#1515 A Walk In The Park


When 17-year-old Masa Vukotic was murdered in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster while out for a walk in a park near her house, the Victorian Homicide Squad Chief responded to the tragedy by suggesting this: “…people, particularly females, they shouldn’t be alone in parks…I’m sorry to say that is the case.”

And it hit a nerve. Because women shouldn’t be afraid for their lives walking in a park. A walk in the park should be a walk in the park. An evening run should be an evening run, a night out should be a night out, a drink should be a drink, a date a date. Riding a bike home should be something we can do without fearing for our lives.

This week on All the Best we look at the chasm between a walk home for women and a walk home for men. We tell stories of street harassment, violence against women, and varying experiences of public places.

Women are already walking in fear – what does it mean when those in authority suggest they shouldn’t be walking at all?

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode: Lucy Watson, Ebony Bennett, Jane Gilmore, Jenna Price, Lily King, Hannah Reich, Bec Fary, Rose Randall, Josie Smart, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Bethany Atkinson Quinton, Tess Lawley.

Original sound design on our walks home was by Alyx Dennison.


The Hoopla published an extended version of Jane Gilmore’s Facebook Status, titled ‘Don’t, Don’t, Don’t Get Yourself Killed’

You can read Lucy Watson’s story ‘Reflections On My Assault, One Year Ago Today’ on New Matilda.

Here’s Jenna Price on shouting back at street harassers.

And a break down of that report by the Australia Institute on Australian women’s experiences of street harassment.


Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: A public space text-based projection by Melbourne artist Stephanie Freda Leigh

Music Credits: Original sound design on our walks home by Alyx Dennison. “Take It All” by Evelyn Ida Morris. White Sheet Beach. 

#1444 What Is Cool?

What defines “cool”? Is pop music cool? Or vintage vinyl? Is wearing grandma’s doily as a reworked cardigan cool? Or is that daggy? What makes something cool, and who decides when its time is over? When you were little, the answers to these questions were easy. Obvious, even. You knew with so much certainty that it hurt.

Pip heads to a couple of primary schools and asks some small people what’s up. We hear from FBi broadcaster Hannah Reilly about that time she bought shares in Hypercolour tshirts, and from our resident finance guy Rob D’Apice about why investing in cool is mostly a terrible idea, and Tess Lawley sits down with our Features EP Jess O’Callaghan and explains how the Kim K game used up all her data, ruined her sleeping patterns, and taught her about her identity.


Camperdown and Out – Manly

Regina Spektor – Carbon Monoxide

Image Credit: Joi Ito


#1417 Human

This week, All the Best is telling stories about what it means to be human. Humans being excellent or awful to other humans, realising someone is only human, or that someone we idolise is human after all. Humans making mistakes and making things better. We also hear two stories more told at our Sydney Writers’ Festival event, All the Best Live, from Meanjin editor Zora Sanders and poet and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke. The other stories from SWF can be heard here.

My Mum is Human

Parents aren’t real people, right? This story is about the time Tess realised her mum was human.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Music credits: ‘Human Being’ by Cat Power

Zora Sanders – Live at SWF

There are two types of people who join communes. Zora’s mum is the second kind.

Ira Glass is Human

Haley couldn’t talk about her encounter with Ira Glass for weeks afterwards. She couldn’t bring herself to listen to This American Life. Then the dreams started.

Produced by Haley Shaffer

Music Credits: ‘Sweet and Clean’ by Podington Bear, ‘Movin On Up’ by Podington Bear, ‘Guestlist’ by Podington Bear

Marngrook – Maxine Beneba Clarke Live at SWF

We are what we teach our children – and our children are wrong.

More of Maxine’s work can be heard and read here. Her latest book is Foreign Soil.

Music Credit: ‘Human’ by Cat Power

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pip Rasmussen

#1414 A Fear Of…

All the Best asks you to reveal your fears – the more irrational the better. Some of them are born out of lessons learnt and childhood disasters, and others come seemingly out of nowhere. You guys fear a lot of stuff. Blind dates, small holes, eggs, mannequins, speeding fines, frogs, neck-touching, technical difficulties, the Mad Hatter, public speaking. We look at fears and exposure ourselves to them.



