• #401 People Readers

    #401 People Readers

    This episode is all about reading people—reading their mannerisms, picking up on social cues, trying to glean what a person is really like through observation. We have an expert in reading sexual energy and an artist undertaking an observational experiment which leads them to discover, for the first time, all the strange and unique behaviours…

  • #400 Things I Cannot Change

    #400 Things I Cannot Change

    This week, stories about the ways we deal with loss. Whether it’s suddenly losing your hair, or the death of your beloved pet dog.

  • #399 Meet Cute

    #399 Meet Cute

    These days a lot of people are finding love on dating apps. They don’t often find it down the end of a two-way radio, while on a road trip around the country. In this episode, stories of people finding love where they least expect it.

  • #398 Runs in the Family

    #398 Runs in the Family

    It’s often not until we look back as adults that we recognise the passions we’ve inherited from our parents. This week, Gina traces her lifelong love of cars back to the father she lost as a child, and Renee tries her best to nurture the creativity in her own children.

  • #397 Doing It My Way

    #397 Doing It My Way

    Taking what’s broken about your favourite TV show and fixing it. Redefining self-care in a way that works for you. This week, stories of people doing things their own way.

  • #396 Where The Sun Don’t Shine

    #396 Where The Sun Don’t Shine

    Three teams of All The Best contributors come to the radio station on a Sunday morning and spend the next 24 hours making radio stories.

  • Ryan Pemberton

    Ryan Pemberton

    Ryan Pemberton is the Executive Producer for All The Best. He is also a freelance audio producer with Audiocraft and a casual producer for ABC RN, where he has worked on documentary podcasts, including TRACE, This Is About and The Somertan Man. He started out in radio and podcasting as a student of the Graduate…

  • #395 Featuring: Or It Didn’t Happen

    #395 Featuring: Or It Didn’t Happen

    Stories from FBi Radio’s fiction podcast ‘Or It Didn’t Happen’. Some are true, some are false. It’s up to you to figure out which is which.

  • #394 Show Me Your Scars

    #394 Show Me Your Scars

    This week, our contributors are sharing the most intimate and vulnerable parts of themselves. The parts we often keep to ourselves, because they feel too sensitive, too embarrasing, or too dark to bring up.

  • #393 Disorganised Crime

    #393 Disorganised Crime

    An innocent mistake can often snowball into a total disaster. For the people in these stories, that snowball rolls them straight into the world of organised crime.

  • #392 My Name Is

    #392 My Name Is

    For the beginning half of her life, Claudia’s Nigerian name made her feel other. It was something she wanted separation from. Now she’s trying to reclaim that part of her identity.

  • #391 Disposable: Part II

    #391 Disposable: Part II

    This is the second of two episodes about rethinking waste, made by University of Melbourne Master of Journalism students, as part of the Science Gallery exhibition Disposable.

  • #390 Disposable: Part I

    #390 Disposable: Part I

    This is the first of two episodes about rethinking waste, made by University of Melbourne Master of Journalism students, as part of the Science Gallery exhibition Disposable.

  • #389 You’re The Man Now, Dog

    #389 You’re The Man Now, Dog

    Stories of men questioning the traditional ideas of masculinity they grew up with, and rediscovering what being a man means to them.

  • #388 Connecting The Dots

    #388 Connecting The Dots

    They say hindsight is 20/20. This week we’re looking back at the past, and joining the dots.

  • #387 New Direction 

    #387 New Direction 

    Stories about taking the road less travelled.

  • #386 Let The Games Begin

    #386 Let The Games Begin

    Team sport, tetris, jousting and online browsing. This week, we explore the world of games – come play with us!

  • #385 Oh The Places You’ll Go

    #385 Oh The Places You’ll Go

    The philosopher, Dr Seuss, wrote: “step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” Let’s go for a walk. 

