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Chat 10 Look 3

Chat 10 Look 3Yes, that is a reference to Chorus Line. No, this post is not about musical theatre. Instead, it is an ode to a podcast that is a meeting of two great minds in Australian Media.

The delightful duo that is Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales meet every week to discuss what they have read, what is on TV, trending news and pretty much whatever else crosses their minds. Having known each other for many years, it feels as though pair has invited you to join their clique. Skipping across topics, from something trivial to a serious event history, Crabb and Sales tell starting personal anecdotes but also offer some brilliant book recommendations. This really shouldn’t be a surprise given their wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry.

For those of you who think the ABC is for Grandparents, I can’t tell you how wrong you are. Sales has fronted the news program 7:30 for the past 6 years, prior to which she covered key global events as a foreign correspondent and radio host for the ABC. Crabb is also an ABC associate who is known for her role as a political editor as well as Kitchen Cabinet, her TV program where she goes to prominent Australian’s homes to interview them and enjoy s home cooked meal. Both are also remarkable authors too. Man, now I realise the pressure is on!

Of course, being the journalists they are all about references so all the shows or books they mention are detailed in the show notes on http://www.chat10looks3.com

For those of you who are already fans, you will realise I am pretty late to this party. It has been hitting the airwaves since 2014 so for anyone who is hearing about this for the first time… you have 52 episodes ready to go!

The show’s motto says it all – ‘think of it as time well-wasted’. But is time really wasted when you are enriching your mind?

Shittown, Alabama

STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING! And start listen to S-Town, the latest genius podcast from the minds behind Serial and This American Life.

If you already listen to the latter podcasts, you will be familiar with the poetic narratives and soft suspense of the NPR shows. If you don’t, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

This seven part serial starts out pointing you in one direction but then you quickly find yourself on a ride that leaves you confused and wanting more. It has a little bit of everything – a murder mystery, a treasure hunt, a tragic death and the tales of life.

Without giving too much away, the unique characters from this story are real people and there are plenty of stories around the internet revealing their faces and homes. But before you go searching for this, listen to the podcasts. You get a real sense of their journey as you follow creator Brian Reed uncovering secrets and discovering more about the goals and realities of the people of Woodstock and Bibb County.

The beauty of a podcast is the can be played on your commute, as you exercise or in bed before you fall asleep so you really have no excuse not to start listening. It is only 7 hours in total, after all.

So get on it, and don’t forget to tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

 

I do believe in fairies…

If Emma Watson wasn’t awesome enough already with her activism, talent and epic Goodreads list, she is now also a fairy. The best kind of fairy there is: a book fairy. – She is basically living my dream life.

Watson joined forces with The Book fairies to spread the joy of reading, leaving books in public spaces for anyone to happen upon and enjoy.

On International Women’s Day, fairies all over the world from New Zealand to London took to the streets to take a literary stand for women, leaving some of the greatest feminist literature of our generation on the tube, at bus stops or in town centres. All the books left that day were from Watson’s Goodreads ‘Our Shared Shelf’ but leaving novels around major cities is not an incredibly new concept with organisations like Book Crossing and Books of the Underground already in existence.

Books on the Underground has been running for half a decade and it was working with this talented crew that The Book fairies were born. Fairies now operate in dozens of countries around the world (there is most likely some one in your city :O). The beauty is that anyone can sign up, all you need is the sticker starter kit which can be ordered from their website (The stickers help finders know that the book is not lost property but free for the taking!).

So I guess we know what we will be doing this weekend!

 

 

Awesomely Awkward

Let’s face it. If we’re able to even have a normal conversation with the male species, we count that as a win. Getting them to actually want to spend time with us on a more permanent basis? Epic Win. Having had no experience in these matters, we can only base the research of this post on the books we’ve read, things we’ve watched and whatever we’ve daydreamed.

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