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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: 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

17mins

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Rank #2: Holocaust Stories

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Author and journalist Irris Makler joins Eliza for a bonus episode this week.

She's back in Australia from Jerusalem to launch her new book "Food is Love".

It contains the wisdom and cooking recipes of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.

Irris allows these women to smile and reflect on how they rebuilt their lives after the horrors of the past.

The book will be launched in Sydney and Melbourne this week and is available in all good bookstores.

Apr 28 2019

18mins

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Rank #3: Episode 10: Opinion in the age of outrage

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Geraldine is settling back into a hectic working week after visiting Eliza in Jakarta.

She believes more is being asked of reporters these days, which doesn't always lead to better journalism. The industry is increasingly dominated by opinion and outrage. Eliza thinks it takes a toll on all who participate.

The women revisit an earlier discussion about John Le Carre's "A Legacy of Spies". Geraldine has stopped reading Ian McEwan and Eliza thinks it's time for her husband Adam to give "God of Small Things" another go.

And more than a year on since the US Election, Eliza is finally willing to acknowledge Hillary Clinton was the wrong candidate for the Democratic Party.

Gaza and the Great Return March - Saturday Extra
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/gaza-and-the-great-return-march/9619292

Michael Ignatieff - Saturday Extra
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/orban-and-fdr:-two-very-different-leaders/9627792

A Legacy of Spies: John Le Carre
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/10/a-legacy-of-spies-john-le-carre-review

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
https://www.amazon.com/God-Small-Things-Novel/dp/0812979656

Dispatches - Michael Herr
https://www.amazon.com/Dispatches-Michael-Herr/dp/0679735259

Geraldine Doogue in conversation with Peter Greste
https://griffithreview.com/queensland-conservatorium-tripathi-greste-doogue/

Podcast: Imagine This
http://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/imagine-this/imagine-this-promo-episode/9602272

The Conversation on Imagine This
https://theconversation.com/imagine-this-a-new-podcast-tackling-tricky-questions-from-inquisitive-young-minds-94659

Making Obama
https://www.npr.org/podcasts/500692140/making-oprah

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign
https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Inside-Hillary-Clintons-Campaign/dp/0553447084

Commentary on Shattered https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/03/hillary-clinton-destruction-shattered-review

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Apr 10 2018

30mins

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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

45mins

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Rank #5: 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

37mins

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Rank #6: Geraldine Sells Her Home

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Geraldine has sold her home! Hooray! It's been a white-knuckle time.

She broke the rules of real estate by buying a new home before selling her current place. The Sydney market has dipped recently adding to the stress.

Geraldine began the moving process this week by emptying old red wine bottles down the sink. Eliza is mortified by the waste and can’t believe her Mum has given Merlot the flick.

Eliza is back in Beirut after a brief holiday in Australia for her Dad’s birthday. She’s caught up on books and TV as well as the incredible Supreme Court nomination hearings out of the America.

Finally, Eliza tells Geraldine about some criticism on the Facebook page, which she takes on the chin! Just type “Long Distance Callers” in the search function on your Facebook page to join the discussion.

LINKS

Playground at HMAS Platypus Sydney
https://concreteplayground.com/sydney/arts-entertainment/sub-base-platypus-sydney-harbour-park/

*FEAR: Trump in the Whitehouse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear:_Trump_in_the_White_House

The New Yorker on Fear https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/24/with-fear-and-trump-bob-woodward-has-a-bookend-to-the-nixon-story

President Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45727618

ABC: Lebanon says Israel may be preparing to strike targets in Beirut
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/worldtoday/lebanon-says-israel-may-be-preparing-to-strike-targets-in-beirut/10333236

Kavanaugh and the Starr Inquiry
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-clinton-starr.html

Slow Burn podcast
https://slate.com/slow-burn

The Larry Awards
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/05/the-wiggles-for-grown-ups-abc-staff-bemused-by-utopia-like-larry-cards

Any Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/any-ordinary-day-9780143789963

*Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/540586/eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine-by-gail-honeyman/9780735220690/

Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39280445-nine-perfect-strangers

More on Liane Moriarty
http://lianemoriarty.com.au

McMafia - TV Series
https://www.amc.com/shows/mcmafia

Succession TV Series (HBO)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succession_(TV_series)

Troubles – JG Farrell
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubles_(novel)

Oct 03 2018

37mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: Court Update

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

Aug 20 2019

3mins

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Rank #9: America -- making friends with Americans -- and survival in ExpatLand.

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Feb 27 2018

32mins

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Rank #10: 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

39mins

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Rank #11: Life Is All About Changing Your Mind

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Eliza’s son Sean started school this week. It’s a big week in any family but made harder by moving to the other side of the world. Eliza thought she’d be skipping through the streets with glee after the long three month break. But it was upsetting and she spent the morning worrying if he was ok.

He was, of course. But sometimes life doesn't turn out like you planned.

It’s those unexpected reactions and feelings which change our opinions on the big issues. Geraldine thinks life is all about changing your mind. Recently she received an email from the former Governor General Bill Hayden, inviting her to his baptism. Yes, that’s right, the former aggressive atheist was converting to Catholicism at 85.

He’d changed his mind. And it prompts a conversation about why that’s not prized in Australian politics. It seems voters are more attracted to those who stick to their views regardless of the circumstances.

Eliza finish this week's episode with the best of the Facebook group “Long Distance Callers” and muse about the best conditions to grow roses and bougainvillea.

Rome Exhibition in Canberra
http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/rome-city-and-empire

Bob Carr Run For Your Life
https://www.mup.com.au/books/run-for-your-life-electronic-book-text

Bill Hayden converts to Catholicism
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/exlabor-leader-bill-hayden-85-baptised-into-catholic-church/news-story/2eb858bbdd2d4cb5d67d1d6ee7a6e4ad

Middle Eastern food:
Shane Delia: Lebanon
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/blueprintforliving/sense-of-place:-shane-delia,-lebanon/10246408

Sep 20 2018

40mins

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Rank #12: War Games

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Eliza and her family spent Sunday on the beautiful white sandy beach of Tyre in Southern Lebanon.

As they arrived back in Beirut, news broke that Hezbollah had fired rockets into Northern Israel in retaliation to last week's skirmishes.

There were reports of soldiers being injured and killed.

In the hours and days after the attack it's been revealed that Israel mounted a decoy operation. Footage disseminated amongst Israeli media showed injured soldiers being flown to hospitals. That now turns out to be false. It appears to be an elaborate mission to convince Hezbollah and its followers that Israel had been badly affected by the rocket strike, which in actual fact there'd be no serious consequences.

All it quiet again ... for now.

Meanwhile, Geraldine is taking on the insurance industry after a very unsatisfying attempt to claim for lost items on a recent trip. Eliza is convinced that most people don't lodge claims because of the ensuing bureaucratic nightmare.

Finally, TV ... and planning for overseas weddings.

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

Truth is a casualty as the IDF fools Hezbollah
https://www.timesofisrael.com/no-fatalities-mercifully-but-truth-is-a-casualty-as-the-idf-fools-hezbollah/

The Spy
https://www.netflix.com/lb-en/title/80178151

Ride Like a Girl
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7600382/

Axios
https://www.axios.com

Daily Beast
https://www.thedailybeast.com

Roosevelt compound
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_of_Franklin_D._Roosevelt_National_Historic_Site

Sep 03 2019

32mins

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Rank #13: 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

32mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Letter from America

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Geraldine is in New York City after attending a fabulous wedding in Virginia.

She spent her last day in America travelling north to FDR's old residence in upstate New York.

Geraldine has always thought of herself as a Londonophile, rather than a New Yorker. That's partly because she lived in London and has a greater affinity for its people and culture.

Eliza asks her Mum to analyse why she's not more of a Manhattan fan. After all, New York has all the ingredients Geraldine loves, like great parks and classy architecture.

Under some gentle scrutiny, Geraldine acknowledges that maybe she's a bigger fan of the United States than she cares to reveal.

