Something To Talk About
Something To Talk About
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From the title that sets the news agenda every week, Something To Talk About sees Stellar editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand sit down with a diverse range of guests - from household names to news identities and everyday people with a compelling story to share - for exclusive interviews and thought-provoking in-depth conversations. A new episode of Something To Talk About is published every Saturday evening.
Leah Purcell has worn a number of different hats across her prolific career. Actor. Director. Author. And yes… even a stint as Shania Twain’s support act. But beyond the accolades and the awards, it’s her behind-the-scenes work in which she takes the most pride - whether acting as a First Nations cultural advisor on set, or mentoring thousands of Indigenous actors and performers over the years. Today, Leah sits down with Something To Talk About to discuss the scope of her influential career, but also to speak frankly about her devastation over the Voice to Parliament referendum, the mother whose death she says “set me free” and the difficult but joyous childhood that led her to where she is today. High Country will premiere with a double episode on Tuesday March 19, exclusively on Binge. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
At first glance, they may not seem to have much in common. Julie Bishop is a former foreign minister and current university chancellor, while Pip Edwards is co-founder and creative director of one of the country’s most successful activewear brands. But in the past five years, they have forged an unlikely yet extremely close friendship that has endured despite their vastly different backgrounds, careers, ages and family circumstances. So what happens when you put Bishop and Edwards - who are undoubtedly two of the most talked-about women in Australia - in front of a microphone? We invited them in to the studio for a lively and free-flowing conversation to find out what they have to say about supporting each other through media scandals and relationship woes, how they handle the paparazzi (even the ones who - yes - hide behind garbage bins), their mutual fashion for passion and what they’re texting to one another in private. You can find Julie Bishop on Instagram @honjuliebishop, or check out her website for more information. You can find Pip Edwards on Instagram, or via her website P.E Nation. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
She rose to fame as the literal girl next door on the hit TV series Packed To The Rafters, but actor Zoë Ventoura has always remained something of an enigma. In fact, she has so carefully maintained her privacy that no-one even knew she was pregnant until after her son was born. Over the course of her two-decade career in show business, she has only reluctantly revealed much about herself. Until now. In her most in-depth interview yet, Zoë joins Something To Talk About and opens up about why she chooses to be so guarded, her quest to keep her young son’s face off social media (and away from the paparazzi), why her current onstage role in Chicago: The Musical is actually a return to her performing roots - and the surprising new career path she just might embark upon someday. Chicago: The Musical is playing in Melbourne from March 23, Sydney from June 9 and Adelaide from August 4. Visit chicagomusical.com.au Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Radio and television presenter Erin Molan - who joins Stellar as a regular columnist this year - sits down with Something To Talk About for a poignant and at times heartbreaking conversation about the war she has waged against her own body since the age of 14. Speaking frankly about the loathing, disgust and punishment she unleashed on herself for more than 20 years as she built a career in the high-pressure world of network television, Erin reveals how she finally reached a point where she’d had enough - and explains why she is now letting go of self-judgement - both for her own sake and the sake of her young daughter. If this episode raises any issues or concerns, you can reach out to the Butterfly Foundation, or call Lifeline on 13 14 11. You can hear Erin each morning on 2DAYFM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin. Listen to our previous conversation with Erin Molan here. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break, we are revisiting some of the most candid and revealing moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on this podcast over the past year. Even at a time when more taboos are being broken than ever before, the topic of money is still not considered to be polite dinner-table conversation. But while gloating about wealth or prying into the salary of a relative or friend is one thing, a wider discussion around financial security and literacy is something more of us are growing comfortable with – particularly women. When Jackie O sat down in conversation with Something To Talk About in May, she was asked about her decision to show up in person at an auction to buy her luxurious new home. “I hate showing off wealth,” she explained, “but at the same time, I shouldn’t be embarrassed by it.” It was an exchange that ignited countless headlines and prompted many follow-up conversations about how Jackie O has become