Hosted by Tony Jones and Emma Alberici, this program provides original journalism and investigations, quality analysis and insightful interviews, combined with a fresh approach to telling important stories.
In this remarkable new series the world's most famous physicist attempts to unravel the truths behind humanity's most enduring questions: Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? and why does the universe exist?
The Yidinji people of Cairns are actively reclaiming their sovereign rights. Passports, birth certificates and a Police Force are now a reality - but what does it really take to turn away from the Crown? Murrumu tells us his story.
For tens of thousands of years, the rich and beautiful sounds of thousands of languages washed across this earth. Over all of Australia it is believed there were more than 500 at one time. Around 200 years ago, a new language began to replace them, sweeping across Australia with such force that some parts of it could no longer hear the voices that told its stories and held its secrets. A deep silence seemed to be looming.
Then, finally, a change began. As the volume of the old words faded to a whisper in some places, the people who are their custodians began to take action, calling for respect, for the rights to speak and be heard in their traditional tongues, while stirring everyone to appreciate the treasury of knowledge held in their languages.
The Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee was formed in 2005 in recognition of the need for a state body to advocate for Indigenous languages. Many of the group have known each other for many years prior through informal language networks. Together they have achieved many things for Queensland languages.
Over the years the women have found a collective passion for music and song. Some just love to sing and others wants to see their songs passed on the younger women. It was decided that for one meeting the women would each bring a song in their language to share with the others.
This contemporary musical gathering seeded the realisation singing in this way gives new life to the ancient process of sharing music between communities, and empowers the participants to share their languages. Join with them, by listening or singing along, to let their ancient lands once again - and in ever louder volume - hear the voices that hold and tell its stories.
Bias is hard to avoid, but it can be really damaging - leading us to make poor choices without fairly weighing up the facts. This episode looks at bias in the media and why it can be particularly damaging.
What is the secret to living large in old age? This week Dateline meets a squad of octogenerian Japanese cheerleaders and a famous TV writer challenging assumptions about people in their 90s. Can old age be as exciting as youth? On this week's Dateline we meet people in their 80s and 90s who are looking to the future, not the past - leading fulfilling lives and staying active as they approach their centenary. In Cheerleading Grannies, we meet 86-year-old Fumie Takino, the founder of Japan Pom Pom, a cheerleading squad with an average age of 70. In Not Dead Yet, the writer of The Jeffersons and All in the Family, Norman Lear, lets us into his daily life, which still involves producing TV show - on the day we visit him he's watching auditions for a new sitcom, focused on the lives of elderly people.
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
IQ2 Debate: Copyright is Dead. Long Live the Pirates. Arguing for the proposition: Angela Daly, Simon Groth and Suelette Dreyfus. Arguing against: Michael Fraser, Lori Flekser and Elmo Keep. Protecting copyright - a losing battle?
Arrested Development has won six Primetime Emmy awards including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2004, and Time magazine included it in its All-Time 100 TV Shows list. Lipton, who has a recurring guest role on Arrested Development as prison warden Stefan Gentiles, will be joined by Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and creator Mitch Hurwitz. In the episode, series creator Mitch Hurwitz unveils his real-life inspiration behind the Banana Stand and the personal meaning behind the name 'Maeby'. Find out the stars' favourite season four moments, which cast member swore off television after many false starts, who moonlights as a teacher, and the genesis of Portia de Rossi's name.
A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. Each episode is presented by a prominent commentator and thinker who explores the ideas and influence of seven books of the Scriptures, tracing how they came into existence and how they have shaped the world we live in today.
Court action against a well known newspaper columnist who questioned the Indigenous credentials of light skinned Aboriginal people has created a furore over the issue of Aboriginality. Amid the debate, we ask Indigenous Australians whether skin colour determines your cultural identity.
In January 1953, Pravda published on its front page an article revealing a conspiracy of 'criminal-doctors', who were mainly Jewish. They were accused of murdering two Party leaders and of conspiring against Stalin himself. In response, Stalin organised the most violent anti-Semitic campaign ever launched in the USSR, aimed mostly at Jewish doctors. In this program, the children and friends of the main victims recount their experiences related to these nightmarish events.
