Rear Vision - Program podcast

Rear Vision - Program podcast


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


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.

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?

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