#1712 So you think I’m sick?

#1712 So you think I’m sick?

This week: stories of sickness and health, and how to convince the rest of the world you’re one not the other.


‘Presence of mind’ by Darius Sawyer

“To be defined as less human than a robot was really jarring, I’d taken an assumption of my humanity for granted.”

What does it feel like to be told that you are a disease that needs to be cured? To be the target of public campaigns aiming to prevent people like you from being born?

Darius knows what that feels like.

Music: ‘Audrey’ by johnny_ripper, ‘Down and Around’ by Podington Bear and ‘Three Cheers for Existence’ by Deru

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Amethyst Schaber’s Youtube channel is can be found hereBen’s website, as mentioned in the piece, can be found at asperger.net.au. This story was made with thanks to Vivian Ly and Sam McCulligh.


‘Sick and tired of being sick and tired’ by Evan Young

Evan is sick and tired, but his doctor claims his condition isn’t medically recognised. The symptoms severely cut his ability to think, sleep, concentrate, work, filter toxins and fight infection. So instead of getting treatment, Evan just goes about his daily business. This story follows walks you through a typical day in his shoes.

Supervising Producer: Beth Gibson


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Selena Shannon

Music credit: ‘Detroit’ by Podington Bear

Image by flickr creative commons user Val D’Aquila

#1711 Remotely Intimate

#1711 Remotely Intimate:

By Thanh Hằng Phạm.

What do you think of when you think of home? Is it where you are now or where you grew up? Is it a place you long for, somewhere in your family’s history, far from the roads and towns you move through today?

And what do you think of… when you think of love?

This week we’re traversing lands, borders and bloodlines to draw a map of lovers and of home. In this full-length audio feature by Thanh Hằng Phạm, a collection of voices and words to bridge distances between lovers, time and place.

Remotely intimate was made for the CBAA’s National Features and Documentary Series in 2016, a showcase of work made by new and emerging Australian radio producers. Thanh Hằng would like to thank Maddee, Gabi, Dawn, Alexis, Genesis and Nat for their insight and voices, as well as Wahe and Lakyn for composing music for this feature. To hear more great features in this series, visit nfds.org.au.


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by flickr creative commons user Pimthida

#1710 Life After

#1710 Life After

What does life feel like in the wake of death? How do we cope, who do we turn to, and what can we do to make it better when we’re left behind?

This week we’re looking at life after loss.


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

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

Our first story this week is the final piece from our recent listening party in Sydney, where we played a collection of nocturnal stories about sex, worry, midnight adventures and, finally, the darkness of grief.

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


‘Last man standing’ by Joshua Garlepp

Every year Josh’s mum, who doesn’t have extended family of her own, drags Josh to a different family’s house for Christmas. Josh is from WA, and for the last three years, he and his mum have spent Christmas with the same family in Bunbury, Southwest of Perth. The Barretts.

The first year, Josh spent a lot of time with Adrian Barrett, the young dad of the family. On the drive home after Christmas, Josh asked his mum what Adrian does for a living. Turns out he’s part of one of the oldest businesses in Western Australia and it was in no way what Josh expected…

Music: “Still Trying” – Nathaniel Rateliff, “Plastic People” – Four Tet, “Milk & Honey” – Arcade Fire


If this week’s stories brought up any difficult feelings, you can talk to someone by calling lifeline on 13 11 14, or get support online at eheadspace.org.au


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by flickr creative commons user Javier Piernagorda

#1709 A Night Away

A lost sex toy, the persistence of nightingales, and the choices about life and love we make after the sun goes down.

This week is our second instalment of stories from our listening party in Sydney, where we invited an audience to spend a night with All The Best. In this episode we’ll be taking you on midnight adventures around the world, from skipping through volcanic craters in Guatemala, to finding regret and self discovery in North England.

‘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”.

‘Be still, Woodpecker’ by Josephine Smart

When the music has finally stopped playing and the night owls have danced their way home to bed, Josephine Smart embarks on a midnight adventure and learns about risk, choice, and late night love.

Just a heads up, this story has some adult themes.

This story features lines from the book ‘Still Life With Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. Josie is a Melbourne-based producer and sound artist who also creates radio stories for an audio project called Dear/Hello, you can hear more of her work at dear-hello.com.

Music mixed by Josephine Smart

‘At night I marry the bed’ by Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight has lost something quite dear to her… and this story also deals with some sexual themes.

Production assistance from Bec Fary and Selena Shannon. Jessica is a poet, writer and zine maker based in Melbourne. Her three zines: Tongue Between Teeth, White and Red Cells, and All The Fussy People And A Fussy Little Sick are available to purchase on the website mcdrawn.com. Her writing can be found on her blog at Gremlinface82@wordpress.com and you can follow her on twitter @themess19 to get lots of tiny little poems and pictures of Merlin, her housemate’s cat.

Music: ‘A Walk’ by Tycho, ‘Klara’ by Ólöf Arnalds 


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by creative commons user Craig Hennecke

#1708 What keeps me up at night

Stories straight from our Audiocraft listening party! If you missed the midnight garden gathering, here is the first instalment of nocturnal tales we made for our Sydney relaunch event “Spend a night with All The Best”. Four pieces from contributors who just can’t sleep, all for different reasons, and want you to lie awake with them.

This episode is part one of our listening party stories, more next week.

‘Es la una de la mañana’ by Sam Loy

Sam probably spends too long pondering his existence, going over moments from his life to judge what kind of person he is. He definitely should be sleeping…

Sam Loy is the radio brains behind the fantastic podcast Human/Ordinary, you can check it out here: http://humanordinary.com/

Supervising Producer: Jess Bineth

Original music by Kent Sutherland, and ‘Gasolina’ by Daddy Yankee

Special thanks: Ramon Martinez-Mendoza

‘Awake’ by Merran Winchester, with Andy Nichols

Merran and Andy are about to begin a new adventure. It’s like nothing they’ve done before. And though it brings them great joy, it also brings up a lot of questions about the great unknown.

Music: Isaac Verhaeghe – ‘Tomorrow’

‘Lucy, wake-up’ by Britta Jorgensen

Lucy and Jackson are a 20-something couple living in a sunny share house in Thornbury, Melbourne. By day, Lucy is a florist and Jackson is an artist and musician. At night, their relationship takes on a different tone…

Supervising producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘The Telling’ by Blue Dot Sessions 

‘Unbelonging’ by Magan Magan and Bec Fary

Magan Magan is a Melbournian poet. In this piece, he wanders dark streets, finds inspiration for his writing, and reads three poems: ‘The Thin Line of Loneliness’, ‘Waking Up At Night’ and ‘Moon Street’. Editing and sound design by Bec Fary.

Bec and Magan first met at last year’s National Young Writers’ Festival, where they collaborated on an audio version of ‘Moon Street’.

Supervising producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘On a Rotating Sphere’ and ‘Aftersexwindowpaneglow’ by Joseph, ‘Toxick Spill’ by Ad Serpentae, ‘The Perpetual Dream Machine’ by The Icarus Descent, ‘Benen Värka’ by Bisamratta


A big thank you to Audiocraft for presenting this event, and 107 Projects in Redfern for having us!

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by flickr creative commons user meg

#1707 Art as therapy

“He said to me once, ‘just as I’m getting good they’re going to kill me’.”

How do art teachers adapt to working in prisons? Can standing in a room full of artists, completely naked, change how you see your own body? These are the questions we tackle this week, as we explore the true powers of art as therapy.

‘Pop Art’ by Pip Leason

In the vast public dialogue about body positivity, issues of men’s body image rarely make their way to the surface. In an effort to fulfil an ill-advised new years’ resolution, Pip Leason embarks on his second challenge for 2017: to stand naked in a room full of strangers for an extended period of time. Grappling with weight gain and body image, he finds himself nude modelling for a life drawing class, to test if people seeing him might change the way he sees himself.

Pip Drawing

‘Pop Art’ is part of an ongoing radio project for 2017 called ‘It Wasn’t My Idea’, a series of monthly challenge based personal documentaries.

Music: ‘Sunday Morning (instrumental)’ by The Velvet Underground, ‘Baby Elephant Walk’ by Henry Mancini, ‘Femme Fatale’ by The Velvet Underground, ‘The Murder Mystery’ by The Velvet Underground, ‘Venus in Furs’ by The Velvet Underground, ‘Ride into the Sun’ by The Velvet Underground, ‘These Days’ by Nico

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

‘The freedom of art’ by Philippe Perez

In 2015 Myuran Sukumaran was executed with Andrew Chan in Indonesia for their part in the Bali 9 drug smuggling ring. In the last few years of his life, Myuran lead a blossoming life as a painter within his prison cell. But how much does teaching art to someone who faces such an impossible future affect both art teacher and student?

Philippe Perez talked to a range of art educators from prisons across Australia to find out what it’s like to teach art on the inside.

Myuran Sukumaran’s exhibition “Another Day In Paradise” is on display until 26 March. To find out more go to the Campbelltown Arts Centre website: http://c-a-c.com.au/

Music: ‘Planet D’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Planet F’ by Lee Rosevere


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image provided by Pip Leason

#1706 Black Sheep

Kevin draws huge crowds to his cafe in Alexandria, Sydney. He’s usually asleep, flopped on the ground like a bloated hairy beanbag in his pen. But it doesn’t take much to be a celebrity pig in Sydney, and so even when dozing he’s working his public profile. Kevin goes for daily walks around the neighbourhood, has a blog and people flock to Alexandria to get a glimpse of him.

The local community froths over this blimp of a pig, supporting our theory that we humans love weird and wonderful animals, ones that are special or out of place. We have an affection for the Black Sheep. This week we bring you two strange stories of animals doing their own thing and not giving a damn.

‘A toast to the Ibis’ by Emily Jane Smith

“Throwing rubbish everywhere. Drinking bin juice, spreading orange peels and hobo socks around…”

This story may challenge your beliefs. It may bring up bad memories of picnic related theft. And a warning, this report contains strong language avian sympathises may find offensive.

Emily Jane Smith has an incredibly unpopular opinion about a certain bird, but she wants to get you onside. This animal seems to be the exception to the rule for many unconditional animal lovers. In fact, when it comes to this native, even the most fervent pacifists seem to draw the line.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: “Slayer” by Skeggs, “A song about birds” by the Bondi Hipsters, and “Carved Tree Inn” by Bjorn Eriksson.

‘The Nomadic Disco Bunny’ by Bonnie Tai and Selena Shannon

One day, Pablo left his big house in England and moved into his car. Before long he was travelling the world as the Disco Bunny. But how easy is it really to drop everything and start a new life of glitter and nomadic spirituality?

Contributor Bonnie Tai spoke to Pablo when he was passing through Australia in January.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: “I feel love” by Donna Summer, “Cancion Campesina” and “Studio 54” by EMI production music, and “Everybody Dance” by Chic.


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

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#1705 Repeated Collision


We’re dipping into our archives this week to bring you two stories of forces coming together, like a hard wooden cricket bat and a mouth full of baby teeth, or our first story, which takes place on the frontline of a battle between two passionate groups in duck hunting season.

‘Duck Season’ by Leona Hameed [repeat]

Every year on the same day, duck hunters and duck protectors face-off on a lake. It’s the opening day of duck hunting season, and neither group is leaving until they’ve got what they came for.

Originally broadcast in 2015.

Music: With Stars for Eyes by h+, Black Lake by Real Estate, Inner Lakes by North Hive and Submerging Blue Black by Podington Bear

‘Like Strawberries’ by Zacha Rosen [repeat]

The most important thing Michael owned, apart from his collection, was his toy cricket bat. Most parents would give their children a plastic one, but Michael’s mum and dad were completists. They’d very carefully looked for a replica ashes cricket bat. But, more importantly, it was made of some very hard wood.

This fiction piece was written and produced by Zacha Rosen.

Originally broadcast in 2015

Music: Hooghly Night Patrol by The Bombay Royale, Ewok feast/part of the tribe (medley) by John Williams, Nasty Sex by La Revolucion De Emiliano Zapata, Suco de Tangerina  by Beastie Boys


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by creative commons user Sharyn Morrow

#1704 Breasted Experience by Private Parts


Breasted Experience by Beth Gibson

“I want you to imagine that one day you get a blank email with an MP3 file with your name on it. You have no idea what’s in the file. You put on your headphones, lie down and press play.”

Breasts. They’re pretty hard to miss. But our genuine, intimate and unexpected experiences of having them are not often in the spotlight. So Beth Gibson decided to lift the shirt and ask five different people to share their varied experiences.

This week we bring you a feature documentary originally made for independent Australian podcast Private Parts, with help from Irit Pollak. Private Parts is a personal favourite of ours, we highly recommend you check them out. The stories and social experiments that feature on the podcast unlock social taboos and explore new territories. They are experiences that deeply affect us, but are all too often hidden from conversation or out of bounds. 

Private Parts is produced by Irit Pollak, you can find out more at their website: partlyprivate.com.


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Artwork by Tess Dawson

#1703 Family Fingerprints


“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.

Music: Leaf Shower by Podington Bear


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls


#1702 If I make it till Monday

“If he went to a home he would have lasted a week. That would have been it, because he wouldn’t have his painting, his music, none of those things.”

‘If I make it till Monday’ by Sally Zwartz

For many of us, the idea of turning 100 is a far off, unimaginable and abstract thing. But in the past 20 years, the number of centenarians in Australia has increased by an impressive 263%, and that trajectory is only getting steeper.

This week we’re bringing you a very special feature documentary about long-time Bankstown resident Arthur Eldridge as he prepares for his hundredth birthday.

By Sally Zwartz with technical assistance from Martin Peralta and Nicola Joseph, as part of the Community Media Training Organisation’s radio features and documentary course – for more information about that training, go to cmto.org.au

Music: ‘Says’ – Nils Frahm, ‘Allegretto Grazioso’ from Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F Minor Op. 136 by Brahms – Martin Frost and Roland Pontinen, ‘The Red Flag’ – [artist unknown], ‘Quaker Girl’ – Lionel Monckton (from Waltzes from Musicals), “The Merry Widow Waltz’ – [artist unknown], ‘Oh Rosemarie’ – Arthur Eldridge (vocal); Peter Dasent (piano)


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Nicole baker

#1701 Over the neighbour’s fence


“I’m expecting to join just a handful of other people for the class, but I arrive to find a huge queue, leading up to a hardwood fairy lit space. Turns out this is a serious community. Mostly white, and almost all middle aged and older.”

Do you ever pause and fantasise about your neighbours’ lives? The ones you don’t know who live across the road, shop at the local supermarket and catch your train to work. The distance is strange, they could be leading completely spectacular or unexpected lives and we wouldn’t have a clue.

For our first episode of the year, we’ve got two stories that bridge strangers within the same community.

“East meets West” by Adbullah Sankari

Ilona Abou-Zolof escaped East Berlin in the 70’s to be with her husband. They quickly migrated to Sydney and have lived in Bankstown ever since.

In a Western Sydney high school in 2016, a year 9 drama teacher asked her students to interview a person from their community and learn from their lives.

This piece is an edited version of the conversation 14 year old Abdullah Sankari and Ilona had about her lucky escape and how it feels to be free.

