#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, socially and culturally. But what happens when our names start to cause us problems? And what if trying to change your name becomes the actual problem?

Music: ‘Aim Is True’ by Podington Bear, ‘Marimba On The Hunt’ by Daniel Birch, ‘Twine’ by Podington Bear, ‘Entrance Shaft’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Turnaround Road’ by Cellophane Sam

Supervising Producer: Zacha Rosen

‘Growing Up Macedonian Australian’ by Natalie Sekulovska

Natalie has grown up with a strong sense of Macedonian identity and is captivated by her family’s stories of Macedonia. But the politics surrounding the Macedonian name has devastated her family.

Since the breakdown of Yugoslavia in 1991, Macedonia has been involved in name negotiations with its neighbour, Greece, and recently there have been calls to change the Macedonian name. Even Australia refuses to recognise Macedonia by its official name.

Natalie speaks to her mum and grandpa about the importance of the Macedonian name and what it means to be Macedonian in Australia.

Music: ‘Sepia Dawn’ by Lee Rosevere, ‘Ether’ by Silent Partner

Supervising Producer: Selena Shannon

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Natalia Y