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English, History, 1 season, 568 episodes, 4 days, 4 hours, 52 minutes
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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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The Great Australian Camel Race (part 1)

It’s April 1988, somewhere near Uluru, and the starter gun fires off one of the strangest, most audacious events to mark Australia's bicentennial year, the Great Australian Camel Race. People came from all around the world to take part in a feat which spanned over 3000km, as camels and humans endured scorching heat, flooding rains and serious sickness that almost sent the race belly-up.
7/20/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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Monarto | Lost city of the future

Don Dunstan had a dream - a futuristic city to rise out of The Mallee. What went wrong? After years of planning and designing why was it never built?
7/13/202428 minutes, 30 seconds
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Blood, prejudice and nursing | Barry’s story

It's the 1980s, and the first devastating decade of the AIDS pandemic. A young student nurse tests positive for the virus. and this information ends up on the front page of his local newspaper. A tale of fear and prejudice. but also of great courage, and love. 
7/6/202428 minutes, 34 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | My Mother The Spy

Mercia Masson, one of Australia’s longest serving undercover ASIO agents, spied on her communist friends, while her only daughter remained in the dark. 
6/29/202428 minutes, 34 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | The Lady Imposter

A clever young street urchin disguises herself as aristocracy.  She inconveniently finds herself in a convict cell in Tasmania - but only temporarily.  Then it's onto the streets of 1850’s Melbourne to continue her deception. 
6/22/202429 minutes, 20 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | The Lady Imposter

A clever young street urchin disguises herself as aristocracy.  She inconveniently finds herself in a convict cell in Tasmania - but only temporarily.  Then it's onto the streets of 1850’s Melbourne to continue her deception. 
6/22/202429 minutes, 20 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | The Qantas Con

Richard Roxburgh  heads back to the 1970’s Australia . And up 20,000 feet.Qantas flight 755 from Sydney to Hong Kong, is threatened by a terrifying hoax. The public watch the sky above Sydney as a 707 circles for hours.  Fuel running dangerously low
6/15/202429 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Qantas Con

Richard Roxburgh  heads back to 1970’s Australia . And up 20,000 feet.Qantas flight 755 from Sydney to Hong Kong, is threatened by a terrifying phone call. The public watch the sky above Sydney as a Boeing 707 circles for hours.  Fuel running dangerously low
6/15/202429 minutes, 20 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | The Tichborne Claimant

Is he a baronet or a butcher from Wagga Wagga? Can he claim the estate of an English aristocrat who has been lost at sea?
6/8/202429 minutes, 3 seconds
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Great Aussie Cons | The Flying Forger

One of Australia’s craftiest counterfeiters forges two million dollars in his suburban basement in the 1950s. Richard Roxburgh, renowned for playing shady characters on screen, tells the story of Robert Baudin and his brazen ability to make fake money.
6/1/202428 minutes, 34 seconds
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INTRODUCING — Great Aussie Cons

Australian history’s littered with con artists. Renowned Australian actor Richard Roxburgh tells the stories of these brazen and downright deviant identities who used their charm and smarts to spy, extort and steal. How did they get away with it?  The first episode drops on the 1st of June.
5/30/20240
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Fight for the forest

In an unprecedented political move, the Western Australian state government will end logging of native forest. Meet the people who have dedicated their lives to saving these incredible forests.
5/28/20240
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The History Listen

Compelling history from Australia and around the world.
5/21/202430 minutes, 14 seconds
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Partition's children

When India was divided to create Pakistan more than a million people lost their lives. People who were there remember the chaos, violence and moments of kindness of Partition.
5/21/202430 minutes, 14 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 2

In the summer of 1978, Australian narcotics agents intercepted a campervan being unloaded on the Melbourne docks. What they discovered inside the van turned out to be the largest haul of an illicit substance, black hashish, to land on Australian soil at the time. The campervan belonged to two elderly American women tourists, whose overseas holiday odyssey quickly spiralled into a hellish nightmare.
5/11/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 1

In the summer of 1978, narcotics agents discovered the largest ever haul of illicit drugs to land in Australia, stashed inside a campervan belonging to two elderly American women tourists. But were these women truly drug smugglers or naive puppets in an elaborate plot masterminded by someone else?
5/4/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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Michael Mansell: a life of radical resistance

Activist and lawyer Michael Mansell has been fighting for Aboriginal rights in Australia for over 50 years. In this episode his daughter Nala Mansell sits down with her father for a conversation about his life on the frontline, and the resilience of palawa identity in lutruwita Tasmania 
4/27/202429 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Friendship Spitfire: Jack Dawson-Green's war story

A story of swagger, bravery, skill and ultimately, friendship, set on the frontline of war
4/21/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 2)

In the second part of the bitter and long-running case known as the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair, the battle heads all the way to the High Court.
4/13/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 1)

Ever wondered how the term "secret women's business" entered the Australian vernacular? It's part of a bitter legal battle over land, culture and history in South Australia.
4/6/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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Section 71: Communists, Terrorists and the High Court

How much power does the federal government have to protect Australians from international threats?  Two key High Court cases, 50 years apart, which put this question to the test.
3/30/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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Section 71: The High Court Dog-Fight on Schools Funding

The High Court showdown over religious freedom that could help you understand how schools are funded to this day
3/23/202428 minutes, 34 seconds
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Section 71 - The Tasmanian crime of gay sex

It might surprise you to learn that until 1997, a man could be jailed for up to 21 years for having sex with another man in Australia. This is the story of the High Court case that changed that law.
3/16/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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The History Listen

Compelling history from Australia and around the world.
3/12/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Remembering Windradyne's War

In 1824, the British waged war against the Wiradjuri people of western NSW, a battle that shook the new colony.But many Australians have never heard of this conflict and  the heroic Wiradjuri warrior, Windradyne. Two centuries on, this history is being remembered and retold.
3/12/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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In my skin

Growing up Regina looked totally different from her brothers and sisters, she thought she was adopted. But her mother told her that was only partly true. With just a handful of letters from both her parents Regina starts to dig into her family story and finds a while lot of surprises along the way.
3/2/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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The medal that spoke

In 1805,  Maori chief Te Pahi  was gifted a silver medal by Sydney Governor Philip Gidley King. He had come from Aotearoa to establish trade.But  the medal then disappeared.Two centuries later, Te Pahi's medal resurfaced – in a Sydney auction house
2/24/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Crossing Enemy Lines

Minna Muhlen-Schulte knew her surname came from her German grandfather who’d married her Australian grandmother in the 1930s and had lived in Berlin. But she knew very little about her grandparents’ experience during World War Two,  except that her grandfather fought on the ‘other’ side, with the German army. So Minna goes in search for her family’s wartime story.
2/17/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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The unspoken story of Isabel Pepper

Producer Fiona Pepper had always known her great grandmother died far too young, but until recently, she never knew the full story.
2/10/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Secrets and Lies | My year behind the Iron Curtain

At the height of the Cold War a New Zealand teenager is sent to a hospital in the Soviet Union to grow new fingers on her left hand. Sounds like fiction? This actually happened to Miranda Jakich and she tells her tale on The History Listen.
2/3/202433 minutes, 44 seconds
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Finding our father, Harry Valentine

Hidden family truths are discovered as two sisters follow the trail of their late fathers' secret life.
1/26/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Green Mountain plane crash

It's the 19th February 1937, and a  Stinson passenger plane leaves Brisbane for a routine flight to Sydney, but it never arrives. Instead, its disappearance sparks one of the most extensive air searches in Australia.
1/20/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Unknown Sailor - a wartime mystery

A lost ship, A lost sailor, a lost identity. In November 1941 as war drew closer to Australia. the HMAS Sydney and its crew of 645 sailors disappeared off the Western Australian coast after being ambushed by a German raider. Months later the body of a sailor washed up on tiny Christmas Island and was laid to rest by locals. Half a century on this unknown sailor would help unravel the mystery of how the pride of Australia’s navy just vanished.
1/12/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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The confidence men: conjuring up a wartime escape

What if the only tool you had to escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in WW1 was a homemade Ouija board? The story of a wild and elegant hoax concocted by two British soldier POWs to hoodwink their captors.
1/5/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tupaia - star navigator of the Pacific

In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him?
12/29/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Retracing the sailors' walk

March 1797. Five British sailors and 12 Indian seamen are shipwrecked off the Gippsland coast in Victoria The closest settlement is the penal colony of Port Jackson, over 700 km north - the men have no choice but to walk to Sydney. Two centuries later, historian Mark McKenna and naturalist John Blay retrace the sailors' steps, to re-imagine the journey and the cultural encounters with the original inhabitants on this country. This is one of Australia's greatest survival stories and cross cultural encounters.Two centuries later, historian Mark McKenna and naturalist John Blay retrace the sailors' steps.
12/22/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Last Light - the Valentich disappearance

A young pilot. A distress call. A missing plane. What happened to Frederick Valentich in October 1978?
12/19/202328 minutes, 40 seconds
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Friedrich the Fraud

The story behind one of Australia's greatest con artists. In the late 1980s, when millions went missing from Victoria's National Safety Council, the man responsible, John Friedrich disappeared into thin air, and the media went wild. 
12/8/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Stories about radio - Listening to ghosts & Keep them guessing

Two stories about radio.In the past, radio was the most ephemeral of all media or art-forms. It's invisible, evanescent—it passes by the ear and is gone, yet radio can leave deep sound prints - memories of listening which can reverberate over decades.Plus, trying to unravel the secret behind one of the most popular radio shows of the 20th century, as a grandson  tries to find out how his grandparents read people's minds. A story about magic,illusion and the creative power of radio. 
12/1/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Green Skin - Aboriginal Vietnam Veterans

Australia’s role in the Vietnam war has been portrayed in films, music and literature since the last troops left in 1972. But there’s a part of that story which has, until recently, gone unnoticed: the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who fought in Vietnam. We hear the stories  of two 20-year-old  blokes who donned the ‘green skin’ and how it changed their lives forever.
11/24/202325 minutes
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Ep 2: Ray Denning - the stitch up

With nothing to lose, Raymond Denning escapes Grafton prison in a rubbish bin. He has help from prisoner rights groups and an agenda to raise awareness about police corruption. The man-hunt for Denning turns farcical when he uses the media to make the police look foolish.
11/17/202334 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 1: Ray Denning - breaking out

The story of one of Australia's most misunderstood criminals. After a traumatic childhood, Raymond Denning jumps from 'juvie' to jail. When an escape attempt goes wrong, a prison warder is critically injured and the finger is pointed at Denning.
11/10/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Last letters - the wartime legacy of Lark Force unit

Port Moresby 1942, and the story of the most extraordinary postal delivery, when hundreds of letters from Australian POWs of the Japanese fell from the sky .
11/4/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Benalla Experiment - a camp for mothers and children

The little known story of migrant camp that was home to over 60,000 people - single mothers and their children - in the years after World War II.
10/29/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fairlight CMI - the instrument of musical change

This is the story of - and the soundtrack to - one of the most influential instruments of the last 50 years. Meet the creators of the Fairlight, the super stars that used it and learn the tricks of the music production trade along the way.
10/21/202331 minutes, 42 seconds
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Asbestos — Dusted 03 | The human cost of mining in Australia

Asbestos was once known as the wonder mineral. It's now banned in Australia. But before that happened, companies kept making and selling asbestos products despite mounting evidence of its deadly dust. Dusted, the human cost of mining in Australia is presented by Van Badham.
10/12/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dusted - the human cost of mining in Australia. Ep 2 Coal

When a vast coal seam was found running through the escarpment around Wollongong it seemed that this beautiful place had got lucky. But had it? Van Badham heads back to her hometown and goes ‘on the coal’ with the miners.
10/6/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dusted - the human cost of mining in Australia. Ep1 Gold

Gold may have made Australia rich, but historians are now digging up evidence of the devastating consequences of the silica dust that surfaced with it.
9/29/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep 2: The Buried Tea Chests

Hidden for nearly a century, two chests of mail found under a Sydney home was declared to be one of the most important hauls in Australia’s postal history. Why the secrecy? And why has a Sydney family been so shocked by their revelations?
9/19/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep 1: The Buried Tea Chests

When journalist Annika Blau learnt of the discovery of two tea chests of very valuable mail under the floorboards of an old Sydney home, she had little idea how it was connected to her. But the mail reveals both a shameful period of Australia's history, and family secrets that had been hidden for nearly a century.
9/15/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea: part 4 Wankani

The story of how the traditional custodians of Ooldea got their sacred water soak back and the healing of the land.
9/8/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea: Part 3 Mamu

North west of Ooldea in South Australia's Great Victoria Desert is Maralinga where the British exploded seven nuclear bombs. This episode explores the Cold War politics behind the bomb tests and their ongoing impact on the traditional owners of the land, the Maralinga Tjarutja people..
9/1/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea: Part 2 Kabbarli

