We’ve got new dreams, new hopes and a new backpack. Grab your game face and embrace your adolescent fears. There are important lessons to be learnt, both inside and outside the classroom.
The Eyebrow Incident by Alyssa Bermudez
The popular girls, increased body hair and mortal embarrassment — these are the necessary elements for a preteen drama.
Sound Recordist: Michael Brydon
This story was recorded at Read To Me Hobart, which was organised by Joshua Santospirito. Read To Me is a live visual storytelling event and you can check out their Facebook page @readtomereadtome to be in the loop for their upcoming events.
That Time I was in Detention by Danni Stewart
School rules can be hard to follow. So, for some of us, this means we end up in detention.
Music: ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Les sports imaginaries’ by Charlene Darling, ‘Tik Tok’ by Kesha (cover by Avril Lavigne), ‘Smells LIke Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana (cover by Patti Smith), ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ by Simple Minds
Additional sound design: Pip Leason
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan with Erin Dick
Growing Pains by Sapphire Sheedy
Sandy and Sapphire spent a day beyond the bars of the school gates. It was filled with feasts, adventures through scrubland and a tame horse. But something didn’t smell right.
Music: ‘Noahs Stark’ by krackatoa, ‘The First of the Year’ by CJ Lavoire, ‘Angela Climbs a Boulder at Horn Creek, the Sun Sets, the Bat Flies By’ by Aaron Ximm, ‘Isma Roktar’ by Thiaz Itch, ‘Here She Comes Now’ by Velvet Underground
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Secret Superstars by Yichen Wu
Performing for the whole class causes some people stage fright. But not this particular student.
Special thanks to Gretchen Miller and Tina Matolov for their production guidance and feedback.
We’re digging for the deep cultural roots of magick, and burrowing through the rubbish history of a Sydney suburb.
Tempe Tip by Shelby Traynor
A garbage tip once engulfed a Sydney suburb that is now transformed. But there are still remnants of the past — buried beneath walking tracks and ponds. Now an oasis close to the city, Tempe residents still remember their time at the tip.
Music: ‘Adventure Island (Theme)’, ‘Adventures of Superman (Theme)’
Supervising Producers: Evana Ho and Allison Chan
Magick is Everywhere by Matilda Fay
Content warning: Mention of sexual assault
You probably went through a teenage witch phase that was heavily influenced by ‘Buffy’. And you’ve probably seen ‘hex the patriarchy’ memes.
From Salem to the Kimberley, we learn how witchcraft is intertwined with an ongoing tradition of anti-colonial, queer and feminist resistance.
Music: ‘Brujas’ by Princess Nokia, ‘Leave the TV on’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Bliste’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Can I Get A Key’ by Sampa The Great
Being on your feet could mean throwing another human in the air. It could also mean finding love while dancing five nights a week. But, one way or another, you’ll eventually have to step up. Into adulthood.
All Star by Romy Sher
Cheerleaders are often seen on the sidelines, dancing around or supporting a team, but what does it look like when the cheerleaders are centre stage?
Music: ‘Chill Soft’ by S Hope, B Poe, J Mobley, ‘Headhunted’ by D Rhymes, ‘Pop Dreams’ by CA Salyer, ‘Tyme’ by S Smith, ‘Tessalit’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Copley Beat’ by Blue Dot Sessions
Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen
Dating in the Dancing Bubble by Kat Galang
In the bars and clubs of every Australian capital city, a wild subculture of swing dance thrives. But in this addictive world of lively music and close community, making friends and dating comes with a unique set of rules.
Music: ‘A Viper’s Moan’ by Willie Bryant, ‘Easy Does It’ by The Big 18, ‘Lindy Hopper’s Delight’ by Chick Webb, ‘Jump Through the Window’ by Roy Eldridge, ‘Sugarfoot Rag’ by Ella Fitzgerald
Supervising Producer: Sarah Mashman
A Bird in Hand is Worth Two in the Grave by Patrick Lenton
Stepping up in life meant that Patrick Lenton was on his way to being a grown up. But then a puppy and an uninvited bird confronted his assumptions of adulthood.
Original Music Composition and Sound Design: Suzanne Derry
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan with help from David Rutledge
Swimming and Other Unnatural Things by Patrick Lenton
Some people are afraid of the water because they’re afraid of crocodiles and sharks. But not Patrick Lenton. He spent his childhood as an award-winning swimmer.
This was an adaptation of a story originally published in Going Down Swinging.
Original music compositions and sound design: Suzanne Derry
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Jeff The Turkey by Angela Moran
When you’re in your early 20s and living in a share house, you can find yourself living with a party animal that gobbles. This is a story about friendship, feathers, and most of all, the love between a young man and his turkey.
This story also contains fowl language.
Music: ‘Shooting Stars’ by Bag Raiders, ‘Givin’ Up’ by The Darkness, ‘Rough River’ by Rough River, ‘Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’ by The Darkness
Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer and Episode Compiler: Allison Chan
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
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.
