#1623 The Chimeras of Regional Victoria


This week All The Best goes bush, on the hunt for ghosts, dinosaurs and Big Cats. We’re chasing down the chimeras of regional Victoria in two beautiful stories that drive us out of the city and into the shadowy mysteries of the state.

‘Bright Eyes in the Otways’ by Emma Nobel

Ever seen a Big Cat in the Australian wilderness? A black panther lurking in a forest?

In this story, producer Emma Nobel disappears into the bush with a Big Cat expert to hunt down this mythologised creature and trace the origins of some mysterious sightings.

Supervising producer: Kate Montague

‘Abandon All Hope’ by Made Stuchbery

Producer Made Stuchbery is intrigued by abandoned places, particularly empty rural towns that have been left to succumb to the elements.

After a trip to the old gold mining township of Walhalla, and hearing about the apparent ghosts haunting the town, Made decided to explore the memories of another curiosity that once lay hidden near the town of Creswick. An old dinosaur park.

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image: Creative Commons by Unsplash

Sound bite credits: R.L. Stine show intro and ABC kids show Trapdoor outro

#1622 What Brought You Here

When you cross a passerby on the street, it’s impossible to know their history from one glance. This is especially true in a country as multicultural as Australia, where we often forget the people around us have lived through diverse and interesting lives before getting to this country.

This week, we’re asking the question ‘what brought you here?’, and peering into the old lives of new Australians. We have two beautiful stories of LGBT journeys, one from the US and one from Georgia, the tiny country between Russia and Turkey.

‘A Binary World’ by Selena Shannon

Have you ever had to live with the consequences of a big decision that you made as a kid, a decision that’s ended up changing, or redirecting, your entire life? Even with good intentions, it’s impossible for a kid to understand the magnitude of certain life choices. But what do you do when you grow up and those decisions start to play out in a really big way?

This story is about Paul* who moved here from the States, but has memories of his childlike views of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

Music: Morning Mist by Podington Bear

*Name changed

‘In Her Shoes’ by Melano Sokdahze and Andre Shannon

At 22, Bianka Shigurova was an actress and activist, who became something of public figure in the country of Georgia after she appeared in a short film about the life of a transgender woman. For a while she appeared in Georgian TV shows, she modelled, and quickly became a star in the Georgian trans community. Which – publicly at least – is very very small.

This next piece is about Bianka, and is told by her friend and Sydney-based painter Melano Sokhadze.

Music: Introesque by Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Darkest Side by The Middle East, Misxgyny Drxp Dead by Planning to Rock, and Keep the Streets Clear for Me by Fever Ray.

Image of Bianka provided by Melano Sokhadze


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episodes compiled by Tegan Nicholls

#1621 Eating Elephants

Eating an elephant is a mammoth task, so how do you tackle it? Do you eat it bite by bite? Where do you start?

When faced with a problem that feels insurmountable, some people are drawn to odd strategies. So this week we’re playing two stories of strange solutions to strange problems.

‘Breaking point’ by Beth Gibson

Breaking a problem down into little pieces is timeless advice, but rarely is it interpreted literally. Melbourne producer Beth Gibson pays a visit to The Break Room to find out if therapy by smashing could be onto something.

Assistant producer: Lachy Moor
Music by Podington Bear

‘The House that Zamenhof Bulit’ by Hannah Ryan

If you’ve ever walked past Redfern station in Sydney, you might have seen a tall brick house nestled in among the terraces on Lawson St. It’s pretty inconspicuous, apart from the large letters on its facade spelling out two words: “ESPERANTO HOUSE”.

Like many other students heading towards the University of Sydney, Hannah Ryan had rushed passed this building on her way to class many times before, but never thought about what goes on inside. Little did she know it was a whole other world in there, a place we’re the Sydney Esperanto community meets to plot world peace.


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Edited by Selena Shannon
Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon
Music by Podington Bear
Image provided by Hannah Ryan


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user wackystuff



#1620 The Hardest Thing (repeat)


This week we’re revisiting an old favourite from 2014, a feature documentary we still love about strength, discipline, self determination and football.

Produced by Emma Lancaster

“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.

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
Original credits for this story:

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