#1843 Buried History

We’re digging for the deep cultural roots of magick, and burrowing through the rubbish history of a Sydney suburb.

Tempe Tip by Shelby Traynor

A garbage tip once engulfed a Sydney suburb that is now transformed. But there are still remnants of the past — buried beneath walking tracks and ponds. Now an oasis close to the city, Tempe residents still remember their time at the tip. 

Music: ‘Adventure Island (Theme)’, ‘Adventures of Superman (Theme)’

Supervising Producers: Evana Ho and Allison Chan

Magick is Everywhere by Matilda Fay

You probably went through a teenage witch phase that was heavily influenced by ‘Buffy’. And you’ve probably seen ‘hex the patriarchy’ memes.

From Salem to the Kimberley, we learn how witchcraft is intertwined with an ongoing tradition of anti-colonial, queer and feminist resistance.

Music: ‘Brujas’ by Princess Nokia, ‘Leave the TV on’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Bliste’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Can I Get A Key’ by Sampa The Great

Consulting Producer: Jayla Shae Davey (Memarloo)

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Jez Timms

Music: Black Girl Magik by Sampa The Great

#1842 Thinking On Your Feet

Being on your feet could mean throwing another human in the air. It could also mean finding love while dancing five nights a week. But, one way or another, you’ll eventually have to step up. Into adulthood.

All Star by Romy Sher

Cheerleaders are often seen on the sidelines, dancing around or supporting a team, but what does it look like when the cheerleaders are centre stage?

Music: ‘Chill Soft’ by S Hope, B Poe, J Mobley, ‘Headhunted’ by D Rhymes, ‘Pop Dreams’ by CA Salyer, ‘Tyme’ by S Smith, ‘Tessalit’ by Blue Dot Sessions‘Copley Beat’ by Blue Dot Sessions 

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Dating in the Dancing Bubble by Kat Galang

In the bars and clubs of every Australian capital city, a wild subculture of swing dance thrives. But in this addictive world of lively music and close community, making friends and dating comes with a unique set of rules.

Music: ‘A Viper’s Moan’ by Willie Bryant, ‘Easy Does It’ by The Big 18, ‘Lindy Hopper’s Delight’ by Chick Webb, ‘Jump Through the Window’ by Roy Eldridge, ‘Sugarfoot Rag’ by Ella Fitzgerald

Supervising Producer: Sarah Mashman

A Bird in Hand is Worth Two in the Grave by Patrick Lenton

Stepping up in life meant that Patrick Lenton was on his way to being a grown up. But then a puppy and an uninvited bird confronted his assumptions of adulthood.

Original Music Composition and Sound Design: Suzanne Derry

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan with help from David Rutledge

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Clem Onojeghuo 

 

#1841 Coming and Going

It’s Spring and some of us find a certain wanderlust in the air. We explore our comings and goings from the places we love. We’ll also be asking ourselves why we come and go in the first place.

Love Letter to a City by Eugenia Zoubtchenko

Have you ever fallen in love with a city? Eugenia explores the relationships between people and place: from the rush of first love, to the mess of making it work, and even a desire to leave.

Music: ‘Lumbaya Püf De’ by Galata Express

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Bec Fary

Additional thanks to Andrew Reynolds and Katy Hawkins

The Dream of Return by Devana Senanayake

This is a story about coming, going, and coming back. Meet four immigrants who share their concept of home and how the dream compares to the reality.

You can also hear the first and second story in The Modern Odyssey series.

Music: ‘Visions of Light’  – E Glennie / B Gleddin / Chris Bussey, ‘Cold Frame’  – R Lacy / E Lacy, ‘Alpha Level’ – T. Devine King / E Glennie, ‘Counterclockwise’ – M Levine, ‘Day And Night’ – P. Ressel, ‘Gold Figures’ – T. Devine-King, ‘Black Ice’ – D Pittock, ‘Celestial Sphere’ – T Devine King, ‘Seahorses’ – E Glennie / B Gleddin / Chris Bussey, ‘Entwine’ – R Lacy / S Elizabeth Lacy / D Bird / J Lacy

Sound Designer: Gregory J Thorsby

Supervising Producers: Selena Shannon, Sarah Mashman and Allison Chan.

Additional thanks to Leila Cariddi of Multicultural Arts Victoria and 3CR in Melbourne.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer and Episode Compiler: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Gilly

Music: ‘Thank u, next’ – Ariana Grande

#1840 Man Versus

Humanity takes on the challenge of swimming, the gobble of a turkey and the bite of a crocodile. These are three stories about earth, fire (maybe), wind, water and a lot of heart.

Chip off the Old Croc by Lee Robinson

Pippa, the terrier, has no hesitation taking on a 3.5 metre saltwater crocodile. Their owner, Kai Hanson, lives on Goat Island amongst the crocodile-infested Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.

Music: ‘Australians’ by Means, ‘Sci Fi’ by Ben Sound, ‘Desperate wanting for Spring 2015’ by Neuroleptic Trio, ‘Theme from Crocodile Dundee’ by Peter Best

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Swimming and Other Unnatural Things by Patrick Lenton

Some people are afraid of the water because they’re afraid of crocodiles and sharks. But not Patrick Lenton. He spent his childhood as an award-winning swimmer.

This was an adaptation of a story originally published in Going Down Swinging.

Original music compositions and sound design: Suzanne Derry

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Jeff The Turkey by Angela Moran

When you’re in your early 20s and living in a share house, you can find yourself living with a party animal that gobbles. This is a story about friendship, feathers, and most of all, the love between a young man and his turkey.

This story also contains fowl language.

Music: ‘Shooting Stars’ by Bag Raiders, ‘Givin’ Up’ by The Darkness, ‘Rough River’ by Rough River, ‘Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’ by The Darkness

Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer and Episode Compiler: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Wu Jianxiong

#1839 The Right Thing

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

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

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

Sound Recordist: Jordan Fennell

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

London Calling by Elsie Bath

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

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

Supervising producer: Jordan Fennell

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

Fashion Liberation by Sarah Mashman

Content warning: Gender based violence

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

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

Contributing Producer: Lea Redfern

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

Stories of Strength by Mereki

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

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

Small Town Love Story by Amy Willing

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

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

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Jess Meier

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Matt Artz

#1838 Getting Culture

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

Secret Theatre Secret by Sapphire Sheedy

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

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

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Production Assistance: Lindsay Riley

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

Communities by Devana Senanayake

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

Sound Designer: Gregory J Thorsby

Supervising Producers: Selena Shannon, Sarah Mashman and Allison Chan

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

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

 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Vlah Dumitru

Music: ‘Grow Up Together’ – Tales of Space

 

 

#1837 No Clue

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

‘The Elusive Equinox of Eveleigh’ by Lili Occhiuto

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

Voice Overs: Reginald Harris and Thomas Husband

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Solid Breath’ by Okuesha

Image Credit: Lili Occhiuto

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

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

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

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

Image Credit: Lindsey Green 

Image Credit: Aron Lewin 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Ozan Safak

Music: ‘My Own Mystery’ by LANKS

#1836 Flesh And Bone

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

‘A Collection of Small Plastic Containers’ by Seranna Shutt

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

Story Producer: Jess Ong

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

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

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

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

Voice Over: Anna Martin

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Sound Designer: Matthew Belt

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

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

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‘For the Faint Hearted’ by Madeline Goldberger

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

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

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

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Rhys

 

#1835 Where Are You From

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

‘Pedal To The Metal’ by Allison Chan

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

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

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

‘Journeys’ by Devana Senanayake

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

Sound designer and composer: Riley McCullagh

Supervising Producers: Selena Shannon and Allison Chan

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

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

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

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

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

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Joey Csunyo

#1834 Behind The Sound

We’re pulling back the curtain. We’re lifting the lid. We’re showing you how we make an All The Best story.

‘How We Do What We Do’ by Allison Chan and Danni Stewart

All The Best is a training ground for producers to learn how to make narrative audio documentaries. We want to be transparent about what we do because we want you to be involved, regardless of your experience.

Danni Stewart kindly, and honestly, shared about what it was like to make her first story. If you’re curious or inspired, get in touch with us at contact [at] allthebestradio [dot] com

Music: ‘Bark’ by John Deley And The 41 Players, ‘Teamwork’ by Scott Holmes

‘The Secret Life of Plants’ by Danni Stewart

Danni Stewart has a track record of owning plants that end up looking worse for wear. She decided it was time for an intervention, with a bit of wisdom from the 1970s.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Mama’s Whisper’ by 126ers, ‘Plantasia’ by Mort Garson, ‘Minuet’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC, ‘Sitting In The Palm Tree’ by ABBA

‘Friday Arvos’ by Zacha Rosen, Jess Meier and Allison Chan

Our production deadline is on a Friday. What are we doing? And what on earth is mixing and compiling?

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Jason Rosewell

#1833 Let It B

To make this episode an actual episode, we needed a theme to tie our stories together. We decided to call on a backup: a Plan B. It’s that letter that comes after A.

‘Iron Mistress’ by Romy Sher

If you drive out of the small town of Traverse City in Michigan and into the State Forest, you’ll find Black Rock Forge. Dan Nickels, the expert blacksmith, shares his experience and work ethic that’s kept in the field for over 30 years. 

This piece was originally produced as part of a Transom workshop in Interlochen, Michigan. Many thanks to Rob Rosenthal from Transom and Morgan Springer from Interlochen Public Radio (IPR). The original story can also be heard on the HowSound podcast.

Supervising Producer: Evana Ho

Music: ‘Setting Pace’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Arbic Tallow’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Taoudella’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Can the Gwot Save Us?’ by Kaki King

‘The Red Bag’ by Regine Clarke

Regine Clarke, a storyboard artist from Western Sydney, is thrown into Florence, Italy and uses her sharpened skills to drive a hard bargain at the markets. Based on a true story.

This story was originally produced for, and performed at, Read To Me. This is a wonderful bimonthly comic book reading event in Sydney,

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

‘Bionic Limbs’ by Imran Ariff

B is also for bionic limbs!

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary.

Additional thanks to Louisa Lim and Dr Ryan Jefferies. It was part of a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne – with Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. ‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, which has just opened at the Melbourne School of Design.

‘Riding To His Own Rhythm’ by Larissa Shearman, Drew Mackay and Emma Roffey

Nick Kohn doesn’t believe in letting life pass him by. He’s currently on a solo bike ride in Central Asia, which began in China in May. We chatted to him before he left Australia to figure out why someone would leave their comfortable northern beaches life to ride sometimes 100km a day through tough terrain.

Additional production assistance from Daniela Mizzau and Liv Manuel.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Additional thanks to Luke for his recording of bumplings.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Jess Meier with Sarah O’Malley

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Pexels CC: Magda Ehlers

Music: ‘Letter B’ by Sesame Street, ‘Bossy’ by Kelis

#1832 Work In Progress

As we get to work, you’ll hear about our previous work experience and our ability to remain calm under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

‘Dodgy Jobs’ by Angela Moran

When Sarah arrived in Melbourne from Belgium on a working holiday visa she was told it would be easy to find a good part time job. Instead she found a thriving environment of underpaying cash-in-hand jobs with little to no security. Lucky she’s got a good sense of humour and was willing to share a few stories from her unsuccessful attempts to earn a decent crust.   

Supervising Producers: Nina Enever and Bec Fary

Music: ‘Mountain’ by Text Me Records/Bobby Renz, ‘Beer Belly Blues’ by John Deley, ‘Jazz Organ Trio Cool Blue’ by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions, ‘Travel Light’ by Audionautix .

‘Brunching Above My Weight’ by Lee Robinson

Working in the hospitality industry involves more than just serving smashed avo on toast. Erin McConchie is a writer and comic artist who began drawing her most cringeworthy customer moments.

Supervising Producer: Sarah Mashman

Music: Retro Soul’ by Bensound, Kobo Cafe’ by Uncan, Enigmatic’ by Bensound, Coffee Morning’ by Olga Scotland, Torture’ by VYVCH

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Jess Meier

SYN Community Coordinator: Victor Mims

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Saad Salim

#1831 Neighbourhood Vibe

Some neighbourhoods have backwards road signs, while others are known for their cul de sacs. Join us as we travel into the small enclaves of Australia where people have whole lives and whole communities.

‘The Glebe Community Op Shop’ by Karishma Tanvi

In the inner city suburb of Glebe, there’s an op shop run by volunteers that’s more than just a shop for second-hand goods.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘People Everywhere (Still Alive)’ by Khruangbin, ‘Steady’ by Fujitsu

‘In The Neighbourhood’ by Sam Loy

There’s a suburb in Melbourne where there are some reservations on the pronunciation on its name. This neighbourhood also has its own song.

This story was inspired by the song ‘In The Neighbourhood’ by Tom Waits (and radio producer, Scott Carrier) but it’s actually it’s nothing like it.

Sam Loy produces the wonderful podcast, Human/Ordinary, and you can hear a longer version of this story on the website and podcast.

Original Music: Kent Sutherland

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Reservoir Stomp’ by Danny Walsh and Emma Peel

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Will Ryan

SYN Community Coordinator: Victor Mims

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Jackson Hirsch

#1830 Reality Check

Sometimes internal differences lead to changes in political leadership in Australia. And sometimes we just need to escape from the banter and find our escape in books, films and fan clubs.

‘Bibliotherapy’ by Sarath Chandra

Sarath isn’t into reading anymore and decides to talk to two authors to rekindle his love of books. He also stumbles into bibliotherapy as well. 

Supervising Producer: Mike Williams

Music: ‘End of the night’ by Phony Ppl , ‘Too late’ by Mr Hudson, ‘Lithium’ by Maxence Cyrin, ‘Hard knock life’ by Jay Z, ‘Bones’ by Crumb

‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ by Allison Chan and Gregory J Thorsby

Sydney based artist David Capra is a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. He knew his passion for it at a young age – he even joined the International Wizard of Oz fan club when he was about four. But being a fan doesn’t just mean you know about all the good parts of the film. 

Music: ‘Trouble in School Farmyard’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘Main Title’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘The Spell’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘Good Fairy Vanishes’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘Threatening Witch’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘Follow the yellow brick road/ off to see the wizard’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz, ‘Off to see the wizard/Apple Orchard’ by Rogers & Hammerstein – Wizard of Oz.

David Capra can also be heard on Canvas: Arts and Ideas on FBi Radio at Sundays 11am.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Jess Meier with Sarah O’Malley

SYN Community Coordinator: Victor Mims

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: George Coletrain

Music: ‘End of the Yellow Brick Road’ by Bell Weather Department

#1829 This Much I Know

A lot of the lessons we learn in childhood stay with us. Like riding a bike. Or if you’re one of the talented ones, whistling. On this episode, we’re talking about the things we learned at a young age, and what that means when you’re grown up.

Like Mother, Like Daughter by Honor Marino

Lively chatter around the dinner table was an important part of growing up in Honor’s family. Now that she’s an adult, there’s nothing she loves more than getting lost in conversation. But it wasn’t until Honor had a daughter that she realised how influential her own Mother had been in shaping her passion for conversation.   

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Additional thanks to Gabrielle Andolfatto and Edge Radio in Hobart for production assistance. 

Music: ’Fishing’by David Szesztay, ‘Phase 3’ by Xylo-Ziko, ‘Crisis and Decision’ by Dee Yan-Key, ‘Warm Fingers’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Castor Wheel Pivot’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Sals Piano Solo’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Kindness by Tina Matolov

Growing up, Amanda thought that being kind and being a good person meant doing everything for everybody, and putting herself last. She learnt how to be a great chameleon, flawlessly reading people and adapting herself to meet all their needs; but after a series of destructive relationships she decided that something had to change.

Nicole’s fascination with Africa sparked while she was still in high school. She went to volunteer in Kenya when she was 18, returning again when she was 22. She tells us about how her experiences helped her understand gratitude and joy.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Turning’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Sleep’ by Daniel Birch, ‘Healing’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Music Box & Sunshine’ Daniel Birch, “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my wife” by Doctor Turtle

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Elina Godwin with Sarah O’Malley

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Dan Freeman

Music: ‘A Lesson in Cause and Effect’ by Davey Lane

 

#1828 Past Tense

We have two stories from people recapturing moments that made a mark. The first story deals with issues of consent and may be triggering for some listeners. There is also some strong language.

‘Humbug’ by Sidney Shaw

Trying to blend in with the scenery at a bar is difficult when you’re easily the youngest person there. Factor in a short lifetime of deep-seated insecurity, excessive alcohol consumption and being noticed by a predatory older man, and watch as things quickly spiral. This is a deeply personal recollection on vulnerability, power dynamics and the grey areas of consent.

If you or anyone you know would like to have a confidential chat with someone about anything you heard in this story, please call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732 or 1800 RESPECT.

Additional Voice Actors: Ripley Hood and David Lillie

Sound Design, Original Compositions and Editing: Elina Godwin

Supervising Producers: Bec Fary and Allison Chan

Music: ‘Evie’ by Stevie Wright, ‘Wild About You’ by The Saints, ‘Shady Grove’ by Doc Watson, ‘Milkshake’ – Kelis, ‘Overthrow’ by VIDA

‘Closing In On A Killer’ by Colleen Gwynne

Colleen Gwynne was the Chief Investigator on the Peter Falconio case. She first shared her story exclusively at SPUN, a live storytelling event, in December 2016. SPUN is presented by StoryProjects in Darwin.

You can hear more stories from SPUN on their website and via your podcast app.

Story Producer: Johanna Bell

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Fancy Crave

Music: ‘Rose’ by Ludovico Einaudi

#1827 School Of Thought

We’re handing over the mic to a Year 8 class from Bossley Park High School, a school in the Western suburbs of Sydney. We’ll be hearing their interviews with family members and their English teacher, Angie Sari.

The first two stories were produced and edited by Lucia and Adam.

Aldana, Aymen, Jonathan, Kaylene, Ronin also contributed interviews.

Additional editing and sound design was by Allison Chan.

All of today’s stories were produced as part of the Stories of Strength partnership between Bankstown Youth Development Service, Bossley Park High School and All The Best. 

Many thanks to Angie Sari, Zainab Khadim, Kavita Bedford, Jessica Paraha, Tegan Nicholls and  Zacha Rosen.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC Kyo Azuma

#1826 Listen To Me

We have a feature episode of creative audio responses: people making a different kind of noise in response to gendered violence in Australia.

Sydney composer and vocalist, Andrée Greenwell, invited lyric contributions from a number of female Australian writers: Donna Abela, Eunice Andrada, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Alison Croggon, and Candy Royalle. With five other vocalists and eleven musicians, these lyrics evolved into sonic pieces.

There is mention of violence and sexual assault in this episode. If you or anyone you know would like to have a confidential chat with someone about domestic violence, please call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence helpline on 1800 737 732 or 1800 RESPECT.

