#1744 The Bubble

We’re told we all live in our own bubbles, reinforced by our friends, our beliefs, our Facebook news feeds, and that very few of us can break free. This week, stories of people who popped their bubbles.

‘Raised by Atheists’ by Nina Enever

Before Nina started primary school, she didn’t realise her new school had a bubble, and she was firmly on the outside.

Supervising producer: Bec Fary
Music: ‘Climbing the Mountain’, ‘Origami, Giving Tree’, ‘Sunbeam’ and ‘Filaments’ by Podington Bear

‘Bearing Witness’ by Beth Gibson

A young woman witnesses an assault in a public space. Passersby act like nothing’s happening. In her distress she is frozen, unable to break free of her inaction.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: ‘Adrift’ by KPM Music, ‘Kitchen Sink’ by Amon Tobin, ‘Scenery’ by Kai Engel, ‘Cylinder Three’ by Chris Zabriskie, ‘Thoughtful’ and ‘Bright White’ by Podington Bear

‘By land, by sea, by air’ by Max Chalmers

In Sydney’s Western suburb of Lakemba, Rohingya refugees are building a new community. They’re from Myanmar, next to Bangladesh and many of them have fled a lifetime of persecution. Sajeda is one of them, but after finally making it to Sydney and settling in Lakemba, she starts to itch over some unfinished business, and she might have to leave the safety of the bubble she only just entered.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: ‘Small Wonders’ by Stuart Andrew Roslyn, ‘Smokey mountain wind chimes’ by Nikolaj Sune Bloch, BAZAAR B by ‘Paul Norman’ and ‘Adrift’ by Tom Howe 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Michael Vincent Rigos

#1743 Mum’s the word

The mental load, the unpaid labour, the unconditional love – not to mention pushing us out. Our mums deserve a lot more credit than they get. So this week we’re peeling back the curtain on this whole motherhood thing and taking a moment to acknowledge them properly.

‘Flashforward’ by Martyn Reyes

Two years ago, Bina was living with her husband in London. After the traumatic birth of their son, and her subsequent post-natal depression, she dug herself out of the dark and miraculously reignited her passion for filmmaking.

Music: ‘Ether’ by Silent Partner, ‘Lasting Hope’ by Kevin Macleod, ‘Wild Dances’ by Rouslana taken from Bina’s short film, Wild Dances, ‘Now I’ve Got Your Heart’ by Sunscreen
Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

‘Love and Endurance’ by Marian Woolf

Eleven years without a full night’s sleep, eleven years of constant finger pricks, needles and worry.

When Tory’s son Charlie was two, he was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. His family, and particularly his mum, do everything they can to help him live a normal, happy, life. But behind the scenes, the struggles are daily, peppered with wins and loses, keeping everyone on their toes. Over the last 11 years the Scott family have dealt with a disease which impacts them all.

Music: Denzel Sprak by Blue Dot Sessions, Cry of Love by Rocco Granata, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth)
Supervising producers: Bec Fary and Allison Chan. 

‘Kim and Nat’ by Beth Gibson

Kim and Nat share their unique experience of each birthing one of their children. It’s a story about two women making a family, and cherishing every moment of it.

Check out more stories like this at www.partlyprivate.com.

Music: Candlepower – Chris Zabriskie, I Am Running Down the Long Hallway of Viewmont Elementary – Chris Zabriskie, Old Regrets – Lee Rosevere, Divider – Chris Zabriskie, Komiku – Sexy Time, Sesame Street Theme music
Supervising producer: Irit Pollak

 


All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Tory Scott

#1742 Loyalty

This week, stories about what it means to be loyal – to your job, to a partner or to yourself.

‘A chat with a garbo’ by Bridget Harilaou

Ian Hankinson has been committed to his job for the last 28 years. It’s a job people aren’t exactly queuing up to do, and yet our society often takes the service for granted. But Ian knows its worth.

Supervising producers: Selena Shannon, Beth Gibson

Music: ‘Kaleidoscope’ by Podington Bear, ‘So Far So Close’ by Jahzzar, ‘Ladybirds Theme’ by David Szesztay

‘A cheater’s guide to love’ by Nick Hose

This one is from our friends at SPUN, a live storytelling night in Darwin. Nick Hose shares what loyalty in love looks like when long work hours and an ocean get in the way.

Made with story producer Patrick Horton, you can check out more of SPUN’s stuff here.

‘Burlesque on the brain’ by Silvi Vann-Wall

Sometimes it feels like you can be your body’s own worst enemy. In this piece, an old art form reminds us to be loyal to ourselves and the vessels we live in, no matter how we look.

Come behind the curtain for a tale of glitz, glamour, and self-love in this story about Melbourne’s own burlesque scene.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘Jazz Comedy’ by Ben Sound, ‘The Stripper’ by David Rose & His Orchestra, ‘Blue Prelude’ by Isham Jones

 


All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user diane naegel

#1741 Faith in love

Religious communities and Queer communities have historically had a difficult relationship. Many of us treat this dichotomy as having no clear path to mutual understanding and celebration. But this week we bring you stories of the grey area between the black and white, and the people trying to evolve their religious institutions.

Rev. Keith Mascord made headlines in 2016 when he lost his Anglican preaching license, after publicly supporting same sex marriage. We talk to him a year later about the decision, his upbringing and where he’s at now.

Rabbi Ralph Genende, a Modern Orthodox Rabbi, resigned from the Rabbinical Council of Australia, calling it “out of touch”, after it released a statement urging Jewish Australians to vote ‘no’ in the same sex marriage postal survey.

Stories by Joseph Ware and Ruby Schwartz, with help from Bec Fary, Tegan Nicholls and Selena Shannon

All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user PROsylvaf

#1740 Four Generations of Black Storytellers

This week, four generations of activists, poets, storytellers, actors, humanitarians and educators. We share the untold story of one family who helped create Radio Redfern, The Black Theatre, the first black newspaper in Australia, the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, and the Murri School, an Independent Aboriginal and Islander Community School.

‘Four Generations of Black Storytellers’ was brought to you as part of the 2017 CBAA National Features and Documentary Series. If you’d like to listen again, or explore related videos, news-clippings and archive material, visit www.nfds.org.au.

By Kaiyu and Tiga Bayles, originally made for 98.9 FM
Supervising Producer: Lorena Allam


All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Marty D

#1739 Analogue

This week, we’re talking about old and new media. Past and present family traditions. Digital and analogue technology. So which way was better?

‘Imperfect tools’ by Daniel Semo

Music, podcasts, radio shows… almost everything we listen to these days is created, edited and shared digitally. Yet some artists, engineers, and technicians still choose to do things differently.

This is a story about analogue tape and the people who still use it.

Music: ‘Mount Beauty’ by Jen Cloher, ‘Shake It Off’ by Ryan Adams, Original music by Daniel Semo
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

‘Getting sticky with it’ by Britta Jorgensen

The Sticky Institute in Melbourne describes itself as “ardent defenders of zine culture”. Run entirely by volunteers, Sticky has stocked over 12,000 zine titles since it opened in 2001 and is a place for zine-makers to hand-make and photocopy their zines.

Music: ‘Ask me now’ by Thelonious Monk

‘More than a meal’ by Samara Barr

These days, you’re more likely to find a recipe online than in the pages of a dusty cookbook, as more chefs and food writers turn to the internet to share their secrets. But are we losing something special?

Music: ‘And So Then’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Theme’ and ‘LaBranche’ by Blue Dot Sessions
Supervising producing and editing help by Bec Fary

And thank you also to Salome Lines-Morison for our top story, chatting to her dad Ben Lines about getting offline and getting things done.


All The Best credits:

Executive Producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Andrea Joseph

#1737 The Chase

Horse racing, serial dating and following your dreams. This week we’re all about the CHASE!

‘For the love of horses’ by Elina Godwin

A day in the life of a track rider, behind the glitz and glam of race day. Tessa is both a Clerk Of The Course on race days and a morning track-rider at Randwick Racecourse. This piece is about the hard mornings, the difficulties faced at this job and most importantly a love for horses.

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen
Music composed by Elina Godwin

‘The Chase’ by Ruby Schwartz and Bec Fary

We spoke to men, women, gay, straight, seasoned, fresh… about the thrill of the chase.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their stories.

Music: ‘Harvest Moon’ by Francois Rousselot

‘Matuse’ by Troy King

Fifteen year old Troy reckons few people understand the difficult truths about life. But Matuse, a casual teacher at his school, gets it.

‘Stories of Strength’ is a program run by BYDS, with assistance from All The Best, where high school students interview people from their community to see what they can learn about strength.

Thanks to Selina Springett, Selena Shannon, Zainab Kadhim and Matuse. 
Music: ‘Do things right’ by Peter Keith Yelland-Brown

 


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image provided by Elina Godwin

#1736 Word Travels Fast

A new series from All The Best and Word Travels, premiered right here.

Tegan Nicholls in on a quest across NSW, meeting young slam poets at the crossroads of race, access and recognition. From small country towns to beachside writer’s festivals, Tegan road trips across the state recording stories, rehearsals and conversations all leading up to one big moment: the National Slam Finals at the Sydney Opera House.

But this series isn’t about winners and losers, it’s about what it’s like to be a dream-big poet in small-town Australia.

Episode 1: ‘All performance poetry is doggerel’

In a guesthouse in Byron Bay, the crew overhear an interstate festival director declaring Slam poets aren’t real writers… and that their work is “shit”. It’s the first day of the Slam heats and questions around the legitimacy of their art hang heavy over the poets’ heads.

 

This episode was made by Tegan Nicholls, with additional editorial support from Miles Merrill and Selena Shannon. It features Slam champions Zohab Kahn and Arielle Cottingham, and the founder of the Australian Poetry Slam movement, Miles Merrill.

The remaining five episodes will be published online in November – keep an ear out!

Find out more about Word Travels on Facebook and Twitter, or at wordtravels.info/ and australianpoetryslam.com/


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Megan Carew

Songs: ABC – Jackson 5, Criminal – Fiona Apple, If only out of vanity – Staceyann Chin

#1735 Assumptions

A first impression can kill a job interview, delight a first date or… let’s face it, be the product of racism.

This week, stories of assumptions that range from an awkward misunderstanding, to a world in the violent throws of political division.

‘I’m Sorry’ by Joseph Aklilu

Whether this story feels alien, or painfully familiar, will say a lot about your experiences of Australia. All the scenarios depicted in this piece are based on real events in Melbourne and covered by the media.

Music: ‘Wanna remind you’ by Dizzy Wright 
Credits: Luisa Cavelieri , Maddy Macfarlane , Tom Hirini , Josh Travaraus

‘Idiosyncratic marks’ by Alice Moldovan

Charlottesville, Virginia, August 2017. A group of neo-Nazis rallying by firelight is terrifying to see on your Facebook feed. But we’re probably fine in Australia, right? They’re just a bunch of outcast idiots on the other side of the world.

But Alice Moldovan can’t stop shaking, and she’s not the only one. This story is about when assumptions are made about a whole people, and the ripple effects across the world.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Alice Chipkin

Songs in this episode were ‘What it’s all about’ and ‘Skull Sized King’ by Richard In Your Mind, ‘See In You’ by The Album Leaf, ‘Circles’ by Oliver Tank, ‘It Was Whatever’ by Shlohmo, ‘The Last Time’ by Oliver Tank
‘Dark Red’ by Synapsis, ‘Love Again’ by Ta-ku feat. JMSN and Sango

#1734 Eviction

Anna has lived in her tower apartment for 45 years. In fact, she was the fifth person to move in when the building was completed in the 70’s. It wasn’t long after the Queen herself cut the ribbon, officially opening the two Waterloo Towers.

Now, Anna is facing eviction, along with thousands of other residents. But not everyone is just lying down and taking it.

‘We Live Here’

This story was made in collaboration with the #WeLiveHere2017 project and tells the stories of people living in public housing in Waterloo, a changing area more people are associating with dollar signs.

Check out We Live Here on Facebook for updates about the buildings and lights.

Made by Selena Shannon, with interviews collected by Olivia Rosenman and Sam Jonscher, and help from Zoe Ferguson, Linda Hoang, Greta Stonehouse and Geordie Donaldson. Music through EMI production music.

‘A boat fit for a museum’ by Shelby Traynor

During New Year’s celebrations, Ali leaves his home in Iran and finds himself in the middle of the ocean, in a boat fit for a museum.

With help from Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, and interview/editorial assistance by Rhiannon Arnold. Music: ‘Remember Trees?’ by Chris Zabriskie, ‘Triumph’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Jessica Hromas, provided by We Live Here

#1733 Hindsight

Meet kids and teenagers who have grown up, and can now see the world through their parents’ eyes. In two stories, we look back on important choices from childhood, and ask if the lens of adulthood always make things clearer.

‘Blueprint’ by Rachel Mcfadden

Lying awake in bed at night, Rachel’s mind wanders back to her childhood home, where happy memories are immortally buried, before one dark night changed everything.

Music: ‘Fading summer’ by Jon Anthony Boorman
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary
Editing by Selena Shannon

‘The good, the bad and the angsty’ by Rebecca Day

Rebecca Day, she grew up in north-east England with her dad and her sister. Today Bec is an emergency doctor at Royal Darwin Hospital, a place that’s a long way away from her first home.

Rebecca has long been holding on to something she really wants to tell her dad, who raised her as a single parent in England in a time when it wasn’t common practice.

This story was first told at SPUN, a live storytelling event in Darwin. You can subscribe to the SPUN Stories podcast via iTunes or your favourite podcast player – just search for SPUN Stories. To find out more about the SPUN storytelling project visit spunstories.net or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Story producer: Johanna Bell

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Sam Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Greg Nelson

#1732 Door knocking

Time to go off road. Jump the fence. Peak into some houses slated for demolition, or explore a well-known old building that’s home to the little-known story of an unsolved crime. This week we’re knocking on the doors of homes, buildings and stories that might not be around forever.

‘Suburban Decay’ by Britta Jorgensen

More than 2000 people queued up on a drizzly Melbourne weekend to see an abandoned house in the leafy suburb of Alphington July this year.

On top of crumbling plaster and behind boarded up windows, street artist Rone had painted his giant, iconic “Jane Doe” murals on the walls of the weatherboard house due to be demolished to make way for a new housing development.

The Omega Project speaks to the fragile, temporary and empty spaces of Melbourne and the traces of life left behind.

Music: ‘Black Eyed Susan’ by Podington Bear

‘George and Lola’ by Eugenia Zoubtchenko

What’s it like to watch the city change from your living-room window? George and Lola are in their 90’s and still live in one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings – a ramshackle cottage in Melbourne’s CBD. Lola’s lived there for nearly a century, and in that time the house has been a theatre, a tea shop and a historic home on the verge of collapse.

Supervising producer: Bec Fary

‘M.U.B’ by Made Stuchbery

Made often walks past the beautiful Manchester Unity Building but has never been inside. This week she decides to poke around.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user ‘ccdoh1’

#1731 Garry’s Dream

‘Garry’s Dream’ by Kayleen Bell

This week, we’re devoting a full episode to one love story. A young love story. But even though our protagonists are young, they are facing something normally reserved for people in their 80’s.