an example of a woman feeling comfortable about her earning power. Michelle Bridge later told Something To Talk About how Jackie had inspired her to also be more upfront and proud of the empire she has built. And as somebody who works with women’s community shelters, Michelle is also mindful of the importance of women taking control of their finances, particularly given women over 55 are the fastest-growing demographic of homeless people in Australia. Sally Obermeder, meanwhile, was also very open about the highs and lows of her path to launching a successful business, including the hard-won lessons she and her co-founder sister learnt along the way. Despite starting her career as a finance reporter, Sally was also very honest about the steep learning curve she embarked on to attain financial literacy. And given we are in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, self-described finance nerd David Koch shared the advice he would give to those who want to build a secure future in challenging times. And then there was Sarah Wilson, who also generated headlines across the country when she explained how and why she has stopped buying things, and issued a friendly challenge to her fellow Australians to discover the stress-free joys in curbing our consumption. Hear the full conversation with each of the five guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Jackie O here. Listen to Sally Obermeder here. Listen to David Koch here. Listen to Michelle Bridges here. Listen to Sarah Wilson here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break, we are revisiting some of the most candid and revealing moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on this podcast over the past year. If ever anyone needed proof that women are increasingly refusing to disappear from public life once they reach an age that would once have seen them supposedly past their “expiry date”, then they would find it in this sixth episode of the Something To Talk About summer series, And it’s not just career success that so many Australian women are finding in their late forties, fifties, sixties and seventies - they are also discovering that with age comes, yes, wisdom, but also happiness, self-confidence and a sense of calm. Today’s episode features four such women at the top of their game both professionally and personally, including Nicole Kidman, who says that at 56, she is revelling in making what she calls “teenage choices” when it comes to everything from the roles she chooses to the clothes that she wears. Rebecca Gibney - who turns 60 at the end of this year but often still thinks she’s 35 years old, declares that she is still acting by the age of 90, she plans to be less Driving Miss Daisy and more Betty White. Ahead of turning 50 later this year, Asher Keddie reflects on the hard won joys of working and living in a time when women’s voices, and stories, are being listened to and celebrated more than ever - while Liz Hayes, another fixture of Australian TV, reveals how she stared down sexism throughout her career to remain on screen much longer than she would have ever thought possible when starting out as a young reporter. Hear the full conversation with each of the four guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Nicole Kidman here. Listen to Liz Hayes here. Listen to Asher Keddie here. Listen to Rebecca Gibney here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes very soon Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break, we are revisiting some of the most emotional and revealing moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on this podcast over the past year. The complex issue of becoming a parent, or the conscious decision not to, is at the heart of today’s episode. We begin by revisiting our powerful conversation with influencer and cult brand co-founder Sarah Davidson, who shared her experience of pregnancy loss with Something To Talk About to break the taboo around speaking publicly about miscarriage - especially given Sarah found it impossible to find stories of other women who had experienced pregnancy loss but were yet to conceive again. After opening up about her heartache and grief after miscarrying last year when she and her husband Nick decided to start trying for a baby, Sarah and Nick have since shared a happy update with her followers - they are expecting a baby boy later this year. This issue was also at the centre of my interview with British author and podcaster Elizabeth Day, who spoke with such candour that she moved many listeners to tears when detailing the anger, the grief - and ultimately, the acceptance - that she experienced when coming to terms with this chapter of her life. Having famously coined the term ‘fertility privilege’, Elizabeth had many thought-provoking observations as to what we should and shouldn’t share on social media when navigating baby news. And how can we support the people in our lives who have had that choice taken away from them? With these conversations being brought to the fore more than ever before; as Michelle Andrews of the Shameless Media empire told Something To Talk About, the decisions regarding if and when to have children is her ‘Roman Empire’. At 29, Michelle explained how the dialogue around babies, pregnancy and pregnancy loss is not only the issue keeping her up at night, but occupying the minds of many of her