Episodes

  • Tracey Spicer vs The Boys Club

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    “People want to see people who look like them on television - the true diversity of the community - but traditionally male, middle-aged white executives would choose women based on their penises” Ever since news broke last month about Harvey Weinstein's alleged history of sexual assault journalist, feminist and author Tracey Spicer sent out a tweet asking if there were women in Australia who had similar stories about men in the Australian media. What happened next floored her. She was inundated with anguished emails and phone calls from hundreds of women who wanted to speak up. Tracey, who told her own stories of abuse in her memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare, is now working with police and other media organisations to take on - and take down the boys club. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Tracey Spicer Buy Tracey's book by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • Kerri-Anne Kennerley's Life-Changing Razzle-Dazzle

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    Kerri-Anne Kennerley is simply described as the Queen of Australian TV. Since she was 13, "KAK" has been a presence on our screens - interviewing thousands of people, singing, dancing and making politicians do the Macarena. Kerri-Anne has just released a memoir called, fittingly, A Bold Life. And when she came into Mamamia to talk about it, we couldn’t possibly contain that much razzle-dazzle star power in our tiny podcast studio so we sat her down in front of the whole Mamamia team to talk about love, loss and finding out you'd lost your job by reading it in the paper. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Buy Kerri-Anne's book by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • The Story Of Marian Keyes

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    Marian Keyes is one of the most successful authors in the world. She’s sold 35 million books in 35 languages and she’s done that by writing about women’s lives….in all their messiness. She writes the words and the feelings that are inside your head and she makes women feel seen and heard and understood. In a laugh out loud way. She’s able to do this because she - like most of us - has had some bloody tough times in her own life. She’s battled addiction, crippling mental illness….and it’s those experiences that give her writing and her such incredible warmth and truth... Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Marian Keyes Buy any of Marian's books by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • Is Mia Freedman A Bad Mum?

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    This is not your ordinary No Filter. Today, the tables have been turned. Mia Freedman has been a parent for 20-years and we invited her son Luca into the studio to grill her about their unique relationship. Mia tells Luca about the time she dropped him as a baby, what her first thoughts were when she gave birth, and how she reacted when she first found out he was watching porn. This interview will have you laughing, crying and a little bit in awe of how a mother and son can be so open and honest with each other. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Luca Lavigne Read Luca's chapter in Work Strife Balance by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network This episode was made possible by Bad Moms 2

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  • Andy Gourley Keeps Our Kids Safe At Night

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    Andy Gourley is a 47-year-old pastor, former accountant, skateboarding fan and the founder of Red Frogs, a volunteer group providing support and a positive peer presence to large groups of young people. Nowhere is that more important than at schoolies.  Every year, since 1997, Andy and his team have travelled to the Gold Coast to help partying teens stay out of trouble.  So where did it start? What are the best tips for parents sending their kids off to schoolies? And what's this got to do with red frogs? Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Andy Gourley 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network This episode of No Filter was brought to you by ALLEN’S and its iconic Red Frog lolly. ALLEN’S is a proud partner of Red Frogs Australia, a support network which uses the simple act of sharing a Red Frog lolly as an icebreaker to share a smile, start a conversation and encourage young adults to make positive life choices.

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  • Tiffiny Hall Is Not What You Expect

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    You know that Tiffiny Hall is the energetic personal trainer with the long blonde hair who has appeared on several seasons of The Biggest Loser. What you probably don't know is that she’s also the author of four fiction novels and five nonfiction books. She’s one of the highest qualified female martial artists in the world for her age. And just a week after giving birth to her first child, Arnold, she flipped the usual post-baby-body Instagram selfie on its head. Instead of sharing a picture of her flat stomach after birth, she shared what an actual post-pregnancy stomach looks like. Tiff is warm, funny and incredibly clever - and chances are, she will blow every preconception you had about her in the first 2 minutes of this interview. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Tiffiny Hall Buy any of Tiff's books by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • Esther Perel Knows Why People Cheat

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    When couples therapist Esther Perel speaks to large groups of people about her area of expertise, sex and relationships -she asks the audience to raise their hands if their lives have ever been affected by infidelity. Maybe it was one of their parents. Maybe it was their own partner. Maybe it was them. Or maybe they were the third party. She says around 80 percent of the room raises their hand. Esther is an author, a psychotherapist and a self-described expert in relationships and sexuality. She has a cult following to rival that of Brene Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert, and on this episode of No Filter she speaks to Mia about why it has never been easier to have an affair, the reason happy people cheat and how infidelity can sometimes make a relationship better. Get ready to listen to the most fascinating conversation about love, cheating and relationships you have ever heard. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Esther Perel Buy Esther's book The State of Affairs by going to 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • The CEO Of The Yes Vote Is A Straight, Pearl-Wearing, Liberal Voter

