Conversations in Isolation Podcast

A social distancing podcast in the time of COVID-19. Stay apart together through conversations with interesting people.

This podcast was produced by Media and Communication students at RMIT University working entirely from their homes and using whatever equipment they could lay their hands on – mainly laptops and phones.  All episodes are transcribed, because everyone has the right to access podcast content.

EP 01 Hudson – Cruise Ship passenger

Niesha speaks with avid traveller Hudson Hard, who shares his experience as a cruise ship passenger in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. Hudson wound up stuck on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, unable to make his way home for an extended period of time.

Transcript available here

EP02 Xavier – The Musician

In this episode, Ruairi speaks with Xavier, a musician whose performance schedule has dramatically changed due to Covid-19, but is using his free time to focus more than ever on his music.

Transcript available here.

EP03 Rachel – Criminal Defence Lawyer

Caitlyn sits down with Criminal lawyer Rachel, to discuss working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected her day-to-day life.

Transcript available here

EP04 Jude – Indigenous community worker

What impact could COVID 19 have on remote indigenous communities? Delphi speaks to Jude Pritchard, an Alice Springs local who has spent much of her career working with Indigenous people on country.

Transcript available here.

EP05 Erin- High School Student

In this episode, Maggie sits down with high school student Erin to talk about schooling being moved online due to Covid-19, how she is coping with the change and what affect it has on her studies and learning.

Episode transcript available here

EP06 Mai- International Student

Due to Covid-19, Mai, a Vietnamese International student in Melbourne has spoken up her thoughts for most of the Vietnamese International students about their struggles with a rental, tuition fees, and expired visas.

Episode transcript available here

EP07 Greg- Real Estate Agent

Roie speaks with Greg Toogood about the changes to his work and personal life due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Transcript available here

EP08 Kate- Being an Expat during Covid-19

Join the conversation as Sage speaks with Kate on her experience as an expat currently living in Singapore. Kate originally planned to work and study in Singapore for a year, but her plans fell flat amidst the Coronavirus crisis.

Transcript available here

EP09 Aneeta- Oral Health Specialist

Tierra speaks with Oral Health Specialist Aneeta Yousif about the restrictions put in place at Victorian dental clinics, and how the dental community as well as herself has been affected by COVID-19.

Transcript available here

EP10 Josh- Supermarket Worker

Jeevan sits down with supermarket worker Joshua Houston to find out what it’s like to be a key worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transcript available here

EP11 Radha- Aged Care Worker

Alicia speaks to Radha, who reflects on her experience working in aged care during the high-stress peak period of the Coronavirus pandemic. She shares her personal outlook and tells us about the emotional toll the virus has had on elderly residents during lockdown, her personal and spiritual growth and reflects upon the changes she will make once Isolation is over.

Episode transcript available here

EP12 Fletcher- Junior Barefoot Waterski Champion

Fletcher Ball, Junior Barefoot Waterski Champion talks to Annalise about the way he is dealing with coronavirus and the effects it’s had on his sport.

You can find the transcript here.

EP13 Greg- Aircraft Engineer

Luke speaks with Greg, an Aircraft Engineer working at Melbourne airport, to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his work and the airline industry more broadly.

Transcript available here

EP14 Em- Living With Anxiety During Covid-19

How does a global pandemic affect a person living with anxiety? Denver speaks to Em who describes the ups and downs and talks about the effect the situation has had on her mental health.

Transcript available here

EP15 Richard- Animal Crossing Addict

In this episode, Aaron explores how Animal Crossing is helping young people like Richard connect to their friends and society.

Transcript available here

EP16 Patrick – DJ & music producer

In this episode, Niamh speaks to Patrick Blay, a Melbourne/Naarm based DJ and producer about COVID-19’s impact on the dance music scene.

Transcript available here

EP17 Molly- Visual Artist & Founder of ‘Quivering in Quarantine’
In this episode, Monika chats with Naarm/Melbourne-based artist Molly Rose Stephenson about her latest project developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – an online exhibition, entitled, ‘Quivering in Quarantine’. Molly also shares her own struggles and anxieties in the midst of this pandemic.
Transcript available here
EP18 Mayara – An international student from Brazil

In this episode, Louis speaks with Mayara, an International student from Brazil, who is facing various troubles during this pandemic situation.

Transcript available here

EP19 Michael – Racing Australia Employee

Matthew sits down with Racing Australia Employee Michael Didham to find out how the Racing Industry is dealing with the restrictions of the pandemic. While also discovering how Michael is adjusting to the new pandemic lifestyle and what positives he is finding during this time.

Transcript available here

EP20 Angus – 19 year old University Student

In this final episode, Ella chats with 19- year-old university student Angus about the changes imposed on his, work, university and social life as a result of COVID 19.

Transcript available here

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