Sam Bloom became a paraplegic after falling from a rickety balcony while on holiday. Now the book Penguin Bloom - about a visiting magpie that helped Sam's family to recover - will be made into a film starring Naomi Watts.
Join Barrie Cassidy for a new series discussing Leadership. He meets Charlie Magnuson, captain of the Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade, who steered his team through the recent fire season, going above and beyond in the crisis.
Isaiah Firebrace is a 17-year-old Indigenous singer whose voice helped him overcome childhood hardship. He shot to stardom after winning X Factor in 2016 and represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.
Champion jockey Jim Cassidy is among the most colourful characters of Australian racing, with two Melbourne Cup victories - and more than a few controversies - to his name.
Felicity Ward is a stand-up comic whose personal experience of mental illness is at the core of her comedy work. Though passionate about her career, she says persistent anxiety has dampened the joy of making people laugh.
Patricia Dennis spent three years of her childhood in a Japanese-run internment camp in the Philippines during World War II. After escaping to Australia with her family, she became a successful model, actress and businesswoman.
Rory O'Neill is an entertainer and gay rights activist whose flamboyant alter-ego - a seven-foot drag queen called Panti Bliss - became the face of Ireland's successful marriage equality campaign.
Lydia Williams grew up straddling two worlds. The goalkeeper for the Matildas speaks with Tracey Holmes about securing equal pay for the team and finding herself through sport.
The daughter of a musician, author Mandy Sayer spent her early 20s tap dancing on the streets of America. She speaks with Melanie Tait about her childhood, her family, and her beloved Kings Cross.
Satirist Mark Humphries is known for sending up the foibles of politicians. He speaks to Melanie Tait about his passion for television, his life before comedy, and his obsession with musicals.
Author Christos Tsiolkas is well-known for exploring Australian culture in his writing. He speaks with Kathryn Robinson about his life, his family, and turning his attention to religion in his book Damascus.
Louise Adler is one of the most significant figures in Australian publishing. She speaks to Eleanor Hall about her love of books, her passion for publishing, and her resignation from Melbourne University Press.
Jane Needham used her time as the president of the NSW Bar Association to promote equality of opportunity for women in the law. She speaks to Emma Alberici about her journey and the difficulty in trying to effect change.
Throughout his career, Matt Okine has made comedy out of life's darkest moments. The former triple j breakfast presenter speaks to Kathryn Robinson about cracking jokes, his book, and becoming a father.
CEO of the Sydney Opera House and former lawyer Louise Herron speaks to Tracey Kirkland about being the caretaker of one of Australia's most iconic buildings, plus her very public stoush with broadcaster Alan Jones.
David Campbell is an actor, TV presenter, and musician whose career has taken him to Broadway and beyond. Raised by his grandmother, his life changed at age 10 when told his father was a rock star. He speaks to Melanie Tait.
After 23 years presenting the Mornings show on ABC Radio Melbourne, Jon Faine is hanging up the headphones. He speaks to Virginia Trioli about his life and career behind the microphone.
Actor Heather Mitchell's starring role in the TV series Spellbinder has seared her into the memories of millennials across the world. Despite her success, it hasn't been the easiest path. She joins Melanie Tait.
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