Ooldea's most famous resident was Daisy Bates, also known as "Kabbarli" or grandmother. She lived at Ooldea for sixteen years in a tent, helping to feed and clothe Aboriginal people, but these days her reputation is very mixed.
8/25/202342 minutes, 3 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea: Part 1 Yuldi

On the edge of the Nullabor, Ooldea, with its ancient water soak "Yuldi Kapi", is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia. Trading routes and dreaming stories crossed here for thousands of years, but then the transnational railway arrived in 1917.
8/18/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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One Tree: In Search of Stradivari's Sibling Violins

Producer David Schulman has been on a quest – he’s been trying to find a single tree. David’s a violinist.  And for him, violins aren’t just boxes made of wood – they’re magical objects. With voices and spirits that can seem almost human.  Old violins even work as a sort of ‘time machine’ – by the sound they make and by their stories, they carry us back into the past.And it turns out there’s solid science behind this method of time travel.
8/11/202328 minutes, 7 seconds
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One Tree: In Search of Stradivari's Sibling Violins

Producer David Schulman has been on a quest – he’s been trying to find a single tree. David’s a violinist.  And for him, violins aren’t just boxes made of wood – they’re magical objects. With voices and spirits that can seem almost human.  Old violins even work as a sort of ‘time machine’ – by the sound they make and by their stories, they carry us back into the past.And it turns out there’s solid science behind this method of time travel.
8/11/202328 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Missing Magdalens

Magdalene Laundries for "fallen women" date back to 12th century Europe. These were Catholic run institutions to reform "wayward" women known as Magdalens, through strict religious observance and hard work..
8/8/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Missing Magdalens

Magdalene Laundries for "fallen women" date back to 12th century Europe. These were Catholic run institutions to reform "wayward" women known as Magdalens, through strict religious observance and hard work..
8/8/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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A vapour of the mind: calling Sidney Jeffryes

The achievements of Sidney Jeffryes, a radio operator on the 1911 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, have been notably missing from the polar records. In an era that celebrated physical heroism, vulnerability was not tolerated.
8/1/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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A vapour of the mind: calling Sidney Jeffryes

The achievements of Sidney Jeffryes, a radio operator on the 1911 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, have been notably missing from the polar records. In an era that celebrated physical heroism, vulnerability was not tolerated.
8/1/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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Finding Fanny Finch

What if the most remarkable of all your ancestors was the one left off the family tree? Historian Kacey Sinclair and two of Fanny Finch’s direct descendants reconstruct and reflect on the life and legacy of a goldfields trailblazer, a woman of colour whose story was hidden for generations.
7/25/202328 minutes, 42 seconds
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Finding Fanny Finch

What if the most remarkable of all your ancestors was the one left off the family tree? Historian Kacey Sinclair and two of Fanny Finch’s direct descendants reconstruct and reflect on the life and legacy of a goldfields trailblazer, a woman of colour whose story was hidden for generations.
7/25/202328 minutes, 42 seconds
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Invasion 1975 - the untold story of the Chinese-Timorese

Millie Skoko had never really thought much about her Mum’s side of the family, who are Chinese Timorese, and who came to live in Australia in the early 1970s. Until one day, when she was online, Millie discovered her Grandfather’s former home and building, Toko Lay, in stories about the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, in December 1975. This discovery leads Millie, in tandem with her mum Lorraine, on a quest to uncover the hidden history of the Chinese-Timorese community in Timor-Leste and hear from the survivors who experienced waves of violence at the hands of the invading forces.
7/14/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Invasion 1975 - the untold story of the Chinese-Timorese

Millie Skoko had never really thought much about her Mum’s side of the family, who are Chinese Timorese, and who came to live in Australia in the early 1970s. Until one day, when she was online, Millie discovered her Grandfather’s former home and building, Toko Lay, in stories about the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, in December 1975. This discovery leads Millie, in tandem with her mum Lorraine, on a quest to uncover the hidden history of the Chinese-Timorese community in Timor-Leste and hear from the survivors who experienced waves of violence at the hands of the invading forces.
7/14/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Visions of the Filipina bride

Growing up in the 1990s, Alan Weedon always wondered why he was one of many kids born to an Australian father and Filipina mother. It was a pattern replicated in the various backyard barbecues and play dates of his youth — where Filipino men were far and few between. Following the tragic death of his mother Jesusita in 2022, Alan, in his grief, decided to trace his Mum's story of coming to Australia. In doing so, he unravelled a great southern migration, where tens of thousands of Filipinas migrated to Australia via marriage in the 80s and 90s. But when they landed in Australia, these Filipina brides — many of who had migrated on their own accord — were often subject to racist and sexist stereotypes. Most persistent was the 'mail order bride' tag, a stereotype that stuck and leached into newspapers and popular culture – and which still lingers on today.
7/10/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Visions of the Filipina bride

Growing up in the 1990s, Alan Weedon always wondered why he was one of many kids born to an Australian father and Filipina mother. It was a pattern replicated in the various backyard barbecues and play dates of his youth — where Filipino men were far and few between. Following the tragic death of his mother Jesusita in 2022, Alan, in his grief, decided to trace his Mum's story of coming to Australia. In doing so, he unravelled a great southern migration, where tens of thousands of Filipinas migrated to Australia via marriage in the 80s and 90s. But when they landed in Australia, these Filipina brides — many of who had migrated on their own accord — were often subject to racist and sexist stereotypes. Most persistent was the 'mail order bride' tag, a stereotype that stuck and leached into newspapers and popular culture – and which still lingers on today.
7/10/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fanny Smith: Icon

In 1899, twenty-three years after her people were declared ‘extinct’, Fanny Smith made a revolutionary recording where she announced to the world that she was The Last Tasmanian. Far from ‘extinct’, she was a proud Aboriginal woman raising her eleven children and publicly singing and speaking her Pakana language. This is her extraordinary story.
7/4/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fanny Smith: Icon

In 1899, twenty-three years after her people were declared ‘extinct’, Fanny Smith made a revolutionary recording where she announced to the world that she was The Last Tasmanian. Far from ‘extinct’, she was a proud Aboriginal woman raising her eleven children and publicly singing and speaking her Pakana language. This is her extraordinary story.
7/4/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Laya's Way Home Part 2

In 1945, Adolf Semler, a German World War One hero, was sent to a slave labour camp for refusing to denounce his Jewish wife Laya. In 2022, their great-grandchildren return to Germany to discover a town finally wrestling with the extent of its role in the Nazi regime.
6/23/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Laya's Way Home Part 2

In 1945, Adolf Semler, a German World War One hero, was sent to a slave labour camp for refusing to denounce his Jewish wife Laya. In 2022, their great-grandchildren return to Germany to discover a town finally wrestling with the extent of its role in the Nazi regime.
6/23/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Laya's Way Home Part 1

In 1945, Laya Semler became the last Jew sent to a concentration camp from Wennigsen, Germany.  Her non-Jewish husband Adolf chose slave labour rather than abandon her.  Theirs is a love story for the ages.
6/20/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Laya's Way Home Part 1

In 1945, Laya Semler became the last Jew sent to a concentration camp from Wennigsen, Germany.  Her non-Jewish husband Adolf chose slave labour rather than abandon her.  Theirs is a love story for the ages.
6/20/202328 minutes
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Spies, lies and hairdryers

In the 1950s a romantic proposition by a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye..
6/13/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Spies, lies and hairdryers

In the 1950s a romantic proposition by a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye..
6/13/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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The History Listen

Compelling history from Australia and around the world.
6/6/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Through Samurai Eyes, ep 2

When amateur historian Nick Russell stumbled across a set of very old Japanese manuscripts, he unearthed a dramatic tale of convict mutineers, samurai warriors and a hijacked ship, which sheds new light on one of the greatest escape stories in Australian history.
6/6/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Through Samurai Eyes, ep 2

When amateur historian Nick Russell stumbled across a set of very old Japanese manuscripts, he unearthed a dramatic tale of convict mutineers, samurai warriors and a hijacked ship, which sheds new light on one of the greatest escape stories in Australian history.
6/6/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Through Samurai eyes: one of Australia's greatest convict escape stories

A dramatic tale featuring pirates, Samurai warriors, a historical detective and a ship of escaped convicts from Australia who washed up in Japan in 1830
5/30/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Through Samurai eyes: one of Australia's greatest convict escape stories

A dramatic tale featuring pirates, Samurai warriors, a historical detective and a ship of escaped convicts from Australia who washed up in Japan in 1830
5/30/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Those Bloody Vegos - a short history of vegetarianism

A plant-eating sleuth uncovers the hidden history of vegetarianism in Australia - featuring spiritualists, nudists, and politicians, plus plenty of nutmeat and a vegan dish called Hampstead Cutlets 
5/23/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Those Bloody Vegos - a short history of vegetarianism

A plant-eating sleuth uncovers the hidden history of vegetarianism in Australia - featuring spiritualists, nudists, and politicians, plus plenty of nutmeat and a vegan dish called Hampstead Cutlets 
5/23/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Unknown Sailor

A lost ship, A lost sailor, a lost identity. In November 1941 as war drew closer to Australia. the HMAS Sydney and its crew of 645 sailors disappeared off the Western Australian coast after being ambushed by a German raider. Months later the body of a sailor washed up on tiny Christmas Island and was laid to rest by locals. Half a century on this unknown sailor would help unravel the mystery of how the pride of Australia’s navy just vanished.
5/16/202330 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Unknown Sailor

A lost ship, A lost sailor, a lost identity. In November 1941 as war drew closer to Australia. the HMAS Sydney and its crew of 645 sailors disappeared off the Western Australian coast after being ambushed by a German raider. Months later the body of a sailor washed up on tiny Christmas Island and was laid to rest by locals. Half a century on this unknown sailor would help unravel the mystery of how the pride of Australia’s navy just vanished.
5/16/202330 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
5/9/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
5/9/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Green Mountains Plane Crash

19th February 1937, a Stinson passenger plane leaves Brisbane for a routine flight to Sydney, but never it arrives. Instead, its disappearance sparks one of the most extensive air searches in Australia.
5/2/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Green Mountains Plane Crash

19th February 1937, a Stinson passenger plane leaves Brisbane for a routine flight to Sydney, but never it arrives. Instead, its disappearance sparks one of the most extensive air searches in Australia.
5/2/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Edie's War

When Penny Bristol Jones inherited a battered trunk full of family documents and memorabilia, little did she know the rich wartime history she would uncover. In amongst the bounty was a collection of diaries and letters written by Penny’s great grandmother Edie Digby, during the First World War, while her husband and two sons were away at the front.
4/25/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Edie's War

When Penny Bristol Jones inherited a battered trunk full of family documents and memorabilia, little did she know the rich wartime history she would uncover. In amongst the bounty was a collection of diaries and letters written by Penny’s great grandmother Edie Digby, during the First World War, while her husband and two sons were away at the front.
4/25/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Great Australian Camel Race (part 2)

It’s 6 weeks into this epic 3300-kilometre adventure, and competitors face the longest leg of the race, across the Simpson Desert and into Queensland.  The stakes are high, as they battle illness, flood, fatigue and flies, in the push towards the finish line on the Gold Coast, and call themselves the winner?
4/18/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Great Australian Camel Race (part 2)

It’s 6 weeks into this epic 3300-kilometre adventure, and competitors face the longest leg of the race, across the Simpson Desert and into Queensland.  The stakes are high, as they battle illness, flood, fatigue and flies, in the push towards the finish line on the Gold Coast, and call themselves the winner?
4/18/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Great Australian Camel Race (part 1)

It’s April 1988, somewhere near Uluru, and the starter gun kicks off one of the strangest, most audacious events to mark the Bicentennial year, the Great Australian Camel Race. People came from all around the world to take part in a feat which spanned over 3000km, as camels and humans endured scorching heat, flooding rains, and serious sickness that almost sent the race belly up.
4/11/202326 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Great Australian Camel Race (part 1)

It’s April 1988, somewhere near Uluru, and the starter gun kicks off one of the strangest, most audacious events to mark Australia's bicentennial year, the Great Australian Camel Race. People came from all around the world to take part in a feat which spanned over 3000km, as camels and humans endured scorching heat, flooding rains and serious sickness that almost sent the race belly-up.
4/11/202326 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Spice

It's time to rethink the spices in your pantry. The long trade in clove and nutmeg lead to colonisation, but long before the Europeans arrived, it helped define the language, culture, religion and geography of Indonesia.
4/4/202333 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Spice

It's time to rethink the spices in your pantry. The long trade in clove and nutmeg lead to colonisation, but long before the Europeans arrived, it helped define the language, culture, religion and geography of Indonesia.
4/4/202333 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Wine

What's the story behind your favourite wine? This fermented drink has long been an important part of Australia's social and cultural history, used for ceremonial, medicinal and celebratory purposes.
3/28/202330 minutes
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The Kitchen Table - Wine

What's the story behind your favourite wine? This fermented drink has long been an important part of Australia's social and cultural history, used for ceremonial, medicinal and celebratory purposes.
3/28/202330 minutes
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The Kitchen Table - Salt

Behind your humble shaker of table salt lies a curious and industrious history
3/21/202330 minutes
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The Kitchen Table - Salt

Behind your humble shaker of table salt lies a curious and industrious history
3/21/202330 minutes
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The kitchen table - Tea

By the turn of the twentieth century Australians were the world’s most obsessive tea drinkers. Four cups with a meal wasn’t uncommon. Where did this insatiable thirst start? and did it ever really stop? A story about Australia's tea drinking history, and the beverage that keeps us brewing
3/14/202330 minutes
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The kitchen table - Tea

By the turn of the twentieth century Australians were the world’s most obsessive tea drinkers. Four cups with a meal wasn’t uncommon. Where did this insatiable thirst start? and did it ever really stop? A story about Australia's tea drinking history, and the beverage that keeps us brewing
3/14/202330 minutes
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Crossing Time: Australia's transgender history—part 2

The 1970s was a decade which saw social change, that helped foster new ideas and understandings about sex, gender and identity. And much of this change was brought about by trans activists.
3/7/202330 minutes
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Crossing Time: Australia's transgender history—part 2

The 1970s was a decade which saw social change, that helped foster new ideas and understandings about sex, gender and identity. And much of this change was brought about by trans activists.
3/7/202330 minutes
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Crossing Time: Australia's transgender history—part 1

In the last few decades, there has been a huge social transformation in the way people express and talk about gender. But right across time, and here in Australia, there’ve always been people who existed outside the binary definition of male and female.Compelling history from Australia and around the world.
2/28/202330 minutes
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Crossing Time: Australia's transgender history—part 1

In the last few decades, there has been a huge social transformation in the way people express and talk about gender. But right across time, and here in Australia, there’ve always been people who existed outside the binary definition of male and female.Compelling history from Australia and around the world.
2/28/202330 minutes
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The Making of Mardi Gras: Supernova

In 2002, after a decade of giddy expansion, the bubble burst for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. With debts mounting and creditors circling, Mardi Gras went into voluntary administration. In the new millennium, had Mardi Gras lost its relevance?
2/21/202330 minutes
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The Making of Mardi Gras: Supernova

In 2002, after a decade of giddy expansion, the bubble burst for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. With debts mounting and creditors circling, Mardi Gras went into voluntary administration. In the new millennium, had Mardi Gras lost its relevance?
2/21/202330 minutes
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The Making of Mardi Gras (1979 -1981)

To mark 2023 World Pride, the  origin story of Sydney Mardi Gras. How did a one-off street protest on a chilly winter's night more than 40 years ago transform into the massive annual summer celebration we now know?
2/14/202330 minutes
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The Making of Mardi Gras (1979 -1981)

To mark 2023 World Pride, the  origin story of Sydney Mardi Gras. How did a one-off street protest on a chilly winter's night more than 40 years ago transform into the massive annual summer celebration we now know?
2/14/202330 minutes
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Mrs C Private Detective

A journey back to the mean streets of Brisbane in the 1920s with clever and feisty private detective – Mrs Kate Condon.
2/7/202330 minutes
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Mrs C Private Detective

A journey back to the mean streets of Brisbane in the 1920s with clever and feisty private detective – Mrs Kate Condon.
2/7/202330 minutes
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Partition's children

When India was divided to create Pakistan more than a million people lost their lives. People who were there remember the chaos, violence and moments of kindness of Partition.
1/31/202330 minutes
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Partition's children

When India was divided to create Pakistan more than a million people lost their lives. People who were there remember the chaos, violence and moments of kindness of Partition.
1/31/202330 minutes
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Making Manganinnie

The story behind the 1980 Australian film Manganinne, set during the infamous Black Line violence of colonial Tasmania, and the extraordinary Yolngu actor, Mawuyul Yanthalawuy. who plays the film's central character.
1/24/202330 minutes
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Making Manganinnie

The story behind the 1980 Australian film Manganinne, set during the infamous Black Line violence of colonial Tasmania, and the extraordinary Yolngu actor, Mawuyul Yanthalawuy. who plays the film's central character.
1/24/202330 minutes
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A Day at the Beach - Wanda 1982

Were you at the Wanda gig in 1982? It's forty years since Triple J hosted a free outdoor concert on Sydney's Wanda Beach, when a massive crowd turned up to see the bands whose music defined an era, and who changed the sound of Australian rock forever
1/17/202330 minutes
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A Day at the Beach - Wanda 1982

Were you at the Wanda gig in 1982? It's forty years since Triple J hosted a free outdoor concert on Sydney's Wanda Beach, when a massive crowd turned up to see the bands whose music defined an era, and who changed the sound of Australian rock forever
1/17/202330 minutes
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Play your way to happiness

It was the Great Depression in Australia. People dreamt of a paradise, an escape from Nowheresville. And they found it, gathering on the beaches of coastal cities and crowding halls in country towns - to play Hawaiian steel guitar.  Historian Robyn Annear discovers what drove thousands of Australians to learn this unlikely instrument?
1/10/202330 minutes
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Play your way to happiness

It was the Great Depression in Australia. People dreamt of a paradise, an escape from Nowheresville. And they found it, gathering on the beaches of coastal cities and crowding halls in country towns - to play Hawaiian steel guitar.  Historian Robyn Annear discovers what drove thousands of Australians to learn this unlikely instrument?
1/10/202330 minutes
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Miner Poets - songs and verse from the west coast of Tasmania

We travel to the west coast of Tasmania, to meet the mining communities who carry on a rich cultural tradition of storytelling in poetry and song.
1/3/202330 minutes
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Miner Poets - songs and verse from the west coast of Tasmania

We travel to the west coast of Tasmania, to meet the mining communities who carry on a rich cultural tradition of storytelling in poetry and song.
1/3/202330 minutes
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Fairlight CMI - the sound you've never heard of

The Australian instrument that shaped the sound of the 1980s and forever changed how popular music was made
12/27/202230 minutes
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Fairlight CMI - the sound you've never heard of

The Australian instrument that shaped the sound of the 1980s and forever changed how popular music was made
12/27/202230 minutes
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Brother artist Hosea Easton

In 1899 two thousand people attended the funeral of an African-American banjo player in Sydney.  Who was he? How did he come to be in Australia and why was he so loved? Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe tells the story of Hosea Easton, along with the history of minstrel music and the banjo, in Australia and the United States.
12/20/202230 minutes
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Brother artist Hosea Easton

In 1899 two thousand people attended the funeral of an African-American banjo player in Sydney.  Who was he? How did he come to be in Australia and why was he so loved? Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe tells the story of Hosea Easton, along with the history of minstrel music and the banjo, in Australia and the United States.
12/20/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time - The Flag

The story of one of history’s most mysterious flags - the Jolly Roger. It’s the pirate flag that defined one of the world’s greatest criminal enterprises and it helps us to understand how the high seas transformed from lawlessness to order
12/13/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time - The Flag

The story of one of history’s most mysterious flags - the Jolly Roger. It’s the pirate flag that defined one of the world’s greatest criminal enterprises and it helps us to understand how the high seas transformed from lawlessness to order
12/13/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Jewel

The story of the  diamond so infused with underhand deeds and deadly acts that it was thought to curse any male ruler who wore it..
12/6/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Jewel

The story of the  diamond so infused with underhand deeds and deadly acts that it was thought to curse any male ruler who wore it..
12/6/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Ball

The Carbolic Smoke Ball was touted as a miracle cure for all kinds of illnesses that were rife in the 1890s. It never actually cured anything, but what it did do was change the law forever.
11/29/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Ball

The Carbolic Smoke Ball was touted as a miracle cure for all kinds of illnesses that were rife in the 1890s. It never actually cured anything, but what it did do was change the law forever.
11/29/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Potato

The humble potato is not just a lump of carbohydrate: it tells the story of how food, so essential to life, is also central to politics. This is the story of how the potato became a weapon.
11/22/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Potato

The humble potato is not just a lump of carbohydrate: it tells the story of how food, so essential to life, is also central to politics. This is the story of how the potato became a weapon.
11/22/202230 minutes
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An Object in Time | The Briefcase

The story of briefcase that almost killed Hitler in 1944, how it was stopped only by a misplaced table leg, and the fate of the man at the heart of the assassination plot. 
11/15/20220
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An Object in Time | The Briefcase

The story of briefcase that almost killed Hitler in 1944, how it was stopped only by a misplaced table leg, and the fate of the man at the heart of the assassination plot. 
11/15/20220
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Fitzroyalty — a short history of Brunswick Street

In the 1980s & '90s, an influx of artists and creative types changed the face of Melbourne’s Brunswick Street, in inner-city Fitzroy. What was once a humble industrial shopping strip transformed into a bustling hive of creativity, full of cafes, bars, art and music.
11/8/20220
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Fitzroyalty — a short history of Brunswick Street

In the 1980s & '90s, an influx of artists and creative types changed the face of Melbourne’s Brunswick Street, in inner-city Fitzroy. What was once a humble industrial shopping strip transformed into a bustling hive of creativity, full of cafes, bars, art and music.
11/8/20220
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Snapshots

A chance discovery of a bag of old photographs leads two Asian-Australian artists, Mayu Kanamori and William Yang, to explore their histories.
10/30/202230 minutes
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Snapshots

A chance discovery of a bag of old photographs leads two Asian-Australian artists, Mayu Kanamori and William Yang, to explore their histories.
10/30/202230 minutes
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No way back - the coolies of Christmas Island

In the early years of the twentieth century thousands of poor Chinese workers crossed the seas to a tiny dot in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Christmas Island was rich in phosphate, and when a British owned mine company set up on the island it needed workers. They came to seek their fortune and instead struck tragedy, as most of these men would never return home to China.
10/25/202230 minutes
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No way back - the coolies of Christmas Island

In the early years of the twentieth century thousands of poor Chinese workers crossed the seas to a tiny dot in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Christmas Island was rich in phosphate, and when a British owned mine company set up on the island it needed workers. They came to seek their fortune and instead struck tragedy, as most of these men would never return home to China.
10/25/202230 minutes
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Hume and Hovell and the pathfinders

In 1824 Hamilton Hume and William Hovell with 6 convicts began an expedition south-west of Sydney into the unknown. Governor Brisbane wanted to find an inland route from Sydney all the way to Bass Strait. The country however was neither unknown nor uninhabited. Hamilton Hume's friendship with and assistance from local Aboriginal groups throughout the journey enabled the opening up of some of the most pristine land in New South Wales and Victoria
10/18/20220
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Hume and Hovell and the pathfinders

In 1824 Hamilton Hume and William Hovell with 6 convicts began an expedition south-west of Sydney into the unknown. Governor Brisbane wanted to find an inland route from Sydney all the way to Bass Strait. The country however was neither unknown nor uninhabited. Hamilton Hume's friendship with and assistance from local Aboriginal groups throughout the journey enabled the opening up of some of the most pristine land in New South Wales and Victoria
10/18/20220
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Operation Copperhead or ' I was Monty's Double'

The D-Day landings in 1944 involved a lot of planning, deception, and in one case as comedic as it was dangerous, a bloke from Perth. An outlandish wartime caper that ended up on the silver screen.
10/11/202230 minutes
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Operation Copperhead or ' I was Monty's Double'

The D-Day landings in 1944 involved a lot of planning, deception, and in one case as comedic as it was dangerous, a bloke from Perth. An outlandish wartime caper that ended up on the silver screen.
10/11/202230 minutes
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Impostors: If it's endangered, we want it

Ecology didn’t exist in the nineteenth century. So, when, where, and how did it first begin in Australia?
10/4/20220
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Impostors: If it's endangered, we want it

Ecology didn’t exist in the nineteenth century. So, when, where, and how did it first begin in Australia?
10/4/20220
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Impostors: If it lives, we want it

In the 1860s, a group of well-intentioned settlers introduced animals from overseas, hoping they would thrive in Australia. Many did. Too many.
9/27/202228 minutes, 42 seconds
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Impostors: If it lives, we want it

In the 1860s, a group of well-intentioned settlers introduced animals from overseas, hoping they would thrive in Australia. Many did. Too many.
9/27/202228 minutes, 42 seconds
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Play your way to happiness

