During the dark and suffocating days of our black summer, fires tore through vast parts of Australia. Six months on, despite all the millions of dollars in donations raised and the promises of government assistance, some are still living in terrible conditions without power or water and they fear they have been forgotten. Recovery is a deeply complex and gruelling process. Knowing how to navigate it is hard. Local volunteers have stepped in to effectively run the recovery effort. In this powerful Four Corners, a portrait of a proud community emerges and they have a message for Australia.
Aviation is arguably the highest profile casualty of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the impact has been enormous. The aviation crisis has driven Australia's second major carrier, Virgin, to the point of collapse. On Four Corners, the key players explain how things went so wrong so quickly. The program details the battle to keep the airline going, examining why it was vulnerable in the first place and what was driving the refusal of the federal government to step in and directly support Virgin.
For three months in 2020, the elderly and vulnerable residents of the Newmarch House aged care facility have effectively been locked in as coronavirus COVID-19 raged through their home. As the disaster unfolded, Four Corners captured the experiences of several families with loved ones effectively trapped inside. The program investigates key decisions taken by the facility and the state and federal health departments about the care of residents and the treatment of those that fell ill. Health authorities have now announced they believe the crisis has passed. But for these families, the time has come for answers.
AI, or artificial intelligence, will be one of the defining developments of the 21st century. The ability of machines to ‘think’ at a speed and depth far beyond the capacity of any human is unleashing incredible possibilities. China is emerging as an AI superpower, staking its reputation on catching up then overtaking the US for AI supremacy within the decade. Critics say the Chinese Communist Party is using AI as an instrument of authoritarian control. Outside of China, even long-term backers of the tech industry say the rise of the global tech giants is a threat to us all. A PBS Frontline documentary.
Coronavirus restrictions are starting to loosen and our cities and towns are showing more signs of life than they have in months. But health authorities and the federal and state governments insist that without an effective vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, life cannot fully return to normal. Australian scientists are at the forefront of this hunt for a vaccine, working around the clock on several promising contenders. The stakes are high, and the degree of difficulty is intense. Four Corners takes you into their world, where they face extraordinary scientific hurdles as well as extreme moral and ethical dilemmas.
This is Australia's premier investigative journalism program. Since 1961, the team have been exposing scandals, triggering inquiries, firing debate and confronting taboos.
How the Ruby Princess became an incubator for infection, leaving passengers and staff dangerously exposed. An alarming picture emerges of crucial decisions by the cruise operator and the actions of Australian authorities.
How brutal politics derailed climate policy in Australia. Several former senior public servants speak about flawed decision making and squandered opportunities by parties on all sides of the political spectrum over a decade.
As the shocking death toll continues to rise, US President Donald Trump's calls for states to reopen could have catastrophic consequences. We track the halting federal response, early warnings, missed opportunities and mixed messages.
The healthcare workers on the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus COVID-19. Four Corners has captured video diaries, interviews and footage with deeply personal accounts from staff in hospitals and GP clinics across Australia.
How the cruise of a lifetime turned into a deadly nightmare. Passengers and day trippers were trapped when New Zealand's most active volcano, White Island, erupted. Were tourists warned of the danger and could more have been done to prevent tragedy?
The coronavirus outbreak created a public health emergency that unleashed a financial wrecking ball through our economy. Capturing history in the making David Speers follows the political scramble, with access to key players.
Amazon is a corporate colossus that dominates the global retail landscape. As a company, it has changed the way commerce operates to emerge as a corporate superpower. It’s propelled its founder, Jeff Bezos from a small-scale book seller to a tech titan. He’s now the richest man in the world. Former high-level Amazon insiders reveal how the company has achieved its success to Four Corners. What emerges is a portrait of a company that gathers staggering amounts of deeply personal data about its customers.
The fight to contain coronavirus. Have critical mistakes left Australia and our frontline medical workers dangerously exposed? Doctors, patients and health practitioners talk about confronting the virus for the first time.
On the frontline to preserve the world's largest tropical rainforest. Brazil is allowing the Amazon to be felled at an alarming rate, but Indigenous tribes, scientists and activists are fighting back. Sophie McNeill reports.
Exposing killings and cover ups by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. Four Corners details explosive revelations about the conduct of Australia's elite special forces during the war in Afghanistan. Mark Willacy investigates. (Strong coarse language.)
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal continues even after his death. Through interviews with key players, including Prince Andrew, we piece together sordid details of Epstein's offending and the allegations made against Prince Andrew.
Growing up without a gender. Young Australians who do not identify as male or female explain how they negotiate the world and the judgement of others. Their parents talk about what it's like to raise a gender neutral child.
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