A high-energy, fun way for upper primary and secondary students to learn about current issues and events in their world. Each program is built around major news stories of the week.
Rookie reporters from Italy tell us what life is like in northern Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn all about the Aurora Australis icebreaker as it heads into retirement after 31 years of travelling to Antarctica with scientists and research teams. Plus, find out why more girls are trying out extreme sports.
Global response to COVID-19, stockpiling psychology, coral reef bleaching, bug food and astronaut training
Behind the News answers some Coronavirus Questions, explains why handwashing is important and what the closure of Australian Associated Press means for journalism. Plus, Ursula Dubosarsky talks about her love of school libraries and we meet a passionate boy ballet dancer.
In this episode of Behind the News we learn how COVID-19 is affecting trade, business and share markets across the world. ASIO updates us on the state of spying in Australia and NASA's small robotic geologist, Insight, reveals discoveries from its investigations on the planet Mars. The Australian War Memorial unveils a new sculpture dedicated to dogs in the military. In sports news there's an AFLW wrap up, an AFL State of Origin bushfire fundraiser, a Chinese swimming champion is found guilty of drug use and we meet an aspiring Paralympian, Brydi.
In this edition of Behind the News we say goodbye to Holden, find out about the push for plastic free produce and we meet some masters of beat box. The team explains the history of quarantine and the reasons why people, plants and animals are put into quarantine. Learn about Anne Frank on the 75th anniversary of her death in a concentration camp during World War II.
The Behind the News team explains the role of the World Health Organization when it comes to pandemics and contagious diseases. There's an explanation of how beach erosion is affecting coastal properties. Plus there's a look at all sides of the homework debate, the dwarf planet Pluto and International Mother Language Day.
The Behind the News team gives us the lowdown on COVID-19 (coronavirus), weather science, locust plague, Charles Darwin day, and we meet some visual effects artists who worked on one of this year's Oscar-nominated films.
This episode looks at the bushfire crisis, with a recap of what’s been happening over the past few months. And find out more about how the fires started and what’s happening now. The BTN team meet kids from around the country who were affected by the fires and hear their stories. The bushfires have had a big effect on wildlife and ecosystems around the country. BTN takes a look at the many ways in which people have helped each other during and after the fires.
This special end of year episode of Behind the News wraps up all of 2019’s big stories from Australia and around the world in politics, weather, sports and culture. Plus there is a super quiz to test your knowledge of the year’s events and some behind the scenes bloopers.
The Behind the News team updates us on the Hong Kong protests and explains what kind of democratic rights the protestors are demanding from the government. A koala hospital in Port Macquarie has raised over $1 million, Tesla unveils its new cybertruck and ancient animal mummies are put on display in Egypt. We also learn more about Venice and why it is flooding. Jack visits an indigenous school garden full of bush tucker, Leela spends some time at the South Australian hospital school and we meet a young Aussie horse rider from Cobargo who has invented the award winning safety 'rein angel'.
NSW and QLD have been dealing with deadly bushfires for more than a week now, and hundreds of schools are closed. Amelia visits some of the affected areas to find out how kids are coping. BTN’s Kids Talk survey has found that some kids are feeling tired a lot of the time, so we take a look at why sleep is important and ways kids can get a better night’s sleep. The UN’s World Television Day celebrates the powerful role television plays in helping us understand global issues and the things that matter to us. We meet an up and coming musician who sat down with one of the country’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Paul Kelly.
India's capital, New Delhi, is experiencing dangerous levels of air pollution. We find out why it's happening and what's being done. BTN's Kids Talk Survey found nearly 1 in 5 kids are spending 5 or more hours a day looking at screens. We take a closer look at the results, and ways to manage our screen time. It's the 100th anniversary of the Epic Flight, when two Australian men flew a plane from England to Australia. We meet some students in Adelaide who have been learning more about it. We take a closer look at the career of tennis star Ash Barty and find out her message to Aussie tennis stars of the future. We find out more about the medieval sport of jousting.
BTN takes a closer look at the history of the Melbourne Cup and the horse racing debate going on in Australia. It’s been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We find out more about that important historical event, the events that led up to it and its impact on the world. Find out why reality TV isn’t always as ‘real’ as it appears. We meet some kids in Tasmania who are learning a language that means a lot to them and their families - it’s called palawa kani. With esports booming around the world, some Aussie schools are starting to see video gaming as a serious sport.
