#413 Join The Club


Having an obscure passion can make you feel like a bit of an outsider. Until you find a tribe of people who love the thing you’re into, just as much as you do.

This week, we’re examining the obsessive minds of canary fanciers and Nerf fanatics, and the communities that surround them.

‘Nerf Wars’ by Shelby Traynor

Nerf blasters are colourful and unassuming, but some are being modified for hundreds of dollars to shoot further and faster.  

Since the early 2000s, what started out as a toy for children has become the weapon of choice for hundreds of people around the world.

And some of these battles are playing out at a local park near you…

Producer: Shelby Traynor

Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Music: ‘Diamond Veins’ (feat. Sarah Rebecca)(Kid Francescoli Remix) by French 79

‘The Perfect Bird’ by Melanie Bakewell

There’s a lot more to canaries than them being yellow and good whistlers. Just ask Nick. He joined his local Canary Club to help him breed better birds. And now he’s dead-set on breeding the most perfect types of canaries you didn’t even know existed.

Producer: Melanie Bakewell

Supervising Producer: Evana Ho

Music: ‘Chainlink Melody’ by Podington Bear

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Ryan Pemberton

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay