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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.
 



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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Gibraltar

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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Fascism

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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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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