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The History Listen - ABC RN

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

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

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Cover image of The History Listen - ABC RN

The History Listen - ABC RN

Updated 8 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: The Somerton Man: a mystery in four acts

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In 1948, a dead man was discovered lying propped up against the seawall of Somerton Beach in Adelaide His identity has remained unknown for 70 years. His death was determined, 'not natural'. Historian Ruth Balint revisits the mystery.

May 01 2018

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Rank #2: The strange fate of Charles Darwin's ship The Beagle

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Whatever happened to Charles Darwin's famous ship HMS Beagle? A tale of of sleuthing, smugglers, and barrels of rum, set on the Essex coast in England

Mar 05 2019

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Rank #3: The surprising story of Wong Shee Ping

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The discovery of the first Chinese story written in Australia gives a fascinating and new insight into the early Chinese immigrants of Victoria. The anonymous author is also uncovered, and revealed to his Australian grandchildren..

Jun 11 2019

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Rank #4: The lady of the swamp

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The mysterious disappearance of Margaret Clement, "the lady of the swamp."

Jan 08 2019

28mins

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Rank #5: Cabin crew-prepare for landing

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Step into the glamorous world of long haul flying in the 1970s; cocktails, attentive service from the "hosties" and lots of legroom. Flying today is cheap and not nearly as cheerful.

Jun 12 2018

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Rank #6: Gone Mallee part one: driving on an ancient sea

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An ode to the Australian Mallee.

Aug 07 2018

33mins

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Rank #7: The Bauhaus - a school, a movement, an idea

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To mark the centenary of the Bauhaus, a trip back to Weimar Germany to explore the story and legacy of the movement

Apr 02 2019

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Rank #8: Let silent contemplation be your offering

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Nearly one hundred years after it was created, the minute's silence is still used to mark tragedies from war to celebrity death. But few know it was an Australian soldier's idea.

Nov 06 2018

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Rank #9: Who was Jimmy Possum?

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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.

Sep 24 2019

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Rank #10: Through Samurai Eyes: solving the mystery surrounding one of Australia's great convict escape stories

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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.

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #11: After the wall

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East Germany is a country that no longer exists. What was it really like?

Oct 09 2018

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Rank #12: Peat Island - a place of asylum

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Peat Island is located 50 kilometres north of Sydney. In 1911 it was designated a 'hospital for the insane'. At its peak in the 1960's, it housed over 600 men and boys. And was often referred to as the island of forgotten children.

Jun 05 2018

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Rank #13: Sister Kate's: the whitewashing of black children

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What started out in the 1930s as a home for “half-caste” children under the loving guidance of Sister Kate became a hotbed of abuse and negligence after her death.

Jul 24 2018

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Rank #14: Lennie the legend

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A nine-year-old Victorian boy rides his pony alone, 600 miles to Sydney to be at opening of the new Harbour Bridge.

Dec 25 2018

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Rank #15: Eric Rolls and the Pilliga

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Eric Rolls was a rare combination; farmer, poet, self-taught naturalist and historian. He also wrote Australia’s first true environmental history.

Dec 18 2018

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Rank #16: My '68

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The student and worker protests that erupted in Paris, London, New York and San Francisco in May 1968 are narrated in music and memory. Archival recordings and reflections from protesters bring the mood and ideals of the time to life.

May 08 2018

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Rank #17: The Cods

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How a bunch of manual workers from country South Australia battled their way to the Paris Olympics of 1924.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #18: Plane Crash 1940: Living with the dead

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The personal side of an historic catastrophe.

Sep 11 2018

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Rank #19: Mother danced with Göring

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A glimpse into the 1930's and 40's through the fragments that remain of one woman's story – socialite, swordswoman, actress and the first woman to read the ABC national news.

Apr 16 2019

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Rank #20: The War We Forgot

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How does a nation forget a wartime catastrophe? When Japan invaded Australian territory in January 1942, hundreds of civilians were left behind to die. Nearly 80 years later, their families are still traumatised.

Jun 18 2019

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