Podcast

All The Best

New Australian Storytelling

Episodes

  • #1929 Disorganised Crime

    Aug 21 2019

    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. Gumtree Gamble by Jordan Fennell Jordan needed a job. When she saw an ad on Gumtree asking for someone to help hand out flyers around her neighborhood, she thought she’d scored an easy get. But soon she was receiving mysterious lump sums of money and weird instructions in her emails and realized it was not the job she’d signed up for....more

  • #1928 My Name Is

    Aug 14 2019

    Chinyere by Claudia Chinyere Akole 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. Written and told by Claudia Chinyere Akole Producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: Blue Dot Sessions The Double Double by Danni Stewart If you found out there was someone working in the same field as you, with the exact same name, would it make you feel less special? That’...more

  • #1927 Disposable: Part II

    Aug 07 2019

    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. Are Male Subs Disposable by Chenturan Aran In the Melbourne BDSM scene, there are a lot of male submissives, but far fewer female dominants. Does that mean there’s a long line of male subs out there waiting with ropes for a female dom to tie them up? Supervising producer: Jordan Fennell. Music: ‘Putrefaction Chamber&...more

  • #1926 Disposable: Part I

    Jul 31 2019

    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. Around The Back by Danielle O’Neal, Inger Kviseth, Doreen Lee and Christina Lu We’re diving into the bins, because this trash is Charlie and Ginnie’s treasure. Supervising producers: Eugenia Zoubtchenko and Jordan Fennell Music: ‘Funky Suspense’ by Benjamin Tissot, ‘Tomorrow’ by Benjamin ...more

  • #1925 You’re The Man Now, Dog

    Jul 24 2019

    Stories of men questioning the traditional ideas of masculinity they grew up with, and rediscovering what being a man means to them. What I Thought a Man Should Be by Tim Siow When your physical health breaks down it can tear other parts of you down with it. Adry’s world was turned upside down by a shock cancer diagnosis. It was a scary, dark time for him. But he came out the other side with some important lessons about the value of being vulnerable, and opening up to his mates. Image: Ad...more

  • #1924 Connecting The Dots

    Jul 17 2019

    They say hindsight is 20/20. This week we’re looking back at the past, and joining the dots. All Our Stories Are Connected – told by Richard Fejo, produced by Johanna Bell Sometimes, our stories start long before us; that’s certainly the case for Richard Fejo.  Facebook – www.facebook.com/spunstories Twitter – @spunstories Website – spunstories.net Viagra by Isabella Meagher  Explaining the birds and the bees to your children is never easy, and forget about trying t...more

  • #1923 New Direction

    Jul 10 2019

    Stories about taking the road less travelled. Finding Your Way Out Of Displacement by Ahmed Yussuf Performance is at the heart of how our bodies operate in this world. And for Muslims navigating life in a post 9/11 world one turn has the power to change everything. Supervising producer – Jordan Fennell Producer – Beth Binyam Music: “3rd Chair” by Lathe, “Tolls Folly” by Lillehammer Vote for Your Voice by Maisy Rae Through the eyes of a first-time voter: in a t...more

  • #1922 Let The Games Begin

    Jul 03 2019

    Team sport, tetris, jousting and online browsing. This week, we explore the world of games – come play with us! Bishop and Dyl Hamish is a huge gamer and has always had lots of online friends that he played games with… but he’d never met any of them in real life. That was until he started becoming friends with a guy called Bishop.  By Jordan Fennell Independent Browse Time Sometimes the most beautiful moments with our loved ones are spent in complete silence. By Matilda Fay Supervising Pr...more

  • #1921 Oh The Places You’ll Go

    Jun 26 2019

    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.  There’s no place like home by Darren Low You often hear stories about life changing experiences causing a radical shift in a person’s view of something. What you once thought you knew completely shattering under the weight of a new experience. You go th...more

  • #1920 The Looking Glass

    Jun 19 2019

    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 for race, racist? Supervising Producer – Evana Ho Additional thanks to Darren Low Music: ‘Club Music’ – Andy Garvey The Third Woman by Renee Imbesi It can be hard to explain what you mean by ‘feminis...more

  • #1919 Time Capsule

    Jun 12 2019

    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 Velvet Underground, We Love You Michael Gira by Ben Frost, Theory of Machines by Ben Frost, To Build a Home by Thematic Pianos and Paradise City by Guns n Ros...more

  • #1918 What keeps me up

    Jun 05 2019

    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 doing it, he would’ve done it ages ago. Sound design and original music composition: Pip Leason Supervising producer: Eugenia Zoubtchenko Additional thanks to Subbed In, where Jared first...more

  • #1917 Force of Habit

    May 29 2019

    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 Mikey Stratford-Hutch. Cell to Freedom by Ryan Pemberton Victor Shervashidze discovers that a cell isn’t just about what you can (or can’t) see. This s...more

  • #1916 Lost It

    May 22 2019

    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 Steel’ – Choker, ‘Rest your head’ – Low River, ‘Summer Love’ – Black Party, ‘Calligraphy’ – Saba, ‘Bikes’ – Frank Oc...more

  • #1915 Still Hungry

    May 15 2019

    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 Music: ‘Feel’ by Hiroshi Yoshimura, ‘Flamin Hot Cheetos’ by Clairo, ‘Allergies’ by Paul Simon Feasts by Rijn Collins We’ve bought you a round the world plane ticket, meals included. Original m...more

  • #1914 Let’s Eat

    May 08 2019

    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 by the housing affordability debate. It’s time to let it shine (again). Sound Design: Mia Hull Supervising Producer: Allison Chan Music: ‘Inside’ by Lee ...more

  • #1913 In Two Minds

    May 01 2019

    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 You’ by Uncle Neptune, ‘Frogs in Tuxes’ by Podington Bear, ‘People are Spinning’ by Loyalty Freak Musi...more

  • #1912 Funny Business

    Apr 24 2019

    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 gender parity in comedy rooms. Lauren goes behind the comedy curtain to find out why there aren’t more women doing stand up comedy. Supervising Producers: Beth Gibson, ...more

  • #1911 Same Same but Different

    Apr 17 2019

    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 only daughters and only children. But they have almost opposite relationships with their families. Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan Music: Cellophane Sam – ‘Deluge...more

  • #1910 Featuring Read To Me

    Apr 10 2019

    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: Zacha Rosen The Red Bag by Regine Clark Regine Clarke is thrown into Florence, Italy and uses her sharpened skills to drive a hard bargain at the markets. Sound Record...more

  • #1909 Smells Like Team Spirit

    Apr 03 2019

    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 but it’s all worth it. She plays a particular type of tennis. Music: ‘Cue 1 – Emotive-Beautiful-Building (Gaia)’ by Soulaflair, ‘Tennis Court’ by Lord...more

  • #1908 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

    Mar 27 2019

    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 Eddy, ‘Hidden Agenda’ by  Kevin MacLeod Supervising Producer: Sarah Mashman Blood, Guts and a Dead Animal by G...more

  • #1907 The B’s and The D’s

    Mar 20 2019

    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 gambling, Bank Australia uses their customers’ money in responsible ways. By practising ‘clean money’, they invest in community renewable energy, plus housing for people with disabilities, and ...more

  • #1906 Join The Party

    Mar 13 2019

    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 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 h...more

  • #1905 The Shooting Gallery

    Mar 06 2019

    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. Producer: Aoife Cook (3CR, Melbourne) Supervising Producer: Georgia Moodie This was just one piece from the CBAA’s 2018 National Features and Documentary Series. This program was ...more

  • #1904 Unfamiliar Territory

    Feb 28 2019

    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: Selena Shannon Inverloch by Elsie Bath Each summer holiday, Elsie and her family visit the same coastal town. It...more

  • #1903 My Main Squeeze

    Feb 19 2019

    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 for production guidance and feedback. Additional production support by Allison Chan. Music: ‘Am-trans’ by Podington Bear, ‘Classic Rose’ by Vibe Mountain, ‘Start as you ...more

  • #1902 On Your Marks

    Feb 12 2019

    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 is seen and unseen about these marks on our bodies. Supervising Producer: Allison Chan Music: ‘AhDah – Cephelopod‘ by Kevin MacLeod, ‘Folk Round‘ by Kevin MacLeod, &#...more

  • #1901 Back To School

    Feb 06 2019

    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 preteen drama.   Sound Recordist: Michael Brydon This story was recorded at Read To Me Hobart, which was organised by Joshua Santospirito. Read To Me is a ...more

  • #1844 Mixed Words

    Dec 05 2018

    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 English speakers have to take an exam that they have every reason to think should be easy? Music: ‘El Rapido’’ by Daniel Semo, ‘High Wire’ by 126ers, &#...more

  • #1843 Buried History

    Nov 28 2018

    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 the city, Tempe residents still remember their time at the tip.  Music: ‘Adventure Island (Theme)’, ‘Adventures of Superman (Theme)’ Supe...more

  • #1842 Thinking On Your Feet

    Nov 21 2018

    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 team, but what does it look like when the cheerleaders are centre stage? Music: ‘Chill Soft’ by S Hope, B Poe, J Mobley, ‘Headhunted’ by D Rhymes, ‘Pop Dreams’ by CA Salyer, ‘Tyme’...more

  • #1841 Coming and Going

    Nov 14 2018

    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 the relationships between people and place: from the rush of first love, to the mess of making it work, and even a desire to leave. Music: ‘Lumbaya Püf De’ by Galata Express Supervi...more

  • #1840 Man Versus

    Nov 07 2018

    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 owner, Kai Hanson, lives on Goat Island amongst the crocodile-infested Adelaide River in the Northern Territory. Music: ‘Australians’ by Means, ‘Sci Fi’ by Ben Sound, ‘Desperate wanting f...more

  • #1839 The Right Thing

    Oct 30 2018

    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. Alistair shares his lessons from improv and the WA Tourism Board’s plans to beckon him back to Perth. Sound Recordist: Jordan Fennell This piece was originally written for the Sun...more

  • #1838 Getting Culture

    Oct 23 2018

    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 first time, especially if you’ve grown up avoiding cow patties. This story was recorded at a live visual storytelling n...more

  • #1837 No Clue

    Oct 17 2018

    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 the Equinox, inner city Sydney and someone called Snowflake. Voice Overs: Reginald Harris and Thomas Husband Supervising Producer: Alli...more