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.
Coronavirus COVID-19 has had a big effect on almost everyone in Australia. We find out what the government’s economic plan is to help people. We take a look at some positive coronavirus stories from around the world. Women’s History Month celebrates the women who’ve changed the country and the world for the better. We find out about the Wonderchicken and how it could give us new clues as to how modern birds evolved. And it’s a difficult time for kids and adults right now, so we hear from a mental health expert to get some tips on how to stay healthy on the inside and the outside.
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.
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