It was the Great Depression in Australia. People dreamt of a paradise, an escape from Nowheresville. And they found it, gathering on the beaches of coastal cities and crowding halls in country towns - to play Hawaiian steel guitar.  Historian Robyn Annear discovers what drove thousands of Australians to learn this unlikely instrument?
9/20/20220
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Play your way to happiness

It was the Great Depression in Australia. People dreamt of a paradise, an escape from Nowheresville. And they found it, gathering on the beaches of coastal cities and crowding halls in country towns - to play Hawaiian steel guitar.  Historian Robyn Annear discovers what drove thousands of Australians to learn this unlikely instrument?
9/20/20220
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The Confidence Men

What if the only tool you had to escape from a WWI Turkish prison camp was a homemade Ouija board?
9/13/20220
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The Confidence Men

What if the only tool you had to escape from a WWI Turkish prison camp was a homemade Ouija board?
9/13/20220
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Queen Elizabeth II and Australians

Daniel Browning presents this special tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, looking at the relationship she had with Australians; from the adoration she was shown in the 1954 tour to her extensive Aboriginal art collection and the way so many Australian women saw her as a role model. Guests: Jane Connors, Historian. Juliet Rieden, Editor-at-large of The Australian Women's Weekly
9/9/202232 minutes
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Queen Elizabeth II and Australians

Daniel Browning presents this special tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, looking at the relationship she had with Australians; from the adoration she was shown in the 1954 tour to her extensive Aboriginal art collection and the way so many Australian women saw her as a role model. Guests: Jane Connors, Historian. Juliet Rieden, Editor-at-large of The Australian Women's Weekly
9/9/202232 minutes
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 3 | Miyakatsu Koike

The story of a stoic, humane and wise man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
9/6/20220
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 3 | Miyakatsu Koike

The story of a stoic, humane and wise man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
9/6/20220
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 2 | Francesco Fantin

The tragic tale of a man sent to a detention camp where he was surrounded by his political enemies.
8/30/20220
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 2 | Francesco Fantin

The tragic tale of a man sent to a detention camp where he was surrounded by his political enemies.
8/30/20220
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 1 | Oskar Speck

The story of one man's mind-bendingly long kayak journey that lead to an Australian Detention camp in World War 2.
8/23/20220
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The Loveday Trilogy Part 1 | Oskar Speck

The story of one man's mind-bendingly long kayak journey that lead to an Australian Detention camp in World War 2.
8/23/20220
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Maiden's Eucalypts

This story is set on Worimi and Biripi country in the year 1894 The avid colonial botanist Joseph Maiden is making a trip through the forests around the NSW towns of Stroud and Gloucester, recording every tree, leaf, and plant he encounters in meticulous detail in his journal. 130 years later historian Jodi Frawley re-traces Maiden's journey, using his original records as a guide.
8/16/20220
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Maiden's Eucalypts

This story is set on Worimi and Biripi country in the year 1894 The avid colonial botanist Joseph Maiden is making a trip through the forests around the NSW towns of Stroud and Gloucester, recording every tree, leaf, and plant he encounters in meticulous detail in his journal. 130 years later historian Jodi Frawley re-traces Maiden's journey, using his original records as a guide.
8/16/20220
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Maiden's Eucalypts

This story is set on Worimi and Biripi country in the year 1894 The avid colonial botanist Joseph Maiden is making a trip through the forests around the NSW towns of Stroud and Gloucester, recording every tree, leaf, and plant he encounters in meticulous detail in his journal. 130 years later historian Jodi Frawley re-traces Maiden's journey, using his original records as a guide.
8/16/20220
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Inexpressible Island

The little known story of perhaps the greatest endurance feat in Antarctic history. The survival of Robert Falcon Scott's Northern Party in the winter of 1912.
8/9/202228 minutes, 20 seconds
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Inexpressible Island

The little known story of perhaps the greatest endurance feat in Antarctic history. The survival of Robert Falcon Scott's Northern Party in the winter of 1912.
8/9/202228 minutes, 20 seconds
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The man with the wooden shotgun

Britta Jorgensen grew up hearing many tales about her great Uncle Keith Byson, whose life sounded like something out of a children's story book - that he was a hermit who lived in a shack on a deserted island in the Great Barrier Reef, warding off strangers with a wooden shotgun, and who got around in his underwear. Years after his death Britta heads to her uncle's island home, to try and sort out the truth from the tall tales
8/2/202226 minutes, 13 seconds
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The man with the wooden shotgun

Britta Jorgensen grew up hearing many tales about her great Uncle Keith Byson, whose life sounded like something out of a children's story book - that he was a hermit who lived in a shack on a deserted island in the Great Barrier Reef, warding off strangers with a wooden shotgun, and who got around in his underwear. Years after his death Britta heads to her uncle's island home, to try and sort out the truth from the tall tales
8/2/202226 minutes, 13 seconds
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Finding Harry Valentine

Hidden family truths are discovered as two sisters follow the trail of their late fathers' secret life.
7/26/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Finding Harry Valentine

Hidden family truths are discovered as two sisters follow the trail of their late fathers' secret life.
7/26/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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First port of asylum

On the night Dai Le was elected to Federal Parliament as an Independent she was remembering being a frightened 10 years old, out in the open sea, escaping Vietnam in a boat.  For The History Listen Dai returns to the place she first landed, Hong Kong, looking for traces of the refugee camp where she lived, worked in factories and like so many thousands, waited for a visa to The West.
7/19/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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First port of asylum

On the night Dai Le was elected to Federal Parliament as an Independent she was remembering being a frightened 10 years old, out in the open sea, escaping Vietnam in a boat.  For The History Listen Dai returns to the place she first landed, Hong Kong, looking for traces of the refugee camp where she lived, worked in factories and like so many thousands, waited for a visa to The West.
7/19/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fanny Smith: Icon

In 1899, twenty-three years after her people were declared ‘extinct’, Fanny Smith made a revolutionary recording where she announced to the world that she was The Last Tasmanian. Far from ‘extinct’, she was a proud Aboriginal woman raising her eleven children and publicly singing and speaking her Pakana language. This is her extraordinary story.
7/12/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fanny Smith: Icon

In 1899, twenty-three years after her people were declared ‘extinct’, Fanny Smith made a revolutionary recording where she announced to the world that she was The Last Tasmanian. Far from ‘extinct’, she was a proud Aboriginal woman raising her eleven children and publicly singing and speaking her Pakana language. This is her extraordinary story.
7/12/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Friendship Spitfire: Jack Dawson Green's WW2 story

A story of swagger, bravery, skill and ultimately, friendship, set on the frontline of war
7/5/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Friendship Spitfire: Jack Dawson Green's WW2 story

A story of swagger, bravery, skill and ultimately, friendship, set on the frontline of war
7/5/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Acting on a High Wire - a short history of television drama

From the very first night that ABC television beamed into loungerooms around Australia, it offered audiences live drama, initially plays and then serials. The story of the generation of pioneers who helped to create a new art form, shake off the cultural shackles of England, and pave the way for the Australian television which went on to conquer the world.
6/28/202228 minutes, 38 seconds
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Acting on a High Wire - a short history of television drama

From the very first night that ABC television beamed into loungerooms around Australia, it offered audiences live drama, initially plays and then serials. The story of the generation of pioneers who helped to create a new art form, shake off the cultural shackles of England, and pave the way for the Australian television which went on to conquer the world.
6/28/202228 minutes, 38 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 2

In the summer of 1978, Australian narcotics agents intercepted a campervan being unloaded on the Melbourne docks. What they discovered inside the van turned out to be the largest haul of an illicit substance, black hashish, to land on Australian soil at the time. The campervan belonged to two elderly American women tourists, whose overseas holiday odyssey quickly spiralled into a hellish nightmare.
6/21/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 2

In the summer of 1978, Australian narcotics agents intercepted a campervan being unloaded on the Melbourne docks. What they discovered inside the van turned out to be the largest haul of an illicit substance, black hashish, to land on Australian soil at the time. The campervan belonged to two elderly American women tourists, whose overseas holiday odyssey quickly spiralled into a hellish nightmare.
6/21/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 2

In the summer of 1978, Australian narcotics agents intercepted a campervan being unloaded on the Melbourne docks. What they discovered inside the van turned out to be the largest haul of an illicit substance, black hashish, to land on Australian soil at the time. The campervan belonged to two elderly American women tourists, whose overseas holiday odyssey quickly spiralled into a hellish nightmare.
6/21/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 1

In the summer of 1978, narcotics agents discovered the largest ever haul of illicit drugs to land in Australia, stashed inside a campervan belonging to two elderly American women tourists. But were these women truly drug smugglers or naive puppets in an elaborate plot masterminded by someone else?
6/14/202228 minutes, 37 seconds
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Too Old To Run - the Drug Grannies ep 1

In the summer of 1978, narcotics agents discovered the largest ever haul of illicit drugs to land in Australia, stashed inside a campervan belonging to two elderly American women tourists. But were these women truly drug smugglers or naive puppets in an elaborate plot masterminded by someone else?
6/14/202228 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Day at the Beach - Wanda 1982

Were you at the Wanda gig in 1982? It's forty years since Triple J hosted a free outdoor concert on Sydney's Wanda Beach, where a massive crowd turned up to see the bands whose music defined an era, and who changed the sound of Australian rock forever
6/7/202229 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Day at the Beach - Wanda 1982

Were you at the Wanda gig in 1982? It's forty years since Triple J hosted a free outdoor concert on Sydney's Wanda Beach, where a massive crowd turned up to see the bands whose music defined an era, and who changed the sound of Australian rock forever
6/7/202229 minutes, 4 seconds
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Rottnest Island: White playground

How did the largest deaths in custody site in Australia become a tourist mecca?
5/31/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rottnest Island: White playground

How did the largest deaths in custody site in Australia become a tourist mecca?
5/31/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rottnest Island: Black prison

The dark history of Western Australia’s idyllic holiday playground.
5/24/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rottnest Island: Black prison

The dark history of Western Australia’s idyllic holiday playground.
5/24/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part two

In 1979 a man named Vico Virkez gave a surprise tip off that would lead to one of the longest criminal trials, and some say, the greatest miscarriage of justice, in Australian history.
5/17/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part two

In 1979 a man named Vico Virkez gave a surprise tip off that would lead to one of the longest criminal trials, and some say, the greatest miscarriage of justice, in Australian history.
5/17/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part one

The story of six Croatian Australian men who were incarcerated for 15 years for crimes they say they never committed. 40 years later, new evidence has been found in their favour.
5/10/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part one

The story of six Croatian Australian men who were incarcerated for 15 years for crimes they say they never committed. 40 years later, new evidence has been found in their favour.
5/10/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Samuel Plimsoll sails to quarantine

Diaries from two voyages to Sydney aboard the famous Scottish clipper, Samuel Plimsoll. It was a perilous time to be at sea. Disease and fever spread through the ship. Both journeys ended prematurely at Sydney's North Head quarantine station.
5/3/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Samuel Plimsoll sails to quarantine

Diaries from two voyages to Sydney aboard the famous Scottish clipper, Samuel Plimsoll. It was a perilous time to be at sea. Disease and fever spread through the ship. Both journeys ended prematurely at Sydney's North Head quarantine station.
5/3/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fairlight CMI - the sound you've never heard of

The Australian instrument that shaped the sound of the 1980s and forever changed how popular music was made
4/26/202231 minutes, 39 seconds
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Fairlight CMI - the sound you've never heard of

The Australian instrument that shaped the sound of the 1980s and forever changed how popular music was made
4/26/202231 minutes, 39 seconds
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Sister Edith Blake WW I

Sister Edith Blake’s gripping story, from her training in Sydney to nursing Australian soldiers in Gallipoli, to her tragic death in English waters where Germany had promised the safe passage of hospital ships.
4/19/202236 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sister Edith Blake WW I

Sister Edith Blake’s gripping story, from her training in Sydney to nursing Australian soldiers in Gallipoli, to her tragic death in English waters where Germany had promised the safe passage of hospital ships.
4/19/202236 minutes, 6 seconds
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Buried Treasure - the story of Lake Pedder

Lake Pedder, in Tasmania’s vast south-west region, was known for its pink quartzite beach, its pristine waters, and its rugged beauty. 50 years ago, it became the site for one of the fiercest conservation battles ever seen in Australia
4/12/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Buried Treasure - the story of Lake Pedder

Lake Pedder, in Tasmania’s vast south-west region, was known for its pink quartzite beach, its pristine waters, and its rugged beauty. 50 years ago, it became the site for one of the fiercest conservation battles ever seen in Australia
4/12/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Benalla Experiment

Australia's least remembered migrant camp for 'unsupported' mothers.
4/5/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Benalla Experiment

Australia's least remembered migrant camp for 'unsupported' mothers.
4/5/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The job with the best view in the world

Working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn't for the fainthearted.  Angela Heathcote’s dad Kelly told her adventurous tales of working up high on the famous arches. Years after his passing she meets more of the men and women who brave; the elements, the larrikinism, the fireworks and the brushes with death to maintain this Sydney icon.
3/29/202234 minutes, 2 seconds
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The job with the best view in the world

Working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn't for the fainthearted.  Angela Heathcote’s dad Kelly told her adventurous tales of working up high on the famous arches. Years after his passing she meets more of the men and women who brave; the elements, the larrikinism, the fireworks and the brushes with death to maintain this Sydney icon.
3/29/202234 minutes, 2 seconds
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William Ah Ket: the first Chinese-Australian barrister

In 1904, William Ah Ket became Australia’s first Chinese barrister. He went on to fight racist laws and social prejudice in and out of court.
3/22/202234 minutes, 27 seconds
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William Ah Ket: the first Chinese-Australian barrister

In 1904, William Ah Ket became Australia’s first Chinese barrister. He went on to fight racist laws and social prejudice in and out of court.
3/22/202234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Nah Doongh's story

Nah Doongh's story tells of a life that was lost and found; a life that spanned the entire 19th century and bore witness to the colonisation of Australia. It is also a story of love, loss and one woman’s tenacity to die on the land on which she was born.  
3/15/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Nah Doongh's story

Nah Doongh's story tells of a life that was lost and found; a life that spanned the entire 19th century and bore witness to the colonisation of Australia. It is also a story of love, loss and one woman’s tenacity to die on the land on which she was born.  
3/15/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Steely women

Forty years ago Australian women weren't fighting for equal pay, they were fighting for an equal right to work. This is the story of our nation's largest class action claim, instigated by a group of blue-collar women against the company known as The Big Australian.
3/8/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Steely women

Forty years ago Australian women weren't fighting for equal pay, they were fighting for an equal right to work. This is the story of our nation's largest class action claim, instigated by a group of blue-collar women against the company known as The Big Australian.
3/8/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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The bay leaves of West Terrace cemetery

The uplifting story of the Baby Memorial at Adelaide's West Terrace cemetery.
3/1/202233 minutes, 21 seconds
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The bay leaves of West Terrace cemetery

The uplifting story of the Baby Memorial at Adelaide's West Terrace cemetery.
3/1/202233 minutes, 21 seconds
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Only Joking

Comedian David Rose digs into the archives and discovers a very personal story: about a life lived on stage, the parallels of history, and a surprising family legacy which dates all the way back to the music hall era
2/22/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Only Joking

Comedian David Rose digs into the archives and discovers a very personal story: about a life lived on stage, the parallels of history, and a surprising family legacy which dates all the way back to the music hall era
2/22/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fight for the Forest

In an unprecedented political move, the Western Australian state government will end logging of native forest. Meet the people who have dedicated their lives to saving these incredible forests.
2/15/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fight for the Forest

In an unprecedented political move, the Western Australian state government will end logging of native forest. Meet the people who have dedicated their lives to saving these incredible forests.
2/15/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mrs C private detective

A journey back to the mean streets of Brisbane in the 1920’s with feisty private detective – Mrs Kate Condon.
2/8/202227 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mrs C private detective

A journey back to the mean streets of Brisbane in the 1920’s with feisty private detective – Mrs Kate Condon.
2/8/202227 minutes, 35 seconds
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The lost journal of Jeanne Barret: Part 2

The continuation of the amazing story of the first woman to sail around the world.
2/1/202230 minutes, 34 seconds
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The lost journal of Jeanne Barret: Part 2

The continuation of the amazing story of the first woman to sail around the world.
2/1/202230 minutes, 34 seconds
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The lost journal of Jeanne Barret: Part 1

The amazing story of the first woman to sail around the world.
1/25/202230 minutes, 14 seconds
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The lost journal of Jeanne Barret: Part 1

The amazing story of the first woman to sail around the world.
1/25/202230 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tommy Walker and the bone collector

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner tells the tale of two men from the opposite ends of Adelaide society at the turn of the twentieth century. The fates of fringe-dweller Tommy Walker and State Coroner William Ramsay Smith entwined and ultimately exposed what was really going on in the mortuaries, gaols, medical schools and graveyards of South Australia at that time.
1/18/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tommy Walker and the bone collector

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner tells the tale of two men from the opposite ends of Adelaide society at the turn of the twentieth century. The fates of fringe-dweller Tommy Walker and State Coroner William Ramsay Smith entwined and ultimately exposed what was really going on in the mortuaries, gaols, medical schools and graveyards of South Australia at that time.
1/18/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Little Sparrow - the ASIO spy inside the Communist Party

In the early 1950s Adelaide housewife Anne Neill made a life-changing decision: she joined the Communist Party of Australia, and ended up travelling behind the Iron Curtain and befriending KGB spy Vladimir Petrov. But what did this extraordinary woman truly believe in?
1/11/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Little Sparrow - the ASIO spy inside the Communist Party

In the early 1950s Adelaide housewife Anne Neill made a life-changing decision: she joined the Communist Party of Australia, and ended up travelling behind the Iron Curtain and befriending KGB spy Vladimir Petrov. But what did this extraordinary woman truly believe in?
1/11/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Yarramundi and the people of Dyarubbin

Dyarubbin, the mighty Hawkesbury River, winds its way along the foot of the Blue Mountains, around the north western rim of Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Settlement along the river, like much of Australia’s history, has been told from a colonial perspective. We hear from Darug knowledge holders about their long and enduring relationship with this country, and the river they know as Dyarubbin
1/4/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Yarramundi and the people of Dyarubbin

Dyarubbin, the mighty Hawkesbury River, winds its way along the foot of the Blue Mountains, around the north western rim of Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Settlement along the river, like much of Australia’s history, has been told from a colonial perspective. We hear from Darug knowledge holders about their long and enduring relationship with this country, and the river they know as Dyarubbin
1/4/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

A wild ride involving a Russian flying ace, an escape from Java in World War 2, and a missing package of diamonds.
12/28/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

A wild ride involving a Russian flying ace, an escape from Java in World War 2, and a missing package of diamonds.
12/28/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
12/21/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
12/21/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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Finding Eve Langley, writing a life

Where does the life of Australian poet and writer Eve Langley end and her fiction begin?
12/14/202134 minutes, 55 seconds
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Finding Eve Langley, writing a life

Where does the life of Australian poet and writer Eve Langley end and her fiction begin?
12/14/202134 minutes, 55 seconds
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Commemorating James Stirling?

The statue of Western Australia's first governor, Captain James Stirling, in central Perth is hard to miss; there's also a mountain range, a suburban municipality and even a school named after him. But as the state looks towards its bicentenary in 2029, new questions are being asked about James Stirling, including his involvement in frontier violence and in the British slave trade. How should he be remembered?
12/7/202129 minutes, 21 seconds
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Commemorating James Stirling?

The statue of Western Australia's first governor, Captain James Stirling, in central Perth is hard to miss; there's also a mountain range, a suburban municipality and even a school named after him. But as the state looks towards its bicentenary in 2029, new questions are being asked about James Stirling, including his involvement in frontier violence and in the British slave trade. How should he be remembered?
12/7/202129 minutes, 21 seconds
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Caribbean Convicts in Australia

In 1836, the convict ship the Moffatt left Portsmouth harbour in England to travel halfway around the world to the colony of NSW. On board were eighteen convicts from the West Indies, including former slaves William Buchanan and Richard Holt. Jamaica born, Sydney based author Sienna Brown goes on a deep dive into the archives to uncover the little known history of these men, and their lives in Australia.
11/30/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Caribbean Convicts in Australia

In 1836, the convict ship the Moffatt left Portsmouth harbour in England to travel halfway around the world to the colony of NSW. On board were eighteen convicts from the West Indies, including former slaves William Buchanan and Richard Holt. Jamaica born, Sydney based author Sienna Brown goes on a deep dive into the archives to uncover the little known history of these men, and their lives in Australia.
11/30/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Respect! - the 1986 Nurses Strike

In the lead up to Christmas 1986, a battle was fought on the streets, in the hospital wards, and on the tram lines around Melbourne. Nurses, trained to care for the sick with no complaint or question, had had enough. Tired of overcrowded wards, poor pay and lack of career opportunity, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
11/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Respect! - the 1986 Nurses Strike

In the lead up to Christmas 1986, a battle was fought on the streets, in the hospital wards, and on the tram lines around Melbourne. Nurses, trained to care for the sick with no complaint or question, had had enough. Tired of overcrowded wards, poor pay and lack of career opportunity, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
11/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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150 years at the Art Gallery of NSW

For most of its life, the Art Gallery of NSW was dank and dingy. In the 1970s, there was no air conditioning or electric lights in its exhibition spaces. A short history of this institutions' amazing transformation.
11/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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150 years at the Art Gallery of NSW

For most of its life, the Art Gallery of NSW was dank and dingy. In the 1970s, there was no air conditioning or electric lights in its exhibition spaces. A short history of this institutions' amazing transformation.
11/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Resonate

Nazi collaborator is a label that still resonates in Belgium 75 years after the end of the Second World War.  Peter Lenaerts grew up listening to his grandmother’s stories, about her brother Paul and how, one night in September 1944, he was dragged out of bed and nearly killed by an angry mob, about her brother Bert, who volunteered and fought in the horrors of the Eastern Front.  Peter’s intrigued and goes digging in the archives to understand why his family took one side in the war and what happened to them because of that decision.  He discovers that in war it’s never a simple story of winners and losers.
11/9/202129 minutes, 12 seconds
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Resonate

Nazi collaborator is a label that still resonates in Belgium 75 years after the end of the Second World War.  Peter Lenaerts grew up listening to his grandmother’s stories, about her brother Paul and how, one night in September 1944, he was dragged out of bed and nearly killed by an angry mob, about her brother Bert, who volunteered and fought in the horrors of the Eastern Front.  Peter’s intrigued and goes digging in the archives to understand why his family took one side in the war and what happened to them because of that decision.  He discovers that in war it’s never a simple story of winners and losers.
11/9/202129 minutes, 12 seconds
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Brother artist Hosea Easton

In 1899 two thousand people attended the funeral of an African-American banjo player in Sydney.  Who was he? How did he come to be in Australia and why was he so loved? Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe tells the story of Hosea Easton, along with the history of minstrel music and the banjo, in Australia and the United States.
11/2/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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Brother artist Hosea Easton

In 1899 two thousand people attended the funeral of an African-American banjo player in Sydney.  Who was he? How did he come to be in Australia and why was he so loved? Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe tells the story of Hosea Easton, along with the history of minstrel music and the banjo, in Australia and the United States.
11/2/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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Henson Park: the eighth wonder

History, tragedy, and triumph. Marrickville’s Henson Park is an icon of Sydney's inner west. But before the unshakable Newtown Jets footy fans called it home, the community oval was a giant hole in the ground supplying Sydney's building boom. When at least nine children drowned at the site, council took charge and began to dream big. It paid off for them when their hidden suburban park wound up on the world stage.
10/26/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Henson Park: the eighth wonder

History, tragedy, and triumph. Marrickville’s Henson Park is an icon of Sydney's inner west. But before the unshakable Newtown Jets footy fans called it home, the community oval was a giant hole in the ground supplying Sydney's building boom. When at least nine children drowned at the site, council took charge and began to dream big. It paid off for them when their hidden suburban park wound up on the world stage.
10/26/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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May Wirth: bareback riding queen

'I can do things no woman ever did before in the history of the circus business.' May Wirth
10/19/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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May Wirth: bareback riding queen

'I can do things no woman ever did before in the history of the circus business.' May Wirth
10/19/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pentridge prison: a violent past and complicated present

There's a brutal history behind the imposing walls of Melbourne's Pentridge prison, stretching from 1851 right up until its closure in 1997. Today there's a playground, supermarket, cinema and apartments on site – but not everyone's happy about it. Those who know Pentridge best offer their answers to a difficult question: how should you treat a site with such a violent past?
10/12/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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Pentridge prison: a violent past and complicated present

There's a brutal history behind the imposing walls of Melbourne's Pentridge prison, stretching from 1851 right up until its closure in 1997. Today there's a playground, supermarket, cinema and apartments on site – but not everyone's happy about it. Those who know Pentridge best offer their answers to a difficult question: how should you treat a site with such a violent past?
10/12/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ray Denning part 2: stitch up

With nothing to lose, Raymond Denning escapes Grafton prison in a rubbish bin. He has help from prisoner rights groups and an agenda to raise awareness about police corruption. The man-hunt for Denning turns farcical when he uses the media to make the police look foolish.
9/28/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ray Denning part 2: stitch up

