History Lab

Australia’s investigative history podcast

History Lab || exploring the gaps between us and the past || This series is made in collaboration by the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney and 2SER 107.3FM Host Tamson Pietsch Executive Producer Emma Lancaster S1, Tom Allinson S2 Producers Tom Allinson, Ninah Kopel, Olivia Rosenman, Jason L'Ecuyer, Ellen Leabeater Supervising producer and Sound Engineer Miles Martignoni S1 Sound design Joe Koning and Ryan Pemberton Digital Producer Jason L'Ecuyer Digital Marketing Andy Huang S1 Artwork design Honey Rogue Design Original music composed by Joe Koning and Michael Meme

History Lab audio makers explore how we've tried to understand the past through sound in season two

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In the aftermath of World War One, nations came together in an attempt to ensure war on the same devastating scale could never occur again. The result? The League of Nations: a revolutionary idea to form the world’s first international organisation. But clearly it did not stop the world from going to war.
A century later we are still questioning our ability to come together. In this episode, Glenda Sluga and Ninah Kopel search for the ephemeral traces of a unified past. They find stories of hope, ambition but also skeletons lurking in the closet. Many say the League failed. But did the spirit live on?

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Where do jelly babies come from?
Mass-produced things are all around us. But they all start with a single object. In this episode, Olivia goes looking for the patternmakers, whose invisible hands are the original creators of much of the stuff we use every day. They see a world no-one else can see. So why are they disappearing? And what will we lose when they are gone?

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In 1817, the Bank of New South Wales opened as the first financial institution in the Australian colonies. But when the first customers arrived for the grand opening, they found someone had already made a deposit. Where did the money come from? Our producers, Jason and Nicole, follow the record trail and discover the uncertain foundations of Australia’s first bank.

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Sydney's iconic Opera House plays host to musicians and dancers, actors and singers. But beneath the notes of their voices, another song echoes across the city’s waters.
Indigenous Eora fisherwomen passed down their knowledge through their songs while paddling their canoes, a cooking fire at one end and their kids on their shoulders.
Anna Clark and Tamson go looking for the fisherwomen’s world, and discover that, if you listen closely, the past of Sydney Harbour still sings.

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