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Behind The News

23/07/2013  |  ABC

LABOR VOTES During the school holidays Australia got a new Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd became PM again after Labor MPs elected him leader over Julia Gillard. Now Mr Rudd wants to make changes to the way party leaders are elected - that would include votes from all party members. We see how this would work and why political parties exist. [Sarah] ROYAL BABY The birth's expected this week of William and Kate's first child. We explain why this baby will be third in line for the throne and what will now happen if it's a girl. We also see how names are chosen for Royal babies - there's not such a big pool to draw from. [Nathan] FRUIT FARMERS If your parents owned a fruit orchard, you might think it would be fun growing up in a garden of delights. But these days Aussie fruit farmers are doing it tough. We explain how the high value of our dollar and cheap imports are forcing some farmers to pull up their fruit trees - but maybe there's something you can do to help them? [Sarah] WILD MOB It's not every day a bunch of city kids get a chance to go camping in a rainforest. But some students in Queensland were able to do this through an environmental organisation called Wild Mob. Shontelle and Anna went along and shot some video for BTN to share what they got up to. [Tash] CYCLOCROSS We check out an extreme sport for cyclists who don't mind getting their feet wet - or covered in mud. It's called cyclocross and sees riders navigate a three kilometre course of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and other obstacles. And that means they often have to jump off their bikes and carry them. [Sophia]

24:30 | News and current affairs
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Behind The News

25/06/2013  |  ABC

GENDER EQUALITY There's been a lot of recent media coverage on gender equality - mainly centred on how the media and others deal with Australia's female Prime Minister. But what is gender equality and why are so many people sensitive to the role of women in society? These days women can aspire to the highest office in the land but it wasn't always so. BTN goes back in history to uncover some surprising facts. G8 SUMMIT This week the leaders of the eight countries that make up the organisation known as G8 are meeting to discuss some pressing world issues - issues that they don't always agree on. BTN looks at what the G8 is and what it does. ANZAC STORY BTN meets some schoolkids who have been working on a fascinating project. They were each given the task of researching the life of an Australian Digger who fought in the First World War. Their research saw them travel to far way battlefields - and ultimately the soldiers' final resting place. FOOTY GIRLS Aussie Rules football is a sport that's very much dominated by men. But recently the women's league has been getting a bit more attention. BTN talks to a young player who reckons more girls should get involved. POPCORN A trip to the movies is a lot sweeter with a box of popcorn. It's been sold in cinemas for decades...but not all corn can produce popcorn. BTN meets a leading grower to find out where popcorn comes from and how it pops.

24:34 | News and current affairs
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Behind The News

11/06/2013  |  ABC

ASBESTOS The rollout of the NBN has hit some controversy after it was revealed that contractors doing the work may have exposed residents to asbestos dust. BtN explains what asbestos is and why it can be a dangerous material if it's not treated in the right way. REPUBLIC Last week we saw Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull both agreeing on the same issue, even though they're from different political parties. They want Australia to become a republic. But what would it mean if Australia was to become a republic and how would a head of state be chosen? YOUNG SCIENTISTS Every year, the world's best young scientists get together for a huge international science and engineering fair in the United States. It gives students a chance to talk about their ideas with science experts and showcase their work. We meet some of the winners and look at their amazing inventions. AUCTION IDOL How do you feel about public speaking? Could you convince a group of people to buy a house? We meet a group of school kids who are part of the Auction Idol competition where they put their public speaking skills to the test. And, as Matt discovered, it's a lot harder than it looks. BUSH TUCKER A group of city kids are getting a taste of what life was like for their Aboriginal ancestors. They've travelled to the Queensland bush to learn about their culture and to experience bush tucker. They took a video of what they got up to.

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Behind The News

28/05/2013  |  ABC

TORNADOES Powerful tornadoes have devastated parts of America. People have died and thousands of buildings have been destroyed. BtN explains how tornadoes happen and why they are really common in this part of the world. VACCINATION ROW The vaccination debate is back in the news after the NSW Opposition said they want to introduce a plan to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres. Figures have also been released that show immunisation rates in some parts of NSW have hit record lows. BtN explores the impact vaccines have had on controlling disease over the years and why people are opposed to the new plan. MABO June 3rd marks the anniversary of the Australian High Court's landmark Mabo decision which gave important land rights to Indigenous Australians. We take a look at the life of Eddie Mabo and why he's considered a significant Australian. BLIND RADIO Nas Campanella has a voice that you may recognise as she's the newsreader on the radio station Triple J. But recently the newsreader was in the news herself when she let it be known that she is blind. So how does Nas read all those news bulletins and operate all the buttons and knobs if she can't see? LUGE GIRL BtN profiles a crazy and dangerous winter sport called luge. We meet an amazing athlete who's overcome some huge setbacks to become one of the best young competitors in Australia.

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