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Behind the News: August 17, 2019
August 17, 2019
ABC Me  |  August 13, 2019

Gun Control Debate
The gun debate is big news again in the US after two deadly shootings in early August. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world and the right to bear arms is guaranteed in its constitution. Some say that's contributing to gun violence and that the US should bring in tighter controls on guns. We look at the debate in the US and the history of gun control here in Australia.

Supermarket Collectable Controversy
Supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths recently started new collectable campaigns and many kids around Australia are searching for the ultimate Ooshie or Little Shop toy. But not everyone is a fan of the promotions. We meet some young people who say the toys are giving kids the wrong message about plastic pollution.

Science Lessons
This week is Science Week and the theme is Destination Moon, to coincide with last month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. It got us thinking about all the other scientific breakthroughs that've been made since 1969 and the things kids were taught at school back then that are no longer true. We look at some of the big science lessons we've learned since 1969 and how they've changed the world.

Braille Books
A school for kids who are blind or vision impaired in Adelaide was frustrated with the lack of braille books for students, so it's started making its own! Volunteers help to emboss the books and add tactile pictures. We meet some of the students who are enjoying the books and find out more about braille.

Koala Carer
We meet a young Aussie who spends her spare time caring for her favourite animal - koalas! Libby is worried that the iconic native animals are at risk of disappearing and she didn't want to wait until she was older to do something about it.

Gun Control Debate
The gun debate is big news again in the US after two deadly shootings in early August. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world and the right to bear arms is guaranteed in its constitution. Some say that's contributing to gun violence and that the US should bring in tighter controls on guns. We look at the debate in the US and the history of gun control here in Australia.

Supermarket Collectable Controversy
Supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths recently started new collectable campaigns and many kids around Australia are searching for the ultimate Ooshie or Little Shop toy. But not everyone is a fan of the promotions. We meet some young people who say the toys are giving kids the wrong message about plastic pollution.

Science Lessons
This week is Science Week and the theme is Destination Moon, to coincide with last month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. It got us thinking about all the other scientific breakthroughs that've been made since 1969 and the things kids were taught at school back then that are no longer true. We look at some of the big science lessons we've learned since 1969 and how they've changed the world.

Braille Books
A school for kids who are blind or vision impaired in Adelaide was frustrated with the lack of braille books for students, so it's started making its own! Volunteers help to emboss the books and add tactile pictures. We meet some of the students who are enjoying the books and find out more about braille.

Koala Carer
We meet a young Aussie who spends her spare time caring for her favourite animal - koalas! Libby is worried that the iconic native animals are at risk of disappearing and she didn't want to wait until she was older to do something about it.

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October 22, 2019  |  ABC Me

Syria Turkey Conflict We look at a conflict that's going on at the moment on the border of Turkey and Syria. It started a couple of weeks ago after the US announced it was bringing its soldiers home from the region. But to understand why it's happening you have to understand a bit about Syria's recent history and Turkey's relationship with the Kurdish people. Deep Fakes As part of the ABC's Media Literacy Week, we look at the rise of deep fake videos and why they have some experts worried. Solar Car Challenge Last week teams of students from around the world are racing through the outback as part of the Solar Car Challenge. It's an event that's part race, part science show that was started in the '80s to showcase solar technology. Map Future Recently Geoscience Australia, the federal government's mapping agency, announced that it was phasing out paper maps. It says most people are buying them online now, although not everyone's happy with the move. It got us thinking about the past and the future of maps. Dog History For a long time, dogs have been known as mankind's best friend, but recent studies have also found that our four-legged friends are good for our heath. In fact, scientists have found that people with pet dogs tend to live longer. We look at history of the friendship between humans and dogs and why they might make us healthier. Kids Talk Survey Behind the News is launching its first ever Kids Talk Survey. We want to know what's going on in the lives of school kids around the country, including how they're feeling, the issues they're dealing with, how they feel about politics and how much time they spend on screens.

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September 17, 2019  |  ABC Me

Fire Season It’s been a terrible start to spring for many communities in NSW and Queensland where bushfires have destroyed homes and property. While fires aren’t unusual in Australia, experts say these ones have hit way earlier than usual, in places that aren’t usually affected by fire. We find out more about this terrible start to fire season and how some kids are getting ready for the hot weather to come. Fish Rescue A mass fish rescue is underway right now in the Darling River in NSW. Native species are being caught and relocated to other parts of the river or to fish hatcheries to try to prevent what the State’s environment minister has described as a potential fish “Armageddon”. Many are worried, when summer comes, we’ll see another mass fish die-off caused by blue green algae. We find out more about what’s happening to the health of Australia’s biggest river system. E-cigarette Warning Most young Aussies know about the dangers of smoking, but there are worries that there’s a growing number of young people using e-cigarettes or vaping. While they were originally marketed as being a safer alternative to cigarettes, recently there’ve been a few cases of people getting sick after vaping and even some deaths overseas. We find out more. Peace Games It’s not very often that 11-year-olds are asked to prevent wars and solve big economic, social and environmental crises, but this week that’s exactly what some South Australia kids are being asked to do. They’re taking part in the World Peace Game - a very different sort of board game developed by a US educator who’s on a mission to prove that kids can make great diplomats. Magpie Season It’s that time of year again - when school yards and streets are menaced by swooping magpies! We find out why magpies attack and what you can do to protect yourself.

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