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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

    Iran, Israel and the calculus of revenge

    Iran, Israel and the calculus of revenge

    Iran and Israel are caught in a cycle of revenge.

    On April Fools' Day, there was a huge escalation in the conflict when an Israeli air strike killed 16 people, including two Iranian Generals.

    Two weeks later, the skies over Israel lit up with a counterattack.

    It might seem like in this conflict, anything goes, but each response and retaliation is a calculated move.

    Israel knew the attack was coming and almost every drone and missile was intercepted.

    So, when the game of chess begins, how does it end?

    Last time the revenge cycle started to turn, Donald Trump was in the White House, and the wheel only stopped because of a tragic mistake.

    This time, Israel's response could change the trajectory of the conflict in the Middle East.

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    • 15 min
    Looking for Modi 06 | Modi and the money

    Looking for Modi 06 | Modi and the money

    Lifting Indians out of poverty lies at the core of Narendra Modi's wildly popular political strategy. And it's worked: during his Prime Ministership, India has risen from the tenth largest economy in the world to the fifth. But this rising tide has also widened the gap between the rich and the poor in India, and has raised questions about Modi's ties to business leaders who have turned the nation's rise to their own advantage.

    • 33 min
    Why do people hate wind farms? — Live

    Why do people hate wind farms? — Live

    People don't like wind farms. They say they're bad for wildlife, they affect property values and they create pollution.

    But are any of these claims true?

    Today, the wind farm debate and how it nearly tore the small Australian community of King Island apart.

    This episode of If You're Listening is a live recording from the Newcastle Writers Festival.

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    • 20 min
    Looking for Modi 05 | The riots

    Looking for Modi 05 | The riots

    In 2002, Narendra Modi's carefully crafted political story was rocked by a series of deadly attacks in his home state of Gujarat, where he was the highly popular Chief Minister. Thousands were killed in a wave of riots that lasted for three days and became a major national scandal.

    Modi's role in the violence has been heavily contested in the decades since, but he has never been able to shake the association in the minds of some Indians. How did he manage to survive such a high-profile catastrophe, and what is the legacy of those terrifying riots today?

    • 33 min
    Duterte vs Marcos: The feud that might tear the Philippines apart

    Duterte vs Marcos: The feud that might tear the Philippines apart

    The Duterte and Marcos families are the Montagues and Capulets of the Philippines.

    They are, depending on who you ask, the country's most famous statesmen, thieves, murderers or heroes.

    They have tussled for power for nearly 60 years, and now there are talks of secession splitting the country in two.

    Could this family feud literally tear the Philippines apart?

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    • 17 min
    Looking for Modi 04 | When holy politics turn violent

    Looking for Modi 04 | When holy politics turn violent

    In January 2024, Narendra Modi travelled to the northern Indian town of Ayodhya to attend the consecration of a Hindu temple with a very contested history. The site had previously been occupied by a 500-year-old mosque, and had become a focal point of broader disputes between India's Hindu and Muslim communities.

    That fight over one hill in Ayodhya resulted in a demolition, mass protests and deadly retaliations across India. It also gave Modi a cause he could champion throughout his rapid political rise.

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