#1716 Paws and Reflect

The President of the Holy Cow Club was fond of her pet calf Belinda. She would read Belinda picture books and penned the club’s official anthem in her honour. She was also eight years old. Claudia’s short lived relationship with Belinda lead to a life long obsession with cows, but she’s not the only person who would go to weird lengths for their pet.

This week, we see how far humans will go when they’re forced to part with their pet.

‘No dogs for renters’ by Selena Shannon

Shockingly, it’s estimated nearly 20,000 family pets are surrendered to the RSPCA every year, because landlords turn them away. That’s the difficult reality behind renting with pets in NSW, where landlords can legally veto renters with animals. But does that really stop anyone? And will it be this way forever?

Story by Selena Shannon, with voice over by Tegan Nicholls, additional interview contribution from Eliza Berlage and help from Allison Chan.

‘Don’t take it all so seriously, pet’ by Britta Jorgensen

When a beloved pet became sick from an unknown cause and passed away in 2015, producer Britta felt the loss wasn’t taken seriously by her community. It made her wonder about her own coping system – was she taking it TOO seriously? Two years on, she reflects on the experience with her partner Jonathan and talks to a medical practitioner and a funeral director about how attitudes are starting to change towards pet death.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Denmark (Live @ KEXP)’ by Portland Cello Project

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Steven Leonardus

#1715 Sleeping with a mosquito

James Brechney chalks rainbows for equality. It started as a bit of a joke, but the sentiment spread and, before he knew it, chalk rainbows were popping up all over the world and Facebook was flying him to America. Quickly, the rainbow chalkings became a recurring symbol in the queer community, a peaceful message of solidarity. But is chalk enough when devastating reports of tortured gay men are coming out of Chechnya?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” It’s a well known, perhaps over-used line from the Dalai Lama. Sometimes, even in the face of huge adversity, all it takes is something small and persistent to move mountains.

‘The geography of hope’ by Joe Koning

Henry Gold was born in the Bohemian Forest, of what was then Czechoslovakia. After World War II ended, he and his family trekked across railway lines and made it into Austria. Fed up with the cramped conditions of his austere life in Vienna, Henry decided he had to get out.

He moved to Australia in the 50s and swiftly fell in love with the Blue Mountains. Henry began taking photographs of the natural landscapes he loved, sometimes in places with no trace of modern exploration. These photos would make their way into the hands of then Premiere of NSW, Neville Wran. They became, you could say, the little mosquito in his ear that led to a big change in our legislation.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: ‘Le Scarpe Al Chiodo’ by Remigio Ducron, ‘Storm’ by Rare Silk, ‘Dead Slow” by Tonio Rubio

‘If trees could rent’ by Emma Nobel

What if trees could rent in Melbourne? Where would they go? What would be their deal-breakers? Emma Nobel imagines a Melbourne where trees – like a lot of us – are also struggling to find places to live, even without ordering smashed avo on the daily.

Supervising producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user *bri*

#1714 Together, Alone

Inga identifies as Solo Poly, which kinda sounds like an oxymoron: someone who leads a life of polyamory, but one that is distinctly… solo. It’s the kind of thing she finds herself explaining over and over again to people outside of the poly community. How can you be alone and together at the same time?

This week, we’ve got four stories on the theme Together, Alone.

‘Pippi’ – by Beth Gibson

Unlikely alliances in the family household.

With thanks to David and Gaye, and music by Podington Bear.

‘Tatti’ by Pip Leason and Yehuda

Working three jobs and falling asleep at the dinner table, Tatti’s role in Yehuda’s life was defined by his absence.

Editing and sound design: Pip Leason. Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Leaves’ by Nicholas Jaar

‘Ezzy’ by Eamonn Snow

Closure comes in strange and unexpected forms.

Music: ‘Echoes’ by Pink Floyd

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Selena Shannon

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Roman Kruglov