Yes, 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?
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!
Running through the park, lounging on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, squished on the tube, waiting at a bus stop; these are all moments that we usually spend thumbing through our iTunes playlist or Facebook feed. Why not spend this time a little more wisely, learning about the yourself and the world? I like some tunes as much as the next person but sometimes you want to challenge your mind as well as your singing ability (also people will love you more on the tube if they cannot hear your death metal from the other side of the car).
Here are a few podcasts that will make you question your very existence:
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