#1508 A Way With Words

Some things are harder to say than others. The most important things to say, messages you really want to get across, can be boring and complicated. Or you might not feel comfortable saying them at all.

There are people all over Australia learning to express themselves using poetry -and not the kind you learned in school. This week on All the Best, Maisie Cohen explored the world of performance poetry. She spoke to activists, community housing residents and prisoners all learning to use poetry to express their ideas. There are poems about oil and gas fracking on the coast off Indigenous land, poems about disadvantage and racism, poems about human connection.

Head to our blog for photos and videos from workshops around the country, including a short doco shot by producer Maisie Cohen.

Produced by Maisie Cohen

Supervising Production by Heidi Pett

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Luka Lesson
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#1507 Legal Walls

Access to the law is something it’s easy to take for granted – if there’s an injustice, if you are wronged, we’re taught to believe that the law has the ability to make that wrong right again.
In 1977, the lack of affordable legal service options for disadvantaged and marginalised people led to the opening of NSW’s first community law centre, the Redfern Legal Centre.
This week on All the Best, Jess Minshall visits the people working there today, and the sort of wrongs they’re trying to right. There are limits to the law, limits you don’t even imagine until you’re right up against them. For the lawyers, social workers and students working at the centre, they see people come up against them every day.

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Jess Minshall

Music Credit:   ‘The Room is the Resonator’ by Oliver Coates,  ‘Silk’ by Thrupence 

#1506 Best Practice

A lot of us trust our doctors to make us healthy, or at least to cure our illnesses. But can they make us happy? According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, one in two Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Research organisations and support networks like Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute, are working to destigmatise depression and mental illness.

As a society, we’re talking about depression and mental illness more than we ever have, but are we getting any better at treating it? Bec Fary looks at the treatment of mental illness in Australia.

Thanks to Professor Jane Gunn, Professor Lena Sanci, and Rose Randall.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or for help with depression or mental illness please visit Beyond Blue or Headspace.

 

 

 

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This episode was produced as part of the SYN Summer Series.

 

Episode Producer: Bec Fary

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘Leafo Stills’ and ‘Beach Collage’ by Jai Leeworthy, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ by The Avalanches 

Image Credit: hitthatswitch 

Illustrations by Rose Randall

#1505 Baby Teeth

It’s wobbling, and you can’t help but push at it with your tongue, making it bend gum-ward so the gnarled roots scratch at the inside of your mouth. It’ll be out soon, and you’ll put it next to your pillow and wake up the next morning to find a single gold coin in it’s place.
You’ll be a little bit older each time it happens, and believe in fairies a little less.
This week on All the Best we’re telling stories of baby teeth – the way they mark time, mark money, and remind us of being young and excitable.
A Letter to My Milk Teeth
Made has a secret. She still have four baby teeth. Which is kinda weird. But she’s trying not to reject them, and instead embracing and celebrating her tiny weird teeth. She’s written them a letter.
Produced by Made Stuchbery
Like Strawberries
The most important thing Michael owned, apart from his collection, was his toy cricket bat. Most parents would give their children a plastic one, but Michael’s mum and dad were completists. They’d very carefully looked for a replica ashes cricket bat. But, more importantly, it was made of some very hard wood.
Written and produced by Zacha Rosen
The Mosquito
This episode isn’t just about the teeth in our mouth – it’s about the other things we shed as we grow up. In this story, a man swats a mosquito, and looks back at a moment from his childhood.
To hear more about our collaboration with Writers Bloc, and learn how to turn your own stories into radio, visit their website.
Written and performed by Ally Scale
Produced by Heidi Pett
With special thanks for Emma Koehn and Writers Bloc

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image credit: Stephanie Sicore

#1504 Portrait of a Policy

 

Caitlin Doyle-Markwick meets 3 men who are living on some of the 29, 564 bridging visas issued since 2011, when the then Labor government announced that asylum seekers would increasingly be placed in the community while their claims were processed. Initially welcomed by refugee supporters because of the harmful psychological effects of long-term detention, Caitlin discovers that the uncertainty and restrictions placed upon them mean these men may live in the community, but cannot be part of it.

If you want to ease the transition for asylum seekers and refugees living in your community, there are plenty of organisations you can donate to and volunteer with. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, and Settlement Services International in Sydney are both good options.

Producers: Caitlin Doyle-Markwick and Domenique Sherab

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music credit: Mammals – Move Slower and Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy

Image credit: Siobhan Marren