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Straight Talk with Mark Bouris

Too often, we avoid real conversations. Entrepreneur Mark Bouris sits down and gets to know people, understands what makes them tick, and shares the great and unusual things they’re doing. There’s no sugar coating. There’s no hiding behind fancy marketing slogans. Just an honest conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Recent Episodes of Straight Talk with Mark Bouris


#138 James Magnussen: How the Australian Olympian became the face of the Enhanced Games

#138 James Magnussen: How the Australian Olympian became the face of the Enhanced Games

James Magnussen is gearing up for a new kind of swimming competition—one that's like the Olympics but with a major twist; no drug testing.


In this episode, we dive deep into the concept of the Enhanced Games. James breaks down how he joined the controversial competition and all the aspects involved in the Enhanced Games. We also discuss his time competing in the Olympics and the shocking statistics about PED use in the Olympics. Tune in as we explore how the Enhanced Games could transform competitive sports forever, the possibility of world record-breaking performances, the et...

Episode 10 July 2024 1h, 24m and 56s


#137 Heston Russell: The Truth Behind Modern Warfare & His Legal Battle with the ABC

#137 Heston Russell: The Truth Behind Modern Warfare & His Legal Battle with the ABC

Heston Russell is a former Australian Special Forces Major with over 10,000 hours of leadership in combat operations in the Middle East.


After over a decade of combat leadership, including taking the fight to ISIS, Heston Russell was proud to serve his country. Yet, he felt deeply abandoned when the ABC falsely accused his platoon of war crimes. Make sure to tune in, as the Aussie veteran offers a raw and honest insight into the complexities of modern warfare.


Follow Mark Bouris on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & YouTube.  

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Episode 3 July 2024 52m and 13s


#136: Can Australian Rugby Union Be Saved? An In-Depth Analysis with Stephen Hoiles

#136: Can Australian Rugby Union Be Saved? An In-Depth Analysis with Stephen Hoiles

We see all the headlines and outrage regarding Australain Rugby Union, and to be honest, I’m a bit bored with all the media antics. I want to understand the real intricacies of what created this mess.


I sat down with Stephen Hoiles, a former Wallaby, grassroots rugby coach for Randwick, and TV analyst, who knows the current state of rugby inside and out. Drawing from his experience as a player, coach, and fan, Stephen provided an honest and interesting perspective on the numerous problems facing Rugby Union in Australia.



Fo...

Episode 26 June 2024 1h, 3m and 57s


#135 Ryan Holiday: Make Philosophy Great Again

#135 Ryan Holiday: Make Philosophy Great Again

These days, digging into real philosophy and virtues feels like a lost art.


It was cool to bounce ideas with Ryan Holiday, a prolific writer who’s breathed new life into stoicism and modern philosophy.


Ryan’s bestsellers like ‘Ego is the Enemy’ and ‘The Obstacle Is The Way’ have sold over four million copies and dominated bestseller lists for more than 200 weeks.


We spoke about his life in Texas, how Ryan became so passionate about stoicism, what his learnt from Marcus Aurelius, the problem with today's world leaders, his mentor Robert...

Episode 19 June 2024 39m and 36s


#134 Matildas Superstar Caitlin Foord: World Cup Reflections & 2024 Olympic Goals

#134 Matildas Superstar Caitlin Foord: World Cup Reflections & 2024 Olympic Goals

The Matildas are absolute superstars in Australia right now, and they’ve earned every bit of that title.


It was a great thrill chatting with Matildas star Caitlin Foord, and learning about her mindset and life story before she heads off to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!


We had a great chat about Caitlin's journey from Shellharbour to becoming a football superstar. She shared how her passion for rugby league, as a big Manly fan, shaped her fierce style on the pitch. We dove into her...

Episode 12 June 2024 1h, 5m and 40s


#133 Josh Szeps: The Funniest Intellectual Down Under

#133 Josh Szeps: The Funniest Intellectual Down Under

Josh Szeps is an Australian-born broadcaster, writer, and commentator known for his work in media and journalism.


Josh's curiosity and intellect has seen him interview some of the biggest names in comedy, journalism and politics. Like many working in the media today, he’s dealt with the consequences of discussing controversial issues and agendas.


It was awesome to hear Josh’s unique perspective on the battle surrounding free speech, modern day movements, his departure from the ABC, how the hell he's managed to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast seven times and much more.<...

Episode 5 June 2024 1h, 18m and 30s


#132 Rick Grossman Unfiltered: The Realities of the Rockstar Lifestyle

#132 Rick Grossman Unfiltered: The Realities of the Rockstar Lifestyle

Rick Grossman is an Australian rock musician renowned for his role as the bass guitarist for two iconic Australian bands, Divinyls and Hoodoo Gurus.


Rick's rockstar journey has seen incredible highs and challenging lows. He shot to international fame with the Divinyls but faced a tough battle with heroin addiction, which led to his departure from the band in 1987. After a long and hard-fought recovery, Rick made a remarkable comeback with the Hoodoo Gurus, with whom he continues to tour with today.


In our conversation, Rick shared insights into his musical beginnings, his...

Episode 29 May 2024 1h, 32m and 10s


#131 Perfectly Imperfect: Inside the chaotic & comedic mind of Millie Ford

#131 Perfectly Imperfect: Inside the chaotic & comedic mind of Millie Ford

Millie Ford is one of the fastest-rising creatives in Australia. Having amassed over 1.7 million followers online with her uncanny portrayal of everyday teachers, parents and shop assistants.


Millie has also appeared on Home And Away and has recently made her musical debut, collaborating with Hellcat Speedracer on the summer anthem Lovestruck.


We had an honest conversation on mental health, finding comedy in chaos, her creative process, the delusion of social media, modern dating and much more.


Follow Mark Bouris on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & YouTube.  

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Episode 22 May 2024 1h, 6m and 27s


#130 Stab Mag's Sam McIntosh: Riding the waves of change

#130 Stab Mag's Sam McIntosh: Riding the waves of change

As a kid from Punchbowl, I wasn’t your typical surfer, but I still became mad obsessed with the sport.


One of my fondest childhood memories was heading to my local news agency to pick up a surf magazine. Surf media has evolved significantly since those days, far beyond those paper magazines.


It was great chatting with the co-founder of Stab Mag Sam McIntosh to dive deeper into the surfing world.


We discussed his family's impactful move from inland to the coast during his youth, his beginnings working at surf ma...

Episode 15 May 2024 1h, 12m and 59s


#129 Ben Fordham: A candid conversation with Australia's beloved radio host

#129 Ben Fordham: A candid conversation with Australia's beloved radio host

Apart of my morning routine is getting into my car and tuning into Ben Fordham on 2GB.


It was great to finally sit down and chat with one of Australia’s leading voices on the radio.


We covered a wide range of topics including Ben's family dynamics and insights from growing up with his father, John, a legendary talent manager, and his mother, Veronica. We also spoke about how the fear of failure motivates him, his early days in the radio industry, his process when interviewing prominent figures such as Prime Minister Anthony Al...

Episode 8 May 2024 1h, 37m and 13s

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