Luke Hunt is a 43 year old journalist based in Hong Kong. Having worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) for the past 14 years, Luke is about to swap the security of a weekly wage for the life of a freelance journalist. Armed with his stills camera, his computer and his desire to succeed, Luke's first freelance assignment takes him to familiar territory, Cambodia, to cover the upcoming elections.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is a scientist who has spent a good part of her life studying what it is that makes each of us unique. Professor Susan Greenfield, regarded as one of the most influential and inspirational women in the world, is a leading expert on the human brain. Find out why Baroness Greenfield thinks computer games and virtual lives are physically altering our brains and the way we function.
Russell is on a high, securing a big assignment to interview Lupe Fiasco but his world unravels when he asks a controversial question and is requested by the artist to be removed from the assignment. His mentor is unimpressed by his new briefcase advising him to A) show up on time and B) finish an article.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Australian actor John Bell. John Bell was a shy kid with a stutter who became the theatrical powerhouse behind The Bell Shakespeare Company. He also contributed to the development of Australian theatre, opening the famous Nimrod Theatre in the 1970s and championing Australian plays. On Talking Heads, this great Australian actor and director discusses a lifelong passion for Shakespeare that was ignited at age 15.
Andrew Denton talks to Maggie Taberrer, and Lano and Woodley 'show and tell'.
Mark Davis is a senior journalist for SBS television's flagship current affairs program, Dateline. His approach as an independent journalist, shooting as a one-man band with a flexible agenda, has helped Mark deliver compelling, intimate stories not often seen. The ability to move quickly and cheaply gave Mark his first break - a piece on the then unknown Taliban for Foreign Correspondent.
The good times roll when Colin and Pete win the assignment to cover Lollapalooza, where they interview and hang with the hottest names in music.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with one of Australia's most prominent silks, Julian Burnside QC. Today Julian is a millionaire philanthropist who can command almost $9000 a day to appear in court, but depending on the cause, often charges nothing.
Interviews that are definitely worth tuning in for - the famous and the not-so-famous. This special features Billy Connolly.
Stephen McDonell is the ABC's China correspondent based in Beijing. This episode examines the ups and downs of a frantic year for Stephen, covering diverse events from the traumatic aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake to the circus of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Krish gets jealous and angry when she is scooped by Tika, who lands the plum assignment to cover Jay-Z's arrival on the red carpet for the launch of 'Reasonable Doubt'. Krish copes by vocalising her personal mantra, "I am the star and I shine" and by writing it on post-it-notes.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson has an intimate chat with Ita Buttrose. One of the most powerful and respected women in the Australian media, Ita has sat at the helm of some of Australia's biggest and best-known magazines and newspapers. Twice voted Australia's Most Admired Woman in McNair Anderson Gallup Polls, she has even inspired a Cold Chisel rock song.
Looks at roles given to women in Hollywood over the years and the development of 'chick flicks'. Writers, critics and studio executives including Nora Ephron, Molly Haskell and Linda Obst, discuss the rise of chick flicks.
A five part documentary series that follows the unpredictable and at times dangerous world of Australian journalists working around the world. Sophie McNeill is one of the new breed of video journalists. Armed with a small digital camera, Sophie gathers compelling stories across the globe as a one-woman band - researching, filming and directing stories on her own.
The writers head to one of the most coveted gigs on the summer calendar - the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark. It's their first group assignment, but will they learn there is no 'I' in team?!
Napoleon challenges the students to create a look in extreme eyes, causing some students to struggle. Then during the test the students' limits are pushed further when they must make the ultimate transformation on their models: professional drag queens.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by one of Australia's most loved performers and one of our national treasures - Judith Durham.
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