Ilona Abou - Zolof

Image provided by Ilona Abou-Zolof

Made with help from Anjali Roberts and BYDS, and with thanks to Sir Joseph Banks and Ms Joyce Conte. Additional editing by Caitlin Gibson. 

“The Challenge” by Pip Leason

(Language and content warning)

In the new year, Pip wanted to leave his comfort zone and try new things, so he signed up to his local Tantric Sex class. Then he remembered he has a teeny tiny phobia of physical contact.

When the class came around, the Tantric Sex community was not what he was expecting.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Raga Jog’ by Ravi Shankar, ‘Title theme from Bombay Talkie’ by Shankar Jaikishan, ‘Ignition Remix’ by R. Kelly (Performed by Jinja Safari for triple j ‘Like a Version), ‘Wade in the Water’ by Eva Cassidy


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Bill Lane

#1640 I thought this was what you wanted?


Does Christmas content in December disturb or excite you? The All The Best team is divided on the issue. Some love riding the Christmas wave all the way to December 25th, others wish they could mute every overbearing TV ad, silly season radio segment, or cheesy holiday movie.

In this week’s episode we decided to please all parties, by bringing you one Christmas story and one decidedly un-christmasy story, both under the theme: ‘I thought this was what you wanted?’.

‘Santa’s Biggest Little Helper’ by Tegan Nicholls

This week we’re going to the very heart of christmas land: shopping centres. We meet the 21 year old trapped in the eye of the storm, trying to give families what they want: the perfect family photo with Santa.

‘Screw your buy-me-a-drink Feminism’ by Jessie Perrin and Selena Shannon

Jessie Perrin has met too many women who are fed up with a certain behaviour they keep experiencing from men in the dating world. It begs the question, do these men mistakenly think this is what women want?

So Jessie started collecting stories, and with Selena Shannon built a small window into a big, complicated world. Feminism on a first date.

Sound design by the amazing Alyx Dennison


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton and Michael Brydon

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image: by Flickr Creative Commons user ‘bullywhippit’

#1639 ATB presents: Contact Mic


This week we’ve got something a little different on the show. At All The Best we love celebrating and showcasing great Australian audio, so we’re handing over the show to our friends at Contact Mic. It’s a monthly podcast made in Melbourne about the things that make us human – like moments of change, indecision and contact.

We have three excerpts from three episodes of Contact Mic, with links to the full versions of each below.

Episode 10: 16,000 Biscuits

There are a lot of things that our bodies do that are mostly outside of our control. Blinking. Breathing. Our hearts beating. For Jess Thom, there’s also saying ‘biscuit.’ Or ‘hedgehog.’ Or thumping her chest hard, over and over. Jess is the founder of Tourettes Hero.

Full version of 16,000 Biscuits here.

Episode 6: Black Cross

In June, the Contact Mic team were spread across the globe, and so that month’s episode, ‘Black Cross’, featured a selection of audio postcards from around the world.

Full version of Black Cross here.

Episode 4: A Boat Named Bob

Imagine the phone rings and a man you hardly know asks you to drive across the country, jump on a boat and sail off into the unknown with nothing but a grumpy goose for company. What do you do? Our last piece today is from an episode about what can happen when you just say yes.

Full version of A Boat Named Bob.

For more stories from Contact Mic – including a princess watching her grief over her father’s death play out on Youtube, a person who can smell the dead wondering if he’s gone insane, and a man whose brain damage means that he doesn’t remember cheating on his partner, head to contactmicpodcast.com, iTunes or your favourite podcasting app. You can also listen to the full versions of all the pieces played today. Contact Mic are also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Mic is Fleur Kilpatrick, Sarah Walker, and Kieran Ruffles.


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Rolf Klep

#1638 Goodbye Comfort Zone

“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.

All original music by Kent Sutherland


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image: by Catherine Kolodziej

Music: Okkervil River – ‘Lost Coastlines’

#1637 On the other side of the glass

A controversial series of photographs by artist Arne Svenson has been the subject of much discussion lately.

In it, Svenson exhibits photos of his neighbours, images he captured without their consent through the windows of their New York apartments.

This is more than ethically ambiguous, it’s pretty straight up wrong. But it doesn’t discount our secret desire for voyeuristic access to another person’s life. Especially with people who feel so incredible close we could almost touch them. People who would be firmly in reach if it weren’t for some kind of glass barrier.

‘Fatherhood’ by Jake Cupitt

Jake grew up with a bit of a strained relationship with his dad, who had a tendency to make grand plans but never follow through. Jake didn’t see him as much of a role model, and this sole experience of a ‘father-son relationship’ left him confused and uncertain about the kind of father he might become one day. Or even what kind of man he would become.

As an adult, Jake searched for new role models, and came across a university lecturer he admired. It wasn’t long before Jake discovered they both shared something in common: barriers between themselves and their fathers.

This interview with William Verity is an excerpt from Jake Cupitt’s original audio series “Man of the hour”, you can find it and more of Jake’s work on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/jake-cupitt.

Music by Bensound

‘Display Lyfe’ by Lindsey Green

Two young performance artists, Nikki and Tamzen, have always been intrigued by the Instagram celebrities they follow religiously. But they were shocked when they discovered the glamorous lives they saw on their phone screens were not only fake, but entirely paid for by brands.

Nikki and Tamzen decided to stage an experiment to see how easy – or hard – life on the other side of their touch screens really was.

Photo: Benn Wood

Music: ‘Balti’ by Blue Dot Sessions 

Supervising Producer: Beth Gibson


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

#1636 Like Oil and Water

Some things mix like oil and water, forever a slippery co-existence stuck in separation. Like an oil spill in the ocean, this mostly ends in disaster and heartbreak, but occasionally – against all odds – two opposites just click.

This week we bring you both kinds: stories of operas in bathrooms, unlikely friendships, and love + heartbreak.

‘Chamber Pot Opera’ by Tegan Nicholls

What happens when you take Opera out of the theatre and into the last place you would ever expect to find it? Producer Tegan Nicholls explores a rare gem of a musical show that breaks all the rules.

Music: Original performances from the Chamber Pot Opera

‘Love + Heartbreak: Siri investigates’ By Elina Godwin

A few months ago, producer Elina Godwin took us into the mind of Siri – that familiar voice with all the answers living in your iPhone. We absolutely loved that piece so this week we’re bringing Siri back, only this time Siri is examining the line between breaking up but not letting go.

Music: Original composition by Elina Godwin

‘Life in Taralga’ by Michael Cullen

There’s a sleepy town in NSW where, like oil and water, unlikely friendships are being forged between country farmers and city hippies. But things don’t always blend so smoothly when pig hunting is thrown into the mix.

Music: ‘Little Do’ – Podington Bear, ‘Faster, Sons Of Vengeance, Faster!’ – Doctor Turtle, ‘In the Sun’ – David Szesztay, ‘Waiting’ – David Szesztay


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon, with help from acting EP Caitlin Gibson

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls, with Selena Shannon and Caitlin Gibson

Photo Credit: Sam Boneham

#1635 Keepsakes Part 2/2

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.

This story first aired on Not What You Think; head to www.fbiradio.com/notwhatyouthink for more.

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


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon/Caitlin Gibson

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Bec Fary

#1634 Keepsakes Part 1/2

Last month, the Melbourne collective of All The Best held their second ever listening party at the Good Room in Brunswick East. The night was called ‘Keepsakes’ and over the next two weeks we’ll bring you a selection of stories from the event. We’re diving into memories and the objects that remind us of who we used to be. In this episode, we’ve got stories from the keepsake makers, the archivists and the preservers of history.

‘The Old Tape Deck’ by Made Stuchbery

To set the scene for ‘Keepsakes’, Made Stuchbery looks at our favourite type of archivists, radio producers, and explores the way we use audio as a medium for memories.

Music: ‘Feather on the Clyde’ – Passenger (LTR remix)

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘A Klein Story’ by Lauren Klein

We don’t know how long we have to collect our family stories. People move away, people forget, and people die. Some families have lots of relatives to collect and share family stories, but for others, they’re on their own. Lauren Klein tries to preserve her family history for future generations of Kleins.

Music: ‘Memory Wind’ – Podington Bear, ‘Bleu’ – Komiku, ‘Discovery’ and ‘Treacherous Voyage’ – Jon Luc Hefferman

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Slice & Dice’ by Rachael Dexter

A growing collective of people are ‘resurrecting’ the meticulous beauty and art of preserving animals. For Natalie Deleaney and her students, it’s far from working with the dead – it’s recreating life.

Music: ‘Alone in Love’ – Christopher Ashmore, ‘Chickens in the Yard’ – Chris Norton and Frank Mizen, ‘Travelling Circus’ – Bob Bradley, Adam Dennis and Chris Egan, and ‘Under My Skin’ – Frank Sinatra

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Syndesmica’ by May Jasper

Not every archive consists of paper and photographs. Some of them are full of dead insects under glass. May Jasper goes to the Specimen Room at Melbourne Museum searching for an obscure moth, and what she finds is an entomological mystery. Another version of this story is featured on May’s podcast, Random Article. Head to www.randomarticle.net for more.

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

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 at The Good Room, 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Head to www.thefoundlingarchive.org.au for details.


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Bec Fary and Tegan Nicholls

Image by Jon Tjhia

#1633: Unknown Pleasures

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

#1632: Small Towns of Australia

This week All The Best is putting small towns on the map as we play tourist around Australia. We visit a tiny sheep farming town where a single classroom hosts Kindy to Year 6, with only 11 students all up. Then we jump on the Trans Australian Rail, stopping off in Cook, South Australia. Not as much a town as a railway station – the bullseye of the Nullabor. Lastly we make it to Bello, a hippy haven in conservative countryside dominated by Nats and farmland.

‘Jerangle, Snowy Mountains’

Jerangle Public is what’s known as a ‘Small school’, a classification of school that is pretty self-explanatory: the school has only 11 students, spread from Kindy to Year 6, all in one classroom. Sonja Sim is the superhero teacher running the show, with help from the community and a sheep called Hannah.

Music: ‘Little hands’ and ‘Morning forest’ by EMI production music

‘Cook, Nullabor’ by James Purtill

Australia is actually home to the longest straight stretch of rail in the world. It tracks through thinly spread small towns, across the wide desert, from Perth to Sydney. A journey of four days, three nights, 4000 kilometres all up.

Producer James Purtill hopped on in Kalgoorlie and rode all the way up to Sydney. We join him halfway across the Nullabor in the small town of Cook, South Australia.

‘Bellingen, mid-north coast of NSW’ by Alexander Darling

Alexander Darling got a bit of a shock when he moved from Melbourne to the conservative mid-north coast of NSW. He found  a tiny piece of inner city vibes and, initially, didn’t know what to make of it.

Sound design and original music by Harry Domanski

Original poetry by the Bello Bards


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Sonja Sim

#1631 LIVE! From the National Young Writers Festival

Earlier this month All The Best teamed up with the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle to host a night of Poetry and Music at Vinyl Cafe. We brought musicians and poets together to perform under the theme ‘The Body as a Map’, and the result was a beautiful and spontaneous evening of stories.

A Night of Poetry and Music was hosted by Selena Shannon and Bethany Atkinson-Quinton.

‘Through Streets and Silhouettes’

Poem by Jakob Boyd, with music by Tom Albert

‘Moon Street’

Poem by Magan Magan, sound design by Bec Fary

‘Reflection in Remembering’ and ‘Lovers Once’

Poems by Laurie May, with music from James Maher and Sarah Monk.


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user OZinOH

#1630 It’s a Man Eat Man World

It’s unpleasant to think that we live in a man eat man world, a society where our actions force us to eat or be eaten. But this week on All The Best, we are taking this expression to the extreme with two slightly unusual stories.

‘Zedtown Dead South’ by Tegan Nicholls

Zedtown started out on a uni campus, now it’s the biggest real life Zombies v Humans game in the world. Over 6 hours, armed with NERF guns and foam darts, alliances are made and broken, witches and super zombies are released, and survivors turn on their fellow humans. To get a taste of green blood, All The Best producer Tegan Nicholls takes us deep into the game as she fights to stay alive.

Look out for the next game at http://www.zedtown.com/

Made with special thanks to the creator of Zedtown Dave Harmon.

Music: ‘Killing in the Name’ – Rage Against the Machine, ‘Zombie Love Song’ – Your Favourite Martian, ‘You are my Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash, ‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica

‘Kitchen Cannibal’ by Bonnie Tai

Last week on the show we were telling stories about food and how it brings people together. This week we’ve got something a little different.

Inherently, we’re all aware that food is for survival, but generally humans eat more than their fill, and more often than not we’re motivated by taste. But how weird can one person’s tastes get?

All The Best producer Bonnie Tai spoke to Jack who has some pretty unique views about animals, including which ones should end up on your plate.

Supervising producer and editing by Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Drama’ and ‘Some Kids Get it All’ by EMI production music


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Omnes Photography

#1629 Taking Refuge in Recipes

It’s been said before, but food is full of meaning. It can transcend borders, cultures, language and class. This week on All The Best, we bring you two stories of how peace and refuge were found through the ritual of cooking and eating.

‘A Recipe for Refuge’ by Carly-Anne Kenneally

Does the smell of a certain meal remind you of home? What if your home was a war torn country and those memories are full of pain?

Kway Nguyen is a Melbourne-based artist who was recently commissioned by the Maribyrnong Council to design an artwork for The Little Saigon Project in Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. He designed the installation to reflect contemporary Vietnamese culture as a kind of east meets west marriage.

All The Best producer Carly-Anne Kenneally met up with Kway and his Sydney-based collaborator My Le Thi to talk about cultures, language, art and, of course, food.

‘From Waste to Plate’ by Alice Rennison

It’s estimated that around 5% of the Australian population experiences food insecurity. It’s a pretty broad term that covers a range of scenarios, but the crux of the matter is Australians are going hungry and we’re not really talking about it. But there are a number of fantastic organisations out there across the country making sure Australians going hungry can get a meal or food for their family.

Contributor Alice Rennison decided to meet some of the people behind the food donations services and find out how they operate.

If you would like to get involved or donate, you can read up on the different organisations here: http://www.ozharvest.org/, http://secondbite.org/ and Wesley Mission Food Drive.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary 

Music: ‘Skull-sized kingdom’ and ‘Shooting Star’ by Richard In Your Mind. 


Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image  by Flickr Creative Commons user Thy Khue Ly

Music: ‘Pickles from the jar’ by Courtney Barnett

#1628 Getting Yours

“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.

Music: Algo Rhythm by Podington Bear


Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image  by Flickr Creative Commons user Katie Earl

#1627 In The Red

“When my partner Jason arrived in Australia from the US, I assumed he had a bit of debt. But we never really talked about it. I assumed he was handling it… I was naive.”

Debt. It’s not polite conversation, but we’re getting better at talking about it. So this week we decided to bring you stories of debt, the kind owed to the banks, but also the debt we owe our bodies after a big night out or a sleepless week.

‘Sleep tight’ by Paige Leacey

First up, we step back from financial stress to explore the nocturnal underworld of sleep debt. Producer Paige Leacey has always had a fascination with all things insomnia and sleep deprivation. So she decided to conduct a little experiment. On herself.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: Sleep Tight (drone stem and synth stem), Quantum Sleep (light version), Soft Wired (light version) all sourced from Extreme Music.com, ‘Souls of Mischief (instrumental)’ by 93′ Til Infinity

‘College debt’ by Jason L’Ecuyer and Sophie Duxson

When we look across the Pacific to America’s rising college debt crisis, it’s easy to feel lucky about our manageable system here in Australia. But what happens when your American partner brings crippling college debt home to Sydney. Can your relationship survive?

Music: ‘Blammo’ and ‘Just watching’ by Podington Bear


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons User Jess J

#1626 Back In The Driver’s Seat

“My neck cracked, and he kept watching me gasp for breath… his head just tilted to the side with a curious look on his face.”

This week we’re talking about power and control. In particular, stories of how people who need it most are taking it back. We’re also super excited to introduce you to our new Sydney-based co-host Jess Hamilton, hear her debut in this episode!

‘Let’s Rendevu‘  by Alex Christie

Would you use “the Uber for escorts”?

Apps like AirBnB and Uber are simplifying the sharing economy, but have you ever thought about how the internet, social media and specialist apps are changing the nature of sex worker transactions? Are they making things easier or safer for sex workers and escorts? Does it give them more control? All The Best producer Alex Christie decided to find out. In this story she dives into the world of meeting escorts online, exploring how new tech is changing this age old industry.

Supervising Producer: Jess Bineth

Sound design and original music by Elina Godwin

‘Burning questions’ by Rebecca

Two and a half years ago, Bec escaped a dangerous relationship. She’s safe now, but many difficult questions have stuck with her ever since, like how did she end up in the last place she ever thought she would? With the little help from the people around her, the media and the police, she decides to embark on a quest to make sense of her past, and get some answers.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Don’t be sad’ by Brad Mehldau, and ‘Where are you heading, Tumbleweed?’ by Bjorn Eriksson


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Rubén Darío Bedoya Cortés

#1625 What The Audience Doesn’t See

Sitting in the darkness of a cinema or the silence of a theatre, audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and be captivated by a performance. And if a show is good enough, rarely do we pause to wonder what might be going on inside the performers’ heads. What’s taking place that we might not be able to see, even from our seats in the front row? In this episode we intend to find out by going backstage, breaking the magician’s code and getting inside the minds of those on stage.

‘That’s Clown’ by Aidan Molins

Mel Brooks once said “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

By that logic, to be the funniest you can be should require you to be the saddest, most broken down, and tragic you can be too. There’s a famous school in Paris that takes that idea and turns it into a science. All The Best Producer Aidan Molins decided to talk to a couple of graduates to explore whether this brutal method actually works, or if it’s just cruel.

Music: ‘Dry air’ and ‘Bright white’ by Podington Bear

‘Where is the love’ by Wafia and Jack Atherton

Last week the Black Eyed Peas rereleased their old classic “Where is the love”, 13 years after the original came into the world. To give us a glimpse of what the audience does not see, Brisbane solo artist Wafia opens up about how this song impacted her childhood in a post 9/11 world, and what it meant for her relationship with her Syrian heritage.

Music: ‘Breathe In’ by Japanese Wallpaper ft. Wafia, and ‘Where is the love’ by The Black Eyed Peas

‘Chung Ling Soo, The Marvellous Chinese Conjurer’ by Tiger Webb

We all know that Magicians have secrets. That’s the whole deal, right? They know something that we don’t, and no matter how hard we look we are unable to catch them out. In this short dip into the history books, All The Best Producer Tiger Webb looks at one occasion when the truth was staring the audience right in the face – but we chose not to see it.

Music: “Just Another Sucker On The Vine” by Tom Waits.

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons users Eden, Janine and Jim

#1624 Take the Leap

“If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?”

This week we meet three people who took a leap into the unknown, not sure where they would land. Griffin Blumer confronts a suspicious cardboard box in the small, spooky town of Tumut. Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us Pat Furze, a Melbourne man 5 years into a pen pal friendship with Meagan, a Texan inmate in a maximum security prison. We also meet Julio, a Mexican semi-pro soccer player, chasing his dreams in Australia.

‘What’s in the box?’ By Selena Shannon

If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?

Griffin Blumer is an actor, and in 2013 he toured Australia with the Bell Shakespeare company performing plays in schools around the country. But one day, when he was out for a jog in a town near the snowy mountains, he came across a mysterious cardboard box, lying in the middle of the road.

Music: ‘Jamaica’ by Richard in your Mind

‘Dear Patrick’ By Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

You take a leap with every stranger you meet. You never know how things will turn out. All The Best senior producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us the story of a man who took a larger leap with a stranger than most of us ever will.

Made with thanks to Paddy Bridges.

‘Discover your potential, develop your skills’ By Tim Siow

Meet Julio, a young man taking a leap to chase a love across the ocean. The love just happens to be soccer.

Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen

Music: ‘Ringling’ by Podington Bear, ‘4LB’ by Seekae, ‘The Passing’ by Great Earthquake, ‘La Petrona’ by Dueto de Tinito y Porfirio, ‘Wait Think’ by Great Earthquake


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Hamish Foxley

#1623 The Chimeras of Regional Victoria


This week All The Best goes bush, on the hunt for ghosts, dinosaurs and Big Cats. We’re chasing down the chimeras of regional Victoria in two beautiful stories that drive us out of the city and into the shadowy mysteries of the state.

‘Bright Eyes in the Otways’ by Emma Nobel

Ever seen a Big Cat in the Australian wilderness? A black panther lurking in a forest?

In this story, producer Emma Nobel disappears into the bush with a Big Cat expert to hunt down this mythologised creature and trace the origins of some mysterious sightings.

Supervising producer: Kate Montague

‘Abandon All Hope’ by Made Stuchbery

Producer Made Stuchbery is intrigued by abandoned places, particularly empty rural towns that have been left to succumb to the elements.

After a trip to the old gold mining township of Walhalla, and hearing about the apparent ghosts haunting the town, Made decided to explore the memories of another curiosity that once lay hidden near the town of Creswick. An old dinosaur park.

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image: Creative Commons by Unsplash

Sound bite credits: R.L. Stine show intro and ABC kids show Trapdoor outro

#1622 What Brought You Here

When you cross a passerby on the street, it’s impossible to know their history from one glance. This is especially true in a country as multicultural as Australia, where we often forget the people around us have lived through diverse and interesting lives before getting to this country.

This week, we’re asking the question ‘what brought you here?’, and peering into the old lives of new Australians. We have two beautiful stories of LGBT journeys, one from the US and one from Georgia, the tiny country between Russia and Turkey.

‘A Binary World’ by Selena Shannon

Have you ever had to live with the consequences of a big decision that you made as a kid, a decision that’s ended up changing, or redirecting, your entire life? Even with good intentions, it’s impossible for a kid to understand the magnitude of certain life choices. But what do you do when you grow up and those decisions start to play out in a really big way?

This story is about Paul* who moved here from the States, but has memories of his childlike views of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

Music: Morning Mist by Podington Bear

*Name changed

‘In Her Shoes’ by Melano Sokdahze and Andre Shannon

At 22, Bianka Shigurova was an actress and activist, who became something of public figure in the country of Georgia after she appeared in a short film about the life of a transgender woman. For a while she appeared in Georgian TV shows, she modelled, and quickly became a star in the Georgian trans community. Which – publicly at least – is very very small.

This next piece is about Bianka, and is told by her friend and Sydney-based painter Melano Sokhadze.

Music: Introesque by Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Darkest Side by The Middle East, Misxgyny Drxp Dead by Planning to Rock, and Keep the Streets Clear for Me by Fever Ray.

Image of Bianka provided by Melano Sokhadze


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episodes compiled by Tegan Nicholls

#1621 Eating Elephants

Eating an elephant is a mammoth task, so how do you tackle it? Do you eat it bite by bite? Where do you start?

When faced with a problem that feels insurmountable, some people are drawn to odd strategies. So this week we’re playing two stories of strange solutions to strange problems.

‘Breaking point’ by Beth Gibson

Breaking a problem down into little pieces is timeless advice, but rarely is it interpreted literally. Melbourne producer Beth Gibson pays a visit to The Break Room to find out if therapy by smashing could be onto something.

Assistant producer: Lachy Moor
Music by Podington Bear

‘The House that Zamenhof Bulit’ by Hannah Ryan

If you’ve ever walked past Redfern station in Sydney, you might have seen a tall brick house nestled in among the terraces on Lawson St. It’s pretty inconspicuous, apart from the large letters on its facade spelling out two words: “ESPERANTO HOUSE”.

Like many other students heading towards the University of Sydney, Hannah Ryan had rushed passed this building on her way to class many times before, but never thought about what goes on inside. Little did she know it was a whole other world in there, a place we’re the Sydney Esperanto community meets to plot world peace.


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Edited by Selena Shannon
Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon
Music by Podington Bear
Image provided by Hannah Ryan


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user wackystuff



#1619 Stuck in limbo

This week on All The Best we’re dealing with the feeling of being stuck in limbo, including the story of a man whose mother’s future is suddenly suspended in uncertainty, forcing him to confront how he views his family. Plus, a look at that confusing, shifting grey space between art and porn, and a sound piece about the middle-ground between man and machine.

The Bar Fridge by Jack Gow

A few years ago comedian Jack Gow woke up to a missed call. He didn’t know that moment would throw his entire world into a sudden and unexpected limbo, a whirlwind of uncertainty, on the side of a highway in Sydney.

Edited by Selena Shannon
Music: Saverem’s beat by Spirals, Hey Now by Karnivool (cover), Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab

What inspires you? By Elina Godwin

A short, beautiful, sound piece about the grey area between man and machine, and what Siri can do to inspire you.

The Art of Sex by Brittany Sheahan, a.k.a Sydney-based musician Lady.

In this story, we meet a woman navigating an age old limbo by asking questions about art, porn, the space in between, and what happens when one artist brings the two together.

This is story has a bit of strong language and deals with some explicit sexual themes. Find more of Kim’s artwork on Instagram at _artofkim_

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: I think I’m paranoid by Garbage, Birdsong by Alex Heffes & Regina Spektor, Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Image by _artofKim_

#1618 Standing up, saying something

By Tegan Nicholls

Standing up and saying something isn’t easy, and often the things that are the hardest to say are the ones that matter the most. But it’s those who have spoken up in the face of injustice throughout history that we have remembered and celebrated.

This week’s episode is a feature length story about My Body, My Right, a Sydney-based collective campaigning for change around abortion law. It’s a story about starting from scratch, and about making it up as you go. It’s about polarising beliefs, freedom of speech and the right to choose. But mostly, it’s a story about finding the voice to start the conversation.

Music: Opening, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks) and Closing, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks)


Executive producer: Selena Shannon

State coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Community coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image taken by Emma Funnell

#1617 Online Identities

It’s 2016, so it’s more than likely you have an online identity. In fact, you may struggle to remember a world without the internet, without a way for your followers to echo your political views, to see what you had for lunch, and to keep up to date on how #blessed you are. But what’s behind the profile pics and status updates? And what can we learn about our real world selves from it?

This week we’re dedicating the entire episode to a feature-length documentary, a beautiful and in-depth look at who we become online from Melbourne-based producer Jess Fairfax.

All music composed by Jess Fairfax, apart from ‘The Looney Tunes theme’


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Image: Flickr creative commons user Jared Cherub

#1616 Our Strange Beliefs


Alternative opinions can make or break friendships. The big religious or political ones can be as divisive as your favourite song, or your feelings towards Jar Jar Binks. The pressure to explore, explain and justify our beliefs can make it easy to feel defined by the views we hold, especially if they deviate from the status quo.

In this episode of All The Best, we’re talking about strange beliefs and how they might feel out of place to some, but totally ordinary to others.


‘Sympathy for the Gungan’ by Zacha Rosen

Jar Jar Binks was seen as the worst character in the worst Star Wars film when the first of the prequel movies came out in the late nineties. But one little girl saw things very differently.

If you’re keen to go to Nat’s Labyrinth Ball on August 20th, 2016, get tickets here: http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/events/2016/08/20/labyrinth-masquerade-ball-2016

Music: Star Wars Episode 1 Soundtrack – ‘Jar Jar’s Introduction And The Swim To Otoh Gunga’, and Peter McConnel – ‘Manny and Meche’

‘Road to Sainthood’ by Ian Woolf and Tegan Nicholls

“I got a priest collar from a magic shop, and started getting invited to give agnostic blessings at housewarmings. I was in demand!”



Ian Woolf works as a science communicator, but what happens when this non-believer discovers he can become a church minister, online, for free?

Edited by Tegan Nicholls

Music: Miserere Mei Deus – W. A . Mozart (Performed by Kings College Choir), Flower Songs II Tranquil – Ross Edwards, Hallelujah Chorus – J. Handel (Performed by Royal Society Choir), Presto – O Freunde, Nicht Diese Töne – L. V. Beethoven, Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley (JXL Remix), Supertzar – Black Sabbath

My Melbourne Manifesto by Made Stuchbery

When you look at politics up close it seems like it’s moving really fast: press release, soundbite, promise. But if you take a step back it’s still a long history of old, white men, Kings and Queens and ancient traditions and documents. This story is about one woman’s quest to get a glimpse of modern day marxism in Australia.

Supervising producing by Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Obvs’ by Jamie xx, ‘Gung Ho’ by Patti Smith, ‘Crosstalk’ by Kane, ‘I See Red’ by Split Enz.


Presenter: Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user istolethetv

#1615 Call centres and glimpses of tragedy


Do you dread the thought of calling your internet service provider? Are you triggered by the butchered sound of Mozart’s Divertimento playing for hours on end as you wait for Centrelink to pick-up? Does an automated options menu repeating monotone instructions test your patience like nothing else? Then you probably know the feeling of a terrible, painful and usually unsatisfying call centre experience.

But despite the frustration you’ve felt inside, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like to be on the other end of that call. Who are these invisible call centre workers? And what are they thinking while you yell and complain?

In a feature documentary for All The Best, May Jasper spoke to a bunch of call centre workers to find out one thing: what was their worst call?

Supervising producer: Bec Fary

Music: Mozart’s Divertimento


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Editing by Brittany Jezouit and Tegan Nicholls

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user Pandoraice

#1614 Sydney Unlocked


The Opera House is easily one of Sydney’s greatest cultural icons, but its beginnings were fraught with political drama and artistic contention. Today, the white sails have become such a recognisable emblem of Sydney that those troubles seem all but forgotten.

But to many it feels like the wider Sydney art scene is still not at peace as funding cuts, wage issues, gender disparity and venue policing make it increasingly hard to live off art in 2016.

This week is Sydney Unlocked week at FBi Radio, a week of special content spotlighting creativity and culture in Sydney. In this episode of All the Best, we’re meeting some of Sydney’s favourite performing women, looking out and looking in.

Candy Royalle

Candy is a performing artist living and working in Sydney, but ten years into her career she feels like more of an activist, hustling to keep arts valued in her home city.

Music: ‘Leaf’ and ‘Four-leaf clover salad’ by Richard in Your Mind

Bad Bitch Choir

Where do you go to forget your day job and belt out some nostalgic 90’s hits? Producers Pip and Jess go into the belly of the beast and discover Bad Bitch Choir.

By Pip Rasmussen, Jess Bineth, Tiger Webb

Additional editing by Tegan Nicholls

Music: ‘Settle down’ by Kimbra, ‘Diamonds’ performed by Bad Bitch Choir


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Episode compile: Tegan Nicholls

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Image: Flickr user Jerry Dohnal



#1613 Who would have thought?


This week, we’re telling stories of fear and trauma, but not the kind you would expect. Two tales about surprising connections that will make you think huh… who would have thought?

‘Holes’ by Beth Gibson

Picture lots of little holes. A handful of straws from above. Honeycomb. Petrified wood. Crumpets. Does the thought bother you?

If you find the image disturbing, you may belong to a group that calls themselves trypophobics. But is your unusual aversion… real?

Supervising producing by Caitlin Gibson

Music:  ‘Black Eyed Susan’ and ‘Dark Matter’ by Podington Bear, ‘Cylinder Eight’ by Chris Zabriskie.

‘They clap for me’ by Heidi Pett

Most people have traumatic memories of their high school drama productions. The embarrassment of an on stage kiss, or slapstick screw-up.

But at Miller Technology High School in Sydney’s West, the annual school play is actually part of their trauma counselling.

Music: ‘Tip top’ by Borneo

Image: Flickr creative commons user rich.tee

#1612 My name, my identity


Some people think about it often, while others can forget it’s even there, either way your name is something that ends up defining you – whether you want it to or not. This week, tales of identity from three people with a unique story behind their name.

Story from the Never Never River by Serge Negus

Sometimes all it takes to love your name is a great story behind it.

by Serge Negus with assistance from Selena Shannon

Music: Rueben’s Train by BCB Bluegrass Band, Swimmer by Fishing

Call me Elliot by Lindsey Green

Picking a new name can mean picking a whole new identity, a chance to start afresh and be a different person all together. But with that comes a lot of pressure to get it right.

By Lindsey Green, with supervising producing from Bec Fary

Music: The Kid In The Bins by Doctor Turtle, Isn’t the rain nice today? By bbatv

Tiger and Leo by Tiger Webb

Dug up from our archives comes a story Tiger made shortly before turning 25. In this piece, he tells us about being born 15 weeks too early and the connection he has to a metaphorical twin.

Produced by Tiger Webb

Music Credits: White Sheet Beach by Fishing

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user Pip Wilson


#1611 Her Game

By Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

This week All The Best devotes a full episode to a podcast series that was released last year, now in full documentary form.

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton lives in an AFL state. Like everyone else in Melbourne, she knows the sport is part of Victoria’s identity. Some might even say Australia’s national identity. Yet somehow, it wasn’t until last year that the first women’s AFL match was broadcast on free-to-air TV.

In this full length version of the series, Beth speaks to players, coaches, presidents, reporters and supporters to explore how some people experience their gender within AFL culture.

This series was originally produced at Triple R 102.7FM for the Community Radio Network and was made possible by the Community Broadcasting Foundation. To find out more head over to www.hergamepodcast.com

Image: Carla McRae aka The Paper Beast 

Music: Sports! by Young, Tough, Terrible, Afterglow by Podington Bear, Immunity by Jon Hopkins


#1610 Your One Beauty

By Hannah Reich

In a special full-length documentary, producer Hannah Reich explores hair and loss. She meets four women who reveal their intimate relationship with hair, before and after it’s gone.

Image: Fiona, provided by Author

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Sound design support from Ariel Gross and Calum Wakeling

Music: ‘I want to’ by Best Coast; ‘Cut your hair’ by Pavement; ‘Black is the colour of my true love’s hair’ by Nina Simone; ‘How to tame lions’ by Washington;  ‘Otis walks into the woods’, ‘Jaxine drive’, and ‘The quiet at night’ by Mary Lattimore; ‘Speakermilk’ by Crumbs.


#1609 Not Quite Mirror Image


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Do you ever think about how other people perceive you? How they interpret what you’re putting out into the world? Do you ever think about how different that interpretation might be from your own self perception?

In this episode we meet three people, each questioning the public’s perception of them, and trying to set the record straight.

Growing old as a lesbian by Zacha Rosen

Teresa Savage has spent her life not fitting in. And being awesome for it. She runs the website 55 Uppity, which is a site about “what older dykes and queers and lezzos wear and think and believe.” She fills us in.

This extract comes from our friends over at Not What You Think. If you like having your views of the world challenged, definitely check out this great little podcast.

Music: Impossible Girl #3 by Kim Bokebinder, Musica Poetica I: Gassenhauer by Carl Orff, Bad Girls by M.I.A. and You’re So Cool by Hans Zimmer

Luke from Lakemba by Caitlin Gibson

Luke Carman is a Western Sydney writer who sits outside of the hipster lit-crit, and rallies for an authentic Australian voice that is more reflective of ‘real’ – for lack of a better word- life Australia. In all its diversity, complexity, and discomfort.

In this short intro to Luke, he reads us an excerpt from his book ‘An Elegant Young Man’, set in the back seat of a taxi driving through Liverpool in Sydney’s Western suburbs.

Music: Beautiful waste by The Triffids

Who is Clara from Warringah? By Selena Shannon

Clara is 24 and a very normal young Sydney-sider. Except that last year she ran for parliament in the state election against Premier Mike Baird, notoriously Australia’s most popular politician. It was a move many people could not understand. This year, she has bigger fish to fry.

Music: Klara by Ólöf Arnalds

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user Ms L


Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon


#1608 Journey Through The Past


All The Best is brought to you with thanks to Squarespace.

Time to take a journey through the past. In both of these beautiful stories from Melbourne we meet two women, each reflecting on a connection to their old lives and exploring relationships lost.

Little Girl Lost by Made Stuchbery

Have you ever returned to a place from your childhood, only to find everything has shrunk down, and all the buildings and the rooms feel smaller than you remember?

Then you realise that it’s not the room or the town that got smaller. It was you that got bigger, and everything else stayed the same.

Made returns to an old bush track, fearlessly trodden in her childhood, to find past memories haunting her.

Supervising Producing by Bec Fary and Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Music: Domino by Van Morrison, Beside you by Van Morrison

Goodbye Claude by Izzy Roberts-Orr

Goodbyes are hard, but often necessary. Sophie says goodbye to Claude for the last time, and ponders the significance of this particular break-up.

Compiled and edited by Selena Shannon

Music: Koi by Amorth


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user Toni Fish

#1607 The Forgotten Wars


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Two weeks ago the Daily Telegraph printed a front cover with the confusing headline ‘White Washed’. It alleged that UNSW students were told to refer to Australia as having been ‘invaded’, as opposed to the more palatable ‘settled’.

The Daily Telegraph claimed that UNSW was rewriting history, and its tone suggested that doing so was unequivocally bad. The cover brought the debate about our country’s history to a point of tension.

Last Monday was ANZAC day, and as is tradition we commemorated our war heroes, something we love to do. But there’s growing evidence that we’ve got it all wrong, we’re just not listening to the whole truth.

Produced by Joey Watson

Editing and Supervising Producing by Selena Shannon

Music: ‘I Am My Elders Blood’ by Ub Ubbo Exchange (Parkes Wiradjuri Language group and Sunfield Records), and ‘Ngerraberrakernama (Wake Up)’ by Emily Wurramara

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon 

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Image: Flickr user Bentley Smith

#1606 Lead Affected


“I felt betrayed, because I loved Broken Hill and I loved my house and I loved the town, and I loved the streets and I loved everything about it. And to think that my lovely town was poisoning my beautiful baby was heartbreaking.” 

Broken Hill sits on the world’s largest known deposit of silver, lead and zinc, which they’ve been mining continuously since its discovery in 1883. It’s a town built on mining. The streets are named after the minerals dug from the earth and the people who live there are proud of their history of unionism and industry.

It’s also a town with a lead problem. Over a hundred years of mining and a few years of smelting have scattered the toxic substance into the environment. It’s in the dust, building up in people’s ceiling cavities, on their water tanks, the lounge room carpet. From there it gets on kids hands, into their mouths, their blood and then their brains, where it leads to intellectual and behavioural problems.

Sometimes, when a town is reliant on a single and damaging industry, a sort of wilful blindness develops. It’s called industrial capture.

Producer: Heidi Pett

Music in order of appearance: 

Unknown punter singing ‘Better Be Home Soon’ by Crowded House, recorded during karaoke at the Palace Hotel, formerly ‘Mario’s Place’

‘Tainted Love’ by Ed Cobb, covered by Lead Affected and recorded at band practice in Broken Hill

‘How’s Your Wife’ by Caitlin Park

Kate and Daniel

Daniel Farrugia and Kate Marsden with their children Greta and Avie. They left Broken Hill after they couldn’t lower Avie’s blood lead levels

Slag heap from the Palace

Looking over the slag heap from the balcony of the Palace Hotel on Broken Hill’s main street

Esther La Rovere

Esther La Rovere is one of the owners of the iconic Palace Hotel. As a local business owner, she’s hesitant to speak up about the issue

Dulcie blood lead level
Dulcie O’Donnell’s boys had elevated blood lead levels as children. She’s kept their childhood records which she’s hoping to present in court

Dulcie O'Donnell
Dulcie blames childhood lead exposure for her boys behavioural problems. She says she’s had a hard time with them since they were kids; they were in trouble at school and now in the justice system

Lead Affected 2
Serge, Darren and Donny from local band Lead Affected

The rail line heading west to South Australia

Joanne Boog
Joanne Boog received death threats for her role in the campaign to have children’s blood lead levels tested in the early 90’s. She’s since moved to Dubbo

#1605 Temporary Communities


This episode was brought to you with thanks to Squarespace

Visit a collection of temporary communities in this week’s episode of All The Best.

Her Game

Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton dives into the world of women’s AFL in her new audio series Her Game. The series unpacks how some people experience their gender in the traditionally hyper-masculine world of Australian Rules Football. Her Game looks at the stories of players, coaches, presidents, supporters and reporters. Featured in this week’s episode of All The Best, we hear from a female coach about her under 12 girls team. Life lessons in personal space, strength, and confidence sown with the seeds of AFL.

Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Music: Sports! by Young, Tough, Terrible

Twelve hours on the Hell90

On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a genre of local tale exists in the form of “L90 stories”: larger-than-life recounts of overzealous community figures, insane drunken interactions, friendships forged and punches thrown. ATB producers Aidan Molins and Matt Kearns wondered, has the legendary and infamous bus created a community of its own? They grabbed a recorder and took to the bus for 12 hours one Friday to find out.

Producer: Aidan Molins 

Supervising producers: Heidi Pett and Selena Shannon

Music: Far Away by Amorph

College life

Living in a university college is often described as the best time of your life. The media on the other hand, usually tells a different story. One of brutal hazing ceremonies, dangerous initiation games and serious mistreatment of women. But what was it really like for the students themselves? How did three people who experienced the same type of community, in their own way, feel about it? We asked three students to paint their own picture of college.

Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: Springtime by Podington Bear


Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons user Stuart Boreham


#1604 Doggie


Sometimes a radio show just needs to bask in the glory of dogs. Because dogs are great. Open your ears to stories of the unbreakable bond humans have with their four-legged pals, and the lengths some people will go to for an animal they love.

Music: ‘808 and Moog Out’ by Podington Bear, ‘Dogs Are Everywhere’ by Pulp

Excerpt: Youtube video ‘Dog Hoards Tater Tots’ by America’s Funniest Home Videos

Eau d’Wet Dog

Meet David Capra. David is a performance artist from Fairfield in Sydney’s West, and Teena is his sausage dog muse. Together they have bottled her scent and made a doggie perfume. But the world may not be ready for David and Teena, as they blur the lines between performance art and real life.

Producer: Caitlin Gibson

Supervising producer: Kate Montague

Music: ‘I wonder, I wonder, I wonder’ by Eddy Howard 

Safe beds for Pets

Pets can make us feel safe and grounded. In many cases they’re integral to our sense of home and people will go to great lengths to protect them – even, in some cases, at their own risk. But it doesn’t have to be that way, sometimes people and their pets just need a little help with their exit strategy. In this story we visit a special shelter at the RSPCA that provides a safe bed for pets, only not in the usual way.

Producer: Selena Shannon

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Music: ‘Showers’ by Podington Bear

Image by Aidan Molins

#1603 Ew, Gross

Whether it’s spiders, smelly feet, or maybe even Donald Trump that sets you off, we all know the feeling. Your stomach is churning, your heart is racing, your face is all screwed up and you just want to go: eeearrrghhhhhhh!!!!

Get your vomit bucket ready, because today on All the Best, we’re going feral.  Producer Beth Gibson looks at the various things that make us turn up our noses – and why.

Slurp (Heavens, No!)

For one of Beth’s friends, even reading the word is enough. Don’t get her started on the sound.

Music: Meetin’ & Movin’ by Merkel & Fritzemeier and Cylinder Eight by Chris Zabriskie

Swimming In Shit

When it comes to things that gross us out, there is hardly a better example than….poo. We poop almost every day, and yet we try to stay as far away from the stuff as possible. We flush it down, cover up the stench, and absolutely do not bring it up at the dinner table. But what if your job was to literally dive into the stuff?

Beth’s boyfriend hates tomatoes. Actually, Beth’s boyfriend is revolted by tomatoes. The little seeds, the slimy texture, the general vibe. But he’s making a real effort to overcome his disgust, and to that end has invited his friends around to squish them on him, while he attempts to perform a monologue. Oh yeah, and he’s going to try to eat one.

Music: Night Owl by Broke For Free

Pits on the internet

So far we’ve heard stories of disgust from the disgusted. So how does it feel to be the object of disgust? Beth talks to

Music: Afterglow by Podington Bear and Enthusiast by Tours
Episode producer: Beth Gibson

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

EP: Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Episode image by flickr user Tony

Music: Sick Things – Alice Cooper

#1602 Back From The Brink


A man jumps out of a plane. His parachute fails to open. The emergency parachute gets tangled in the ropes of the first. The man plummets to the ground.

Emerging research suggests that those who’ve had a near death experience are more compassionate, less materialistic and less afraid of their own mortality. Join us as we talk to survivors and those who study them.

Episode Producer: Rachael Dexter

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Music: Falcor by Luchi





#1601 It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

An episode full of stories that, told at the pub, would trail off with “well, it seemed like a good idea at the time”. Like investing a significant chunk of your nation’s dwindling cash reserves in a musical re-imagining the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, in which Mona Lisa is the love interest who Leo knocks up. Or one of those relationships where you’re so in love that you’d do anything for the other person, and you’d let them do anything – or anyone – as well.

Impermanent Ink

We visit a laser tattoo removal clinic in Sydney’s inner west, to talk to a guy who deals in regret for a living. 

Producer: Heidi Pett

Music: Falcor by Luchi

Nauru and the West End Musical

In the mid twentieth century, Nauruans were the richest people per capita in the world. The money came from the islands phosphate mine, which is essentially seagull poop. But the phosphate began to run out and the Nauruan government made some pretty foolish investment decisions, including sinking a bunch of money into a failed musical. 

Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: Concrete and Clay by Unit 2+4,  You’ve Never Been In Love Like This Before by Unit 2+4 and Let Me Be A Part Of Your Life, a recording from Leonardo, A Portrait of Love

Wouldn’t Do It Again

Laura Brierley Newton has always known that before her mother, her dad had another wife; her name is Susie and they remain good friends. As Laura got older she learned they’d had an open marriage. It was the 70s and that was, apparently, what people did. So she sat down and asked her dad to tell her about it. And as soon as Susie got wind of that, she called up and asked if she could tell her side of the story. Turns out, that’s not quite how it went. 

Producer: Laura Brierley Newton

Music: Break It Up, by Patti Smith

Episode image by Flickr user Daniela

#1543 One House At A Time

Today on All the Best, we’re knocking on doors and peering over fences. We chatted to our neighbours to find out who’s having the shortest showers? Who’s switched to solar power?
Climate change is often talked about in very big terms. Our planet is at risk, and we need to take huge steps to improve the situation and try to reverse some environmental damage. But what can we do at home to be more environmentally sustainable?
Chip Away At It

Richard Keech, author of The Energy Freedom Home, opens the doors to his Essendon house and shows us how his lifestyle has evolved. Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, with sound design by Bec Fary.
Solar Sollew

Can sustainable housing become mainstream? Jeremy Spencer, director of Positive Footprints, wants every average, everyday home, designed with planet-friendly ideals. Produced by Laura Kewley.

Music: ‘Air Hockey Saloon’ by Chris Zabriskie.
Hungry Beast

Dick Clarke is a building designer and director of Envirotecture, a home design and architecture firm. He chats to producer Miles Martignoni about the economics of building ecologically sustainable houses.

Music: ‘The Field Code’ by Brokeback and ‘Delicate Position’ by Wintercoats featuring Sea Oleena.
Tiny House

Lara Noble and Andrew Carter are part of the Tiny House Company, and they’re out to prove that you can get a lot of life out of a very small space. Produced by Sky Kirkham.

Music: ‘Another Routine Day Breaks’ by Brokeback.
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Victorian State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Pip Rasmussen
The song at the end of this episode is ‘Little Boxes’ by Malvina Reynolds.

#1542 Nothing’s Easy

Why do you go to the gym? To work out? Because you bought a membership six months ago and it was so expensive you’re kind of guilted into it? Do you catch up with friends? Get a kick out of the endorphins?

Or maybe it’s keeping you alive. Maybe it’s one of the main reasons you get out of bed in the morning. This is a story about the members of the Youth YOU mentoring program, held out of a warehouse-turned gym in Hallam in Melbourne’s South-East and run by ex-drug addict and dealer Glenn Munso.


Producer: Lachy Moorhead

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Photo: Stewart Chambers for the Berwick News where you can find an article Lachy also wrote about the program

#1541 Wish You Were Here

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. Last week on the show, we picked up signals from faraway. Today, in Part 2, we’re finding out what happens to the people who stay home. How do you communicate across distance? Can you bridge the gap?


Michael and his partner Manderlee navigate the landscape of sharing a bed and try to figure out what’s better: sleeping alone, spooning, or a pillow substitute? You can hear a longer version of this story on the SleepTalker website.

Produced and scored with original music by Michael Brydon.

Can You Hear Me?

Mobile technology can put us in the pocket of someone on the other side of the world. But when the signal drops out, we might end up even further away than before. In this story, we wade through static on a long­distance phone call. Produced by Bec Fary.


Afghan ­Hazara migrant Taqi Khan came to Australia as an asylum seeker. Afghanistan is still riddled with danger, and the Hazara people are still suffering. Taqi wrote this letter to his mother. This piece features original music, sung in Hazaragi by Taqi Khan.

Produced by Josie Smart and Izzy Roberts­Orr for the ‘Dear/Hello’ segment series.

Honey Jumble/Almond

Izzy (aka ‘Almond’) shares sound letters with her distant pen pal, John (aka ‘Honey Jumble’).

Produced by Izzy Roberts­Orr.

Music credits ‘Mr E.’s Beautiful Blues’ by Eels, ‘PS’ by The Books, ‘Untitled’ by Barr, ‘Sensitive Fuck’ by Major Napier, ‘I’ll Be Right Here’ by Parking Lot Experiments.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the end of this episode is ‘Can’t Take You With Me’ by Bahamas.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1540 Oceans Apart

What does distance sound like? Today on All the Best, we’re crossing borders. We’re traversing long distances. We’re picking up signals from faraway.

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. On the show today, we’re hearing three stories from the night.

Ernesto Juan Castellanos

An excerpt from May Jasper’s soon­to­launch podcast, Random Article. May speaks to Cuban author, journalist and filmmaker Ernesto Juan Castellanos about how to be a hard­core music fan under a regime that sent pop underground.

Produced by May Jasper with sound design by Bec Fary. Music: ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ by The Animals, ‘Revolution’ by The Beatles and ‘Revolution 1’ By The Beatles.

The Yearn to Return

Can we stay connected to the places of our past? Made Stuchbery looks at nostalgia, and the pull of memory.

Produced by Made Stuchbery. Music: ‘Dark Water’ by Podington Bear and ‘Down By The River’ by Neil Young.

Gannet Migration

Maddy Macfarlane watches and listens to a group of gannets on their seasonal shift.

Produced by Maddy Macfarlane.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the very start of this episode was ‘Piano Froze Beat’ by Jai Leeworthy.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1539 Intervention

Stories about the knife edge, the moment when you watch something unfold and decide whether or not to intervene.

Like Sand

A story from Melbourne, about a moment on a metropolitan train. A heads up that this story contains a description of domestic violence, so if that’s triggering for you, you can call 1800 RESPECT anytime.

Producer: Beth Gibson

The Leard Blockade

“I couldn’t think of anything similarly important that I could do while remaining in my comfort zone.” As bulldozers threaten to descend on a patch of forest in north west NSW, an unlikely resistance was born. Farmers and environmentalists joined forces with the traditional owners of the land, the Gomeroi people. They formed the first blockade against a coal mine in Australia’s history. This is a story about an ordinary guy from Adelaide, and the moment he decided to sell his furniture and move to a tent in a forest.

Producer: Nagida Clark

Back From The Dead

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect has long been thought extinct. It grows up to 15cm long, and at one point had a large population on the volcanic island off the NSW coast. In 1918 a supply ship ran aground on the island, rats crawled ashore and had completely destroyed the stick insect population within two years. Everybody figured that was that. Then the 1960s, a group of climbers on Ball’s Pyramid -a great big skyscraper of rock jutting out of the ocean about 20km away – thought they found some. in 2013, Nicholas Carlisle was part of the scientific expedition sent to climb the pyramid and find out if that was true.

Producer: Heidi Pett

episode image: Flickr user Leard State Forest

#1538 Taking The Law Into Your Own Hands

Duck Season
On the opening weekend of the duck hunting season two groups of people converge on a lake in rural Victoria. Each believes in their cause so passionately that they wake up at 4 in the morning to wade into icy water and stand there for hours. Half of them shoot the native wildlife, and the other half get in the way.
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music: With Stars for Eyes by h+, Black Lake by Real Estate, Inner Lakes by North Hive and  Submerging Blue Black by Podington Bear
Produced by Tiger Webb
The Cairo Citizen’s Police
Produced by Kim Tan

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Melbourne State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

SYN Production Manager: Bec Fary

Episode image: Leona Hameed

#1537 What Might Have Been


You see a familiar face on the street. It’s someone you knew a long time ago. You couldn’t place a name, but you remember being very fond of them. You near each other, your eyes meet, you’re about to pass, you open your mouth, and in a second they are gone, moving onwards in the opposite direction.

Neither of you stopped or even smiled. It might have been something – you could have asked then for a drink, placed their name while your fumbled for your phone. But the moment is gone. All you’re left with is what might have been.

This week on All the Best – missed moments, alternate paths, loves lost, whole cities never realised.

North Arm

There’s a place on the north coast of NSW called North Arm Cove. There are 400ish residents, no shop, no town water, but they do have a tennis court they built with money from the government’s GFC stimulus package a few years back.

But North Arm Cove was slated to be something much bigger. For a brief, shining moment, it might have been the capital of Australia, designed by Walter Burley Griffin. That didn’t happen, obviously. But plans were drawn up and roads carved through the bush, and due to a strange confluence of planning laws and economics, a small community lives in a perfectly planned city that’s mostly gravel boulevards and eucalyptus trees.

Produced by Heidi Pett


One of the biggest, strangest things about ‘what might have beens’ is the ways they could change not only the course of our lives, and what happened, but our identities. Things that happen or don’t happen ripple through us and form the people we become.

Erin’s been wondering for a while what might have been if something in her family had happened very differently

Produced by Erin Rosenberg

Executive Producers: Heidi Pett

State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Google Maps

#1536 In Your Dreams (SleepTalker collab)


We’re hitting snooze, closing our eyes, and drifting back to sleep with Bec Fary. She’s the host and producer of SleepTalker, the podcast about sleep, dreams, nightmares and what happens in your head after dark.

In this special collaboration with All The Best, Bec follows three dreamers into the night to find out how their dreams influenced their waking lives.


Creative Freedom

“You’re almost given creative freedom in taking the fragments of your dream that you can remember and trying to churn them out into something that’s more cohesive. So you’re making these dramaturgical creative decisions about your dream.”

Declan Mulcahy, director of ____day Night’s Dream, collaborated with seven performers to adapt their dreams for the stage.

Music: ‘Drift’ by Charlie Salas-Humara, ‘Dream 5’ by Tonality Star and ‘Can’t Keep My Eyes Open’ by The Paperheads

Mind’s Eye

Zed’s skin is covered in ink. His arms, hands, back, stomach, legs, and even his face, are tattooed. An ornate, scripted word curves above Zed’s right eye. It might even be the first thing you notice about him. Turns out, it came to him in a dream.

Music: ‘This Is Where We Sleep’ by Brokeback and ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ by Noctambulo

Divine Inspiration

For Melbourne musician James Collopy, the unconscious hours of sleep can also be when creativity strikes. Here, he takes us on a musical journey through his dreaming mind.

Original music written and performed by James Collopy.


For more SleepTalker, head to www.sleeptalkerpodcast.com


Episode Producer: Bec Fary

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Presenters: Michael Brydon, Pip Rassmussen

Final song: ‘Mr Sandman’ by the Chordettes

Photo from the production of ‘____day Night’s Dream’

#1535 The Fitting Room

“You get every kind of story from every kind of woman.  Maybe it’s just taking the bra off, all the secrets come out.”

We get a little bit intimate and talk intimate apparel. Bras to be exact. It’s about more than making your boobs look great, for so many women it’s wrapped up in our ideas of femininity, identity and also insecurity. Producers Hannah Reich and Elizabeth Kulas find that there are tears and smiles, sometimes breast milk and often something else very special in the fitting room.

Producers: Hannah Reich and Elizabeth Kulas
Music specially composed by Briana Cowlishaw (and one song by Podington Bear)
Sound Engineering by Calum Wakeling and Ariel Gross

Image by Nik Sandbridge


#1534 Without Words

Listen closely because this week on All The Best we’re weaving our way in and out of the spaces between words and examining the meaning that’s hidden in silence. Think about how much we say without our words. What if you didn’t have words to communicate? What if we just choose not to speak? How would this change the way we interact with one another? What are we saying to each other with our touch, with our posture, with the amount of space we leave between each other when we sit next to one another, in our expression and in our silence?

Silent Love
Told by Monique Henry

Force Doesn’t Make Sense
Told by Jess Bell

Big Brother (Vipassana)
Told by Holly Masson
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Episode Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising production from Jess O’Callaghan and Bec Fary, and transcription by Nabila Petrucci and Felicity Powell
Executive Producer: Heidi Pett
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music Credits:
The Books-PS 
Hannah Cameron- You Forgot
Alexander W Simms- Out In The Cold
Carlos Ramirez- Horizon
Bad Bats- Heterotropic (Where We Used To Belong)

#1533 Does That Ever Work For You

People who knock on your door asking you to change your religion, or to believe in the impending apocalypse. Infomercials. Pick up lines. Detox diets, click bait and pop up ads. There are things that people try again and again that you think would never work but they must sometimes, or surely people wouldn’t bother. Today on All The Best we’re asking: Does That Ever Work For You?


David Blumenstein is a Melbourne based cartoonist. On November 6 last year, he went down to St Kilda Pier to wait for Julien Blanc to arrive. Julien’s an American pro pick up artist and, when he tried to run workshops in Australia became the target of one of the most successful anti-PUA campaigns ever, collected around the hashtag #takedownjulienblanc. So successful that venue cancelled on him in the face of the outrage, and then he tried to hold the workshop on a boat. David sits down with our EP Heidi Pett to talk about his evening on a pier with pick up artists and protesters. You can get the comic book here

Produced by Heidi Pett


What does it mean when somebody you wanna date calls you mate? This story is from our mates (who we also probably wanna date) over at Private Parts, a brand new audio art project by Irit Pollak and Elin Andersson. They call it a collective memory bank that explores identity and perception from a gender perspective, and you can find them at partlyprivate.com and in iTunes. Go on.

Produced by Irit Pollak, Elin Andersson and Izzy Roberts-Orr

Music by The Twerps

The Dog Ate My Homework

There’s a program called Writing Workshop here in Sydney – they do workshops, on writing, for kids in school. It’s run by a guy called Bernard and  he’s got this great thing where if the kids miss a class, they have to write this totally outlandish excuse letter, telling the story of why they couldn’t make it. It probably works better than “the dog ate my homework”. We got them to come into the studio one Sunday and record them for us.

Thanks to all the kids who took part, Amy, age 12, Belle, age 16, Julia, age 18, Annalise, age 10

Produced by Zacha, age 38 & Lily, age 24

#1532 Then It Was Us – Syrian Refugees in Amman


I have a big mission coming in two days and they want to go to Za’atari and I said “If you want to go to Za’atari I will take you to the Dead Sea, and I will take a photo of you at the Dead Sea, because you are coming for tourism. Everybody that needs to go to Za’atari from the humanitarian community and the donor community has been there already.”

This week on All The Best we’re staying in the Jordanian capital, Amman.  While Za’atari, the huge camp in the north of the country that was at one stage home to more than 150 000 refugees – making it the fourth largest city in the country – receives the majority of media and donor attention, most Syrian refugees live in the capital. They’re struggling to work and live in a city where they are largely unsupported and often undocumented. With few prospects of going home, or limited possibilities of moving forward, they wait.

Domenique Sherab brings you the stories of Mohammad, Abeer, and Bu.

Producer: Domenique Sherab
Supervising producer: Heidi Pett
Music: Bu Kolthum, Nassif Shamma, and The Partysquad & Boaz van de Beatz
Translation: Sanabel Yousef and Eman Alajaj, voiced by Kate Montague
Image: Domenique Sherab

#1531 Pilgrimage

Is there a place you’ve always wanted to go? Something that would be more than a holiday – a journey that you didn’t take to relax, but really to learn something from the way your feet hit the ground, to feel some sort of change at the end?

