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Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.

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Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.

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Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.

Rank #1: Episode 6: Being a "Good Enough Mother" & not-so-good yogi.

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This week's Long Distance Call starts with yoga. Geraldine loves it but Eliza finds it dull and would rather go for a run.

Geraldine had a terrific weekend touring Sydney's hidden gardens and both women reveal their nerves about entertaining at home.

Do kids need to learn Chinese language when they're four? Not necessarily. Geraldine tells Eliza about the "Good Enough Mother" movement from the 1970s.

Finally, the women agree that President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is a dill. And they worry about the rise of shady political players in Indonesia.

Hidden Gardens: Sydney
http://www.hiddendesignfestival.com

Israeli Documentary - "No.17"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385908/

Fauda
https://www.netflix.com/id/title/80113612

Lior Raz on life post Fauda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kk5NM7jEBE

The Jewish Group +61J
http://plus61j.net.au

An article about Dr Donald Winnicott and the "Good Enough Mother"
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sheila-quirke/mom-enough_b_1528132.html

Washington Post: Kushner's overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kushners-overseas-contacts-raise-concerns-as-foreign-officials-seek-leverage/2018/02/27/16bbc052-18c3-11e8-942d-16a950029788_story.html?utm_term=.031944b36166

Geraldine's article about her recent trip to Rwanda to see the gorillas
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/rwanda-mountain-gorillas-kigali-genocide-memorial/news-story/8462ef0284b97b46049dac65e23e567c

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Mar 13 2018

38mins

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Rank #2: Beirut in Lockdown

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The latest from Geraldine and Eliza on the COVID crisis.

Mar 25 2020

29mins

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Rank #3: BOOKCLUB: Fleishman Is in Trouble

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Eliza & Geraldine discuss "Fleishman Is in Trouble" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

The verdict: relentless.

Let us know your thoughts via email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com or join the conversation at the "Long Distance Callers" Facebook page.

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #4: Chit-Chat & Serious Stuff

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There's a bit of everything in this week's podcast.

Indonesian authorities have determined that the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea off Jakarta airport shouldn't have been allowed to fly. Geraldine and Eliza regret the horrible loss of life and discuss some of the perils of travelling in Indonesia.

Back in Australia, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews crushed the Opposition at the weekend election. It was an emphatic victory for Labor and a vote against the Conservative's strategy. But Geraldine believes Australia is becoming more fragmented. She doesn't necessarily see the electoral trends from Victoria continuing through to the Federal Election next May.

And then it's time Ferrante Fever. The Good Weekend Magazine in Australia published an article about the screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel "My Brilliant Friend". There was some great feedback on the Facebook group. And it emerged that Geraldine didn't devour the trilogy as Eliza thought.

Eliza and her Mum talk about women's friendships, creativity after motherhood and what makes successful female leaders. Eliza has just finished listening to Michelle Obama who is an inspirational woman.

If you like the podcast, please join the discussion on Facebook through "Long Distance Callers". And leave us a review on iTunes. Thankyou!

Lion Air Crash
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/lion-air-boeing-737-plane-that-crashed-shouldnt-have-been-allowed-to-fly/news-story/7b50eafead083055d3c0e3c6641bbcaf

Finding Elena Ferrante "It was like working with a ghost"
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/finding-elena-ferrante-it-was-like-working-with-a-ghost-20181120-p50h3x.html

Michelle Obama & Oprah
http://www.oprah.com/app/super-soul-sunday.html

Jeremy Bowen War Stories
https://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Stories-Jeremy-Bowen/dp/0743449681

Nov 28 2018

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Rank #5: Lockdown Chronicles: America

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On this episode of the Lockdown Chronicles we go to Washington DC with Heidi Lipson and then to Los Angeles with Luke Adams.

Join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

(Apologies about the variable audio quality throughout the episode)

Apr 14 2020

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Rank #6: Eliza & Geraldine Hit The Road

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Geraldine's world tour is drawing to a close.

For Geraldine's third visit to Lebanon, Eliza thought it would be a good idea to get out of Beirut and explore the countryside.

Byblos (or Jbeil as it's called in Arabic) is about 45 minutes north of the capital. It's one of the oldest cities in the world, occupied by everyone from the Crusaders to the Ottomans. Put in on your list the next time you visit the Middle East.

This week, Eliza and Geraldine discuss the state of anxiety in Britain as Brexit nears. Geraldine reflects on Russia and Eliza rues the way Putin changed the war in Syria. And the women discuss the challenge of going home after a fabulous break.

Please join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or contact us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Byblos
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/lebanon/north-of-beirut/byblos-jbail

Can Boris Johnson maintain his Brexit bluster?
https://www.ft.com/content/9d9ed292-9678-11e9-8cfb-30c211dcd229

How Oxford University shaped Brexit
https://www.ft.com/content/85fc694c-9222-11e9-b7ea-60e35ef678d2

A no-deal Brexit would be a lunacy wrapped up in a stupidity
https://www.ft.com/content/b7f4eae0-8daf-11e9-a24d-b42f641eca37

Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘become obsolete’
https://www.ft.com/content/670039ec-98f3-11e9-9573-ee5cbb98ed36

Angela Merkel shakes uncontrollably
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/world/europe/angela-merkel-trembling-germany.html

The Daily – The Battle for Europe
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/podcasts/the-daily/europe-nationalism.html

Syria’s torture prisons - NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/11/world/middleeast/syria-torture-prisons.html

Attack on Nice: BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36801146

New Zealand ISIS guard held in Kurdish jail
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/new-zealand-isis-guard-held-in-kurdish-jail/10866558

Jul 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #7: America -- making friends with Americans -- and survival in ExpatLand.

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Feb 27 2018

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Rank #8: The Kondo Craze & Sex In Books

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Geraldine has returned to work this week and everyone is talking Kondo.

But neither Geraldine or Eliza are sure about this method of personal makeover. Might it add to people's sense of domestic failure? Is it a sustainable model in the busy modern world? The verdict is out.

And please don't suggest throwing out books. This is a heresy to both women.

Geraldine has just returned from a holiday to Tasmania where she finished the bestseller "Normal People" by Sally Rooney. People are raving about it but Geraldine thought it was a bit lazy. She wonders whether the sex was a distraction from the character development?

Eliza cites the Bernhard Schlink book "The Reader" as an example where sex was crucial to the story, but didn't swamp it.

Let us know your thoughts over email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com or the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers".

Thankyou for listening!

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning - Margareta Magnusson
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Gentle-Art-of-Swedish-Death-Cleaning/Margareta-Magnusson/9781501173240

Normal People - Sally Rooney

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37539457-normal-people

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/26/sally-rooney-normal-people-review-elegant-intelligent-tender

The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/161962/the-reader-by-bernhard-schlink/9780375707971/readers-guide/

Jan 25 2019

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Rank #9: Back Home

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Eliza is home and thinks Australia is doing a great job at managing the COVID-19 crisis.

Geraldine agrees and is very interested to see how Australia's approach compares to Germany and Singapore.

This week Geraldine interviewed Professor Howard Markel from the University of Michigan about the history of vaccines. Both women agreed that if this coronavirus was targeting children - like polio did decades ago - it would be even harder to control one's fear and anxiety.

Geraldine and Eliza read out some contributions from the LDC community via the Facebook page about how they're keeping busy during these strange times.

Please join the conversation on the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Saturday Extra - The History of Vaccines
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/the-history-of-vaccines/12116454

A French Village - TV
https://www.nytimes.com/watching/recommendations/a-french-village

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/08/girl-woman-other-by-bernardine-evaristo-review

Unorthodox - Netflix
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unorthodox_(miniseries)

Ozark - Netflix
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ozark&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Apr 04 2020

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Rank #10: Court Update

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Here's the latest from Geraldine's appearance in court.

Aug 20 2019

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Rank #11: The Lead-Up To Christmas

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In two weeks Eliza and her family will be boarding a plane to celebrate Christmas in Australia.

So is Geraldine ready for the Silly Season?

The answer is…sort of.

Geraldine has had a busy month moving house. She’s planning to decorate the Christmas tree this weekend.

Eliza tells her to chill and forget about the bells and whistles this year.

Christmas is a different celebration in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s considered a small break, rather than the formal end of the working year. And therefore it seems less pressured than Australia.

The women pivot from Christmas cheer to President George H Bush's funeral in America.

His son, President George W Bush gave a terrific eulogy and Eliza believes the Trump era has prompted a re-think about the man once considered a bumbling fool.

In a fortnight Eliza and her Mum will do a “Best of 2018” wrap. Please get in touch with your favourite books, tv shows and podcasts via the Facebook page (Long Distance Callers) or email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com with your list.

Thanks for tuning in!

British Government appoints Minister for Loneliness
http://time.com/5248016/tracey-crouch-uk-loneliness-minister/

President George W Bush delivers his father's eulogy
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/06/george-w-bush-delivers-eulogy-at-his-fathers-funeral-full-text

The Edith Trilogy - Frank Moorhouse
https://smsa.org.au/limelight/the-edith-trilogy-by-frank-moorhouse-grand-days-dark-palace-and-cold-light/

Dec 06 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 7: An Indonesian tragedy

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This week Eliza and Geraldine discuss a memoir from former journalist, Cynthia Banham. She survived a horrible plane crash in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2007 which killed 21 people, including five Australians. Her story is about determination in the face of adversity. But it’s also about love and gratitude for the help you receive after a traumatic event.