generation. And what of those who have decided to be childfree, and yet are forced to contend with the judgement and unsolicited questions from others over that decision? Maria Thattil is one such woman, and as she told this podcast, the choice to raise a child shouldn’t be made to fix something in your life or appease the people around you. But for those who are equally certain they do want to have children, radio presenter Fifi Box has demonstrated that there are many different ways to create a family. As a single mother to two beautiful daughters, the youngest of whom was conceived via IVF, Fifi was incredibly generous in talking Something To Talk About’s listeners through the highs and lows of that process. A warning that today’s episode touches on subject matter that could be triggering for some listeners. For support or information about pregnancy loss, visit miscarriageaustralia.com.au Hear the full conversation with each of the guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Sarah Davidson here. Listen to Elizabeth Day here. Listen to Michelle Andrews here. Liston to Maria Thattil here. Listen to Fifi Box here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break, we are revisiting some of the most emotional and revealing moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on this podcast over the past year. “So, what’s going on in your love life?” It’s the question many of us will have been forced to contend with during social gatherings and family dinners over the festive season and summer holidays. You may be newly separated, and everybody wants to know when you plan to recouple. Or perhaps you’re perennially single and constantly enduring the well-meaning - but, let’s be honest, often irritating - intentions from a friend or family member keen to play matchmaker. But what if you weren’t just dealing with romantic queries from friends and family, but also from total strangers? What if every time you were photographed with another person - whether it be a friend, a colleague or maybe even a neighbour you run into at the dog park - everyone automatically assumed they must be your new significant other and start speculating as to when you will be setting a date for the wedding? This is the experience that has been shared by each of today’s guests in this fourth episode of our summer series - from eligible bachelors Dr Chris Brown and Tony Armstrong (although Tony recently hard-launched a romance, so he’s officially off the market) to some of the country’s most sought-after women, including Abbie Chatfield and Jackie O. And what happens when you have emerged from a relationship breakdown or divorce that played out in public, only to then contend with the judgement - and scrutiny - of the general public as you move on with your life? That’s been the experience of Liz Hayes, Erin Molan and Michelle Bridges, who also feature in this latest instalment of the Something To Talk About summer series. Hear the full conversation with each of the seven guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Jackie O here. Listen to Michelle Bridges here. Listen to Dr Chris Brown here. Listen to Erin Molan here. Listen to Liz Hayes here. Listen to Tony Armstrong here. Listen to Abbie Chatfield here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break, we are revisiting some of the most emotional and revealing moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on this podcast over the past year. This third episode of the Something To Talk About summer series finds us about to begin a new year - a time many of us pause to both look ahead to the future and reflect on the year that was, including grieving those we have lost and re-evaluating the dark times we have navigated. Amid the fireworks and celebrations, this can be an isolating time, so today we’re revisiting some of the most raw and intimate conversations that have taken place on Something To Talk About. We begin with Chloe Lattanzi, who spoke to Something To Talk About ahead of the one-year anniversary of the death of her mother, Olivia Newton-John. It is a moving conversation about grief, as is our interview with Waleed Aly, who opens up about spending time with his mother-in-law in her final hours, and how it brought closure - particularly given he was unable to be with his own father when he passed a decade ago. We also hear from those who have grappled with - and chosen to be open about - struggles related to their mental health. Abbie Chatfield explains how her ADHD diagnosis brought new clarity and helped her better understand her behaviour, while Brooke Blurton reveals how a childhood that left her feeling like an outcast to the wider Australian community informs her passion to fight for representation for First Nations people. Current Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt fires up about why accepting and celebrating our bodies is a decision we’ll never regret, while Lisa Greenberg gives a searingly honest account of living with - and finally confronting - alcohol addiction. If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Hear the full conversation with each of the six guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Chloe Lattanzi here. Listen to Waleed Aly here. Listen to Abbie Chatfield here. Listen to Brooke Blurton here. Listen to Taryn Brumfitt here. Listen to Lisa Greenberg here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break over Christmas and New Year, we are revisiting some of the most memorable moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation over the past year. Today’s episode is being released at a time of year when we are bombarded with images of happy families celebrating the Christmas holidays. Even in 2023, the greeting card definition of what a family looks like is still often of a mum, dad, two children, a dog and a white picket fence. In some households, of course, that is exactly what their family does look like. But with around 30% of marriages in this country ending in divorce, many households look very different to what is being reflected back at them in popular culture this festive season. In this episode, we revisit a few candid conversations with high-profile Australian women including Miranda Kerr, Jackie O, Michelle Bridges and Sarah Harris - all of whom opened up about their personal experience of navigating a marriage breakdown without bitterness, and shared their insights into co-parenting their children with an ex in the most positive way possible. We also hear from Sophie Cachia, who wrote a memoir about the moment she realised she was attracted to women - several years into her marriage with the father of her two children. And, of course, there is our conversation with a recently separated Natalie Bassingthwaighte where she spoke for the first time about being in a relationship with a woman - and reflected on her ex husband’s unwavering support during this new chapter of her life. Whatever your family looks like this holiday season, we hope you’ll find something that resonates with you in this episode of the Something To Talk About summer series. Hear the full conversation with each of the guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Miranda Kerr here. Listen to Sophie Cachia here. Listen to Jackie O here. Listen to Michelle Bridges here. Listen to Sarah Harris here. Listen to Natalie Bassingthwaighte here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
While Something To Talk About takes a break over Christmas and New Year, we are revisiting some of the most revealing and candid moments from the almost 50 guests who have joined us in conversation on the podcast over the past year. In the first episode of the Something To Talk About summer series, we speak to some of the famous Australians who took centre stage once again in 2023 after being “cancelled”. Whether taken to task for voicing an unpopular or controversial opinion, publicly shamed after having an intimate moment splashed across the headlines; roundly condemned and fired for an error of judgement; or even vilified for the way they laugh; each of the four very different women you’ll hear from today have found themselves dealing with public backlash on a scale very few of us can imagine. From Georgia Love, who was famously cancelled after a social media post prompted accusations of casual racism, to Kate Langbroek who has vowed to keep speaking her mind with a directness she knows can be dangerous on national TV. And from Jessica Rowe, whose ill-fated time on breakfast television 15 years ago unleashed a barrage of cruel commentary to Candice Warner, who survived a scandal that haunted her for years, impacting her career, her family and her mental health. At a time when we constantly hear about the concept of cancel culture, these are people who have experienced it first hand - and have emerged to share their stories about what happens on the other side of getting cancelled. If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Hear the full conversation with each of the four guests featured in this episode here: Listen to Kate Langbroek here. Listen to Georgia Love here. Listen to Candice Warner here. Listen to Jess Rowe here. Something To Talk About will return with brand new episodes in late January 2024 Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
She has starred in not just one, but several of Australia’s most iconic and beloved TV shows of all time – with a cabinet full of Logie Awards to prove it. So what is the secret to Rebecca Gibney’s success? According to the woman herself, the answer is kindness. She recalls being told as a young actor by a co-star that the best advice he could give her to build a long term career was to treat everyone with respect. “Sometimes I'm not the best actor for the job,” Rebecca insists in this interview with Something To Talk About, “but I know people will employ me because they'll go: she's going to show up on time, she's going to know her lines and she's going to be kind.” It’s an attitude that has not only helped the Packed to the Rafters star become one of the most popular and acclaimed actors in the country, but has served her well offscreen, too. As she explains in this episode, kindness and a lack of ego has played a key role in her marriage, helped her navigate the trauma of a childhood shaped by domestic violence, kept her grounded in her faith and taught her the value of being a little kinder to herself. As someone who has been open about mental health struggles and family violence long before such issues became part of the national conversation, her honesty has had a profound impact on many – a candour she now extends to sharing make-up free selfies on social media to help make other women feel better about themselves. And as she looks ahead to celebrating her 60th birthday next year, she gets frank about what she calls the “privilege” of growing older. So what does she think of the famous joke that there are only three ages for women to play onscreen: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy? You can see Rebecca in the Stan Original Series, Prosper premiering January 2024 on Stan. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What would you do if you came into a financial windfall? Maybe buy a new car, finally book that dream holiday or take your loved ones on a shopping spree? Author, media personality and podcast host Sarah Wilson decided to do something entirely different. After selling her I Quit Sugar Empire, she gave the proceeds away and opted to live WITHIN her means. As you’ll hear in today’s episode, Sarah admits that her modest lifestyle in a “tiny apartment in Paris” is not for everyone - but one she believes can help each of us reduce our anxiety, and find joy in simplifying our overcrowded, over-committed lives. It’s only one of many thought-provoking subjects Sarah weighs into, also sharing her thoughts on the impact of the iPhone on society, why she thinks younger men prefer to date older women - and gives a surprising insight into why, despite being the former host of MasterChef Australia, she doesn’t believe there is a place for women like her on mainstream television in this country. Yes, there’s not only a lot to talk about - but a lot to think about. As Sarah says: “I think it’s a time in history when we’ve got to answer honestly.” CONTENT WARNING: This conversation touches on suicidal ideation Sarah Wilson’s podcast Wild is available now. To subscribe to Sarah’s newsletter, visit sarahwilson.substack.com Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’ve all heard a lot about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle falling out with the royal family. But what if the real tension was between Prince William and King Charles III? And while it’s Meghan who has been widely blamed for Megxit, what if she was actually the one willing to stick it out - and it was Harry who was determined to walk away? Now, facing a crossroads more than a year after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, will the royals decide to modernise and embrace diversity to reflect the wider demographic of the Commonwealth? Or does the monarchy’s future lie in only appealing to a certain part of the British population? And what of Australia? Will the growing tension and rivalry within the firm- particularly between Charles and his eldest son William - put the idea of a republic back on the table? And what if, for all the breathless speculation about a catfight between Meghan and Kate Middleton (and yes, her official title is Catherine, Princess of Wales, but she is also known as Kate - we’ll get to that too), the real problem was in fact the broken relationship between brothers Harry and William? And for those who might be rolling their eyes at another deep dive into palace politics, then is it simply time for Harry and Meghan to listen to their critics, stop complaining and count their blessings? All of this is at the heart of this special bonus episode of Something To Talk About with Omid Scobie, the royal correspondent who famously co-authored the 2020 Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom – and now the new book, Endgame: Inside The Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival, which has already made headlines around the world. His detractors like to portray him as the couple’s mouthpiece – but Omid believes that’s a predictable label that says more about the double standards in play than it does about him. Omid Scobie’s new book, Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival, is available now. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For the past two decades, Asher Keddie has been a reliable presence in living rooms across the country - and one of the most popular actors of her generation. But despite her success - or, perhaps, because of it - she did not always feel at ease with her fame. In this episode of Something To Talk About, Asher sits down for a reflective chat as she looks back on the dizzying yet disconcerting experience of becoming a household name thanks to her starring roles in the hit TV series Love My Way and Offspring and explains how, in her mid-forties, she finally began to enjoy the fruits of her labours. She also discusses her role on the new comedy drama Strife, her marriage to artist Vincent Fantauzzo and - as she looks ahead to turning 50 next year - the bittersweet perspective she has on being an “older mother” to an eight-year-old son. Every episode of Strife will be available exclusively on Binge from December 6. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After 25 years in the industry, Natalie Bassingthwaighte has plenty to talk about - including what to expect when she takes the stage at an upcoming tribute concert honouring the late George Michael; getting frank about ageing in the spotlight and the judgement that women receive for undergoing cosmetic procedures; and how she really felt when she found out that Neighbours was returning after she joined some of Ramsay Street's other most famous residents for its short-lived farewell. There's also her recent separation from her husband, Cameron McGlinchey, with whom she shares two children. In this wide-ranging and at times highly emotional episode of Something To Talk About, she speaks about that publicly for the first time and also reveals she is in a new relationship that “makes my heart smile.” George Michael: Freedom! A Celebration With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is at 7.30pm on December 9 at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. For more details, visit ticketek.com.au. Find more from Stellar via Instagram @stellarmag or pick up a copy inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sally Obermeder knows a lot about wellness, not only as the CEO and co-founder of superfood, skincare and supplement empire Swiish, but also as a cancer survivor who in 2011 was faced with the reality that she might not make it to the 50th birthday she celebrated earlier this year. Today, Sally - who is also a mum of two, media personality and a cast member on The Real Housewives of Sydney - sits down to explain that while she is proud of her successes, and remains in good health, there has been a lot of struggle behind her shine. She gets candid about the financial realities of running a small business, and shares a very funny story about the time she and her sister and business partner learnt they were facing bankruptcy… just as they were living the high-life in a poolside cabana at a fancy hotel. Sally also tells us about how the sacrifices her parents made set her up for the future, fires up about the way society cuts down women who are ambitious and explains why - despite her gratitude for all that she’s achieved - she can’t bear to be told that she’s “killing it”. You can find out more about what Sally is up to at SWIISH.com or via her Instagram @sallyobermeder. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Before she became a regular presence on TV screens across Australia, veteran journalist Liz Hayes was simply Beth Ryan, the daughter of a dairy farmer and a housewife in rural New South Wales. Now, as she looks back on her extraordinary life and career in a new memoir, Liz joins Something To Talk About for a thought-provoking and often very funny conversation about the places she has been, the people she has met and the things she has seen. (And trust us, there have been plenty.) Liz considers how the success she achieved across the past several decades mirrored the struggles and triumphs that so many women of her generation endured as they battled societal expectations and came up against “alpha males” along the way. She’s also full of fascinating anecdotes, whether reminiscing about the “hysterical moment” her then-flatmate Richard Wilkins encountered an A-list celebrity in her bedroom or marvelling at the phone call she received from former prime minister Bob Hawke, who invited her to join him on a private jet to the Gold Coast. And for the first time, Liz clears the air on her recently resurfaced 2012 interview with disgraced comedian and actor Russell Brand. I’m Liz Hayes from HarperCollins is available online and in-store from November 15. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you were to sum up The Project host Sarah Harris’ life at the moment in one word, you couldn’t get more precise than “chaos”. Since sliding into the seat formerly occupied by Carrie Bickmore nearly a year ago, Harris has managed the juggle of work and motherhood with military precision. She splits her week across two cities and co-parents two young sons with her ex-husband - all of which, by her own admission, has taken a toll on her ability to keep up with friends. And don’t even think about asking her to re-enter the dating scene right now. As she reflects on the whirlwind of her past year in a conversation with Something To Talk About, Sarah gives some candid insights into how she makes it all work and explains just how much her life has changed since she took on one of the most highly scrutinised jobs in the country. You can see Sarah Harris on the Project, Sunday through Thursday on Channel 10 or 10Play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Five years ago, Michelle Andrews was a pop-culture obsessed writer who decided to trust her instincts and - along with her co-worker Zara McDonald, sit down in front of a microphone and launch a podcast. Now, at the age of 29, the pair sit at the head of Shameless Media - a company that reaches millions of listeners in Australia and around the globe. In a thoughtful and lively conversation, Michelle explains how - despite the fact that "I don't even really know what we're doing sometimes" - she is finding joy and strength in owning her status as a voice of her generation. She also explains why caring about the minutiae of Taylor Swift's world tour or the Kardashian family's latest antics is not only a worthwhile endeavour, but also a lucrative one. And she speaks frankly and at length about the concerns that young women like her are grappling with in 2023, from romantic relationships plagued by loneliness to questions around fertility and when they should begin to think about starting a family. If you or anyone you know needs support, call 1800RESPECT. Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald's new book 4AM is available online and in-store now. You can see Zara and Michelle inside Stellar this weekend, or on Stellar's Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.