What can the onset of the Great Depression tell us about our current financial crisis? As It Happened: 1929 The Wall Street Crash explores the causes of the 1929 Wall Street Crash. Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, shares crashed by a third on the New York Stock Exchange. More than $25 billion in individual wealth was lost. Later, three thousand banks failed, taking people's savings with them. Surviving eyewitnesses describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history.
Marking the 80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash, this film looks back at the great financial disaster which shook the 20th century. Startlingly topical in view of the bleak banking crisis of today, the film traces the background and backlash of 1929 with astonishingly fresh and detailed archive footage.
The Wall Street Crash spread around the world like a malign infection. It humbled the rich and destroyed the savings of millions of ordinary people. It brought mass unemployment and near starvation to Europe and Asia, and slowed world trade for nearly a decade. The Crash also re-painted the political landscape, triggering the rise of ruthless dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.
1929: The Year of The Crash follows the wondrously decadent trail of the decade known as The Rolling Twenties the years in which Americans celebrated their post war status as world leaders in industry and modern invention, in which Jazz set the style for a worldwide generation and Hollywood movies featured glittering stars that bewitched a global audience.
Setting the scene for a nation's dizzying rise, the film then plunges into the depths of its terrible fall, exposing the poverty, dole queues and squalid soup kitchens which followed in the wake of the Wall Street Crash. Finally, it reveals how an unlikely hero, Franklin Roosevelt, rode to the rescue of his wounded country, bringing hope and optimism back into the hearts of his people.
Leigh Sales hosts the ABC News Budget 2016 special with political editor Chris Uhlmann live from Parliament House in Canberra.
An ABC News Special hosted by Leigh Sales featuring interviews with Joe Hockey and Bill Shorten and analysis from ABC's Chris Uhlmann, Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb, Alan Kohler, Greg Jennett, Sabra Lane and Ian Verrender.
Addicted To Money is THE program for anyone who wants to know how the financial crisis came about, what it means for us now, and what we can do to create a sustainable economy. Biting and punchy, this three-part series is a survival guide for the 'New Economy', presented with wit, charm and incisive appeal by David McWilliams, a young economist who talks just as candidly to the most influential and powerful players in the global economy as he does to ordinary people.
In episode two of Addicted To Money David McWilliams reveals how Australia and many other nations have become 'one-trick' economies, vulnerable to the inevitable sudden shocks that are a by-product of a fragile, globalised economy. In Australia's case, we have become totally dependent on Chinese resource demand, putting our future in the hands of "a party-state dictatorship with a very big cheque book" says McWilliams.
In the final episode of Addicted To Money, David McWilliams argues that the convulsions of the financial crisis are small compared to the imminent threats ahead. We are facing severe shortages of the key resources that fuel the global economy and make our civilisation possible: oil, water and food. Ultimately, these are all energy issues, and until the energy dilemma is seriously addressed, there can be little optimism for sustainable long-term growth.
In this very personal documentary, former cocaine addict Alex James, bassist of Britpop band Blur, travels to Colombia at the invitation of the Colombian president to see firsthand what the cocaine industry is doing to the country and its people.
Welcome to Pot Town, USA. Medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, and hundreds of business owners are striving to turn a profit in what some are calling the 'green rush'.
In this new season, the sides of the medical marijuana debate come clashing together as the stakes for legitimacy have never been higher. American Weed finds Colorado medical marijuana businesses under scrutiny and facing mounting pressures from local residents.
With everything invested in the newly booming medical marijuana industry, the De Noue family of North Boulder Wellness Centre struggles to turn a profit. Meanwhile, pot entrepreneur Josh Stanley faces a huge challenge in persuading Colorado to finance scientific research and development into cannabis as medicine.
Dawn Clifford, co-owner of Emerald Pathway Wellness Center, tends to a cannabis plant at her grow. Emerald Pathway faces the threat of closure if an upcoming ballot initiative succeeds in imposing a ban on dispensaries in Fort Collins.
As a cult holiday for marijuana, April 20th is the buzz in Colorado. Members of the De Noue family put their resources toward turning their failing business around, and 64-year-old cancer patient Anne Marie finds herself in the middle of her town's fight to ban her green medicine.
A Fort Collins resident encourages passing motorists to vote for Question 300, which would force the closure of all Fort Collins dispensaries.
While people like cancer patient Josh Belt use medical marijuana to deal with their health problems, cannabis also proves controversial as an upcoming vote threatens to shut down the only dispensary in the town of Castle Rock, Colorado.
In this town marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks by about two to one. Welcome to Fort Collins where you'll run into all sorts of characters involved in the cannabis business from herbal healers to black market dealers.
After the banning of medical marijuana centres in Fort Collins , the Stanley brothers are determined to stay focused on their mission to keep medical marijuana legal for patients in Colorado.
Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history. Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, he reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today, telling stories we thought we knew and others we were never told.
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From Bathurst to Jabiluka, or gold to uranium, mining has reshaped Australia's landscape, economy and society. Explore the boom times and busts of life when miners move in or move on.