#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

 

 

#1230 Doorstop

Doorstop (n): 1. An interview by a journalist in which the interviewee is approached unknowingly at their place of residence or work. 2. An uninvited interview by paparazzi or tabloid reporter (Source: All the Best dictionary). Armed with microphones, our producers chase down their unsuspecting targets to ask them the big questions in life, on the spot.

The Fortune Teller

Produced by Merran Winchester

The Water Artist

Produced by Tess Lawley

The Spam Buyer

Produced by Mike Kermode
Music credits: ‘The Bird’ by Jimmy McGriff, ‘A Taste of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

The One that Got Away

Produced by Jessica Minshall
Music credit: ‘Lightbox’ by East Forest

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, and, for the last time, Jesse Cox. (Jesse is retiring after an amazing three years on All the Best. As one of its founders, he helped build up the house we’re in, and we’re truly grateful. Thanks.)

#1227 Waiting

Good things come to those who wait… good things such as this week’s show! Sit with us and wait. We’ll wait for the tide to come in. For answers. For things to turn around. We’ll wait on highways and open plains, looking to hitch a ride home for Christmas. And, once the waiting is done, we’ll hear from a woman who waited a very long time to tell her boss exactly what she thought of him.

75 Ways of Waiting
Do you ever think about all the things you wait for throughout your day? All the small fragments of time that see you nervously, excitedly, or vacantly anticipating what will, won’t, or may… happen? We present a weighty list of things requiring patience in life.

Produced by Mike Kermode.
Creative commons music credits:  Tres Tristes Tangos by Planta Baja; Latché Swing by Sweet Georgia Brown

Waiting in Motion
40 years ago, hitchhiking was actually really popular in Australia, but for a few reasons  (Ivan Milat, anyone?) it’s all but faded into oblivion. So there’s a chance you’ve never tried it yourself. For those who haven’t: hitching often means extended periods of waiting, laced with a relentless uncertainty about who’s going to pick you up and when. But it also means exchanging the universal hitchhiking currency: stories.

Produced by Mike Kermode.

Dear Mr Lechter
Last month Julia Gillard made international headlines for standing up in parliament and telling Tony Abbott exactly what she thought of him for 15 minutes.  She accused him of sexism and misogyny  and you kind of got the feeling that she’d been waiting to say this to him for a very long time. But Melissa Jacob has waited far longer to tell her boss exactly what she thinks of him. She does so now, for your listening pleasure.

Written by Melissa Jacob.
Produced by Belinda Lopez.
Original composition and sound design by Tim Jenkins.

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

Picture credit: Lauren Carrol Harris

#1218 By the Moon

For everyone who has been on radio hosting a series of Allnighter of Mid Dawns is a rite of passage.  This week to begin our show about the moon Georgia and her cousin Harry White reminisce about those nights on the air.

Ramadan and the Moon
Producers: Nancy Notzon & Katerina Lebedev
Sound Design: Andrew McLellan
Supervising Producer: Giordana Caputo

Over the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed some people not having lunch or tea or coffee with you any more. In the day that is. While some of us relax and start to wind down as it gets dark, others are just getting started. Ramadan – that holy month in the Islamic lunar calendar when people fast by day and feast by night – makes quite a stir. The moon comes out and friends and families get together for prayer, socialising and of course, lots and lots of eating. It’s a vibrant time to be out on the streets in Auburn in Western Sydney.

Darwin by Night
Produced by Mike Kermode
Co-ordinating Producer: Grace Dalton

Earlier in the year All the Best’s Mike Kermode moved North to Darwin, we asked him to describe what the city looked like at night.  Mike tells us about his first Territory Day.

Hospital Under A Full Moon
Produced by Gina McKeon

Midwife and Nurse Sophie Lewis talks with Gina McKeon about how the moon affects births and why they try to avoid shifts when the moon is full.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox

Picture Credit: Peter Cagnacci

#1204 First Impressions

A show in 24 hours? We thought it was impossible. Until this week’s show fell in on itself and we had to make it happen. Hear the results, including – stripping off in P.E. class, and we get our Tarot Cards read in the backseat of a car during a flashflood.  Produced by Jesse Cox and Miles Martignoni with the help of All the Best contributors and a bit of fate.

A Child’s First Impression with Dr Mark Derosnay

You Do WHAT In PE Class? with Lucie Bell

Trapped in Maccas with Julia Wylie

Buggy Wars on Dangar Island with Mike Kermode

Produced by Jesse Cox & Miles Martignoni
Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

#1201 Rooms

Rooms, huh? Pretty standard. Or…? Today we look at a couple that make you think outside the four wall and ceiling concept – the cylindrical ones of drain pipes, the purpose built capsules to house one family’s 56 semi trailers of books, and tiny, elevating ones.

The Nicholas Building
Produced by Mike Kermode & Jesse Cox

The House of Books
Produced by Emilia Terzon with Katerina Lebev

Draining
Produced by Mike Kermode

The Cupboard
Written and produced by Emilia Terzon

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Show Producer: Emilia Terzon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

 

 

Letters

Dear ATB Listener,

How are you?! We’re pretty good. Saturdays are always hectic.

As we type this letter, we have just aired this week’s show on FBi Radio. We started off by hearing from a sweet CWA lady – Kathleen T. Gable – whom Mel Braun homaged for her letter writing during WW2. It was “splendid”.

Our morning then took a less innocent turn, as a newer contributors, Mike Kermode, retold his friend’s hilarious customer complaint story regarding a pepper grinder… a very distinctly non-refillable pepper grinder.

The giggles then got a bit aggressive as a column by Sydney journalist Richard Glover – which was supposed to be satirical – took a turn for the worse. Many thanks to Sarah McVeigh for producing this story about the 1000s of hate mail letters he received in response to this article.

One of our own then broke in to narrative, with Brigitte Dagg talking about the letters she wrote home whilst travelling. We have a whole book of them – fifty pages worth – in our possession (blackmail potential!!) which Zacha Rosen found the best bits of Imogen Semmler to chat around.

As we type this letter, it reminds us that we rarely write hard copy letters anymore – and nothing was a starker reminder of this than a less convention penpal piece by Lucie Bell featuring vision impaired women Coral and her Japanese friend.

Braille machines and cassette tapes were then juxtaposed with something a little more commercial: a letter to Santa. Yes, ATB wrote our own letter, and he better bloody well respond when we send it off to him in the snail mail.

Speak soon! See you next week! Sayonara!
All The Best xxx
P.S. This week we farewell Imogen Semmler, thanks for all the fantastic fill in presenting.

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Emilia Terzon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos