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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 h… read more

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The Empty Chair At The Christmas Table

December 16th, 2018


Christmas is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a day that's meant to be filled with joy and love. But what if you're not …

Samuel Johnson, One Year On

December 9th, 2018


This is the third time Mia has interviewed Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson for No Filter, but it may be their best conversation yet. 

A year on from …

Daniella Rule Has Raised Nine Daughters Alone

December 2nd, 2018


Some women love being pregnant and Western Australian mother, Daniella Rule is one of them.

From the age of 17 until she was 35, Daniella was …

Kevin Rudd Isn’t Bitter Anymore

November 25th, 2018


Australia has had six Prime Ministers in 11 years and it all started with Kevin Rudd.

In 2007 the country voted in the man known as Kevin ‘07. He was young and fresh and not John Howard.

But everything changed in 2010, …

Rize Up And Support Women

November 23rd, 2018


Each week, at least one woman is killed at the hands of a man who was supposed to love her. Because the thing about domestic violence, is that it …

Honor Eastly Says No Feeling Is Final

November 18th, 2018


Just a warning, this episode deals with issues surrounding mental health. If you need help, please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14

There have been four times in Honor Eastly’s life when she felt completely and utterly …

The Barefoot Investor Is A Terrible Celebrity

November 11th, 2018


Scott Pape sold 1.2 million copies of his first book The Barefoot Investor and changed the lives of a million Australians.

Even though he said …

Robyn Lawley Is Taking On Victoria's Secret

November 4th, 2018


When you think of Victoria’s Secret what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Fake angel wings? Diamond encrusted bras? A whole lot of beautiful …

The Untold Story Of Being James Packer

October 28th, 2018


The past three years of James Packer’s life have not been easy.

In October 2016, the 51-year-old businessman ended his very public engagement to …

Exposed: The Case Of Keli Lane

October 21st, 2018


By the age of  24, water polo player Keli Lane had accidentally fallen pregnant five times in seven years. The first two times, Keli terminated her …

Simmone Logue Lost Her Partner Before He Died

October 14th, 2018


Fine food entrepreneur Simmone Logue had relished 17 years of true love and companionship with celebrity agent Harry M. Miller, before he died of a …

John Wood Blew Up His Life To Change The World

October 11th, 2018


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John Wood was sitting at his desk in Beijing when he decided to blow up his life. He was 35, in a relationship - and working for Microsoft. It was the 90s. John was earning lots of …

Gabbie Stroud Broke Up With Teaching

October 7th, 2018


When Gabbie Stroud shut the door on her primary school classroom in 2014, she knew that she was leaving teaching forever. Between the growing …

When Leigh Sales' World Turned Upside Down

September 30th, 2018


The day your life turns upside down usually starts like any other. It’s ordinary, it’s normal. And then, life smacks you in the head and everything changes in an instant.

Leigh Sales has spent many years interviewing …

Serena Williams Wants You To Touch Yourself

September 29th, 2018


Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time. But in the 48 hours before Mia was due to sit down with her, the US Open happened, and Serena Williams was all over the news for all the wrong reasons.

So we …

Olivia Newton-John Just Gets On With It

September 23rd, 2018


It’s hard not to fangirl over Olivia Newton-John. She's Sandy from Grease! 

69-year-old Olivia has had some incredible highs in her life and some …

Sneak Peek: Serena Williams

September 23rd, 2018


After the fall out from the US Open, Mia Freedman sat down with Serena Williams to talk about what it's like when the world's eyes are on you, how her daughter Olympia comforted her when she got off the court and how …

Part 2: Katie Horneshaw's Sister Killed A Man

September 16th, 2018


On the last episode of No Filter, you heard from Mary Pershall whose daughter Anna, murdered the man she was living with during a descent into mental illness and drug addiction.

One of the aspects of Anna’s story that …

Part 1: Mary Pershall's Daughter Killed A Man

September 9th, 2018


What do you do when you receive a phone call saying that your daughter has murdered someone?

Mary Pershall spent 28 years trying to shield her youngest daughter Anna from her demons. First, it was anorexia, then other …

Germaine Greer Won't Be Defined By Her Rape

September 6th, 2018


This podcast will deal extensively with the subject of rape and won't be appropriate for all listeners. If this podcast does bring anything up for you then please call 1800 RESPECT.

When people think of feminism, they …

Moana Hope Insists She’s Not A Hero

September 2nd, 2018


Moana Hope is the breakthrough superstar of the AFL women’s competition, kicking goals first for Collingwood and now North Melbourne.

But funnily …

Kyl Myers Is Letting Her Child Choose Their Gender

August 26th, 2018


"Aw, are you having a boy or a girl?"

