ABC Radio National launches new podcasts

Among the four new podcasts is the second season of The Party Room, hosted by Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas

Hosts of political podcast The Party Room, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas

ABC has announced three new podcasts series and a second series for The Party Room, which is hosted by RN Breakfast’s Fran Kelly and RN Drive’s Patricia Karvelas.

All the podcasts will be available via iTunes and other podcast platforms, as well as the ABC Radio app.

What Keeps Me Awake


The declining standard of education in Australia keeps Kim Williams awake at night, for Susan Ryan it’s housing and aged homelessness. For Steven Schwartz, it’s antibiotic drug resistance; and for Clare Wright, the joy of women’s footy. “The program aims to court a level of provocation over a ‘sleeper’ issue, or an issue that is not being discussed as thoroughly as it could be in the public conversation,” said executive poducer Joe Gelonesi.

Subscribe to the podcast here.

The Party Room


A political cocktail mix: Hosts Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas will tell you what’s really going on in the corridors of power in Canberra. How is the Turnbull government managing with its one-seat majority and a potentially unruly senate? Guests from across the ABC and beyond will join them, including Chris Uhlmann and Laura Tingle. And yes, Kelly will continue to sing an 80s tune at the end of each episode.

ALSO READ: A Q&A with Patricia Karvelas

Launching with a RN Facebook Live conversation at 10.30am Thursday, 29 September

Kelly and Karvelas will answer any burning questions about Australian politics, some of which they’ll incorporate into their first episode of Season 2. Tune into new episodes every Thursday morning, until parliament breaks for summer.

Subscribe to the series here.

The Real Thing


A podcast in search of the real Australia. Each of the 10 episodes venture into the corners to discover the characters, scenes and stories that make this country unique. Radio documentary makers and best mates Timothy Nicastri and Mike Williams are at the wheel and there’s plenty of room in the back.

Subscribe to the podcast here

This is About


Sometimes funny, sometimes dark, always curious — stories about why we do the things we do. A series that digs deep into issues that matter through the beautiful, awkward and dismal stuff that actually happens to people. Presented by funny woman Jordan Raskopoulos.

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