Rear Vision - Program podcast

Rear Vision - Program podcast


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


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.


Why did Greenland opt out of the EU and what are the implications for Brexit?

The Kims of North Korea  

The story of the Kim dynasty in North Korea.

Refugees and migrants  

Can the UN find a solution for more than 65 million people currently displaced around the world?

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej  

Thailand’s king, the world’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 88.

Colombia and the FARC  

Why did Colombians reject a groundbreaking peace deal with the FARC, Latin America's oldest leftist guerilla group?


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

Politics and money  

Is it possible to regulate donations and spending to avoid the corruption of the political process?

The dark side of the Census  

We all know the disaster the 2016 census has been; first the privacy concerns and then on census night the crashing or hacking of the online website. While there is little debate about the social value of the census data there is a darker side to the history of the census.  Data, war, and the misuse of information!

The far-right  

At the ballot box and in the street, extreme-right views are challenging mainstream liberal democratic orthodoxies.

Is America losing faith in Free Trade?  

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.

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