#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

#1330 Sex, Drugs & Politics

Women with power, that’s the way we like it!

From local government to the world of competitive pole dancing, this episode takes you into the lives of two women and their careers in politics.  They work hard and fight hard to get things done.


Pole Position

Pole dancing champion Zahra Stardust, speaks with Liam Knierim about her move from a career in Law to Pole Dancing and her candidacy for the Sex Party.

Producer:  Liam Knierim

Sound Design:  Belinda Lopez

Music Credits:  I Touch Myself by The Divinyls & Closer by Nine Inch Nails


Tales of Sin & Virtue

Kathryn Bendall shares her story about being a member of local government and the trials and tribulations of a young family, a sick husband and a vengeful building inspector.  Did she have to bend the rules to get things done?  Maybe…just a little.  Kathryn joined All the Best and The Art of Storytelling at their live storytelling event, ‘Tales of Sin & Virtue’.

Technical Producer:  Antonia Gauci

Thanks to Tate Ryan and The Art of Storytelling for Co-Producing Tales of Sin & Virtue


Picture Credits:  J. Howard Miller


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1301 Beyond the Comfort Zone I

All the Best returns to your airwaves for 2013 with a series of stories about people confronting out-of-the-ordinary life events. Two All the Best producers turn to fiction to tell personal truths about cancer, family and love. And we welcome back Zahra Stardust, a guest on the show last year, who was supposed to appear in an photography exhibition about empowered women in sport, until the art gallery banned the photograph.

A sister tells the story of her brother Roland’s cancer diagnosis. A fictional story by writer Lynda Delacey, who lost her father and a close friend to cancer last year, and producer Abigail Sie.

Written and read by Lynda Delacey.
Produced by Abigail Sie.
Music: ‘Memory Booth’, original composition for ‘Grief’ by Haydn Walker; ‘The Visitor – Door Knock’, original composition for ‘Grief’ by Gerard Fitzgerald; Brazil’ by Cornelius; ‘In C Remixed’ by Terry Riley, performance by Zoe Keating from ‘Into the Trees’.

Empowering Still
Zahra Stardust: Pole dancer, stripper, human rights advocate and feminist, told us her story last year. She’s joining us again after photographs of her that were to appear in a upcoming exhibition in Sydney were rejected by the gallery. Curator Toni Bailey wrote to photographer Belinda Mason about her concerns, saying that she could “appreciate that the intention of the photograph is to suggest that the subject is empowered, however we are convinced that not everyone will read it in this way.” Zahra and Belinda argue the photograph is an empowered vision of women.

The exhibition, Onside, presents a series of artworks “referencing gender stereotyping, sexualisation of women’s bodies and notions of femininity”. On display at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney from 9th February- 24th March 2013.

Produced by Liam Knierim.

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

Photo credit: Peter Cagnacci

#1233 Power Plays

All the Best takes you to places of power outside the hallowed halls of parliaments— in the most unpredictable of places. A disgruntled solicitor swaps her law books for a pole, emerging as one of Australia’s leading pole dancers and a candidate for parliament to boot; while a woman remembers her teenage crush and the undeserving pedestal she placed him on while reading the private diary she kept at the time.

Pole Position
Today, Zahra Stardust is a Penthouse Pet, the Australian Pole Dance Champion and an award-winning stripper. But she was once  a full-time as a solicitor in a corporate law firm, and later swapped her law books for sparkles and hotpants. She believes her decision— like pole dancing generally— was more in line with her feminist beliefs.

Produced by Liam Knierim
Sound design by Belinda Lopez

Music: ‘I Touch Myself’ The Divinyls, ‘Closer’ Nine Inch Nails.

Dear Diary
Everyone has at least one teenage crush that has stayed with them: for the rollercoaster of emotions, for the way they consumed your thoughts— and for the sheer awesome power they possessed over you. That one person you’d placed on a pedestal. Niki Aken has one of those people. We hear about him through the diary she kept as a teenager, now shared with the world.

Recorded by Kate Ryan
Produced by Heidi Pett

Music: ‘Escale’ Les Zekoutzy Pourvoir.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos

Photo: ‘Zahra Stardust’ by Dieter Knierim
Music: ‘In the Middle of the Night’ Martha Wainwright



#1229 Don’t Stop Me Now

All the Best brings you stories of people whose flames burn brightly, against the odds. A sonic submerging into the world of a woman who stutters, a 103 year old lady who’d probably put you to shame on the athletics field, and a former self-harmer tells how she lifted herself from the depths of depression.

Hear Me
Airynna Tannberg used to have panic attacks when the telephone started ringing. And going on a date was unthinkable. Having stuttered ever since she could remember, Airynna grew to fear the sound of her own voice.

Produced by Mel Tolnay.

Golden Girl
Ruth Frith is 103 years old. While she concedes that most people her age are pushing up daisies, she’s throwing javelins out on the athletics field, competing in international Masters’ competitions. That is, of course, if she can find anyone in her age category to compete against. But after spending a lifetime on the sidelines, Ruth is just making up for lost time.

Produced by Liam Knierim.
Field recordings by Ellie Freeman.

Losing Myself, Finding Myself.
Miriam, or Mim, is twenty years old. Reaching that age is a huge achievement in itself given the experience of her teenage years. As she tells All the Best contributor Rachel Fisher— the two of them have been friends since they were 15— she dealt with the pain of her family life through self harm. But she found a way out.

Produced by Rachel Fisher.

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

Picture credit: ‘Golden Girl’ Ruth Frith by Belinda Mason.




#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


#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

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