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  • There’s a content warning on this episode: talk of suicide, and there’s also some graphic language

    Rita Therese is her pen name. Gia is her sex worker name. Her real name is a secret, to protect her privacy. 

    After beginning as a waitress at bucks' parties, Rita Therese has spent most of her twenties earning a living in the sex industry - as well as topless and nude waitressing, working in brothels and as a FIFO sex worker in mining towns.

    Now, she's written a memoir called COME, which shares experiences many of us might not have had before but are curious to understand better. There’s also been deep

    heartbreak, and Rita Therese is candid and honest about it all.

    In this episode of No Filter, Rita Therese takes us inside her  life as a sex worker.

    Order Come by Rita Therese. 



    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here. 

    Guest: Rita Therese, author of COME 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • If you’ve never experienced an unhealthy relationship, one where passion and power and control insidiously morphs into abuse…..this episode might confuse you. But even if you’re one of the women who has never been through that kind of relationship, is not going through it now…..I bet you know someone who has. Or is.

    Abusive relationships come in 50 shades. The one most commonly understood is physical abuse. It’s a very clear line when you’re physically harmed by someone who claims to love you.

    The thing is: abuse in the home isn't just physical. We're learning now about emotional and financial abuse and how crippling it can be for people. 

    It's something Mia experienced in her twenties and is passionate about helping other women recognise. The guest in this episode is Moo Baulch - yep, that’s her name, it’s a nickname that’s stuck - and she’s worked in the not-for-profit and Domestic Violence space for years before taking on her current role as head of customer vulnerability at the Commonwealth Bank, leading a team who deal with customers impacted by all forms of financial abuse, something that can affect partners, parents, adult children and siblings.

    It’s an issue we share Moo’s passion for here about at Mamamia because we’re a purpose-driven company and our core purpose is to make the world a better place for women and girls.

    Financial abuse can be one of the many ways partners and family members control, and it's something Mamamia has partnered with CBA to help women out of it. Moo describes in this special No Filter how to identify it, and importantly, how to find help. 

    Check out #ItWasInvisible here. 

    If you need help, contact CBA Domestic & Family Violence Assistance here.

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here. 

    Guest: Moo Baulch, Head of Customer Vulnerability, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

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  • It was 2016 and Glennon Doyle was a wife, a mother and the author of a book called Love Warrior,  that was about to be released. The book was a memoir about repairing her marriage after discovering her husband's longterm infidelity and Oprah had chosen it for her bookclub. This was big-time. And Glennon was about to begin a national promotional tour across America.

    What happened on the first night of that book tour was definitely not part of the plan. But it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. And the best decision she ever made. For herself. And for everyone who loved her.

    Her new book, Untamed,  tells the story of how Glennon's life unfolded so unexpectedly after that night and how she had  - until then - tamed herself in so many ways, just like most women have.

    Glennon is a truth-teller for a new generation of feminists and her story will resonate with every woman.

    Glennon is a wildly popular guest on NO FILTER and you can hear those earlier interviews  here and here. 

    UNTAMED: Stop Pleasing Start Living by Glennon Doyle

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here. 

    Guest: Glennon Doyle 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • We've wanted to bring you this story for a while now - because it's a story that's played out in our extended Mamamia family. 

    Anne Stephens (mother of Mamamia's Clare Stephens and Jessie Stephens) was twenty-two and finishing her teaching degree when she discovered she was pregnant. 

    It was 1982 and things were different then. She couldn't see where she could give the baby the life she wanted for him. 

    37 years later, he found her. After a mission and a half. Here's Andrew's story. Anne's story is here. 

    Jessie and Clare Stephens are Anne’s daughters (she also has twin sons, Jack and Nick) and they have written beautifully on Mamamia about the experience of finding their mystery brother’s birth certificate when they were 14 years old and what it was like to finally watch his reunion with their mother almost 15 years later on the other side of the world. You can read their story here. https://www.mamamia.com.au/adoption-australia/

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Andrew Gouldson

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • We've wanted to bring you this story for a while now - because it's a story that's played out in our extended Mamamia family. 

    Anne Stephens (mother of Mamamia's Clare Stephens and Jessie Stephens) was twenty-two and finishing her teaching degree when she discovered she was pregnant. 

    It was 1982 and things were different then. She couldn't see where she could give the baby the life she wanted for him. 

    37 years later, he found her. You'll hear Andrew's story later this week on No Filter. 

    Jessie and Clare Stephens are Anne’s daughters (she also has twin sons, Jack and Nick) and they have written beautifully on Mamamia about the experience of finding their mystery brother’s birth certificate when they were 14 years old and what it was like to finally watch his reunion with their mother almost 15 years later on the other side of the world. You can read their story here. https://www.mamamia.com.au/adoption-australia/

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Anne Stephens

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Dr Norman Swan, who's become one of Australia's most well known faces during the COVID19 crisis. 

