#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 


#1833 Let It B

To make this episode an actual episode, we needed a theme to tie our stories together. We decided to call on a backup: a Plan B. It’s that letter that comes after A.

‘Iron Mistress’ by Romy Sher

If you drive out of the small town of Traverse City in Michigan and into the State Forest, you’ll find Black Rock Forge. Dan Nickels, the expert blacksmith, shares his experience and work ethic that’s kept in the field for over 30 years. 

This piece was originally produced as part of a Transom workshop in Interlochen, Michigan. Many thanks to Rob Rosenthal from Transom and Morgan Springer from Interlochen Public Radio (IPR). The original story can also be heard on the HowSound podcast.

Supervising Producer: Evana Ho

Music: ‘Setting Pace’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Arbic Tallow’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Taoudella’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Can the Gwot Save Us?’ by Kaki King

‘The Red Bag’ by Regine Clarke

Regine Clarke, a storyboard artist from Western Sydney, is thrown into Florence, Italy and uses her sharpened skills to drive a hard bargain at the markets. Based on a true story.

This story was originally produced for, and performed at, Read To Me. This is a wonderful bimonthly comic book reading event in Sydney,

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

‘Bionic Limbs’ by Imran Ariff

B is also for bionic limbs!

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary.

Additional thanks to Louisa Lim and Dr Ryan Jefferies. It was part of a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne – with Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. ‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, which has just opened at the Melbourne School of Design.

‘Riding To His Own Rhythm’ by Larissa Shearman, Drew Mackay and Emma Roffey

Nick Kohn doesn’t believe in letting life pass him by. He’s currently on a solo bike ride in Central Asia, which began in China in May. We chatted to him before he left Australia to figure out why someone would leave their comfortable northern beaches life to ride sometimes 100km a day through tough terrain.

Additional production assistance from Daniela Mizzau and Liv Manuel.

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Additional thanks to Luke for his recording of bumplings.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Mixer and Compiler: Jess Meier with Sarah O’Malley

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Pexels CC: Magda Ehlers

Music: ‘Letter B’ by Sesame Street, ‘Bossy’ by Kelis