Apologies for the scratchy audio during parts of this episode. Eliza's headphones were rubbing against her shirt, but that sound was drowned out in the headphones. She'll fix it by next week.

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

Roosevelt Library & Museum
https://www.fdrlibrary.org

Hudson Yard
https://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com

The Highline NYC
https://www.thehighline.org

The Influencer and her ghostwriter
https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/the-story-of-caroline-calloway-and-her-ghostwriter-natalie.html

The Guardian's abridged version of the Influencer story
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/15/the-con-artist-and-her-mark-very-modern-morality-tale?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR2_eZo1OwmgUDrGJEfX3Ja2Jc3sFu_CuD66jNnT17OedMeGLKK5ItekUXI

The Great Gatsby
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby

Getting It Right: FDR's Legacy
http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1906802_1906838_1906981,00.html

LBJ – The Great Society
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society

Weary Dunlop
https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/history/conflicts/burma-thailand-railway-and-hellfire-pass/events/surviving/sir-edward-weary-dunlop

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #16: Washup

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The podcast begins with reaction to the startling news out of Australia that the Managing Director of the ABC – Michelle Guthrie – was sacked on Monday.

Geraldine believes there are lessons to learned about running the public broadcaster in the 21st century. And perhaps even some lessons for women seeking big leadership roles too.

Eliza had a funny encounter at Beirut airport over the weekend with some Australian men who were back in Lebanon for curious reasons.

She’s back to Australia on a flying visit this week for her Dad’s 70th birthday. Eliza and Geraldine plan to sneak in a quick meal on Saturday night after watching the AFL Grand Final.

NOTES

Why the ABC Board sacked Michelle Guthrie

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/25/why-the-abc-board-sacked-michelle-guthrie

Mark Day’s interview with Fran Kelly

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/michelle-guthrie-why-was-the-abc-boss-axed/10301964

MI5 and Me – Charlotte Bingham
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/07/mi5-and-me-by-charlotte-bingham-review-a-coronet-among-the-spooks-

Sep 25 2018

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Rank #17: Remembering Bob Hawke

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Eliza interviews Geraldine about her decades-long professional relationship with the late Bob Hawke.

Hawke modernised Australia. He wasn't perfect. He had a fierce intellect. He loathed racism. He loved the union movement and believed in the power of collective action.

We hope you enjoy this special, hour-long episode of Long Distance Call. Let us know your thoughts at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com or the "Long Distance Callers" facebook page.

May 16 2019

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Rank #18: The Decline of America

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Eliza is moving house. This unpleasant process has been made tolerable by podcasts and the spectacle that is the Democratic Party presidential debates in the United States.

Who will be the candidate? Eliza thinks it’ll be Joe Biden, despite the fact he’s been flat at the debates and doesn’t have a potent message to thwart President Trump.

Geraldine thinks it’ll probably be Biden too. But her attention has been on the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and his recent trip to Australia. She doesn’t appreciate his bellicose rhetoric on China and doesn’t think it’ll land well in the corridors of power in Canberra.

Both women mourn for America in the wake of the domestic terror attacks. The loss of life is madness for a country not at war.

Don’t forget to join the new LDC bookclub for the first meeting at the end of September. The first book is “Live a Little” by Howard Jacobson.

Please join the conversation at the Facebook page “Long Distance Callers” or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Adam's Correspondents Report on the Syrian orphanage with Yazidi children
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayextra/report-by-correspondent/11371610

Turkey plans to invade Syria and attack the Kurds
https://warontherocks.com/2019/08/the-crisis-is-coming-syria-and-the-end-of-the-u-s-turkish-alliance/

Pod Save America – Debate recap special
https://crooked.com/podcast/go-to-pod-save-america-3-0-3-3-0-debate-recap-special/

Bernie Sanders interview
https://crooked.com/podcast/2020-bernie-sanders-on-democratic-socialism-and-cardi-b/

Keating on the US-Australian alliance (2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfbU6KegbjE

Howard in warning on China strife
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/protests-a-warning-to-china-howard/news-story/fa9c9dbba585e9aacf14e8e24f0f3ca5

The Ratline Podcast
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sj2pt

Aug 06 2019

38mins

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Rank #19: Eliza Whinges About Beirut

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It's cold, it's wet, it's wintery, the schools are closed ... and Eliza is having a whinge about her new city.

Geraldine is just back from a wonderful holiday in Queensland and will jet off to Tasmania in the coming week.

The women also talk about the latest from Brexit and the big political shifts in the Middle East.

Please log onto Long Distance Callers on Facebook for the shownotes & links which Eliza will post when the schools re-open.

Thanks for listening!

Jan 16 2019

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Rank #20: 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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Beirut Riots

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Violent protests have erupted again in Lebanon as the country lurches deeper into a political and economic crisis.

There's little prospect of a Government being formed soon. The local currency is depreciating against the US dollar, making daily life more expensive.

There's a weekly cap on withdrawals from the banks.

People are desperate and their frustrations spilled over into riots in Downtown Beirut on the weekend. Many believe it's the only way they'll be heard by the political elite.

It's a very different scene in Australia. Geraldine has been struck by the surge of national pride in the wake of the bushfire crisis. She hopes the Government uses the opportunity to act on this rare moment of national consensus.

Finally, Geraldine and her daughter reflect on the power of a good funeral.

Let us know what you think of the episode on the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Lebanon on 'brink of chaos and anarchy' Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/lebanon-on-brink-of-chaos-and-anarchy-as-peaceful-protests-turn-violent/2020/01/19/14da7166-3973-11ea-a1ff-c48c1d59a4a1_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0pPliCafSRP7Y6FptTiX1vXeCkVgqT_SAhLUq3WPx9RQwk9nKpGZHAhlA

Deidre Macken: United by Crisis, Frustrated into Action
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/united-by-crisis-frustrated-into-action/news-story/52ebd75ce3daf50e15fecb1a23bb06d2

Can Scott Morrison Learn to Lead?
https://johnmenadue.com/greg-latemore-can-scott-morrison-learn-to-lead/

Jan 21 2020

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The Scrap

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Things are hot in the Middle East and even hotter on this week's podcast.

Geraldine and Eliza have divergent views about the American assassination of Iranian Commander Qasem Suleimani. They also disagree about some of the journalism that has stemmed from the killing.

But they do tend to see eye to eye on 'Meghxit'. Eliza feels sorry for Meghan Markle and hates her treatment in the press. But she also thinks the Sussexes could have handled the split better.

Also this week: Captain Cook and summer time in Cairns. Money exchange in Beirut. And how to define 'star power' on TV.

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

Thanks for listening!

Trent Dalton’s three-part series on Captain Cook in The Australian
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/cook-rediscovered-white-ghosts-on-the-coast/news-story/b2ff8dd879ac8d345f195b23638ea79b

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/cook-rediscovered-miracle-on-the-great-barrier-reef/news-story/2e118a456b4df6ded3cce366e6d8aeeb

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/cook-rediscovered-endeavour-believed-to-be-in-watery-rhode-island-grave/news-story/9cc8cbff3b434dc6b0124e723cfb0bfb

Dexter Filkins on Qasem Suleimani
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander

Thomas Freidman on Suleimani
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/iran-general-soleimani.html

Tarek Osman on Suleimani
https://tarekosman.com/articles/four-consequences-of-soleimanis-assassination?utm_source=Tarek+Osman%27s+New+Mailing+List+29%2F04%2F2015&utm_campaign=942639b2bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_05_11_58&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4a88c6fa22-942639b2bc-154316349

Julia Baird on Meghan Markle
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/diana-s-lament-applies-to-meghan-but-must-every-strong-woman-in-history-confront-such-savagery-20200110-p53qdu.html

Jan 12 2020

45mins

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Bookclub: Agent Running in The Field

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Eliza and Geraldine discuss John Le Carre's latest novel "Agent Running in the Field".