Jordan Fennell has loved audio and podcasts for as long as she can remember and started off by volunteering at SYN FM. She was the Executive producer of Panorama, the flagship current affairs radio show, and was the SYN Community Coordinator for All The Best. She’s mentored up and coming producers from University of Melbourne and PBS Radio. She’s positively thrilled that she gets to work in the weird wonderful world of All The Best.
Erin Dick is a Melbourne-based digital content creative and freelance writer. She is a graduate from Collarts’ (Australian College of the Arts) Entertainment Journalism Diploma, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor in Communication (Media) at RMIT University. She trains young content makers at SYN Media, co-produces Arts Centre Melbourne’s Sound as Ever podcast, and produces 102.7FM Triple R’s Greening the Apocalypse podcast. Erin has a not-so-secret obsession with pro wrestling, blogging about female-identifying and LGBTQ+ members of the Australian and New Zealand wrestling community, at bronco-busters.com.
Nina Enever got involved with All The Best in mid-2017 and became a Supervising Producer at the start of 2018. Her fictional and nonfictional audio work has been featured in Blood: Attract & Repel (Science Gallery Melbourne) and Composting Germaine Greer (Encounters with Writing Festival). She is always on the lookout for unbelievable tales to translate to audio.
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
As we get to work, you’ll hear about our previous work experience and our ability to remain calm under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
‘Dodgy Jobs’ by Angela Moran
When Sarah arrived in Melbourne from Belgium on a working holiday visa she was told it would be easy to find a good part time job. Instead she found a thriving environment of underpaying cash-in-hand jobs with little to no security. Lucky she’s got a good sense of humour and was willing to share a few stories from her unsuccessful attempts to earn a decent crust.
Supervising Producers: Nina Enever and Bec Fary
Music: ‘Mountain’ by Text Me Records/Bobby Renz, ‘Beer Belly Blues’ by John Deley, ‘Jazz Organ Trio Cool Blue’ by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions, ‘Travel Light’ by Audionautix .
‘Brunching Above My Weight’ by Lee Robinson
Working in the hospitality industry involves more than just serving smashed avo on toast. Erin McConchie is a writer and comic artist who began drawing her most cringeworthy customer moments.
Some neighbourhoods have backwards road signs, while others are known for their cul de sacs. Join us as we travel into the small enclaves of Australia where people have whole lives and whole communities.
‘The Glebe Community Op Shop’ by Karishma Tanvi
In the inner city suburb of Glebe, there’s an op shop run by volunteers that’s more than just a shop for second-hand goods.
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Music: ‘People Everywhere (Still Alive)’ by Khruangbin, ‘Steady’ by Fujitsu
‘In The Neighbourhood’ by Sam Loy
There’s a suburb in Melbourne where there are some reservations on the pronunciation on its name. This neighbourhood also has its own song.
This story was inspired by the song ‘In The Neighbourhood’ by Tom Waits (and radio producer, Scott Carrier) but it’s actually it’s nothing like it.
Sam Loy produces the wonderful podcast, Human/Ordinary, and you can hear a longer version of this story on the website and podcast.
Original Music: Kent Sutherland
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Music: ‘Reservoir Stomp’ by Danny Walsh and Emma Peel
Sometimes internal differences lead to changes in political leadership in Australia. And sometimes we just need to escape from the banter and find our escape in books, films and fan clubs.
‘Bibliotherapy’ by Sarath Chandra
Sarath isn’t into reading anymore and decides to talk to two authors to rekindle his love of books. He also stumbles into bibliotherapy as well.
Supervising Producer: Mike Williams
Music: ‘End of the night’ by Phony Ppl , ‘Too late’ by Mr Hudson, ‘Lithium’ by Maxence Cyrin, ‘Hard knock life’ by Jay Z, ‘Bones’ by Crumb
‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ by Allison Chan and Gregory J Thorsby
Sydney based artist David Capra is a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. He knew his passion for it at a young age – he even joined the International Wizard of Oz fan club when he was about four. But being a fan doesn’t just mean you know about all the good parts of the film.
Music: ‘Trouble in School Farmyard’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘Main Title’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘The Spell’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘Good Fairy Vanishes’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘Threatening Witch’ by music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘Follow the yellow brick road/ off to see the wizard’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, ‘Off to see the wizard/Apple Orchard’ music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.
A lot of the lessons we learn in childhood stay with us. Like riding a bike. Or if you’re one of the talented ones, whistling. On this episode, we’re talking about the things we learned at a young age, and what that means when you’re grown up.
Like Mother, Like Daughter by Honor Marino
Lively chatter around the dinner table was an important part of growing up in Honor’s family. Now that she’s an adult, there’s nothing she loves more than getting lost in conversation. But it wasn’t until Honor had a daughter that she realised how influential her own Mother had been in shaping her passion for conversation.