Tracklist:

1. Memory by Ali Cobby Eckerman and Andrée Greenwell
2. Terror by Alison Croggon and Andrée Greenwell
3. Interlude 1 by Andrée Greenwell
4. Fire by Candy Royalle and Andrée Greenwell
5. Interlude 2 by Andrée Greenwell
6. Prayer by Donna Abela and Andrée Greenwell
7. Interlude 3 by Andrée Greenwell
8. Mosaic by Eunice Andrada and Andrée Greenwell
9. Interlude 4 by Andrée Greenwell
10. I Am a Survivor by Ali Cobby Eckermann and Andrée Greenwell

Episode credits:

Producer, composer and creative audio: Andrée Greenwell

Dramaturg: Hilary Bell

Engineering, mixes, mastering: David Trumpmanis

Assistant Engineers: Timothy Watt, Tim McArtney

Additional engineering: David Chesworth, Andrée Greenwell

Supervising producer: Allison Chan

Singers: Melanie Horsnell, Elana Stone, Jessica O’Donohue, Louise Nutting and Andrée Greenwell

Voice Over: Bridie Tanner, Tegan Nicholls

Musicians: Alana Blackburn – sopranino and contrabass recorders, Holly Conner – percussion, Louise Horwood – flugelhorn/trumpet, Rose Foster – trombone, Jessica Ling – tuba, Ruth Wells – tenor saxophone, Tristan Routh – guitar, Tonestar Le Ru – noise guitar, Novak Manojlovic  – piano, Jessica Dunn – double bass and Holly Conner – drumkit.

Interlude Quotes:  Sarah Ferguson, Annabel Crabb, Rosie Batty, Our Watch, Emma Husar, Clementine Ford, Professor Catharine Lumby and Anonymous. 

Many people gave of their private and work time to meet in the making of this project and we thank you for that generosity. A special thank you to the women who shared their stories anonymously.

This project has been assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts, Musica Viva Countrywide and Four Winds. 

Recorded at Hercules St Studios, Surry Hills.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Katerina Stratos

#1825 Perfection

Perfection comes in different shapes, forms and sizes.

‘Biohacking’ by Steph Doole

Smart drugs, saunas and supplements. These are some of the techniques biohackers use to try to perfect their mind and body.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘Steppin’ In’ by Podington Bear 

‘The Future is Meow’ by Josie Hess

Meet Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. He’s a biohacker who’s gone to court in Australia’s first cyborg rights case. 

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘It’s a Mystery’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Small Steps’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Expectations’ by Leo Rosevere, ‘All the answers’ by Leo Rosevere

‘Sex Robot’ by Benjamin Silvester

The sex robots are coming. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

Advocates say these animatronic sex dolls could be the companions of the future. Critics say they’re a recipe for misogyny. So should we be excited or alarmed?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Mambo Jambo’ by Patrick Warren, ‘Puzzler’ by Podington Bear, ‘Bongo Avenger’ by Eric Ryan Kilkenny, ‘Trilobite’ by Podington Bear

‘Perfection and Attraction’ by Jack Banister

In our search for perfection, we pause to think about the people we find attractive. What are the qualities that lead us towards a particular person?

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Music: ‘Sweet Success’ by Purple Planet 

‘Perfection – Deafness’ by Gerard Cockburn

Bec and Dan were introduced at a party held by Dan’s sister. They open up about their different upbringings and the things that they’ve now been able to share together.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Blessed’ by Purple Planet, ‘Snap’ by Purple Planet

‘Do You Have The Time?’ by David Ross

Time was once measured by the passing of the sun. Today we do things a bit differently but we still need to work out if the time is on time.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

‘Little Holes’ by Zara Hastie

Does the sight of a seed pod make you want to vomit? Do the little holes on a pancake make your skin crawl? Well, you might have trypophobia.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Constricted’ by Purple Planet, ‘Far and Wide’ by Purple Planet

All of these stories were produced by Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. This was a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne.

‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, opening at the University of Melbourne this September. Thanks to Louisa Lim, Dr Ryan Jefferies and Bec Fary for coordinating this collaboration.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Icons8 team

Music: ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions

#1824 The Bridge

Bridges can close the gap between people who disagree, or between the past and the future. You can cross a bridge, burn a bridge, be a bridge.

‘The West Gate’ by Rijn Collins

Up to 200 000 cars travel over the West Gate bridge every day – going between Melbourne’s CBD and the Western suburbs. The West Gate bridge is the third longest bridge in Australia.

There are ten lanes of cars on the bridge. Some of those lanes have a complicated history.

Original music, field recordings and sound design: Daniel Semo

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

This story was originally commissioned by the Melbourne City of Literature as part of their Reading Victoria project. It was edited by Elizabeth Flux.

‘Cook, Nullarbor’ by James Purtill

Australia has the world’s longest stretch of straight railway track. It’s called the Great Southern Rail. James Purtill rode the Indian Pacific for four days and three nights – as he travelled from Kalgoorlie to Sydney.

The train stopped to refuel in the small town of Cook in South Australia. Cook is in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain and less than 12 people live there. This stretch of rail is the bridge between Cook and the rest of Australia.

This story was original broadcast on All The Best in July 2014.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Flickr CC Steve Koukoulas

Music: ‘Burning Bridges’ by Willis Earl Beale, ‘Floating Bridge’ by The Revelators

#1823 Because Of Her, We Can

The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because Of Her, We Can’. We’ll be hearing from two influential storytellers, both Aboriginal women, who share about how Indigenous Australians have understood the mysterious workings of the land and the sky for tens of thousands of years.

We first meet Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman and astronomer.

D’harawal Dreaming Stories

Aunty Fran Bodkin is from the Bidigal clan of the D’harawal people in Sydney’s Southern basin. She is an author, botanist, educator and researcher. She’s also written the Encyclopaedia Botanica, a reference guide of over eleven thousand plants.  

Aunty Fran also compiled the book D’harawal Dreaming Stories – an English translation of stories passed down by her mother. She reads the stories ‘How the White Waratah became red’ and ‘How the parrots got their colours’.

Music: ‘All Trees Are Clocks’ (excerpt) by Nemeton, ‘Birds of Hope’ by Dee Yan-Key, ‘Empty Trees’ (remix) by Ketsa

This week’s stories were produced by Allison Chan with help from Julieta Locane and Geneva Gilmour.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Images: Flickr CC cskk, Flickr CC Ed Dunens

Music: ‘Discovery’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Mangata’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Ngabaju (Grandmother’s Song)’ by Kardajala Kirridarra

#1822 Thrifty

You might have started thinking about your tax return but there’s still a pinch in a lot of our pockets. In this episode, we’re thinking about the different ways people get thrifty. We’re talking side hustles and sticky situations that come with being short on cash. 

‘The Art of the Side Hustle’ by Yvonne Lam

More and more people in workforce are turning to side hustles. But if you needed some extra cash, would you let strangers draw you naked? 

Music: ‘Proud Mary’ by Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Havasu; by Nctrnm, ‘Genesis’ by Grimes, ‘Vogue’ by Madonna, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ by Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell Williams), ‘Sleepwalker’ by Karoshi, ‘Deceptacon’ by Le Tigre, ‘Hustlin’ by Rick Ross

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Jordan Fennell

‘Not to Attach Any Fixture: A Social History of Blu Tack and its Uses and Abuses Among Members of the Renting Classes’ By Dexter Fletcher

Since its invention in the early 1970s, Blu Tack has been a source of comfort and strength for the renting classes, who have used it to decorate, repair and otherwise make habitable their disintegrating, overpriced homes.

This story was recorded at a visual storytelling night hosted by Other Worlds Zine Fair and Read to Me in Sydney.

Sound Recording: Zacha Rosen

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Pexels CC

#1821 Making Perfect

We’re looking for something that’s perfect. Hear stories about a precise brew of coffee, breeding for perfection, the ideal planet and perfect skin.

 

Coffee Science by Jenina Ibañez

Melbourne’s coffee connoisseurs are always searching for the perfect cup. With technical precision, Rocky the barista is quickly making a name for himself in the coffee-making scene. He mastered the algorithm for the perfect cup of coffee, but does he have the heart for it?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘The Zeppelin’ by Blue Dot Sessions‘One Little Triumph’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Brown and Happy by Dilpreet Kaur

“You have dark skin and a fat nose,” said the 60-year-old neighbour to a 12 year-old girl. A whole decade later, this girl is still fighting the stereotype of being a woman of color and the lack of privilege of not being white. Does she give in?

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Life on Mars by Alexandra Alvaro

If sci-fi has taught us one thing, it’s that anything is possible on Mars. Every kid wants to be an astronaut when they grow up. But being a martian is not all it’s cracked up to be. Alexandra Alvaro spoke to a real life martian, to see what life on Mars would really be like. Well, kind of.

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Fantasy and Denoument’ by Podington Bear‘Caterpillar Tunnel’ by Podington Bear‘Waves’ by Podington Bear

Breeding the Perfect Dog by Nicole de Souza

Any dog owner would tell you that their pet is perfect. And it’s hardly surprising, considering the vast number of breeds and personalities out there. Nicole de Souza explores the world of breeding, both legal and illegal, and the impacts it has on our
canine companions.

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

All of these stories were produced by Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. This was a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne.

‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, opening at the University of Melbourne this September. Thanks to Louisa Lim, Dr Ryan Jefferies and Bec Fary for coordinating this collaboration.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Joshua Rawson-Harris

Music: ‘Life on Mars’ by David Bowie, ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions

#1820 Gotta Go

We’re talking about the urgency that comes from within. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Talking Bodies by Faith Chaza

Faith Chaza tells a story about finding clothes and spaces where your body fits.

Music: ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Lumber Down’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Idle Ways’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Molerat’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

This fiction piece was originally written for an event by the Finishing School Collective at Parramatta Artist Studios in Sydney.

Reduced To Prayers by Tig Hogg

Tig Hogg went to Japan as an exchange student and rediscovered his connection to a childhood acquaintance, while stuck in a public toilet. A heads up: this story contains a lot of mention of poo. Yes, a lot.

Story Producer: Johanna Bell

This story was first told at a live storytelling night called SPUN, presented by StoryProjects, in Darwin. You can hear more stories on their website.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Tom Rogerson

Music: ‘Never Let Go’ by The Aerotrope Guild

#1819 Hometowns

Some of us have stayed in our hometown, while others have left. We visit our memories of hometowns around Australia and the world. 

Hometowns Across The Globe

Thinking back to toasting nuts with sugar at 3am in Buenos Aires and running around until midnight in Norway because the sun is still up. Ambika, Daren, Jules, and Sybilla transport us to the sounds, sights and smells of where they grew up.

Music: ‘Lakeside Path’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Navigating the Shire by Rohan Simpson

Childhood memories and quirky local characters are supposed to be the things that make our hometowns a special place. So how are you meant to feel when your hometown has a recognised and documented history of racism? That’s a question that Rohan Simpson, who grew up in Cronulla as the grandchild of Indian migrants, has often asked himself.

Content warning: racial slurs, racism, violence

Music: ‘Places Unseen’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Under Suspicion’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Summer’ by Heart Beach

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

This piece was originally written for ACAR Honi.

Hometowns around Australia

From the glittering lights and high rises of the Gold Coast to red soil, sugar cane and petrol station hot chips in rural North Queensland. Ange, Kat, Samara, Amy and Dylan reflect on hometowns around Australia.

Music: ‘Lakeside Path’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Coin Op’ by Chad Crouch, ‘Dreems’ by Milk Beach

Thanks to Ange Glindemann, Lee Yee, Selena Shannon, Zacha Rosen, Bec Fary and Allison Chan for sound recording.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Anita Jankovic

Music: ‘Dreems’ by Milk Beach, ‘Losing You’ by Boy Pablo

#1818 To Laugh and To Learn

We find out how comedy and education shape the history of multiculturalism in Australia. Sarath Chandra talks to two comedians about how their backgrounds inform their material. Sheila Pham talks to Dung Dinh who came to Australia as an international student when the White Australia Policy was still in place.

Funny Voices by Sarath Chandra

It’s a really interesting time in Australian comedy. Sarath Chandra speaks with two comedians, Lizzy Hoo and Suren Jayemanne, about being the minority and making the majority laugh.

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Olivia Rosenman

Many thanks to Neilesh Verma

Music: “Free lunch” – Isaiah Rashad, “Easily” – Bruno Major, “Long as I Live” – Tony Braxton, “ Whistlin” – Mocky, “4 Moms” – A Tribe Called Quest, “Angles” – Mick Jenkins

From Vietnam to a Very Quiet Place by Sheila Ngoc Pham

When Dung Dinh was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship in 1960, he left for Australia assuming he would return to Vietnam. But things don’t always go according to plan, especially when there’s a war raging back home.

Supervising Producers: Zacha Rosen and Allison Chan

Music: “Loop 601” – My Own Cubic Stone, “Meditation”  Phong Nguyen,  “Awkward Silences (Version B)” – Lee Rosevere


 

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Matheus Ferrero

 

#1817 On My Own

We’re flying solo. A poet goes on a solitary road trip through the American southwest and a self-confessed extrovert takes on the challenge of being by himself.

