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Inspiring true stories about locals from the real regional Australia. In each episode, a trusted local host sits down with a well-known and well-respected member of their community to share their story and understand what it’s like to live

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Season 1


Don Spencer OAM from Tamworth to touring with The Rolling Stones

In this heartfelt episode of Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg sits down with the legendary Don Spencer OAM for a candid conversation about his remarkable life journey. Growing up in Tamworth, NSW, Don shares poignant memories of his childhood marked by challenges and resilience. Raised by a single mother in a time when divorce was stigmatized, Spencer reflects on the hardships his family faced and the lack of community support. Unexpectedly drawn into the world of music during his travels, Don recounts his serendipitous encounter with singer Roger Whitaker in Nairobi, Kenya, which sparked his passion for songwriting. Despite his initial reluctance, he  found himself immersed in the music industry, eventually touring with iconic bands like the Rolling Stones. Reflecting on his experiences, Don candidly discusses his decision to abstain from drugs and his frustration with their glamorization in the music industry. He shares insights into his enduring career, from his iconic role on PlaySchool to his founding of the Australian Children's Music Foundation, a testament to his commitment to providing music education to disadvantaged youth. Through his engaging anecdotes and reflections, listeners gain a deeper understanding of his enduring legacy as a musician, advocate for children's education, and champion of resilience and hope. Join Sarah Grynberg and Don Spencer on this inspiring journey through the life and music of a true Australian icon.. And if you’ve enjoyed hearing Don’s story today and want to hear from some another Aussie music legend, may I suggest our brilliant episode of Stories of Us with Ben Gilles from Silverchair. https://www.listnr.com/podcasts/stories-of-us/episodes/ben-gillies-on-silverchairs-inception-in-newcastle?utm_source=listnr&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=internal_share&utm_content=e77edba2-7502-4255-a196-adf8016555fb%3B69a56795-5292-4234-9f27-b0b1015baaee?utm_source=listnr&utm_medium=episode_player&utm_campaign=internal_share&utm_content=f7657954-164a-4388-b6ef-e53c17109df6;69a56795-5292-4234-9f27-b0b1015baaee

Don Spencer OAM from Tamworth to touring with The Rolling Stones

In this heartfelt episode of Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg sits down with the legendary Don Spencer OAM for a candid conversation about his remarkable life journey. Growing up in Tamworth, NSW, Don shares poignant memories of his childhood marked by challenges and resilience. Raised by a single mother in a time when divorce was stigmatized, Spencer reflects on the hardships his family faced and the lack of community support. Unexpectedly drawn into the world of music during his travels, Don recounts his serendipitous encounter with singer Roger Whitaker in Nairobi, Kenya, which sparked his passion for songwriting. Despite his initial reluctance, he  found himself immersed in the music industry, eventually touring with iconic bands like the Rolling Stones. Reflecting on his experiences, Don candidly discusses his decision to abstain from drugs and his frustration with their glamorization in the music industry. He shares insights into his enduring career, from his iconic role on PlaySchool to his founding of the Australian Children's Music Foundation, a testament to his commitment to providing music education to disadvantaged youth. Through his engaging anecdotes and reflections, listeners gain a deeper understanding of his enduring legacy as a musician, advocate for children's education, and champion of resilience and hope. Join Sarah Grynberg and Don Spencer on this inspiring journey through the life and music of a true Australian icon.. And if you’ve enjoyed hearing Don’s story today and want to hear from some another Aussie music legend, may I suggest our brilliant episode of Stories of Us with Ben Gilles from Silverchair. https://www.listnr.com/podcasts/stories-of-us/episodes/ben-gillies-on-silverchairs-inception-in-newcastle?utm_source=listnr&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=internal_share&utm_content=e77edba2-7502-4255-a196-adf8016555fb%3B69a56795-5292-4234-9f27-b0b1015baaee?utm_source=listnr&utm_medium=episode_player&utm_campaign=internal_share&utm_content=f7657954-164a-4388-b6ef-e53c17109df6;69a56795-5292-4234-9f27-b0b1015baaee

17:57

EP22 - S1

9 Apr 24

Brett Connellan on surviving a shark attack

In this episode of Stories of Us, host Sarah Grynberg explores the extraordinary resilience of Brett Connellan, a surfer from Kiama, NSW. Brett's life changed forever when he survived a shark attack while surfing at Bombo Beach. Despite losing three-quarters of his left quad, Brett's determination and the support of his friend helped him make it to shore. His journey of recovery, marked by challenges and triumphs, showcases the power of perseverance and the human spirit. Through sharing his story, Brett inspires others to overcome adversity and embrace the possibility of transformation. Tune in to witness Brett Connellan's inspiring tale of resilience and triumph against all odds.

Brett Connellan on surviving a shark attack

In this episode of Stories of Us, host Sarah Grynberg explores the extraordinary resilience of Brett Connellan, a surfer from Kiama, NSW. Brett's life changed forever when he survived a shark attack while surfing at Bombo Beach. Despite losing three-quarters of his left quad, Brett's determination and the support of his friend helped him make it to shore. His journey of recovery, marked by challenges and triumphs, showcases the power of perseverance and the human spirit. Through sharing his story, Brett inspires others to overcome adversity and embrace the possibility of transformation. Tune in to witness Brett Connellan's inspiring tale of resilience and triumph against all odds.

36:14

EP21 - S1

2 Apr 24

Stories of Us | The Stories So Far...

Join Sarah Grynberg as she takes a journey through some of the most extraordinary and inspiring moments captured so far on Stories of Us.  Former NRL player Alex McKinnon shares his story of resilience in the face of adversity, recounting the challenges he faced with unwavering determination. Golfing superstar Karrie Webb reflects on her journey to the top of women's world golf, proving doubters wrong with her sheer tenacity. Aussie music icon Shannon Noll opens up about his personal struggles and the transformative power of music in his life. The podcast also revisits the electrifying energy of the Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals with Matilda stalwart Tameka Yallop, who shares her gripping experience of taking a penalty under immense pressure. Curtis McGrath, co-captain of the Paralympic team, recounts his life-altering moment during his service in Afghanistan and his journey to representing Australia on the global stage. Rounding off the episode is a dose of laughter with comedian Rhys Nicholson, who shares a candid account of the ups and downs of their career. Listeners are encouraged to delve into the Stories of Us archives to uncover more uplifting and inspiring tales from Australia’s heartland. And if you have a story about a regional hero, the podcast team is eager to hear from you. Drop us an email at [email protected].