Modern life is full of weird, secular pilgrimages and today’s episode of full of those stories.


A few years ago, Alex Penman completed the infamous 100m Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. He says it’s the most painful thing he’s ever done, and for some reason he’s training to do it again. Come along as he does it all again with a small team, and a recorder.

Produced by Alex Penman with Supervising Producer Bec Fary

Camino Del Santiago

The Camino de Santiago has traditionally been a catholic pilgrimage that intersects with pilgrimage paths all over Europe, until it ends in the Spanish city of Santiago. Starting from the French Pyrenees, Alice Chipkin walked nearly nine hundred kilometres over forty three days on an unplanned pilgrimage through Spain.

Produced by Emma Jensen

Music: Johnny’s Odyssey by Mac DeMarco



#1530 Old Pictures

Family albums, photos pressed between the pages of a second-hand book, a photo on a postcard, a greying, dog eared picture on Tumblr.

Old pictures are full of stories. They’re a window into another world, expressions frozen on faces, clothes just as they were.

What can they show us? And what are they hiding?


Para Dog

Produced by Sky Kirkham with additional production by Michael Brydon


We Were Always Here

John Ebert regularly posts vintage photos of gay couples on Twitter. Some photos are from as much as 100 years ago. He tags them with #wewerealwayshere. He says they were able to be taken as part of a gay underground that operated in those early times.

You can follow him at @sonoffidelis.

Produced by Rose Lane

Additional production by Sky Kirkham


On Tape

No one expects a box of tapes to explain the story behind a strangely posed photo of the grandparents.

But when he was looking through old family photographs, producer David Ross found a cassette made between his mum and her mum more than 20 years ago, where they talked about where his mum was born and why she came to be there.

It talks about a rather forgotten episode in the post-war centrifugal destruction of the British empire, as its long oppressed components spun off.

Produced by David Ross

Music Credits: Roma Khleb, RJB


State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Supplied by David Ross

#1529 It All Ends In Death

So it’s all kind of cool when they give you an iPad in a museum and you think “Oh, I didn’t have to download something and maybe I could walk home with this except I think probably not”.

Except, that for two of our producers, Lynda and Zacha, this iPad got handed over at the Museum of Human Disease. It is a deeply disturbing and interesting place: body parts are literally everywhere. The catalogue on the iPad was a catalogue you could use to look up all the diseases, and case, histories that had belonged to each organ.

But as they kept perkily reading these histories, it slowly dawned on them that each of the histories were ending in death. The body parts were out. These stories were done. It all ended in death.

This week, they take All the Best co-host Pip Rasmussen back to the museum to demand some pertinent, and ominous, answers.


Death museum

Produced by Pip Rasmussen and Zacha Rosen


Death through the lens

Tim Page, a Vietnam War photographer, talks about facing death and literally being killed in war, only to be brought back to life. He has seen too much war and death through the lens of his camera, and tells Liam Knierim about the realities of death on the battle field.

Produced by Liam Knierim


Death in the bush

Produced by Selena Shannon


State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Dallas Krentzel

#1528 Naked

Avert your eyes. This week on all the best we’re tackling one of the biggest remaining taboos – getting naked.
Because as liberated as you may feel, as comfortable in your own skin, when it comes down to it you pulled a shirt on over your head before trotting off to work today. You probably even primed your body with underwear.
We delve deeper into nakedness than any TV show ever could on a Saturday morning and tell stories of nudity, past and present.
Naked Law
Produced by Heidi Pett
Phallic Interpreter
Written and performed by James Robertson Hirst
Produced by Michael Brydon 
Produced by Riley Harrison
Naked For Satan
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Handcuffed / Flickr

#1527 30 Under 30

How do the way cities are painted in films affect our relationship with them? How many jokes about labia have you seen in a stand-up show?

The Melbourne Writers Festival is turning 30, and to celebrate they’ve highlighted 30 writers under the age of 30 who are doing amazing things.

We showcase some of them in this week’s episode of All the Best, bringing you poetry, audio essays and memoir.


In the claws of the city: Manila in film

Extracted from a piece first published in the Manila Review.

Written and performed by Adolfo Aranjuez

You can catch Adolfo at MWF on literary awards, voicing race, and emerging.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


What’s with all the flappy bits?

Alexandra Neill only saw women at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. It meant heard significantly fewer dick jokes. Instead, she has a realisation about the benefits of joking about all manner of genitals.

This piece first appeared in Spook Magazine.

Written and performed by Alexandra Neill

You can catch Alexandra at MWF on how to be funny.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


Gone to the Dogs

A poem about power dynamics, love in excess, misplaced loyalties and border collies.

Written by Jessica Yu

Read by Jessica Yu and Samuel Howard

You can catch Jessica at MWF on voicing race and 17 Minute Stories.

Produced by Emma Jensen


You’re Only as Sick as You Feel

Luke Ryan learns how to use a plunger. This story was recorded live at the National Young Writers Festival and was first broadcast on All the Best in episode #1223 The Dark Arts of Storytelling.

You can catch Luke at MWF on how to be funny.

Recorded by Adam Zwi


You can also learn about podcasts with our co-EP, Jess O’Callaghan, alongside Rereaders’ Dion Kagan at Seminar: Podcasting Toolkit.


State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Roberto Verzo 


#1526 Be Strong and Have Courage

“I remember in year 7 especially feeling really different from everyone, classic, and I remember feeling like there was a space where I was more myself than I could be at school.”
That place is Hashomer Hatzair, or ‘Hashy,’ a Jewish Socialist Zionist youth movement where producer Hannah Reich spent 10 years as a student and 2 years as a leader. But lately, her beloved movement has been struggling to find traction and children. It’s struggling to survive.
Hannah spoke with her friends who grew up in the movement to remind herself of what exactly what so unique about the time they spent there and then went back to summer camp, 5 years after leaving Hashy.
She recorded the sounds and ruach of camp and tried to understand the crisis that the leaders must overcome so that Hashy can be around for her kids.

would like to thank the entire Hashy community past and present (in particular the 2014/2015 mazkirut), the Blay Family, her kvutza, her parents, Jess Leski and Ellie Kulas.
Episode Producer: Hannah Reich
Supervising Producers: Leona Hameed and Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Hannah Reich

#1525 Past in the Present

It’s easy to think of time as a continuum – what is done is done, what is past is past, the future holds only new stories and possibilities.
The problem with that is, it ignores all the detritus the past speckles through the present. What do sea shanties, a cassette player and a broken heart have in common? They’re all examples of the past crashing painfully, curiously, into the present.


Twelve Parties Without You

Written and produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design by David Goldschmidt

Performed by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton


Shall Go Back To Shanty Club

Produced by Danny Noonan


Music of the Rain

Written by Alison Earls

Production by Skye Kirkham

Music was ‘Scherzando, En Blanc et Noir for two pianos’ composed by Claude Debussy and performed by Sivan Silber and Gil Garburg. Thanks to the Jerusalem Music Centre Recordings for letting us to broadcast their recording.

This story was recorded as part of our collaboration with Writers Bloc.

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: MrMark

#1524 Same Love

Last week the US Supreme Court overturned a whole bunch of state bans on gay marriage and ruled that same sex couples have a constitutional right to get married.

It’s a big step forward for the US and marks a change in momentum for the LGBTIQA community worldwide.

So today on All The Best, we’re looking back at some of our stories on the issue.

Judy Aulich

Briefly, in December 2013, same-sex marriage was legalised in the Australian Capital Territory. Judy Aulich, a Canberra-based celebrant, performed 11 same sex marriage ceremonies in the five days it was legal. She tells that story to Farz Edraki.

Produced by Farz Edraki

Music Credits: ‘Love is in the Air’ by John Paul Young, ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ by ABBA, ‘Lovefool’ by Cardigans, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ by Dusty Springfield, ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley, ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ by Nina Simone

The Parliamentary Friendship Group

Kate Doak is a political junkie, and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened in Canberra- until finding out about a curiously-named ‘parliamentary friendship group’ including politicians across the spectrum.

They have joined forces to help sex and gender diverse Australians who are stuck in a rut because of inadequate medical benefits and inconsistent state and national laws.

Read the Diversity in Health report mentioned in Kate’s story here.

Produced by Kate Doak.

Music: ‘Planet Zero‘ and ‘Sunday morning‘ by Jahzzar; ’Folk jam’ by Ryan Shello.


The stories aired in this episode were first heard on #1406 These Women and #1309 What’s in a Name?


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Pip Rasmussen 

Image Credit:  Elvert Barnes



#1523 ‘Limits’ – EWF Special

What happens when you send seven writers and seven producers to Docklands and force them to make a radio for a whole day? Well, it’s interesting.
All the Best teamed up with the Emerging Writers Festival to develop new stories on the theme ‘limits’ and this is what they created. We were at the city limits, on a time limit – it seemed fitting.
This episode features stories created on that day – a poem about the unluckiest man in history, a sci-fi tale set at the Docklands which may or may not be fiction, and the story of family pushed to their limits.
Two By Two
Written and produced by Georgia Symons and Michael Brydon
George Danton
Written and performed by Peter Salvatore Matthews
Produced by Zacha Rosen
Family Limits
Written and performed by Romy Durrant
Produced by Carly-Anne Kenneally
The Tropics
Written by Loni Jeffs
Produced by Emma Jensen
Coordinated by Izzy Roberts Orr and Jess O’Callaghan

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Jes / Flickr

Music Credits: ‘Radio Gaga’ by Queen, ‘Docklands’ by Stevie Nicks

#1522 Permanence

Permanence is often something sought after rather than a reality.
Humans crave permanence – a steady income, a permanent home, a permanent companion. We ink permanence onto our skin, carve our lovers names into padlocks, throw away keys and make vows using words like forever.
But very few realities can meet our expectations of permanence. Time, fire, and bolt cutters can slice right through the fantasy and make us look our temporality square in the eyes.
This week on All the Best – things that we thought would last forever and the ways they are inked on – or erased.
Love Locked 
Love locks have become familiar features on iconic bridges worldwide. The trend of snapping your eternal love on the structures has become too much for them to handle. Cities all over the globe are using bolt cutters, nets, and saws to unchain the locks of thousands – but if the lock isn’t eternal, what happens to the love?
Produced by Made Stuchbery
Ink and Skin
Anything that involves permanence needs trust to work. Relationships, contracts, pinky promises and the big one – tattoos. The art of scoring ink into another person’s skin is one based on trust as much as it is on permanence. Jess Hamilton got tattooed, and interviewed artist MISO while she was poking away.
Produced by Jess Hamilton
Sound design by Briana Cowlishaw
Death of a School
Growing up, you might have wished school was a little less permanent. There’s something about turning up at the same place at the same time wearing the same thing every day that makes the place seem timeless.
But schools are institutions and buildings. Time, environment, people – they all contribute to the place changing.
For students at Caringbah Highschool, their school turned into an evolving reminder that nothing is permanent – not buildings, institutions, or adolescence.
Produced by Tom Joyner 
Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Made Stuchbery 

#1521 Listener to Participant

This week on All the Best, we present stories from the PBS Collaborative Radio Project. These pieces come from new radio makers from emerging, refugee or asylum seeker communities, who teamed up with radio mentors to make original stories.


The stories featured are some of those produced through the project, which is the result of training delivered by PBS, supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and funded by Creative Victoria.


They blend personal narrative and documentary, drawing on experiences of migration, the importance of music in new homelands, tales of local success, and soundscapes that will transport you amongst the cows, children and traditional song of the Ethiopian countryside.


Shabba’s Writing Exercise

For most of the participants in the Collaborative Radio Project, this project was the first time they had made a radio piece. They started with workshops and exercises, and this is one of those, from Shabba – it was an activity where one person narrated while the other recorded, developing both skills.


Assegidew’s Radio Piece – The Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria

Sometimes the project participants had a clear idea of what they wanted to make, and sometimes they had an idea and it shifted throughout the process of radio making (as all great ideas do!). Some had no idea – they

Asse had just started volunteering with an organisation which he was really interested in – the Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria. He documented what he found interesting about the organisation.

Produced by Assegidew

Music Credits: JahYasteseryal by Teddy Afro


Ahn-Tu’s Radio Piece – Across The Thin Ice

Ahn-Tu felt like an outsider in Melbourne so he got on his first plane to fly to Amsterdam. He ties on his first pair of skates, and throws caution away, skating along the canals with the Dutch through the night.

Produced by Ahn-Tu

Music Credits: Hanoi by Empat Lima


Nhatty’s Radio Piece – Festival Day Blues

Nhatty Man is a household name in Ethiopia, a musician with a huge fan base and incredible energy on stage. He’s used to using words to tell stories – but usually, there is music under his voice, and he’s performing it as a song. Here, he tells a different type of story – a radio story. It’s about festival day in Melbourne, the things that change and the things that make everyone the same.

Produced by Nhatty Man

Music Credits: Ghetto Youth by Nhatty Man


 Taqi’s Radio Piece – Ali’s Story

There are many refugees living in Melbourne, and every refugee has their own story. Taqi meets many people from many countries, and his friend Ali is currently on a bridging visa. This is his story.

Produced by Taqi Khan

Music Credits: Kabul by Taqi Khan


Thanks to the Collaborative Radio Project Mentors – Josephine Smart, Jaye Kranz, Bec Fary and Bethany Atkinson Quinton.

And to the facilitators of the project, PBS presenters Jess Fairfax and Maddy MacFarlane.

The PBS program All Our Stories where these pieces first aired can be heard here in full, and it includes more stories from participants as well as interviews with participants and mentors about their stories and process.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music Credits: Aidan by Caitlin Park

Image Credit: gratisography / Pexels 



#1520 Go Play Outside

Do you remember climbing a tree as a kid? Running through the bush in the dark, feeling leaves and twigs crunch beneath your feet, your torch out of battery? Did you leap up to grab at the monkey bars even though your arms were too short to make it?

It seems that in a few generations, everything about childhood has changed – except kids themselves. The risks of play, letting kids go it alone, and unsupervised activity of any kind are more publicised than ever. Things that were free fun are now controlled, monetized experienced. Toys that once were bears and dolls are Disney designed icons to be collected and discarded.

How are the changes to play impacting kids? How are they changing the stories kids grow up to tell? And could the changes have a long term impact on health or the environment?

This week on All the Best – stories that explore the commercialisation of play, from mass-made toys to ‘tree-based eco adventures’.

