#1309 What’s in a Name?

(With apologies to Shakespeare.) All the Best shares two stories about the power of names. A refugee from Afghanistan arrives in Australia and changes his name — twice. And the so-called Political Friendship Group in Canberra, which works towards equality for LGBTI Australians, is the setting for a rare story of bipartisan cooperation in these politically-troubled times. It’s a story that is especially moving for the producer of the piece, Kate Doak.

Free to be Adam
You might not guess it by his name, but Adam Free is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan who now lives in Melbourne. Adam isn’t actually the name he was given at birth. He’s changed his name not once, but twice, and all in the space of two years.

Produced by Georgia Moodie.
Music credits: Toothless by Jai Pyne; Bells by The Desks.

The Parliamentary Friendship Group
Kate Doak is a political junkie, and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened in Canberra- until finding out about a curiously-named ‘parliamentary friendship group’ including politicians across the spectrum. They have joined forces to help sex and gender diverse Australians who are stuck in a rut because of inadequate medical benefits and inconsistent state and national laws.

Read the Diversity in Health report mentioned in Kate’s story here.

Produced by Kate Doak.
Music: ‘Planet Zero‘ and ‘Sunday morning‘ by Jahzzar; ’Folk jam’ by Ryan Shello.

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

Photo credit: Jack Dorsey under a Creative Commons license.

#1216 24 Hour Challenge

This week we set our contributors a challenge. Make a radio story in 24 hours. The day we picked was Sunday August 5.  The time to begin midday.

Windsurfing under the flightpath
Produced by Miles Martingoni

For as long as he can remember, Miles’s father has been trying to drag him out onto the water. Sailing, fishing, swimming… anything that meant getting out onto any beach, lake or river… well recently his dad started doing something different… and we thought it was the perfect thing to capture for our recording day….

Trawling the Vic Markets
Produced by Madeline Rebbechi

I am number 132

Produced by Zacha Rosen
All around the country, on any given afternoon, groups of people get together. They want to work out how to change the world. And on the day we made this there was a meeting in Sydney of mexicans about a movement called ‘I am 132’ – Zacha went along

The Accidental Busker
Tess Lawley

Countrylink to Port Macquarie
Produced  by Jess O’Callaghan

Pie Suit Memories
Produced by Lucie Bell

Breaking the Fast
Produced by Georgie Moodie

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producer: Damian Enemark 

Picture credit: Lucie Bell in her pie suit circa 1990s

#1215 Dear Diary

Would you ever read someone else’s diary…?

The Ultimate Taboo
Produced by Georgia Moodie

What’s the one thing you are not meant to do to your sister’s diary? Years after breaking the oldest rule about diary privacy Georgia Moodie chats to her sister about an incident from their childhood

No One Understands Me: Teen Diary Readings
Performed by Justin Heazlewood as part of No One Understands Me a night curated by Eddie Sharp
Recorded at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre

Have you ever stumbled across diaries from you past? Perhaps stashed under the bed or in a dusty old box at your folks place? They can be hilarious, excruciatingly embarrassing or painful – or a mixture of all three. And what if you then decided to read those diaries in public… Justin Heazlewood, who you may also know as the Bedroom Philosopher- shared some of his old entries at a night of teen diary readings at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne called No One Understands Me

Interview with Anna Barnes

Anna Barnes talks with Georgia about her new book GIRL!: The Ultimate Guide to Being You

‘Sometimes life feels really complicated. Friendships, school stuff, all the things I care about, big changes happening in the world . . . but then I wonder what I can do, because I’m just one girl.’ Ella, 13

Young author and blogger Anna Barnes doesn’t have all the answers (she wishes!) but like the best big sister, she shares some of her experiences, dreams and funny stories; plus thoughts from girls like you.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox

 

#1214 Guests

Guests – we’ve all been one, we’ve all had one and we’ve all subsequently gathered a few amusing – and often sordid – tales along the way. From the unwelcome, to the unexpected and from the unusual to the down-right crazy, guests can often prove to make life just a little more interesting. This week on All The Best, we will chronicle some of the more interesting sagas, such as couch-potato house mates, controversial cockatoos and all the goss from behind the walls of a 5 star hotel.

Behind the Scenes of 5 stars
Produced by Georgia Moodie

Shaggy Dog
Written and read by Fiona Wright
Original sound design and music by Jamieson Shaw
Produced by Jesse Cox
Sound Supervision by Que Minh Luu

Cockatoos of Darlinghurst
Produced by Catriona Menzies Pike
Audio engineer: Antonia Gauci

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox 

 

#1212 Town and Country

We go to the city. We go to the country. Stories about leaving the country and returning home.

Audio Diaries
Produced by Giordana Caputo
With contributions from Bronwen Loden and Jordan Bloomer
Original sound design and music by Andrew McLennan

Albion Park
Written and read Annaliese Constable
Sound Design: Callum Wheeler
Dialogue Edit: Nick Rowan
Sound Supervision by Que Minh Luu
Produced by Jesse Cox

Returning to the Country
Produced by Georgia Moodie

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox