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We all know that marketers can have a bad rep. Let’s be honest, we’re one of the least trusted professions in the world, ranking somewhere alongside politicians and journalists at the bottom of every poll from the last few years. But what about the people who use their positions of influence to spread positive messages, entertain the world and make us all smile? This podcast speaks to some of these people about everything from inspiring social change to providing light entertainment to the w ...
 
Welcome to The ABR Podcast, produced by Australian Book Review. Released every Thursday, The ABR Podcast features a range of literary highlights, such as reviews, poetry, fiction, interviews, and commentary. Subscribe on iTunes, Google, or Spotify Podcasts, or whichever app you use to listen to your favourite podcasts. For more information about ABR, visit our website, www.australianbookreview.com.au
 
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In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about practical game changers that have helped level up their own marriage. They use a recent national survey on the biggest issues couples argue about to help you apply these game changers to how you communicate in marriage. Can you guess the #1 issue couples argue about more than any other topic? Listen in t…
 
What does it mean to be a “successful” parent? And what does it mean to raise “successful” kids? Though the world has one definition for this term, we talk to a mom (and grandma) this week who is on the other side of the trenches, having successfully raised her seven kids in every sense of the word. Helen Smallbone is a co-founder of MUMlife Commun…
 
Since outbursts and sullenness are common in boys, it’s easy to assume that’s just how boys are and they will eventually grow out of it. But what if we understood the reasons behind their meltdowns or aloofness? What if there were tools that could help boys build an emotionally strong foundation? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk with their de…
 
The world puts a lot of goodies in front of us as parents, enticing activities, gadgets, and toys, to give our kids a so-called “advantage.” But do the masses really know what our kids need to thrive? If so, why are we facing an epidemic of anxiety today in kids? In this episode, Josh and Christi talk about what research shows really gives kids an …
 
It’s quite amazing our tendency to grow comfortable with the busyness of life where shouldering daily burdens on our own and trying to manage control of everything and everyone around us is our responsibility. No wonder we feel lonely and defeated. Yet, it was never intended to be this way. In this episode, we talk with Max Lucado, senior pastor of…
 
At Famous at Home, we believe raising great kids is about who we’re becoming. But focusing on our inner lives as parents can be difficult, especially when regret, hurt, and fear weigh us down and influence how we show up for our kids. In this episode, Josh sits down with Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Pastor …
 
Life moves quickly. Such that the blistering pace can prevent us from being truly present with our family, with God, with ourselves. The pace can feel unrelenting. Even as soon as our family lands on a summer rhythm, summer comes to an end and it’s time for kids to go back to school. The beauty though is that growth happens in seasons. In this epis…
 
In this year’s ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story prize, we received more than 1,300 entries from thirty-six different countries, a testament to ongoing international interest in the Jolley Prize and ABR. Writers explored themes and topics including the pandemic, climate change, grief, desire, parenthood, and community. In this week’s podcast, the th…
 
The runner-up in this year’s Calibre Essay Prize, Sarah Gory’s essay ‘Ghosts, Ghosts Everywhere’ confronts spectres of the past in order to pose questions about how to live ethically in the present and about what responsibilities we bear towards the future. Drawing on a wide range of writers and thinkers as well as her grandfather’s experience of t…
 
Leadership is often lonely, fast-paced, and unrelenting. Our emotional and spiritual well-being often hangs in the balance of leading at work and showing up at home. In this episode, Josh sits down with his friend Matt Redman, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, worship leader, and author to talk about how they prioritize their own emo…
 
All of our emotions, including anger, are a God-given gift. They allow us to learn what is healthy and unhealthy, where we have been wronged, or whether or not we need to set boundaries. The way we react to our anger has the power to either damage our relationships or help us make the most of them. In this episode, Josh and Christi discuss anger, y…
 
Based on Antonio Garcia Gutierrez’s El Trovador, a romantic melodrama set against the backdrop of a fifteenth-century Spanish civil war, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore has been described as the ‘apotheosis of the bel canto opera, with its demands for vocal beauty, agility and range’. Yet in what is also his darkest and most death-haunted work, Verdi…
 
With the upcoming release date for Josh and Christi’s new children’s book, What Do I Do with Anger? , they walk you through the book and the various ways to help your children manage their anger. In this episode, they talk about: The importance of telling your kids that it’s okay to be angry The trickle down effect that happens when we as parents c…
 
Welcome to a brand new season of the Famous at Home podcast! Josh and Christi are back in full swing and officially making their YouTube debut for this upcoming podcast season. Do you watch podcasts on YouTube? Be sure to subscribe to their channel. In this episode, they provide a bit of a life update (see show notes for links), what they've been d…
 
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February this year was met with near universal condemnation by Western nations. While aggression of this kind and on this scale has been relatively anomalous this side of World War II, Russia’s disregard for the laws and institutions upholding global peace and security is far from unprecedented. In this week’s e…
 
If you have kids and you've tried reading the Bible to them, you might know where this is going. Getting our kids to not just read the Bible, but to actually enjoy God's story and message is not easy. Trying to instill the message of a Bible story in their hearts whilst tucking them into bed can reap the exact opposite outcome of our intentions. Ov…
 
With kids and full schedules, it's all too easy to feel like you're drowning, even on your best days as a parent. Managing family, work, rest, and community is overwhelming, especially if there's no weekly rhythm in place. What is the key to handling it all? In this episode, Josh and Christi have a conversation with Kirsten Watson, mom of seven and…
 
A year before he ascended to the prime ministership of India in 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed that his nation was ‘a cultural unity amidst diversity, a bundle of contradictions held together by strong but invisible threads’. Yet, in the seventy-five years since India’s independence, secularist tolerance of religious and cultural difference has …
 
Of the many pernicious legacies of colonialism, Australia’s servility in the face of Britain’s nuclear arms aspirations is one of the most under-reported and most consequential. In this week’s episode of The ABR Podcast, Elizabeth Tynan reads her essay tracing the clandestine history of, and fallout from, the agreements that allowed the British to …
 
We live in a culture that will design your life for you if you don't choose the way you're going to live. But many of us don't even know where to begin. Fortunately, that's where Ashley and Dino Petrone, interior designers, authors, and bloggers, come in. In this episode, Josh and Christi interview Ashley and Dino about their new book Designed to L…
 
Ann-Marie Priest’s My Tongue Is My Own, published by La Trobe University Press and reviewed in our June issue, is the first authorised biography of the Australian poet Gwen Harwood (1920–1995). Unsurprisingly, this was not the first attempt to record the life of one of Australia’s most loved and admired poets. In an exclusive feature for ABR, John …
 
This episode has not only inspired our family, but it’s put us into action more than we could have ever imagined! We are simplifying our lives and it feels so good. We feel more settled, free, and focused. But why is it that it took donating and getting rid of “stuff” to do that? In this episode, Josh and Christi have an inspiring conversation with…
 
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