Last Stop to Nowhere
he story of modern Australia isn't a collection of dignified dates, but a hot, strange, violent mess, peopled with vivid characters, replete with the kind of plot twists you'd have to hear to believe. In Last Stop to Nowhere, young historians Michael Sloan and Kyle Sherer present meticulously researched and entirely gripping stories from Australian history. There's the wreck of the Batavia, and the subsequent descent of its survivors into madness; the clash of personalities and deep greed that led to the Rum Rebellion; the enduring puzzle of The Somerton Man, who was found washed up on an Adelaide beach and was probably, maybe, a Soviet spy. Sloan and Sherer breathe confident life into these figures and unfoldings of history, with an eye to the kind of devilish detail that makes the past feel real.
In short, it's very good, and we commend it to you regardless of your geographical origins. The podcast is on a long hiatus, but do as we've done - devour existing episodes and wait anxiously for more.
Gateway episodes: The Somerton Man / Wreck of the Batavia (Parts 1 & 2) / Charles Cousens and Tokyo Rose