#1604 Doggie

 

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.

Producer: Selena Shannon

Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Music: ‘Showers’ by Podington Bear

Image by Aidan Molins

#1443 Christmas Again

Back in 2011 ghost of All The Best past Eliza Sarlos and her partner hashed out what Christmas would look like for their brand new family, right here on the show. We decided to check back in – when does the tree go up? What goes on it? Importantly, does their little boy leave a glass of whiskey for Santa?
This week on All The Best we revisit a few of our favourite Christmas tales. Traditions both old and brand new, goblins wreaking havoc, and a most unlikely pair – Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock – a nun and an ex-con who are making their own Christmas miracles.

Goblin Night
Did you ever leave milk and cookies…or a scotch out for Santa? Well for Madelyne, her childhood was also filled with the tale of the Christmas Goblin…created by her dad Billy so he could watch the football.
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

The Scallywag and the Saint

Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’ and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Image Credit: Murilo Cardoso

#1416 That Girl

 

“I didn’t want to be That Girl Who Had An Abortion, because I’m not… When you look at the statistics, there are many of those girls”

We have so many conversations about abortion, but most of the time they’re abstract and political, they’re not about the lived experiences and choices of women who’ve terminated a pregnancy. A lot of the time it’s because those women are reluctant to put their head above the parapet. This week on All The Best we wanted to create a space for those conversations, a space for doubt, for relief, anger and even humour. A space for women’s stories.

Thanks to everyone to spoke to us for this episode – Dawn, Kerz, Jane, Gen and Heidi. You can hear all their stories in full, alongside extra stories on our blog.

 

Produced by Heidi Pett

Supervising Producer Kate Montague with assistance from Jess Bineth and Jess O’Callaghan

A special thanks to designer and illustrator Leah Goren for the use of her beautiful artwork.  There’s heaps more on her site.

Music Credits: ‘Cauliflower Jack’ by Caitlin Park, ‘How’s Your Wife?’ by Caitlin Park

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

#1414 A Fear Of…

All the Best asks you to reveal your fears – the more irrational the better. Some of them are born out of lessons learnt and childhood disasters, and others come seemingly out of nowhere. You guys fear a lot of stuff. Blind dates, small holes, eggs, mannequins, speeding fines, frogs, neck-touching, technical difficulties, the Mad Hatter, public speaking. We look at fears and exposure ourselves to them.

 

May

Michael talks to Features EP Jess O’Callaghan about her fear of the month May, and making everyone come along for the irrational ride.

New Father

A new father shares his feeling about becoming a parent.  An audio story from the November 2013 Transom Online Workshop.

Produced by Kate Montague

Music Credits: ‘Biplanes’ by Poddington Bear

 

Being Imaginary

Imaginary fears and friends. An audio story from the November 2013 Transom Online Workshop.

Produced by Tess Lawley

 

Mannequins

It started at Sovereign Hill, when a husband chased his wife around the kitchen. Emma Koehn’s fear is totally rational.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credit: ‘Mensa’ by Podington Bear

 

Exposure Therapy

When Merran Reed was told she had social anxiety, it led her to group dedicated to facing their fears, through exposure therapy. You can read Merran’s column on exposure therapy here.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

 

Cars, speeding fines, frogs, blind dates, neck-touching

Leona Hameed asked a bunch of people what they fear the most.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘Drunken Tune’ by the Cinematic Orchestra

 

Eggs

We made poor Tess eat an egg. Thanks, forever, Tess Lawley.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Music Credits: ‘Hang Loose’ by Alabama Shakes

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: JimmyJoesJimmy

#1410 Are You Family

This week, we bring you two very different stories about family. Kate Montague speaks to the memory man, who gave up life in the corporate world to collect elderly people’s stories as a keepsake for their families. Zoe Ferguson speaks to older people in the LGBTI community, about their identity as they get older and the support available to them.

Memory Man

Bob Mitchell was a regular guy, working a corporate job in Sydney’s CBD. Until one day, something happened that led Bob to make some major life changes. This is the story of one man’s journey to a new life and how he renewed old relationships along the way.

To find out more about Bob and his memory man business, you can visit his website.

Memory Man was produced by our SP Kate Montague as part of the Transom online story workshop.

Produced by Kate Montague

Music Credits: Cameron Emerson-Elliot

 

Are You Family?

What is it like to grow old as a LGBTI person in Australia? Zoe Ferguson spoke to some older people who tell about the reluctance to live in a nursing home, the relationships they have with their families, and the differences between being LGBTI in the past compared with today.

