#1628 Getting Yours

“I never did it to you, I knew the pay-back would have been so much worse.”

From sibling revenge in the bathroom to parkour street crews in Western Sydney, this week we’re talking about Getting Yours. But that expression can go both ways, sometimes you get what you’ve earned, and sometimes you just get what you deserve.

‘The Last Straw’ by Jess Hamilton

Have you ever been on one of those holidays where everything goes wrong? Annika was having one of those trips, and then right before it ended, the final straw came crashing down and broke the camel’s back. But she was determined she wasn’t going to let the bad holiday win.

‘Jump First, Ask Later’ by Selena Shannon

Picture a typical Friday night for a teenager. If you’re from Fairfield in Western Sydney, then maybe the sight of 50 kids backflipping off brick walls on a Friday night is familiar to you.

Our executive producer Selena Shannon brings us this story of parkour vs the council vs the opera house.

Music: ‘Summer vibes’, ‘Funk Song 1’ and ‘Funk Song 2’ by EMI production music.

‘Revenge in the Bathroom’ by Jess Bineth

We’re often reminded that two wrongs don’t make a right, but on the battlefield that is sibling combat, sometimes revenge is too sweet to turn down and you just need to get yours.

Music: Algo Rhythm by Podington Bear


Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image  by Flickr Creative Commons user Katie Earl

#1627 In The Red

“When my partner Jason arrived in Australia from the US, I assumed he had a bit of debt. But we never really talked about it. I assumed he was handling it… I was naive.”

Debt. It’s not polite conversation, but we’re getting better at talking about it. So this week we decided to bring you stories of debt, the kind owed to the banks, but also the debt we owe our bodies after a big night out or a sleepless week.

‘Sleep tight’ by Paige Leacey

First up, we step back from financial stress to explore the nocturnal underworld of sleep debt. Producer Paige Leacey has always had a fascination with all things insomnia and sleep deprivation. So she decided to conduct a little experiment. On herself.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: Sleep Tight (drone stem and synth stem), Quantum Sleep (light version), Soft Wired (light version) all sourced from Extreme Music.com, ‘Souls of Mischief (instrumental)’ by 93′ Til Infinity

‘College debt’ by Jason L’Ecuyer and Sophie Duxson

When we look across the Pacific to America’s rising college debt crisis, it’s easy to feel lucky about our manageable system here in Australia. But what happens when your American partner brings crippling college debt home to Sydney. Can your relationship survive?

Music: ‘Blammo’ and ‘Just watching’ by Podington Bear


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons User Jess J

#1626 Back In The Driver’s Seat

“My neck cracked, and he kept watching me gasp for breath… his head just tilted to the side with a curious look on his face.”

This week we’re talking about power and control. In particular, stories of how people who need it most are taking it back. We’re also super excited to introduce you to our new Sydney-based co-host Jess Hamilton, hear her debut in this episode!

‘Let’s Rendevu‘  by Alex Christie

Would you use “the Uber for escorts”?

Apps like AirBnB and Uber are simplifying the sharing economy, but have you ever thought about how the internet, social media and specialist apps are changing the nature of sex worker transactions? Are they making things easier or safer for sex workers and escorts? Does it give them more control? All The Best producer Alex Christie decided to find out. In this story she dives into the world of meeting escorts online, exploring how new tech is changing this age old industry.

Supervising Producer: Jess Bineth

Sound design and original music by Elina Godwin

‘Burning questions’ by Rebecca

Two and a half years ago, Bec escaped a dangerous relationship. She’s safe now, but many difficult questions have stuck with her ever since, like how did she end up in the last place she ever thought she would? With the little help from the people around her, the media and the police, she decides to embark on a quest to make sense of her past, and get some answers.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Don’t be sad’ by Brad Mehldau, and ‘Where are you heading, Tumbleweed?’ by Bjorn Eriksson


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Rubén Darío Bedoya Cortés

#1625 What The Audience Doesn’t See

Sitting in the darkness of a cinema or the silence of a theatre, audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and be captivated by a performance. And if a show is good enough, rarely do we pause to wonder what might be going on inside the performers’ heads. What’s taking place that we might not be able to see, even from our seats in the front row? In this episode we intend to find out by going backstage, breaking the magician’s code and getting inside the minds of those on stage.

‘That’s Clown’ by Aidan Molins

Mel Brooks once said “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

By that logic, to be the funniest you can be should require you to be the saddest, most broken down, and tragic you can be too. There’s a famous school in Paris that takes that idea and turns it into a science. All The Best Producer Aidan Molins decided to talk to a couple of graduates to explore whether this brutal method actually works, or if it’s just cruel.

Music: ‘Dry air’ and ‘Bright white’ by Podington Bear

‘Where is the love’ by Wafia and Jack Atherton

Last week the Black Eyed Peas rereleased their old classic “Where is the love”, 13 years after the original came into the world. To give us a glimpse of what the audience does not see, Brisbane solo artist Wafia opens up about how this song impacted her childhood in a post 9/11 world, and what it meant for her relationship with her Syrian heritage.

Music: ‘Breathe In’ by Japanese Wallpaper ft. Wafia, and ‘Where is the love’ by The Black Eyed Peas

‘Chung Ling Soo, The Marvellous Chinese Conjurer’ by Tiger Webb

We all know that Magicians have secrets. That’s the whole deal, right? They know something that we don’t, and no matter how hard we look we are unable to catch them out. In this short dip into the history books, All The Best Producer Tiger Webb looks at one occasion when the truth was staring the audience right in the face – but we chose not to see it.

Music: “Just Another Sucker On The Vine” by Tom Waits.

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons users Eden, Janine and Jim

#1624 Take the Leap

“If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?”

This week we meet three people who took a leap into the unknown, not sure where they would land. Griffin Blumer confronts a suspicious cardboard box in the small, spooky town of Tumut. Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us Pat Furze, a Melbourne man 5 years into a pen pal friendship with Meagan, a Texan inmate in a maximum security prison. We also meet Julio, a Mexican semi-pro soccer player, chasing his dreams in Australia.

‘What’s in the box?’ By Selena Shannon

If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?

Griffin Blumer is an actor, and in 2013 he toured Australia with the Bell Shakespeare company performing plays in schools around the country. But one day, when he was out for a jog in a town near the snowy mountains, he came across a mysterious cardboard box, lying in the middle of the road.

Music: ‘Jamaica’ by Richard in your Mind

‘Dear Patrick’ By Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

You take a leap with every stranger you meet. You never know how things will turn out. All The Best senior producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us the story of a man who took a larger leap with a stranger than most of us ever will.

Made with thanks to Paddy Bridges.

‘Discover your potential, develop your skills’ By Tim Siow

Meet Julio, a young man taking a leap to chase a love across the ocean. The love just happens to be soccer.

Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen

Music: ‘Ringling’ by Podington Bear, ‘4LB’ by Seekae, ‘The Passing’ by Great Earthquake, ‘La Petrona’ by Dueto de Tinito y Porfirio, ‘Wait Think’ by Great Earthquake


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Hamish Foxley