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Rear Vision - Podcast

We tease out the complex history behind those baffling events in the news.
Rear Vision - Podcast

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We tease out the complex history behind those baffling events in the news.

Episodes

The Conservative Party and Brexit

Mar 17, 2019 00:29:15

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Why has Britain's relationship with Europe been a poisonous obsession in the Conservative Party?

Brexit, British Labour and Jeremy Corbyn

Mar 10, 2019 00:29:06

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Why is membership of the EU such a divisive political issue for Jeremy Corbyn and many Labour Party voters?

Is the war over in Syria?

Mar 3, 2019 00:29:07

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As the last fighters of the Islamic State group are forced from land along the border with Iraq, Rear Vision looks both back at eight years of war and at what lies ahead.

Nancy Pelosi: The most powerful woman in US politics

Feb 24, 2019 00:29:06

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Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House of Representative and third in line to the President of the United States. For over ten years she has been the most powerful woman in US politics. And over the past two months has taken on President Trump over the issue of the border wall. So, who is Nancy Pelosi and how has this almost 80-year-old woman been able to give Donald Trump a run for his money?

Understanding assassination

Feb 17, 2019 00:29:20

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What do we know about assassins and their motivation? Do they change the course of history, as many assassins hope?

Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela

Feb 10, 2019 00:29:30

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Venezuela is stuck in political turmoil – it has two legislative bodies claiming to right to pass laws, and two Presidents both arguing that they are the legitimate head of state. And to top it all off - despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, its economy is in free fall.   So, what’s gone wrong in Venezuela?

Menindee fish kill - politics and water

Feb 3, 2019 00:29:24

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A decade into the most ambitious program to save the Murray-Darling river system from ecological disaster, hundreds of thousands of dead fish suggest that all is not going to plan.

American foreign policy in Central America and the migrant crisis

Jan 27, 2019 00:29:21

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The large number of migrants arriving on the Mexico/United States border come from El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. These three central American nations have in common high poverty rates, wealth inequality, problems with gangs, drug smuggling and weak political systems. What role has United States policy played in this crisis?

American foreign policy in Central America and the migrant crisis

Jan 27, 2019 00:29:21

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The large number of migrants arriving on the Mexico/United States border come from El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. These three central American nations have in common high poverty rates, wealth inequality, problems with gangs, drug smuggling and weak political systems. What role has United States policy played in this crisis?

First contact between Aboriginal people and the British of the First Fleet.

Jan 20, 2019 00:29:05

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What is known about the earliest encounters between the Aboriginal people and the British of the First Fleet?

Race Relations in Australia: From the Tent Embassy in 1972 to the Uluru Statement.

Jan 13, 2019 00:29:07

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The third and final part of Rear Vision’s series tracing the story of the relationship between indigenous and nonindigenous Australians. In this program we trace the story from the Tent Embassy in 1972 through to the Uluru Statement of the Heart in 2017.

Race relations in Australia: From assimilation to activism

Jan 6, 2019 00:29:06

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In post WW2 Australia the key policy adopted by all state and territories in relations to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders was one of assimilation. Integrating indigenous people, families and communities into white society. Part two of Rear Vision's three-part series tracing the story of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians — Assimilation to Activism — examines the period from the end of WW2 through to the establishment of Tent Embassy in 1972.

In the shadow of Terra Nullius: Part 1 invisibility to survival

Dec 30, 2018 00:29:08

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Rear Vision traces the story of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people — from the time of Federation in 1901 through to the Uluru Statement in 2017.

Race Relations in Australia: from 1901 to the Uluru Statement

Dec 30, 2018 00:29:06

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The story of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is contested and complex. Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are the first people and their land, way of life and culture was forever changed with the arrival of Europeans. Over three Rear Vision traces the story of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people — from the time of Federation in 1901 through to the Uluru Statement in 2017.

Russians in the UK

Dec 23, 2018 00:28:53

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Russians in the UK – spies and billionaires, mysterious deaths and money laundering - and the long arm of Vladimir Putin.

Volkswagen

Dec 16, 2018 00:28:52

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Volkswagen and the story of its success.

The Irish border is Brexit's big headache—why is it there and what's it actually like?

Dec 9, 2018 00:29:20

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The Irish border—running along five hundred kilometres of rural land—is a paradox. Both visible and invisible, it’s vital to peace in Ireland.

Citizenship—after Trump’s challenge to birthright citizenship, what does it take to belong?

Dec 2, 2018 00:29:10

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What does it mean to be a citizen? And what’s the story behind the passport, the most tangible proof of citizenship?

The radical left: part two

Nov 25, 2018 00:29:06

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Continuing the story of the radical left, from the 1930s to a new breed of openly left-wing politicians.

The radical left in the United States: Part 1 from the utopian socialists of the 1830's through to 1930's Communists

Nov 18, 2018 00:29:05

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For decades we've focused on the right of American politics – George W. Bush and the rise of the Tea Party, Bill and Hilary Clinton – who represented the corporate side of the Democratic party. While this shifted slightly with the election of the first African America President, Barack Obama - since the emergence of Donald Trump we are again obsessed by right-wing politics. But is there something on the left of US politics we’ve been missing?

Australia and World War I

Nov 11, 2018 00:29:05

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What was Australia’s role in World War I and what happened at home during the war and after it ended?

'One China': its history and continuing relevance

Nov 4, 2018 00:28:46

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Is it a power for peace? Or is it leading toward armed conflict in the Indo-Pacific?

Malaysia's political thriller

Oct 28, 2018 00:29:04

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A story of corruption, bitter political rivalries and ultimately, astonishment.

Reassessing the narrative of universal human rights

Oct 21, 2018 00:28:57

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Can a reassessment of the history of human rights help us explain current threats to personal freedoms?

Fire

Oct 14, 2018 00:29:09

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How can we live in a fiery world?

Sami Parliaments: The Scandinavian Model

Oct 7, 2018 00:29:08

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What would a First Nation Voice to parliament look like?

What features do megacities share and how do they differ?

Sep 30, 2018 00:29:10

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There are now over thirty megacities, the biggest being Tokyo, with over 38 million people.

The Chagos Archipelago

Sep 23, 2018 00:29:01

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Stolen islands, colonial bullies and a US military base.

The legacy of the Global Financial Crisis

Sep 16, 2018 00:29:07

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Ten years ago Lehman Brothers, one of America’s largest banks, collapsed, threatening the entire global financial system.

Ten years ago Lehman Brothers, one of America’s largest banks, collapsed, threatening the entire global financial system.

Sep 16, 2018 00:29:07

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Exactly ten years ago Lehman Brothers, one of America’s largest banks, collapsed, threatening the entire global financial system.

Red Marauder - A history of drought in Australia

Sep 9, 2018 00:28:58

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Whites have been living in Australia for over 200 years, and it has taken us that long to realise that drought isn't an aberration, but rather a recurring part of life on this continent. So why did it take us so long to understand the Australian landscape and its weather patterns?

Chinese immigration to Australia

Sep 2, 2018 00:29:03

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It’s 200 years since the first documented Chinese settler arrived in the fledgling Australian colonies.

Modern China and the legacy of the Opium Wars

Aug 26, 2018 00:28:56

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The Opium Wars, between Britain and the Chinese Qing Empire resulted in the opening of china to western trade and the legalisation of opium use in China.

Imran Khan – from cricket pitch to politics

Aug 19, 2018 00:29:10

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Can a man whose political popularity rests on his sporting success transform his country?  

Peace: Ethiopia and Eritrea

Aug 12, 2018 00:28:57

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A revolution is sweeping the Horn of Africa - not one involving guns and bombs, but rather compromise and peace. For over 20 years Ethiopia and its neighbour Eritrea have been in a state of war and conflict.

Working time: how the technologies of time keeping have shaped our working lives

Aug 5, 2018 00:28:58

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Working time , how the technologies  of time keeping have shaped our working lives from the punch clock of  the 19th century to the super flexible, time tracking software  of the gig economy.

The Pacific Ocean: The unsleeping eye of the earth

Jul 29, 2018 00:29:08

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The United States of America and many other Western powers, including us here in Australia, are starting to get concerned about the growing influence of the Chinese in the Pacific Region.

Remembering Edward Said's Orientalism

Jul 22, 2018 00:28:57

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The story of Edward Said’s book of literary and cultural criticism, Orientalism. And how it became one of the most controversial books of the 20th century .

Volkswagen

Jul 15, 2018 00:28:56

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Volkswagen and the story of its success.

Tax and happiness

Jul 8, 2018 00:29:12

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Why are the countries with the highest taxes the happiest?

In the shadow of Terra Nullius, part 3: A time of hope to The Uluru Statement from the Heart

Jul 1, 2018 00:29:07

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In this program we trace the story from the Tent Embassy in 1972 through to the Uluru Statement of the Heart in 2017.

In the shadow of Terra Nullius, part 2: Assimilation to Activism

Jun 24, 2018 00:29:08

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Rear Vision traces the story of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians — assimilation to activism.

In the shadow of Terra Nullius: Part 1 invisibility to survival

Jun 17, 2018 00:29:08

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Rear Vision traces the story of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people — from the time of Federation in 1901 through to the Uluru Statement in 2017.

The summit of the century: the relationship between North Korea and the United States

Jun 10, 2018 00:28:58

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North Korea and the United States of America have been in conflict since 1945.

The story of FIFA

Jun 3, 2018 00:29:00

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FIFA - a tale of bribery, racketeering and money laundering and Australia’s role in the corruption behind the world’s most popular game.

Latin America makes a right turn

May 27, 2018 00:29:02

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For the past two decades most two-thirds of nations of Latin America, have consistently elected progressive or radical left governments. But is that about to change?

Remembering Suharto

May 20, 2018 00:29:01

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Suharto - Indonesia's strong man - toppled from power 20 years ago, after more than three decades in office.

What led to the student protests of 1968?

May 13, 2018 00:29:03

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In 1968 in almost every nation student unrest and protests became the norm and nowhere more so than in France. What were all these students protesting about?

Russians in the UK

May 6, 2018 00:29:01

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Russians in the UK – spies and billionaires, mysterious deaths and money laundering - and the long arm of Vladimir Putin.

Australia’s live export debate

Apr 29, 2018 00:28:52

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The patterns of debate about live exports – the economic argument versus the animal welfare questions – have run through Australia’s long history of shipping sheep and cattle overseas.

Trade wars – are they good or even winnable?

Apr 22, 2018 00:28:53

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Rear Vision looks at trade wars of the past and how President Trump’s trade war might play out.

Australia is the world’s leader when it comes to gambling.

Apr 15, 2018 00:28:51

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Australians spend around $24 billion dollars a year on gambling.

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919

Apr 8, 2018 00:28:52

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The history of the world's worst flu pandemic, the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic known as the Spanish flu, was caused by an unusually virulent virus. It killed around 50 million people worldwide and what made it especially deadly was the fact that it killed healthy young adults, not just those with compromised immune systems.

Northern Ireland - Part 2 - the Good Friday Agreement

Apr 1, 2018 00:29:01

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Twenty years ago, the Good Friday Agreement brought an uneasy end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland - Part 1 - the Troubles

Mar 25, 2018 00:28:55

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Kidnapping, bombing and murder - the battle over Northern Ireland.

The American Gun Industry: A billion dollar business

Mar 18, 2018 00:28:52

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No one knows exactly how many guns there are in America; but what we do know is that the industry that produces the guns is a billion dollars business.  

Poland, World War II and Holocaust denial

Mar 11, 2018 00:29:19

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A controversial new law makes it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust.

The FBI and the President

Mar 4, 2018 00:28:52

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United States President, Donald Trump, is at war with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over their investigation into any possible links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. President Trump is not the first US president to have trouble with the FBI. The turbulent and often difficult relationship between the presidency the FBI goes back over a hundred years.

False nuclear alarms

Feb 25, 2018 00:29:12

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In the wake of the panic caused in Hawaii last month over its false nuclear alert, we’re looking at past false alarms.

Is economic inequality increasing?

Feb 18, 2018 00:29:06

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Is economic inequality increasing?

South Africa's African National Congress and its new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

Feb 11, 2018 00:29:12

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In December, Cyril Ramaphosa became the new president of the ANC and probably South Africa’s next president.

Iran 2018

Feb 4, 2018 00:29:06

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Beginning in December 2017 and continuing into January, a series of public protests erupted in cities across Iran. The protests were the most intense domestic challenge to the Iranian government since the 2009 Green movement protests, but different in a number of ways.

First contact between Aboriginal people and the British of the First Fleet.

Jan 28, 2018 00:28:52

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What is known about the earliest encounters between the Aboriginal people and the British of the First Fleet?

The post civil rights period

Jan 21, 2018 00:28:52

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The recent clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia reminds us that race is and always has been an explosive political issue in the United States.

The events that led to the Civil Rights movement

Jan 14, 2018 00:28:52

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The recent clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville Virginia reminds us that race is and always has been an explosive political issue in the United States.

The origins of racism in the US

Jan 7, 2018 00:28:52

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In the shadow of slavery: The roots of racism in the US.

The president and the press

Dec 31, 2017 00:29:36

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Reporting from the White House - how the media have covered the president and the president has managed the press.

Gibraltar

Dec 24, 2017 00:29:24

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As the UK enters negotiations over its departure from the European Union, Gibraltar fears that it could become a bargaining chip.

The history of plastic

Dec 17, 2017 00:29:18

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The story of plastic is the story of the modern world. It's endlessly useful but an environmental headache.

Heard Island and Australia in the Antarctic

Dec 10, 2017 00:28:52

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Australia in the Antarctic and the story of Heard Island, a tiny, volcanic dot on the map.

Citizenship: An Idea

Dec 3, 2017 00:29:16

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Citizenship is a western notion, and is in many respects like a membership in a fancy club - where decisions are made about who is to be included and who is not. But what does citizenship mean in the context of a globalised world where the number of refugees is increasing every year? And why do some of us have two or more citizenships, while others have none?

Battle over the Timor Sea

Nov 26, 2017 00:29:01

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How should Timor-Leste and Australia divide the gas and oil wealth under the Timor Sea?

Catalan independence

Nov 19, 2017 00:29:06

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The independence referendum last month highlighted the deep division within Catalonia and the political gulf between Catalonians and the Spanish government.

Karl Marx - the man and his ideas

Nov 12, 2017 00:29:07

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Karl Marx - who was he and why was he so influential?

What is the legacy of the Russian Revolution?

Nov 5, 2017 00:28:52

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The Bolshevik or Russian Revolution of October 1917 (by the Russian calendar), was one of most significant moments in modern history.

The auto industry is a business in transition. What’s being left behind and where is it headed?

Oct 29, 2017 00:28:59

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Rear Vision traces the story of car making from the Ford production line to today’s global industry.

The post civil rights period

Oct 22, 2017 00:28:52

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The recent clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia reminds us that race is and always has been an explosive political issue in the United States.

Church and state in Australia

Oct 15, 2017 00:29:03

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Rear Vision considers the changing relationship between religion, government, politics and the law in Australia.

The events that led to the Civil Rights movement

Oct 8, 2017 00:28:52

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The recent clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville Virginia reminds us that race is and always has been an explosive political issue in the United States.

Nuclear weapons: a biography of the bomb

Oct 1, 2017 00:28:59

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As tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program reach boiling point, Rear Vision brings you the story of the bomb.

The origins of racism in the US

Sep 24, 2017 00:28:52

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In the shadow of slavery: The roots of racism in the US.

After 12 years at the top, can Angela Merkel win a fourth term as chancellor?

