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Dust to Dust

April 26th, 2015

Episode 783 of 3777 episodes

Singer-songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith reveals the life and death stories behind his cycle of songs Dust of Uruzgan written during his time working alongside the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan. The first Australian diplomat posted to the southern province of Uruzgan in 2009, Fred returned home after an 18-month tour of duty with a powerful set of stories and songs exploring the complex and contested Anzac legacy through the lens of contemporary combat experiences.