It's what every parent-to-be is asked as soon as the lines appear on the pee stick. But Kyl Myers and her partner Brent are two of a growing number of parents who refused to answer …

Malcolm Turnbull Hasn't Lost Everything

August 24th, 2018


Today Malcolm Turnbull was replaced as Prime Minister of Australia by former treasurer Scott Morrison after months of speculation political …

Osher Günsberg Is Not Who You Think He Is

August 19th, 2018


Osher Gunsberg is not who you think he is. Yes, he is the guy who hosts The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and is the boss of the roses. And yes, he …

Rick Morton Was Born Into Rural Royalty. Suddenly, He Was Dirt Poor

August 12th, 2018


Rick Morton was born the son of a cattle baron in far western Queensland. His backyard consisted of hundreds of thousands of acres. He went to school …

Lucy Peach Is A Period Unicorn

August 5th, 2018


Lucy Peach is a folk singer turned comedian turned period hacker. Yes, period hacker.

Lucy has worked out the secret to using your period for power.  …

Kerry Tucker Loved Being In Prison

July 29th, 2018


How do you prepare for prison? How do you tell your young daughters that you aren’t going to see them for a very long time?Kerry Tucker was jailed in …

Amy Molloy Was Widowed At 23

July 22nd, 2018


Amy Molloy has lived a big life.

She’s survived anorexia, was widowed at 23, divorced her second husband in her late 20’s, forged a new career, …

Wren and Ayla's Story: When Your Wife Is Trans

July 16th, 2018


Wren Holdom had been with her partner Ayla for almost a decade when a revelation in a Chinese restaurant turned their lives upside down. Learning …

Caitlin Moran Is An Optimistic Feminist Hero

July 8th, 2018


Caitlin Moran is a writer, columnist, novelist, dramatist and one of the most optimistic and funny writers on the planet. She’s published six books, …

A message from Glennon Doyle...

July 8th, 2018


The Teacher's Pet

July 1st, 2018


Lyn Dawson was 33 years old and the mother of two little girls when she went missing in January 1982. 

She was married to her high school sweetheart, …

Tara Westover Was Actively Planning For The End Of The World

June 24th, 2018


Tara Westover was 16 when she stepped into a classroom for the first time.

She didn’t know how to talk to her peers, had never heard of the Holocaust …

Maz Compton Doesn't Drink Anymore

June 17th, 2018


Maz Compton knew she had a problem with alcohol when she couldn’t stop saying yes to it. But she didn’t classify herself as an alcoholic.

She was …

The Reinventions Of Alannah Hill

June 10th, 2018


Alannah Hill the brand is one of the most iconic fashion labels in Australia but what about Alannah Hill the woman?

Mia first met Alannah 20 years ago when she was one of the biggest names in fashion. Since that time, …

A Message About Milan...

June 8th, 2018


A couple of months ago you may have heard my interview with Marilee Mai, the mother of a little girl called Milan who was diagnosed with an …

Elle Halliwell Faced Life And Death On The Same Weekend

June 3rd, 2018


In April 2016, Elle Halliwell was going about her life as fashion editor and showbiz reporter for The Sunday Telegraph.

She was fit, she ate healthily and she only drank on weekends.  Everything was fine...until she got …

Jessica Rowe Is Not Vanilla

May 27th, 2018


When self described crap housewife, journalist and presenter Jessica Rowe announced she would be leaving her job as co-host on Studio 10 to spend …

Liz Ellis Doesn't Like To Lose

May 20th, 2018


For the first 37 years of her life, Liz Ellis never planned on having kids.

The former Australian Netball captain met her husband, rugby union player Matthew Stocks, when she was in her early 20s.  After the birth of …

Jamelle Wells Knows Why We Are Fascinated With True Crime

May 13th, 2018


Jamelle Wells has spent the past ten years in New South Wales courtrooms. She’s not a judge, a lawyer or a serial criminal, she's a Court Reporter.

Since 2008 she's has been working for the ABC, covering some of the …

Sarah Ferguson On Losing Her Mum

May 12th, 2018


Sarah Ferguson is an award winning journalist, author, mother, wife and daughter.

A little under a year ago she received a phone call from her …

Don’t Tilt Your Head At Barry du Bois

May 6th, 2018


Barry du Bois is a great bloke. Everyone who knows him will tell you that. 

And even if you don't know him, he's one of those guys you see on TV and you just want to be mates with him. 

So last year, when the former …

Two Female Comedians Walk Into A Studio

April 29th, 2018


Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are two comedians from Byron Bay who tour the country with their stand up show Women Like Us. Between them, they have …

The Bachelor Phenomenon Explained

April 22nd, 2018


Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of The Bachelor? What the audition process is like? What it's like to be filmed on a first date?

Amy Kaufman is an LA Times reporter who writes a lot about TV, film …

Constance Hall Really Is A Queen

April 15th, 2018


In 2016 Constance Hall’s world changed forever after a Facebook post about 'parent sex' went unexpectedly, next-level viral. Constance had been sharing honest stories about raising her four kids online for years, but it …

Milan & Me: A Story Of Love And Hope

April 8th, 2018


What would you do if your 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer?