Only Child by Tom Joyner

Only children can have the reputation of being selfish, entitled and bratty – like Little Emperors. Tom Joyner gives us his take on that assumption.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Alonestar by Jordan Fennell

Josh is an extrovert and loves being around people. But he’s spent the last year wrestling with the fact that he actually can’t stand to be alone. Listen as he attempts to push past this insecurity by forcing himself to do things on his own.

Music: “Arrival of the birds and transformation” – The Cinematic Orchestra, “Left Bank Two” – The Noveltones, “Morning Mood” – Edvard Grieg

Out Of Water by Allison Chan

Kate Middleton, the poet, spent three weeks travelling by herself along the Colorado River . She reads ‘monsoon song’, ‘postcard: Kremmling’ and ‘neon song’ from Ephemeral Water, a book that was based on this journey through the American southwest.

Many thanks to Zacha Rosen

Music: ‘Running Waters’ by Jason Shaw, ‘Hello Night’ by Zoe Keating, ‘Optimist’ by Zoe Keating, ‘Jog to the Water’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Thank you to Tilly and Chloe for opening the episode with their experiences of being only children.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Never Alone’ by L FRESH THE LION

 

#1816 Postcard From A City

We share our memories and impressions of growing up and living in Sydney.

Tourist In Your Own City by Martyn Reyes

If you had family or friends visiting your home city from overseas, which places would you show off to ultimately impress them? Martyn Reyes didn’t know either, which is why he embarked on a 3 hour walking tour around Sydney to remind himself what makes his city special.

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: ‘French Waltz’ by Sam Bikov, ‘Nah’ by Ryan Anderson, ‘On the Weekend’ by Nicolai Heidlas, ‘Sydney Town’ by Rolf Harris, ‘End of Summer’ by The 126ers

Food And Failures by Jin Hien Lau

Illustrator Jin Hien Lau reads aloud his comic about an encounter in a pizza shop in Western Sydney.

This story was recorded at Read to Me, a bimonthly comic book reading in Sydney. Stay up to date with Jin’s comics here.

Music: ‘Frolic’ by Luciano Michelini

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Staying in Sydney by Allison Chan

Kerri Glasscock has been in the Sydney arts community for over 18 years. She recently wrote the article, ‘Sydney you’re killing my optimism’ for Artshub. While Kerri has doubts about the future of the arts in Sydney, she tell us her reasons for staying.

Music: ‘Glass Beads’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Valantis Vespers’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Thank you to historian Patrick Callaghan for having Allison Chan as a guest on his walking tour of where he grew up in Leichhardt. The tour was organised by Inner West Council.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Maximillian Conacher

Music: ‘Fish in the Sea’ by Fat Freddy’s Drop, ‘Melbourne Vs Sydney’ by Dan Kelly

#1815 Say My Name

Everyone has a name. But sometimes we find ourselves wanting to change our names. It’s a tricky process. And it’s even more complicated when an entire country’s name is in question.

‘Name Change’ by Daniel Semo

Our names are one of the most basic portals into who we are. They help to define us legally, socially and culturally. But what happens when our names start to cause us problems? And what if trying to change your name becomes the actual problem?

Music: ‘Aim Is True’ by Podington Bear, ‘Marimba On The Hunt’ by Daniel Birch, ‘Twine’ by Podington Bear, ‘Entrance Shaft’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Turnaround Road’ by Cellophane Sam

Supervising Producer: Zacha Rosen

‘Growing Up Macedonian Australian’ by Natalie Sekulovska

Natalie has grown up with a strong sense of Macedonian identity and is captivated by her family’s stories of Macedonia. But the politics surrounding the Macedonian name has devastated her family.

Since the breakdown of Yugoslavia in 1991, Macedonia has been involved in name negotiations with its neighbour, Greece, and recently there have been calls to change the Macedonian name. Even Australia refuses to recognise Macedonia by its official name.

Natalie speaks to her mum and grandpa about the importance of the Macedonian name and what it means to be Macedonian in Australia.

Music: ‘Sepia Dawn’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Ether’ by Silent Partner

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Natalia Y

#1814 Ghosting

Three tales about ghosting: hauntings in the nation’s capital, an abandoned smoothie shop and unanswered text messages.

‘Running The Show’ by Nina Enever

Everyone remembers their first part time job: dirty work, nasty customers, an overbearing boss. But what if your boss disappeared and everything was left up to you? That’s what happened at an upmarket smoothie bar in Melbourne.

Music: Blue Highway’ by Podington Bear, ‘M08 and Moog’ by Podington Bear, ‘Smooth Actor’ by Podington Bear, ‘Alien Language’ by Podington Bear, ‘Ducky’ by Podington Bear, and ‘Well and Good’ by Podington Bear.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

‘Ghosts in the Capital’ by Samantha Groth

Some people jokingly describe Canberra as a ghost town. But hometowner, Samantha Groth, finds out that there’s more going on. It turns out that Australia’s capital city has a very haunted history, especially at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Music: ‘Spooky Outro’ by Transient, ‘Strange Dog Walk’ by Blue Dot Sessions, and ‘Arlan Vale’ by Blue Dot Sessions.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Thanks to Ella for sharing her story about unanswered texts at the start of the program.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Stefano Pollio

#1813 Word Travels Fast: Gosford Speaks Up

We travel to Gosford on the NSW Central Coast with our friends from Word Travels Fast. In search of the city’s best spoken word poets, we meet Brooke Scobie, Elham Hafiz, Max Liberto and Lewis Janter. These wordsmiths cover topics that range from racism to fast food.

There is a poem that deals with sexual abuse and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs support, you can call Lifeline or the Suicide Call Back Service anytime.

This episode was made by Tegan Nicholls, with additional editorial support from Miles Merrill and Selena Shannon. It is the third episode of the podcast series Word Travels Fast. You can listen to the other episodes on their website or on Apple Podcasts.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Supplied by Word Travels

Music: ‘For Emma’ by Bon Iver

#1812 Family Ties

We’ve got three stories about understanding your family in ways that you didn’t realise. A comic book artist asks questions about grief at different ages of his life. And a lawyer in the Northern Territory discovers a truth about her family history.

‘Migrant Mums: Far From Ordinary’ by Heidi Tai

Growing up, Heidi always thought that her mum was ordinary. She never finished high school, never went to university, and held the same job in the same industry for over 30 years. 

Heidi shares the challenges of migration and how, through all the struggles, she was able to learn that her mum was far from ordinary.

Read more of Heidi’s writings here.