Produced by Zoe Ferguson

Music Credits: ‘Limit to Your Love’ by James Blake, ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge

 

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: sima dimitric

#1345 …Vs The Establishment

What would you stand up and fight for?

Small Fry

‘ A warm man cannot understand a cold man’.

Barrister and Mediator Robin Margo was an activist during apartheid in South Africa.  He wanted to change the regime and fight for equality for all South Africans.  He campaigned alongside many passionate people.  However, it was an experience he shared with activist Steve Biko that has changed the way he now tries to relate to people.

Producer:  Zacha Rosen

Music Credits:  Delicate Particle Logic by Thomas Newman, Night Vision by Suzanne Vega, Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck, Sinnerman by Nina Simone, Crucify Your Mind by Sixto Rodriguez, Hidden in Snow by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Other links:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xqj1n

Not on My Turf

Not on My Turf was created as part of the multi-platform storytelling installation Transform My Turf.  

Millers Point is in the heart of Sydney and is a richly diverse community.  The public housing tenants are currently under threat of losing their homes as the Government makes room for a new, wealthy community to move in.  This documentary shares the stories of the public housing residents who’ve been living in Millers Point for generations.

Producer’s:  Carly-Ann Keneally & Jordan Byron

Sound Designer:  Oliver Pieterse

Supervising Producer: Kate Montague

Interviewee’s:  Chad Ford, Bob and Barney, Col and Terry, Flo Secold, Quentin Dempster, Alex Greenwich and Ron.

*Quentin Dempster was interviewed as a resident of Millers Point and his views do not reflect those of the ABC.

Music Credits: Our House by Madness

Other links:  http://www.transformyourturf.org.au/

Picture Credit:  Transform My Turf – Jordan Bryon

Music Credit:  Fight the Power by Public Enemy

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Belinda Lopez & Giordana Caputo

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1344 XOXO

 

‘Love’ has been the inspiration of great works since the beginning of time.

Join us for stories of Love.

XOXO

Love Sick

They met.  They fell in love.

As life together grew and time went on Tobhi and Dan began to think about marriage.  But the final steps to getting engaged were not quite what they expected.

Producer:  Kate Montague

Music Credits:  Careful Diagrams by Cameron Emerson-Elliott, Imaginary Friend by johnny_ripper, Under Glass by Cameron Emerson-Elliott, Ice Machines by Cameron Emerson-Elliott, How do I say goodbye by Cameron Emerson-Elliott.

Other links:  narrative.ly/survivors/tobhi-an…mperfect-proposal/

 

The Face of the One you Love:  Side A/ Side B

Side A/Side B was devised as a ten-minute tandem poetry meditation created by Sydney composer Tom Hogan and Brisbane poet Eleanor Jackson.

It was designed to be experienced by two people at the same time.   Side A/Side B asks that you take a seat, choose a side and conjure up the face of the one you love.

The installation originally sat two participants opposite each other, with “degradable sound” (tape or vinyl) on headphones. The two meditations are structured to move listeners through three distinct movements, using language and sound to create a hypnotic, contemplative place of love and loss.

Tom Hogan is a Sydney-based sound artist, composing for theatre and digital works. Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.

Writer/ Performer:  Eleanor Jackson

Composer/ Sound Designer:  Tom Hogan

Producer:  Tom Hogan

Technical Producer:  Rick O’Neil

Other links:  http://tomhogan.bandcamp.com/album/side-a-side-b

 

Picture Credit:  Camdiluv

Music Credits:  Love Cats by The Cure, Magnetic by The Bus Vipers

 

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1343 At Your Service

Psychopathic bosses, jobs from hell, call centre nightmares…

Welcome to ‘At Your Service’.

 

Fred/ Jack 

For many of us, we think about ways that we could make improvements to our little corner of the world.   This is a story about a real council in Sydney, a real swimming pool and one man’s quest to take on the “big guys” and shake things up in his area.  After 18 months of campaigning and over 100 letters, Jack shares his story.

Writer: James Tsonis & Courtney Payne

Producer & Sound Designer:  Courtney Payne

Supervising Producer:  Merran Winchester

Voice Actors: Janice Baker & Bill Baker & James Tsonis

Music Credits:  After You’ve Gone by St Louis Swing Band, Honeysuckle Rose by Django Reinhardt

 

Go-Pher It!

After sweating away at her Law degree for 5 years, Farz Edraki answered an ad to join a law firm and begin her new career.   However, the job didn’t quite live up to her expectations.

Producer:  Farz Edraki

Supervising Producer:  Merran Winchester

Voice Actors:  Adelaide Rief & Paul Rands
Music credits: Wha’d Ja Do To Me by The Boswell Sisters

 

Jobs from Hell

Who would have thought astronomy was a dangerous job? Or that you were risking your life in computer support?  This is the story of how a glamorous job turned into a nightmare with a boss who was a psychopath.

Producer:  Ian Woolf

Supervising Producer:  Kate Montague

Sound Design:  Ian Woolf & Bryce Halliday

Original Composition:  Bryce Halliday

 

Picture Credit:  Ian Woolf

Music Credit:  Wherever We Go by Blue Canoe Records

 

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1332 The Sister & Mum

This episode we meet some extraordinary individuals who have mastered the art of giving.

From welcoming children into your family to looking after the vulnerable in society, these individuals have a huge capacity to love.  In our first story we meet Lesley Flanders, a foster mum who has welcomed over 40 children into her home over the years.  We also hear about an unlikely, but very successful duo who teamed up together to bring a bit of magic into the lives of some of the more isolated people in our community.  These stories are good for your soul!

Tribal Mum

Liam met Lesley whilst working on a creative project with the United Nations.  The conference was about Disabilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Communities.  Liam and his brother Dieter interviewed Lesley as part of that project. Her story, as a foster mum and the love she has for her kids inspired him to make this piece.

Producer:  Liam Knierim

Music Credits:  Backyard by Robert Dann

 

The Scallywag and The Saint

An ex-con and a nun walk into a bar…well, sort of.

This is the story of Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock, an unlikely pair who teamed up to deliver Christmas cheer to the community.  What they give and what they get is much, much more.

Producer:  Kate Montague

Music Credits:  Indian Love Song by The Dirty Three, Kim’s Dirt by The Dirty Three, Writing Poems  by Ludovico Einaudi (from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack), Kolapot by Amiina, Familiar Ground by Cinematic Orchestra.

For information about Sister Myree’s work go to http://www.gethsemanecommunity.org.au/

 

Picture Credit:  Robert Freiberger

 

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1323 Mad Science

 Giving not Taking

With only 5 litres of blood in our body, you’d think it would be in our best interest to keep all of that inside….you’d think.

Producer Michael Kermode travels to Woy Woy, just north of Sydney to learn more about a very natural therapy making a comeback.  Since it’s days of glory in the 18th &  19th centuries, this treatment has been used to cure various physical ailments as well as being used, in more recent times, as a beauty treatment.  If they don’t make you squeal or shriek, they might make look and feel great.  Mike Kermode speaks with Stefan Hafner to learn more about these little, medicinal creatures.

Producer:  Mike Kermode

Supervising Producer:  Belinda Lopez

Music Credits:   Attack of the Giant Leeches – filmclip (1959), Goosebumps by Ray Davies, Tea For Two Cha-Cha by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Stuck On You by Lionel Richie, Pencereden Kar Geliyor by Erkan Ogŭr, Faust Symphony by Liszt, I Got Rhythm by Django Reinhardt, Let’s Work by Prince, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer, Mr Lucky by Jimmy McGriff, Stuck On You by Elvis Presley

 

The Mystery of the Long-finned Eel

After hearing a story about the migration of the Long-finned Eel and mistaking it for an urban myth, Merran Winchester decided she needed to find out more so she could distinguish fact from fiction.  She staked out a park at night and talked to various scientists to find out how these eels could make such an incredible journey from an inner-city park to the waters of New Caledonia.  This research led her on to ask questions about humans, machines, instinct and reason.  It is a story based on research and told by actors.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Supervising Producer:  Kate Montague & Giordana Caputo

Actors:  Anna Martin & Brendon Taylor

Music Credits: Absent Presence by Jason Bradley Livesay, Clock without Hands by Peter Calandra & Scott P Sehreer, Flagship Commander by Patrick Smith, Handel & the Glory of the Lord (arranged) by Dave Greendale, Powder Smell by Tillman Sillescu, Werewolf by Tillman Sillescu

 

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

 

 

# 1322 The Settlement

Redfern is a diverse inner-city suburb of Sydney, renowned for its strong Aboriginal community.  ‘The Block’ has been a hub of political activism with a vibrant community spirit, but in the last decade Redfern has seen huge changes because of it’s proximity to the city centre.  Housing prices have sky-rocketed and it seems like every week there is a new trendy cafe, restaurant or bar opening.  A lot of people have welcomed these changes but there are others who worry that the spirit of the old community is being lost.

‘The Settlement’, an old community building in the middle of Redfern, became the battleground for a neighbourhood dispute between the old and new.

This show was produced as part of Stories by Postcode, a local story telling initative run by All the Best, devised by Jesse Cox, and made possible with a grant from City of Sydney’s Local Community Grants program.

Producer & Presenter: Kate Montague

Producer’s Assistant: Caitlin Gibson and Miles Martigioni

Sound Engineer: Antonia Gauchi

Music Composer: Edwin Montgomery http://soundcloud.com/edwinmontgomery

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

 

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#1304 Fight Club Vol. 1

All the Best doesn’t go looking for the fight; the fight comes to us. A night on the Gold Coast during Schoolies starts in a Penthouse apartment and ends with violence and jail; and a girl’s whip is transformed from performance object to weapon when domestic violence stares her in the face in Darwin.

A Night to Forget
For the record, Wade Keighran doesn’t like to fight. But when a group of drunk guys at Schoolies started physically harassing a group of young women, he felt he needed to act. It was the start of the worst night of his life.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music credits: ‘Gimme Shelter’ by The Rolling Stones; ‘You Doo Right’ by Can; ‘The Hardest Button’ by The White Stripes; ‘Dimension’ by Wolfmother; ‘Where is my Mind’ by The Pixies.

Zen and the Art of Whipcracking
Kerzlake thought she’d mastered the art of whipcracking. But coming home one night through the dark streets of Darwin, an unexpected showdown with a stranger challenged everything she loved about her art.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music credits: ‘The Last Night’ by The Dirty Three; ‘The Man with the Harmonica’ by Hollywood Studio Orchestra; ‘Bang Bang’ by Nancy Sinatra; Calexico.

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

Photo credit: Self-portrait by Kerzlake.

 

#1235 A Few of Our Favourite Things

All the Best casts its curious eye back on 2012 and shares a few of our favourite stories from the year. A former drug dealer and addict comes back from the brink; a surfer girl dares to be different in the 1970s, and a mother dancing on an old family video forms a lasting memory for her daughter.

Tony Hoang
From the south-western Sydney suburb of Cabrammatta, Tony Hoang tells us his story: it’s about drugs, power and redemption. This story was produced through the Become a Radio Pro training project with support from the Community Media Training Organisation. The  project was devised by Jesse Cox and Brigitte Dagg with Nicola Joseph.

Produced by Thuy Nguyen
Supervising Producer: Gina McKeon.

That Summer of ’75
Forget the TV series and the book: the real Puberty Blues started in the summer of 1975. Shé Hawkes was 14, and had begun doing something absolutely outrageous on the beach. Shé- a girl- had started to surf. It wasn’t something that the other surfers were going to let her get away with.

These days, Shé is a writer and academic: read her piece about women breaking into the surf culture of 1970s Australia, and a fictionalised version of her summer of ’75.

Interview, recording: Kate Montague
Edited by Belinda Lopez
Music credits: Room with a view (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0; Instrumental – Restoration (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; Instrumental – The Buddha (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Remembering Mum
How to you get to know someone when they’re not around? Before social media, it was through sheer detective work – asking questions, looking at old photographs, reading anything they’ve written or left behind. In the case of her mother, Madelyne Cummings’ own search led her to discoveries she could treasure forever.

Written and read by Madelyne Cummings.
Produced by Que Minh Luu.
Original music by Jamieson Shaw.
Technical production by Antonia Gauci.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos
Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Photo: ‘Raindrops on Roses’ by Jon Bragg

#1234 The Scallywag and the Saint

Just in time for Christmas, All the Best brings you the story of a very unlikely pair of people— a nun and an ex-criminal— undertaking a very special project for those who face a festival season without love, family or presents. And we find out how the stories of your life could be preserved forever by the National Library of Australia through a new oral history project.

The Scallywag and the Saint
Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’  and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra.

This is Your Life
Host Georgia Moodie speaks to Nicole Curby from the Australian Generations oral history project about having your own life story preserved by the National Library of Australia for future generations. The project is seeks Australians from the country to the city, from families with a long history in Australia to the recently arrived, to share the stories of their lives.  The project is still looking for people born in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly men of this age!

Follow the project on Twitter, visit them on Facebook, and to participate, get in touch:

PHONE: (03) 9905 2206
EMAIL: kate.e.james@monash.edu
ONLINE: go to www.arts.monash.edu.au/australian‐generations and click on the orange headphones
WRITE: Australian Generations Oral History Project, Department of History, Building 11, Level 6, Monash University, Clayton Campus, VICTORIA 3800

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos
Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Photo by Kate Montague

#1228 Great Expectations

The false starts, stumbles and humble beginnings of successful people before they ‘made it’. All the Best tells the early stories of foodies, fashionistas and… Germaine Greer. Long before The Female Eunuch sparked a feminist revolution, Germaine Greer was a frightened schoolgirl, surviving World War 2 in a dysfunctional family.