One of the victims of the crash - the journalist Morgan Mellish – used to live in Eliza’s house in Jakarta.

The women talk about how the relationship between Australia and Indonesia has evolved since that terrible accident.

And they also muse about the secret to a happy life.

'A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope': Jane Cadzow's profile of Cynthia Banham in the Good Weekend:
https://www.smh.com.au/national/you-can-lose-so-much-and-yet-be-happy-cynthia-banham-s-revelation-20180314-p4z4av.html

Cynthia Banham's interview with Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/a-certain-light-a-memoir-of-family-loss-and-hope/9562032

Morgan Mellish's obituary
https://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/head-up-goals-achieved/2007/03/09/1173166982933.html

Pilot blames all but himself for crash that killed five Australians
https://www.smh.com.au/national/pilot-blames-all-but-himself-for-crash-that-killed-five-australians-20090310-8u5o.html

Professor Tim Lindsey of the flailing diplomatic relationship between Australia and Indonesia
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/australia-and-indonesia-going-separate-ways/

Dennis Atkins' podcast 'Two Grumpy Hacks'
https://soundcloud.com/twogrumpyhacks

How to prime your brain to be happy
https://www.gq.com/story/laurie-santos-how-to-be-happy-interview

Mar 20 2018

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Rank #13: The Crown #2

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This is an updated episode of "The Crown". The first attempt had some audio problems. Apologies!

The new season of The Crown has just dropped on Netflix.

It begins in 1964 as England is on the verge of electing British Labour MP Harold Wilson into Downing Street.

The series continues to unpick the enduring marriage of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.

The British actress Olivia Colman has taken over as Queen from Claire Foy. Geraldine isn't quite sure about the new Monarch, despite being a big fan of Colman's work. Eliza agrees that Colman doesn't quite nail the reserved Elizabeth like her predecessor, partly due to her natural warmth and expressive face.

The conversation about The Crown segues to the topic of marriage in general. Then it's the train wreck that was the Prince Andrew interview concerning his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Thanks for listening!

Email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com or join the conversation on Facebook at the "Long Distance Callers" page.

The Crown & Peter Morgan
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/magazine/the-crown-peter-morgan.html

The Audience Peter Morgan
https://www.amazon.com/Audience-Peter-Morgan/dp/0822232669

Prince Andrew interview on BBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKQi3wzNFGQ

Broadchurch
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2249364/

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #14: Best of 2019

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Welcome to the last podcast of 2019!

It's been a huge year.

Geraldine travelled to Russia. Eliza went back to full time work. Progressive politics was overtaken by fear.

Tune in for hot tips and analysis.

Please let us know your reflections on 2019 by joining the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Thankyou so much for listening!

The Loudest Voice - Stan
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6821044/

Succession - HBO
https://www.hbo.com/succession

Normal People – Sally Rooney
https://www.amazon.com/Normal-People-Novel-Sally-Rooney/dp/1984822179

Women’s Work – Megan Stack
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549445/womens-work-by-megan-stack/

Inside the trial of Shamima Begum – British GQ
https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/politics/article/the-trial-of-shamima-begum

Fintan O’Toole – The Ham of Fate https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/08/15/boris-johnson-ham-of-fate/

Lech Blain – How good is Queensland! The Monthly
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/november/1572526800/lech-blaine/how-good-queensland

Australia in the World podcast
https://australiaintheworld.podbean.com

Rear Vision – ABC Radio National
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/

Understanding Assassinations – Rear Vision ABC Radio National
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/understanding-assassination/10790888

Serial Season 3
https://serialpodcast.org

Slow Burn Season 2
https://slate.com/podcasts/slow-burn/s2/clinton

The Daily podcast – New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/column/the-daily

Who the Hell is Hamish – podcast
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/podcasts/podcast-who-the-hell-is-hamish/news-story/c95b519a9ececa6076df80bd130ba158

The Two Popes - film
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8404614/

Knives Out - film
https://knivesout.movie

Buy From The Bush by Grace Brennan
https://www.instagram.com/buyfromthebush/?hl=en

Dec 22 2019

56mins

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Rank #15: Geraldine Joins The Journalism Hall of Fame

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Geraldine was inducted into the Melbourne Press Club’s Journalism Hall of Fame last week along with other legends like Ray Martin and Andrew Olle.

Geraldine reflects on the fun night and the path she’s taken to get to reach the pinnacle of the industry.

Eliza consumes most of her journalism through newspapers and podcasts these days. But last week she tuned into the BBC World Service live and was reminded of the very high standard of its broadcasters. That prompts the women to get stuck down a rabbit hole about Brexit, before they come up for air and discuss Facebook and its flaws.

Geraldine is still unpacking boxes and has promised to have watched some of the “The Bodyguard” on Netflix before next week’s call.

To join the debate, just search for “Long Distance Callers” on your facebook page. Or drop us a line through the ‘contact’ section at longdistancecall.com.au

Thanks for listening!

Melbourne Press Club
https://halloffame.melbournepressclub.com/article/geraldine-doogue

Saturday Extra: Geraldine talks to former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/politics-and-culture/10504434

Legendary Melbourne crime reporter John Silvester
https://www.theage.com.au/by/john-silvester-hvejs

One Crowded Hour - Tim Bowden
https://www.booktopia.com.au/one-crowded-hour-tim-bowden/prod9780732297336.html

Neil Davis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Davis_(cameraman)

Highways to a War - Christopher Koch
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/842712.Highways_to_a_War

Ted talk: 10 ways to have a better conversation
https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation/up-next?language=en

Anne Summers - ABC Conversations
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/anne-summers/7756750

New York Times Facebook investigation
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #16: First Impressions

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Geraldine and Eliza are back for their first Long Distance Call from Beirut to Sydney.

Beirut is a beautiful city full of cool people who are obsessed with food. Beirutis are loud, emotional, warm and very friendly. Most corners of the city are a reminder of the country's turbulent past and trouble across the border in Syria. A truly fascinating place!

It's also dysfunctional and full of bureaucratic challenges. Eliza thinks she's aged twenty years in the past month alone.

Geraldine reveals her first impressions of life under a the new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. She's still in a bit of shock about all the political upheaval and doesn't think the country will be richer for it.

In true LDC style the women finish up on a lighter note. Do you wear sunscreen under your makeup? No, Geraldine doesn't either.

Tune in!

Sep 04 2018

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Rank #17: Changes

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Life is changing for Geraldine and her daughter Eliza.

Geraldine has bought a new house and Eliza's about to leave Indonesia for Beirut (via Sydney).

Geraldine is downsizing from the family home she built with her late husband Ian. The prospect of getting the house ready for sale is daunting as well as exciting. The packers are coming to Eliza's house tomorrow, so she's procrastinating by buying more furniture.

Eliza has come to really enjoy Jakarta after a tough start. It's been a warm and gentle place to raise her kids but Eliza and her husband Adam are looking forward to their new adventure in the Middle East.

Don't forget to visit the LDC website longdistancecall.com.au or log onto the Facebook page Long Distance Callers.

This week the women discussed:

Oprah talks to Maria Shriver
http://www.oprah.com/app/super-soul-sunday.html

Germaine Greer and the Menopause
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/germaine-greers-climacteric-updated/9896346

Anatomy of a Scandal
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/14/anatomy-of-a-scandal-sarah-vaughan-review

The Shanghai Wife
https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489249142/

Force of Nature
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/10/force-of-nature-by-jane-harper-review

The Fourth Estate
http://www.sho.com/the-fourth-estate

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #18: Season 2: Countdown to Beirut

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Eliza has been staying with Geraldine for the past five weeks. And they're still on speaking terms!

This episode is a wrap of the holiday's greatest hits: the Fourth Estate documentary on the New York Times, Ken Burns' Vietnam War and the latest on American politics.

Oh and there's a healthy dose of chat about the perils of growing your hair and personal grooming.

We hope to have an episode next week, but Eliza isn't sure if the internet will connected in her new home. Fingers crossed.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 08 2018

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Rank #19: Geraldine packs up in Sydney, Eliza unpacks in Beirut

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Geraldine has spent her final night in the family home.

She's feeling a bit sentimental but knows she's ready for the move.

Meanwhile Eliza has finally received her shipment of furniture, almost five months after leaving her old home in Indonesia. It's such a relief. But her house is full of boxes.

The discussion moves on to the US MidTerm elections, tribalism, what it takes to join the elite forces of the Australian army, ISIS and the new BBC miniseries that's gripping the world.

Neil Prakash the Australian ISIS recruiter now in jail in Turkey
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-20/islamic-state-terrorist-neil-prakash-could-be-released-from-jail/10016444

The Bodyguard
https://www.netflix.com/lb-en/title/80235864

Line of Duty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_of_Duty

Anne with an E
https://www.netflix.com/lb-en/title/80136311

Extract from The Great Cave Rescue
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/we-didn-t-expect-all-13-out-alive-inside-the-thai-cave-rescue-20181106-p50e84.html

The Great Cave Rescue
https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/true-crime/The-Great-Cave-Rescue-James-Massola-9781760529741

Join the discussion at our Facebook page "Long Distance Callers".

