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I'm Fiona the host of the podcast! I was inspired to create this podcast from my original role as volunteer at a cat sanctuary in Rome. It was the place I fell in love with an amazing FIV cat called Gianburrasca who was the love of my life. I love cats more than anything else in the world. They are what makes the world beautiful inspiring and magical! I know there are so many amazing cats in the world but behind every cat there is also an amazing human who can share their story! I believe in ...
 
Incredible conversations with classical musicians about feelings (YES!), finding their value and career transitions. Meet professional classical musicians now thriving as entrepreneurs, master craftsmen, counsellors, personal trainers, software developers, lawyers and more more. We need to NORMALISE the reality of underemployment, unemployment, career pivots and exits for classical musicians. Are you with me? Think classical musicians only make music? Think again. #changeyourtune
 
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Island Idylls

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Island Idylls

Barry Menikoff, Aaron Menikoff

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Island Idylls riffs on books and life with Barry Menikoff. Author of Stone Mother, Brooklyn born and bred, retired Hawaii university professor, international scholar. Evangelical pastor Aaron Menikoff, author of Politics and Piety, spices this dialogue between father and son. Both chasing that elusive line in an old song, What's it all about, Alfie?
 
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Beyond The Stage

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Beyond The Stage

3MBS Fine Music Melbourne

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3MBS Fine Music - Melbourne and Susan de Weger of Notable Values are delighted to launch Beyond the Stage. This new podcast features 30 minute interviews with highly trained musicians who have built successful careers in law, medicine and business. We share their career stories, how music education is a unique and valuable training for career success in any industry, their transitional skills and how they maintain a musical life and identity.
 
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Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! Thanks to Nicholas and Emma for their suggestions this week as we learn about some (nearly) indestructible animals! Further listening: Patreon episode about Metal Animals (unlocked, no login required) Further reading: Even a car can’t kill this beetle. Here’s why The scaly-…
 
Kate studied music at Manchester University. Whilst at uni she took a part-time job at The Bridgewater Hall, a concert hall in Manchester. There, she fell in love with ticketing, data and technology and is now Strategy Director at Supercool, a digital design agency working in the cultural sector. QUOTES I have an overview of a lot of different aspe…
 
Sometimes in life you may hope for a moment when you can speak to someone truly special and I feel so honoured and lucky to have spent over 2 and a half hours with my next guest. They say some people are born golden because they have beautiful hearts & even more beautiful souls, this is the only way to describe Chris Poole. He is one of the gems of…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! A big birthday shout-out to Penelope this week! Thanks to Isaac for this week’s topic suggestion. We’re learning all about the sable and sable antelope! Further reading (mostly for the pictures since there’s not much content otherwise): Woman Rescues This Sable from Becomin…
 
A former opera singer and self-taught live illustrator, Sarah Nisbett loves to draw the people, places and things she encounters “on the way.” Her Drawn On The Way project is helping people find the extraordinary in the everyday and to see themselves and others as works of art. Read the transcript. QUOTES “I learned how to draw on the New York subw…
 
This episode is dedicated to the amazing Ashley who is mom to Dan a paralysed kitty who is living his best and fullest life ever thanks to her care and love!! Dan was adopted by Ashley and he was her first experience with a special needs cat but she knew she wanted to open up her heart and home to a special needs kitty and give them a wonderful lif…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! A big birthday shout-out this week to Yori!!! I was fortunate enough to visit the country of Belize in December and saw lots of amazing animals! I’ve chosen four to highlight in this week’s episode. Further reading: There may be more bird species in the tropics than we know…
 
First of all Happy New Years Eve and welcome to this episode of the podcast! The final one of 2021! I recently put a shout out asking if there were any people interested in being featured on my show. I received a lovely message from Bash asking if he could be a guest and I immediately said yes! All that was left to happen was to arrange a mutual ti…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! Further reading: Million-year-old mammoth genomes shatter record for oldest ancient DNA Mammoth Genome Project (with pictures of cave art and ancient carvings of mammoths) The most famous cave painting of a mammoth, from a cave in France: Sivatherium: Show transcript: Welco…
 
Kris Kaiser is the foster mom of sweet little Snapple the star cat of our Christmas Miracle episode!! Snapple's story is one which is heart-warming and perfect for not only the festive season but all year round. Snapple is a beautiful young tuxedo cat who was spared from euthanasia because his foster mom simply gave him a chance to live. Being born…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! Thanks to Ethan and Simon this week for their suggestions! This week we’re looking at some extinct reptiles that each have a little something extra (and unexpected). Further reading: Two Extinct Flying Reptiles Compared Cretaceous ‘Four-Limbed Snake’ Turns Out To Be Long-Bo…
 
Figaro was found outside in January of 2019 with severe facial trauma. He was brought to the vet for care and surgery to try and save his life. Puppy Kitty NY City was the organisation who took on the care of Figaro and whilst he was recovering in the clinic Meagan was visiting him and was going to be the one fostering him until he found a home. Ar…
 
Thanks to Elaine for suggesting the saola this week! Further reading: The saola: rushing to save the most ‘spectacular zoological discovery’ of the 20th century Striped rabbit revealed in Laos forest Saola horns: A saola from a 1999 camera trap (photo taken from link above): A female saola (named Martha) who unfortunately only survived in captivity…
 
Well what can you say about Shannon Jay.... he is everything a hero should be and a little bit more!!!! Shannon Jay is an ex law enforcement officer who has now retired and when the need arises he will drive hours to enter the burn zones of Fire affected areas to rescue and locate cats who are missing, injured and often hours away from death. Shann…
 
Ingrid Martin is a highly sought after conductor and music educator. Ingrid trained in Medicine at Monash University and worked as an emergency physician while maintaining a busy musical life as a Conductor, Horn Player and Violinist. A decision to further her conducting training meant relocating to the University of Minnesota where she completed a…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! This week let’s learn about a weird marine worm and its extinct ancestor! Further reading: Eunice aphroditois is a rainbow, terrifying The 20-million-year-old lair of an ambush-predatory worm preserved in northeast Taiwan Here’s the money shot of the sand striker with its j…
 
Joel Carnegie is an award winning broadcaster, documentary maker, performer and founder of the international media production house The Space Company. Joel pursued a Performance Degree on Horn from the University of Melbourne and Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Austria, and post graduate study in Communications and Media at RMIT before b…
 
Well what can you say about Shannon Jay.... he is everything a hero should be and a little bit more!!!! Shannon Jay is an ex law enforcement officer who has now retired and when the need arises he will drive hours to enter the burn zones of Fire affected areas to rescue and locate cats who are missing, injured and often hours away from death. Shann…
 
Jennika Anthony-Shaw is a Barrister who held the position of Project Manager and Commercial Group Proceedings Coordinator for the Supreme Court of Victoria. Jennika has performance degrees from McGill University and the Manhattan School of Music and built a successful freelance career as a global trotting Cellist before embarking upon the path that…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! Thanks to Zachary for suggesting this topic! Let’s learn about some sightings of what look like miniature theropod dinosaurs running around in the American Southwest! Further reading: All About Birds: Wild Turkey A collared lizard running (photo by Joe McDonald from this pa…
 
Katherine Norman is the Senior Account Manager, Presenter Services at Arts Centre Melbourne and is responsible for the logistics of over 3,000 events across their 6 venues each year. Katherine pursued degrees in Biochemistry and Music before embarking on a career in venue management which saw her work as Usher Manager at the Royal Opera House in Co…
 
Raphael Fimm is an award winning composer and orchestrator. Originally born in Germany Raphael moved to Vienna where he currently resides. Raphael describes himself as being late to the music world and yet what he has achieved in his life so far is remarkable. Raphael plays piano and it is his first love but also violin too. He found a passion in c…
 
Katey Brooks is originally from Bristol but now resides in Manchester. She grew up knowing that music was a way to share her feelings and emotions. Through the gift of music and song she has shared some of her life with her fans. Katey has played on large stages such as Glastonbury and WOMAD and has been lucky enough to perform all over the world. …
 
Dave Melgaard leads a team of testing experts at Idea Science to find optimum solutions for clients and strengthen testing capabilities. Before that, he studied Trumpet at the VCA, Melbourne University and the Royal College of Music in London. He held the position of Trumpet Master with the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra before retur…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! This week let’s look at some animals that have evolved rapidly to adapt to human-caused environmental pressures. Thanks to Otto and Pranav for their suggestions! Further reading: Long-term changes of plumage between urban and rural populations of white-crowned sparrows (Zon…
 
Tony Prochazka pursued a non-conformist training in both medicine and music. He interrupted his medical career to study Jazz Guitar at the VCA, having played Cello with the Australian Youth Orchestra during his schooling. He studied Classical Cello in Germany and London before building a successful career in cosmetic surgery. QUOTES “By the end of …
 
Joy Smith along with her sister Jann set up Fieldhaven Feline Centre back in 2003. It wasn't quite what it is now and back then consisted of a humble barn and small number of cats. However, the mission and the sentiment behind the work was the same and it was created to save and enrich the lives of cats. Since those humble beginnings Fieldhaven has…
 
Tony Gray lives and works in remote Numbulwar, where he is Managing Director and Pilot at AiRemote. Tony designs and delivers development programs in Arnhem Land and Indonesia. Prior to his life as a social entrepreneur, Tony was a professional musician in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Music (Improvisation) on Double Bass from the VCA. QUOTES T…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo! This week let’s look at a scientific mystery: what caused the golden toad to go extinct, and is it still alive after all? Further reading: A deadly fungus is killing frogs, but the bacteria on their skin could protect them The male golden toad: The female golden toad (photo…
 
As former CEO of the Grattan Institute, John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990. He has 20 years’ experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate ro…
 
This is an incredible episode where I had the pleasure of speaking with Katharine Parsons from Ravenshoe Media. Katharine is the director of the upcoming documentary movie "The Fire Cats" (not yet released but which has been submitted to several festivals) and I am sure this is going to be selected by many of them and hopefully will be a winner of …
 
