#1636 Like Oil and Water

Some things mix like oil and water, forever a slippery co-existence stuck in separation. Like an oil spill in the ocean, this mostly ends in disaster and heartbreak, but occasionally – against all odds – two opposites just click.

This week we bring you both kinds: stories of operas in bathrooms, unlikely friendships, and love + heartbreak.

‘Chamber Pot Opera’ by Tegan Nicholls

What happens when you take Opera out of the theatre and into the last place you would ever expect to find it? Producer Tegan Nicholls explores a rare gem of a musical show that breaks all the rules.

Music: Original performances from the Chamber Pot Opera

‘Love + Heartbreak: Siri investigates’ By Elina Godwin

A few months ago, producer Elina Godwin took us into the mind of Siri – that familiar voice with all the answers living in your iPhone. We absolutely loved that piece so this week we’re bringing Siri back, only this time Siri is examining the line between breaking up but not letting go.

Music: Original composition by Elina Godwin

‘Life in Taralga’ by Michael Cullen

There’s a sleepy town in NSW where, like oil and water, unlikely friendships are being forged between country farmers and city hippies. But things don’t always blend so smoothly when pig hunting is thrown into the mix.

Music: ‘Little Do’ – Podington Bear, ‘Faster, Sons Of Vengeance, Faster!’ – Doctor Turtle, ‘In the Sun’ – David Szesztay, ‘Waiting’ – David Szesztay

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon, with help from acting EP Caitlin Gibson

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls, with Selena Shannon and Caitlin Gibson

Photo Credit: Sam Boneham

#1635 Keepsakes Part 2/2

Last week we heard stories from the keepsake makers, the archivists and the preservers of history, recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Keepsakes. This week, we’ll hear from the second half of that event.

In this episode we’re looking at the magic in nostalgia and reflection when we look back at the things we’ve saved.

The stories we recorded at Keepsakes have been transformed into an an audio exhibition. if you’re in Melbourne, we’d love for you to pay Keepsakes a visit! The exhibition is running until the 19th of November (that’s next week!) at The Good Room, 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Head to www.thefoundlingarchive.org.au for details.

‘King Plates’ by Michael Brydon

In Museums all over this country you can find many and varied king plates. They’re these necklaces with a big bit of scrap metal, ornately cut into the shape of a crescent and engraved with things like Bulgra – King of Arremutta, Billy Kelly – King of Broadwater. Most of the stories of these kings and queens are now lost to history, but Michael Brydon looks back and asks: what’s a king without a kingdom?

‘Lars the Archivist’ by Zacha Rosen

The East German secret police — the Stasi — collected a massive archive on so many of their own citizens and after German reunification, their archives were opened: if they had a file on you, you could read it. How much stranger would it be if you, yourself, were an archivist, and could read a nonconsensual archive of yourself? Lars Rutz knows.

This story first aired on Not What You Think; head to www.fbiradio.com/notwhatyouthink for more.

Music: ‘Together’ – The XX, ‘Brain Retractor’ – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

‘Bad Thoughts’ by Beth Gibson

When Beth Gibson thinks of herself as a kid, she remembers a dreamy, creative little girl. But recently she found her old diaries, and they were…. pretty angry. Okay, really angry. She decides to delve deep into the diaries and her past to figure out who she really was as a 10-year-old.

Music: ‘Bumble’ and ‘Trundle’ – Podington Bear

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Brain Box’ by Cassandra Wright and Melissa Fletcher-Young

A wooden box, kept by six high school friends as a symbol of their friendship, and filled with letters to be later opened and shared with one another, now acts as an archive of their younger selves, containing the written thoughts and feelings of a group of girls that eventually grew apart. Cassie and Melissa take a look back on their formative years, and the keepsakes and traditions that made up a teenage friendship.

