An explosive expose of the cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle exported to the slaughterhouses of Indonesia. Despite industry assurances that the welfare of cattle sent to Indonesia is "generally good", Four Corners reveals that many thousands of these animals die slow and hideous deaths.
How the quest to make footballers run faster and hit harder is putting players at risk of brain damage and early onset dementia. Some have described it as the sports equivalent of an arms race. No matter what the code, all coaches want their players bigger and faster, capable of handing out and taking physical punishment. This week Four Corners and PBS Frontline go inside American high school football to look at the impact this arms race is having on players, focusing on the latest research into brain injury.
The Articular Surface Replacement hip or ASR created by DePuy and marketed by the Johnson and Johnson company was sold to doctors and patients as a giant step forward in joint replacement. Its creators boasted it would give greater mobility and help patients get back on their feet quicker. Now reporter Quentin McDermott investigates claims that the metals hips are disintegrating and making patients sick.
The story of an Al Qaeda fighting unit in Afghanistan told from the inside. In the weeks before the death of Osama bin Laden senior US officials claimed that Al Qaeda in Afghanistan had been all but eliminated. Now a courageous Afghan journalist embeds himself with a unit of fighters swearing allegiance to Osama bin Laden. While spending time with them he tries to see if Al Qaeda is making a comeback to the battlefield, how many fighters there are and who is supplying them with weapons and equipment.
The latest chapter in the life of a remarkable community that's battled with missionaries, governments and the horrors of alcohol abuse. The story of Aurukun reveals the evolution of Indigenous affairs across the country, acting as a testing ground for major policy changes.
How 33 miners in Chile, who dodged death, have come to terms with the horror they experienced and their second chance at life. It was a moment that held billions of people transfixed. Trapped below ground for seventy days, they came to the surface one by one. They had survived one ordeal but another was about to begin. Suddenly the centre of world-wide media attention, the survivors were celebrated, interviewed and showered with gifts. For some it was a dream come true, for others a nightmare.
A grand vision or a grand folly? Four Corners sizes up the largest infrastructure project in Australian history. Reporter Stephen Long navigates his way through the arguments, exploring the business case and the technological requirements for our 'wired' future. Is it nation building? Will it be the 21st century equivalent to building the national railway network, or simply an overpriced public monopoly-stifling competition?
Three children are dead. Investigators have only one suspect. So why, twenty years on, is no-one in jail? Debbie Whitmont revisits an investigation into the murders.
A gripping account of how a single engine part almost brought down the pride of the Qantas fleet. When 440 passengers boarded Qantas Flight 32 bound for Sydney last November, they had every reason to feel confident. They were flying an airline boasting a unique safety record, on the world's newest, most sophisticated civilian aircraft, powered by prestigious Rolls Royce engines, famous for their reliability. But six minutes into the flight all that would change, when an explosion sent pieces of searing hot metal shooting out of the engine faster than the speed of sound.
Four Corners investigates Japan's nuclear nightmare and the fear that's gripped a nation. Quentin McDermott and Kerry O'Brien report on the unfolding nuclear crisis.
The story of the worst offshore oil disaster in US history, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. And a warning for Australia as the Federal Government issues licences to explore for oil deep in our most pristine oceans. Presenter Kerry O'Brien will explore the lessons from the spill with the Co-Chair of the BP Oil Spill Commission.
Will the largest water reform plan in the nation's history deliver a healthy river system, or will it be stymied by political compromise?
The story of a baby girl saved from the Haiti earthquake. But what began as an act of mercy would have profound consequences for everyone involved. With the terrible images of the Christchurch earthquake fresh in everyone's mind, Four Corners brings you a remarkable story from another nation struck by nature's fury.
Four Corners investigates the coal seam gas industry and the cost to farmers and the environment. With access to guerrilla activists and their undercover filming, Matthew Carney reports on the coalition of farmers, local townspeople and even a corporate titan who want to halt Australia's gas rush.
The inside story of the security breach that enraged the American Government and a profile of the man who made it all possible. While WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has been cast as a heroic champion of free speech, his ongoing expose of US foreign policy would not have been possible without the work of Private Bradley Manning. It was Manning who allegedly stole the classified documents published by WikiLeaks. It is Manning who now languishes in a US military prison.
What really drives Prime Minister Julia Gillard and does she have what it takes to lead the Labor Party and the country?
A harrowing investigation into the deaths of two children who authorities knew were at risk, but failed to protect. Australia has an elaborate system of laws and child protection agencies that are meant to shield children from abuse and violence. Right now that system is in crisis. In city after city, state after state, it's clear the system is not doing its job. This week reporter Quentin McDermott investigates the death of two young Australians. What he finds will horrify you.
An investigation revealing how telco finance scams have chated customers, in deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Everyone knows that telecommunications is a highly competitive business. Empires have been built on cheap phone calls and businesses are always looking to get a better deal from phone companies. But now Four Corners reporter Stephen Long blows the whistle on highly questionable phone deals.
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