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Some TV shows transcend the market they are directed at and Bluey is definitely in that category. Especially in my house! Daley Pearson is a co founder of Ludo Studio, the Brisbane-based production company behind Australia's most watched TV series which has more than 350 million downloads and is now a global hit. Ludo has won three Emmy Awards, a L…
 
Bob Brown has lived a life of activism. From nearly 30 years in state and federal Parliament to leading a truck convoy protesting against a coal mine and establishing his own foundation which 'takes action for Earth', Bob has been on the frontline for decades. Oh, he's also a trained medical doctor, Australia's first openly gay Member of Parliament…
 
John Morris is a rugby league legend, playing 300 first grade games before his career was ended by injury. He transitioned to coaching straight away, taking charge of the Cronulla Sharks first grade team while still in his 30s, leading them to consecutive finals appearances in the midst of Covid, a transitioning playing list and other controversy. …
 
Natasha Stott Despoja entered the Australian Parliament in her twenties and went on to represent South Australia and the Australian Democrats for 13 years, including a period as leader. Post politics, Natasha has worked in the media and led a life of service. She is most well known for her work in gender equality and in 2020 was elected to the Unit…
 
Many international listeners would identify Australia's beach-going lifestyle with one patch of sand in Sydney, largely thanks to today's guest and his colleagues. Born and bred in Bondi, Andy "Reidy" Reid is most well-known for his role as a lifeguard on worldwide TV hit, Bondi Rescue. There's more to Reidy than his day job and subsequent TV fame.…
 
Polish-Australian Felicia Jedrasiak spent her teenage years in a German concentration camp and working as forced labour on a soldier's farm. Yet her life has been full of so much joy. Mrs Jay has lived an extraordinary life. From the tiny village of Ruda Różaniecka in Poland, to Majdanek concentration camp, and a refugee camp in Italy where she fou…
 
Reece Hignell has a lifelong love of food. In particular, his Nan's cakes. Reece's passion took him to Australian MasterChef twice, and more recently to open his own bakery, Cakeboi in Newcastle. While people are travelling from across the country to nab one of Reece's cakes, I'm fortunately, or unfortunately if you ask my retired athlete body, jus…
 
Alex McKinnon was an up and coming 22 year old rugby league first grader when his life changed in one infamous tackle. The spinal injury he suffered, meant no more footy and life in a wheelchair. We chat parenting with a disability, finding your place in life post sporting career and reflect on what its like as a wheelchair user in Australia.…
 
Peter V'Landys loved horse racing and rugby league, sports followed by millions of Australians. As an administrator the goal was to contribute to one. Then he was appointed to roles in both, working concurrently in two of the highest profile sports administration jobs in the country. When Covid hit V'Landys applied what he'd learnt in horse racing …
 
Today is Australia Day. My thoughts around this day have changed over the last couple of decades, even more so in recent years. I know people have differing relationships with this day and what it means to be Australian. It's complicated. Here are a few snippets from previous guests diving into the premise of Tiny Island, about what it means to the…
 
I spent close to six months a year and four of the previous five elections in the US when I was racing, so have a healthy interest in what's happening across the Pacific. ABC journalist Matt Bevan shares my interest-and passion-so it was great to sit down for a yarn about the current state of affairs and what impact the Trump years have had on our …
 
Who has set a 2021 diet or weight loss resolution? I'd be lying if I said it wasn't bouncing through my head when 1 January clicked over. Well, our guest this week is Alicia Edge the Co-Founder/CEO and Principal Dietitian at Compeat Nutrition. Compeat Nutrition utilises an innovative service platform to educate, support and empower people to their …
 
On the back of four first class matches, Nathan Lyon was thrown in the deep end to bowl for the Australian test cricket team. He's now the third highest Australian test wicket taker in history. But his two greatest moments in the green and gold don't involve a ball or a bat. Tune in to learn what they have been and hear more from an unsung Australi…
 
Malcolm Turnbull is a man who never sits still. From tech startups, high profile law cases, running cattle or running Australia as Prime Minister, his life has been varied and colourful. There have only been 30 Prime Minister's of Australia so it is always an honour to sit down and have a yarn with one.…
 
Winner of three of the four tennis majors in singles. Winner of all four in doubles. World number one in both... Five times Davis Cup winner as a player, once as captain. One of our best ever tennis players and fighting with Merv Hughes for all-time best mo... John Newcombe is an Aussie legend and it was a pleasure to share some time to talk tennis…
 
What's it like to represent your country at an Olympic Games and World Championship but not be known to almost all of the population? Welcome to the life of aerial skier, Sam Wells. Sam represented Australia at two Winter Olympics before retiring from her sport in 2018. Her journey from self confessed average gymnast with a major injury, to Olympia…
 
We all know Paul Hogan threw the shrimp on the barbie, but who got Bob Hawke to buy the prawns? Former Federal Minister John Brown was the man who sold the beauty of Australia to the US in the 1980s and helped Sydney secure the 2000 Olympics. Beyond his Parliamentary career, John and his Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, helped hundreds of Austra…
 
When I was racing, every year I would treat myself to a cut-throat shave at a New York City barber on the 1st of Movember. Not for the 0.1 of a second aerodynamic advantage in the marathon two days later, but to kick-start my annual mo growth, helping to raise awareness and sometimes funds, for Movember, the leading charity changing the face of men…
 
A sporting career is finite but there's life either side to consider for all athletes. For elite sportswomen wanting to start a family, it's even more complex. For an Olympian in a contact sport, next level. Welcome to the life of 2016 Rio Olympic gold medallist in women's rugby 7s, Alicia Quirk.Di Kurt Fearnley
 
I recently had former Managing Director of the ABC on the pod where we spoke about the current state of Australian media. This episode was an opportunity to hear from someone who has sat on the other side of the fence, John Hartigan, former Chair and CEO of News Limited. John has sat in many chairs and our paths have crossed on the board of Paralym…
 
Sometimes we need a voice to fight for a cause when we are silenced. Sister Diana Santleben has been that voice, a very loud one at that, for hundreds of refugees and other Australians throughout her life. A wonderful member of my community in Newcastle, Sister Di is a cracking Aussie.Di Kurt Fearnley
 
Mark Scott is one of Australia's best known public servants. As the managing director of the ABC for 10 years he oversaw the introduction of Australia's first 24 hour news channel and a big shift towards digital delivery of content. As the current secretary of the NSW Department of Education he is taking on the epic battle of ensuring hundreds of t…
 
We've all moved and grooved to the sounds of this week's guest, Kirk Pengilly of INXS. Kirk and I have crossed paths a few times over the years and it was nice to sit down and deep dive into his life as an 80s rock god. But I think Kirk is best described by my dad "he'd fit in at the Carcoar pub".Di Kurt Fearnley
 
Craig Hamilton has had a successful and varied career. He has worked as an underground coal miner, radio sports commentator and is a mental health advocate, speaker and author. As a Beyond Blue Ambassador, Craig provides an insight into what it is like to experience a mental health condition and gives hope and encouragement to others. Craig is prob…
 
Lawrie McKinna has worn many hats and shirts! He arrived in Australia from Scotland in the 80s as a professional footballer, before moving into coaching and management in the national league and in China, with a sidestep into local government in between. Now in football administration as CEO of the Newcastle Jets, Lawrie brings his own perspective …
 
Victories shared are the sweetest and Adam Spencer helped me share mine with thousands. I fondly remember shooting down Fifth Avenue in a chauffeured car after winning the New York Marathon, alone but thanks to Adam and ABC radio, talking to a city of millions back home. Author, presenter, mathematician, Adam wears many caps and it was great to cat…
 
There are always challenges as a parent. For me, it can be that tough night, awake at 4 in the morning, seemingly tortured through lack of sleep, feeling like it will never end. When I first met Kamalle Dabboussy I was having one of those nights. Kamalle's pain though, is on a different level with no end in sight. His child is trapped in Syria alon…
 
Georgie Gardner is a face and name known to most Australians. She's been in our living rooms for more than 25 years and is one of few news presenters and journalists to work across our three main commercial television stations. In 2019, she was part of the first all-woman main presenter duos on Australian breakfast TV, when Deborah Knight joined he…
 
Jordan O'Reilly is the co-founder and CEO of Hireup, an online platform connecting Australians with disability with support workers who fit their needs and share their interests. Last year Hireup was named Google.org Impact Challenge winner & named Australia's 2017 fastest growing tech company name by Deloitte.…
 
Wil Anderson is an Australian comedian, writer, presenter, and podcaster. Wil's rise to prominence started in 2000 when he co-hosted the triple j breakfast radio show with Adam Spencer. Between 2001 and 2006, Wil hosted the comedy talk-show The Glass House & is currently the executive producer and host of The Gruen Transfer. Wil also hosts numerous…
 
Liesl Tesch is one of those Australians who keeps challenging herself and coming out on top. School teacher, Paralympic medalist in two sports, world champion, Sydney to Hobart sailor, Member of Parliament, the list is long! I've known Liesl for 20 years and it was lovely to have a chat and reflect on sporting career and beyond.…
 
Justin Hales wanted to revisit his childhood love of caravanning. When searching for the perfect van to hire, he couldn’t help but notice all of the un-used caravans and campers sitting on driveways around his neighbourhood. A stackload of entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for making camping holidays more accessible and investment from a local busi…
 
Nat Heath is a graduate of the Indigenous Marathon Project(IMP) and now Board Member of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF). Working in Indigenous mentoring and education his entire career, we speak about the importance of education and the difference it can make in lives. And we take time to digest some of the many issues currently being tack…
 
Dave Rickards was a co-founder and CEO of Crazy Clints Bargain Stores in Australia from 1979 - 2001. Having sold this business in 2001, he along with his wife Kerry embarked upon a personal journey of giving. In 2010, they set up the DAK Foundation.​ Now they are one of Australia's most active philanthropic donors.…
 
Cheryl Salisbury may not be a household name but she is a one of the giants of Australian Sport. Cheryl was captain of the Australian female national team, the Matildas. A fierce competitor on the field, Cheryl make her debut in 1994 and went on to play 151 games for the green and gold, a record number of caps for a female or male player. Cheryl’s …
 
The last Tiny Island Podcast I recorded while I was on the road working, was literally recorded while I was on "The Road". Steve Mooney has picked me up and drove me across QLD for the last 3 years. Steve has an infectious energy about him. He's been in the chauffeur game for ten years and is never short of a story to tell.…
 
From the Amazon jungle to the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, Chad Carey along with Business partner Greg Carter have grown a travel business, discussed over a few beers into Chimu Adventures offering adventures across South America & stretching into voyages down to Antartica. We speak whilst crossing the Drake Passage returning from Antarctica in the…
 
While COVID19 turns our lives upside down, it's important to stop and learn from people who have learnt to thrive in what others perceive to be turbulence. Today we talk to Linda Hughes about constantly adjusting to what life throws in her direction while balancing the supports and complexity of high needs disability. Linda is a fierce social justi…
 
Dr Erika Chapman Burgess has a great Australian story of success, after a childhood which was a little complex. At times it was hectic beyond imagination. Erika was one of five who were all born on the same day. As an Indigenous quintuplet growing up in Glen Innes life was a bit different. But Erika (and her siblings!) has shown there's nothing wro…
 
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