#550 Birds & Beetles

This week’s stories about birds and beetles will bring you up close and personal with some critters and creatures.

The Retirement

You probably think you’re too good for beetles. Algernon has lived underground for so long that his body is completely numb. The only part of his body that can sense is the inside of his mouth, through which he experiences all things. His world is texture, flavour, heat, vibration. In confidence, he tells us about his life. 

Written and produced by Zoe Le Marinel

Sound design by Lana Lusina. Discover more of her work here lanalusina.carrd.co

Voice acting by Peter Lloyd

Supervising Producer by Phoebe Adler-Ryan

A warning for misophonia as there are sounds like lip smacking in this story, a bit of disturbing imagery and a lot of detailed insect talk.

This is an immersive story that comes to life through headphones. So if you have some nearby, we recommend that you plug them in when having a listen.

The Nightingale Man

When Selena moved from sunny Sydney to the dark depths of Swedish winter, she sometimes asked herself why she decided to migrate, even for only 6 months, to a place where the night never really transitions into day. But her experience and her perspective changed when she followed The Nightingale Man to Berlin…

Produced by Selena Shannon

Thanks to Zacha Rosen and Bec Fary for their feedback.

All The Best credits:

Production Manager: Phoebe Adler-Ryan

Editorial Manager: Mell Chun

Host: Madhuraa Prakash

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