This year's Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku in Azerbaijan. The oil and gas-rich former Soviet Republic secured the contest after winning the previous year. When the President of Azerbaijan declared the victory a national achievement, he offered the nation up to the harsh glare of the international spotlight, for better or worse. This documentary tells a tale of two countries: one a shiny democratic republic the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land with no respect for freedom of expression or assembly.
Four years ago Australian Story featured a farmer and horse breeder called Peter Andrews who seemed to have a rare ability to transform degraded Australian landscapes into thriving oases. He called it natural sequence farming and it was producing some spectacular results. But for nearly thirty years, Peter Andrews' work was rejected by scientists, bureaucrats and politicians alike - until the evidence became difficult to ignore.
We're looking at technology and the problems of cyber attacks. There's a robot who can take your place at school, the fine print you are asked to sign up to on social media, and lessons in a virtual classroom.
Children growing up amongst poverty, drug addiction or chronic unemployment have the odds stacked against them. But with strength and resilience, some kids can break the cycle and disadvantage. Marc Fennell profiles three such young people and asks what it takes to survive growing up tough?
A look at kids making a difference in their world. We check out kids taking on guide dog puppy training; how a Minecraft design became a playground reality, changing school uniform policy; and turning puppies into sheepdogs.
Bess brings Margaret and Julie to a Mothers' Day Lunch, where Bess having two mothers is misunderstood. The Wheelers help Amber and Evan at a hardware store sausage sizzle and Danny signs the kids up for a charity bike ride.
How should young ladies navigate the workforce? Eliza 'goes big' to get an employer's attention and tests being a bitch to get ahead. Hannah tests the old method of being a nurturing mother to the boys at work.
John Guthrie and Dennis Cash never wanted kids. In fact, they had never even discussed the idea. But 20 years ago, an ad in the local paper made them stop and think - did they have what it takes to foster a child? Ignoring the doubts of friends and overcoming their own misgivings about how they may be perceived as a same sex couple, they decided to become foster parents. And, despite a rocky start and some bumps along the way, 'the daughters' and 'their Dads' have morphed into a remarkable 21st-century family. After two decades of fostering and mentoring teenage girls from diverse backgrounds, including Africa and Afghanistan, John and Dennis are the proud fathers of a growing family. In this intimate tale of domestic life, we hear what it's like to foster and be fostered - the pratfalls, the pitfalls and the complicated joys that only family can bring.
Hannah and Eliza find out how to make friends and be popular. They follow old and new advice on making conversation, planning a party and being the perfect hostess. Eliza uses the internet to become a cool girl and find her squad.
Amber is appalled when Shawn invites his new and very alternative girlfriend to stay. Bess is upset when Edwina announces she wants to do medicine after meeting an inspirational surgeon, having never been inspired by Bess.
Joe Alvaro, a long-term volunteer at LifeLine Sydney and Sutherland, discusses the value in providing support to those experiencing a life crisis, and Emily Rex performs Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
On Talking Heads tonight, the final episode for the year, Peter Thompson interviews a man who is worried about the possible extinction of the human species. David Suzuki has been called both an environmental superman and Dr Doom. An elder among eco-warriors, he's a Canadian geneticist turned activist and leading broadcaster.
Can you eat meat and really care about the animals on your dinner plate? In this second Opening Shot doco, Meatwork, documentarian and meat-eater, Madeleine Parry wants to find out. So she enlists to become an abattoir meat-worker, and works her way up the production line toward the 'killbox'. With unparalleled access to a slaughterhouse, she explores the experiences of the animals we eat and the men who kill them. As she truly becomes part of the industrial meat production process, she faces the reality of killing hundreds of animals a day. Maddie wants to know the truth, but can she stomach it?
We check out some health issues including what it's like to have epilepsy, whether sunglasses should be compulsory at school, are vitamin supplements necessary, and a kid who made hospital parking affordable.
A look at the lives of kids from the country. How they get their education, live with natural disasters and how they contribute to life on a farm. There's also an amazing mural on country wheat silos featuring local students.
A look at the environmental issues making the news. We check out clean coal and whether it's an effective alternative. Banning balloons from outdoor celebrations, plus a nine-year-old taking on the US government.
Our focus is on animals, including why whales sometimes beach themselves. We check out a platypus census and see how facial recognition technology is helping the weedy seadragon. Then to Mongolia for some eagle hunting.
Will he stay or will he go? It's the biggest question in Australian football right now. After weeks of criticism, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has sat down for a one-on-one with Australian Story to address the intense speculation surrounding his future.
Join host, Chrissie Swan, and a panel of special guests as we ask Australia the curly questions of everyday life. There is no wrong answer, but be warned - you could open a Can of Worms! Guests include Kurt Fearnley, Bonnie Lythgoe and Tom Ballard.
Immediately following ABC1's broadcast of Dead Drunk: A Night In The Cross, ABC2 will screen Dead Drunk: In Discussion - a live chat about the issues raised in the program. Hosted by Triple J Hack's Tom Tilley, key characters from the documentary will join experts and stakeholders to look at the impact of New South Wales' new lockout laws and the nation-wide issue of alcohol- fuelled violence more generally.
After a hugely successful first season, Can of Worms returns. Each week, host Chrissie Swan will be joined by three celebrity guests, a studio audience and Australians from all walks of life to find out what we really think about some very curly moral questions. Can of Worms questions are not about politics or current affairs. They are about the things we collide with every day - political correctness, personal values, and our unending capacity to make life complicated.
First in the tank, a duo from Melbourne seeking investment in their online greeting card business. Next, a 26-year-old looking to expand his mobile gym venture. Finally, a couple pitch their food brand.
