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This is a podcast about all things awesome (with a major focus on music), hosted by husband, father, singer/songwriter, musician, author, publisher, educator, long-distance athlete, and director, Jim Gaven. For topic suggestions and/or talking points, feel free to reach out to Jim over at the Facebook page in the 'Links' section.
 
Every week, we discuss how the media has covered the news and analyse issues affecting the industry - with some of the biggest names in journalism in Australia and around the world. Broadcast live on Sydney's 2SER 107.3FM, with the financial assistance of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
 
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Right now, like never before, most of us are watching each other adapt, fail, learn, or thrive in real time. Curveball shows you there's no rulebook. We're all trying to thrive even when the chips are down. How do you cope when a pandemic strikes, when your child falls ill, or when your business collapses in full public view? Rarely do you get to glimpse what’s really going on during a someone's darkest hour. In these revealing, personal conversations with a range of successful people, host ...
 
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Gaven Morris has put his doubts aside and stepped into a leadership role at the ABC, but his trials are far from over. While he’s trying to un-learn everything he was taught as a journalist in order to become a more open-minded, proactive leader, life starts to unravel around him. Family illnesses and a workplace tragedy that kills several of his c…
 
Last year's pandemic stopped many journalists in place. But for Gina Chua, it was an opportunity to go forward as her true self. Gina transitioned genders during lockdown in New York. Now, in her role as executive editor at Reuters, she sits down over Zoom with Prue Clarke to discuss her transition, her career as a media executive and the importanc…
 
Gaven Morris is the man behind most of the news you consume on a daily basis. As the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Director of News, Gaven’s led many of the country’s top reporters and best-loved programs. But now he’s stepping away from this leadership role, and reflecting on his time in one of the most rapidly changing industries. Journal…
 
The crowd is spilling out of a Bob Geldof event, but one wily ex-reporter has tapped into her performing arts know-how to get backstage. Armed with nothing but a business card and a tiny handwritten message, she’s trying to get her name to rockstar Bono and his new venture, PRODUCT (RED). It might sound ludicrous. And it kind of was. Greta Thomas w…
 
COVID-19 impacted on regional newspapers, forcing many to shut. But regional communities still have a hunger for news and from these news deserts, the green shoots of community publications emerged. So after a long year of lockdowns, how are these publications faring? This week, Monica Attard speaks with Susanna Freymark, the editor of the Richmond…
 
When the ‘why’ is missing, often so is our motivation. Something I’ve noticed about people who bounce back from adversity, is they tend to have a strong sense of purpose – and if they don’t have one when that curveball hits, it sure prompts them to find it! Take Who Give a Crap founder Simon Griffiths – when his body gave out and exhaustion hit, hi…
 
Audiences are looking for news that entertains them and keep them engaged. Self-made commentators like FriendlyJordies are using social media platforms to grow their following and blur the traditional boundaries between news, satire and commentary. This week, Tina Quinn was joined by Julian Morrow from The Chaser and Brad Esposito from VICE Austral…
 
“Education can change your life in a generation.” When RMIT University announced its newest Chancellor would be Richmond Football Club President Peggy O’Neal, those words from her mother might just have been on Peggy’s mind. From the tiny coal-mining town she grew up in, Peggy became the first member of her family to graduate university. Then the f…
 
Generation Z doesn't sit down in front of the nightly news to get its information. Instead, it's all available in their Instagram feeds or on their TikTok for you pages. This week, Prue Clarke sits down with Matilda Boseley from Guardian Australia and Sam Koslowski from The Daily Aus to discuss how everything is content, the psychology of explainer…
 
“The more you fail, the easier it gets. People get scared of failing. I know this is something that anyone entrepreneurial will say, but every time you lose all your money, it becomes easier. Because you know you can pick yourself up.” Declan Lee never chooses the easy path. These days he’s one of four owners of the famous Messina gelato chain, but…
 
When Kate Vale was appointed Google Australia’s first employee, she didn’t have an office or a mobile phone. She found herself answering her home landline to do business! From humble beginnings she used her HR background to quickly build a team, and grew Google Australia to record revenues and eventually to IPO. Ever the digital pioneer since her d…
 
Remember when Michael Fox first joined us on Curveball? He’d clawed his way back from a bruising collapse of his first start-up Shoes of Prey to build a new company. Fable Foods creates a meat-alternative from shiitake mushrooms and Michael and his co-founders had convinced celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal to be part of their journey. But Covid had…
 
Olivia Humphrey has taken her company Kanopy from her spare bedroom in Perth to San Francisco... and turned down some pretty enticing investment offers along the way. She stuck to her guns, keeping her values front of mind at all times, and it paid off. I mean – it really paid off! Kanopy has sold for an eye-watering price. In part two of this reve…
 
Olivia Humphrey was having lunch in a Napa vineyard when a billionaire stepped in to help turn her genius start-up into a fully-fledged global streaming platform. A former Village Roadshow employee, Olivia came up with the idea to streamline the way universities could secure rights for films and documentaries for students. As streaming took off and…
 
Meggie Palmer was one of Australia’s best TV journalists, when she learned she wasn’t being paid the same as her male colleagues. She had a choice. Put up with it or speak up and risk it all. This enormous career gamble almost crushed her. Until she realised it could also be the making of her. Disillusioned with the power of traditional media, and …
 
Imagine a life where the simple act of sitting sends your body into spasms of pain. Entrepreneur Simon Griffiths likes to optimise for success. But pushing far beyond his limits has come at a cost. And it’s a warning for so many leaders. The Who Gives a Crap CEO opens up for the first time about the lengths he went to cope with chronic pain and ful…
 
This week we look at the news that News Corp is changing its editorial position on climate change. How different will the various papers and outlets look and is the change actually significant. To help us with the discussion Monica Attard was joined by Hugh Riminton who is the National Affairs editor for Ten News First and Cam Wilson who is the ass…
 
A funny thing happened during a Curveball production meeting recently. Our junior producer Liam mentioned that his Mum thinks he needs a mentor. Liam explained that he had some in Rachel and Kellie, who work together to oversee the team that brings you Curveball. But Kellie wasn’t sure she was a mentor to Liam. Sure, he’s given feedback. Sometimes …
 
Giving in is not the same as giving up. Sometimes, despite your best intentions, things don’t just work out and it’s better to give in to the signs. So many leaders on Curveball have, at some point, found themselves in a tricky situation. And yes, sometimes they’ve pulled through. But what about those times you just can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat…
 
This week we look at the quagmire we find ourselves in with NSW, ACT and Victoria in lockdown with little light ahead. How has the media been covering the pandemic and making sense of what has become a much more complicated and unclear situation. The Australian's Rachael Baxendale and SMH's Michael Koziol spoke with Monica Attard.…
 
Elizabeth Broderick has been fighting for equality since she was in utero. Growing up with a twin sister helped instil a burning sense of fairness in young Liz. She’d go on to become a trailblazing lawyer, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations, and Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Elizabeth Broderick is a leader who’s…
 
“Sometimes there’s a monstrous demonic fire front that’s bearing down on your little town, and your little team... and the only thing that you can do to stay alive, is to quietly and quickly make an orderly exit via stage left.” Wow. Let us set the scene for you here. Marine Hautemont and Rob Malicki sent Curveball that message as they clinked cham…
 
Justin Dry lost his house not once, but twice, before he learned to trust his gut. With each loss, the robust Vinomofo founder has picked himself up off the cellar floor and come at it again from a new angle. Dry has aged wisely. He’s grown from the classic idea-machine entrepreneur, through record funding rounds and tough decisions, to responding …
 
Dwayne Good is no stranger to fighting for survival. Kicked out of home as a teen, and then struggling after the death of his mum, Dwayne drifted until he found himself on an idyllic holiday in Thailand. But it was 2004 and a killer tsunami was about to up-end his life in more ways than one. “The best way to summarize it is confusing. What the hell…
 
American lawyer Peggy O’Neal might lead a team of Tigers, but it’s rare to hear her roar. Although you might have heard an enthusiastic “whoop!” or three when her team won those Australian Football League grand finals! That unflappable pragmatism is something the president of Richmond Football Club learned growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of…
 
Staring down a board coup when they’re baying for your scalp. Taking back control when you’ve sold a stake in your company. Trusting your vision when you’ve lost it all before. Curveball is back and the stakes have never been higher. Join host Kellie Riordan as she navigates her own start-up journey and learns from other leaders about how they thri…
 
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