#1725 The Story of Us

In movies, books, and art, the greatest love stories are often romances. Their infinity is celebrated, aspired to, and put on a pedestal.

The idea of BFFs, on the other hand, is somewhat trivialised by society. How could besties be a heart-stopping love story? But for quite a few people, the focus on traditional love stories overshadows their real other half.

This week we’ve decided to celebrate sisterhood by shining a light on the unbreakable bond of female friendship, and why for so many women their Great Love is their best friend.

‘Have you heard the story of us?’

You can sneer at the idea of Best Friends Forever, but maybe a small part of you misses that playground bestie who stood by you in detention and scrawled friendship pacts on in the school toilets.

Music: ‘Lorelai’ by Fleet Foxes, ’19 20 20′ by The Grates, ‘She’s in my heart’ by B Vasco via EMI music.

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‘Kiss the girl’ by Sophie Duxson

All around them, Claire and Rachel’s friends were falling in love and getting married. But when the person you adore the most is your best friend, how do you celebrate that kind of love?

Credits: Tegan Nicholls and Selena Shannon (SPs), Julian Duxson (recording assistance)
Music: ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley, ‘Coeleum’ by Kai Engel, ‘Wave sound’ by Haldigital, ‘My Best Friend’ by Weezer.

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‘Jane, Desi and Mary’ by Selena Shannon

Our worlds, our lives and our bodies change a lot in half a century, but some friendships stay the same.

Music: ‘Groovemaster’ by Jan Juzef Cyrka, and ‘Shape of winter’ by Jon Anthony Boorman, both via EMI production music.
Thanks to Jane, Mary and Desilee for sharing their story.

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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 William Lehman

 

#1724 Feeling Small

A few years ago Moi escaped his home in Iran by boat, but when he arrived in Australia he decided to rewrite his relationship with the ocean.

This week we’ve got stories about facing unknown environments that might – at first – make us feel a little small. Mountains, oceans, and big cities.

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‘Compression’ by Made Stuchbery

Sometimes change can be a good thing. Other times, it can feel almost oppressive. Producer Made Stuchbery recently moved back to Melbourne after living in a quiet country town, and suddenly went from being a big fish in a small pond, to a tiny fish swimming against a raging current.

Supervising producers Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, with advice and guidance by Natalie Kestecher
Music: ‘Moonlight Sonata’ – Beethoven, ‘Gemini’ – Tash Sultana, ‘Skeptical’ – Podington Bear, ‘Peach Blossom’ – Aristophanes

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‘Walking with wonder’ by Elsie Bath

When you look at a mountain from the ground the idea of climbing it and reaching the top may seem possible. But thinking about the idea of something, running through the motions in your head, and actually doing it exist in different universes.

Elsie didn’t expect to be climbing any mountains when she went backpacking through Japan, but she somehow found herself on a steep uphill, battling mud and rock on a hike she felt unprepared for.

Supervising producing by Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, with sound help from Ari Gross and Calum Wakeling
Music: ‘Clime Pt. II’ -Kneebody, ‘Antennas to heaven’ – Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ‘The Cascades’ – Fleet Foxes

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All The Best credits

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Elsie Bath

#1723 Breath and Bone

This week, we’re devoting the whole show to one story about the year one woman hit rock bottom, then pulled herself back up again.

Just a heads up that this story deals with loss and can be hard to listen to in parts, but it’s a beautiful, intimate, story about healing, and we can promise it has a happy ending. Sam Loy, from Human/Ordinary brings us this one.

Music: ‘Pink Moon’ by Nick Drake, and original music by Kent Sutherland

Sam Loy is behind the fantastic podcast Human/Ordinary, which you can find here. It includes a longer version of this story.

Jessie Williams is the CEO of The Groundswell Project, a Not-For-Profit helping our society change the ways we approach and deal with death and dying. They developed Dying To Know Day, a national day for all Australians to consider their death, and perhaps accept it as a part of their life. Dying to Know Day is on August 8th. You can find them at groundswellproject.com, dyingtoknowday.org

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

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 aniexma13

#1722 First Love

This week we’re looking at first love.

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Baby’s First Love

Our awareness of love and relationships starts to take shape at an early age, before we . So we asked people to send us some recordings of themselves, recounting their earliest memories of when they first became aware of, or exposed, to the social constructs around love.

Thank you to everyone who recorded a story for us!

Compiled by Selena Shannon and Tegan Nicholls.

Music: ‘Wide Eyes’ and ‘Skipping’ by Nick Harvey, ‘Float away’ by Gareth Richard Davies

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Going it alone

Dating can be awkward and stressful, particularly when your body clock is ticking away. When Amanda found herself sizing up every date as potential father material, she felt like she had ‘desperate’ stamped across her forehead. So on her 30th birthday, she decided to stop waiting on someone else and take matters into her own hands. It was unconventional but it worked, and she was lucky enough to fall in love… twice.

Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson

Music: ‘For her’ by Sam Besmehn-Burt, ‘Seventh Hill’ by Podington Bear, ‘Tomorrow’ by Bensound, ‘Synergy’ by Tash Sultana, ‘Twinkle twinkle little star (instrumental)’ by Children’s Songs 123

Check out Solo Mums By Choice Australia here.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Pixabay user tookapic