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Tune in to hear Eliza Harvey and her Mum Geraldine Doogue for their weekly chat.


Missing the Middle East
May 26 • 35 min
Eliza is missing her home in Beirut while loving life in Australia. It’s a strange case of geographical scizophrenia. Meanwhile, Geraldine wonders how much adventure and pressure we should inject back into life as we emerge from lockdown. Eliza’s…
Lockdown Chronicles: Anxiety
May 21 • 23 min
As we emerge from lockdown, are we facing a pandemic of anxiety? The COVID-19 crisis has forced us into new patterns of social interaction. We’ve been told that the best way to protect ourselves from coronavirus is staying indoors and away from people.…
Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True?
May 18 • 48 min
Geraldine and Eliza dive into the debate about Ronan Farrow’s journalistic ethics this week. The New York Times has launched an attack on Farrow, arguing that he doesn’t like to let inconvenient truths get in the way of a ripping yarn. The celebrity…
Hard Things Are Hard
May 12 • 26 min
American political strategist David Axelrod once famously told President Obama that “hard things are hard”. Eliza thinks Axelrod’s blunt advice is useful when it comes to preparing for COVID-19. She’s starting to plan for a future where coronavirus and…
Lebanon Reignites After Corona Success
May 3 • 33 min
Lebanese people are breaking free of quarantine and returning to the streets to protest against the corrupt ruling elite. The Government has successfully managed to stop the spread of coronavirus. But the economy - which was already in freefall - is now…
Are We Tiring Of The Rules?
Apr 27 • 34 min
Australia has had great success tackling COVID-19. But now that some of the fear has passed, Geraldine and Eliza think the Government should alter its message and public health restrictions. Also this week, how should Geraldine report on the upcoming US…
Lockdown Chronicles: Trundle, NSW
Apr 25 • 21 min
Helen Quade is a lawyer who lives on a farm in Western NSW with her husband and three kids. She joins Eliza on the latest episode of the Lockdown Chronicles. Join the conversation at the Facebook page “Long Distance Callers” or email us at…
Lockdown Chronicles: Istanbul
Apr 23 • 23 min
Denee Savoia is an Australian journalist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey. She joins Eliza for the latest edition of the Lockdown Chronicles. Join the conversation at the Facebook page “Long Distance Callers” or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com
Lockdown Chronicles: Singapore
Apr 20 • 23 min
In this episode of the Lockdown Chronicles, Eliza talks to her friend Cara Mayega in Singapore.
Turnbull’s Memoir
Apr 19 • 38 min
It’s a politics-heavy podcast this week. The former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written a memoir about his time in Canberra. He denies that the book is an act of revenge against his former colleagues, but there are many in the Liberal Party who…
Lockdown Chronicles: America
Apr 14 • 28 min
On this episode of the Lockdown Chronicles we go to Washington DC with Heidi Lipson and then to Los Angeles with Luke Adams. Join the conversation at the Facebook page “Long Distance Callers” or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com (Apologies about the…
Will We See A Different Boris?
Apr 12 • 18 min
Easter Monday brings good news: the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital. He uploaded a video message to Twitter thanking the NHS for saving his life, particularly two nurses: Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from…
Lockdown Chronicles: Belgium
Apr 11 • 26 min
This is the first in a special series of personal stories from Eliza’s network of expat friends around the world. Coronavirus has separated us, but it’s also united us through similar challenges and opportunities. How’s everyone coping? Is homeschooling…
Geraldine Gets A Leafblower
Apr 9 • 38 min
It’s finally happened. Geraldine has ditched the broom for the leafblower after years of resistance. Also this week: Easter services move online. And as big business urges the Government to restart the economy as soon as possible, Eliza and her Mum think…
Back Home
Apr 4 • 41 min
Eliza is home and thinks Australia is doing a great job at managing the COVID-19 crisis. Geraldine agrees and is very interested to see how Australia’s approach compares to Germany and Singapore. This week Geraldine interviewed Professor Howard Markel…
Beirut in Lockdown
Mar 25 • 29 min
The latest from Geraldine and Eliza on the COVID crisis.
