Madeleine West shares the stories of some incredible Invisible Heroes

Actor, author and activist Madeleine West takes listeners behind the scenes with extraordinarily ordinary Australians, who are making the world a better place, in the new smooth podcast series Invisible Heroes launching on Monday 27 July.
Madeleine says, “I consider myself a storyteller and everyone has a story that deserves to be told. Throughout the recent crisis I’ve made a point of seeking out and working alongside those who are striving to make the world a better place, behind the scenes, by thinking outside the box. You may never see them on the cover of a magazine, in the papers or on the news, but their stories are incredibly inspiring and needed more now than ever. It is with great honour that I am using my voice, so you may hear theirs.”
In each episode, she will sit down with those people at the coal face of crises; be it climate, coronavirus or crises of conscience, who are best equipped to lead us into a new era.
In the first episode of this powerful podcast series from smooth, Madeleine will share the story of near-death experience and recovery, after being hit by a bus 18 years ago this month.
She speaks candidly about what it means to face your fears, be your best self and give back when tempted to give in, revealing her struggles with PTSD, acquired brain injury, the ongoing effects of the injuries themselves, and how with a little self-belief nothing can stop you, not even a bus.

Some of the inspiring stories featured in smooth’s Invisible Heroes include:

  • Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, CEO and founder of the Asylum Resource Centre, a human rights lawyer, social worker and philanthropist, who dubs himself ‘the hateful humanitarian’.
  • Indigenous artist Tony Albert whose work captures and quells the current mood more effectively than any rally slogan.
  • Abdul Razzoq, the asylum seeker who maintains his love and respect for this country despite 11 years of surviving incredible odds striving for residency
  • Samart, a shaman who practices plant medicine as a logical response to an increasingly disconnected world which has forgotten the power of ritual as a crucial element to our personal belief systems.
  • Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling, a senior member of the federal police domestic violence task force, identifies an area of significant focus and deep concern currently attracting little to no attention from the wider public: human trafficking in the form of child brides still increasing in Australia’s suburban fringes.
  • Sergeant Trevor Russell from the Australian Federal Police whose experience of dealing with human trafficking and sex slavery here in Australia will shake you to your core.

NOVA Entertainment’s Managing Producer of Original Podcasting, Andrew Brentnall, says, “Invisible Heroes is a breath of fresh air during such turbulent times we’re living in. Madeleine’s passion and drive to uncover these stories of incredible people around Australia highlights the one thing that connects us all – our humanity.”






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