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Rear Vision — How History Shaped Today puts contemporary events in their historical context, answering the question, 'How did it come to this?'

Rear Vision — How History Shaped Today ABC Radio

    • History
    • 4.6 • 34 Ratings

Rear Vision — How History Shaped Today puts contemporary events in their historical context, answering the question, 'How did it come to this?'

    Tall and supertall — New York skyscrapers

    Tall and supertall — New York skyscrapers

    The sky’s the limit for New York City skyscrapers, from the Art Deco delights of the Chrysler Building to today’s controversial supertalls.

    The Australian Public Service — frank and fearless or timid and ineffective?

    The Australian Public Service — frank and fearless or timid and ineffective?

    After decades of cutbacks, pay freezes and allegations of politicisation, is the Australian Public Service still able to give the government of the day informed and independent advice?

    • 30 min
    World Heritage—too much of a good thing?

    World Heritage—too much of a good thing?

    The World Heritage Convention has become a victim of its own success, with increasing political pressure sidelining expert advice and the deluge of sites put forward threatening the value of the ‘brand’. 

    • 30 min
    Nordic criminal justice — people not prisoners

    Nordic criminal justice — people not prisoners

    In Scandinavian prisons the focus is on rehabilitation not punishment.

    • 30 min
    Golf war—LIV and the battle for pro golf

    Golf war—LIV and the battle for pro golf

    LIV, a new professional golf competition backed by Saudi Arabia, has created bitter division among players, challenging the future shape of the game.

    • 30 min
    If microchips are the new oil, Taiwan is the new Saudi Arabia

    If microchips are the new oil, Taiwan is the new Saudi Arabia

    Taiwan today produces ninety per cent of the world’s most sophisticated microchips that power everything from our smart phone and laptops to military equipment, electric cars and rockets that go to Mars. But Taiwan is also in the eye of a political storm, caught between China on the one side and the United States on the other.  How did the tiny island of Taiwan come to dominate the production of microchips and what happens if something goes wrong?

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

The Don Says ,

Great 30 minute history lesson

As the name suggests this programme looks back over topics of interest in what is usually an informative, balanced, & mature manner. A great weekly history lesson.

Duncan McHale ,

World affairs from an Australian point of view

Interesting to hear something else than the US point of view.

Imseancena ,

On the fascist episode.

This video was incorrect in several ways. Fascism rose in ancient Rome, not Germany in WWI. The word fascist comes from a fasces which was a bundle of sticks around an axe. It was used to show power in Rome. You portray Fascism as only a bad thing and you are incapable of showing it from both sides.

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