Rear Vision - Program podcast

Rear Vision - Program podcast


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


Islam in the Philippines  

The story of Islam in the Philippines.

Brexit talks begin  

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  

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

The history of navies  

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

The 1967 referendum  

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

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.

Great walls or great follies?  

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

Under threat - climate, land and water science  

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

Chernobyl - the permanent solution  

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?  

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

Lenin's train ride to Russia  

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.


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

The housing crisis  

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

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?

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