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The Real Thing - ABC

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

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The Real Thing celebrates unique Australian characters.

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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 - ABC

Updated 6 days ago

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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

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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

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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

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Rank #4: #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

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Rank #5: #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

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Rank #6: #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

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Rank #7: #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

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Rank #8: #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

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Rank #9: #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

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Rank #10: #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

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Rank #11: #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 #12: #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 #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

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Rank #14: #3: Run like a cheetah

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Lisa Llorens is one of Australia’s most decorated Paralympians with six medals across track and field events.

She was dubbed ‘the cheetah’ because she loves cats and was fast on the track.

But everything changed after the Sydney 2000 games when the intellectually disabled category was banned.

The chain of events that followed forced Lisa to reinvent herself.

Sep 06 2016

18mins

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Rank #15: #15: Now we're flying

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Brad Guy went skydiving and his parachute failed.

Incredibly, he survived.

Although he recovered from the physical injuries, what followed almost flattened him.

Jun 12 2017

28mins

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