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.


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.

A bird with whiskers, a 'flying koala' and terrible mr fox  

From an endangered ground-dwelling bird with whiskers like a cat, to a huge glider that is almost like a 'flying koala', Booderee National Park sounds, and is, like no other.

All that lives beneath the sand  

Though it may seem like sandy beaches are largely devoid of life, underneath the sand and kelp is a bustling world of tiny animals and plants that live between the grains of sand.

A game of trap and mouse  

One was caught in 2010. Just one. A tiny, nine centimetre long mouse, with whiskers like a spray of fireworks and a white, fluffy belly. Since then, none.

Huge squirrel glides like a magic carpet in the Himalayas  

Gliding over a glacier in the Himalayas is a metre long squirrel with a smallish head, silky fur as long as your little finger and a fluffy tail like a fox. The metre long wooly flying squirrel has hardly ever been seen alive.

Banana box frog rescue service  

Unwittingly shipped almost 3000km across the continent in a hand of bananas, this small frog has no way to return home. Luckily, Arthur White is here to help.

Trapped in a cycle of production  

Michelle and Graeme Hamilton from South Australia are fifth-generation dairy farmers. They haven’t made any money in two years. They work fifteen hour days and not a cent to show for it. Why do they stay? Reporter Cassandra Steeth finds out.

It's a mad fan's world  

Australia's rufous fantails have managed to avoid extinction by snake, unlike their unfortunate cousins on the island of Guam. Lindsey Nietmann is trying to find out how these 'mad fans' do it.

Flying for your life: Birds without borders  

The migratory birds have flown about 10,000kms all the way to the arctic for food, sex and to hatch the next generation of flying machines.

Flying for your life: An unlikely saviour  

On the shorelines of the Yellow Sea, eight million shorebirds are probing the sediment for food but their bellies are empty. Could their epic migration end right here on this barren mudflat?

Flying for your life: China's new great wall  

Australia's migratory shorebirds have just flown 5,000 kilometres northward to stopover in the Yellow Sea. What will they find when they arrive?

Flying for your life: The journey begins  

Millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic every year. They navigate over oceans using stars and magnetic fields, they sleep with half their brain at a time while they're on the wing. But for some of them, this will be the last flight.

Halfway and home  

If you like Off Track, then you're going to love this new podcast, The Real Thing. Two mates travel the length and width of the country looking for the stories of REAL Australia, and in this episode, Mike and Tim travel to Tarcutta, a place of deep significance to the Australian trucking community.

Picking snottygobble from emu poo  

There's a problem. The seeds won't germinate and the plant is endangered. Could the answer lie in a heady mix of gauze gift bags, heat torture, forced smoke inhalation and emu digestive juices? This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

Eat poo, have sex and die happy as a beetle in dung  

Living out almost their entire life within cow pats, dung beetles are the unlikely heroes of both biological control AND Australian barbecues. This is a repeat episode from the Off Track archives.

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