#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

#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

#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

#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

#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