Luke And Susie Podcast



Luke and Susie explore faith, family, culture with a variety of guests, expert contributors and listeners five days a week. The show is available on radio stations across Australia and the podcast brings together the best bits with helpful advice and insight for personal development and a better family life.


  • Episode 1226 - Simon Griffiths

    11/05/2020 Duration: 18min

    On the podcast today, we are speaking Simon Griffiths, the co-founder and CEO of Who Gives a Crap, a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world.  What we love about Simon and his company is that he cares about the 2.3 billion people of the world who don’t have access to a proper toilet. So much so, that he sat on a toilet for 52 hours to raise $50,000 in crowd-funding donations!! We'll chat to him about what it's like to sit on a toilet that long, the work they are doing in developing countries and and how they have gone gang busters throughout the covid 19 'panic buying'! More details:    

  • Episode 1225 - Ivan Rudolf - The Life of John Flynn

    08/05/2020 Duration: 19min

    Today on the podcast we are speaking with Ivan Rudolf. He is the author of three amazing books about the founder of The Royal Flying Doctors service - John Flynn. We will chat about the heroic journey that Flynn and his band of friends took to open up Australia’s outback like never before. As well as  sharing the amazing stories of the nurses who so passionately felt called to go and live in harsh environments and serve with dignity and commitment. 

  • Episode 1224 - Casey Mackinlay, Girls Don't Lay Bricks

    08/05/2020 Duration: 22min

    We love a good inspirational story and Casey's is just that!  Casey Mackinlay was a VCAL student with a bricklaying apprenticeship when she became a teenage single mum with no idea what was ahead of her.  In this podcast, we'll find out more about her new book, Girls Don’t Lay Bricks. Casey will open up about her personal journey and the life and business lessons she learnt along the way. She was the only female working on a tradie site, having no qualifications in business to now becoming a CEO and delivering motivational talks to high school kids, young mums and aspiring business owners.  Her story is nothing short of inspirational!    

  • Episode 1223 - Tim Foreman from Switchfoot

    29/04/2020 Duration: 23min

    We had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Foreman from Switchfoot on the podcast today.  We'll find out what it was like growing up for the Foreman brothers, how covid 19 and isolation is effecting Tim and the rest of the band, what their new single "Joy Invincible" is all about and how he ended up buying 3 trampolines instead of one!

  • Episode 1222 - The Beanies

    29/04/2020 Duration: 12min

    If you have kids and haven't heard of 'The Beanies' yet, you're in for a great surprise! They are an engaging and energetic Australian children’s music band who have just signed with ABC Kids Music and released their fourth album ‘Full of Beans’! On the podcast we'll chat to Michael about their brand new single and video, ‘Quarantunes’ – showing kids what quarantining looks like and helping kids and families celebrate the fun part of quarantining by partying around the living room singing quarantunes! Band members Laura, Mim and Michael understand the value of play and now have four albums out, including their 2019 ARIA nominated release ‘Imagination Station’ which we will chat more about in this podcast.  

  • Episode 1221 - Lego Masters - Damian

    29/04/2020 Duration: 11min

    Luke and Susie are both big fans of the Channel 9 series, Lego Masters and the contestants Damian and Andrew have been a favourite in our household! On this podcast we'll chat to Damian about his experiences on the show and what it was like behind the scenes... About Damian and Andrew For best friends and LEGO® lovers Damian, 43, and Andrew, 49, LEGO MASTERS could not have been a more fitting competition to take part in — they're two big kids who are extremely strategic with their builds. Andrew and Damian love to discuss every little detail before embarking on their creations. They love being able to put their creative minds together to design new builds. Although he can find multi-tasking difficult, Damian is determined to be working to the best of his ability, taking advantage of his eye for detail and desire to have a job well done. A lifelong LEGO builder, Damian's earliest memories revolve around what has become a lot more than just a hobby. The bricks have been his favourite toy since he was six years

  • Episode 1220- Emma Watkins, The Yellow Wiggle

    20/04/2020 Duration: 17min

    On the podcast today, Susie is especially excited to speak with the 'bowtiful' Emma Watkins, otherwise known as "The Yellow Wiggle" or "Emma Wiggle" from the children's group, The Wiggles. We'll chat to Emma about their fun new song about, "Social Distancing," how they're dealing with isolation in Wiggle land, and the challenges they are facing recording a new series with a smaller team and having to keep their social distance. We will also go back and find out what it was like for Emma adjusting to being the first female wiggle, how the public reacted was and how she got to where she is today. Please rate, review and share if you enjoy this podcast :)

