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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.

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Behind The News
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Behind The News: 10/08/2010

ABC August 10, 2010

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POLITICAL ADVERTISING Around election time voters are bombarded with advertisements and posters for political parties. We look at who pays for the this campaigning and find ...

POLITICAL ADVERTISING Around election time voters are bombarded with advertisements and posters for political parties. We look at who pays for the this campaigning and find out that not all parties have the same budget. We also explore how effective adverts can be and examine why parties target particular areas and sections of the community. PLANE TALKING Australians could soon be able to use their mobile phones on aeroplanes. Phones are currently banned because of their potential to interfere with navigational equipment, but new technology means that's no longer the case. We examine how the technology has changed and what the implications could be for air travel. PET DISPLAYS It's common to see cats and dogs displayed in pet shop windows. We meet a school girl who's trying to get the practice banned. Is it cruel and does it encourage impulse buying, rather than responsible pet ownership? Or is it simply the most effective way of finding homes for puppies and kittens? FRESH JUICE Sometimes juice can be labelled fresh, even if parts of it have been heated up and stored for up to a year. A few months ago, there was a lot of talk about it in the media, with many people calling for a change to the way juice is labelled. So where is that fight now? And how can we tell the difference between the different types of juice on supermarket shelves? SCHOOL SPORT Imagine a sports match played in front of a packed stadium of 95,000 spectators, with an extra 200,000 outside watching on a big screen. It's not the World Cup or the AFL Grand Final... this is school sport American style. American college football is big business and draws huge crowds. And one Aussie teenager is experiencing it for the first time after taking a punt on a career in American football.

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Behind the News: 22/06/2010

ABC June 22, 2010

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Obama Oil BtN looks at what's being done to fix the environmental disaster caused by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The situation has turned into a serious ...

Obama Oil BtN looks at what's being done to fix the environmental disaster caused by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The situation has turned into a serious political issue. US President Barack Obama has been criticised for not showing his anger at the oil company BP. (Sarah) Soccer Horns There have been calls to ban vuvuzela trumpets from matches in the soccer World Cup. They are so noisy that many supporters are having to wear earplugs and some players are having trouble hearing the referee's whistle. But World Cup bosses say they won't ban them because they're part of the South African football culture. (Nathan) Asian Languages BtN looks at a new study which suggests that fewer students are choosing to study Asian languages at school. The figures show that Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian are increasingly being dropped by year 12 students. So, why are they less popular, and why is the Australian government so worried about the decline? (Kirsty) Feral Goats Australian wildlife officials have come up with a new way to get rid of feral goats. Feral goats can be a problem because they chomp through native vegetation, which in turn can threaten the survival of some species of endangered birds. As BtN will explain the new method involves strapping tracking devices to special 'spy' goats! (Sarah) Roller Derby Get your skates on! If you've ever fancied roller skating then you might be interested in a sport called roller derby. It's a tough contact sport which has been around for decades, and is now making a big comeback. Some skaters are even pushing for the competition to be rolled out across Australia. (Kirsty)

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Behind The News: 2/03/2010

ABC March 1, 2010

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Insulation Inquiry How can something as harmless as house insulation kill people? Well that's the question being asked right now after some insulation installers were ...

Insulation Inquiry How can something as harmless as house insulation kill people? Well that's the question being asked right now after some insulation installers were electrocuted while putting it into people's roofs. They were up there as part of a government program - so now one minister is taking some heat for the problems. Kirsty looks into what went wrong and who's responsible. India Sport India is a sports mad country and they certainly have a lot of big events coming up. The Commonwealth Games, the Indian Premier League and the Hockey World Cup are all scheduled to take place there over the next year. But some terrorist groups have threatened to attack these events, so now some athletes taking part are fearing for their safety. Catherine discovers who made the threats and whether they might stop some events altogether. MASH 2010 You might have seen MASH, the TV show about a mobile army hospital set during a war 50-years ago. Well in this story you'll get to see the real MASH - an American Army hospital working near the frontline in Afghanistan right now. Many of the people working there were still in school when the war started - but these days they face helicopter evacuations, fire fights and surgical operations in tents. Nathan shows what work they're doing behind the scenes to try to help the injured survive. Pole Dancing With the winter Olympics winding up, attention will now be turning to the summer games coming up in London in 2012. But there is one fairly different kind of sport that would love to get a run at an Olympics soon. Pole dancing groups are becoming increasing popular, and the world champs of it reckon they should be up there vying for gold. Some young kids love it here in Oz, so Catherine went to meet them to see what's involved. Rock Orchestra Orchestra has a reputation among many young people as a pretty slow, dreary kind of music... but that doesn't always have to be the case! Orchestras are mixing it with superstar rock and indie groups to spice things up a bit and appeal to a whole different audience. Kirsty took a look at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, who've teamed up with The Panics for their next performance!