Last year Marilee Mai's daughter Milan was feeling under the weather …

Text Me When You Get Home

April 1st, 2018


Have you ever finished a night out with one of your girlfriends and asked her to text you when she gets home? American author Kayleen Schaefer has written a book about.

Kayleen wanted to examine and celebrate female …

Blanche d'Alpuget Spent 25 Years Longing For Bob Hawke

March 26th, 2018


Blanche d’Alpuget has spent 62 of her 74 years exploring lust, longing and a lifelong quest for love.

It was 1970 in Jakarta when a then married Blanche met a then married Robert Hawke. She thought his name was Robin. …

Melinda Hildebrandt Is Parenting By The Seat Of Her Pants

March 18th, 2018


For the past six years, Melinda Hildebrandt has been parenting by the seat of her pants.

Melinda had always dreamed of becoming a mother and that dream came true in 2012, when she gave birth to her daughter Amelia.

When …

Glennon Doyle's Life Has Blown Up Three Times

March 11th, 2018


In her 41 years, Glennon Doyle has worn a lot of very different capes.The best selling American author has been a recovering bulimic, alcoholic, drug …

Celeste Barber Will Accept Your Challenge

March 4th, 2018


Don’t underestimate Celeste Barber. Just because you’ve seen her recreating celebrity photos on Instagram doesn't mean that's all she's about.  …

Laura Brown Is The Funniest Woman In Fashion

February 25th, 2018


16 years ago, Australian journalist Laura Brown packed up her surburban life and moved to New York. Today, she is a media superstar and powerhouse as …

Sami Lukis Has Been Dating For 30 Years

February 18th, 2018


Sami Lukis doesn’t count sheep before she goes to sleep. She counts men. Specifically the ones she has slept with. The 47-year-old presenter and …

Aly Raisman Is Not “A Little Girl Dancing”. She Is Fierce

February 11th, 2018


Aly Raisman is one of the most famous, successful and popular gymnasts in the world. She's a six time olympic medalist and captained the gold medal …

When Your Child Has Anorexia. A Mother's Survival Story

February 4th, 2018


Anne Tonner didn’t know much about eating disorders. As a human rights lawyer and mother of four, she knew they existed but she didn’t know how they …

The Blurred Lines Of Consent with Vanessa Grigoriadis

January 28th, 2018


Vanessa Grigoriadis has spent years thinking about consent.

The American journalist and author interviewed 120 students, 80 administrators, victims, perpetrators and accused for her book Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, …

Jana Pittman Is Not Your Usual ‘Former Athlete’

January 21st, 2018


When you think of Jana Pittman, the first thing that usually comes to mind is hurdles. Right?

Hurdles, the Olympics, and maybe that memorable …

Chelsea Bonner Thinks You Have A Great Body

January 14th, 2018


If you open up a fashion magazine in Australia you'll most likely be greeted by a group of size six models smiling/grimacing back at you.

Sure, …

Jelena Dokic Is Unbreakable

January 7th, 2018


Jelena Dokic has lived a very extraordinary life in just 34 years.

From the outside, she seemed to have the perfect story. She was a refugee turned world number four on the tennis circuit and by 16, she had defeated …

Magda Szubanski Is An Australian Icon

December 31st, 2017


Over the next two weeks, we will be dipping back into two of Mia's favourite episodes. The second? Magda Szubanski...

Magda Szubanski has written and created some of Australia's best comedy shows and characters. And …

Don't Call Turia Pitt An Inspiration

December 24th, 2017


This is the first of a two-part series over the Christmas break where we'll look back at some of Mia's favourite interviews. This week it's Turia Pitt.

At the age of 24, Turia Pitt was caught in a bushfire while running …

Anne Helen Petersen Wrote A Book Called Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

December 17th, 2017


American journalist Anne Helen Petersen has been writing about celebrities since she was at uni and over that time she's noticed one thing - the rise …

Andrew Daddo Was Always The Good Guy

December 10th, 2017


Andrew Daddo does a lot of things. From writing kids books, to hosting parenting podcasts to acting in Round The Twist. Oh....and being a dad to his three kids.

But behind the public profile he's just a normal guy who …

Sophie Monk Says Don’t Sleep With Someone Too Soon

December 4th, 2017


Sophie Monk has been a celebrity for almost 20 years.

During that time she has been in a girl band, been a solo singer, an actress, a TV star, …

The Many Characters Of Justine Clarke

November 26th, 2017


Justine Clarke has been performing on stage and screen for decades but most people will remember her as Roo from Home and Away in the 80s. So what was it like to have that level of fame as a child and how did she deal …

When Emma Ayres Became Eddie

November 19th, 2017


Until a few years ago, professional violin player, former presenter of the Classic Breakfast program on ABC Classic FM and music teacher Eddie Ayres …

Tracey Spicer vs The Boys Club

November 13th, 2017


“People want to see people who look like them on television - the true diversity of the community - but traditionally male, middle-aged white …

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

November 5th, 2017


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 …

The Story Of Marian Keyes

October 29th, 2017


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 …

Is Mia Freedman A Bad Mum?

October 22nd, 2017


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 …

Andy Gourley Keeps Our Kids Safe At Night

October 18th, 2017


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 …

Tiffiny Hall Is Not What You Expect

October 16th, 2017


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 …

Esther Perel Knows Why People Cheat

October 8th, 2017


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. …

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

October 1st, 2017


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 …

Manal al-Sharif Drove Saudi Arabia Towards Change

September 27th, 2017


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 …

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

September 24th, 2017


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 …

The Remarkable Women Behind Connie Johnson

September 22nd, 2017


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 …

Samuel Johnson Is OK

September 18th, 2017


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? …

Samantha X Is The Highest Paid Escort In Australia

September 10th, 2017


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 …

Annabel Crabb Can Make Anything Interesting

September 3rd, 2017


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 …

The Mummy Bloggers

August 31st, 2017


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 …

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

August 27th, 2017


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 …

David Gillespie Knows How to Spot a Psychopath

August 20th, 2017


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 …

George McEncroe is Sick of Women Feeling Unsafe in Cars

August 13th, 2017


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 …

Kathy Kelly Won't Let Loss Define Her

August 6th, 2017


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 …

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

July 30th, 2017


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 …

Cameron Daddo Has Still Got It

July 23rd, 2017


25 years ago Cameron Daddo was the bloke every teenage girl in the 80's wanted to marry. He was the host of dating show Perfect Match, a multiple …

Lily Bailey and The Secret Routines of OCD

July 17th, 2017


Obsessive compulsive disorder is one of those things that people often joke about. Like, “You should see her desk at work; she's totally OCD". Or "I …

Debbie Malone is a Psychic Investigator

July 9th, 2017


Debbie Malone says she 'saw dead people' as a child but found a way to shut them out. Then, after experiencing six near-death experiences in 1992, she began to reconnect to the spirit world and decided to put her …

Whatever happened to the original Aussie supermodel Alison Brahe?

July 2nd, 2017


If you’re a woman of a certain age, the name Alison Brahe will make you squeal. Or at least step back in time to the 80's and 90's when she was on …

Tina Arena is Making Her Own Rules.

June 26th, 2017


Tina Arena was the child star who could. From her days as a 9-year-old on Young Talent Time, she matured into one of Australia's most successful …

Sally Obermeder is Lit From Within

June 18th, 2017


Pregnancy has never been easy for Sally Obermeder. In 2011, with the help of IVF, she fell pregnant. Nine months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She gave birth to baby Annabelle and then underwent 16 rounds …

UPDATE: Roxane Gay is The Original Bad Feminist

June 11th, 2017


Best-selling author, college professor and writer Roxane Gay's new book Hunger is not one of those happy tales that has a beaming photo of her on the …

Maggie Alderson on fiction, Anna Wintour and fashion after 40

June 5th, 2017


Maggie Alderson is a lot of things. She’s a former fashion magazine editor, mother-of-one, cancer survivor, and columnist. She’s stood behind Anna …

Leigh Sales and Mia Freedman: Work, Strife, Balance and Friendship.

May 29th, 2017


This episode is a bit different. Instead of asking the inappropriate questions, Mia Freedman is answering them. Yep, she's in the hot seat. Sitting across from one of the world’s most formidable interviewers and …

Susan Carland On Being A Muslim Feminist

May 22nd, 2017


There are many assumptions made about Muslim women. That they are oppressed. Repressed. Distressed.  Depressed. Victims of a religion that persecutes them. That there is no way you can be a Muslim and a feminist.

Susan …

What Happens When Your Daughter With a Disability Grows Up?

May 13th, 2017


Vanessa Cranfield learned her baby girl had down syndrome on the day she was born. While the doctors and nurses ushered her husband out of the room to tell him, the young mum was faced with a dawning reality; and …

The Secret Life of Samuel Johnson

May 8th, 2017


Samuel Johnson has two sisters, one Gold Logie and some frozen sperm sitting in a freezer at a clinic somewhere in Melbourne.  Across his career, …

Chloe Shorten: How To Blend A Family

April 30th, 2017


When Chloe Shorten separated from her husband of 10 years, she was paranoid it would somehow affect her two young children. Then, when she remarried …

Rochelle Courtenay Is Changing The World One Tampon At A Time.