Michael talks to Features EP Jess O’Callaghan about her fear of the month May, and making everyone come along for the irrational ride.

New Father

A new father shares his feeling about becoming a parent.  An audio story from the November 2013 Transom Online Workshop.

Produced by Kate Montague

Music Credits: ‘Biplanes’ by Poddington Bear


Being Imaginary

Imaginary fears and friends. An audio story from the November 2013 Transom Online Workshop.

Produced by Tess Lawley



It started at Sovereign Hill, when a husband chased his wife around the kitchen. Emma Koehn’s fear is totally rational.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credit: ‘Mensa’ by Podington Bear


Exposure Therapy

When Merran Reed was told she had social anxiety, it led her to group dedicated to facing their fears, through exposure therapy. You can read Merran’s column on exposure therapy here.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


Cars, speeding fines, frogs, blind dates, neck-touching

Leona Hameed asked a bunch of people what they fear the most.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘Drunken Tune’ by the Cinematic Orchestra



We made poor Tess eat an egg. Thanks, forever, Tess Lawley.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Music Credits: ‘Hang Loose’ by Alabama Shakes

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: JimmyJoesJimmy

#1413 Harvest Festival

Nestled in between the houses, roads and busy day to day life of inner suburban Melbourne is a little slice of nature and simple living. This week, All the Best gets up at the crack of dawn when the roosters are crowing and spends the day at CERES Harvest Festival, in Melbourne’s East Brunswick.


Getting her face painted first thing in the morning, CERES events coordinator Sieta Beckwith spoke to Michael about the Harvest Festival.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Thabie and Robert

Robert and Thabie grow native flowers on their farm in Leongatha, their stall has mixed bunches of natives; proteaceae, kangaroo paw, banksia, leucadendron, pimelia and other natives in bunches of muted green and bright red. Behind their stall was a table selling apple cider, their area smelled of eucalyptus leaves and fresh apples. Leona asked them about their flowers and hovered around while they made sales.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: Podington Bear – ‘Morning Mist‘ by Podington Bear, ‘Lulluby‘ by Podington Bear

The Petting Zoo

Surrounded by baby animals in an enclosure down by the CERES cafe, Tess spoke to Sally from Parklands Mobile Animal Farm.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Barry the Beekeeper 

There’s a lot of market stalls, selling organic fruit and vegetables. There’s a hemp clothing store and knitted beanies. And as Allison Worrall was meandering her way along the paths between the live entertainment area and the produce section, she found a busy stall beside a garden. It was a honey stall, with hardly any honey left. She spoke to bee keeper Barry Cooper.

Produced by Allison Worrall

The Farms in Our Yards

Carly and Tess interviewed Alistair From Ripe Near Me a buy, swap and sell food website and Robyn the publisher and editor of Pip a permaculture magazine. They discussed the options  we have as consumers to start taking control of what we eat and where it comes from and how that benefits the earth. They went in looking for a story and came out swapping tomatoes.

You can find the permaculture magazine pip here, or email editor, Robyn at robyn@pipmagazine.com.au. To swap pomegranates for avocados head to Ripe Near Me.

Produced by Carly-Anne Kenneally and Tess Lawley

Music Credits: ‘No Such thing as Waste’ ­by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, ‘City and Country’ by Jai Payne


The best part of a good farm – chickens. Michael spoke to Valerie about hens, roosters and Napoleon.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credit: ‘The Funky Chicken’ by Rufus Thomas

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Michael Byrdon

#1404 Bravery

There are many different ways to be brave. In fiction, stories of bravery are told as grand gestures and epic battles – these three stories are about real, everyday bravery, the kind we find in our friends and family. A text message from a friend, a soldier standing by his daughter, and a band who packed up everything and headed for the east coast. From standing up for what you believe in, to being yourself no matter what it takes and chasing your dreams – a few brave souls have agreed to share their stories with us.


We Shall Overcome

War has for centuries been an arena for a particular type of bravery. Our first story is about the bravery of one particular soldier, though not on the battlefield.

Produced by Michael Brydon
Music Credit: ‘We Shall Overcome’ by Pete Seeger, ‘Rooftop’ by Duke Ellington

My Friend Frankie

Shaping your identity can be a scary experience, especially when you don’t fit within certain specifications. Tess Lawley shares the story of Frankie, who has been making some pretty brave decisions on the way to working out their identity.

Produced by Tess Lawley
Music Credits: ‘Cauliflower Jack’ by Caitlin Park

Ensemble Formidable

Bravery often rears it’s head when there is a decision to be made, and many of us face our most difficult decisions when thinking about our careers. This story is about the band Ensemble Formidable, and the fun, stupid, brave decisions you have to make when you’re a musician.

Produced by Emily Woods
Music Credits: Ensemble Formidable


Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager: Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Image Credit: Washington Area Spark

#1403 The Most Important Thing

Schools are made for learning, and everyone can name a few things they learnt in school. This episode is about the opposite. We asked a bunch of people “What’s the most important thing school never taught you?” The stories we heard in response feature a whole range of answers including taxes, testicles, failure, continents, conviction, and coding.

How to Learn

Leona Hameed asked her mum and two aunties about the most important things school never taught them.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ by Rogers and Hammerstein

How to Fail

Heidi Pett was very good at school. But it failed to teach her one vital lesson.

Produced by Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘The Future Wouldn’t That Be Nice’ by The Books

Taxes, Coding, Click-bait  

The question ‘What’s the most important thing school never taught you?’ was weighing on our minds for a while, so we collected the answers of just about everyone we know. Michael and Jess trawled through the responses, and there were some things that popped up again and again.

Produced by Michael Brydon and Jess O’Callaghan


We wanted to find out what a teacher thought their biggest lesson outside of school was, And whether they would try to teach it in their classes. Michael Brydon spoke to Kristen, a Primary School teacher from New South Wales.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credits: ‘Suite 1’ by RJD2, ‘Circles From The Rue Simon – Crubellier’ by Max Richter


The most important thing Sharon never learnt at school was identity. Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton spoke to her about the things school never taught her about gender.

Produced by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

To be comfortable in my own skin

Sometimes, what you don’t learn in school is something that you have to find out for yourself. Something that can’t be taught.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credits: ‘Bobby’ by Bell Gardens, ‘On Dancefloors’ by Metronomy and ‘Fire it up’ by Modest Mouse.

Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producers:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

Image Credit: Elizabeth Albert

#1402 Adaptation

Fires, floods, melting ice and strange weather patterns. The effects of climate change can already be seen in a lot of ways, from the way someone farms, to the way a house is built, to the place someone parks their car to drink a coffee and look out over the ocean. In this episode, we bring you stories of adaptation, the small and the large.

The Great American Adaptation Road Trip

When Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein finished studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, they set off on a three month road trip in Kirsten’s Mum’s minivan. Driving clockwise around North America, they documented the ways different communities are adapting to changes in their climate.

Stories from Kirsten and Allie’s road trip can be found on their website.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music Credits: ‘Lola’ by Podington Bear, ‘Another Travelling Song’ by Bright Eyes


Even today, signs of the big 1974 flood still stand around the town of Lismore, in regional New South Wales. They serve as a reminder of the threat of the river. Wally, a Lismore resident, talks about the way the community lives when floods are often imminent.

