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how did it come to this?
91 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
3.03 - Ukraine pt.3 “Ukraine is the instrument for Russia to test the West's 'red lines'” - Lilia Shevtsova
This week, part 3 of our coverage of the war in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin. Former KGB operative turned political mastermind. Since early in his life Putin has sought to take control. From the end of the Cold War to the start of Putin’s Hot War, from collapse to creating a resource rich powerhouse. How has Putin’s grip on Eastern Europe changed? How did Ukraine survive in the post Cold War years? What does Putin want? What does Ukraine want? Has NATO made things worse? Why has it taken so long for us to record this episode? And ultimately how did it come to this?
54 minutes | May 12, 2022
3.02 - Ukraine pt2. “Is there anything more frightening than people?" –Svetlana Alexievich
This week, part 2 of the complex issue that is Ukraine. From Empire to hetmanate to democracy, last week saw a land given and taken by the empires around it. From the end of World War 2 Ukraine has been constantly torn between communism, its people, its land and those who would control it. What was Stalin’s legacy? Why did Russia give up Crimea? What happened behind the Iron Curtain? What's the deal with Krushchev? How does all of this lead to Putin? And ultimately how did it come to this?
44 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
3.01 - Ukraine pt1. “It is better to be naked and honest than rich and an outlaw”
The first in a series of 3 episodes on Ukraine. Pt 1 looks at the years 980 - 1945. It’s the news story no one can escape. It has been everywhere and we knew we would have to cover it. Ukraine has a long, long history. A place of great natural beauty, home to many civilisations, people groups and empires. It has been fought over, divided, conquered, liberated, repeat cycle. How does a piece of land become so fought over? How many border changes can occur, how often can your citizenship, cultural and ethnic status be questioned? Why is it called Ukraine and not The Ukraine? Why does Vladimir Putin want it? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
69 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
2.10 - “But harsh conditions create rebels.”
This week on how did it come to this? Working conditions, bad bosses, freedom to assemble. The history of unionising is a story of what happens when greed rules, when people stand together and the idea that people cannot be quantified by their job. From the slums of the industrial revolution, to the great resignation post covid, how do we see the union movement.Is it ok for a boss to negotiate with his worker? What happens when that relationship goes sour? Are unions just a bunch of bullies? Are they communists? Do we really want to end up without unions? Have you joined your union yet? What do we want? More how did it come to this. When do we want it? Now.
54 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
2.09 - Remembrance Day Special with Jesse Alexander
On this special Remembrance Day episode of how did it come to this? with special guest Jesse Alexander from the Great War Youtube Channel. From Australia to Ypres, from Canada to Vimy Ridge WWI has always been an event that has loomed large in our national consciousness. What do Australia, Canada and WWI have in common? Is there a right way to commemorate conflict? Why do we put Anzac Day above Remembrance Day? Could WWI have been avoided? Should politicians censor historical discussions? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
67 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
2.08 - “We can't afford to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban and the terrorists.” (Afghanistan pt.2)
This week on how did it come to this? From last weeks long history to a short history of a long war. Afghanistan is in strong Taliban control. It is the place from which Bin Laden launches his attacks on the west. Accused of aiding and abetting known terrorist forces, the taliban invite invasion once again as the US and its allies head into a war with no end goal. How did we get into this war? Why did it last so long? Did we achieve any of our goals? Is Afghanistan worse off now than when we started? Why am I still waiting for Rambo to come and fix things? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
64 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
2.07 - "Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity." (Afghanistan pt.1)
This week on how did it come to this? From Emirates to Kingdoms, Republics both democratic and otherwise, to Islamic States and foreign invaders, the land of the Afghan has been fought over for centuries. A strategic stronghold bridging Asia and the Middle East, pawn in the great game of colonial powers, the battle for the heart of Asia has seen empires rise and fall. Where is Afghanistan? Why is it of such strategic value? How many wars can be fought by foreign powers over a sovereign nation? Can Afghanistan ever truly be free? Can Rambo come back and save the Afghani peoples? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
45 minutes | May 31, 2021
2.06 - "you need to control the country, and the main thing is not to ruin people's lives."
