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The Real Thing

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Cool

By stormraver - Mar 21 2017
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This is really fun. Appreciate the stories from the side of the world!

Very fresh

By Guagualoveyou1 - Aug 31 2016
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It is great to hear those stories invisible from mainstream media!

iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
3
0
0
0

Cool

By stormraver - Mar 21 2017
Read more
This is really fun. Appreciate the stories from the side of the world!

Very fresh

By Guagualoveyou1 - Aug 31 2016
Read more
It is great to hear those stories invisible from mainstream media!
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The Real Thing

Latest release on May 19, 2018

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

Rank #1: #21: Love and courage in Wilcannia

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Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.

Robert Clayton broke his leg three years ago.

The injury set off a chain of events that resulted in depression and drug use.

For the 28-year-old to become a stronger member of his family, and the community, he would need to test the defining relationships of his life.

Jul 13 2017

18mins

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Rank #2: #25: Campsite Panorama

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Ford vs Holden. Blue vs red. Mate vs mate.

There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to motoring's great rivalry.

But factory closures are forcing fans to rethink a homegrown passion.

The Ford-Holden passion is at a crossroads.

Sep 27 2017

27mins

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Rank #3: #10: Freedom is a goat

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One man, one goat and a wide open road.

Gary the goat is famous. Millions of fans have watched videos of the farm-animal-cum-cultural icon.

Guided by best mate, comedian Jimbo Bazoobi, Gary has crisscrossed the country seeking adventure and making friends.

However, fate has been cruel: Gary is sick and needs to go under the knife.

Is this the end of the winding goat track?

Dec 12 2016

33mins

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Rank #4: #29: Elvis town

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Improbable hairdos, gyrating hips, overstretched jumpsuits, way too many rhinestones, and a whole lot of community spirit.

You can't help falling in love with the NSW town of Parkes, where Elvis never left the building.

Jan 09 2018

23mins

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Rank #5: #2: Eastbound Anton

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Anton McMillan is a role model for younger residents in a uniquely structured household called Boys from the Bush.

During the project he's worked his way up through the ranks at a meat processing factory in Junee, NSW.

But his success has come with a cost, for himself and his family back in Alice Springs.

Now, Anton is being asked to take on the biggest challenge of his life: China.

Aug 29 2016

18mins

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Rank #6: #10: Freedom is a goat (tribute to Gary)

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Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland.

There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever.

Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin and his antics made people laugh worldwide.

We first met Gary a year ago, when he overcame a rough patch. To celebrate his life we're sharing his story once more.

Nov 17 2017

36mins

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Rank #7: #30: The woman who lived in a tree

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Miranda Gibson was an unlikely candidate to break the record for Australia’s longest tree-sit.

The shy Queenslander had never seen a forest until her early twenties.

In 2011 she vowed to live in a tree in the Tyenna Valley until it was protected from logging.

Jan 23 2018

24mins

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Rank #8: #28: Bruce Lee of the sea

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When Robbie Page discovered surfing it consumed him.

The former Pipeline Master views the sport as a martial art.

It led him on a global adventure, with stopovers in a Japanese prison, the French President’s home, and now he's tracing his Indigenous roots in northern NSW.

Dec 25 2017

20mins

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Rank #9: #13: A kangaroo has three ears

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Mark Colvin like you've never heard him.

In 1978 the ABC’s renegade youth broadcaster Double Jay premiered an audio experiment called, What's Rangoon to you is Grafton to me.

Almost 40 years later, we got back on the Pacific Highway to make a tribute to this landmark Australian radio road trip.

To cut a complicated story short, we roped highly respected, ABC icon, Mark Colvin into narrating the adventure.

Mark wholeheartedly supported our lofty ambitions and we're sharing it now in tribute to him.

May 11 2017

52mins

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Rank #10: #27: The nightmare before Christmas

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Christmas; family, food, anticipation. The stakes are high.

There's extra pressure for the Williams family, who are only able to get together every second year.

But when a tradition goes wrong, the best day of the year turns into a horror show.

Dec 11 2017

13mins

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Rank #11: #9: Samantha and the secret

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Samantha Beranic was 12 when her Mother told her a secret.

This information quickly became a burden that would shadow Sam's life.

Eventually the secret would be set free, but its consequences would change her family for good.