  • Episode 1219 - Shae Byrnes - Grace Over Grind

    17/04/2020 Duration: 34min

    If you're tired of 'the grind,' day in day out and always feeling like there isn't enough time, you have to listen to this podcast. Today we are catching up with Shae Byrnes, a passionate storyteller, mentor and author of the inspirational new book, "Grace Over Grind." After reading Grace Over Grind, Luke was brought to tears over and over and it completely transformed his thinking.  Shae's life and business were completely transformed through the power of encountering the unrelenting love of God. She is on a mission to help other people experience God’s best in their business and family lives. In this podcast, we aren't afraid to get personal and vulnerable as we discuss how to turn your back on "the grind" and transform your thinking.  Shae will challenge you, shift your thinking, and transform the way that you work so that you can glorify God and experience immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine in your business. We hope this podcast is as inspiring to you as it was to us.  

  • Episode 1218 - Kayley Chu - Lunch with 100 Strangers

    07/04/2020 Duration: 16min

    In the podcast today we are chatting to Kayley Chu, a remarkable lady who learnt how to push herself out of her comfort zone. Finding herself in a humiliating situation because of her shyness, Kayley decided something had to change and pushed herself to accomplish an incredible challenge - to have lunch with one hundred complete strangers! She has now written a book about her experience and what came next completely changed Kaley’s life. We'll chat to her about how this challenge changed her confidence, her family's life and her own life!    

  • Episode 1217 - Nona Jones - Success from the Inside Out

    06/04/2020 Duration: 07min

    Nona Jones was riding high in her career when God told her to quit her job. Minutes after handing in her notice, Facebook called. Today she’s the company’s head of faith-based partnerships and on first-name terms with Mark Zuckerberg. But it wasn't all roses, throughout life's journey, Nona had to overcome some pretty terrible trauma and she writes about how she was able to overcome this difficult time and forgive in her new book, "Success from the Inside Out" As Nona writes, "I've discovered that the only thing stronger than the power trauma has to change you is the power you reclaim when you acknowledge its effect on you."  We had the privilege of speaking with her about her journey and how she was able to gain healing from the past to move forward with freedom and hope into the future.

  • Episode 1216 - Nicola Moras, Social Media Expert

    06/04/2020 Duration: 10min

    Today we are speaking with social media expert, Nicola Moras about how we can use social media the best way during this unsettling time. There is ALLOT of information online and many of us are being fed most of our information on social media. It can be hard to tell the difference between facts and fake news. We'll chat to our social media expert, Nicola Moras, about how we can discern what is good information and what is bad information.  More details on Nicola:

  • Episode 1215: For King and Country, Together: A Night of Hope

    27/03/2020 Duration: 08min

    On this podcast we are speaking with Joel Smallbone from For King and Country to find out some really exciting news! They are no longer able to tour so they have been working hard on something special, a free online concert! Join us in your own home as they play split-screen for “TOGETHER: A Night of Hope.” They'll be FaceTiming and getting insights from friends Kathie Lee Gifford & Kirk Franklin, along with others around the world! Saturday morning 28th March, 10am AEST. Join them here >>> Check out the podcast for all the details!

  • Episode 1214 - Adam Brand

    16/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    On today's podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with multi award winning country music artist, and all round great guy, Adam Brand for the second time on the show, in person as he joins us in the Luke and Susie studio. A lot has happened since we last spoke with Adam including becoming a Dad and welcoming the birth of his first child, a beautiful baby girl, as well as the release of his brand new album, "Speed of Life".  As Adam describes it, “The whole experience of making this album was a vastly different experience to all the other albums I’ve done in the last 20 years. It was a calm and stress free process and I put that down to the place in life I’m at. I felt no pressure in putting this album together… no urgency to find that big hit song… to be honest I let my heart guide me this time, and my heart was full of the wonderful notion of my baby girl who was about to be born. I whole heartedly believe she gave me that calmness and clarity in knowing what I wanted to sing about this time around." We'l

  • Episode 1213 - Sandie Docker - The Banksia Bay Beach Shack

    12/03/2020 Duration: 12min

    We caught up with our friend and author, Sandie Docker who just just brought out her newest novel, "The Banksia Bay Beach Shack". We'll chat with Sandie about why she calls herself a "pantser" and what that actually means (I think Luke can relate) as well as exploring the rollercoaster of what it's like to be published and of course all about her latest book. In this novel she explores the bonds of female friendship and multigenerational relationships on a fictional Australian seaside town. As always, Sandie has drawn from personal experience and current social issues to take readers on an exciting journey through love, hope and grief.