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Behind The News
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Behind The News: 16/03/2010

ABC March 15, 2010

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Private Pics You're having a fun time with your mates, you're mucking around, and they manage to snap a pretty embarrassing photo of you on their phone. Passing it round the ...

Private Pics You're having a fun time with your mates, you're mucking around, and they manage to snap a pretty embarrassing photo of you on their phone. Passing it round the school might seem like a laugh at the time, but is it really the right thing to do? It's a similar situation to the one being faced by Lara Bingle right now, after embarrassing pics of her ended up in magazines. Is it just fun, is it bullying, or is it something worse? Tash looks at how a picture can tell a thousand negative words. Anzac Kids On the 25th of April, Australia remembers the sacrifice of service men and women by taking part in marches throughout the country. Lots of kids take part, especially those kids who's grandparents served, with many wearing their medals or walking along beside them. But this year in Queensland, kids might find themselves being told to get to the back of the line. The organisers of the marches have said that kids marching with the diggers takes the attention away from them, but kids say it's them showing their support. Tash looks at the tricky situation. Hearing School Many kids learn other languages at school, but what about learning sign language? That's just one of the amazing parts of a school in South Australia, where kids with different hearing difficulties use special technologies to get the full schooling experience. That even means taking part in a choir! Catherine looks at how this amazing school is set up. China Tigers It's the Chinese year of the tiger right now, but unfortunately the plight of those animal in the huge Asian country isn't looking so good. Conservationists say that one species of tiger, the South China tiger, is all but extinct. But that doesn't mean they are just going to give up! A special program is spending up big and taking the some of the few endangered tigers left on an overseas holiday to help! How? Nathan looks at a breeding program with a difference. Racing Safety It seems like every other day we hear the story of a young person killed on our roads because of dangerous or risky driving. Speed is one of the biggest problems that young drivers can get into, but there are some young guys out there who know exactly where that kind of driving should happen - on a race track! Nathan went out to meet two young guys who are racing various categories during the Adelaide 500, and found out why they say the best place to hit the accelerator is on the track.

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Behind the News: 1/12/2009

ABC December 1, 2009

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Cane Toads Cane toads are big, poisonous and ugly and they're marching across Australia. They're a growing environmental problem and for a long time scientists have been ...

Cane Toads Cane toads are big, poisonous and ugly and they're marching across Australia. They're a growing environmental problem and for a long time scientists have been searching for a way to stop them or at least reduce their numbers. Now they might have found an answer and it's a tiny Aussie! One of our Darwin reporters, Gina, will introduce you. Story explains about kids who go out at night searching for cane toads as part of toad buster group. Discusses how meat ants attack baby cane toads. Indigenous Games How many games can you play at school? Soon you might find out about a whole lot more! A program has been researching the games that Indigenous kids used to play and found lots of exciting new ones that have been forgotten over the years. Now they're being introduced to schools so Kirsty went a long to see what they were like! Story explains about Australian Sports Commission Indigenous Games project. Talks with kids playing games. AFI Kid When Australia's top movie awards are handed out later this year an 11 year old kid will be walking the red carpet with all the stars. How did he get a great gig like that? Catherine meets him to find out. Interview with 11 yo Tom Russell who is nominated of ran AFI awards. Talks about acting in movies. 2009 Remembered What an amazing year of news! From the serious stories to Catherine being attacked by penguins - we've covered it all. Plus we've talked to kids all over the country! The team has a look back at the year that was.

