We find out how political tensions between China and Western countries are affecting the release of Disney's new film, Mulan. The Australian government says Indigenous designs are being copied in overseas factories and sold to tourists, which is robbing Australian artists of income. A recent WWF report says that koala populations in some parts of NSW have fallen by 71 percent since the Black Summer bushfires. We find out more about this iconic Aussie species. Some of Australia's top female cricketers are taking part in a new program aimed at boosting women's involvement in cricket. We meet an 11-year old from Nigeria whose bare-footed ballet moves went viral.
Find out more about Victoria’s ‘roadmap’ for transitioning out of stage three and four lock-down. Some kids in Melbourne have been keeping a video diary documenting their life in lockdown. Australia could soon become the first country in the world to force big tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay for the news content they share. Take a look at Aussie plant species that are in trouble and how Australia’s botanic gardens and kids are helping to preserve them. A Japanese company has successfully tested a small flying car so BtN finds out what the cars of the future might look like.
Border Debate There’s been some debate about the decision of many states and territories to shut their borders to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. While some experts say it’s an effective way to keep people safe, it’s having a big impact on families and businesses and some, including the Prime Minister, have called for State Premiers to ease restrictions. We look at the issue of border closures and find out why state governments sometimes have more power than the PM. Hay Fever Season Spring officially starts next week, which means warmer weather and for some, hay fever. It’s a bigger problem than usual this year because the cold-and-flu-like symptoms of hay fever could be mistaken for COVID-19. We find out more about hay fever and what you can do about it. Going Cashless For years now cards and phones have been replacing cash in Australia and around the world and experts say the trend is accelerating because of COVID-19. We find out about the advantages and disadvantages of ditching coins and notes and what affect it could have on Aussies. Taste Adventures The CSIRO has launched a new program called Food Adventurers to try to encourage Aussie primary school kids to eat more vegetables. Studies show that many still aren’t getting their five recommended serves a day and that’s partly because they don’t like the taste. We find out more about the science of taste and how we can learn to love the things that are good for us. COVID Catch-Up We meet 10-year-old Suzy from Melbourne who’s been putting her time in lockdown to good use. She’s created a newspaper called COVID-Catchup to share information, ideas and inspiration with other kids in her neighbourhood.
Contact tracing is a term you might have heard a lot since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. BtN finds out more. The US Postal Service has been struggling in recent years and now some are worried that new cut-backs will affect the upcoming election. Meet some kids from Caragabal in NSW and find out how locals have been affected by the drought and how many are switching to sustainable farming methods. Find out more about the frog citizen science project and why frogs are so important to ecosystems. Plus, meet some kids involved in the Thank You Project – a way to say thanks to someone who’s been essential to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coping during COVID-19 While Victorians work to get their Coronavirus spike under control, there are worries about how their time in isolation could be affecting people’s mental health. BtN speaks to some young Melbournians about how the pandemic has affected them and get some useful advice from the experts at Kids Helpline. Mauritius Spill A massive clean-up operation is underway off the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship ran aground on a reef and started leaking oil. Find out why that could be disastrous for the island nation and the people and animals who live there. Underwater Explorer BtN talks to aquanaut and ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, about his plan to build the world’s most advanced underwater research station and find out why he and many others see the deep oceans as humanity’s next frontier of exploration. Dark Sky Sanctuary Recently, a part of the Swan Reach Recreation Park in South Australia was named as the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. BtN goes to Swan Reach to find out what that means, and why locals love living in a place with some of the world’s best stargazing. Stamp Collecting August is Stamp Collecting month - Australia Post’s annual celebration of a very old hobby. Learn about the history of stamps, why people collect them and why some of those little pieces of sticky paper are worth a lot of money!
Behind the News looks at the events that led up to World War II and gives a brief history of one of the deadliest conflicts that the world has ever seen. More than a million Aussie men and women served in World War II. Find out more about Australia's role in the war. On the 19th of February 1942 Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. Find out more about the day the war came to Australia. The grandparents of some BTN reporters share some of their memories of WWII. The effects of the World War II were felt for a long time after the war had ended. Take a look at the impact WWII had on the world.
BtN looks at the tough new coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne. Right now there's a lot of debate going on about whether kids under 14 should be put in detention. Meet an 11-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy who's passionate about the issue. The year 2020 marks 75 years since two atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Find out more about the bombing of Hiroshima. Meet a young person with alopecia and find out more about the condition. Catch up with Arlo, a young punk music fan from the UK who's now the editor of his own music magazine.
The University of Oxford has announced they have some promising results from a recent trial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Take a closer look at Oxford’s vaccine and why it’s got people excited. With face masks now mandatory in Victoria’s COVID-19 hotspots, find out more about masks, how well they work and how to wear them correctly. Scientists in New Zealand have developed a new way to warn people if a volcano is about to erupt. Learn about the giant cuttlefish and why there’s a push to protect them from fishing. Some students have come up with a creative and safe way for people to visit their school – using Minecraft!
Melbourne is back in lockdown after a big spike in COVID-19 cases. BtN finds out what’s been going on and checks in with some kids in Melbourne. China has passed controversial new laws for Hong Kong. Take a look at what the new laws are and why they’ve made a lot of people worried about the city’s future. There’s been talk in several countries, including Australia, about whether or not TikTok should be banned, so BtN looks at why that’s happening. Three rovers are set to blast off towards Mars in the next few weeks. Learn more about these missions and the history of Mars exploration. Plus, meet one of the young stars of Mackaroy Uncovered, a new ABC fictional podcast for kids.
Learn more about how Black Lives Matter protests have sparked the debate on Australia's historical monuments and statues. The end of an era for Australian TV as the country’s last two community TV stations go off-air for good. You probably know that Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. But how tall is it, exactly? Meet some school kids who teach us about aquaponics and show us how it can be used to produce food and help the environment. And check-in with some of the kids that BtN has spoken to during the COVID-19 pandemic who reflect on the past few months.
The Federal Government recently announced that Australia is in a recession. BtN looks at what a recession is, how it came about, and what the government is doing to try to get us out of it. Black Lives Matter protests in Australia are calling for an end to Indigenous deaths in custody and highlighting racial inequality in this country. Find out what the protests are all about. Plus, revisit some of the young Australians met in the BTN Bushfire Special to see how their families are coping since the Black Summer bushfire crisis. A waste management company has carried out a bin audit and found that more than half of all landfill waste could have been recycled or composted. Meet an Auslan interpreter to find out more about the job that they do and why it’s so important.
Behind the News puts Black Lives Matter in context, reports on the state of newspapers, and explains the significance of Charles Dickens.
There have been big and often violent protests across the United States after an unarmed black man was killed by police. It's not the first time that it has happened and many say racism is to blame. Sport Australia has released a Return to Sport Toolkit outlining how community sports clubs can safely operate once games are back on again. Two astronauts will blast off from Cape Canaveral in a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Look at the launch and its place in the history of human space travel. Australian researchers recently announced the discovery of new species of megafauna, a group of giant animals that roamed the Australian continent until about 40,000 years ago. Plus, meet some students from SA's Riverland region who've discovered a new species of wasp.
The May 28, 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Walk for Reconciliation. Find out more about the bridge walk, the events leading up to it, and its lasting impact on the country. Hear from some kids who speak to their grandma about what the bridge walk meant for her as an Indigenous Australian. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on many people in the creative industries. Thylacine enthusiasts have unearthed forgotten footage of the last known Tasmanian Tiger. Many people have been adopting dogs and cats during COVID-19, however, some animal welfare groups are worried about what will happen to these animals when life returns to normal.
Behind the News explains the three-stage plan to ease restrictions and how it might affect the lives of kids around the country. Talk to kids around the world to find out how people in other countries are being affected by coronavirus COVID-19. And find out about a special online song contest where all of the songs are composed using artificial intelligence.
Meet some Aussie kids whose parents are working on finding a vaccine for COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for a lot of sports people, take a look at how the sports industry has been affected. Learn about the long and interesting history of handshakes and find out about other ways of saying hello. Recently the US military released videos showing UFOs which got a lot of people talking. Find out more about what UFOs are and how they’ve caused a stir in the past. And meet Eamon, who’s had an interesting job over the past few weeks; babysitting spiders from the QLD Museum while it’s been closed to the public.
With the number of new cases of COVID-19 continuing to go down, some states and territories have started to relax their rules on social distancing. BtN looks at how Australia has flattened the curve and why experts say we need to keep doing our bit. Many Aussie kids will be spending at least some of this term working from home, so we thought we’d get some distance learning tips from kids who know just what that's like. The 8th of May is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day. Look at the events leading up to VE Day and why they had such a huge impact on the world. Plus find out more about the Hubble Space Telescope and how it has helped to change our understanding of the universe. Also take a look at the impact COVID-19 has had on zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums which have had to close their doors to the public.
BTN finds out more about Captain James Cook and his famous voyage on board the Endeavour, during which he charted New Zealand at the Eastern coast of Australia. The National Maritime Museum gives Amelia a tour of the HM Bark Endeavour Replica, which was built to be as close as possible to the original ship sailed by Cook. Explore the lasting impact of the Endeavour's arrival on Australia's First Peoples. Take a look at how Australia has changed in the 250 years since Cook's arrival.
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