Could we vaccinate for skin cancer?

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He’s already invented the first ever vaccine for cancer. His vaccine for HPV, which causes cervical cancer, is now given free to all high school girls in Australia – and is being rolled out across the world. Prior to this cervical cancer was one of the top five causes of death among women. Now he wants to find one for skin cancer, and even herpes. ‘He’ is Professor Ian Frazer AC and I spoke to him on ABC TV’s OnePlusOne. You can watch it tonight on ABC News24 at 9.30 or now here.


Lynne’s saved 200, but what about the rest?

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‘Everyone needs to be loved and told how special they are’ is Lynne Sawyers’ simple theory. Lynne has fostered over 200 kids. Tonight she’ll describe what it’s like when damaged little children arrive at her home. And she’ll describe what it’s like when they have to leave… I’m speaking to her on Overnights on ABC local radio (2-6am EST) around the country… Please do tune in and maybe even share your story about foster parenting on 1300 800 222 or 0467 922 702 on the text line. You can even tweet me @timbrunero or @abcovernights. You can listen here.

Fighting for his life in Afghanistan

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On September 2, 2008 SAS trooper Mark Donaldson was patrolling through a remote valley in Afghanistan when all hell broke loose.Over the next three hours of furious fighting nine of 13 Australians on the mission were wounded. Under heavy enemy fire Donaldson protected injured troops and rescued an afghan interpreter blown out of a Humvee. He was awarded a Victoria Cross, but the dramas of September 2008 were not the first he has faced. I spoke to Corporal Donaldson VC on ABC TV’s OnePlusOne. Watch it on ABC News24 at 9.30 tonight or watch online here.

Something doesn’t smell right

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Whale vomit and glands from a cat’s hind parts don’t seem like places where you would get nice smells. But both are used to create some of the world’s most expensive perfumes. So what are perfumes? How do you choose a quality one? And what’s the weirdest thing that’s ever been used to make one? Tune in to ABC Local Radio here to find out… UPDATE: Click here for the podcast.


Waging a Jihad on despair

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A decade ago a gun was held to the head of the Principal of Punchbowl Boys High. Enter current inspirational Principal Jihad Dib who at 33 turned N.S.W’s ‘toughest school’ into the fastest growing with some of the best NAPLAN scores. Check out my interview with him today on ABC TV at 11.30am. (Or on News 24 at 8.30 tonight, Saturday at 5.30pm or Sunday at 9.30pm) Or watch it here.


Has history repeated itself?

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In 1839 the British invaded Afghanistan. A few years later they tried to retreat to India over the mountain passes. They were surrounded and butchered. Only one survived. So what did they learn? And is it true the whole excursion came about because a british spy under a barge overheard the Tsar and Napoleon talking about their own plans for Afghanistan? I spoke to William Dalrymple about his book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan for a great show called Shelf Life. It airs tonight on TVS at 7.30pm – Digital Channel 44. Get a taste here.


Rapping with Mr Kevin07

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Lachlan Harris came up with ‘Kevin07’ and at 27 found himself new PM Rudd’s top media advisor. Then Rudd got knifed. So is every job after that a let down, and is Rudd really a big bully? I spoke to him for ABCNews24’s OnePlusOne… going to air at 9.30pm tonight on ABCNews24 or you can watch it anytime here


From mooing cow to pot in 5 minutes?

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Is it possible? Not in real life, no. But if you mean can you talk to a cattle farmer, a butcher, a ‘food rescuer’ and food sustainability activist Sarah Wilson in 5 minutes, yes. Yes, you can. Watch here. Also at TEDxSydney I visited the only flour mill ever installed in the opera house. And I got four fresh ideas from some ‘loopy’ creatives. And, after all that meat talk, I chatted to some TEDxSydney audience members and gave them all a piece of fruit – here and here.


Space wee and supersonic junk

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Whizzing at twice the speed of sound above your head right now is 6000 tonnes of space junk. Some of it is crystallized wee. Apparently the Mir Space Station is shrouded in a yellow mist. Want to know more? Well watch this short video of my chat with Space Archeologist Dr Alice Gorman at TEDxSydney. Also, my hair looks fantastic.


Graveyard technology, Obama and super solar

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Did you know Ozies are graveyard pioneers? Well City of Sydney historian Dr Lisa Murray historian does. She told me all about it at TEDxSydney – watch here. Also at TEDxSydney I spoke to Ozie Stamford Professor Simon Jackman about Barack Obama, Clive Palmer and other world class statesmen. Also Danny Kennedy explains how Ozies are the leaders in residential solar power production – who knew? Also, shouldn’t it really be spelt Aussie?

Bullying grandmas and bike obsessives

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James McDonald won’t admit to being obsessed. But anyone who has every corner of their house filled with bikes, including dozens hanging from the ceiling has to be a little bit don’t they? We spoke to him on ABC Local Radio (listen here) and here’s a gorgeous video on his house from our colleagues at ABC Open. Also, imagine if on your annual trip back to to Kyrgyzstan (yes Kyrgyzstan) your grandparents constantly hassled you about getting married – would you make a film about it? Well one Aussie girl is – and she’s crowd sourcing the funding… listen here, or watch her cute as vid here.


Sex workers and people with disabilities

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David Cunningham is one gutsy guy. David has a disability which means to explore his sexuality he needs help – from his mum. It’s hard to imagine anything more awkward. Well he’s gone one step further – he’s become the standard bearer for people with disability’s sexual rights. He’s got the guts to talk about his sex life publicly – something most of us would never dream of doing… he joined us in the Sydney 702 studios… along with Dignity for Disabilities MP Kelly Vincent and Sex Worker Saul Isbister… a fascinating discussion. Listen here.


Is french plonk any better?

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Do the French really do better wine than us? Or are they just snootier about it? We crossed to France on ABC Local Radio to talk all things wine and more importantly stick up for our plonk. You can listen here… and if that’s all a bit too light for you listen to our chat with the woman who’s ‘breaking up’ with romantic comedies because she can empirically prove they are sexist here.


Can you win a war in Afghanistan?

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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 the smartest peeps in Oz?

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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.


Would you like a beehive next door?

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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 Local Radio 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 hereUPDATE: CLICK HERE FOR THE TEDxSydney VIDEO


My Top 5 Break Ups

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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

Who was the best bond of all time?

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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!

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