26 EpisodesProduced by Sam Loy

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.

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Episode 24 - Invincible

June 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 23 - A Climate of Micro Changes

June 8th, 2019


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 …

Episode 22 - Bashir and the Mountain

May 25th, 2019


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.

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Episode 21 - Foamers

May 12th, 2019



Travelling 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 …

Season Four Announcement

April 15th, 2019


Hey trendsetters. It's been awhile...

See you back here on April 28th.

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Episode 19 - Richard Cranium

November 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 18 - The Sport of Kings

November 11th, 2018


Fulfilling a childhood dream, I go behind the scenes at Melbourne City Wrestling.

Original music by Kent Sutherland.

Thanks to Sean Carney, Rhi Bell,

Episode 17 - In The Neighbourhood

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 16 - Renee

July 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 15 - Milo and The Elephants

June 16th, 2018


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.

Episode 14 - Going Around Again

May 26th, 2018


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. 

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Episode 13 - Headstone: Jabiru

October 22nd, 2017


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.

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Episode 12 - Headstone: All Things Bright and Beautiful

September 16th, 2017


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 …

Episode 11 - Headstone: The King

August 12th, 2017


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, …

Episode 10 - Headstone: Breath and Bone

July 9th, 2017


When Jessie Williams was 30 years old, she lost her first child at birth. The grief she experienced after was painful, enlightening, and ultimately …

Episode 09 - Headstone: That Insidious Thing

June 3rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 08 - Headstone: The Chinese Mystery

April 30th, 2017


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

For …

Episode 07 - Headstone: Intro

March 24th, 2017


An introduction to the second season of Human/Ordinary. Kicks off in May.

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Episode 06 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part Three): The Naturopath and The Activist

December 16th, 2016


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 …

Episode 05 - The Flight of the Family

November 8th, 2016


While on our first flight with our baby daughter, I contemplate my totally rational fear of flying. Should be emotional.

Music by Kent Sutherland.

Episode 04 - Pride, Passion and Glory

October 2nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 03 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part Two): At Least We Don't Slaughter Dolphins

September 4th, 2016


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 …

Episode 02 - Whose Flags?

July 21st, 2016


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 …

Episode 01 - An Extraordinary Thing (Part One): Killing Dotcom

July 9th, 2016


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.

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Episode 00 - Big Trouble in Little Coburg

June 7th, 2016


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 …

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