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Summary:

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

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Brexit talks begin


Published: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Despite the political disarray in Britain following the recent elections, it looks like the Brexit negotiations will begin as scheduled this week...


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The history of plastic


Published: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: The story of plastic is the story of the modern world. It's endlessly useful but an environmental headache...


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The history of navies


Published: Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: With the expansion of global trade, control of the world’s oceans and sea lanes has become increasingly important...


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The 1967 referendum


Published: Sun, 28 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Voters hoped constitutional reform would allow the federal government to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians...


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Renewable energy and the national grid


Published: Sun, 21 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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Great walls or great follies?


Published: Sun, 14 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Over the last 27 years the number of walls and fortified borders has increased dramatically...


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Under threat - climate, land and water science


Published: Sun, 07 May 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Will science be allowed to inform the wise use of natural resources on which our society depends?..


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Chernobyl - the permanent solution


Published: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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After the mining - what's the clean-up plan?


Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Mining has underpinned modern economies and generated great wealth, but what happens after the mining?..


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Lenin's train ride to Russia


Published: Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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Gibraltar


Published: Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: As the UK enters negotiations over its departure from the European Union, Gibraltar fears that it could become a bargaining chip...


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The housing crisis


Published: Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: In case you haven’t heard, there’s a housing crisis in Australia – but what exactly is it?..


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Putin's Russia


Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: How did Russia emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union as a major force in international politics?..


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The president and the press


Published: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Reporting from the White House - how the media have covered the president and the president has managed the press...


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Democracy Israeli Style


Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: What does democracy mean to Jewish Israelis, Arab Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Palestinians living in the West bank and Gaza?..


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Fascism


Published: Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Where do the terms 'fascist' and 'fascism' come from and do they help us make sense of the world today?..


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Vietnam: Not just a tourist destination!


Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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?..


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Northern Ireland


Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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?..


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The Gambia


Published: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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...


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Reunification for Cyprus?


Published: Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: The partitioning of Cyprus in 1974 remains a seemingly intractable dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots...


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America: a second gilded age?


Published: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Is America entering a second gilded age?..


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Safety in the skies – the story of aviation security


Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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...


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


Published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: The story and ethical dilemmas of clinical trials...


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Battle against the bug; the rise of antibiotic resistance


Published: Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Antibiotics were for decades considered miracle drugs but genetic mutation has led to the rise of so-called ‘superbugs’...


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Costa Rica: the happiest country on Earth


Published: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: With stable democratic government, a well developed health system and a highly educated population, Costa Rica is the happiest nation on earth...


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


Published: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: A hundred years ago Britain and France signed a secret deal carving up the Middle East...


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Immigration in Australia


Published: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: For many would-be migrants, Australia was far away, expensive to get to and there were more attractive destinations, notably North America...


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Obamacare


Published: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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 no..


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Political crisis in South Korea


Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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...


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Renewable energy and the national grid


Published: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: 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...


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Abortion in Ireland


Published: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Backed by the UN Human Right's Committee, many in Ireland are demanding abortion law reform...


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Afghanistan after 2013


Published: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001...


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Greenland


Published: Sun, 06 Nov 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Why did Greenland opt out of the EU and what are the implications for Brexit?..


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The Kims of North Korea


Published: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: The story of the Kim dynasty in North Korea...


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Refugees and migrants


Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Can the UN find a solution for more than 65 million people currently displaced around the world?..


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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej


Published: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Thailand’s king, the world’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 88...


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Colombia and the FARC


Published: Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: Why did Colombians reject a groundbreaking peace deal with the FARC, Latin America's oldest leftist guerilla group?..


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Laos


Published: Sun, 02 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100
Summary: The story of a small nation’s struggle to survive in the eye of the Cold War...


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Politics and money


Published: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Is it possible to regulate donations and spending to avoid the corruption of the political process?..


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The dark side of the Census


Published: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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 hist..


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The far-right


Published: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: At the ballot box and in the street, extreme-right views are challenging mainstream liberal democratic orthodoxies...


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Is America losing faith in Free Trade?


Published: Sun, 04 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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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President Duterte and the Philippines


Published: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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Safety in the skies – the story of aviation security


Published: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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A question of gender: the sex testing of female athletes


Published: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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...


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Drugs in sport


Published: Sun, 07 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Drugs, sport and the Cold War...


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Brexit and the Commonwealth


Published: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:05:16 +1000
Summary: Could the Commonwealth become the basis for a trade bloc similar to the European Union?..


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


Published: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: Electoral reform in Australia - should seats in parliament reflect the proportion of the vote a party or individual wins?..


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Protecting the Great Barrier Reef


Published: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +1000
Summary: 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 industri..


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The Grand Old Party: The Republicans


Published: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:05:00 +1000
Summary: 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 su..


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