Human/Ordinary

Human/Ordinary Podcast

Human/Ordinary brings you stories about our culture, our relationships, and the extraordinary feat of being alive. In 2019, four producers will bring you sixteen stories about the ordinary and amazing.

Episode 35 - What Happened in Vegas...
In October 2017, Sarah and Michael went to Las Vegas on their American holiday. They saw magic, ate lots of food, and were next door to the worst mass shooting in US history. This is the story of what happened during and after.Produced by Sam LoyThanks to Sarah Baggs, Michael Williams, Declan Fay, Janet McLeod and James Milsom.Thanks also to the Human Ordinary team for their editorial advice.Original music by Kent SutherlandAdditional music sourced from purple-planet.comCheck out Sarah and Michael’s podcast...

Episode 34 - A Feiner Guide to Creative Life
What’s it like to collaborate with your partner creatively, while raising kids? How do you give each other feedback, while keeping your marriage intact?Beck is an illustrator and graphic designer who previously worked in advertising, and her husband Robin is a writer and creative in the advertising industry. Together they’ve created the books: If I was Prime Minister…. and My Folks Grew up in the 80s. Produced by Cinnamon Nippard.Big thanks to Beck and Robin, and the Human/Ordinary team.Music by Ori Moto (o...

Episode 34 - A Feiner Guide to Creative Life
What’s it like to collaborate with your partner creatively, while raising kids? How do you give each other feedback, while keeping your marriage intact?Beck is an illustrator and graphic designer who previously worked in advertising, and her husband Robin is a writer and creative in the advertising industry. Together they’ve created the books: If I was Prime Minister…. and My Folks Grew up in the 80s. Produced by Cinnamon Nippard.Big thanks to Beck and Robin, and the Human/Ordinary team.Music by Ori Moto (o...


Episode 33 - Nirvana Funeral Services
Mic Cavazzini’s last story for this season of Human/Ordinary shares a lot of similarities with his first. It’s about the big things: life, death, and the Himalayas. It’s a story about journeys - how you end up doing what you do in life, and how you end up leaving it.Produced by Mic CavazziniRecording assistance by Rojita Adhikari rojitadhikari.wordpress.com/ Original music by Kent SutherlandOther music by Lennon Hutton - Leather Feather (Epidemic Sound); Monplaisir & Cie - Estampe Galactus Barbere Epaulé Gi...

Episode 33 - Nirvana Funeral Services
Mic Cavazzini’s last story for this season of Human/Ordinary shares a lot of similarities with his first. It’s about the big things: life, death, and the Himalayas. It’s a story about journeys - how you end up doing what you do in life, and how you end up leaving it.Produced by Mic CavazziniRecording assistance by Rojita Adhikari rojitadhikari.wordpress.com/ Original music by Kent SutherlandOther music by Lennon Hutton - Leather Feather (Epidemic Sound); Monplaisir & Cie - Estampe Galactus Barbere Epaulé Gi...

Episode 32 - Why Can't Hairdressers Be Like Plumbers?
Her whole life, May Jasper has felt nervous about going to the hairdresser. She didn’t know anything about fashion, and she didn’t understand all the questions they would ask like “do you want more volume in your hair?” (Why, is that gonna make it louder?) And so she fantasised about a world where hairdressers were like plumbers. Just getting the job done, no questions asked.This episode, May finds out why that is actually a terrible idea. Produced by May Jasper.Recording and sound design by Andrew Callagha...


Episode 32 - What Happens In Vegas, Stays With You
In October 2017, Sarah and Michael went to Las Vegas on their American holiday. They saw magic, ate lots of food, and were next door to the worst mass shooting in US history. This is the story of what happened during and after.Produced by Sam LoyThanks to Sarah Baggs, Michael Williams, Declan Fay, Janet McLeod and James Milsom.Thanks also to the Human Ordinary team for their editorial advice.Original music by Kent SutherlandAdditional music sourced from purple-planet.comCheck out Sarah and Michael’s podcast...

Episode 31 - Fake Art
Even though many people think only of dot-style paintings when considering “Aboriginal art”, it is actually as diverse as the many Indigenous nations who live across the country we now call Australia. Each group has its own unique culture with different languages, different stories and songs, different tools and different art styles.But increasingly, this art is being exploited in the souvenir market where ‘Aboriginal-style’ designs are manufactured in places like Indonesia and China.This story explores the...

