Batting the Breeze

Thank you for looking in on our weekly podcast where we share stories, invite others to share stories and sometimes just talk for the hell of it. Stories might be amusing, inspirational or stir the emotions. Often they relate to specific historical events and always try to be informative and thought-provoking.

So, if you are curious about the world, why not take 10 minutes out of your hectic schedule once a week and join us batting the breeze.

Recent Episodes

June 08, 2023

32. Parachute Roulette

At 22, Brad, an Aussie thrill-seeker, invited his family to watch his first skydiving experience. It was nearly his last. The thrill turned to panic as the first parachute failed to open. Then the unthinkable happened and pa...

June 01, 2023

31. Jazz for Peace

Jazz musician Rick DellaRatta witnessed the 9/11 attacks from a rooftop in New York City. While watching the unfolding tragedy in front of him, he was inspired to write a poem which later became known as "Jazz for Peace”. Ric...

May 25, 2023

30. JFK and the Lone Star

President John F Kennedy arrived in Dallas, Texas, on November 22nd, 1963, appearing to be in good health; almost exactly three hours later, he left the city in a casket. Those two facts are the only things most Americans ag...

May 18, 2023

29. Freeing the Voice of Your Soul

“Opera singing is a civilized version of what you were doing when you were a baby. We scream like a little baby. That's what opera singing is all about.” Simona Mango did clarify that you have to scream the right notes of cou...

May 11, 2023

28. Honeybees, Herbalism and Humans

If you have ever considered how you could reconnect with nature, here’s your answer – through bees. Have you ever wondered why bees make honey? What does a drone do all day long? Why should we care about the health of our be...

May 04, 2023

27. Curiosity Calls 1

What have a psychiatrist, a psychic medium, a bodyguard, a WWII survivor, a remote settler and a parliamentary candidate got in common? They all feature in today’s episode. The podcast has now passed 25 episodes, so it felt l...

April 27, 2023

26. Symphony of a Mind

"If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." Today I had the privilege to meet one person with autism. Stuart Ross Carlson is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder but he is defined by his extr...

April 20, 2023

25. Confessions of a Voice Actor

Today’s guest spends a lot of time in his garden. But he cultivates voices rather than plants. Tim is a voice actor and his garden is where the real magic happens - in his voice booth. It’s his own personal oasis, except inst...

April 13, 2023

24. Vietnam War: The Trail

The story of the Vietnam War has been told many times in many different ways. But how often have you heard what it was like on the ground for infantry soldiers walking The Trail - that daily grind of cutting through the jungl...

April 06, 2023

23. Access Denied: The Kursk Submarine Rescue Story

In August 2000, the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea, resulting in the loss of all 118 crew members. At the time, the UK Royal Navy's submarine rescue team was one of the best-equipped in the wo...