A Hunger to Make It
Nahji Chu today calls herself the ‘Queen of the Rice Paper Roll’, and runs a burgeoning group of restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne. But back in 1978, she was called Nga Chu: the name featured on her refugee visa when she arrived in Australia, escaping the Pathet Laos Regime is Laos. From surviving refugee camps to defeating schoolyard bullies in Melbourne, Nahji shares her emotional, hilarious story.

Nahji Chu is featured in Urban Walkabout’s Revolutionary Minds photography exhibition, which opens Wednesday November 14th at Gaffa Gallery, in the Sydney CBD.

Produced by Kate Montague
Technical production by Antonia Gauchi.
Creative commons music credits: ‘Fall Moon’ by Buildings and Mountains; ‘The Buddha’ by Dan Warren; ‘The Turtle’ by Dan Warren

The Barbie and I
Gary Begeni is today a successful fashion designer. But when he was a kid, his passion for fashion was an undercover mission, involving theft, vandalism, and some very funny attempts to cover it all up.

Gary is also featured in Urban Walkabout’s Revolutionary Minds photography exhibition.

Produced by Kate Montague
Technical production by Antonia Gauchi.

Inventing Greer
Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves –Germaine Greer.
In 1940s Australia, a schoolgirl named Germaine Greer was terrified of fireworks, mistaking the loud bangs for the possibility that World War 2 had finally arrived on her suburban doorstep. As Greer tells All the Best, her formation as a professional trouble maker began with a problematic relationship with her parents, some early acts of defiance in the ‘awful’ 1950s, and surviving the intellectual warfare of Sydney’s Push counter-culture movement.

Interview and recording by Liam Knierm at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, organised by the St James Ethics’ Centre.
Edited by Belinda Lopez

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox.

Picture Credit: Urban Walkabout

 

#1221 Coast to Coast

Stories ahoy! All the Best brings you intriguing tales from the high seas. A South American geologist’s rough-and-tumble journey on a raft to Australia leads to a life-changing encounter with Gough Whitlam. And, the real Puberty Blues: a young girl tries to join the blokey surf culture of the 1970s- but an initiation rite in the water goes terribly wrong.

That Summer of ’75
Forget the TV series and the book: the real Puberty Blues started in the summer of 1975. Shé Hawkes was 14, and had begun doing something absolutely outrageous on the beach. Shé- a girl- had started to surf. It wasn’t something that the other surfers were going to let her get away with.

These days, Shé is a writer and academic: read her piece about women breaking into the surf culture of 1970s Australia, and a fictionalised version of her summer of ’75.

Interview, recording: Kate Montague
Edited by Belinda Lopez
Music credits: Room with a view (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0; Instrumental – Restoration (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; Instrumental – The Buddha (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Sea Hitchhiker
In 1970, Gabriel Salas had just finished his university studies in Chile and thought he’d try and hitchhike around South America. But what was meant to be your average graduate road trip turned into an adventure across the sea. It also led to a fateful meeting with Gough Whitlam, just as Chile turned from democracy to dictatorship.

See photos and read more about Gabriel’s Salas’ adventure in this blog post by Zacha Rosen.

Produced by Zacha Rosen
Music credits: Jupiter The Blue (gillicuddy) / CC BY-NC 3.0; Opening Doors (Jamie Evans) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; El barzón (Los Amparito) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5; Spring Rain (Aaron Ximm) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox

Picture Credit: Gabriel Salas’ La Balsa raft after being located and towed into Mooloolaba Boat Harbour, Mooloolaba on 5 November 1970. Courtesy of Heritage Library, Sunshine Coast Council
Music credit: Skitzin by Shining Bird. Free download here.

#1217 Im Not There

The theme today on All the Best is taken from ‘Im Not There’ a film about Bob Dylan.  In the film six actors play six incarnations of Bob Dylan and today we have stories about shifting personalities, missing family and friends who seem real one moment and gone the next.  From Jasper who has 1 million imaginary friends, to a story about the discovery of a bag of memories and the attempt to get to know your mum.

My Imaginary Friends
Produced by Kate Montague
Sound engineer: Antonia Gauci

Meeting Mum
Written and read by Madelye Cummings
Original sound music and sound design by Jamieson Shaw
Supervising Producer: Que Minh Luu

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox

Picture credit: Jasper as home near Wagga