#1429 Underground

In this episode, we’re going underground, with secrets, subcultures and subversive publishing. We meet River, one of the elusive Shoplifters of Tumblr, and hear stories of Oz Magazine from Jim Anderson.

The Shoplifters of Tumblr

The internet has meant that even the most underground of movements, most clandestine of activities, are now made to be shared and viewed and even favorited by strangers. This story is about a community enabled by the internet – The Shoplifters of Tumblr.

Produced by Avani Dias

Oz Magazine

In the late 1960s Jim Anderson was one of the editors of Oz Magazine – a title which he jokes has been the ‘hook that hanged me all these years’. The magazine is looked at as a sort of golden age for underground media, and counterculture in Australia and England. He sits down with producer Caitlin Gibson to talk us through some of the more

Produced by Caitlin Gibson

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Romain Toornier 

#1428 The Hardest Thing

“The hard work we do here replicates the discipline and the routine we carry out throughout the day the weeks the months and years. If this is the hardest thing you do today, well, you’re going to have a good day.”

Redfern is home to the oldest indigenous sports club in Australia. The Redfern All Blacks have been kicking around on the paddock for over 70 years. To the residents of Redfern, the All Blacks are more than just a footy club – they’re the heart of the community.

This week on All the Best, Emma Lancaster follows the Redfern All Blacks in the lead up to the 2013 Knockout Carnival.

The piece was produced in conjunction with French journalist and photographer Pauline Muyl, who provided additional sound and the photo essay over at our blog.

Music credits

Melodic Warrior – by Mistress Magpie
#Whatupfam – by Jimblah featuring Georgia B
Heart And Soul – by Jim Blah

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pauline Muyl

#1427 Open House

This week on All the Best we’re getting involved and doing some exploring, heading into some of the unseen and forgotten parts of Melbourne with Open House. For one day a year, people are invited to become tourists in their own city and buildings that are usually just part of the landscape, something you pass on the way to work, become open and interesting.
There are stories hidden in every building, and we’re visiting as many of them as we can, exploring the Hawthorn Tram Depot, old buildings in Stonnington, and Substation J, deep under Spencer St.
You can hear more stories from Open House Melbourne here, as Bec Fary takes a walk around Melbourne’s CBD with Joy Villalino.
Hawthorn Tram Depot
First up we’re heading out east of Melbourne to the suburb of Hawthorn where Bec met up with Paul Nicholson. He’s a former tram driver, who now volunteers at the Tram Museum at The Hawthorn Tram Depot.
Produced by Bec Fary
Substation J

Jeff McIntosh started work at CitiPower/PowerCor in Melbourne’s CBD in 1959, when he was 15 years old. and continued working for them for the next 54 years. He retired last year, and has been guiding tours around Melbourne’s power stations for the past five Open House Melbourne events.

If someone were to start work now, and spend as long working as Jeff did, they wouldn’t retired until 2068

Produced by Bec Fary
Stonnington
Philippe Perez met up with Steve Stephanopoulous to talk about the architectural heritage of Stonnington.
Produced by Philippe Perez
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary
Music credit: ‘I’m Not Here’ by Johnny Ripper

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Bec Fary

#1426 How Are You Still Alive?

Today we’re asking: How Are You Still Alive? You’ll hear stories of near misses, close shaves and fortunate lives. People who were unlucky, and then lucky. People who throw themselves from high places, and kids who get lost in the wilderness. People who risked their lives just by being born.

If it wasn’t wild, I wouldn’t do it

You might already know about BASE jumping – it’s a sport where people jump from a fixed object – it’s like skydiving, except without a plane. To properly call yourself a BASE jumper, you need to jump from a building, antenna, span (like a bridge) and earth. Our Features EP Heidi Pett chats to Evan, who’s been obsessed with flying since he was a little kid, and at the age of 24 has done over 300 BASE jumps.

Produced by Heidi Pett

Ele’s Christmas

When Ele’s sister crashed the family car, she got in a lot of trouble. When Ele crashed it again, it was a different story.

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design and original music by Bryce Halliday

Birth Day

Tiger will be turning 25 soon. In this story he tells us about being born 15 weeks too early.

Produced by Tiger Webb

Music Credits: White Sheet Beach, by Fishing

The Wrong River

Tom Carew-Reid is constantly telling stories that end in his friends asking ‘how are you still alive’ Some of them are obviously exaggerated, some of them are probably true to the word, but all of them are full of near misses and heightened drama. His friend, Features Executive Producer Jess O’Callaghan, asked him about one of his favourite stories – about the time he jumped on a lilo and wandered through the New Zealand countryside.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music credits: ‘Driftwood’, ‘Lilac’ and ‘Fading Prospects’ by Podington Bear

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

 Image Credit: Al Hikes AZ

#1425 Mixed Tape Memoirs Live at EWF

This episode is about that song.  You know the one. You hear it, and no matter where you are, or who you’re with, you’re transported to a time when you were so in love that you seemed drunk. The song you know that still makes you feel like a lovesick teenager every time you hear it.

‘Mixed Tape Memoirs: Love and Lust’ was an event hosted by The Lifted Brow at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, where they asked writers to tell a true story about their life based on a song. This week on All the Best we share some with you – they’re adorable, heartbreaking, sexy, and sometimes a bit porn-y or gross. Just like love.

 

Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits – The Magnetic Fields

By Chad Parkhill

This Year – The Mountain Goats

By Anna Dunnill

Fire Wire – Cosmic Gate

By Sam West

 

Thanks to the Emerging Writers’Festival, The Lifted Brow, and all the writers who told stories on the night.

Recorded by Michael Brydon.

 

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Endless Lazlo