#1633: Unknown Pleasures

By this stage of our lives we’ve formed pretty solid ideas of how the world should be, we think we know what we like and what we don’t like. We’re familiar with the streets in our towns and we know the kind of films we like. But for the people in our stories this week, they’ve discovered it’s never too late to realise an unknown pleasure. 

‘What’s your favourite meal?’

Nick’s a food writer, he’s been to the finest restaurants and is used to the best of what the food world has to offer. But when asked what his favourite meal is, he gave us a pretty simple answer.  

‘Do the Nutbush’ by Michaela Morgan

If you grew up in Australia, chances are you know the dance that goes along with Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’, it’s a repetitive line dance that’s rolled out at parties, formals and weddings. But Michaela found out that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Tina Turner impersonator or a Tennessee native, unless you’ve been to Australia you’ve probably never encountered the Nutbush dance.

Music: ‘Raunchy’ – Harlow Wilcox, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘Podcast Intro’  – The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, ‘Proud Mary instrumental version’ – Ike & Tina Turner, ‘La Lamba’ – Los Lobos, ‘Going to Pasalacqua’ – Green Day, ‘The Liquidator’ – Dick Hyman

Supervising Producer: Caitlin Gibson

‘Cuckoo’ by Chloe Gillespie

Last up, Chloe had to go full detective to get to the bottom of this final unknown pleasure. It all started when her Grandpa, who would always choose to read about Australian history over watching a Hollywood movie, started reading a book by JK Rowling. She interviews three generations of her family about the mystery, before asking her Pa, ‘Why are you so obsessed with this book?’

Sound design and original music by Alyx Dennison

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Alex de Carvalho

#1434 Up With The Birds

This is what we want you to do. We want you to google ‘Bird jizz’. Make sure you include the word ‘bird’.

Turns out bird watchers, twitchers, breeders, and birders can be in such a separate world to the rest of us that they use the word jizz to describe ‘the overall impression of a bird garnered from such features as shape, posture and flying style’. They use it all the time, without giggling.

This week on All the Best, we learn a whole lot more about people who love birds. We love them, a bit. We love our overall impression of them. We love their style.

Canaries with bowl cuts

Produced by Michaela Morgan

The Vulnerability of the Superb Fairywren

Dr Michelle Hall says Superb Fairywrens are sometimes considered to be “Australia’s favourite birds”. As part of a research team at Melbourne University, Michelle is investigating the personalities of a population of fairy wrens living at Serendip Sanctuary, near Geelong in Victoria. Not only cute, with bright plumage and sweet-sounding songs, fairy wrens are fiercely loyal. Superb Fairywrens, “marry” partners, with low divorce rates, and form strong family bonds. Michelle spoke to a group of birdwatchers at Birdlife Melbourne about personality and behavioural differences between individual fairywrens. Bec Fary listened in, and found out fairy wren families can be vulnerable

Dr Michelle Hall is a research fellow at Melbourne University’s zooology school, as part of Professor Raoul Mulder’s team – he is an associate professor of animal behaviour and evolution.

Produced by Bec Fary

Twitchers saving the planet 

If you listen closely, there might be a bird twittering outside your window right now. Sometimes we’ll be struck by the closeness of these winged creatures, when seagulls snatch at our fish and chips, or a pigeon finds its way into the supermarket. But when these momentary curiosity builds, birdwatching can become an obsession. Bec Fary went to the monthly meeting of Birdlife Melbourne, where she met with author Tim Dalby. Tim is the author of Where to See Birds in Victoria (Allen and Unwin) and recently published Finding Australian Birds (CSIRO).

You can find Birdlife Australia on Facebook, or at their website.

Produced by Bec Fary

What sort are you?

Are you an ISTJ, ENFP, or an ENTJ? Or perhaps even a D-I-S or C ?

Produced by Joel Carnegie

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: slimmer_jimmer

#1432 Borrowing Sugar

There’s a lot of mythology around neighbours. A good neighbour can turn into a very convenient friend, one who lends you a cup of sugar when you run out mid-bake, or who’ll water your plants when you’re out of town.

Then there are the neighbours who are a pair of eyes over a back fence, or a passive aggressive note stuck to your front door. The people who steal your newspaper subscription. The mysterious Boo Radley at the end of your street.

This episode we found out that when it comes to neighbours, the truth is much more interesting that fiction. Some of our listeners should probably move house. Or at least have quieter sex and parties.

 

All My Neighbours Are Dead

We’ve all had bad neighbours, right? The loud ones, the ones that are up all night playing awful guitar, the ones that host endless parties. Well Yasmin Parry moved house earlier this year and she thought  she’d scored the perfect place. It was big, with lots of light, in a good neighbourhood.

And it was quiet. Really quiet.

Produced by Yasmin Parry

Music Credits:

Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, Get the Party Started by Pink, Smile Like You Mean it by Mika, Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

 

Sex sounds, torn up trees and marriage

We asked for stories about your neighbours. Stories about people who really did fall in love with the girl or boy next door, current affair style feuding neighbours, and the neighbours you actually do borrow things from. Turns out most of you guys hate your neighbours.

 

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Johnny Ainsworth

#1418 Amazing Babes – Live at EWF

Inspired by Eliza Sarlos’s picture book Amazing Babes, the Emerging Writers’ Festival invited an incredible line up of writers to tell stories about the women who have inspired them, in their writing and their lives. It was a night to be inspired and celebrate the women who made us who we are. Here, we share some of their stories, and capture a slice of the nigh with music from Canberra-based girl band ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ and three stories of truly amazing babes.

Brodie Lancaster on Tavi Gevinson

Cathy Petocz on Caryl Churchill + Jenny Kemp

Jo Randerson on all of the women

Music Credits:  ‘We Must’ written by Cathy Petocz and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and produced by Cinnamon Records, 2014. Performed by Cathy Petocz, Amanda Thorson, Luciana Harrison, Hannah de Feyter, and Jordan Rodger.  Their EP will be released in Winter 2014.

Wintercoats remix of ‘Transatlantica’ by Guerre features in Brodie Lancaster’s story.

Recorded and edited by Leona Hameed

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Grace Lee

#1408 Did I Ever Tell You?

All grandparents have stories they tell over and over again. The time your mum was late to school. The time your uncle got his toe broken in a sliding door. The time you were really scared of an emu. But what about the stories they don’t tell us? The lifetime of stories they think we wouldn’t be interested in? In this weeks episode, we asked our grandparents to tell us stories they’d never told us before.

Zipper

All the Best presenter Michaela Morgan talks to her Great Aunty Noelene about sewing ball gowns to dance in Sydney, 1952.

Produced by Michaela Morgan

Music credits: ‘The Sheik of Araby’ by Fats Waller & His Rhythm, ‘Diga Diga Doo’ by Artie Shaw, ‘King of the Trocadero’ a recording from National Film and Sound Archive, ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’ by Frank Coughlan

Sandwiches in the Park

Pip Rasmussen spoke to her grandmother about a time in Australia when there was a great fear of HIV, but she looked past the misconceptions and held out her hand to her friends who were suffering.

Produced by Pip Rasmussen

Music credits: ‘Youth’ by Daughter, ‘A World Alone’ by Lorde, ‘Far from View’ by Jack Cowell and the Owls and ‘Autumn Breeze’ by Exit Strategy.

 

A 1950s Love Story 

In 1951, a holiday to the sleepy town of the Gold Coast saw the beginning of a love story between Yvonne Hoffman and Hal Leslie. Yvonne was on holiday from Sydney with her mother and grandfather in Burleigh Heads, Queensland when she met Hal. He and six of his friends from Narrabeen, NSW were in town for a Surf Life Saving competition. Yvonne reminisces about her holiday with Hal and his mates on the Gold Coast 62 years ago.

Produced by Sydney Pead

Music credits: “Sweetheart Swing” by Tim Garland, published by Audio Network

 

His Story’s in the Suitcase

There have always been unanswered questions about Flynn’s refugee grandfather. Flynn’s mum describes him as a polymath “admired by people from all walks of life and disciplines”, who would join him in his study for intense discussions that would last hours. He arrived in Australia in February, 1951 on board the S. S. Castelbianco. The family mythology holds that he was born in Russia, and raised in a military academy after returning home one day to find his mother frozen to death. That’s all he ever said about his parents, apart from the fact they were Russian. A few weeks ago, Flynn found a suitcase full of documents that might answer some of those questions.

by Heidi Pett

Music credits: ‘Transnautica – Wintercoats remix’ by Guerre, ‘Mazu Heart Sutra – Namine remix’ by Guerre

 

She Got A Free Holiday 

Lucie sat with her grandfather by the fire and he told her the story of crazy Aunt Jess, and how she fell in love.

Produced by Lucie Robson

Final song: ‘Jack, Where You At’ by Caitlin Park

 

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: Something Something Free Parking

#1406 These Women

Everyone can tell the story of an awesome woman. A mother, grandma, sister, friend, or teacher. This year International Women’s Day is celebrating women who inspire change, and today All the Best tells the stories of awesome women doing this in all sorts of ways. From a celebrant to a beekeeper, a journalist to young women sharing stories online, we look at the stories of Australian women.

Judy Aulich

Briefly, in December 2013, same-sex marriage was legalised in the Australian Capital Territory. Judy Aulich, a Canberra-based celebrant, performed 11 same sex marriage ceremonies in the five days it was legal. She tells that story to Farz Edraki, as well as some of the stranger weddings she’s performed in her time as a celebrant.

Produced by Farz Edraki

Music Credits: ‘Love is in the Air’ by John Paul Young, ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ by ABBA, ‘Lovefool’ by Cardigans, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ by Dusty Springfield, ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley, ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ by Nina Simone

Creating Feminism

Feminism can sometimes seem like an exclusive club. Josie Wright looks at the ways that young women are making feminism more accessible, through creating, writing, and making.

Produced by Josie Wright

Uh huh honey

Melbourne City Rooftop Honey is a coalition of beekeepers who are introducing honeybees to the city in an effort to protect them from the ravages of disease and human habitation. Their honey is used and sold in restaurants across Melbourne. Vanessa showed us some of their hives nestled high above Federation Square in the CBD.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘Yeezus’ by Kanye West, ‘Sweet Nothings’ by Brenda Lee, ‘It’s Dope’ by J Dilla, ‘Slow Like Honey’ by Slow Like Honey, ‘The Birds and the Bees’ by Dean Martin

Woman to Woman

The next woman you’re going to hear from received a letter last year. She opened it standing in her kitchen, in the semi-darkness, after a long day of work. Joanne McCarthy, is journalist with the Newcastle Herald, a newspaper in the Hunter region on the New South Wales central coast. The letter was from another Australian woman, and it’s already become a celebrated part of Australian political history.

Produced by Jacqueline Breen

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: Rebecca O’Callaghan