Stories of Us | The Stories So Far...

Join Sarah Grynberg as she takes a journey through some of the most extraordinary and inspiring moments captured so far on Stories of Us.  Former NRL player Alex McKinnon shares his story of resilience in the face of adversity, recounting the challenges he faced with unwavering determination. Golfing superstar Karrie Webb reflects on her journey to the top of women's world golf, proving doubters wrong with her sheer tenacity. Aussie music icon Shannon Noll opens up about his personal struggles and the transformative power of music in his life. The podcast also revisits the electrifying energy of the Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals with Matilda stalwart Tameka Yallop, who shares her gripping experience of taking a penalty under immense pressure. Curtis McGrath, co-captain of the Paralympic team, recounts his life-altering moment during his service in Afghanistan and his journey to representing Australia on the global stage. Rounding off the episode is a dose of laughter with comedian Rhys Nicholson, who shares a candid account of the ups and downs of their career. Listeners are encouraged to delve into the Stories of Us archives to uncover more uplifting and inspiring tales from Australia’s heartland. And if you have a story about a regional hero, the podcast team is eager to hear from you. Drop us an email at [email protected].

36:26

EP20 - S1

26 Mar 24

Broden Kelly of Aunty Donna contracted Swine Flu

In this episode of Stories of Us, host Sarah Grynberg sits down with Broden Kelly, a member of the sketch comedy group Aunty Donna. Broden shares insights into his journey from suburban Melbourne to Ballarat, where the group was formed. Reflecting on their early struggles and successes, Broden discusses the evolution of Aunty Donna's comedy style and how they navigated changing comedic landscapes. From facing initial fears on stage to finding resilience through diverse experiences, Broden offers a candid glimpse into the world of comedy and creativity. Join Sarah and Broden as they explore the power of perseverance, the impact of regional upbringing, and the humor found in life's unexpected moments. If you want to hear more from Broden, you can find the brilliantly funny and surreal Aunty Donna Podcast on the Listnr app.

Broden Kelly of Aunty Donna contracted Swine Flu

In this episode of Stories of Us, host Sarah Grynberg sits down with Broden Kelly, a member of the sketch comedy group Aunty Donna. Broden shares insights into his journey from suburban Melbourne to Ballarat, where the group was formed. Reflecting on their early struggles and successes, Broden discusses the evolution of Aunty Donna's comedy style and how they navigated changing comedic landscapes. From facing initial fears on stage to finding resilience through diverse experiences, Broden offers a candid glimpse into the world of comedy and creativity. Join Sarah and Broden as they explore the power of perseverance, the impact of regional upbringing, and the humor found in life's unexpected moments. If you want to hear more from Broden, you can find the brilliantly funny and surreal Aunty Donna Podcast on the Listnr app.

54:07

EP19 - S1

19 Mar 24

Dave Gleeson was prepared to cancel the latest Screaming Jets tour

In this captivating episode of "Stories of Us," host Sarah Grynberg delves into the life and journey of Australian rock legend Dave Gleeson, the lead singer of the iconic band, the Screaming Jets. Born and raised in the vibrant backdrop of Newcastle, New South Wales, Gleeson shares his experiences growing up in a close-knit community that shaped his love for music and laid the foundation for his extraordinary career. From his early days riding BMX bikes and playing rugby league in the suburbs to discovering the thriving music scene in Newcastle, Dave reflects on the influences that sparked his passion for rock and roll.  The episode explores the formation of the Screaming Jets, tracing their roots back to the ashes of previous bands and the decision to create their own sound. Gleeson shares insights into the vibrant music scene in Newcastle, recounting memorable performances and the decision to break away from the cover band circuit. The conversation takes an emotional turn as Dave reflects on the recent loss of his bandmate, Paul Woseen, and the profound effect it had on the Screaming Jets. Despite the challenges, the band's resilience and commitment to their craft shine through, revealing the unbreakable bond forged over decades of making music together. Throughout the episode, Gleeson shares anecdotes about encounters with musical legends like Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, and Dave Grohl, providing listeners with a glimpse into the camaraderie and mutual respect within the music industry. Don't miss this compelling episode, filled with untold truths, wisdom, and the enduring spirit that defines the Stories of Us.

Dave Gleeson was prepared to cancel the latest Screaming Jets tour

In this captivating episode of "Stories of Us," host Sarah Grynberg delves into the life and journey of Australian rock legend Dave Gleeson, the lead singer of the iconic band, the Screaming Jets. Born and raised in the vibrant backdrop of Newcastle, New South Wales, Gleeson shares his experiences growing up in a close-knit community that shaped his love for music and laid the foundation for his extraordinary career. From his early days riding BMX bikes and playing rugby league in the suburbs to discovering the thriving music scene in Newcastle, Dave reflects on the influences that sparked his passion for rock and roll.  The episode explores the formation of the Screaming Jets, tracing their roots back to the ashes of previous bands and the decision to create their own sound. Gleeson shares insights into the vibrant music scene in Newcastle, recounting memorable performances and the decision to break away from the cover band circuit. The conversation takes an emotional turn as Dave reflects on the recent loss of his bandmate, Paul Woseen, and the profound effect it had on the Screaming Jets. Despite the challenges, the band's resilience and commitment to their craft shine through, revealing the unbreakable bond forged over decades of making music together. Throughout the episode, Gleeson shares anecdotes about encounters with musical legends like Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, and Dave Grohl, providing listeners with a glimpse into the camaraderie and mutual respect within the music industry. Don't miss this compelling episode, filled with untold truths, wisdom, and the enduring spirit that defines the Stories of Us.

28:25

EP18 - S1

12 Mar 24

Cameron James on Strumming Strings to Striking Jokes

In this installment of Stories of Us, joining Sarah Grynberg is comedian Cameron James who delves into the formative years of his life in Newcastle. Embark on Cameron's journey as he kickstarts his career as a musician in Newcastle, achieving some noteworthy success with his band. However, when that endeavor reached its limit, Cameron made the bold move to Sydney, seeking a solo music career. Faced with the challenge of breaking through, he eventually found his calling in the world of comedy. Tune in to discover how Cameron transformed his musical frontman persona into a hilarious stand-up comedy routine.  Cameron also recounts a memorable and slightly awkward encounter with one of his musical idols, Daniel Johns of Silverchair. Don't miss the chance to catch Cameron James live in his new comedy show, Mixtape, at the 2024 comedy fesitvals in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Cameron James on Strumming Strings to Striking Jokes

In this installment of Stories of Us, joining Sarah Grynberg is comedian Cameron James who delves into the formative years of his life in Newcastle. Embark on Cameron's journey as he kickstarts his career as a musician in Newcastle, achieving some noteworthy success with his band. However, when that endeavor reached its limit, Cameron made the bold move to Sydney, seeking a solo music career. Faced with the challenge of breaking through, he eventually found his calling in the world of comedy. Tune in to discover how Cameron transformed his musical frontman persona into a hilarious stand-up comedy routine.  Cameron also recounts a memorable and slightly awkward encounter with one of his musical idols, Daniel Johns of Silverchair. Don't miss the chance to catch Cameron James live in his new comedy show, Mixtape, at the 2024 comedy fesitvals in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

34:15

EP17 - S1

5 Mar 24

Ian Moss first impression of Jimmy Barnes wasn't great

In this episode of Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg sits down with the legendary Australian rock icon, Ian Moss, hailing from the picturesque Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Join us as the Cold Chisel guitarist delves into the influences of his upbringing in Alice Springs and how it fueled his determination to carve a successful path in the music industry. Ian takes us on a nostalgic journey through the early days of Cold Chisel, sharing intriguing anecdotes about the band's formation and reminiscing about the somewhat frosty first encounter with Jimmy Barnes. In a candid conversation, Mossy reflects on some regrets associated with Cold Chisel not pursuing international success. Additionally, he opens up about his solo career, providing insights into the compelling backstory behind his hit single, "Tucker's Daughters." Tune in for a captivating exploration of Ian Moss's musical journey and the stories that shaped his remarkable career.

Ian Moss first impression of Jimmy Barnes wasn't great

In this episode of Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg sits down with the legendary Australian rock icon, Ian Moss, hailing from the picturesque Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Join us as the Cold Chisel guitarist delves into the influences of his upbringing in Alice Springs and how it fueled his determination to carve a successful path in the music industry. Ian takes us on a nostalgic journey through the early days of Cold Chisel, sharing intriguing anecdotes about the band's formation and reminiscing about the somewhat frosty first encounter with Jimmy Barnes. In a candid conversation, Mossy reflects on some regrets associated with Cold Chisel not pursuing international success. Additionally, he opens up about his solo career, providing insights into the compelling backstory behind his hit single, "Tucker's Daughters." Tune in for a captivating exploration of Ian Moss's musical journey and the stories that shaped his remarkable career.

24:05

EP16 - S1

27 Feb 24

Bonnie Hancock couldn't face the regret of not trying to paddle around Australia

In this episode of Stories of Us, join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Ironwoman Bonnie Hancock, hailing from Sawtell, NSW. At the young age of seventeen, Bonnie Hancock emerged as a professional Ironwoman, boasting an impressive record of competing in nine Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series events, proudly representing Australia. Bonnie recently achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the fastest person to paddle a surf ski around the vast Australian coastline, covering a staggering distance of 12,700 km. In this interview, she shares with Sarah the myriad challenges she encountered during this record-breaking journey, from persevering through physical pain to navigating the treacherous waters filled with crocodiles and sharks, all while forging a profound connection with nature. Delve into Bonnie's extraordinary story as she discusses her experiences in detail, providing insights into the resilience and determination required for such an incredible achievement. If you're eager to learn more about her circumnavigation journey, Bonnie's new book, "The Girl Who Touched The Stars," is available now.

Bonnie Hancock couldn't face the regret of not trying to paddle around Australia

In this episode of Stories of Us, join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Ironwoman Bonnie Hancock, hailing from Sawtell, NSW. At the young age of seventeen, Bonnie Hancock emerged as a professional Ironwoman, boasting an impressive record of competing in nine Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series events, proudly representing Australia. Bonnie recently achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the fastest person to paddle a surf ski around the vast Australian coastline, covering a staggering distance of 12,700 km. In this interview, she shares with Sarah the myriad challenges she encountered during this record-breaking journey, from persevering through physical pain to navigating the treacherous waters filled with crocodiles and sharks, all while forging a profound connection with nature. Delve into Bonnie's extraordinary story as she discusses her experiences in detail, providing insights into the resilience and determination required for such an incredible achievement. If you're eager to learn more about her circumnavigation journey, Bonnie's new book, "The Girl Who Touched The Stars," is available now.

36:44

EP15 - S1

20 Feb 24

Paralympian Curtis McGrath on the explosion that left him a double leg amputee

This week on Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg is joined by Curtis McGrath OAM, the co-Captain of the 2024 Paris Paralympic Australian team. Hailing from Wyalkatchem in the Western Australian Wheatbelt, Curtis's remarkable journey unfolds as he shares his experiences as a combat engineer with the 6th Engineer Support Regiment in the Australian army. In 2012, Curtis faced a life-altering moment when he was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device during operations in Afghanistan. The poignant narrative delves into the transformative instant when Curtis became a double leg amputee, exploring the immediate physical and mental challenges that ensued. Embarking on a path of resilience and determination, Curtis embraced canoeing and swimming as integral components of his rehabilitation. His decision to undertake a 1,000 km paddle from Sydney to Queensland for charity marked the inception of a new chapter. This remarkable journey led Curtis to become a paracanoeist, competing on the international stage, including the prestigious Paralympic games. Tune in as Curtis McGrath shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity and triumphing against the odds.

Paralympian Curtis McGrath on the explosion that left him a double leg amputee

This week on Stories of Us, Sarah Grynberg is joined by Curtis McGrath OAM, the co-Captain of the 2024 Paris Paralympic Australian team. Hailing from Wyalkatchem in the Western Australian Wheatbelt, Curtis's remarkable journey unfolds as he shares his experiences as a combat engineer with the 6th Engineer Support Regiment in the Australian army. In 2012, Curtis faced a life-altering moment when he was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device during operations in Afghanistan. The poignant narrative delves into the transformative instant when Curtis became a double leg amputee, exploring the immediate physical and mental challenges that ensued. Embarking on a path of resilience and determination, Curtis embraced canoeing and swimming as integral components of his rehabilitation. His decision to undertake a 1,000 km paddle from Sydney to Queensland for charity marked the inception of a new chapter. This remarkable journey led Curtis to become a paracanoeist, competing on the international stage, including the prestigious Paralympic games. Tune in as Curtis McGrath shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity and triumphing against the odds.

37:40

EP14 - S1

13 Feb 24

Tameka Yallop on coping with the highs and lows of professional sport

Joining Sarah Grynberg on this episode of Stories of Us is footballer Tameka Yallop from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Having moved to the vibrant Gold Coast at a young age, she recounts the transformative role football played in her life. Tameka opens up about the unwavering support she received from her immediate family and the influential role of her youth club in shaping her early career.  As a seasoned Matilda, Tameka shares the immense pride she feels representing her country and delves into her most memorable moments, including the thrilling 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted on home soil. Join us as she reflects on the highs of winning a quarter-final on penalties in Brisbane and the contrasting experience of the semi-final loss against England. But that's not all – Tameka offers a glimpse into her aspirations beyond her playing career, giving us a sneak peek into the future she envisions. Don't miss this engaging episode filled with inspiring stories and a unique perspective on the world of women's football.

Tameka Yallop on coping with the highs and lows of professional sport

Joining Sarah Grynberg on this episode of Stories of Us is footballer Tameka Yallop from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Having moved to the vibrant Gold Coast at a young age, she recounts the transformative role football played in her life. Tameka opens up about the unwavering support she received from her immediate family and the influential role of her youth club in shaping her early career.  As a seasoned Matilda, Tameka shares the immense pride she feels representing her country and delves into her most memorable moments, including the thrilling 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted on home soil. Join us as she reflects on the highs of winning a quarter-final on penalties in Brisbane and the contrasting experience of the semi-final loss against England. But that's not all – Tameka offers a glimpse into her aspirations beyond her playing career, giving us a sneak peek into the future she envisions. Don't miss this engaging episode filled with inspiring stories and a unique perspective on the world of women's football.

28:17

EP13 - S1

6 Feb 24

Catriona Rowntree's doubts about her move to Regional Victoria.

In this podcast episode, Sarah Grynberg sits down with Catriona Rowntree, the beloved presenter from Channel 9's Getaway, who is commemorating an impressive 30 years on our television screens. While Catriona originally hails from Sydney, her journey takes an unexpected turn as she shares her experiences of leaving the bustling city life behind for the charms of Little River in Regional Victoria. Despite initial doubts about adapting to regional living, Catriona made the move in 2008 and has since developed a deep appreciation for her tranquil surroundings. In this candid conversation, she opens up about the hurdles she faced when uprooting her life, highlighting the emotional challenges of being separated from family and departing from the familiar backdrop of her career. Catriona's life took a rural twist when she married a farmer, shedding light on the lesser-known sacrifices involved in being part of a farming family. She reveals the unique aspects of her lifestyle, such as surrendering her passport during specific times of the year, preventing her from filming Getaway. As a seasoned traveler, Catriona doesn't just share her personal stories; she also imparts valuable travel tips garnered from her extensive adventures. Tune in to discover the fascinating journey of a renowned television personality who embraced a new way of life in Regional Victoria.

Catriona Rowntree's doubts about her move to Regional Victoria.

In this podcast episode, Sarah Grynberg sits down with Catriona Rowntree, the beloved presenter from Channel 9's Getaway, who is commemorating an impressive 30 years on our television screens. While Catriona originally hails from Sydney, her journey takes an unexpected turn as she shares her experiences of leaving the bustling city life behind for the charms of Little River in Regional Victoria. Despite initial doubts about adapting to regional living, Catriona made the move in 2008 and has since developed a deep appreciation for her tranquil surroundings. In this candid conversation, she opens up about the hurdles she faced when uprooting her life, highlighting the emotional challenges of being separated from family and departing from the familiar backdrop of her career. Catriona's life took a rural twist when she married a farmer, shedding light on the lesser-known sacrifices involved in being part of a farming family. She reveals the unique aspects of her lifestyle, such as surrendering her passport during specific times of the year, preventing her from filming Getaway. As a seasoned traveler, Catriona doesn't just share her personal stories; she also imparts valuable travel tips garnered from her extensive adventures. Tune in to discover the fascinating journey of a renowned television personality who embraced a new way of life in Regional Victoria.

24:44

EP12 - S1

30 Jan 24

Karrie Webb faced pushback from the golfing world

Join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Karrie Webb, the retired Australian golf legend hailing from Ayr. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest female golfers in history, Karrie takes us through her journey, sharing insights into her upbringing in rural North Queensland and the challenges she faced within the golfing hierarchy. In this episode, Karrie opens up about the early resistance she encountered in her career, shedding light on the struggles faced by female golfers in a sport where they were often relegated to second-class status. The discussion delves into her encounters with golfing icon Greg Norman, exploring how he became a source of inspiration for her. Karrie doesn't shy away from addressing her perspective on Tiger Woods, expressing her feelings of disappointment when scandals emerged about the golfing sensation. Tune in to hear Karrie Webb's reflections on gratitude, as she looks back on her remarkable career, sharing moments she is most proud of. 

