#1812 Family Ties

We’ve got three stories about understanding your family in ways that you didn’t realise. A comic book artist asks questions about grief at different ages of his life. And a lawyer in the Northern Territory discovers a truth about her family history.

‘Migrant Mums: Far From Ordinary’ by Heidi Tai

Growing up, Heidi always thought that her mum was ordinary. She never finished high school, never went to university, and held the same job in the same industry for over 30 years. 

Heidi shares the challenges of migration and how, through all the struggles, she was able to learn that her mum was far from ordinary.

Read more of Heidi’s writings here.

Music: ‘Her Tears Roll Backwards’ by Undress Beton, ‘Deluge’ by Cellophane Sam, ‘Wind Chimes in Palm Meadows, Bangalore’ by Samuel Corwin, ‘Backwards’ by The Bad Trips, ‘To Love Somebody’ by The Bee Gees

Sound Design: Gregory J. Thorsby

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

‘Somebody’s Lying To You, Sis’ by Sue Phoo

Sue Phoo grew up in rural New South Wales. She first visited the Northern Territory on a Year 10 excursion. Something happened on that trip, something that changed Sue and would inevitably call her back to the Territory many years later, kicking off a surprising journey of self-discovery.

This story was told at a live storytelling night called SPUN in Darwin. SPUN is a part of All The Best’s extended family and you can hear more stories on their website

Story Producer: Johanna Bell

‘Good Grief’ by Samuel McEwen

‘Good Grief’ is originally a comic book about grasping with death at different stages in life. Samuel reflects on how he has dealt with deaths close to him in different ways . He struggles to understand the right way to grieve, and whether there is a right way to grieve at all. Lots of questions are asked. None are answered.

This story was recorded at Read to Me, a bimonthly comic book reading in Sydney. Stay up to date with Samuel’s comics here.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Luke McKeown

Music: ‘Ngurramarla (Love Song)’ by Kardajala Kirridarra, ‘Knowing The Truth’ by Lee Rosevere

#1811 Right Up My Street

Let’s talk about the things that we love, which might initially seem strange to other people. We also ask a cat if he enjoys going for walks.

‘Something you love’ by Joseph Ware

Watches, etymology, rejuvenating old furniture, the music of Felix Mendelssohn…four people talk about something they love that others might not.

Music: Sinfonia no. 10 in b minor, I. Adagio – Allegro performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, String Octet in E flat major, op. 20, I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco performed by Academy Chamber Ensemble, String Quartet no. 2 in a minor, op.13, II. Adagio non lento performed by Quatuor Ébène, String Quartet no. 6 in f minor, op.68, IV. Finale: Allegro molto performed by Quatuor Ébène.

Supervising Producer: Tegan Nicholls with help from Allison Chan

‘I walk my cat’ by Angela Moran

Ever seen someone walking their cat and thought it was weird? Angela Moran loves walking her cat, Jason. She shares her experiences from out in the field.

Music:  So Long by Norma Rockwell, Gisele Revisited by South London HiFi, Prizefighter by Norma Rockwell, Da Jazz Blues by Doug Maxwell/Media Rights Productions, Glen Canyon by Dan Lebowitz.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Roman Kraft

Music: In Order To Love by Gussy

#1810 The Long Weekend

What does Australia do over a four day weekend?

We’ll be sharing in a birthday celebration, Easter egg hunts, a belated Lunar New Year dinner and creative backseat antics on family road trips.

‘Are we there yet?’ by Jordan Fennell

We discover how Jordan and her family make it through a six-hour road trip.

‘We’re going on an Easter egg hunt’ by Britta Jorgensen

The Easter long weekend wouldn’t have been complete without an Easter egg hunt.

‘Made in a hurry’ by Zacha Rosen

We celebrate Passover and endure a character building exercise in the pursuit of a story.

Music: Ave Roma Sonatori Te Salutant by Armando Trovaioli, The Lutz Police Militia by Alexandre Desplat, Jálale [Instrumental]‎ by Mexican Institute of Sound

Thanks to Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church for letting Zacha cover their graveyard tour. Even though he lost all the tape.

A heartfelt thanks to Joseph Ware, Samantha Groth, Karishma Tanvi, Angela Moran, Martyn Reyes and Yvonne Lam for their recordings of their long weekend.

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: Forrest Cavale

Music: Losing You by Boy Pablo, The Weekend Bends by The Bon Scotts, Aourourou by Blue Dot Sessions, Gaena by Blue Dot Sessions, EMI Production Music

#1809 The Forest and The Sea

Let’s go outside. We chase the birdsong of a nightingale in a Berlin forest. We sit with the silence and sounds of nature, as we try to articulate the grief of losing someone you love.

Both of these stories were produced and first broadcast in 2017. They were made for an All The Best listening event of nocturnal stories, which was hosted with Audiocraft in Sydney. You can hear the other stories from the evening here and here.

‘The Nightingale Man’ by Selena Shannon

When Selena moved from sunny Sydney to the dark depths of Swedish winter, she sometimes asked herself why she decided to migrate, even for only 6 months, to a place where the night never really transitions into day. But her experience and her perspective changed when she followed The Nightingale Man to Berlin.

Thanks to Zacha Rosen and Bec Fary for their feedback.

Music: ‘Through the mist’ by Vincent Kiego Webb, ‘Unearthy untaught strain’ and ‘The night the war ends’ by David Rothenberg. Credit to an excerpt from the BBC’s “Why Birds Sing”.

‘Where the sky meets the sea’ by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

When you stare at a mountain, the sheer enormity of nature stares back.

In a culture where death and grief are tucked away from conversation and rarely understood, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton unpacks how our emotional pallet shifts with the tides and echoes in the wind.

If you can, we recommend you listen to this one with headphones, in a quiet, calm, space.

Made in loving memory of Daniel.

Music: fran_ky – Bell Bowed with Grief, Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno – Landscapes with Haze, Bing & Ruth – Flat Line_Peak Color, Rafael Anton Irisarri – Waking Expectation, New Dawn – The Power Of You, New Dawn – Organza, Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno – The Water Farden

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: Steven Kamenar