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All The Best

New Australian Storytelling

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  • #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, from the capita...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 The Fossil Hunt...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

  • #393 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

  • #392 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

  • #391 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

  • #390 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

  • #389 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

  • #388 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

  • #387 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

  • #386 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

  • #385 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

  • #384 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

  • #383 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

  • #382 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

  • #381 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

  • #380 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

  • #379 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

  • #378 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

  • #377 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

  • #376 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

  • #375 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

  • #374 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