  • #384 The Looking Glass

    #384 The Looking Glass

    All of us care about how other people see us, in some way. And we worry that there’s a gap between what people think about us and how we see ourselves. Dating is one of those situations where we second guess what someone is thinking. Fever Diagnosis by Bernadette Nguyen Is having a sexual preference…

  • #383 Time Capsule

    #383 Time Capsule

    We all know Facebook wants our attention. There’s a reason why the notifications are red. This is a story about a Facebook notification. It was a post from someone Stephen once knew — 27 years ago. ‘The only hole in my life’ by Carey Scheer Music: Back in Black by AC/DC, Dead Already by Thomas Newman, Heroin by…

  • #382 What keeps me up

    #382 What keeps me up

    There are nightmares about teeth and tricky interpersonal situations. Our first story is about both of these things. Stay up with us, as we toss and turn in the middle of the night. Mouthfeel by Jared Richards It was an accident when Jared first used his housemate’s toothbrush. If he’d known how much he liked…

  • #381 Force of Habit

    #381 Force of Habit

    Yeah, you probably shouldn’t bite your fingernails. But other habits have higher stakes. These are the habits that take up our time and our money. Bitcoin or big con by Toby Halligan Toby made a significant investment. He lucked in, when he forgot about it. Supervising Producer: Evana Ho Additional thanks to Andrew McLellan and…

  • #380 Lost It

    #380 Lost It

    Hang out with us in lost property. There’s a hoodie with a hole, a pair of headphones that don’t work…and a broken heart. Wheels by Sarath Chandra Todd knows what it feels like to lose something. He also knows about starting out as an opera singer, and then pivoting to triathlons. Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: ‘Brown…

  • #379 Still Hungry

    #379 Still Hungry

    Eating is very good for you, so we’re serving a second course of our potluck. Dig in as we feast around the world. Allergies by Danni Stewart The things you love can also hurt you the most. Same goes for Danni and the food she loves. Supervising Producer: Erin Dick with help from Jordan Fennell…

  • #378 Let’s Eat

    #378 Let’s Eat

    Come and join our potluck. We hope you like our cooking. For sure, we’ll embrace your culinary skills too. Dark Cherry, Limestone and Meat by Eugenia Zoubtchenko Take a seat at the table. Can we offer you a glass of wine? Music: ‘Corkscrew’ by Oren Ambarchi Avocado by Michael Sun The avocado has been maligned…

  • #377 In Two Minds

    #377 In Two Minds

    Everyone makes decisions — whether they be trivial or significant. It would be a very good decision to listen to this episode, friends. Hobby Failures by Megan Whitfield From reading novels to running marathons, everyone has a hobby that they love. But sometimes your hobby doesn’t love you. Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen Music: ‘Love Makes…

  • #376 Funny Business

    #376 Funny Business

    If laughter is the best medicine, do we all have access to the same medicine cabinet? Yes, this is a terrible joke. Thankfully, this episode features professionals who genuinely make people laugh. — Hear Me Laugh by Lauren Klein When Lauren Klein started doing stand up comedy, she couldn’t help but notice the lack of…

  • #375 Same Same but Different

    #375 Same Same but Different

    Things are the same but also very different. Just like lying in a virtual reality game. Or feeling out of place amongst your family, until you find punk rock. — Out of Place by Hongnan Guo Hongnan and Echo are two students in Sydney, who both come from the same province of China. They’re both…

  • #374 Featuring Read To Me

    #374 Featuring Read To Me

    There are people in the world who end up in conversations with strangers, eat gelato, catch ferries and buy plants. These people are also illustrators, animators and comic book artists. Plane Spotting by Jin Hien Lau People have pretty strong preferences when it comes to travelling on planes. So does Jin Hien Lau. Sound Recordist:…

  • #373 Smells Like Team Spirit

    #373 Smells Like Team Spirit

    Our new host, Maddy Macquine, was once politically active and physically active. She was in Year 5. It turns out, finding your sport can mean making some adjustments. Looking Forward by Lee Robinson On Friday evenings, Genamarie catches two trams in peak hour traffic to get to her tennis club. It can be a long journey…

  • #372 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

    #372 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

    Our host, Samantha Groth, is spreading her wings. But before she vacates, we need to have a chat about the gross, messy, and downright bad.  — Mailbox by Madeline Goldberger Letterbox vandalism isn’t really funny the first time. Which means it’s really not funny the eleventh time. Music: ‘Deadly Roulette’ by Kevin MacLeod, ‘Building Tension’ by…

  • #371 The B’s and The D’s

    #371 The B’s and The D’s

    Names are very useful. They come up a lot. But we mostly can’t choose our last names. — All The Best is proudly sponsored by Bank Australia.  Bank Australia believe that who you lend your money to can have a profound impact on society. Instead of loaning to industries that do harm, like coal, weapons, and…

  • #370 Join The Party

    #370 Join The Party

    When the Federal Election comes around, some of us might end up voting for someone we don’t know. Angela Moran tries to understand why she knows so little about the electoral process. And then two people enter communities and traditions that are not their own. Their way in is through music and sound. — All…

  • #369 The Shooting Gallery

    #369 The Shooting Gallery

    In the inner suburbs of Melbourne, there’s a place known to some as ‘The Shooting Gallery’. This is an honest conversation about drug use. Listener discretion is advised.  If you would like to speak to someone, you can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.…

  • #368 Unfamiliar Territory

    #368 Unfamiliar Territory

    Are you afraid of the dark? Some 21 year olds are. We’re crossing into unfamiliar territory, coming of age and questioning the idea of firsts. The Virginity Complex by Talisse Desiderio This is a conversation amongst friends about the concept of purity through virginity. It’s a heart-to-heart about cultural preconceptions, shame and female identities. Supervising Producer:…

  • #367 My Main Squeeze

    #367 My Main Squeeze

    We still don’t get time off for Valentines Day. But that doesn’t get in the way of us facing our fears or forking out, for a connection. — Swipe Right, Think Twice by Hongnan Guo Can dating apps help with social anxiety and the search for true love? Special thanks to Gretchen Miller and Tina Matolov…

  • #366 On Your Marks

    #366 On Your Marks

    Marks on our bodies and horses going around the performance ring, have got us on our marks. Get ready to go with us. The Birthmark Club by Madeline Goldberger You could have one on your face, your leg or your back.Birthmarks are visible but there’s also more than meets the eye. We delve into what…

  • #365 Back To School

    #365 Back To School

    We’ve got new dreams, new hopes and a new backpack. Grab your game face and embrace your adolescent fears. There are important lessons to be learnt, both inside and outside the classroom. The Eyebrow Incident by Alyssa Bermudez The popular girls, increased body hair and mortal embarrassment — these are the necessary elements for a…

  • #364 Mixed Words

    #364 Mixed Words

    These are our final words for 2018. But don’t go away. We have to first sit an English exam. We’ll also be testing you on the lyrics of your first album. To wrap up, we’ll find out how hearing, silence and sign language come together. — Language Test by Daniel Semo What happens when highly educated…

  • #363 Buried History

    #363 Buried History

    We’re digging for the deep cultural roots of magick, and burrowing through the rubbish history of a Sydney suburb. — Tempe Tip by Shelby Traynor A garbage tip once engulfed a Sydney suburb that is now transformed. But there are still remnants of the past — buried beneath walking tracks and ponds. Now an oasis close to…

  • #362 Thinking On Your Feet

    #362 Thinking On Your Feet

    Being on your feet could mean throwing another human in the air. It could also mean finding love while dancing five nights a week. But, one way or another, you’ll eventually have to step up. Into adulthood. — All Star by Romy Sher Cheerleaders are often seen on the sidelines, dancing around or supporting a…

  • #361 Coming and Going

    #361 Coming and Going

    It’s Spring and some of us find a certain wanderlust in the air. We explore our comings and goings from the places we love. We’ll also be asking ourselves why we come and go in the first place. — Love Letter to a City by Eugenia Zoubtchenko Have you ever fallen in love with a city? Eugenia explores…

  • #360 Man Versus

    #360 Man Versus

    Humanity takes on the challenge of swimming, the gobble of a turkey and the bite of a crocodile. These are three stories about earth, fire (maybe), wind, water and a lot of heart. — Chip off the Old Croc by Lee Robinson Pippa, the terrier, has no hesitation taking on a 3.5 metre saltwater crocodile. Their…

  • #359 The Right Thing

    #359 The Right Thing

    We’re looking for the right thing. Join us as we go for lols, put on clothes, live in a new city, look for a job and discover memories of a photograph from the archives. — I Don’t Know Much About Graphic Design by Alistair Baldwin There’s a joke about the Qantas kangaroo and the Puma puma.…

  • #358 Getting Culture

    #358 Getting Culture

    We’re on a search for culture. We’ll be taking epic voyages on ferries, leaving theatres with a new appreciation for musicals, and finding our tribe on the internet. — Secret Theatre Secret by Sapphire Sheedy There’s nothing like seeing musical theatre live, right before your eyes. There’s also nothing like seeing musical theatre for the very…

  • #357 No Clue

    #357 No Clue

    Put on your detective hats and eyeglasses, and join us as we investigate two cases of strange signs in public places. — ‘The Elusive Equinox of Eveleigh’ by Lili Occhiuto A poster taped to a telegraph pole sent Lili on a journey of uncertainty, suspicion and weirdness. This detective-in-training investigated the thread between the precession of…

  • Jordan Fennell

    Jordan Fennell

    Jordan Fennell has loved audio and podcasts for as long as she can remember and started off by volunteering at SYN FM. She was the Executive producer of Panorama, the flagship current affairs radio show, and was the SYN Community Coordinator for All The Best. She’s mentored up and coming producers from University of Melbourne…

  • Samantha Groth

    Samantha Groth

    Hi, I’m Samantha. Please add me on LinkedIn.

  • Chloe Gillespie

    Chloe Gillespie

    Chloe Gillespie has been the Community Coordinator since mid-2015. As a long standing member of the All The Best team, she has an excellent understanding of the show’s history as well as the Australian audio storytelling landscape. Chloe uses this knowledge to inform her social media and community coordinating duties. Chloe also works for Junkee Media…

  • Erin Dick

    Erin Dick

    Erin Dick is a Melbourne-based digital content creative and freelance writer. She is a graduate from Collarts’ (Australian College of the Arts) Entertainment Journalism Diploma, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor in Communication (Media) at RMIT University. She trains young content makers at SYN Media, co-produces Arts Centre Melbourne’s Sound as Ever podcast, and produces 102.7FM Triple R’s…

  • Matilda Fay

    Matilda Fay

    Matilda Fay is our social media producer and witch in residence. She accepts full responsibility for excessive emoji use on any of our channels.

  • Britta Jorgensen

    Britta Jorgensen

    Britta Jorgensen is a radio producer and postgrad researcher completing a practice-research PhD on independent podcast producers in Australia. She began producing and presenting community radio at 2SER in Sydney, and has since produced radio/podcasts for The Wire, ABC Radio Hobart, Edge Radio, the CBAA’s National Features and Documentary Series, the Emerging Writers Festival and…

  • Evana Ho

    Evana Ho

    Evana Ho is the creator and one person team behind the independent podcast Love, Canberra, which involves intimate conversations about love, sex and relationships. She is the coordinator of the Canberra Podcasting group, and works at a university in communications.

  • Nina Enever

    Nina Enever

    Nina Enever got involved with All The Best in mid-2017 and became a Supervising Producer at the start of 2018. Her fictional and nonfictional audio work has been featured in Blood: Attract & Repel (Science Gallery Melbourne) and Composting Germaine Greer (Encounters with Writing Festival). She is always on the lookout for unbelievable tales to translate to audio. 

  • Sarah Mashman

    Sarah Mashman

    Sarah Mashman is an audio and content producer with ABC RN in Sydney. She’s currently producing season two of Cosmic Vertigo and Sum of All Parts. Sarah spent seven years working for the ABC in Tasmania while producing features for Earshot and History Listen. She is passionate about story telling, creative audio and sound design.

  • Selena Shannon

    Selena Shannon

    Selena Shannon began her radio adventures at FBi Radio in 2014, working as a reporter, producer and contributor for All The Best and politics show Backchat. In 2016, she took over as Executive Producer of All The Best and had the pleasure of leading the program for two years. Since stepping down as EP, she has worked with…

  • Tegan Nicholls

    Tegan Nicholls

    Tegan Nicholls is a Sydney-based sound designer, music maker and podcast producer who has worked with All The Best since 2016 as a producer, supervising producer and weekly episode editor. Some favourite stories she has made for All The Best include Word Travels Fast; Standing Up, Saying Something; Chamber Pot Opera and Zedtown: Dead South.…

  • Zacha Rosen

    Zacha Rosen

    Zacha Rosen is a radio producer and arts journalist. He has written for Concrete Playground, the Sydney Latin American Film Festival and the Carriageworks, and produces interviews, narratives and fiction at All the Best. You can check out his work at zacharosen.com. He takes requests.

  • All The Best

    All The Best

    Jamie van Geldermalsen – Production Co-ordinator  | Kath Lim – Studio Producer | Gina McKeon – SP | Alex Storey – SP | Emilia Terzon – SP | Grace Dalton – SP | Que Minh Luu – Literary Editor | Jess O’Callaghan – Features Executive Producer | Belinda Lopez – Features Executive Producer | Merran Winchester – Features Executive Producer | Giordana Caputo – Features Executive Producer | Leona Hameed – SP | Kate Montague – SP | Tiger Webb – SP | Michael Brydon – Host…

  • #356 Flesh And Bone

    #356 Flesh And Bone

    Our bodies hold our stories. We’ve got a medical mystery, a late night tale about addiction and a yarn told in the flesh. — ‘A Collection of Small Plastic Containers’ by Seranna Shutt Seranna Shutt always wanted to be a mother. However, there came a time where she had to let go of her dreams. This…

  • #355 Where Are You From

    #355 Where Are You From

    Asking ‘where are you from?’ can be loaded. It can cast doubt on whether or not someone belongs to where they are now. But so many Australians were born in another country. And their journey to becoming Australian has had both highs and lows. — ‘Pedal To The Metal’ by Allison Chan Dean grew up in…

  • #354 Behind The Sound

    #354 Behind The Sound

    We’re pulling back the curtain. We’re lifting the lid. We’re showing you how we make an All The Best story. — ‘How We Do What We Do’ by Allison Chan and Danni Stewart All The Best is a training ground for producers to learn how to make narrative audio documentaries. We want to be transparent about what…

  • #353 Let It B

    #353 Let It B

    To make this episode an actual episode, we needed a theme to tie our stories together. We decided to call on a backup: a Plan B. It’s that letter that comes after A. — ‘Iron Mistress’ by Romy Sher If you drive out of the small town of Traverse City in Michigan and into the…

  • #352 Work In Progress

    #352 Work In Progress

    As we get to work, you’ll hear about our previous work experience and our ability to remain calm under pressure in a fast-paced environment. — ‘Dodgy Jobs’ by Angela Moran When Sarah arrived in Melbourne from Belgium on a working holiday visa she was told it would be easy to find a good part time…

  • #351 Neighbourhood Vibe

    #351 Neighbourhood Vibe

    Some neighbourhoods have backwards road signs, while others are known for their cul de sacs. Join us as we travel into the small enclaves of Australia where people have whole lives and whole communities. — ‘The Glebe Community Op Shop’ by Karishma Tanvi In the inner city suburb of Glebe, there’s an op shop run by volunteers…

  • #350 Reality Check

    #350 Reality Check

    Sometimes internal differences lead to changes in political leadership in Australia. And sometimes we just need to escape from the banter and find our escape in books, films and fan clubs. — ‘Bibliotherapy’ by Sarath Chandra Sarath isn’t into reading anymore and decides to talk to two authors to rekindle his love of books. He also…

