Pure Grit - with Paula McGrath

Pure Grit - with Paula McGrath

Grit means to have courage and show strength of character, passion and perseverance. Paula’s career in radio and television is where she discovered her natural ability to interview, bringing out the best in her guest with empathy warmth and humour. Paula interviews a diverse range of guests who have made it to the top of their chosen field. They chat about the journey, obstacles and surprising moments they faced on the way to the top.

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August 9, 2022 44 min

People think the Sooshi Mango boys have come out of nowhere but they’ve been doing comedy since they were school kids. Their talent, hard work and persistence has paid off and they’re now one of Australia’s funniest and most-loved comedy acts. The trio's rise in Australian comedy has been nothing short of meteoric, with their viral online videos amassing over 120 million views and counting. Most of these views came during Covid...

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This is one of the most personal and candid episodes of Pure Grit yet. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar from Cambridge University and she was a lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies, history and politics at Melbourne University. Her University sponsored her when she was invited to speak at a conference in Iran. It was there her nightmare began…

Arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for esp...

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July 26, 2022 47 min

This is one of the most personal and candid episodes of Pure Grit yet. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar from Cambridge University and she was a lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies, history and politics at Melbourne University. Her University sponsored her when she was invited to speak at a conference in Iran. It was there her nightmare began…

Arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for esp...

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July 19, 2022 46 min

PAT FARMER AM ULTRAMARATHON RUNNER, EX-MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, CONSULTANT, KEY NOTE SPEAKER, Author 

Pat Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running.  In his 30 year ultra marathon running career , has run from the North Pole to the South Pole taking 10 months 13 days with not one day off. He as run the length  of India and Vietnam , through the Middle East, across America and Australia . Pat also served 8 years as ...

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July 12, 2022 47 min

Steve Pullen Is a former Australian Ironman Champion. He is now business owner and father. He started his professional career as an athlete at the young age of 17. I grew up seeing him not only in the Uncle Toby's Iron Man series and Nutri Grain Iron Man series  but at 23 he was crowned Australian Iron Man Champion, yes one extremely fit athlete.  

Then I recall one day seeing him not able to walk, I knew something was seriousl...

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December 15, 2021 42 min

 Karen Jacobsen was destined to be on stage as she dreamed of being just like Olivia Newton John as a young girl and she sure did moving to New York and becoming an award winning singer and songwriter.
What she didn't expect was to go for an audition to record a text to speech voice system...that would then make her world famous ! " Siri" ' Is your name Karen?" 

From that moment on she became a legend in pop cul...

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December 8, 2021 42 min

John Paul Young OAM  is one of the most iconic artist in Australian music history, with over 4 million worldwide record sales, induction into the Aria Hall of Fame and he received an Order of Australia Medal . He co-hosted the most famous music show in Australia's history Countdown with Molly Meldrum. He was actually  the first person to ever call Ian Molly Meldrum " Molly " on television ...introducing his segment like...

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October 28, 2021 61 min

Dan Ewing is an Australian Actor a leading man  like many other actors that have gone from Home and Away to Hollywood. Following likes of Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger, Ryan Kwanten Melissa George and Naomi Watts to name a few. 

Dan was Heath Braxton, a tattooed River Boy on the popular Australian drama Home and Away.
Now Dan Ewing is currently gracing big billboards on Hollywood Boulevard advertising his No 1 Netflix movie Occupatio...

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September 29, 2021 34 min

Tanya Young lives with an invisible disease and invisible pain. She was such a successful business woman with her business The Lash Angel then at the height of her success was struck down so young with what she thought was a sore back but her diagnosis was life changing and disabling. She was diagnosed with CIDP, Chiari 1 Brain Malformation, Vestibular migraines and a degenerative spinal condition Coccydynia.

With incredible grit a...

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September 15, 2021 45 min

Jenny Valentish is a very successful journalist and author, a former editor of both Triple J's Jmag and Time Out Melbourne. She currently writes for the ABC, The Age, The Monthly and The Guardian.

Jenny has done a lot of research into grit and resilience for her fourth book "Everything Harder Than Everyone Else" about people who push their bodies to extremes. For her research she took on the challenge herself and traine...

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September 8, 2021 48 min

 Yasmina McGlone proves girls can do anything. She is what grit is all about. She was raised in Scotland and born with a rare movement disorder called Myoclonus Dystonia similar to a disorder we maybe more familiar with Tourette Syndrome . Living with Myoclonus Dystonia makes simple tasks for us like sipping a cup of tea or coffee a very difficult task. 
She was subjected to bullying in school, stares , harsh comments as she grew up...

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 Baby Et Lulu are an Aria Nominated Faux French sensations Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge, they are a musical partnership seducing audiences around Australia. Both have stories of overcoming life challenges with grit and resilience. 
Abby Dobson started her career busking the streets of Paris, New York and Athens then shot to stardom in the late 90's with the   the Aria's Song of the Year hit as frontwoman for Leonardo'...

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August 16, 2021 58 min

Over the years Moira Kelly has helped those less fortunate across the world, from her time with the inspirational Mother Theresa in Calcutta, to volunteering in soup kitchens in Johannesburg, nursing crack babies in The Bronx, working in refugee camps in Bosnia and so much more. Her desire to help others culminated in a self-funded program which arranged medical evacuations for children to Australia so they could have life saving o...

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August 4, 2021 43 min

Kerri and her volleyball partner Nat Cook were responsible for one of the most iconic sporting moments of the Sydney Olympic Games when they won gold on Bondi Beach. 

Kerri is a three-time Olympian, author, MC, motivation speaker, an inductee into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, a Mum AND she’s an Olympic Games commentator for Channel Seven. 

In addition to her gold medal, Kerri has an Order of Australia Medal and we can...

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July 10, 2021 47 min

Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and won an WBC Asia Continental Title. 

Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe bat...

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July 7, 2021 36 min

Buddy Goode is a singer, songwriter, live performer and a sensational artist.

He blasted onto the Australian music scene after moving from his hometown, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. One of 18 children, he came from adject poverty but was always destined to be a star.

Keith Urban suggested he "come Down Under" so that is exactly what he did.

His musical rise to the top really kicked off when he signed to ABC Music/Universal...

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June 24, 2021 54 min

Phil Burton has been at the top of his field for over 2 decades as a member of the legendary Aussie quartet Human Nature. Human Nature have achieved huge success both in Australia and the US (including a record breaking residence in Vegas). He has an Order of Australia Medal, was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame with the band, he’s an incredible singer, keyboard player and guitarist and one of the most down to earth stars on the...

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June 2, 2021 43 min

Dr Alice Edwards is a diplomat, skilled activist, lawyer and thought leader with over two decades of professional experience in human rights. This is not a career for the faint hearted and you certainly need pure grit and resilience when you’re doing your part to save humanity! Alice has a doctorate in public international law and she has published over 30 books, articles and reports. 

She is truly the most intelligent and compassi...

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May 26, 2021 49 min

Em Rusciano is truly one of a kind. She is incredibly talented in so many ways. She truly is an all-round entertainer. Comedian, singer, radio and television presenter, creator of a successful podcast (Emsolation), author and mother of 3.

As Em says, in this interview she leaves ‘no stone unturned, I’ve probably said things I’ll regret!’ We talk about why her time in commercial radio left her with PTSD and how she longs to be Madon...

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May 20, 2021 37 min

 Ahmed Kelly is a two times Paralympian and Silver Medallist at 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London. Born with severely underdeveloped arms and legs which was not uncommon in Countries torn by chemical warfare. He was born in Iraq where in a Bagdad Orphange he met his now brother and previous guest on Pure Grit in April  Emmanuel Kelly where they met their Mum Humanitarian Moria Kelly. She adopted them both bought Ahme...

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