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Behind The News: 14/09/2010

ABC September 14, 2010

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NEW PM It may have taken a long time, but finally Australia has a new government. All the political negotiations appear to have come at a cost with rural Australia the big ...

NEW PM It may have taken a long time, but finally Australia has a new government. All the political negotiations appear to have come at a cost with rural Australia the big winner. What will the new government look like and what are its major policies? FLOODS Recent heavy rain has brought serious floods to parts of Victoria. Many homes have been flooded and the emergency services are really busy. BtN looks at why some areas flood while others don't. LOCUST PLAGUE Farmers are preparing for a locust plague that could devastate the grains industry. The invasion could be the biggest since the 70s. Why are locusts such a problem and what's being done about it? NETBALL STAR Maddy Proud, a 16 year old schoolgirl from Adelaide, has become the youngest ever professional netball player. She's been handed a contract to play for the reigning Premiership side, the Adelaide Thunderbirds. We find out how she made it to the top so quickly and how she plans to juggle sport with her school work. SHOW COWS You only have to read Jack and the Beanstalk to realise that cows can earn you a tidy profit - even if it is in magic beans! We investigate the big business behind prize cows and get some tips from the kids who travel the country showing their livestock.

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Behind The News: 31/08/2010

ABC August 31, 2010

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POLITICAL POWER Which politicians hold the most power in Australia? You might be surprised to hear that it's not just the Prime Minister and cabinet. After the recent ...

POLITICAL POWER Which politicians hold the most power in Australia? You might be surprised to hear that it's not just the Prime Minister and cabinet. After the recent election, the Greens have been placed in a powerful position in the Senate. And in the House of Representatives a massive amount of power will rest in the hands of a few Independent MP's. How will this affect the way the country is run? MINERS TRAPPED BtN explores the mining collapse in Chile. 33 people are trapped underground. Rescuers say it will take around four months to free them. We look at the rescue operation and examine why mining can be a dangerous job. SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOLS We look at a new school initiative which allows kids to adopt their very own working scientist. It's hoped the scheme will encourage more kids to get interested in science. BIG GIG It's probably the biggest gig of the year and many of you will be involved. Thousands of children from schools right across Australia will be singing the same song at the same time. It's all supposed to raise awareness about the value of music education in schools. ABORIGINAL ART Aboriginal art is a huge part of Australian culture. Paintings and crafts often hang in souvenir shops or art galleries around the country. But over the past few years fake Aboriginal art and craft from overseas has been popping up in stores. As Kirsty explains, this wave of cheap imports has got the local industry fighting for its future.

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Behind The News: 7/09/2010

ABC September 7, 2010

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PAKISTAN AID Why do people donate money to some disasters over others? The Pakistan floods have been described by the UN as the worst natural disaster of recent times. So far, ...

PAKISTAN AID Why do people donate money to some disasters over others? The Pakistan floods have been described by the UN as the worst natural disaster of recent times. So far, the aid effort hasn't reflected that. BtN examines the reasons why. SLEEPING VOLCANOES A volcano in Indonesia has erupted for the first time in four hundred years. Thousands of people and animals have evacuated the island, after volcanic ash and black smoke shot hundreds of metres into the air. We examine how volcanoes erupt and look back at history's most famous volcano Mt Vesuvius, which destroyed the city of Pompeii. MATCH FIXING Cricket has been hit by a betting scandal with the Pakistani team facing claims of match fixing. It's alleged that some players were paid to deliberately mess up in a game. It's related to something called micro betting. What is it, and how can cricket recover from this latest scandal? PRIZE COWS You only have to read Jack and the Beanstalk to realise that cows can earn you a tidy profit - even if it is in magic beans! We investigate the big business behind prize cows and get some tips from the kids who travel the country showing their livestock. REAL WRESTLING When you think of wrestling, you probably imagine WWE. That's the glitzy entertainment side of wrestling which features a whole heap of weird and wonderful characters. While that's fun, wrestling can also be a serious sport. We find out what it takes to be a real wrestler.

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Behind The News: 20/04/2010

ABC April 20, 2010

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Population Debate Populate or Perish has long been a catchcry for Australia.... . but the latest projections show Australia will have a population of 35 million by 2050. It's ...