Music: ‘Her Tears Roll Backwards’ by Undress Beton, ‘Deluge’ by Cellophane Sam, ‘Wind Chimes in Palm Meadows, Bangalore’ by Samuel Corwin, ‘Backwards’ by The Bad Trips, ‘To Love Somebody’ by The Bee Gees

Sound Design: Gregory J. Thorsby

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

‘Somebody’s Lying To You, Sis’ by Sue Phoo

Sue Phoo grew up in rural New South Wales. She first visited the Northern Territory on a Year 10 excursion. Something happened on that trip, something that changed Sue and would inevitably call her back to the Territory many years later, kicking off a surprising journey of self-discovery.

This story was told at a live storytelling night called SPUN in Darwin. SPUN is a part of All The Best’s extended family and you can hear more stories on their website

Story Producer: Johanna Bell

‘Good Grief’ by Samuel McEwen

‘Good Grief’ is originally a comic book about grasping with death at different stages in life. Samuel reflects on how he has dealt with deaths close to him in different ways . He struggles to understand the right way to grieve, and whether there is a right way to grieve at all. Lots of questions are asked. None are answered.

This story was recorded at Read to Me, a bimonthly comic book reading in Sydney. Stay up to date with Samuel’s comics here.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Luke McKeown

Music: ‘Ngurramarla (Love Song)’ by Kardajala Kirridarra, ‘Knowing The Truth’ by Lee Rosevere

#1811 Right Up My Street

Let’s talk about the things that we love, which might initially seem strange to other people. We also ask a cat if he enjoys going for walks.

‘Something you love’ by Joseph Ware

Watches, etymology, rejuvenating old furniture, the music of Felix Mendelssohn…four people talk about something they love that others might not.

Music: Sinfonia no. 10 in b minor, I. Adagio – Allegro performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, String Octet in E flat major, op. 20, I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco performed by Academy Chamber Ensemble, String Quartet no. 2 in a minor, op.13, II. Adagio non lento performed by Quatuor Ébène, String Quartet no. 6 in f minor, op.68, IV. Finale: Allegro molto performed by Quatuor Ébène.

Supervising Producer: Tegan Nicholls with help from Allison Chan

‘I walk my cat’ by Angela Moran

Ever seen someone walking their cat and thought it was weird? Angela Moran loves walking her cat, Jason. She shares her experiences from out in the field.

Music:  So Long by Norma Rockwell, Gisele Revisited by South London HiFi, Prizefighter by Norma Rockwell, Da Jazz Blues by Doug Maxwell/Media Rights Productions, Glen Canyon by Dan Lebowitz.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Roman Kraft

Music: In Order To Love by Gussy

#1810 The Long Weekend

What does Australia do over a four day weekend?

We’ll be sharing in a birthday celebration, Easter egg hunts, a belated Lunar New Year dinner and creative backseat antics on family road trips.

‘Are we there yet?’ by Jordan Fennell

We discover how Jordan and her family make it through a six-hour road trip.

‘We’re going on an Easter egg hunt’ by Britta Jorgensen

The Easter long weekend wouldn’t have been complete without an Easter egg hunt.

‘Made in a hurry’ by Zacha Rosen

We celebrate Passover and endure a character building exercise in the pursuit of a story.

Music: Ave Roma Sonatori Te Salutant by Armando Trovaioli, The Lutz Police Militia by Alexandre Desplat, Jálale [Instrumental]‎ by Mexican Institute of Sound

Thanks to Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church for letting Zacha cover their graveyard tour. Even though he lost all the tape.

A heartfelt thanks to Joseph Ware, Samantha Groth, Karishma Tanvi, Angela Moran, Martyn Reyes and Yvonne Lam for their recordings of their long weekend.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image Unsplash CC: Forrest Cavale

Music: Losing You by Boy Pablo, The Weekend Bends by The Bon Scotts, Aourourou by Blue Dot Sessions, Gaena by Blue Dot Sessions, EMI Production Music

#1809 The Forest and The Sea

Let’s go outside. We chase the birdsong of a nightingale in a Berlin forest. We sit with the silence and sounds of nature, as we try to articulate the grief of losing someone you love.

Both of these stories were produced and first broadcast in 2017. They were made for an All The Best listening event of nocturnal stories, which was hosted with Audiocraft in Sydney. You can hear the other stories from the evening here and here.

‘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”.

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

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

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

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image Unsplash CC: Steven Kamenar

#1808 Let’s Get Physical

We’re not going to the Commonwealth Games or running marathons, and we’re certainly not getting an A in PE class. But we are getting active: using our bodies to connect with ourselves and each other.

‘Meet me at the pool’ by Allison Chan

We revisit our memories of learning how to swim and dive into pools across Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.

Music: ‘Swimming’ by Breathe Owl Breathe, EMI Production Music 

Sound Design: Tegan Nicholls 

‘Bats and balls’ by Tegan Nicholls

The Flying Bats is the largest lesbian soccer club in the world. They’re also a founding member of the first female soccer association in Sydney.

Follow them through the month of Mardi Gras, learn what it means to be a Bat and find out how the club grew to its size over 30 years.

Music: ‘Get Back’ by The Beatles, ‘Violet’ by Podington Bear, ‘Well and Good’ by Podington Bear, ‘You Make Me Feel Mighty Real’ by Sylvester, ‘Inchworm’ by Battles

Ella Stathis opened this episode and confronted her memories of PE lessons with Allison Chan.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image supplied by Kerry Fluhr

Music: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People

 

#1807 Self-Preservation

As our world changes, our idea of self preservation has to change with it. We’ve got stories of different ways we try to keep existing.

‘Hello whoever you are’ by Shelby Traynor

In 1995, Greg Wilkinson wrote a letter to the future and buried it in a wall. At the time of writing, Paul Keating was Prime Minister and the internet was just getting started. Greg expected the letter to stay hidden for 60 years. He could not have predicted how the letter would resurface. 

Music: ‘Golden Hours’ by Brian Eno, ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘How I Used To See The Stars’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘A Storm At Eilean More’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

Supervising Producers: Laura Brierley Newton and Selena Shannon

‘Last resort’ by Tanya Rae

When Tanya Rae was in her late teens, she developed an eating disorder. As she was looking for ways to address it, one of the things that she tried was hypnotherapy.

Music: ‘Silent Flock’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Cold Feet’ by Needledrop and EMI Production

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon with help from Tegan Nicholls  

If you are experiencing disordered eating and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Butterfly Foundation.

Thanks to Jordan Fennell for interviewing Steph Pittard about body building at the top of the episode.

The article about how women of Cape Town, South Africa are managing current water shortages can be found here.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image: Unsplash CC: Alvaro Serrano

Music: ‘Wound’ by Jahzaar

#1806 Women of the Holocaust say #MeToo

Holocaust survivor in Sydney, Francine Lazarus

In 2017, women around world came forward to talk about their experiences of sexual violence and harassment. Since then, women everywhere have spoken out… including Holocaust survivors.

Francine Lazarus repressed memories of sexual assault for decades. During the Holocaust, one of her protectors became what she feared the most: a predator. But it wasn’t until, recently, when she heard fellow Holocaust survivor Lily Wolf share her own story of sexual assault that she felt brave enough to speak out.

Story by Lisa Clarke
Supervising producer: Beth Gibson
Consulting producer: Hannah Reich
Original music: Ben Tupas

With special thanks to Dr Rebecca Kummerfeld and Dr Ari Lander from the Sydney Jewish Museum.


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image provided by Lisa Clarke

Music: ‘Untitled’ by Ben Tupas, ‘Echo’ by David Szesztay, ‘Epoc’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

#1805 Call me Ange

When Ange was five years old, she called a Spice Girl sexy. When she saw the looks on her parents’ faces, it gave her an early taste of the power that words can hold. Twenty years later, she has a different problem – sometimes words just don’t cut it. Especially when she starts talking about being queer.

This week, in celebration of Mardi Gras, a feature about the intersection of language and queerness.

Just a heads up this story contains discussion of slurs and some strong language.

Switchboard Victoria is a good contact for anyone who feels they need support about anything related to sexuality, gender, and related experiences.

Story by Angela Glindemann

Supervising producer by Bec Fary
Recording, editing, mixing and sound design by Lee Yee
Additional Sound Design Elements and Content Suggestions – Amy Hanley

Interviewees:

Katherine Back, Editor at Concrete Queers
Tegan Elizabeth Webb, Writer and Editor
Lisa-Skye, Comedian, Performer, Hedonism Muse
Adolfo Aranjuez, Editor-in-Chief, Archer Magazine
Clare O’Hanlon, Volunteer, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Xanthe Dobbie New Media Artist and Curator

With excerpts from Adolfo Aranjuez’s poem Motion and Tegan Elizabeth Webb’s story Young Spells

Additional thanks to:

Crusader, and Hares and Hyenas
Kate McKenzie, Annabel Brady-Brown and The Lifted Brow
Lindsey Green, Broadcaster and Producer
And the anonymous and wonderful attendees at Rapid Fire

 


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr creative commons user Eddie

Songs: ‘Queer’ by Garbage, ‘Rock the House’ by Gorillaz, ‘People’ by Gorillaz, ‘Highway (Under Construction)’ by Gorillaz, ‘Letter’ from the Carol Official Soundtrack, ‘Love Songs’ by Max Richter, ‘Umm?’ by Pleidei, ‘Silver Velvet’ by the Courtneys

#1804 High Tide

We’ve seen so many waves of feminism over the years, but right now it feels like high tide. Around the world, women are rising up in a coordinated movement that feels like its biggest yet. But we know feminism wasn’t born yesterday.

From an 80 year old to a 10 year old, Laura La Rosa spoke to three generations of Australian feminists to find out what keeps their fire burning, and where they think the movement needs to go next.

She discovered that a united cause doesn’t always make for a united opinion.

 

Story by Laura La Rosa
Supervising producers: Bec Fary and Selena Shannon
Editing by Tegan Nicholls

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Andrew Dallos

#1803 Dad Who

This week: stories of tracking down our dads, from Sydney to New York, from off the coast of Darwin and all across Ecuador.

Edgar, Edgar, donde estas? By Selena Shannon

When Elizabeth was a toddler and she wanted her dad’s attention, she would play a silly game. She would travel around the house and assertively sing: “Edgar, Edgar dónde estás?”, Edgar Edgar, where are you? Until he would race to her side and scoop up her giggling chubby body, “I am here little one, here I am”.

This is a story about running late for a train.

Music by EMI production

‘Home is where the heart is’ By Joanna Bell

In the 90’s, an iconic lesbian band ‘The Blue House’ toured all over the world. There was one place the lead guitarist Sam Harley wouldn’t play – that was Darwin.

But we have a favourite podcast in Darwin called SPUN, it’s a collection of live storytelling nights about the weird and wonderful happenings in the NT, and we just caught Sam there talking about her Dad.

Sam’s story was produced by Joanna Bell.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Annie Hamilton

Songs: ‘Collapse’ by Jon Anthony Boorman, ‘In Thought’ by Sheridan Paul Tongue, ‘Marimbas’ by Altidore Chance, ‘Hidden’ by Ben Niblett, ‘Light’ by Barry Morgan and ‘Dark Trails’ by Jorge Lima Menezes.

#1802 Feature: Or It Didnt Happen

Time to get cosy with Sydney’s live fiction scene. This week, we’re featuring a new podcast from a dear friend of the show, Zacha Rosen. His series ‘Or it didn’t happen‘ brings together unique, eclectic and thought-provoking fiction pieces from live fiction nights around the city.

‘Read To Me’

At Read to Me, comics authors put their comics on screen — page by page, or panel by panel — and read them out live on the stage of Knox Street bar. It’s run by Gabe Clark and Fionn McCabe. In this episode, we’ll be hearing from Mary Van Reyk and Pat Grant.

You can read along at Pat’s site with his comic Vanish Coast. It’s worth the trip. Follow Read to Me on Facebook to stay in the loop for their 2018 shows.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Annie Hamilton

 

#1801 Healing

It’s 2018 and we’re back baby! To kick things off, we’re talking Healing.

We rely on doctors and specialists to help us heal, but when they don’t have the answers the journey takes a different turn.

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ by Karishma Tanvi

For years now, Karishma has known something wasn’t right… down there. She can’t get to the bottom of it, and apparently no one else can either. Until one day she’s scrolling through her phone on the bus, and she comes across an article…

Music: ‘Fly on the Wall’ by Joey Pecoraro, ‘Late night tale’ by Steve Baker, ‘Straight outta vagina’ by Pussy Riot and ‘Shiny Thing’ by Ben Parker
Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

In memory of Jesse Cox

This summer, the radio community in Australia has been trying to heal from the loss of Jesse Cox, one of our most brilliant, admired and dedicated audio producers. He was 31.

As one of the founders on All The Best, he meant a lot to our community. In this episode, we play one of his first stories.

And thanks to Martyn Reyes for interviewing his dad at the top of the episode.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Victorian State Coordinator

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user jojo 77

#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