Produced by Emma Jensen

Not a Dystopian Future

Floods and fire have been part of the landscape of Australia for a long time, but with climate change making things more extreme, what will the way we live look like? When will the way we live shift from being green to surviving in this new world? Michael Brydon tried to find out.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credits: ‘Ritual Road Map’ by Calexico, ‘Sapphire’ by Bonobo, ‘Woodenmen’ by Plutonic Lab, ‘Fruitcup’ by Bell Gardens

Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producers:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

Image Credit: JCSullivan

#1401 Prime (feat. Voiceworks)

border collie with a ball

All the Best’s Melbourne Collective teams up with literary magazine Voiceworks to bring you stories from their latest, ‘Prime’. A man spends his days feeding his favourite tiny shark, Hashbrown, and never asking why. A scientist insists on a future where old age is eradicated. One poet wonders who is haunting his house and another has gone to the dogs.

Tiny Sharks

It must be a pretty neat company that requires an employee to care for eleven tiny sharks. Just don’t ask what they’re for.

Written and read by Josh Barnes

Produced by Tess Lawley

Gone to the Dogs

A poem about power dynamics, love in excess, misplaced loyalties and border collies.

Written by Jessica Yu

Read by Jessica Yu and Samuel Howard

Produced by Emma Jensen

The Haunting of 137 Peel St

Have you ever thought about the history of your house? Melbourne poet Jacob Sutherland has. This is his poem, about the haunting of 137 Peel St.

Written and read by Jacob Sutherland

Produced by Matt Radin

Prime of Your Life

As a young science undergrad student, Hilary Bowman-Smart met Aubrey De Grey, a biologist who envisions a world without old age. In this story, she asks if it’s possible and what a world where no one gets old would look like.

Written and read by Hilary Bowman-Smart

Produced by Cassandra Wright & Jess O’Callaghan

Music & sound credits: ‘Free Radicals’ by Podington Bear, ‘Wonder’ by Podington Bear & ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ by the Drums.

All stories in this episode can be found in Voiceworks’ Summer 2013-14 issue, #95 Prime. It can be found here.


Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager:  Carly-Anne Keneally

Executive Producers:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

Picture Credit: Roberta Baker – Border Collie

#1329 On the Road

Everyone likes adventure and the long roads of Australia, that stretch thousands of kilometres through changing landscapes, can offer the perfect place for adventure and discovery.

And whatever the reason you’re on the road; love, adventure, escape, you’re bound to make some pretty amazing discoveries in this big ‘ol country.

This episode we hear the story of a hitch-hiker, a journey-man from NZ, the magic of Alice Springs and the discovery of heritage and culture.

*Alice Hitching  by Tess Dowdell & Co-Written by Patch Sinclair  

* Jordan’s Farm by Jordan Bloomer

* Alice Springs by Tess Lawley

* Amy Jean by Merran Winchester


Picture Credits:  Any Jean Harding  (www.eyeoflight.com.au)

Music Credits:  Nowehere Man by John Butler Trio

Alice Hitching: ‘32 Ford’ by Joe Mazzola, Railroad’s Whiskey Co’ by Jahzzar

Amy Jean: Mana Part 1 by Anthony Copping, Shadow of Life by Anthony Copping & Pascal Ontaimae


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1327 Imagination….

Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.”

-Patricia A McKillip-

Imagination allows us to feel, see and experience beyond our actual reality.  It can be a source of joy and inspiration, terror and anguish and everything in between.

What is happening in our brains when we imagine?  What is the relationship between imagination and creativity?  And what is the use of imagination to humans?

This episode we share some radio plays produced by students at Footscray Primary School in Victoria.  These plays were developed as part of the Paper Fire Project in collaboration with SYN Radio and 100 Story Building.  We also hear from Dr Joel Pearson, a Neuropsychologist at UNSW and an expert in imagination and mental imagery.  Plus you’ll hear Henry & Zoe, a fictional story produced by Pip Rasmussen and Keelin Murphy.

This episode was been produced by Tess Lawley of the ATB Melbourne Collective.


*Thanks to the students of Footscray Primary School, 100 Story Building, SYN Radio, Dr Joel Pearson, Pip Rasmussen and Keelin Murphy.

And congratulations to our  radio makers at Footscray Primary School for their inspiring and imaginative work.  We look forward to hearing more of your stories on air!


Music Credits:  Eliza’s Aria (Wild Swans) by Elena-Kats Chernin (performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choir & Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Pure Imagination (from the soundtrack of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley and Phaedra (1974) by Tangerine Dreams.

Picture Credits:  Ash Of Spades



Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer’s: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez



#1230 Doorstop

Doorstop (n): 1. An interview by a journalist in which the interviewee is approached unknowingly at their place of residence or work. 2. An uninvited interview by paparazzi or tabloid reporter (Source: All the Best dictionary). Armed with microphones, our producers chase down their unsuspecting targets to ask them the big questions in life, on the spot.

The Fortune Teller

Produced by Merran Winchester

The Water Artist

Produced by Tess Lawley

The Spam Buyer

Produced by Mike Kermode
Music credits: ‘The Bird’ by Jimmy McGriff, ‘A Taste of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

The One that Got Away

Produced by Jessica Minshall
Music credit: ‘Lightbox’ by East Forest

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, and, for the last time, Jesse Cox. (Jesse is retiring after an amazing three years on All the Best. As one of its founders, he helped build up the house we’re in, and we’re truly grateful. Thanks.)

#1220 The Birds and the Bees

We’re sitting you down and telling you about the birds and the bees: and it’s guaranteed to be just as awkward and intriguing as you remember it. From an parent- to-child sex talk that happens 10 years too late, just for your listening pleasure; an escort who falls for his client; and the craze for ‘vagina spas’ in Jakarta: All the Best does its very best to explain that crazy little thing called (making) love.

Escort Love
‘Tyson’  was only 19 when he started working as an escort to support himself as a poor student in London. He was new enough to the trade to break the number one rule in the business: Don’t fall in love with the client.

Produced by Joal London

Can You Talk the Talk?
Do you remember having ‘the sex talk’ with your parents? Tess Lawley never actually did. She comes from a long line of Anglo-saxon women who are slightly prudish about sex. At 21, a determined Tess sat down with her mum Kaye to ask about the birds and the bees, just for your awkward listening pleasure.

Produced by Tess Lawley
Music credits: Instrumental version of Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches.

Some Don’t Like It Wet
If you flick open any straight Aussie men’s magazine and scroll to the page offering sex tips, you’re sure to see a bit of detailed advice on how to get a woman wet. But in Jakarta, Indonesia- that advice gets turned on its head. Ade Mardiyati is a 34-year-old journalist living in the capital city- and she takes us on a very personal journey into a curious cultural trend.

Narrated and recorded by Ade Mardiyati
Produced by Belinda Lopez
Picture credit: Self portrait by Ade Mardiyati
Music credits:  ‘Les Deux Guitares’ by Kale Stiles: http://soundcloud.com/kalerstiles/les-deux-guitares; ‘Escale’ by Les Zekoutzy Pourvoir: http://soundcloud.com/zekoutzy/escale

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox 



#1216 24 Hour Challenge

This week we set our contributors a challenge. Make a radio story in 24 hours. The day we picked was Sunday August 5.  The time to begin midday.

Windsurfing under the flightpath
Produced by Miles Martingoni

For as long as he can remember, Miles’s father has been trying to drag him out onto the water. Sailing, fishing, swimming… anything that meant getting out onto any beach, lake or river… well recently his dad started doing something different… and we thought it was the perfect thing to capture for our recording day….

Trawling the Vic Markets
Produced by Madeline Rebbechi

I am number 132

Produced by Zacha Rosen
All around the country, on any given afternoon, groups of people get together. They want to work out how to change the world. And on the day we made this there was a meeting in Sydney of mexicans about a movement called ‘I am 132’ – Zacha went along

The Accidental Busker
Tess Lawley

Countrylink to Port Macquarie
Produced  by Jess O’Callaghan

Pie Suit Memories
Produced by Lucie Bell

Breaking the Fast
Produced by Georgie Moodie

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producer: Damian Enemark 

Picture credit: Lucie Bell in her pie suit circa 1990s