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Australian perspectives on the week's neglected social aspects of life, too often ignored by economics-driven priorities. These undermine our options for good societies, not just growth. Eva Cox is a well-known sociologist and public feminist commentator with a long involvement in advocacy for more civil societies. Julie Macken has a wealth of experience as a journalist for AFR and New Matilda and has worked with a variety of non-profit organisations. Produced for community radio stations ac ...
 
All The Best is for new Australian storytelling. Hear from a Melbourne-based cannibal, how the Australian Wallabies used theatre workshops to improve their game, anxiety attacks in a Tantric sex class, and what the shopping centre Santa Claus is really thinking, all on All The Best. We're a weekly radio show and podcast produced at FBi Radio in Sydney in association with SYN and Triple R in Melbourne, and broadcast nationally via the Community Radio Network. We’ve been telling stories in a v ...
 
Acclaimed presenter, journalist, actor, producer and arts guru Rhoda Roberts returns to our airwaves to present Deadly Voices from the House, recorded live from Sydney Opera House. Featuring a diverse selection of guest appearances from prominent Indigenous leaders from the music, arts and culture sector, Deadly Voices from the House provides an important platform to discuss critical issues facing the Indigenous community and gives voice to a variety of upcoming indigenous music, arts and cu ...
 
In the wake of COVID-19, it's easy to forget that only a few short months ago, hundreds of communities across Australia were faced with fire and smoke, homes destroyed and one of the most difficult bushfire seasons Australia has ever seen. Not only has the rise of COVID-19 slowed recovery efforts, as the media focus their attentions on a global crisis, those who have lost everything are now also left behind. Premiering on Tuesday 28th April, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australi ...
 
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A faded memory from childhood and a false story that becomes a family memory. A yearning for reconnection and resolution drives this week’s two stories. I am a Podcaster by Cristina Marras Cristina is fluent in three languages but unable to communicate with her illiterate grandmother, who only spoke Sardinian, and found herself mourning the loss of…
 
History tells us that anyone can launch a war, but it is maintaining peace that is hard work – Julie wants us to think about this statement in the coming months as we head to the next election. With the ‘drums of war looming’ in government rhetoric over the last few weeks, we cannot lose sight of why the Morrison government is trying to distract us…
 
Where has the community gone in our services? Things like childcare, aged care and other forms of social service used to be public institutions. The money that went into them was used to invest in making the organisation better. Now? These institutions are nothing but a business, with their primary focus on profit. We wonder why the quality of our …
 
Based on memories pushed through a romantic lens, nostalgia is a feeling that is comfortable to sit in, yet often factually incorrect. It can be hard to reconcile the things that made us so happy in the past, that we now know really weren’t helpful, or perhaps even harmful. Rom Coms Ruined My Life by Danni Stewart Recently, Danni went on a nostalgi…
 
As a child of Austrian descent with Jewish parents, Eva Cox became a refugee in England fleeing Nazi Germany during the second World War. She often finds herself feeling uncomfortable and conflicted around ANZAC Day due to the glorification of war and nationalism. She suggests we shift our thinking on this national holiday to celebrate the peace ou…
 
We can never really understand how somebody wishes to be seen and understood in the world unless we listen. Sometimes they want to inform and educate from their marginalised viewpoint, other times they simply want to share. Story of Your Life by Lee Robinson It’s often in the silences that someone will say more to you. When it comes to penning an e…
 
One of the most important and overlooked issues of our time, our impending extinction is looming. And what is one of the biggest threats? Coal mining and the use of Fossil fuels. Julie highlights that the NSW government in particular plan on expanding their use of coal by opening new mines even though we know it’s an industry that will soon be obso…
 
In this week’s stories, we’re diving headfirst into the darkness and discovering that sometimes through the darkness we find a sense of freedom. Get Behind Me, Satan! by Mark Yin Is Satanism a religion or a cult? Does it exist to annoy Christians or is it really devil worship? Mark Yin spoke to a professor of religious studies, as well as Noosa’s m…
 
Stories of two hobbies that, if not extreme in nature, are being pushed to extreme lengths by passionate individuals. Kinder Surprise by Sepehr Jamshidi Fard Hooman’s house is what you’d get if a clown car swerved into a museum - fun, wacky, educational, and with the implied rule that you must not touch the T-Rex fossil. The two-metre tall glass di…
 
It's incredible to think that people get more frustrated with Women who stay with violent men rather than the men who are being violent. Why do we expect women to solve something that is at the heart of it a male issue? Eva Cox reminds us that we cannot solve the issue of violence against women without acknowledging that most of it is perpetrated b…
 