Episode 30 - The Honourable and Remarkable Justice Jane Mathews
Mic has a chance encounter with a woman who broke stereotypes for professional women and contributed to some groundbreaking conversations around civil rights in Australia. It’s the story of a remarkable and pioneering life.Produced by Mic CavazziniMusic courtesy of freemusicarchive.org, and is by David Szesztay (“The Hangover”), Blue Dot Sessions (“Cloudline”, “Periodicals”, “The Air Escaping”), Chris Zabriskie (“John Stockton Slow Drag”), Monplaisier (“Hélice”) and Gillicuddy (“Porthglaze Cove”).Thanks to ...


Episode 30 - The Honourable and Remarkable Justice Jane Mathews
Mic has a chance encounter with a woman who broke stereotypes for professional women and contributed to some groundbreaking conversations around civil rights in Australia. It’s the story of a remarkable and pioneering life.Produced by Mic CavazziniMusic courtesy of freemusicarchive.org, and is by David Szesztay (“The Hangover”), Blue Dot Sessions (“Cloudline”, “Periodicals”, “The Air Escaping”), Chris Zabriskie (“John Stockton Slow Drag”), Monplaisier (“Hélice”) and Gillicuddy (“Porthglaze Cove”).Thanks to ...

Episode 29 - Expat World
Most adults in Vietnam don't speak English. And yet, the country has a pretty large expat community, most of whom don't speak Vietnamese. So how does that work? In this episode, producer May Jasper takes a journey into Expat World.Produced by May JasperThanks to Anna, Paul, Mile, Albert, Carly, Chris, Dean, Nicholas, Remy, Vinh, and the Human/Ordinary team.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, May Jasper, Mic Cavazzini, and Cinnamon Nippard.Score...

Episode 29 - Expat World
Most adults in Vietnam don't speak English. And yet, the country has a pretty large expat community, most of whom don't speak Vietnamese. So how does that work? In this episode, producer May Jasper takes a journey into Expat World.Produced by May JasperThanks to Anna, Paul, Mile, Albert, Carly, Chris, Dean, Nicholas, Remy, Vinh, and the Human/Ordinary team.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, May Jasper, Mic Cavazzini, and Cinnamon Nippard.Score...


Episode 28 - Window Washers
Hundreds of metres above the ground, or dodging traffic and the police at a busy intersection, people are just people, but window washers are more than they seem. Produced by Sam LoyOriginal music by Kent SutherlandThanks to Michael, Ben, Shane, Lucas, Paul, Sarah, the other Ben, and the Human/Ordinary team.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, Mic Cavazzini, Cinnamon Nippard, and May Jasper.Score a t-shirt, bonus content, and ad-free episodes by...

Episode 28 - Window Washers
Hundreds of metres above the ground, or dodging traffic and the police at a busy intersection, people are just people, but window washers are more than they seem. Produced by Sam LoyOriginal music by Kent SutherlandThanks to Michael, Ben, Shane, Lucas, Paul, Sarah, the other Ben, and the Human/Ordinary team.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, Mic Cavazzini, Cinnamon Nippard, and May Jasper.Score a t-shirt, bonus content, and ad-free episodes by...

Episode 27 - Children of Jazz
What’s it like being the children of two international jazz musicians? In this episode of Human/Ordinary we meet Ruomi Lee-Hampel and his sister Cavana Hazelton who are divided by the Atlantic Ocean and united by jazz.Produced by Cinnamon NippardFor details on where you can find a Gunter Hampel show check out Facebook here, and Instagram here. Thanks to Cavana Hazelton and Ruomi Lee-Hampel for sharing their stories. Find out more about Cavana and her work here, and Ruomi’s horticulture here.Thanks also to t...


Episode 26 - The Kimberley Ringer
Geoff Allen has been around. As a ringer in the 50s and 60s, it was his job to tame wild horses and drove massive herds of cattle throughout the outback country. His tale is full of humour, hard work, mateship, and death, and gives an insight into a nearly-forgotten time. Produced by Mic CavizziniMusic by Louis Edward Thorne (EMI Production Music - “The Swamp Sessions”), Nicolaj Sune Block (EMI Production Music - “Cinematic Deep South”), and Blue Dot Sessions (“Cast in Wicker”)Thanks to Dave Goldie, Pat, Do...

Episode 25 - The Adaptation of Monkol Lek
Monkol Lek’s story starts 40 years ago in Cambodia, before even he can remember. On the path to a successful career in computer engineering, a genetic disease shared with his sister sets him on a different path.Produced by Sam LoyOriginal music by Kent SutherlandThanks to Guy Scott-Wilson, Jordon Lott, Kate Lourey, and the Human/Ordinary team.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, Mic Cavazzini, Cinnamon Nippard, and May Jasper.Score a t-shirt, bo...

Episode 24 - Invincible
In many ways Melbourne is a distinctly un-Australian city, famous for its cold, rainy weather and lack of beaches. And yet, every morning at 7 am, a group of people gather at the South Melbourne foreshore and go for a swim in Port Phillip Bay. May Jasper wants to know why.Produced by May JasperOriginal music by Kent SutherlandRecording and Sound Design by Andrew Callaghan+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, May Jasper, Mic Cavazzini, and Cinnamo...


Episode 23 - A Climate of Micro Changes
In the face of the looming climate crisis it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Cinnamon Nippard grabs her keep-cup and has a chat to people who are doing what they can from picking up plastic on remote beaches, to caring for wildlife, and making their own homes more sustainable.Produced by Cinnamon NippardLearn more about the interviewees and their work…Michael Mobbs - environmental consultant, author and former environmental lawyer:sustainablehouse.com.auDaniela Osiander - conservationist, massa...

Episode 22 - Bashir and the Mountain
A fatal avalanche in Kashmir sees Human/Ordinary producer, Mic Cavazzini, pursue the truth of what happened and why, as he investigates the social and economic drivers that almost ensure it will happen again.Produced by Mic CavazziniOriginal music by Kent SutherlandAlso featuring previously published songs: Darling Have I Told You and Calico by Ben Carey On The Spot and Backward by David Szesztay African Heartbeat by Gregor Huebner Kas Vanay Yem Setam by Naseem-Ul Haq Beyond the Walls by Nicholas Caffrey an...

Episode 21 - Foamers
FoamersTravelling across the USA by train can be relaxing, fun, and enlightening. It can also expose you to inexplicable things. This is a story about trying to understand and explain the inexplicable.Produced by May JasperRecording and Sound Design by Andrew CallaghanMusic by Audionautix (song: Tennessee Hayride) and Royalty Free Music - NO Copyright Music (song: Blue Creek Trail).+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +Human/Ordinary is produced in Melbourne and Sydney by Sam Loy, May Jasper, Mic Cavazzini, ...


Episode 20 - The Daddy Bear
Welcome to Season Four…The Daddy BearEver since we had kids, our house has been full of bears. But there’s one bear in particular, more dominant than the others, which I have a deep connection to.Produced by Sam LoyMusic by Kent SutherlandThanks to Declan Fay, Eleanor McDowall, Kate Montague, Renee Imbesi, and the H/O TeamThis story features snippets from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, and The Very Brave Bear by Nick BlandProducer IntrosAfter three years flying solo, I’ve go...

Season Four Announcement
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Episode 19 - Richard Cranium
When I was young, we thought we were clever insulting others by calling them Richard Cranium. This is his story.Olivia Rosenman does a couple of podcasts, The Expressionists is all about words and phrases, and The History Lab Pod is an investigative history show.Matt Chun is an artist with stuff you can check out here.The Raccoon Club is a bar in Preston that also has a no kids rule. Getting rid of dickheads and kids you can pretty much guarantee an easy night out.Original music by Kent Sutherland.The song ...


Episode 18 - The Sport of Kings
Fulfilling a childhood dream, I go behind the scenes at Melbourne City Wrestling.Original music by Kent Sutherland.Thanks to Sean Carney, Rhi Bell, Michael Jozis, James Mitchell, Criss Fresh, Dowie James, Kristen Mitchell, Indi Hartwell, Loverboy Lochy Hendricks, Mr Juicy, KrackerJak, all the fans, KellyAnne, and the awesome people that make up Melbourne City Wrestling.Thanks also to Claire Tonti and Planet Broadcasting.Special thanks to Leila Brook for quality control and continued support.For more on the ...

Episode 17 - In The Neighbourhood
This is a story about my neighbourhood, but I hope it’s about yours too.Inspired by this song from Tom Waits, and this piece from Scott Carrier.Original music by Kent Sutherland.Thanks to Planet Broadcasting, and Allison Chan for production and story advice and guidance.Special thanks to Leila Brook for quality control and continued support.For more on the show...Website: humanordinary.comFacebook: facebook.com/humanordinarypodcastTwitter: @human_ordinary1Planet Broadcasting: planetbroadcasting.comSponsors ...

Episode 16 - Renee
This is a story about loss, fear, uncertainty, and optimism, and how Renee Gardiner rediscovered herself. Music by Kent Sutherland.Special thanks to Shaun Jeffrey (Dead Glass Design/Carousel Sniper Victim).Thanks also to Planet Broadcasting, and Leila Brook for support and quality control.Head to humanordinary.com/mvmt for details on how to win one of two flash watches thanks to MVMT.For more on the show...Website: humanordinary.comFacebook: facebook.com/humanordinarypodcastTwitter: @human_ordinary1Planet B...