Our 100th episode: Crisis Special
Mar 18 • 46 min
This week: we turn 100 and the world changes around us. Unfortunately Eliza is too busy for extensive shownotes this week. Perhaps that will be incorporated into next week’s virtual learning program. But this week Eliza and Geraldine talk all things…
Coronavirus Comes Home
Mar 13 • 41 min
The coronavirus crisis appears to be reaching a crescendo in Australia. Panic is rising and that’s leaving Geraldine quite concerned. She’s in favour of the British phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Geraldine would prefer to exercise her own judgement…
v.2 Australia’s Toilet Paper Shame
Mar 8 • 35 min
There were some technical problems with the episode uploaded Sunday morning AEDT … so we’re having another go RUOK Australia? What on earth is happening with the run on loo roll? Geraldine thinks it’s a symptom of the need for control in the face of the…
Corona Hits Lebanon
Feb 29 • 30 min
The Corona Virus has arrived in Lebanon. There’s been four confirmed cases of the flu from people who have recently returned from Iran. Schools are closed for a week (or more) and hand sanitizer is selling out. Eliza is feeling vaguely demoralizaed by the…
Geraldine’s Tech Challenge
Feb 15 • 39 min
Geraldine has a new phone. It has a fancy camera and bigger screen. But the prospect of “learning” her new device has left Geraldine a bit frazzled. She’s come to the conclusion that while technology can simplify our lives, it also requires big…
Feeling the Pain
Feb 5 • 25 min
Eliza had her wisdom tooth extracted this week. In an attempt to distract from the pain, she asked the dental surgeon for his thoughts on the crisis that’s engulfing the Lebanese economy. “In 1985, the Syrians were shelling us just over there,” he said,…
Australia Day
Jan 26 • 36 min
Geraldine has come to the conclusion that Australia should change the date of its national celebration. Despite this decision, she’s found herself worn down by the discussion this year and isn’t reading about it like she was in 2019. In Lebanon, Eliza’s…
Beirut Riots
Jan 21 • 29 min
Violent protests have erupted again in Lebanon as the country lurches deeper into a political and economic crisis. There’s little prospect of a Government being formed soon. The local currency is depreciating against the US dollar, making daily life more…
The Scrap
Jan 12 • 45 min
Things are hot in the Middle East and even hotter on this week’s podcast. Geraldine and Eliza have divergent views about the American assassination of Iranian Commander Qasem Suleimani. They also disagree about some of the journalism that has stemmed from…
Bookclub: Agent Running in The Field
Jan 4 • 18 min
Eliza and Geraldine discuss John Le Carre’s latest novel “Agent Running in the Field”. Let us know what you think at the Facebook page “Long Distance Callers” or email us at ldcpodcast1@gmail.com Here are some reviews: The Atlantic…
Girls on Tour in Beirut
Jan 2 • 43 min
LDC has a special guest this week. Geraldine and one of her oldest friends (and Eliza’s godmother) Mary Ciccarelli are in Beirut for new years celebrations. The three women sit down over a a glass of wine to talk about their impressions of Lebanon & the…
Best of 2019
Dec 22, 2019 • 56 min
Welcome to the last podcast of 2019! It’s been a huge year. Geraldine travelled to Russia. Eliza went back to full time work. Progressive politics was overtaken by fear. Tune in for hot tips and analysis. Please let us know your reflections on 2019 by…
The Hague & Baalbek
Dec 18, 2019 • 30 min
Eliza had the privilege of being at The Hague last week for the Gambia’s genocide case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar’s defence and argued that no genocide was committed against the…
Rohingya survivors at The Hague
Dec 8, 2019 • 23 min
Remember the horrible crimes against the Rohingya community in 2017? The Myanmar Government - lead by freedom fighter turned leader Aung San Suu Kyi - will defend accusations of a genocide at the International Court of Justice at The Hague this week. And…
Geraldine’s Busy Week
Nov 28, 2019 • 24 min
Geraldine is having one of those weeks that makes you tired just hearing about it. It started with big breaking news stories on her breakfast radio shifts on Monday. Then it was down to Canberra and Melbourne for meetings and will culminate with her…
The Crown #2
Nov 20, 2019 • 33 min
This is an updated episode of “The Crown”. The first attempt had some audio problems. Apologies! The new season of The Crown has just dropped on Netflix. It begins in 1964 as England is on the verge of electing British Labour MP Harold Wilson into Downing…
BOOKCLUB: Fleishman Is in Trouble
Nov 15, 2019 • 17 min
Eliza & Geraldine discuss “Fleishman Is in Trouble” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The verdict: relentless. Let us know your thoughts via email ldcpodcast1@gmail.com or join the conversation at the “Long Distance Callers” Facebook page.
Impeachment
Nov 14, 2019 • 31 min
The impeachment hearings against President Trump have begun in Washington. Geraldine appeared on the ABC’s Drum program on Thursday alongside Australia’s former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. Mr Downer - who played a small but important role in the…
On Edge
Nov 5, 2019 • 25 min
How long can the protest movement hold on in Lebanon? The short answer is no-one knows. The appetite for political change remains strong. But Eliza also detects a lethargy amongst ordinary Beirutis whose lives have been thrown into chaos. Small businesses…
Back from Dubai
Nov 3, 2019 • 18 min
Eliza speaks to Sarah Macdonald on the ABC’s Nightlife program with the latest from Lebanon.
October Revolution
Oct 25, 2019 • 11 min
Eliza goes back to the streets to hear from protesters in Beirut.
What’s Next for Lebanon?
Oct 22, 2019 • 38 min
Protests roll on in Lebanon against a Government seen as corrupt and out of touch. On Monday the Prime Minister agreed to a series of concessions including withdrawing new taxes and halving politician’s salaries. But will it be enough to take the people…
Lebanon Protests
Oct 20, 2019 • 8 min
Yalla! Huge numbers of Beirutis joined protests on Sunday night calling for the resignation of the Government. Thousands more gathered in regional capitals around Lebanon. For this special episode of LDC, Eliza joined the protests and asked people why…
Crisis in Syria
Oct 15, 2019 • 33 min
It’s been a bloody & upsetting week in the Middle East. Just over a week ago President Trump allowed Turkish President Erdogan to invade north-eastern Turkey, abandoning their protection of the Kurds. Scores of Kurds have been killed, as well as some…
Slow the Frantic Pace
Oct 7, 2019 • 31 min
Eliza has been so busy preparing for her daughter’s 3rd birthday that she’s stopped reading fiction books. But she’s determined to pick it up again as a way to stop the endless checking of her phone. It turns out she’s not alone. A recent article in the…
Johnson & Trump on the ropes
Sep 27, 2019 • 19 min
Eliza’s back from England where she watched Boris Johnson stagger from one crisis to another. She says the new British prime minister is quickly losing his authority within his own party. But as Eliza lands back in Beirut, there’s a bigger crisis erupting…
BOOKCLUB: Live a Little by Howard Jacobson
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
This is a special edition of LDC. Join us for the first episode of Long Distance Bookclub. “Live a Little” is a sharp, funny and sometimes bleak novel about looking back at life as death nears. Geraldine loves Jacobson’s writing and is giving it 4 out of…
Letter from America
Sep 17, 2019 • 30 min
Geraldine is in New York City after attending a fabulous wedding in Virginia. She spent her last day in America travelling north to FDR’s old residence in upstate New York. Geraldine has always thought of herself as a Londonophile, rather than a New…
Hitting The Streets With Hezbollah
Sep 10, 2019 • 41 min
Eliza joins her husband Adam to cover the Islamic festival of Ashoura. They go to an area called “Dahiyeh” or the city suburbs. This is real Beirut, away from the flash restaurants of the Mediterranean and one of the strongholds of the militia gang,…
War Games
Sep 3, 2019 • 32 min
Eliza and her family spent Sunday on the beautiful white sandy beach of Tyre in Southern Lebanon. As they arrived back in Beirut, news broke that Hezbollah had fired rockets into Northern Israel in retaliation to last week’s skirmishes. There were reports…
Drone Strikes
Aug 27, 2019 • 25 min
The shadow war between Israel and Iran might erupt into a direct conflict. Early Sunday morning, two Israeli armoured drones entered South Beirut, a region controlled by Hezbollah. The Iranian funded militia group says it will retaliate, a threat Israel…
Court Update
Aug 20, 2019 • 3 min
Here’s the latest from Geraldine’s appearance in court.
