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SPUN Stories

A weekly Society and Culture podcast
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Simon Quilty is a doctor and has learnt a lot about dealing with patients and breaking bad news. He's also realised no one is immune to making a mistake, not even a doctor who finds himself treating a patient who happened to be a former hitman.
On Alex’s 34th birthday she felt like her life was spiralling out of control. Her career as a filmmaker was hanging by a thread, she was living with her parents and she was questioning her sexuality. Then she received the news that she was faci
The parents of iconic sports broadcaster, Charlie King, should never have been together: not when his mother was a proud Gurindji woman who was part of the Stolen Generation and his father from Melbourne. Charlie learnt his rebellious ways from
*CW: domestic violence* Leah Potter runs a kitchen in Darwin to feed the city's most vulnerable. But in a life before this, Leah explored a different sort of vulnerability as a dominatrix... Storyteller – Leah Potter Story Producer - Tamara Ho
Ange Wu grew up in a household where fire drills were a regular occurrence and the kitchen was off limits but she never really understood why... Storyteller – Ange Wu Story Producer - Johanna Bell --- SPUN Stories is a live storytelling night
*CW: suicide* As a journalist, Bridget Judd lives in a world of language: surveying world events and giving them shape through words. When she lost her beloved father, Bridget suddenly found herself in silence... Storyteller – Bridget Judd Sto
Chris Keeping was born and bred in Darwin. A few years ago, Chris encountered one of nature's most aggressive animals while kite-surfing off the Darwin coast line... Storyteller – Chris Keeping Story Producer - Tamara Howie Told at our second
A very personal story shared by Jacinta Mooney about falling in love, and the heartache and lines you have to draw when it comes to dealing with addiction... Storyteller – Jacinta Mooney Story Producer - Johanna Bell Told at a SPUN event in K
The 90s was a decade overflowing with good music, and Lari Gadza spent her teenage years soaking it all up. Lari grew up in Darwin among the mango trees, surrounded by tales of her dad’s croc catching days… And occasionally, stories from the ol
Jose Da Costa was born during the violent occupation of East Timor and spent his first years in the jungle, hiding from the Indonesian army with his family. It wasn’t until he found himself the target of the military, that Jose was forced to ta
Kelly Hosking has spent most of her adult live working overseas in public health and disaster management. She's used to mishaps and strange revelations but on a mission in Fiji, she came across a superstitious surprise... Storyteller – Kelly H
Gus Fitzgerald has spent life a life in the ocean; a surfer and swimmer and commercial diver who was introduced to the water by his late father. Lots of life lessons were learnt in the deep, but how do you stay afloat when you lose the people y
Carl shares his journey from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to rural New South Wales and back in this tale of unrequited love from the turbulent teenage years... Storyteller – Carl Joswig Story producer - Johanna Bell Told at Brown's
Seranna Shutt always wanted to be a mother, however, she reached a point in life when she decided to finally lay her fixation to rest. What happened next was the result of a collision of timing, grief, motivation and belief. Storyteller – Sera
Journalist Steph Zillman left the dating maelstrom of Sydney to start a newspaper job in outback Katherine... where she discovered the perks and perils of being single in a small town. Storyteller – Stephanie Zillman Story producer – Johanna B
Step back in time to Christmas Eve 1974, when James Parfitt-Fejo was an excited four-year-old with Xmas presents on his mind. But it was Cyclone Tracy, not Santa, who paid a visit that night. Storyteller – James Parfitt-Fejo Story producer – T
Born in Hungary, Janos first encountered a didgeridoo in his early teens and instantly felt a strong connection to it. It took him on a journey from Central Europe to East Arnhem Land, with a few detours along the way. Storyteller – Janos Kere
Gaye Lawrence is a go-getter - she's an artist, a milliner and an active community member of Pine Creek, NT. Early one morning, a wild animal paid Gaye a visit and she did something she never thought she'd do... Storyteller – Gaye Lawrence Sto
Timmy Duggan played in Australia's NBL in the heady basketball-crazy 90s. He takes us back to where it all began, with the Daly Street basketball courts and hoops in the backyard. Storyteller – Timmy Duggan Story producer – Jess Ong Told at a
In the 1990s, Sam toured the world as the lead guitarist of iconic lesbian rock band, The Bluehouse. But there was one place she wouldn’t play – Darwin. Until love persuaded her otherwise... Storyteller – Sam Harley Story producer – Johanna Be
By the time Bilha was six, she knew she was different but it would be years before she could make the changes to transform her life. Storyteller – Bilha Smith Story producer – Johanna Bell Told at a live event at Brown's Mart Theatre in 2016,
During the day, mechanic Andrew Grey has his head under a bonnet, but at night he spends most of his time looking up. Storyteller – Andrew Grey Story producer - Johanna Bell Told at an event in Palmerston, around the theme 'Obsession'. --- SP
Kalinda Griffiths is no stranger to battles. She's battled against wildlife, battled for her own life, and battled for the life of those in need. Storyteller – Kalinda Griffiths Story producer – Tamara Howie Told at an event at the 2016 Garr
As an exchange student, Tig struggled with an almighty problem in one of Japan's most crowded public toilets. A word of warning – this story contains a lot of poo! (And some strong language). Storyteller – Tig Hogg Story producer - Johanna Bel
Nick was on the road to the Top End when she first heard Weed's voice down the line. They crossed paths at the perfect time... Contains strong language. Storytellers – Nick and Weed Story producer – Tamara Howie Told at a live event at Brown'
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