Rear Vision - Program podcast

Rear Vision - Program podcast


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


Putin's Russia  

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

The president and the press  

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

Democracy Israeli Style  

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


Where do the terms 'fascist' and 'fascism' come from and do they help us make sense of the world today?

Vietnam: Not just a tourist destination!  

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?

Northern Ireland  

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?


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. It didn’t receive the same attention in the western media, but the result sent shock waves across the African continent. The Gambia Presidential election unseated President Yahya Jammeh who had ruled The Gambia since a coup 1994. So why was this election so important in Africa?

Reunification for Cyprus?  

The partitioning of Cyprus in 1974 remains a seemingly intractable dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The Gilded Age  

Is America entering a second Gilded Age?

Safety in the skies – the story of aviation security  

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.

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

The story and ethical dilemmas of clinical trials.

Battle against the bug; the rise of antibiotic resistance  

Antibiotics were for decades considered miracle drugs but genetic mutation has led to the rise of so-called ‘superbugs’.

Costa Rica: the happiest country on Earth  

With stable democratic government, a well developed health system and a highly educated population, Costa Rica is the happiest nation on earth.

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

A hundred years ago Britain and France signed a secret deal carving up the Middle East.

Immigration in Australia  

For many would-be migrants, Australia was far away, expensive to get to and there were more attractive destinations, notably North America.


The Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare as it is known – was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March, 2010. It aimed to reform the American health insurance industry and to finally provide health coverage for the millions of Americans who had none, but President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. So what is Obamacare and just how successful has it been in terms of covering those millions of America that before 2010 had no health cover?

Political crisis in South Korea  

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.

Renewable energy and the national grid  

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.

Abortion in Ireland  

Backed by the UN Human Right's Committee, many in Ireland are demanding abortion law reform.

Afghanistan after 2013  

The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001.

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