Nov 11 2018

37mins

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Rank #20: Lockdown Chronicles: Belgium

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This is the first in a special series of personal stories from Eliza's network of expat friends around the world.

Coronavirus has separated us, but it's also united us through similar challenges and opportunities.

How's everyone coping? Is homeschooling in Belgium any different to Sydney? How does it feel to be so far from 'home' but for the first time in our lifetimes, unable to get home.

First up: long-time Australian expat Lucy Reynaud in Belgium.

Join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Apr 11 2020

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Beirut Blast

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Eliza records a special podcast in the wake of the massive explosion that's ripped through Beirut.

She speaks to her friends Farah Kanj and Rima Husseini for the latest on the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

If you want to help, the best starting point is the Lebanese Red Cross.

Aug 05 2020

14mins

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Melbourne State of Mind

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Geraldine and Eliza are feeling Victoria's distress keenly this week.

The situation is so serious that it's become hard to concentrate on anything else.

Geraldine has been reflecting on the manic pace of life before Covid-19. She wonders if people will revert back to old habits once a vaccine is (hopefully) found.

Eliza has been thinking about technology and how to live a sane online life.

Thanks for listening!

Join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Princess Anne on a life in the limelight
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2020/07/29/princess-anne-speaks-life-campaigning-royal-dangerous-informed/

Madeleine Albright’s memoir
https://www.harpercollins.com/products/hell-and-other-destinations-madeleine-albright

Pale Rider – Laura Spinney
https://www.amazon.com.au/Pale-Rider-Spanish-Changed-World/dp/1610397673

The Big Tech Hearing - The Daily NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/podcasts/the-daily/congress-facebook-amazon-google-apple.html

On Female Rage - The Daily NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/podcasts/the-daily/on-female-rage.html

Bounce Back podcast - Michael Coutts-Trotter
https://omny.fm/shows/bounce-back/episode-five-michael-coutts-trotter

Hope in Hell: "I am not a spy"
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/hope-in-hell-academic-kylie-mooregilberts-iranian-ordeal/news-story/865e22ff5c9403a5ae1fb85bf521920c

Aug 03 2020

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Eliza's Reading Rodham, Geraldine's Watching Hamilton

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Eliza is ripping through "Rodham" which is the fictionalised version of Hillary Clinton's life if she didn't marry Bill.

Eliza was initially put off my the premise of the book. Why dwell on alternative histories? It seemed like a waste of time. But she pushed on regardless and is now totally captivated.

Meanwhile Geraldine is planning to watch the musical "Hamilton" on Disney, much to Eliza's bemusement. She doesn't do musicals, leaving her mother almost speechless.

Eliza finally downloads a Taylor Swift album.

How often should you replace your (expensive) devices?

And coronavirus along the Amazon River.

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Rodham - Curtis Sittenfeld
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/rodham-9780857526137

Geraldine interviews Hannah Blair about the Clinton Affair
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/the-clinton-affair---20-years-on/12464290

Hamilton musical on Disney
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/hamilton/3uPmBHWlO6HJ

Taylor Swift's new album "Folklore"
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/taylor-swift-new-album-folklore-release-date-1032962/

Coronavirus unleashed on the river - NYT photographer Tyler Hicks takes us down the river.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/25/world/americas/coronavirus-brazil-amazon.html?smid=em-share

Jul 28 2020

26mins

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Covid Distractions

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Geraldine's taking a well-deserved break.

She's loaded the audio book "Middlemarch" on her smart phone and packed her suitcase with winter woolies.

Eliza has just finished "Olive Kitteridge" and is watching "Normal People" on Stan.

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Middlemarch – George Eliot
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/middlemarch-9780141199795

Middlemarch & Me – The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/02/14/middlemarch-and-me

Olive Kitteridge -
https://www.elizabethstrout.com/books/olive-kitteridge

Dying for a drink:
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/dying-for-a-drink-native-fauna-desperately-seeking-human-help/news-story/7203f2526b87dfc388a478c637dc9b99

Jul 20 2020

16mins

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Living With Ambiguity

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Geraldine's learning to live with ambiguity. As the COVID-19 situation in Australia worsens, the next six to twelve months remain unclear. We're all being asked to delay our plans and live in limbo.

That's taking some getting used to.

It's making Geraldine realise that our lives aren't quite as settled as they may seem.

Meanwhile, Eliza's re-training her brain to read long essays in one sitting.

And she's struggling to find time for yoga.

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American Carnage – The Monthly – Don Watson
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2020/july/1593525600/don-watson/american-carnage

The Man Inside and the Inside Man – The Monthly – Mahmood Fazal
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2020/july/1593525600/mahmood-fazal/man-inside-and-inside-man

Ali and Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes HBO
https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/ali-and-cavett-the-tale-of-the-tapes

Harvey Milk
https://www.uis.edu/gendersexualitystudentservices/harveymilk-2/

Jul 13 2020

36mins

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COVID-19 Redux

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Victoria has gone back into lockdown. The rest of Australia worries about following suit.

Geraldine and Eliza anxiously look forward to the next six months.

Also this week: Fintan O'Toole on the fatal delusions of Boris Johnson.

Eliza reminisces about Indonesia.

And flopping about on holiday.

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Fintan O'Toole - The Fatal Delusions of Boris Johnson
https://www.newstatesman.com/2020/07/fatal-delusions-boris-johnson

John Curtin's War - John Edwards
https://www.amazon.com.au/John-Curtins-War-reinventing-Australia-ebook/dp/B074PHRJ9X

Jul 08 2020

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Geraldine's Working Too Hard

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Geraldine's working too hard and she's trying to understand why.

Partly it's because there's just so much to read at the moment. She's running to keep up.

Eliza wonders if her Mum's work patterns are linked to Australia's emergence from the COVID-19 lockdown? But Geraldine thinks it's a result of "normal life" returning to the northern hemisphere.

Also this week, Eliza worries about Lebanon and its future.

And reading Olive Kitteridge.

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The Coal Curse - Judith Brett - Quarterly Essay
https://www.quarterlyessay.com.au/essay/2020/06/the-coal-curse

Australia In The World - DFAT Secretary Frances Adamson
https://australiaintheworld.podbean.com

Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
https://www.elizabethstrout.com/books/olive-kitteridge

Belgravia - TV series
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9642982/

Fauda - season 3
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80113612

Jun 30 2020

32mins

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Home For Good

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Big news this week: Eliza and her family will stay in Australia permanently. They won't return to Lebanon.

Eliza's thrilled to be home and looking forward to resuming her journalism work.

Her husband Adam has been offered a new job at the ABC TV current affairs program "4 Corners".

The decision to leave Lebanon was bittersweet. Eliza and her family loved Beirut and particularly miss their nanny, Sunny, who remains in the city.

Also this week, Geraldine interviews Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Martin Patience on the Ethiopian woman being dropped at the embassy
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-53031803/ethiopian-maids-dumped-outside-beirut-embassy

Geraldine Doogue interviews Elizabeth Gilbert
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/big-weekend-of-books-elizabeth-gilbert-geraldine-doogue/12308398

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51918871-city-of-girls

Richard Fidler interviews Philippe Sands on ABC Conversations
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/phillipe-sands-2020/12358098

Jun 23 2020

42mins

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Letting the Unpleasantness Sink In

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2020 is so challenging that Eliza is looking for advice from unconventional sources.

This week, she rewatched the adventures of Olive & Mabel the labradors. In episode 3, the dogs emerge from a fetid pond and "let the unpleasantness sink in". It seems like a good mantra for life.

Also this week, how should white people respond to the Black Lives Matter protests?

Eliza prepares to give herself a history lesson before the November election in America.

And Geraldine looks for plants which thrive in dappled light.

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Fordham’s Bryan Massingale: White Catholics need to sit with the discomfort of systemic racism
https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/06/08/fordhams-bryan-massingale-white-catholics-need-sit-discomfort-systemic

Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6dnDkvdTXA

Olive & Mabel - Letting the unpleasantness sink in
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26FIEX6muAo

Michelle Grattan & Pat Turner – The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/politics-with-michelle-grattan-pat-turner-on-closing-the-justice-gap-140451

Derry Girls - Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80238565

The Fire is Upon Us – Nicholas Buccola
https://www.amazon.com.au/Fire-upon-Us-Baldwin-William/dp/0691181543

Robert Caro – The Years of Lyndon Johnson
https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Caros-Years-Lyndon-Johnson/dp/038535147X

Jun 16 2020

36mins

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What Will Republicans Do About Trump?

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Retired General Jim Mattis has launched a scathing criticism of his old boss, labelling Donald Trump a divisive President and a threat to the Constitution.

Geraldine and Eliza wonder if General Mattis' letter will act as a call to arms amongst Republicans who have been privately wary of the President's behaviour, but until now unwilling to criticise him publicly.

Also this week, Eliza is enthralled in the German TV series "Das Boot".

Geraldine wonders how long it takes for a war-torn country to properly confront its past.

And the women talk shopping in the age of COVID-19.

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General Mattis condemns President Trump – The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/james-mattis-denounces-trump-protests-militarization/612640/?fbclid=IwAR1DZbUHY2bp_uhmDQyCnJuLD8eVnc4EuSHbHhMWbDimBrsyov2M4J13UEo

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9882804/

Das Boot – SBS on Demand
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9882804/

The Firekeepers of Kakadu
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9882804/

Rio Tinto feels more heat on cave blast
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/rio-tinto-feels-more-heat-on-cave-blast-as-investor-pressure-rises-20200602-p54yqm.html

Jun 04 2020

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Missing the Middle East

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Eliza is missing her home in Beirut while loving life in Australia.

It's a strange case of geographical scizophrenia.

Meanwhile, Geraldine wonders how much adventure and pressure we should inject back into life as we emerge from lockdown.

Eliza's engrossed in the new 'Wind of Change' podcast and Geraldine has finished the 'Sergio' documentary on Netflix.

Thanks for listening!

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Rolling Stone on Wind of Change
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/scorpions-wind-of-change-the-oral-history-of-1990s-epic-power-ballad-63069/

It's Only Breathing: Fenella Souter in the Good Weekend
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/it-s-only-breathing-but-how-you-do-it-is-more-important-than-you-think-20200424-p54myb.html

Amateur vision from 1990 from outside (and inside) Khiam prison
https://youtu.be/9ukiKL9quGA

Wind of Change podcast: Crooked Media
https://crooked.com/podcast-series/wind-of-change/

Sergio: Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80191526

The Bureau: SBS
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/the-bureau

Mrs America (Cate Blanchett)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9244556/

May 26 2020

35mins

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Lockdown Chronicles: Anxiety

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As we emerge from lockdown, are we facing a pandemic of anxiety?

The COVID-19 crisis has forced us into new patterns of social interaction. We've been told that the best way to protect ourselves from coronavirus is staying indoors and away from people.

Journalist and author Judith Hoare argues that social distancing feeds off fear.

She conducted extensive research about anxiety for her book called "The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code: The Extraordinary Life of Claire Weekes."

The Australian doctor's work on anxiety was released in the 1960s without fanfare but has come to be seen as cutting edge.

Judith Hoare thinks society has learnt a habit of fear and we need to learn to manage anxiety as we resume our normal lives.

On this special episode of the Lockdown Chronicles, Geraldine interviews Judith Hoare.

May 21 2020

23mins

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Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True?

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Geraldine and Eliza dive into the debate about Ronan Farrow's journalistic ethics this week.

The New York Times has launched an attack on Farrow, arguing that he doesn't like to let inconvenient truths get in the way of a ripping yarn.

The celebrity journalist won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein along with New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor & Meghan Twohey.

Eliza thinks Farrow could have done more to acknowledge his colleagues and the team of people involved in bringing down a predator like Weinstein. She acknowledges that Farrow's ego is a problem. But that doesn't discredit his work.

Geraldine is inherently sceptical of journalists who fly too close to the sun. She thought the New York Times expose was a cautionary tale for less experienced journalists embarking on big investigations.

Also this week, Geraldine finishes her first novel in a while.

Ireland and the "terrible beauty" that was the Easter Rising.

And the future of the office.

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In this election, it’s the remote against the exposed: Bret Stephens New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/opinion/coronavirus-2020-election.html

We will miss the office if it dies: Lucy Kellaway (FT)
https://www.ft.com/content/6a84c3a0-9440-11ea-abcd-371e24b679ed

Actress – Anne Enright
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/actress-9781787332072

The New Yorker reviews “Actress”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/16/the-tragedy-of-celebrity-in-anne-enrights-actress

Easter, 1916 W.B Yeates
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43289/easter-1916

Geraldine Doogue: Reflections on an Easter Rising
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/geraldine-doogue-reflects-on-the-easter-uprising/7458308

She Said - Jodi Kantor & Meghan Twohey
https://www.amazon.com.au/She-Said-Breaking-Harassment-Movement/dp/0525560343

Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True? Ben Smith NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/17/business/media/ronan-farrow.html?smid=tw-share

May 19 2020

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Hard Things Are Hard

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American political strategist David Axelrod once famously told President Obama that "hard things are hard".

Eliza thinks Axelrod's blunt advice is useful when it comes to preparing for COVID-19.

She's starting to plan for a future where coronavirus and all the associated disruptions become the new normal. That process of change and adaptation is hard - but then everyone's finding it a challenge.

Geraldine is forcing herself to put down COVID-related news and pick up a novel instead.

Also this week: Sydney's terrific urban renewal project. Eliza and her Mum also clash over Sydney's new casino building.

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Quarantine Fatigue is Real – The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/quarantine-fatigue-real-and-shaming-people-wont-help/611482/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

“Live and Let Die” Pod Save America
https://crooked.com/podcast/live-and-let-die/

Spies of No Country – Matti Friedman
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/22/books/review/matti-friedman-spies-of-no-country.html

The Actress - Anne Enright
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/16/actress-anne-enright-review

The Risks – Erin Bromage blog
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200511&instance_id=18384&nl=the-morning®i_id=54329852&segment_id=27239&te=1&user_id=c6fb1f77a7859a745553352acef7d6b8

How America’s First Known Coronavirus Patient Recovered- Frontline PBS America
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/how-americas-first-known-coronavirus-patient-recovered/

May 12 2020

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Lebanon Reignites After Corona Success

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Lebanese people are breaking free of quarantine and returning to the streets to protest against the corrupt ruling elite.

The Government has successfully managed to stop the spread of coronavirus. But the economy - which was already in freefall - is now terminal. The Government has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan, but that money will come with strict austerity conditions that risk further angering the 'street'.

Eliza's husband Adam covers Lebanon's recent turbulent past in a program on ABC TV Tuesday 5th May at 8pm.

Also on the podcast, Geraldine wonders if the COVID-19 pandemic will unlock our creative juices? History would suggest not.

And where should a novice gardener begin?

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David Runciman – Big Ideas
https://www.talkingpoliticspodcast.com

Will Joe Biden be the next President of the United States?
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/past-programs/

The Art of Forgetting – The Australian - Rosemary Neill
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/a-pandemic-good-for-art-the-spanish-flu-tells-a-different-story/news-story/61eb16765fbb34ba49d4bad97dfbc7b4

Affection – Ian Townsend
http://www.iantownsend.com.au/affection/

Metropolis – Philip Kerr
http://philipkerr.org

Eichmann in Jerusalem – Hannah Arendt
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/320983/eichmann-in-jerusalem-by-hannah-arendt/9780143039884/readers-guide/

Hot Mess – ABC Radio National
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hot-mess/

May 03 2020

33mins

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Are We Tiring Of The Rules?

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Australia has had great success tackling COVID-19.

But now that some of the fear has passed, Geraldine and Eliza think the Government should alter its message and public health restrictions.

Also this week, how should Geraldine report on the upcoming US election?

Eliza decides to opt out of the official school curriculum.

And finally - what were you meant to be doing in 2020? There's been some great commentary on the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers". Let us know your plans at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

The paradox of Merkelism - Philip Oltermann
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/angela-merkel-profile-trump-germany-chancellor-prime-minister

Apr 27 2020

34mins

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Lockdown Chronicles: Trundle, NSW

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Helen Quade is a lawyer who lives on a farm in Western NSW with her husband and three kids.

She joins Eliza on the latest episode of the Lockdown Chronicles.

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Apr 25 2020

21mins

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Lockdown Chronicles: Istanbul

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Denee Savoia is an Australian journalist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey. She joins Eliza for the latest edition of the Lockdown Chronicles.

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Apr 23 2020

23mins

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Lockdown Chronicles: Singapore

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In this episode of the Lockdown Chronicles, Eliza talks to her friend Cara Mayega in Singapore.

Apr 20 2020

23mins

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Turnbull's Memoir

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It's a politics-heavy podcast this week.

The former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written a memoir about his time in Canberra. He denies that the book is an act of revenge against his former colleagues, but there are many in the Liberal Party who are likely to squirm in anticipation of its release.

Eliza is a big fan of political memoirs. Geraldine is too, but only if they're sufficiently reflective.

Also this week, Geraldine breaks a habit of a lifetime and begins baking packet-mix cakes.

And Eliza finds joy at Woolworths.

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David Crowe on Malcolm Turnbull’s memoir - The Good Weekend
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/in-his-own-words-malcolm-turnbull-on-old-battles-personal-and-political-and-new-beginnings-20200316-p54akr.html

Michael Ignatieff: the intellectual who wanted to be a politician
https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/11/17/michael-ignatieff-intellectual-who-wanted-politician/c5XKjVRISmnmX3NFHpJjAK/story.html

Barak Obama & Bill Clinton: Lets be Friends (2012)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/09/10/lets-be-friends

Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy’s Son – Mark Colvin memoir
https://www.mup.com.au/books/light-and-shadow-updated-edition-paperback-softback

The Book of Life – Eve Claxton
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Life-Eve-Claxton-ebook/dp/B0051UT6CM/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1587284867&refinements=p_27%3AEve+Claxton&s=books&sr=1-2

Unfettered and Alive - Anne Summers
https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/other-books/Unfettered-and-Alive-Anne-Summers-9781743318416

My Story: Julia Gillard
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/my-story-9781760893330

The Climb: Geraldine Doogue
https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/the-climb

The Godfather
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/

The Wire
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0306414/

Apr 19 2020

38mins

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