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Rear Vision - Podcast

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

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Catalan Independence

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:05:00 +1100

The independence referendum last month highlighted the deep division within Catalonia and the political gulf between Catalonians and the Spanish governmentBarcelona Spain 2017/10/27: Pro independence supporters seen showing a banner which reads 'Catalonia is not Spain' out side the parliament. ((Photo by Victor Serri/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images))

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Karl Marx - the man and his ideas

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Karl Marx - who was he and why was he so influential?Karl Marx (John Jabez Edwin Mayal, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Wikimedia Commons)

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What is the legacy of the Russian Revolution?

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:05:00 +1100

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

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

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Rear Vision traces the story of car making from the Ford production line to today’s global industry.New cars at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium (Richard Cummins; Getty Images)

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The post civil rights period

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +1100

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.WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : On Martin Luther King Day, hundreds gather for a commemorative walk, brandishing placards against the massive incarceration of African-Americans in the United States. (Photo by Reza/Getty Images)

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Church and state in Australia

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Rear Vision considers the changing relationship between religion, government, politics and the law in Australia.Where do politics and religion meet? (jswinborne; iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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The events that led to the Civil Rights movement

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +1100

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.Martin Luther King Marches - 30th March 1965: American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a black voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)

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Nuclear weapons: a biography of the bomb

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +1100

As tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program reach boiling point, Rear Vision brings you the story of the bomb.Vice Admiral Blandy, Mrs Blandy and Admiral Lowry cut a cake surmounted by an ice cream 'mushroom cloud' at a reception celebrating the atomic tests at the Bikini Atoll in 1946. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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The origins of racism in the US

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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

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

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:05:00 +1000

In an age of uncertainty, unrest and political upsets, Rear Vision sets the scene for national elections in Germany.Election posters for two of Germany's smaller parties - Die Linke (the Left) and the Free Democratic Party. (Keri Phillips)

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The Silk Road meets the One Belt One Road initiative

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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.A statue depicting a caravan of camels on the old Silk Route / Road, next to the Registan, an ensemble of medieval madrasahs in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)

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Bitcoin - the back story

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Behind the bitcoin boom

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Australian Banks: How did we get here?

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Political pressure is increasing on the major banksAustralia's biggest bank was on August 3 taken to court by the country's financial intelligence agency, accused of 'serious and systemic non-compliance' of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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A brief history of a national obsession

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:05:00 +1000

The great Australian dream of home ownership

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Venezuela in Crisis

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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

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Elections in Kenya

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Kenya has repeatedly seen ethnic tension and violence around election time. Will this week's poll go ahead peacefully?Thousands of National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters gather ahead of the presidential elections at the Kenyatta National Park in Nairobi, Kenya on April 27, 2017. (Bryan Jaybee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Al Jazeera

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Al Jazeera only came into existence in 1996 and yet it is the most influential network in the Arab world. How?(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Brexit and the Commonwealth revisited

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Could the Commonwealth become the basis for a trade bloc similar to the European Union?Flags of the members of the Commonwealth in Parliament Square, London. (Simon Berry; Wikimedia Commons)

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High-rise living

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +1000

How did high-rise fit in with evolving ideas about the city and what lessons were learned along the way?Japan's highest mountain, Mount Fuji, rises behind the tall buildings in Shinjuku, Tokyo. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Reluctant Allies: China and North Korea

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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?

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The Airport: The Cities of the future

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Not all airports are the same – there are some airports that are a joy to fly into and others that are a nightmare.Changi Airport is the fifth busiest international airport and a major air hub in Asia. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images))

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Islam in the Philippines

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000

The story of Islam in the Philippines.Marawi City, Philippines: A resident who escaped from the inner city being sieged by militants is being frisked by local police as part of their security processing, ((Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images))

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Brexit talks begin

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Despite the political disarray in Britain following the recent elections, it looks like the Brexit negotiations will begin as scheduled this week.An anti-Brexit protester poses for a photograph before the BBC leaders' debate on 31 May in Cambridge. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

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The history of plastic

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000

The story of plastic is the story of the modern world. It's endlessly useful but an environmental headache.Indian residents queue with plastic containers for purified drinking water from a government distribution centre in Chennai. (ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The history of navies

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000

With the expansion of global trade, control of the world’s oceans and sea lanes has become increasingly important.PACIFIC OCEAN - MAY 3: Photo by Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

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The 1967 referendum

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Voters hoped constitutional reform would allow the federal government to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.From left to right: Mr. G Bryant, M.H.R., Senior Vice President of FCAATSI; Mrs. Faith Bandler, N.S.W Secretary; Mr. H. Holt, Prime Minister; Pastor D. Nicholls, Field Officer of Aborigines Advancement League; Mr. H Penrith, Executive Member of Council; Mrs. W.L. Bransor, S.A. Aborigines Advancement League; and Mr. W.C. Wentworth, M.H.R. (Rights and advancement, May -June 1967, vol 9, cover, La Trobe Collection, State Library Victoria)

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Renewable energy and the national grid

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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.

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Great walls or great follies?

Sun, 14 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Over the last 27 years the number of walls and fortified borders has increased dramatically.Multiple layers of steel walls, fences, razor wire and other barricades are viewed from the United States side of the US-Mexico border on January 26, 2017 in San Ysidro, California. (DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Image)

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Under threat - climate, land and water science

Sun, 07 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Will science be allowed to inform the wise use of natural resources on which our society depends?Funding for the rivers audit that once tested the health of catchments in the Murray Darling Basin has been axed. (Hullwarren; Wikimedia Commons)

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Chernobyl - the permanent solution

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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.Safe confinement arch at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant under construction in 2013. (Tim Porter; Wikimedia Commons)

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

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000

Mining has underpinned modern economies and generated great wealth, but what happens after the mining?The once feared and secret Ronneburg uranium mine in east Germany – now a place of flowers and a magnet for holiday makers. (Wismut GmbH, a former uranium mining company, now working on mine remediation and owned by the Federal Republic of Germany.)

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Lenin's train ride to Russia

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000

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.Lenin on the way to Petrograd in April 1917 in a sealed one-carriage train. Drawing by Pyotr Vasilievich Vasiliev. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000

As the UK enters negotiations over its departure from the European Union, Gibraltar fears that it could become a bargaining chip.Residents of 'The Rock' voted overwhelming to remain in the EU in last year's Brexit referendum. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

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The housing crisis

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a housing crisis in Australia – but what exactly is it?Near Mt Gravatt, Brisbane (Auscape/UIG via Getty Images)

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Putin's Russia

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100

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

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The president and the press

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Reporting from the White House - how the media have covered the president and the president has managed the press.The front page of the New York Times on February 25, the day after some media outlets were barred from attending a press briefing at the White House. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

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Democracy Israeli Style

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100

What does democracy mean to Jewish Israelis, Arab Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Palestinians living in the West bank and Gaza?

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Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Where do the terms 'fascist' and 'fascism' come from and do they help us make sense of the world today?Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini (Wikimedia Commons)

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Vietnam: Not just a tourist destination!

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100

How did Vietnam manage to recover from decades of war and transition itself from a socialist economy to one of the fastest growing market economies in South East Asia?Both Vietnam and China claim full sovereignty over the Parcel Islands in South China Sea.

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Northern Ireland

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100

What will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after it becomes the only land border between the EU and the UK?A bus crosses the border into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic next to a poster protesting against a hard Brexit near Jonesborough on January 30, 2017, (PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Gambia

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100

At the end of 2016, while all eyes were on the US Presidential election, there was another election in The Gambia - the smallest nation in West Africa.Jubilant Gambians on Janauary 26 2017 welcomed home their new President Adama Barrow. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Reunification for Cyprus?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100

The partitioning of Cyprus in 1974 remains a seemingly intractable dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.A cat walks past abandoned buildings in the green line, a UN controlled buffer zone, separating the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia on January 4, 2017. (IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

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America: a second gilded age?

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Is America entering a second gilded age?A political cartoon aimed at wealth businessman Cyrus Field (1819 - 1892), Jay Gould (1836 - 1892), Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 - 1877) and Russell Sage (1816 - 1906), 1883. Laborers awash in a sea of hard times struggle to hold up the lumber, paper, and linen industries with low wage jobs on their backs as the industrialists and their millions weigh them down. (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images) ((Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images))

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Safety in the skies – the story of aviation security

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Many of us are now familiar with the queues at airport screening stations, the response to the hijackings and bombings that remain a challenge to aviation security.Journalists film the wreckage of exploded passenger planes at Dawson's Field, Zarqa, Jordan, in September, 1970. The planes had been hijacked and were destroyed by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). (Peter Davis/Getty Images)

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Best practice: human guinea pigs, clinical trials and big business

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100

The story and ethical dilemmas of clinical trials.January 16, 2016, in Rennes, western France, the Biotrial laboratory where a clinical trial of an oral medication left one person brain-dead and five hospitalised. (LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Battle against the bug; the rise of antibiotic resistance

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Antibiotics were for decades considered miracle drugs but genetic mutation has led to the rise of so-called ‘superbugs’.Human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (NIAID; Wikimedia Commons)

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Costa Rica: the happiest country on Earth

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100

With stable democratic government, a well developed health system and a highly educated population, Costa Rica is the happiest nation on earth.(Beach and cove in Manzanillo Costa Rica. (Photo by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images))

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Drawing a line in the sand: The Sykes-Picot Agreement

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100

A hundred years ago Britain and France signed a secret deal carving up the Middle East.French going into Lebanon. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

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Immigration in Australia

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100

For many would-be migrants, Australia was far away, expensive to get to and there were more attractive destinations, notably North America.Australian Government poster issued by the Overseas Settlement Office to attract immigrants (1928). (National Library of Australia; Wikipedia)

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The Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare: success or failure?

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare aimed to reform the American health insurance industry and to finally provide health coverage for the millions of Americans who had none. So how successful has it been?Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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