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Additional thanks to Gabrielle Andolfatto and Edge Radio in Hobart for production assistance.
Music: ’Fishing’by David Szesztay, ‘Phase 3’ by Xylo-Ziko, ‘Crisis and Decision’ by Dee Yan-Key, ‘Warm Fingers’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Castor Wheel Pivot’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Sals Piano Solo’ by Blue Dot Sessions
Kindness by Tina Matolov
Growing up, Amanda thought that being kind and being a good person meant doing everything for everybody, and putting herself last. She learnt how to be a great chameleon, flawlessly reading people and adapting herself to meet all their needs; but after a series of destructive relationships she decided that something had to change.
Nicole’s fascination with Africa sparked while she was still in high school. She went to volunteer in Kenya when she was 18, returning again when she was 22. She tells us about how her experiences helped her understand gratitude and joy.
Supervising Producer: Allison Chan
Music: ‘Turning’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Sleep’ by Daniel Birch, ‘Healing’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Music Box & Sunshine’ Daniel Birch, “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my wife” by Doctor Turtle
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer: Allison Chan
Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary
Host: Samantha Groth
Episode Compiler: Elina Godwin with Sarah O’Malley
We’re handing over the mic to a Year 8 class from Bossley Park High School, a school in the Western suburbs of Sydney. We’ll be hearing their interviews with family members and their English teacher, Angie Sari.
The first two stories were produced and edited by Lucia and Adam.
Aldana, Aymen, Jonathan, Kaylene, Ronin also contributed interviews.
Additional editing and sound design was by Allison Chan.
‘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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
We’re flying solo. A poet goes on a solitary road trip through the American southwest and a self-confessed extrovert takes on the challenge of being by himself.
Only Child by Tom Joyner
Only children can have the reputation of being selfish, entitled and bratty – like Little Emperors. Tom Joyner gives us his take on that assumption.
Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon
Alonestar by Jordan Fennell
Josh is an extrovert and loves being around people. But he’s spent the last year wrestling with the fact that he actually can’t stand to be alone. Listen as he attempts to push past this insecurity by forcing himself to do things on his own.
Music: “Arrival of the birds and transformation” – The Cinematic Orchestra, “Left Bank Two” – The Noveltones, “Morning Mood” – Edvard Grieg
Out Of Water by Allison Chan
Kate Middleton, the poet, spent three weeks travelling by herself along the Colorado River . She reads ‘monsoon song’, ‘postcard: Kremmling’ and ‘neon song’ from Ephemeral Water, a book that was based on this journey through the American southwest.
Many thanks to Zacha Rosen
Music: ‘Running Waters’ by Jason Shaw, ‘Hello Night’ by Zoe Keating, ‘Optimist’ by Zoe Keating, ‘Jog to the Water’ by Blue Dot Sessions
Thank you to Tilly and Chloe for opening the episode with their experiences of being only children.
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“Two hip replacements and a stuffed knee didn’t quite allow him to make it out of the boat. So he was swept out to the open ocean…”
Nobody likes thinking about losing their parents or grandparents (including us). So to avoid dwelling on the grief too much, this week we bring you stories about lessons learned, memories gained and families changed by a loss instead.
“Waka” by Joshua Garlepp
When Josh Garlepp was living in a share-house in Perth, his housemate Brock would play guitar a lot. One day, when Brock was playing a tune at home, Josh noticed something roughly scratched into Brock’s guitar. The word “Waka”. When Josh asked him about it, the answer was quite the story.
This piece is about Brock’s family, and a secret inlet five hours south of Perth.
Music: Brock Crombie-Wilson playing Ben Harper Paris Sunrise number 7
“A little piece of ash” by Megan Wilding
When you don’t know how to help someone after a loss, try buying them a soft drink.
An excerpt from a play read at Yellamundie, the National First Peoples Playwrights Festival. To find out more about Yellamundie, go to www.moogahlin.org, or follow Moogahlin Performing Arts on Facebook and Instagram (@moogahlin).
“Devotion” by Tanya Bonnie Rae
For as long as she’s known them, Tanya’s grandparents have been devoted to the Christian church. Their lives were focused on the church community, people in their parish and each other.
It’s not a life Tanya wants for herself, per se, but she’s always admired her grandparents, so she decided to take a look at their lives, and maybe figure out her own life plan along the way.
“I said I’d pass. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little scared of the dark… But they insisted I did. They said it was tradition.”
This week we’re talking about leaving your comfort zone behind and embarking on something new. Facing your fears, rising to the occasion, and then discovering something amazing on the other side. Maybe that thing isn’t even that magical, maybe it’s just the realisation that you can walk away from the safe arena you know and love, and come out unscathed. Whether it’s jumping into pitch black waters at midnight in Cambodia, bringing beauty and presence to rugby training or taking a toddler to the skies, this week we’re challenging ourselves and hoping for the best.
‘That Spatial Shit’ by Selena Shannon
As we grow up, we grow more comfortable with our identity, the group we belong to and the social rules we follow. Because of this, we tend to get boxed into routines and archetypes. It can sometimes take a lot for us to break out. But drama teacher Wendy Buswell believes there’s room for crossover between two worlds that never mix, and what better way to test her theory than with a national sports team?
Music: ‘Half glass full of wine’ by Tame Impala, ‘Loud Pipes’ by Ratatat, ‘Cherry’ by Ratatat, ‘Play’ by Huw Jones and Sam Brown (EMI), ‘Tomahawk’ by Downtown Funk (EMI).
‘Flight of the Family’ by Sam Loy
When it comes to doing something we dread, the voice in our head is often our own worst enemy. In this piece, we hear from a man facing his fear and doing what may feel like the impossible – taking his child with him.
This story was originally made for Sam Loy’s podcast ‘Human/Ordinary’, you can find it here: http://humanordinary.com/stories/ and follow him on facebook here: facebook.com/humanordinarypodcast.
Last week we heard stories from the keepsake makers, the archivists and the preservers of history, recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Keepsakes. This week, we’ll hear from the second half of that event.
In this episode we’re looking at the magic in nostalgia and reflection when we look back at the things we’ve saved.
The stories we recorded at Keepsakes have been transformed into an an audio exhibition. if you’re in Melbourne, we’d love for you to pay Keepsakes a visit! The exhibition is running until the 19th of November (that’s next week!) at The Good Room, 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Head to www.thefoundlingarchive.org.au for details.
‘King Plates’ by Michael Brydon
In Museums all over this country you can find many and varied king plates. They’re these necklaces with a big bit of scrap metal, ornately cut into the shape of a crescent and engraved with things like Bulgra – King of Arremutta, Billy Kelly – King of Broadwater. Most of the stories of these kings and queens are now lost to history, but Michael Brydon looks back and asks: what’s a king without a kingdom?
‘Lars the Archivist’ by Zacha Rosen
The East German secret police — the Stasi — collected a massive archive on so many of their own citizens and after German reunification, their archives were opened: if they had a file on you, you could read it. How much stranger would it be if you, yourself, were an archivist, and could read a nonconsensual archive of yourself? Lars Rutz knows.
Music: ‘Together’ – The XX, ‘Brain Retractor’ – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary
‘Bad Thoughts’ by Beth Gibson
When Beth Gibson thinks of herself as a kid, she remembers a dreamy, creative little girl. But recently she found her old diaries, and they were…. pretty angry. Okay, really angry. She decides to delve deep into the diaries and her past to figure out who she really was as a 10-year-old.
Music: ‘Bumble’ and ‘Trundle’ – Podington Bear
Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary
‘Brain Box’ by Cassandra Wright and Melissa Fletcher-Young
A wooden box, kept by six high school friends as a symbol of their friendship, and filled with letters to be later opened and shared with one another, now acts as an archive of their younger selves, containing the written thoughts and feelings of a group of girls that eventually grew apart. Cassie and Melissa take a look back on their formative years, and the keepsakes and traditions that made up a teenage friendship.
Music: ‘Under’ from the Flashback EP
Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary
By this stage of our lives we’ve formed pretty solid ideas of how the world should be, we think we know what we like and what we don’t like. We’re familiar with the streets in our towns and we know the kind of films we like. But for the people in our stories this week, they’ve discovered it’s never too late to realise an unknown pleasure.
‘What’s your favourite meal?’
Nick’s a food writer, he’s been to the finest restaurants and is used to the best of what the food world has to offer. But when asked what his favourite meal is, he gave us a pretty simple answer.
‘Do the Nutbush’ by Michaela Morgan
If you grew up in Australia, chances are you know the dance that goes along with Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’, it’s a repetitive line dance that’s rolled out at parties, formals and weddings. But Michaela found out that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Tina Turner impersonator or a Tennessee native, unless you’ve been to Australia you’ve probably never encountered the Nutbush dance.
Music: ‘Raunchy’ – Harlow Wilcox, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Podcast Intro’ – The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, ‘Proud Mary instrumental version’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘La Lamba’ – Los Lobos, ‘Going to Pasalacqua’ – Green Day, ‘The Liquidator’ – Dick Hyman
Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson
‘Cuckoo’ by Chloe Gillespie
Last up, Chloe had to go full detective to get to the bottom of this final unknown pleasure. It all started when her Grandpa, who would always choose to read about Australian history over watching a Hollywood movie, started reading a book by JK Rowling. She interviews three generations of her family about the mystery, before asking her Pa, ‘Why are you so obsessed with this book?’
Sound design and original music by Alyx Dennison
Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon
Executive Producer: Selena Shannon
Presenter: Jess Hamilton
Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Alex de Carvalho
“I never did it to you, I knew the pay-back would have been so much worse.”