Kayleen Bell first visited Mandy and Garry in 2014, now she finally gets to share their story.

September is dementia awareness month, and you can learn more about the Lovell Foundation here.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Additional editing: Amy Hanley
Music: Blue Dot Sessions, Fool Boy Media, Doctor Turtle and Stevie Wright.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image provided by Kayleen Bell

#1730 The Powder Room

Come join us in a private space we’ve filled with mysticism, discretion, and secrecy. The Powder Room.

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‘Menstruation: Then and now’ by Nina Enever

Stock up the chocolate, boil the kettle, and put on your trackies – you’re about to have your very first period. Except it’s the 1940’s, there are no disposable tampons, and you’ve never heard of a period.

Nina Enever talked to our grannies about periods so you don’t have to.

Music by Lee Rosevere
Supervising producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary.

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‘Chamber Pot Opera’ by Tegan Nicholls

The Queen Victoria Building bathrooms in Sydney are a throwback to a time when women would powder their wigs, paint their faces and slide a tip into the attendant’s pocket. Throw an opera into the mix and it’s the complete package.

Only this isn’t any opera, and it’s far from Victorian when it comes to the women involved. Tegan Nicholls brings us this one about an opera in a bathroom.

Music: Original performances from the Chamber Pot Opera

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Ernesto Lago

Songs for Nina’s story were: ‘Puzzle Pieces’, ‘Curiosity’, ‘I’m Going for a Coffee’, ‘The Secret to Growing Up’ and ‘If So Then’

#1729 Trouble on the inside

Things can look pretty peachy when you’re on the outside looking in. But this week, we’re bringing you stories of trouble on the inside. Whether that’s in your average 7/11, or in gender specific clubs on Facebook.

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‘Not so sweet’ by Emma Nobel

Emma Nobel used to associate convenience stores with one thing: Slurpees. But that changed in 2015 when something more sinister came to define 7/11.

Or did it?

Two years on from an Australian history making wage scandal, how is 7/11 faring? Emma Nobel investigates.

Credits: Supervising producer Heidi Pett, with editing by Selena Shannon

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‘Log on to the life boat’ by Greta Stonehouse

A Facebook group with 3,000 members might not seem very private to an outsider, but in the woman-only, and male-only, online groups privacy is a hot topic.

Greta Stonehouse looks at the difference between female and male Facebook spaces, and what happens when you’re thrown from the boat.

Credits: Supervising producer Selena Shannon

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Hanryswyk

#1728 ATB Presents ‘The King’ by The Headstone Series

“And I asked her, would you know which Hearse had Elvis in the back? She said “no”, so I touched all of them”.

In the Melbourne General Cemetery is a memorial for a man buried far away, at Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee. This is a memorial for Elvis Presley, and our feature episode this week meets the people who put it there. A group who continue to be all shook up by The King.

Thanks to Human/Ordinary, for letting us feature their fantastic Headstone series. Check out the rest of the podcast here.

Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria’s Facebook page here.

Supervising producer: Beth Gibson
Music all released by Elvis Presley (see song titles below)

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Sam Loy

Songs: ‘That’s All Right’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel (live)’, ‘Too Much’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Fever (live)’, ‘Memories’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Talk About the Good Times’

#1727 First cup of the day

We’re pretty proud of our coffee culture in Australia. The taste, the quality, the ritual of making it in the morning, the chemistry between caffeine and our brains. For a lot of us coffee is the perfect way to start the day – maybe even the only way to start the day.

So this week we’re travelling from the coffee plantations of Timor L’Este to the thumping psy trance of Kiwi Burn, in an episode devoted to our indulgent dependency.

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‘More than a mug’ by Philippe Perez

Coffee companies based in Melbourne are consistently looking to stand out in a market swamped with all types of coffee concepts. In amongst the boutique coffee houses and hole-in-walls, come a couple of social enterprises whose aims are more than serving up mugs along with your breakfast.

Supervising producers: Allison Chan and Bec Fary
Music: ‘Soldier’s Story’ by Blanket Music and ‘Springish’ by Gillicuddy

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‘Radical Self-forgiveness’ by Shaleen Chandra

A sip of coffee transports Shaleen back in time to her old life, unearthing memories of the path she took to get where she is now.

Credits: Brendan Angelo, Maddy McFarlane, Jess Fairfax, Joseph Akliu and Hannah Reich
Music: ‘Ananke (ft. Wired_Ant)’ by Javolenus, ‘What You Say’ by F Fact, and ‘Going Higher’ by Bensound.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Indi and Rani Soemardjan

 

 

 

#1726 Beneath The Surface

A group of change-makers open up about a tragedy in their community, sharing how they stay afloat when darkness bubbles beneath the surface.

A woman encounters a stranger, struggling to swim offshore. The experience connects her to a man on the other side of the world.

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‘Dear Von’ By Sasha Abram

Looking at the brave faces of our most charismatic leaders, it’s hard to tell what is going on beneath the surface. Von was a community leader and a great friend. When she took her own life in December of last year, it made her friends all stop in their tracks and reevaluate what is most important to them: to honour the small victories and to share the joys of life with those we love.

