#1842 Thinking On Your Feet

Being on your feet could mean throwing another human in the air. It could also mean finding love while dancing five nights a week. But, one way or another, you’ll eventually have to step up. Into adulthood.

All Star by Romy Sher

Cheerleaders are often seen on the sidelines, dancing around or supporting a team, but what does it look like when the cheerleaders are centre stage?

Music: ‘Chill Soft’ by S Hope, B Poe, J Mobley, ‘Headhunted’ by D Rhymes, ‘Pop Dreams’ by CA Salyer, ‘Tyme’ by S Smith, ‘Tessalit’ by Blue Dot Sessions‘Copley Beat’ by Blue Dot Sessions 

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Dating in the Dancing Bubble by Kat Galang

In the bars and clubs of every Australian capital city, a wild subculture of swing dance thrives. But in this addictive world of lively music and close community, making friends and dating comes with a unique set of rules.

Music: ‘A Viper’s Moan’ by Willie Bryant, ‘Easy Does It’ by The Big 18, ‘Lindy Hopper’s Delight’ by Chick Webb, ‘Jump Through the Window’ by Roy Eldridge, ‘Sugarfoot Rag’ by Ella Fitzgerald

Supervising Producer: Sarah Mashman

A Bird in Hand is Worth Two in the Grave by Patrick Lenton

Stepping up in life meant that Patrick Lenton was on his way to being a grown up. But then a puppy and an uninvited bird confronted his assumptions of adulthood.

Original Music Composition and Sound Design: Suzanne Derry

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan with help from David Rutledge

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Elina Godwin

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Clem Onojeghuo 


#1840 Man Versus

Humanity takes on the challenge of swimming, the gobble of a turkey and the bite of a crocodile. These are three stories about earth, fire (maybe), wind, water and a lot of heart.

Chip off the Old Croc by Lee Robinson

Pippa, the terrier, has no hesitation taking on a 3.5 metre saltwater crocodile. Their owner, Kai Hanson, lives on Goat Island amongst the crocodile-infested Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.

Music: ‘Australians’ by Means, ‘Sci Fi’ by Ben Sound, ‘Desperate wanting for Spring 2015’ by Neuroleptic Trio, ‘Theme from Crocodile Dundee’ by Peter Best

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Swimming and Other Unnatural Things by Patrick Lenton

Some people are afraid of the water because they’re afraid of crocodiles and sharks. But not Patrick Lenton. He spent his childhood as an award-winning swimmer.

This was an adaptation of a story originally published in Going Down Swinging.

Original music compositions and sound design: Suzanne Derry

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Jeff The Turkey by Angela Moran

When you’re in your early 20s and living in a share house, you can find yourself living with a party animal that gobbles. This is a story about friendship, feathers, and most of all, the love between a young man and his turkey.

This story also contains fowl language.

Music: ‘Shooting Stars’ by Bag Raiders, ‘Givin’ Up’ by The Darkness, ‘Rough River’ by Rough River, ‘Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’ by The Darkness

Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer and Episode Compiler: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Wu Jianxiong

#1420 Independence

We don’t get given our independence one day, with a haircut or along with the lease of our first rental house. It happens over time, and we fall in and out of it in complicated ways. That’s what this episode of All the Best is about. The fine line between independence and dependence. Between knowing how and where to get a haircut, and blaming a haircut on your grandma. Between depending on your parents and having your parents depend on you.


That Time I Cut My Hair and Blamed My Grandma

I was getting anxious, and wondered what would happen in a year when I had to leave this delightful mess and be a real person. Where would me and my hair go? I started looking into hairdressers’ windows when I walked past, trying to decide if I could sit down with them and say ‘I don’t know what to do, what would you suggest?’.

Written and read by Patrick Lenton. This story first appeared on online literary mag Scum.

Music Credits: Podington Bear

Gifts on a Buddhist’s Birthday

What would you want on 60th birthday? Grandchildren? Retirement? This story is about a man who chose an entirely different path when he turned 60. Much to the surprise of his friends and family he decided to join a Buddhist Monastery and become a monk, despite never having practiced Buddhism before.

What consequences does that sort of decision have on your family life? Is it a noble act or is simply shirking responsibilities? Fifteen years on Ekagatta is still a practicing Buddhist, and we hear from him and his daughter, Lorien about this drastic life change.

Produced by Fiona Pepper


Will Bailey

Will’s dependence on David, his father, is a fundamental aspect of their relationship. Despite suffering from severe Down syndrome, Will, now 21, is striving for independence. While this makes David happy, he wonders if he’s done enough as a father to both give Will the freedom he seeks and have the peace of mind that he will be safe in his choices. This is a story about a father, his son and a new job.

Produced by Matthew Jane, Nadine Keegan and Azim Iskandar


Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: PJPink