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The Pineapple Project returns for a new series with a new host

PRESS RELEASE — February 12, 2020

Sydney, Australia—The award-winning ABC podcast, The Pineapple Project returns with its fourth season, a brand new host and a prickly new topic. Walkley award-winning journalist Jan Fran (creator, writer and presenter of The Frant, guest presenter on Network Ten’s The Project and previously co-host for SBS’s The Feed ) is taking on the tricky topic of… Death.

It’s literally the only certainty in life. But why do we find it so hard to talk about? We don’t learn about it in school. We don’t talk about it with friends. And many of us won’t know what’s involved in the process until the gritty moments in which we have to deal with it.

Jan wants that to change. She’s on a mission to help arm us with the logistical know-how we need to die a good death – and help those around us do the same.

Her journey takes us through everything you need to manage a death. From understanding what happens in the hours after we die, to the secrets of funeral homes; it’s an insider’s guide to what is coming to all of us.

If you’ve ever put off writing a will, wondered whether your family can see your social media DM’s after you’re gone, or had to deal with death in the workplace, _The Pineapple Project_ has you covered.

The podcast features a special guest appearance from comedian Rhys Nicholson in his most dramatic role to-date, as the Grim Reaper.

In Jan Fran’s own words, “If I could dish out one piece of unsolicited advice, it would be to talk to your fam about death and ask your loved ones what they’d like at their funerals because – and trust me on this – it’s very hard to get answers from a dead person!!!

“After death comes admin, and while we can’t stop the former from happening, we can at least make the latter more manageable.”

Jan brings to _The Pineapple Project_ her trademark insight, levity and curiosity. The podcast kicks off today, with new episodes dropping weekly.

_The Pineapple Project_ – it’s the podcast that makes life sweeter and less prickly.

Your first taste of a new season of _The Pineapple Project_ is available now on the ABC listen app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your favourite podcasts.

About Jan Fran:

Jan Fran is a Walkley Award winning journalist (2019 Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique, The Frant), TV presenter and maker of viral internet videos. She’s shot documentaries all over the world and speaks three languages… most of them terribly. She has one son, who is a cat.

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