This story deals with suicide and may not be suitable for all listeners.

This story is made in loving memory of Von, with thanks to her family and friends who helped.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can call Lifeline’s 24hr service on 13 11 14, or find support online at lifeline.org.au.

Music by Basil Hogios
Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen

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‘Collision’ By Aurora Scott

A few years ago, Rachel was canoeing off Sifnos, an island in Greece, when she saw a swimmer struggling on the surface off-shore. She didn’t learn until much later that her experience with this stranger would tie her to a man on the other side of the world.

Music by Dirty Three and Bridezilla
Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons User Erik Smitt

 

#1725 The Story of Us

In movies, books, and art, the greatest love stories are often romances. Their infinity is celebrated, aspired to, and put on a pedestal.

The idea of BFFs, on the other hand, is somewhat trivialised by society. How could besties be a heart-stopping love story? But for quite a few people, the focus on traditional love stories overshadows their real other half.

This week we’ve decided to celebrate sisterhood by shining a light on the unbreakable bond of female friendship, and why for so many women their Great Love is their best friend.

‘Have you heard the story of us?’

You can sneer at the idea of Best Friends Forever, but maybe a small part of you misses that playground bestie who stood by you in detention and scrawled friendship pacts on in the school toilets.

Music: ‘Lorelai’ by Fleet Foxes, ’19 20 20′ by The Grates, ‘She’s in my heart’ by B Vasco via EMI music.

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‘Kiss the girl’ by Sophie Duxson

All around them, Claire and Rachel’s friends were falling in love and getting married. But when the person you adore the most is your best friend, how do you celebrate that kind of love?

Credits: Tegan Nicholls and Selena Shannon (SPs), Julian Duxson (recording assistance)
Music: ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley, ‘Coeleum’ by Kai Engel, ‘Wave sound’ by Haldigital, ‘My Best Friend’ by Weezer.

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‘Jane, Desi and Mary’ by Selena Shannon

Our worlds, our lives and our bodies change a lot in half a century, but some friendships stay the same.

Music: ‘Groovemaster’ by Jan Juzef Cyrka, and ‘Shape of winter’ by Jon Anthony Boorman, both via EMI production music.
Thanks to Jane, Mary and Desilee for sharing their story.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by William Lehman

 

#1724 Feeling Small

A few years ago Moi escaped his home in Iran by boat, but when he arrived in Australia he decided to rewrite his relationship with the ocean.

This week we’ve got stories about facing unknown environments that might – at first – make us feel a little small. Mountains, oceans, and big cities.

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‘Compression’ by Made Stuchbery

Sometimes change can be a good thing. Other times, it can feel almost oppressive. Producer Made Stuchbery recently moved back to Melbourne after living in a quiet country town, and suddenly went from being a big fish in a small pond, to a tiny fish swimming against a raging current.

Supervising producers Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, with advice and guidance by Natalie Kestecher
Music: ‘Moonlight Sonata’ – Beethoven, ‘Gemini’ – Tash Sultana, ‘Skeptical’ – Podington Bear, ‘Peach Blossom’ – Aristophanes

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‘Walking with wonder’ by Elsie Bath

When you look at a mountain from the ground the idea of climbing it and reaching the top may seem possible. But thinking about the idea of something, running through the motions in your head, and actually doing it exist in different universes.

Elsie didn’t expect to be climbing any mountains when she went backpacking through Japan, but she somehow found herself on a steep uphill, battling mud and rock on a hike she felt unprepared for.

Supervising producing by Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, with sound help from Ari Gross and Calum Wakeling
Music: ‘Clime Pt. II’ -Kneebody, ‘Antennas to heaven’ – Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ‘The Cascades’ – Fleet Foxes

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All The Best credits

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Elsie Bath

#1723 Breath and Bone

This week, we’re devoting the whole show to one story about the year one woman hit rock bottom, then pulled herself back up again.

Just a heads up that this story deals with loss and can be hard to listen to in parts, but it’s a beautiful, intimate, story about healing, and we can promise it has a happy ending. Sam Loy, from Human/Ordinary brings us this one.

Music: ‘Pink Moon’ by Nick Drake, and original music by Kent Sutherland

Sam Loy is behind the fantastic podcast Human/Ordinary, which you can find here. It includes a longer version of this story.

Jessie Williams is the CEO of The Groundswell Project, a Not-For-Profit helping our society change the ways we approach and deal with death and dying. They developed Dying To Know Day, a national day for all Australians to consider their death, and perhaps accept it as a part of their life. Dying to Know Day is on August 8th. You can find them at groundswellproject.com, dyingtoknowday.org

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user aniexma13

#1722 First Love

This week we’re looking at first love.

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Baby’s First Love

Our awareness of love and relationships starts to take shape at an early age, before we . So we asked people to send us some recordings of themselves, recounting their earliest memories of when they first became aware of, or exposed, to the social constructs around love.

Thank you to everyone who recorded a story for us!

Compiled by Selena Shannon and Tegan Nicholls.

