#1420 Independence

We don’t get given our independence one day, with a haircut or along with the lease of our first rental house. It happens over time, and we fall in and out of it in complicated ways. That’s what this episode of All the Best is about. The fine line between independence and dependence. Between knowing how and where to get a haircut, and blaming a haircut on your grandma. Between depending on your parents and having your parents depend on you.

 

That Time I Cut My Hair and Blamed My Grandma

I was getting anxious, and wondered what would happen in a year when I had to leave this delightful mess and be a real person. Where would me and my hair go? I started looking into hairdressers’ windows when I walked past, trying to decide if I could sit down with them and say ‘I don’t know what to do, what would you suggest?’.

Written and read by Patrick Lenton. This story first appeared on online literary mag Scum.

Music Credits: Podington Bear

Gifts on a Buddhist’s Birthday

What would you want on 60th birthday? Grandchildren? Retirement? This story is about a man who chose an entirely different path when he turned 60. Much to the surprise of his friends and family he decided to join a Buddhist Monastery and become a monk, despite never having practiced Buddhism before.

What consequences does that sort of decision have on your family life? Is it a noble act or is simply shirking responsibilities? Fifteen years on Ekagatta is still a practicing Buddhist, and we hear from him and his daughter, Lorien about this drastic life change.

Produced by Fiona Pepper

 

Will Bailey

Will’s dependence on David, his father, is a fundamental aspect of their relationship. Despite suffering from severe Down syndrome, Will, now 21, is striving for independence. While this makes David happy, he wonders if he’s done enough as a father to both give Will the freedom he seeks and have the peace of mind that he will be safe in his choices. This is a story about a father, his son and a new job.

Produced by Matthew Jane, Nadine Keegan and Azim Iskandar

 

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: PJPink

#1419 Love + [Complication]

Love stories are hard to avoid – they’re woven through pop songs, the plots of films and every TV show. Often they’re presented as complicated, but how often do we stop and think about the complications in each other’s love stories? Today we bring you two. They’re familiar in their cups or tea and their little confusions but they both have complications many of us have never had to face.

 

Love and OCD 

Produced by Miriam Alvberg

Music Credits: ‘Love is a Losing Game’ by Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’ by Beyoncé and Andre 3000, ‘Missing (instrumental)’ by XX, ‘Smoke’ by Moddi, ‘Blue Jeans’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘I Know Places’ by Lykke Li, ‘Oblivion’  by Susanne Sundfør feat. M83, ‘Little Numbers’ by BOY

 

Defying the Odds

Produced by Zoe Ferguson

Music Credits:  ‘Serendipity’ by Tom Middleton, ‘Sweetheart, what have you done to us’ by Keaton Henson, ‘Small Hands’ by Keaton Henson

 

Music Credit: ‘Take Me as I Am’ by Au Revoir Simone

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Namor Trebat

#1418 Amazing Babes – Live at EWF

Inspired by Eliza Sarlos’s picture book Amazing Babes, the Emerging Writers’ Festival invited an incredible line up of writers to tell stories about the women who have inspired them, in their writing and their lives. It was a night to be inspired and celebrate the women who made us who we are. Here, we share some of their stories, and capture a slice of the nigh with music from Canberra-based girl band ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ and three stories of truly amazing babes.

Brodie Lancaster on Tavi Gevinson

Cathy Petocz on Caryl Churchill + Jenny Kemp

Jo Randerson on all of the women

Music Credits:  ‘We Must’ written by Cathy Petocz and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and produced by Cinnamon Records, 2014. Performed by Cathy Petocz, Amanda Thorson, Luciana Harrison, Hannah de Feyter, and Jordan Rodger.  Their EP will be released in Winter 2014.

Wintercoats remix of ‘Transatlantica’ by Guerre features in Brodie Lancaster’s story.

Recorded and edited by Leona Hameed

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Grace Lee

#1417 Human

This week, All the Best is telling stories about what it means to be human. Humans being excellent or awful to other humans, realising someone is only human, or that someone we idolise is human after all. Humans making mistakes and making things better. We also hear two stories more told at our Sydney Writers’ Festival event, All the Best Live, from Meanjin editor Zora Sanders and poet and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke. The other stories from SWF can be heard here.

My Mum is Human

Parents aren’t real people, right? This story is about the time Tess realised her mum was human.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Music credits: ‘Human Being’ by Cat Power

Zora Sanders – Live at SWF

There are two types of people who join communes. Zora’s mum is the second kind.

Ira Glass is Human

Haley couldn’t talk about her encounter with Ira Glass for weeks afterwards. She couldn’t bring herself to listen to This American Life. Then the dreams started.

Produced by Haley Shaffer

Music Credits: ‘Sweet and Clean’ by Podington Bear, ‘Movin On Up’ by Podington Bear, ‘Guestlist’ by Podington Bear

Marngrook – Maxine Beneba Clarke Live at SWF

We are what we teach our children – and our children are wrong.

More of Maxine’s work can be heard and read here. Her latest book is Foreign Soil.

Music Credit: ‘Human’ by Cat Power

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pip Rasmussen