#1543 One House At A Time

Today on All the Best, we’re knocking on doors and peering over fences. We chatted to our neighbours to find out who’s having the shortest showers? Who’s switched to solar power?
Climate change is often talked about in very big terms. Our planet is at risk, and we need to take huge steps to improve the situation and try to reverse some environmental damage. But what can we do at home to be more environmentally sustainable?
Chip Away At It

Richard Keech, author of The Energy Freedom Home, opens the doors to his Essendon house and shows us how his lifestyle has evolved. Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, with sound design by Bec Fary.
Solar Sollew

Can sustainable housing become mainstream? Jeremy Spencer, director of Positive Footprints, wants every average, everyday home, designed with planet-friendly ideals. Produced by Laura Kewley.

Music: ‘Air Hockey Saloon’ by Chris Zabriskie.
Hungry Beast

Dick Clarke is a building designer and director of Envirotecture, a home design and architecture firm. He chats to producer Miles Martignoni about the economics of building ecologically sustainable houses.

Music: ‘The Field Code’ by Brokeback and ‘Delicate Position’ by Wintercoats featuring Sea Oleena.
Tiny House

Lara Noble and Andrew Carter are part of the Tiny House Company, and they’re out to prove that you can get a lot of life out of a very small space. Produced by Sky Kirkham.

Music: ‘Another Routine Day Breaks’ by Brokeback.
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Victorian State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Pip Rasmussen
The song at the end of this episode is ‘Little Boxes’ by Malvina Reynolds.

#1541 Wish You Were Here

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. Last week on the show, we picked up signals from faraway. Today, in Part 2, we’re finding out what happens to the people who stay home. How do you communicate across distance? Can you bridge the gap?


Michael and his partner Manderlee navigate the landscape of sharing a bed and try to figure out what’s better: sleeping alone, spooning, or a pillow substitute? You can hear a longer version of this story on the SleepTalker website.

Produced and scored with original music by Michael Brydon.

Can You Hear Me?

Mobile technology can put us in the pocket of someone on the other side of the world. But when the signal drops out, we might end up even further away than before. In this story, we wade through static on a long­distance phone call. Produced by Bec Fary.


Afghan ­Hazara migrant Taqi Khan came to Australia as an asylum seeker. Afghanistan is still riddled with danger, and the Hazara people are still suffering. Taqi wrote this letter to his mother. This piece features original music, sung in Hazaragi by Taqi Khan.

Produced by Josie Smart and Izzy Roberts­Orr for the ‘Dear/Hello’ segment series.

Honey Jumble/Almond

Izzy (aka ‘Almond’) shares sound letters with her distant pen pal, John (aka ‘Honey Jumble’).

Produced by Izzy Roberts­Orr.

Music credits ‘Mr E.’s Beautiful Blues’ by Eels, ‘PS’ by The Books, ‘Untitled’ by Barr, ‘Sensitive Fuck’ by Major Napier, ‘I’ll Be Right Here’ by Parking Lot Experiments.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the end of this episode is ‘Can’t Take You With Me’ by Bahamas.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Sea hitchhiking in Melbourne

Zacha Rosen at Oceans ApartIn 1970, Gabriel Salas had just finished his university studies in Chile and thought he’d try and hitchhike around South America. But what was meant to be your average graduate road trip turned into an adventure across the sea…

Take a listen to ‘Sea Hitchhiker’ recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Oceans Apart:

This version of the story was narrated live by Zacha Rosen (pictured above, while Michael Brydon fixes the microphone). The story was produced by Zacha Rosen, and mixed for Oceans Apart by Bec Fary (pictured below, staring at waveforms on her laptop). Music credits: ‘Opening Doors’ by Jamie Evans, ‘El barzón’ by Los Amparito and ‘Spring Rain’ by Aaron Ximm.

‘Sea Hitchhiker’ was originally broadcast as part of #1221 Coast to Coast, and you can read more about Gabriel Salas and his expeditions in this blog post.

The week we performed Oceans Apart, we found out that Gabriel Salas has died. If you liked his story, there are a few things you can do in his memory. You could donate to the Red Cross, where Gabriel worked. He also helped organisations like it find water sources for vulnerable people all around the world. You could also visit the Ballina Maritime Museum, which has the sole surviving raft from the Las Balsas expedition on display.

And, as a one-time anarchist, he’d probably have liked you to visit your local anarchist bookshop for a browse.


#1540 Oceans Apart

What does distance sound like? Today on All the Best, we’re crossing borders. We’re traversing long distances. We’re picking up signals from faraway.

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. On the show today, we’re hearing three stories from the night.

Ernesto Juan Castellanos

An excerpt from May Jasper’s soon­to­launch podcast, Random Article. May speaks to Cuban author, journalist and filmmaker Ernesto Juan Castellanos about how to be a hard­core music fan under a regime that sent pop underground.

Produced by May Jasper with sound design by Bec Fary. Music: ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ by The Animals, ‘Revolution’ by The Beatles and ‘Revolution 1’ By The Beatles.

The Yearn to Return

Can we stay connected to the places of our past? Made Stuchbery looks at nostalgia, and the pull of memory.

Produced by Made Stuchbery. Music: ‘Dark Water’ by Podington Bear and ‘Down By The River’ by Neil Young.

Gannet Migration

Maddy Macfarlane watches and listens to a group of gannets on their seasonal shift.

Produced by Maddy Macfarlane.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the very start of this episode was ‘Piano Froze Beat’ by Jai Leeworthy.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1536 In Your Dreams (SleepTalker collab)


We’re hitting snooze, closing our eyes, and drifting back to sleep with Bec Fary. She’s the host and producer of SleepTalker, the podcast about sleep, dreams, nightmares and what happens in your head after dark.

In this special collaboration with All The Best, Bec follows three dreamers into the night to find out how their dreams influenced their waking lives.


Creative Freedom

“You’re almost given creative freedom in taking the fragments of your dream that you can remember and trying to churn them out into something that’s more cohesive. So you’re making these dramaturgical creative decisions about your dream.”

Declan Mulcahy, director of ____day Night’s Dream, collaborated with seven performers to adapt their dreams for the stage.

Music: ‘Drift’ by Charlie Salas-Humara, ‘Dream 5’ by Tonality Star and ‘Can’t Keep My Eyes Open’ by The Paperheads

Mind’s Eye

Zed’s skin is covered in ink. His arms, hands, back, stomach, legs, and even his face, are tattooed. An ornate, scripted word curves above Zed’s right eye. It might even be the first thing you notice about him. Turns out, it came to him in a dream.

Music: ‘This Is Where We Sleep’ by Brokeback and ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ by Noctambulo

Divine Inspiration

For Melbourne musician James Collopy, the unconscious hours of sleep can also be when creativity strikes. Here, he takes us on a musical journey through his dreaming mind.

Original music written and performed by James Collopy.


For more SleepTalker, head to www.sleeptalkerpodcast.com


Episode Producer: Bec Fary

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Presenters: Michael Brydon, Pip Rassmussen

Final song: ‘Mr Sandman’ by the Chordettes

Photo from the production of ‘____day Night’s Dream’

#1534 Without Words

Listen closely because this week on All The Best we’re weaving our way in and out of the spaces between words and examining the meaning that’s hidden in silence. Think about how much we say without our words. What if you didn’t have words to communicate? What if we just choose not to speak? How would this change the way we interact with one another? What are we saying to each other with our touch, with our posture, with the amount of space we leave between each other when we sit next to one another, in our expression and in our silence?

Silent Love
Told by Monique Henry

Force Doesn’t Make Sense
Told by Jess Bell

Big Brother (Vipassana)
Told by Holly Masson
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Episode Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Supervising production from Jess O’Callaghan and Bec Fary, and transcription by Nabila Petrucci and Felicity Powell
Executive Producer: Heidi Pett
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music Credits:
The Books-PS 
Hannah Cameron- You Forgot
Alexander W Simms- Out In The Cold
Carlos Ramirez- Horizon
Bad Bats- Heterotropic (Where We Used To Belong)

#1531 Pilgrimage

Is there a place you’ve always wanted to go? Something that would be more than a holiday – a journey that you didn’t take to relax, but really to learn something from the way your feet hit the ground, to feel some sort of change at the end?

Modern life is full of weird, secular pilgrimages and today’s episode of full of those stories.


A few years ago, Alex Penman completed the infamous 100m Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. He says it’s the most painful thing he’s ever done, and for some reason he’s training to do it again. Come along as he does it all again with a small team, and a recorder.

Produced by Alex Penman with Supervising Producer Bec Fary

Camino Del Santiago

The Camino de Santiago has traditionally been a catholic pilgrimage that intersects with pilgrimage paths all over Europe, until it ends in the Spanish city of Santiago. Starting from the French Pyrenees, Alice Chipkin walked nearly nine hundred kilometres over forty three days on an unplanned pilgrimage through Spain.

Produced by Emma Jensen

Music: Johnny’s Odyssey by Mac DeMarco



#1521 Listener to Participant

This week on All the Best, we present stories from the PBS Collaborative Radio Project. These pieces come from new radio makers from emerging, refugee or asylum seeker communities, who teamed up with radio mentors to make original stories.


The stories featured are some of those produced through the project, which is the result of training delivered by PBS, supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and funded by Creative Victoria.


They blend personal narrative and documentary, drawing on experiences of migration, the importance of music in new homelands, tales of local success, and soundscapes that will transport you amongst the cows, children and traditional song of the Ethiopian countryside.


Shabba’s Writing Exercise

For most of the participants in the Collaborative Radio Project, this project was the first time they had made a radio piece. They started with workshops and exercises, and this is one of those, from Shabba – it was an activity where one person narrated while the other recorded, developing both skills.


Assegidew’s Radio Piece – The Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria

Sometimes the project participants had a clear idea of what they wanted to make, and sometimes they had an idea and it shifted throughout the process of radio making (as all great ideas do!). Some had no idea – they

Asse had just started volunteering with an organisation which he was really interested in – the Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria. He documented what he found interesting about the organisation.

Produced by Assegidew

Music Credits: JahYasteseryal by Teddy Afro


Ahn-Tu’s Radio Piece – Across The Thin Ice

Ahn-Tu felt like an outsider in Melbourne so he got on his first plane to fly to Amsterdam. He ties on his first pair of skates, and throws caution away, skating along the canals with the Dutch through the night.

Produced by Ahn-Tu

Music Credits: Hanoi by Empat Lima


Nhatty’s Radio Piece – Festival Day Blues

Nhatty Man is a household name in Ethiopia, a musician with a huge fan base and incredible energy on stage. He’s used to using words to tell stories – but usually, there is music under his voice, and he’s performing it as a song. Here, he tells a different type of story – a radio story. It’s about festival day in Melbourne, the things that change and the things that make everyone the same.

Produced by Nhatty Man

Music Credits: Ghetto Youth by Nhatty Man


 Taqi’s Radio Piece – Ali’s Story

There are many refugees living in Melbourne, and every refugee has their own story. Taqi meets many people from many countries, and his friend Ali is currently on a bridging visa. This is his story.

Produced by Taqi Khan

Music Credits: Kabul by Taqi Khan


Thanks to the Collaborative Radio Project Mentors – Josephine Smart, Jaye Kranz, Bec Fary and Bethany Atkinson Quinton.

And to the facilitators of the project, PBS presenters Jess Fairfax and Maddy MacFarlane.

The PBS program All Our Stories where these pieces first aired can be heard here in full, and it includes more stories from participants as well as interviews with participants and mentors about their stories and process.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Music Credits: Aidan by Caitlin Park

Image Credit: gratisography / Pexels 



#1515 A Walk In The Park


When 17-year-old Masa Vukotic was murdered in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster while out for a walk in a park near her house, the Victorian Homicide Squad Chief responded to the tragedy by suggesting this: “…people, particularly females, they shouldn’t be alone in parks…I’m sorry to say that is the case.”

And it hit a nerve. Because women shouldn’t be afraid for their lives walking in a park. A walk in the park should be a walk in the park. An evening run should be an evening run, a night out should be a night out, a drink should be a drink, a date a date. Riding a bike home should be something we can do without fearing for our lives.

