Wisdom Interviews, Best of, With Peter Thompson

Broadcaster Peter Thompson has interviewed some of Australia's most eminent individuals for ABC Radio National's The Wisdom Interviews. The best of these interviews are now available as a 6CD set.

We hear some remarkable insights from broadcaster Peter Cundall, presenter of ABC TV's Gardening Australia; former Australian-of-the-Year Professor Fiona Stanley; playwright David Williamson; former Governor General Dr Peter Hollingworth; psychologist and author Dorothy Rowe; and pioneer Australian feminist and icon of the Liberal Party, Dame Beryl Beaurepaire.

Peter Cundall Originally broadcast August 2004
Presenter of ABC TV's Gardening Australia, Peter Cundall survived 6 months of solitary confinement in the former Yugoslavia when he was captured by Marshal Tito's forces. He's been a military parachutist, was a machine-gunner in the Korean War and is now a passionate pacifist. He took up gardening and landscaping when he couldn't find other work after being sacked for his strident trade unionism. I first met Peter in 1972. More than thirty years later he retains his great passion and zest for life that make this a memorable interview.

Professor Fiona Stanley Originally broadcast August 2002
When this interview was recorded, Fiona Stanley was the head of the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Western Australia. Fiona moved to Perth from Sydney at age 10. She later studied medicine and practiced for two years running an Aboriginal clinic from Perth's Children's Hospital. A personal breakthrough came when she joined the Social Medicine Unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Back in Australia in 1977 she helped establish a database on births in WA. Its focus was on perinatal events - the events surrounding birth and their link to disease. In 1980 she opened the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Professor Stanley was awarded 'Australian of the Year' just a matter of months after our interview was recorded.

David Williamson Originally broadcast February, 2004
David is a towering figure in Australian cultural life. The phrase 'Australia's leading playwright' has been tied to his name for over three decades now, since his humble beginnings in small Melbourne theatres in the 1970s. His major works are familiar names to us all Don's Party, The Club, Travelling North, Emerald City, The Removalists and the film Gallipoli. He was a pioneer in bringing Australian voices to the stage and throughout a remarkably prolific career has continued to reflect our lives back to us through his work in film, television and the theatre.

Dr Peter Hollingworth Originally broadcast June, 2004
In his first interview since the dramatic events leading to his resignation in 2003, the former governor-general revealed what he had learned from his tumultuous time in office, and how in the period after his resignation he came to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like to be a victim of child sexual abuse. This was the first of a two-part interview with Dr Hollingworth. The interview was recorded in Dr Hollingworth's home in Melbourne.

Dr Dorothy Rowe Originally broadcast July, 2004
Psychologist and author Dorothy Rowe is known throughout the world as a leader in the study and treatment of depression. Her opinions about the proper place of drugs in the treatment of the illness have made her controversial in the medical field. Not long before this interview she was voted one of the 50 wisest people in the UK, by Saga Magazine.

Dame Beryl Beaurepaire Originally broadcast April, 2005
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire is a pioneer Australian feminist and icon of the Liberal Party. Born Beryl Beggood to a middle class Melbourne family, she knew discrimination from an early age because she was overlooked as a potential future manager in the family firm because of her gender. In 1947 she married Ian Beaurepaire of the Olympic Tyre dynasty and clashed with her conservative father-in-law, the Olympic Swimming Champion and former Mayor of Melbourne, Sir Frank Beaurepaire, over what kind of daughter-in-law she should be. Nothing and nobody stopped her from leading a full and productive life. She was, for a long time, among the most influential women in the Liberal Party. This interview was recorded at her home at Mount Eliza, east of Melbourne.

The Wisdom Interviews were originally broadcast on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program.

For further information go to: abc.net.au/rn/bigideas Price: $69.95 6-CD set (inc. postage and handling and GST)

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