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RN Presents - This Much Is True
RN Presents is a diverse collection of short series. The current series, This Much is True, dives down the rabbit hole into conspiracies, misinformation and cults, and how to protect those you love.
Sep 10, 2021
04 | This Much Is True — Getting Out
By some estimates, 15 per cent of Americans believe in QAnon, the conspiracy movement connected to the storming of the US Capitol in January this year. QAnon can be all-consuming, ending relationships and splitting families. So what's it like to climb back out of its embrace?
Sep 3, 2021
03 | This Much Is True — Cults, QAnon and those left behind
Alex's bible classes started taking over his life — then he discovered who was really running them. Emma's mum went from crystals to a clique that believes in aliens and past lives. And Tim and his dad fell into QAnon together, but what happened when one wanted to leave? We find out how cults and conspiracy theories can isolate you from your family, friends, even flatmates. And we hear what it's like to lose a loved one to a dangerous belief system.
Aug 27, 2021
02 | This Much is True — Dream weavers
Why do people spread information that isn't true on social media? Especially when they know that's what they're doing?
Aug 20, 2021
01 | This Much Is True — Tradwife rabbit hole
Equality is for ugly losers. Feminism is cancer. #submissivehousewife. Welcome to the world of tradwives, a movement with two distinct subcultures: one wholesome, one harmful. For many, it's about cooking from scratch, caring for children, and getting back to nature. But there's also an insidious side. Scrolling #tradwife on social media exposes a loose thread in an otherwise tightly knit image of happy family life. Pull the thread, and ugly things reveal themselves
Aug 12, 2021
INTRODUCING — This Much Is True
What do you believe? There’s some very weird stuff out there. From fringe ideas to full-blown conspiracy theories, we dive into the rabbit hole to find out why it’s so human to fall for them. We hear what motivates those who spread misinformation and what is it like for the families when someone they love goes all in on a cult. We meet people who got out of QAnon and learn how to immunise against false information.
May 27, 2021
08 | Patient Zero: First Outbreak
In 1789, a disease tore through Aboriginal communities around Sydney Cove, or Warrane, leaving dead bodies floating in the harbour, and scattered along the shorelines. Some think that this outbreak was a fire that was deliberately lit.
May 20, 2021
07 | Patient Zero: Back From The Brink
A six-year old boy in Papua New Guinea wakes up one day and is suddenly unable to stand by himself. Less than a year later, children in three other Asia Pacific nations are experiencing the same alarming symptoms. A disease that was eradicated from these countries is back -- and it appears to be spreading.
May 13, 2021
06 | Patient Zero: Ticking Time Bomb
You’re a doctor faced with a dilemma: your patient isn’t responding to treatment. In fact, they’re getting worse. You run through a list of what might be wrong, but nothing seems to fit. And then suddenly — whatever is wrong appears to be spreading. It’s a race against time, and a medical mystery that only a seasoned disease detective can solve.
May 6, 2021
05 | Patient Zero: Spillover In Suburbia
A sleepy suburb in Brisbane is the scene of a gruesome disease outbreak, where the streets literally run with blood.
Sep 3, 2020
04 | Patient Zero: How We Got Here
This is the big one. The history we’re living. From Melbourne to Munich, Lombardy to Wuhan and all the way back again: this episode is about what happened when we faced those first coronavirus cases. Where things went well, where they didn’t — and whether there’s anything we could have done to stop it.
Aug 27, 2020
03 | Patient Zero: The December Transplant
Three transplant patients die within a week of each other and alarm bells start ringing.
Aug 20, 2020
02 | Patient Zero: Basement Files
A junior doctor uncovers a mystery that rewrites the story of a famous epidemic — and we learn the troubling origins of 'patient zero' as a concept.
Aug 13, 2020
01 | Patient Zero: Something In The Water
Disease is spreading in the wake of a natural disaster on the Caribbean nation of Haiti — and everyone thinks they know where it's coming from… (Spoiler: They don't).