This week on All the Best we look at the chasm between a walk home for women and a walk home for men. We tell stories of street harassment, violence against women, and varying experiences of public places.

Women are already walking in fear – what does it mean when those in authority suggest they shouldn’t be walking at all?

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode: Lucy Watson, Ebony Bennett, Jane Gilmore, Jenna Price, Lily King, Hannah Reich, Bec Fary, Rose Randall, Josie Smart, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Bethany Atkinson Quinton, Tess Lawley.

Original sound design on our walks home was by Alyx Dennison.


The Hoopla published an extended version of Jane Gilmore’s Facebook Status, titled ‘Don’t, Don’t, Don’t Get Yourself Killed’

You can read Lucy Watson’s story ‘Reflections On My Assault, One Year Ago Today’ on New Matilda.

Here’s Jenna Price on shouting back at street harassers.

And a break down of that report by the Australia Institute on Australian women’s experiences of street harassment.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: A public space text-based projection by Melbourne artist Stephanie Freda Leigh

Music Credits: Original sound design on our walks home by Alyx Dennison. “Take It All” by Evelyn Ida Morris. White Sheet Beach. 

#1506 Best Practice

A lot of us trust our doctors to make us healthy, or at least to cure our illnesses. But can they make us happy? According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, one in two Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Research organisations and support networks like Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute, are working to destigmatise depression and mental illness.

As a society, we’re talking about depression and mental illness more than we ever have, but are we getting any better at treating it? Bec Fary looks at the treatment of mental illness in Australia.

Thanks to Professor Jane Gunn, Professor Lena Sanci, and Rose Randall.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or for help with depression or mental illness please visit Beyond Blue or Headspace.




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This episode was produced as part of the SYN Summer Series.


Episode Producer: Bec Fary

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘Leafo Stills’ and ‘Beach Collage’ by Jai Leeworthy, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ by The Avalanches 

Image Credit: hitthatswitch 

Illustrations by Rose Randall

A Cheesey Date

When Bambi Smyth, author of ‘Men on the Menu’, found herself on a first date with Christian in Frankfurt, Germany, the local delicacy ‘Handkäse’ threatened to spoil her decorum. Bambi spoke to producer Bec Fary for All the Best’s ‘Food and Memory’ episode.

Music credits: ‘Funeral March For a Marionette’ by Ergo Phizmiz, from the Free Music Archive.



#1441 The Best Spag Bol

The last mandarin you peeled in the high school library. Sticky date pudding in the oven when you come home after a long time away. Hot fish and chips on a cold blustery day. Bacon sticky with maple syrup on your birthday.
The tastes and smells of food are so entwined with our memories. You might now know how much until you take a spoonful of something, hold it in your mouth, and find yourself falling through time.
This week on All the Best we tell stories of food and memory. A soup that’s travelled through nations and generations. 75 dates and 75 meals around the world. And a really great kids meal – the Fishy Dishy.
The Fishy Dishy
This first story comes from Pip’s boyfriend Luke and his family. They all sat on his mums bed and talked about the time they visited Nambucca Heads, about 5 and half hours north of Sydney. Featuring freak waves with a side of kids meals.
Produced by Pip Rasmussen
Men on the Menu
First dates, especially first dinner dates, can be so nerve-wracking and confronting. Do I have spinach in my teeth? Should I have ordered the spag bol? For Melbourne author Bambi Smyth, a world tour was accompanied by 75 first dates with men from 24 countries, all taste-tested on an 80-day round trip. Bambi gave producer Bec Fary an appetiser from her book, Men on the Menu.
Produced by Bec Fary
Cucumber Soup
All The Best producer Aidan Molins never got to connect with his grandparents, who travelled around the world representing the Republic of Ireland at diplomatic events in places like Luxembourg, Germany, and the United States. However, during her stay in Lagos, Nigeria, one young girl did, who grew up to be an economic advisor in Toronto, and food writer. Due to the internet and a little bit of serendipity, Aidan got in touch with Shayma, and his heritage.
Produced by Aidan Molins
Image Credit: Laura D’Alessandro

#1434 Up With The Birds

This is what we want you to do. We want you to google ‘Bird jizz’. Make sure you include the word ‘bird’.

