#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