Geraldine’s Date in Court
Aug 18, 2019 • 34 min
Do you check your phone in the car? Geraldine does (sometimes) and just got pinged by the Police. She copped a hefty fine. But even worse was the loss of five demirit points. She’s now on the cusp of losing her licence. Geraldine has completed a driver…
The Decline of America
Aug 6, 2019 • 38 min
Eliza is moving house. This unpleasant process has been made tolerable by podcasts and the spectacle that is the Democratic Party presidential debates in the United States. Who will be the candidate? Eliza thinks it’ll be Joe Biden, despite the fact he’s…
Three Women & Chernobyl
Jul 26, 2019 • 27 min
Eliza has just finished the most hyped book of 2019: “Three Women”. It’s a non-fiction ‘ripping yarn’, investigating the private lives of three American women over an 8 year period. Eliza’s verdict? 7.5 out of 10. She liked it without loving it. But she…
After the Holiday
Jul 17, 2019 • 27 min
Geraldine is home from her fabulous holiday to a busy work schedule and a dose of the flu. This week she talks to Eliza from the ABC studios, where she’s just interviewed a German historian about how people dealt with the humiliation of losing the Second…
Eliza & Geraldine Hit The Road
Jul 4, 2019 • 37 min
Geraldine’s world tour is drawing to a close. For Geraldine’s third visit to Lebanon, Eliza thought it would be a good idea to get out of Beirut and explore the countryside. Byblos (or Jbeil as it’s called in Arabic) is about 45 minutes north of the…
From Russia With Love
Jun 15, 2019 • 29 min
Geraldine is holidaying in Russia. First stop Moscow, then onto St Petersburg and soon a cruise down the Volga. It’s incredibly beautiful but also confronting. Geraldine reminds Eliza that more than half a million people died of hunger in the siege of…
Police Raids Aim To Intimidate Press
Jun 6, 2019 • 31 min
What is going on in Australia? Eliza texted her Mum Geraldine with that question when she heard about the Australian Federal Police raiding a journalist Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra. The next day, another Police raid was executed at the ABC HQ in…
Chasing New Friends in Beirut
Jun 1, 2019 • 32 min
Summer has arrived in Beirut. And in summer, Beirutis like to socialise. Eliza caught up with a new bookclub and held her first dinner party, nine months after arriving in Beirut. That’s a long time between jalapeno-infused cocktails and glasses of Rose…
Theresa May Had To Go
May 26, 2019 • 33 min
It’s a politics-heavy episode this week. Theresa May is out and the Tory party is as divided as ever over the next leader. And the Australian election result is looking curiouser and curiouser. But it’s not all campaigning and matters of state. Eliza is…
Remembering Bob Hawke
May 16, 2019 • 61 min
Eliza interviews Geraldine about her decades-long professional relationship with the late Bob Hawke. Hawke modernised Australia. He wasn’t perfect. He had a fierce intellect. He loathed racism. He loved the union movement and believed in the power of…
Falling In Love With Beirut
May 15, 2019 • 38 min
Eliza surprises Geraldine with a declaration of love for her new city. It’s only taken nine months. But Eliza has finally got past the chaos and misery of Beirut to fall for its beauty, charm and fascinating history. It’s a relationship she was never able…
Meeting Remarkable Women
May 9, 2019 • 35 min
Geraldine is still giddy after her six busy days in Western Australia. The trip began at the Margaret River Writers Festival where she interviewed Germaine Greer about her controversial essay “On Rape”. Then it was back to Perth for a big interview with…
Writers Festivals
May 3, 2019 • 27 min
Geraldine is in Western Australia this week for the Margaret River Writers Festival. She’s interviewing feminist author Germaine Greer on her new controversial essay “On Rape”. Geraldine was initially sceptical about Greer’s thesis, particularly given the…
Holocaust Stories
Apr 28, 2019 • 18 min
Author and journalist Irris Makler joins Eliza for a bonus episode this week. She’s back in Australia from Jerusalem to launch her new book “Food is Love”. It contains the wisdom and cooking recipes of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Irris allows these…
The Dreary Election Campaign
Apr 25, 2019 • 50 min
It’s our 50th episode! And the best way to celebrate is getting into the nitty gritty of the election campaign. Geraldine has been finding it dull. She believes soaring rhetoric has been swapped for shallow campaign promises. But Eliza thinks Labor’s…
Are We Eating Too Much?
Apr 20, 2019 • 45 min
The new food trend in Australia is fasting. Eliza has returned home to find people skipping meals in an effort to reduce their overall calorie intake. Initially she was shocked, wondering how people function without breakfast? But she’s also noticing that…
Australians Have More Fun
Apr 9, 2019 • 45 min
This week’s conversation takes place in Geraldine’s living room. Eliza is back from Beirut with her family to help her mother-in-law Anne recover from a hip replacement. The podcast begins with a discussion about Jonathan Holmes’ new essay “On Aunty”…
Election Season
Apr 2, 2019 • 31 min
What kind of a week are you having? Geraldine & Eliza aren’t winning. There’s the lost makeup bag at the movies, the missing Medicare card and the early call from the childcare centre to pick up a supposedly sick child. But both women have been keenly…
After the Assignment
Mar 28, 2019 • 32 min
In this special ‘bonus’ episode of LDC, Eliza interviews her husband Adam about covering the last days of ISIS. Adam spent three weeks reporting in Eastern Syria as the American-backed Kurdish forces reduced the militant group to a shell of itself. So…
Community in the Wake of Crisis
Mar 27, 2019 • 42 min
Geraldine interviewed Australia’s top spy this week. Nick Warner is a veteran civil servant of over 40 years. Over that time, the threats confronting Australia have changed and become more diffuse, which makes tackling the problem even harder. Eliza is…
Looking Back at ISIS
Mar 20, 2019 • 34 min
This week’s episode is heavy on geo-politics. The so-called Islamic State Group is on the cusp of defeat in Syria. Eliza wonders if it’s time to properly recognise it as a ‘state’? After all, it had all the hallmarks of one: a functioning bureaucracy,…
Back in Beirut (via Rome)
Mar 11, 2019 • 35 min
Geraldine is back in Beirut for her second visit to the Middle East. Eliza was meant to be in Rome to watch her Mum address a diplomatic crowd on International Womens Day. But the last gasp of the so-called Islamic State in Syria has taken Eliza’s husband…
Boardroom Politics & Mike Willesee’s Legacy
Mar 1, 2019
This week Geraldine & Eliza discuss the politics of the boardroom. The ABC boardroom. Ita Buttrose is the new chair of the ABC and Geraldine believes she’ll be a good advocate for the Corporation. Eliza and her Mum discuss the relationship between the…
Geraldine Challenges Her Prejudice
Feb 18, 2019 • 35 min
Geraldine is in Victoria for a special interview with the indigenous opera singer Deborah Cheetham. Geraldine loved the interview and the natural beauty of the country that Ms Cheetham nominated as her ‘sacred space’. The three days away in rural Victoria…
Heroes of Journalism
Feb 11, 2019 • 40 min
It’s been a bright week for journalism amidst an otherwise bleak landscape. Money is being pumped back into the industry from various philanthropic sources in Australia to support investigations and inquiry. Eliza is reading about one of the legends of…
News Junkies
Feb 8, 2019 • 32 min
Everyone’s talking about the Banking Royal Commission in Australia this week. Geraldine has covered it closely. She hates the “gotcha” news cycle and feels much of the coverage has been populist and lacked context. But Eliza had a very frustrating…
Childhood Has Changed
Jan 31, 2019 • 34 min
This episode follows on from last week’s conversation about Normal People by Sally Rooney. Eliza loved it! She got all the cultural references and believed that the intimate scenes told us so much about the immature young lovers. As opposed to Geraldine…
The Kondo Craze & Sex In Books
Jan 25, 2019 • 37 min
Geraldine has returned to work this week and everyone is talking Kondo. But neither Geraldine or Eliza are sure about this method of personal makeover. Might it add to people’s sense of domestic failure? Is it a sustainable model in the busy modern world?…
Eliza Whinges About Beirut
Jan 15, 2019 • 35 min
It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s wintery, the schools are closed … and Eliza is having a whinge about her new city. Geraldine is just back from a wonderful holiday in Queensland and will jet off to Tasmania in the coming week. The women also talk about the…
Best of 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 69 min
Christmas is approaching! In this episode, Eliza and Geraldine discuss their “Best Of” 2018 covering books, podcasts, journalism, tv and music. Eliza is limping to the finish line with a few days remaining before she boards the flight home. Forget the…
The Lead-Up To Christmas
Dec 6, 2018 • 39 min
In two weeks Eliza and her family will be boarding a plane to celebrate Christmas in Australia. So is Geraldine ready for the Silly Season? The answer is…sort of. Geraldine has had a busy month moving house. She’s planning to decorate the Christmas tree…
Chit-Chat & Serious Stuff
Nov 28, 2018 • 45 min
There’s a bit of everything in this week’s podcast. Indonesian authorities have determined that the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea off Jakarta airport shouldn’t have been allowed to fly. Geraldine and Eliza regret the horrible loss of life and…
Geraldine Joins The Journalism Hall of Fame
Nov 20, 2018 • 45 min
Geraldine was inducted into the Melbourne Press Club’s Journalism Hall of Fame last week along with other legends like Ray Martin and Andrew Olle. Geraldine reflects on the fun night and the path she’s taken to get to reach the pinnacle of the industry.…
Geraldine packs up in Sydney, Eliza unpacks in Beirut
Nov 11, 2018 • 37 min
Geraldine has spent her final night in the family home. She’s feeling a bit sentimental but knows she’s ready for the move. Meanwhile Eliza has finally received her shipment of furniture, almost five months after leaving her old home in Indonesia. It’s…
Geraldine Visits Beirut
Oct 28, 2018 • 39 min
It’s a special LDC this week because Geraldine and Eliza are together! Adam makes a guest appearance too. The trio eat at one of Beirut’s best Italian restaurants https://www.zomato.com/beirut/tavolina-mar-mikhael and then it’s onto a very cool cocktail…
Are Women Getting Angrier?
Oct 17, 2018 • 32 min
Eliza is reading the new Liane Moriarty book “Nine Perfect Strangers”. One of the themes is women’s rage and frustration with life. It’s a recurring message in Moriarty’s novels which explore the complex lives of the suburban “Mum”. Eliza thinks the anger…
The Opera House Is Not A Billboard
Oct 9, 2018 • 35 min
Does advertising belong on the Sydney Opera House? How about advertising for a horse race? Eliza and Geraldine hate the idea, as do thousands of others. But it’s gone ahead and prompted a debate about how the demands of big business should be weighed up…
Geraldine Sells Her Home
Oct 3, 2018 • 37 min
Geraldine has sold her home! Hooray! It’s been a white-knuckle time. She broke the rules of real estate by buying a new home before selling her current place. The Sydney market has dipped recently adding to the stress. Geraldine began the moving process…
Washup
Sep 25, 2018 • 32 min
The podcast begins with reaction to the startling news out of Australia that the Managing Director of the ABC – Michelle Guthrie – was sacked on Monday. Geraldine believes there are lessons to learned about running the public broadcaster in the 21st…
Life Is All About Changing Your Mind
Sep 20, 2018 • 40 min
Eliza’s son Sean started school this week. It’s a big week in any family but made harder by moving to the other side of the world. Eliza thought she’d be skipping through the streets with glee after the long three month break. But it was upsetting and she…
Are women ready to crack eggs?
Sep 11, 2018 • 39 min
No, this is not a podcast about cooking or fertility, but about what it takes for women to succeed at work. The episode begins with a discussion about Geraldine’s television interview with the man known as “Mao’s Last Dancer”. Li Cunxin is a brilliant…
First Impressions
Sep 4, 2018 • 33 min
Geraldine and Eliza are back for their first Long Distance Call from Beirut to Sydney. Beirut is a beautiful city full of cool people who are obsessed with food. Beirutis are loud, emotional, warm and very friendly. Most corners of the city are a reminder…
Season 2: Countdown to Beirut
Aug 8, 2018 • 36 min
Eliza has been staying with Geraldine for the past five weeks. And they’re still on speaking terms! This episode is a wrap of the holiday’s greatest hits: the Fourth Estate documentary on the New York Times, Ken Burns’ Vietnam War and the latest on…
Changes
Jul 3, 2018 • 30 min
Life is changing for Geraldine and her daughter Eliza. Geraldine has bought a new house and Eliza’s about to leave Indonesia for Beirut (via Sydney). Geraldine is downsizing from the family home she built with her late husband Ian. The prospect of getting…
Attack
Jun 22, 2018 • 39 min
Welcome to a special edition of Long Distance Call. This week Eliza brings you a report from Indonesia. It’s a story about her time here and an incident that’s bookmarked the posting. In January 2016, shortly after she arrived with the her journalist…
Is Trump Being Played?
Jun 12, 2018 • 20 min
Eliza and Geraldine are international news junkies so this week’s episode is all about the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Is this the end of diplomacy as we know it? Is Trump being played by a murderous thug? Should we care as much as we do? What are the…
Farewell Season
Jun 7, 2018 • 34 min
It’s moving season in the expat world. And in Indonesia the city is frantically busy in the final few days before Islamic New Year. Eliza and Adam have one more month in Jakarta before they move to Lebanon. Geraldine has been for a sobering visit to her…
Next stop: Beirut!
