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Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee

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Meshel Laurie presents stories of the guts and the glory of life, from ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It's an up-sized brain/soul food combo with a side order of new perspective.

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Meshel Laurie presents stories of the guts and the glory of life, from ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It's an up-sized brain/soul food combo with a side order of new perspective.

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OMG...the breathing!!!

By Menke911 - Nov 18 2018
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I can’t get past KK heaving breathing and slurping. Listening to him makes my skin crawl. He is a narcissistic pig. I give you credit for having to listen and interview him for over an hour. He thinks he’s getting away with this corruption but justice will be served!!!

Disappointed Again

By ErekoseMaM - Nov 11 2018
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I would like to start by saying that I found the interveiw interesting, besides my following critisism I await each new interview of Kratz, HOPING that the interviewer will actually call him on the falsehoods he spreads. Unfortunately Ken only aquieces to soft interviews. I truly hope that Ken has learned from his past, and that situations can change as you suggest. Judging by Ken and his wifes Twitter activity I think he is still the same terrible human he always was. I wish you the best in the future. You can find me on Youtube if you are interested.

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
20
1
2
1
1

OMG...the breathing!!!

By Menke911 - Nov 18 2018
Read more
I can’t get past KK heaving breathing and slurping. Listening to him makes my skin crawl. He is a narcissistic pig. I give you credit for having to listen and interview him for over an hour. He thinks he’s getting away with this corruption but justice will be served!!!

Disappointed Again

By ErekoseMaM - Nov 11 2018
Read more
I would like to start by saying that I found the interveiw interesting, besides my following critisism I await each new interview of Kratz, HOPING that the interviewer will actually call him on the falsehoods he spreads. Unfortunately Ken only aquieces to soft interviews. I truly hope that Ken has learned from his past, and that situations can change as you suggest. Judging by Ken and his wifes Twitter activity I think he is still the same terrible human he always was. I wish you the best in the future. You can find me on Youtube if you are interested.
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Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee

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Meshel Laurie presents stories of the guts and the glory of life, from ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It's an up-sized brain/soul food combo with a side order of new perspective.

Rank #1: JonBenét Ramsey's Dad: My Son Is Innocent.

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Twenty years on, the case of JonBenet Ramsey's murder remains unsolved. Her mother, Patsy, died in 2006. Now John Ramsey, and his son Burke, are possibly the only two people alive who know what happened to this 6-year old. My interview with John Ramsey goes deep. Into the night when it all unfolded. Into his memories of Jon-Benet as a normal little girl.  To memories of Patsy, and how this mother, and wife, ever managed to move on with her life. How he has no doubt in his mind that there was a killer in their house that night, but it wasn't her brother Burke. It's a fascinating insight into a man, who 20 years on is still coping with the world's ongoing obsession with his families tragedy.Leave comments on my facebook page

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Please leave a review and a rating for this show in itunes so more people can know about it.
Oct 05 2016
53 mins
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Rank #2: John Edward - Crossing Over

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15 years ago was addicted to John Edward's show "Crossing Over" in which he gave psychic readings to a live audience.  It was on daily on channel 10, and I didn't have much going on in my life!  I spoke to him ahead of his next Australian tour which happens in November 2015.
Feb 16 2016
31 mins
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Rank #3: Charlie Bezzina Knows What Crime Looks Like.

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For 17 years he was one of Victoria's big chiefs; a top homicide detective who investigated over 300 suspicious deaths.He solved murders. Captured serial killers. Investigated baffling disappearances, and knew a dangerous amount about the Melbourne gangland.

So what does it take to be a criminal investigator at the highest level?He sits down to talk, in intriguing detail, about some of his most memorable cases including the Melbourne Gang War, Serial Killers Peter Dupas and Paul Denyer, pedophile Mr Cruel and more.And he details the challenges of his latest posting, as Senior Integrity Advisor for Greyhound Racing Victoria. The job? Stamp out animal cruelty. It's a fascinating interview with a fascinating character.Show notes:The Nitty Gritty Committee is hosted by me, Meshel LaurieTell me your thoughts on my Facebook page, or via Twitter.You can find out more about Charlie and his book here.
May 03 2016
49 mins
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Rank #4: Justin Hamilton - Everyone's BFF?

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Justin Hamilton is the hardest working comedy man in showbiz.  He is also Australian comedy's most popular best friend.  What's really going on with Hammo?
Feb 16 2016
55 mins
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Rank #5: Comedy #squad Goals

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It's the comedy of life with some of the funniest fellas I know.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is underway and I’m more nervous about this festival than I have been since my first festival. To ease my nerves, I’ve organised some chats with a couple of members of my #squad. Tommy Little, Tripod, Al Murray, Peter Helliar, Wil Anderson, Greg Fleet and Dave “Hughesy” Hughes.
This year I’m producing a show for someone else which I’ve never done before. It’s the first festival show for a brilliant lady called Shiralee Hood who won the Deadly Comedy award for Indigenous comedians a few years ago.
Please enjoy, and then PLEASE book tickets to Shiralee’s show! http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/shiralee-hood-rock-the-boat-victoria-hotel-melbourne-vic/venueartist/156199/2199688
Mar 23 2016
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #6: Kerry Tucker - Former Women's Prison Inmate.

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He used to give me roses... Kerry Tucker was a "normal" working mum living in Melbourne's leafy outer suburbs until she was arrested for stealing from her employers.
Feb 14 2016
50 mins
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Rank #7: BONUS: Making A Murderer's Ken Kratz On Brendan Dassey Walking Free.

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UPDATE: Brendan Dassey, the teenage "accomplice" of convicted murderer Steven Avery has had his conviction overturned. Dassey, who was a 17-year-old with learning difficulties at the time of his imprisonment, must now be re-tried or walk free within 90 days. 

On the back of this news, Meshel checks in with Ken Kratz, the "villian" of the Making a Murderer documentary. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor who convinced a jury to find Steven Avery guilty of the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Kratz, who is now writing a book on the case, is still determined that Avery's conviction should stand. 

Show notes:

The Nitty Gritty Committee is hosted by Meshel Laurie

Tell her your thoughts on her facebook page

Aug 15 2016
51 mins
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Rank #8: Jordan Raskopoulos Is Australia's Transgender Comedy Superstar.

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Let's get one thing clear. Jordan Raskopoulos is not a unicorn. Although, hey, she has no judgement if you are.
But Jordan is sometimes treated as a unicorn, because she is a transgender woman, AND a member of one of Australia's most successful comedy acts, The Axis of Awesome, who tour worldwide and have had 100 million YouTube hits.
Jordan has been in Axis since before, during and after her transition. 
Jordan talks about how her life has changed since transitioning, how it has affected her role in one of Australia's favourite comedy acts, what cisgender means, and she brings us a new understanding of the term "gender dysmorphia."
It's a conversation worth hearing.Show notes:The Nitty Gritty Committee is hosted by Meshel LaurieTell her your thoughts on her facebook pageAnd if you love this show, please leave a review and star rating in itunes.
Apr 05 2016
35 mins
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Rank #9: The Child Sex-abuse Survivor Who Fought Back.

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Trigger warning: this podcast discusses sexual abuse, mental illness and suicide.From the age of 11, Manny Waks was groomed for sex. The Jewish activist was brought up in an Orthodox-Jewish community and routinely abused. When he was 17, Manny became a whistle-blower on childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. He speaks to Meshel about the effects of his pursuit for justice on his family, plus his exile from Australia and his struggle to keep fighting through the depression.If this podcast brings up issues for you around sexual or emotional abuse, please call Bravehearts on 1800 272 831. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from The Child Abuse Prevention hotline on 1800 688 009 or call The Child Abuse Report Line on: 131 478 (Open 24 hours). You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14.Manny Waks is Jewish community leader and activist, and the author of Who Gave You Permission? Hear more from Manny on his blog. Leave comments on Meshel's facebook page

And her twitter is here

Please leave a review and a rating for this show in itunes.
Nov 02 2016
59 mins
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Rank #10: Julia Watson Keeps Smiling.

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Julia Watson is many things, a humanitarian, a mature age student, a published author, a mother, a wife.  Most recently though her life and her identity have been consumed by cancer.  In January of 2015 she was given 6 to 9 months to live, which she has happily surpassed, but there are no miracles on the horizon for Julia. 
 
She’s written a book called Breakfast, School Run, Chemo, which is every bit as honest, confronting, brilliant and hilarious as she is.  Prepare to be dazzled by Julia Watson.
Feb 17 2016
40 mins
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Rank #11: How did Lynne Panayiotis end up in that wheelchair?

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A couple of weeks ago my sister Sherri said to me, "I reckon my friend Lynne would be a good nitty gritty.  She’s in a wheel chair, and she’s very prepared to tell the story of how she ended up in it."  Quite simply, I dare you to hear this story and not feel like a complete wimp by the time it’s over.  The thing about Lynne though, is that she’s obviously been a bad arse since the day she was born.  This ep features beautiful traditional Tibetan music from my friend Tenzin Choegyel and there's lots of his music on Itunes. ​
Nov 13 2017
47 mins
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Rank #12: Vale Julia Watson.

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What happens at the end of life when cancer finally catches up? For Julia Watson there was a wonderful feeling of being overwhelmed with love. Humanitarian, mature age student, published author, mother and wife Julia passed away on Sunday 18th December 2016. In January of 2015 she was given 6 to 9 months to live, which she managed to stretch out into almost two joy-filled years. Listen to Meshel Laurie speak to Julia from her bedside in a touching conversation about life, love and family, then hear again their first talk about Julia's book Breakfast, School Run, Chemo, and how cancer shaped her identity. Show notesOur thoughts go out to Julia's family. You can find her blog here.And to donate to the family fund go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/julia-watson-family-fundLeave comments on Meshel's facebook page.And her twitter is here.Please leave a review and a rating for this show in itunes.
Dec 20 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #13: Tully Smythe has a lot on her mind.

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I've never paid much attention to reality tv stars or to social media influencers, but there's always been something about Tully Smythe, aka Instagram's @tee_smythe, that I've found compelling.  There's always seemed to be a depth there, but I never knew why.  Now I do.  Tully was 15 and the eldest of 3 kids when her mother was diagnosed with dementia.  To this day, the family employs various strategies to cope with the disease.
Nov 26 2017
51 mins
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Rank #14: Did Joanna Break The Greens?

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Joanna Nilson became a political scandal when her old Facebook posts were sent to the media while she was standing for the Greens in the Victorian State election. When and what can we forgive and forget?
Nov 26 2018
42 mins
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Rank #15: Organ Donation Gets Real As Hell.

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Megan is alive because of organ donation.  Michelle and Jon’s 3 year old son is not.
Feb 16 2016
41 mins
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