LIFE ON THE LINE

WHAT IS LIFE ON THE LINE?

LIFE ON THE LINE is the podcast that tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. From World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq, these are the stories of Australian men and women, each of whom put their life on the line for their country. Listen to some of our most popular episodes here.

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THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PODCAST

LIFE ON THE LINE is the brainchild and third veterans project of Thistle Productions. After producing the documentary FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY and collaborating with bestselling author Michael Veitch on BARNEY GREATREX, the team wanted to continue recording the stories of Australia's servicemen and servicewomen. Thistle Productions co-founder Alex Lloyd came up with the idea of a podcast, documenting each veteran's story in a one-on-one conversation to share with a national and international audience for free in an engaging, accessible and modern format. Read more on the team behind the podcast here.

The vision of LIFE ON THE LINE is to capture the raw human stories behind the broader brushstrokes of history, and to explore service; why people serve, and how a life of service changes them. From acts of valour to the trauma of conflict, this podcast seeks to discover the human side of war, the truth of battle scars and what it's like to really put one's life on the line.

THE STORIES TOLD SO FAR

Season 1 of the show began in September 2017 and finished in December. It released 16 veteran conversations, and as many bonus episodes, with Alex Lloyd, Angus Hordern and Thomas Kaye. It also chronicled the story behind and release of the BARNEY GREATREX book.

The show returned with Season 2 in March 2018. Sharon Mascall-Dare joined the Thistle Productions team, recording veteran conversations from Adelaide. This season finished in September, after airing 54 podcasts, including 33 veteran interviews.

The podcast will expand its one-on-one interview format in October 2018 with the Panel Talks. When speaking with veterans over our last two seasons, Thistle Productions came across some recurring issues and struggles, spanning across different conflicts, deployments, ranks, service branches, and even generations. Alex and Angus got back together with some veterans to have panel discussions about these topics, and for them to share their thoughts. These panel episodes will continue in 2019.

After the panels and some extra bonus episodes, a special miniseries will premiere in November 2018.

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