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Mia Freedman has no filter. Not in life, not in work, not ever. This is a podcast where she chats to interesting people about their careers, their families, and what makes them tick. It’s a one on one conversation with no filter. Nothing is off limits. From the dressing rooms of famous media faces, to the offices of some of Australia's most powerful minds, Mia takes you there. Unedited, unabashed, unfiltered.

Episodes

Cameron Daddo Has Still Got It  

25 years ago Cameron Daddo was the bloke every teenage girl in the 80's wanted to marry. He was the host of dating show Perfect Match, a multiple Logie winner, and he even released an album. Then, he married Dolly cover girl Alison Brahe and moved to America. Which is where things got interesting. Their marriage fell apart. But because this was the early 90s and pre-Internet, Alison and Cameron got to shrug off the mantle of being Australia's golden couple and work out their crap far from the eyes of the public. How they did that is a fascinating story, as is Cameron’s experience of going from a rolled gold Aussie icon and heartthrob to a door to door salesman…..and back again.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Cameron Daddo

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

The Executive Producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley.

You can buy Mia's book, Work Strife Balance, or any book mentioned on our podcasts from iBooks at apple.co/mamamia, where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

CONTACT US

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This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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Lily Bailey and The Secret Routines of OCD  

Obsessive compulsive disorder is one of those things that people often joke about. Like, “You should see her desk at work; she's totally OCD". Or "I eat the same breakfast every day because I'm OCD."

Actual OCD is very different. It can derail and even destroy your life. That's very nearly what happened to 23-year-old old model Lily Bailey. Hers manifested as a voice in her head when she was a child. She became convinced that she did horrible things that people noticed; convinced she had killed someone with a thought, and she would spend hours compiling lists of her imagined wrongdoings each day.

When she was certain her parents had fallen asleep, the little girl would begin climbing up and down the stairs until her feet ached, or saying a sequence of letters over and over again, or tip toeing into her sister’s room to lay her ear against her sister’s chest to listen for her heartbeat.

Lily concealed it all from her parents, and her friends until she couldn't anymore.

Lily wants to help others who have OCD, and to help those of us who don’t to better understand it.

 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Lily Bailey

Buy Lily's book Because We Are Bad at apple.co/mamamia

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

The Executive Producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley

Help is always available

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Beyondblue - telephone and online counselling 1300 22 4636

Anxiety Recovery Centre - Telephone:1300 269 438

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Debbie Malone is a Psychic Investigator  

Debbie Malone says she 'saw dead people' as a child but found a way to shut them out. Then, after experiencing six near-death experiences in 1992, she began to reconnect to the spirit world and decided to put her visions to use. Now she works with the police as a psychic medium who can be used to pick up information that may provide new lines of inquiry in an unsolved crime... Whether you're a believer or a sceptic, Mia's conversation with Debbie is fascinating and strange. 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Debbie Malone

Debbie Malone is the author of Clues from Beyond: True crime stories from Australia’s #1 Psychic detective (Rockpool Publishing $29.99), now available at all good book stores and apple.co/mamamia, and this is where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

The Executive Producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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Whatever happened to the original Aussie supermodel Alison Brahe?  

If you’re a woman of a certain age, the name Alison Brahe will make you squeal. Or at least step back in time to the 80's and 90's when she was on the cover of Dolly. And Cleo. And Cosmo. And then she married Australia’s most eligible bachelor, Cameron Daddo, who was the host of the dating show, Perfect Match. They were the Brad and Jen of Australia; the golden couple of their time. Now, after 25 years out of the country, and the spotlight - Alison is back home with her family. She sat down with Mia to talk about how modelling harmed her self esteem, what happened when her marriage to Cameron broke down for a year and what she plans on doing now she is home. 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Alison Brahe Daddo.

Buy any books mentioned in our podcast at ibooks at apple.co/mamamia, and this is where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

The Executive Producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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Tina Arena is Making Her Own Rules.  

Tina Arena was the child star who could. From her days as a 9-year-old on Young Talent Time, she matured into one of Australia's most successful singer/songwriters.
Now, 40 years after she first appeared on TV, 'Tiny Tina' reflects on the sacrifices she made. From working 6 days a week, 52 weeks of the year during her Young Talent Time tenure, to making it big in Europe after realising Chains, the 49-year-old is philosophical about the journey that made her.  
With an attitude to life that will surprise and delight, Tina Arena talks marriage, the music industry and menopause, and proves why she is such an enduring Australian success story.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Tina Arena. 

See all Tina's Tour dates here: http://www.tinaarena.com/tours/

And buy Tina's book Now I Can Dance  from ibooks at apple.co/mamamia, and this is where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

The Executive Producer of podcasts is Monique Bowley

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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Sally Obermeder is Lit From Within  

Pregnancy has never been easy for Sally Obermeder. In 2011, with the help of IVF, she fell pregnant. Nine months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She gave birth to baby Annabelle and then underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy and two mastectomies, all while raising a newborn. After getting the all clear, Sally knew she wanted another child. The only problem was she couldn't have one. So with just four embryos she turned to surrogacy. In this interview, Sally is extremely open about the struggles that she’s had and how it was all worth it when her second daughter Elyssa came into the world.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Sally Obermeder. Find her frozen smoothie packs in Coles and Woolworths

You can buy Sally’s books, from ibooks at apple.co/mamamia, and this is where you can also subscribe to all our other shows in one place.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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Roxane Gay is The Original Bad Feminist  

A lot of planning has to go into a visit from best-selling author, college professor and writer Roxane Gay. Will she fit into the office lift? How many steps will she have to take to get to the interview? Is there a comfortable chair that will accommodate her six-foot-three, 'super-morbidly-obese' frame? None of this is disclosed with a mean spirit, it's part of what Roxane writes about in her new book Hunger, and what she talks about with Mia in this interview. It's about realising that not everyone fits comfortably into the world just as we expect them to. Hunger is not one of those happy tales that has a beaming photo of her on the cover, standing in one giant leg of her old pants. It’s also not just a story about obesity. It’s an extraordinary look at the trauma that triggered her to very deliberately gain weight.

‘Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body' by Roxane Gay is published by Hachette Australia on 13 June’ Available via Booktopia 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to Roxane Gay

Head to apple.co/mamamia to find a copy of Mia's book Work Strife Balance and Roxane's book Hunger

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff

CONTACT US

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Maggie Alderson on fiction, Anna Wintour and fashion after 40  

Maggie Alderson is a lot of things. She’s a former fashion magazine editor, mother-of-one, cancer survivor, and columnist. She’s stood behind Anna Wintour in the queue for the toilets at Fashion week in Milan. Written ten novels. And given some of the best fashion advice, Australia has ever seen. But Maggie Alderson is so much more than fashion and fiction. She opens up about being invisible when you hit 40, her worries about having an only child, and why she will never get botox.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to Maggie Alderson

Head to apple.co/mamamia to find a copy of Mia's book Work Strife Balance and Maggie's latest novel The Scent of You.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff

CONTACT US

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Leigh Sales and Mia Freedman: Work, Strife, Balance and Friendship.  

This episode is a bit different. Instead of asking the inappropriate questions, Mia Freedman is answering them. Yep, she's in the hot seat. Sitting across from one of the world’s most formidable interviewers and journalists, Leigh Sales, talking about her new book Work Strife Balance. And, it's pretty epic. This was recorded in front of 300 people, and unlike most of her interviews, you’ll see a very different side of Leigh - she’s hilarious, warm, loves a laugh, sometimes gets teary and is a true woman’s woman. Listening to this interview you’ll get the sense of what it’s like to be friends with her. You'll also hear some of Mia's tips from Work Strife Balance. 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to Leigh Sales

Head to apple.co/mamamia to find a copy of Mia's book Work Strife Balance. 