Let us know what you think at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Here are some reviews:

The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/10/john-le-carre-agent-running-in-the-field-review/600631/

Peter Craven in The Australian
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/still-in-a-field-of-his-own/news-story/f58f361e69fc720e6c405f3d00fb7acb

The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/21/agent-running-in-the-field-john-le-carre-review

Jan 04 2020

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Girls on Tour in Beirut

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LDC has a special guest this week.

Geraldine and one of her oldest friends (and Eliza's godmother) Mary Ciccarelli are in Beirut for new years celebrations.

The three women sit down over a a glass of wine to talk about their impressions of Lebanon & the Syria crisis, the latest Ann Patchett novel and the joys of cauliflower for dinner.

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

The Good Shepherd Sister of the Middle East
https://www.goodshepherdsisters.me/en/Accueil

Ann Patchett - The Dutch House
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/29/dutch-house-ann-patchett-review

All is True - movie
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9206798/

Ad Astra - Brad Pitt
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2935510/

Lee Child says Tom Cruise is too small to be Jack Reacher
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/11/tom-cruise-jack-reacher-lee-child-reboot

The Middle of Nowhere - George Megalogenis in The Monthly
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/december/1575205200/george-megalogenis/middle-nowhere

Stasiland Now - Anna Funder in The Monthly
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/december/1575205200/anna-funder/stasiland-now

A Gentleman in Moscow
https://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Moscow-Novel-Amor-Towles/dp/0670026190

Jan 02 2020

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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

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The Hague & Baalbek

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Eliza had the privilege of being at The Hague last week for the Gambia's genocide case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice.

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar's defence and argued that no genocide was committed against the Rohingya muslim community. She said any crimes committed during the 2017 "clearance operations" should be tried at home, rather abroad.

Eliza joined a group of Rohingya survivors at The Hague, who now live in the camps in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh.

When Eliza returned to Lebanon she went to the Roman ruins at Baalbek for the final bookclub of the year. The verdict: Baalbek is a must see!

Geraldine is having a lovely, social wind-down to Christmas.

Stay tuned for the "Best of 2019" podcast which will drop just before Christmas Day.

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

The Daily: Elizabeth Warren
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/13/podcasts/the-daily/elizabeth-warren.html

ABC Rear Vision – Nancy Pelosi
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/nancy-pelosi/11659016

The Minefield – Is literary fiction worth it for the moral life?
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/theminefield/is-literary-fiction-necessary-for-the-moral-life/10960904

Packer Boys - The Belvoir
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/packer-and-sons/

Dec 18 2019

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Rohingya survivors at The Hague

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Remember the horrible crimes against the Rohingya community in 2017?

The Myanmar Government - lead by freedom fighter turned leader Aung San Suu Kyi - will defend accusations of a genocide at the International Court of Justice at The Hague this week.

And Eliza will be there to bear witness with three very brave Rohingya survivors who have made the long journey from the camps in Bangladesh.

Also on this podcast: Eliza and Geraldine predict a Tory majority at the UK poll on Thursday. And how to fix lower back pain.

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

The "Best of 2019" episode will be recorded next week.

Dec 08 2019

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Geraldine's Busy Week

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Geraldine is having one of those weeks that makes you tired just hearing about it. It started with big breaking news stories on her breakfast radio shifts on Monday. Then it was down to Canberra and Melbourne for meetings and will culminate with her MC’ing a big public function to celebrate 80 years of international broadcasting at the ABC.

It’s been a busy time over in Lebanon too. Eliza’s husband Adam is back in Australia so she’s running around with the kids while monitoring the looming economic crisis. The local Lebanese currency, the Lira, has dropped sharply against the US dollar. Employees are only receiving a fraction of their wages. It’s hard to see a solution in Lebanon that doesn’t result in more financial pain for most of its citizens.

Thanks for listening!

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

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

Allan Gyngell on China
https://www.australianforeignaffairs.com/essay/2019/10/china-dependence

Brian Hartzer forced to quit Westpac
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-26/westpac-ceo-brian-hartzer-quits-money-laundering-scandal/11737864

Risk of economic collapse looms in Lebanon
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2019/Nov-20/495956-long-political-crisis-ahead-risk-of-collapse-looms.ashx

Nov 28 2019

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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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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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Impeachment

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The impeachment hearings against President Trump have begun in Washington.