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Behind the News: 17/11/2009

ABC November 17, 2009

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United Nations When kids are in trouble around the world they're often helped by the United Nations. it feeds the starving, runs schools, sets up hospitals and looks after ...

United Nations When kids are in trouble around the world they're often helped by the United Nations. it feeds the starving, runs schools, sets up hospitals and looks after people escaping wars. So what exactly is the UN and why does it go around helping everyone? Kirsty looks for answers.. Story explains how UN was set up and why. How it operates and its different agencies. Endangered Koalas Where are all the koalas going? Scientists say their numbers are in a massive decline and the species could be extinct in decades. Nathan looks at why. Story explains how researchers arrived at their findings and what they say is causing the problem. Indigenous Language Can you imagine going to school and having to learn your lessons in a different language? Tough work? For some Indigenous Aussie kids that's what they have to do for some of their day and it's causing quite a bit of controversy. Kirsty explains what's been going on Story explains decision in Northern Territory to make students learn in English for four hours a day. Discusses concerns in Indigenous communities. Remote Art In remote mining towns life can be a bit tough for kids. They don't have as many options as city kids so it can get a bit dull! In one town however that's changing with a project that's getting kids to make some pretty amazing movies. Sarah has more. Story explains project in Newman WA that gives kids a chance to make movies. Talks about problems kids face in a remote community. California Classroom On the TV each night we see life in schools in the United States. Often it seems much more glamorous and exciting than the way we live in Oz. Catherine has been to a school in California to find out if it's really like the movies. Story tours school in Santa Monica in California. Interviews with kids.

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Behind The News: 27/04/2010

ABC April 27, 2010

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Asylum Seekers The Federal Government has changed its policy on asylum seekers - imposing a six month freeze on refugee applications for people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. ...

Asylum Seekers The Federal Government has changed its policy on asylum seekers - imposing a six month freeze on refugee applications for people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. It's also re-opening two former detention centres on the Australian mainland because Christmas Island is overcrowded. Refugee advocates are criticising the moves but opinion polls appear to show Australians want tougher action against asylum seekers. But where does this leave those fleeing their homes? BTN explains the difference between asylum seekers and refugees and examines why asylum seekers arriving by boat create much more controversy than those arriving by air. School Tests Australian schools are scheduled to conduct their first NAPLAN tests on students' literacy skills next month. But many teachers are unhappy about it and their union has says its members won't co-operate with them. BTN looks at the reasons behind this row - the main one being the Federal Government's MySchool website, which is designed to let parents know how their schools are performing. Those opposed to the website argue that it can lead to unfair comparisons of schools. Special Olympics The Special Olympics are underway in Adelaide - for intellectually disabled athletes. BTN looks at the aims of the games and what they mean to the competitors - in particular one young sailor from South Australia. Burn Treatment Winter means Australians will be firing up their heating appliances ...but it also brings a rise in accidents involving burns. We look at treatments for burns, from fist aid to the latest advances in skin replacement...through the experiences of a nine-year-old girl. Snake Man For nearly a hundred years, the "snake man" has been a weekend entertainment fixture at La Perouse, in Sydney's south. It's a job that's been handed down from father to son in the Cann family. They've demonstrated their skills at taming Australia's deadliest creatures in a makeshift ring on the headland...passing around the hat after each performance. Now the current snake man, John Cann is retiring - at the age of 72. We look at his life and times with the help of some intriguing archival footage. Storm Scandal One of the biggest Australian sports scandals. NRL club the Melbourne Storm has been caught cooking the books on player payments. The punishment's been severe...heavy fines, loss of Premierships and a season wipeout for 2010. BTN looks at the issue of salary caps in football teams. Why have them? How do they work? And how was the Storm able to cheat the system for so long without getting caught?

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Behind The News: 15/06/2010

ABC June 15, 2010

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Afghanistan Two more Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. This story profiles the war-torn country and Kirsty helps answer a couple of big questions: What is ...

