On The Radio

There’s been furore in the lead up to Australia Day about a series of t-shirts printed with the slogan “Australia, est. 1788”

I interviewed Aaron Nagas, the current tweeter of the curated account IndigenousX on 720 ABC Perth, about what Australia Day means to him and why he found these t-shirts offensive.


On 720 ABC Perth, I recently interviewed with Tanwi Nandini Islam, an author and artist who is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants to the US. Tanwi wrote two inspiring, thought provoking pieces for Fashionista.com about what needs to be done in the wake of this Bangladesh garment factory tragedy.

She said seeing Bangladesh being put through the wringer of the global garment industry is heartbreaking, but that there’s much we can do to make a difference.


Cat Power!

I was lucky enough to be able to speak to Chan Marshall, AKA Cat Power when she was heading over to Australia in 2011.

I found her openness and honesty about what she’s overcome to be able to perform so inspiring. Her show at the Quarry Amphitheatre was MAGIC.


Hosting Radio Australia’s Morning Show

Australian poet slams his generation

I’ve spoken about Omar Musa’s inspiring work before on here. Well, this is where it all began, when he came in for an interview at Radio Australia. Includes a performance of his incredible poem, “My Generation”.


Getting access to clean water and using it sustainably

The UN says more than 800 million people have very little access to clean water supplies and water experts say today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, in most cases, but access.

I spoke to the CEO of Green Cross Australia, Mara Bun and Professor Mike Young, Executive Director of the Environment Institute  about how government subsidies could make a difference.


Australian recognised for work with kids in crisis in Vietnam

Blue Dragon is an amazing grassroots organisation working with kids in crisis throughout Vietnam, including the homeless and those who have been trafficked.

I spoke to it’s founder, Australian Michael Brosowski, shortly after he was named a CNN World Hero for his work in setting up and running the  Foundation.


Getting rid of polio…for good

This is an interesting discussion given the recent debates about vaccination in Australia.

As there is no cure to this highly contagious disease, the global strategy to eradicate polio is based on prevention by immunizing every child until transmission stops. Efforts to make the world polio-free are being compromised by lack of funds and restricted access to remote villages.

I was joined by Dr Ron McCoy and the Manager of the End of Polio campaign Michael Sheldrick to discuss the final frontier.


Andy Griffiths on the Naked Boy and the Crocodile 

As an Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador, Australia’s best-selling kids author Andy Griffiths has conducted writing workshops with Indigenous children in remote areas of Australia for the past few years. He told me how he became involved…


774 ABC Melbourne Breakfast with Red Symons

Listening back to this has made me miss working on this program!
Then I remembered the ridiculously early starts….


Co-hosting The Conversation Hour on 774 ABC Melbourne

Conversation Hour with Jon Faine, Megan Flamer, Nikki Gemmell, Setyo Budi & Akech Manyeil 

774 Convo Hour 1

Just before I left Australia, I co-hosted The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine to talk travel & books with journalist and author Nikki Gemmell, who spoke about her life in London, and her novel ‘The Book Of Rapture’.
Setyo Budi and Akech Manyeil, also popped in to the studio, to tell us about a new initiative for those living in public housing to tell their stories, called ‘The Yarra Reporter’.


Conversation Hour with Rafael Epstein, Megan Flamer, Lama Choedak Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Janice Appleton

Convo Hour 3

It was such an honour to co-host this program with Rafael Epstein on the theme of spiritual growth and change. We were joined by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Choedak Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, second to the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual hierarchy. We start by talking about how I got into yoga, for those of you interested in how that came about.


Conversation Hour with Jon Faine, Megan Flamer, Alex McDermott & Andrew Lemon

Convo Hour 2

My father was 7 years old when he left Sri Lanka and for various reasons, he had never returned. In 2011, I joined my parents and older sister on a pilgrimage to see the country of his birth and meet relatives we’d never met. We talked family and Australian history with author Alex McDermott and Andrew Lemon from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.


 ABC Radio Feature

The Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009 changed my life forever. They were a big factor in me deciding to change my life and take an extended leave of absence from Australia.

This is the feature I produced shortly after the fires.

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