Amelia Moseley investigates why websites create 'fake news' stories, why it's a problem, what social media sites are doing about it, and how to use critical thinking skills to judge if an article can be trusted.
We look at the history behind Australia Day and why it's marked on January 26. We learn that not everyone is happy about it. We also find out about the HMS Endeavour, the ship that brought Captain Cook to Australia.
Fire Season It’s been a terrible start to spring for many communities in NSW and Queensland where bushfires have destroyed homes and property. While fires aren’t unusual in Australia, experts say these ones have hit way earlier than usual, in places that aren’t usually affected by fire. We find out more about this terrible start to fire season and how some kids are getting ready for the hot weather to come. Fish Rescue A mass fish rescue is underway right now in the Darling River in NSW. Native species are being caught and relocated to other parts of the river or to fish hatcheries to try to prevent what the State’s environment minister has described as a potential fish “Armageddon”. Many are worried, when summer comes, we’ll see another mass fish die-off caused by blue green algae. We find out more about what’s happening to the health of Australia’s biggest river system. E-cigarette Warning Most young Aussies know about the dangers of smoking, but there are worries that there’s a growing number of young people using e-cigarettes or vaping. While they were originally marketed as being a safer alternative to cigarettes, recently there’ve been a few cases of people getting sick after vaping and even some deaths overseas. We find out more. Peace Games It’s not very often that 11-year-olds are asked to prevent wars and solve big economic, social and environmental crises, but this week that’s exactly what some South Australia kids are being asked to do. They’re taking part in the World Peace Game - a very different sort of board game developed by a US educator who’s on a mission to prove that kids can make great diplomats. Magpie Season It’s that time of year again - when school yards and streets are menaced by swooping magpies! We find out why magpies attack and what you can do to protect yourself.
The Behind the News team cover the results from the Swifts vs Sunshine Coast Lightning netball grand final, how the Australian cricket team performed in the ashes and the Boomers’ loss at the basketball world cup. They also go to Lucindale for the Triple J one night stand music concert, share the reasons behind New York banning flavoured e-cigarettes, flying teddies and super cute animal photos.
The Behind the News team ask ‘What’s the deal with Area 51? Top secret military base or something more mysterious?’. They also look at whether mobile phones will be banned in schools, how worm juice is helping school students raise money for charity and some heartwarming dog stories from around the world.
The Behind the News team ask the question ‘Could there be life on the Earth-like planet K2-18B?', they also share frightening footage of the bushfires at Peregian Beach showing just how quickly a fire can spread. We learn that Taylor Swift will be at this year’s Melbourne Cup and that the Boomers basketball team have progressed in the World Cup with a shock result for Team USA. Find out why ASIO has designed a commemorative 50 cent coin.
The Behind the News team investigate why one of YouTube's biggest earner is in trouble, the theory of the asteroid hitting Earth and see Tayla Harris receiving a big honour. Plus a wrap up of the world's news and sports.
The Behind the News Newsbreak team bring the latest about the bush fires effecting New South Wales and Queensland plus a wrap up of the world's news and sports.
Hurricane Dorian The Bahamas have been battered by the fiercest hurricane to hit the islands since records began. Hurricane Dorian was category 5 when it made landfall - the strongest category there is. We look at how hurricanes work, how they’re measured and how people are coping with the disaster. Trade Wars You might have heard on the news over the past few months about something called a trade war that’s going on between the US and China. The countries aren’t really 'at war' - but they are having a serious disagreement about tariffs and it’s having an effect on economies around the world - including here in Australia. We find out what tariffs are and how they’re being used as a weapon by the world’s most powerful countries. Human Evolution Scientists are really excited about a new find in Ethiopia. It's a 3.8 million-year-old skull belonging to one of our oldest ancestors and they hope it'll give us a much better understanding of human evolution. Matt find out more about the find and how humans became humans. NASA fossils Scientists from NASA and the ESA have been in Western Australia’s Pilbara region learning how to collect the best rock samples from the surface of Mars! Both space agencies are planning unmanned missions to the red planet which will involve collecting Martian rock samples and looking for signs of ancient Martian life. So that they know what to look for, they’re learning more about ancient Australian rocks which hold clues to the beginnings of life on Earth. Worm Wee We meet some school kids who’ve made a business out of worm wee! While it might not sound too tasty to us, plants love the liquid created by earthworms and so do gardeners. The students from Mercedes College teach us more about worms and how they help the soil to stay healthy.
With summer along the way bush fires have seem to make their mark earlier than expected. The Behind the News team reports fire crews have spent the last few days battling more than 50 bush fires around Australia. Get exclusive updates on the Chiba Air Race and the Ashes plus a wrap up of the world's news and sports.
The Behind the News team get exclusive updates from China where a cat had been cloned, bush fires in Queensland and cricket plus a wrap up of the world's news and sports.
How safe are you online? YouTube has been fined two hundred and fifty million dollars for collecting data from its younger viewers without permission. Find out when Brexit may be implemented, updates on hurricane Dorian plus a wrap up of the world's news and sports.
The Behind the News team report on a tourism AD by the South Australian government which has caused some controversy, Ariana Grande’s lawsuit against Forever 21 and surprising finds by scientist underwater plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
In today's BTN Newsbreak episode get the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian, an emergency landing and celebrate the birth of the Australian flag plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
Amazon Fires For the past three weeks massive fires have been burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The natural disaster has a lot of experts worried because of how important the Amazon is to the world’s environment. We look at the role of the rainforest and why it’s in trouble. World War II Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. We look at the events that led up to the war and present a brief history of one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Music Copyright Recently music star Taylor Swift announced she was planning to re-record her first five albums after the rights to the original recordings were bought by someone she doesn’t like. We look at the issue of music copyright and why artists don’t necessarily own their own songs. Flag Day September 3 is Australia’s Flag Day - which marks the anniversary of the flag’s first flight in Melbourne in 1901. We look at the history of Australia’s flag and the ongoing debate over whether it’s time for a new national symbol. Pandas Olivia goes to Adelaide Zoo to meet Australia’s only two pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. They’ve lived in Australia for 10 years, but like all pandas, they officially belong to China and - while the zoo is hoping to keep them here - their time here could be up next month.
The Behind the News team bring updates from Bahamas where Hurricane Dorian has struck, a protest in Hong Kong and the latest Taylor Swift track which is currently number one plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
The Behind the News team inform you about the upcoming bush fire season and how a bush fire plan can save lives, update on a volcano in Italy that is erupting and a fascinating 8 meter statue of Donald Trump plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
Get exclusive updates on the whereabouts of the super sailor Greta Thunberghas, a 3.8 million year fossil and treasure found in the UK. Plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
The Behind the News team bring latest results from a recent study about the gender pay gap, the latest from the MTV Music Awards plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
Have you ever thought of speaking to the prime minister about the issues that matter most? The Behind the News team ask the questions that children all around Australia had sent in for Scott Morrison.
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