Category: Our Picks

  • #1606 Lead Affected

    #1606 Lead Affected

      “I felt betrayed, because I loved Broken Hill and I loved my house and I loved the town, and I loved the streets and I loved everything about it. And to think that my lovely town was poisoning my beautiful baby was heartbreaking.”  Broken Hill sits on the world’s largest known deposit of silver,…

  • #1532 Then It Was Us – Syrian Refugees in Amman

    #1532 Then It Was Us – Syrian Refugees in Amman

      I have a big mission coming in two days and they want to go to Za’atari and I said “If you want to go to Za’atari I will take you to the Dead Sea, and I will take a photo of you at the Dead Sea, because you are coming for tourism. Everybody that…

  • #1526 Be Strong and Have Courage

    #1526 Be Strong and Have Courage

    “I remember in year 7 especially feeling really different from everyone, classic, and I remember feeling like there was a space where I was more myself than I could be at school.” That place is Hashomer Hatzair, or ‘Hashy,’ a Jewish Socialist Zionist youth movement where producer Hannah Reich spent 10 years as a student…

  • #1518 Ayahuasca

    #1518 Ayahuasca

    Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic brew historically and traditionally used by shamans in the Amazon basin to gain access to the spirit world. In the past decade more and more tourists are travelling to Peru to drink ayahuasca in hopes of having an enlightening experience. But what does it mean when a cultural practice is commodified…

  • #1515 A Walk In The Park

    #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…

  • #1514 Grapes of Ridicule

    #1514 Grapes of Ridicule

    What are you looking for when you buy a bottle of wine? If you’re alone do you reach for the cleanskin? If you’re sharing it with friends maybe you want something a bit more fancy, a wine to show off, mark you as someone who knows their shit. If you’re taking it to your parents…

  • #1508 A Way With Words

    #1508 A Way With Words

    Some things are harder to say than others. The most important things to say, messages you really want to get across, can be boring and complicated. Or you might not feel comfortable saying them at all. There are people all over Australia learning to express themselves using poetry -and not the kind you learned in…

  • #1507 Legal Walls

    #1507 Legal Walls

    Access to the law is something it’s easy to take for granted – if there’s an injustice, if you are wronged, we’re taught to believe that the law has the ability to make that wrong right again. In 1977, the lack of affordable legal service options for disadvantaged and marginalised people led to the opening…

  • #1506 Best Practice

    #1506 Best Practice

    A lot of us trust our doctors to make us healthy, or at least to cure our illnesses. But can they make us happy? According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, one in two Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Research organisations and support networks like…

  • #1436 Blowing the Whistle

    #1436 Blowing the Whistle

    This week we work our way through the government’s changes to national security legislation, and zero in on one change that passed earlier this month – Section 35P of the ASIO Act. The change makes it illegal to disclose information about something called a ‘Special Intelligence Operation’ by ASIO. The problem for journalists is, these operations are…

  • #1432 Borrowing Sugar

    #1432 Borrowing Sugar

    There’s a lot of mythology around neighbours. A good neighbour can turn into a very convenient friend, one who lends you a cup of sugar when you run out mid-bake, or who’ll water your plants when you’re out of town. Then there are the neighbours who are a pair of eyes over a back fence,…

  • #1416 That Girl

    #1416 That Girl

      “I didn’t want to be That Girl Who Had An Abortion, because I’m not… When you look at the statistics, there are many of those girls” We have so many conversations about abortion, but most of the time they’re abstract and political, they’re not about the lived experiences and choices of women who’ve terminated…

  • #1412 Squeezing the System

    #1412 Squeezing the System

      Ever think about where your $10 t-shirt came from? On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, All The Best brings you stories from the supply chain. Sumi Abedin is twenty years old. She was a garment worker at the Tazreen Fashions factory, and jumped from the building the day it…

  • #1411 Morwell

    #1411 Morwell

    Back in February one of the coal mines in Morwell caught fire. The entire town was covered in ash. Residents were told to evacuate, the council was giving out masks while the rest of the state worried that they would lose power. Now, the fires are under control but its left the local community in…

  • #1406 These Women

    #1406 These Women

    Everyone can tell the story of an awesome woman. A mother, grandma, sister, friend, or teacher. This year International Women’s Day is celebrating women who inspire change, and today All the Best tells the stories of awesome women doing this in all sorts of ways. From a celebrant to a beekeeper, a journalist to young…

  • #1317 Postcards from Reconciliation

    #1317 Postcards from Reconciliation

    Just in time for National Reconciliation Week, and in co-production with Redfern Community Centre, All the Best presents Postcards from Reconciliation. A man sends a postcard home about his lover: a proud man of the Bundjalung Nation, a historical postcard raises uncomfortable questions about a famous colonial figure and a Gumbangiir woman’s postcard is a…

  • #1311 Atom Bombs in the Suburbs

    #1311 Atom Bombs in the Suburbs

    It was 1982. HIV/AIDS was creeping into Australia and neither the gay community nor the government knew how to beat it, or even what it was. One man decided to fight against the death toll and the rising hysteria, backed by a motto: ‘Don’t Mourn, Organise’.  All the Best shares a sliver of little-known Australian…

  • #1304 Fight Club Vol. 1

    #1304 Fight Club Vol. 1

    All the Best doesn’t go looking for the fight; the fight comes to us. A night on the Gold Coast during Schoolies starts in a Penthouse apartment and ends with violence and jail; and a girl’s whip is transformed from performance object to weapon when domestic violence stares her in the face in Darwin. A Night…

  • #1232 Hope + Politics

    #1232 Hope + Politics

    ‘Hope’ and ‘Politics’ aren’t two words you often hear spoken together in Australia. But All the Best shares a story about people inside and outside of Canberra who are hopeful— passionately hopeful— that they can make change happen. The Parliamentary Friendship Group Kate Doak is a political junkie, and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened down in Canberra- until finding out…

  • #1217 Im Not There

    #1217 Im Not There

    The theme today on All the Best is taken from ‘Im Not There’ a film about Bob Dylan.  In the film six actors play six incarnations of Bob Dylan and today we have stories about shifting personalities, missing family and friends who seem real one moment and gone the next.  From Jasper who has 1…

  • #1207 The Block (repeat)

    #1207 The Block (repeat)

    On this week’s show we re-played you one of our favourite episodes to date – ‘The Block’. The Block in Redfern has a well-documented history of drugs, violence, and riots. Perhaps you’ve never heard otherwise. Maybe you’ve avoided knowing much about it at all, having never stepped foot on Eveleigh Street and it’s surrounds. On…

  • #1205 A Bedtime Story

    #1205 A Bedtime Story

    Snuggle up to your pillow and settle in to snooze as we read you A Bedtime Story. We bring you stories delivered via intercontinental cassettes, take a magical taxi ride and get a bunch of 11 y.o’s to write us a bedtime story. Doll Hospital Produced by Eliza Sarlos Hairyman Story told by Kerry Toomey…

  • #1204 First Impressions

    #1204 First Impressions

    A show in 24 hours? We thought it was impossible. Until this week’s show fell in on itself and we had to make it happen. Hear the results, including – stripping off in P.E. class, and we get our Tarot Cards read in the backseat of a car during a flashflood.  Produced by Jesse Cox…