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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

    Steely women

    Steely women

    40 years ago Australian women weren’t fighting for equal pay, they were fighting for an equal right to work.

    This is story of our nation's biggest class action suit.. instigated by a group of blue collar women against the company known in those days, as The Big Australian.

     

    • 28 min
    Heavenly and demonic: the story of the saxophone

    Heavenly and demonic: the story of the saxophone

    Find out why, in its relatively short history, one instrument has offended ideologues, drawn the ire of dictators, and been put down, shunned and outlawed.

    • 28 min
    Dissent and disillusionment: Australians in East Germany

    Dissent and disillusionment: Australians in East Germany

    In part 2, we trace the growing discontent in East Germany in the 1980s. An Indigenous Australian rock band tours East Germany while anti-government protests are brewing, and just like the Berlin Wall, one person’s dedication to communism will come crashing down.

    • 29 min
    Friends and foes: Australians in East Germany

    Friends and foes: Australians in East Germany

    A Cold War tale of spies, diplomacy and secret police, from Indigenous communities in the Top End to the opera houses of Berlin.

    • 28 min
    Carving up the Country

    Carving up the Country

    Gamilaraay woman Marika Duczynski travels to the Gulf country of north west QLD, then across the Blue Mountains, to western NSW, looking for trees that have become symbols of our contested history, but also markers of a culture bound in deep time.

    • 28 min
    Stamp of war — the end of Yugoslavia

    Stamp of war — the end of Yugoslavia

    Three teenage girls — a Muslim, a Serb and a Croatian all from Bosnia Herzegovina, are drawn into one of the bloodiest conflicts in post war Europe. 30 years later they find their voice.

    • 28 min

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