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#35 - Zaachariaha Fielding

Growing up in the small community of Mimili in South Australia, Zaachariaha Fielding always knew he wanted to entertain. Moving to the city as a teenager, he quickly became a part of Adelaide’s music scene, before trying his hand on the reality TV show The Voice. But it’s in the duo Electric Fields where Zaachariaha has really begun to thrive. Crossing genres like soul, pop and electronica, the musical partnership with Michael Ross has led him to massive stages all around Australia and the world, and in 2017 they scored Best New Talent at the NIMA Awards. From intimate soulful odes to uplifting songs in Pitjantjara language, Electric Fields have become an unmissable part of any lineup. This episode of It's a Long Story is hosted by Emily Nicol.

#34 - Irish Mythen

Irish Mythen has always had a love for the road. Moving as a kid from the south-east coast of Ireland to Africa and the Middle East, the sights, sounds and stories of these places inspired her. Like any good troubadour, she’s since traveled extensively, gathering tales and meeting people. Since then, Irish has built a strong following on the international folk music circuit, opening for the likes of Melissa Etheridge and Rod Stewart and taking the stage at some of Australia’s biggest festivals like Bluesfest and Woodford. .This episode of It's a Long Story is hosted by Emily Nicol.

#33 - Airileke Ingram

Raised between Darwin and his ancestral home of Gabagaba in Papua New Guinea, Airileke Ingram was drumming from a young age. His grandfather taught him traditional techniques, igniting a love for percussion that led to a world tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Since then, Airileke has played with some of our most prominent Indigenous musicians, soundtracked a Hollywood film and scored an ARIA nomination. But it’s his passion for making community through music that really drives Airileke. This episode of It's a Long Story is hosted by Emily Nicol.

#32 - Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory has been protesting pretty much her entire life. From joining Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network age 15 to working with the Obama administration on gun control legislation. As the national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, Tamika proved that women are at the centre of the resistance against the Trump presidency.  This episode of It's a Long Story is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#31 - Shashi Tharoor

Born in North Korea in 1993, Yeonmi Park grew up in a society devoted to ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-Il. As a child she regularly came across dead bodies on the street and spent months at a time without electricity. In 2007, Yeonmi and her mother escaped into China, but were captured and sold to human traffickers. This episode of It’s a Long Story is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#30 - Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria to a Muslim father and a Christian mother, Inua Ellems fled with his family at age 12 to the UK. Inua spent his life creating art, writing poetry, and going on long walks through the city. While everyone else was sleeping, he was searching for some sense of identity. This episode of It’s a Long Story is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#29 - Yeonmi Park

Born in North Korea in 1993, Yeonmi Park grew up in a society devoted to ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-Il. As a child she regularly came across dead bodies on the street and spent months at a time without electricity. In 2007, Yeonmi and her mother escaped into China, but were captured and sold to human traffickers. This episode of It’s a Long Story is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#28 - Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Growing up in New Jersey Amani Al-Khatahtbeh was a pretty normal kid. Then 9/11 happened and life changed forever. She spent her teenage years navigating growing racism and Islamophobia in America, and at the age of 17 she founded the blog Muslim Girl. The site gave young Muslim women a platform to discuss everything from periods to politics. This episode is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#27 – Eve Ensler

One evening in 1996, the basement of the Cornelia Street Café in New York’s Greenwich Village came alive when Eve Ensler performed The Vagina Monologues for the very first time. Since then, her play has been translated into 48 languages and presented in over 140 countries. In the 20 years that have passed since the premiere, Eve has gone on to write many more plays and books and started global political movements. This episode is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#26 – Janet Mock

An HBO Documentary, two best-selling memoirs, pop culture cover stories, beauty columns, speaking engagements, essays, social media—Janet Mock is doing it all. And at the same time, she's eager to expand beyond her personal experience and share the platform that she has built with others in her community who may not be as fortunate. Janet is arguably one of the most influential transwomen working in media and is using every tool available to her to tell the stories that shift and challenge preconceived notions about what is possible for transpeople. This episode of It's A Long Story is hosted by Marc Fennell.