In this episode, a Newcastle mother-of-three collapses with a brain aneurism and is airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery after doctors detect dangerous bleeding in her brain. ICU Chaplain Di Roche helps the family through the crisis, particularly 12-year-old Sally who is afraid to see her mum unconscious and on life support after the operation.
The 'Godfather of Italian cooking', Antonio Carluccio returns to SBS with a brand new series as he ventures into a special part of Australia and learns about the important role that food plays in Australia's Indigenous culture. In this first episode, he receives a traditional welcome to country by Noongar Elder Richard Walley. Richard takes Antonio to a tourist destination which has a long history for his people. Together they cook the most amazing seafood. (Class. tba)
Geraldine Doogue interviews Indonesia's first female stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma'ruf. Having learnt to speak English by watching TV, she enjoys combining religion and humour with the freedom that only comedy allows.
Six different faiths... six young Australians. What will happen when they switch lives for two weeks? Freeman, a young Buddhist monk, switches lives with Anthony, a devoted Maronite Catholic. Freeman is hosted by the St Charbel's community in Sydney's west. Anthony is spending his two weeks at Chenrezig Institute, the Buddhist monastery where Freeman spent his childhood.
There are now only seven weeks left before opening night and none of the actors has been up in the flying rigs yet! Lyn cracks the whip and puts the leads through their paces, but again time is against them. Can Lyn have the cast ready for opening night? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
If you think America is the heart of modern civilisation, this story will surely change your mind. There, a trade in unwanted children exists and the way they do it is distressing. It's known as 're-homing', and when parents decide they no longer want their adopted child, they simply advertise them on websites to lure prospective new parents. It's as straightforward as getting rid of an old fridge on eBay. There is no vetting or court orders required and the children can be handed over to anyone. Not surprisingly, the consequences for these disposable kids are often disastrous.
Depending on your memory, you may or may not recall a story 60 Minutes made five years ago about a small group of extraordinary people who can remember every detail of their lives, stretching back decades. They can remember where they were and what they did on any particular day in any particular year. Scientists are intrigued by this rare ability and hope a better understanding of it might one day lead to cures for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Since the original story went to air, the number of people diagnosed with highly superior autobiographical memory has grown from 10 to 60 - and now includes the first Australian. Twenty-six-year-old Becky Sharrock's mind retains so much detailed information it almost defies belief; she can even recite every word of every Harry Potter book. But while the idea of a super memory might sound appealing, it can also be a curse.
60 Minutes Timeless: The Ferals
Having worked at 60 Minutes for almost a quarter of a century, Charles Wooley reckons he's encountered more alternative views than he can remember. That's the fun of the job he says, although a willingness to be open-minded and patient when listening to them is important. In 1995 Charlie travelled to the rainforests of northern NSW to meet a tribe of young Australians who'd taken up residence there. They called themselves the Ferals, because like feral animals they'd turned wild after escaping from captivity. They were young people, mostly from middle-class homes, who'd turned their backs on the 20th century and were living off the land. Charlie enjoyed his time with the Ferals, but when his story was broadcast it provoked one of largest reactions 60 Minutes has ever received. At home, you were outraged.
Focusing on The Book of Joshua, the Israelites are lead into battle at the city of Jericho by their leader Joshua. The tale of Samson and Delilah is also depicted, chronicling the betrayal of Samson to the Philistines.
When the Royal Army's General Gage learns of his wife Margaret's affair with Joseph Warren, Gage launches a full-out assault on the colonists at Bunker Hill. Sam Adams uses the news of the battle to persuade the rest of the colonies to vote for independence just as the British warships begin firing on Manhattan. Now united, the colonies prepare to face their enemy, and the Revolutionary War ensues.
They're rock stars growing old. Very, very old. And while some of them are holding up pretty well for their age others have led such a destructive existence, they're falling apart, dissolving where they stand, crumbling into fragments of their former selves. No, they're not the Rolling Stones, they're the stones standing perfectly still and enigmatically straight-faced, on the bare, windswept hills of Rapanui, or Easter Island. Can a long-term archaeological dig crack their mysterious past and can foreign and local experts agree on a way to preserve them, before it's too late?