    Every night, he's been on our televisions keeping us up to date with the latest science on the pandemic, with his gentle Scottish accent and no nonsense warmth. His podcast Coronacast has become a daily must listen.

    So, what's it like with everyone listening to everything you say about a life or death situation? How has he been coping with the pressure? 

    Credits

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly newsletter here. 

    Guest: Amanda Gordon 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Editor: Bridget Northeast

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

  • Everyone in Australia has an opinion about Malcolm Turnbull's time as Prime Minister - including and most especially the enemies who brought him down.

    So, what happens when the dust has settled after being ousted in a political coup? Twice. What do you do with the rest of your life? 

    Malcolm Turnbull has written a book called A Bigger Picture that tells the story of his life. It's a big book about a big life, and on today's show, Malcolm talks about his marriage, being a father and why he refused to go to therapy after losing his job.

    In this No Filter you'll meet a Malcolm Turnbull you didn't see in a political press conference. You'll meet a man who's getting on with his life now. 

    A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull 

    Hear Malcolm Turnbull's first No Filter, When Mia Met Malcolm 

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Malcolm Turnbull 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Amanda Gordon, one of Australia's most well known and well respected psychologists.  

    We're catching up about anxiety. Which is a real thing right now. There are real things to be anxious about: the possibility of illness, job insecurity, kids at home all day, and it goes on and on...

    How do you know you whether you're anxious, or have Capital A Anxiety? We talk through all of this. 

    And if you’re suffering from anxiety and need some support, check out our online anxiety course with psychologist Amanda Gordon here.

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly newsletter here. 

    Guest: Amanda Gordon 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Editor: Bridget Northeast

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

  • Imagine being ousted from your community, from your family, your whole life, because of a condition you'd developed during childbirth. A condition that most Australian women can have fixed relatively quickly and easily. 

    Dr Catherine Hamlin wasn't having any of that. She and her husband created the legendary Hamlin Fistula Hospital and began saving women's lives back in the 1960s. 

    Over her sixty years in Africa, Catherine became a national treasure of Ethiopia and Australia and we didn't want her recent death to pass without remembering her remarkable life.

    Her niece, Dr Alison Morgan, was so inspired by her Aunty Cath, she had a career in women's health medicine herself, and she's with us to tell us the story of Catherine's incredible legacy. 

    LINKS:

    Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation website 
    Dr Catherine Hamlin Tribute Page



    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Dr Alison Morgan 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Trinny Woodall: TV host, author, fashion and makeover expert, founder of beauty company Trinny London. 

    Trinny is isolating in her London home with her family, including her teenaged daughter Lyla and her partner, 76 year old advertising executive Charles Saatchi. Her mother, in a care home, has been diagnosed with COVID19 and is a super-carrier. 

    I asked her about that, and how she's going running her business from home. 

    You can listen to Trinny on No Filter HERE. 

    And you can have a great time on her IGTV HERE. 

    And if you’re suffering from anxiety and need some support, check out our online anxiety course with psychologist Amanda Gordon here.

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly newsletter here. 

    Guest: Trinny Woodall 

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

  • Tracey Cox knows about sex. She's been writing about it since before she was even having it. 

    Her books have taught generations of women how to receive and give pleasure in a way that gives them complete agency over their sex lives, and her new book is called Great Sex Starts At 50. 

    She's got advice and stories for every woman's sexual appetite: and she also reveals the surprising thing that can put a dampner on your sex life. 

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Tracey Cox

    Producer: Melanie Tait, Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Osher Gunsberg: TV host, podcast, author, mental health advocate and new dad.

    He and his partner Audrey recently had a baby called Wolfie and now they’re a family of four along with Audrey’s teenage daughter from a previous marriage. Osher had been three weeks into shooting the new season of the Bachelor when the decision was taken to close down production ,clear out the bachelor mansion and send everyone home.

    I asked him about that, about life as a new dad and about anxiety.

    You can listen to the other two No Filter interviews I’ve done with Osher  HERE and HERE.

    And you can listen to his podcast HERE.

    And if you’re suffering from anxiety and need some support, check out our online anxiety course with psychologist Amanda Gordon here.

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly newsletter here. 

    Guest: Osher Gunsberg

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

  • We wanted to update and revisit an interview I did with Holocaust survivor, Eddie Jaku, who describes himself as The Happiest Man Alive.

    Today his 100th birthday (I called up his granddaughter Danielle to find out how he's planning to celebrate) but as well as that, people are looking for wisdom and perspective and joy right now.

    Eddie is full of life, advice and stories about a world few people remember. A world that few people survived. A world that many people want to forget about. But not Eddie. Because that dark world ended up providing him with the biggest gift he could have wished for, life.

    Happy Birthday Eddie. The world is better and brighter for having you in it.

    CREDITS:
    Host: Mia Freedman 

    With thanks to special guest Eddie Jaku. Find out more about his story here. 

    Editor: Elise Cooper

    GET IN TOUCH:

    Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.

    Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    No Filter is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here.

  • The first time Simi Polonsky Hoffman was on No Filter, she was deep in grief. 

    Her husband, Shua, had died of a sudden illness, leaving her with two children and another on the way.

    Simi and her sisters run a clothing line in New York City inspired by their Orthodox Jewish Faith and without Shua, she didn't know what her future looked like. 

    But there's a new chapter in Simi's story that we are so happy to bring you today.

    Join us on No Filter to hear the story of hope we all really need at the moment. 

    Links: The Frock NYC

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Simi Polonsky Hoffman

    Producer: Melanie Tait, Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Turia Pitt- mining engineer, athlete, motivational speaker, author, mother and bloody legend. I wanted to ask her about how to cope with adversity and she has some sage advice. 

    You can listen to the other two No Filter interviews I’ve done with Turia  HERE and HERE.

    And you can buy her books and courses HERE.

    Listen to Turia on No Filter here, and here. 

    Recommendations: Tiger King, Dear Edward

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram and get her free weekly newsletter. 

    Guest: Turia Pitt

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

     

  • Today, I’m Skyping with Alison Brahe-Daddo - the iconic Australian model who married the iconic Australian TV host, Cameron Daddo, moved to LA, had three children and then moved back home a couple of years ago to start again. Again. 

    Here's my first No Filter interview with Alison ‘The Original Aussie Supermodel’ and my interview with Cameron Daddo.

    And the podcast they do together called Seperate Bathrooms.

    Join Mamamia's Anxiety Course -  learn how to grow your confidence, identify your anxious triggers and reclaim your life with simple and effective strategies.

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman. You can find Mia on Instagram and get her free weekly newsletter. 

    Guest: Alison Brahe - Daddo

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Editor: Elise Cooper

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait

     

  • You may know Julia from her columns in Australian newspapers and the New York Times and from the TV where she hosts daily current affairs show, The Drum on the ABC. She’s also written several books including an award winning biography of Queen Victoria. Her latest book though, is much more personal.

    A few years ago, Julia's life took an unexpected twist that brought with it many challenges and led her to write a new book about finding the light. It's called Phosphorescence: On Awe And Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark and it's an incredibly uplifting book all about the ways in which Julia found the light in life again and again and again, in some very unlikely places.

    Join Mamamia's Anxiety Course -  learn how to grow your confidence, identify your anxious triggers and reclaim your life with simple and effective strategies.

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Julia Baird

    Producer: Melanie Tait, Luca Lavigne

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

  • Today I’m calling up Susan Carland - who is an academic, author, feminist and television presenter. She lives with her husband, Waleed Aly and their two children in Melbourne.

    Join Mamamia's Anxiety Course -  learn how to grow your confidence, identify your anxious triggers and reclaim your life with simple and effective strategies.

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram @miafreedman and get her free weekly column here https://bit.ly/2w7wP8o 

    Guest: Susan Carland

    Producer: Luca Lavigne

    Editor: Elise Cooper

    ExecutiveProducer: Melanie Tait

  • Today I’m calling up one of my best friends, Amelia Lester who some of you may know if you listened to the podcast we used to host together about Trump’s America called Tell Me It’s Going To Be Ok.

    Amelia and I met when she was the editor of the Good Weekend magazine and living in Sydney - it’s her hometown but she’s lived most of her adult life in America ever since she moved there to go to Harvard on a scholarship in 2001.

    She came home to Australia a few years ago for that big job but left again soon after to marry her partner who is a military doctor based in the US which is where she lives now.

    So what's it like living in the country that is now the #1 Corona country in the world? And what's it like being married to a doctor who is treating covid patients? We had a lot of laughs in this conversation. Enjoy. Mia xxxx

    Recommendations:

    TV: Breaking Bad,Curb Your Enthusiasm,The Office (USA), Mozart in the Jungle

    Cooking: Alison Roman 

    Credits:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Amelia Lester

    Producer: Luca Lavigne 

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

    Head Of Podcasts: Bridget Northeast 

  • It's been nearly twenty years since Sara-Marie Fedele bum danced her way into the heart of any Australian who had a TV, during the first season of Big Brother. 

    Shortly after that, being one of the millions of Australians who fell in love with her, Mia put her on the cover of Cosmopolitan and nearly lost her job for it. 

    Sara-Marie paved the way, unintentionally, in so many ways: in the body positivity movement, in reality television and negotiating a life after her three months of enormous fame. 

    She's walked an unexpectedly fine line between public and private life over the last two decades - and Mia thought it was time to catch up.

    There's just no way you'll be listening to this conversation without smiling from ear to ear, pretty much the whole time. 

    It's time to fall in love with Sara-Marie again. 

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman . You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her free weekly column here. 

    Guest: Sara-Marie Fedele

    Producer: Melanie Tait, Lucy Neville 

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    GET IN TOUCH:

    Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.

    Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    No Filter is a podcast by Mamamia, Australia's only women's media company.
    You can find more of our award-winning podcasts to listen to here