24:29 | Published 9 years ago
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Behind the News

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17/11/2009

United Nations When kids are in trouble around the world they're often helped by the United Nations. it feeds the starving, runs schools, sets up hospitals and looks after people escaping wars. So what exactly is the UN and why does it go around helping everyone? Kirsty looks for answers.. Story explains how UN was set up and why. How it operates and its different agencies. Endangered Koalas Where are all the koalas going? Scientists say their numbers are in a massive decline and the species could be extinct in decades. Nathan looks at why. Story explains how researchers arrived at their findings and what they say is causing the problem. Indigenous Language Can you imagine going to school and having to learn your lessons in a different language? Tough work? For some Indigenous Aussie kids that's what they have to do for some of their day and it's causing quite a bit of controversy. Kirsty explains what's been going on Story explains decision in Northern Territory to make students learn in English for four hours a day. Discusses concerns in Indigenous communities. Remote Art In remote mining towns life can be a bit tough for kids. They don't have as many options as city kids so it can get a bit dull! In one town however that's changing with a project that's getting kids to make some pretty amazing movies. Sarah has more. Story explains project in Newman WA that gives kids a chance to make movies. Talks about problems kids face in a remote community. California Classroom On the TV each night we see life in schools in the United States. Often it seems much more glamorous and exciting than the way we live in Oz. Catherine has been to a school in California to find out if it's really like the movies. Story tours school in Santa Monica in California. Interviews with kids.

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Behind the News

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Copenhagen/TV Ban/iPod Inattention/Wombats/Cadet Camp

Copenhagen Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen. Why are pollies always talking about Copenhagen? Is it because they love ice cream? No. It is actually a place where a vital meeting is going to be held about the future of the planet. Sarah has been finding out why Copenhagen could be crucial for climate change. TV Ban Is TV making you dumb? Some people say it is and they want to ban kids from watching before they turn two. They also want TV time limited for older kids! Kirsty has been looking at why there's a push for a ban and what kids think about it. iPod Inattention Could listening to your favorite song get you arrested? Probably not - but it's not as crazy as you think! In at least one state police are getting tough on pedestrians listening to music players. However it's not because of bad music, it's to avoid bad accidents. Nathan explains. Wombats When you think about famous Aussie animals the main ones that come to mind are kangaroos and koalas - wombats tend to be forgotten. In fact there's a big debate about what to do with them. Some farmers want them culled, some conservationists say they're endangered. Nathan decided to find out why. Cadet Camp You might think army cadets is all about marching around a parade ground there's a lot more to it than that. In the school holidays heaps of cadets had a great time together at cadet camp. What's that all about? Sarah went a long to find out.

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