Geraldine appeared on the ABC's Drum program on Thursday alongside Australia's former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. Mr Downer - who played a small but important role in the scandal surrounding Mr Trump - believes the Republican party will stand by their embattled President even if they don't like him.

Eliza thinks the surging US economy will make people inclined to vote for the incumbent.

The conversation then shifted to Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese, podcasting and the deteriorating situation in Lebanon.

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

Alexander Downer and George Papadopoulos

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html

Nikki Haley on the impeachment process
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/nikki-haley-says-she-doesnt-think-trump-will-be-impeached/

The NYT Daily podcast on polling in America
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/podcasts/the-daily/whos-ahead-2020.html

Lech Blaine in the Monthly
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/november/1572526800/lech-blaine/how-good-queensland

James Button on Anthony Albanese
https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2019/november/1572526800/james-button/picking-pieces

7AM podcast
https://7ampodcast.com.au

The latest from Lebanon
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/lebanese-pres-love-it-or-leave-it-comments-refresh-protests/11703114

Nov 14 2019

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On Edge

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How long can the protest movement hold on in Lebanon?

The short answer is no-one knows.

The appetite for political change remains strong. But Eliza also detects a lethargy amongst ordinary Beirutis whose lives have been thrown into chaos.

Small businesses are starting to haemorrhage money and people are worried about losing their jobs.

At the same time, nornality is returning. Some schools are opening and most of the city's roads are accesible.

Also this week, Geraldine speaks about Royal Commission fatigue.

And both women celebrate the "Buy From the Bush" online initiative connecting rural retailers with city buyers. This terrific project was founded by Eliza's school friend Grace Brennan who lives with her family on a property in western New South Wales.

GraceforPM

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Jacarandas in full bloom in Kirribilli
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/instagram-inspired-tourists-swarm-sydney-street-for-selfies-with-jacarandas-20181113-p50fuj.html

Barak Obama takes on "woke" call-out culture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaHLd8de6nM

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

Fleishman's in Trouble
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/573460/fleishman-is-in-trouble-by-taffy-brodesser-akner/

Nov 05 2019

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Back from Dubai

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Eliza speaks to Sarah Macdonald on the ABC's Nightlife program with the latest from Lebanon.

Nov 03 2019

18mins

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October Revolution

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Eliza goes back to the streets to hear from protesters in Beirut.

Oct 25 2019

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What's Next for Lebanon?

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Protests roll on in Lebanon against a Government seen as corrupt and out of touch.

On Monday the Prime Minister agreed to a series of concessions including withdrawing new taxes and halving politician's salaries.

But will it be enough to take the people off the streets?

It's too early to tell. Eliza thinks the Government will probably hold on but the political class has been shocked by the spontaneous protests.

Also on this episode, Geraldine renovates her kitchen.

And the best books of the 21st century.

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Ross Douthat on Trump in NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/19/opinion/sunday/trump-turkey-syria.html

The Eulogy Documentary
http://theeulogy.com.au

20 Best Australian Books of the 21st Century
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=5877:2019-abr-fan-poll&Itemid=1758&idU=5

"She Said" Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586563/she-said-by-jodi-kantor-and-megan-twohey/

Geraldine interviews Jodi Kantor about "She Said"
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/me-too---the-inside-story/11529064

"Catch & Kill" Ronan Farrow
https://www.amazon.com/Catch-Kill-Ronan-Farrow-ebook/dp/B07TD413RV

Oct 22 2019

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Lebanon Protests

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Yalla!

Huge numbers of Beirutis joined protests on Sunday night calling for the resignation of the Government.

Thousands more gathered in regional capitals around Lebanon.

For this special episode of LDC, Eliza joined the protests and asked people why they were rallying for change.

Oct 20 2019

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Crisis in Syria

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It's been a bloody & upsetting week in the Middle East.

