#1718 Take me as I am

Most of our life, we’re bending to the expectations of others. How we look, how we behave, where we work, the life choices we make. It’s like all these little decisions were made without us and we’re expected follow the choreography, hope we don’t screw it up and stack it.

But wouldn’t it be liberating, not to mention time saving, if we were all just accepted the way we are?

Sometimes it pays off to just throw yourself out there and say… take me as I am.

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‘Hear me laugh’ by Lauren Klein

Lauren is a young woman trying out stand-up for the first time, and noticing a lot of the barriers female comics encounter in the scene. She chats to comedians at different stages of their career to find out what’s what for women in comedy.

Learn more about Gaggle here.

Supervising producers: Selena Shannon, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

Music: ‘My Shining Hour’ by John Coltrane, ‘Curiosity’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘All The Colours in the World’ by Podington Bear, ‘Good Times’ by Podington Bear.

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‘Debt’ by Sophie Duxson and Jason L’Ecuyer [repeat]

When we start a new relationship with someone, we always expect at least a little bit of… baggage. Hangovers from our past life that we try to keep hidden for as long as possible. But often it’s just a matter of time before that baggage rears its head and threatens to make or break the new love.

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

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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 Maxwell Smith

#1717 In on it

In-jokes, classroom cliques and family secrets. It sucks to feel like you’re on the outside.

This week we’ve got stories about being in on it, because either you are or you aren’t. Usually. But under stranger circumstances, you might find yourself in on something you didn’t even know you were a part of.

‘Rainbow Mining’ by Neil Ashworth

Is it cool to have your love of the Spice Girls paraded in public by your dad?

This is the story of what happens when a writer uses his own family for material to be performed in front of a live audience. But what if the family member in question is hearing it for the first time, in public?

The author in the story is Harry Kolotas, you can follow him on Twitter @harrysatalok. The performed parts were read by actor Mark James Dessaix and recorded by Little Fictions.

Music: The Flower Duet by Kiri Te Kanawa and Kathryn Jenkins, Wannabe by Spice Girls

‘A home of one’s own’ by Sam Jonscher

Andy, Katie and their housemates are evicted from their beloved rental property in Dulwich Hill, in Sydney and struggling to find a new home.

Set against Sydney’s is notoriously vicious rental market, Sam Jonscher tells an incredibly human story of coincidence and connection, family legacy and history.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: “It’s all over now, baby blue”- Bob Dylan, “Moma”- Four Tet, “This must be the place”- Talking Heads, “Once in a lifetime”- Talking Heads

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All The Best credits:

Banner: Made Stuchbery

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 provided by Flickr Creative Commons user Henry Burrows

#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