#1412 Squeezing the System

 

Ever think about where your $10 t-shirt came from? On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, All The Best brings you stories from the supply chain.

Sumi Abedin is twenty years old. She was a garment worker at the Tazreen Fashions factory, and jumped from the building the day it caught fire in 2012. Emilia speaks to journalist and activist Lucy Seigle about what the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accords mean, and how we can be ethical consumers. We hear from Ceridwen Filer, a former sourcing agent speaking out about her work for major Australian brands, and we talk to Carlie Ballard, an ethical designer who makes clothes that aren’t weird and asymmetrical or made out of hemp. That is, she makes ethical fashion that’s fashionable.

Plus, we’ve got a little extra this week: Avani Dias chats to model and freshly minted activist Ollie Henderson about #StartTheRiot, and the catcall that sparked the beginning of her very own fashion revolution.

Music: ‘Little Do’ by Podington Bear, ‘Fashion’ by David Bowie, ‘Highschool Lover’ by Air

Episode Producer: Emilia Terzon

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

#1202 Witness

Websters Ghost
Written and read by Mark Sutton
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons
Produced by Jesse Cox

All Over A Meat Tray
Produced by Liam & Dieter Knierem

Cupcakes
Written and read by Vanessa Berry

Car Crash
Performed live at the Paper Mill by Que

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Sound Supervisor: Que Minh Luu
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

 

#1201 Rooms

Rooms, huh? Pretty standard. Or…? Today we look at a couple that make you think outside the four wall and ceiling concept – the cylindrical ones of drain pipes, the purpose built capsules to house one family’s 56 semi trailers of books, and tiny, elevating ones.

The Nicholas Building
Produced by Mike Kermode & Jesse Cox

The House of Books
Produced by Emilia Terzon with Katerina Lebev

Draining
Produced by Mike Kermode

The Cupboard
Written and produced by Emilia Terzon

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Show Producer: Emilia Terzon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

 

 

Letters

Dear ATB Listener,

How are you?! We’re pretty good. Saturdays are always hectic.

As we type this letter, we have just aired this week’s show on FBi Radio. We started off by hearing from a sweet CWA lady – Kathleen T. Gable – whom Mel Braun homaged for her letter writing during WW2. It was “splendid”.

Our morning then took a less innocent turn, as a newer contributors, Mike Kermode, retold his friend’s hilarious customer complaint story regarding a pepper grinder… a very distinctly non-refillable pepper grinder.

The giggles then got a bit aggressive as a column by Sydney journalist Richard Glover – which was supposed to be satirical – took a turn for the worse. Many thanks to Sarah McVeigh for producing this story about the 1000s of hate mail letters he received in response to this article.

One of our own then broke in to narrative, with Brigitte Dagg talking about the letters she wrote home whilst travelling. We have a whole book of them – fifty pages worth – in our possession (blackmail potential!!) which Zacha Rosen found the best bits of Imogen Semmler to chat around.

As we type this letter, it reminds us that we rarely write hard copy letters anymore – and nothing was a starker reminder of this than a less convention penpal piece by Lucie Bell featuring vision impaired women Coral and her Japanese friend.

Braille machines and cassette tapes were then juxtaposed with something a little more commercial: a letter to Santa. Yes, ATB wrote our own letter, and he better bloody well respond when we send it off to him in the snail mail.

Speak soon! See you next week! Sayonara!
All The Best xxx
P.S. This week we farewell Imogen Semmler, thanks for all the fantastic fill in presenting.

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Emilia Terzon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos