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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.
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After weeks of speculation and acrimony, President Joe Biden has abandoned his bid for re-election, and endorsed his Vice President Kamala Harris to be his successor.This scenario has happened once before - late in the election cycle, a President bailed out and tried to hand over power to their Vice President. The subsequent chaos at the 1968 Democratic convention is legendary, and is something the party will be desperate to avoid in 2024.
When 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks shot at former-President Donald Trump on July 13, the American public was ready with conspiracy theories explaining how and why he did it. And that shouldn’t come as a shock. Most Americans think President John F Kennedy was assassinated as part of a conspiracy, either by the US Government, Cubans, or the Mafia. They’re primed to believe their government is keeping secrets from them—because it is. Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N2kVorMQgQA?si=dSyQHCC1idJJnHoy
Last week, the UK Labour Party won the general election in a landslide victory.In the past four episodes we've detailed the chaos, ineptitude and hubris of the Conservative Party during their time in office.So you might be thinking, what took the Labour Party so long to get elected?On the final episode of our Who Broke Britain series, how Labour went to war with itself — over policy, factions, personalities, Brexit, and anti-Semitism.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IpFHEvMWZM&list=PLDTPrMoGHssAfgMMS3L5LpLNFMNp1U_Nq
The UK election is being held today and polls indicate the Conservative Party will lose in a landslide.One of the key policies the government is running on is a version of Australia's offshore immigration detention policy, which was launched by prime minister John Howard in the lead-up to the 2001 election.Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's two year fight over this policy has not only been a colossal failure, it will likely drag the Tories down with it.So as the UK decides on their next Prime Minister, we're asking, who really broke Britain?Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRNiyPh4__E
Britain's National Health Service was in crisis when COVID arrived in the UK.After years of increasing demand and flatlining funding, the NHS was deeply broken.One Chancellor called the NHS "the closest thing the English people have to a religion", so how was it left to fall into disrepair, on the edge of collapse, right as a catastrophic pandemic hit?This is part 3 of our series, Who Broke Britain.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our Who Broke Britain series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vobIKYrfZwg
British Prime Minister David Cameron took a colossal gamble when he called for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.Instead, he brought about Brexit and sent the country into three years of chaos.Cameron was certain his side — Remain — would win. How did he get it so wrong?Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Watch Who broke Britain, part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW2NSrzcrIQCheck out our entire series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDTPrMoGHssAfgMMS3L5LpLNFMNp1U_Nq
When the UK Conservative Party won the election in 2010, they took a butcher's knife to the budget.David Cameron's money-man George Osborne — the young heir to a wallpaper fortune — had a big plan called "austerity," but it put the country on a journey to total chaos.This is the first episode in a four-part series called Who Broke Britain.It's about the past 14 years of Conservative Party leadership, all the way up to the general election that's happening next month.London was once the largest city on Earth — capital of a global empire larger than any other in the history of the world.Even as recently as 17 years ago, Britons were the richest people in any of the world's large economies.Since then, they've gone backwards, more than any other large economy.Britain feels broken. So, who broke it?Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3IhkTK9-xs
We're still on a break from our regularly scheduled programming but don't worry, we're hard at work.Next week we'll be launching a four-part series leading up to the UK election called Who Broke Britain?The country that was once the centre of the world's greatest empire now seems a lot smaller, and in many ways — broken.So — who broke it?Until then, check out the latest ABC podcast Not Stupid, from our colleagues in ABC News.It's hosted by Jeremy Fernandez and Julia Baird, and this week they're diving into Trump's guilty conviction and whether we should raise the minimum age for social media.You can subscribe to it on the Listen app.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM7IYWahjGY
The island of Taiwan, just off the coast of China, is shaping up as the most likely spark for the next global conflict.China's president Xi Jinping wants to claim all the territory he thinks belongs to China, without triggering a nuclear war.It's a century-old civil war, which has been frozen in place for decades.It's an almost unimaginably dangerous situation, and one mistake could lead to catastrophe.This is a repeat episode. It was first broadcast on the 6th July, 2021 as part of the China, If You're Listening series.If you want to listen to the whole series you can find it here, or scroll back in your podcast feed.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_VTGzZj2U
Earlier this week the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash in bad weather.Raisi was a phenomenally important figure in Middle Eastern politics — not just Iran's President, but the likely next Supreme Leader of Iran.He got there through acts of extreme brutality, showing his willingness to do anything to defend the Iranian status quo.How did Ebrahim Raisi become the heir-apparent to the Iranian Supreme Leadership, and what could happen now he's gone?Listen to our other episodes about Iran:Iran, Israel and the calculus of revengeThe Ayatollah who dreamed of an Iranian caliphateHow the Shah's cancer led to Iran's rift with the USSubscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_VTGzZj2U
Australia's first domestic violence shelter Elsie opened in the 1970s, and researchers have been analysing the problem ever since.In the last three decades more than 1,500 women have been killed by intimate partners in Australia and we're still no closer to finding out why.Campaigner Rosie Batty has compared domestic violence to terrorism, and called for similar levels of funding.Is that comparison extreme, or is it the best way to get us closer to fixing the problem?*EDITOR'S NOTE: This episode incorrectly states that Luke Batty was 14 years old at the time of his death. He was 11 years old when he died.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube.
Michael Cohen is the star witness in the Trump 'hush-money' trial.He was once Trump's personal attorney and said he would "take a bullet" for his boss, but then everything changed.He has served years in prison for lying, tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.But he thinks everything he's gone through will be worth it if he can take Trump down.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqPubAjtbc4
Plans for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics are not going well.It's a political quagmire, with plans for billion-dollar stadium upgrades or massive new venues being thrown around like confetti.There are concerns that Brisbane is going to blow its budget.Fifty years ago, the 1976 Montreal Olympics suffered a financial disaster so massive it nearly heralded the end of the Olympic Games.Is Brisbane repeating the mistakes of the past?Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VRUVQz-Dlw
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.He is doing everything he can to stay in office, because if he holds office, he can't be thrown in jail.Sound familiar? It's a bit like Donald Trump's situation in the United States.But Netanyahu's case has an old-school flavour. It's a fierce battle between media tycoons, and it even involves Australian media nepo baby James Packer.It's a rollicking tale. But with a military campaign against Gaza and tensions with Iran rising, it could also change the fate of the war in the Middle East.For more on Benjamin Netanyahu's history, check out this episode: Can Israel rescue the hostages?Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25NndMbkhVE
Narenda Modi loves to promote India's status as the largest democracy in the world, and experts agree that the country's elections are free and fair for all. Modi is now an unbackable favourite to win a third term as Prime Minister in the weeks ahead, with polls suggesting he is heading for another  victory. So why is he so sensitive to criticism, and aggressive in pursuing his detractors? In this final episode, Avani learns of the consequences of her own reporting on Modi after so many months searching for the truth.
Iran and Israel are caught in a cycle of revenge.On April Fools' Day, there was a huge escalation in the conflict when an Israeli air strike killed 16 people, including two Iranian Generals.Two weeks later, the skies over Israel lit up with a counterattack.It might seem like in this conflict, anything goes, but each response and retaliation is a calculated move.Israel knew the attack was coming and almost every drone and missile was intercepted.So, when the game of chess begins, how does it end?Last time the revenge cycle started to turn, Donald Trump was in the White House, and the wheel only stopped because of a tragic mistake.This time, Israel's response could change the trajectory of the conflict in the Middle East.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_dbh10orQc
Lifting Indians out of poverty lies at the core of Narendra Modi's wildly popular political strategy. And it's worked: during his Prime Ministership, India has risen from the tenth largest economy in the world to the fifth. But this rising tide has also widened the gap between the rich and the poor in India, and has raised questions about Modi's ties to business leaders who have turned the nation's rise to their own advantage.
People don't like wind farms. They say they're bad for wildlife, they affect property values and they create pollution.But are any of these claims true?Today, the wind farm debate and how it nearly tore the small Australian community of King Island apart.This episode of If You're Listening is a live recording from the Newcastle Writers Festival.Subscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ-9hfWk8TI
In 2002, Narendra Modi's carefully crafted political story was rocked by a series of deadly attacks in his home state of Gujarat, where he was the highly popular Chief Minister. Thousands were killed in a wave of riots that lasted for three days and became a major national scandal.Modi's role in the violence has been heavily contested in the decades since, but he has never been able to shake the association in the minds of some Indians. How did he manage to survive such a high-profile catastrophe, and what is the legacy of those terrifying riots today?
The Duterte and Marcos families are the Montagues and Capulets of the Philippines.They are, depending on who you ask, the country's most famous statesmen, thieves, murderers or heroes.They have tussled for power for nearly 60 years, and now there are talks of secession splitting the country in two.Could this family feud literally tear the Philippines apart?Want to watch Matt present If You're Listening live from the Newcastle Writers Festival this Sunday, April 7? A stream will be posted to this channel on YouTubeSubscribe to If You're Listening on the ABC Listen app.Check out our series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5pPcV54kiQ
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Brendan Heffernan

PolPot was down on education as well

Jun 6th
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Brendan Heffernan

wasn't Hitla arrested before becoming leader of Germany?

Jun 6th
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R

Also there's no evidence of "a soldier making mistake shooting down a passenger airplane", Except what the Islamic regime says. You gotta be naive believing whatever comes out of their mouth.

May 9th
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R

Qasem Soleimani wasn't a national hero before hia death. Just another general in the regime but .ore known yo foreigners due to the nature of Qods unit. Zarif, the FM of Islamic regime at the time, started a propaganda (as he said in an interview), to present him as a national hero.

May 9th
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Lis Stanger

Great podcast⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apr 23rd
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kate blizard

Matt, You frame this chaos so clearly. You show that mud is on everyone's hands and all contributed to this sad state of Australian politics! Thank you again

Mar 24th
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kate blizard

Matt Bevan thank you for your work. Like always this third series lays out the truth so easily for all to know. so glad you keep educating us all

Mar 12th
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kurt simon

I want the creator of this podcast take each episode of the Russia episodes stick it in his ass. Motherfucker liar.

Nov 17th
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kurt simon

No Biden are you that stupid special

Jul 6th
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kurt simon

Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden did not. They sell their soul to the devil.

Jul 6th
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kurt simon

Misinformation

Jul 6th
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terrywang

Nice one. Gold: "MALCOLM TURNBULL: I would say, in talking about America and the West with Xi, it's a reminder that Chinese leaders have a much better understanding of the West than the West does of China." Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull know China relatively better than the rest of Australian politicians🤷‍♂️

Jul 2nd
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Lis Stanger

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jun 29th
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Jackson Watson

Can someone remind me what the name of the song is at the start of this episode please. Also, brilliant journalism.

Jun 26th
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terrywang

It's 1989 instead of 1999. How many times have the host got it wrong🤦‍♂️

Jun 12th
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terrywang

The host should simply put a "She" sign in front of him 🤦‍♂️

Jun 11th
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Felicia Harsh

Everyone on the show is able to pronounce Xi... except for the host. It's driving me crazy.

Jun 10th
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Shirley Ledger

Great episode! So glad it's back for another season and this one already fascinating

Jun 6th
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Jennifer Thompson

What happened... so enjoyed listening to you, come back please!!! Are you?

Jan 17th
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mina soleimani

I really enjoy your podcast...thank you

Dec 12th
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