This week on how did it come to this? A land that has been fought over, settled and invaded. A developing nation that has emerged from the former soviet union more soviet than the russians. A dictator who has been in power since 1994, keeping an iron grip after the iron curtain has fallen. Who is Alexander Lukashenko? Why is Belarus more Soviet than the Soviet Union? How does a country hijack a plane? Is Raman Pratasevich worth all the trouble? Are we heading for a new European conflict? Will I ever actually try a White Russian? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
44 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
2.05 - "the most Illustrious and most Exalted"
This week on how did it come to this? A death that was expected and yet unexpected. The royals have a penchant to fascinate and be the source of gossip. For some 60 years, his life was the source of story, intrigue, rumour, innuendo, and tabloid stories about reptiles. As the husband to the Queen he was the Prince Consort. His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. From the line of Greece and Denmark to England’s throne. How did the first monarchs of a modern era navigate their intrusion of privacy? was Philip ok with giving up his career and life? What does a prince consort do? Why didn’t I complete my Duke of Edinburgh's award? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
46 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
2.04 - “I shall endeavour to inspire the pleasing hope of its becoming essentially beneficial to mankind”
This week on how did it come to this? Disease, death and something that can stop it. When the world is destroyed by things we catch, what could we possibly do to control such a force? Who came up with vaccination? Did early vaccines work? What dark diseases ravaged society before we could control them? What has their impact been on society? Why does my doctor have to hide the needle before he gives it to me? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
48 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
2.03 - “insurmountable obstacles”
This week on how did it come to this? We had to take the long way round for centuries, leading lots of people to ask. Isn’t there a better way? Many tried and failed. Many thought it couldn’t be done. Many thought it was an insurmountable geographical obstacle. The Suez Canal. How did the dream of the pharaohs, become the highway of international trade. Are artificial rivers really a good idea? How important is international shipping? Does a 193.3 km canal belong to a company or the world? Was a blow up doll actually piloting the Evergreen when it turned sideways? Ultimately, how did it come to this?
40 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
2.02 - “Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.”
This week on how did it come to this? A car crash that shows the fragility of life, a boy who was a champion, that grew into a man who was a champion. Flaws in the public eye, overcoming adversity, weird families and a sport that seems to pay inordinately above its accessibility. How did Tiger Woods become a living sporting legend? Is there any easy way to untangle a private and public life? Why do we care about sports people? Is Golf really a way to spoil a good walk? Ultimately how did it come to this?
42 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
2.01 - “It is not power that corrupts but fear”
This week on how did it come to this? East India Company, British colonies, military juntas, democratic elections, civil wars and numerous name changes. The little country in South East Asia known as Myanmar has become the focus this week of international attention after the military once again seized power from the elected government, making it the 5th Coup since 1960. Why has the former British colony become so unstable? How can a military be so powerful? What has the international community done to help? Why do the Generals hate Aung San Suu Kyi so much? Will the Burmese people ever see peace? And ultimately how did it come to this?
1 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
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38 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
1.09 - the man with the bag
And so this is Christmas, and what have you done. I bet it’s not as much as the subject today. Keeping a running tally on every person in the world, running a large community of what appear to be indentured labour, somehow managing to traverse the globe in a single night, while stopping at every place of residence, and let’s not get started on the breaking and entering. Where does Santa come from? what is the deal with the sleigh and the reindeer? does he have a passport? Why didn’t he bring me that model train set I wanted when I was 8? How did it come to this?
49 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
1.08 - “In waking a tiger, use a long stick.”
This week, ScoMo has defended our honour and demanded an apology for what he describes as salacious claims against our nation. Australia has awoken the tiger and it did not use a long stick to do so. The trade war between the nations has escalated and neither side appears to be backing down. But where did this come from, has there always been animosity between us? How has our relationship changed? How far back do sino-australian relations go? Why is Siobhan not allowed back in China? And ultimately, how did it come to this?
46 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
1.07 - our pod is girt by anthems
The premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, has said she feels for Indigenous Australians who say the national anthem doesn’t reflect them and their history and it’s time to make “a small gesture” and change some lyrics. This week National Anthems. Where did the Australian National Anthem come from? Are they representations of a national identity? Can they be a rallying point for a nation to heal? Are they just a leftover from 19th century nationalism? Why do I know how to sing at least 8 of them from memory? How did it come to this?
37 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
1.06 - "If you want to judge my thinking, look at The Sun.”
Rupert Murdoch's media empire has come under fire from former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. This week we follow the rise of Rupert Murdoch. How does the media control our day to day? Should personal politics inform our news? When is a company too big? Will I ever get the 20th Century Fox music out of my head? And ultimately how did it come to this?
34 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
1.05 - “of these detestable slaves of the Devil”
This week on how did it come to this? 2500 witches from the middle ages in Scotland are on the verge of being exhonerated of their crimes. Who were they? What did they do? Who was after them? Did they weigh the same as a duck? all these questions about Witches and more as we ask, how did it come to this? The Guardian Article Daemonologie by King James
44 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
1.04 - “real change, happens one step at a time”
Sometimes something happens so quickly in the news that you have to stop and talk about it. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has thrown an interesting spanner into the 2020 US Presidential Election. Join us as we look at the life of an incredible Supreme Court Justice, the history of the Supreme Court of the United States, what will The Donald do that inevitably leads us to ask... how did it come to this?
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