Aug 6, 2020
00 | Introducing... Patient Zero
Even big diseases start small.
Jul 9, 2020
06 | Section 71 — The Race Power
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.
Jul 9, 2020
05 | 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.
Jul 9, 2020
04 | 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.
Jul 9, 2020
03 | Section 71 — Communists, Terrorists and the High Court
How much power does the Federal Government have to protect Australians from international threats?
Jul 9, 2020
02 | 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.
Jul 9, 2020
01 | Section 71 — 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.
May 23, 2020
04 | Hot Mess — Hope
Despite all the gridlock on Australia's climate policy, there are moves towards a decarbonised economy. The exit from coal is gathering pace in the finance and insurance sectors. On the technology front, cheaper renewables are driving new green hydrogen projects that could make Australia an energy super power. And there's the kids - the Climate Strike generation will soon be voting and they want action. Perhaps there's a chance we can really change.
May 16, 2020
03 | Hot Mess — Party lines
There's more to our climate politics than the circus of losing a succession of Prime Ministers. Export earnings, donations, access, revolving doors between politics and industry mean that both sides of politics are close to the fossil fuel sector. In our tight Parliament, mining regions have become crucially important. And actions like the recent Stop Adani Convoy have only deepened climate change divisions.
May 9, 2020
02 | Hot Mess — Spin Cycle
The fossil fuel industries ignored their own research as far back as the 1960s and then denied climate change was going on. We hear how a small group of think tanks and a compliant media pushed our buttons, undermined the science, and turned it into a controversy.
May 2, 2020
01 | Hot Mess — Human frailties
What it is about us, all of us, that makes climate change hard to get our heads around and even harder to do something about? We talk to people who understand that climate change is a real danger and people who don’t. And we hear from researchers looking at why we are the way we are.
Apr 25, 2020
INTRODUCING Hot Mess — Why haven’t we fixed climate change?
It’s been over three decades since most of us first heard about global warming. Meanwhile, the 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. We’re had heatwaves, storms, drought and bushfires on an unprecedented scale. Why has it been so hard to agree and take action on climate change? How can we rise to meet the challenge?
Feb 21, 2020
04 | Shifting Cultures: Vanuatu's stolen generation
150 years ago thousands of young men were taken from the Pacific Islands. Today the scars are still being felt.
Feb 14, 2020
03 | Shifting Cultures: Polygamous marriage in modern Malaysia
Muslim Malaysians often have complex and tangled views about polygamy. Their feelings and beliefs aren’t always mirrored by their actions. What role does pragmatism play? What role does faith play?
Feb 7, 2020
02 | Shifting Cultures: Survival and revival in the Torres Strait
The island of Poruma is a shrinking tropical paradise — battered by king tides and eaten by coastal erosion. Meet the locals fighting for survival, in more ways than one.
Jan 31, 2020
01 | Shifting Cultures: South Korea's hope in hell
Expectation and competition are pushing young South Koreans to give up on marriage and kids.
Jan 19, 2020
08 | Myths of War — Vietnam: the war's forgotten supporters
Why do we remember the demonstrators but forget the supporters?
Jan 12, 2020
07 | Myths of War: Gay servicemen in Vietnam
No poofters? They shouldn’t have been there — but they were.
Jan 5, 2020
06| Myths of War — The Thai-Burma railway and the myth of the river Kwai
It’s not just Aussies who have mates.
Dec 29, 2019
05| Myths Of War — Was there a battle for Australia?
Why do we commemorate an event that probably didn’t happen?
Dec 22, 2019
04 | Myths of War — Changi and the POWs behind the wire
Why some prisoners of war were happiest in Singapore.
Dec 15, 2019
03 | Myths of War — General Sir John Monash: a flattering self portrait
A great general — but was he really the greatest?
Dec 8, 2019
02 | Myths of War— Gallipoli: ANZAC misremembered
Ataturk never said his famous words and Bert Facey wasn’t there for the landing. Gallipoli stripped bare.
