#1417 Human


This week, All the Best is telling stories about what it means to be human. Humans being excellent or awful to other humans, realising someone is only human, or that someone we idolise is human after all. Humans making mistakes and making things better. We also hear two stories more told at our Sydney Writers’ Festival event, All the Best Live, from Meanjin editor Zora Sanders and poet and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke. The other stories from SWF can be heard here.

My Mum is Human

Parents aren’t real people, right? This story is about the time Tess realised her mum was human.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Music credits: ‘Human Being’ by Cat Power

Zora Sanders – Live at SWF

There are two types of people who join communes. Zora’s mum is the second kind.

Ira Glass is Human

Haley couldn’t talk about her encounter with Ira Glass for weeks afterwards. She couldn’t bring herself to listen to This American Life. Then the dreams started.

Produced by Haley Shaffer

Music Credits: ‘Sweet and Clean’ by Podington Bear, ‘Movin On Up’ by Podington Bear, ‘Guestlist’ by Podington Bear

Marngrook – Maxine Beneba Clarke Live at SWF

We are what we teach our children – and our children are wrong.

More of Maxine’s work can be heard and read here. Her latest book is Foreign Soil.

Music Credit: ‘Human’ by Cat Power

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pip Rasmussen