#1839 The Right Thing

We’re looking for the right thing. Join us as we go for lols, put on clothes, live in a new city, look for a job and discover memories of a photograph from the archives.

I Don’t Know Much About Graphic Design by Alistair Baldwin

There’s a joke about the Qantas kangaroo and the Puma puma. Alistair shares his lessons from improv and the WA Tourism Board’s plans to beckon him back to Perth.

Sound Recordist: Jordan Fennell

This piece was originally written for the Sunday Late Night Readings at the National Young Writers Festival.

London Calling by Elsie Bath

Elsie and her partner Callum are globetrotters. But the move from Melbourne to London, with only a visa and passport, has been exciting and difficult.

Music: ‘Marlboro Lite’ by Spazz Cardigan, ‘Exhale’ by Jeremy Blake, ‘Welcome’ by Anno Domini Beats

Supervising producer: Jordan Fennell

This is an extended version of a story produced for the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race.

Fashion Liberation by Sarah Mashman

Content warning: Gender based violence

Zeb grew up in Tasmania, with a certain pressure to conform to expectations of behaviour and dress. Having lived in Melbourne, Zeb is now back in Tasmania and wants to find the right clothes. 

Music: ‘Take Five’ by Dave Brubeck Quartet, ‘Bouncing Ruler’ by Mofro and Ernest Ribka 

Contributing Producer: Lea Redfern

This is an extended version of a story produced for the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race. It was a finalist — ranked in the top 10 amongst 150 global entries.

Stories of Strength by Mereki

Year 8 student, Mereki, asks his teacher about the road to finding the right job.

This interview was from the ‘Stories of Strength’ partnership between Bankstown Youth Development Service, Sir Joseph Banks High School and All The Best. Thanks to Maria Papagianopoulos, Zainab Khadim and Jessica Paraha. Additional editing by Allison Chan.

Small Town Love Story by Amy Willing

Amy never knew her grandad. What comes to mind when she thinks of his death is actually a photograph of her grandma, the same age that Amy is now and making her way in a small country town.

Music: Haven’ by Resonance, Emotional Piano Music’ by AShamaluevMusic  

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Jess Meier

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Matt Artz

#1838 Getting Culture

We’re on a search for culture. We’ll be taking epic voyages on ferries, leaving theatres with a new appreciation for musicals, and finding our tribe on the internet.

Secret Theatre Secret by Sapphire Sheedy

There’s nothing like seeing musical theatre live, right before your eyes. There’s also nothing like seeing musical theatre for the very first time, especially if you’ve grown up avoiding cow patties.

This story was recorded at a live visual storytelling night in Sydney, Read To Me. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Production Assistance: Lindsay Riley

Music: ‘Overture (Instrumental)’ – Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman

Communities by Devana Senanayake

We hear from Devana and three other immigrants about finding community in Australia. For all of them, the journey of migration has been a challenging search for people who are just like yourself. 

Sound Designer: Gregory J Thorsby

Supervising Producers: Selena Shannon, Sarah Mashman and Allison Chan

Additional thanks to Lella Cariddi, Multicultural Arts Victoria and 3CR in Melbourne.

Music: ‘Dark Eyes’ – Stephane Wrembrel Trio, ‘Giving It The Shpiel’ – Andrew Tulloch/Christopher Haige, ‘Eastern Meditation’ –  Paul Mottram, ‘Drop By Drop’ – Angel Lam, ‘Recado’ – Original Paris Swing, ‘Smoke Rings’ Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Amampondo’ – Miriam Makeba, ‘Vulindlela’ – Brenda Fasside, ‘Ce Matin La’ –  Air, ‘Acoustic Mist’ – Igor Dvorkin / Duncan Pittock / Ellie Kidd, ‘Rubber Penguin’ – Pete Davis / Christian Marsac

 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Vlah Dumitru

Music: ‘Grow Up Together’ – Tales of Space

 

 

#1837 No Clue

Put on your detective hats and eyeglasses, and join us as we investigate two cases of strange signs in public places.

‘The Elusive Equinox of Eveleigh’ by Lili Occhiuto

A poster taped to a telegraph pole sent Lili on a journey of uncertainty, suspicion and weirdness. This detective-in-training investigated the thread between the precession of the Equinox, inner city Sydney and someone called Snowflake.

Voice Overs: Reginald Harris and Thomas Husband

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Solid Breath’ by Okuesha

Image Credit: Lili Occhiuto

‘Five Walks, Thirty Plaques and One Answer’ by Lindsey Green and Aron Lewin

Three years ago, Lindsey discovered three small brass plaques with obscure times and dates in Melbourne’s RMIT City campus. Lindsey and co-investigator Aron were determined to get to the bottom of the mystery — even if it meant a trail of rabbit holes and dead ends.

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan, Beth Gibson, Bec Fary and Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions, Gaena by Blue Dot Sessions, Vittoro by Blue Dot Sessions, In Pursuit of Silence by Daniel Birch

Image Credit: Lindsey Green 

Image Credit: Aron Lewin 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Ozan Safak

Music: ‘My Own Mystery’ by LANKS

#1836 Flesh And Bone

Our bodies hold our stories. We’ve got a medical mystery, a late night tale about addiction and a yarn told in the flesh.

‘A Collection of Small Plastic Containers’ by Seranna Shutt

Seranna Shutt always wanted to be a mother. However, there came a time where she had to let go of her dreams. This is a story about how our bodies hold love, grief, motivation and anticipation. It was first told at a SPUN event in Palmerston during 2017.  

Story Producer: Jess Ong

SPUN is a live storytelling night, presented by StoryProjects, in Darwin. You can hear more live stories on their website.

‘Portrait of a High-To-Moderate Functioning Alcoholic’ by Courtney Thompson

This is short story about the day to day of addiction.

If this story brought up any strong feelings for you or someone you know, please get in touch with Drug Info on 1300 85 85 84. Or look for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Voice Over: Anna Martin

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Sound Designer: Matthew Belt

This story was submitted as part of the OutStanding Short Story competition for emerging and established writers in the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia and New Zealand. 

Music: ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC, ‘Reset Head’ by Seekae

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‘For the Faint Hearted’ by Madeline Goldberger

There’s a very specific trigger that brings on Madeline Goldberger’s fainting spells. This is a story for the faint hearted.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘In Pursuit’ by Purple Planet Music, ‘Noticeably III (feat. Mark Carpenter)’ by The Starry Tides, ‘Documentary’ by A Shamaleuvmusic, ‘Twinkletoes’ by Podington Bear, ‘You Are Not Funny’ by Bortex

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Rhys

 

#1835 Where Are You From

Asking ‘where are you from?’ can be loaded. It can cast doubt on whether or not someone belongs to where they are now. But so many Australians were born in another country. And their journey to becoming Australian has had both highs and lows.

‘Pedal To The Metal’ by Allison Chan

Dean grew up in Croatia, when it was part of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It’s an area that witnessed war and ethnic tensions. It was also home to a small band of metal lovers, which wrote a letter to the Motorhead fan club in the mid-1980s.

Thanks to Gregory J Thorsby, EJ Janse van Rensburg and Millie Lee for production assistance.

Music: ‘Hells Bells’ by AC/DC, ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath, ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ by Bon Jovi, ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ by The Rolling Stones, ‘Paradise City’ by Guns And Roses 

‘Journeys’ by Devana Senanayake

When Devana Senanayake moved to Australia for university, she did not expect a challenging experience at every step of her journey. She spoke to 3 other immigrants to understand their reasons for relocation, the journeys they took and their first taste of Australia.

Sound designer and composer: Riley McCullagh

Supervising Producers: Selena Shannon and Allison Chan

Additional thanks to Lella Cariddi (of Multicultural Arts Victoria) and 3CR in Melbourne for their support.

Music: ‘Hope’ by Riley McCullagh, ‘A Faster Pace’ by Riley McCullagh, Turn Around And See’ by Riley McCullagh, ‘A Child Is Born’ (Thad Jones) by Riley McCullagh, ‘Contemplative Mood’ by Riley McCullagh

‘Journeys’ is part of a three-part series, ‘The Modern Odyssey’, by Devana. Stay tuned for them in future episodes.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin with Sarah O’Malley

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Joey Csunyo