Today we have a bit of a longer episode as we welcome Lola Forester, who is a Yuwibara Woman and Australian South Sea Islander to the Five Minute Advocate team. She is a long term journalist and media personality, and in her 30 year career has reported on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. As there have been five deaths in custody in only the last four …
 
This week, we’re saying goodbye to our superstar host of the past two years Maddy, but we’re also saying Hello to our new host Helenna. To mark this huge moment we’re bringing you stories about endings and new beginnings, from refugees starting life post detention to a poem about the last strands of a one-sided romance and the a love of leaving pla…
 
This week, outgoing host Maddy shares some of their favourite All The Best stories. 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…
 
Eva calls upon us to look deeply at what society means, and what principles it was founded on, and consequently, what we have let go of. Our society works best when we embrace the social principles it was built upon, not cut them from the way we operate. A lot of the things women are angry about now have been exacerbated by our society shifting tow…
 
As Tiarne says goodbye to her family home and Rawah reflects on the huge family that raised her they both discover that home isn’t just a physical space but a collection of memories, smells, conversations and people. Our House, Breathing by Tiarne Cook After almost 30 years Tiarne’s family home had to be sold when her parents split and with the fin…
 
Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of racism and sexual harassment. When we think of horror we tend to imagine zombies, ghosts, unexplainable sounds in the night. But how about the horrors we experience as we go about our day to day? The real and impending everyday horrors that leave us tense with anxiety, chills down our spine and …
 
As an active feminist for 50 years, Eva knows a thing or two about the fight for equality. When the neo-liberal market model started to take over society in the 1990's, the fight to smash the patriarchy started winding down. Feminism is intertwined with the social model, and neo-liberalism is inherently masculine. How do we reinvigorate feminism wh…
 
Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of racism. This week we hear about the fight to make wrestling more inclusive and from a dedicated football fan whose club hasn’t had a win in years. The Real Fight Behind Australian Pro Wrestling by Eugene Yang In 18 years of pro-wrestling, Joel “The Smash Hit” Bateman never wore the Indigenous fl…
 
It's been a bad week for trust in Australia. There have been a number of allegations of sexual assault and predatory behavior within the offices of those we're meant to trust the most - our politicians. It's hard to think that our elected officials are still misusing the power we entrust them with. When the role models and law makers of our country…
 
In a recent international survey of trust in government, Australia ranked near the top. Undoubtedly, this result followed the onset of COVID-19, and what was an extraordinary government response, making state and territory leaders more visible in their powers. As Eva Cox unpacks, the response was one only able to be guided by government, not by mar…
 
This week we hear two childhood stories about big food related dreams. Pulling Out All The Stops by Hannah Pembroke Some kids dream of a playstation, some a mountain bike, some a dog, all Hannah wanted was a Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake. The fact that Hannah’s family lived on a tiny boat sailing around the world made this dream seem impossible. Tha…
 
If political corruption concerns you, don't vote for it. Imagine if we were a community that really highly prized honesty, held politicians to account and expected them to uphold the law? What would we do if we really valued integrity and the transparency of our elected officials? As Julie further investigates the issue of trust, she questions our …
 
How can we talk about trust if we don't talk about society? Eva Cox looks takes a shorthand look at some of the narratives of society's origin, in particular the look sense of human to human connection. What led to the post-war social democracies? And why did neoliberalism follow? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Trust - it's the foundation of any great relationship, but also of any great institution or organisation. Humans have a natural disposition to trust and to judge trustworthiness, and it is this confidence in honesty and integrity that enables us to become a better society and to have hope for the future. Over the next few weeks, Julie and Eva will …
 
Eva Cox brings us a unique perspective on what some of us call 'Australia Day', and some of us call 'Invasion Day'. As a child of immigrants, Eva feels particularly uncomfortable about celebrating a day that celebrates the colonization and destruction of our First Nations people and culture. For Indigenous communities, January 26 is a day of mourni…
 
Julie kicks off the year looking at the state of play in Australia on the verge of the vaccine rollout - the largest peacetime operation the country may ever see. Creating and maintaining public trust of the vaccine will be paramount, yet the Prime Minister doesn't even want to rebuke the medical misinformation being peddled by members of his own g…
 
2020 was a hard year, and then the pandemic hit. But in hard times there was hope - we remembered the importance of the public sector, and had a government that was concerned about the majority of the populations welfare. But after all of that we reverted back to our old ways of worshipping the private sector. Eva Cox reaffirms that the neo-liberal…
 
After a year like no other, politicians keep pointing to an ambiguous 'we'. Who exactly is this 'we', asks Julie Macken. Used like a dog whistle, the 'we' seems to shift depending on what is there to take credit for, and what is there to be ashamed of. As Luke Pearson of Indigenous X alluded to recently, this 'we' seems to want Olympic Gold but is …
 
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