#1730 The Powder Room

Come join us in a private space we’ve filled with mysticism, discretion, and secrecy. The Powder Room.

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‘Menstruation: Then and now’ by Nina Enever

Stock up the chocolate, boil the kettle, and put on your trackies – you’re about to have your very first period. Except it’s the 1940’s, there are no disposable tampons, and you’ve never heard of a period.

Nina Enever talked to our grannies about periods so you don’t have to.

Music by Lee Rosevere
Supervising producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary.

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‘Chamber Pot Opera’ by Tegan Nicholls

The Queen Victoria Building bathrooms in Sydney are a throwback to a time when women would powder their wigs, paint their faces and slide a tip into the attendant’s pocket. Throw an opera into the mix and it’s the complete package.

Only this isn’t any opera, and it’s far from Victorian when it comes to the women involved. Tegan Nicholls brings us this one about an opera in a bathroom.

Music: Original performances from the Chamber Pot Opera

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

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 Ernesto Lago

Songs for Nina’s story were: ‘Puzzle Pieces’, ‘Curiosity’, ‘I’m Going for a Coffee’, ‘The Secret to Growing Up’ and ‘If So Then’

#1729 Trouble on the inside

Things can look pretty peachy when you’re on the outside looking in. But this week, we’re bringing you stories of trouble on the inside. Whether that’s in your average 7/11, or in gender specific clubs on Facebook.

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‘Not so sweet’ by Emma Nobel

Emma Nobel used to associate convenience stores with one thing: Slurpees. But that changed in 2015 when something more sinister came to define 7/11.

Or did it?

Two years on from an Australian history making wage scandal, how is 7/11 faring? Emma Nobel investigates.

Credits: Supervising producer Heidi Pett, with editing by Selena Shannon

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‘Log on to the life boat’ by Greta Stonehouse

A Facebook group with 3,000 members might not seem very private to an outsider, but in the woman-only, and male-only, online groups privacy is a hot topic.

Greta Stonehouse looks at the difference between female and male Facebook spaces, and what happens when you’re thrown from the boat.

Credits: Supervising producer Selena Shannon

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

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 Hanryswyk

#1728 ATB Presents ‘The King’ by The Headstone Series

“And I asked her, would you know which Hearse had Elvis in the back? She said “no”, so I touched all of them”.

In the Melbourne General Cemetery is a memorial for a man buried far away, at Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee. This is a memorial for Elvis Presley, and our feature episode this week meets the people who put it there. A group who continue to be all shook up by The King.

Thanks to Human/Ordinary, for letting us feature their fantastic Headstone series. Check out the rest of the podcast here.

Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria’s Facebook page here.

Supervising producer: Beth Gibson
Music all released by Elvis Presley (see song titles below)

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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 Sam Loy

Songs: ‘That’s All Right’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel (live)’, ‘Too Much’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Fever (live)’, ‘Memories’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Talk About the Good Times’

#1727 First cup of the day

We’re pretty proud of our coffee culture in Australia. The taste, the quality, the ritual of making it in the morning, the chemistry between caffeine and our brains. For a lot of us coffee is the perfect way to start the day – maybe even the only way to start the day.

So this week we’re travelling from the coffee plantations of Timor L’Este to the thumping psy trance of Kiwi Burn, in an episode devoted to our indulgent dependency.

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‘More than a mug’ by Philippe Perez

Coffee companies based in Melbourne are consistently looking to stand out in a market swamped with all types of coffee concepts. In amongst the boutique coffee houses and hole-in-walls, come a couple of social enterprises whose aims are more than serving up mugs along with your breakfast.

Supervising producers: Allison Chan and Bec Fary
Music: ‘Soldier’s Story’ by Blanket Music and ‘Springish’ by Gillicuddy

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‘Radical Self-forgiveness’ by Shaleen Chandra

A sip of coffee transports Shaleen back in time to her old life, unearthing memories of the path she took to get where she is now.

Credits: Brendan Angelo, Maddy McFarlane, Jess Fairfax, Joseph Akliu and Hannah Reich
Music: ‘Ananke (ft. Wired_Ant)’ by Javolenus, ‘What You Say’ by F Fact, and ‘Going Higher’ by Bensound.

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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 Indi and Rani Soemardjan

 

 

 

#1726 Beneath The Surface

A group of change-makers open up about a tragedy in their community, sharing how they stay afloat when darkness bubbles beneath the surface.

A woman encounters a stranger, struggling to swim offshore. The experience connects her to a man on the other side of the world.

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‘Dear Von’ By Sasha Abram

Looking at the brave faces of our most charismatic leaders, it’s hard to tell what is going on beneath the surface. Von was a community leader and a great friend. When she took her own life in December of last year, it made her friends all stop in their tracks and reevaluate what is most important to them: to honour the small victories and to share the joys of life with those we love.

This story deals with suicide and may not be suitable for all listeners.

This story is made in loving memory of Von, with thanks to her family and friends who helped.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can call Lifeline’s 24hr service on 13 11 14, or find support online at lifeline.org.au.

Music by Basil Hogios
Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen

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‘Collision’ By Aurora Scott

A few years ago, Rachel was canoeing off Sifnos, an island in Greece, when she saw a swimmer struggling on the surface off-shore. She didn’t learn until much later that her experience with this stranger would tie her to a man on the other side of the world.

Music by Dirty Three and Bridezilla
Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

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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 Erik Smitt