With nothing to lose, Raymond Denning escapes Grafton prison in a rubbish bin. He has help from prisoner rights groups and an agenda to raise awareness about police corruption. The man-hunt for Denning turns farcical when he uses the media to make the police look foolish.
9/28/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ray Denning part 1: breaking out

The story of one of Australia's most misunderstood criminals. After a traumatic childhood, Raymond Denning jumps from juvenile detention to jail. When an escape attempt goes wrong, a prison warder is critically injured and the finger is pointed at Denning. As his treatment within the correctional system deteriorates Denning begins to find his voice.
9/21/202128 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ray Denning part 1: breaking out

The story of one of Australia's most misunderstood criminals. After a traumatic childhood, Raymond Denning jumps from juvenile detention to jail. When an escape attempt goes wrong, a prison warder is critically injured and the finger is pointed at Denning. As his treatment within the correctional system deteriorates Denning begins to find his voice.
9/21/202128 minutes, 26 seconds
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You are not alone: 100 years of PEN International Part 2

Have writers been imprisoned in Australia for their work?  Most definitely and PEN has worked to have them freed.  In this history of PEN in Australia Arnold Zable tells the story of Cheikh Kone, a journalist from the Ivory Coast who was detained in Port Hedland and writer Behrouz Boochani detained on Manus Island. As well as the letters members of PEN have written to imprisoned writers around the world, like those in Myanmar, to tell them that they are not alone. I am a stranger to you but please know that you are no stranger to me – Maria Tumarkin in a letter to Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Australian writer detained in Iran until recently.
9/14/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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You are not alone: 100 years of PEN International Part 2

Have writers been imprisoned in Australia for their work?  Most definitely and PEN has worked to have them freed.  In this history of PEN in Australia Arnold Zable tells the story of Cheikh Kone, a journalist from the Ivory Coast who was detained in Port Hedland and writer Behrouz Boochani detained on Manus Island. As well as the letters members of PEN have written to imprisoned writers around the world, like those in Myanmar, to tell them that they are not alone. I am a stranger to you but please know that you are no stranger to me – Maria Tumarkin in a letter to Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Australian writer detained in Iran until recently.
9/14/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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You are not alone: 100 years of PEN International Part 1

Writers go to prison for the courageous pursuit of their craft and PEN has been working to get them out.  Melbourne writer Arnold Zable tells the story of PEN International - from its creation out of the scars of World War 1 to bring societies together through their literature, to its growing human rights work across the globe, protecting freedom of speech and supporting imprisoned writers. If you don’t know the truth you can’t act – Jennifer Clements - President of PEN International
9/7/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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You are not alone: 100 years of PEN International Part 1

Writers go to prison for the courageous pursuit of their craft and PEN has been working to get them out.  Melbourne writer Arnold Zable tells the story of PEN International - from its creation out of the scars of World War 1 to bring societies together through their literature, to its growing human rights work across the globe, protecting freedom of speech and supporting imprisoned writers. If you don’t know the truth you can’t act – Jennifer Clements - President of PEN International
9/7/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The curious geologist

How a South Australian geologist named Reg Sprigg helped solve Charles Darwin's dilemma
8/31/202130 minutes, 9 seconds
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The curious geologist

How a South Australian geologist named Reg Sprigg helped solve Charles Darwin's dilemma
8/31/202130 minutes, 9 seconds
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Seachange: 20 years on from the Tampa Affair

When a Norwegian container ship - the MV Tampa – rescued 438 asylum seekers from a sinking boat on August 26, 2001 who was to know the political fallout it would leave in its wake?
8/24/202153 minutes, 30 seconds
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Seachange: 20 years on from the Tampa Affair

When a Norwegian container ship - the MV Tampa – rescued 438 asylum seekers from a sinking boat on August 26, 2001 who was to know the political fallout it would leave in its wake?
8/24/202153 minutes, 30 seconds
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Miner Poets - songs and verse from the west coast of Tasmania

We travel to the west coast of Tasmania, to meet the mining communities who carry on a rich cultural tradition of storytelling in poetry and song.  
8/17/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Miner Poets - songs and verse from the west coast of Tasmania

We travel to the west coast of Tasmania, to meet the mining communities who carry on a rich cultural tradition of storytelling in poetry and song.  
8/17/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stories from the Archibald

On the 100th anniversary of Sydney's Archibald portrait prize, artist Wendy Sharpe takes a look at some its most controversial moments.
8/10/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stories from the Archibald

On the 100th anniversary of Sydney's Archibald portrait prize, artist Wendy Sharpe takes a look at some its most controversial moments.
8/10/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Alone with J.S. Bach

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a lifetime companion for many violinists. And in our time of Covid-19 isolation, his Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin have taken on a new resonance. These pieces are spiritual, virtuosic, joyful - and enigmatic.
8/3/202131 minutes, 41 seconds
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Alone with J.S. Bach

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a lifetime companion for many violinists. And in our time of Covid-19 isolation, his Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin have taken on a new resonance. These pieces are spiritual, virtuosic, joyful - and enigmatic.
8/3/202131 minutes, 41 seconds
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Whitlam's China chance: the origins of the Australia-China relationship

In the Cold War winter of July 1971 ALP leader Gough Whitlam made an audacious trip to Beijing. This is the story of the events, 50 years ago, that turned Australia towards communist China.  
7/27/202132 minutes, 47 seconds
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Whitlam's China chance: the origins of the Australia-China relationship

In the Cold War winter of July 1971 ALP leader Gough Whitlam made an audacious trip to Beijing. This is the story of the events, 50 years ago, that turned Australia towards communist China.  
7/27/202132 minutes, 47 seconds
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Those Bloody Vegos - a short history of vegetarianism in Australia

Early in 2020, a vegetarian version of the iconic Four’N Twenty meat pie hit service stations around the country. For lifelong vego Carly Godden, this re-imagining of an Aussie classic was a sign - vegetarianism had finally gone mainstream.
7/20/202129 minutes, 57 seconds
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Those Bloody Vegos - a short history of vegetarianism in Australia

Early in 2020, a vegetarian version of the iconic Four’N Twenty meat pie hit service stations around the country. For lifelong vego Carly Godden, this re-imagining of an Aussie classic was a sign - vegetarianism had finally gone mainstream.
7/20/202129 minutes, 57 seconds
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Escape from Greece 1941

One soldier's incredible World War II escape story through southern Europe. Why haven't Australian's heard more about the heroic ANZAC campaign in Greece? ON the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Tempe Gorge, the story is revealed.
7/13/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Escape from Greece 1941

One soldier's incredible World War II escape story through southern Europe. Why haven't Australian's heard more about the heroic ANZAC campaign in Greece? ON the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Tempe Gorge, the story is revealed.
7/13/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Yarramundi and the people of Dyarubbin

Dyarubbin, the mighty Hawkesbury River, winds its way along the foot of the Blue Mountains, around the north western rim of Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Settlement along the river, like much of Australia’s history, has been told from a colonial perspective. We hear from Darug knowledge holders about their long and enduring relationship with this country, and the river they know as Dyarubbin
7/6/202130 minutes, 54 seconds
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Yarramundi and the people of Dyarubbin

Dyarubbin, the mighty Hawkesbury River, winds its way along the foot of the Blue Mountains, around the north western rim of Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Settlement along the river, like much of Australia’s history, has been told from a colonial perspective. We hear from Darug knowledge holders about their long and enduring relationship with this country, and the river they know as Dyarubbin
7/6/202130 minutes, 54 seconds
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How hypnosis brought the CIA to Australia

Martin Orne was one of the leading psychologists of the 20th century, his specialty was the science of hypnosis. In the 1960s, his scientific method brought him to the University of Sydney, and it's world respected psychology faculty. Unbeknownst to his Australian researchers, however, Professor Orne was being secretly funded by the CIA, in their Cold War quest to control the human mind.
6/29/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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How hypnosis brought the CIA to Australia

Martin Orne was one of the leading psychologists of the 20th century, his specialty was the science of hypnosis. In the 1960s, his scientific method brought him to the University of Sydney, and it's world respected psychology faculty. Unbeknownst to his Australian researchers, however, Professor Orne was being secretly funded by the CIA, in their Cold War quest to control the human mind.
6/29/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Whip

The whip played a central role in the development of Australia. What can it tell us about our society today?
6/22/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Whip

The whip played a central role in the development of Australia. What can it tell us about our society today?
6/22/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Ginger Beer

The refreshing beverage that revolutionised the law.
6/15/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Ginger Beer

The refreshing beverage that revolutionised the law.
6/15/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Envelope

An envelope is a humdrum communications device – except when it’s full of misinformation, tucked into the pocket of a dead man, and dropped by a submarine off the coast of wartime Spain.
6/8/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Envelope

An envelope is a humdrum communications device – except when it’s full of misinformation, tucked into the pocket of a dead man, and dropped by a submarine off the coast of wartime Spain.
6/8/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Cup of Tea

The story of how the humble cup of tea came to represent a ruthless British Empire.
6/1/202128 minutes, 37 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Cup of Tea

The story of how the humble cup of tea came to represent a ruthless British Empire.
6/1/202128 minutes, 37 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Ticker Tape

How did one long, skinny strip of paper plunge the world into the worst global economic downturn history had ever seen?
5/25/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Ticker Tape

How did one long, skinny strip of paper plunge the world into the worst global economic downturn history had ever seen?
5/25/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Train Carriage

The story of the train carriage which propelled the globe from WWI, straight into WWII.
5/18/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Train Carriage

The story of the train carriage which propelled the globe from WWI, straight into WWII.
5/18/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Telephone

This special podcast extra episode tells the story of the world's most powerful, imaginary telephone.
5/13/202117 minutes, 17 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Telephone

This special podcast extra episode tells the story of the world's most powerful, imaginary telephone.
5/13/202117 minutes, 17 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Pistol

This pistol lies at the centre of one of history's most famous duels - Hamilton Vs. Burr.
5/11/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Pistol

This pistol lies at the centre of one of history's most famous duels - Hamilton Vs. Burr.
5/11/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Umbrella

Umbrellas aren't known for being dangerous, but this one is famous for being deadly.
5/4/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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An Object in Time - The Umbrella

Umbrellas aren't known for being dangerous, but this one is famous for being deadly.
5/4/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table — Spice

The clove and nutmeg trade not only lead to colonisation, but long before the Europeans arrived, it helped define the language, culture, religion and geographic spread of Indonesia.
4/27/202133 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Kitchen Table — Spice

The clove and nutmeg trade not only lead to colonisation, but long before the Europeans arrived, it helped define the language, culture, religion and geographic spread of Indonesia.
4/27/202133 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Wine

What's the story behind your favourite wine? This fermented beverage has long been an important part of Australia's social and cultural history, used for ceremonial, medicinal and celebratory purposes.
4/20/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Wine

What's the story behind your favourite wine? This fermented beverage has long been an important part of Australia's social and cultural history, used for ceremonial, medicinal and celebratory purposes.
4/20/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table — Salt

Behind your humble shaker of table salt lies a curious and industrious history
4/13/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table — Salt

Behind your humble shaker of table salt lies a curious and industrious history
4/13/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Tea

By the turn of the twentieth century Australians were the world’s most obsessive tea drinkers. Four cups with a meal wasn’t uncommon. Where did this insatiable thirst start? and did it ever really stop? A story about Australia's tea drinking history, and the beverage that keeps us brewing
4/6/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kitchen Table - Tea

By the turn of the twentieth century Australians were the world’s most obsessive tea drinkers. Four cups with a meal wasn’t uncommon. Where did this insatiable thirst start? and did it ever really stop? A story about Australia's tea drinking history, and the beverage that keeps us brewing
4/6/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Little Sparrow - the ASIO spy inside the Communist Party

In the early 1950s Adelaide housewife Anne Neill made a life-changing decision: she joined the Communist Party of Australia, and ended up travelling behind the Iron Curtain and befriending KGB spy Vladimir Petrov. But what did this extraordinary woman truly believe in?
3/30/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Little Sparrow - the ASIO spy inside the Communist Party

In the early 1950s Adelaide housewife Anne Neill made a life-changing decision: she joined the Communist Party of Australia, and ended up travelling behind the Iron Curtain and befriending KGB spy Vladimir Petrov. But what did this extraordinary woman truly believe in?
3/30/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The story of Kevin 'the Head' Brennan: Bondi surfing legend

The story of 1960s surfing legend Kevin Brennan charts a young man's path to fame and to premature obscurity set against the backdrop of Sydney's Bondi Beach.
3/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The story of Kevin 'the Head' Brennan: Bondi surfing legend

The story of 1960s surfing legend Kevin Brennan charts a young man's path to fame and to premature obscurity set against the backdrop of Sydney's Bondi Beach.
3/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
3/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Daylesford

On a clear cold Sunday morning in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria. Over the next six weeks the boys’ story gripped the colony.
3/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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The harder they fall - stories of life and death in the South East Forests of NSW

Immerse yourself in the sounds and histories of the old growth forests; from logging to woodchipping, protesting and preserving.
3/9/202135 minutes, 25 seconds
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The harder they fall - stories of life and death in the South East Forests of NSW

Immerse yourself in the sounds and histories of the old growth forests; from logging to woodchipping, protesting and preserving.
3/9/202135 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Train is Back

The Overland is a train whose tracks were once plagued by both squabbling and pandemic. But it is back, although both the plague and the squabbling still exist.
3/2/202128 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Train is Back

The Overland is a train whose tracks were once plagued by both squabbling and pandemic. But it is back, although both the plague and the squabbling still exist.
3/2/202128 minutes, 33 seconds
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Who was Jimmy Possum?

There’s a mystery surrounding the elegant and ingenious Jimmy Possum chairs that were made 130 years ago in Tasmania. Did their maker live in a tree trunk?  Did he even exist?  Claudia Taranto goes in search of the real Jimmy Possum and learns about the enduring power of a good story.
2/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Who was Jimmy Possum?

There’s a mystery surrounding the elegant and ingenious Jimmy Possum chairs that were made 130 years ago in Tasmania. Did their maker live in a tree trunk?  Did he even exist?  Claudia Taranto goes in search of the real Jimmy Possum and learns about the enduring power of a good story.
2/23/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Windradyne's forgotten war

In 1824, the British waged war against the Wiradjuri people of western NSW. It was known as the Bathurst War and it shook the new colony. But many Australians have never heard of it, or of the heroic Wiradjuri warrior, Windradyne. The town is now remembering this history.
2/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Windradyne's forgotten war

In 1824, the British waged war against the Wiradjuri people of western NSW. It was known as the Bathurst War and it shook the new colony. But many Australians have never heard of it, or of the heroic Wiradjuri warrior, Windradyne. The town is now remembering this history.
2/16/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part two

In 1979 a man named Vico Virkez gave a surprise tip off that would lead to one of the longest criminal trials, and some say, the greatest miscarriage of justice, in Australian history.
2/9/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part two

In 1979 a man named Vico Virkez gave a surprise tip off that would lead to one of the longest criminal trials, and some say, the greatest miscarriage of justice, in Australian history.
2/9/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part one

The story of six Croatian Australian men who were incarcerated for 15 years for crimes they say they never committed. 40 years later, new evidence has been found in their favour.
2/2/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia's greatest miscarriage of justice? The Croatian Six - part one

The story of six Croatian Australian men who were incarcerated for 15 years for crimes they say they never committed. 40 years later, new evidence has been found in their favour.
2/2/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

A wild ride involving a Russian flying ace, an escape from Java in World War 2, and a missing package of diamonds.
1/26/202131 minutes, 5 seconds
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Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

A wild ride involving a Russian flying ace, an escape from Java in World War 2, and a missing package of diamonds.
1/26/202131 minutes, 5 seconds
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Spies, lies and hairdryers - How a single mum became a double agent in Cold War Australia

In the 1950s a romantic proposition by a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye.
1/19/202128 minutes, 32 seconds
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Spies, lies and hairdryers - How a single mum became a double agent in Cold War Australia

In the 1950s a romantic proposition by a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye.
1/19/202128 minutes, 32 seconds
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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Master and Margarita

  Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous novel, The Master and Margarita, was written during the brutal 1930s Stalinist purges. It's become a cult classic, inspiring artists like Patti Smith and the Rolling Stones. Find out why.
1/12/202128 minutes, 34 seconds
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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Master and Margarita

  Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous novel, The Master and Margarita, was written during the brutal 1930s Stalinist purges. It's become a cult classic, inspiring artists like Patti Smith and the Rolling Stones. Find out why.
1/12/202128 minutes, 34 seconds
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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 reviled and outlawed.
1/5/202128 minutes, 34 seconds
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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 reviled and outlawed.
1/5/202128 minutes, 34 seconds
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Two spoons — the general who plotted to kill Hitler

A little known assassination attempt against Hitler cast its shadow over a family in Sweden. Johan Gabrielsson digs deep into the family vault and discovers the complicated truth about one of his distant relatives.
12/29/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Two spoons — the general who plotted to kill Hitler

A little known assassination attempt against Hitler cast its shadow over a family in Sweden. Johan Gabrielsson digs deep into the family vault and discovers the complicated truth about one of his distant relatives.
12/29/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tupaia, star navigator

In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him?
12/22/202028 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tupaia, star navigator

In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him?
12/22/202028 minutes, 33 seconds
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Experiment street — the true history of a city lane

It's the early 1900's in Sydney. Fictional Pyrmont resident and neighbourhood gossip Lizzie Absalom tells what really went on in those back lanes.
12/15/202029 minutes, 34 seconds
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Experiment street — the true history of a city lane

It's the early 1900's in Sydney. Fictional Pyrmont resident and neighbourhood gossip Lizzie Absalom tells what really went on in those back lanes.
12/15/202029 minutes, 34 seconds
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Silence at the sugar mill

Every family has a secret, the saying goes. But the Ninnes family had a big one. It wasn't until eldest daughter Mae was 80 years old that she began to talk. And the skeletons came out of the cupboard. In this program Mae's daughter Lesley searches for answers to the silence and the secrecy of her mother's childhood.
12/8/202028 minutes, 34 seconds
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Silence at the sugar mill

Every family has a secret, the saying goes. But the Ninnes family had a big one. It wasn't until eldest daughter Mae was 80 years old that she began to talk. And the skeletons came out of the cupboard. In this program Mae's daughter Lesley searches for answers to the silence and the secrecy of her mother's childhood.
12/8/202028 minutes, 34 seconds
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Clutha 1970 - the biggest battle over coal you’ve never heard of

A huge coal project by a foreign company. Environmentalists concerned about the impacts. A government talking about jobs. Sound familiar? But this battle happened 50 years ago, when a small group waged a David–and-Goliath campaign against a coal terminal planned for the coast south of Sydney.
12/1/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Clutha 1970 - the biggest battle over coal you’ve never heard of

A huge coal project by a foreign company. Environmentalists concerned about the impacts. A government talking about jobs. Sound familiar? But this battle happened 50 years ago, when a small group waged a David–and-Goliath campaign against a coal terminal planned for the coast south of Sydney.
12/1/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Australia and the rise of terrorism; a tale of this century

The September 11th attacks in the United States by Al Qaeda changed the way western countries perceived the threat of terrorism. Before the events of 2001, Australia had no national terrorism laws. But fifteen years later it would have more terror-related laws in place than any other comparable nation.
11/24/202032 minutes, 49 seconds
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Australia and the rise of terrorism; a tale of this century

The September 11th attacks in the United States by Al Qaeda changed the way western countries perceived the threat of terrorism. Before the events of 2001, Australia had no national terrorism laws. But fifteen years later it would have more terror-related laws in place than any other comparable nation.
11/24/202032 minutes, 49 seconds
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A picturesque colonial landscape

A radio journey into John Glover's 1835 painting A view of the artist's house and garden, in Mills Plains, Van Diemen's Land.
11/17/202039 minutes, 29 seconds
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A picturesque colonial landscape

A radio journey into John Glover's 1835 painting A view of the artist's house and garden, in Mills Plains, Van Diemen's Land.
11/17/202039 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Scholar's Hut

In 1881, an extraordinary teacher arrived at Maloga Aboriginal mission. His students changed Australian history. Great great grandson and Yorta Yorta man Daniel James tells the story of Thomas Shadrach James.
11/10/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Scholar's Hut

In 1881, an extraordinary teacher arrived at Maloga Aboriginal mission. His students changed Australian history. Great great grandson and Yorta Yorta man Daniel James tells the story of Thomas Shadrach James.
11/10/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The air of heaven - Australian women jockeys

When Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup in 2015 there were three female jockeys who were with her in spirit. They all challenged the male-dominated racing industry, pushed on by the air of heaven.
11/3/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The air of heaven - Australian women jockeys

When Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup in 2015 there were three female jockeys who were with her in spirit. They all challenged the male-dominated racing industry, pushed on by the air of heaven.
11/3/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Songs of the last convict ship

In January 1868, the last convict ship to Australia, The Hougoumont, docked in Fremantle, Western Australia, off-loading its' human cargo, including a group of Irish political prisoners. This is the story of the long sea journey told through the diaries kept by some of the Irishmen and the songs and music they played on board.
10/27/202035 minutes, 46 seconds
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Songs of the last convict ship

In January 1868, the last convict ship to Australia, The Hougoumont, docked in Fremantle, Western Australia, off-loading its' human cargo, including a group of Irish political prisoners. This is the story of the long sea journey told through the diaries kept by some of the Irishmen and the songs and music they played on board.
10/27/202035 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tommy Walker and the bone collector

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner tells the tale of two men from the opposite ends of Adelaide society at the turn of the twentieth century. The fates of fringe-dweller Tommy Walker and State Coroner William Ramsay Smith entwined and ultimately exposed what was really going on in the mortuaries, gaols, medical schools and graveyards of South Australia at that time.
10/20/202034 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tommy Walker and the bone collector

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner tells the tale of two men from the opposite ends of Adelaide society at the turn of the twentieth century. The fates of fringe-dweller Tommy Walker and State Coroner William Ramsay Smith entwined and ultimately exposed what was really going on in the mortuaries, gaols, medical schools and graveyards of South Australia at that time.
10/20/202034 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Black-Allan Line

Australia's state borders have taken on new significance in this pandemic year. The history of the border between NSW and Victoria is full of strange twists and turns, a murder and some very messy politics.
10/13/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Black-Allan Line

Australia's state borders have taken on new significance in this pandemic year. The history of the border between NSW and Victoria is full of strange twists and turns, a murder and some very messy politics.
10/13/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Only Joking

Comedian David Rose digs into the archives and discovers a very personal story; one about a life lived on stage, the parallels of history, and a surprising family legacy which dates all the way back to the music hall era
10/6/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Only Joking

Comedian David Rose digs into the archives and discovers a very personal story; one about a life lived on stage, the parallels of history, and a surprising family legacy which dates all the way back to the music hall era
10/6/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Salleh Ben Joned: A Most Unlikely Malay (Part 2 of 2)

Malaysian poet and writer Salleh Ben Joned is an incendiary critic with satirical wit, and at nearly 80 he’s become a bit of an underground ‘legend’. Eldest daughter Anna charts the highs and lows of her father’s return to Malaysia after an influential decade in Hobart, Tasmania.
9/29/202035 minutes, 17 seconds
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Salleh Ben Joned: A Most Unlikely Malay (Part 2 of 2)

Malaysian poet and writer Salleh Ben Joned is an incendiary critic with satirical wit, and at nearly 80 he’s become a bit of an underground ‘legend’. Eldest daughter Anna charts the highs and lows of her father’s return to Malaysia after an influential decade in Hobart, Tasmania.
9/29/202035 minutes, 17 seconds
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Salleh Ben Joned: A Most Unlikely Malay (Part 1 of 2)

Salleh Ben Joned is a witty, fearless and charismatic poet and writer that some have called the ‘bad boy of Malaysian literature’. Come on a wild ride through his life and times with his eldest daughter Anna, starting with the influential decade he spent in Australia as a young Colombo Plan scholar.
9/22/202032 minutes, 22 seconds
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Salleh Ben Joned: A Most Unlikely Malay (Part 1 of 2)

Salleh Ben Joned is a witty, fearless and charismatic poet and writer that some have called the ‘bad boy of Malaysian literature’. Come on a wild ride through his life and times with his eldest daughter Anna, starting with the influential decade he spent in Australia as a young Colombo Plan scholar.
9/22/202032 minutes, 22 seconds
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Follow the Flame

It's 20 years since Sydney hosted the Olympics, and one of the most memorable parts of the 2000 games was the torch relay. This story follows the journey of the flame, from the red dirt country of Uluru to the suburbs of Sydney, hearing the tales and memories that it fuelled along the way.
9/15/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Follow the Flame

It's 20 years since Sydney hosted the Olympics, and one of the most memorable parts of the 2000 games was the torch relay. This story follows the journey of the flame, from the red dirt country of Uluru to the suburbs of Sydney, hearing the tales and memories that it fuelled along the way.
9/15/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Alone with J.S. Bach

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a lifetime companion for many violinists. And in our time of Covid-19 isolation, his Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin have taken on a new resonance. These pieces are spiritual, virtuosic, joyful - and enigmatic.
9/8/202030 minutes, 34 seconds
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Alone with J.S. Bach

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a lifetime companion for many violinists. And in our time of Covid-19 isolation, his Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin have taken on a new resonance. These pieces are spiritual, virtuosic, joyful - and enigmatic.
9/8/202030 minutes, 34 seconds
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2025: The end of tape

