#1821 Making Perfect

We’re looking for something that’s perfect. Hear stories about a precise brew of coffee, breeding for perfection, the ideal planet and perfect skin.

 

Coffee Science by Jenina Ibañez

Melbourne’s coffee connoisseurs are always searching for the perfect cup. With technical precision, Rocky the barista is quickly making a name for himself in the coffee-making scene. He mastered the algorithm for the perfect cup of coffee, but does he have the heart for it?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘The Zeppelin’ by Blue Dot Sessions‘One Little Triumph’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Brown and Happy by Dilpreet Kaur

“You have dark skin and a fat nose,” said the 60-year-old neighbour to a 12 year-old girl. A whole decade later, this girl is still fighting the stereotype of being a woman of color and the lack of privilege of not being white. Does she give in?

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Life on Mars by Alexandra Alvaro

If sci-fi has taught us one thing, it’s that anything is possible on Mars. Every kid wants to be an astronaut when they grow up. But being a martian is not all it’s cracked up to be. Alexandra Alvaro spoke to a real life martian, to see what life on Mars would really be like. Well, kind of.

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Fantasy and Denoument’ by Podington Bear‘Caterpillar Tunnel’ by Podington Bear‘Waves’ by Podington Bear

Breeding the Perfect Dog by Nicole de Souza

Any dog owner would tell you that their pet is perfect. And it’s hardly surprising, considering the vast number of breeds and personalities out there. Nicole de Souza explores the world of breeding, both legal and illegal, and the impacts it has on our
canine companions.

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

All of these stories were produced by Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. This was a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne.

‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, opening at the University of Melbourne this September. Thanks to Louisa Lim, Dr Ryan Jefferies and Bec Fary for coordinating this collaboration.

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: Joshua Rawson-Harris

Music: ‘Life on Mars’ by David Bowie, ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions

#1820 Gotta Go

We’re talking about the urgency that comes from within. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Talking Bodies by Faith Chaza

Faith Chaza tells a story about finding clothes and spaces where your body fits.

Music: ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Lumber Down’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Idle Ways’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Molerat’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

This fiction piece was originally written for an event by the Finishing School Collective at Parramatta Artist Studios in Sydney.

Reduced To Prayers by Tig Hogg

Tig Hogg went to Japan as an exchange student and rediscovered his connection to a childhood acquaintance, while stuck in a public toilet. A heads up: this story contains a lot of mention of poo. Yes, a lot.

Story Producer: Johanna Bell

This story was first told at a live storytelling night called SPUN, presented by StoryProjects, in Darwin. You can hear more stories on their website.

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: Tom Rogerson

Music: ‘Never Let Go’ by The Aerotrope Guild

#1819 Hometowns

Some of us have stayed in our hometown, while others have left. We visit our memories of hometowns around Australia and the world. 

Hometowns Across The Globe

Thinking back to toasting nuts with sugar at 3am in Buenos Aires and running around until midnight in Norway because the sun is still up. Ambika, Daren, Jules, and Sybilla transport us to the sounds, sights and smells of where they grew up.

Music: ‘Lakeside Path’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Navigating the Shire by Rohan Simpson

Childhood memories and quirky local characters are supposed to be the things that make our hometowns a special place. So how are you meant to feel when your hometown has a recognised and documented history of racism? That’s a question that Rohan Simpson, who grew up in Cronulla as the grandchild of Indian migrants, has often asked himself.

Content warning: racial slurs, racism, violence

Music: ‘Places Unseen’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Under Suspicion’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Summer’ by Heart Beach

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

This piece was originally written for ACAR Honi.

Hometowns around Australia

From the glittering lights and high rises of the Gold Coast to red soil, sugar cane and petrol station hot chips in rural North Queensland. Ange, Kat, Samara, Amy and Dylan reflect on hometowns around Australia.

Music: ‘Lakeside Path’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Coin Op’ by Chad Crouch, ‘Dreems’ by Milk Beach

Thanks to Ange Glindemann, Lee Yee, Selena Shannon, Zacha Rosen, Bec Fary and Allison Chan for sound recording.

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: Anita Jankovic

Music: ‘Dreems’ by Milk Beach, ‘Losing You’ by Boy Pablo

#1818 To Laugh and To Learn

We find out how comedy and education shape the history of multiculturalism in Australia. Sarath Chandra talks to two comedians about how their backgrounds inform their material. Sheila Pham talks to Dung Dinh who came to Australia as an international student when the White Australia Policy was still in place.

Funny Voices by Sarath Chandra

It’s a really interesting time in Australian comedy. Sarath Chandra speaks with two comedians, Lizzy Hoo and Suren Jayemanne, about being the minority and making the majority laugh.

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Olivia Rosenman

Many thanks to Neilesh Verma

Music: “Free lunch” – Isaiah Rashad, “Easily” – Bruno Major, “Long as I Live” – Tony Braxton, “ Whistlin” – Mocky, “4 Moms” – A Tribe Called Quest, “Angles” – Mick Jenkins

From Vietnam to a Very Quiet Place by Sheila Ngoc Pham

When Dung Dinh was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship in 1960, he left for Australia assuming he would return to Vietnam. But things don’t always go according to plan, especially when there’s a war raging back home.

Supervising Producers: Zacha Rosen and Allison Chan

Music: “Loop 601” – My Own Cubic Stone, “Meditation”  Phong Nguyen,  “Awkward Silences (Version B)” – Lee Rosevere


 

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: Matheus Ferrero