Four Corners investigates accusations of mismanagement and neglect which have fuelled a bitter dispute between Kakadu's traditional owners and the authority that runs the World Heritage Listed site.
Self-described defenders of Russia are determined to shut down anti-Vladimir Putin sentiment in Australia, establishing pro-Moscow chapters as part of a propaganda war to remind the world that Russia is a force to the reckoned with.
Just days after supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump smashed their way into the home of US democracy in a failed bid to halt the transfer of power, Joseph R Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Four Corners brings you a political and personal portrait of the man now leading America. The program charts his rise from a hardscrabble childhood where he faced bullying and discrimination based on a severe stutter, to his discovery of the power of politics. Against the odds, he gained momentum and won the Presidency. Now he faces the huge task of uniting a bitterly divided nation.
On January 6, 2021, the most sacred symbol of American democracy was stormed by supporters of Donald Trump, unleashing violence and destruction. As President Joe Biden takes charge, the rival Republican party is grappling with its political future. Defeated, disgraced, and now twice-impeached, Donald Trump may be out of office, but the anger he unleashed continues to threaten and America is watching for his next move.
Parliament House in Canberra is a hotbed of political intrigue and high tension. Leadership challenges and tightly fought votes are covered exhaustively by the media, but what happens after hours has long been governed by the idea that what happens in Canberra stays in Canberra. Four Corners investigation questions the conduct of some of the most senior politicians in the nation.
For the class of 2020, their final year of school has been challenging in ways they never imagined. Students from across Australia open up to Four Corners about this year of uncertainty and disruption. Filmed mainly on their smartphones, these young Australians explain what the year of coronavirus has been like for them. Many found themselves questioning their future career plans as they watched the nation fall into recession, and saw the impact of the pandemic on their loved ones. Despite the mental and emotional toll, they want Australia to know that they are ready to face the future.
Donald Trump was elected to office in 2016 on the promise that he would "Make America Great Again". Four years on, he's presiding over a nation that is bitterly divided with a troubled economy and a population ravaged by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. With just over a week to go before polling day, Four Corners examines whether Donald Trump can once again defy the polls and his critics and secure a second presidential term.
This is Australia's premier investigative journalism program. Since 1961, the team have been exposing scandals, triggering inquiries, firing debate and confronting taboos.
Tinder is the dating app that has reinvented the way we meet new people. Some are looking for love, others, are after a casual fling. The app has been downloaded more than 100 million times worldwide and it's the most popular dating app in Australia. In a joint investigation, Four Corners and Triple J Hack reveal that the dating app has become a playground for sex offenders. Multiple women have come forward to speak with Four Corners guest reporter and Hack presenter Avani Dias. They tell their stories of assault at the hands of those they have matched with on Tinder.
On a hot summer evening two months ago in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, a catastrophic explosion ripped through the city. It looked like a scene from a disaster movie, but it was very real. Four Corners pieces together the story of the explosion, tracking down many of the people who filmed the blast as well as those who were dramatically shown on screen. Using previously unseen footage, the program tracks the final minutes of the emergency responders who had no idea what they were walking into. In this city with so many connections to Australia, the pain and grief is immense, as is their anger.
Australia is in the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression with decades of economic growth brought to a halt as the result of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. More than six months on from the closure of our borders and the extensive restrictions placed on how we work and play, Four Corners investigates the financial fallout for everyday Australians and what the future may hold. The program analyses why specific locations and industries were so vulnerable to the shutdown and explores what it will take for Australia to recover.
Over three years, UK police tracked a family crime group who kept their victims in squalid conditions and stole wages to fund their own lifestyle. The trial that followed unmasked the family as the operators of Britain's largest modern slavery ring. With exclusive access to both the police investigation and the court case, the BBC's Panorama program captured the dramatic events as they unfolded. The case provides an insight into the staggering scale of modern slavery across the world.
In conflict zones around the world, battles are increasingly being fought, not just by armies, but by private military contractors operating as guns for hire. These mercenaries live in a shadowy world away from the public eye where the normal rules of combat don't apply. Their work usually remains secret unless something goes very wrong. Four Corners investigates this murky world and the Australian military men at the heart of it.
The aggressive marketing of dangerously potent and addictive opioids by pharmaceutical companies has driven an alarming rise in global drug addiction and death. America has been at the epicentre of this epidemic. Insys Therapeutics was a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical company which made a fortune from one such drug. Up to one hundred times stronger than morphine, the fentanyl-based painkiller promised fast and effective relief from the most acute pain. Instead of helping those in need, the drug fuelled America's devastating opioid epidemic in the shameless pursuit of profit. Now the lengths this company went to in order to increase its sales have been exposed.
Sixty years ago, the world watched in wonder at the dawning of the space age. Humankind's first flights into space and the landing on the moon showed the seemingly impossible was achievable. Now we are on the brink of a new space revolution. Space travel has never been so accessible. The entrepreneurial vision of business tycoon Elon Musk and his Space X business teamed with more affordable and reliable technology has resulted in a space revolution that is giving rise to a whole new world of possibilities. Four Corners examines the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of the new space age, in which travel beyond our own planet is suddenly affordable.
Violent crime and the mentally ill: how the mental health system is failing to protect the community and the patients themselves. Families reveal a disturbing picture of inadequate healthcare with devastating consequences.
For months Australia was the envy of the world, with COVID-19 largely under control. All that changed when the news broke of a breach in Melbourne's hotel quarantine program. Four Corners investigates how coronavirus escaped back out into the Victorian community, wreaking havoc in the state and putting the rest of the nation in peril. After the initial outbreak, the virus spread with alarming speed and took hold in the most vulnerable places imaginable, aged care homes. This investigation reveals the failures by the authorities that were supposed to keep the community safe.
For decades we've been told that we can do our bit for the environment by recycling our waste. But as Four Corners revealed in 2017, much of Australia's recycling operations have been effectively a sham with mountains of waste being stockpiled with nowhere to go. Now, in this revealing investigation from PBS Frontline, the actions of the American plastics industry are laid bare. The program shows how over decades clever marketing campaigns were created to persuade consumers they should carry the burden of plastic pollution, by recycling, rather than expecting industry to reduce the amount of plastic it manufactured.
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