Karrie Webb faced pushback from the golfing world

Join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Karrie Webb, the retired Australian golf legend hailing from Ayr. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest female golfers in history, Karrie takes us through her journey, sharing insights into her upbringing in rural North Queensland and the challenges she faced within the golfing hierarchy. In this episode, Karrie opens up about the early resistance she encountered in her career, shedding light on the struggles faced by female golfers in a sport where they were often relegated to second-class status. The discussion delves into her encounters with golfing icon Greg Norman, exploring how he became a source of inspiration for her. Karrie doesn't shy away from addressing her perspective on Tiger Woods, expressing her feelings of disappointment when scandals emerged about the golfing sensation. Tune in to hear Karrie Webb's reflections on gratitude, as she looks back on her remarkable career, sharing moments she is most proud of. 

24:41

EP11 - S1

23 Jan 24

Murray Cook on the young Wiggles fan who left a lasting impact

Join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Red Wiggle Murray Cook as they explore his early life in Orange, New South Wales, and his remarkable career. Uncover the secrets behind The Wiggles' shows, including the touching story of a young autistic fan who profoundly influenced Murray. Delve into Murray's aspirations beyond the group and learn about his musical journey, from picking up the guitar at age 11 to his experiences in bands prior to The Wiggles. Discover the significance Murray places on arts and culture reaching regional areas of Australia. Gain insights into the broader impact of his creative endeavors and the importance of spreading the joy of music and entertainment beyond urban centers. Don't miss this insightful episode that takes you behind the scenes of Murray Cook's life and career.

Murray Cook on the young Wiggles fan who left a lasting impact

Join Sarah Grynberg in a captivating conversation with Red Wiggle Murray Cook as they explore his early life in Orange, New South Wales, and his remarkable career. Uncover the secrets behind The Wiggles' shows, including the touching story of a young autistic fan who profoundly influenced Murray. Delve into Murray's aspirations beyond the group and learn about his musical journey, from picking up the guitar at age 11 to his experiences in bands prior to The Wiggles. Discover the significance Murray places on arts and culture reaching regional areas of Australia. Gain insights into the broader impact of his creative endeavors and the importance of spreading the joy of music and entertainment beyond urban centers. Don't miss this insightful episode that takes you behind the scenes of Murray Cook's life and career.

29:58

EP10 - S1

16 Jan 24

Michelle Brasier's gift from her dad made her catch fire

Joining Sarah Grynberg is Michelle Brasier, the comedic force renowned for her collaborations with the sketch group Aunty Donna. In this captivating podcast episode, Michelle delves into the intricacies of her upbringing in Wagga Wagga. She shares poignant anecdotes about a drama teacher who took her under his wing, offering a lifeline to creative expression in the midst of limited artistic outlets in Wagga Wagga. Michelle's narrative takes a dramatic turn when she recounts an incident in Melbourne involving a gift from her father that unexpectedly set her ablaze. Michelle also opens up about the profound losses she has endured, losing both her father and brother to cancer. Facing a heightened risk of cancer herself, she candidly discusses her journey through genetic counseling. Also, hear a bizarre and intriguing tale of befriending her online scammer, ultimately evolving into an unlikely friendship where she becomes his emergency contact. Tune in for a rollercoaster of laughter, emotion, and unexpected connections in Michelle Brasier's remarkable life story. Michelle Brasier, is performing at the Sydney Festival 2024 with her critically acclaimed show, Average Bear, at Wharf 1 Theatre on 25 and 26 January. Tickets can be found at sydneyfestival.org.au/events/michelle-brasier-average-bear.

Michelle Brasier's gift from her dad made her catch fire

Joining Sarah Grynberg is Michelle Brasier, the comedic force renowned for her collaborations with the sketch group Aunty Donna. In this captivating podcast episode, Michelle delves into the intricacies of her upbringing in Wagga Wagga. She shares poignant anecdotes about a drama teacher who took her under his wing, offering a lifeline to creative expression in the midst of limited artistic outlets in Wagga Wagga. Michelle's narrative takes a dramatic turn when she recounts an incident in Melbourne involving a gift from her father that unexpectedly set her ablaze. Michelle also opens up about the profound losses she has endured, losing both her father and brother to cancer. Facing a heightened risk of cancer herself, she candidly discusses her journey through genetic counseling. Also, hear a bizarre and intriguing tale of befriending her online scammer, ultimately evolving into an unlikely friendship where she becomes his emergency contact. Tune in for a rollercoaster of laughter, emotion, and unexpected connections in Michelle Brasier's remarkable life story. Michelle Brasier, is performing at the Sydney Festival 2024 with her critically acclaimed show, Average Bear, at Wharf 1 Theatre on 25 and 26 January. Tickets can be found at sydneyfestival.org.au/events/michelle-brasier-average-bear.

34:52

EP09 - S1

9 Jan 24

Brooke Boney's grandma thought she was losing her Today Show job

In this episode, Sarah Grynberg is joined by Today's Entertainment Reporter, Brooke Boney, as they delve into the fascinating layers of Brooke's life, from her roots in Muswellbrook, New South Wales. Brooke opens up about her modest upbringing in a housing commission, sharing the challenges and warmth of growing up with her mum and siblings. Her distinctive country background shines through as she reveals how her habit of greeting strangers sets her apart in the bustling city. The conversation takes a turn towards Brooke's foray into journalism, fueled by a determination to address the lack of indigenous representation on television. She candidly recounts the controversy she encountered when voicing her perspective on Australia Day. Returning to Muswellbrook, hear a heartwarming tale of Brooke's grandparents beaming with pride, a sentiment that occasionally leaves her blushing. Also you can discover the culinary delights that define Brooke's moments of pure happiness. Join this engaging discussion as Brooke Boney shares the highs, lows, and delicious details of her remarkable journey.

Brooke Boney's grandma thought she was losing her Today Show job

In this episode, Sarah Grynberg is joined by Today's Entertainment Reporter, Brooke Boney, as they delve into the fascinating layers of Brooke's life, from her roots in Muswellbrook, New South Wales. Brooke opens up about her modest upbringing in a housing commission, sharing the challenges and warmth of growing up with her mum and siblings. Her distinctive country background shines through as she reveals how her habit of greeting strangers sets her apart in the bustling city. The conversation takes a turn towards Brooke's foray into journalism, fueled by a determination to address the lack of indigenous representation on television. She candidly recounts the controversy she encountered when voicing her perspective on Australia Day. Returning to Muswellbrook, hear a heartwarming tale of Brooke's grandparents beaming with pride, a sentiment that occasionally leaves her blushing. Also you can discover the culinary delights that define Brooke's moments of pure happiness. Join this engaging discussion as Brooke Boney shares the highs, lows, and delicious details of her remarkable journey.

25:34

EP08 - S1

2 Jan 24

Rhys Nicholson on having a bad gig in front of the Prime Minister

Joining Sarah Grynberg on this episode of Stories of Us is comedian Rhys Nicholson from Newcastle, New South Wales. Rhys opens up about their teenage escapades in Newcastle, where Passion Pop flowed in the parks, and their comedic appetite was whetted by performances from the likes of Wil Anderson and Ross Noble. Little did they know that the very theater where they enjoyed these shows would later become a significant venue on their own comedy tours. Rhys shares the exhilarating journey of navigating the unpredictable terrain of showbiz, shedding light on the triumphs and tribulations that have shaped them. From triumphant appearances on iconic stages like Conan O'Brien and Ru Paul's Drag Race to the unexpected twists, such as being bumped at the eleventh hour from "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here." Amidst the laughter and anecdotes, Rhys lends their unique perspective to the intricate web of cancel culture. As a comedian with a keen understanding of the industry's pulse, they reflects on the nuances and challenges of cancel culture, offering valuable insights into its impact on the world of comedy. Through Rhys's witty storytelling and candid reflections, this episode of "Stories of Us" paints a vivid picture of a comedian's journey from the streets of Newcastle to the bright lights of global stages. Join Sarah and Rhys for a rollercoaster ride of emotions, laughter, and a genuine exploration of the love-hate relationship one can have with their roots.

Rhys Nicholson on having a bad gig in front of the Prime Minister

Joining Sarah Grynberg on this episode of Stories of Us is comedian Rhys Nicholson from Newcastle, New South Wales. Rhys opens up about their teenage escapades in Newcastle, where Passion Pop flowed in the parks, and their comedic appetite was whetted by performances from the likes of Wil Anderson and Ross Noble. Little did they know that the very theater where they enjoyed these shows would later become a significant venue on their own comedy tours. Rhys shares the exhilarating journey of navigating the unpredictable terrain of showbiz, shedding light on the triumphs and tribulations that have shaped them. From triumphant appearances on iconic stages like Conan O'Brien and Ru Paul's Drag Race to the unexpected twists, such as being bumped at the eleventh hour from "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here." Amidst the laughter and anecdotes, Rhys lends their unique perspective to the intricate web of cancel culture. As a comedian with a keen understanding of the industry's pulse, they reflects on the nuances and challenges of cancel culture, offering valuable insights into its impact on the world of comedy. Through Rhys's witty storytelling and candid reflections, this episode of "Stories of Us" paints a vivid picture of a comedian's journey from the streets of Newcastle to the bright lights of global stages. Join Sarah and Rhys for a rollercoaster ride of emotions, laughter, and a genuine exploration of the love-hate relationship one can have with their roots.

45:47

EP07 - S1

26 Dec 23

Pete Murray wasn't destined to be a singer

Queensland musician Pete Murray sits down with Sarah Grynberg to unravel the chapters of his life that have shaped his remarkable journey. Growing up in the small town of Chinchilla, Pete's childhood was a blend of passion for sport and dreams of Olympic glory. However, fate had a different score for him. Join us as Pete shares the unexpected twists and turns that led him from the sports arena to the world of music. Tragedy struck Pete's life at the tender age of 18 when he lost his father. In the midst of grief, Pete discovered solace in music, inspired by his father to chase a career away from the typical 9 to 5. Hear firsthand how the chords and lyrics became his companions in healing and self-discovery. From the dusty streets of Chinchilla to the iconic airwaves of Triple M, Pete Murray's journey is nothing short of a musical odyssey. Tune in as he recounts the pivotal moments that catapulted him into the limelight, from the thrill of his first radio plays to the electrifying atmosphere of the best gigs he's encountered. Join us on Stories of Us as we dive deep into the life and experiences of Pete Murray, a storyteller through melodies and a testament to the resilience that can emerge from the most unexpected places.

Pete Murray wasn't destined to be a singer

Queensland musician Pete Murray sits down with Sarah Grynberg to unravel the chapters of his life that have shaped his remarkable journey. Growing up in the small town of Chinchilla, Pete's childhood was a blend of passion for sport and dreams of Olympic glory. However, fate had a different score for him. Join us as Pete shares the unexpected twists and turns that led him from the sports arena to the world of music. Tragedy struck Pete's life at the tender age of 18 when he lost his father. In the midst of grief, Pete discovered solace in music, inspired by his father to chase a career away from the typical 9 to 5. Hear firsthand how the chords and lyrics became his companions in healing and self-discovery. From the dusty streets of Chinchilla to the iconic airwaves of Triple M, Pete Murray's journey is nothing short of a musical odyssey. Tune in as he recounts the pivotal moments that catapulted him into the limelight, from the thrill of his first radio plays to the electrifying atmosphere of the best gigs he's encountered. Join us on Stories of Us as we dive deep into the life and experiences of Pete Murray, a storyteller through melodies and a testament to the resilience that can emerge from the most unexpected places.

31:39

EP06 - S1

19 Dec 23

Sally Fitzgibbons on riding waves and shaping lives

In this episode of Stories of Us, we dive into the world of Sally Fitzgibbons, theaussie surfing legend hailing from the picturesque town of Gerroa. Sally shares the story of her childhood – a beautiful upbringing in a trusting neighborhood where imagination and movement shaped her life. Host Sarah Grynberg explores Sally's deep connection with the water, where surfing isn't just a sport but a moving meditation. Sally also discusses her mindset ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics, where she hopes to compete. Sally also has advice for women in sports and surfing, emphasizing the beauty of being a female athlete in a male-dominated sport. With inspiring words, she encourages women to show up with confidence, reminding them of their strength and resilience in a world that often questions it. Join us for this insightful and inspiring episode as Sally Fitzgibbons shares her journey of riding waves, shaping lives, and embodying the spirit of "Stories of Us."

Sally Fitzgibbons on riding waves and shaping lives

In this episode of Stories of Us, we dive into the world of Sally Fitzgibbons, theaussie surfing legend hailing from the picturesque town of Gerroa. Sally shares the story of her childhood – a beautiful upbringing in a trusting neighborhood where imagination and movement shaped her life. Host Sarah Grynberg explores Sally's deep connection with the water, where surfing isn't just a sport but a moving meditation. Sally also discusses her mindset ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics, where she hopes to compete. Sally also has advice for women in sports and surfing, emphasizing the beauty of being a female athlete in a male-dominated sport. With inspiring words, she encourages women to show up with confidence, reminding them of their strength and resilience in a world that often questions it. Join us for this insightful and inspiring episode as Sally Fitzgibbons shares her journey of riding waves, shaping lives, and embodying the spirit of "Stories of Us."

30:04

EP05 - S1

12 Dec 23

Alex Dyson on swapping the microphone for politics

Alex Dyson sits down with host Sarah Grynberg to share the remarkable story of his rise from the tight-knit community of Warrnambool to the coveted Triple J breakfast show. In this insightful episode, Alex delves into the intricacies of his early days in radio, starting from a humble community station in his hometown. He reflects on the pivotal moments that shaped his career, from the challenges of rejection to the triumphs of breaking into the mainstream. Beyond the radio waves, Alex opens up about a deeply personal aspect of his life — the loss of his mother. He discusses how this profound experience has influenced not only his journey in broadcasting but also his recent foray into the dynamic world of politics. All Day Breakfast is Alex's comedy podcast with Matt Okine. You can find it on the Listnr App or wherever you get your podcasts.

Alex Dyson on swapping the microphone for politics

Alex Dyson sits down with host Sarah Grynberg to share the remarkable story of his rise from the tight-knit community of Warrnambool to the coveted Triple J breakfast show. In this insightful episode, Alex delves into the intricacies of his early days in radio, starting from a humble community station in his hometown. He reflects on the pivotal moments that shaped his career, from the challenges of rejection to the triumphs of breaking into the mainstream. Beyond the radio waves, Alex opens up about a deeply personal aspect of his life — the loss of his mother. He discusses how this profound experience has influenced not only his journey in broadcasting but also his recent foray into the dynamic world of politics. All Day Breakfast is Alex's comedy podcast with Matt Okine. You can find it on the Listnr App or wherever you get your podcasts.

34:57

EP04 - S1

5 Dec 23

Shannon Noll from Farm to Fame

In this  episode of Stories of Us with Sarah Grynberg, country music icon Shannon Noll takes us on a journey from the  fields of his family's merino and crop farm in Condobolin to the bright lights of Australian Idol and beyond. Growing up driving utes at the age of 7 and surrounded by the melodies of a family band, Shannon shares his early encounters with music and the local events that paved the way for his musical journey. Despite facing tough times, including the tragic passing of his father during a ten-year drought that led to the loss of their farm, Shannon found solace and purpose in the world of music. Discover the untold stories behind Shannon's start in the music industry, including his first gig at the age of 12, playing in a rock cover band with his brothers. The Noll family's resilience shines through as they navigated the challenges of a changing landscape, working on other farms to survive. Shannon opens up about the pivotal moment when he auditioned for Australian Idol, a decision that would change his life forever. As he reflects on the magical journey of the competition and the newfound recognition that came with it, Shannon shares the emotional impact on his hometown, still grappling with the harsh realities of drought. The episode delves into the profound connection between music and destiny, as well as the unexpected ways in which Shannon's father continues to be present in his life, including a touching revelation on the set of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here." Listeners will gain insight into Shannon's deep connection with his hometown, Condobolin, and the enduring support of its people. He shares the emotional experience of returning home and feeling the warmth of familiar surroundings and cherished memories. Join Sarah Grynberg in this candid conversation with Shannon Noll as he recounts his remarkable journey, the power of music during challenging times, and the enduring connection to his roots in the Australian countryside. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

Shannon Noll from Farm to Fame

In this  episode of Stories of Us with Sarah Grynberg, country music icon Shannon Noll takes us on a journey from the  fields of his family's merino and crop farm in Condobolin to the bright lights of Australian Idol and beyond. Growing up driving utes at the age of 7 and surrounded by the melodies of a family band, Shannon shares his early encounters with music and the local events that paved the way for his musical journey. Despite facing tough times, including the tragic passing of his father during a ten-year drought that led to the loss of their farm, Shannon found solace and purpose in the world of music. Discover the untold stories behind Shannon's start in the music industry, including his first gig at the age of 12, playing in a rock cover band with his brothers. The Noll family's resilience shines through as they navigated the challenges of a changing landscape, working on other farms to survive. Shannon opens up about the pivotal moment when he auditioned for Australian Idol, a decision that would change his life forever. As he reflects on the magical journey of the competition and the newfound recognition that came with it, Shannon shares the emotional impact on his hometown, still grappling with the harsh realities of drought. The episode delves into the profound connection between music and destiny, as well as the unexpected ways in which Shannon's father continues to be present in his life, including a touching revelation on the set of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here." Listeners will gain insight into Shannon's deep connection with his hometown, Condobolin, and the enduring support of its people. He shares the emotional experience of returning home and feeling the warmth of familiar surroundings and cherished memories. Join Sarah Grynberg in this candid conversation with Shannon Noll as he recounts his remarkable journey, the power of music during challenging times, and the enduring connection to his roots in the Australian countryside. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