Nov 30, 2019
01 | Myths Of War — The white feather women and their unwelcome gifts
Would you take a white feather from this woman? Giving unwelcome gifts in the First World War.
Nov 9, 2019
04 | Why the Cold War still matters — The year no-one saw coming
In January 1989, East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall would still be standing in 50 or even 100 years. By November that same year the Wall was down and the Cold War was over. 1989 was a year that no-one saw coming. Head back to 1989 and learn about the luck that led to the collapse of the Soviet empire.
Nov 2, 2019
03 | Why the Cold War still matters — The fall of an empire
How did a committed communist become an accidentally revolutionary Soviet leader? Take a closer look at the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev and discover how his approach to economic and political reform opened up a Pandora's box of free speech and criticism. Find out how Gorbachev earned himself a seat at the negotiating table with the West and learn why he was no longer willing to hold on to empire by force
Oct 26, 2019
02 | Why the Cold War still matters — Repression and dissent
The Cold War is often referred to as the 'War of Words'. Meet the people who tore down the Iron Curtain from within the Soviet Union through protest and dissent. Hear the stories of a Romanian radio repairman and his buried typewriter and the Polish scientist who swam for freedom.
Oct 19, 2019
01 | Why the Cold War still matters — The superpower standoff
The most familiar story of the Cold War is that of the superpower rivalry between the US and the USSR—two armed camps, teetering on the precipice of nuclear war. Find out how the standoff played out, whether America really won the Cold War and why personalities matter in politics.
Oct 11, 2019
05 | The Somerton Man Mystery — could DNA finally solve this puzzling case?
Could breakthroughs in DNA technology and forensic genealogy identify Adelaide's Somerton Man? And is it time to finally dig him up?
Oct 4, 2019
04 | The Somerton Man Mystery — a family connection could hold the answer
Derek Abbott has spent decades trying to identify the man found dead on Somerton Beach. If his theory is correct, he's married to the unknown man's great granddaughter. But to prove it, he needs the Somerton Man's DNA.
Sep 28, 2019
03 | The Somerton Man Mystery — a case of disguised identity
The man who died on Somerton Beach in 1948 went to great lengths to disguise his identity. But he couldn't hide the clues on his body — his peculiar ears, teeth and calves. His DNA. Modern science sheds new light on this decades-old mystery.
Sep 27, 2019
02 | The Somerton Man Mystery — a poetry book clue and an elusive young woman
A torn piece of paper from a book of Persian poetry leads to the discovery of an elusive young nurse. What was her relationship to the dead man on Somerton Beach? Does she hold the key to cracking the case?
Sep 20, 2019
01 | The Somerton Man Mystery — the strange case of the body on the beach
In post-war Adelaide, there's a feeling of optimism and relief in the air, but it's mixed with paranoia about the changing world order. And in this mix, on a summer day on Somerton Beach, a man's body is discovered.
Jul 6, 2019
04 | Who Runs This Place — The People
Union membership is a fraction of what it was but people power is finding a voice through new platforms and movements.
Jun 29, 2019
03 | Who Runs This Place — The States
The different power players in each state. All six states are led by Premiers and have cabinets — they're the same. But they're also different. In part three, we look at the industries, groups and people who have power in each state, including mining peak bodies, radio shock-jocks, the AFL and poker machine operators.
Jun 22, 2019
02 | Who Runs This Place — The Lobbyists
The industries and organisations that get what they want from government. In part two we stay in Canberra and look at the lobbyists, the industries and organisations most effective at getting what they want from the government. We also look at the revolving door between politicians and lobbyists.
Jun 15, 2019
01 | Who Runs This Place — The Triangle
More power is concentrated inside Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle than anywhere else. The Constitution doesn’t mention the Prime Minister but that office is where the power is. We look at how Prime Ministerial power has changed in the 21st Century. And, over the same time period, another part of the Canberra landscape has gained a huge range of powers: the security agencies.