#1825 Perfection

Perfection comes in different shapes, forms and sizes.

‘Biohacking’ by Steph Doole

Smart drugs, saunas and supplements. These are some of the techniques biohackers use to try to perfect their mind and body.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘Steppin’ In’ by Podington Bear 

‘The Future is Meow’ by Josie Hess

Meet Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. He’s a biohacker who’s gone to court in Australia’s first cyborg rights case. 

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Music: ‘It’s a Mystery’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Small Steps’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Expectations’ by Leo Rosevere, ‘All the answers’ by Leo Rosevere

‘Sex Robot’ by Benjamin Silvester

The sex robots are coming. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

Advocates say these animatronic sex dolls could be the companions of the future. Critics say they’re a recipe for misogyny. So should we be excited or alarmed?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Mambo Jambo’ by Patrick Warren, ‘Puzzler’ by Podington Bear, ‘Bongo Avenger’ by Eric Ryan Kilkenny, ‘Trilobite’ by Podington Bear

‘Perfection and Attraction’ by Jack Banister

In our search for perfection, we pause to think about the people we find attractive. What are the qualities that lead us towards a particular person?

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Music: ‘Sweet Success’ by Purple Planet 

‘Perfection – Deafness’ by Gerard Cockburn

Bec and Dan were introduced at a party held by Dan’s sister. They open up about their different upbringings and the things that they’ve now been able to share together.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Blessed’ by Purple Planet, ‘Snap’ by Purple Planet

‘Do You Have The Time?’ by David Ross

Time was once measured by the passing of the sun. Today we do things a bit differently but we still need to work out if the time is on time.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

‘Little Holes’ by Zara Hastie

Does the sight of a seed pod make you want to vomit? Do the little holes on a pancake make your skin crawl? Well, you might have trypophobia.

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Constricted’ by Purple Planet, ‘Far and Wide’ by Purple Planet

All of these stories were produced by Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. This was a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne.

‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, opening at the University of Melbourne this September. Thanks to Louisa Lim, Dr Ryan Jefferies and Bec Fary for coordinating this collaboration.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Tegan Nicholls

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Icons8 team

Music: ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions

#1530 Old Pictures

Family albums, photos pressed between the pages of a second-hand book, a photo on a postcard, a greying, dog eared picture on Tumblr.

Old pictures are full of stories. They’re a window into another world, expressions frozen on faces, clothes just as they were.

What can they show us? And what are they hiding?


Para Dog

Produced by Sky Kirkham with additional production by Michael Brydon


We Were Always Here

John Ebert regularly posts vintage photos of gay couples on Twitter. Some photos are from as much as 100 years ago. He tags them with #wewerealwayshere. He says they were able to be taken as part of a gay underground that operated in those early times.

You can follow him at @sonoffidelis.

Produced by Rose Lane

Additional production by Sky Kirkham


On Tape

No one expects a box of tapes to explain the story behind a strangely posed photo of the grandparents.

But when he was looking through old family photographs, producer David Ross found a cassette made between his mum and her mum more than 20 years ago, where they talked about where his mum was born and why she came to be there.

It talks about a rather forgotten episode in the post-war centrifugal destruction of the British empire, as its long oppressed components spun off.

Produced by David Ross

Music Credits: Roma Khleb, RJB


State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Supplied by David Ross