From Afar

From Afar

From Afar, a podcast about long distance love, from tropical Australia to icy Antarctica. “How do we tackle the challenges that creep into our lives when we’re away from the person or people we love the most? How do we deal with isolation, loneliness, anxiety, unexpected danger and longing? And what happens when things go wrong” These are the questions that host, Lori Uden, asks herself when her husband Shaun gets a driving boats job in Antarctica, leaving her and their two kids Matilda 10 and Saxon 9, home in Darwin. “As we prepare for Shaun to depart, I realise I need to look beyond myself for the answers. So, I pack an audio recorder in with Shaun’s beanies and thermals, buy myself a fancy new mic, and we press record as we ask the ‘experts’ around us - our friends, neighbours and ship mates - how they do it.” Told through a mix of memoirs, audio diaries, interviews and soundscapes, From Afar submerges the listener in a story of love, adventure, fear and resilience spanning from Australia’s steamy tropical north to the freezing, dangerous waters of Antarctica. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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September 16, 2021 2 min

From Afar, a podcast about long distance love, from tropical Australia to icy Antarctica.


“How do we tackle the challenges that creep into our lives when we’re away from the person or people we love the most?

 

How do we deal with isolation, loneliness, anxiety, unexpected danger and longing? And what happens when things go wrong”

 

These are the questions that host, Lori Uden, asks herself when her husband Shaun gets a driving boats jo...

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“I feel really, really quite scared, at the same time as happy, at the same time as anxious, at the same time as, well, excited, at the same time as sad”, whispers 9 year-old Saxon as he prepares for his Dad to be away for the next few months.

 

Against a backdrop of cicadas, tropical bird song and monsoon downpours, the Uden family navigate the uncertainty and excitement of Shaun’s impending departure, and Lori asks the hard questio...

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October 4, 2021 34 min

I'm out on deck, the sun's just going down and it really feels good to actually throw the ropes off the ship and head to sea,” Shaun shouts above the sound of the wind.


Meanwhile, back in Darwin, it’s day one and the shit hits the fan... literally! From blocked toilets and monsoonal mould, to gigantic sparkling icebergs and elephant seal wallows, this episode explores why people choose to live and work in remote places, fac...

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October 11, 2021 45 min

Shaun’s due home in a few weeks, but each time Lori hears from him, through scratchy WhatsApp calls, it seems like there’s another hold up…in fact the ship can’t actually reach Mawson Station due to a thick band of sea ice…


Lori pushes down feelings of resentment and bitterness, and at the same time longs to see and touch her husband. She looks around for people who might be in the same boat. 


She runs into Nitesh and Silpi who long ...

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October 18, 2021 57 min

Things are looking up, it’s not long until the Uden family will be reunited … and then…there’s a serious engine room fire.


“The audio recorder is burning a hole in my pocket, and I feel like I need to do a debrief about what's taken place, but I'm sort of not sure where to start. I don't really know what to convey...” Shaun’s voice is stilted and unsure, against the backdrop of the ship creaking and rolling in the swell.


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October 25, 2021 46 min

In the final episode we follow Shaun’s last week at sea as he processes the traumatic few days after the fire, and tries to enjoy the final journey home.


While he’s chuffed to chat with Captain Jan, the Master of the vessel, and Sharon the voyage resupply coordinator, Shaun can’t help counting the days and hours until his feet hit dry land.


“We're just coming up to the port of Fremantle, my bags are packed and I'm just super ...

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