First in the tank is a 33-year-old looking for investment in her food business, Be Fit Food. Next, three mates pitch their Beer Pal app. Finally, will the Sharks bite on a motorcycle adventure business?
The Handshake for Peace is a gesture of friendship and respect intended to inspire the world to unite in peace, solidarity and fair play. The Handshake for Peace initiative was created and developed by the Norwegian Football Association and the Nobel Peace Center in Norway. It has been formally endorsed by FIFA as part of its mission to build a better future through football. This documentary explores how FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center are utilising the World Cup to promote a global message of peace and unity.
With unprecedented access to three public high schools across Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory, Testing Teachers follows six first-time teachers over the course of 12 months as they start their new careers as teachers. With a second term under way, the reality of the job ahead is setting in for the six first-time teachers. Now that they're starting to get through to their students, they must come up with inventive ways to bring out the best in them.
Mike Willesee is considered a legendary journalist, with a career spanning 50 years on programs such as Four Corners and This Day Tonight before creating A Current Affair. Now he faces his greatest challenge to date - throat cancer.
Sydney-born woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk was living in Minneapolis and weeks away from her wedding when she was shot dead by a US police officer in shocking circumstances that are yet to be explained.
Is Asperger's syndrome the next stage of human evolution? Professor Tony Attwood believes the "out of the box" thought processes of people on the autism spectrum will solve the world's big problems. He is credited with being the first clinical psychologist to present Asperger's syndrome not as something to be "fixed " but as a gift, evidenced in many of the great inventors and artists throughout history. Professor Attwood is highly regarded for his ability to connect with and bring out the talents of people with Asperger's. He describes himself as a translator between the "neurotypical" and Asperger's worlds. But while Professor Attwood has reached the top of his field, he reveals on Australian Story the personal cost of a missed diagnosis in his own family. Early in his career, he didn't see the signs of Asperger's in his son Will. The consequences were devastating for everyone.
Six first-time teachers are on the home stretch of a rollercoaster year, and with final exams looming, they'll soon find out if they've made an impact on the lives of their students. At Southern River College on the outskirts of Perth, Sasha is helping one struggling student to make a turnaround after a troubled start to the year. In Melbourne, as the Year 12 curriculum begins, Emmanuel receives some confronting news from a parent. In remote Tennant Creek, Fiona changes tack to help her most reliable student overcome a crippling problem.
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Sydney GP Dr James Best was prepared to throw out the rulebook on autism as his son Sam entered adolescence. Rather than keeping him to routines and "wrapping him in cotton wool", he wanted to expose the 14-year-old to uncertainty and unpredictability.
So Dr Best decided to take a year off work, sell the family house and take his son on a backpacking trip across Africa. It was based on the idea that adolescence represents a particular opportunity for learning, similar to the period during infancy when the brain is highly receptive to change. Although the plan left the parents of some autistic children aghast, it has been hailed as "ground breaking" by researcher Dr David Trembath of Griffith University.
But nine days before he was due to leave for Africa, there was a knock on the door that turned Dr Best's life upside down.
Superheroines botch up a battle, girly chit chat in a Ladies Room, a blogger films at a local park, Australia's first male police officer suffers sexism on his first day at work and a hard-hitting rap song all about 'That Flow'.
The Brights move into an ultra modern house designed by Danny, who refuses to let Bess clutter it with their old furniture. Brianna and her new fiance audition for The Block and Amber discovers that Troy has moved on.
Actor, stand-up comedian and author Osamah Sami meets journalist, author and screenwriter Benjamin Law to discuss finding their voices as writers, diversity on TV and using shame and embarrassment as the spark for a good story.
Would you trust a group of strangers to help you make the most important decision of your life? Could you expose your world to their scrutiny and judgement? Can you face the truth to change your future? For one desperate person facing a dilemma, this is their last resort.
Two creatives from different fields of endeavour come together to discuss their work. In this episode, we meet ARIA winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins who jams with banjo-wielding comedian Anne Edmonds.
David Pescud's crew of disabled sailors take on the deadly Sydney to Hobart, but will drama on the start line, a major problem with one of the sails and an ocean storm threaten their chances? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Eliza follows the path of new age enlightenment at a spirituality retreat. Hannah seeks higher meaning through charity. They consult a reliable source on growing up - their mum - on what they learnt and how to behave.
Bess struggles to tell Margaret and Julie that she is spending Christmas in New York. Wayne and Kayne try to make their Christmas lights display the best in the street this year, and Danny helps Oscar buy a Kris Kringle.
For centuries men have been hiring women for sex. Meet the Gigolos asks: are women now starting to see men in the same way and using them as sexual objects? Increasingly websites are springing up advertising hunky young male escorts, charging up to $250 an hour. But is this really what women want?
Elisha Rose has lived with the shame and stigma of her father's actions since she was 13 years old. In 1998, Lindsey Rose was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences, never to be released. But rather than being consumed by trauma, Elisha is determined to atone for her father's crimes.
When scientist Jim Bowler saw a human skeleton emerging from the sandhills of the remote Willandra Lakes in 1974, he had no idea his chance discovery would radically rewrite Australian history. The full excavation revealed a complete skeleton covered in red ochre and in astonishingly good condition. Scientists would date Mungo Man at around 42,000 years old, pushing back the known date of human occupation in Australia by thousands of years. But for Mungo Man's traditional owners, the Mutthi Mutthi, Ngiyampaa and Paakantyi/Barkandji peoples, his discovery and removal to Canberra was a deep source of upset. When his remains were finally returned to country late last year it was an emotional homecoming for all, including Jim Bowler.
Shawn drops out of school, so Amber turns to the school Principal who helps in an unexpected manner. Julie is injured so Kayne offers to drive for Team Wheeler, while Bess and Danny prepare Oscar for a wilderness expedition.