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    Janine Middleton is not who you would expect to be the CEO of Australian Marriage Equality. She’s not Lesbian. She’s Not Gay. She’s not Bisexual, not Transgender, not Queer or Questioning and she’s not intersex. In fact, no one in her family is. She’s in her late 50s. Is a former investment banker. Lives on Sydney’s North Shore. And she wears pearls. And yet, she is on the frontlines, pushing for marriage equality in Australia. And she needs you to be too. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Janine Middleton 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network    

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  • Manal al-Sharif Drove Saudi Arabia Towards Change

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    In 2011, Manal al-Sharif defied Saudi Arabian laws when she posted a video of herself driving on YouTube. Her decision and her Women2Drive campaign landed her in jail for eight days. But it also made her passionate about changing the way her country views women. Six years after that act, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women to start driving in 2018. Manal has written a book about driving, about what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia underneath the abaya and about being forced to leave her homeland. And now, she talks to Mia Freedman. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Manal al-Sharif. 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network    

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  • The Barefoot Investor Wants To Go On A Money Date With You

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    Scott Pape was just 35 years old when he and his wife Liz lost all their possessions in 2014. Everything. Every photograph, item of clothing, piece of furniture….all of it.  And as he stood there looking  at the charred remains of his house after the Victorian bushfires that devastated the area where he lived with his young family, he had an incredibly surprising reaction. Surprising even to himself. It would go on to be the basis for his extraordinary best-selling book The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need which was released less than a year ago and has topped the book charts ever since...and he will make you consider things you never thought you could ever be interested in. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guests Scott Pape. Buy Scott's book 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • The Remarkable Women Behind Connie Johnson

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    During Connie Johnson's very public battle with cancer, her brother Sam was by her side spreading the word about the Love Your Sister campaign.  But there were many more people behind the scenes supporting Connie and building the incredible charity that is Love Your Sister.  Sam invited Mia to Canberra on the day before Connie's funeral, to meet some of the women who were closest to Connie.   In the second part of this Love Your Sister special, Mia speaks to Connie’s best friend and carer, Emma, her older sister Hilde and friend, Lucy. These are the remarkable women behind Connie Johnson.   Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guests Emma Rooke, Hilde Johnson and Lucy Freeman. To support Love Your Sister like them on Facebook or donate here. Connie's public memorial service will be held in Melbourne on Saturday the 23rd at St Paul's Cathedral 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • Samuel Johnson Is OK

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    It's been a little over a week since Connie Johnson died of cancer, and her brother Samuel Johnson is ready to talk. How is he coping? Is he okay? After years fundraising for Love Your Sister, what are his plans now? Yesterday, Sunday, Mia Freedman and her producer Elissa Ratliff headed to a house in the Canberra suburbs where Sam and Connie’s inner circle were gathering. They weren’t quite sure what they'd find when they got there, what state everyone would be in, or what the mood would be. But Sam spoke. He was raw - he’s always raw - but as usual, he was also incredibly articulate and passionate and generous. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Samuel Johnson To support Love Your Sister like them on Facebook or donate here. Connie's public memorial service will be held in Melbourne on Saturday the 23rd at St Paul's Cathedral 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 facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • Samantha X Is The Highest Paid Escort In Australia

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    Samantha X describes herself as a normal person who does an unconventional job. She’s a 43-year-old business woman, journalist, author, a mother of two primary-school-age kids and she's Australia’s highest paid escort. Her real name is Amanda Goff, and before she was one of the country's most famous sex workers she was a beauty editor at a glossy magazine. So how do you manage two lives? Can you date as a normal person? And what happens when you fall in love with your client? Because that’s what recently happened to Amanda and it’s turned her life upside down. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Samantha X Find Back On Top at apple.co/mamamia This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff  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. Mamamia proudly supports Rize Up CONTACT US Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • Annabel Crabb Can Make Anything Interesting

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    Annabel Crabb can make anything interesting. Whether she’s making Cory Bernardi seem human or making paella with some obscure backbencher on her hit ABCTV show Kitchen Cabinet, she is one of the most smart and delightful women on the planet. It is no surprise then, that her new show about Parliament House is extremely compelling. Yes, you just read that sentence. From a fight over the kangaroo’s scrotum on the coat of arms, the politician who keeps a fully stocked pantry in their office and even the fact that Annabel wore the same three outfits during the 10 months of filming it took to make this show, she genuinely makes Australia’s most powerful house come to life. You will be riveted - not just by the show, but by hearing her talk about it... Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Annabel Crabb Find The Wife Drought at apple.co/mamamia This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff  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. Mamamia proudly supports The Pyjama Foundation CONTACT US Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • The Mummy Bloggers

