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Churchill speaks of blood, toil and victory

Winston Churchill is regarded as one of history's greatest orators. One of his most famous speeches was given to the British House of Commons on 13 May 1940, three days after he was appointed prime minister in the early stages of World War II. Discover the power of his oratory in this audio clip.

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Getting to know the locals

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 10 July 1770, Cook describes a meeting with several local Guugu Yimithirr men who were fishing nearby. The British crew had set up camp in the area that is now Cooktown, on Cape York's east coast. This audio clip is the second ...

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Harvests and hazards in the seas

Hear a passage from Captain James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. This entry includes observations of the sea life that the British crew observed around the Endeavour River where they camped for seven weeks. This is the final audio clip in a series of six.

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Pink suits and circus wagons in 'The Great Gatsby'

Part of the success of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' is the intriguing title character, Jay Gatsby. In this audio clip, explore the effect that Fitzgerald's skilfully-constructed character has on those who read the novel. Find out what makes this character so intriguing.

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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Hip hop against waste dump

Many hip hop artists have expressed concerns about the world through their music. The Northern Territory's Kylie Sambo is no exception. Listen to her protest against the construction of a nuclear waste dump on her people's lands in Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your ...

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Surrounded by colour

How we experience an artwork can be influenced by how it's displayed. Michael Brown is the Senior Display Technician at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He works with the curator in preparing the gallery space for hanging and displaying artworks. In this audio clip, learn how different wall colours can affect the viewing ...

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FANatical about Doctor Who!

The fictional world of 'Doctor Who' is like the Tardis the Doctor travels in: it's bigger than it appears from the outside. The fans of this world are extremely passionate and 13-year-old Benjamin Maio Mackay is one of them. He produces a podcast of interviews with artists and creators involved with 'Doctor Who', and creates ...

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Overflowing with envy of Clancy's splendid life

Enjoy this audio clip, which features Australian actor Jack Thompson reading AB 'Banjo' Paterson's poem 'Clancy of the Overflow'. This poem is an Australian bush ballad, narrated by a city office worker who imagines that Clancy's life as a shearer and drover in the outback would hold far more pleasures than his own.

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Reducing motoring emissions

Many businesses need to transport goods or people on a daily basis. Vehicles cause pollution and too many vehicles can result in road congestion. This audio clip describes environmentally friendly modes of transport. Explore the options with Catapult reporter Dominic Jarvis, then decide which might be best for different ...

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All things necessary for a happy life

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 24 August 1770, Cook reflects on the lives of the Guugu Yimithirr people and why they seemed more contented than European people at that time. This audio clip is fourth in a series of six.

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Australian businesses generating renewable energy

Imagine how much Australia could reduce its carbon emissions if every business generated its own electricity from renewable energy sources. It's now possible for large and small businesses to do just that. In this audio file, listen to how Elgo Estate wines reduced carbon emissions by installing a wind turbine, even generating ...

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Trouble over turtles

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 19 July 1770, relations between the British visitors and the local Aboriginal people are strained. The Guugu Yimithirr people appear to object to the British visitors hunting turtles in the waters of their home. This audio clip ...

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Volunteers needed! Motivate your audience

We've all been bored by speakers who don't seem to know what their audience might be interested in. As you listen to her Heywire audio clip, explore inspirational 16-year-old Tameika Schultz's skill in appealing to her listeners. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition ...

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Seeing more clearly from further away

Imagine coming from a regional community and being whisked away to a huge international conference in Denmark. Samantha Fielder's Heywire audio story reveals how this change in context encouraged her to reflect on her community and its approach to environmental issues. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or ...

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In step with urban planning

Perth is reputed to be one of the world's most isolated cities. But it's also known for its urban sprawl. The demand for large blocks and low density has fuelled constant growth. Now one study has revealed that better-designed walkable suburbs might help to slow both urban and human sprawl.

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Shakespeare sweated it!

Ben Jonson, a 17th-century playwright and critic, said of Shakespeare that 'a great poet is not just born, but made'. Enjoy this discussion between Phillip Adams and John Bell, Australian actor and director of the Bell Shakespeare company. They explore soliloquies, authorship and why Shakespeare came to be considered the ...

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What makes Shakespeare so special anyway?

Few literary figures are as widely revered as William Shakespeare. But just how did this glove-maker's son grow to become the greatest writer of the English language? Explore the extraordinary appeal of Shakespeare with John Bell, Australia's pre-eminent Shakespearean actor and director. If you like this clip, listen to ...

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Was Shakespeare psychic, or just a smart guy?

Shakespeare's plays are strangely relevant to today's world. Could he see what the world would be like 400 years into the future, or is it just that humans haven't changed much? Hear Phillip Adams and John Bell (actor and director of the Bell Shakespeare company) discussing Shakespeare's enduring relevance, as well as his ...

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Enid Lyons's maiden speech to Parliament, 1943

Find out about Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Author Michael Fullilove discusses her background and political objectives. The program includes Dame Edith's maiden (first) speech to Parliament in 1943 as a member of the House of Representatives.