May 30, 2018 • 48 min
Eliza and her family are moving to Beirut! Her husband Adam will start his new job as the ABC’s Middle East Correspondent based in Lebanon in August. There’s a lot to organise before then. Geraldine is in Jakarta for one last holiday and the women discuss…
A family who plays together stays together
May 22, 2018 • 32 min
Do we allow enough time in our busy lives to play together as a family? Not enough, is the conclusion. It’s hard when the news cycle is whirring away. Geraldine is back in Jakarta on the weekend for a visit and will be doing lots of hide and seek with the…
Indonesia weeps
May 15, 2018 • 33 min
Indonesia is in mourning after a string of particularly brutal terror attacks over the weekend. Whole families, including young children, embarked on suicide missions in the city of Surabaya. The barbarity has stunned the country in the lead up to the…
Airbnb isn’t worth the hassle (version 2)
May 8, 2018 • 32 min
Geraldine is back from a mini-break in Adelaide. Her only gripe was the Airbnb on the outskirts of town. Eliza thinks Airbnb is a false economy. It claims to be cheaper, more convenient and the best way to travel. But she’d take a humble hotel room any…
Activewear is cruelty to women
May 2, 2018 • 32 min
Geraldine had a depressing morning shopping for new activewear. Eliza likens the experience to buying a bikini. It’s no fun for anyone. Eliza LOL’d about Angela Shanahan’s opinion piece on the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The funniest bit is…
Little Aussie Dreamers
Apr 24, 2018 • 27 min
What does Anzac Day mean to you? Eliza did a history degree but doesn’t know much about the great Australian wartime leaders. Geraldine thinks it’s time to make new myths about the defence of Australia. Just like the novellist Richard Flanagan, the women…
Episode 11: Bali bliss
Apr 18, 2018 • 31 min
Eliza has just returned from a minibreak in Bali. The island is beautiful, but its history is violent. Bali is also the setting for Eliza’s first attempt at fiction. Think Liane Moriaty with crime, sex, drugs and bikies. What’s not to like? Geraldine has…
Episode 10: Opinion in the age of outrage
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
Geraldine is settling back into a hectic working week after visiting Eliza in Jakarta. She believes more is being asked of reporters these days, which doesn’t always lead to better journalism. The industry is increasingly dominated by opinion and outrage.…
Episode 9: Durian daze
Apr 3, 2018 • 39 min
Geraldine has flown to Jakarta to visit Eliza and her family. They hit the city’s furniture shops and discuss whether round tables lead to better dinner parties? But their plans for a dose of culture go awry. Eliza and Geraldine brave Jakarta’s terrible…
Episode 8: What’s wrong with losing?
Mar 27, 2018 • 35 min
What’s wrong with losing? It’s been three days since the Australian cricketers admitted to ball tampering in South Africa. Eliza is a huge cricket fan but hasn’t liked the ‘vibe’ of the team for a while. The boorish behaviour on the pitch, the vitriolic…
Episode 7: An Indonesian tragedy
Mar 20, 2018 • 32 min
This week Eliza and Geraldine discuss a memoir from former journalist, Cynthia Banham. She survived a horrible plane crash in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2007 which killed 21 people, including five Australians. Her story is about determination in the face of…
Episode 6: Being a “Good Enough Mother” & not-so-good yogi.
Mar 13, 2018 • 38 min
This week’s Long Distance Call starts with yoga. Geraldine loves it but Eliza finds it dull and would rather go for a run. Geraldine had a terrific weekend touring Sydney’s hidden gardens and both women reveal their nerves about entertaining at home. Do…
Episode 5: Leaving Twitter and embracing compost.
Mar 6, 2018 • 37 min
This week Eliza and Geraldine discussed: *Andrew Sullivan on social media addiction: I used to be a human being http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/andrew-sullivan-my-distraction-sickness-and-yours.html *Clive Hamilton - Silent Invasion…
America — making friends with Americans — and survival in ExpatLand.
Feb 27, 2018 • 32 min
Here are the links mentioned in this week’s conversation: *Why this gun debate is different from the rest — NYT https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/feb/23/why-this-gun-debate-is-different-from-the-rest/ *John Kelly, the Trump secret sharer by Roger Cohen…
Geraldine’s trip to Tasmania — podcasting —- the resilience of radio.
Feb 21, 2018 • 37 min
This week, Eliza and Geraldine talked about: The Bay of Fires walk in Tasmania https://eastcoasttasmania.com/discover/town/bay-of-fires/ The Gunns Pulp Mill…
Barnaby, Hawkie and other salacious scandals
Feb 13, 2018 • 34 min
This week, Eliza Harvey and her Mum Geraldine Doogue discuss Barnaby, Hawkie and modern politics. Links to topics we’ve discussed: Phil Coorey: Joyce as a leader was always a risk…