#1305 Science Fiction Theatre

All the Best presents science fiction pulp in sound.  Extraterrestrial life forms arrive uninvited, space travel gets in the way of an intergalactic romance and a puppy trainer gets more than he bargained for when the dog starts talking back.

See Me After Class
Take a lonely dog trainer, a puppy school, and the most handsome talking golden retriever in the world and you have this tale (no pun intended) of hacking and high romance.

Written and read by Nick Coyle.
Produced by Que Minh Luu.
Sound design by Luke Mynott.

Living in a sharehouse presents the inevitable set of problems: dirty plates, loud music and unwelcome visitors of the extraterrestrial kind.

Read by Diane Wanasage
Written by Zacha Rosen.
Produced by Dominik Krupinksi and Zacha Rosen.
Music credits: ‘Bubble Lady’ by Camille; ‘My Freeze Ray’ from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog;’Entre dos Aguas’ by Paco de Lucia.

Garth Nix
All the Best hears from Garth Nix, an Australian science fiction and fantasy writer who believes science fiction can be more than pure fantasy. Garth also offers advice on writing science fiction.

Produced by Merran Winchester.
Sound effects sourced at http://www.grsites.com/archive/sounds/.

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

Photo credit:  Jaci Lopes dos Santos
Music credit: ‘Zero G’ by Minus 8 (Science Fiction Jazz).


#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

#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


#1214 Guests

Guests – we’ve all been one, we’ve all had one and we’ve all subsequently gathered a few amusing – and often sordid – tales along the way. From the unwelcome, to the unexpected and from the unusual to the down-right crazy, guests can often prove to make life just a little more interesting. This week on All The Best, we will chronicle some of the more interesting sagas, such as couch-potato house mates, controversial cockatoos and all the goss from behind the walls of a 5 star hotel.

Behind the Scenes of 5 stars
Produced by Georgia Moodie

Shaggy Dog
Written and read by Fiona Wright
Original sound design and music by Jamieson Shaw
Produced by Jesse Cox
Sound Supervision by Que Minh Luu

Cockatoos of Darlinghurst
Produced by Catriona Menzies Pike
Audio engineer: Antonia Gauci

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox 


#1212 Town and Country

We go to the city. We go to the country. Stories about leaving the country and returning home.

Audio Diaries
Produced by Giordana Caputo
With contributions from Bronwen Loden and Jordan Bloomer
Original sound design and music by Andrew McLennan

Albion Park
Written and read Annaliese Constable
Sound Design: Callum Wheeler
Dialogue Edit: Nick Rowan
Sound Supervision by Que Minh Luu
Produced by Jesse Cox

Returning to the Country
Produced by Georgia Moodie

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox 


#1209 Modern Warefare

This week we’re locked and loaded as we talk Modern Warfare. We head to Japan for the 65th Anniversary of Hiroshima, stop over in Iraq to talk about conflict photography, head behind the Iron Curtain to compete in a swimming race and visit your local gym to enter a real life Fight Club.

Written and read by Briohny Doyle
Original music by Tim Jenkins
Recorded at Joy FM by NAME
Sound supervision by Que Minh Luu
Produced by Jesse Cox

Interview with Sebastian Meyer
Produced by Jesse Cox with thanks to Ampersand Magazine’s Alice Gauge

Fight Club
Produced by Michael Safi and Julian Chung
Supervising Producer, Giordana Caputo

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


#1203 Urban Jungle

Welcome to the Urban Jungle. We’ve got stories of getting lost in the labyrinths of Sydneys most infamous buildings, getting bitten by a Scorpion and searching for red ballet shoes in city streets.

Shoes on Powerlines
Produced by Lucie Bell

The Scorpion
Produced by Zacha Rosen

Robert of Northcott
Produced by Jesse Cox with Que Minh Luu

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Sound Supervisor: Que Minh Luu
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Miles Martignoni


#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


Christmas Special

This week we make our national debut on the Community Radio Network with All the Best’s Christmas Special.

Eliza brought her baby Arthur Plum and partner Alex White to chat about what Christmas traditions they will create for Arthur and whether Santa will exisit.  All the Best Contributor Julia Thomas and her brother Andy  popped in to talk about a Christmas lunch where they discovered they were colour blind, and Alex Kennet talks about the Christmas she kept carp in the bathtub.  We also had a couple of features:

Goblin Night
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

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.

A Very Biker Christmas
Produced by Jesse Cox
Additional recordings by Zacha Rosen
Photos by Pilar Angon
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

Bikers are tough right? But they also dress up as Santa Claus? And deliver presents? Jesse caught up with Animal and the Kings Cross Bikers and shatter a few myths about Bikers.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Sound Supervisor: Que Minh Luu
Technical Prodcuer: Antonia Gaucci
Original Music: Andrew Simmons, Mysteries, Alyx Dennison

Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Kings Cross Biker Christmas Toy Run by Pilar


Sydney Writers Festival Live

For those who missed it earlier in the year, we’re re-playing our first live show, recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All the Best produced a live version of its radio show to a packed room at the Festival Club stage, exploring the theme of power in Sydney through the ages.

Special guests include Wendy Bacon, Sarah Haghdoosti, Anna Krien and Mandy Sayer plus a whole host of All the Best contributors, with live music from Sydney’s Fergus Brown.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Live recording: Kate Ryan
Production assistance: David Sheridan
Visuals: Que Minh Luu
Produced by Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos


Storytelling Recorded Live

A collection of stories taken from live events recorded for All the Best.

1. Sarah Rodigari is an artist who has exhibited in Australia and Internationally.  Recently she decided to hitch hike from Melbourne to Sydney and this story comes from towards the end of the trip when she had an interaction with a stranger on a highway in the pouring rain.  It was performed as part of Acts of Kindness and Other Stories and recorded by Kate Ryan.

2. Johnny Marigliano is an actor who grew up in Brooklyn.  In this story he tells of a moment in his life whe – as he introduces it, his story is one of pizza, shylocks and crime.  It was performed and recorded as part of one of Campfire Collective’s storytelling evenings.

3. Anique Vered is an arts worker and artist and is currenly managing the Rocks Pop Up project.  She recently returned to Sydney after working in communities in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Israel for the past 2 years.  This story comes from her last destination, a kibbutz in the Negrev desert and about her job as the communities goat herder.

4. Mike Williams is a radio producer and founder of In the Dark, Sydney.  In this story he remembers his very first Conception Day at Macquarie Uni.  Mike had been looking forward to the day for ages, but when it finally came around, things didn’t quite go to plan.

5. Que is a radio producer and film editor.  A few years ago she was down the south coast with a bunch of friends, when they heard a loud screetch out the front of their house.  A car full of kids had smashed into a bus load of senior citizens.  Que and her friends mounted a resuce operation that turned into something a little out of the ordinary.

The last 3 stories were performed at a recent Story Slam at The Paper Mill gallery.  All The Best has been in residence at the gallery working on a new show, to be performed live this Tuesday from 7.30pm.  Presented in association with In the Dark, FBi radio, 2ser and Radio National.  For a preview of the event read this article by Mike Williams.  All the event details can be found here.

Guest Presenter: Jesse Cox
Live Content Producer: Kate Ryan
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos