#428 Essential Services


In the early days of coronavirus restrictions, a common refrain of celebrities and politicians was “we’re all in this together.” In reality, the pandemic amplified some of the starkest differences of privilege in our communities.

In this episode, a look at the pre-existing social inequality highlighted by Covid-19.

‘The upside of this terrible horrific thing that’s happening’ by Carey Scheer

Not only are many people living with disability feeling really well equipped to handle the pandemic, but for some, there has been a surprising silver lining.

Ricky Buchanan. Photo supplied by Ricky Buchanan.

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Producer: Carey Scheer

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.

Music: “Happing Inspiring Acoustic” by DmytroIgnatov from audiojungle, “Slow” from audiojungle, “Unusual Story” by Adigold from Envato Elements, “Reminiscing” by StudioMonkey from Envato Elements.

‘Regular Apocalypse Living’ by Sophia Melika

Going to work during a purported apocalypse is weird. People seem to think you’re really important, even though they apparently still hate you as much as ever. You get a lot of thank you videos. But mostly you’re just alone on buses and get bored a lot. Trust you have to work during a boring apocalypse.

Written and performed by Sophia Melika

Sound designer: Ellie Freeman

Supervising producer: Ryan Pemberton

Music: “The Late Hour” by Kevin Elkinson, “Amai Gokamashi” by Joseph Veneziani, “Some Clarity” by Danny Trachtenberg “Forever and Ever” by David Schmidt.

‘To Be Supplied’ by Jenanne Ibrahim

Some dealers provide drugs, others provide toilet paper.

Set in late February 2020 and based on true events, this satirical audio story centres around Sydney’s toilet paper shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. It playfully explores the realities of Western Sydney’s menacing coronavirus hysteria and panic-buying, featuring real-life stories and interviews.

Producer: Jenanne Ibrahim

Supervising producer: Lea Redfern

Music: “Stronger” by MGJ Beats, “Wake Up” by Kronicle.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mix and Compile: Ryan Pemberton

Host: Maddy Macquine

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producers: Matilda Fay and Angela Moran

Image: Erik Mclean via Unsplash