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Rear Vision - Podcast



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



Copyright: Copyright 2016, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
 



Political crisis in South Korea

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Seoul and other cities in South Korea on recent weekends, calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-Hye.Protesters hold candles and banners calling for the resignation of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during an anti-government rally in central Seoul on 19 November. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)


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Renewable energy and the national grid

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100

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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Abortion in Ireland

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Backed by the UN Human Right's Committee, many in Ireland are demanding abortion law reform.Demonstrators in Dublin hold placards and candles in memory of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old dentist, who died at University Hospital Galway on 28 October due to complications of a septic miscarriage. Despite being told that the foetus of 17 weeks would not survive, Halappanavar had been denied a termination. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)


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Afghanistan after 2013

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001.An Afghan policeman keeps watch during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz on October 3, 2016 (BASHIR KHAN SAFI/AFP/Getty Images)


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Greenland

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Why did Greenland opt out of the EU and what are the implications for Brexit?Kullorsuag, Greenland (Algkalv, Wikimedia Commons)


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The Kims of North Korea

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The story of the Kim dynasty in North Korea.(AFP/Getty Images)


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Refugees and migrants

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Can the UN find a solution for more than 65 million people currently displaced around the world? Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive at Skala Sykamias, Lesbos, Greece, October 2015. (Ggia; Wikimedia Commons)


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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Thailand’s king, the world’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 88.King Bhumibol and Sirikit after their wedding. Photo - Wiki Commons


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Colombia and the FARC

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Why did Colombians reject a groundbreaking peace deal with the FARC, Latin America's oldest leftist guerilla group?'No' supporters celebrate at a rally following their victory in the referendum on a peace accord to end the 52-year-old guerrilla war between the FARC and the state on October 2, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


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Laos

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The story of a small nation’s struggle to survive in the eye of the Cold War.


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Politics and money

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Is it possible to regulate donations and spending to avoid the corruption of the political process?(Getty images)


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The dark side of the census

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The 2016 census was a shemozzle. In the lead up, there were privacy concerns and then on the night, the crashing or hacking of the online website.


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The far-right

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000

At the ballot box and in the street, extreme-right views are challenging mainstream liberal democratic orthodoxies.Supporters of Reclaim Australia shout anti-Islamic slogans during a protest in Melbourne on November 22, 2015. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


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Is America losing faith in free trade?

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000

After almost 70 years of support for the idea of free trade and free trade agreements - Americans and American politicians seem to be losing faith in free trade.A road sign warns about 'American Job Losses' on highway 44 in Crawford County, Missouri (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)


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President Duterte and the Philippines

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The new Filipino president intends to allow Ferdinand Marcos—whose rule was marked by extraordinary corruption and violence—a burial in the nation’s cemetery of heroes.Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of her late husband, former president Ferdinand Marcos, in Batac, before the start of her election campaign for Congress in the May, 2010 elections. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)


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Safety in the skies – the story of aviation security

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000

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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A question of gender: the sex testing of female athletes

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000

For over 50 years all elite female athletes have had to prove that they are really women. This is a story about sport, gender and the Cold War.


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Drugs in sport

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The story of drugs in sportRussia's Sergey Shubenkov competes in the men's 110m hurdles final at a track and field meet called 'Stars of 2016' in Moscow on July 28, 2016. Russia's athletics federation holds a competition event for the athletes who have been banned from the Rio Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in the sport. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)


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Brexit and the Commonwealth

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:05:16 +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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New Zealand’s radical change: mixed-member proportional representation or MMP

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Electoral reform in Australia - should seats in parliament reflect the proportion of the vote a party or individual wins?Minister John Key greets Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia at The Beehive on September 23, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)


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Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +1000

This year, the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by the most severe coral bleaching event on record, with climate change causing an increase in ocean temperatures. This has compounded existing strains on the reef with poor water quality, increasing industrial development, unsustainable fishing practices and other pressures causing a decline in corals and other marine animals.(Supplied: Coral Watch, University of Queensland)


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The Grand Old Party: The Republicans

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The Republican Party, or "Grand Old Party" as it is affectionately known, is one of the world's oldest political parties. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it espoused the ideals of "free labour, free land, free men". It believed in government support for business which included: high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, generous pensions for Union veterans, and the annexation of Hawaii. So how did the Republican Party become the party of Donald Trump?Several dozen supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gathered in front of Trump Tower to voice their support for the billionaire developer in a rally organized by conservative activist Hedy Aldina (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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Fighting polio

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:05:00 +1000

In the first half of the 20th Century, polio epidemics paralysed or killed thousands of people, with the disease mainly affecting children. However, the invention of polio vaccines in the 1950s and 1960s began a slow and steady march towards the eradication of this disease.A baby receives a dose of the oral polio vaccine in Afghanistan, one of two countries in the world where the wild polio virus remains endemic. (CIDA/ACDI : Sharif Azami/ CC BY 2.0)


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Funding the arts

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:05:00 +1000

What has happened to arts funding in Australia?Barry Humphries as "Australia's cultural attache" Sir Les Patterson (Brian Rasic Getty images)


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Norfolk Island

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Norfolk Island is a dot on the map closer to New Zealand than Australia but like Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands, it is one of Australia’s so-called external territories.Kingston, the capital of Norfolk Island (thinboyfatter; Wikimedia Commons)


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The many lives of Muhammad Ali

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The boxer who went from being reviled to beloved to mythologised.I am the greatest! (The Ring Magazine, Getty Images)


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Hillary Clinton

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12:05:00 +1000

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Party nomination, she will be the first woman to run for president as the candidate for a major political party in US history.Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, at the Lincoln Square pancake house as she campaigns for votes on 1 May, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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Self-immolation as sacrificial protest