27:06

EP03 - S1

28 Nov 23

Alex McKinnon on the tackle that made him quadriplegic

Former NRL Player Alex McKinnon grew up in Aberdeen. Alex became an NRL legend, playing 50 games, including a debut with the Dragons at 19 and the majority of his career with the Knights under the guidance of Wayne Bennett. However, tragedy struck shortly after his 22nd birthday when a spinal cord injury changed the course of his life forever. Listeners will hear Alex's raw and emotional account of the life-altering moment on the field, the aftermath, and the unexpected impact on his relationships, including a year of silence with the players involved in the tackle. His journey through anger, hate, and eventually forgiveness provides a profound insight into the human spirit. The episode explores how his injury forced him to explore new horizons, leading to a newfound appreciation for life, family, and personal growth. Alex takes us through his post-injury life, including raising three beautiful girls, returning to study psychology, and discovering the joy of exploring art galleries and engaging with random strangers. Despite the challenges, he expresses gratitude for the opportunities his injury has presented and the unique perspective it has given him on life. Join Sarah Grynberg in this inspiring conversation with Alex as he shares his story of resilience, personal growth, and the unexpected beauty that can emerge from life's most challenging moments. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

Alex McKinnon on the tackle that made him quadriplegic

Former NRL Player Alex McKinnon grew up in Aberdeen. Alex became an NRL legend, playing 50 games, including a debut with the Dragons at 19 and the majority of his career with the Knights under the guidance of Wayne Bennett. However, tragedy struck shortly after his 22nd birthday when a spinal cord injury changed the course of his life forever. Listeners will hear Alex's raw and emotional account of the life-altering moment on the field, the aftermath, and the unexpected impact on his relationships, including a year of silence with the players involved in the tackle. His journey through anger, hate, and eventually forgiveness provides a profound insight into the human spirit. The episode explores how his injury forced him to explore new horizons, leading to a newfound appreciation for life, family, and personal growth. Alex takes us through his post-injury life, including raising three beautiful girls, returning to study psychology, and discovering the joy of exploring art galleries and engaging with random strangers. Despite the challenges, he expresses gratitude for the opportunities his injury has presented and the unique perspective it has given him on life. Join Sarah Grynberg in this inspiring conversation with Alex as he shares his story of resilience, personal growth, and the unexpected beauty that can emerge from life's most challenging moments. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

32:57

EP02 - S1

21 Nov 23

Ben Gillies on the text message that ended Silverchair

Ben Gillies believes the way he and his bandmates were raised in Newcastle may have contributed to the breaking up of the band. At the age of just 8 years old Ben starting to play music with Daniel Johns. By the age of 12, Chris Joannou had joined the band and Silverchair were officially formed. Just four years later the band were winning ARIAs, touring internationally and appearing on US late-night talk shows. Ben Gillies joins Sarah Grynberg to discuss life growing up in Newcastle, New South Wales and how he loves it so much, he has never moved away. Young fame bought him to a world where school days were mixed with playing arenas to thousands of people and receiving late night phone calls from adoring fans. Ben also discusses his new book Love and Pain which he has co-authored with bandmate Chris, detailing the rise and fall of Silverchair, and what he believes needs to happen for Ben and Chris to ever find any sort of peace with Daniel Johns. Love & Pain: The epic times and crooked lines of life inside and outside Silverchair is available now. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

Ben Gillies on the text message that ended Silverchair

Ben Gillies believes the way he and his bandmates were raised in Newcastle may have contributed to the breaking up of the band. At the age of just 8 years old Ben starting to play music with Daniel Johns. By the age of 12, Chris Joannou had joined the band and Silverchair were officially formed. Just four years later the band were winning ARIAs, touring internationally and appearing on US late-night talk shows. Ben Gillies joins Sarah Grynberg to discuss life growing up in Newcastle, New South Wales and how he loves it so much, he has never moved away. Young fame bought him to a world where school days were mixed with playing arenas to thousands of people and receiving late night phone calls from adoring fans. Ben also discusses his new book Love and Pain which he has co-authored with bandmate Chris, detailing the rise and fall of Silverchair, and what he believes needs to happen for Ben and Chris to ever find any sort of peace with Daniel Johns. Love & Pain: The epic times and crooked lines of life inside and outside Silverchair is available now. If you have you someone you'd like featured on Stories of Us - email us at [email protected]

46:00

EP01 - S1

14 Nov 23

Stories Of Us with Sarah Grynberg.... Coming Soon

From diverse walks of life, this nation has given rise to exceptional individuals, whose stories serve as a boundless source of inspiration. A Life of Greatness host Sarah Grynberg, brings a new podcast which celebrates the extraordinary stories of Regional Australia. Upcoming guests include Ben Gilles, Shannon Noll, Alex McKinnon and Grace Tame. Make sure you subsribe to the Stories of Us with Sarah Grynberg.

Stories Of Us with Sarah Grynberg.... Coming Soon

From diverse walks of life, this nation has given rise to exceptional individuals, whose stories serve as a boundless source of inspiration. A Life of Greatness host Sarah Grynberg, brings a new podcast which celebrates the extraordinary stories of Regional Australia. Upcoming guests include Ben Gilles, Shannon Noll, Alex McKinnon and Grace Tame. Make sure you subsribe to the Stories of Us with Sarah Grynberg.

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7 Nov 23

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