Music: ‘Wide Eyes’ and ‘Skipping’ by Nick Harvey, ‘Float away’ by Gareth Richard Davies

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Going it alone

Dating can be awkward and stressful, particularly when your body clock is ticking away. When Amanda found herself sizing up every date as potential father material, she felt like she had ‘desperate’ stamped across her forehead. So on her 30th birthday, she decided to stop waiting on someone else and take matters into her own hands. It was unconventional but it worked, and she was lucky enough to fall in love… twice.

Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson

Music: ‘For her’ by Sam Besmehn-Burt, ‘Seventh Hill’ by Podington Bear, ‘Tomorrow’ by Bensound, ‘Synergy’ by Tash Sultana, ‘Twinkle twinkle little star (instrumental)’ by Children’s Songs 123

Check out Solo Mums By Choice Australia here.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Pixabay user tookapic

#1721 The Desert

On the highway down to Alice Springs there are very few places to stop and refuel. A couple of small towns, a few roadhouses.

But then you have Wycliffe Well.

This week All The Best is disappearing into the desert and bringing back stories from campfires, state borders and Alien themed roadhouses.

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‘Red Sand Country’ by Joe Koning

Ali is a poet, living in her caravan in suburban Adelaide. She does not see her living situation as “a minimisation of life”, rather, she sees the caravan as a place of safety, somewhere to escape from a society that considers her as an other

Recently, Ali got a surprise announcement that she’d won Yale University’s prestigious Wyndham-Campbell literature prize. The prize is for $165,000 US.

Music: ‘Smoke’ by Shelda, ‘Love is Everywhere’ by Pharaoh Sanders, ‘Maid of the Moon’ by Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo
Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

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‘Daddy Emu’ by May Jasper

This story takes us south, where three nineteen year old girls jump in a tiny car and drive longways across the country.  What could possibly go wrong?  (Emus, that’s what.)

Editor: Bec Fary
Music: ‘Just a Little Bit’ by Digger and the Pussycats (The Purple Hearts cover), ‘Australian Wasteland’ by Eva Shlegel, ‘Lies Lies Lies’ by The Stabs (The Chimney Sweeps cover)

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Selena Shannon

#1720 Picking up the pieces

Stephen hasn’t seen his high school girlfriend in nearly 30 years. Things didn’t end so well when they were teenagers, but suddenly he has the opportunity to reconnect with her. The only thing is something has changed in Stephen, something very big, and he’s not sure if his high school sweetheart is ready to find out.

This week we’re talking about picking up the pieces from a past life and building something completely new.

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‘The only hole in my life’ by Carey Scheer

Carey met Stephen when she interviewed him for a video project in his home. A year later, Stephen contacted her out of the blue saying he had a crazy story for her, about his past life catching up with him.

Music: Back in Black by AC/DC, Dead Already by Thomas Newman, Heroin by Velvet Underground, We Love You Michael Gira by Ben Frost, Theory of Machines by Ben Frost, To Build a Home by Thematic Pianos and Paradise City by Guns n Roses

Supervising producer: Tegan Nicholls and Selena Shannon

With thanks to Stephen and Tracey, and Marc Gierke for moral support and musical inspiration. And thanks to The Basem3nt for their studio. 

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‘Fragments’ by Ellie Parnell

In 2011, Saskia Scott lost her mother. During the grieving period that followed, Saskia found herself surrounded by reminders of her mum. Bits and pieces left behind, her belongings, but mostly her piles of clothes. Now, years on, Saskia has found a way to deal with the grieving process through her ceramic art practice.

Saskia’s website: http://saskiascott.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/saskia_scott/

Music: ‘Kola’ by Amiina, ‘Stellify’ by Frederico Albanese and ‘Angels’ by Adrianna Lenker and Buck Meek

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Carey Scheer

 

#1719 ATB features: SPUN

This week, we’re featuring SPUN! A fresh live storytelling podcast straight out of the Northern Territory.

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“A full belly or smelly pits?” by Clare Callaghan

There are times in life when small, seemingly insignificant decisions impact you in unimaginable ways. Clare Callaghan is a remote area nurse in an indigenous community and one day a simple decision of food or shower turned into a pretty stinky affair.

Credits: Storyteller – Clare Callaghan, Story Producer – Tamara Howie, Presented by StoryProjects.

Clare’s story was part of SPUN’s event at Darwin Festival in 2015, where the theme for the night was SURVIVAL.

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“In my own skin” by Elliana Lawford

As a journalist, Elli is used to speaking in front of people about all manner of things, but not so often about herself. In this story, we hear about the complex structures of Aboriginal identity, and what they might have to do with tan-in-a-can.

Credits: Storyteller – Elliana Lawford, Story Producer – Patrick Harton, Presented by StoryProjects

Elli’s story was first told at Darwin Entertainment Centre on May 21, 2016 for Garrmalang Festival.

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The pieces we played today are just a couple of examples of the fantastic stories you can find through SPUN. If you liked today’s episode, you can subscribe to the SPUN Stories podcast via iTunes or your favourite podcast player – just search for SPUN Stories. To find out more about the SPUN storytelling project visit spunstories.net, or look for them on Facebook or Twitter.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image: Clare Callaghan sharing her story at SPUN at Darwin Festival 2015, photo by Sarah Mackie.

#1718 Take me as I am

Most of our life, we’re bending to the expectations of others. How we look, how we behave, where we work, the life choices we make. It’s like all these little decisions were made without us and we’re expected follow the choreography, hope we don’t screw it up and stack it.

But wouldn’t it be liberating, not to mention time saving, if we were all just accepted the way we are?

Sometimes it pays off to just throw yourself out there and say… take me as I am.

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‘Hear me laugh’ by Lauren Klein

Lauren is a young woman trying out stand-up for the first time, and noticing a lot of the barriers female comics encounter in the scene. She chats to comedians at different stages of their career to find out what’s what for women in comedy.

Learn more about Gaggle here.

Supervising producers: Selena Shannon, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

Music: ‘My Shining Hour’ by John Coltrane, ‘Curiosity’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘All The Colours in the World’ by Podington Bear, ‘Good Times’ by Podington Bear.

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‘Debt’ by Sophie Duxson and Jason L’Ecuyer [repeat]

When we start a new relationship with someone, we always expect at least a little bit of… baggage. Hangovers from our past life that we try to keep hidden for as long as possible. But often it’s just a matter of time before that baggage rears its head and threatens to make or break the new love.

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

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Maxwell Smith

#1717 In on it

In-jokes, classroom cliques and family secrets. It sucks to feel like you’re on the outside.

This week we’ve got stories about being in on it, because either you are or you aren’t. Usually. But under stranger circumstances, you might find yourself in on something you didn’t even know you were a part of.

‘Rainbow Mining’ by Neil Ashworth

Is it cool to have your love of the Spice Girls paraded in public by your dad?

This is the story of what happens when a writer uses his own family for material to be performed in front of a live audience. But what if the family member in question is hearing it for the first time, in public?

The author in the story is Harry Kolotas, you can follow him on Twitter @harrysatalok. The performed parts were read by actor Mark James Dessaix and recorded by Little Fictions.

Music: The Flower Duet by Kiri Te Kanawa and Kathryn Jenkins, Wannabe by Spice Girls

‘A home of one’s own’ by Sam Jonscher

Andy, Katie and their housemates are evicted from their beloved rental property in Dulwich Hill, in Sydney and struggling to find a new home.

Set against Sydney’s is notoriously vicious rental market, Sam Jonscher tells an incredibly human story of coincidence and connection, family legacy and history.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: “It’s all over now, baby blue”- Bob Dylan, “Moma”- Four Tet, “This must be the place”- Talking Heads, “Once in a lifetime”- Talking Heads

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All The Best credits:

Banner: Made Stuchbery

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image provided by Flickr Creative Commons user Henry Burrows

#1716 Paws and Reflect

The President of the Holy Cow Club was fond of her pet calf Belinda. She would read Belinda picture books and penned the club’s official anthem in her honour. She was also eight years old. Claudia’s short lived relationship with Belinda lead to a life long obsession with cows, but she’s not the only person who would go to weird lengths for their pet.

This week, we see how far humans will go when they’re forced to part with their pet.

‘No dogs for renters’ by Selena Shannon

Shockingly, it’s estimated nearly 20,000 family pets are surrendered to the RSPCA every year, because landlords turn them away. That’s the difficult reality behind renting with pets in NSW, where landlords can legally veto renters with animals. But does that really stop anyone? And will it be this way forever?

Story by Selena Shannon, with voice over by Tegan Nicholls, additional interview contribution from Eliza Berlage and help from Allison Chan.

‘Don’t take it all so seriously, pet’ by Britta Jorgensen

When a beloved pet became sick from an unknown cause and passed away in 2015, producer Britta felt the loss wasn’t taken seriously by her community. It made her wonder about her own coping system – was she taking it TOO seriously? Two years on, she reflects on the experience with her partner Jonathan and talks to a medical practitioner and a funeral director about how attitudes are starting to change towards pet death.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Denmark (Live @ KEXP)’ by Portland Cello Project

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Steven Leonardus

#1715 Sleeping with a mosquito

James Brechney chalks rainbows for equality. It started as a bit of a joke, but the sentiment spread and, before he knew it, chalk rainbows were popping up all over the world and Facebook was flying him to America. Quickly, the rainbow chalkings became a recurring symbol in the queer community, a peaceful message of solidarity. But is chalk enough when devastating reports of tortured gay men are coming out of Chechnya?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” It’s a well known, perhaps over-used line from the Dalai Lama. Sometimes, even in the face of huge adversity, all it takes is something small and persistent to move mountains.

‘The geography of hope’ by Joe Koning

Henry Gold was born in the Bohemian Forest, of what was then Czechoslovakia. After World War II ended, he and his family trekked across railway lines and made it into Austria. Fed up with the cramped conditions of his austere life in Vienna, Henry decided he had to get out.

