Parra Pods
Episode 11 - Celebrating Women

Episode 11 - Celebrating Women

March 28, 2019

 

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss some recent releases all about 'Women'. 

We wanted to mark International Women’s Day: More Powerful Together (2019’s motto) in this Podcast by reviewing three women focused titles.

What follows was a robust female focused discussion that sheds light on the current state of women’s lives in the world today and the progress we still need to make to achieve equality .

 

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Germaine: the Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz, 2018

Betraying Big Brother: Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher, 2018

The Women's Atlas  by Joni Seager, 2018

 

Episode 10 - All About Coffee

Episode 10 - All About Coffee

March 25, 2019

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss, why coffee so popular today and was it always so?  “Coffee Lovers of the World Unite” we say…

This Podcast discusses three recent books that explain the origin of coffee cultivation, the history and idea’s that abound about coffee, where to find the best cup of coffee in the world and why we love it!

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

The Monk of Mokhta by Dave Eggers

The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

World Coffee Tour – Lonely Planet Publication

Episode 9 - Australia Today

Episode 9 - Australia Today

February 25, 2019

Episode 9

Australia Today

Katherine & Nisa review three recent books about Australia. A memoir/social commentary and short stories that seek to define us as a Nation. An irreverent look at our strengths and foibles. “The Land Before Avocado” by Richard Glover;  Australia Day by Melanie Cheng; My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

The Land Before Avocado - Richard Glover

Australia Day - Melanie Cheng

My Country Stories, essays & speeches - David Marr

Episode 8 - Journalism

Episode 8 - Journalism

February 11, 2019

Episode 8 

Journalism

Katherine, Nisa and Yi discuss “Journalists who have made a difference”, including Peter Greste, Mike Carlton and Seymour Hersh: three men of integrity, with different perspectives on reporting the news.  On Air by Mike Carlton, The First Casualty by Peter Grester and Reporter by Seymour Hersh

 

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

On Air - Mike Carlton

The First Casualty: A Memoir From the Front Lines of the Global War on Journalism - Peter Greste

Reporter - Seymour M. Hersh

 

 

 

 

Episode 7 - Dr Nicole Weeks Parenting

Episode 7 - Dr Nicole Weeks Parenting

January 28, 2019

Parenting: Baby Sleep: how to encourage good sleeping habit in your baby and child:Dr Nicole Weeks, Practical Research Parenting – Becoming a parent is a wonderful feeling but many parents struggle to find a routine that works for them and their baby/child. You can find more of Nicole’s research on child sleep at www.practicalresearchparenting.com, and access those free resources by checking on Free Downloads & Resources.

 

Books mentioned in this podcast: “Becoming Mum” by Koa Whittingham; “The sensible sleep solution: a guide to your baby’s first year” by Sarah Blunden; “Dream Baby Guide” by Sheyne Rowley

 

Host: Katherine

Guest: Dr Nicole Weeks

Episode 6 - Liz Wheeler

Episode 6 - Liz Wheeler

January 14, 2019

Liz Wheeler and Poppi are our guests: Liz, has a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa that is slowly taking her sight. Always a reader, this condition took away her high profile career, and changed her relationship with books & stories.  Luckily, Vision Australia helped Liz discover Audio books and Guide Dogs sourced Poppi, her guide dog and she has fallen in love with both. Liz in now studying for a Counselling degree. This is the story of Liz’s rediscovery of the joys of reading and acquiring knowledge.

Host: Katherine

Guests: Liz Wheeler & Poppi the Guide Dog.

Episode 5 - Travel Reads

Episode 5 - Travel Reads

December 31, 2018

Travel: Your journey starts here!  

This Podcast explores the notions of the Philosophy of travel, we explore the sacred traditions of India, find self-realization on the Pacific Crest Trail, and contemplate embarking on Epic Hikes of the World, and finally take a look at a landmark travel guide to indigenous Australia.  The books discussed are: “The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton,   “Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail”, by Cheryl Strayed:” Nine Lives: In search of the sacred in Modern India”, by William Dalrample:  “Epic Hikes of the World” a Lonely Planet Guide: “Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia” by Marcia Langton.

Episode 4 - The Books That Made Me - Meihua Gong

Episode 4 - The Books That Made Me - Meihua Gong

December 17, 2018

Your regular Parra Pods host, Katherine. Talks to Parramatta's 2015 Young Citizen of the Year Meihua Gong about the books that made her.

Titles mentioned in the Pod Cast include:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Ariana Huffington

The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality by Georgia Blain

Without You There is No Us : My Secret Life Teaching the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim

Episode 3 - In Conversation with Grace De Morgan

Episode 3 - In Conversation with Grace De Morgan

December 7, 2018

Grace De Morgan author of 'Everything Happens for a Riesling: Your Not So Fancy-Pants Guide to Wine, visited City of Parramatta Library for our first wine & cheeze author talk. 

 

Episode 2 - Resilience with Dr Nicole Weeks

Episode 2 - Resilience with Dr Nicole Weeks

November 7, 2018

“Resilience” – “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” this old saying speaks to the quality of resilience. Dr Nicole Weeks, a research psychologist at Macquarie University is our guest today. Nicole is working with Resilience Research and training systems, founded by Dr Monique Crane at Macquarie, you can find out more about this at occupationalresilience.com.au -

The material presented in this Podcast is for general information only.  Any opinions expressed in the Podcast are those of the guest speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of City of Parramatta Council.  City of Parramatta Council is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage which you may directly or indirectly suffer in connection with the Podcast.