Episode 15 - Milo and The Elephants
I went along to see Milo Yiannopolous speak, and to try and understand a little more about those who support him, and those who stand opposed.Original music by Kent Sutherland.Special thanks to Leila Brook for quality control, Planet Broadcasting, and neontaster for a great idea.Head to humanordinary.com/mvmt for details on how to win one of two flash watches thanks to MVMT.For more on the show...Website: humanordinary.comFacebook: facebook.com/humanordinarypodcastTwitter: @human_ordinary1Planet Broadcastin...

Episode 14 - Going Around Again
To introduce Season 3 of the show, I made this little story about something special that happened to us two months ago.Music by Kent Sutherland.Special thanks to Leila Brook for being game. For more on the show...Website: humanordinary.comFacebook: facebook.com/humanordinarypodcastTwitter: @human_ordinary1Planet Broadcasting: planetbroadcasting.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Episode 13 - Headstone: Jabiru
For the final episode in the Headstone series, I was curious to understand what people think about when they know they're going to die.Doctor and filmmaker, Tim Duncan, shares his story.You can check out Tim's film work here.Music by Kent Sutherland.Thanks to Leila Brook for quality control.Check out the Human/Ordinary website, and like the Facebook page for updates.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Episode 12 - Headstone: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Our understanding of death is not just informed by the people around us. Animals also play a role in our experiences of mortality.For this episode, I put together three stories exploring this theme.Music by Kent Sutherland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 11 - Headstone: The King
Most of the graves in any cemetery are the final resting places for the persons remembered there. But for one headstone in Melbourne that isn't the case. For the person is buried 1000s of kilometres away, at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.This is the story behind the Elvis Presley memorial in the Melbourne General Cemetery.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 10 - Headstone: Breath and Bone
When Jessie Williams was 30 years old, she lost her first child at birth. The grief she experienced after was painful, enlightening, and ultimately re-formative. This is her story.Jessie is the CEO of the Groundswell Project, a not-for-profit interested in changing the way Australians do death and dying.Original music by Kent Sutherland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 09 - Headstone: That Insidious Thing
This is the story of Mary and Brian Hill, as told by Mary.Original music by Kent Sutherland.Thanks to Mary Hill for her sharing, and to the memory of Brian Hill.For more information on the story or the podcast, visit www.humanordinary.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 08 - Headstone: The Chinese Mystery
In the first episode of the Headstone Series, I stumble onto a mysterious memorial in the Melbourne General Cemetery, and try to get to the bottom of its meaning and origin.Original music by Kent Sutherland  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 07 - Headstone: Intro
An introduction to the second season of Human/Ordinary. Kicks off in May.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 06 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part Three): The Naturopath and The Activist
The third and final part of my series exploring issues around meat-eating.I get knowledge from Jad Patrick, a naturopath, and Dr. Tamasin Ramsay, an environmental anthropologist and activist, about the health and environmental impacts of chowing down on a steak.Original music by Kent Sutherland.For additional content relating to this episode, please visit here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 05 - The Flight of the Family
While on our first flight with our baby daughter, I contemplate my totally rational fear of flying. Should be emotional.Music by Kent Sutherland.Pictures to accompany story here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 04 - Pride, Passion and Glory
For this story, I spent two banner-making nights with the Essendon Bombers cheer squad, and hung out with them at the final game of the year.I was really interested in exploring how their support has fared in the wake of the drug scandal and a season of disappointment on the field. I was honestly a little surprised to find such an outpouring of love and passion for the team amongst the supporters. While I was hoping to find someone with something a little negative to say about the team and the past three ye...

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Episode 03 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part Two): At Least We Don't Slaughter Dolphins
In the first part of this series, I watched a cow being slaughtered and butchered.In this second part, I talk to four friends to find out what their views are and why they make the eating choices they do.Featuring Rosie Joyce, Matt Whitmore, Nicole Rodger, and Kent Sutherland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 02 - Whose Flags?
In a follow-up of sorts to Episode 00, I visit another protest to get a better understanding of the motivations of the right-wingers.In the end, I also get a better understanding of myself.For pictures to accompany this story, click here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 01 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part One): Killing Dotcom
I'm a bit interested in questioning why I do what I do. That's a big question, so a smaller one, is why I eat what I eat. I eat beef, so in the first part of this short series, I go watch a cow being slaughtered.Check out a couple of graphic pictures to accompany this story here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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Episode 00 - Big Trouble in Little Coburg
In the Melbourne suburb of Coburg in late May of 2016, hundreds of angry people with opposing political views came together. No one was really there for a calm and civil discussion. I talk to people from both sides to find out what motivated them to come.Check out some pictures to accompany this story here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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