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All The Best

New Australian Storytelling

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  • #408 Our House Is On Fire

    Jun 29 2020

    Meet the messengers of the climate emergency. This episode originally aired in December of 2019. What Democracy Looks Like by Ryan Pemberton In September, 4 million protesters gathered to demand action on climate change. A few weeks later, Extinction Rebellion staged a global act of civil disobedience. Who are the organisers of the movement? And what impact are the protests having? Producer: Ryan Pemberton Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen Music: ‘Our Digital Compass’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Copl...more

  • #414 Up In The Air

    Jun 22 2020

    Things are not okay. Everything seems up in the air. People finding ways to empower themselves, in the face of profound uncertainty. This episode originally aired in March. ‘Cleaning, Waiting, Wishing’ by Josie Steele Cathy has a job cleaning homes and offices all over Melbourne, every day of the week. But she’s not your average cleaner, and it’s not your average job. Cathy’s cleaning while she waits for something, something important. Producer: Josie Steele Superivising Producer: Ry...more

  • #411 Discomfort Zone

    Jun 09 2020

    Travelling to India alone and getting naked in front of (platonic) friends: these are the ways people overcame the things holding them back, and found the freedom that comes from that. This episode originally aired in February of 2020. ‘Does My Bum Look Big in This?’ by Millie Roberts If you needed to strip in front of your mates, could you do it? Casual nudity in female-identifying friendships is taboo and rooted in imposed societal expectations. This story is about the awkwardness ...more

  • #415 Endometriosis

    Jun 01 2020

    ‘Endometriosis’ by Erin Dick When Erin was told she had an incurable illness, the diagnosis came as a relief. Endometriosis is an illness that affects 1 in 10 Australian people. Tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found where it shouldn’t be. It’s often painful, can cause infertility, and it can take years to receive a diagnosis. Endo is a chronic illness with no cure. Erin shares her story about living with endo, from diagnosis and surgery, to the day-to day of chronic ill...more

  • #424 I Am Preethi

    May 25 2020

    I Am Preethi by Karishma Luthria At 16, Preethi had an arranged marriage. Soon after, Preethi fell pregnant and couldn’t complete university. Instead, she raised 3 daughters, the eldest Sheena, Sonia and the third, Karishma who might not have made it. Karishma shares the intergenerational story of the women in her family. Producer: Karishma Luthria Supervising Producer: Lea Redfern Music: everyday (11-03-16) tanpura layers by Standing Wave, Brahms Lullaby by Wunderkind Classic, Swarmandal medita...more

  • #423 Rebellion

    May 18 2020

    There are two kinds of rebels: those with a cause and those without one. This episode is about the first kind. We have two stories of people going against rules and expectations, to do what they believe is right. ‘Civilly Disobedient’ by Tim Piccione The nausea from the chemo was intense, so Timothy’s Mum sought out a prescription for medicinal cannabis. When she was unable to procure any through legal channels, she had to step outside the law. Photo credit: Tim Piccione Produ...more

  • #422 Hope You’re Not Squeamish

    May 11 2020

    In these difficult times, we’ve been finding comfort in dark and graphic media. Assuming that it’s not just us, we put together these tales of blood, death and lost appendages. ‘Finger of Love’ by Gillian Langford Dating is hard. Sometimes by opening yourself up to someone, you risk losing a part of yourself. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe they could reattach it? Producer: Gillian Langford Supervising Producer: Erin Dick Music: ‘Crush’ by Bad Bangs,...more

  • #421 Can’t Pay My Rent

    May 04 2020

    In this episode, stories of people taking action to support their communities through the pandemic. We look at how the arts industry has been responding to isolation restrictions. And the residents of an apartment block prepare to go on a rent strike. ‘Where Do The Artists Turn?’ by Danni Stewart It’s hard to survive as an artist or someone working in the creative sector at the best of times, and now the arts are one of the hardest hit industries by this crisis. We’re all turni...more

  • #420 Planning For A Pandemic

    Apr 27 2020

    None of us planned for this. Now we’re all dealing with the impact of having our plans delayed, cancelled, or radically altered. What do you do about the big jewish wedding you had planned? How do you prepare for the worst? This week, stories of how our plans have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Love and Ruach’ by Eddie Goldsmith Less than three hours ago there was no wedding planned for today. Less than three hours ago there was no certainty of a wedding at all....more

