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Kashmir Conflict
In the past few weeks there’s been some tension between two big countries: India and Pakistan. There’s been some fighting in an area that sits between the two countries known as Kashmir. It’s not the first time Kashmir’s been at the centre of conflict. This week we look at the reasons behind the trouble in Kashmir and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan.

Plastic Ban
Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws. It’s something many other cities and government are looking at doing to try to stop plastic pollution which, according to a new report, is set to double in the next decade. We look at the problem of plastic pollution and the debate over plastic bans.

TikTok Trouble
The popular social app TikTok is in big trouble. It's just been hit with a fine for not protecting the privacy of its younger users. While you’re supposed to be 13 to use it some TikTok fans were younger than that and now many have had their accounts deleted. We look at what happened, find out why social media has age restrictions, and ask kids what they think.

Antarctica Special (Part 1): Life in Antarctica
BTN reporter Emma Davis has been on a journey to one of the world’s most remote and amazing places: Antarctica! She’s been meeting the people that live and work there and finding out why the frozen continent is so important to science. She’s also been trying to find out the answers to kids’ questions about Antarctica and over the next few weeks she’ll be sharing what she found. This week we’ll find out what it to get to Antarctica and what it’s like to live on Australia’s Casey Station.

World’s Greatest Shave
This week thousands of Australians will be taking part in a fundraiser called the World’s Greatest Shave. They’ll be shaving or colouring their hair to raise money for research into leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects many Australians. Amongst the participants is 12-year-old Jack, the son of ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. He’s going to tell us why he’s taking part and why leukemia research is so important.

Behind the News: March 12, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Kashmir Conflict In the past few weeks there’s been some tension between two big countries: India and Pakistan. There’s been some fighting in an area that sits between the two countries known as Kashmir. It’s not the first time Kashmir’s been at the centre of conflict. This week we look at the reasons behind the trouble in Kashmir and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan. Plastic Ban Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws. It’s something many other cities and government are looking at doing to try to stop plastic pollution which, according to a new report, is set to double in the next decade. We look at the problem of plastic pollution and the debate over plastic bans. TikTok Trouble The popular social app TikTok is in big trouble. It's just been hit with a fine for not protecting the privacy of its younger users. While you’re supposed to be 13 to use it some TikTok fans were younger than that and now many have had their accounts deleted. We look at what happened, find out why social media has age restrictions, and ask kids what they think. Antarctica Special (Part 1): Life in Antarctica BTN reporter Emma Davis has been on a journey to one of the world’s most remote and amazing places: Antarctica! She’s been meeting the people that live and work there and finding out why the frozen continent is so important to science. She’s also been trying to find out the answers to kids’ questions about Antarctica and over the next few weeks she’ll be sharing what she found. This week we’ll find out what it to get to Antarctica and what it’s like to live on Australia’s Casey Station. World’s Greatest Shave This week thousands of Australians will be taking part in a fundraiser called the World’s Greatest Shave. They’ll be shaving or colouring their hair to raise money for research into leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects many Australians. Amongst the participants is 12-year-old Jack, the son of ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. He’s going to tell us why he’s taking part and why leukemia research is so important.
Phone Ban
Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools.

Women in Politics
Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics.

Palm Oil
Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. 

Rat Island
Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem.

Breakdancing
There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.

Behind the News: March 5, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Phone Ban Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools. Women in Politics Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics. Palm Oil Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. Rat Island Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem. Breakdancing There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.
Cyber Attacks
There’s been a lot of talk about cyber safety in Australia after the computer networks of parliament and several political parties were broken into by overseas criminals. We look at what happened, what cybercrime is and what ordinary people can do to stay safe.

Sports Pay Gap
The heads of Australia’s biggest sporting organisations came together last week to release a plan which they reckon could be a world first. They want to work to reduce the pay gap between men and women in professional sport. We find out more about that pay gap and what’s being done to make sport fairer in Australia.

Oscars History
On Monday movie lovers around the world will be tuning in to Hollywood’s biggest night: the annual Academy Awards. We take a look back at the history of the awards and find out why they’re such a big deal, why they’re called the Oscars, and why they’re sometimes controversial.

Space Clean-up
Scientists and engineers have just taken a giant leap forward in the fight to clean up outer-space! A company from the UK has successfully tested a spacecraft designed to harpoon pieces of space junk so they can be pulled out of orbit. That’s really important because experts say space junk poses a serious and growing threat to humans in space and here on Earth.

Circus Abyssinia
Jack meets the young performers of Circus Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s first circus troupe. He finds out how the group got started and what it’s like to travel the world as a circus performer.

Behind the News: February 26, 2019

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:30
Cyber Attacks There’s been a lot of talk about cyber safety in Australia after the computer networks of parliament and several political parties were broken into by overseas criminals. We look at what happened, what cybercrime is and what ordinary people can do to stay safe. Sports Pay Gap The heads of Australia’s biggest sporting organisations came together last week to release a plan which they reckon could be a world first. They want to work to reduce the pay gap between men and women in professional sport. We find out more about that pay gap and what’s being done to make sport fairer in Australia. Oscars History On Monday movie lovers around the world will be tuning in to Hollywood’s biggest night: the annual Academy Awards. We take a look back at the history of the awards and find out why they’re such a big deal, why they’re called the Oscars, and why they’re sometimes controversial. Space Clean-up Scientists and engineers have just taken a giant leap forward in the fight to clean up outer-space! A company from the UK has successfully tested a spacecraft designed to harpoon pieces of space junk so they can be pulled out of orbit. That’s really important because experts say space junk poses a serious and growing threat to humans in space and here on Earth. Circus Abyssinia Jack meets the young performers of Circus Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s first circus troupe. He finds out how the group got started and what it’s like to travel the world as a circus performer.
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