Podcast: Damien Cave on How Moving to Australia Changed His Relationship with Risk

Podcast: Damien Cave on How Moving to Australia Changed His Relationship with Risk

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New York Times Journalist and author Damien Cave talks to Cheryl about his move to Australia, and how it changed the way he and his family approach risk. His latest book, Into the Rip, is out now.

About the author:

Damien Cave has worked for the New York Times since 2004. He and his wife Diana were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008 with a team in Baghdad, when covering the Iraq war. Australian Bureau Chief since 2017, he’s travelled the country and interviewed many well-known people; he also covered the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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Publisher details

Into the Rip
Author
Damien Cave
Publisher
Simon and Schuster
Genre
Non Fiction
Released
29 September, 2021
ISBN
9781760857097

Synopsis

When Damien Cave brought his young family to Sydney to set up the New York Times’ Australian Bureau, they encountered the local pursuits of Nippers and surfing – and a completely different approach to risk that changed the way they lived their lives.Damien Cave has always been fascinated by risk. Having covered the war in Iraq and moved to Mexico City with two babies in nappies, he and his wife Diana thought they understood something about the subject.But when they arrived in Sydney so that Cave could establish The New York Times’s Australia Bureau, life near the ocean confronted them with new ideas and questions, at odds with their American mindset that risk was a matter of individual choices. Surf-lifesaving and Nippers showed that perhaps it could be managed together, by communities. And instead of being either eliminated or romanticised, it might instead be respected and even embraced.And so Cave set out to understand how our current attitude to risk developed – and why it’s not necessarily good for us.Into the Rip is partly the story of this New York family learning to live better by living with the sea and it is partly the story of how humans manage the idea of risk. Interviewing experts and everyday heroes, Cave asks critical questions like: Is safety overrated? Why do we miscalculate risk so often and how can we improve? Is it selfish to take risks or can more exposure make for stronger families, citizens and nations? And how do we factor in legitimate fears and major disasters like Cave has covered in his time here: the Black Summer fires; the Christchurch massacre; and, of course, Covid?
Damien Cave
About the author

Damien Cave

Damien Cave has worked for the NYT since 2004. He and his wife Diana were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008 with a team in Baghdad, when covering the Iraq war. Australian Bureau Chief since 2017, he’s travelled the country and interviewed many well-known people; he also covered the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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