Afghanistan Two more Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. This story profiles the war-torn country and Kirsty helps answer a couple of big questions: What is this war about and why are Australians there? Resource Tax It seems the Federal Government and the mining companies aren't best friends at the moment. A new tax on their profits might be the reason! Sarah digs around to find out what the Government wants to do and why companies are so upset. It might even affect you! AFL Recruits Big bucks are changing hands to lure high-profile League players to fledgling AFL teams. But are they worth the money and is it fair on the other teams? Nathan looks at the whys and wherefores of changing codes. 3D Television After 50-years of staring at the box in the corner. manufacturers and broadcasters are now tempting us with 3D television. So what's all the fuss about and how can you get life-like action on a flat screen. Sarah slips into the next dimension to find out. NZ Volcano Recently a volcano in Iceland has been hogging the headlines, but a volcano in New Zealand is destined to do some damage of its own. Mt. Ruapehu is NZ's most active volcano, producing killer eruptions more terrifying than lava flows. Marija introduces us to deadly 'lahar' and investigates the science of predicting the next eruption.

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Behind The News: 18/05/2010

ABC May 18, 2010

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Budget 2010 It's a federal election year for Australia and BTN will cover the year's politics with several stories in the run-up to the poll. This week we look at the 2010 ...

Budget 2010 It's a federal election year for Australia and BTN will cover the year's politics with several stories in the run-up to the poll. This week we look at the 2010 Federal Budget ..examining what a Budget is... how the money is divided up and the political arguments that determine who gets what. [Sarah] Internet Filters It's one of the most contentious Government initiatives - the plan to block Internet content that's deemed dangerous or inappropriate. We look at the arguments for and against the plan... how can kids be protected from bad things on the web, while not stopping adults from accessing content they feel they have a right to see. [Sarah] Donor Dogs We know that thousands of people donate blood to help those who are sick or injured. But it may come as a surprise that humans aren't the only ones doing it. BTN visits the world of blood-donor dogs....the vets who organise them.... and we meet a very happy recipient. [Kirsty] World Cup Australia has announced its initial squad for the soccer World Cup in South Africa. And Australia is also clearing the decks with other sporting bodies for a tilt at hosting the event in 2018 or 2022. So how does a country go about staging the world's biggest supporting event? [Nathan] Mind Tricks Have you ever been fascinated by magic tricks and how our brain is fooled into believing them? Well, neurologists in the United States are finding out exactly what's going on in our minds when we're interacting with magicians. [Tash]

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Behind The News: 11/05/2010

ABC May 11, 2010

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Oil Spill Barack Obama is calling it a potentially unprecedented environmental disaster. Millions of litres of oil are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico since a BP oil rig ...

Oil Spill Barack Obama is calling it a potentially unprecedented environmental disaster. Millions of litres of oil are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico since a BP oil rig exploded and sank.... The pollution is threatening wildlife and the pristine shores of several American States. BTN looks at off shore oil drilling works... and how this accident happened. Why is an oil spill such a problem and what are the options for controlling it? [Nathan] Greek Debt Over the past few weeks we've seen Greece's financial woes threaten Europe's economic stability. Now a rescue package headed by Germany is underway. In exchange, Greece has to balance its budget with harsh spending cuts. BTN unravels this complex economic episode to see how a country can go broke...and why the Greek people are so angry about it [Sarah] Graphic Novels They used to only feature on newsagency shelves but, comic books have come a long way. Now called Graphic Novels you can find them in bookstores and even libraries. BTN looks at this action-packed medium - and the hopes that they'll get more kids hooked on reading. [Kirsty] Snooker Champ: Australia has a new world sporting champion... 28-y-o Neil Robertson's World Snooker triumph comes after years of struggle - when he first had a crack at the top level in the UK he couldn't even afford a waistcoat. BTN looks at the history of an activity that was once the sign of a misspent youth. [Nathan} Tiwi Music A special musical collaboration on Bathurst Island in the NT is breathing new life into old traditions. A musician from Sydney is helping Tiwi Islanders translate and document ancestral songs to preserve them for future generations. [Sarah}

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