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Skin Deep
For hundreds of years, human skin colour has been used as a marker of race. Now, science is uncovering the intricate relationship between skin colour and environment. When our ancient ancestors in Equatorial Africa lost their body hair and ventured…
Audrey of the Alps - Becoming a Sheepherder
Audrey Douville left her suburban home at 16 to pursue farming. Now as a young woman, and accompanied by her boyfriend Maxime, she undertakes five months of isolated living high in the French Alps. Living is basic: Audrey and Maxime…
Chateau Chunder - A Wine Revolution
It's the 1970s and Australian wine is a joke - not for drinking, as Monty Python put it, but for 'laying down and avoiding'. The idea that a wine made 'Down Under' could ever challenge the august products of Burgundy…
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Painting Country
Balgo Hills or Wirrimanu is located on the edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts in far North Western Australia. Despite its isolation this is home to some of Australia's most famous indigenous artists whose paintings hang in galleries…
The Human Race - A Race Across Australia
The Human Race is a compelling adventure documentary set in the Kimberley Region - an ancient, remote and spectacular landscape in North Western Australia. Three men from different continents begin the race on the rim of Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater,…
Addicted to Money
Everything you need to know about what caused the financial meltdown, what lies ahead, and what we all need to do to survive in the new economy. In his typically pugnacious style, Irish economist and commentator David McWilliams surveys the…
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The Power of Colour
Part of the Series: Cracking the Colour Code
In this episode we look at the fascinating power of colour from ancient ritualistic uses of colour through to its use of modern marketeers. Along the way we delve into the work of anthropologists, scientists and designers to explore what…
The Black Road - The Fight for Political Independence in Indonesia
The Black Road takes us on a journey deep inside Southeast Asia's hottest conflict - a conflict that may well decide the fate of Indonesia, Australia's closest neighbour and the world's largest Muslim nation. Whilst the people of Aceh fight…
The Making of Colour
Part of the Series: Cracking the Colour Code
Colour is fundamental to expressing who we are and our place in the world. From our most ancient cultures to our contemporary world, we use colour for cultural and spiritual self-expression. The development of new colours and new uses for…
Viewing Colour
Part of the Series: Cracking the Colour Code
The central focus of this episode is the nature of colour. It draws on the latest science to find out how - and why - humans and other living things view the world in colour. For those of us who…
The President vs. the Pirates - Politics in Somalia
Twenty years of civil war and crippling drought have torn the once-prosperous East African nation of Somalia to shreds. And now pirates and terrorists are destroying what remains of civil society. As the turmoil continues fears are raised that it…
Singapore 1942: End of Empire
A 70th anniversary television event, Singapore 1942: End of Empire tells the story of those early shocking days of the Pacific War when belief in security and comfort from empire collapsed. For the first time this momentous 20th century battle,…
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Jandamarra's War
In Jandamarra's War we learn how in the 1890's European settlers arrive in the Kimberley, North West Australia, with vast herds of sheep and cattle, determined to make their fortune by feeding a rapidly growing population in the South. But…
Silk and Steel
As Asian economies boom and their governments grapple with claims for democracy and human rights, women have begun to play a key role in reshaping the traditionally male dominated culture of southeast Asia and Indonesia is no exception. Women have…
Cracking the Colour Code
Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn? And why does red play so powerful a role in so many cultures? Is colour real, or is it just a construct of our brains? Taking the globe…
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Below the Wind - Fishing in Indonesia
Each year the Sea Nomads of Indonesia sail on fishing and trading expeditions across the vast and dangerous seas that bind together their island nation. Sometimes they venture as far as northern Australia (di bawah angin / below the wind)…