April 26th, 2017


When was the last time you bought a packet of tampons or pads? Do you remember how much they cost? Did you shop around looking for the cheapest possible option? Did you have to weigh up your priorities between …

Sue Brierley is the Real Life Mum From 'Lion'

April 24th, 2017


Who would you choose to play you in a Hollywood movie? It's a question you might have pondered. Little did Sue Brierley know that one day, she would …

The Woman With A One Way Ticket to Mars

April 16th, 2017


How do you prepare for a one-way mission to Mars? It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But for Melbourne-based consultant …

Roman Wasn't Built In a Day: The Jayson & Aaron Brunsdon Story

April 9th, 2017


Aaron Elias always knew he wanted to have children with his fashion designer partner Jayson Brunsdon. He just wasn’t sure how they would do it. As a …

Lindy West Isn't Afraid to Take Up Space.

April 2nd, 2017


Have you ever had to apologise for taking up space? Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who was ashamed to go out with you in public? …

Nikki Gemmell Stripped Bare

March 26th, 2017


In October 2015 best selling author Nikki Gemmell’s world was turned upside down. Police knocked at her door, and informed her that her mother Elayn …

Being chronically sick turned Sylvia Freedman into a warrior for other women.

March 18th, 2017


Syl Freedman had no idea what the hell was wrong with her. At 21, she wasn't in a good way. Decrepid immune system; in and out of hospital; and period pain so crippling she sometimes blacked out. After thinking herself …

When Mia Met Malcolm

March 14th, 2017


This is not your average interview with Prime Minister. Of course it isn’t. It’s No Filter. Mia Freedman found out on Friday she would be …

Roxy Jacenko and The Whole Damn Thing

March 12th, 2017


Put everything you have EVER heard about Roxy Jacenko to one side of your mind and prepare to have all your preconceptions blown out of the water. Because we promise, you have never heard Roxy Jacenko like this before. …

The Many Layers of Wil Anderson

March 5th, 2017


He’s the award-winning stand-up comedian and host of the hit ABC show, Gruen. But as Mia Freedman finds out, for everything that we know about Wil Anderson (including those people who think he’s Adam Hills) there’s a …

Emma Betts is 25 And Planning Her Own Funeral

February 25th, 2017


How do you live when you know don’t have much time? Emma Betts is 25. She has stage four melanoma. And according to doctors, has around six months to live. In this extremely intimate No Filter, this wife, daughter, …

Jacqui Lambie Is Not Your Average Politician

February 20th, 2017


A housing commission background. A single mum of two children. A son addicted to ice, and a time - a dark time - that she wanted to end it all. …

Lisa Oldfield Is Not Your Average Housewife

February 13th, 2017


Lisa Oldfield has no filter. The term was practically invented for her, according to Mia Freedman. The business woman turned soon-to-be Real …

Peggy Orenstein on Hookup-Culture, Casual Sex, and Our Girls

February 5th, 2017


Brace yourself. Because Peggy Orenstein has spent seven years studying the sexual landscape for young girls, and it's confronting. From hookup …

The Highs And Lows of Being Georgia Love.

January 29th, 2017


She was a career-driven reporter who was obsessed with work when she was approached to be on The Bachelorette. For Georgia Love, it was the hardest decision she's ever had to make. But, she jumped. Australia watched her …

Dana Berkowitz and the Feminist Dilemma of Botox

January 22nd, 2017


Gender studies Professor and feminist Dana Berkowitz was strongly opposed to Botox. She would lecture students on body image and beauty culture, and …

What Kasey Chambers Did Next

January 16th, 2017


She’s won 11 Aria Awards. 22 Golden Guitars. Released 10 albums. And somewhere in between all that had three kids and written an autobiography. …

Georgie Stone, the Teen Who Changed Gender

January 9th, 2017


Kids say some funny things sometimes. So when two-year-old Georgie Stone said 'Mum, I want a vagina', it seemed like an innocent, cute kid comment. …

Jane McGrath's Legacy is More Than Just Pink

January 3rd, 2017


As our Australian Cricketers turn the SCG into a blushing meadow for the Pink Test, it's a reminder of Jane McGrath's legacy. The mother of two, and wife to cricket fast bowler Glenn McGrath formed a foundation that has …

Don't Call Sarah Harris A TV Star

January 1st, 2017


She’s the co-host of Studio 10, is often on the cover of magazines and often has headlines written about her post pregnancy body. But if you call Sarah Harris a TV star or a celebrity, chances are she will laugh in your …

Jodi Picoult: the Woman Behind the Novels

December 25th, 2016


If you had written 23 novels - and had nine of them debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list - would you still reply to every fan …

Antonia Kidman is Reinventing Herself

December 18th, 2016


The past two years have not been easy for Antonia Kidman. In 2014 she lost her dear father to a heart attack. Just seven months later, came the tragic and sudden death of her former husband and the father of her four …

BONUS: Mia Bursts Her Bubble With Andrew Bolt

December 13th, 2016


Mia Freedman is still on a mission to burst her bubble. And today, she’s taking to it with a pitchfork. She’s calling up Andrew Bolt. A right-wing …

Beccy Cole's Great Australian Love Story

December 11th, 2016


You’re 27. You’ve just gotten divorced after a very brief marriage. And you’re watching your favourite show on TV. It’s about an all women’s soccer team. Two girls kiss. And then it hits you. You’re a lesbian.

