#1420 Independence

We don’t get given our independence one day, with a haircut or along with the lease of our first rental house. It happens over time, and we fall in and out of it in complicated ways. That’s what this episode of All the Best is about. The fine line between independence and dependence. Between knowing how and where to get a haircut, and blaming a haircut on your grandma. Between depending on your parents and having your parents depend on you.


That Time I Cut My Hair and Blamed My Grandma

I was getting anxious, and wondered what would happen in a year when I had to leave this delightful mess and be a real person. Where would me and my hair go? I started looking into hairdressers’ windows when I walked past, trying to decide if I could sit down with them and say ‘I don’t know what to do, what would you suggest?’.

Written and read by Patrick Lenton. This story first appeared on online literary mag Scum.

Music Credits: Podington Bear

Gifts on a Buddhist’s Birthday

What would you want on 60th birthday? Grandchildren? Retirement? This story is about a man who chose an entirely different path when he turned 60. Much to the surprise of his friends and family he decided to join a Buddhist Monastery and become a monk, despite never having practiced Buddhism before.

What consequences does that sort of decision have on your family life? Is it a noble act or is simply shirking responsibilities? Fifteen years on Ekagatta is still a practicing Buddhist, and we hear from him and his daughter, Lorien about this drastic life change.

Produced by Fiona Pepper


Will Bailey

Will’s dependence on David, his father, is a fundamental aspect of their relationship. Despite suffering from severe Down syndrome, Will, now 21, is striving for independence. While this makes David happy, he wonders if he’s done enough as a father to both give Will the freedom he seeks and have the peace of mind that he will be safe in his choices. This is a story about a father, his son and a new job.

Produced by Matthew Jane, Nadine Keegan and Azim Iskandar


Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: PJPink

#1321 Pot of Gold

What would you do if you won $12,000 on Deal or No Deal? All the Best presents the story of one man who spent his gameshow winnings on the purchase of camels, in order to find a rather metaphysical Pot of Gold: a bit of adventure in his life. Armed with three friends, three camels and not much preparation, Nathan Carter set off walking from Perth to Melbourne across the desert— and found much more than he’d bargained for.

Produced by Fiona Pepper.
Supervising Producers: Belinda Lopez and Giordana Caputo.
Sound design by Belinda Lopez.
Documentary audio recorded by Leon Bryant.
Music credits: ‘Bees’ by Caribou; ‘Hello Hammerheads’ by Caribou; ‘Darlin’ Won’t You Come’ by Bob Evans; ‘Tears’ by Django Reinhardt; ‘Sirtaki à Helsinki’ by René Aubry.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

Picture credit: ‘Arabian Siren Song’ by daybeezho

#1303 Who Da Man?

All the Best brings you stories that turn masculinity on its head.  Alpha males are taught a lesson by beta males in the Army Reserves, an aggressive, alcoholic father finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, and a man finds out how to monetise his beard on the Internet.

Beards, And the Men Who Love Them
There are people on the Internet who fetishise beards. Melbourne photographer Jackson Eaton happened to have exactly the kind of beard that they wanted. (Below, for your own enjoyment: The growth of Jackson’s beard from clean-shaven to Internet trophy).

Produced by Fiona Pepper.
Sound design by Belinda Lopez.
Photo credits: Jackson Eaton.
Music credits: ‘Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas’ by Penguin Cafe Orchestra; ‘Warwick Pro Series Star Bass 5‘ by Bass People Sydney; ‘I’ve Still Got My Beard’ by The Beards.

Revenge of the Weekend Warrior
Even in the Army Reserves, hierarchy is everything. Private Paddy Jacob, dedicated weekend warrior, knows that. So when one particularly authoritarian Sergeant pulls rank on him and insists that they do not communicate during a drive together, Paddy obeys him to the letter.

Written and read by Melissa Jacob.
Produced by Heidi Pett.
Music credits: ‘Send for the Man’ by AC/DC; ‘Talk (feat. Giorgio Tuma)’ by the Townhouses;  ‘Midriffs’ by Sui Zhen.

My Best Friend’s Dad
Growing up in Manildra, central west NSW, Shaun had only one friend. But his best friend’s dad was an abusive alcoholic,  who was aggressive towards both boys. Shaun practically wished him dead.

Performed by Shaun Prescott at Confession Booth at World Bar in Sydney.
Recorded by Kate Ryan.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.