#1225 A New Me

All the Best brings you stories of transformation and revelation, about people who remake and uncover their true selves.  A refugee from Afghanistan arrives in Australia and changes his name— twice; the story of a little girl who knew she’d been born in the wrong body; and an All the Best contributor tries to talk about sexuality with his conservative mother, without letting her know he’s gay.

What’s in a Name?
You might not guess it by his name, but Adam Free is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan who now lives in Melbourne. Adam isn’t actually the name he was given at birth. He’s changed his name not once, but twice, and all in the space of two years. All the Best host Georgia Moodie hears from a man who needed a new name to fit his new self.

Produced by Georgia Moodie
Music credits: Toothless by Jai Pyne; Bells by The Desks.

Your gender is  a defining part of you, right from the day you’re born. And back when pink was absolutely for girls, and blue was only for boys, a little girl called Jannah grew up feeling like something wasn’t quite right about the definition she’d been given. Jannah grew up, got married and had two kids. And finally, decided to become the person he was born to be.

Produced by Alex Pittaway
Photo credits: Jayke Burgess

The Talk
All the Best contributor Alan Weedon has always felt that there were certain things about himself that he couldn’t tell his mum. He also felt that she wouldn’t be able to reconcile her strict Catholic beliefs with his lifestyle. But for the first time ever, he sat down with her and tried to talk about one of the most sensitive topics for both of them: sexuality.  It didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.

Produced by Alan Weedon
Music credits: Luna (Live @KEXP) by Fanfarlo

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox.

Picture credit: ‘Beer, Fire, Background’ by Peter Cagnacci


#1211 Radio Pro

Today we bring you some stories produced as part of our Radio Pro training project paring up All the Best producers with young people who have never made radio before.  We’ve played some stories before on our program 2011 Christmas Special and Reinvention.

Tony Hoang
Produced by Thuy Nguyen
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

The Lone Trumpeter
Produced by Ammy Sing
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

Tily’s Initiation
Produced by Alex Pittaway
Radio Pro Mentor: Jesse Cox

The Radio Pro Training project was devised by Jesse Cox and Brigitte Dagg with Nicola Joseph and run by the Community Media Training Organisation in association with All the Best.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Radio Pro Mentos: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Gina McKeon, Julia Thomas, Adam Zwi