Thanks to the Kids in Nature Network for having our producers along at Nature Play Week.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: David Baker

#1519 War Stories

When we sent troops to fight in World War I the federated Australia was 13 years old. We thought we were invincible and we had something to prove, like most 13 year olds do.
At the end of World War II we still didn’t know who we were. We clung to the idyllic myth of the ANZAC, the idea that we were forged in war, and in that moment, we gave up on the idea of being who we wanted to be and doing it on our own.
In this episode of All the Best, we tell tales from war.
Roy Mundine
Battles were fought and still are fought in this country against discrimination and racism. But when our indigenous soldiers went away they found that war doesn’t discriminate. Bullets go through black skin just the same as white. The playing field was levelled. Until their return and a new fight begans for recognition as protectors of their country.Producer Liam Knierim has created a series of interviews with aboriginal war veterans. Here he speaks to Roy Mundine, a Bundjalung Man who served in the Vietnam War as a Warrant Officer Class One.You can hear more of Liam’s interviews with Aboriginal War Veterans at the Knierim Brothers Youtube channel.
Produced by Liam Knierim
Dame Alice Chisolm
What do you know about your Great-Great Grandmother? Producer Angus Thompson didn’t know much, until one day when his dad handed him a book about her war-time adventures. Here, he looks into the unusual life of an extraordinary woman.
Produced by Angus Thompson

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon


#1518 Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic brew historically and traditionally used by shamans in the Amazon basin to gain access to the spirit world. In the past decade more and more tourists are travelling to Peru to drink ayahuasca in hopes of having an enlightening experience. But what does it mean when a cultural practice is commodified and packaged for tourists?

In this episode of All the Best, producer Lily Ainsworth explores the world of ayahuasca, and the Australians who seek it.


Episode Producer: Lily Ainsworth

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit:  Terpiscore 

Music Credits: 

#1517 The Sea Told Slant


“While I was listening for what wasn’t being said about the boats that weren’t being talked about, I also begun to pay attention to those that were. Boats that went down in Uganda, Bangladesh, South Korea, in lakes, oceans and rivers. Cruises, tankers, yachts and ferries.”

For centuries, the sea has inspired stories. Songs, sailors tales, mermaid legends. This week on All the Best, we tell stories of the sea that diver deeper.

Seagull Girl

Jacqueline Breen ended up in Broken Hill, About 1100kms away from the sea side. When she got there, she found some other sea lovers away from the waves. She asks Sean Dooley, editor of Birdlife Australia, how the gulls ended up in Broken Hill, and where they might have gone.

Produced by Jacqueline Breen

The Boat

While the government maintained silence on the boats of asylum seekers arriving in Australia, and made it harder for information about them to be reported, Rebecca Giggs began to pay attention to the boats that were being talked about. Boats that went down in Uganda, Bangladesh, South Korea, in lakes, oceans and rivers.

This piece was first published by Right Now, as part of their essay series which is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council. You can read more of the series here.

Written and performed by Rebecca Giggs

Edited by Roselina Press

Produced by Heidi Pett

Keep Moving

There are some things we take for granted, and sight is definitely one of them. It’s hard to appreciate how incredible it is unless it starts to fade away. For Dane, a 21 year old living on the northern beaches of Sydney this happened gradually but surely. Aidan Molins talked to him about his experience with Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Produced by Aidan Molins

Featuring Craig Coventry


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Chris Betcher



#1515 A Walk In The Park


When 17-year-old Masa Vukotic was murdered in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster while out for a walk in a park near her house, the Victorian Homicide Squad Chief responded to the tragedy by suggesting this: “…people, particularly females, they shouldn’t be alone in parks…I’m sorry to say that is the case.”

And it hit a nerve. Because women shouldn’t be afraid for their lives walking in a park. A walk in the park should be a walk in the park. An evening run should be an evening run, a night out should be a night out, a drink should be a drink, a date a date. Riding a bike home should be something we can do without fearing for our lives.

This week on All the Best we look at the chasm between a walk home for women and a walk home for men. We tell stories of street harassment, violence against women, and varying experiences of public places.

Women are already walking in fear – what does it mean when those in authority suggest they shouldn’t be walking at all?

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode: Lucy Watson, Ebony Bennett, Jane Gilmore, Jenna Price, Lily King, Hannah Reich, Bec Fary, Rose Randall, Josie Smart, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Bethany Atkinson Quinton, Tess Lawley.

Original sound design on our walks home was by Alyx Dennison.


The Hoopla published an extended version of Jane Gilmore’s Facebook Status, titled ‘Don’t, Don’t, Don’t Get Yourself Killed’

You can read Lucy Watson’s story ‘Reflections On My Assault, One Year Ago Today’ on New Matilda.

Here’s Jenna Price on shouting back at street harassers.

And a break down of that report by the Australia Institute on Australian women’s experiences of street harassment.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: A public space text-based projection by Melbourne artist Stephanie Freda Leigh

Music Credits: Original sound design on our walks home by Alyx Dennison. “Take It All” by Evelyn Ida Morris. White Sheet Beach. 

#1514 Grapes of Ridicule

What are you looking for when you buy a bottle of wine? If you’re alone do you reach for the cleanskin? If you’re sharing it with friends maybe you want something a bit more fancy, a wine to show off, mark you as someone who knows their shit.

If you’re taking it to your parents house or giving it as a gift perhaps you’ll look closer to the top of the shelf, or judge the wine by it’s cover. Maybe you’ll look for the award stamps that mean other people have swirled and spit out your cabernet and judged it to be worth your time.

This week on All the Best, producer Yasmin Parry delves into the world of wine, and the stories that come with each bottle.

Image Credit: Evan Wood

#1513 Things and Stuff

Do you have too much stuff? Clutter, collections, clothes, books, toys, old stuff, new stuff?

This week on All the Best we look at the complicated relationship humans have with the things they own. We meet a woman who left behind all her things and life in the city to live in the New South Wales bush for a year. We help people with an unmanageable amount of stuff pack their things away, and go buying with a vintage store owner who leans into the clutter, and the finds treasure in other hoarders’ cast-offs.


The Psychology of Hoarding 

I’m sure we’ve all had a friend who has excused their messy house by saying they’re a hoarder. And then you get there and there are a couple of magazines stacked on their coffee table, maybe a few too many chipped mugs in the kitchen. What makes these people different from the hoarders we see in the paper or on TV, the ones where bric a brac spills out the windows and onto the front lawn? Zacha Rosen asked his brother to explain. He was part of a task force that looks at hoarding as a mental illness.

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Music Credits: ‘Open/Avocado’ by Kim Boekbinder, ‘Anyone at All’ by Kim Boekbinder, ‘Paloma Negra’ by Lila Downs & Susanna Harp – , ‘Tirineni Tsitsiki’ by Lila Downs & Susanna Harp


When a Loved One Goes Over-Hoard

Some people have more trouble getting rid of their things. So much trouble that they hire some help.

Produced by Heidi Pett

Music credits: ‘Same Suburb, Different Park’ by Firekites


A Year Without Things

In 2010 Claire Dunn was living in the city with a job, a partner, and a life very removed from the wild. She left it all behind for a year to live without things, and the people she knew, deep in the New South Wales bush land. She told Jess O’Callaghan about her year without matches.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


Fat Helen’s

If you keep going down Chapel Street, past the designer stores, froyo bars and nail salons you’ll find an chaotic shop overflowing with vintage clothing, jewellery, paintings and bric a brac. Inside you’ll find owner Helen Round, equally as eclectic and colourful as her wears. Jess and Lily chatted to her about her obsession with collecting.

Produced by Lily King and Jess Fernandes


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: rockandrollfreak

#1512 Quiet Please

Do you still use a library? Last time you went to the library did you actually borrow a book? These days, libraries hum with computers, and provide meeting spaces and work stations. They’re full of magazines, DVDs, graphic novels, activities.

It’s kinda hard to put your finger on what a modern library even is now. Some went so far as to herald changing technology as a death knell for the library. But libraries aren’t hearing any of that – they’re adapting and changing and it seems like they’re holding on. This week we look at a bunch of modern libraries, on the water, on the footpath, with books out of sight under grassy hills, and libraries with a focus on technology and community.


Library Afloat 

Produced by Pip Rasmussen

The Third Space

Produced by Jess Bineth

A New Library 

Produced by Jess Bineth

The Footpath Library

Produced by Laura Brierley


Episode Producer: Jess Bineth

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Thomas Hawke 

Music Credits: “Librarian” by My Morning Jacket

#1510 In A Day

A lot can happen in one day. Everything can change, or nothing can. Some days are special and some days are so completely ordinary that we can tell them apart from the others.

On one day this month, 24 hours at the beginning of March, we sent All the Best producers out in search of stories. They had only a day to find something to tell us on the radio – they learnt about kissing, about cooking, and growing older. And Michael interviewed a dragon.

Three Things I Learned About Kisses

Produced by Zacha Rosen


Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

This is 31

Produced by Amy Tsilemanis


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Zacha Rosen





#1509 Where Are The Women?

“I cannot believe you’ve put a woman on the radio like this. You know that women get their periods and then don’t make as much sense as men. You’ve made a massive mistake.”

Why aren’t there more women on the radio? It’s a debate that’s been raging for as long as radio has existed. Is their delicate lady voices? Is it an authority thing? Is it something else all together?

Emma Rose Nobel wants to work in radio – alarmed by the lack of women’s voices as she flicked through frequencies, she started to wonder if there would be room for her on the airwaves.

In this International Women’s Day special, we look at women in Australian radio today – commercial, public, and community, and ask the question ‘why?’

Producer: Emma Rose Nobel

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Andréanne Germain

Music Credit:


#1508 A Way With Words

Some things are harder to say than others. The most important things to say, messages you really want to get across, can be boring and complicated. Or you might not feel comfortable saying them at all.

There are people all over Australia learning to express themselves using poetry -and not the kind you learned in school. This week on All the Best, Maisie Cohen explored the world of performance poetry. She spoke to activists, community housing residents and prisoners all learning to use poetry to express their ideas. There are poems about oil and gas fracking on the coast off Indigenous land, poems about disadvantage and racism, poems about human connection.

Head to our blog for photos and videos from workshops around the country, including a short doco shot by producer Maisie Cohen.

Produced by Maisie Cohen

Supervising Production by Heidi Pett


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Luka Lesson
Music Credit:

#1507 Legal Walls

Access to the law is something it’s easy to take for granted – if there’s an injustice, if you are wronged, we’re taught to believe that the law has the ability to make that wrong right again.
In 1977, the lack of affordable legal service options for disadvantaged and marginalised people led to the opening of NSW’s first community law centre, the Redfern Legal Centre.
This week on All the Best, Jess Minshall visits the people working there today, and the sort of wrongs they’re trying to right. There are limits to the law, limits you don’t even imagine until you’re right up against them. For the lawyers, social workers and students working at the centre, they see people come up against them every day.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Jess Minshall

Music Credit:   ‘The Room is the Resonator’ by Oliver Coates,  ‘Silk’ by Thrupence 

#1506 Best Practice

A lot of us trust our doctors to make us healthy, or at least to cure our illnesses. But can they make us happy? According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, one in two Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Research organisations and support networks like Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute, are working to destigmatise depression and mental illness.

As a society, we’re talking about depression and mental illness more than we ever have, but are we getting any better at treating it? Bec Fary looks at the treatment of mental illness in Australia.

Thanks to Professor Jane Gunn, Professor Lena Sanci, and Rose Randall.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or for help with depression or mental illness please visit Beyond Blue or Headspace.




RoseRandallImage2ATB EDIT      RoseRandall2

This episode was produced as part of the SYN Summer Series.


Episode Producer: Bec Fary

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘Leafo Stills’ and ‘Beach Collage’ by Jai Leeworthy, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ by The Avalanches 

Image Credit: hitthatswitch 

Illustrations by Rose Randall

#1505 Baby Teeth

It’s wobbling, and you can’t help but push at it with your tongue, making it bend gum-ward so the gnarled roots scratch at the inside of your mouth. It’ll be out soon, and you’ll put it next to your pillow and wake up the next morning to find a single gold coin in it’s place.
You’ll be a little bit older each time it happens, and believe in fairies a little less.
This week on All the Best we’re telling stories of baby teeth – the way they mark time, mark money, and remind us of being young and excitable.
A Letter to My Milk Teeth
Made has a secret. She still have four baby teeth. Which is kinda weird. But she’s trying not to reject them, and instead embracing and celebrating her tiny weird teeth. She’s written them a letter.
Produced by Made Stuchbery
Like Strawberries
The most important thing Michael owned, apart from his collection, was his toy cricket bat. Most parents would give their children a plastic one, but Michael’s mum and dad were completists. They’d very carefully looked for a replica ashes cricket bat. But, more importantly, it was made of some very hard wood.
Written and produced by Zacha Rosen
The Mosquito
This episode isn’t just about the teeth in our mouth – it’s about the other things we shed as we grow up. In this story, a man swats a mosquito, and looks back at a moment from his childhood.
To hear more about our collaboration with Writers Bloc, and learn how to turn your own stories into radio, visit their website.
Written and performed by Ally Scale
Produced by Heidi Pett
With special thanks for Emma Koehn and Writers Bloc


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image credit: Stephanie Sicore

#1504 Portrait of a Policy


Caitlin Doyle-Markwick meets 3 men who are living on some of the 29, 564 bridging visas issued since 2011, when the then Labor government announced that asylum seekers would increasingly be placed in the community while their claims were processed. Initially welcomed by refugee supporters because of the harmful psychological effects of long-term detention, Caitlin discovers that the uncertainty and restrictions placed upon them mean these men may live in the community, but cannot be part of it.

If you want to ease the transition for asylum seekers and refugees living in your community, there are plenty of organisations you can donate to and volunteer with. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, and Settlement Services International in Sydney are both good options.

Producers: Caitlin Doyle-Markwick and Domenique Sherab

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music credit: Mammals – Move Slower and Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy

Image credit: Siobhan Marren

#1503 Turn Your Back



Last year, All the Best contributor Selena Shannon sat down with a man who formally renounced his Australian citizenship. Under the UN’s convention against statelessness, governments cannot allow this to happen, and so a desire to cancel your only citizenship is not legal or recognised in Australia. But Murrumu may just have found a loophole, a way to turn his back on a country to which his people never ceded sovereignty.


Buckley’s Chance for Truth?
A convict disappears into the Australian bush, and emerges 32 years later, alive. His name was William Buckley, and his tale is featured in the history books as one of courage, survival and sheer luck. In fact, it’s thought the phrase ‘Buckley’s chance’ was inspired by his story. William Buckley survived after making contact with the Wathaurong people, who took him into their tribe and made him an honorary elder. It sounded like a story about reconciliation. But the Wathaurong people today, however, say they had never before been contacted about William Buckley’s story. They tell a tale very different to the history books.


Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music credit: Eddi Front – gigantic

Photo credit: Krawall Maedchen

#1502 No Pets Allowed

This week on All the Best – people who own pets in circumstances you might not expect.

Man’s Best Friend

More families is Australia have a dog than any other pet. Step outside and you’ll probably hear one, if not from your backyard then from someone else’s.

But what happens if there’s a religious law on a person’s interaction with their dog? A religious obligation that limits where the dog goes, and when and how it should be touched?

Mariam Chehab looks at the status of the dog in Islam, and the challenges for Muslims who have a dog as a pet.

Produced by Mariam Chehab

Music credits: ‘I Love My Dog’ by Cat Stevens


42 residents, 2 dogs, a cat, 3 chooks, a rabbit and a handful of budgies

As one gets older many things that could once be taken for granted seem to slip away. Maybe first it’s your job, then your health, and then your independence.

