A new agreement has been reached about the way the health system is run. States will get more money, and in return they've agreed to meet some performance targets set out by the federal government. Nathan looks at what it might mean for patients.
To coincide with National Organ Donor week, BtN looks at the issue of organ donation in Australia. We examine how organs can be safely transferred between bodies. And we learn about how the donation system works.
A new type of fruit is being grown in Australia. It's called 'achacha' and growers are trying to encourage Aussies to buy it. But how do you go about marketing a fruit, and could it ever compete with established fruits like bananas and apples?
Country music is massively popular in America, yet it often struggles to compete against pop and rock in Australia. We meet some emerging new artists who are hoping to change that.
BMX freestyle has been confirmed as a 'display sport' at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It's different from BMX racing, which has been around for decades. Freestyle is all about making difficult jumps which are assessed by judges. Tash checks it out.
Stories include, 'Lost photographs depict German aliens', 'ANZAC story hits the stage', 'Al Qaeda influence in decline: Bergen', 'Diggers prepare to leave the valley', 'Gallipoli letters bring war to life'.
We look at keeping your IP safe and the small business that took on the big supplier that stole its patented fencing design. We'll also check out the private online baby journal looking to lure 35 million new users over the next five years, and we meet the small business creating a unique take on the Sri Lankan crepe.
Stories include, 'Lateline's 'Late Debate' Donald Trump poll produces a surprise result', 'Panel Debate: Tom Switzer of the US Studies Centre, author Randa Abdel Fattah and Suzanne Kelly, an anti-Trump campaigner' and 'Interview: Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange's lawyer'.
Simon's journey begins in County Wexford, where the beginnings of the long and turbulent relationship between Britain and Ireland began. He takes a para-motor flight along the coast before heading to Cork, and on to the sacred mountain of Croagh Patrick, surfs in Lahinch in Londonderry, and ends his journey at the northernmost tip, Malin Head.
Is buffel grass a destructive weed or productive feed?; Comprehensive climate and weather outlook and analysis presented by the Bureau of Meteorology and Pip Courtney speaks with Joseph Saina, Head of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association, regarding Vietnam's ban on Australian horticultural imports.
The cutting edge science has found that anyone can become smarter, improve their memory and reverse mental ageing with the right brain training. It can turn an ordinary brain into a super brain in just three months. In the second episode, Sampson, who has worked in creative industries throughout his career, travels the world to unlock the secrets of innovation and creativity.
Panellists include: Lawrence Krauss - Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, Gene Robinson - America's First Openly Gay Bishop, Fred Nile - Conservative Morals Campaigner, Amanda Vanstone - Former Howard Government Minister and Susan Ryan - Age Discrimination Commissioner.
We have this year's Miles Franklin Award winner - Anna Funder on her latest work, Penny Chapman on the rewards and downfalls of making television drama and Kieran Cooney on the NBN and humanising and taming technology.
Michael is Australia's public advocate #1 for smoking Marijuana. He is ambassador for life at Nimbin's Hemp Embassy, a co-creator of Australia's annual celebration of all things hemp, Mardi Grass, a foundation member of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) political party and a man who has smoked his own body weight in marijuana over the course of his lifetime. Kerryn is a former junkie who is now a drug educator and a woman who believes marijuana is the gateway to a lifetime of potential addiction and ruin. Will they find a greater understanding of one another after ten days - or remain enemies?
Last time, our Agony Aunts and Uncles took us through The Agony of Modern Manners - charting our behaviour at work, at home, dinner, travelling, online, weddings and funerals. It was a funny, bombastic and controversial examination of human behaviour. Now the team has regrouped and refreshed its playing list, and is back for a one-off special episode to examine The Agony of the Mind.
With almost 20,000 North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, how are they adjusting to life in one of the world's most technologically and economically advanced societies, when they come from one of the world's most isolated communist states? Amos Roberts meets defectors trying to adjust to their new life, and speaks to South Koreans about their fears of reunification.
Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane is back with a brand new second series, celebrating the forgotten world of the town. Gateway to the spectacular beauty of the Western Isles, the port of Oban is a major rail terminal and ferry port, but is it anything more?
