#1543 One House At A Time

Today on All the Best, we’re knocking on doors and peering over fences. We chatted to our neighbours to find out who’s having the shortest showers? Who’s switched to solar power?
Climate change is often talked about in very big terms. Our planet is at risk, and we need to take huge steps to improve the situation and try to reverse some environmental damage. But what can we do at home to be more environmentally sustainable?
Chip Away At It

Richard Keech, author of The Energy Freedom Home, opens the doors to his Essendon house and shows us how his lifestyle has evolved. Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, with sound design by Bec Fary.
Solar Sollew

Can sustainable housing become mainstream? Jeremy Spencer, director of Positive Footprints, wants every average, everyday home, designed with planet-friendly ideals. Produced by Laura Kewley.

Music: ‘Air Hockey Saloon’ by Chris Zabriskie.
Hungry Beast

Dick Clarke is a building designer and director of Envirotecture, a home design and architecture firm. He chats to producer Miles Martignoni about the economics of building ecologically sustainable houses.

Music: ‘The Field Code’ by Brokeback and ‘Delicate Position’ by Wintercoats featuring Sea Oleena.
Tiny House

Lara Noble and Andrew Carter are part of the Tiny House Company, and they’re out to prove that you can get a lot of life out of a very small space. Produced by Sky Kirkham.

Music: ‘Another Routine Day Breaks’ by Brokeback.
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Victorian State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Pip Rasmussen
The song at the end of this episode is ‘Little Boxes’ by Malvina Reynolds.

#1530 Old Pictures

Family albums, photos pressed between the pages of a second-hand book, a photo on a postcard, a greying, dog eared picture on Tumblr.

Old pictures are full of stories. They’re a window into another world, expressions frozen on faces, clothes just as they were.

What can they show us? And what are they hiding?

 

Para Dog

Produced by Sky Kirkham with additional production by Michael Brydon

 

We Were Always Here

John Ebert regularly posts vintage photos of gay couples on Twitter. Some photos are from as much as 100 years ago. He tags them with #wewerealwayshere. He says they were able to be taken as part of a gay underground that operated in those early times.

You can follow him at @sonoffidelis.

Produced by Rose Lane

Additional production by Sky Kirkham

 

On Tape

No one expects a box of tapes to explain the story behind a strangely posed photo of the grandparents.

But when he was looking through old family photographs, producer David Ross found a cassette made between his mum and her mum more than 20 years ago, where they talked about where his mum was born and why she came to be there.

It talks about a rather forgotten episode in the post-war centrifugal destruction of the British empire, as its long oppressed components spun off.

Produced by David Ross

Music Credits: Roma Khleb, RJB

 

State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Supplied by David Ross

#1525 Past in the Present

It’s easy to think of time as a continuum – what is done is done, what is past is past, the future holds only new stories and possibilities.
The problem with that is, it ignores all the detritus the past speckles through the present. What do sea shanties, a cassette player and a broken heart have in common? They’re all examples of the past crashing painfully, curiously, into the present.

 

Twelve Parties Without You

Written and produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design by David Goldschmidt

Performed by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

 

Shall Go Back To Shanty Club

Produced by Danny Noonan

 

Music of the Rain

Written by Alison Earls

Production by Skye Kirkham

Music was ‘Scherzando, En Blanc et Noir for two pianos’ composed by Claude Debussy and performed by Sivan Silber and Gil Garburg. Thanks to the Jerusalem Music Centre Recordings for letting us to broadcast their recording.

This story was recorded as part of our collaboration with Writers Bloc.

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: MrMark

#1501 Islands

The weather is warm, the sky is blue, and you have to go back to work.

Look, we agree, it sucks. This week we’ll try and drag the holiday out a bit longer, and take you on an island holiday. Three, in fact.

We’ll take you south to South-Western Victoria, to a tall, flat island with a pretty scary story behind it. We’ll head up north, to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, and climb up into a haunted lighthouse. We’ll take you to an island right in the heart of Melbourne…although it’s probably not the sort of island you’re imagining relaxing on.

This week on All the Best, – islands. Their stories, their histories, and their ghosts.

 

Deen Maar

As kids, Michael and his brother used to look out to the horizon off the coast of South-Western Victoria and on a clear day they could see it. A tall, flat island that we were told had a pretty scary story behind it. Here, he talks to Joel Wright about Deen Maar.

Produced by Michael Brydon

 

Lady Elliott Island

There’s an island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, 45 hectares of land surrounded by the sea. Lady Elliot Island is an idyllic resort location, but not all of the residents sleep peacefully. In 1907, Susannah Mckee, the wife of the lighthouse keeper was found dead by her husband, and even now some of the resort’s employees claim that Susannah still haunts the grounds where she once lived. But why would Susannah be unable to rest? Rose Lane set out to investigate.

Story and narration: Rose Lane

Additional voice: Eoin Clements

Editing and Supervising Production: Sky Kirkham

Music Credits:

Lighthouse by Grouper

The great hidden sea of the unconscious by The Caretaker

Out to Sea by Olafur Arnalds

Ghost of Me by Shaula

Bluebeard 6 by Danny Norbury

 

Coode Island

Picture an Island. What do you see? It’s probably by itself, away from civilization, untouched by man. it has waves gently lapping at the shore with palm trees bordering a thick jungle. This story is not about that island.

Produced by Laura Kewley

Supervising Producer: Leona Hameed

Music Credits:

Nostalgia of an Ex-Gangsta-Rapper by Deef

 

Presenters:  Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Paul D’Ambra 

#1438 Grief Part 2

Most of us will grieve for someone or something at some point in our lives, but it’s strange and hard to talk about. Feelings of grief are hard to think about, let alone say out loud.

This week on All the Best, you’ll be hearing part two of our exploration of Grief. We’re hitting the like button under things that make us devastated, we’re speeding to funerals and taking selfies with the casket.
We’ll be thinking about death in all the wrong ways – because no one has figured out the right way yet.

 

Eterni.me 
“What if you could be remembered forever?” is the slogan of beta program Eterni.me. But what are the consequences of being remembered forever? What does it mean for the people doing the remembering?
Pip speaks to writer Gillian Terzis about the new technology. You can read Gillian’s feature on the subject in the Saturday Paper here.

 

Speeding in July
While putting this episode together we realised that death can make you think about yourself, just as much as the person who has passed away. It forces introspection, pullin your insecurities into sharp focus. 

This memoir was first published on Scum Mag.
Written and performed by James Butler
Produced by  Sky Kirkham

 

Grief without Death
When someone looses a child it’s kind of expected that they will grieve, and hopefully some sort of closure is found. Jessica Bineth wanted to know what the grieving process was like when you’ve lost a child, but they’re still alive.
She spoke to Laurence Anderson, Project Manager at Dads In Distress, a support group for men dealing with the break up of their family and Terry, who who became a member at Dads In Distress a few years ago following his own divorce and now facilitates group meetings in Melbourne.
Produced by Jessica Bineth
Music Credits: Caitlin Park

Presenters:   Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon 

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Tjukka2