For residents at an aged care home in Springvale, a suburb about 30 kilometers south-east of Melbourne, there is at least one thing they’ve been able to hold on to. Their pets.

Produced by Matilda Marozzi

Music Credits: ‘I’ll see you in my dreams’ by Django Reinhardt,  Pizzicato by EHMA, ‘Feels Like Home’ by Edwina Hayes



Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Philippe Stanus

Music credit: ‘Animal Life’ by Shearwater

#1501 Islands

The weather is warm, the sky is blue, and you have to go back to work.

Look, we agree, it sucks. This week we’ll try and drag the holiday out a bit longer, and take you on an island holiday. Three, in fact.

We’ll take you south to South-Western Victoria, to a tall, flat island with a pretty scary story behind it. We’ll head up north, to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, and climb up into a haunted lighthouse. We’ll take you to an island right in the heart of Melbourne…although it’s probably not the sort of island you’re imagining relaxing on.

This week on All the Best, – islands. Their stories, their histories, and their ghosts.


Deen Maar

As kids, Michael and his brother used to look out to the horizon off the coast of South-Western Victoria and on a clear day they could see it. A tall, flat island that we were told had a pretty scary story behind it. Here, he talks to Joel Wright about Deen Maar.

Produced by Michael Brydon


Lady Elliott Island

There’s an island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, 45 hectares of land surrounded by the sea. Lady Elliot Island is an idyllic resort location, but not all of the residents sleep peacefully. In 1907, Susannah Mckee, the wife of the lighthouse keeper was found dead by her husband, and even now some of the resort’s employees claim that Susannah still haunts the grounds where she once lived. But why would Susannah be unable to rest? Rose Lane set out to investigate.

Story and narration: Rose Lane

Additional voice: Eoin Clements

Editing and Supervising Production: Sky Kirkham

Music Credits:

Lighthouse by Grouper

The great hidden sea of the unconscious by The Caretaker

Out to Sea by Olafur Arnalds

Ghost of Me by Shaula

Bluebeard 6 by Danny Norbury


Coode Island

Picture an Island. What do you see? It’s probably by itself, away from civilization, untouched by man. it has waves gently lapping at the shore with palm trees bordering a thick jungle. This story is not about that island.

Produced by Laura Kewley

Supervising Producer: Leona Hameed

Music Credits:

Nostalgia of an Ex-Gangsta-Rapper by Deef


Presenters:  Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Paul D’Ambra 

#1444 What Is Cool?

What defines “cool”? Is pop music cool? Or vintage vinyl? Is wearing grandma’s doily as a reworked cardigan cool? Or is that daggy? What makes something cool, and who decides when its time is over? When you were little, the answers to these questions were easy. Obvious, even. You knew with so much certainty that it hurt.

Pip heads to a couple of primary schools and asks some small people what’s up. We hear from FBi broadcaster Hannah Reilly about that time she bought shares in Hypercolour tshirts, and from our resident finance guy Rob D’Apice about why investing in cool is mostly a terrible idea, and Tess Lawley sits down with our Features EP Jess O’Callaghan and explains how the Kim K game used up all her data, ruined her sleeping patterns, and taught her about her identity.


Camperdown and Out – Manly

Regina Spektor – Carbon Monoxide

Image Credit: Joi Ito


#1443 Christmas Again

Back in 2011 ghost of All The Best past Eliza Sarlos and her partner hashed out what Christmas would look like for their brand new family, right here on the show. We decided to check back in – when does the tree go up? What goes on it? Importantly, does their little boy leave a glass of whiskey for Santa?
This week on All The Best we revisit a few of our favourite Christmas tales. Traditions both old and brand new, goblins wreaking havoc, and a most unlikely pair – Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock – a nun and an ex-con who are making their own Christmas miracles.

Goblin Night
Did you ever leave milk and cookies…or a scotch out for Santa? Well for Madelyne, her childhood was also filled with the tale of the Christmas Goblin…created by her dad Billy so he could watch the football.
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

The Scallywag and the Saint

Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’ and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Image Credit: Murilo Cardoso

#1442 In The Air

You walk down the aisle, trying not to whack anyone in the head with your carry on, dodging elbows hoisting things into the overhead locker, receiving passive aggressive glares when you pause to check your seat number.
You take your seat, mad that you got the window because you won’t be able to get out and go to the bathroom when the guy beside you falls asleep, or mad that you got the aisle because the other guy got the window.
Flying. It’s both the best and the worst. This week on All the Best we look at those things that hurtle us through the sky, make the world seem smaller and elbow rests seem like a bigger deal than they are.
We’ll ask all the big questions and planes and flying. Only we won’t ask ‘how the hell does it stay in the sky?’ We don’t want to look too closely at that.
Flight Manifest
Bart Denaro has never enjoyed flying, but this time he takes us along for the journey, longing, the whole time, for the ding that will signal the end of the flight.
Produced by Bart Denaro
The Pilot
Joe is a pilot, and here he tells his sister, Yasmin, about the different places he’s had to fly, strange cargo he’s had, and what happens in the air over the center of Australia.
Produced by Yasmin Parry
At any given point in time, there are over half a million people in the sky. One of those half a million was Made Stuchbery, who once caught 17 separate planes in a three week period. Airplane travel has become as common and uneventful as jumping in and out of the bath, a fact that always rings true until, occasionally, something goes wrong. Made discusses the time that she was reminded of the miracle, and sometimes the terror, that comes with the gift of flight.
Produced by Made Stuchbery
Music Credits: ‘This Time Tomorrow’ by The Kinks, ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops, ‘Leaving on a Jetplane’ by Peter Paul and Mary
Thanks to Mariana Dale, Allison K Williams and Tess Lawley for their airplane recordings.

Presenters:  Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: My Daily Sublime

#1441 The Best Spag Bol

The last mandarin you peeled in the high school library. Sticky date pudding in the oven when you come home after a long time away. Hot fish and chips on a cold blustery day. Bacon sticky with maple syrup on your birthday.
The tastes and smells of food are so entwined with our memories. You might now know how much until you take a spoonful of something, hold it in your mouth, and find yourself falling through time.
This week on All the Best we tell stories of food and memory. A soup that’s travelled through nations and generations. 75 dates and 75 meals around the world. And a really great kids meal – the Fishy Dishy.
The Fishy Dishy
This first story comes from Pip’s boyfriend Luke and his family. They all sat on his mums bed and talked about the time they visited Nambucca Heads, about 5 and half hours north of Sydney. Featuring freak waves with a side of kids meals.
Produced by Pip Rasmussen
Men on the Menu
First dates, especially first dinner dates, can be so nerve-wracking and confronting. Do I have spinach in my teeth? Should I have ordered the spag bol? For Melbourne author Bambi Smyth, a world tour was accompanied by 75 first dates with men from 24 countries, all taste-tested on an 80-day round trip. Bambi gave producer Bec Fary an appetiser from her book, Men on the Menu.
Produced by Bec Fary
Cucumber Soup
All The Best producer Aidan Molins never got to connect with his grandparents, who travelled around the world representing the Republic of Ireland at diplomatic events in places like Luxembourg, Germany, and the United States. However, during her stay in Lagos, Nigeria, one young girl did, who grew up to be an economic advisor in Toronto, and food writer. Due to the internet and a little bit of serendipity, Aidan got in touch with Shayma, and his heritage.
Produced by Aidan Molins
Image Credit: Laura D’Alessandro

#1440 The Future is Now

All the Best producer Joel Carnegie got strapped into a bionic ear, which, to be honest, we thought was still part of the future instead of part of the present.
That got us thinking – what else seems to be firmly in the future, with flying cars and space highways? What stuff exists that makes the present feel like history?
In this episode of All the Best, the future is now.
We watch robots fight it out on a battlefield, and take sides. We delve into the world of bionics, and we go out on a canoe with people who are already being affected by climate change.
Benevolent Robots 
Pip visited Macquarie University with a friend to watch a robot competition. At first she thought it was going to be like that old tv show where robots would fight in a ring. But turns out these robots weren’t made for miniature battles with stabbing arms and flame throwers. No no, they were much more important – robots to plant and sow seeds for farms.
Produced by Pip Rasmussen
Bionic Ear
There’s a place in Melbourne called The Bionics Institute. They’ve researched the brain and found that hearing loss is plays a huge role in cognitive decline, meaning, memory and ability to pay attention and multitask. so they decided to fix it. Joel Carnegie got hooked up to some machines in the name of radio and science to bring us this story of the bionic ear.
Produced by Joel Carnegie

Rising tides
While we debate whether climate change is happening, whether it’s our fault, and what we should do about it, for some people climate change isn’t a theory, or even part of a theoretical future. It’s real and now and part of their lives. Josie Wright spent a weekend in Newcastle with the Pacific Warriors, for whom a climate change affected future is all too..present.
Produced by Josie Wright and Selena Shannon

Presenters:  Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: 350.org

#1439 West Writers Group

West Writers Group is a collective of writers from diverse backgrounds who currently live, work or have other established links to Melbourne’s West. It is a collective that will amplify the stories and voices of Melbourne’s West.

For the past few months All the Best producers have teamed up with some of the West Writers Group to bring you the stories in this week’s episode.

Emotions bubble to the surface, for better and for worse. Two characters swap anonymous notes, and another dwells on some terrible news. And there’s a toaster, but it’ll only communicate with Simon.


Control Your Emotions

People always say ‘you must control your emotions’. Why?

Written and performed by Latifa Elmrini
Produced by Harriet Conron
Music Credits: ‘Urban Tropic (Pt. ii)’ by Cosmic Analog Ensemble


Against Progress

The invention of the smartphone fundamentally changed the dynamics of Western society. The summer of 2000 can be easily seen as the last time we were truly alone. The last decade has made us open up like a shell, we suffer from emotional spillage, fast-food intelligence -we’re glued to the device that’s fundamentally changing our fabric of life.

Inspired by an encounter with a guy who missed his train at Parliament Station one night because he was on his phone, this poem voices the concerns we all have with this age but can’t seem the shake off because this is the future we have made for ourselves.

We love it but hate it because of the changes its creating in our lives too.

To add to the hypocrisy, the entire piece is written on an iPHONE too. So it’s completely mobile written – an on-the-go poem.

Written and performed by Ennis Cehic
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music Credits: Seekae – Void


Ninian, an excerpt from The Whitlow

This is an excerpt from Bob Carey-Grieve’s novel in progress called The Whitlow. The novel’s conceit is that the characters are all drawn loosely on Catholic Saints. Bob takes details from the recorded history of their lives, their nationality, patronage etcetera, and reimagines them in the contemporary setting of a Gippsland lawn bowling community. When a prized meat tray is stolen, the community has to come to terms with some of it’s darker secrets. The excerpt presented here introduces the central character of Ninian, and how his journey begins.

Written and performed by Bob Carey-Grieve
Produced by Philippe Perez
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Hidden Drawer

14 years ago, Imbi Neeme was having coffee in a London cafe when she found a hidden drawer in the table she sitting at that was filled with anonymous notes. She wrote her own note and put it inside – and has wondered ever since if anyone read it and what they thought.

From this experience, an idea for a story grew. Imbi is currently writing a novel in which two complete strangers each discover a hidden drawer in a West Footscray cafe and slowly get to know each other – and themselves – through the notes they leave for each other. This soundscape contains some of the notes they exchange.

Written and performed by Imbi Neeme
Production and Sound Design by Derek McCormack
Performed by Jane Rawson and Tim Stitz


The Toaster

Where do you find meaning? Everyone has to find it somewhere.

In this sharehouse, meaning is found in the messages that comes from the Toaster. The lives of the housemates and dynamics of the household revolve around what can be divined from white bread.

James say’s that people have thought this story is about everything from technology to cults but the only thing we’re certain of is that it’s not about toast. Or is it?
Written and performed by James Robertson Hirst
Produced by Michael Brydon


Presenter: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan


Image Credit: Nour Abouzeid

#1438 Grief Part 2

Most of us will grieve for someone or something at some point in our lives, but it’s strange and hard to talk about. Feelings of grief are hard to think about, let alone say out loud.

This week on All the Best, you’ll be hearing part two of our exploration of Grief. We’re hitting the like button under things that make us devastated, we’re speeding to funerals and taking selfies with the casket.
We’ll be thinking about death in all the wrong ways – because no one has figured out the right way yet.


“What if you could be remembered forever?” is the slogan of beta program Eterni.me. But what are the consequences of being remembered forever? What does it mean for the people doing the remembering?
Pip speaks to writer Gillian Terzis about the new technology. You can read Gillian’s feature on the subject in the Saturday Paper here.


Speeding in July
While putting this episode together we realised that death can make you think about yourself, just as much as the person who has passed away. It forces introspection, pullin your insecurities into sharp focus. 

This memoir was first published on Scum Mag.
Written and performed by James Butler
Produced by  Sky Kirkham


Grief without Death
When someone looses a child it’s kind of expected that they will grieve, and hopefully some sort of closure is found. Jessica Bineth wanted to know what the grieving process was like when you’ve lost a child, but they’re still alive.
She spoke to Laurence Anderson, Project Manager at Dads In Distress, a support group for men dealing with the break up of their family and Terry, who who became a member at Dads In Distress a few years ago following his own divorce and now facilitates group meetings in Melbourne.
Produced by Jessica Bineth
Music Credits: Caitlin Park

Presenters:   Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Tjukka2


#1437 Grief Part 1

Most of us will grieve for someone or something at some point in our lives, but it’s strange and hard to talk about. Feelings of grief are hard to think about, let alone say out loud.
This week on All the Best, you’ll be hearing part one of our exploration of grief. We’ll be treading that fine line between tribute and sentimentality, between feelings and what we’re expected to feel.
We’ll be thinking about death in all the wrong ways – because no one has figured out the right way yet.


“They’ve got a very unique sound and some say you either love them all you hate them but people tell me when I’m playing them particularly at funerals.”
Donald Blair is pip major of the Warnabool Pipe Band, a retired dairy farmer, and played bagpipes at Michael’s grandad’s funeral.
What is it about some things – sounds, smells, music, that just brings on grief?
Produced by Michael Brydon


Mum had grown tired, so I tried flooding the basement. I put Mr Zorro, her axolotl, into the water with her and she seemed happy. This piece was first published by Seizure.
Written and read by Paul Dalla Rosa
Sound by Jess O’Callaghan
Music Credits: ‘Glass Piano’ by Podington Bear


My Mother Told Me
What does grief look like to a child?
Written and produced by Selina Springett
Original music by Stephen Vitiello
Music Credits: ‘Lulu’ by Stephen Vitiello


Remembering Mum
This story was first broadcast on All the Best in 2012 as part of the episode #1235 A Few Of Our Favourite Things. How to you get to know someone when they’re not around? Before social media, it was through sheer detective work – asking questions, looking at old photographs, reading anything they’ve written or left behind. In the case of her mother, Madelyne Cummings’ own search led her to discoveries she could treasure forever.

Written and read by Madelyne Cummings
Produced by Que Minh Luu
Original music by Jamieson Shaw
Technical production by Antonia Gauci


Presenter: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Workers Party of Ireland