Episodes
Subscribe to Mamamia Before the Netflix documentary America’s Sweethearts, a 7-part series that examines the wild world of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, author and journalist Sarah Hepola created and hosted the Texas Monthly podcast America’s Girls and she has stories that didn’t make it into the Netflix series. In this wide-ranging conversation with Mia Freedman, Sarah talks about the sexual exploitation, the injuries, the pay gap, the body image issues…and so much more. Are the Dallas...
Published 07/14/24
Published 07/14/24
Subscribe to Mamamia Almost 40% of relationships begin online and while there are plenty of success stories, there are also some horror stories. This is one of those stories. In 2019, Mia Freedman interviewed Stephanie Wood, the author of Fake, which is now a hit TV series starring Asher Keddie and David Wenham. This is the true story behind the show. When Stephanie Wood decided to go on a date with a guy she met online she had no idea it would change the course of her life forever. ...
Published 07/11/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Dassi here.  Subscribe to Mamamia In this searing episode of No Filter, Dassi Erlich talks to Mia Freedman about growing up in an extreme ultra-Orthodox religious community in Melbourne and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her school principal, Malka Leifer. Dassi shares the story of how she fought back against both Leifer and the community that failed to protect her - a battle that took far too long. It is a story of deep...
Published 07/07/24
Welcome to a brand new podcast from Mamamia's parenting podcast This Glorious Mess called Little Love Stories. Little Love Stories is an open-hearted conversation with someone who has love and gratitude to share, whether it's about a person, an object, or an event. In this first episode, This Glorious Mess co-host Annaliese Todd shares the love story she wrote to herself. No one plans on becoming a single parent, but through this journey of self-discovery, Annaliese is breaking down stigmas...
Published 07/04/24
Subscribe to Mamamia The Jimmy & Nath show is the biggest weeknight radio programs in Australia. Hosted by best mates, Jimmy Smith and Nathan Roye. Jimmy and Nath joined Mia Freedman in the Mamamia studios for a candid conversation about their careers, their successes, their friendship, as well as the ways that they're using their platform and their audience to discuss some really important things - from mental health to domestic violence. We also hear about what it’s like when your...
Published 06/30/24
Subscribe to Mamamia If you're a girl or a woman who doesn't think she wants to have kids - where are your role models for what your life could look like?  Portrayals of happy mums are everywhere, but rarely do we see women who choose not to have children shown in a positive light.  Ten years ago, journalist and editor Farrah Storr decided to be a non-parent. In the years since that decision, she has learned so much about the many ways a woman can live a rich, connected and fulfilling life...
Published 06/23/24
Subscribe to Mamamia When you’re feeling exhausted - like so many of us are - what do you do? Most of us think we need more sleep. But, it turns out, sleep and rest are not the same thing. In fact, we can be tired in different ways, and each one of those ways requires a different kind of rest. In this episode of No Filter, Mia talks to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith about the 7 different kinds of rest that will prevent you from burning out and help you show up to your life with all the energy you...
Published 06/16/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Sam & Nia here. Subscribe to Mamamia What would you do if your husband cheated? And what if you found out about it at the same time the whole world did. That’s what happened to Nia. She found out her husband, Sam, had been unfaithful to her when all the data from the Ashley Madison website was leaked in one of the largest data breaches ever. Sam & Nia participated in a documentary about Ashley Madison on Netflix - but in this...
Published 06/09/24
Subscribe to MamamiaSome friendships have everything a romantic relationship has, they’re just as intense but without the sex. Why aren't they seen as equally important?In this episode of No Filter, Rhaina Cohen is asking: what if our friends are our soulmates? And she shares some powerful friendship stories, from those who have chosen each other in all different ways, like co-parenting or co-owning a home. While unconventional, is it really that strange? Rhaina Cohen's book The Other...
Published 06/02/24
Subscribe to MamamiaWhen Remington and his husband Alain welcomed three children into their home 18 months ago, as foster parents, they knew their lives would never be the same. What they didn't know is how long their children would stay.In Australia, thousands of children find themselves in foster care for various reasons: neglect, abuse, trauma or simply their biological parents can't afford to raise them.Remington Meyer talks to Mia Freedman in this No Filter episode about the deeply...
Published 05/26/24
Subscribe to Mamamia Lauren Jackson is the GOAT in Australian women's basketball. Her last Olympic games was in 2012 and she retired from the sport in 2016 after a routine leg wax while recovering from an ACL injury went bad. Then, in 2022, aged 41, she made a comeback to the sport and now at 43 she is part of the team who qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics.  In the third episode of this special No Filter mini-series, Lauren talks to guest host Libby Trickett about how guilty she feels...
Published 05/22/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Patric here. Subscribe to MamamiaPatric Gagne is not what most people picture when they hear the word ‘sociopath’. For example, she’s married and has two children. She’s a functioning member of society. She has friends. Sociopaths tend to lie, break laws, act impulsively and they have little regard for their own safety because they simply don’t have fear or guilt. All these things are true for Patric. In this conversation Patric talks...
Published 05/19/24
Subscribe to MamamiaIn the second episode of our 3-part No FIlter mini-series featuring interviews with Olympians before they head to Paris to compete, Matilda's star Katrina Gorry opens up to guest host Libby Trickett in a way that takes them both by surprise. Gorry captured our hearts at the Women’s World Cup in 2023- as did her two-year-old daughter Harper. Coming back to work after having a baby is difficult for any parent, particularly when your job involves playing for your country....
Published 05/15/24
Subscribe to MamamiaThe first time Keri Kitay’s mother Terry forgot where she parked her car, she was surprised and annoyed. But she wasn’t alarmed. It wasn’t until years later that she would realise it was one of the first signs of early onset Alzheimers which would slowly dismantle her mother’s life.There are around 15 Australians per 1,000 living with dementia and a tiny percentage of those are relatively young. This is the story of one person and the way her family said their long...
Published 05/12/24
Subscribe to MamamiaWhen Vanessa Low was 15, she accidentally stumbled off an overcrowded platform and was hit by a train. She lost both her legs around the knee, broke multiple other bones and was placed in a coma.  A couple years later she was competing internationally.She’s now a Paralympic gold and silver medallist, six-time World Championship medallist and is the reigning world record holder in the women’s long jump T61.Vanessa Low's preparation for the Paris Paralympics is a little...
Published 05/08/24
Subscribe to MamamiaRowan Mangan never expected to be part of a throuple. Neither did her two partners, Martha Beck and Karen Gerdes who had been together for several decades before Rowan came into their lives. Today, the three women are in a monogamous relationship with one another and are raising a toddler after Rowan gave birth to their daughter during the pandemic.In this No Filter episode Mia Freedman asks Rowan how it all works. How did they decide they wanted to be together? How did...
Published 05/05/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Johann here. Subscribe to MamamiaThis is a story about a massive dilemma we're all about to face. What if there was a 'magic pill' that could turn off your appetite? Would you take it? Ozempic and other weight loss injections are predicted to have as much impact on our culture as smartphones. Johann Hari is a journalist and best-selling author who has been taking Ozempic for more than a year and it's changed his life. For better and for...
Published 04/28/24
Subscribe to MamamiaMarian Keyes, one of the most successful authors in the world, has forgotten how to read three times.Once when she fell into a pit of depression that lasted four years and nearly cost her her marriage and her life. Once at the start of Covid. And last year, after her father died. Marian joins Mia Freedman to reveal how she got through it, as well as how she let go of bitterness and grief that came with not being able to have children with her husband.And despite thinking...
Published 04/21/24
Subscribe to MamamiaOn September 10, 2023,  17-year-old Fletcher Crowley’s life changed in an instant when an ordinary day out with his mates went bad. In that moment, his whole family was impacted in ways they’re only just starting to understand. So six months later, how are they doing? Fletcher and his parents, Nicky and Pat join Mia Freedman to talk about that day and the unexpected aftermath.You can help the Crowley family and many others by signing this petition to get PBS approval for a...
Published 04/14/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Tammy here. Subscribe to MamamiaTammy Hembrow is rich, famous and entirely self-made. At just 29, she has two thriving businesses worth an estimated $50m, three kids, two ex fiancés, she’s getting married in a few months to a man she insists is the love of her life.Yes, back in 2018 she had an unfortunate incident at Kylie Jenner’s 21st that was a low point in her life. It was made far worse by the fact it was captured by paparazzi whose...
Published 04/07/24
Subscribe to MamamiaJames Foley’s death was unimaginable. He was a journalist held hostage by ISIS for two years in Syria and killed in 2014 as a threat to America. Footage of him wearing an orange jumpsuit, forcibly reading a message before being beheaded was posted to Twitter. The media coverage of the event had the second most recognition in recent American history after 9/11.His mother Diane Foley’s determination to understand her son’s fate led her to meeting with one of the men...
Published 03/31/24
You can hear the second half of Mia's conversation with Annie here. Subscribe to Mamamia At the intersection of sex, marketing and the gig economy, you will find Annie Knight, who has been branded ‘Australia’s Most Sexually Active Woman’.Annie is a 27-year-old Brisbane woman who makes her own sex content and sells it to subscribers via Only Fans where she is in the top 0.02% of creators on the platform. Only Fans became wildly popular during the pandemic, with thousands of Australians...
Published 03/24/24
Subscribe to Mamamia When Kayla Itsines’ fitness empire was at its peak, she’d just had her first baby. Behind the scenes she was feeling her absolute worst and was internally screaming “when is this gonna get better?”She ended her relationship with her business partner and fiance Tobi Pearce and they later sold their company for hundreds of millions of dollars. They’ve just bought it back. They’re now co-owners and co-parents, while Kayla is now married to someone else and has had her...
Published 03/17/24
Support Mamamia With the news that a man has been charged with the murder of Samantha Murphy after she disappeared in Ballarat when she went for a Sunday morning run near her home six weeks ago, women are feeling heartsick and despairing and furious and so very tired at what seems like the impossible task of staying safe while trying to live our lives. In this special episode, Mia Freedman has a message for our brothers, our fathers, our partners, our lovers, our friends, our sons and our...
Published 03/12/24