Rear Vision - Program podcast

Rear Vision - Program podcast


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


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.

President Duterte and the Philippines  

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.

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.

A question of gender: the sex testing of female athletes  

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.

Drugs in sport  

Drugs, sport and the Cold War.

Brexit and the Commonwealth  

Could the Commonwealth become the basis for a trade bloc similar to the European Union?

New Zealand’s radical change: mixed-member proportional representation or MMP  

Electoral reform in Australia - should seats in parliament reflect the proportion of the vote a party or individual wins?

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef  

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.

The Grand Old Party: The Republicans  

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?

Fighting polio  

In the first half of the 20th Century, polio epidemics paralysed or killed thousands of people, with the disease mainly effecting children. However, the invention of polio vaccines in the 1950s and 1960s began a slow and steady march towards the eradication of this disease.

Funding the arts  

What has happened to arts funding in Australia?

Norfolk Island  

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.

The many lives of Muhammad Ali  

The boxer who went from being reviled to beloved to mythologised.

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