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

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

    Self-reliance or dependence - a history of Australian manufacturing

    Self-reliance or dependence - a history of Australian manufacturing

    There was a time in the 1960s when Australia manufactured almost everything – washing machines and fridges, footwear and clothes, cars and steel. It was a major part of our GDP and employed almost a third of the workforce. Today it’s a very different story. What happened?

    • 29 min
    The evolution of cruising, from luxury trips to today's troubled waters

    The evolution of cruising, from luxury trips to today's troubled waters

    Cruise holidays were once only for the wealthy. In recent decades they've found a mass market, but how and at what cost?

    • 29 min
    How epidemics and pandemics have changed history

    How epidemics and pandemics have changed history

    Human history is usually understood through wars, economic changes, technological development or great leaders. What’s frequently overlooked is the role of infectious disease epidemics and pandemics. But as the COVID-19 virus has reminded us, disease can change us in ways we could never imagine.

    • 29 min
    Animals, humans and disease

    Animals, humans and disease

    Around two thirds of the infectious illnesses we humans suffer are caused by pathogens we’ve picked up from wild or domestic animals. They’re called zoonotic diseases and these kinds of illnesses go back thousands of years.

    • 29 min
    Will Joe Biden be the next President of the United States?

    Will Joe Biden be the next President of the United States?

    Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic nominee for the United States Presidential race in November. But he’s run twice before and both times been defeated soundly. Why did he win this time and how did he gain the support of African American voters?

    • 29 min
    In a fix - how match fixing became sport’s biggest threat

    In a fix - how match fixing became sport’s biggest threat

    Find out how match fixing works. It's ubiquitous and now recognised as the biggest threat to sport integrity.

    • 29 min

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