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    Nothing good happens to you after you turn 40. That’s what you think before….you know, you turn 40. Holly Wainwright did quite a lot before 40. She moved to Australia from Manchester, rose through the ranks of celebrity magazines, met her partner and had two kids. But that wasn’t the end. Soon after turning 40, Holly came to work at Mamamia where she embarked on a whole new chapter of her career. And now, she’s just released her first novel called The Mummy Bloggers. It’s the story of three very different women who blog about their lives as mothers and it’s a rollicking good read with loads of social commentary about this very fascinating subculture of women who live their lives all out there in the open…or do they? Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Holly Wainwright Find The Mummy Bloggers at apple.co/mamamia This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff  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. Mamamia proudly supports Share The Dignity CONTACT US Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • Brigid Delaney Tried The 101 Day Detox Diet So You Don't Have To

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    Wellness. Just reading that word makes you feel more healthy. Calmer. More virtuous. That’s why marketers are using the hell out of it, slapping “WELLNESS” on everything from yoga mats to activewear, vitamin supplements. But what does wellness actually mean? At a particularly unhealthy point in her life, journalist Brigid Delaney received an email from her editor about an assignment. Did she want to go on Malcolm Turnbull’s crash diet? It would involve eating nothing for weeks while drinking a concoction of herbs some have compared to bin-juice. Brigid said yes. And decided to write a book about her wellness journey called Wellmania. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Brigid Delaney.  Find Wellmania at apple.co/mamamia This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff  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 Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network  

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  • David Gillespie Knows How to Spot a Psychopath

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    When you think of a psychopath, you probably imagine someone like serial killer Ivan Milat. But according to David Gillespie, it's more likely to be your boss or your grandma. Five to 10 per cent of the population qualify as psychopathic, and the rate can be as high as 20 percent among corporate leaders and politicians. So how do you spot them? What do you do if you have to work for or with them, or better yet, date them? Grab a cup of tea and get ready to go ‘OH MY GOD’... Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest David Gillespie.  Find Taming Toxic People: The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at apple.co/mamamia This podcast was produced by Elissa Ratliff  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 Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • George McEncroe is Sick of Women Feeling Unsafe in Cars

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    Last year, George McEncroe had an epiphany. The single mum of four teenagers applied, twice, to be an Uber driver, but something didn't feel right about it. At the same time, her eldest daughter and her friends were walking home from parties because they didn't feel safe in either taxis or ride-share cars.  "I wish there was a female-only ridesharing service," she thought. So she decided to make one. As you do. And after a few all- night planning sessions, untold amounts of hard work, throwing in her life savings and convincing family and friends to invest in her ambitious lady startup idea - Shebah was born. Over the past twelve months, the former teacher, radio host and comedian has built a business that benefits women in more ways than getting them from A to B. Because smart women with drive can achieve anything. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest George McEncroe.  Download the Shebah app here.  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 Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • Kathy Kelly Won't Let Loss Define Her

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    On the 7th of July, 2012, Kathy Kelly's family changed forever. The mother of three was at home with her husband Ralph when they received a phone call to tell them their 18-year-old son Thomas had been assaulted in Sydney’s Kings Cross just after 10pm. He was the victim of what came to be known as a 'cowards' punch', a random king-hit. Thomas never regained consciousness and two days later, he was dead. The Kelly family tried to make the best out of the horrific hand they had been dealt. But then, last year, the Kellys' youngest son Stuart took his own life. How do you go on after such unimaginable tragedy? And how do you find the courage to try to make a desperate situation better?  If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, we urge you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Kathy Kelly. If you would like to find out more about the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation click here. 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 Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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  • Model Bec Craven Caught a Cold and Then Needed a Heart Transplant

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    You’re 24, you’re on holidays with your mates in Bali, and you catch a cold. It’s nothing to write home about. Probably just a bug that was going around. But then you get home. And you’ve still got this cold. You can’t shake it. So you go to the doctors, and they tell you you’ve actually got pneumonia. So you take the drugs, and you hope you get better. Four months later, you collapse. You go to the hospital. And you are told that at 24, you have heart failure and that you will need a heart transplant. It sounds like a plot out of a Hollywood film. But for Gold Coast model Bec Craven, it quickly became her reality. Show Notes Your host is Mia Freedman. With thanks to special guest Bec Craven. If you have been inspired by Bec’s story and want to register your organs so that you can help someone else, head to donatelife.gov.au 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 Suggest a guest via: podcast@mamamia.com.au tweet us @mamamiapodcasts or join the conversation on facebookThis show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network

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