#1534 Without Words

Listen closely because this week on All The Best we’re weaving our way in and out of the spaces between words and examining the meaning that’s hidden in silence. Think about how much we say without our words. What if you didn’t have words to communicate? What if we just choose not to speak? How would this change the way we interact with one another? What are we saying to each other with our touch, with our posture, with the amount of space we leave between each other when we sit next to one another, in our expression and in our silence?

Silent Love
Told by Monique Henry

Force Doesn’t Make Sense
Told by Jess Bell

Big Brother (Vipassana)
Told by Holly Masson
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Episode Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising production from Jess O’Callaghan and Bec Fary, and transcription by Nabila Petrucci and Felicity Powell
Executive Producer: Heidi Pett
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music Credits:
The Books-PS 
Hannah Cameron- You Forgot
Alexander W Simms- Out In The Cold
Carlos Ramirez- Horizon
Bad Bats- Heterotropic (Where We Used To Belong)

#1533 Does That Ever Work For You

People who knock on your door asking you to change your religion, or to believe in the impending apocalypse. Infomercials. Pick up lines. Detox diets, click bait and pop up ads. There are things that people try again and again that you think would never work but they must sometimes, or surely people wouldn’t bother. Today on All The Best we’re asking: Does That Ever Work For You?

Takedown

David Blumenstein is a Melbourne based cartoonist. On November 6 last year, he went down to St Kilda Pier to wait for Julien Blanc to arrive. Julien’s an American pro pick up artist and, when he tried to run workshops in Australia became the target of one of the most successful anti-PUA campaigns ever, collected around the hashtag #takedownjulienblanc. So successful that venue cancelled on him in the face of the outrage, and then he tried to hold the workshop on a boat. David sits down with our EP Heidi Pett to talk about his evening on a pier with pick up artists and protesters. You can get the comic book here

Produced by Heidi Pett

Mate

What does it mean when somebody you wanna date calls you mate? This story is from our mates (who we also probably wanna date) over at Private Parts, a brand new audio art project by Irit Pollak and Elin Andersson. They call it a collective memory bank that explores identity and perception from a gender perspective, and you can find them at partlyprivate.com and in iTunes. Go on.

Produced by Irit Pollak, Elin Andersson and Izzy Roberts-Orr

Music by The Twerps

The Dog Ate My Homework

There’s a program called Writing Workshop here in Sydney – they do workshops, on writing, for kids in school. It’s run by a guy called Bernard and  he’s got this great thing where if the kids miss a class, they have to write this totally outlandish excuse letter, telling the story of why they couldn’t make it. It probably works better than “the dog ate my homework”. We got them to come into the studio one Sunday and record them for us.

Thanks to all the kids who took part, Amy, age 12, Belle, age 16, Julia, age 18, Annalise, age 10

Produced by Zacha, age 38 & Lily, age 24

#1532 Then It Was Us – Syrian Refugees in Amman

 

I have a big mission coming in two days and they want to go to Za’atari and I said “If you want to go to Za’atari I will take you to the Dead Sea, and I will take a photo of you at the Dead Sea, because you are coming for tourism. Everybody that needs to go to Za’atari from the humanitarian community and the donor community has been there already.”

This week on All The Best we’re staying in the Jordanian capital, Amman.  While Za’atari, the huge camp in the north of the country that was at one stage home to more than 150 000 refugees – making it the fourth largest city in the country – receives the majority of media and donor attention, most Syrian refugees live in the capital. They’re struggling to work and live in a city where they are largely unsupported and often undocumented. With few prospects of going home, or limited possibilities of moving forward, they wait.

Domenique Sherab brings you the stories of Mohammad, Abeer, and Bu.

Producer: Domenique Sherab
Supervising producer: Heidi Pett
Music: Bu Kolthum, Nassif Shamma, and The Partysquad & Boaz van de Beatz
Translation: Sanabel Yousef and Eman Alajaj, voiced by Kate Montague
Image: Domenique Sherab

#1531 Pilgrimage

Is there a place you’ve always wanted to go? Something that would be more than a holiday – a journey that you didn’t take to relax, but really to learn something from the way your feet hit the ground, to feel some sort of change at the end?

Modern life is full of weird, secular pilgrimages and today’s episode of full of those stories.

Trailwalker

A few years ago, Alex Penman completed the infamous 100m Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. He says it’s the most painful thing he’s ever done, and for some reason he’s training to do it again. Come along as he does it all again with a small team, and a recorder.

Produced by Alex Penman with Supervising Producer Bec Fary

Camino Del Santiago

The Camino de Santiago has traditionally been a catholic pilgrimage that intersects with pilgrimage paths all over Europe, until it ends in the Spanish city of Santiago. Starting from the French Pyrenees, Alice Chipkin walked nearly nine hundred kilometres over forty three days on an unplanned pilgrimage through Spain.

Produced by Emma Jensen

Music: Johnny’s Odyssey by Mac DeMarco