#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

#1624 Take the Leap

“If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?”

This week we meet three people who took a leap into the unknown, not sure where they would land. Griffin Blumer confronts a suspicious cardboard box in the small, spooky town of Tumut. Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us Pat Furze, a Melbourne man 5 years into a pen pal friendship with Meagan, a Texan inmate in a maximum security prison. We also meet Julio, a Mexican semi-pro soccer player, chasing his dreams in Australia.

‘What’s in the box?’ By Selena Shannon

If a group of strangers in the street asked you to jump on a mysterious box, would you take the leap?

Griffin Blumer is an actor, and in 2013 he toured Australia with the Bell Shakespeare company performing plays in schools around the country. But one day, when he was out for a jog in a town near the snowy mountains, he came across a mysterious cardboard box, lying in the middle of the road.

Music: ‘Jamaica’ by Richard in your Mind

‘Dear Patrick’ By Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

You take a leap with every stranger you meet. You never know how things will turn out. All The Best senior producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton brings us the story of a man who took a larger leap with a stranger than most of us ever will.

Made with thanks to Paddy Bridges.

‘Discover your potential, develop your skills’ By Tim Siow

Meet Julio, a young man taking a leap to chase a love across the ocean. The love just happens to be soccer.

Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen

Music: ‘Ringling’ by Podington Bear, ‘4LB’ by Seekae, ‘The Passing’ by Great Earthquake, ‘La Petrona’ by Dueto de Tinito y Porfirio, ‘Wait Think’ by Great Earthquake

 

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Hamish Foxley

#1611 Her Game

By Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

This week All The Best devotes a full episode to a podcast series that was released last year, now in full documentary form.

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton lives in an AFL state. Like everyone else in Melbourne, she knows the sport is part of Victoria’s identity. Some might even say Australia’s national identity. Yet somehow, it wasn’t until last year that the first women’s AFL match was broadcast on free-to-air TV.

In this full length version of the series, Beth speaks to players, coaches, presidents, reporters and supporters to explore how some people experience their gender within AFL culture.

This series was originally produced at Triple R 102.7FM for the Community Radio Network and was made possible by the Community Broadcasting Foundation. To find out more head over to www.hergamepodcast.com

Image: Carla McRae aka The Paper Beast 

Music: Sports! by Young, Tough, Terrible, Afterglow by Podington Bear, Immunity by Jon Hopkins

 

#1605 Temporary Communities

 

This episode was brought to you with thanks to Squarespace

Visit a collection of temporary communities in this week’s episode of All The Best.

Her Game

Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton dives into the world of women’s AFL in her new audio series Her Game. The series unpacks how some people experience their gender in the traditionally hyper-masculine world of Australian Rules Football. Her Game looks at the stories of players, coaches, presidents, supporters and reporters. Featured in this week’s episode of All The Best, we hear from a female coach about her under 12 girls team. Life lessons in personal space, strength, and confidence sown with the seeds of AFL.

Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Music: Sports! by Young, Tough, Terrible

Twelve hours on the Hell90

On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a genre of local tale exists in the form of “L90 stories”: larger-than-life recounts of overzealous community figures, insane drunken interactions, friendships forged and punches thrown. ATB producers Aidan Molins and Matt Kearns wondered, has the legendary and infamous bus created a community of its own? They grabbed a recorder and took to the bus for 12 hours one Friday to find out.

Producer: Aidan Molins 

Supervising producers: Heidi Pett and Selena Shannon

Music: Far Away by Amorph

College life

Living in a university college is often described as the best time of your life. The media on the other hand, usually tells a different story. One of brutal hazing ceremonies, dangerous initiation games and serious mistreatment of women. But what was it really like for the students themselves? How did three people who experienced the same type of community, in their own way, feel about it? We asked three students to paint their own picture of college.

Producer: Selena Shannon

Music: Springtime by Podington Bear

 

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons user Stuart Boreham

 

#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?

Compromise

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.

Mother/Abai

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

#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

#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)

#1528 Naked

Avert your eyes. This week on all the best we’re tackling one of the biggest remaining taboos – getting naked.
Because as liberated as you may feel, as comfortable in your own skin, when it comes down to it you pulled a shirt on over your head before trotting off to work today. You probably even primed your body with underwear.
We delve deeper into nakedness than any TV show ever could on a Saturday morning and tell stories of nudity, past and present.
Naked Law
Produced by Heidi Pett
Phallic Interpreter
Written and performed by James Robertson Hirst
Produced by Michael Brydon 
Nude
Produced by Riley Harrison
Naked For Satan
Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Handcuffed / Flickr

#1525 Past in the Present

It’s easy to think of time as a continuum – what is done is done, what is past is past, the future holds only new stories and possibilities.
The problem with that is, it ignores all the detritus the past speckles through the present. What do sea shanties, a cassette player and a broken heart have in common? They’re all examples of the past crashing painfully, curiously, into the present.

 

Twelve Parties Without You

Written and produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design by David Goldschmidt

Performed by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

 

Shall Go Back To Shanty Club

Produced by Danny Noonan

 

Music of the Rain

Written by Alison Earls

Production by Skye Kirkham

Music was ‘Scherzando, En Blanc et Noir for two pianos’ composed by Claude Debussy and performed by Sivan Silber and Gil Garburg. Thanks to the Jerusalem Music Centre Recordings for letting us to broadcast their recording.

This story was recorded as part of our collaboration with Writers Bloc.

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: MrMark

#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 

 

 

#1520 Go Play Outside

Do you remember climbing a tree as a kid? Running through the bush in the dark, feeling leaves and twigs crunch beneath your feet, your torch out of battery? Did you leap up to grab at the monkey bars even though your arms were too short to make it?

It seems that in a few generations, everything about childhood has changed – except kids themselves. The risks of play, letting kids go it alone, and unsupervised activity of any kind are more publicised than ever. Things that were free fun are now controlled, monetized experienced. Toys that once were bears and dolls are Disney designed icons to be collected and discarded.

How are the changes to play impacting kids? How are they changing the stories kids grow up to tell? And could the changes have a long term impact on health or the environment?

This week on All the Best – stories that explore the commercialisation of play, from mass-made toys to ‘tree-based eco adventures’.

Thanks to the Kids in Nature Network for having our producers along at Nature Play Week.

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: David Baker

#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. 

#1510 In A Day

A lot can happen in one day. Everything can change, or nothing can. Some days are special and some days are so completely ordinary that we can tell them apart from the others.

On one day this month, 24 hours at the beginning of March, we sent All the Best producers out in search of stories. They had only a day to find something to tell us on the radio – they learnt about kissing, about cooking, and growing older. And Michael interviewed a dragon.

Three Things I Learned About Kisses

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Paella 

Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

This is 31

Produced by Amy Tsilemanis

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Zacha Rosen

 

 

 

 

#1403 The Most Important Thing

Schools are made for learning, and everyone can name a few things they learnt in school. This episode is about the opposite. We asked a bunch of people “What’s the most important thing school never taught you?” The stories we heard in response feature a whole range of answers including taxes, testicles, failure, continents, conviction, and coding.

How to Learn

Leona Hameed asked her mum and two aunties about the most important things school never taught them.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ by Rogers and Hammerstein

How to Fail

Heidi Pett was very good at school. But it failed to teach her one vital lesson.

Produced by Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘The Future Wouldn’t That Be Nice’ by The Books

Taxes, Coding, Click-bait  

The question ‘What’s the most important thing school never taught you?’ was weighing on our minds for a while, so we collected the answers of just about everyone we know. Michael and Jess trawled through the responses, and there were some things that popped up again and again.

Produced by Michael Brydon and Jess O’Callaghan

Responsibility

We wanted to find out what a teacher thought their biggest lesson outside of school was, And whether they would try to teach it in their classes. Michael Brydon spoke to Kristen, a Primary School teacher from New South Wales.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credits: ‘Suite 1’ by RJD2, ‘Circles From The Rue Simon – Crubellier’ by Max Richter

Identity

The most important thing Sharon never learnt at school was identity. Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton spoke to her about the things school never taught her about gender.

Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

To be comfortable in my own skin

Sometimes, what you don’t learn in school is something that you have to find out for yourself. Something that can’t be taught.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credits: ‘Bobby’ by Bell Gardens, ‘On Dancefloors’ by Metronomy and ‘Fire it up’ by Modest Mouse.

Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producers:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

Image Credit: Elizabeth Albert