Turns out bird watchers, twitchers, breeders, and birders can be in such a separate world to the rest of us that they use the word jizz to describe ‘the overall impression of a bird garnered from such features as shape, posture and flying style’. They use it all the time, without giggling.

This week on All the Best, we learn a whole lot more about people who love birds. We love them, a bit. We love our overall impression of them. We love their style.

Canaries with bowl cuts

Produced by Michaela Morgan

The Vulnerability of the Superb Fairywren

Dr Michelle Hall says Superb Fairywrens are sometimes considered to be “Australia’s favourite birds”. As part of a research team at Melbourne University, Michelle is investigating the personalities of a population of fairy wrens living at Serendip Sanctuary, near Geelong in Victoria. Not only cute, with bright plumage and sweet-sounding songs, fairy wrens are fiercely loyal. Superb Fairywrens, “marry” partners, with low divorce rates, and form strong family bonds. Michelle spoke to a group of birdwatchers at Birdlife Melbourne about personality and behavioural differences between individual fairywrens. Bec Fary listened in, and found out fairy wren families can be vulnerable

Dr Michelle Hall is a research fellow at Melbourne University’s zooology school, as part of Professor Raoul Mulder’s team – he is an associate professor of animal behaviour and evolution.

Produced by Bec Fary

Twitchers saving the planet 

If you listen closely, there might be a bird twittering outside your window right now. Sometimes we’ll be struck by the closeness of these winged creatures, when seagulls snatch at our fish and chips, or a pigeon finds its way into the supermarket. But when these momentary curiosity builds, birdwatching can become an obsession. Bec Fary went to the monthly meeting of Birdlife Melbourne, where she met with author Tim Dalby. Tim is the author of Where to See Birds in Victoria (Allen and Unwin) and recently published Finding Australian Birds (CSIRO).

You can find Birdlife Australia on Facebook, or at their website.

Produced by Bec Fary

What sort are you?

Are you an ISTJ, ENFP, or an ENTJ? Or perhaps even a D-I-S or C ?

Produced by Joel Carnegie

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: slimmer_jimmer

From NYC to OHM: Joy Villalino at Open House Melbourne


This week on All the Best we’re doing some exploring, heading into some of the unseen and forgotten parts of Melbourne with Open House.

For one day a year, people are invited to become tourists in their own city, hearing the stories hidden in every building. For episode #1427, we visit Melbourne’s historical tramways, old buildings in Stonnington and J Substation power station.

Producer Bec Fary catches up with Joy Villalino, ex-Executive Director of Open House New York, ex-Board President of Open House Melbourne, and now long-serving board member and volunteer.

From NYC to OHM: Joy’s journey from the US to Australia 

“It’s hard to be an expat,” Joy says, as she explores the transition from one great city to another.

Be a tourist in your own city

Joy explores how events like Open House can allow locals to see their cities with new eyes.

Burst the technology bubble 

We’re sometimes trapped in a bubble, walking around attached to smartphones and tablets, with technological distractions. By physically engaging in our urban environments, we can burst the smartphone bubble.

Image by Michelle Robinson.

Listen to episode #1427 Open House here.

#1427 Open House

This week on All the Best we’re getting involved and doing some exploring, heading into some of the unseen and forgotten parts of Melbourne with Open House. For one day a year, people are invited to become tourists in their own city and buildings that are usually just part of the landscape, something you pass on the way to work, become open and interesting.
There are stories hidden in every building, and we’re visiting as many of them as we can, exploring the Hawthorn Tram Depot, old buildings in Stonnington, and Substation J, deep under Spencer St.
You can hear more stories from Open House Melbourne here, as Bec Fary takes a walk around Melbourne’s CBD with Joy Villalino.
Hawthorn Tram Depot
First up we’re heading out east of Melbourne to the suburb of Hawthorn where Bec met up with Paul Nicholson. He’s a former tram driver, who now volunteers at the Tram Museum at The Hawthorn Tram Depot.
Produced by Bec Fary
Substation J

Jeff McIntosh started work at CitiPower/PowerCor in Melbourne’s CBD in 1959, when he was 15 years old. and continued working for them for the next 54 years. He retired last year, and has been guiding tours around Melbourne’s power stations for the past five Open House Melbourne events.

