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Behind the News explores the changing nature of how we use money in an engaging way for younger students.

Behind the News explores the changing nature of how we use money in an engaging way for younger students.

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March 19, 2019

Climate Protest Last Friday school kids around the world walked out of class to protest what some say is a lack of action on climate change. It’s the second time Australian kids have taken part in the School Strike for Climate Action - an event that was inspired by 15-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunburg. But not everyone thinks that skipping school is the best way for kids to have their voices heard. Migration History Schools around Australia mark Harmony Day today, which is all about celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. BTN looks at how Australia became the multicultural society that we know today by looking at the history of migration to this country. Periodic Table This month the world celebrated the 150th birthday of the periodic table of elements. While most of us know it as a poster often seen on classroom walls, its one of the greatest contributions to science ever made. Martin finds out about the history of this very famous table and how it changed our understanding of the stuff that makes up the universe. Antarctica Special - Part 2: Antarctic Science In part two of our three-part Antarctica special, Emma finds out why Antarctica is such an important place for scientists. She meets some researchers who are searching the ice for clues which could help us explain the Earth’s climate patterns. Virtual Farmers Jack finds out how virtual reality is being used to help kids understand what it’s like to be a farmer and how our food gets from the paddock to the plate.

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March 12, 2019

Kashmir Conflict In the past few weeks there’s been some tension between two big countries: India and Pakistan. There’s been some fighting in an area that sits between the two countries known as Kashmir. It’s not the first time Kashmir’s been at the centre of conflict. This week we look at the reasons behind the trouble in Kashmir and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan. Plastic Ban Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws. It’s something many other cities and government are looking at doing to try to stop plastic pollution which, according to a new report, is set to double in the next decade. We look at the problem of plastic pollution and the debate over plastic bans. TikTok Trouble The popular social app TikTok is in big trouble. It's just been hit with a fine for not protecting the privacy of its younger users. While you’re supposed to be 13 to use it some TikTok fans were younger than that and now many have had their accounts deleted. We look at what happened, find out why social media has age restrictions, and ask kids what they think. Antarctica Special (Part 1): Life in Antarctica BTN reporter Emma Davis has been on a journey to one of the world’s most remote and amazing places: Antarctica! She’s been meeting the people that live and work there and finding out why the frozen continent is so important to science. She’s also been trying to find out the answers to kids’ questions about Antarctica and over the next few weeks she’ll be sharing what she found. This week we’ll find out what it to get to Antarctica and what it’s like to live on Australia’s Casey Station. World’s Greatest Shave This week thousands of Australians will be taking part in a fundraiser called the World’s Greatest Shave. They’ll be shaving or colouring their hair to raise money for research into leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects many Australians. Amongst the participants is 12-year-old Jack, the son of ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. He’s going to tell us why he’s taking part and why leukemia research is so important.

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March 5, 2019

Phone Ban Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools. Women in Politics Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics. Palm Oil Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. Rat Island Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem. Breakdancing There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.

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