#1808 Let’s Get Physical

We’re not going to the Commonwealth Games or running marathons, and we’re certainly not getting an A in PE class. But we are getting active: using our bodies to connect with ourselves and each other.

‘Meet me at the pool’ by Allison Chan

We revisit our memories of learning how to swim and dive into pools across Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.

Music: ‘Swimming’ by Breathe Owl Breathe, EMI Production Music 

Sound Design: Tegan Nicholls 

‘Bats and balls’ by Tegan Nicholls

The Flying Bats is the largest lesbian soccer club in the world. They’re also a founding member of the first female soccer association in Sydney.

Follow them through the month of Mardi Gras, learn what it means to be a Bat and find out how the club grew to its size over 30 years.

Music: ‘Get Back’ by The Beatles, ‘Violet’ by Podington Bear, ‘Well and Good’ by Podington Bear, ‘You Make Me Feel Mighty Real’ by Sylvester, ‘Inchworm’ by Battles

Ella Stathis opened this episode and confronted her memories of PE lessons with Allison Chan.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image supplied by Kerry Fluhr

Music: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People

 

#1807 Self-Preservation

As our world changes, our idea of self preservation has to change with it. We’ve got stories of different ways we try to keep existing.

‘Hello whoever you are’ by Shelby Traynor

In 1995, Greg Wilkinson wrote a letter to the future and buried it in a wall. At the time of writing, Paul Keating was Prime Minister and the internet was just getting started. Greg expected the letter to stay hidden for 60 years. He could not have predicted how the letter would resurface. 

Music: ‘Golden Hours’ by Brian Eno, ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘How I Used To See The Stars’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘A Storm At Eilean More’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

Supervising Producers: Laura Brierley Newton and Selena Shannon

‘Last resort’ by Tanya Rae

When Tanya Rae was in her late teens, she developed an eating disorder. As she was looking for ways to address it, one of the things that she tried was hypnotherapy.

Music: ‘Silent Flock’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Cold Feet’ by Needledrop and EMI Production

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon with help from Tegan Nicholls  

If you are experiencing disordered eating and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Butterfly Foundation.

Thanks to Jordan Fennell for interviewing Steph Pittard about body building at the top of the episode.

The article about how women of Cape Town, South Africa are managing current water shortages can be found here.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image: Unsplash CC: Alvaro Serrano

Music: ‘Wound’ by Jahzaar

#1806 Women of the Holocaust say #MeToo

Holocaust survivor in Sydney, Francine Lazarus

In 2017, women around world came forward to talk about their experiences of sexual violence and harassment. Since then, women everywhere have spoken out… including Holocaust survivors.

Francine Lazarus repressed memories of sexual assault for decades. During the Holocaust, one of her protectors became what she feared the most: a predator. But it wasn’t until, recently, when she heard fellow Holocaust survivor Lily Wolf share her own story of sexual assault that she felt brave enough to speak out.

Story by Lisa Clarke
Supervising producer: Beth Gibson
Consulting producer: Hannah Reich
Original music: Ben Tupas

With special thanks to Dr Rebecca Kummerfeld and Dr Ari Lander from the Sydney Jewish Museum.


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image provided by Lisa Clarke

Music: ‘Untitled’ by Ben Tupas, ‘Echo’ by David Szesztay, ‘Epoc’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

#1805 Call me Ange

When Ange was five years old, she called a Spice Girl sexy. When she saw the looks on her parents’ faces, it gave her an early taste of the power that words can hold. Twenty years later, she has a different problem – sometimes words just don’t cut it. Especially when she starts talking about being queer.

This week, in celebration of Mardi Gras, a feature about the intersection of language and queerness.

Just a heads up this story contains discussion of slurs and some strong language.

Switchboard Victoria is a good contact for anyone who feels they need support about anything related to sexuality, gender, and related experiences.

Story by Angela Glindemann

Supervising producer by Bec Fary
Recording, editing, mixing and sound design by Lee Yee
Additional Sound Design Elements and Content Suggestions – Amy Hanley

Interviewees:

Katherine Back, Editor at Concrete Queers
Tegan Elizabeth Webb, Writer and Editor
Lisa-Skye, Comedian, Performer, Hedonism Muse
Adolfo Aranjuez, Editor-in-Chief, Archer Magazine
Clare O’Hanlon, Volunteer, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Xanthe Dobbie New Media Artist and Curator

With excerpts from Adolfo Aranjuez’s poem Motion and Tegan Elizabeth Webb’s story Young Spells

Additional thanks to:

Crusader, and Hares and Hyenas
Kate McKenzie, Annabel Brady-Brown and The Lifted Brow
Lindsey Green, Broadcaster and Producer
And the anonymous and wonderful attendees at Rapid Fire

 


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr creative commons user Eddie

Songs: ‘Queer’ by Garbage, ‘Rock the House’ by Gorillaz, ‘People’ by Gorillaz, ‘Highway (Under Construction)’ by Gorillaz, ‘Letter’ from the Carol Official Soundtrack, ‘Love Songs’ by Max Richter, ‘Umm?’ by Pleidei, ‘Silver Velvet’ by the Courtneys

#1804 High Tide

We’ve seen so many waves of feminism over the years, but right now it feels like high tide. Around the world, women are rising up in a coordinated movement that feels like its biggest yet. But we know feminism wasn’t born yesterday.

From an 80 year old to a 10 year old, Laura La Rosa spoke to three generations of Australian feminists to find out what keeps their fire burning, and where they think the movement needs to go next.

She discovered that a united cause doesn’t always make for a united opinion.

 

Story by Laura La Rosa
Supervising producers: Bec Fary and Selena Shannon
Editing by Tegan Nicholls

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Andrew Dallos