#1825 Perfection

Perfection comes in different shapes, forms and sizes.

‘Biohacking’ by Steph Doole

Smart drugs, saunas and supplements. These are some of the techniques biohackers use to try to perfect their mind and body.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘Steppin’ In’ by Podington Bear 

‘The Future is Meow’ by Josie Hess

Meet Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. He’s a biohacker who’s gone to court in Australia’s first cyborg rights case. 

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘It’s a Mystery’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Small Steps’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Expectations’ by Leo Rosevere, ‘All the answers’ by Leo Rosevere

‘Sex Robot’ by Benjamin Silvester

The sex robots are coming. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

Advocates say these animatronic sex dolls could be the companions of the future. Critics say they’re a recipe for misogyny. So should we be excited or alarmed?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Mambo Jambo’ by Patrick Warren, ‘Puzzler’ by Podington Bear, ‘Bongo Avenger’ by Eric Ryan Kilkenny, ‘Trilobite’ by Podington Bear

‘Perfection and Attraction’ by Jack Banister

In our search for perfection, we pause to think about the people we find attractive. What are the qualities that lead us towards a particular person?

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Music: ‘Sweet Success’ by Purple Planet 

‘Perfection – Deafness’ by Gerard Cockburn

Bec and Dan were introduced at a party held by Dan’s sister. They open up about their different upbringings and the things that they’ve now been able to share together.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Blessed’ by Purple Planet, ‘Snap’ by Purple Planet

‘Do You Have The Time?’ by David Ross

Time was once measured by the passing of the sun. Today we do things a bit differently but we still need to work out if the time is on time.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

‘Little Holes’ by Zara Hastie

Does the sight of a seed pod make you want to vomit? Do the little holes on a pancake make your skin crawl? Well, you might have trypophobia.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Constricted’ by Purple Planet, ‘Far and Wide’ by Purple Planet

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: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Icons8 team

Music: ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions

#1824 The Bridge

Bridges can close the gap between people who disagree, or between the past and the future. You can cross a bridge, burn a bridge, be a bridge.

‘The West Gate’ by Rijn Collins

Up to 200 000 cars travel over the West Gate bridge every day – going between Melbourne’s CBD and the Western suburbs. The West Gate bridge is the third longest bridge in Australia.

There are ten lanes of cars on the bridge. Some of those lanes have a complicated history.

Original music, field recordings and sound design: Daniel Semo

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

This story was originally commissioned by the Melbourne City of Literature as part of their Reading Victoria project. It was edited by Elizabeth Flux.

‘Cook, Nullarbor’ by James Purtill

Australia has the world’s longest stretch of straight railway track. It’s called the Great Southern Rail. James Purtill rode the Indian Pacific for four days and three nights – as he travelled from Kalgoorlie to Sydney.

The train stopped to refuel in the small town of Cook in South Australia. Cook is in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain and less than 12 people live there. This stretch of rail is the bridge between Cook and the rest of Australia.

This story was original broadcast on All The Best in July 2014.

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: Flickr CC Steve Koukoulas

Music: ‘Burning Bridges’ by Willis Earl Beale, ‘Floating Bridge’ by The Revelators

#1823 Because Of Her, We Can

The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because Of Her, We Can’. We’ll be hearing from two influential storytellers, both Aboriginal women, who share about how Indigenous Australians have understood the mysterious workings of the land and the sky for tens of thousands of years.

We first meet Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman and astronomer.

D’harawal Dreaming Stories

Aunty Fran Bodkin is from the Bidigal clan of the D’harawal people in Sydney’s Southern basin. She is an author, botanist, educator and researcher. She’s also written the Encyclopaedia Botanica, a reference guide of over eleven thousand plants.  

Aunty Fran also compiled the book D’harawal Dreaming Stories – an English translation of stories passed down by her mother. She reads the stories ‘How the White Waratah became red’ and ‘How the parrots got their colours’.

Music: ‘All Trees Are Clocks’ (excerpt) by Nemeton, ‘Birds of Hope’ by Dee Yan-Key, ‘Empty Trees’ (remix) by Ketsa

This week’s stories were produced by Allison Chan with help from Julieta Locane and Geneva Gilmour.

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

Images: Flickr CC cskk, Flickr CC Ed Dunens

Music: ‘Discovery’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Mangata’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Ngabaju (Grandmother’s Song)’ by Kardajala Kirridarra

#1822 Thrifty

You might have started thinking about your tax return but there’s still a pinch in a lot of our pockets. In this episode, we’re thinking about the different ways people get thrifty. We’re talking side hustles and sticky situations that come with being short on cash. 

‘The Art of the Side Hustle’ by Yvonne Lam

More and more people in workforce are turning to side hustles. But if you needed some extra cash, would you let strangers draw you naked? 

Music: ‘Proud Mary’ by Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Havasu; by Nctrnm, ‘Genesis’ by Grimes, ‘Vogue’ by Madonna, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ by Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell Williams), ‘Sleepwalker’ by Karoshi, ‘Deceptacon’ by Le Tigre, ‘Hustlin’ by Rick Ross

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Jordan Fennell

‘Not to Attach Any Fixture: A Social History of Blu Tack and its Uses and Abuses Among Members of the Renting Classes’ By Dexter Fletcher

Since its invention in the early 1970s, Blu Tack has been a source of comfort and strength for the renting classes, who have used it to decorate, repair and otherwise make habitable their disintegrating, overpriced homes.

This story was recorded at a visual storytelling night hosted by Other Worlds Zine Fair and Read to Me in Sydney.

Sound Recording: 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: Pexels CC