I hear with my little ear: podcasts 15-22 December 2018

99% Invisible Here in Australia, our conservative government has decided that in relation to electricity policy, reliability and cost trumps emissions every time. We have far fewer blackouts now than I remember having as a child. But imagine the power being out for a year, as it was in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. This podcast, A Year in the Dark is about an electricity worker who decided to become a one-man-clearing house for information about the progress (or lack thereof) it reconnecting the electricity supply.

Revolutionspodcast continuing on with the Mexican Revolution in Episode 9.15 The Constitutionalists. Well, the elected president was shot, an army general took over, and perhaps you think that’s the end of the Mexican revolution. General Huerta settles in, and the US ambassador Henry LaneWilson has his back, and it seems that he’s going to be a second General Portfirio Diaz. He jails and kills the opposition, and buys off rebel soldiers with a pardon if they join the government troops. But there’s the second phase of the revolution stirring, as men and groups begin forming, in the north under Carranza and Pancho Villa, in the south under Zapata.

Russia If You’re Listening is heading into a Christmas break but just before he left, Matt Bevan made two more Trumpdates. Donald Trump’s Not So Merry Christmas goes through all the things that have gone wrong for Trump in recent weeks. Five Ways it could end for Trump features Dom Knight (from The Chaser) and Emma Shortis (from RMIT who has commented on this series several times).

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