Dec 05 2016

20mins

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Rank #12: #4: Backyard lion safari

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After the closure of the African Lion Safari in Sydney’s far west, wildlife remained living inside its boundaries.

The exotic animal park sat next to suburban houses and kids played near its fences.

Despite several barriers, in 1995 a lioness escaped through a storm water drain and found itself in a local backyard.

Sep 19 2016

19mins

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Rank #13: #16: Positively Wilcannia

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Positively Wilcannia, part 1: The Real Thing is helping put Wilcannia on the map.

Wilcannia locals are fighting for the town's reputation, despite numerous social challenges and a complicated relationship with the media.

But a recent BBC documentary has been a setback for the predominately Indigenous western NSW town.

The Real Thing travels to Barkindji country to help redress the balance by celebrating six positive stories.

Jul 05 2017

13mins

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Rank #14: #8: Nineteen

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Redgum’s ‘I was only 19’ united the Vietnam veteran’s movement in Australia.

The song tells the true story of an Australian soldier’s experience fighting in the Vietnam jungle.

But before Redgum could create an anthem that changed the national conversation, songwriter John Schumann would need to find a veteran willing to share their story.

Nov 08 2016

36mins

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Rank #15: #31: Picnic Tropicana

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It started as an idea in a Darlinghurst cafe and became the world’s largest short film festival.

Tropfest has helped kickstart generations of Australian film careers throughout its 25 year history.

While controversy and financial hardship has threatened the event, Tropfest has endured and the picnic continues.

Feb 09 2018

31mins

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#36: Nico's last ride

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After cycling the world, Nicolás Marino set off to cross his adopted homeland using pedal power alone.

He discovered knowing Australia would require knowing himself.

In this last episode of The Real Thing we're on our bikes, as lunch cooks in the deep fry.

May 19 2018

22mins

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#35: Follow the Lita

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As a teenager, Lita Lewis was expected to set the example for her siblings. So much so, that she wanted out.

In an adult life far from her home and tribe, she’d battle pride and heartbreak alone.

By sharing her rebuild of physical and mental health, Lita would have an impact far beyond her two sisters.

Apr 09 2018

20mins

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#34: Shoal Attack!

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A school of fish help the Australian netball team win a Commonwealth gold medal.

An introduction to Sum Of All Parts - a podcast that shares extraordinary stories from the world of numbers.

Subscribe to SOAP: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sum-of-all-parts/

Mar 19 2018

33mins

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#33: Khadija's stolen itch

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For International Women's Day, a story about feeling incomplete.

Khadija Gbla’s repressed memory of female genital mutilation would surface during puberty. Being an outsider to a ‘clitero-centric’ culture, was a decision made for her.

Khadija is up against her mum, her culture, and the health system, as she breaks the silence around FGM.

Mar 06 2018

24mins

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#32: Monkey in Mirani (live from Woodford)

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The Real Thing perform live at Woodfolk Folk Festival, Queensland.

In between music and magic tricks, Timothy and Mike risk it all by attempting to tell a story they’ve never heard before - live on stage, with improvised music, script, and sound effects.

It’s live and unedited and we have no idea how it will end.

Feb 19 2018

15mins

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#31: Picnic Tropicana

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It started as an idea in a Darlinghurst cafe and became the world’s largest short film festival.

Tropfest has helped kickstart generations of Australian film careers throughout its 25 year history.

While controversy and financial hardship has threatened the event, Tropfest has endured and the picnic continues.

Feb 09 2018

31mins

Play

#30: The woman who lived in a tree

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Miranda Gibson was an unlikely candidate to break the record for Australia’s longest tree-sit.

The shy Queenslander had never seen a forest until her early twenties.

In 2011 she vowed to live in a tree in the Tyenna Valley until it was protected from logging.

Jan 23 2018

24mins

Play

#29: Elvis town

Podcast cover
Read more
Improbable hairdos, gyrating hips, overstretched jumpsuits, way too many rhinestones, and a whole lot of community spirit.

You can't help falling in love with the NSW town of Parkes, where Elvis never left the building.

Jan 09 2018

23mins

Play

#28: Bruce Lee of the sea

Podcast cover
Read more
When Robbie Page discovered surfing it consumed him.

The former Pipeline Master views the sport as a martial art.

It led him on a global adventure, with stopovers in a Japanese prison, the French President’s home, and now he's tracing his Indigenous roots in northern NSW.

Dec 25 2017

20mins

Play

#27: The nightmare before Christmas

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Read more
Christmas; family, food, anticipation. The stakes are high.

There's extra pressure for the Williams family, who are only able to get together every second year.

But when a tradition goes wrong, the best day of the year turns into a horror show.

Dec 11 2017

13mins

Play

#26: It's not about Steph

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A bike ride and a book inspired Stephanie Lorenzo to cut her corporate career short and start a charity.

Her passion to end human trafficking helped change young Australians' view on giving.

When a crisis threatens everything she’d been working towards, tough decisions must be made about what's most important.

Nov 28 2017

21mins

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#10: Freedom is a goat (tribute to Gary)

Podcast cover
Read more
Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland.

There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever.

Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin and his antics made people laugh worldwide.

We first met Gary a year ago, when he overcame a rough patch. To celebrate his life we're sharing his story once more.

Nov 17 2017

36mins

Play

#25: Campsite Panorama

Podcast cover
Read more
Ford vs Holden. Blue vs red. Mate vs mate.

There's no sitting on the fence when it comes to motoring's great rivalry.

But factory closures are forcing fans to rethink a homegrown passion.

The Ford-Holden passion is at a crossroads.

Sep 27 2017

27mins

Play

#24: Balloons for Harper

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Alison and David Homer were ecstatic when they fell pregnant in 2005.

"Finally, I feel part of something of consequence," Dave said.

But at 32 weeks, Harper's heart unexpectedly stopped.

How they coped with the grief that followed changed their lives.

Sep 14 2017

18mins

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#23: Up up MC Hammerhead

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David Ninness is one of the Cronulla Shark's biggest fans, despite living nowhere near Sydney's Sutherland Shire.

When the NRL club was in turmoil he volunteered to resurrect their second mascot, MC Hammerhead.

But before he could help cheer his team to grand final glory, he'd need to learn to dodge ruthless teenagers.

Step inside the head of the NRL's scariest mascot.

Sep 01 2017

26mins

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#22: Lizard of Oz

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Sleepy lizards keep popping up in the life of Off Track producer, Ann Jones.

So she was curious to speak with Professor Michael Bull. He devoted over 35 years to studying them, in one of the longest running lizard surveys in the world.

But just weeks after an in-depth interview, Professor Michael Bull passed away unexpectedly. Now the project's future is uncertain.

Subscribe to Off Track: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/

Aug 07 2017

26mins

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#21: Love and courage in Wilcannia

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Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.

Robert Clayton broke his leg three years ago.

The injury set off a chain of events that resulted in depression and drug use.

For the 28-year-old to become a stronger member of his family, and the community, he would need to test the defining relationships of his life.

Jul 13 2017

18mins

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#20: Wilcannia dreaming

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Positively Wilcannia, part 5: a tenacious Barkindji woman grabs every opportunity.

Bobbi Murray loves her river, the Boomerangs football club, and the entire Wilcannia family.

From a young age she followed her ambition to give back to the town.

While the journey has taken her off country, it hasn't stopped her making Wilcannia a better place.

Jul 11 2017

20mins

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#19: Still down river

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Positively Wilcannia, part 4: how The Wilcannia Mob took their river to the world.

The Wilcannia Mob's Down River gave us a unique view into life growing up in Wilcannia.

Band members, and the town, continue to see positive effects, fifteen years after it was first released.

This is the story of how five boys from Wilcannia introduced the world to Barkindji culture.

Jul 07 2017

28mins

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#18: You had me at Ngaayi

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Positively Wilcannia, part 3: taking anxiety out of health checks, and Barkindji for beginners.

Rugby league is being used to improve men's health in more ways that one.

When the town travels to Menindee to support their teams, The Real Thing hitches a ride.

While there, we hear how Kayleen Kerwin's family knack for language is encouraging the next generation of Barkindji culture.

Jul 07 2017

23mins

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iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
3
0
0
0

Cool

By stormraver - Mar 21 2017
Read more
This is really fun. Appreciate the stories from the side of the world!

Very fresh

By Guagualoveyou1 - Aug 31 2016
Read more
It is great to hear those stories invisible from mainstream media!