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Between the Lines

ABC (Australia)

Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Description:

Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

Language:

English


Episodes

Do COVID lockdowns help or hurt the community?

7/28/2021
It’s been 18 months since the COVID outbreak in Australia, yet half the country is in lockdown. Is a zero cases strategy still justified?

Duration:00:29:07

China: friend or foe?

7/21/2021
Is Canberra’s response to China in our national interest or is it driven by hysteria and xenophobia?

Duration:00:28:57

The 'toxic time bomb' of Australia's climate and energy policy; and is nuclear energy part of the solution?

7/14/2021
Is Australia’s climate stance an outlier in the court of global opinion or is the whole world still heavily addicted to fossil fuels?; and can nuclear energy help us reach net emission goals faster than other approaches?

Duration:00:29:07

The Taliban’s march to Kabul; and how Australia can 'manage its relationship' with China

7/7/2021
The Taliban is set to increase its control over Afghanistan. How much responsibility for this impending disaster lies with the withdrawal of troops?

Duration:00:29:07

On the 50th anniversary of Gough Whitlam's delegation to China and Henry Kissinger's secret mission

6/30/2021
50 years ago Gough Whitlam led an opposition Labor Party delegation to China. At the same time, President Nixon announced his own invitation to the Communist country.

Duration:00:29:05

More change of leadership in Tehran and Jerusalem; and Myanmar: a human rights disaster

6/23/2021
Does the change in Israeli leadership open the way for a renewal of the "peace process" between Israelis and Palestinians?; and the global powerlessness to stop the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar

Duration:00:29:05

Jonathan Dimbleby on 'Operation Barbarossa' and how Hitler lost the war

6/16/2021
Was Stalin's Russia the real force behind Hitler's defeat?

Duration:00:29:07

America: revolution, constitution and how they helped save the iconic Australian koala

6/9/2021
How did the English and American Revolutions produce the American Constitution?; and how the US helped save the iconic Australian koala.

Duration:00:29:07

Niall Ferguson on the 'politics of catastrophe'

6/2/2021
What can past pandemics, earthquakes, famines or wars teach us about how to prepare for the next one?

Duration:00:29:07

What does the next generation think about Australia’s China policy?

5/26/2021
Foreign-policy experts dominate our China debate but it's the next generation who will bear the consequences. What do they think should happen next?

Duration:00:28:51

Sheila Fitzpatrick on the Cold War migrants of Russia

5/19/2021
Who were the Russian migrants who made it to Australia during the Cold War?

Duration:00:29:07

China's pledge to battle climate change; and political realignment in the UK

5/12/2021
Is China's pledge to cut its carbon footprint, genuine? Or a ploy to keep its trading partners happy?; and an unexpected win for Britain's Tory Party

Duration:00:29:07

Has Modi failed India?; and expanding our digital relationships with south-east Asia

5/5/2021
India is now the epicentre of the pandemic and on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Has Modi let his people down in their hour of need?; and why Australia is supercharging its digital engagement with south-east Asia.

Duration:00:29:06

100 days of Joe Biden; and the 'unmitigated disaster' of the Bay of Pigs

4/28/2021
President Joe Biden outlined his economic, climate and diplomatic plans in his first speech to joint sessions of Congress. Can he really promote democracy in a world growing more dangerous?; and when the US-led attack on the Bay of Pigs failed, Castro’s prestige was greatly enhanced while the Americans were met with embarrassment and scorn.

Duration:00:29:06

Josh Frydenberg on Andrew Peacock; and Chris Bowen on political 'charlatans'

4/21/2021
After the recent passing of Andrew Peacock, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describes his legacy; and former treasurer, Chris Bowen, says the fakes, the fraudsters and the snake-oil merchants are winning the political contests.

Duration:00:29:06

Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy

4/14/2021
Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?

Duration:00:29:07

Pat McGorry on the 'missing middle' of funding for mental health; and why things look good for post-COVID economic recovery

4/7/2021
Should philanthropy have to fill the funding gap between state and federal government? Surely it is our leaders' responsibility to provide the mental health needs of all Australians; and while there is work to be done, Australia has done everything possible to economically recover from the pandemic.

Duration:00:29:06

300 years of prime ministership: the good, the bad and the ugly

3/31/2021
British Robert Walpole served for 21 years as the very first prime minister. Robert Menzies held office in Australia for 18 years. What distinguishes a good prime minister from a bad one? Has the job become impossible?

Duration:00:29:07

Bangladesh- 50 years of independence; and how Trump accelerated the polarising of politics

3/24/2021
Bangladesh was labelled a 'basket case' when independence was established. Now it is a booming nation. How did they do it? Also; Trump led America down the slippery slope of division, then left office. Can the wide-spread tension be resolved?

Duration:00:29:08

Could Syria be the new Lebanon?; Labor and the WA landslide; and is Putin reviving the 'iron curtain'?

3/17/2021
A decade after the civil war, is Syria the new Lebanon?; The Labor party won the WA election in a landslide, but will Premier Mark McGowan go the distance?; and Putin's revival of the 'iron curtain'.

Duration:00:29:08