Population Debate Populate or Perish has long been a catchcry for Australia.... . but the latest projections show Australia will have a population of 35 million by 2050. It's due to the Generation x baby boom - as well as immigration. Will that be too many people? BTN examines both sides of the immigration debate. Those in favour of a bigger Australia say it's an economic imperative. Others argue that our resources are already stretched - and the rate of growth should be slowed. We look at how and why the immigration boom started after WW2 - and how new arrivals have made their mark in modern Australia. Reef Ship The Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng One has just been refloated after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef. It was stuck there for 10 days, leaking oil. and damaging the coral as it dragged over the reef for one kilmometre. So how could this happen, and how hard will it be to fix the mess? How can we protect the environment while still allowing ships to deliver and pick up cargo? We look at the principal of how shipping lanes are supposed to keep boats moving in a safe and orderly fashion, like cars on roads. Iceland Volcano The Volcanic eruption in Iceland is now causing chaos across Europe. The spread of ash poses serious problems for aircraft so flights have been grounded - stranding thousands of passengers. BTN reports on this issue and how an eruption under ice can cause other threats...such as major flooding from the melting ice. High Clouds We look at an unusual way scientists are investigating climate change. They're studying the temperatures of noctilucent clouds... which are found 100 kilometres above the earth and are the world's highest clouds. From a small Antarctic hut, scientists point a powerful laser beam called a Lidar into the night sky...to measure the heat in clouds that are too high for balloons and too low for satellites. Gudgeon Project The River Murray's Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon was thought to be extinct - until a small colony was re-discovered in South Australia. BTN looks at an ambitious project to breed-up their numbers, and how a group of kids has been able to help. We were there when these small fry were released back into the river - to hopefully start a Gudgeon comeback.

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Behind The News: 22/02/2011

ABC February 21, 2011

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HEALTH DEAL 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 ...

HEALTH DEAL 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. ORGAN DONORS 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. NEW TASTE 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 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 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.

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Behind The News: 23/11/2010

ABC November 22, 2010

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ROYAL ENGAGEMENT The announcement of the royal engagement of has whipped the media into a frenzy and sent the paparazzi in hyper-drive! Nathan profiles the Royal family and ...

ROYAL ENGAGEMENT The announcement of the royal engagement of has whipped the media into a frenzy and sent the paparazzi in hyper-drive! Nathan profiles the Royal family and finds out how and when Will and Cate get to be King and Queen of Australia. CLASS SIZES Some people reckon the more people in a class, the harder it is to learn. Others think if you've got a good teacher, it doesn't matter how many kids there are. But a new report suggests smaller class sizes don't actually help kids learn better. Tash goes back to school to learn the story. TRADE SIMULATOR Skilled people to build freeways, railways and housing developments are in big demand. Now there's a new simulator to get kids interested in a career as a civil contractor. Kirsty found it feels like you're in one big computer game! CARP Recent flooding rains have helped Carp numbers boom in Australia's river systems and that's not good news for the native species. Kirsty looks at ways to eradicate this introduced pest and along the way finds some people who market Carp products. MUSICAL PLAYGROUND If you've never heard of a playground that can play music you're not alone. But an Aussie primary school has built their own and scored an award for their unusual creation. Tash took her drumsticks to meet the creators and test it out.

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Behind The News: 1/11/2011

ABC October 31, 2011

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BANK BUSINESS The Occupy Wall St protests have spread around the globe, even to Australia. Occupy Melbourne has been going for more than a week now. One of the things they're ...

BANK BUSINESS The Occupy Wall St protests have spread around the globe, even to Australia. Occupy Melbourne has been going for more than a week now. One of the things they're protesting about is the greed of the big banks. But have you ever stopped to think how banks even make money? SHARK ATTACKS There have been a few fatal shark attacks recently in Western Australia. It's had many people calling for action and some saying the sharks responsible should be hunted and killed. But is it the right response? MALARIA VACCINE You might've been bitten by a mozzie before and ended up with an annoying itch, which eventually goes away. But in some countries mosquitoes can carry a disease called 'Malaria', that can be deadly. Now scientists think they've made a breakthrough with a new vaccine. GPS RIVAL In lots of people's cars, old maps have been replaced by high-tech GPS devices. You get them in some phones too. They use satellite technology to pin-point exactly where you are. But did you know that all the GPS satellites are controlled by America? Now lots of other countries have teamed up to launch their own set of satellites to rival GPS. SHEEPDOG TRIALS BtN takes a look at the competitive world of sheepdog trials. How do the trials work, and what does it take to be good at rounding up sheep? We visit one big event which is run mainly by kids.

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Behind The News: 26/06/2012

ABC June 26, 2012

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OLD NEWS One of Australia's biggest media organisations has announced that it's making major changes to its newspaper business. Some say it could be the beginning of the end ...

