#411 Discomfort Zone


Travelling to India alone and getting naked in front of (platonic) friends: these are the ways people overcame the things holding them back, and found the freedom that comes from that.

This episode originally aired in February of 2020.

‘Does My Bum Look Big in This?’ by Millie Roberts

If you needed to strip in front of your mates, could you do it? Casual nudity in female-identifying friendships is taboo and rooted in imposed societal expectations. This story is about the awkwardness and empowerment of learning to be vulnerable in front of your galpals – all while stark naked.

Producer: Millie Roberts

Supervising producer: Sarah Mashman

Claiming Your Right To Risk When You Live With Disability‘ by Carey Scheer

When Ellen Fraser-Barbour was 19, she decided to travel on her own to India. Everyone told her it was a bad idea.

“You are crazy,” they said.  “It’s too risky!”

“You are deaf! You are blind! You can’t travel on your own!” But Ellen decided that was their anxiety. It wasn’t her anxiety. So she persevered with her plan.

This story was produced by Carey Scheer for JFA Purple Orange. You can find out more about work they do, and hear more stories like this one, on their website.

‘Time Poor to Time Rich’ by Saskia Black

When Saskia moved to Australia from London, she hoped it would change her hectic lifestyle. It did, but not in the way she was expecting.

Producer: Saskia Black

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Ryan Pemberton and Josh McCoy

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Photo credit: Jay Joslin via Flickr