He moved to Australia in the 50s and swiftly fell in love with the Blue Mountains. Henry began taking photographs of the natural landscapes he loved, sometimes in places with no trace of modern exploration. These photos would make their way into the hands of then Premiere of NSW, Neville Wran. They became, you could say, the little mosquito in his ear that led to a big change in our legislation.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: ‘Le Scarpe Al Chiodo’ by Remigio Ducron, ‘Storm’ by Rare Silk, ‘Dead Slow” by Tonio Rubio

‘If trees could rent’ by Emma Nobel

What if trees could rent in Melbourne? Where would they go? What would be their deal-breakers? Emma Nobel imagines a Melbourne where trees – like a lot of us – are also struggling to find places to live, even without ordering smashed avo on the daily.

Supervising producers: Selena Shannon and Bec Fary

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user *bri*

#1714 Together, Alone

Inga identifies as Solo Poly, which kinda sounds like an oxymoron: someone who leads a life of polyamory, but one that is distinctly… solo. It’s the kind of thing she finds herself explaining over and over again to people outside of the poly community. How can you be alone and together at the same time?

This week, we’ve got four stories on the theme Together, Alone.

‘Pippi’ – by Beth Gibson

Unlikely alliances in the family household.

With thanks to David and Gaye, and music by Podington Bear.

‘Tatti’ by Pip Leason and Yehuda

Working three jobs and falling asleep at the dinner table, Tatti’s role in Yehuda’s life was defined by his absence.

Editing and sound design: Pip Leason. Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Leaves’ by Nicholas Jaar

‘Ezzy’ by Eamonn Snow

Closure comes in strange and unexpected forms.

Music: ‘Echoes’ by Pink Floyd

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Selena Shannon

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Roman Kruglov

#1713 Going Offline

A few years ago, Patrick from New Zealand discovered an unknown American band online and decided to connect with the members via Twitter. As the friendship progressed, the band got bigger and a tri-continental twitter bond was born.

What happens when internet relationships, communities or online versions of ourselves log off and start to interact with the real world? Does your internet persona hold up offline?

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“Where are our mates?” By Molly Lukin

In Melbourne, a group of commuters is busily watching the watchers. Producer Molly Lukin meets the moderator of a Facebook group that tracks the movements of Authorised Officers on public transport. He claims to be keeping an eye on them, but why do they need to be watched at all?

Supervising Producer Selena Shannon

Original music by Elina Godwin
Additional music: ‘Electric Chair’ by Mossy

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Selena Shannon

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by flickr creative commons user s2art

 

 

 

#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.

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‘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.

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‘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

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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.

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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.

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‘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

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‘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

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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

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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 

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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

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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.

‘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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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“Two hip replacements and a stuffed knee didn’t quite allow him to make it out of the boat. So he was swept out to the open ocean…”

Nobody likes thinking about losing their parents or grandparents (including us). So to avoid dwelling on the grief too much, this week we bring you stories about lessons learned, memories gained and families changed by a loss instead.

“Waka” by Joshua Garlepp

When Josh Garlepp was living in a share-house in Perth, his housemate Brock would play guitar a lot. One day, when Brock was playing a tune at home, Josh noticed something roughly scratched into Brock’s guitar. The word “Waka”. When Josh asked him about it, the answer was quite the story.

This piece is about Brock’s family, and a secret inlet five hours south of Perth.

Music: Brock Crombie-Wilson playing Ben Harper Paris Sunrise number 7

“A little piece of ash” by Megan Wilding

When you don’t know how to help someone after a loss, try buying them a soft drink.

An excerpt from a play read at Yellamundie, the National First Peoples Playwrights Festival. To find out more about Yellamundie, go to www.moogahlin.org, or follow Moogahlin Performing Arts on Facebook and Instagram (@moogahlin).

“Devotion” by Tanya Bonnie Rae

For as long as she’s known them, Tanya’s grandparents have been devoted to the Christian church. Their lives were focused on the church community, people in their parish and each other.

It’s not a life Tanya wants for herself, per se, but she’s always admired her grandparents, so she decided to take a look at their lives, and maybe figure out her own life plan along the way.

Music: Leaf Shower by Podington Bear

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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)

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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

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“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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

#1620 The Hardest Thing (repeat)

 

This week we’re revisiting an old favourite from 2014, a feature documentary we still love about strength, discipline, self determination and football.

Produced by Emma Lancaster

“The hard work we do here replicates the discipline and the routine we carry out throughout the day, the weeks, the months, and years. If this is the hardest thing you do today, well, you’re going to have a good day.”

Redfern is home to the oldest indigenous sports club in Australia. The Redfern All Blacks have been kicking around on the paddock for over 70 years. To the residents of Redfern, the All Blacks are more than just a footy club – they’re the heart of the community.

The piece was produced in conjunction with French journalist and photographer Pauline Muyl, who provided additional sound and the photo essay over at our blog.

Music credits
Melodic Warrior – by Mistress Magpie
#Whatupfam – by Jimblah featuring Georgia B
Heart And Soul – by Jim Blah
Original credits for this story:

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pauline Muyl

 

#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!”

saint-certificate.jpg

 

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

 

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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

CAMA5263
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

 

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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?

Tomato
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?

Compromise

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.

Mother/Abai

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
Jailbreak
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

Brother

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?

Takedown

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

Mate

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.

Trailwalker

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 
Nude
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