Did you catch Q&A on Monday? William Dalrymple gave a potted history of Afghanistan’s many wars. I’m interviewing him on Saturday for a little show called Shelf Life. What would you ask him about his latest book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42? I need your help! Tweet me @TimBrunero
What do you ask a space archeologist, a professor trying to find the elixir of youth, a sniper turned greenie, and a guy who steals nature’s designs – like insect eyes – to invent cool stuff like better solar panels. I’ve got to interview them all at TEDxSydney tomorrow morning. Can you help? What should I ask? I’ll use your suggestions (send to @TimBrunero) – and you can even make sure I do by tuning into the live web stream here.
Here’s me on a balcony harvesting honey… can you guess where? It’s more inner city than you might think… we’ll be talking to the balcony owner on ABC Overnights tomorrow morning and asking if her neighbours know (hear a sneak peek here). Also we’ll be talking bikes – Do you ride? What are your best memories from the saddle? We’d love to know… Tune in on any ABC local radio station round the country or stream us live here… UPDATE: CLICK HERE FOR THE TEDxSydney VIDEO
My mum and dad have always had good advice for me. But I’ve often worried I don’t have any life lessons to pass onto my kids, until I noticed an amazing co-incidence with my break ups with girls. Want to know what I realised? What wise cousel I’ll now be able to pass onto my children? Well listen to my short 6 minute story at the Now Hear This story telling night here… and visit Now Hear This central here to find out more about this great ABC Radio National event… WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
Well it’s one of those age old questions: who was the best bond? Connery, Moore, Craig, Lazenby? And who was the best bond girl? And is that sentence as sexist as bond himself? And who was the best bond villain – personally I like that bearded guy from Moonraker… anyway we’ll be discussing it on ABC Overnights in about five minutes so why not give us a call? Also we’ll be talking to a Aussie who now surfs in Sweden, including when it’s snowing, and we’ll be telling you how you can adopt a Sumatran elephant. You can listen in here, right now!
I’m meant to be sleeping but can’t… Too excited… Hosting my 1st show on the ABC tonight! We’ll be asking: Are baby boomers re-writing the script on aging, does the new pope look like junior soprano, and am I really my grandma’s favourite grand kid? (I recorded an exclusive interview with her today before lunch at Merrylands RSL where she revealed all!) Tune in anywhere in Oz on your local ABC radio station at 11pm in WA (2am til 6am everywhere else
Did you know in the 1800′s you could sue someone for giving you a broken heart? Well tomorrow morning on ABC Overnights we’ll ask Daily Life writer Alecia Simmonds all about it… and also why it was banned in 1975. We’ll also speak to John Birmingham of He died with a Felafel in his Hand fame and ask you to join him in sharing sharehouse horror stories plus we’ll speak to a family who jumped into a creek up their necks to avoid a recent bushfire. And we’ll try to work out which Girl Group is the best of all time! Tune in for all the fun on you local ABC radio… wherever you are in the nation! In fact tune in all week and the week after!
It’s the most alone feeling in the world – not being with anyone near and dear at Christmas. Well don’t worry cos this year there’s a solution. The guys at Adelaide’s radio 5AA (the highest rating mob in town btw) have given me the keys to the studio on Christmas afternoon so why not tune in? In fact I’ll be behind the mic on Christmas Eve too. And Boxing Day. In fact all the way through to the new year – so turn me on! You can even listen online here. Or tune in the old fashioned way at 1395 AM. Or use TuneIn Radio on your smart phone…
Does Alice in Wonderland really contain hidden maths equations? Can you get diabetes after doing too much shift work – and should you be able to sue your boss as a result? And is it possible to empirically prove Glenn McGrath has written the worst Haiku of all time? We find out this morning on the breakfast program with a special science themed show to celebrate National Science Week. It’s going to be a event that even Galileo couldn’t see coming! Turn on 101.5 or live stream here.
Well it’s always good to get a gong. So on Saturday it was great to cop a Bilby Award in the ‘Can’t Get Out Of The Car’ category for our interview with musician and Afghanistan veteran Fred Smith. It was great to also be recognised in the ‘Best Interview’ category for our powerful interview with ‘Stuart’ a bloke who’d beat a terrible addiction to pokies which had lost him his partner, his unit, his job and 40 kilos. A massive congratulations must go to Radio Adelaide’s Breakfast Producers, past and present. This stuff simply can’t happen without your ideas, hard yakka, and capacity to get up at 4am!
The Premier rang in to wish us it. The PM had a go too. And even Shaun Micallef couldn’t resist sharing the moment. And when we’d spent enough time talking about our history we decided to make some by doing a simulcast with 5AA where Radio Adelaide’s first employee Keith Conlon now hosts breakfast. That’s right for a few minutes both radio station’s audiences heard exactly the same thing. Fun stuff. But there was still time to get well wishes from Alexander Downer and Natasha Stott Despoja. All up not a bad day. Check out the press here. Or find out more about our history here.
Well we don’t often blow our own trumpet on Radio Adelaide Breakfast – but the other day we won a prize recognising a very special interview. A few weeks ago Nick Lee joined us in the studio. Nick lost his wife Jodi at 41. A few years ago they were living in Thailand and Jodi was getting some tummy pains. A visit to the doctor led to a diagnosis of bowel cancer. Only a short time later she was taken by the disease leaving Nick to look after their two small kids. It was just heart wrenching stuff…
So put yourself in his shoes – if your partner died so young what would you do? Retreat into your shell and never come out? Or start a foundation to let people know just how easy it is to protect yourself from bowel cancer? Nick took the second option – and he’s raised money since by running the New York Marathon and the grueling Gobi March – a 250 km footrace across China’s Gobi desert. It was a warm and touching interview. And last weekend I flew to Sydney on behalf of the breakfast team to pick up a cheque for $1000 and a fantastic plaque. So there you go – Radio Adelaide breakfast is an International Award Winner. Even more reason to tune in every weekday at 6.30am on 101.5FM, or on the net here! Oh, btw, check out our award here, and listen to the original interview here.
On the show tomorrow… a woman who reckons we can ‘vaccinate’ people against mental illness using technology, a fella running 15 marathons in 15 days in the Simpson desert… how you might be inadvertently investing in cluster bombs through your super… and a didgeridoo player in studio who’ll blow your socks off… 6am-9am… Radio Adelaide 101.5fm… listen here… or on your mobile here… but also it’ll all be up here on the web as little podcasts forever!