  • Episode 1215 - John Madison - Financial Expert

    11/03/2020 Duration: 23min

    The coronavirus fears spreading around the world can cause a huge economic impact. On the podcast today, we will catch up with financial expert and #1 Amazon best-selling author John Madison.  “ Fears of a spreading coronavirus disrupting the supply chain for goods traded around the world have raised concerns that company profits will suffer.  This concern for lost 2020 profits is driving down the price of shares. Standing sell orders have been triggered, leading to more selling and even lower prices.  Investors whose portfolio didn’t match their risk tolerance often sell from fear in these times, locking in losses, because the losses are too large for them to accept.  This is why it is so important for people to build a portfolio suitable for their own personal needs, not follow the investing advice of a television analyst.” Madison offers many investing tips in his new book, “The Steward Plan: Understanding God’s Design for your Finances.” Madison combines three decades of experience in financial planning w

  • Episode 1212 - Kirsten Alexander - Riptides

    11/03/2020 Duration: 14min

    We are catching up with author, Kirsten Alexander to chat about her second novel, Riptides.  Riptides is a thriller combining both crime and historical fiction. Offering insight into human indecision and grief in the face of trauma. It looks at what happens when our worst impulses take over and the consequences it could have. It really makes you think about how your life choices can have an impact on your future and others. Synopsis Abby Campbell and her brother Charlie are driving to their father’s farm on a country road when they swerve into the path of another car, forcing it into a tree. The pregnant driver is killed instantly. Charlie is jet lagged from his Bali flight and too much beer. Abby is exhausted from caring for her two kids alone while her journalist husband Mark investigates a nearby commune. They decide to flee the scene. But only once they drive away, leaving her body in a ditch to be discovered by police, do they realise who the woman was. As Charlie and Abby become further embroiled in t

  • Episode 1210 - Bethany Hamilton - Unstoppable

    11/03/2020 Duration: 18min

    We have the privilege of speaking with pro surfer, Bethany Hamilton who is currently in Australia to promote her latest film, 'Unstoppable' and compete in the World qualifying series. We'll also cover the important topics, like what it's like to be in Australia right in the middle of the "great toilet paper shortage"... The movie, Unstoppable is about determination and Bethany's story, who at age 13 was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost Hamilton her left arm. Not only did she survive the attack, she was back on the competitive surfing circuit less than a year later! Now more than a decade later, Bethany is now a mother, and is undertaking her greatest challenge: chasing a toddler and the biggest wave of her career. BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE is the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time. Bethany Hamilton is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless at

  • Episode 1211 - Kawi Strong Washburn - Author

    11/03/2020 Duration: 14min

    Today we are speaking with author, Kawai Strong Washburn. He was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawaii and currently living He with his wife and daughter in the Bay Area of California. We are chatting with him about his first novel, 'Sharks in the time of Saviours'. This book is all about place and culture, home and belonging and on family and expectations. We'll also cover his love for T-Rex jokes, eg: "You know T-Rex could never get coronavirus, cause he could never touch their face with their hands", his background in software engineering and why he is 'mortal enemies with ear wax (that's his words)...    

  • Minnie Darke - The Lost Love Song

    25/02/2020 Duration: 16min

    Danielle Wood is an Australian author, working out of a timber caravan in her backyard and she writes however she wants! Writing as Minnie Darke, her debut novel, "Star Crossed" received incredible acclaim, including winning the Margaret Scott People's Choice Award. It has now been published in over 30 countries and options for a miniseries. Her next book, "The Lost Love Song" is built on the premise of a song finding the ears of the one it was written for, but touching the lives of so many others along the way.

  • Episode 1208: Dami Im - Marching On

    25/02/2020 Duration: 16min

    For most of us, our first encounter with Dami Im was through X Factor in 2013.  Long before that, though, Dami was honing her craft from learning piano from five years old, to studying at the Young Conservatorium of Music program at eleven. Now, Dami has represented Australia at Eurovision and has built an incredibly successful career, performing globally. Her new song, Marching On, is an anthem for women, inspired by her mother.

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