By this stage of our lives we’ve formed pretty solid ideas of how the world should be, we think we know what we like and what we don’t like. We’re familiar with the streets in our towns and we know the kind of films we like. But for the people in our stories this week, they’ve discovered it’s never too late to realise an unknown pleasure.
‘What’s your favourite meal?’
Nick’s a food writer, he’s been to the finest restaurants and is used to the best of what the food world has to offer. But when asked what his favourite meal is, he gave us a pretty simple answer.
‘Do the Nutbush’ by Michaela Morgan
If you grew up in Australia, chances are you know the dance that goes along with Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’, it’s a repetitive line dance that’s rolled out at parties, formals and weddings. But Michaela found out that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Tina Turner impersonator or a Tennessee native, unless you’ve been to Australia you’ve probably never encountered the Nutbush dance.
Music: ‘Raunchy’ – Harlow Wilcox, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Podcast Intro’ – The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, ‘Proud Mary instrumental version’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘La Lamba’ – Los Lobos, ‘Going to Pasalacqua’ – Green Day, ‘The Liquidator’ – Dick Hyman
Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson
‘Cuckoo’ by Chloe Gillespie
Last up, Chloe had to go full detective to get to the bottom of this final unknown pleasure. It all started when her Grandpa, who would always choose to read about Australian history over watching a Hollywood movie, started reading a book by JK Rowling. She interviews three generations of her family about the mystery, before asking her Pa, ‘Why are you so obsessed with this book?’
Sound design and original music by Alyx Dennison
Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon
Executive Producer: Selena Shannon
Presenter: Jess Hamilton
Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Alex de Carvalho
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Do you ever think about how other people perceive you? How they interpret what you’re putting out into the world? Do you ever think about how different that interpretation might be from your own self perception?
In this episode we meet three people, each questioning the public’s perception of them, and trying to set the record straight.
Growing old as a lesbian by Zacha Rosen
Teresa Savage has spent her life not fitting in. And being awesome for it. She runs the website 55 Uppity, which is a site about “what older dykes and queers and lezzos wear and think and believe.” She fills us in.
This extract comes from our friends over at Not What You Think. If you like having your views of the world challenged, definitely check out this great little podcast.
Music: Impossible Girl #3 by Kim Bokebinder, Musica Poetica I: Gassenhauer by Carl Orff, Bad Girls by M.I.A. and You’re So Cool by Hans Zimmer
Luke from Lakemba by Caitlin Gibson
Luke Carman is a Western Sydney writer who sits outside of the hipster lit-crit, and rallies for an authentic Australian voice that is more reflective of ‘real’ – for lack of a better word- life Australia. In all its diversity, complexity, and discomfort.
In this short intro to Luke, he reads us an excerpt from his book ‘An Elegant Young Man’, set in the back seat of a taxi driving through Liverpool in Sydney’s Western suburbs.
Music: Beautiful waste by The Triffids
Who is Clara from Warringah? By Selena Shannon
Clara is 24 and a very normal young Sydney-sider. Except that last year she ran for parliament in the state election against Premier Mike Baird, notoriously Australia’s most popular politician. It was a move many people could not understand. This year, she has bigger fish to fry.
Sometimes a radio show just needs to bask in the glory of dogs. Because dogs are great. Open your ears to stories of the unbreakable bond humans have with their four-legged pals, and the lengths some people will go to for an animal they love.
Music: ‘808 and Moog Out’ by Podington Bear, ‘Dogs Are Everywhere’ by Pulp
Excerpt: Youtube video ‘Dog Hoards Tater Tots’ by America’s Funniest Home Videos
Eau d’Wet Dog
Meet David Capra. David is a performance artist from Fairfield in Sydney’s West, and Teena is his sausage dog muse. Together they have bottled her scent and made a doggie perfume. But the world may not be ready for David and Teena, as they blur the lines between performance art and real life.
Producer: Caitlin Gibson
Supervising producer: Kate Montague
Music: ‘I wonder, I wonder, I wonder’ by Eddy Howard
Safe beds for Pets
Pets can make us feel safe and grounded. In many cases they’re integral to our sense of home and people will go to great lengths to protect them – even, in some cases, at their own risk. But it doesn’t have to be that way, sometimes people and their pets just need a little help with their exit strategy. In this story we visit a special shelter at the RSPCA that provides a safe bed for pets, only not in the usual way.
In this episode, we’re going underground, with secrets, subcultures and subversive publishing. We meet River, one of the elusive Shoplifters of Tumblr, and hear stories of Oz Magazine from Jim Anderson.
The Shoplifters of Tumblr
The internet has meant that even the most underground of movements, most clandestine of activities, are now made to be shared and viewed and even favorited by strangers. This story is about a community enabled by the internet – The Shoplifters of Tumblr.
Produced by Avani Dias
In the late 1960s Jim Anderson was one of the editors of Oz Magazine – a title which he jokes has been the ‘hook that hanged me all these years’. The magazine is looked at as a sort of golden age for underground media, and counterculture in Australia and England. He sits down with producer Caitlin Gibson to talk us through some of the more
Produced by Caitlin Gibson
Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon
Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo
Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
An Australian is on her way to Mali, in West Africa, for her dream adventure trip: to attend the Festival in the Desert. But the musicians have already fled. Escaping war and violence, the nomadic Tuareg musicians have crossed the border to Burkina Faso. In the desolate refugee camps, despite hunger and homelessness, their music lives on.
Music is Life
Produced by Caitlin Gibson.
Music credits: Original recordings of Disco and Amanou Imma by Caitlin Gibson with permission from the artists. Also: ‘Radio Mali’ by Ali Farka Touré; ‘Ikyadarh Dim’ by Tinariwen; ‘Ichichila’ by Tartit; ‘Issalalkas’ by Tarbiyat.
Thanks to Giordana Caputo for providing voiceovers of Disco, Miles Martignoni for additional training and Danielle Gesser for translations from French to English. Also to Mahmoud Ag Imma for his assistance in locating musicians in Burkina Faso.
Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally. Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez. Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.