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Changes Again

Published 07/11/2017 10:24

When we talk about the difference between hearing and listening, or between looking and seeing, what is that actual difference? Is it about recognising, and matching something with what you already know, or starting clean and building a picture?

Written by Jon Tjhia. Voiced by Roger McKindley, Oscar Linden, Elijah Linden, Joshua Greenwood. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.

Have We Met?

Published 20/04/2015 04:19

What do actor Brad Pitt, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki have in common? Let’s just say: you might not know it if you saw it. Sonja Dechian looks into what’s really in the eye, or the mind, of the beholder.

Written by Sonja Dechian and Jon Tjhia. Voiced by Sonja Dechian. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.

A Shortage of Santas

Published 10/03/2015 04:11

Surviving a trip to the shopping centre at Christmas time is enough to test the patience of a saint. Imagine, then, the annual suffering of your local Santa Claus. Take a trip behind the tinsel to hear a true account of what it takes to be a gifted man in red. There’s much more to the jolly man than a ho […]

Written by Eric Dando. Voiced by Eric Yoshiaki Dando. Sound design by Grayson Gilmour.


Published 29/10/2014 11:27

In a time of repetition and assertion, repetition and assertion, questions have become rhetorical and answers unrelated. The pioneers of this practice? The residents of the fourth estate – and yes, Australian politics. At the end of a microphone, hesitation takes on the quality of uncertainty. But the power of rhetoric is far more insidious.

Written by Jessie Borrelle. Voiced by Various. Sound design by chance.

Noise to a Minimum

Published 14/08/2014 07:39

Once the home of the ubiquitous KEEP QUIET sign and the archetypal shushers, libraries now serve as repurposed meeting places, infotech zones, and speakeasies. The contemporary hum of incidental noise we make in libraries is considered acceptable, unavoidable, and sometimes even outwardly encouraged – the paper rustle, the machine whirr, the echoing cough. In the […]

Written by Jon Tjhia and Oslo Davis. Voiced by Various. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.

The Isolation-Solitude-Confinement-Happiness-Freedom Domain

Published 09/07/2014 07:56

A day spa isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a think tank, and yet it’s here that Toby Fehily finds himself stepping into a darkened capsule filled with warm, salty water. With the lid tightly shut, Toby comes to his senses – in a most senseless way.

Written by Toby Fehily. Voiced by Toby Fehily. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.

The Cosmic Frequency

Published 07/07/2011 15:33

Before the likes of Skype and Twitter, curious people built and operated amateur ‘ham’ radios in order to connect with other curious people around the world. The Cosmic Frequency tells the story of Maggie Iaquinto, an American-born Australian who forged a unique relationship with the Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station Mir.

Written by Jessie Borrelle. Voiced by Jessie Borrelle, Maggie Iaquinto, Benjamin Iaquinto. [source recordings feature: Musa Manarov, Sergei Krikalyov and Viktor Afanasiyev.]. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.

Tone Deaf

Published 14/06/2010 11:11

In his ongoing wrestling match with the Cantonese language, Benjamin Law charts his attempts to master his family’s mother tongue. Tone Deaf is an extract from Benjamin Law’s book The Family Law, published by Black Inc. Please note: this podcast contains explicit language.

Written by Benjamin Law. Voiced by Benjamin Law. Sound design by Jon Tjhia.