist Ben Westhoff went undercover to get inside Fentanyl drug labs in China, he had no idea the scale of the operation he'd unearth. He also had no idea how widespread addiction to Fentanyl would soon become back home in the US. As deaths ...
ABC Radio National author
28.09.2019

Weekend Life Matters: being friends with your ex, giving young people a voice at the table, why community health hubs work, and being an ancient Roman

Is remaining friends with an ex-partner remotely viable? Why young people's ideas and opinions need to be heard, the community health hub survives despite under funding, and living your best life as a Roman citizen.
ABC Radio National author
27.09.2019

What would you do to get over your fear of sharks?

Like many Australians, whenever journalist Callum Denness, dipped a toe into the ocean, he’d be struck by a paralysing fear of sharks. But, after realising how irrational his fear was, Callum decided to do whatever he could to confront it head on.
ABC Radio National author
27.09.2019

Bad memory? You might just need to try harder

If you can’t remember where you left your keys, it doesn’t necessarily mean your memory is failing - you might just need to focus your attention more. In this conversation with a clinical neuropsychologist, we learn useful memory strategies and, talk ...
ABC Radio National author
26.09.2019

Storytelling connects Bourke teens to their elders

When the NSW town of Bourke hits the headlines, it's often bad news. That's why some locals have started a project to help the town's school children tell the stories of unsung Bourke heroes. Stories of their Indigenous elders who fought for better...
ABC Radio National author
26.09.2019

The graceful art of saying no

As one of the shortest and most powerful words in the English language, why do we struggle to say no? Whether it's turning down a date, being expected to bake a cake for your kid's fundraiser or your boss's request to cover a shift on one of your rare...
ABC Radio National author
26.09.2019

Are you supporting slavery without knowing it?

An estimated 40 million people across the globe are modern slaves. This means they're coerced into work, earn low wages or are being exploited. What do you know about the conditions that the coffee you drink or the clothes you wear were produced in? ...
ABC Radio National author