OLD NEWS One of Australia's biggest media organisations has announced that it's making major changes to its newspaper business. Some say it could be the beginning of the end of newspapers as we know them. So what's causing this shake-up and how's it going to affect the way we get news? RHINO TRADE Lots of rhinos are killed so their horns can be cut off and sold illegally. It might surprise you to hear that some African conservationists are now campaigning to make rhino horn trading legal. Some even want to cut the horns off all the wild rhinos they can find. So how could this actually be good for the animal? SLIMMING SOFT DRINKS Soft drinks can be a big cause of obesity. The mayor of New York thinks it's such a big problem that he's trying to ban the sale of super-sized soft drinks. But should people get to make the choice for themselves? And how bad can a bit of soft drink actually be? MODERN MAPS Helping you to find your way in the world is a competitive business. Recently Apple announced that it's going to take on Google Maps and create its own version of street view by sending cameras driving, walking and flying around the world. Technology like that is changing the way we think about maps. It got us wondering how map making has changed over the years. WEIRD WATER We're always being told to save water. One science group is trying to teach kids to stop wasting water by showing them how amazing water can be. They've made the liquid the star of its own stage show!

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Behind The News: 19/06/2012

ABC June 19, 2012

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SYRIA CRISIS We take a look at the growing crisis in Syria. The situation there has been described as a civil war... and lots of people have been killed. So how did this ...

SYRIA CRISIS We take a look at the growing crisis in Syria. The situation there has been described as a civil war... and lots of people have been killed. So how did this conflict begin? ONLINE OLYMPIANS Some Aussie swimmers got into trouble recently for posting some inappropriate pictures on Facebook. We visit a special course which is teaching athletes the benefits and dangers of using social media during the 2012 Olympics. DINGO DECISION The most famous court story in Australia's history has finally come to an end. In 1980 a mother was wrongly convicted of killing her baby. The child had actually been killed by a dingo, but the courts refused to believe it at the time. We look at how the mistake happened and whether it could happen again. BUSH TUCKER The popularity of cooking shows like MasterChef have got lots of people thinking about new recipes and ingredients. But some school kids are going a step further. They've become specialist ingredient suppliers to one of Sydney's high profile restaurants. OPERA KIDS You might think that opera is an activity aimed only at the old and wealthy. But a program in schools is trying to change that perception. We visit a group of kids putting on their own opera with a modern twist.

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Behind The News: 5/06/2012

ABC June 5, 2012

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DIAMOND JUBILEE It's been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth the second became Queen. Lots of celebrations are planned around the world to mark the Diamond Jubilee. BtN looks ...

DIAMOND JUBILEE It's been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth the second became Queen. Lots of celebrations are planned around the world to mark the Diamond Jubilee. BtN looks back at how she became a Queen and how she's adapted to a changing world. SUPER TELESCOPE Australia will play a major role in a massive science project that could help unlock some of the secrets of the Universe. It will host part of the biggest radio telescope ever built, known as the Square Kilometre Array. The project will try to discover more about how the Universe started and could help in the search for alien life. MUSIC MONEY Spotify has just been launched in Australia which lets people listen songs for free. It's legal... but some artists are worried that it's going to make it even harder to make money in the music industry. So how do musicians make money? QUOLL You can't find the Eastern Quoll on mainland Australia anymore, but they can still be found in Tassie. However lately they seem to be disappearing without a trace. So we joined some detective researchers as they try to track down the Eastern Quoll. SOCCER SCHOOL A new teaching program, borrowed from the English Premier League, is using soccer to get kids interested in other subjects at school. So how can a kick around with some mates help you learn about maths, English or science? Sarah finds out.

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Behind The News: 16/11/2010

ABC November 15, 2010

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AIRCRAFT GROUNDED Bits of aircraft dropping off in mid-air is always concerning and has resulted in the grounding of the new Qantas A380 super-jumbo. Amid the finger-pointing ...

AIRCRAFT GROUNDED Bits of aircraft dropping off in mid-air is always concerning and has resulted in the grounding of the new Qantas A380 super-jumbo. Amid the finger-pointing over who's to blame Kirsty looks at what it takes to keep these complex machines in the air. BANK BUSINESS People are really angry at the banks after one decided to charge more for their loans. Many have said that banks are too greedy and already make big enough profits. Nathan looks at the business of banks to find out what they're really all about. FREE RANGE PIGS The Australian pork industry is about to vote on whether to get rid the cages where pregnant pigs are kept until they give birth. 95% of farmers still use the cages and there's a push to get more 'free range' pigs on farms. Tash finds out what makes a product 'free range' and how to tell if we're buying the real deal. HIGH DEFINITION TV As the switch to full digital in 2013 approaches people are turfing out the old telly and discovering a raft of new channels. There's loads of new jargon with terms like SD, HD and full-HD being tossed around. So this week Tash looks at what's on offer and what it is that makes HDTV different from the rest. PODCLASS School kids in Italy have taken on a new subject called podclass. Their ex-DJ teacher has injected some new technology and turned some of the kids' least-favourite lessons into fun. Tash tunes in to find out what it is that makes podclass such a hit.

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Behind The News: 19/10/2010

ABC October 18, 2010

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BASIN PLAN It grows 40-percent of all the food we produce in this country and sustains 30,000 wetlands. But the Murray Darling basin is under severe stress. Both sides agree ...

BASIN PLAN It grows 40-percent of all the food we produce in this country and sustains 30,000 wetlands. But the Murray Darling basin is under severe stress. Both sides agree there is a problem and Nathan looks at the plan to get the farming and environment balance right. CHILE RESCUE Chile's 33 trapped miners will enjoy life above ground after spending 10-weeks stuck in the San Jose mine. Some will become stars with book deals and spots on popular TV shows, so Kirsty explores how the miners were pulled to safety and how their lives will change. NEWSPAPERS Last week we tuned into the world of radio and now we open up the pages of the newspaper business. Papers are a big segment of the mass media but with mobile communications invading our lives Tash finds out if print is facing extinction. FRED'S VAN Imagine not having a clean bed and lots of food to come home to. Each day around 1 in every 200 Aussies faces that situation. But thanks to charity organisations and volunteers, homeless and disadvantaged people are being given a helping hand. Tash meets some kids working in Fred's Van who are making a difference. RODEO KIDS Jumping on the back of a bucking bull or a wild horse is not something a lot of kids would call fun! But for some people rodeos aren't only an adrenalin rush, they're a serious career. The sport is rounding up more interested kids and as Kirsty reports it can even help them sort out a few personal problems.

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Behind The News: 8/03/2011

ABC March 7, 2011

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LIBYA Dictator Gaddafi says 'all my people love me' yet the UN says more than 1,000 people have been killed and 100,000 have fled Libya in a week. So what's happening there? ...

LIBYA Dictator Gaddafi says 'all my people love me' yet the UN says more than 1,000 people have been killed and 100,000 have fled Libya in a week. So what's happening there? Kirsty looks at the country, its leader and the international response to this increasingly unstable situation. MILK WARS With major supermarkets going head-to-head over the price of milk there are concerns it could devastate the dairy industry. Nathan investigates the cost of getting milk from the cow to the carton and who the winners and losers might be if this battle continues. TASTES LIKE CHICKEN Chicken has overtaken beef as Australia's favourite meat and consumption is forecast to rise. So how is the industry keeping up with demand? Tash enters an industry operating on a scale you'll find hard to believe. MOVIE MAGIC Most blockbusters rely on special visual effects but there's one kid who's practising the craft without the big budget. Kirsty checks out his work and meets the Hollywood legend passing on some tips. MARCHING BANDS Their members are on the march, but are they marching out the door? Tash meets the young musicians who are desperate to get enough kids to keep their band alive.

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Behind The News: 8/05/2012

ABC May 8, 2012

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BUDGET SURPLUS Next week the Federal Government brings down its annual Budget... which sets out where the government intends to collect and spend all its money... But this ...

BUDGET SURPLUS Next week the Federal Government brings down its annual Budget... which sets out where the government intends to collect and spend all its money... But this Budget is expected to be a bit different from the last few for one reason - there'll be a surplus. What does this mean and why does the Government reckon it's so important. DISABILITY SCHEME Thousands of people have taken part in rallies calling for a national disability insurance scheme. The Prime Minister says the scheme will get underway next year. We talk to young people with disabilities to see the challenges they face every day. RICHEST AUSSIES When you see a person in a high-profile job... it's pretty natural to wonder... 'i wonder how much they get paid'...We know Hollywood celebs get millions per movie... but are they the highest paid people around? BTN looks at the richest people in Australia to see how they made their fortunes. GAMES TRICKS The world of computer video games is a place lots of kids and adults can't get enough of. But why are they loved so much? BTN investigates out some of the tricks that keep gamers coming back for more. KOALAS Australia has lots of threatened species. But can you name an animal that's both threatened and not threatened? That might sound like a trick question but it's not. Last week the government declared Koalas both vulnerable and not vulnerable... depending on where they live.

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