Just over a week ago President Trump allowed Turkish President Erdogan to invade north-eastern Turkey, abandoning their protection of the Kurds. Scores of Kurds have been killed, as well as some Turks and as many as one hundred thousand people are displaced.

The Syrian Kurds have now signed a deal with President Assad in Damascus. It marks a historic moment in the Syrian civil war.

Geraldine and Eliza discuss the events of the week and what it means for the future. They also unpick Russia's role in the crisis and the new power bloc in the region.

Also, Geraldine is feeling overwhelmed by her various devices and Eliza is trying to find time in the day for homework.

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

Apologies about Eliza's poor audio this week, it seems the microphone wasn't working and sound recorded through her phone.

Oct 15 2019

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Slow the Frantic Pace

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Eliza has been so busy preparing for her daughter's 3rd birthday that she's stopped reading fiction books.

But she's determined to pick it up again as a way to stop the endless checking of her phone.

It turns out she's not alone. A recent article in the Guardian Newspaper sparked a conversation about how our phones are stopping our reflexive instinct to read books.

The former ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott, told Geraldine years ago that he read fiction to "slow the frantic pace". It's a sentiment many of us can relate to.

This week, Eliza and Geraldine also discuss American politics and the consequence of the Obama presidency.

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

The Lebanese PM & a Sth African bikini model
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/world/middleeast/lebanon-hariri-model.html?fbclid=IwAR3qZROGqawPL9-oITS2dbFBKLBTqZVQT4MZjvcV6tcoz9YLPMHkrDDlVHg

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

Gabriel Sherman: The Loudest Voice in the Room
https://www.amazon.com/Loudest-Voice-Room-Brilliant-News/dp/0812992857

Primary Colours movie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_Colors_(film)

Becoming: Michelle Obama
https://becomingmichelleobama.com

The Internet Broke My Attention Span - Josephine Tovey
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/03/before-the-internet-broke-my-attention-span-i-read-books-compulsively-now-it-takes-willpower

Karl Ove Knausgaard
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/karl-ove-knausgaard-the-duty-of-literature-is-to-fight-fiction

Oct 07 2019

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Johnson & Trump on the ropes

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Eliza’s back from England where she watched Boris Johnson stagger from one crisis to another.

She says the new British prime minister is quickly losing his authority within his own party.

But as Eliza lands back in Beirut, there’s a bigger crisis erupting on the other side of the Atlantic. A complaint by a whistleblower has revealed that US president Donald Trump urged Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. Trump’s in trouble: It’s illegal in the US to solicit a foreign nation to interfere in an election and unlike the Russia investigation, Trump’s not denying that he did so. He could eventually face impeachment hearings.

Geraldine says the Democrats must work hard to explain to Americans why Trump’s behaviour is wrong and why it’s important that he be held to account.

The impeachment inquiry is being driven by Nancy Pelosi, who is hard to like but who cares? She’s powerful and effective and is taking on the most powerful man in the world.

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Sir Lynton Crosby moves to Hong Kong
https://www.afr.com/world/asia/why-lynton-crosby-is-setting-up-shop-in-hong-kong-20190919-p52sw0

Nancy Pelosi profile
https://www.businessinsider.com/nancy-pelosi-2013-3

Tony Shepherd on GWS in the Grand Final
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/greater-western-sydney-giants-face-richmond-in-afl-grand-final/11553298

Sep 27 2019

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BOOKCLUB: Live a Little by Howard Jacobson

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This is a special edition of LDC. Join us for the first episode of Long Distance Bookclub.

"Live a Little" is a sharp, funny and sometimes bleak novel about looking back at life as death nears.

Geraldine loves Jacobson's writing and is giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Eliza enjoyed the book without loving it and is giving it three and a half out of 5.

Let us know what you think at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com

Live a Little - Howard Jacobson
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1117016/live-a-little/9781787331433

Guardian review
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/28/live-a-little-howard-jacobson-review

The Independent
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/howard-jacobson-live-a-little-review-books-the-finkler-question-man-booker-prize-a8976876.html

Sep 17 2019

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