Drowning In Plastic
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Drowning In Plastic

SBS December 15, 2019

News and current affairs

Earth and environment

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Can the tide be turned on this global catastrophe? With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine ...

Can the tide be turned on this global catastrophe? With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine plastic pollution. But do we really understand the impact of this new environmental crisis?

Behind The News
34:07

Behind The News: 3/08/2010

ABC August 3, 2010

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LOOSE LIPS When is it acceptable for governments to keep secrets? This week there's been a lot of talk about the website, Wikileaks after it revealed some top secret ...

LOOSE LIPS When is it acceptable for governments to keep secrets? This week there's been a lot of talk about the website, Wikileaks after it revealed some top secret information about the war in Afghanistan. It's made some people very angry, but others think the public have a right to know what's going on. POLLIE SPEAK BtN examines some of the key words and phrases that you'll hear time and time again during the election campaign. From Work Choices and the Education revolution to Back to Surplus - what do they actually mean and why are the politicians so keen to keep repeating them? PRECIOUS METAL We look at an increasingly important metal, Lithium. It's a significant ingredient in enabling batteries to store and expel power. Some experts think that Lithium could one day become as valuable as oil and gold. It's big news for the South American country Bolivia which has the world's biggest lithium reserves. RISK TAKERS Have you ever done something that's given you a real adrenaline rush? Scientists have been on a mission to find out why young people, and particularly young boys, are big risk-takers. And why would such behaviour evolve, when it's potentially harmful - even lethal? BACKYARD BEES We report on the growing movement to bring beekeeping into our backyards. Keeping bees in the city can be an environmentally friendly way of making honey. And it's not as hard as you might think. But there are rules, so watch BtN to make sure you don't get stung.

Behind the News
32:29

Behind the News: Conscience Votes/Food Waste/Leap Second/China Kids/Hope Street

ABC Me June 2, 2015

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With the issue of marriage equality in the headlines again, there's a debate going on amongst Australia's politicians over whether or not it should be decided by a conscience ...

With the issue of marriage equality in the headlines again, there's a debate going on amongst Australia's politicians over whether or not it should be decided by a conscience vote. We look at a conscience votes are and why political parties may or may not allow them to decide controversial issues. Plus there's teacher resources for our stories on Food Waste and China Kids.

Behind the News
31:41

Behind the News: European Migration/BtN Kids Happiness Survey/The Record-Breaking Queen/Mars Experiment

ABC Me September 8, 2015

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We take a look at the migration issue in Europe and the kids that are caught up in it; we launch Australia's biggest kids' mental health survey; on September 9th, Queen ...

We take a look at the migration issue in Europe and the kids that are caught up in it; we launch Australia's biggest kids' mental health survey; on September 9th, Queen Elizabeth will become the longest serving monarch in British history. On that date she will pass the Queen Victoria's rule of more than 63 years. But what has she achieved in all that time?; we take a look at jobs that might not exist in the future and; volunteers are attempting, to test what life might be like for the first people sent to Mars.

Behind the News
31:40

Behind the News: Budgeting for the Future/Live Below the Line/Light Pollution/Chess Classes/Bust A Move Kids

ABC Me May 12, 2015

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Economists have described it as a 'horror story' - and that's before it's even been revealed! But why are some people so worried about this year's federal budget? Poverty is ...

Economists have described it as a 'horror story' - and that's before it's even been revealed! But why are some people so worried about this year's federal budget? Poverty is something we've all heard of, but very few of us have experienced it firsthand. This week, some young people are trying to experience that as a fundraiser. Did you know that The Bust a Move dance group is made up of kids with disabilities there's a type of pollution being released from every city around the world, every single night. And it seems no one is trying to reduce it at all. Should kids study chess at school? And the Bust a Move dance group is made up of kids with disabilities.

Behind The News
30:45

Behind The News: Aus Post Issues/Refugee Camp/5 Cent Change/Brazile Profile/Reality TV

ABC June 17, 2014

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This week BtN looks at how the internet is both the cause of and solution to all of Australia Post's problems. Teacher resources are included for the stories on 5 Cent Change ...

This week BtN looks at how the internet is both the cause of and solution to all of Australia Post's problems. Teacher resources are included for the stories on 5 Cent Change and Brazil Profile.

Behind The News
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Behind The News: 16/02/2010

ABC February 15, 2010

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Leadership Lowdown It might have felt way too short for the kids of Australia, but for pollies it's been a long, hard summer holiday; with a new leader, new policies and a ...

Leadership Lowdown It might have felt way too short for the kids of Australia, but for pollies it's been a long, hard summer holiday; with a new leader, new policies and a whole lot of arguing in between. So why are they all hot and bothered? Because this is an election year, of course! Nathan wraps up all the summer action from Canberra and introduces a new face you'll be seeing a lot of throughout the year. NASA Funding 40 years ago man first landed on the moon and everyone back home started dreaming of a space future. But these days it seems to have drifted into the background. NASA's space shuttle fleet are due to be retired this year, and President Obama wants to scrap plans to go back to the moon. Sarah looks at the history of the space shuttle program and why NASA's no longer aiming for the moon. Rock Eisteddfod It's the show that had kids around Australia doing 'spirit fingers' all year long, but this year will be the first in three decades that students won't be able to take part in the Rock Eisteddfod. It's been canned, and Tash discovers why. Biodiversity Year It's one of those terms you probably hear thrown around in environment class every now and again, but what does 'biodiversity' actually mean? Well this year is the year of biodiversity, so Sarah decided to take a look a new museum exhibit to find out what it is, and why it gets a whole year to devoted to raising awareness for it. Cane Toad Snags Sausages are a staple food for heaps of us over summer, but what about throwing one on the barbie made of cane toads? Luckily you don't have to, because these strange culinary inventions aren't for humans, they for native animals! Tash gets a taste of this new conservation program.

Behind the News
30:09

Behind the News: Nuclear Industry/Chinese Migration/Time Zones/Handwriting/Heywire Kids

ABC Me February 17, 2015

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Australia doesn't have a nuclear industry. But one Australian state has decided it now wants to investigate the idea. They've called a royal commission to look into it. But ...

Australia doesn't have a nuclear industry. But one Australian state has decided it now wants to investigate the idea. They've called a royal commission to look into it. But who needs a royal commission when you have BtN? There are teacher resources for this story and our story on Chinese Migration.

Behind The News
30:09

Behind The News: 4/09/2012

ABC September 4, 2012

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CIGARETTE CHANGES We take a look at new laws that are being debated in Tasmania, aimed at gradually phasing out cigarettes. The plan is to ban people from buying cigarettes ...

CIGARETTE CHANGES We take a look at new laws that are being debated in Tasmania, aimed at gradually phasing out cigarettes. The plan is to ban people from buying cigarettes for life if they are born after the year 2000. So, is it a good idea or is it unfair? BOOM AND GLOOM Australia has been in a mining boom for as long as most of you have been alive. The stuff we pull out of the ground has been worth a lot and mining companies have been racing to pull out as much as possible. It's not the first boom Australia's had... and booms never last forever. When a major mining project was put on hold recently it got some asking if the mining boom will soon turn to bust. 3D PRINTING We look at the technology of 3D printing. It�s becoming more and more common and some schools and businesses have started using 3D printers. It could potentially change the way we make things... from toys to artificial limbs. So how does it work? MURDER BALL Wheelchair rugby is one of the toughest sports around... so it�s no surprise that some people still call it by its old name, murder ball. It�s likely to be one of the most exciting events of the London Paralympic games. Nathan was invited along to a training session to learn more about the game. SEAL SHOW We get a behind-the-scenes look at Taronga Zoo�s seal show. We reveal some of the tricks the trainers use to make the seals perform. But there�s also a serious message with this fun show.

Q and A
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Q and A

ABC June 5, 2018

News and current affairs

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Behind the News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark this milestone ABC News will give our children a voice like never before with a very special edition of ...

Behind the News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark this milestone ABC News will give our children a voice like never before with a very special edition of Q and A.

Behind the News
29:50

Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch/Vaccination/Famine/Platypus Research/ Why do we need to sleep?/Synchronised Swimming

ABC Me March 14, 2017

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Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year ...

Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kind kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Vaccination One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has described the Government's 'no jab no pay' policy as a 'dictatorship', saying parents should be allowed to choose not to vaccinate their kids. But that statement has health professionals really worried, because vaccines have already been responsible for wiping out some serious diseases and saving millions of lives. We'll take a closer look at the issue next week. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Famine Recently, South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years. So this week on BTN, we're going to visit this country to find out what a famine is and why it's happening. We'll also find out what other countries can do to help. Platypus Research Right now researchers are trying to track one of Australia's most mysterious creatures. Scientists are scouring riverbeds in New South Wales for Platypuses as part of a three year count of the native Australian animal. We find out what they are hoping to learn. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 BTN Investigates: Why do we need to sleep? This week on BTN Investigates, Mitchell and Troy want to know why we need sleep. Well Mitchell and Troy, sleep is one of our favourite topics here on BTN. Tune in next week to find out all about what really happens to you during those hours of evening shut-eye. Synchronised Swimming It's a sport that combines dancing and gymnastics - all while underwater and often upside down. It's synchronised swimming and this week, we're going to meet some of the first boys to pick up the nose plugs in Australia. But they say they need one of the sports rules to change to be allowed to represent Australia at the Olympics one day. We meet them to find out more.