  • #419 Unintended Consequences

    Apr 20 2020

    A firefighter is blamed for starting the very fires that he’s fighting. A writer investigates a myth behind the closing of Australian diving towers, and asks whether trying to make swimming pools safer is putting kids at greater risk. In this episode, people act with the best of intentions, and face the unforeseen consequences. ‘Burning Season’ by Dan Semo Northern Thailand is in the middle of what is commonly referred to as “Burning Season”, a period between January and April ...more

  • #418 Isolation 2 – We Are Constructing The Giant Lasagne

    Apr 13 2020

    Adjusting to isolation has been difficult. We’re all dealing with it in different ways. In this episode, we share some of ours, and you share some of yours. Music in this episode: ‘U Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer, ‘Wash’ by Bon Iver, ‘Frequent Flyer’ by Chromeo, ‘Funky Town’ by Lipps Inc, ‘Work It’ by Missy Elliot, ‘Cosy in the rocket’ by Psapp, ‘Pulse’ by IDER, ‘Way To Be Loved’ by TOPS,...more

  • #417 Isolation 1 – Home Roller Disco

    Apr 07 2020

    Professional Zoom meetings in a ten-year-old’s bedroom, bouldering on the side of the house, and recreating a roller disco in the hallway – these are some of the things we’ve been up to in self-isolation. In this episode, we get together to share our experience of being apart. Danni’s recommends MINCE TV to anyone looking for a virtual boogie. Eugenia recommends dancing to reggaeton. Maddy recommends Ms Nina. Ryan recommends investing in a crash mat before climbing the s...more

  • #416 Snap Judgement

    Mar 30 2020

    When we hear a new song, or try a new food, we know in an instant if we like it or not. It happens automatically. Those same snap judgements can apply to people too. But, we have a choice — we can choose to hold onto those judgements, or we can let them evolve by getting to know someone better. These are stories of people who were judged and dismissed based on the superficial impressions of others. Hear them out. Plucking a Pear in a Guitar-shaped World by Sepehr Jamshidi Fard Sepehr plays...more

  • #415 Endometriosis

    Mar 23 2020

    ‘Endometriosis’ by Erin Dick 18 months ago, Erin was told she had an incurable illness. Unexpectedly, the diagnosis came as a relief. Endometriosis is an illness that affects 1 in 10 Australian people. Tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found where it shouldn’t be. It’s often painful, can cause infertility, and it can take years to receive a diagnosis. Endo is a chronic illness with no cure. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month – Erin shares her story about living ...more

  • #414 Up In The Air

    Mar 16 2020

    Things are not okay. Everything seems up in the air. In this episode, people finding ways to empower themselves, in the face of profound uncertainty. ‘Cleaning, Waiting, Wishing’ by Josie Steele Cathy has a job cleaning homes and offices all over Melbourne, every day of the week. But she’s not your average cleaner, and it’s not your average job. Cathy’s cleaning while she waits for something, something important. Producer: Josie Steele Superivising Producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: ‘La...more

  • #413 Join The Club

    Mar 09 2020

    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 starte...more

  • #412 Corpse Meditation

    Mar 02 2020

    Last year, psychologist Rachel Menzies put on a series of workshops for clinicians, providing them with tools to help their clients manage their fear of death. Knowing that we’re going to die, and we don’t know when, can be debilitating for some. But even for those of us who can easily put aside our fear of death to get on with the day-to-day, reminding ourselves about death can be clarifying. When faced with knowing that we could die at any moment, how do we want to spend our time? ...more

  • #411 Discomfort Zone

    Feb 24 2020

    Travelling to India alone and getting naked in front of (platonic) friends: these are the ways people overcame the things holding them back, and found the freedom that comes from that. ‘Does My Bum Look Big in This?’ by Millie Roberts If you needed to strip in front of your mates, could you do it? Casual nudity in female-identifying friendships is taboo and rooted in imposed societal expectations. This story is about the awkwardness and empowerment of learning to be vulnerable in fro...more

  • #410 Seeking Refuge

    Feb 17 2020

    Stories of escaping the chaos. Fleeing from a war zone. Going on a meditation retreat, and looking for ways to retreat from the retreat. ‘Enlightenment Now’ by Evana Ho When Evana Ho went on a week-long silent meditation retreat, she wasn’t really sure what she wanted. Inner peace? Maybe. An interesting experience – certainly. She got more than she bargained for. Evana is the creator of the Love, Canberra: a podcast of intimate conversations about love, sex and relationships, f...more

  • #409 Swallowed Up

    Feb 10 2020

    There’s bad luck, then there’s bad judgement. This week, stories of people receiving ample warning that something isn’t right, and ignoring it at their peril. ‘Butt Stuck’ by Maddy Macquine Some of us are prone to tripping over, or rolling our ankles, or walking into glass doors. Laura is prone to butthole related disasters. Producer: Maddy Macquine Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: ‘Gymnopedies 2’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Crisper’ by Blue Dot Sessions &...more

  • #1411 Morwell

    Feb 03 2020

    Back in February 2014, a coal mine in Morwell caught fire. The entire town was covered in ash. Residents were told to evacuate, the council was giving out masks while the rest of the state worried that they would lose power. The Hazelwood Power Corporation, which owns the mine, has since been found guilty of putting staff and the public at risk. The fire had significant health impacts on residents. Now, as large sections of Australia burn and are blanketed in smoke, it felt particularly relevant...more

  • Summer Series #08

    Jan 28 2020

    This is the last part in our summer series, we hope you’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane. We’re back with new episodes in two weeks. Secret Theatre Secret by Sapphire Sheedy There’s also nothing like seeing musical theatre for the very first time, especially if your name is Sapphire Sheedy and you’ve grown up avoiding cow patties. This story was told at Read To Me, a live storytelling night in Sydney, which we love. It was recorded by Zacha Rosen. Looking Forward by Lee Robinson ...more

  • Summer Series #07

    Jan 21 2020

    We’ve been taking a break from making new episodes over summer, so we’re rebroadcasting some of our favourite All The Best stories. We’ll be back in two weeks. Public Defecation Act by Concetta Caristo Most people like to edit out the most embarrassing parts of their lives. Not Concetta. She wants to tell you exactly what happened when her Mum found her blind drunk in the gutter on Norton St. Written and performed by Concetta Caristo Instagram: @concettaworldwide Supervising p...more

  • Summer Series #06

    Jan 14 2020

    We’ll be back with brand new episodes in February. While you wait, here’s some of our favourites from the All The Best archive. 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 mean to go on’ by Daniel Birc...more

  • Summer Series #05

    Jan 07 2020

    We’ll be back with new episodes in a few weeks. Until then, here are some stories we really like. Hope you like them too. A Magical Place by Erin Dick, Maddy Macquine and Lee Robinson Kevin is used to being the one hidden up the back, not being seen — he’s been a movie projectionist for 40 years. But soon his whole profession will be disappearing for good. There Once Was a Man by Sepehr Jamshidi Fard Overhearing the human condition over brunch. Producer: Sepehr Jamshidi Fard Supervising p...more

  • Summer Series #04

    Dec 31 2019

    All The Best is taking some time off to rest and recuperate, and to produce new stories for 2020. While we’re away, we’re replaying some of our favourite stories. See you in a few weeks. Allergies by Danni Stewart The things you love can also hurt you the most. Same goes for Danni and the food she loves. Producer: Danni Stewart Supervising Producer: Erin Dick, with help from Jordan Fennell Music: ‘Feel’ by Hiroshi Yoshimura, ‘Flamin Hot Cheetos’ by Clairo, ‘Allergies’ by Paul Simon A...more

  • Summer Series #03

    Dec 24 2019

    We’re busy working on new episodes for 2020 and working on our suntans. Please enjoy these fine selections from the All The Best archive. Politics by Angela Moran It’s time to start caring about things. Angela decides to figure out the Australian electoral process, in time for the upcoming Federal Election. Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell Music: ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, ‘Black Shuck’ – The Darkness, ‘Nighttime Stroll – E’s Jammy Jams‘,  ‘The Truth Is N...more

  • Summer Series #02

    Dec 18 2019

    We’re taking a few weeks off while we get ready for new episodes in 2020. So we’ve picked some of our favourite stories to play over the summer. 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 read a draft of ‘Mouthfeel...more

  • Summer Series #01

    Dec 11 2019

    We’re going on break for a few weeks. So here are some of favourite stories from the All The Best archives. Chamber Pot Opera by Tegan Nicholls The Queen Victoria Building bathrooms in Sydney are a throwback to a time when women would powder their wigs, paint their faces and slide a tip into the attendant’s pocket. Throw an opera into the mix and it’s the complete package. Only this isn’t any opera, and it’s far from Victorian when it comes to the women involved. Tegan Nicholls brings us t...more

  • #408 Our House Is On Fire

    Dec 04 2019

    Meet the messengers of the climate emergency. What Democracy Looks Like by Ryan Pemberton In September, 4 million protesters gathered to demand action on climate change. A few weeks later, Extinction Rebellion staged a global act of civil disobedience. Who are the organisers of the movement? And what impact are the protests having? Producer: Ryan Pemberton Supervising producer: Zacha Rosen Music: ‘Our Digital Compass’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Copley Beat’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Waterbourne’ by Bl...more

  • #407 Woke Up Like This

    Nov 27 2019

    This episode is about those first few moments after we wake up. What we do with them can set us up for the rest of the day. That is, when all goes to plan. That Night in Chippendale by Pat Grant Pat takes a drunken snooze in the back of his van, and has a rude awakening. This is a story from the suburb of Chippendale, back in the early 2000’s. If you weren’t there at the time you wouldn’t recognise it. The CUB brewery was still churning out Carlton Draught and Resch’s Pilsner. It made the whole ...more

  • #406 Patricia – Part II

    Nov 20 2019

    This is part two. Find part one here. Patricia by Luke Cartwright Sometimes fate brings the right people together, in the right place, at the right time. And then there’s the near-misses. What happens when the stars don’t align? A scripted drama based on a collection of bugged phone calls – Patricia is the story of two people meeting at a tragically inopportune time, told through overheard phone conversations. Writer and director: Luke Cartwright Producer and sound designer: Ryan Pemberton Cast:...more

  • #406 Patricia – Part I

    Nov 20 2019

    This is part one. Find part two here. Patricia by Luke Cartwright Sometimes fate brings the right people together, in the right place, at the right time. And then there’s the near-misses. What happens when the stars don’t align? A scripted drama based on a collection of bugged phone calls – Patricia is the story of two people meeting at a tragically inopportune time, told through overheard phone conversations. Writer and director: Luke Cartwright Producer and sound designer: Ryan Pem...more

  • #405 Pleasure And Pain

    Nov 13 2019

    One person’s idea of a good time is another person’s idea of torture. Some enjoy waiting in line at the airport, some like to be covered from head to toe in clothes pegs by a woman in a g-string and corset. Whatever floats your boat, right? Meditation, Masochism and Mental Health by Lakshmi Krishnan Are dominatrixes kink doctors? And can there really be pleasure in pain? There is a deeper side to kinky bedroom activities, and it may even be good for your mental health. Producer: Laks...more

  • #404 Filling in the Blanks

    Nov 06 2019

    True stories rarely end with everything tied up in a neat little package. These are stories of people trying to fix their own personal plot holes. No Relation by Lisa Parr Lisa tries to fill the empty spaces in her father’s history, but finds more empty spaces. Writer: Lisa Parr Performers: Lisa Parr and Carlo Ritchie Production and sound design: Ryan Pemberton Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Epidemic Sound A Voice in the Dark by Rhys Blinco With his brother on a flight to America, Rhys has...more

  • #403 We Need To Talk

    Oct 30 2019

    There’s an elephant in the room. It’s lonely and terrified of the knowledge that one day it will die. Let’s talk about it. Death Over Coffee Producer: Elsa Silberstein Supervising producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘Just Do It ‘by Paul Mottram Human Kneads Moana’s disability prevents him from getting out of the house as much as he used to. But he’s finding new ways to reach out and connect. He wasn’t ex...more

  • #402 Sea Change

    Oct 23 2019

    For many of us, travelling is the way we unhook ourselves from our routine, when we feel like we need a break, or a fresh perspective. Usually, it’s just for a few weeks. This week we have two stories of people leaving their old life behind for good. One of them by choice, the other out of neccessity. Taiko Drumming by Dan Semo When Dan arrived on the remote Japanese island of Sato to learn traditional folk drumming, he wasn’t expecting to meet someone else from Melbourne. Producer: ...more

  • #401 People Readers

    Oct 16 2019

    This episode is all about reading people—reading their mannerisms, picking up on social cues, trying to glean what a person is really like through observation. We have an expert in reading sexual energy and an artist undertaking an observational experiment which leads them to discover, for the first time, all the strange and unique behaviours of the people closest to them. Dick Psychic by Chloe Gillespie John Edwards is a psychic medium. Katie Cunningham is a dick psychic. John Edwards speaks t...more

  • #400 Things I Cannot Change

    Oct 09 2019

    This week, stories about the ways we deal with loss. Whether it’s the sudden loss of your hair, or the death of your beloved pet dog. To Jeffery by Bernadette Nguyen How do we deal with the death of a pet? Bernadette talks to her friends and family about the (senior) boy she loves the most – her dog Jeffery. Producer: Bernadette Nguyen Supervising producer: Ryan Pemberton Music: ‘Hawaii’ by Blackbird Blackbird (Niva Remix), ‘I Miss You’ by Ta-ku, ‘Reprise’ by Gold Panda (T Hemingwa...more

  • #399 Meet Cute

    Oct 02 2019

    These days a lot of people are finding love on dating apps. They don’t often find it down the end of a two-way radio, while on a road trip around the country. In this episode, stories of people finding love where they least expect it. Austin, Seattle by Sidney Shaw Frolicking through Tinder for the first time ever has the potential to be: a) Just as bleak as causing a scene on an airplane b) A window into discovering how many single men in Melbourne are named ‘Dimitri’ c) The most serendip...more

  • #398 Runs in the Family

    Sep 25 2019

    It’s often not until we look back as adults that we recognise the passions we’ve inherited from our parents. This week, Gina traces her lifelong love of cars back to the father she lost as a child, and Renee tries her best to nurture the creativity in her own children. GTY409 by Allison Chan ‘The traffic’ is a common complaint about driving in Sydney. Gina has no problem with sitting in traffic. She actually likes it. And it’s not because she’s texting. Produced by Allison Chan Super...more

  • #397 Doing It My Way

    Sep 18 2019

    Taking what’s broken about your favourite TV show and fixing it. Redefining self-care in a way that works for you. This week, stories of people doing things their own way. Am I Doing This Right? Cracking the Self-Care Code by Jessica Lees With the help of her friends, Jess takes the neatly packaged concept of ‘self-care’ being sold by the mainstream media, rips it open and turns it upside down to find out if facemasks and bubble baths are all they’re cracked up to be. Image Credit: Ali B...more

  • #396 Where The Sun Don’t Shine

    Sep 11 2019

    Three teams of All The Best contributors come to the radio station on a Sunday morning to spend the next 24 hours making radio stories. All our stories this week were made as part of KCRW’s 24-hour Radio Race. The theme was ‘Where The Sun Don’t Shine.’ A Magical Place by Erin Dick, Maddy Macquine and Lee Robinson Kevin is used to being the one hidden up the back, not being seen — he’s been a movie projectionist for 40 years. But soon his whole profession will ...more

  • #395 Featuring: Or It Didn’t Happen

    Sep 04 2019

    Stories from FBi Radio’s fiction podcast ‘Or It Didn’t Happen’. Some are true, some are false. It’s up to you to figure out which is which.   Fishboy by Sophia Melika Sophia goes on a movie date that goes poorly, for her date (it goes well for her). Find more of her work at sophiamelika.com and on Instagram. Fishboy was originally read at Read to Me, a comics reading night in Sydney. Find out more on their Facebook.   Lỗ (n. hole; v. to lose [in business])...more

  • #394 Show Me Your Scars

    Aug 28 2019

    This week, our contributors are sharing the most intimate and vulnerable parts of themselves. The parts we often keep to ourselves, because they feel too sensitive, too embarrasing, or too dark to bring up. Public Defecation Act by Concetta Caristo Most people like to edit out the most embarrassing parts of their lives. Not Concetta. She wants to tell you exactly what happened when her Mum found her blind drunk in the gutter on Norton St. Written and performed by Concetta Caristo Instagram: @co...more