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Podcast Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Susan Carland On Being A Muslim Feminist  

There are many assumptions made about Muslim women. That they are oppressed. Repressed. Distressed.  Depressed. Victims of a religion that persecutes them. That there is no way you can be a Muslim and a feminist.

Susan Carland disagrees.  A devout Muslim woman, she converted from Christianity when she was a teenager.  Now an academic, she has been fighting assumptions ever since. In her book Fighting Hislam - Women, Faith and Sexism, she argues that there are Muslim women who are fighting for gender equality inside their faith and that being Muslim and a feminist are not mutually exclusive.

This interview explores the difference between culture and religion, why Muslim's aren't a monolith, and why Islam and feminism can - despite popular opinion - co-exist. 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to Susan Carland

Her book is Fighting Hislam; Women, Faith and Sexism. Published by Melbourne University Press

This podcast was produced by Monique Bowley

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Podcast Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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What Happens When Your Daughter With a Disability Grows Up?  

Vanessa Cranfield learned her baby girl had down syndrome on the day she was born. While the doctors and nurses ushered her husband out of the room to tell him, the young mum was faced with a dawning reality; and a lifetime of unknowns. 

Gretel is now in her early twenties, with two other siblings. This is a beautiful, candid interview about parenting a child with a disability. About what no one tells you; the raw and the beautiful parts. About how sometimes, people come into your life to teach you something. And why we should all aim to have a little more colour in our life.


Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Vanessa Cranfield

Check out South of The Border's website

And Instagram.

This podcast was produced by Monique Bowley and Elissa Ratliff

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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The Secret Life of Samuel Johnson  

Samuel Johnson has two sisters, one Gold Logie and some frozen sperm sitting in a freezer at a clinic somewhere in Melbourne.  Across his career, he's been in all the iconic shows of the 90s; Home and Away, Blue Heelers, Halifax FP and The Secret Life Of Us. But despite his success on screen, he's had a lot of personal tragedy and hardship in his life. Drugs. Booze. Mothers and girlfriends that have both died. And now his big sister, fighting her hardest not to.

He was just 10 years old when Connie was diagnosed with cancer for the first time and it was the return of that cancer a few years ago that changed both of their lives - and the lives of hundreds of thousands of other women.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Samuel Johnson. 

Check out Love Your Sister

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff & Kelly Glover 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

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This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Chloe Shorten: How To Blend A Family  

When Chloe Shorten separated from her husband of 10 years, she was paranoid it would somehow affect her two young children. Then, when she remarried Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and blended her family, she got even more paranoid. So, she went hunting for help. For books, for studies, for information about the best way to do everything from “the talk” when you sit your kids down to tell them their Mum and Dad aren’t going to live together anymore to introducing new partners, navigating custody and even, eventually introducing new step-siblings or new babies. She didn’t find a lot. So she made her own, and this week she tells Mia about it.

 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Chloe Shorten.

Find her book, Take Heart, at apple.co/mamamia

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

 

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Rochelle Courtenay Is Changing The World One Tampon At A Time.  

When was the last time you bought a packet of tampons or pads? Do you remember how much they cost? Did you shop around looking for the cheapest possible option? Did you have to weigh up your priorities between say…..feeding your kids or bleeding all over your clothes? When Rochelle Courtenay read that homeless women would often have to choose between food and sanitary items, she decided to do something. Little did she know that her pad and tampon collections would change the path she took in the world, and result in her charity, Share The Dignity.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Rochelle Courtenay. To find out how to donate - go to sharethedignity.com.au

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

 

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Sue Brierley is the real life mum from 'Lion'.  

Who would you choose to play you in a Hollywood movie? It's a question you might have pondered. Little did Sue Brierley know that one day, she would be sitting in a Hollywood theatre, watching Nicole Kidman portray her story on the big screen. When she was just a teen, the Tasmanian girl had a vision that she would adopt a child from India, instead of giving birth to her own. Saroo, the little boy Sue and her husband John adopted in the 80s', arrived. And was the inspiration behind the Oscar-nominated film Lion. She speaks to Mia about the real story behind the hit movie, her relationship with Nicole Kidman and the story of what actually happened to her other son, Mantosh. 

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Sue Brierley.

Lion is available on iTunes and DVD on May 1.

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

 

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The Woman With A One Way Ticket to Mars  

How do you prepare for a one-way mission to Mars? It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But for Melbourne-based consultant Dianne McGrath, it just might become a reality. In 2013, Dianne signed up for Mars One. A mission that aims to establish life on Mars. She is now in the final 100 remaining candidates IN THE WORLD. And at the end of this year, she will find out whether or not she has been chosen as one of the final 24 who will eventually make the journey.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Dianne McGrath

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Roman Wasn't Built in a Day: The Jayson & Aaron Brunsdon story  

Aaron Elias always knew he wanted to have children with his fashion designer partner Jayson Brunsdon. He just wasn’t sure how they would do it. As a gay couple living in Sydney, there aren’t many options out there if you want to have children. But one night, after watching a 60 minutes story on surrogacy, Aaron & Jayson knew they were on to something. Two years later (through a cancer diagnosis, finding an egg donor and many trips to Thailand) their son Roman was born. This interview will have you laughing, crying, and feeling all the feels.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guests Jayson & Aaron Brunsdon

Buy Aaron's book Designer Baby at ibooks apple.co/mamamia

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Lindy West Isn't Afraid to Take Up Space.  

Have you ever had to apologise for taking up space? Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who was ashamed to go out with you in public? Have you ever felt like a failure because of how you look? American writer, feminist and fat activist Lindy West has. Plenty of times. But as soon as she started writing about her experiences, all that changed. She joins Mia Freedman live in the Mamamia office to talk about why she chose to be a 'fat bride', her thoughts on Trump and how she wrote her way out of feeling ashamed about her body.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Lindy West

Buy Lindy's book Shrill at ibooks apple.co/mamamia

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Nikki Gemmell Stripped Bare.  

In October 2015 best selling author Nikki Gemmell’s world was turned upside down. Police knocked at her door, and informed her that her mother Elayn had been found dead. She had euthanized herself, without telling anyone. There was no note, and no reasoning. So Nikki did what she does best, and wrote about it. After Nikki’s latest book, is a raw account of that October day and what came next. She joins Mia for a very raw chat about what happens when you’re left to pick up the pieces.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Nikki Gemmell

Buy Nikki's book After and all her other books at ibooks apple.co/mamamia

This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff 

CONTACT US

Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or join the conversation on facebook

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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Endometriosis Didn't Break Syl Freedman. It Made Her.  

Syl Freedman had no idea what the hell was wrong with her. At 21, she wasn't in a good way. Decrepid immune system; in and out of hospital; and period pain so crippling she sometimes blacked out. After thinking herself to simpy be 'unlucky' her entire life, she hit a turning point: she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a silent disease affecting 1 in 10 women. Never heard of it? Neither had Syl. So she went searching for information... and discovered there wasn't a whole a lot.

Now 26, Syl, Mia's cousin, along with her mum, Mia's Aunt Lesley, have co-founded Endoactive - an organisation that gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of women with endo worldwide. Syl speaks to her cousin Mia about the intimate details of her struggles with endo - everything from sexual limitations to egg freezing - as well as the bigger issues... namely, her fight against Bauer to legalise drug treatment for Endo in Australia.

Show Notes

Your host is Mia Freedman.

With thanks to special guest Syl Freedman.

You can learn more about Syl's organisation, Endoactive, on their Facebook page.

Find any book mentioned on this podcast, or any of our other's, at apple.co/mamamia.

This podcast was produced by Luca Lavigne.

CONTACT US

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Tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

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Leave us a message on the pod-phone - 02 8999 9386

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

Telstra brings you the magic of technology with Smart Home, a clever little app that lets you manage your home from anywhere. 

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