Behind The News
29:37

Behind The News: Medal Misery/Mars Mission/Milk Wars/E-Waste/Fashion Kids

ABC August 14, 2012

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BtN stories include: Medal Misery, Mars Mission, Milk Wars, E-Waste and Fashion Kids.

BtN stories include: Medal Misery, Mars Mission, Milk Wars, E-Waste and Fashion Kids.

50 Years of BTN: The World Through a Classroom TV
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50 Years of BTN: The World Through a Classroom TV

ABC June 5, 2018

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Behind The News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark the milestone we take a stroll down memory lane with a documentary looking back at the history of the show.

Behind The News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark the milestone we take a stroll down memory lane with a documentary looking back at the history of the show.

Behind The News
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Behind The News: 21/02/2012

ABC February 20, 2012

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GREEK DEBT Rioting in Greece has put the country's debt problems back into the spotlight. Europe has promised more bail-out money, but in return many Greek people will have ...

GREEK DEBT Rioting in Greece has put the country's debt problems back into the spotlight. Europe has promised more bail-out money, but in return many Greek people will have their wages cut or could lose their jobs entirely. We look at how and why countries borrow money, and find out what happens when they can't pay it back. SPEECH WRITING This week we saw speculation that Julia Gillard's team were writing her acceptance speech as PM... even while Kevin Rudd was still in the top job. It got us thinking about the role of speechwriters in politics. How much of what politicians say is actually written by them? And how can speechwriters have so much influence when we don't even know who they are? CROC CULL The government is considering overturning the ban on crocodile hunting. Some indigenous land owners in the Northern Territory say safari hunting could bring economic benefits to the bush. But animal rights supporters aren't happy. A BUG'S LIFE If you've ever seen a locust or a snail at work in the garden you'll know the damage that insects can do to plants. But did you know that insects actually help many plants to grow? That's the lesson Australian scientists are teaching to Cambodian farmers and their kids to help the country grow the food it needs. BASEBALL KID For many people their first experience of baseball... is playing tee ball as a kid. And that's exactly how Daniel McGrath started out. But now the Aussie teen is on the verge of becoming a huge star. He's just been signed up by the Boston Red Sox, one of the world's most successful baseball teams.

Behind the News
25:37

Behind the News: Armistice 100 Years

ABC Me November 6, 2018

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This BTN special episode takes a look at Remembrance Day, which marks the end of World War One on the 11th of November, 1918. The BTN team outlines how peace was negotiated ...

This BTN special episode takes a look at Remembrance Day, which marks the end of World War One on the 11th of November, 1918. The BTN team outlines how peace was negotiated and what caused World War One in the first place. We learn about Australia’s involvement in World War One and life in the trenches. There are also some quiz questions throughout to keep viewers on their toes.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: June 12, 2018

ABC Me June 12, 2018

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News and current affairs for students.

News and current affairs for students.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: September 11, 2018

ABC Me September 11, 2018

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A high-energy, fun way for upper primary and secondary students to learn about current issues and events in their world. Each program is built around major news stories of the ...

A high-energy, fun way for upper primary and secondary students to learn about current issues and events in their world. Each program is built around major news stories of the week.

Behind The News
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Behind The News: 25/05/2010

ABC May 25, 2010

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CHINA CONNECTION We hear a lot about the importance of China for Australia. Why is this? BTN explains how countries trade with each other, and why Australia's mineral wealth ...

CHINA CONNECTION We hear a lot about the importance of China for Australia. Why is this? BTN explains how countries trade with each other, and why Australia's mineral wealth is so important for both countries. But there are suggestions that China's economic growth could slow...what would this mean for us? [Nathan} MARALINGA VICTIMS The Australian government has decided to pay compensation to veterans connected with the nuclear testing at Maralinga in the 1950s. BTN explains what happened...why people were unaware of the risks, what compensation is...and why the Maralinga victims still aren't happy [Sarah] YO-YO CHAMP We meet 15-year-old schoolboy Vu Ho, who's just been judged Australia's champion Yo-Yo player. BTN looks at the history of the game...as Vu explains his tricks, his practice routine...and his ambition to take part in the world championships in the U.S. [Tash] FOOD LABELLING We are what we eat, but we don't always know what we're eating. Australia does have laws about food labels but some say they don't go far enough. BTN reports on a Federal Government review into food labelling and why it's such a big issue for our diet and health [Sarah}. PET TIGER Imagine having a tiger as pet. That's the scenario at a private zoo on the New South Wales south coast...where the owners regard a young Bengal Tiger as one of the family. For the time being Kinwah eats in their kitchen and plays with the family dog. But it's also a potentially dangerous situation...and the day's approaching when Kinwah will need to get used to a very different lifestyle. [Tash]