Off Track - Full program podcast

Off Track - Full program podcast


Complete episode: Venture Off Track as ABC Radio National heads outside. Off Track speaks for places beyond policy and politics: environments loved and lived in.


Any louder and that frog will explode [part one]  

Murray Littlejohn first recorded the Moaning Frogs of WA on a device made from a gramophone mechanism in the early 1950s.

Eruption, explosion and river erosion  

Australian rocks bear the scars of the some most dramatic events in the history of planet earth. Prepare yourself for the boom!

Creeping slime moulds hunt in Tasmania  

They hunt for prey, look like modernist sculptures and have their very own kingdom on the tree of life: slime moulds are bizarre and beautiful. This episode is selected from the Off Track archive.

A home among the palm trees  

Thousands of kilometres away from its home, an Indian palm squirrel turns up in Pingelly, WA. How did it make it across the Indian Ocean and into the wheat belt?

The foxes among us  

With farmland, industry, backyards and hobby farms as well as a city nearby, where do foxes choose to go? And will they choose to take a bait?

Shy Susan and the bees  

Shy Susan could be forgiven for feeling unloved. Her delicate pink flowers are easy to miss and her range is limited to the Beaconsfield area in northern Tasmania. This episode is selected from the Off Track archive.

Two tiny bats and three beaked whales  

What does a five gram microbat have in common with a four metre, dead, dense beaked whale? More than you might think.

Vagrant, immigrant, stopover, stay  

Sure, seabirds might've been flying past, but how did tiny forest birds make it all the way to Lord Howe Island in the middle of the sea?

The rodent and the walking stick  

The fates of the black rat and the phasmid are as intertwined as the air roots of a banyan tree. The survival of one is linked to the extermination of the other, and the battle is on.

The improbable tale of the outback fish  

How does a fish the size of a toothbrush head, with bright red fins and big blue eyes, end up living in a puddle of water in the middle of the Australian outback? This story is about one of the rarest fish species in the world, and it's simply epic.

A tawny frogmouth reveals itself  

Spending the day pretending to be a branch on a tree is a good strategy to avoid being found in the forest. Of course, the illusion is destroyed if you also hoot incessantly. Ann will be back in about a week with the first of a new season of Off Track episodes.

The feast of the crabs  

The siren call of delicious algae is too much. The tiny crab runs and stuffs slime into its gob, complete with crabby lip smacks. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in two weeks.

Red-y to whistle  

This rufous whistler has a comment and he wants to say it right into the microphone. hop. hop. hop. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in three weeks.

Corellas in a crowd  

The sweet screams of hundreds of parrots negotiating their position on gum tree branches. Full Off Track episodes will return in four weeks time.

An emu needs to play the drums  

This is the sound of a female emu percussion ensemble, performing a piece called 'who has just come into my paddock?'

Snail Munchies  

This snail has the munchies.

Live long, little lizard  

After 35 years, some of the same sleepy lizards are still alive, still with the same lizard partner. Now, they will have a new scientist.

Looking forward, looking back  

Fly-in to a place where the earth's ancient geological past and the most cutting-edge computing technology collide. A place where taking a picture of the dawn of time is almost a reality.

Pipis and Prejudice  

Tensions in the small town grow, and 'piss off pipi hunters' is written across a public toilet wall. And all the while, under the sand at the beach, a small clam opens up its gills and filters its phytoplankton dinner off the incoming tide.

Pythons are forever  

A radio-tagged ringtail possum was caught and eaten by a radio tagged diamond python, and then scientists found out that the vulnerable eastern chestnut mouse actually likes a bit of a bushfire. Booderee National Park is full of surprises.

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