Midday Interview

Midday Interview


On ABC Classic FM Midday, Margaret Throsby interviews special guests who give extraordinary insights into their life and work, thoughts and feelings. Margaret's guest list reads like a who's who of Australia and the world, but also includes less well-know


Professor Rick Shine  

Professor Rick Shine has won the 2016 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

Playwright Jane Cafarella  

Jane Cafarella has been writing and researching about surrogacy for two decades.

Actor Alex Jennings  

Alex Jennings is the spitting image of the late Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins, in Opera Australia's production of My Fair Lady.

Author Anne Henderson  

Anne Henderson is Deputy Director of The Sydney Institute.

Comedian Bill Bailey  

Bill Bailey has perfect pitch, and the perfect knack for delivering a funny line.

Pianist Melvyn Tan  

Singapore-born pianist Melvyn Tan is celebrating his 60th birthday with a concert season in Australia.

Geneticist Vanessa Hayes  

Professor Vanessa Hayes has sequenced the genome of the Kalahari Desert bushmen in southern Africa.

Science broadcaster Robyn Williams  

The best science is a search for the truth, says ABC broadcaster Robyn Williams.

Author Isabelle Li  

A debut short-story collection from writer Isabelle Li weaves together a series of interconnected tales of Chinese migration to Australia and elsewhere.

Food presenter and mezzo-soprano Silvia Colloca  

Silvia Colloca has turned cucina povera, or peasant cuisine, into a television art form.

Professor Marion Nestle  

Professor Marion Nestle says soft drinks contribute to poor dental health, obesity and type 2 diabetes. So why do we still drink them?

Composer Steve Reich  

Composer Steve Reich, known for his musical innovation, celebrates his 80th birthday.

Actor Leah Purcell  

Leah Purcell has reimagined Henry Lawson's story The Drover's Wife for the stage.

Forensic scientist Shari Forbes  

Professor Shari Forbes has established Australia's first body farm to study the decomposition of human corpses.

Antiques dealer Maurice Robertson  

A former clinical perfusionist, Maurice Robertson worked alongside the late Dr Victor Chang.

Writer Don Watson  

Don Watson has turned his sharp eye and trademark wit to the US presidential elections.

Historian Heather Goodall  

Professor Heather Goodall specialises in Australian Aboriginal history and intercolonial studies, in particular on the links between Australia, Indonesia and India.

Actor Marta Dusseldorp  

Marta Dusseldorp is one of the best-known faces of Australian stage and screen.

Dr Marianne Jauncey  

Dr Marianne Jauncey is Medical Director at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney's Kings Cross.

Journalist Ashleigh Wilson  

Journalist Ashleigh Wilson has penned a new biography of the artist Brett Whiteley.

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