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Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island
64 minutes | May 21, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Mark Humphries
At a time when real life politics seems like satire, you'd think the satirists would be out of a job. Instead, they've just taken their craft to another level. Mark Humphries is one of our best, funny, yet thoughtful and humble. At the end of an exhausting election campaign in Australia it was great to have a yarn about the lighter side of politics.
47 minutes | May 11, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Dr Dinesh Palipana
To sum up Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM in a few sentences isn't possible so I'll try with just some of the headings. Medical doctor, lawyer, senior advisor to a Royal Commission, Queensland Australian of the Year, advocate, researcher, innovator, quadraplegic. With everything going on his life I was grateful to spend some time chatting with the calm, confident and lovely Dinesh. You will love this chat.
36 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Jimmy Frank
Jimmy Frank is a Warumungu man passionate about sharing his culture. Through his work at the Warumungu Culture Centre and as a member of art collective the Tennant Creek Brio, he strives to educate people by sharing stories and histories from a Wumprurrarni (Aboriginal) perspective. He believes that truth telling is the best tool to unite divides and to allow a better understanding of what it is to be Australian.
60 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: El Gibbs
El Gibbs describes herself in her Twitter profile as a grumpy optimist and her handle is Blunt Shovels. That may be El's self assessment but I'd add words like fierce, determined and truth-teller. El is a tremendous (and loud!) voice for Australia's disability community and it was wonderful to sit down and yarn about some of the things which are impacting people with disability. Chatting with El is always eye-opener and a reinforcement of the work we still have to do for better inclusion, acknowledgement and caring in Australia.
71 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Darren Hill
Darren Hill helps people think about how best to do the big stuff in their lives. Whether it's working through business strategy or culture with an ASX leader, delivering a keynote to thousands, or popping up in the paper or on the TV for his views on business leadership and workplace culture, Darren is a deep-thinker and thought provoker. We've worked together on a few things over the years but this was our first chance to deep dive into some of the meatier stuff Darren works on. I think you'll enjoy the yarn and maybe even pick up a few nuggets to apply in your own personal or work life.
66 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Emma Race
I love listening to Emma Race and her band of Outer Sanctum sisters talk about the big stuff in the context of sport, in particular AFL. Her drive to make sure footy (and sport in general) is for everyone is matched by her passion for the game and the joy it brings to her and her family. Our yarn was also a lovely reminder that the game is WAY more than the athletes on the field. Away from footy Emma has done some tremendous work with Our Watch, a national leader in the prevention of violence against women and their children, and is Co-Principal of Making the Call - a pathway program for women in sports broadcasting.
51 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Trent Bagnall
Trent Bagnall likes to work with others to solve problems. After successfully building a software company from zero to a $30 million sale, Trent started working with innovators and startups to solve new and old business problems. The corporate startup accelerator he started with a mate, Slingshot, brings corporates and startups together to help them grow. Trent is a fantastic ambassador for my home town Newcastle.
61 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Lara Lowndes
Lara Lowndes describes herself as half nerd, half rev-head. She trained as an oncogeneticist and currently works as the board director for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. But she is also in the Australian Supercar pits with the Holden RedBull racing team, managing V8 racing legend and husband, Craig Lowndes. This rev-head scientist is a wonderful Aussie doing some very exciting things for medical research in Australia.
22 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: You Little Ripper!
Bonus Episode: You Little Ripper! is another podcast project I'm working on with Georgie Tunny and it's a celebration of Paralympic sport. Here is our latest episode where you'll hear from Ben Tudhope, who won Bronze in the snowboard cross and sit-ski legend Sam Tait.
54 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Peter FitzSimons
Tiny Island is back! What better way to restart the pod about who we are as Australians, than with the leader of the Australian Republic Movement and Australian history author Peter FitzSimons? My first interaction with Peter was when I was starting to map out what a crawl across the Kokoda Track would look like. I'd been shut down by a few people but Peter hooked me up with the man who would eventually plan and lead our journey across the track. He is one of the people I've met on my journey who have helped me solve problems, rather than shut the door. An accomplished author, journalist, TV commentator and former Australian Rugby player, Peter has a unique perspective on what it is to be an Australian today and where we come from over the last 64,000 years. DON'T MISS OUT - We've also brought back You Little Ripper, our Paralympic focused podcast, for the Winter Paralympics which start this week. Search You Little Ripper on your podcast provider and tell a friend about what we're doing.
42 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Georgie Tunny
Georgie Tunny is a passionate sports reporter for the ABC. Born in Brisbane she grew up watching the footy with her father. And from there her love of all things sport grew. We've just finished a podcast called You Little Ripper, and we had a blast. I hope you enjoy getting to know Georgie Tunny.
41 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Rheed McCracken
I have four older siblings but consider Rheed McCracken to be the younger brother I never had. He lives around the corner from me now, we shared the same coach and he's had to put up with my cooking and look after my kids... Rheed is a four time Paralympic medallist and is in Tokyo chasing the elusive gold in the men's T34 100m and 800m. I met Rheed as a shy teenager, but these days he doubles his wheelchair racing career with a spot on fashion runways!
53 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Isis Holt
Not many people are best in the world at what they do as a teenager. Isis Holt is one of those rarities. Breaking her first world records within a year of taking up competitive running, Isis went on to win her first world championship at age 14. Then in her Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games she medalled in three events but no gold. She bounced back to win gold at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games then stepped away from the track to learn a little more about herself away from running. What's next? Have a listen to find out.
52 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Major Robert Mitchell
Major Robert Mitchell has dedicated his life to protecting Australia. He's currently serving in the Australian Defence Force, running programs that make a real difference in the lives of returned service men and women. He's also worked as a cop in regional NSW.
53 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Sjana Earp
As a teenager, Novocastrian Sjana Earp suffered from bullying, anxiety and depression. Until she found a passion for life through yoga, travel, photography and writing. Sjana has built a career out of sharing and teaching yoga across the globe and is an advocate for self-acceptance and body confidence, mental health, equality and the environment. She's also self declared hugger!
43 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Jeff Horn
Like me, Jeff Horn is a school teacher but it's probably not what he's best known for. He held boxing's WBO welterweight title from 2017 to 2018 and as a rising star represented Australia at the London Olympics. But it's probably his 2017 win over Manny Pacquiao where he made his name. We cover a lot of ground in this interview. Kids, his anti-bullying work even if a comeback is on the cards.
69 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Melanie Brock
As attention turns to Tokyo for the Olympics, it was great to have a yarn with someone who knows Japan close to as well as any Australian, and who is also engaged in elite sport. Melanie Brock connects people in Japan with Australians through a variety of roles, including as an ambassador for Advance.org, the professional network for global Australians. She's also involved with the Minerva Network, a group of women supporting Australian women in the business of sport.
80 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Dan MacPherson
You might know Dan MacPherson from one of many different roles. Triathlete, police officer on The Bill, Dancing with the Stars host, sci fi or stage actor, he definitely packs a lot in! Dan is a genuinely lovely bloke and it was wonderful to finally sit down and have a chat about a few of the different hats he's worn.
69 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Libby Trickett
Who can forget seeing the wonderful Libby Trickett (nee Lenton) on our TV screens, winning Olympic Gold and smashing World Records? But an athlete's career extends before and after their moment in the limelight, and it can be a tough road. While getting to the start line is one thing, it's the days, weeks and years post sporting career which are probably the toughest. Libby and I had a great catch-up, chatting about life in the Olympic bubble, mental health, parenting, Bluey, podcasts and how we spend our post-racing lives.
2 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Back soon!
I've been out and about gathering some great yarns for you all and will be back soon!
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