#1541 Wish You Were Here

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. Last week on the show, we picked up signals from faraway. Today, in Part 2, we’re finding out what happens to the people who stay home. How do you communicate across distance? Can you bridge the gap?

Compromise

Michael and his partner Manderlee navigate the landscape of sharing a bed and try to figure out what’s better: sleeping alone, spooning, or a pillow substitute? You can hear a longer version of this story on the SleepTalker website.

Produced and scored with original music by Michael Brydon.

Can You Hear Me?

Mobile technology can put us in the pocket of someone on the other side of the world. But when the signal drops out, we might end up even further away than before. In this story, we wade through static on a long­distance phone call. Produced by Bec Fary.

Mother/Abai

Afghan ­Hazara migrant Taqi Khan came to Australia as an asylum seeker. Afghanistan is still riddled with danger, and the Hazara people are still suffering. Taqi wrote this letter to his mother. This piece features original music, sung in Hazaragi by Taqi Khan.

Produced by Josie Smart and Izzy Roberts­Orr for the ‘Dear/Hello’ segment series.

Honey Jumble/Almond

Izzy (aka ‘Almond’) shares sound letters with her distant pen pal, John (aka ‘Honey Jumble’).

Produced by Izzy Roberts­Orr.

Music credits ‘Mr E.’s Beautiful Blues’ by Eels, ‘PS’ by The Books, ‘Untitled’ by Barr, ‘Sensitive Fuck’ by Major Napier, ‘I’ll Be Right Here’ by Parking Lot Experiments.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the end of this episode is ‘Can’t Take You With Me’ by Bahamas.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1540 Oceans Apart

What does distance sound like? Today on All the Best, we’re crossing borders. We’re traversing long distances. We’re picking up signals from faraway.

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. On the show today, we’re hearing three stories from the night.

Ernesto Juan Castellanos

An excerpt from May Jasper’s soon­to­launch podcast, Random Article. May speaks to Cuban author, journalist and filmmaker Ernesto Juan Castellanos about how to be a hard­core music fan under a regime that sent pop underground.

Produced by May Jasper with sound design by Bec Fary. Music: ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ by The Animals, ‘Revolution’ by The Beatles and ‘Revolution 1’ By The Beatles.

The Yearn to Return

Can we stay connected to the places of our past? Made Stuchbery looks at nostalgia, and the pull of memory.

Produced by Made Stuchbery. Music: ‘Dark Water’ by Podington Bear and ‘Down By The River’ by Neil Young.

Gannet Migration

Maddy Macfarlane watches and listens to a group of gannets on their seasonal shift.

Produced by Maddy Macfarlane.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the very start of this episode was ‘Piano Froze Beat’ by Jai Leeworthy.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1539 Intervention

Stories about the knife edge, the moment when you watch something unfold and decide whether or not to intervene.

Like Sand

A story from Melbourne, about a moment on a metropolitan train. A heads up that this story contains a description of domestic violence, so if that’s triggering for you, you can call 1800 RESPECT anytime.

Producer: Beth Gibson

The Leard Blockade

“I couldn’t think of anything similarly important that I could do while remaining in my comfort zone.” As bulldozers threaten to descend on a patch of forest in north west NSW, an unlikely resistance was born. Farmers and environmentalists joined forces with the traditional owners of the land, the Gomeroi people. They formed the first blockade against a coal mine in Australia’s history. This is a story about an ordinary guy from Adelaide, and the moment he decided to sell his furniture and move to a tent in a forest.

Producer: Nagida Clark

Back From The Dead

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect has long been thought extinct. It grows up to 15cm long, and at one point had a large population on the volcanic island off the NSW coast. In 1918 a supply ship ran aground on the island, rats crawled ashore and had completely destroyed the stick insect population within two years. Everybody figured that was that. Then the 1960s, a group of climbers on Ball’s Pyramid -a great big skyscraper of rock jutting out of the ocean about 20km away – thought they found some. in 2013, Nicholas Carlisle was part of the scientific expedition sent to climb the pyramid and find out if that was true.

Producer: Heidi Pett

episode image: Flickr user Leard State Forest

#1538 Taking The Law Into Your Own Hands

Duck Season
On the opening weekend of the duck hunting season two groups of people converge on a lake in rural Victoria. Each believes in their cause so passionately that they wake up at 4 in the morning to wade into icy water and stand there for hours. Half of them shoot the native wildlife, and the other half get in the way.
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music: With Stars for Eyes by h+, Black Lake by Real Estate, Inner Lakes by North Hive and  Submerging Blue Black by Podington Bear
Jailbreak
Produced by Tiger Webb
The Cairo Citizen’s Police
Produced by Kim Tan

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Melbourne State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

SYN Production Manager: Bec Fary

Episode image: Leona Hameed