#1813 Word Travels Fast: Gosford Speaks Up

We travel to Gosford on the NSW Central Coast with our friends from Word Travels Fast. In search of the city’s best spoken word poets, we meet Brooke Scobie, Elham Hafiz, Max Liberto and Lewis Janter. These wordsmiths cover topics that range from racism to fast food.

There is a poem that deals with sexual abuse and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs support, you can call Lifeline or the Suicide Call Back Service anytime.

This episode was made by Tegan Nicholls, with additional editorial support from Miles Merrill and Selena Shannon. It is the third episode of the podcast series Word Travels Fast. You can listen to the other episodes on their website or on Apple Podcasts.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Supplied by Word Travels

Music: ‘For Emma’ by Bon Iver

#1808 Let’s Get Physical

We’re not going to the Commonwealth Games or running marathons, and we’re certainly not getting an A in PE class. But we are getting active: using our bodies to connect with ourselves and each other.

‘Meet me at the pool’ by Allison Chan

We revisit our memories of learning how to swim and dive into pools across Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.

Music: ‘Swimming’ by Breathe Owl Breathe, EMI Production Music 

Sound Design: Tegan Nicholls 

‘Bats and balls’ by Tegan Nicholls

The Flying Bats is the largest lesbian soccer club in the world. They’re also a founding member of the first female soccer association in Sydney.

Follow them through the month of Mardi Gras, learn what it means to be a Bat and find out how the club grew to its size over 30 years.

Music: ‘Get Back’ by The Beatles, ‘Violet’ by Podington Bear, ‘Well and Good’ by Podington Bear, ‘You Make Me Feel Mighty Real’ by Sylvester, ‘Inchworm’ by Battles

Ella Stathis opened this episode and confronted her memories of PE lessons with Allison Chan.

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 supplied by Kerry Fluhr

Music: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People


#1640 I thought this was what you wanted?


Does Christmas content in December disturb or excite you? The All The Best team is divided on the issue. Some love riding the Christmas wave all the way to December 25th, others wish they could mute every overbearing TV ad, silly season radio segment, or cheesy holiday movie.

In this week’s episode we decided to please all parties, by bringing you one Christmas story and one decidedly un-christmasy story, both under the theme: ‘I thought this was what you wanted?’.

‘Santa’s Biggest Little Helper’ by Tegan Nicholls

This week we’re going to the very heart of christmas land: shopping centres. We meet the 21 year old trapped in the eye of the storm, trying to give families what they want: the perfect family photo with Santa.

‘Screw your buy-me-a-drink Feminism’ by Jessie Perrin and Selena Shannon

Jessie Perrin has met too many women who are fed up with a certain behaviour they keep experiencing from men in the dating world. It begs the question, do these men mistakenly think this is what women want?

So Jessie started collecting stories, and with Selena Shannon built a small window into a big, complicated world. Feminism on a first date.

Sound design by the amazing Alyx Dennison


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Host: Jessica Hamilton and Michael Brydon

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image: by Flickr Creative Commons user ‘bullywhippit’

#1630 It’s a Man Eat Man World

It’s unpleasant to think that we live in a man eat man world, a society where our actions force us to eat or be eaten. But this week on All The Best, we are taking this expression to the extreme with two slightly unusual stories.

‘Zedtown Dead South’ by Tegan Nicholls

Zedtown started out on a uni campus, now it’s the biggest real life Zombies v Humans game in the world. Over 6 hours, armed with NERF guns and foam darts, alliances are made and broken, witches and super zombies are released, and survivors turn on their fellow humans. To get a taste of green blood, All The Best producer Tegan Nicholls takes us deep into the game as she fights to stay alive.

Look out for the next game at http://www.zedtown.com/

Made with special thanks to the creator of Zedtown Dave Harmon.

Music: ‘Killing in the Name’ – Rage Against the Machine, ‘Zombie Love Song’ – Your Favourite Martian, ‘You are my Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash, ‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica

‘Kitchen Cannibal’ by Bonnie Tai

Last week on the show we were telling stories about food and how it brings people together. This week we’ve got something a little different.

Inherently, we’re all aware that food is for survival, but generally humans eat more than their fill, and more often than not we’re motivated by taste. But how weird can one person’s tastes get?

All The Best producer Bonnie Tai spoke to Jack who has some pretty unique views about animals, including which ones should end up on your plate.

Supervising producer and editing by Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Drama’ and ‘Some Kids Get it All’ by EMI production music


Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image by Omnes Photography

#1618 Standing up, saying something

By Tegan Nicholls

Standing up and saying something isn’t easy, and often the things that are the hardest to say are the ones that matter the most. But it’s those who have spoken up in the face of injustice throughout history that we have remembered and celebrated.

This week’s episode is a feature length story about My Body, My Right, a Sydney-based collective campaigning for change around abortion law. It’s a story about starting from scratch, and about making it up as you go. It’s about polarising beliefs, freedom of speech and the right to choose. But mostly, it’s a story about finding the voice to start the conversation.

Music: Opening, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks) and Closing, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks)


Executive producer: Selena Shannon

State coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Community coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image taken by Emma Funnell