There’s a number going around audio-visual archivist circles, that has many of them worried: 2025. Magnetic tape — from reel-to-reel, to cassettes and VHS — that is not digitised by 2025 might be lost forever.
9/1/202033 minutes, 55 seconds
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2025: The end of tape

There’s a number going around audio-visual archivist circles, that has many of them worried: 2025. Magnetic tape — from reel-to-reel, to cassettes and VHS — that is not digitised by 2025 might be lost forever.
9/1/202033 minutes, 55 seconds
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Elisabeth Krämer-Bannow: a portrait of the artist in New Ireland

Through the chance finding of an old German book in an antiquarian bookshop we discover the life and work of Elisabeth Krämer-Bannow, an artist and ethnographer who explored New Ireland in 1908.
8/25/202047 minutes, 23 seconds
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Elisabeth Krämer-Bannow: a portrait of the artist in New Ireland

Through the chance finding of an old German book in an antiquarian bookshop we discover the life and work of Elisabeth Krämer-Bannow, an artist and ethnographer who explored New Ireland in 1908.
8/25/202047 minutes, 23 seconds
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Hay's war: when the Japanese came to inland Australia Part 2

A cavalcade of Japanese Prisoners of War, in makeshift 'cages' on the back of utes and small trucks, makes its way across dusty western NSW. Tension in Hay ramps up, peaking on one long night of drama when it appears the POWs are making another escape attempt.
8/18/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hay's war: when the Japanese came to inland Australia Part 2

A cavalcade of Japanese Prisoners of War, in makeshift 'cages' on the back of utes and small trucks, makes its way across dusty western NSW. Tension in Hay ramps up, peaking on one long night of drama when it appears the POWs are making another escape attempt.
8/18/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hay's war: When the Japanese came to inland Australia Part 1

The mysterious war-time drowning of a young woman in the Murrumbidgee River leads Ann Arnold on a trail of drama and suspense, from the Torres Strait to the outback.
8/11/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Hay's war: When the Japanese came to inland Australia Part 1

The mysterious war-time drowning of a young woman in the Murrumbidgee River leads Ann Arnold on a trail of drama and suspense, from the Torres Strait to the outback.
8/11/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Spies, lies and hairdryers - How a single mum became a double agent in Cold War Australia

In the 1950s a romantic proposition from a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye.
8/4/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Spies, lies and hairdryers - How a single mum became a double agent in Cold War Australia

In the 1950s a romantic proposition from a Russian diplomat transformed Kay Marshall from an admin worker into one of Australia’s most important double agents. It was the beginning of a four-year intelligence operation which revealed that there was more going on at the Soviet Embassy than met the eye.
8/4/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Two spoons — the general who plotted to kill Hitler

A little known assassination attempt against Hitler cast its shadow over a family in Sweden. Johan Gabrielsson digs deep into the family vault and discovers the complicated truth about one of his distant relatives.
7/28/202028 minutes, 26 seconds
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Two spoons — the general who plotted to kill Hitler

A little known assassination attempt against Hitler cast its shadow over a family in Sweden. Johan Gabrielsson digs deep into the family vault and discovers the complicated truth about one of his distant relatives.
7/28/202028 minutes, 26 seconds
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Nah Doongh's story

Nah Doongh's story tells of a life that was lost and found; a life that spanned the entire 19th century and bore witness to the colonisation of Australia. It is also a story of love, loss and one woman’s tenacity to die on the land on which she was born.  
7/21/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Nah Doongh's story

Nah Doongh's story tells of a life that was lost and found; a life that spanned the entire 19th century and bore witness to the colonisation of Australia. It is also a story of love, loss and one woman’s tenacity to die on the land on which she was born.  
7/21/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Sisters Overseas Service (SOS)

In 1977, the New Zealand government passed the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act which made it virtually impossible for a woman to legally terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Enter the group known as the Sisters Overseas Service (SOS); this is their little known story.
7/14/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Sisters Overseas Service (SOS)

In 1977, the New Zealand government passed the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act which made it virtually impossible for a woman to legally terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Enter the group known as the Sisters Overseas Service (SOS); this is their little known story.
7/14/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Waterloo Bay: that word "massacre"

What happens when a small town puts the word "massacre" on an historical monument?
7/7/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Waterloo Bay: that word "massacre"

What happens when a small town puts the word "massacre" on an historical monument?
7/7/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Master and Margarita

  Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous novel, The Master and Margarita, was written during the brutal 1930s Stalinist purges. It has become a cult classic; inspiring artists like Patti Smith and the Rolling Stones we ask why.
6/30/202030 minutes, 36 seconds
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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Master and Margarita

  Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous novel, The Master and Margarita, was written during the brutal 1930s Stalinist purges. It has become a cult classic; inspiring artists like Patti Smith and the Rolling Stones we ask why.
6/30/202030 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Ferry Plot

Cold war Australia 1949. The enemy was everywhere, and according to many the country was in extreme danger. Enter Diver Dobson, and a drama that entertained and enthralled Australians as they navigated an uncertain decade.
6/23/202028 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Ferry Plot

Cold war Australia 1949. The enemy was everywhere, and according to many the country was in extreme danger. Enter Diver Dobson, and a drama that entertained and enthralled Australians as they navigated an uncertain decade.
6/23/202028 minutes, 30 seconds
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Forgotten men of a forgotten war

What would it take to bring home the 43 Australian servicemen still missing from the Korean War?
6/16/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Forgotten men of a forgotten war

What would it take to bring home the 43 Australian servicemen still missing from the Korean War?
6/16/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Short History of Soap

A soap opera about soap starring the Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis.
6/9/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Short History of Soap

A soap opera about soap starring the Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis.
6/9/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Section 71 - the Race Power bonus episode

An extra episode in the series about High Court cases which have changed Australia. Series producer Jane Lee unpicks the origins and uses of Section 51(26) of the Australian Constitution, which gives the federal parliament the power to make special laws for a particular race of people.
6/4/202011 minutes, 41 seconds
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Section 71 - the Race Power bonus episode

An extra episode in the series about High Court cases which have changed Australia. Series producer Jane Lee unpicks the origins and uses of Section 51(26) of the Australian Constitution, which gives the federal parliament the power to make special laws for a particular race of people.
6/4/202011 minutes, 41 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 2)

In the second part of the long running and divisive case known as the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair, the battle heads inside the High Court.
6/2/202027 minutes, 53 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 2)

In the second part of the long running and divisive case known as the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair, the battle heads inside the High Court.
6/2/202027 minutes, 53 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 2)

In the second part of the long running and divisive case known as the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair, the battle heads inside the High Court.
6/2/202027 minutes, 53 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 1)

Ever wondered how the term "secret women's business" entered the Australian lexicon? It's part of a bitter legal battle over land, culture and history in South Australia.
5/26/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 1)

Ever wondered how the term "secret women's business" entered the Australian lexicon? It's part of a bitter legal battle over land, culture and history in South Australia.
5/26/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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Section 71: The Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair (Part 1)

Ever wondered how the term "secret women's business" entered the Australian lexicon? It's part of a bitter legal battle over land, culture and history in South Australia.
5/26/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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Section 71: Communists, Terrorists and the High Court

How much power does the federal government have to protect Australians from international threats?
5/19/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: Communists, Terrorists and the High Court

How much power does the federal government have to protect Australians from international threats?
5/19/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: Communists, Terrorists and the High Court

How much power does the federal government have to protect Australians from international threats?
5/19/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The High Court Dog-Fight on Schools Funding

The High Court showdown over religious freedom that could help you understand how schools are funded to this day.
5/12/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The High Court Dog-Fight on Schools Funding

The High Court showdown over religious freedom that could help you understand how schools are funded to this day.
5/12/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The High Court Dog-Fight on Schools Funding

The High Court showdown over religious freedom that could help you understand how schools are funded to this day.
5/12/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The Tasmanian crime of gay sex

It might surprise you to learn that until 1997, a man could go to jail for up to 21 years for having sex with another man in Australia.
5/5/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The Tasmanian crime of gay sex

It might surprise you to learn that until 1997, a man could go to jail for up to 21 years for having sex with another man in Australia.
5/5/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Section 71: The Tasmanian crime of gay sex

It might surprise you to learn that until 1997, a man could go to jail for up to 21 years for having sex with another man in Australia.
5/5/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Never M.O.R.. the audacious audio of Andrew McLennan

Colleagues called him maestro, visionary, experimenter, radio magic man. To long-time close friend, John Bell, he was “Merry Andrew”. This is the story of an unsung legend in Australian broadcasting and radio as you may not have heard it. Andrew McLennan's friends and collaborators speak up.
4/28/202040 minutes, 16 seconds
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Never M.O.R.. the audacious audio of Andrew McLennan

Colleagues called him maestro, visionary, experimenter, radio magic man. To long-time close friend, John Bell, he was “Merry Andrew”. This is the story of an unsung legend in Australian broadcasting and radio as you may not have heard it. Andrew McLennan's friends and collaborators speak up.
4/28/202040 minutes, 16 seconds
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Edie's War

When Penny Bristol Jones inherited a battered trunk full of family objects, she uncovered a rich wartime history in the collection of letters written by her great grandmother Edie Digby, whose husband and two sons were away fighting in World War One
4/21/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Edie's War

When Penny Bristol Jones inherited a battered trunk full of family objects, she uncovered a rich wartime history in the collection of letters written by her great grandmother Edie Digby, whose husband and two sons were away fighting in World War One
4/21/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Charlie Chaplin’s Funny Walk and Other Music Hall Mysteries

Journalist Fiona Gruber goes on a very personal journey in the footsteps of her great grandfather, Victorian music hall comedian Walter Groves, to uncover his career and his hidden link with the greatest comedian of them all, Charlie Chaplin.
4/14/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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Charlie Chaplin’s Funny Walk and Other Music Hall Mysteries

Journalist Fiona Gruber goes on a very personal journey in the footsteps of her great grandfather, Victorian music hall comedian Walter Groves, to uncover his career and his hidden link with the greatest comedian of them all, Charlie Chaplin.
4/14/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tupaia, star navigator

In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him?
4/7/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tupaia, star navigator

In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him?
4/7/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 4 Wankani

The story of how the traditional custodians of Ooldea got their sacred water soak back and the healing of the land.
3/31/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 4 Wankani

The story of how the traditional custodians of Ooldea got their sacred water soak back and the healing of the land.
3/31/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 3 Mamu

North west of Ooldea in South Australia's Great Victoria Desert is Maralinga where the British exploded seven nuclear bombs. This episode explores the Cold War politics behind the bomb tests and their ongoing impact on the traditional owners of the land, the Maralinga Tjarutja people.
3/24/202032 minutes, 16 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 3 Mamu

North west of Ooldea in South Australia's Great Victoria Desert is Maralinga where the British exploded seven nuclear bombs. This episode explores the Cold War politics behind the bomb tests and their ongoing impact on the traditional owners of the land, the Maralinga Tjarutja people.
3/24/202032 minutes, 16 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 2 Kabbarli

Ooldea's most famous resident was Daisy Bates, also known as "Kabbarli" or grandmother. She lived at Ooldea for sixteen years in a tent, helping to feed and clothe Aboriginal people, but these days her reputation is very mixed.
3/17/202042 minutes, 6 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 2 Kabbarli

Ooldea's most famous resident was Daisy Bates, also known as "Kabbarli" or grandmother. She lived at Ooldea for sixteen years in a tent, helping to feed and clothe Aboriginal people, but these days her reputation is very mixed.
3/17/202042 minutes, 6 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 1 Yuldi

On the edge of the Nullabor, Ooldea, with its ancient water soak "Yuldi Kapi", is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia. Trading routes and dreaming stories crossed here for thousands of years, but then the transnational railway arrived in 1917.
3/10/202031 minutes, 35 seconds
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The sands of Ooldea — Part 1 Yuldi

On the edge of the Nullabor, Ooldea, with its ancient water soak "Yuldi Kapi", is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia. Trading routes and dreaming stories crossed here for thousands of years, but then the transnational railway arrived in 1917.
3/10/202031 minutes, 35 seconds
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Steely women

Forty years ago Australian women weren't fighting for equal pay, they were fighting for an equal right to work. This is the 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.
3/3/202028 minutes, 39 seconds
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Steely women

Forty years ago Australian women weren't fighting for equal pay, they were fighting for an equal right to work. This is the 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.
3/3/202028 minutes, 39 seconds
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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.
2/25/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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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.
2/25/202028 minutes, 36 seconds
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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.
2/18/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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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.
2/18/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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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.
2/11/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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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.
2/11/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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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.
2/4/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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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.
2/4/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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