Sun, 29 May 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Violent self-destruction as a form of dissent has increased over the past half-century. What's the background and what conditions produce it?Ultimate protest - Thich Quang Duc, 11 June 1963 (Keystone)


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Submarines

Sun, 22 May 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Although designs for military submarines go back to the eighteenth century, it wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth that the modern submarine began to take shape.The German submarine U33, HMCS Fredericton of Canada and a helicopter of the Netherlands participate in NATO's Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine exercise in the North Sea, off the coast of Norway, on May 4, 2015. (Marit Hommedal/AFP/Getty Images)


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

Sun, 15 May 2016 12:05:00 +1000

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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The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff

Sun, 08 May 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Why has Brazil's parliament voted to impeach Dilma Rousseff and what is the background to this political crisis?Pro-impeachment supporters watch a live television broadcast as lower house deputies cast their votes on April 17 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


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A tsunami of Trumpness

Sun, 01 May 2016 12:05:00 +1000

In June 2015 Donald Trump, real estate tycoon and TV personality, announced he was running in the Republican Presidential race. At first many people dismissed him as having no chance but within weeks of nominating, his polling numbers rocketed.Donald Trump has his own vision for America (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)


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Iceland and the Panama Papers

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Rear Vision looks at the current political crisis in Iceland and the background to Iceland’s intolerance of financial misbehaviour.A picture satirising Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is seen near the Icelandic parliament building in Reykjavik as the Prime Minister faced a vote of no confidence. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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Costa Rica: the happiest country on Earth

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:05:00 +1000

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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Australia's mining boom

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Australia's recent resources boom was the biggest since the gold rush and transformed the country.Rio Tinto Group is a British-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation. With a complex structure of partly and wholly owned subsidiaries, Rio Tinto is among the world leaders in the production of raw materials, including aluminium, iron ore, coal and copper. (Aaron Bunch/Getty Images)


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Political Parties

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Political parties - where did they come from and why do they seem so unpopular with voters today?


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Battle against the bug; the rise of antibiotic resistance

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 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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Pull me push me: Mexican immigration and the making of America

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The complex story of the relationship between the United States of America and its southern neighbour, Mexico.Foreman Gregorio Rojas leads a team of Mexican labourers working for the Smith Farm's broccoli harvest in central Aroostook County. Smith Farm's employees over 150 migrant workers during the harvest season to bring in their broccoli and potato crops. (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald; Getty Images)


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Brexit and the referendum on EU membership

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:05:00 +1100

The European Union is the world's biggest economy. Why would Britain consider leaving it?A pro-Brexit campaigner at a public meeting in central London on February 19, 2016. (NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)


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Mosquitoes, humans and disease

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Rear Vision looks at Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases and human efforts to combat the tiny killers.Aedes aegypti taking a blood meal (US Department of Agriculture; Wikimedia Commons)


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Bernie Sanders: an idea whose time has come?

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Bernie Sanders the 74 year Democratic contender who has surprised everyone.


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

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 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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Tax and tax reform in Australia

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:05:00 +1100

There's been a lot of talk about tax reform in Australia recently but what exactly is the problem?Australian banknotes in wallet (Martin Kingsley from Melbourne, Australia; Wikimedia Commons)


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Iran and Saudi Arabia

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Saudi Arabia is the largest Sunni nation on the Arabian Peninsula, Iran the largest Shiite nation in the Middle East and both claim or aspire to leadership in the region. Iran is predominately Persian, while Saudi Arabia is Arab. They sit on different sides of the Sunni-Shia divide. 


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Angela Merkel and the refugees

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Angela Merkel's open-door policy on Syrian refugees has seriously dented her reputation at home and abroad.Demonstrators march during a rally organized by German political party 'Alternative fuer Deutschland' (Alternative for Germany) to protest against the German government's refugee policy on November 07, 2015 in Berlin. (Mehmet Kaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


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Austria and historical justice

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Was Austria as complicit in the crimes of the Nazis as Germany and just how well has the Austrian state dealt with its Nazi past?Austrian women wave swastikas at Salzburg to celebrate the union of Austria and Germany (Anschluss) following the German occupation. (Keystone/Getty Images)


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Germany, Japan, war guilt and redemption

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:05:00 +1100

How nations deal with war guilt.Willy Brandt kneels in front of the Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto's Nazi victims 07 December 1970 in Warsaw AFP/Getty Images)


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How to spot a bubble

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:05:00 +1100

On Rear Vision this week we look back at real housing bubbles that actually burst: the Melbourne land boom in the 1880s, and in the past decade, Ireland and the United States.Moreland Road, The Land of Promise, West Brunswick, close to Essendon, 1888 (Dyer collection of auctioneers' plans, Melbourne and suburbs State Library of Victoria)


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A history of drinking water

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Most people in the big cities of the developed world don’t think twice about their water supply—unless perhaps, water restrictions are applied during a drought. Rear Vision tracks the remarkable advances in water engineering that make that assumption possible.Tap water (Rachael Docherty; Flickr)


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Marriage equality

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:05:00 +1100

Gay marriage is now legal in nineteen countries and Australia may follow suit.Akane Sugimori (R) and her partner Ayaka Ichinose, both dressed in white, display their wedding rings at a press conference after their marriage ceremony in Tokyo on April 19, 2015. The lesbian couple, both actresses, held a symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo, as calls grow for Japan to legalise same-sex marriage. While their marriage will not be recognised under law, Ichinose, 34, and Sugimori, 28, tied the knot in front of some 80 relatives and friends. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)


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