#25 – Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope)

A kitchen in Melbourne's Footscray provided the humble origins for Camp Cope's Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich, Georgia Maq and Sarah Thompson. Since joining forces in 2015, the trio haven't wasted a second of their time in the spotlight, using their newfound influence to launch the #ItTakesOne campaign. Aimed at stopping harassment of women at live music gigs, Hellmrich has said of the project: “We have a platform now where people listen to us so we want to give back to other people who don’t have a stage to speak on.”

#24 - Izzi Manfredi (The Preatures)

Since she was a kid there never any doubt in Izzi Manfredi's mind that she wanted to make music, a dream that was finally realised when she met Jack Moffitt and Thomas Champion at uni. And together they formed The Preatures. Influenced by The Beatles, Divinyls and The Pretenders, the band achieved international success with their 2013 track ‘Is This How You Feel.’ The band just released Girlhood, a distinctly personal album that draws on stories from Izzi's own childhood and adolescence.

#23 - Nai Palm

The Hiatus Kaiyote frontwoman has recently been flying solo, with her debut album Needle Paw soon to be released. In spite of a turbulent childhood, she took solace in nature, in animals and in music, growing into the independent spirit and curious soul that has enchanted such artists as Erykah Badu, Animal Collective, Questlove and the late, great Prince.

#22 - Briggs

Briggs is a rapper, comedian, actor, writer and fearless social critic. A proud Yorta Yorta man from regional Victoria, he took out the Australian Music Prize this year as half of the hip hop duo A.B. Original for their debut album Reclaim Australia, as well as appearing in the ABC's groundbreaking supernatural drama Cleverman and becoming a regular on satirical news programme The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. Pressure of the Hilltop Hoods described him as “the most self-motivated dude I've ever met”.

#21 - Brian Reed  

S-Town's rich and thoughtful storytelling captured the attention of audiences from around the world. Brian Reed, its host and co-creator, originally set out to find a new story for This American Life. Instead, he spent three years investigating the life and tribulations of small town Alabama resident John B. McLemore. The podcast captured audiences with the twists and turns of life in Bibb County, presenting an audio story akin to great literature.

#20 - Thordis Elva 

Award-winning writer, journalist and public speaker, Thordis Elva was voted Woman of the Year in her native Iceland for her tireless campaigning for gender equality. She believes in ending the silence that still shrouds sexual violence, of which she is a survivor, and sees dialogue as a means of healing. She has long researched the effect of forgiveness in human relationships, an interest which took her across the globe and into the depths of her own heart, resulting in the book South of Forgiveness which she wrote with Tom Stranger.

#19 - Mei Fong

Mei Fong is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who covered China for the Wall Street Journal for many years. Her book, "One Child", the story of China's most radical experiment details the repercussions of the one-child policy. Originally implemented to kerb population growth, the one-child policy resulted in immense suffering and hundreds of thousands of infant deaths. By the time the government announced it was ending the policy in 2015, China had a surplus of 33 million men and population numbers that were dropping drastically.

#18 - Jessa Crispin

Has contemporary feminism grown so tame, cowardly and irrelevant that it barely challenges the status quo? Have feminists traded liberation for acceptance? What will it take to wake the movement up? In a fearless call for revolution, Jessa Crispin demands more of feminism - nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression.

#17 - Janine Di Giovanni

Janine Di Giovanni is an author, foreign correspondent and the Middle East editor at Newsweek. Di Giovanni has written several books: Ghosts by Daylight: A Memoir of War and LoveThe Place at the End of the World: Essays from the EdgeAgainst the Stranger, about the effect of occupations during the first intifada on both Palestinians and Israelis; The Quick and The Dead, about the siege of Sarajevo, and the introduction to the best-selling Zlata's Diary, about a child growing up in Sarajevo.

She spoke to Ann Mossop at All About Women 2017

#16 - Giulia Enders

What if the key to living a happier, healthier life is already inside of us?

Inquisitive and talented microbiology student and bestselling author Giulia Enders explores one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy – the gut.

Giulia spoke to the host of Season Three of It’s A Long Story Ann Mossop about how she grew up to be a world expert on poo – and what the relationship is between the digestive system and the brain. 

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