#1807 Self-Preservation

As our world changes, our idea of self preservation has to change with it. We’ve got stories of different ways we try to keep existing.

‘Hello whoever you are’ by Shelby Traynor

In 1995, Greg Wilkinson wrote a letter to the future and buried it in a wall. At the time of writing, Paul Keating was Prime Minister and the internet was just getting started. Greg expected the letter to stay hidden for 60 years. He could not have predicted how the letter would resurface. 

Music: ‘Golden Hours’ by Brian Eno, ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘How I Used To See The Stars’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘A Storm At Eilean More’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

Supervising Producers: Laura Brierley Newton and Selena Shannon

‘Last resort’ by Tanya Rae

When Tanya Rae was in her late teens, she developed an eating disorder. As she was looking for ways to address it, one of the things that she tried was hypnotherapy.

Music: ‘Silent Flock’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Cold Feet’ by Needledrop and EMI Production

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon with help from Tegan Nicholls  

If you are experiencing disordered eating and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Butterfly Foundation.

Thanks to Jordan Fennell for interviewing Steph Pittard about body building at the top of the episode.

The article about how women of Cape Town, South Africa are managing current water shortages can be found here.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image: Unsplash CC: Alvaro Serrano

Music: ‘Wound’ by Jahzaar

#1703 Family Fingerprints


“Two hip replacements and a stuffed knee didn’t quite allow him to make it out of the boat. So he was swept out to the open ocean…”

Nobody likes thinking about losing their parents or grandparents (including us). So to avoid dwelling on the grief too much, this week we bring you stories about lessons learned, memories gained and families changed by a loss instead.

“Waka” by Joshua Garlepp

When Josh Garlepp was living in a share-house in Perth, his housemate Brock would play guitar a lot. One day, when Brock was playing a tune at home, Josh noticed something roughly scratched into Brock’s guitar. The word “Waka”. When Josh asked him about it, the answer was quite the story.

This piece is about Brock’s family, and a secret inlet five hours south of Perth.

Music: Brock Crombie-Wilson playing Ben Harper Paris Sunrise number 7

“A little piece of ash” by Megan Wilding

When you don’t know how to help someone after a loss, try buying them a soft drink.

An excerpt from a play read at Yellamundie, the National First Peoples Playwrights Festival. To find out more about Yellamundie, go to www.moogahlin.org, or follow Moogahlin Performing Arts on Facebook and Instagram (@moogahlin).

“Devotion” by Tanya Bonnie Rae

For as long as she’s known them, Tanya’s grandparents have been devoted to the Christian church. Their lives were focused on the church community, people in their parish and each other.

It’s not a life Tanya wants for herself, per se, but she’s always admired her grandparents, so she decided to take a look at their lives, and maybe figure out her own life plan along the way.

Music: Leaf Shower by Podington Bear


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls