Turia Pitt is hard work… you bet, and now it’s weekly


Turia Pitt continues to amaze. After inspiring people all over the world with her story of resilience and courage, Turia Pitt is sharing the stories of other remarkable Australians in her LiSTNR podcast, Turia Pitt is Hard Work.

TODAY TUESDAY (July 26) season three launches, with a compelling, no holds barred interview with Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a decade after her famous Misogyny Speech.

In addition, the podcast will now drop weekly, every Tuesday (previously fortnightly), giving listeners more episodes to enjoy.

The news comes off the back of Turia’s debut in the Australian Top 150 Podcasts Ranker in June.

“I’m excited and a little nervous about taking the podcast to the next level. Speaking to remarkable Australians each week can be daunting but I’m learning to take the pressure off myself and just learn to be present, curious, and trust my instincts. But most of all have fun. The guests coming up are fascinating, inspiring, and importantly, are not afraid to rock the status quo. I can’t wait to share their stories of resilience with listeners,” said Turia.

Turia knows a thing or two about resilience. After suffering burns to 65% of her body from being trapped in a grass fire while completing an ultra-marathon, she was globally recognised and admired for her unwavering grit and determination to not only survive but thrive in her personal and professional life after her accident. A best-selling author, well-respected humanitarian, extreme athlete and one of Australia’s most admired motivational speakers and mums, Turia unpacks and explores stories of rising from adversity in her podcast. Her interviews are achingly real, with her perspective a powerful lens through which her guests share theirs.

The podcast asks the question, ‘What do we learn about ourselves from doing hard things?’

In the first episode of season three, she talks with Julia Gillard, another woman for whom the word resilience apples so well. A political ground breaker, Julia Gillard made history as the country’s first female Prime Minster. On October 9, 2012, Julia delivered what is now called ‘The Misogyny Speech’. A parliamentary address in reaction to the opposition leader Tony Abbott accusing her of sexism.

Her words became etched in the Australian history books: “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not.”

“Julia Gillard was our first female Prime Minister, she got through more bills than anyone else, she was incredibly effective, efficient. She’s a diligent, hard-working, and gutsy role model. I often revisit Ms Gillard’s Misogyny Speech, it fires me up, I know chunks of it off by heart. That speech and its calm intensity is one of the most important moments in Australian political history,” said Turia.

Now calling North Queensland home, Turia said she was excited about season three and the people she had already locked in. “Life in North Queensland is hot and chaotic, there’s crocodiles, my partner’s flying helicopters, and I’m recording a podcast in a cupboard. It’s awesome here, there’s a reef, we’ve been doing lots of exploring; waterfalls, waterholes, and the First Nations culture is amazing,” she said.

“The guests coming up in season three are amazing — these are people who have shown bravery, grit, and determination in some of the most challenging circumstances. Every episode I am surprised and encouraged. I find their strength to be contagious and I want to share that with as many people as I can.

“The podcast concept came about due to the realisation that in the 11 years since the fire, I’m still not sure what exactly it is that helps people get through hard times. So, I wanted to chat to other people who have done really hard things, unbelievable feats, people who I really respect, love and admire – to find out what they thought helped them, and distill what we can all learn from that.”

Previous guests on Turia Pitt Is Hard Work include Professor Charlie Teo, best known for operating on high-risk and often deemed inoperable brain cancers; Jamila Rizvi, best-selling author and host of The Weekend Briefing podcast, who has recently experienced extreme health challenges while raising a family and continuing to work; and Curtis McGrath OAM, who took up competitive canoeing after having his legs amputated as a result of mine blast while serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan. Other guests have included Nikki Webster, Kurt Fearnley, Dr Yumiko Kadato, and Tom Tilley.

LiSTNR Original Podcasts Head of Content, Sam Cavanagh, said: “Turia epitomises the word inspirational. People will love the incredible conversations Turia has in season three.”

Turia Pitt is Hard Work is available on LiSTNR.

Season three drops TODAY. Listen for free on the LiSTNR app.

Listen here Turia’s podcast on LiSTNR

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