#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 scene. He mastered the algorithm for the perfect cup of coffee, but does he have the heart for it?

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘The Zeppelin’ by Blue Dot Sessions‘One Little Triumph’ by Blue Dot Sessions

Brown and Happy by Dilpreet Kaur

“You have dark skin and a fat nose,” said the 60-year-old neighbour to a 12 year-old girl. A whole decade later, this girl is still fighting the stereotype of being a woman of color and the lack of privilege of not being white. Does she give in?

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Life on Mars by Alexandra Alvaro

If sci-fi has taught us one thing, it’s that anything is possible on Mars. Every kid wants to be an astronaut when they grow up. But being a martian is not all it’s cracked up to be. Alexandra Alvaro spoke to a real life martian, to see what life on Mars would really be like. Well, kind of.

Supervising Producer: Nina Enever

Music: ‘Fantasy and Denoument’ by Podington Bear‘Caterpillar Tunnel’ by Podington Bear‘Waves’ by Podington Bear

Breeding the Perfect Dog by Nicole de Souza

Any dog owner would tell you that their pet is perfect. And it’s hardly surprising, considering the vast number of breeds and personalities out there. Nicole de Souza explores the world of breeding, both legal and illegal, and the impacts it has on our
canine companions.

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

All of these stories were produced by Masters of Journalism students at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. This was a collaboration between All The Best and Science Gallery Melbourne.

‘Perfection’ is the theme of this year’s Science Gallery exhibition, opening at the University of Melbourne this September. Thanks to Louisa Lim, Dr Ryan Jefferies and Bec Fary for coordinating this collaboration.

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: Joshua Rawson-Harris

Music: ‘Life on Mars’ by David Bowie, ‘Heartland Flyer’ by Blue Dot Sessions