They imagined a breathtaking future-world, burned billions of dollars to summon it out of the sand and hundreds of thousands of expats and investors stampeded into Dubai for a piece of the action. But when the sands suddenly shifted it wasn't going to be quite so easy getting out.
World renowned climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer outlines the evidence for global warming. Writer Helen Garner talks about exploring the dark side of human nature, while American philosopher Sam Harris defends his atheism. Oscar-winning designer and Mrs. Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin discusses her fascination with all things French at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Hundreds of thousands of residential building across Australia are potentially at risk from sea level rises according to a new report from the Federal Government. Its research states that replacing these homes could cost up to $63 billion. Scientists can't agree on the research, and many local councils are asking how they are supposed to plan. All the while local residents are caught in the middle causing them huge financial and emotional strain.
Stories include, 'Abbott cannot be trusted with economy: Rudd', 'Review sparks calls for college reform', 'Indonesian leader honoured in Australia', 'Improving Indonesian relations a good thing', 'Man fronts court over Indian toddler's murder', 'Doomadgee inquest hears fresh evidence'.
Lachlan McCarthy first came to John Butler's attention in 2005 when he applied for a grant from a seed fund run by the musician. Captivated by the then thirteen year's application and the story behind it, Butler provided some much-needed money for violin lessons. Five years later, Lachlan McCarthy's single-minded ambition to overcome the twin demons of poverty and the memory of a family tragedy led to him to become the first in his family to try and finish high school. His mother Cherie is doing all that she can to nurture his talent, but as Australian Story follows Lachlan through his final year at school, will his dream to study music at university survive tumultuous times?
Stories include, 'Pokie industry braces for fight', 'Flood waters inundate Queensland', 'Fight to save South China Tiger', 'Record breaking ACDC tour wraps up'.
Stories include, 'Parental leave plan leaves business fuming', 'Abbott defends fair parental leave plan', 'Iraqi voters defy insurgents', 'Community will suffer if sheikh is deported', 'Murdered toddler's parents relieved over arrest', 'Government keeps beef import ban', 'Bigelow snatches best director Oscar'.
Former members of the Church give a chilling portrait of life inside the organisation. Reporter Quentin McDermott talks to men and women who were members of an elite unit inside the Church in Australia and the United States. They explain why they joined, how they worked tirelessly for Scientology, and how, in some cases, they were pressured, and pressured others, to hand over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Church.
Evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins joins host Tony Jones on the Q and A panel. Other panellists include Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year, Sister Veronica Brady, Catholic nun, Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
The story, 'Doomed', questions air safety after the Pel-Air disaster. The story, 'Oh, Mr Darcy!', features an interview with actor Colin Firth about his career and life. The story, 'The contender', details Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's life away from politics.
The story, 'On top of the world', details adventurer Tom Smitheringale's solo mission to trek to the North Pole. The story, 'Beating the bullies', examines a pioneering scheme designed to rescue children that are subject to bulling. The story, 'Supersized family', follows America's most famous supersized family, the Duggar family.
Could four children, a teenager and an adult have been killed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan in a case of mistaken identity? Sampat Pal from Uttar Pradesh in India had little education, was married off at 12 and became a mother at 15. It's a familiar story in the impoverished area, but now she's literally hitting back against such age-old traditions, and the men who enforce them. Plus George Negus interviews renowned atheist Richard Dawkins.
Stories include, 'Evacuations underway in flood-threatened towns', 'St George inundated as flood waters rise', 'Indian boy's death shocks Melbourne', 'Full-time carer deported despite desperate plea', 'Iraqis cast votes in troubled election', 'States cop Rudd's ire over health scare campaign', 'Health overhaul won't save Labor: Bishop', 'Arthritis patients demand Vioxx compensation', 'Indigenous man takes out Glover Prize'.
Stories include, 'Australian crime writer wins Gold Dagger', 'Fears of terror attack as Iraq election looms', 'Extinct frog discovered in NSW', 'Alarm bells sound over Rudd's hospital plan', 'Clarke and Dawe on Abbott's adventures'.
Stories include, 'Rudd's plan to revamp health system', 'Panel discuss Rudd's hospital plan'.
Peter Singer, Tim Costello and others debate over how aid to poor countries is best spent in 'One Just World'.
Stories include, 'Professor Robert Shiller joins The 7.30 Report', 'Future of NT outstations uncertain', 'Australian houses amongst least affordable in the world'.
A 7 year old Ethiopian girl is portrayed as destitute and in grave danger. She is in fact 13 and has been well cared for much to the surprise of her adopting family. Then there are the children told they're just visiting a foreign land who are in fact on a one way ticket. This is the powerful next instalment of Foreign Correspondent's investigation of international adoption in Ethiopia and the United States that began with 2009's Fly Away Children.
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