How do we create intimacy in an audio story – ArtsHub

Podcasting is, by nature, an intimate medium. We’re often listening to podcasts on our headphones, locked deep into a world of sound that is only limited by our imagination. But building trust with your audience and creating a level of intimacy that keeps listeners coming back requires particular skill. In 2015 journalist Sarah Allely had a bike accident that left her unable to read, write, watch TV or listen to podcasts. Going into nature helped her recover from a mild traumatic brain injury and she’s since created the narrative documentary podcast Brain on Nature, a very personal portrayal about her recovery process.

Continue Reading How do we create intimacy in an audio story – ArtsHub

Best Of The Week – The Listener

Beginning of an immersive series about the influence nature has on our brains. Host Sarah Allely had a serious bicycle accident that seemed to fundamental change what was going on…

Continue Reading Best Of The Week – The Listener

Episode 6 – Back on the bike

The doctors are saying they want me to go back to work…gradually. But I’m not sure. I’ve lost my confidence. My rehab specialist says we won’t know until we try. He means I won’t actually recover properly until I go back to work. The neurons that fire together, wire together – he keeps saying. [audio src="https://media.acast.com/brain-on-nature/backonthebike/media.mp3"][/audio]

Continue Reading Episode 6 – Back on the bike

Episode 5 – There’s science to this

I’m depressed and anxious and the headaches are back. I have to dose myself up on nature again. I wouldn’t have considered heading into the bush alone before the accident. But now I’m known for turning up to school pick-ups in shorts and hiking boots. But why has no doctor told me to use nature? Or even encouraged me really? [audio src="https://media.acast.com/brain-on-nature/theressciencetothis/media.mp3"][/audio]

Continue Reading Episode 5 – There’s science to this

Episode 4 – Invisible injury

I’m racing towards the finish line. I'm almost better! I try to get back to my normal life, but something’s still not quite right. And then, all of a sudden, things start to unravel. Surely this isn’t happening. I’m nearly better, remember? I find Cait Ward, who had similar experiences after being hit with a lacrosse ball. [audio src="https://media.acast.com/brain-on-nature/invisibleinjury/media.mp3"][/audio]

Continue Reading Episode 4 – Invisible injury

Episode 3 – If symptoms persist, accept

Finally, I get a diagnosis. The doctors tell me I have what they’re calling ‘a mild traumatic brain injury’. And there’s not much that they can do about it. They encourage me to just accept my situation. Then, some friends invite me on a bushwalk. [audio src="https://media.acast.com/brain-on-nature/ifsymptomspersist-accept/media.mp3"][/audio]

Continue Reading Episode 3 – If symptoms persist, accept

Episode 2 – The waiting room

The injury makes me reflect on what the load on my brain was like before the accident. I’m a journalist, my head’s full of work. I manage our household, wrangle our kids. My partner’s frantic running his arts organisation. I still keep a busy social life. I love late nights out in hectic loud bars drinking with friends. But after the accident I can’t do any of this! [audio src="https://media.acast.com/brain-on-nature/thewaitingroom/media.mp3"][/audio]

Continue Reading Episode 2 – The waiting room