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realise a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Millie Ross meets an artist who creates cultural works with plants, Costa Georgiadis visits Clarence Slockee in his garden, Jerry Coleby-Williams shows different ways to propagate, and Josh Byrne plants out a wetzone.
The internet has transformed everything from how we enjoy entertainment and media to how we shop, learn and make friends. But how did the Internet begin? This BAFTA Award-winning series, presented by Aleks Krotoski, explores this by bringing together everyone who's anyone on the web - from Microsoft's Bill Gates to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and influential online figures, Al Gore and Stephen Fry.
TV history will reveal that there were two Graham Kennedys - the funny, somewhat irreverent and controversial one who inhabited our living rooms for so many years - and the other, an intensely private, shy but affable man who talks for the first time in this brand-new documentary tribute. He speaks about his childhood, the early days in radio and TV, and his thoughts on life, marriage and death.
In this closing episode, suspicions are aroused when Philip and his researcher spot a rogue picture for sale in a South African auction house. It exudes all the classic scents of being a 'sleeper', an important picture that has been miscatalogued and offered for a very low price.
Three new recipes this week with Christine Tanner bringing in her delicious vindaloo sauce; Erin Chapman has made a batch of her tasty Maple Mcadamia Ice Cream and Sara-Jade Bradbury adds some spice with her amazing chilli.
Creator of The Wire, the brilliant TV series set in Baltimore; David Simon addresses a packed Opera House for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The session is titled: 'Some people are more equal than others', and Michael Williams is chair.
When Tim Dormer won Big Brother, he promised to take fellow contestant Ben to Elvis' Graceland. When Ben's ongoing struggle with depression was made public after an attempted suicide, what began as a holiday turned into a rescue mission to help Ben find a new lease on life.
Alice in Wonderland is said to be the most quoted book in print, second only to The Bible, with a passionate army of fans who regularly congregate around the world to celebrate its rich and playful world. But what of its creator, the mild-mannered and unassuming Oxford University Mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll?
Panellists: Toby Walsh, artificial intelligence researcher; Nikki Goldstein, sex educator (sex robots); Chuck Klosterman, pop culture critic; Betty Grumble, performer and sex clown; and Van Badham, columnist for Guardian Australia.
The White House is probably the most famous building in the world: a living symbol, an icon of democracy, and home to one of the most powerful people on Earth. It's where the president of the United States of America charts the course for the country, and where a family lives in the national spotlight. As the iconic monument reaches 200 years of history, this documentary celebrates through the stories of the First Families who have called it home, and through the recollections of workers, historians and members of the press who have spent time within the illustrious building. Standing at the epicentre of global politics, in the heart of the nation's capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.
This week Ruth is in Kent helping the Rogers family bring Riverhill Manor back to its former splendour. The house is an 18th century rag stone manor set in 130 acres of historic gardens. Four generations of the Rogers family live there including 87-year-old great grandmother, Evelyn Rogers, who has lived in a house in the grounds since the end of World War II.
Storytelling has been with us as long as language itself. In this episode Stephen uncovers why certain words can make us laugh, cry or tear our hair out and discovers through history what has made a good story.
Charles Perkins Oration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mabo case featuring two speakers; Gail Mabo (one of Eddie Mabo's daughters) and Bryan Keon-Cohen (Junior Counsel in both Mabo cases as well as Counsel in the Wik v State of Queensland action). Then Dr Carolyn MacCann explains Emotional Intelligence - fact or fiction?
Vikram Chandra is a fiction writer and computer programmer. You may not necessarily see the connection straight away, but in this elegant and intriguing conversation conducted by Adam Spencer , the relationship becomes clear.
Following the screening of the documentary Between A Frock And A Hard Place, Guest host Tom Ballard presents a Q&A Special exploring the changing social attitudes to sexuality and gender. Panellists include: Professor Dennis Altman - Gay rights activist and author, Paul Capsis - Entertainer, Julie McCrossin - Broadcaster and journalist, Fred Nile - Conservative Morals Campaigner, Julia Doulman - Transgender woman and Katherine Hudson - Founder, Wear it Purple.