Music: ‘Under’ from the Flashback EP

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon/Caitlin Gibson

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Bec Fary

#1634 Keepsakes Part 1/2

Last month, the Melbourne collective of All The Best held their second ever listening party at the Good Room in Brunswick East. The night was called ‘Keepsakes’ and over the next two weeks we’ll bring you a selection of stories from the event. We’re diving into memories and the objects that remind us of who we used to be. In this episode, we’ve got stories from the keepsake makers, the archivists and the preservers of history.

‘The Old Tape Deck’ by Made Stuchbery

To set the scene for ‘Keepsakes’, Made Stuchbery looks at our favourite type of archivists, radio producers, and explores the way we use audio as a medium for memories.

Music: ‘Feather on the Clyde’ – Passenger (LTR remix)

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘A Klein Story’ by Lauren Klein

We don’t know how long we have to collect our family stories. People move away, people forget, and people die. Some families have lots of relatives to collect and share family stories, but for others, they’re on their own. Lauren Klein tries to preserve her family history for future generations of Kleins.

Music: ‘Memory Wind’ – Podington Bear, ‘Bleu’ – Komiku, ‘Discovery’ and ‘Treacherous Voyage’ – Jon Luc Hefferman

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Slice & Dice’ by Rachael Dexter

A growing collective of people are ‘resurrecting’ the meticulous beauty and art of preserving animals. For Natalie Deleaney and her students, it’s far from working with the dead – it’s recreating life.

Music: ‘Alone in Love’ – Christopher Ashmore, ‘Chickens in the Yard’ – Chris Norton and Frank Mizen, ‘Travelling Circus’ – Bob Bradley, Adam Dennis and Chris Egan, and ‘Under My Skin’ – Frank Sinatra

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Syndesmica’ by May Jasper

Not every archive consists of paper and photographs. Some of them are full of dead insects under glass. May Jasper goes to the Specimen Room at Melbourne Museum searching for an obscure moth, and what she finds is an entomological mystery. Another version of this story is featured on May’s podcast, Random Article. Head to www.randomarticle.net for more.

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

The stories we recorded at Keepsakes have been transformed into an an audio exhibition. if you’re in Melbourne, we’d love for you to pay Keepsakes a visit! The exhibition is running until the 19th of November at The Good Room, 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Head to www.thefoundlingarchive.org.au for details.

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Bec Fary and Tegan Nicholls

Image by Jon Tjhia

#1633: Unknown Pleasures

By this stage of our lives we’ve formed pretty solid ideas of how the world should be, we think we know what we like and what we don’t like. We’re familiar with the streets in our towns and we know the kind of films we like. But for the people in our stories this week, they’ve discovered it’s never too late to realise an unknown pleasure. 

‘What’s your favourite meal?’

Nick’s a food writer, he’s been to the finest restaurants and is used to the best of what the food world has to offer. But when asked what his favourite meal is, he gave us a pretty simple answer.  

‘Do the Nutbush’ by Michaela Morgan

If you grew up in Australia, chances are you know the dance that goes along with Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’, it’s a repetitive line dance that’s rolled out at parties, formals and weddings. But Michaela found out that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Tina Turner impersonator or a Tennessee native, unless you’ve been to Australia you’ve probably never encountered the Nutbush dance.

Music: ‘Raunchy’ – Harlow Wilcox, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Podcast Intro’  – The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, ‘Proud Mary instrumental version’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘La Lamba’ – Los Lobos, ‘Going to Pasalacqua’ – Green Day, ‘The Liquidator’ – Dick Hyman

Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson

‘Cuckoo’ by Chloe Gillespie

Last up, Chloe had to go full detective to get to the bottom of this final unknown pleasure. It all started when her Grandpa, who would always choose to read about Australian history over watching a Hollywood movie, started reading a book by JK Rowling. She interviews three generations of her family about the mystery, before asking her Pa, ‘Why are you so obsessed with this book?’

Sound design and original music by Alyx Dennison

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Alex de Carvalho