After a career as principal horn player with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and guest principal with many other orchestras in Australia and overseas, Geoff Collinson found his true calling as a teacher and headed up the brass department at The University of Melbourne. 10 years ago, the digital world provided opportunities to solve proble…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo!Thanks to Richard from NC for his suggestion that leads us to learn about some interesting seals!Further reading:Mystery of Siberian freshwater seal food choice solvedUnder Antarctica's ice, Weddell seals produce ultrasonic vocalizationsFurther listening/watching:Rarely-hear…
 
Kylie Weston-Scheuber is a Melbourne-based barrister specialising in commercial and administrative law. Through her previous employment, she has extensive experience as an advocate, including in contested hearings, trials, sentences and appeals. She has a PhD in law from the Australian National University. Kylie is available to accept briefs in Vic…
 
This episode is dedicated to Eli the amazing mom of Dusty who is a campfire survivor. Dusty was caught up in the devastating campfire of 2018. At this time the campfire was one of the most destructive and deadly in the history of California and tragically killed around 85 people and unknown numbers of wildlife and many cats. During this campfire du…
 
What can you say about Pen Farthing....??? Some view him as a national hero for the work he has carried out to help and save animals but in the recent months the British Media have had nothing but a target on his back. Pen Farthing comes from a military background most recently serving in Afghanistan. It was there he encountered a special dog (he l…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo!We're down to the last few days to back our Kickstarter!We've got a slightly different type of episode this week. Follow along as I try to find out more about the giant jellyfish that nearly sank a ship!Further reading:Kraken: Monster of the DeepA lion's mane jellyfish:A gia…
 
After 20 years in the music business, Robert Simonds resigned as principal second violinist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2021. He is now a MC/MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is seeking to merge his performing arts experience with public service. QUOTES “I wanted to leave the stage on my own terms.” “…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Frances who is the mom of Courage and who lives in Seattle. Courage's story is one which is more than difficult to swallow and makes her mom choke up even to this day just thinking about it. It is a story of cruelty but also of hope and survival and that there is always good in the worl…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo!Happy Halloween! Let's learn about some shapeshifters of folklore, including the werewolf and kitsune (thanks to Joel, Pranav, and Emma!), and a real-life shapeshifter.Don't forget the Kickstarter, as if I'd let you forget it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kateshaw/be…
 
After a decade and a half as a London-based freelance cellist, Patrick Tapio Johnson has retrained and has just commenced his first role as a software engineer with General Assembly. He hopes this will enable him to provide real, meaningful help to people, while solving some cool problems in the process. QUOTES “After the pandemic, things changed o…
 
In this episode I chatted with the lovely Katherine from Blind Cat Rescue in North Carolina. Blind Cat Rescue sounds like just an ordinary and normal blind cat shelter but if you are thinking this then you are mistaken! This special place takes care of not only blind cats but cats who are FIV+ and FELV+. The sanctuary was set up in 2005 by the foun…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo!Don't forget our Kickstarter! I can't believe it reached its funding goal THE FIRST DAY!We're getting so close to Halloween! This week we'll learn about Mothman! Is it a moth? Is it a ghostly entity from another world? Is it a bird? (hint: it's probably a bird)Sandhill crane…
 
Andrew Schwartz holds a degree from the University of Hartford and pursued a Masters from The Manhattan School of Music in Tuba Performance. He received an MBA from Georgia State University and now works in marketing insights for Central Garden & Pet. He lives in Decatur, GA with his wife and daughter. QUOTES “I could see orchestras filing for bank…
 
In this episode I chatted with Courtney who is the face of Poets Square Cats. What or who is Poets Square Cats...? well it is a semi feral cat colony in Tucson, Arizona and Courtney is the incredible young woman taking care of this colony in her own neighbourhood. Courtney's journey is almost one of chance for moving home meant she became familiar …
 
In a world that is continuously updating and creating new technology some are quick to point out the negative impact that it has had on society since its inception. However, a lot of what has kept us connected (and sometimes even sane) throughout this pandemic period has been some sort of technology. Heather Smith, is the Founder of StoryFile, a re…
 
Dr Katie Lawlor is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Pet Loss. She helps those who are battling with the pain of losing their loved ones. Since we are all animal lovers it is something we have all experienced at some time in our lives or will experience at one time in the future unfortunately. Animals live shorter lives than us and so its …
 
Sign up for our mailing list! We also have t-shirts and mugs with our logo!Don't forget the Kickstarter, as if I'd let you forget it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kateshaw/beyond-bigfoot-and-nessieOur next monster for monster month is the devil-pig! It's probably not a devil although it might be a pig.The Asian tapir and its remarkable snoo…
 
Lisa Kobialka has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging trials in different venues across the country and handled more than 200 litigations. She counsels and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex intellectual property litigation, including trials and evidentiary hearings in numerous jurisdictions across the United Sta…
 
In todays episode I had the pleasure to chat to Mick who is the dad of the world famous Oskar the Blind cat - yes you will know him from his viral video where he was fighting the air from the hairdryer!! SO cute and so fun! Mick at that time had set up his you tube channel to upload videos of his cats for his family members to see them growing and …
 
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