If someone were to start work now, and spend as long working as Jeff did, they wouldn’t retired until 2068

Produced by Bec Fary
Philippe Perez met up with Steve Stephanopoulous to talk about the architectural heritage of Stonnington.
Produced by Philippe Perez
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary
Music credit: ‘I’m Not Here’ by Johnny Ripper

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Bec Fary

#1423 Fire

Is there anything better than huddling around a fire in winter? Holding the palms of your hands just far enough away from a flickering flame that it doesn’t ignite? Fires have comforted, protected, scared and destroyed for thousands of years.  We suspect they’ve inspired stories for just as long, including the tales we’re telling on this episode of All the Best – stories of sitting by the fire, of fiery red hair, of spinning and eating fire, and learning to live through it’s destruction.

Fire Twirlers

“It’s a medium that can easily get out of control…anybody who’s been through a house fire, a bush fire, anything like that can tell you exactly how ominous it is and how it can strike fear into you straight away. It’s about safety and respect for the flame, and what it can do.”

Philippe Perez met some people who don’t run scared from fire – they respect it and tame it.

Produced by Philippe Perez

Music Credits: ‘Plying With Fire’ by the Rolling Stones, ‘U Don’t Know’ by Jay Z


City Fire

Michael and Jess talk about how nice it is to have a fire in the middle of the city of Melbourne, if only for a month. Jess talks to the fire’s designer, Rob Bundle. The fire was part of Federation Square’s festival The Light in Winter.


The Girl with Flame-Coloured Hair

Bec’s immediate association with ‘fire’ is her flame-coloured hair. Although she doesn’t have the stereotypical ‘fiery personality’, her hair colour is her most vibrant characteristic, so she spoke to her mother, her best friend and her brother about whether or not hair colour, or physical appearance, really reflects on who we are, and whether the heat of the hair colour radiates.

Produced by Bec Fary

Music Credits: ‘Driftwood’ by Podington Bear, ‘Afterglow’ by Podington Bear


Music Credits: ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’ by Charles Bradley

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

 Image Credit: Percitta

#1921 Only a Whale

Look out off the east coast at the moment and you’ll likely see them – whales. Come whale watching with us, on the edge of cliffs in Sydney, in 1850s Byron Bay, from the decks of the First Fleet and in a Melbourne theatre. But remember, all you’re looking at is big, sea dwelling mammals – the whale is only ever just a whale.


Shifting Baselines

Writer and biologist Mary Gardener is piecing together stories and find an answer to the question – when someone looked off the coast at Byron Bay 300 years ago, what would they see? Closer to shore, as recent as 60 years ago, they would have seen a long jetty with whales being hauled in, harpoooned. Mary wrote about when Byron was a whaling town in the Byron Shire Echo. You can hear some more of Harry Roberton, whaling folk singer, here.

You don’t have to wait for the boom of a harpoon to see a whale these days – follow @WildAboutWhales or #WhaleOn to know when to rush to the shoreline.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


The Whale is Just a Whale

Moby Dick: Show Thyself combined humour, history and literature. A tumultuous, seasick production of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick recently played at Melbourne University’s Union Theatre. The play, adapted for stage and written by Rohan Byrne, and performed by independent company Until Monstrous, is set to be reworked and reimagined for a follow-up performance run in 2015.

Produced by Bec Fary

Music Credits: ‘Overture’ by Liam Bellman-Sharpe, ‘Death to Moby Dick’ by Liam Bellman-Sharpe and ‘The Sea Claims Another’ by Liam Bellman-Sharpe


Whale Stories

Stories of whaling in the Southern and Pacific Oceans with Laura’s dad – John Newton, the author of A Savage History. We had him tell all our favourite whaling stories – stories of sperm whales as far as the eye can see, whaling boats alongside the First Fleet, baby whales breaking hearts, killer whales being border collies.

Produced by Laura Brierley Newton

Music Credits: Sigur Ros – Glósóli


Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

 Image Credit: Michael Dawes