#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

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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

#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

#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.

Hannah
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

#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: 

#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

#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.

 

 

 

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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

#1436 Blowing the Whistle

This week we work our way through the government’s changes to national security legislation, and zero in on one change that passed earlier this month – Section 35P of the ASIO Act. The change makes it illegal to disclose information about something called a ‘Special Intelligence Operation’ by ASIO. The problem for journalists is, these operations are declared in secret. So you won’t actually know whether or not you’re allowed to be reporting on it.

So what does that mean for journalists? What could it mean for whistleblowers? What does it mean for us?

The Case of Witness K

Is it so unbelievable to think that a government’s security interests and other interests could become interwoven and start to get muddled up? Well, not really, because it’s already happened.

Dr Clinton Fernandes is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Strategy at UNSW and spoke to Heidi Pett about the Timor Sea Oil Dispute and the case of Witness K.

Park Benches and ASIO in my emails

Mark Isaacs spnt nine months working for the Salvation Army in Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Nauru. He was disappointed and horrified by what he saw, and eventually broke the confidentiality clause in his contract to write The Undesirables.  He met one of our Features EPs, Heidi Pett, on a park bench near central station because despite or even because of all the technological advances we’ve made, it’s still safer to meet in person. Also we love The Newsroom and would have met in a public library but they were all closed.

Who is Bill Toomer? 

Leona Hameed speaks to Kim Sawyer, an academic and former whistleblower, and sociologist Brian Martin about the history of whistleblowing in Australia. Do we have a culture of disclosure? What stops people from whistleblowing, apart from the law What are the best stories of whistleblowing in Australia? Everyone we spoke to for this piece mentioned the case of Bill Toomer, a quarantine officer who wanted to fumigate a ship. So we figured we’d find out why doing his job would be a reason for dismissal.

This episode was produced by Leona Hameed, Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett.

Thanks to Emily HowiePaul Farrell, Tom Clarke and Dr Suelette Dreyfus for their help in pulling it together.

Presenters:  Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar

#1432 Borrowing Sugar

There’s a lot of mythology around neighbours. A good neighbour can turn into a very convenient friend, one who lends you a cup of sugar when you run out mid-bake, or who’ll water your plants when you’re out of town.

Then there are the neighbours who are a pair of eyes over a back fence, or a passive aggressive note stuck to your front door. The people who steal your newspaper subscription. The mysterious Boo Radley at the end of your street.

This episode we found out that when it comes to neighbours, the truth is much more interesting that fiction. Some of our listeners should probably move house. Or at least have quieter sex and parties.

 

All My Neighbours Are Dead

We’ve all had bad neighbours, right? The loud ones, the ones that are up all night playing awful guitar, the ones that host endless parties. Well Yasmin Parry moved house earlier this year and she thought  she’d scored the perfect place. It was big, with lots of light, in a good neighbourhood.

And it was quiet. Really quiet.

Produced by Yasmin Parry

Music Credits:

Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, Get the Party Started by Pink, Smile Like You Mean it by Mika, Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

 

Sex sounds, torn up trees and marriage

We asked for stories about your neighbours. Stories about people who really did fall in love with the girl or boy next door, current affair style feuding neighbours, and the neighbours you actually do borrow things from. Turns out most of you guys hate your neighbours.

 

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Johnny Ainsworth

#1416 That Girl

 

“I didn’t want to be That Girl Who Had An Abortion, because I’m not… When you look at the statistics, there are many of those girls”

We have so many conversations about abortion, but most of the time they’re abstract and political, they’re not about the lived experiences and choices of women who’ve terminated a pregnancy. A lot of the time it’s because those women are reluctant to put their head above the parapet. This week on All The Best we wanted to create a space for those conversations, a space for doubt, for relief, anger and even humour. A space for women’s stories.

Thanks to everyone to spoke to us for this episode – Dawn, Kerz, Jane, Gen and Heidi. You can hear all their stories in full, alongside extra stories on our blog.

 

Produced by Heidi Pett

Supervising Producer Kate Montague with assistance from Jess Bineth and Jess O’Callaghan

A special thanks to designer and illustrator Leah Goren for the use of her beautiful artwork.  There’s heaps more on her site.

Music Credits: ‘Cauliflower Jack’ by Caitlin Park, ‘How’s Your Wife?’ by Caitlin Park

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

#1412 Squeezing the System

 

Ever think about where your $10 t-shirt came from? On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, All The Best brings you stories from the supply chain.

Sumi Abedin is twenty years old. She was a garment worker at the Tazreen Fashions factory, and jumped from the building the day it caught fire in 2012. Emilia speaks to journalist and activist Lucy Seigle about what the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accords mean, and how we can be ethical consumers. We hear from Ceridwen Filer, a former sourcing agent speaking out about her work for major Australian brands, and we talk to Carlie Ballard, an ethical designer who makes clothes that aren’t weird and asymmetrical or made out of hemp. That is, she makes ethical fashion that’s fashionable.

Plus, we’ve got a little extra this week: Avani Dias chats to model and freshly minted activist Ollie Henderson about #StartTheRiot, and the catcall that sparked the beginning of her very own fashion revolution.

Music: ‘Little Do’ by Podington Bear, ‘Fashion’ by David Bowie, ‘Highschool Lover’ by Air

Episode Producer: Emilia Terzon

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

#1411 Morwell

Back in February one of the coal mines in Morwell caught fire. The entire town was covered in ash. Residents were told to evacuate, the council was giving out masks while the rest of the state worried that they would lose power.

Now, the fires are under control but its left the local community in a bit of a state and its time for the cleanup to begin.

This week, we talk to the residents of Morwell about the aftermath of the open cut mine fire.

Steve Szabo

The mine fire is all south of the train tracks that run through Morwell but the bushfire that sparked the disaster began just north of the tracks on Toners Lane near Steve Szabo’s Golf Driving range.

Produced by Michael Brydon

 

Deb Hollis

Deb Hollis is a mother and a carer for her autistic son. She talks to Sally Whyte about the ways the ash and smoke from the fire effected her family.

Produced by Sally Whyte

 

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis watched the fires start from his veranda. He shows Sally where they came in, and tells her about the effect the fire has had on his life and family.

Produced by Sally Whyte

 

Councillor Christine Sindt

We travelled to  Morwell was the day the EPA said that the air quality was safe for residents to return. A lot of Morwell, especially south of the railway tracks, have relocated to neighbouring towns, or Melbourne. Councillor Christine Sindt was one of the many residents who evacuated South Morwell.

Produced by Sally Whyte

 

Friends of the Garden

Morwell might be covered in ash and smell like smoke, but it is still full of roses. On the roundabouts, in people’s front yards and in the town’s rose garden. Del Matthews, Elizabeth Stewart and Karen Cooper tell Michael that the mine fire may have had an unintended beneficiary.

Produced by Michael Brydon

 

Music credit: Clinging To The Almost by Bell Garden Orchestra

 

Supervising Producer: Sally Whyte

Presenters:  Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Sally Whyte

 

#1406 These Women

Everyone can tell the story of an awesome woman. A mother, grandma, sister, friend, or teacher. This year International Women’s Day is celebrating women who inspire change, and today All the Best tells the stories of awesome women doing this in all sorts of ways. From a celebrant to a beekeeper, a journalist to young women sharing stories online, we look at the stories of Australian women.

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, as well as some of the stranger weddings she’s performed in her time as a celebrant.

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

Creating Feminism

Feminism can sometimes seem like an exclusive club. Josie Wright looks at the ways that young women are making feminism more accessible, through creating, writing, and making.

Produced by Josie Wright

Uh huh honey

Melbourne City Rooftop Honey is a coalition of beekeepers who are introducing honeybees to the city in an effort to protect them from the ravages of disease and human habitation. Their honey is used and sold in restaurants across Melbourne. Vanessa showed us some of their hives nestled high above Federation Square in the CBD.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘Yeezus’ by Kanye West, ‘Sweet Nothings’ by Brenda Lee, ‘It’s Dope’ by J Dilla, ‘Slow Like Honey’ by Slow Like Honey, ‘The Birds and the Bees’ by Dean Martin

Woman to Woman

The next woman you’re going to hear from received a letter last year. She opened it standing in her kitchen, in the semi-darkness, after a long day of work. Joanne McCarthy, is journalist with the Newcastle Herald, a newspaper in the Hunter region on the New South Wales central coast. The letter was from another Australian woman, and it’s already become a celebrated part of Australian political history.

Produced by Jacqueline Breen

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Rebecca O’Callaghan

#1317 Postcards from Reconciliation

Just in time for National Reconciliation Week, and in co-production with Redfern Community Centre, All the Best presents Postcards from Reconciliation. A man sends a postcard home about his lover: a proud man of the Bundjalung Nation, a historical postcard raises uncomfortable questions about a famous colonial figure and a Gumbangiir woman’s postcard is a clarion call to love the place you’re from- for both indigenous and non-indigenous Aussies.

My City- Sydney
A postcard from Gumbangiir woman Barbara Greenup-Davis starts as a flaneur’s stroll through the city, and ends with a vision of one city all its residents can rally for.

Written and read by Barbara Greenup-Davis, a Gumbangiir woman from Bowra, NSW.
Produced by Tim Bishop at Redfern Community Centre.
Music credits: Backing guitar: ‘Warm & Windy’ by J.D.Loudermilk (with permission); Played by Gerry Doyle (with permission).

My Man and Me
From Newtown, Sydney and heading out on the highway: a lover’s postcard from a life-long road trip.

Written and produced by Tim Bishop. Hear more of Tim’s work on his ABC Pool page.
Sound design by Tim Bishop and Belinda Lopez.

Picture credit (above): ‘Going North, heading home’ by Tim Bishop.

Music credits: ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ by Hunters and Collectors; South of the Border by Patsy Cline; ‘You Can Get It if You Really Want’ by Jimmy Cliff; ‘That’s the Way Love Is’ by Marvin Gaye; ‘Got to Give it Up’ by Marvin Gaye;  ‘Brown Skin Baby’ by Bob Randall.
Sound credits: ‘Car driving’ by Geody Labs; ‘Fryer’s Forest Kookaburras’ by Kangaroo Vindaloo.

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.

Read more about the Wathaurong in this article by Michael Brydon.

Produced by Michael Brydon.
Music credits: ‘Making Days Longer’ by RJD2; ‘Stéphanie Quitte Le Caffé’ by Jean-Michel Bernard; ‘Towers (feat. Szjerdene)’ by Bonobo; ‘Ghost Song’ by Air; ‘Bloodflood’ by Alt-J.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

End song credit: ‘Fleetingly’ by Stiff Gins.

 

#1311 Atom Bombs in the Suburbs

It was 1982. HIV/AIDS was creeping into Australia and neither the gay community nor the government knew how to beat it, or even what it was. One man decided to fight against the death toll and the rising hysteria, backed by a motto: ‘Don’t Mourn, Organise’.  All the Best shares a sliver of little-known Australian history: about an unexpected social revolution that sprung up from the utter despair of the epidemic.

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Victorian AIDS Council. Find out more about its history – Phil Carswell was its founding president.

Produced by James Douglas.
Music credits: ‘Cinematic’ by Jaga Jazzist; ‘Lithuania’ by Jaga Jazzist, ‘Nètsanèt (Liberty)’ by Mulatu Astatke.
Sound credits: Courtesy of Sounds of Barcelona; FXProSound.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Banner photo supplied by Phil Carswell, taken at a Candlelight vigil held in Collins St, Melbourne.

#1304 Fight Club Vol. 1

All the Best doesn’t go looking for the fight; the fight comes to us. A night on the Gold Coast during Schoolies starts in a Penthouse apartment and ends with violence and jail; and a girl’s whip is transformed from performance object to weapon when domestic violence stares her in the face in Darwin.

A Night to Forget
For the record, Wade Keighran doesn’t like to fight. But when a group of drunk guys at Schoolies started physically harassing a group of young women, he felt he needed to act. It was the start of the worst night of his life.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music credits: ‘Gimme Shelter’ by The Rolling Stones; ‘You Doo Right’ by Can; ‘The Hardest Button’ by The White Stripes; ‘Dimension’ by Wolfmother; ‘Where is my Mind’ by The Pixies.

Zen and the Art of Whipcracking
Kerzlake thought she’d mastered the art of whipcracking. But coming home one night through the dark streets of Darwin, an unexpected showdown with a stranger challenged everything she loved about her art.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music credits: ‘The Last Night’ by The Dirty Three; ‘The Man with the Harmonica’ by Hollywood Studio Orchestra; ‘Bang Bang’ by Nancy Sinatra; Calexico.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Photo credit: Self-portrait by Kerzlake.

 

#1232 Hope + Politics

‘Hope’ and ‘Politics’ aren’t two words you often hear spoken together in Australia. But All the Best shares a story about people inside and outside of Canberra who are hopeful— passionately hopeful— that they can make change happen.

The Parliamentary Friendship Group
Kate Doak is a political junkie, and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened down 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; Corsica S

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos

Photo: ‘The Smashed Heart from Far Away’ by Paul G. 

#1217 Im Not There

The theme today on All the Best is taken from ‘Im Not There’ a film about Bob Dylan.  In the film six actors play six incarnations of Bob Dylan and today we have stories about shifting personalities, missing family and friends who seem real one moment and gone the next.  From Jasper who has 1 million imaginary friends, to a story about the discovery of a bag of memories and the attempt to get to know your mum.

My Imaginary Friends
Produced by Kate Montague
Sound engineer: Antonia Gauci

Meeting Mum
Written and read by Madelye Cummings
Original sound music and sound design by Jamieson Shaw
Supervising Producer: Que Minh Luu

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox

Picture credit: Jasper as home near Wagga

 

#1207 The Block (repeat)

On this week’s show we re-played you one of our favourite episodes to date – ‘The Block’.

The Block in Redfern has a well-documented history of drugs, violence, and riots. Perhaps you’ve never heard otherwise. Maybe you’ve avoided knowing much about it at all, having never stepped foot on Eveleigh Street and it’s surrounds.

On All The Best, you’ll walk the streets of this community. Filled with stories of family and passing travellers, of death, loss of faith and redemption – we take you right into the heart of Redfern, to one of Australia’s most talked about addresses.

Check out a photo essay on The Block by Lauren Carrol-Harris at our Facebook page.

Introduction
Produced by Kath Lim

Yvonne Phillips
Produced by Madeleine James

Shane and Lionel
Produced by Kath Lim

Redfern Gym
Produced by Jesse Cox

St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
by Gina McKeon

Mick Mundine
Produced by Jesse Cox

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Supervising Producer Gina McKeon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producers: Antonia Gauci & Damian Enemark (repeat)
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 


#1205 A Bedtime Story

Snuggle up to your pillow and settle in to snooze as we read you A Bedtime Story. We bring you stories delivered via intercontinental cassettes, take a magical taxi ride and get a bunch of 11 y.o’s to write us a bedtime story.

Doll Hospital
Produced by Eliza Sarlos

Hairyman
Story told by Kerry Toomey
Produced by Jesse Cox

Granny
Produced by Madeline James

Magic Taxi
Written and read by Miles O’Neil
Original composition and sound design by Jai Pyne
Produced by Jesse Cox

5J’s Bedtime Story
Written by Parramatta Public School
Read by Charlie Garbour
Sound design by Adam Zwi
Produced by Jesse Cox with Rohen Sood

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producer: Damian Enemark
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

 

 

#1204 First Impressions

A show in 24 hours? We thought it was impossible. Until this week’s show fell in on itself and we had to make it happen. Hear the results, including – stripping off in P.E. class, and we get our Tarot Cards read in the backseat of a car during a flashflood.  Produced by Jesse Cox and Miles Martignoni with the help of All the Best contributors and a bit of fate.

A Child’s First Impression with Dr Mark Derosnay

You Do WHAT In PE Class? with Lucie Bell

Trapped in Maccas with Julia Wylie

Buggy Wars on Dangar Island with Mike Kermode

Produced by Jesse Cox & Miles Martignoni
Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos