#1512 Quiet Please

Do you still use a library? Last time you went to the library did you actually borrow a book? These days, libraries hum with computers, and provide meeting spaces and work stations. They’re full of magazines, DVDs, graphic novels, activities.

It’s kinda hard to put your finger on what a modern library even is now. Some went so far as to herald changing technology as a death knell for the library. But libraries aren’t hearing any of that – they’re adapting and changing and it seems like they’re holding on. This week we look at a bunch of modern libraries, on the water, on the footpath, with books out of sight under grassy hills, and libraries with a focus on technology and community.

 

Library Afloat 

Produced by Pip Rasmussen

The Third Space

Produced by Jess Bineth

A New Library 

Produced by Jess Bineth

The Footpath Library

Produced by Laura Brierley

 

Episode Producer: Jess Bineth

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Thomas Hawke 

Music Credits: “Librarian” by My Morning Jacket

#1511 That Girl (repeat)

“I didn’t want to be That Girl Who Had An Abortion, because I’m not… When you look at the statistics, there are many of those girls.”

We have so many conversations about abortion, but most of the time they’re abstract and political, they’re not about the lived experiences and choices of women who’ve terminated a pregnancy. A lot of the time it’s because those women are reluctant to put their head above the parapet.
This week on All The Best, we’re replaying an episode from 2014. We wanted to create a space for those conversations, a space for doubt, for relief, anger and even humour. A space for women’s stories.
And those stories are particularly relevant right now, as people renew the campaign to remove abortion from the crimes act in NSW. Because yeah, it’s still technically illegal. At the moment women in NSW can only access abortion because of a legal decision in 1971 which allows you to terminate a pregnancy if you can demonstrate harm to a woman’s physical or mental health. This month, you might notice a different kind of protester hanging around out the front of abortion clinics. They’re counter-picketing the people you’d usually find there, supporting the women who walk through as the 40 Days for Life campaign comes to an end on March 29.

Produced by Heidi Pett

Supervising Producer Kate Montague with assistance from Jess Bineth and Jess O’Callaghan

A special thanks to designer and illustrator Leah Goren for the use of her beautiful artwork.  There’s heaps more on her site.

Music Credits: ‘Cauliflower Jack’ by Caitlin Park, ‘How’s Your Wife?’ by Caitlin Park

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

#1510 In A Day

A lot can happen in one day. Everything can change, or nothing can. Some days are special and some days are so completely ordinary that we can tell them apart from the others.

On one day this month, 24 hours at the beginning of March, we sent All the Best producers out in search of stories. They had only a day to find something to tell us on the radio – they learnt about kissing, about cooking, and growing older. And Michael interviewed a dragon.

Three Things I Learned About Kisses

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Paella 

Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

This is 31

Produced by Amy Tsilemanis

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Zacha Rosen

 

 

 

 

#1509 Where Are The Women?

“I cannot believe you’ve put a woman on the radio like this. You know that women get their periods and then don’t make as much sense as men. You’ve made a massive mistake.”

Why aren’t there more women on the radio? It’s a debate that’s been raging for as long as radio has existed. Is their delicate lady voices? Is it an authority thing? Is it something else all together?

Emma Rose Nobel wants to work in radio – alarmed by the lack of women’s voices as she flicked through frequencies, she started to wonder if there would be room for her on the airwaves.

In this International Women’s Day special, we look at women in Australian radio today – commercial, public, and community, and ask the question ‘why?’

Producer: Emma Rose Nobel

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Andréanne Germain

Music Credit: