HighCast 066 – Nick Rheinberger

Nick is a radio host, podcaster and entertainer.

Cool podcast dude. Is what Nick would say, if he wasn’t too cool to say, cool podcast dude…

This was a great podcast with some real insightful conversation, good laughs and some genuine fun. Nick is a true entertainer who knows how to make you think and how to feel.

I really enjoyed how the conversation bounced from comedy to politics and to the plight of men in modernity. There are few oppotunities we truly get in our lives to converse on such important matters let alone when it’s being recorded.

Thanks Nick for being such a great guest and for the kind comments afterwards. Even if it wasn’t “cool podcast dude”!

HighCast 065 – Cat Agostino

Cat is an honors student who’s thesis is on breast cancer advertising.

Oh man, I felt old after this one… Cat and I went deep on culture, complexity and context in this discussion about how we should view nuance around breast cancer advertising.

I consider myself a fairly deep and critical thinker but this conversation challenged me. It pushed my reasoning and my desire to comprehend how crazy this world really is.

Cat is intelligent and funny. She is slightly melancholy but with an ironic and cheeky outlook that suits her interest is such thought provoking topics. Provoke my thoughts it did… I’m still trying to get my head around it.

Thanks Cat for joining me on the podcast. I look forward to reading the abstract of your Doctorate even though it might be too much for my poor, sore brain to comprehend

HighCast 064 – Alex Rowe

Alex is an animal welfare inspector.

I’m on team human, Alex is on team animal.

I’m not fussed that we’re on different sides because I think we met nicely in the middle in what was a great discussion about animals in our lives and the complexity and challenges that comes with being their custodians.

Animals have a special place in our psyche. They are separate but also so similar to us that we find it hard to reconcile these conflicting thoughts in how we interact and treat them. Alex is in the front line of this conflict, she sees some of the best and the worst of our relationship with animals.

I really admire Alex’s work. It takes a certain type of person to put the welfare of other beings on such an important foot hold in their lives. Alex cares deeply about what she does and it trying to make the world a better place by impacting on the lives of vulnerable animals. All power too her.

It was great to have Alex in the studio. I hope to continue our conversations, maybe even end up on the same team one day 😛

HighCast 063 – Paige Penning + Ash Kara

Paige and Ash are women’s rugby enthusiasts

Who would of thought I could sit down and talk rugby for an hour?

Well I did and it was super fun. Not necessarily because of the rugby but because of Paige and Ash. They love rugby, are passionate about engaging and empowering women and have an infectious attitude.

Goulburn, and indeed Southern Tablelands and Highlands are lucky to have these women in our community. They drive change and motivate others to be part of things that are bigger than themselves.

It goes to show that people can really make a difference by starting local and having dreams that impact on larger scales.

I feel really privileged to talk to Paige and Ash. It was one of my most fun podcasts!

HighCast 062 – Angela Hughes

Angela is a young agriculturalist.

The future of agriculture is in good hands if farmers and agricultural enthusiasts like Angela have anything to do about it. Enthusiastic, positive and willing to have a crack, Angela embodies the spirit of pioneering Europeans with a modern bent and technological twist.

An animal lover at heart, Angela can articulate dilemmas of drought and yield, of welfare and production and the competitive nature of production in Australia. It’s really interesting to hear her thoughts on the future of farming and how her generation is going to cope.

I really enjoyed the conversation, our references to the preverbial “Karen” and hearing a young persons take on how environment and production can exist together.

Thanks Angela. Now for a steak!

HighCast 061 – Dallas de Brabander

Dallas is host of Skinkworld House Concerts in Bundanoon.

Ben Folds has a song called There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You. It’s true, Dallas is way cooler than me, and she’s not even trying.

I was lucky enough to talk with Dallas and go to one of her house concerts. The concerts are as warm and as welcoming as Dallas. The artists, hand picked by her, were super intelligent and inspiring musicians. I felt a like I was in a dream and humbled to be present.

Dallas is doing something in Bundanoon that’s authentic, beautiful and empowering. Her spirit of generosity is only matched by her obvious passion for music and bringing others together to enjoy it with her.

Southern Highland and surrounds is home to some unique people doing some pretty incredible things, Dallas fits right in. It was a pleasure to talk with her and be invited into her home.

Thanks Dallas!

HighCast 060 – Darren Green

Darren is creator of Heartisan Market.

I was hit by the life force that is Darren (Dazza) Green. He’s got a drive and a determination that not many posses. Most will spend their time pondering or reminiscing, Darren is doing!

Darren has a vision and is determined to see it happen. He’s the kind of guy you read about in the history books, the type with grand dreams and a desire to do something different, rebellious even.

The market at Penrose is taking shape, Darren is a good cook (seriously try the deep fried ham and cheese tostie!) and the facility he dreams of setting up is filled with potential. You can sense Darren wishes time wasn’t dependent on our relativity to speed of light. That perhaps, if he could go faster, time would appear slower and he could get more into a day!

What a pleasure to meet another ordinary, extraordinary, person in the highlands turning their everyday into something magic.

Thanks Darren!

HighCast 059 – Steve Hogwood

Steve is an artisan blacksmith and owner of 1910 Ironworks.

Our ability to create, our ability to imagine and to change is embodied in Steve. An ex advertising executive, who was once consumed by the art of consumption now spends his time working metal and producing boutique iron products.

I was lucky to visit his forge. There is something natural about his work, a connection to the world that goes beyond tangible into something almost spiritual. Maybe it’s because the heart of the earth is iron, maybe that the work involves fire, I’m not entirely sure, but the feeling is pervasive and infectious.

Through my conversation with Steve, I learned a lot. I learned that sustainability, artisan is a vocation and a lifestyle. That if you want to do it, Steve is an example of how it can be done, and that, if Steve is any example, it’s truly rewarding.

Another great podcast with another local who is doing his bit to change the world.

Thanks Steve!

HighCast 058 – Dylan Lourey

Dylan is owner of George Harris Movement.

Dylan produces hats, shirts and bags from hemp. A magical plant, best known for changing our consciousness, which, with its sustainable qualities, could end up changing the world.

It’s pretty cool that he does what he does from the highlands. He doesn’t have easy access to his chosen material and relies on manufacturing and distribution networks well beyond our area. That’s what’s so cool about it, he does what he does in spite of the difficulty, because it’s the right thing to do.

Dylan gave me GHM hat. I’ve been wearing it around, that is when my 5 year old son, who is, by the way, significantly cooler than me, isn’t wearing it. It feels good not only on my head, but in my head, to know that we have people in our area doing great things with global impacts.

Thanks for sharing Dylan!

HighCast 057 – Mark Bourne

Mark is owner and vigneron at Cuttaway Hill Wines.

Mark is a really happy guy. Why wouldn’t you be when you get to spend your days in the fields cultivating and creating a product that people love? Not to mention that he also gets to sip wine most days..!

Mark is more than a wine maker, he’s a amateur historian, part time geologist and meteorologist, he has to be when he’s meeting people from all over the globe and explaining the providence and characteristics of his wine. He’s also a passionate advocate for local produce and talks as enthusiastically about other local products as he does his own.

I like drinking wine, perhaps a little to much, but I’ve never really appreciated the nuance and artisan nature of it’s production. Mark embodies that essence in a way, he’s more than a wine maker, he’s on a journey to learn and to enjoy his life. I feel he’s doing a great job!

Thanks Mark!