Brexit Irish Border Brexit has been big in the news as the deadline for the UK's plan to leave the EU gets closer. This week we look at one of the biggest issues in the Brexit debate; the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We find out why that's such a big deal by learning more about Ireland's complicated history. East Antarctic Marine Park This week scientists from around the world are in Hobart for a meeting about Antarctica. One of the things they'll be talking about is a plan - led by Australia - to set up a Marine Protected Area that would make more of the Antarctic ocean off-limits to fishing and mining. We find out more about the creatures that live in this icy deep and why some think they're worth protecting. Waste Solutions As you might have heard, Australia has been facing some waste management problems since overseas countries that used to process our recycling said they didn't want to do it anymore. Last week Victoria's government released a report outlining some possible solutions, including turning green waste into energy and giving households six recycling bins. We take a closer look at some of these plans. Letter Writing Class Leela meets a man who's on a mission to bring back letter writing! Richard Simpkin is the founder of World Letter Writing Day and he travels around the country teaching kids the value of picking up a pen and writing to someone they care about. Halloween History It's Halloween on Thursday, when many people around the world like to get dressed up, go trick or treating, and celebrate all things scary! Jack finds out more about the origins of Halloween and where some of its spookiest traditions began.
Syria Turkey Conflict We look at a conflict that's going on at the moment on the border of Turkey and Syria. It started a couple of weeks ago after the US announced it was bringing its soldiers home from the region. But to understand why it's happening you have to understand a bit about Syria's recent history and Turkey's relationship with the Kurdish people. Deep Fakes As part of the ABC's Media Literacy Week, we look at the rise of deep fake videos and why they have some experts worried. Solar Car Challenge Last week teams of students from around the world are racing through the outback as part of the Solar Car Challenge. It's an event that's part race, part science show that was started in the '80s to showcase solar technology. Map Future Recently Geoscience Australia, the federal government's mapping agency, announced that it was phasing out paper maps. It says most people are buying them online now, although not everyone's happy with the move. It got us thinking about the past and the future of maps. Dog History For a long time, dogs have been known as mankind's best friend, but recent studies have also found that our four-legged friends are good for our heath. In fact, scientists have found that people with pet dogs tend to live longer. We look at history of the friendship between humans and dogs and why they might make us healthier. Kids Talk Survey Behind the News is launching its first ever Kids Talk Survey. We want to know what's going on in the lives of school kids around the country, including how they're feeling, the issues they're dealing with, how they feel about politics and how much time they spend on screens.
Impeachment Explained Over the holidays you might have heard about a big story involving US President Donald Trump. His political opponents have started a big investigation to see whether or not he should be impeached. We find out what impeachment is and why this is such a big deal. Nobel Prizes This year’s Nobel Prize winners have just been announced. They’re some of the world’s most prestigious awards, given each year to people who’ve made world-changing achievements in different fields. We find out more about what the Nobel Prizes are and their interesting history. Video Game Archive For the first time ever, Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive has added eight video games to its collection of important sounds and images from throughout Australia’s history. We take a look at the games that made the cut and find out more about the history of video games. Yom Kippur We meet some kids who’ve just celebrated the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. They tell us more about their religion and what the holiday means to them. This is part of a series of stories looking at the world’s major religions and their celebrations.
Fire Season It’s been a terrible start to spring for many communities in NSW and Queensland where bushfires have destroyed homes and property. While fires aren’t unusual in Australia, experts say these ones have hit way earlier than usual, in places that aren’t usually affected by fire. We find out more about this terrible start to fire season and how some kids are getting ready for the hot weather to come. Fish Rescue A mass fish rescue is underway right now in the Darling River in NSW. Native species are being caught and relocated to other parts of the river or to fish hatcheries to try to prevent what the State’s environment minister has described as a potential fish “Armageddon”. Many are worried, when summer comes, we’ll see another mass fish die-off caused by blue green algae. We find out more about what’s happening to the health of Australia’s biggest river system. E-cigarette Warning Most young Aussies know about the dangers of smoking, but there are worries that there’s a growing number of young people using e-cigarettes or vaping. While they were originally marketed as being a safer alternative to cigarettes, recently there’ve been a few cases of people getting sick after vaping and even some deaths overseas. We find out more. Peace Games It’s not very often that 11-year-olds are asked to prevent wars and solve big economic, social and environmental crises, but this week that’s exactly what some South Australia kids are being asked to do. They’re taking part in the World Peace Game - a very different sort of board game developed by a US educator who’s on a mission to prove that kids can make great diplomats. Magpie Season It’s that time of year again - when school yards and streets are menaced by swooping magpies! We find out why magpies attack and what you can do to protect yourself.
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