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More than 300,000 women join Mia Freedman each week as she has candid conversations with interesting people who have fascinating stories to share. From Olivia Newton-John, Serena Williams, Marian Keyes, Liane Moriarty, athletes, actors, politicians, business leaders, authors and regular people who have achieved extraordinary things….they all let their guard down and open up in a way that’s positive and riveting.

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More than 300,000 women join Mia Freedman each week as she has candid conversations with interesting people who have fascinating stories to share. From Olivia Newton-John, Serena Williams, Marian Keyes, Liane Moriarty, athletes, actors, politicians, business leaders, authors and regular people who have achieved extraordinary things….they all let their guard down and open up in a way that’s positive and riveting.

    Bikram: Yogi. Guru. Predator.

    Bikram: Yogi. Guru. Predator.

    This interview was recorded in January 2020.

    This is a story about fame and power and money and celebrity. And…..yoga. And the point at which all of those things meet is at the bare feet of a man named Bikram Choudhury.

    Wearing signature tiny black Speedos and his long hair pulled back into a tight ponytail, Bikram Choudhury was the king of an empire built on sweat, obsessive devotion and, as we learn in a recent Netflix documentary called Bikram, sexual harassment, rape and maniacal control.

    This documentary was made by Academy-Award winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner, who talks to Mia about the story of Bikram, what he is doing now, and why he hasn't yet been punished for his many crimes. 

    CREDITS:

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

    Guest: Eva Orner 

    Technical Producer: Bridget Northeast and Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

    • 43 min
    Narelda Jacobs' Big Life Has So Many Plot Twists

    Narelda Jacobs' Big Life Has So Many Plot Twists

    Narelda Jacobs grew up in a big, rambunctious family. Her mother, an Irish trailblazer, came out to Australia and married Narelda's dad, a member of the Stolen Generation who went on to become a religious minister.

    Narelda Jacobs is a proud Whadjuk Noongar woman and there’s so much to her story: a strictly religious upbringing, four older sisters, teen pregnancy, a shotgun marriage, a divorce…..there are many plot twists in her life and she recounts them with such warmth, wisdom and humour.

    Over the next twenty five years, she built a career as a respected journalist in Western Australia, and last year answered the call from Studio Ten, moving her life and love to Sydney and a national platform where she's found herself increasingly becoming a spokesperson for Aboriginal people. 

    Hear the extraordinary story of Narelda Jacobs, proud Whadjuk Noongar woman, who's got some welcome advice on how white Australians can be better allies. 



    CREDITS:

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

    Guest: Narelda Jacobs

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

    • 48 min
    When Elizabeth Gilbert Fell In Love With Her Best Friend, Rayya

    When Elizabeth Gilbert Fell In Love With Her Best Friend, Rayya

    *NOTE: This interview was recorded before the Black Lives Matters protests that are sweeping the world*

    You fall in love with your best friend, she tells you she's terribly sick and you leave your husband to be with her. Together with her ex-wife and ex-girlfriend, you're there when she passes away 18 months later.

    And that's just the short version of Elizabeth Gilbert's extraordinary life over the past few years since she last spoke with Mia.

    It's been two years since Rayya died and Liz joins Mia to talk about the incredible highs and lows of their time together and what came afterwards.....

    Elizabeth Gilbert's new book City Of Girls is now available in paperback.  And, you can listen to her first time on No Filter here. 

    CREDITS:

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

    Guest: Elizabeth Gilbert

    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne and Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Note About This Week’s Show

    A Note About This Week’s Show

    • 35 sec
    6 parents, 4 kids, 3 states: Andrew Solomon's Beautiful Modern Family

    6 parents, 4 kids, 3 states: Andrew Solomon's Beautiful Modern Family

    Andrew Solomon always wanted a family of his own, but he grew up in a time where that wasn't a reality for someone who was gay. 

    Over the years, he tried to fight his sexuality - with conversion sex sessions, with relationships with women. 

    When he finally accepted his true identity, Andrew met the love of his life and together (with four other parents) they created the ultimate modern family.  He also wrote several best-selling, prize-winning books and delivered some extraordinary Ted Talks.

    Andrew joins Mia for a wide ranging and inspiring conversation about depression, sexuality and building a loving family. This No Filter will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Guaranteed. 

    Read Andrew's books:

    THE NOONDAY DEMON: AN ATLAS OF DEPRESSION

    FAR FROM THE TREE 

    Watch Andrew's Ted Talks: 

    How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are 

    Love, no matter what 

    Depression, the secret we share



    CREDITS:

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

    Guest: Andrew Solomon

    Technical Producer: Ian Camilleri  

    Executive Producer: Melanie Tait 

    • 51 min
    The Very Real Life Of Sex Worker And Author Rita Therese

    The Very Real Life Of Sex Worker And Author Rita Therese

    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 

    • 51 min

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4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

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Absolutely love this podcast- Mia’s interview style completely engaging and her guests are varied and oh so interesting. Makes your commute seem 5 minutes long and you’re wishing the drive that bit longer so you can hear the end NOW! Highly recommended.

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Interviews with interesting people, insightful, empathetic and throughly enjoyable! Thank you ❤️

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