Turia Pitt is Hard Work

Turia Pitt is Hard Work

What pushes us to do hard things? Author, athlete, and coach Turia Pitt wants to know. Join her as she interviews some of the worlds most resilient figures, and asks them to reflect on what they’ve learned from doing hard things.


Season 1



Season 2


Kurt Fearnley on disability, parenting, and taking a hacksaw to his first wheelchair

Living with a disability is hard work. Kurt Fearnley's perception of his disability changed the day his school principal put every kid in the school in a wheelchair, and suddenly they were all on the same playing field. From there, he went on to become a world class athlete, Paralympic gold medalist, NSW Australian of the year and more, and he shares with Turia Pitt some of the many lessons he's learned on the way.

Kurt Fearnley on disability, parenting, and taking a hacksaw to his first wheelchair

Living with a disability is hard work. Kurt Fearnley's perception of his disability changed the day his school principal put every kid in the school in a wheelchair, and suddenly they were all on the same playing field. From there, he went on to become a world class athlete, Paralympic gold medalist, NSW Australian of the year and more, and he shares with Turia Pitt some of the many lessons he's learned on the way.

53:35

EP01 - S2

4 Apr 22

Linda Burney on finding strength after losing loved ones

Being a politician is hard work. Linda Burney has made history with her political career, being the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Linda tells Turia Pitt about connecting with her Aboriginal heritage, how she built resilience through caring for, and losing her aunt and uncle at a young age, why she chose politics as a career path, and what changes she's hoping she can make.

Linda Burney on finding strength after losing loved ones

Being a politician is hard work. Linda Burney has made history with her political career, being the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Linda tells Turia Pitt about connecting with her Aboriginal heritage, how she built resilience through caring for, and losing her aunt and uncle at a young age, why she chose politics as a career path, and what changes she's hoping she can make.

31:53

EP02 - S2

18 Apr 22

Jazz Thornton on forgiving bullies and why it'll set you free

Hope exists — this is Jazz Thornton’s message. The author, filmmaker and young New Zealander of the year is living proof. After overcoming childhood abuse and depression, Jazz went on to help change the conversation around suicide. She shares why she forgave her bullies, how she learnt to handle conflict, and the difference between surviving life’s struggles and fighting for change.

Jazz Thornton on forgiving bullies and why it'll set you free

Hope exists — this is Jazz Thornton’s message. The author, filmmaker and young New Zealander of the year is living proof. After overcoming childhood abuse and depression, Jazz went on to help change the conversation around suicide. She shares why she forgave her bullies, how she learnt to handle conflict, and the difference between surviving life’s struggles and fighting for change.

38:35

EP03 - S2

3 May 22

The moment Tom Tilley knew he had to quit his family's hard-line church

Tom Tilley is one of our favourite journos. The bloke is paid to be curious, so it’s not surprising he started young: with his own religion. His family was deep in a strict Pentecostal movement (his dad was the pastor). By his early 20s he’d tasted freedom and was ready to exit. But leaving was lonely as hell which, coincidentally, was where he thought he might have been heading... Check out Tom's memoir, Speaking in Tongues. Listen to Turia's favourite daily news podcast, The Briefing: https://podfollow.com/thebriefing Follow Turia on Tik Tok: @turia_pitt

The moment Tom Tilley knew he had to quit his family's hard-line church

Tom Tilley is one of our favourite journos. The bloke is paid to be curious, so it’s not surprising he started young: with his own religion. His family was deep in a strict Pentecostal movement (his dad was the pastor). By his early 20s he’d tasted freedom and was ready to exit. But leaving was lonely as hell which, coincidentally, was where he thought he might have been heading... Check out Tom's memoir, Speaking in Tongues. Listen to Turia's favourite daily news podcast, The Briefing: https://podfollow.com/thebriefing Follow Turia on Tik Tok: @turia_pitt

39:54

EP04 - S2

16 May 22