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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.

    Greek Tragedy or Farce: The life and career of Rudy Giuliani

    Greek Tragedy or Farce: The life and career of Rudy Giuliani

    At the heart of the recent US impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump was Trump’s personal lawyer and former Mayor of New York - Rudy Giuliani.

    Officially Giuliani has no role in the Trump administration yet, he seems to wield considerable political influence. So, who is Rudy Giuliani, how should we understand his relationship with President Donald Trump and how and why did he become involved in the Ukraine?

    • 29 min
    Ghosn has flown - the rise and fall of an auto industry mogul

    Ghosn has flown - the rise and fall of an auto industry mogul

    In December, one of the car industry’s most powerful figures fled from Japan where he was awaiting trial, apparently hidden in a musical equipment box. Who is Carlos Ghosn?

    • 29 min
    The story of fire in the Australian landscape

    The story of fire in the Australian landscape

    Most Australians have been impacted by bush fires this summer. But fires are not new - we live in a country that has been shaped by fire and in a landscape populated by vegetation dependent on fire.

    What if anything can we learn from this history that might help us face the increasing fire risks today?

    • 29 min
    E-cigarettes - is there value in vaping?

    E-cigarettes - is there value in vaping?

    E-cigarettes first appeared as a healthier alternative to smoking, maybe even a way to quit, but they soon escaped the medical framework and have become a public health nightmare in the US. Yet some health experts still see virtue in vaping.

    • 29 min
    The anti-vaccination movement

    The anti-vaccination movement

    Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children, despite the safety and success of vaccines?

    • 29 min
    How history can help shape the debate about an Indigenous voice to Parliament

    How history can help shape the debate about an Indigenous voice to Parliament

    In the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are calling for an Indigenous Voice to parliament. While they haven’t set out how that would work there are models we can look back on.

    Ever since the referendum of 1967 federal governments have attempted and failed to set up administrative organisations to give Indigenous communities a say in their own affairs.

    As we once again debate how we acknowledge Australia’s first people, what if anything can we learn from those past attempts?

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

Linmaret ,

Highly recommend

Much better than my high school history class!

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Good with reservations

Good podcast but please stop saying boris Johnson is charismatic he really isn’t. He is a self interested shyster.

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