Play it by ear and set the soundtrack to your social distancing with this selection of Aussie playlists and podcasts.

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Live Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR

NPR's infamous Tiny Desk Concerts have attracted a cult following over the years. Established artists and brand new bands alike have graced the small space behind the desk of NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, here are our favourite Aussie performances:

Ted Talks


  • Aussies in Hollywood: Jenny Cooney is an Australian journalist who has lived in Hollywood for 30 years. She is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and votes for the Golden Globes. Jenny has watched the waves of new Australian talent arrive in Hollywood and make their marks, both on and off-screen. Join Jenny as she takes you through stories of Aussies In Hollywood; from landing in LA to landing the first gig and then building a successful career.
  • Awaye: Produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), this podcast focuses on Aboriginal culture and is the perfect place to hear more about this year’s Sydney Biennale, which has indigenous leaders for the first time since the Biennale began in 1973.
  • Chat 10, Looks 3: A peripatetic podcast in which Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb discuss what they're reading, watching, cooking, listening to or irrationally exhilarated by. Listen via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
  • Conversations: Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about — someone who has seen and done amazing things
  • Fierce Girls - ABC Australia: From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. You know what they are? They're FIERCE. And these are their stories. Join the amazing Amy Shark, Yael Stone, Dame Quentin Bryce, Claudia Karvan, Turia Pitt, Stephanie Gilmore, Leah Purcell and more as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia's most extraordinary women. Listen for free from your mobile device on the ABC listen app, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.
  • Forgotten Australia: Michael Adams balances relevant historical details and human interest such that the stories feel fresh despite some being over a hundred years old.
  • The History Lesson: New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.
  • Long Distance Call: Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation. You can also listen via Apple Podcasts.
  • Loose Units: Comedian Paul Verhoeven interviews his dad John about his days in the NSW police force. The podcast is derived from the true crime book Loose Units but delves into cases too surreal, brief or contentious to fit into the book.
  • National Museum of Australia: Forums, talks, symposiums, conferences and other events held at the National Museum of Australia, exploring Australia's land, nation and people.
  • Overwhelmed and Dying: Comedian Judith Lucy is totally overwhelmed by the state of the world and her own life. The family she grew up in is dead, she's a lot closer to dying than she wants to be and now after a particularly bad break-up, she's single again. Listen for free from your mobile device on the ABC listen appApple Podcasts or Google podcasts.
  • The Party Room: Want to know what's really going on in Parliament House? Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas give you the political analysis that matters and explain what it means for you.
  • The Real Crocodile Dundee: Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynold are joined by Wil Anderson for a live episode recorded at the Anthenaeum Theater in Melbourne.
  • SPUN Stories: True Stories Told in the Territory is a live storytelling event showcasing some of the extraordinary people and their stories that make up the Northern Territory. Popping up at different venues around Darwin every three months, SPUN brings people from all walks of life together to share stories under a theme. Listen via Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or by searching for SPUN Stories in your favourite podcast app.
  • Sydney Writers Festival: Australia’s biggest literary festival, the Sydney Writers Festival has a treasure trove of podcasts showcasing some of Australia’s and the world’s most interesting authors across all genres, this collection will keep your ears and mind engaged for days.
  • The Teacher’s Pet: A Murder Mystery - The story of the disappearance and alleged murder of Lyn Dawson has become a global podcasting phenomenon and was credited by NSW police with generating some of the leads and witnesses needed to arrest Mr Dawson.
  • TWISTA: Interviews and advice from the leading founders, investors, and thinkers in Australia's tech startup community.
  • Weird Crap in Australia: Australia is a land of many people, beautiful landscapes and culture. But behind the tourist commercial is an unexplained strangeness. Join Matthew and Holly each week as they discuss legends of Outback serial killers, UFO's and Monsters lurking in the bush.

For the Joeys (kids)

  • Classic Kids: Classic Kids is a podcast series designed to introduce classical music to little ones. With two distinct seasons Sounds Like Australia, narrated by ABC Play School's Luke Carrol and Music for The Dreaming, narrated by ABC Bushwacked's Kamil Ellis, Classic Kids focuses on Australian-made music performed by Ensemble Offspring, and gives your kids an opportunity to learn about instrument sounds, develop their musical vocabulary, and explore the importance of listening.
  • Children's Meditation: Meditation for Children with a discussion topic and a variety of guided meditations for youths and the entire family from the Meditation Society of Australia.

Compile your own playlist

Feel like creating your own playlist? Here's a few suggestions to get you started, featuring old Aussie classics, mixed in with some modern faves.

  1. We're All In This Together - Ben Lee *as recommended by Ambassador Sinodinos*
  2. The Horses – Darryl Braithwaite
  3. Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue 
  4. Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel
  5. Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
  6. Land Down Under – Men At Work
  7. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala
  8. Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
  9. My Happiness – Powderfinger
  10. Island Home - Christina Anu
  11. Youngblood - 5SOS (they have also just dropped a new album CALM: listen here)
  12. Straight Lines - Silverchair
  13. Need You Tonight – INXS
  14. Killing My Time - G Flip
  15. Dance Monkey - Tones & I
  16. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye, Kimbra
  17. You’re The Voice – John Farnham
  18. Riptide - Vance Joy
  19. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  20. You Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House
  21. Under The Milky Way – The Church
  22. Innerbloom - Rufus Du Sol
  23. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
  24. I am Australian - Dami Im
  25. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
  26. Great Southern Land - Icehouse
  27. Never Be Like You - Flume
  28. Talk is Cheap - Chet Faker
  29. Hoops - The Rubens
  30. Adore - Amy Shark
  31. Cut Copy - Zonoscope album – rock out to this ARIA winning and Grammy nominated album, perfect for iso-dance parties!