You’re …

Em Rusciano is a Try Hard

December 5th, 2016


Marriage is hard. Kids are hard. Carving a career in the music industry is hard. Luckily, Em Rusciano is a try-hard. You might know her from her …

BONUS: Mia bursts her bubble with Rowan Dean

November 30th, 2016


Mia Freedman is trying to figure out what the hell just happened with the US election. And the main thing Mia's realised is that she lives in a bubble. It's a pretty crowded bubble of like-minded centre lefties who …

Robin Bailey is a Fighter

November 28th, 2016


Two years ago, Brisbane breakfast radio star Robin Bailey lost her husband. In the aftermath, stricken with grief, she poured herself into work. Then last month, after ten years on air at the radio station, she lost her …

Lisa Wilkinson on Marriage, Karl & Her Latest Project

November 21st, 2016


The thing about being on live TV for 20 hours a week is that you can’t fake it. Pretenders don't last. So the Lisa Wilkinson you know from ten years on the Today Show is the same Lisa Wilkinson you meet in real life. …

BONUS: Mia bursts Her Bubble with Miranda Devine

November 17th, 2016


Mia Freedman is trying to figure out what the hell just happened with the US election. And the main thing Mia's realised is that she lives in a bubble. It's a pretty crowded bubble of like-minded Centre Lefties who …

BONUS: Mia Bursts Her Bubble with Paul Murray

November 16th, 2016


Mia Freedman is trying to figure out what the hell just happened with the US election. And the main thing Mia's realised is that she lives in a bubble. And it's a pretty crowded bubble of like-minded Centre Lefties who …

Meshel Laurie is Not Your Average Buddhist

November 14th, 2016


You’re a successful comedian who is married to a man who doesn't want children. Suddenly, the ticking of your biological clock is the only sound you …

Bonus: Mia discusses the US election with author Jodi Picoult

November 9th, 2016


The day Mia has been waiting for is here. It’s the US election. So it’s no surprise that when the American bestselling author Jodi Picoult came into …

Shannon Garner: the Woman Who Will Let You Borrow Her Uterus

November 7th, 2016


What happens when you give birth to a baby girl who isn’t yours? You will never breastfeed her, never live in the same house as her, and will never, ever be called 'mum'. This was Shannon Garner’s experience not that …

Andrew Denton On Leaving Life Gently

October 30th, 2016


You can’t cure death. But you can try and make it kinder. And that is what Andrew Denton plans on doing for many chronically ill Australians. The iconic journalist and former host of Enough Rope has made it his mission …

Sally Faulkner is Living Every Mother's Nightmare

October 24th, 2016


How far would you go to get your children back if they had been taken from you? Would you travel to a foreign country? Hire a person skilled in the …

BONUS: The Final US Presidential Debate, Unpacked

October 20th, 2016


Who’s the biggest supporter of women? According to himself, it’s Donald Trump. But then again, he also thinks Aleppo is a 'fat' supermodel. Mia Freedman is joined in the studio again by Amelia Lester, the Editor of the …

Nas Campanella is a Newsreader Who Can't See

October 17th, 2016


If you've ever listened to Triple J news, you'd be familiar with the smooth-talking tones of newsreader Nas Campanella. What you might not know, though, is that she's completely blind. A national newsreader who can't …

Donald Trump, Sex Tapes and WTF America

October 10th, 2016


Mia Freedman has a new hobby. It's not knitting, or even sport. It’s American politics. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s Donald Trump… and how much she …

Everyone Needs a Friend Like Tracy Bevan

October 2nd, 2016


This is not an interview about breast cancer. This is an interview about an extraordinary friendship between two hilarious women. Tracy Bevan lost her best friend, Jane McGrath to breast cancer, but that’s not what …

Liane Moriarty Knows How To Write a Best-Seller

September 26th, 2016


She’s been called the 'Obama of popular fiction'.  An author whose books all turn to gold. But at home, Liane Moriarty is considered to be a suburban …

Sam Frost Wears Her Heart On Her Sleeve

September 19th, 2016


She enrolled in The Bachelor to 'shake things up' in her life. Two years on, Sam Frost is Australia's sweetheart: the loveable girl-next-door with a …

Richard Fidler Doesn't Like Being Interviewed

September 12th, 2016


How do you make an ordinary person seem like a rock star? You put them in front of Richard Fidler. His cult ABC radio show, Conversations, is …

Keira Maguire: Cult Figure of The Bachelor

September 8th, 2016


She's feisty, funny, and after she scowled into the spotlight on The Bachelor Australia, she found herself as the crowd favourite. But for Keira Maguire, it came with a massive amount of scrutiny. After Woman’s Day …

Bruna Papandrea is The Most Powerful Woman You've Never Heard Of

September 5th, 2016


She's one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. She votes on the Academy, which decides who will get the Oscars. She’s produced box office …

Ita Buttrose: On Botox, The Packers and The Joys of Doing Whatever You Want

August 29th, 2016


Ita Buttrose is an Australian icon. She's the founding editor of Cleo Magazine. Cold Chisel once wrote a song about her. The author of 11 books. A …

Loren O'Keeffe: "I still forget Dan's not missing any more."

August 22nd, 2016


In 2011, Loren O'Keeffe's world changed forever.

Her 24-year-old brother Dan walked out of the family home and disappeared. Loren quit her job …

BONUS: Rebecca Sparrow on Love,Loss and Empty Arms

August 16th, 2016


Look around you. Look at the women in your life. Did you know, one in three of them will have a miscarriage in their lifetime? And around 2000 women this year will have a stillbirth. That's a lot of women you know.  

I …

Kathy Lette: "The Word Autism Was a Knife To My Heart."

August 15th, 2016


To many, she's considered a fast-talking Aussie who created Puberty Blues. But when you dig a little deeper, you realise that author Kathy Lette is so much more than the vivacious outfits she wears. For most of her …

Leisel Jones: From Olympic Gold to Hell and Back Again

August 7th, 2016


“I won’t love anything as much as I love swimming." With nine Olympic medals, Leisel Jones is regarded as one of the greatest Australian swimmers ever. But when she stepped onto the Olympic platform at just 15 years …

The Ultimate Gift Of Love

August 1st, 2016


Daniel Germanos was completing his HSC when he found out his kidneys were failing. He was 17. He played rep soccer, was fun loving, and had never had a problem with his health before. Yet, out of nowhere he got sick. …

Taryn Brumfitt is a Body Image Warrior

July 25th, 2016


Four years ago, Taryn Brumfitt was booked into surgery for a boob job, and a tummy tuck, when she had an epiphany. "If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How am I going to …

Caroline Overington: The Woman Who Healed Oprah

July 18th, 2016


Not many people can say they influenced Oprah, but Caroline Overington can. The award-winning author and journalist interviewed the most famous woman …

Sarah Ferguson Is Not All Serious

July 11th, 2016


If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the top of the media tree, and how one of Australia's top journalists works and thinks, you …

Whatever Happened To Poppy King?

June 27th, 2016


She started making the lipsticks she would want to wear when she was 19. Within three years Poppy King was head of the biggest cosmetic company in …

An Extraordinary Tale Of Tragedy And Beauty

June 12th, 2016


In 2013, mother-of-three Sam Bloom’s world changed.

A freak accident on a family holiday in Thailand left her paralysed from the chest down.

Her …

Dave Hughes Likes Himself Better Sober

June 6th, 2016


He hasn't had a drink since he was 22 years old. And he reckons that’s the reason he’s made it in comedy.

There’s no denying that Dave Hughes is one …

Gloria Steinem Feels Bad For Kim Kardashian

May 29th, 2016


Gloria Steinem has long been considered the mother of feminism.

Since her days of political activism in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the journalist and author …

One Family, Two Unthinkable Tragedies

May 15th, 2016


Ruby Rose lost her mum when she was only two years old...

In 2009, the Heuston family's world changed for ever when Chloe Waterlow was murdered by …

BONUS: Madison Missina is an award-winning porn star. And she's gay.

May 9th, 2016


She has slept with around 12,000 people. Many of them men. 

But for as long as she can remember, Madison Missina has lived part of her life in the closet.

As an award-winning porn star, sex worker, sex therapist and …

Julia Morris Wants A Gold Logie

May 1st, 2016


The much loved comedian and actor may have clocked a long career on stage and screen, a book, a battle with breast cancer and botox, but there's …

Rebecca Sparrow on Surviving and Thriving After Loss

April 17th, 2016

"I cannot believe that is how my cards fell. I cannot believe I should have a six-year-old daughter."   Rebecca Sparrow is an author, columnist, …

Natasha Stott Despoja

April 4th, 2016


Natasha Stott Despoja famously walked into parliament, at age 26, wearing Doc Martens. It set the tone for a political career that would shake things …

Peter FitzSimons

March 24th, 2016


"The dominant partner in any relationship will always sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door."

So says Peter FitzSimons. It's one of his …

'Hey Dad!' Actress, Sarah Monahan

March 8th, 2016


The Hey Dad! child star blew the whistle on her TV dad.

Robert Hughes, who played her father on the popular Australian TV show, was found guilty of …

Michelle Bridges

February 22nd, 2016


Michelle Bridges gets stuff done. 

She is an entrepreneur, a personal trainer, a television personality, and a new mum to son Axel. And did we mention she has written 13 books? Yeah.

But what you might not know about …

Samantha Armytage

February 16th, 2016


Sam Armytage has had a rough few days.

As co-host on Australia's highest-rating breakfast TV show Sunrise, Sam is used to everyone having an opinion …

Mary Coustas

February 8th, 2016


She is one of Australia's funniest women. But behind the big hair of her famous character, Effie, it's Mary Coustas' unfaultering desire to become a …

Nigella Lawson

January 29th, 2016


She's a cook, an award winning author, and of course a domestic goddess. But behind the scenes of her TV shows, Nigella Lawson is a woman who carries around salt and mustard in her handbag. And has an array of …

Cate McGregor: 2016 Australian Of The Year Finalist

January 24th, 2016


She's the highest ranking trans military officer in Australia. Is friends with some of the most powerful people in the country. And has a love of …

Annabel Crabb

December 13th, 2015


She is one of Australia's best known political journalists. Whether it's in written form for The Drum, or eating dinner with the country's leaders on …

Leigh Sales

November 22nd, 2015


She's one of Australia's best known journalists.

But behind the stellar political interviews, two time Walkley award winner Leigh Sales is one of the …

Carrie Bickmore

November 19th, 2015


Gold Logie winner and darling of the Australian media, Carrie Bickmore spends her nights hosting Channel Ten's The Project.

But outside of that, this …

Magda Szubanski

November 8th, 2015


Magda Szubanski is an Australian icon.

She has written and created some of Australia's best comedy shows and characters.

Mia Freedman chats to Magda about her first book Reckoning. A memoir that deals with the raw …

Osher Gunsberg

October 26th, 2015


Osher Gunsberg is a man who has completely rebuilt himself.

As Andrew G, he was best known for his hosting role on Channel V and the smash hit TV …

BONUS Ep: Discovering you have the breast cancer gene.

October 18th, 2015


This week on No Filter - we bring you a bonus episode in honour of breast cancer awareness month.

Amanda Mcleod is an intern at Mamamia.  She also has the BRCA1 genetic mutation. After watching her grandmother die of …

Rosie Batty

October 11th, 2015


In February 2014 Rosie’s world was uprooted. Her only  son Luke was murdered in an incomprehensible and brutal act of family violence by his …

Elizabeth Gilbert

September 18th, 2015


When was the last time you felt creative, light and free?

Elizabeth Gilbert says we all have a creative genius in us. The writer of seven books, including the bestselling Eat Pray Love, she's just published her latest …

Turia Pitt

September 8th, 2015


At the age of 24, Turia Pitt was caught in a bushfire while running an Ultramarathon in Western Australia.She suffered burns to 65 % of her body, and …

Richard Glover

August 31st, 2015


Richard Glover is a man with an unusual and painful childhood.

The author of twelve books, his hilarious weekly columns have been published in the …

Rosie Waterland

August 24th, 2015



Rosie Waterland has never been cool.

Cursed with a near perfect, beautiful older sister while Rosie was still struggling with various toilet …

Madison Missina

July 31st, 2015


A warning. This episode contains explicit content. 

The first time I saw Madison Missina, it was while she was having sex. An award winning pornstar, escort, sex worker, business owner and relationship therapist, she …

Lisa Wilkinson

July 12th, 2015


Lisa Wilkinson is the co-host of the Today show and one of Australia’s most respected journalists.

At 21 Lisa became the youngest ever editor of …

Maz Compton

June 21st, 2015


Maz Compton is a radio personality, and the co-host of Sydney’s hit breakfast show the ‘Dan and Maz’ show on 2DayFM. Having spent most of her time in radio, Maz has also dabbled as a VJ – working with MTV Australia.

Ben Fordham

June 14th, 2015


Former co-host of the Today Show and host of Sydney Live on 2GB, Ben Fordham has just become a dad.

At 17 Ben got his first job in the media industry. By 21 he had won his first Walkley award for his coverage of the …

Debra Oswald

June 7th, 2015


Debra Oswald is a writer.  For stage, television and fiction. Co-creator and head writer of the TV series Offspring, she's regarded as one of Australia's best writers.

Her first play was broadcast on the ABC when she …

Paul Murray

May 24th, 2015


Paul Murray is a journalist, radio host and father. Having started his career in the 2GB Newsroom in 1998 – Paul went on to host his own radio shows …

Georgie Gardner

May 17th, 2015


Journalist, mother and former Today Show Newsreader, Georgie Gardner has worked on every commercial news station in Australia.

For the past 7 years, she's been setting her alarm for 3am as the Breakfast news reader. But …

David Koch

May 12th, 2015


As the co-host of the Seven Network’s morning TV show Sunrise, millions of Australians wake up with Kochie every day.

He informs people, challenges people, and sometimes pisses people off. Sometimes I am one of those …

Robin Bailey

May 5th, 2015


"I just had no idea how traumatic was going to be. And what the fallout was going to be for everyone around us."

Brisbane radio presenter Robin …

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