From sibling revenge in the bathroom to parkour street crews in Western Sydney, this week we’re talking about Getting Yours. But that expression can go both ways, sometimes you get what you’ve earned, and sometimes you just get what you deserve.
‘The Last Straw’ by Jess Hamilton
Have you ever been on one of those holidays where everything goes wrong? Annika was having one of those trips, and then right before it ended, the final straw came crashing down and broke the camel’s back. But she was determined she wasn’t going to let the bad holiday win.
‘Jump First, Ask Later’ by Selena Shannon
Picture a typical Friday night for a teenager. If you’re from Fairfield in Western Sydney, then maybe the sight of 50 kids backflipping off brick walls on a Friday night is familiar to you.
Our executive producer Selena Shannon brings us this story of parkour vs the council vs the opera house.
Music: ‘Summer vibes’, ‘Funk Song 1’ and ‘Funk Song 2’ by EMI production music.
‘Revenge in the Bathroom’ by Jess Bineth
We’re often reminded that two wrongs don’t make a right, but on the battlefield that is sibling combat, sometimes revenge is too sweet to turn down and you just need to get yours.
We’ve got a couple of vacancies for excellent radio heads, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Any questions, do get in touch.
Community Coordinator: Sydney
All the Best is recruiting a volunteer Community Coordinator, based at FBi in Sydney. Pip Rasmussen has been doing fantastic job the past two years, but she’s focusing on co-hosting the show and her new full time job, so we need a new gif-obsessed legend to take the reigns.
Your responsibilities will be:
Run our social media communities, on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Prepare weekly contributor newsletters.
Recruit and retain contributors, managing relationships with writers, producers and sound designers.
Take minutes and follow up stories at Sydney ATB pitch parties.
Take minutes and attend bi-monthly editorial meetings.
Drive ATB live and public events.
Build and maintain relationships with community/media/arts organisations.
Listening to the show weekly and making notes regarding content (mainly picking up swears!)
This would be perfect for anyone interested in radio production, production management or digital strategy, and while it is not a content production role, it involves working closely with the editorial team on the program’s direction, content, and strategies.
It would suit a communications student, someone working part time, and anyone looking to learn more about radio and further their involvement in the community sector.
To apply or for more information email Jess and Heidi at ep (at) all the best radio dot com. Just send us an email about why you’d be great for the role, and what you’re up to at the moment, by July 29.
SYN Production Manager: Melbourne
Working alongside the national All The Best team, this role sits within SYN’s Leadership Team. Your role will be to maintain, coordinate and inspire our contributors within SYN’s community and help develop ideas for broadcast. You’ll be responsible for selecting and packaging appropriate stories for broadcast on SYN, as well as being a contact point and friendly face for our SYN based contributors, organising pitch parties and scouting for new radiomakers.
Schools are made for learning, and everyone can name a few things they learnt in school. This episode is about the opposite. We asked a bunch of people “What’s the most important thing school never taught you?” The stories we heard in response feature a whole range of answers including taxes, testicles, failure, continents, conviction, and coding.
How to Learn
Leona Hameed asked her mum and two aunties about the most important things school never taught them.
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music Credits: ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ by Rogers and Hammerstein
How to Fail
Heidi Pett was very good at school. But it failed to teach her one vital lesson.
Produced by Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Music Credits: ‘The Future Wouldn’t That Be Nice’ by The Books
Taxes, Coding, Click-bait
The question ‘What’s the most important thing school never taught you?’ was weighing on our minds for a while, so we collected the answers of just about everyone we know. Michael and Jess trawled through the responses, and there were some things that popped up again and again.
Produced by Michael Brydon and Jess O’Callaghan
We wanted to find out what a teacher thought their biggest lesson outside of school was, And whether they would try to teach it in their classes. Michael Brydon spoke to Kristen, a Primary School teacher from New South Wales.
Produced by Michael Brydon
Music Credits: ‘Suite 1’ by RJD2, ‘Circles From The Rue Simon – Crubellier’ by Max Richter
The most important thing Sharon never learnt at school was identity. Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton spoke to her about the things school never taught her about gender.
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
To be comfortable in my own skin
Sometimes, what you don’t learn in school is something that you have to find out for yourself. Something that can’t be taught.
Produced by Michael Brydon
Music Credits: ‘Bobby’ by Bell Gardens, ‘On Dancefloors’ by Metronomy and ‘Fire it up’ by Modest Mouse.
Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley
We are ending the year celebrating the people we love.
From lovers to grandparents we hope you enjoy these stories.
We all know the deep, maddening love of the silver screen too well. Those characters that laugh, cry, sing, dance and can’t live without their lovers! But if you’re madly in love in real life, how do you truly express it? Melbourne poet Izzy Roberts-Orr gives it a go in her poem ‘Love Songs’.
This is a personal account of one woman’s relationship with her grandfather and how it left her reeling when he passed away. This story reminds of the magic that exists in the world.
Writer: Katie Groneman
Producer: Bryce Halliday
Composer/ Sound Design: Bryce Halliday
Award winning performance poet Luka Lesson shares this story about his grandmother. This story was recorded at the NSW Poetry Slam Final in 2013.
Writer/ Performer: Luka Lesson
The Face of the One you Love: Side A/ Side B
Side A/Side B was devised as a ten-minute tandem poetry meditation created by Sydney composer Tom Hogan and Brisbane poet Eleanor Jackson.
It was designed to be experienced by two people at the same time. Side A/Side B asks that you take a seat, choose a side and conjure up the face of the one you love.
The installation originally sat two participants opposite each other, with “degradable sound” (tape or vinyl) on headphones. The two meditations are structured to move listeners through three distinct movements, using language and sound to create a hypnotic, contemplative place of love and loss.
Tom Hogan is a Sydney-based sound artist, composing for theatre and digital works. Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.
Barrister and Mediator Robin Margo was an activist during apartheid in South Africa. He wanted to change the regime and fight for equality for all South Africans. He campaigned alongside many passionate people. However, it was an experience he shared with activist Steve Biko that has changed the way he now tries to relate to people.
Producer: Zacha Rosen
Music Credits: Delicate Particle Logic by Thomas Newman, Night Vision by Suzanne Vega, Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck, Sinnerman by Nina Simone, Crucify Your Mind by Sixto Rodriguez, Hidden in Snow by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Not on My Turf was created as part of the multi-platform storytelling installation Transform My Turf.
Millers Point is in the heart of Sydney and is a richly diverse community. The public housing tenants are currently under threat of losing their homes as the Government makes room for a new, wealthy community to move in. This documentary shares the stories of the public housing residents who’ve been living in Millers Point for generations.
Producer’s: Carly-Ann Keneally & Jordan Byron
Sound Designer: Oliver Pieterse
Supervising Producer: Kate Montague
Interviewee’s: Chad Ford, Bob and Barney, Col and Terry, Flo Secold, Quentin Dempster, Alex Greenwich and Ron.
*Quentin Dempster was interviewed as a resident of Millers Point and his views do not reflect those of the ABC.
The female form is a glorious thing. This episode we want to share stories about the female form as art, canvas, biology and sex.
Megan Oliver is a tattoo artist at one of the leading tattoo studio’s in the country. She has over 20 years of experience in Australia and overseas. Megan shares her story of how she got started in the industry, what she loves about tattooing and where the industry is going.
Producer: Merran Winchester
Music Credits: Obat Batuk- Defence Mechanism by Paperbag Muzic, God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols
How we see ourselves is not necessarily how others see us. Merran Winchester decided to confront some of the beliefs she held about her body by getting naked. Through life drawing she discovered a new way to see and be seen.
Producer: Merran Winchester
Music Credits: Les Sons et Les Parfums Tournet Dans L’Air du Soir by Debussy
Vagina’s are still a bit taboo. But that didn’t stop Sydney University student newspaper Honi Soit, challenging public perception by photographing vagina’s and putting them on the front cover. This sparked debate about censorship, the diversity of women’s bodies and the possibility of a non-sexualised body.
Producer: Avani Dias
Music Credits: The days have turned by Jonti feat. The Stepkids & Illa J, Come Save Me (Andrew Weatherall Remix) by Jagwar Ma’Void’ by Seekae
Celebration by Edwina Blush
Edwina Blush is a poet, singer, lyricist and performer that confronts big issues with a light, artistic touch.
* This version of Celebration was recorded at the Wordy Bordello in the Rocks in Sydney as part of the Word Travels Festival 2013.
Nature has inspired Art since the beginning of time.
This episode we bring you stories inspired by nature and inspired for nature in the creation of music and art. From the sensual mating of machines in the wild, to a musician’s love of permaculture, you’ll find an array of tales to provoke your imagination and senses.
Height of Passion by Tug Dumbly
Tug Dumbly is a writer, performer and poet, with a talent for language. In this poem the miracle of nature unfolds before our ears as we are taken into the truly magical world of Jumbo Jets.
Playing for Permaculture
Charlie Mgee has hit the international scene as a singer/ songwriter performing at festivals all over the world. What makes his work unique is his passion for permaculture and the environment. This story leads you into the cool, fun and ethical world of Charlie Mgee and his music.
Producer: Emily Woods
Music Credits: Change by Charlie Mgee, Small & Slow by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, No Such Thing as Waste by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, The Edge by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Small & Slow by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Oil by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Limits by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Yield by Formidable Vegetable Sound System
“Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.”
-Patricia A McKillip-
Imagination allows us to feel, see and experience beyond our actual reality. It can be a source of joy and inspiration, terror and anguish and everything in between.
What is happening in our brains when we imagine? What is the relationship between imagination and creativity? And what is the use of imagination to humans?
This episode we share some radio plays produced by students at Footscray Primary School in Victoria. These plays were developed as part of the Paper Fire Project in collaboration with SYN Radio and 100 Story Building. We also hear from Dr Joel Pearson, a Neuropsychologist at UNSW and an expert in imagination and mental imagery. Plus you’ll hear Henry & Zoe, a fictional story produced by Pip Rasmussen and Keelin Murphy.
This episode was been produced by Tess Lawley of the ATB Melbourne Collective.
*Thanks to the students of Footscray Primary School, 100 Story Building, SYN Radio, Dr Joel Pearson, Pip Rasmussen and Keelin Murphy.
And congratulations to our radio makers at Footscray Primary School for their inspiring and imaginative work. We look forward to hearing more of your stories on air!
Music Credits: Eliza’s Aria (Wild Swans) by Elena-Kats Chernin (performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choir & Sydney Symphony Orchestra), PureImagination (from the soundtrack of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley and Phaedra (1974) by Tangerine Dreams.
Have you ever lived another life? Do you pretend to be someone you’re not? On All the Best this week we meet some who are loud and proud about their other identities and some who would rather it be kept a secret.
It was an adventure or three on All the Best today, where our theme was Travelers. We found ourselves ourselves bare arsed and mangled after being run over a tank in Kabul, discovered out what it was like to grow up as a child of a diplomat- or “diplobrat” in 5, 6 or even 10 countries, and how did almost the whole population of an island off the coast of Greece come to relocate to Kensington, Sydney?
This week we talked about secret recipes – those hidden little secrets some people indulge in, whether they be for food, success, or maybe even a really good personal vice. We also had the smell of something special wafting through the studio as this week’s presenter, Jesse Cox, was cooked up surprise dish.
This week we head out of our comfort zone and leave all we know behind: we’re left stranded in a foreign country, taken underground to Sydney’s old rave scene, walk inside the walls of the Christmas Island detention centre, and we hear about a preacher who walks into the local bar and orders nothing but milk.
Have you ever been lying in bed and a song comes on about the time right at that moment? Maybe M. Ward’s ‘4 Hours in Washington’? “It’s one in the morning and I can’t sleep…” or as you glance at the giant clock on the train platform you remember Tom Waits, “My baby’s leaving town on the 2:19” This morning, we are interested in the hours and minutes that make up a day – 24 hours to be exact. This episode of ATB takes a trip through 24 hours with songs and stories.
Have you ever thought you sucked at picking up women? Have you ever been in love, only to have your love not returned? On All the Best this week we explore the many facets of unrequited love. We take advice from a dating coach, listen to now-well-known writer’s angsty teen diary readings, explore the ups and downs of polyamourous relationships, learn how to write the perfect love song and bury ourselves in the oral histories of one of our contributor’s grandma, who has forgotten who he is.
This week on ALL THE BEST, we talk about all those things you’re not supposed to do… Like eat each other. Some taboos are more obvious than others, but as we’ll hear when explored they are sometimes not all that bad. We’ll talk to a sex worker who caters to the disabled community, have a giggle at a local comedian who gets his laughs from taboo topics, and we’ll also hear from a young man who came out to his church at Hillsong.
Where do you live…? Does your neighbour drop weird letters to you late on a Saturday night? Could you write a book about living with your family? Have you ever lived not knowing where you’ll sleep each night? Or have you ever had to move somewhere against your will, even if your loved ones thought it best? This Sat we look at all kinds of house and home with
On All the Best this week, we looked at value- the value of the life of an old racing greyhound called Sparky, the value of 5000 comic books to one guy, the value of someone’s lifelong possessions after their death, and a life lived trying to escape the value of consumer goods.
This week All The Best took a look at Change. We looked at individual change: one persons total shift in the way they view themselves as a result of a serious accident. We looked at generational change: the vast differences in life experiences between three women in one family. We looked at change through the lens of music: speaking to Red Riders about how their band and the whole Sydney scene has shifted since they were formed. And finally we spoke to one pretty cool dude named Mick, he hasn’t changed yet but man he really wants to…
In 2011 it’s hard to imagine a Sydney without FBi, and thankfully we don’t have to, but in its 8 year gestation from 1995 to it’s launch date of August 29, 2003, the story of FBi is a tale of tumultuous and triumphant times. Join us to hear how FBi came to be.
This week we’re all about Exhibitionists. As we discover, there’s much more to exhibitionism than just showing off. We speak to someone who uses their skin as a canvas and another who made money from having artist’s paint their naked image. Speaking of nudity… we also take you to an underground sexuality festival and we take a walk down one of our city’s most iconic public spaces to chat with the beautiful voices who exhibit their talents on the thoroughfare.
This week on All The Best we talk about dropping out… of society, institutional service, inanimate objects, and even consciousness. We speak to a man who chose to become homeless and another whose epilepsy means he routinely has moments his brain can’t remember. We also get the rare chance to talk to somebody about leaving the Australian Defence Force. You’ll also get to spend a day dropping out of planes with one of our terrified reporters and a record-breaking skydiver and base jumper!
Coming up this week on All the Best an eerie feeling will creep over us as we explore Death. we converse with a medium, we’ll explore the daily life of a taxidermist, we find out about the ways in which different cultures and religions deal with death and dying and we might just ghostbust a ghoul or two…
Numbers somehow contribute to almost every aspect of our life. One of the first things we do is learn how to count and from this point on it’s all about bus numbers, phone numbers and money. Next week on All the Best we take a trip to the Bingo Club, look at the massive amount of rubbish we get rid of ever year, have a chat with a Professor of Mathematics and delve into the world of Numerology to understand what it means to live your life ruled by numbers.
We’re taking you behind closed doors. You’ll get an insider’s perspective on our of our country’s most heavily protected and controversial facilities: a detention centre. We’ll also be hearing from a long-term sufferer of agoraphobia who is literally petrified to leave her own house. It’s not all seriousness, however… you’ll get to take a female-only swim and hear about the hidden thoughts of aspiring comedians.
Today on All The Best, we’re big, we’re bright and some of us happen to be colour blind! We also chat to someone who discovers their true ‘colours’ and another person who uses coloured clothing to express themselves.
On All the Best this week we broke the golden rule of radio and bring to you one hour of silence- stories of silence that is. We find out what it’s like to hear sound for the very first time, and what it’s like remember through music. How awkward it is to eat dinner in silence with strangers and how it feels to experience a chamber where sound does not exist.
NB: Strong language contained in the first five minutes of the piece.
In 2010 it’s hard to imagine a Sydney without FBi, and thankfully we don’t have to, but in its 8 year gestation from 1995 to its launch date of August 29, 2003, the story of how FBi is a tale of tumultuous and triumphant times. First broadcast as part of the 2010 Instant Karma supporter drive, All the Best tells the Story of FBi.
From an early age, David Astle couldn’t read a street sign without seeing anagrams. Decades later, he has become the faceless nemesis who frustrates tens of thousands of people every week. His opponents simply know him as “DA” the cryptic crossword maker for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Lawrence Leung brings us this story, originally broadcast on Melbourne’s 3RRR.
DA versus LL
Produced by Lawrence Leung
Ever wanted to outsmart the smarts? Lawrence Leung gives it a go, testing David Astle. The results? Not awful… Exclusive to podcast for All the Best, we bring you this story as an accompaniment to The Enigmatic DA, both first broadcast on Melbourne’s 3RRR.
Vanessa Berry’s Turramurra
Produced by Vanessa Berry
Originally from her zine I Am A Camera #9, local author Vanessa Berry delivers stories from Turramurra.
All the Best’s Eliza Sarlos speaks with the parents of her niece, Tilly. All three of them.
2000 Postcards Bondi Edition
Produced by Joe Frost
Joe Frost sends us an audio postcard from Sydney’s definitive beach.
Three Minute Sydney
Produced by Lee Tran Lam
As part of 2009’s Creative Sydney FBi’s Lee Tran Lam presented this three minute portrait of Sydney. Here it is, recreated for radio.
2000 Postcards Il Porcellino Edition
Produced by Joe Frost
From out front the Sydney Hospital, Joe Frost reports on Il Porcellino
Produced by Jesse Cox
Bicycle couriers were at their peak during the dot com boom with over a hundred bikes throughout the city. Now that number has more than halved but there are still a bunch of dedicated riders who spend their days couriering packages – the urgent as well as the bizarre – and dodging Sydney’s traffic. Jesse Cox literally caught up with some of the couriers who call the city their work place.
Produced by Vanessa Berry
There are 18 million people in the world who share your birthday, but this shouldn’t make you feel you are any less special. Nevertheless, sometimes it can be hard to share. Vanessa Berry tells this story.
On The World’s Grandest Stage
Produced by LJ Hill
On Sydney’s harbor foreshore sits one of the world’s most recognizable buildings. Apparently two thirds of the world’s population can name the Sydney Opera House on sight. That’s over four billion people. So what’s it like to play there? If you’re a classical violinist or a Shakespearean actor, maybe you’ve thought about it. If you’re a sculptor and singer/songwriter from Armidale, and have never even been to the Opera House, you probably haven’t. LJ Hill certainly hadn’t. Until a chance encounter at Byron Bay Blues Fest last weekend turned into a night on the Concert Hall stage, 48 hours later. What happened? Julia Thomas joined him to find out.
Produced by Emily Farrell
The dream in which we buy a house and… we open a pet crematorium in the basement. Emily Farrell on the traditions of pet burial, for All the Best.