Sep 17, 2017 00:28:52

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In an age of uncertainty, unrest and political upsets, Rear Vision sets the scene for national elections in Germany.

The Silk Road meets the One Belt One Road initiative

Sep 10, 2017 00:28:52

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China under Xi Jinping, is seeking to bring together the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road through a vast network of railways, roads, pipelines, ports, and telecommunications infrastructure.

Bitcoin - the back story

Sep 3, 2017 00:28:52

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Behind the bitcoin boom

Australian Banks: How did we get here?

Aug 27, 2017 00:28:52

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Political pressure is increasing on the major banks

A brief history of a national obsession

Aug 20, 2017 00:28:52

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The great Australian dream of home ownership

Venezuela in Crisis

Aug 13, 2017 00:28:52

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Venezuela has suffered from months of political gridlock and economic chaos.

Elections in Kenya

Aug 6, 2017 00:28:52

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Kenya has repeatedly seen ethnic tension and violence around election time. Will this week's poll go ahead peacefully?

Al Jazeera

Jul 30, 2017 00:28:52

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Al Jazeera only came into existence in 1996 and yet it is the most influential network in the Arab world. How?

Brexit and the Commonwealth revisited

Jul 23, 2017 00:28:56

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Could the Commonwealth become the basis for a trade bloc similar to the European Union?

High-rise living

Jul 16, 2017 00:29:02

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How did high-rise fit in with evolving ideas about the city and what lessons were learned along the way?

Reluctant Allies: China and North Korea

Jul 9, 2017 00:28:52

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How much influence does China have on the North Korean leadership and would the kind of economic pressure President Trump wants China to apply lead to a cessation of North Korea's weapon's program?

The Airport: The Cities of the future

Jul 2, 2017 00:28:51

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Not all airports are the same – there are some airports that are a joy to fly into and others that are a nightmare.

Islam in the Philippines

Jun 25, 2017 00:28:52

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The story of Islam in the Philippines.

Brexit talks begin

Jun 18, 2017 00:28:58

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Despite the political disarray in Britain following the recent elections, it looks like the Brexit negotiations will begin as scheduled this week.

The history of plastic

Jun 11, 2017 00:29:00

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The story of plastic is the story of the modern world. It's endlessly useful but an environmental headache.

The history of navies

Jun 4, 2017 00:28:52

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With the expansion of global trade, control of the world’s oceans and sea lanes has become increasingly important.

The 1967 referendum

May 28, 2017 00:29:07

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Voters hoped constitutional reform would allow the federal government to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Renewable energy and the national grid

May 21, 2017 00:28:52

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Renewable energy is clean, cheap and it’s never going to run out but when the wind stops blowing and the sun goes down, there is no power.

Great walls or great follies?

May 14, 2017 00:28:51

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Over the last 27 years the number of walls and fortified borders has increased dramatically.

Under threat - climate, land and water science

May 7, 2017 00:28:52

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Will science be allowed to inform the wise use of natural resources on which our society depends?

Chernobyl - the permanent solution

Apr 30, 2017 00:28:59

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Rear Vision revisits the Chernobyl nuclear accident with two people who've been to the exclusion zone and a scientist involved in the huge international project to find a permanent solution.

After the mining - what's the clean-up plan?

Apr 23, 2017 00:28:51

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Mining has underpinned modern economies and generated great wealth, but what happens after the mining?

Lenin's train ride to Russia

Apr 16, 2017 00:28:59

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One hundred years ago, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov - better known as Lenin - boarded a single-carriage sealed train in Zurich and travelled through a world at war to Petrograd's Finland Station.

Gibraltar

Apr 9, 2017 00:28:52

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As the UK enters negotiations over its departure from the European Union, Gibraltar fears that it could become a bargaining chip.

The housing crisis

Apr 2, 2017 00:28:56

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a housing crisis in Australia – but what exactly is it?

Putin's Russia

Mar 26, 2017 00:28:52

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How did Russia emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union as a major force in international politics?