In this satirical documentary Charles Firth (The Chaser, CNNNN) goes to Washington in the the lead up to the 2008 election in the hope of scoring an exclusive meeting with President George Bush. Along the way he explores the relationship between politics and Hollywood in America, talks to experts about the hard issues, provides a comprehensive lack-of-analysis of the Obama and McCain campaigns, and hits the streets to find out what the average American has to say.
George the Farmer is a fictional character created to teach Australian children about farming and where their food and fibre comes from; In a career spanning 40 years, master horseman Bill Willoughby has worked on Australian films including Breaker Morant, Gallipoli and The Lighthorsemen and an exhibition of photographs and paintings from western Queensland women explores life and work in remote parts of Australia.
Ian Hislop and John Eliot Gardiner reveal the story behind Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Described as the "greatest 'great' piece ever written", its opening notes are among the most recognisable in history. But no one really knows what Beethoven was trying to express with this piece. The traditional wisdom is that he is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.
For many non-Muslim Australians, the mosque is shrouded in mystery, and for some, controversy. But how many Australians have ever stepped inside one? For the first time in Australia, television cameras were given unprecedented 24-hour access into one of Australia's oldest mosques - Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane - to join a community rarely seen from the inside. This year, the mosque finds itself in the firing line as never before, as it faces increasing hostility from the wider Australian public and spiralling pressures from within.
It's been four years since Living Black first reported on the ancient Aboriginal rock art under threat from mining in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Now, there are calls for the Burrup Peninsula's thousands of rock engravings to be World Heritage Listed. One of Australia's most valuable art collections sits in a commercial storage facility because no museum or gallery will offer it a home. Plus, behind the rustic coastal appearance of regional Victoria's Warrnambool, there's a less picturesque reality.
This stunning stretch of coast has attracted holidaymakers for years and is one of the most exclusive places in the world to live. It has seen some remarkable engineering feats, from battling against the sea to build a lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks to the construction of a coastal railway.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
Eight years ago the Reays bought a run down medieval thatched cottage and lovingly restored it. Then a fault in the chimney caused a fire which destroyed the entire building. Nine months later, they decided to start again.
An intimate look at the Australian cinematographer Dean Semler, who won an Academy Award for Dances With Wolves. After the glamour of Hollywood, he returns to his humble beginnings in country South Australia.
Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott uncover the wonderful facades and artworks that mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy in the romantic city of Florence. The latest 3D technology reveals how the city's secret corridors of power were the foundation of the city's Renaissance glory, and the one powerful dynasty who was behind it all: the Medicis.
Part two looks at the phenomenon of talk show hosts and news reporters as celebrities. David Letterman emerges while Walter Kronkite retires. Women take their rightful place in all facets of presenting, journalism and production, while the civil rights movement reaches a crescendo. CNN launches and Australian newspaper mogul Murdoch dares to start Fox TV. Golden Girls is a massive hit, while reality TV raises a fairly ugly head, contrasted with the excesses of soaps such as Dynasty and The Colbys.
It’s a call to action as Gus Worland launches a campaign to tackle outdated ideas of what it means to be a man, in the hope that Aussie boys and men no longer turn to suicide as a solution. He enlists the help of the country’s top advertising minds to get the message out, but not all goes to plan. Could he be fighting a losing battle?
Chris Ostwald, a former model builder for TV, bought a beautiful plot of land in the Chiltern Hills as the place to build the home of his dreams. His plan is to build a replica of an American watermill.
Since it was written in the first century AD, the Book of Revelation has been seen as one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible. Scholars still debate whether it is a literal depiction of what will come at the end time when humanity will face the last judgement. Or whether it is an allegorical text in which John is calling on the burgeoning
Christian church to stand true to their faith in the face of oppression from the Roman Empire.
HBO and the best ever TV with director David Petrarca; Art and Crime with Peter Robb; and being gay in 7 countries with Ben Law - that's a broad description of what we've got on offer from the Perth Writers Festival.
Narrated by Terence Stamp, this is the story behind one of the world's most loved films, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's about three unlikely hero-(ines) who find themselves in a backwater at the arse-end of the world, dare to step out of the shadows in their shimmering sequinned glory and be counted. It's also about how a low-budget Australian film about three 'cocks-in-frocks' changed the course of history and loudly and proudly brought to the world a celebration of gay culture that continues to resonate twenty years later.