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Tough Love

Apr 16, 2021

While in China on tour with the musical Evita, Danielle was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. 

After a test revealed she also had the BRCA2 gene, she decided to undergo a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, in addition to chemotherapy.

In this episode we discuss her cancer diagnosis during...


Jan 22, 2021

For the first eighteen years of her life, Lilia Tarawa lived in Gloriavale, a Christian religious cult founded in New Zealand by her grandfather. 

In this episode we discuss what happened after she left Gloriavale, along with her parents and siblings. 

How do you rebuild your life after having no life? How do you learn...


Jan 15, 2021

Nina Renata Aron is the author of the excellent memoir, Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls, centred around a long and painful co-dependent relationship with an addict. 

The book ends not long after Nina finally finds the strength to walk away, and I wanted to talk to Nina about the aftermath but also about...


Jan 8, 2021

When she was a teenager, Rose got pregnant. Her mother talked her out of getting an abortion so she decided to carry the pregnancy to term. However, her baby didn't survive and died four days after an extremely traumatic birth. 

Today, Rose has a successful career, a devoted daughter and just got married to a wonderful...


Oct 15, 2020

In her early twenties, Michelle got involved with a charming guy who grew progressively controlling, abusive and physically violent.

When she finally freed herself eight years later, her ordeal still wasn't over: another abusive relationship, sex trafficking and substance addiction lay ahead. 

Today Michelle has a...