  • #349 This Much I Know

    #349 This Much I Know

    A lot of the lessons we learn in childhood stay with us. Like riding a bike. Or if you’re one of the talented ones, whistling. On this episode, we’re talking about the things we learned at a young age, and what that means when you’re grown up. — Like Mother, Like Daughter by Honor Marino…

  • #348 Past Tense

    #348 Past Tense

    We have two stories from people recapturing moments that made a mark. The first story deals with issues of consent and may be triggering for some listeners. There is also some strong language. — ‘Humbug’ by Sidney Shaw Trying to blend in with the scenery at a bar is difficult when you’re easily the youngest person…

  • #347 School Of Thought

    #347 School Of Thought

    We’re handing over the mic to a Year 8 class from Bossley Park High School, a school in the Western suburbs of Sydney. We’ll be hearing their interviews with family members and their English teacher, Angie Sari. The first two stories were produced and edited by Lucia and Adam. Aldana, Aymen, Jonathan, Kaylene, Ronin also contributed interviews.…

  • #346 Listen To Me

    #346 Listen To Me

    We have a feature episode of creative audio responses: people making a different kind of noise in response to gendered violence in Australia. Sydney composer and vocalist, Andrée Greenwell, invited lyric contributions from a number of female Australian writers: Donna Abela, Eunice Andrada, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Alison Croggon, and Candy Royalle. With five other vocalists…

  • #345 Perfection

    #345 Perfection

    Perfection comes in different shapes, forms and sizes. — ‘Biohacking’ by Steph Doole Smart drugs, saunas and supplements. These are some of the techniques biohackers use to try to perfect their mind and body. Supervising Producer: Bec Fary Music: ‘Steppin’ In’ by Podington Bear  — ‘The Future is Meow’ by Josie Hess Meet Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. He’s…

  • #344 The Bridge

    #344 The Bridge

    Bridges can close the gap between people who disagree, or between the past and the future. You can cross a bridge, burn a bridge, be a bridge. — ‘The West Gate’ by Rijn Collins Up to 200 000 cars travel over the West Gate bridge every day – going between Melbourne’s CBD and the Western…

  • #343 Because Of Her, We Can

    #343 Because Of Her, We Can

    The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because Of Her, We Can’. We’ll be hearing from two influential storytellers, both Aboriginal women, who share about how Indigenous Australians have understood the mysterious workings of the land and the sky for tens of thousands of years. We first meet Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman and astronomer.…

  • #342 Thrifty

    #342 Thrifty

    You might have started thinking about your tax return but there’s still a pinch in a lot of our pockets. In this episode, we’re thinking about the different ways people get thrifty. We’re talking side hustles and sticky situations that come with being short on cash.  — ‘The Art of the Side Hustle’ by Yvonne Lam…

  • #341 Making Perfect

    #341 Making Perfect

    We’re looking for something that’s perfect. Hear stories about a precise brew of coffee, breeding for perfection, the ideal planet and perfect skin.   — Coffee Science by Jenina Ibañez Melbourne’s coffee connoisseurs are always searching for the perfect cup. With technical precision, Rocky the barista is quickly making a name for himself in the coffee-making…

  • #340 Gotta Go

    #340 Gotta Go

    We’re talking about the urgency that comes from within. When you gotta go, you gotta go. Talking Bodies by Faith Chaza Faith Chaza tells a story about finding clothes and spaces where your body fits. Music: ‘Sad Marimba Planet’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Lumber Down’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Idle Ways’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Molerat’…

  • #339 Hometowns

    #339 Hometowns

    Some of us have stayed in our hometown, while others have left. We visit our memories of hometowns around Australia and the world.  — Hometowns Across The Globe Thinking back to toasting nuts with sugar at 3am in Buenos Aires and running around until midnight in Norway because the sun is still up. Ambika, Daren, Jules, and Sybilla…

  • #338 To Laugh and To Learn

    #338 To Laugh and To Learn

    We find out how comedy and education shape the history of multiculturalism in Australia. Sarath Chandra talks to two comedians about how their backgrounds inform their material. Sheila Pham talks to Dung Dinh who came to Australia as an international student when the White Australia Policy was still in place. — Funny Voices by Sarath Chandra It’s a really interesting…

  • #337 On My Own

    #337 On My Own

    We’re flying solo. A poet goes on a solitary road trip through the American southwest and a self-confessed extrovert takes on the challenge of being by himself. — Only Child by Tom Joyner Only children can have the reputation of being selfish, entitled and bratty – like Little Emperors. Tom Joyner gives us his take on that…

  • #336Postcard From A City

    #336Postcard From A City

    We share our memories and impressions of growing up and living in Sydney. — Tourist In Your Own City by Martyn Reyes If you had family or friends visiting your home city from overseas, which places would you show off to ultimately impress them? Martyn Reyes didn’t know either, which is why he embarked on a…

  • What does it mean “Clash Royale”: Part 1

    Things can seem incredible the first time one goes to purchase electronic games for cellphone. Sure video games have also been proven to raise self-esteem. It gives individuals an opportunity to do things that they can’t do offline. The tournaments is competitive computer gaming at a professional level. After all, this guide to the best…

  • #335 Say My Name

    #335 Say My Name

    Everyone has a name. But sometimes we find ourselves wanting to change our names. It’s a tricky process. And it’s even more complicated when an entire country’s name is in question. — ‘Name Change’ by Daniel Semo Our names are one of the most basic portals into who we are. They help to define us legally,…

  • #334 Ghosting

    #334 Ghosting

    Three tales about ghosting: hauntings in the nation’s capital, an abandoned smoothie shop and unanswered text messages. — ‘Running The Show’ by Nina Enever Everyone remembers their first part time job: dirty work, nasty customers, an overbearing boss. But what if your boss disappeared and everything was left up to you? That’s what happened at…

  • #333 Word Travels Fast: Gosford Speaks Up

    #333 Word Travels Fast: Gosford Speaks Up

    We travel to Gosford on the NSW Central Coast with our friends from Word Travels Fast. In search of the city’s best spoken word poets, we meet Brooke Scobie, Elham Hafiz, Max Liberto and Lewis Janter. These wordsmiths cover topics that range from racism to fast food. There is a poem that deals with sexual abuse and…

  • #332 Family Ties

    #332 Family Ties

    We’ve got three stories about understanding your family in ways that you didn’t realise. A comic book artist asks questions about grief at different ages of his life. And a lawyer in the Northern Territory discovers a truth about her family history. — ‘Migrant Mums: Far From Ordinary’ by Heidi Tai Growing up, Heidi always…

  • #331 Right Up My Street

    #331 Right Up My Street

    Let’s talk about the things that we love, which might initially seem strange to other people. We also ask a cat if he enjoys going for walks. — ‘Something you love’ by Joseph Ware Watches, etymology, rejuvenating old furniture, the music of Felix Mendelssohn…four people talk about something they love that others might not. Music: Sinfonia…

  • #330 The Long Weekend

    #330 The Long Weekend

    What does Australia do over a four day weekend? We’ll be sharing in a birthday celebration, Easter egg hunts, a belated Lunar New Year dinner and creative backseat antics on family road trips. — ‘Are we there yet?’ by Jordan Fennell We discover how Jordan and her family make it through a six-hour road trip. —…

  • #329 The Forest and The Sea

    #329 The Forest and The Sea

    Let’s go outside. We chase the birdsong of a nightingale in a Berlin forest. We sit with the silence and sounds of nature, as we try to articulate the grief of losing someone you love. Both of these stories were produced and first broadcast in 2017. They were made for an All The Best listening event of nocturnal…

  • #328 Let’s Get Physical

    #328 Let’s Get Physical

    We’re not going to the Commonwealth Games or running marathons, and we’re certainly not getting an A in PE class. But we are getting active: using our bodies to connect with ourselves and each other. — ‘Meet me at the pool’ by Allison Chan We revisit our memories of learning how to swim and dive…

  • #327 Self-Preservation

    #327 Self-Preservation

    As our world changes, our idea of self preservation has to change with it. We’ve got stories of different ways we try to keep existing. — ‘Hello whoever you are’ by Shelby Traynor In 1995, Greg Wilkinson wrote a letter to the future and buried it in a wall. At the time of writing, Paul…

  • #326 Women of the Holocaust say #MeToo

    #326 Women of the Holocaust say #MeToo

    In 2017, women around world came forward to talk about their experiences of sexual violence and harassment. Since then, women everywhere have spoken out… including Holocaust survivors. Francine Lazarus repressed memories of sexual assault for decades. During the Holocaust, one of her protectors became what she feared the most: a predator. But it wasn’t until,…

  • #325 Call me Ange

    #325 Call me Ange

    When Ange was five years old, she called a Spice Girl sexy. When she saw the looks on her parents’ faces, it gave her an early taste of the power that words can hold. Twenty years later, she has a different problem – sometimes words just don’t cut it. Especially when she starts talking about…

  • #324 High Tide

    #324 High Tide

    We’ve seen so many waves of feminism over the years, but right now it feels like high tide. Around the world, women are rising up in a coordinated movement that feels like its biggest yet. But we know feminism wasn’t born yesterday. From an 80 year old to a 10 year old, Laura La Rosa spoke…

  • #323 Dad Who

    #323 Dad Who

    This week: stories of tracking down our dads, from Sydney to New York, from off the coast of Darwin and all across Ecuador. — Edgar, Edgar, donde estas? By Selena Shannon When Elizabeth was a toddler and she wanted her dad’s attention, she would play a silly game. She would travel around the house and…

  • #322 Feature: Or It Didnt Happen

    #322 Feature: Or It Didnt Happen

    Time to get cosy with Sydney’s live fiction scene. This week, we’re featuring a new podcast from a dear friend of the show, Zacha Rosen. His series ‘Or it didn’t happen‘ brings together unique, eclectic and thought-provoking fiction pieces from live fiction nights around the city. ‘Read To Me’ At Read to Me, comics authors put their comics…

  • #321 Healing

    #321 Healing

    It’s 2018 and we’re back baby! To kick things off, we’re talking Healing. We rely on doctors and specialists to help us heal, but when they don’t have the answers the journey takes a different turn. — ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ by Karishma Tanvi For years now, Karishma has known something wasn’t right……

  • #320 The Bubble

    #320 The Bubble

    We’re told we all live in our own bubbles, reinforced by our friends, our beliefs, our Facebook news feeds, and that very few of us can break free. This week, stories of people who popped their bubbles. — ‘Raised by Atheists’ by Nina Enever Before Nina started primary school, she didn’t realise her new school…

  • #319 Mum’s the word

    #319 Mum’s the word

    The mental load, the unpaid labour, the unconditional love – not to mention pushing us out. Our mums deserve a lot more credit than they get. So this week we’re peeling back the curtain on this whole motherhood thing and taking a moment to acknowledge them properly. — ‘Flashforward’ by Martyn Reyes Two years ago,…

  • #318 Loyalty

    #318 Loyalty

    This week, stories about what it means to be loyal – to your job, to a partner or to yourself. ‘A chat with a garbo’ by Bridget Harilaou Ian Hankinson has been committed to his job for the last 28 years. It’s a job people aren’t exactly queuing up to do, and yet our society often…

  • #317 Faith in love

    #317 Faith in love

    Religious communities and Queer communities have historically had a difficult relationship. Many of us treat this dichotomy as having no clear path to mutual understanding and celebration. But this week we bring you stories of the grey area between the black and white, and the people trying to evolve their religious institutions. Rev. Keith Mascord made headlines in 2016 when…

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