Hosted by Ridley Scott, this series explores how the great minds of science fiction imagined our future for us. Mary Shelley set out to create a monster, and along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, teenager Mary begins stitching together a patchwork of ancient legend, modern technology, and personal tragedy - giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction.
Panellists include: Anne Aly - Counter Terrorism Expert, Tanya Plibersek - Deputy Opposition Leader, Tim Wilson - Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Kelly Editor-at-large - The Australian and Lawrence Krauss - Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist.
Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious politician was poles apart from his co-defendant Albert Speer. At Nuremberg, Goering insisted that everything he and his co-defendants had done was the result of their German patriotism.
This series showcases some of Africa's most spectacular locations. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 4,600 metres from its base, and providing a dramatic view from the surrounding plains. Nestling in its foothills is Tsavo National Park.
Could what really happened be more intriguing, more thrilling and more revealing than the fiction? Find out as this high-octane documentary reveals the true stories behind some of Hollywood's finest movies. Blending dramatic reconstruction with telling archive of actual events, eyewitness testimony and documentary footage, this program unpicks fact from fiction, meeting the people behind these extraordinary events to experience the real drama of the truth. In this episode, scientists investigate whether the biblical story of the Book of Exodus could have actually happened.
Looks at the events that shaped America over the past 400 years, from the arrival of the earliest white settlers up to the present day. With cutting edge CGI animation, dramatic recreations and thoughtful insights from leading Americans, the series provides a comprehensive history of America. Episode one follows the first settlers in Jamestown in 1607 up to the Revolutionary War of 1775.
Covers the period 1750-1800. Tonight, the story of how the British Empire came into being through its early settlements - the Caribbean through the sugar plantations (and helped by slavery), the land that later became the United States, and India through the British East India Company - and how it eventually came to dominate the world.
Scott meets rising star of the Australian film industry, Warwick Thornton. His debut feature Samson & Delilah, shot with untrained actors in Central Australia, won a swag of international awards and put Warwick on the world stage. But life could have been very different for the kid who grew up wild on the streets of Alice Springs. Warwick talks to Scott about religion, redemption, awe and passion.
Spider-Man. X-Men. The Hulk. Fact isn't far from fiction in Stan Lee's Superhumans. The creator of legendary superheroes, series co-host Stan Lee seeks out real life, superhuman counterparts - people whose remarkable powers stem from being genetically different.
The way we treat asylum seekers that arrive here by boat has always been a controversial issue. But now after the release of a new report both the Government and the Opposition are finally agreeing on which path to take. So what is this solution that has finally managed to make the PM and Tony Abbott see eye to eye?
The last couple of weeks has been pretty tough for people living in the Philippines. There's been flooding and heavy rain. Some people have died and thousands have been left without homes. We hear about natural disasters like this all the time but what is it really like for kids living in the middle of it?
How would you feel if your family decided to spend the school holidays picking up rubbish in the middle of the outback? Ripped off? Well, maybe not. Sarah finds out about some kids who've been helping to clean up one of Australia's most famous roads and it's a lot more fun than it sounds.
It's pretty common for people to give blood to help others who are sick or injured. But what about animals? Well, dogs and cats can also donate blood to save the lives of their mates. Tash checks it out.
Radio dramas aren't something you hear about too much these days, but radio plays do still exist. Sarah finds out about the history of radio plays and meets some kids who've just starred in a major radio production.
To celebrate our final show of the year, BTN is taking a look back at 2014. What were the biggest headlines across Australia? What overseas events really got us talking? And which kids inspired us most with their amazing stories? We'll sort through it all to bring you the biggest and best moments - plus a whole lot of fun. And as an added bonus, we're also pulling together the biggest quiz in BtN's history. Play along at school or at home, as we look back over the year that was. All that and more on BtN this week.
Stories include, 'Kelty issues reality check to Gillard', 'Toll to negotiate with Teamsters', 'Europe sees no end to instability', 'Mladic war crimes trial starts in The Hague', 'NSW to toughen abattoir standards', 'Police break up Brisbane tent embassy', 'Sisters deny court to hide from father' and 'Poor doing it harder: Salvation Army'.
Louis Theroux brings together some of the more outrageous stars of his 'Weird Weekends' series for a Christmas lunch in New York, including Christian fundamentalist Randy James, pornographer JJ Michaels, Mike Oehler (who lives in a hole) and Reverend Robert Short (who contacts aliens).
Kage Sundowner a terrific performance piece intercut with a panel discussion on the impact of Alzheimer's disease. Then Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA London presents - The Power to Act: A new angle on our toughest problems. He attempts to address why the London Olympics were transformative and how do we find and harness this will to tackle tough social problems.
A look inside the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America. The final episode brings the series into the present day, exploring the political aspirations of the religious right, the dynamics of the contemporary religious marketplace, and the re-emergence of a religious voice in the Democratic Party.
Ludwig II of Bavaria is a legendary figure - the handsome boy-king, loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He spent his life in pursuit of the ideal of beauty, an ideal that found expression in three of the most extraordinary, ornate architectural schemes imaginable. In this documentary Dan Cruickshank explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II.
This documentary is about one man's passionate and comic struggle to start an unlikely new sport, and about the citizens of a small town who overcome their initial scepticism and get swept up in his crazy dream.
The significance of the Sphinx has puzzled Egyptologists for decades. But a remarkable new discovery of a temple complex around it sheds fresh light on the Sphinx's role in Ancient Egypt and unlocks its disturbing secrets.
This two-part series commemorates 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin. It combines dramatic reconstruction of Darwin's voyage around the globe onboard The Beagle, from 1831 to 1836 (which provided his scientific observations culminating in the publication of the Theory of Evolution in 1859), with contemporary scientific analysis of his findings that both prove and disprove his understanding of evolutionary theory. The series sets out to show that Darwin's extraordinary precision and methodology remain a shining example for today's researchers in the fields of biology, geology and zoology.
The Magnificent Tati is the first English language documentary which explores the work of French director/comedian/creator extraordinaire Jacques Tati. One of cinema's greatest artists, Tati pushed cinema to its limits with six feature films that redefined how we experience movies.
Professor Mary Beard broaches the controversial, sometimes dangerous, topic of religion and art. For millennia, art has inspired religion as much as religion has inspired art. Yet there are fundamental problems, which all religions share, in making god or gods visible in the human world. How, and at what cost, do you make the unseen, seen?
This series tells the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Middle East and its huge influence on the West. It contends that any history that starts from an ancient Greek perspective distorts the true path of civilisation. For crucial phases in world history, the political, economic and cultural centre was the Middle East. From the foundation of science, monotheism, commerce, justice, civil rights and artistic expression - look eastward.
In 1542 Polish astronomer Copernicus presented an idea about the moving earth, that the sun - not the earth - was the centre of the universe. This highly controversial notion strongly challenged the position of the Church. The Moving Earth tells the story of how this new picture of the universe came into existence.
This week it is the gravest of the sins - Pride - the one from which all the others flow. Pride takes many forms including hubris, vainglory and arguably, increasingly often in the modern era, narcissism. Pride has given us some of the most mesmerising characters in literature, from Doctor Faustus to Madame Bovary, as well as the creations in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.
Simon Schama starts his meditation on colour and civilisation with the great Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres. He then moves to 16th-century Venice, where masterpieces such as Giovanni Bellini's San Zaccaria altarpiece and Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne contested the assumption that drawing would always be superior to colouring.
Stories include, 'Gillard government faces pokie fight-back', 'ANZ chief attacks weak Gillard government', 'US government closer to bankruptcy', 'McMurtrie: the difference is half a per cent', 'Charges laid over student visa bribery scam', 'Inquest criticises police investigation', 'El-Gamaty: Time is on the revolution's side', 'Book helps children confront reality of suicide', 'Dave Graney launches his memoirs'.
Stories include, 'PNG declares state of emergency', 'Unions furious over Rinehart's 457 visa workers', 'Emergency declared to protect mining, elections', 'Schapelle Corby eligible for parole', 'Government targets waterfront crime', 'Australian beef clean before export: Industry', 'Police raid child prostitution ring', 'Egyptian election heads for second round', 'Chen Guangcheng's brother escapes home town', 'Vivid Festival lights up Opera House' and 'China is destroying its good will: Cohen'.