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Behind the News: March 26, 2019
March 26, 2019
ABC Me  |  March 26, 2019

Cyclones
Some powerful cyclones have hit different parts of the world in the past few weeks. In Northern Queensland Cyclone Trevor did a lot of damage and in Mozambique a deadly storm named Idai has caused devastation. BTN looks at just what a cyclone is and how we measure their destructive power.

Brexit Deadline
Things are pretty tense in the UK at the moment as the clock ticks towards the deadline for Brexit. March 29 is the date that’s been set for Britain to leave the European Union, but this week the UK’s prime minister asked the EU for an extension. Martin gives us a reminder of just what “Brexit” is and why it’s been giving him and other Brits a bit of anxiety.

Holi Festival
Last week Hindu people in Australia and around the world celebrated Holi. We got a group of school kids to tell us more about this colourful festival and about their religion.

Antarctic Special - Part 3: Antarctic Animals
In the final of our three-part Antarctica special Emma finds out more about some of the interesting animals that call the Antarctic circle home and how humans may be affecting them.

Antarctica Q&A
While she was in Antarctica, Emma asked a group of experts to answer questions that some kids had about the icy continent and the people and animals that live there. We’ll show you a selection of their questions and answers.

Cyclones
Some powerful cyclones have hit different parts of the world in the past few weeks. In Northern Queensland Cyclone Trevor did a lot of damage and in Mozambique a deadly storm named Idai has caused devastation. BTN looks at just what a cyclone is and how we measure their destructive power.

Brexit Deadline
Things are pretty tense in the UK at the moment as the clock ticks towards the deadline for Brexit. March 29 is the date that’s been set for Britain to leave the European Union, but this week the UK’s prime minister asked the EU for an extension. Martin gives us a reminder of just what “Brexit” is and why it’s been giving him and other Brits a bit of anxiety.

Holi Festival
Last week Hindu people in Australia and around the world celebrated Holi. We got a group of school kids to tell us more about this colourful festival and about their religion.

Antarctic Special - Part 3: Antarctic Animals
In the final of our three-part Antarctica special Emma finds out more about some of the interesting animals that call the Antarctic circle home and how humans may be affecting them.

Antarctica Q&A
While she was in Antarctica, Emma asked a group of experts to answer questions that some kids had about the icy continent and the people and animals that live there. We’ll show you a selection of their questions and answers.

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April 2, 2019

Living Wage Last week there was a lot of talk about wages after Labor announ ced that, if it’s elected, it will raise the minimum wage and try to bring in a living wage. So, what is a minimum wage and what’s a living wage? And why is talk about raising it always controversial? Trolling Recently there’ve been a couple of big news stories involving Australian sports stars and online trolls. Both Carlton forward Tayla Harris, and West Coast player Liam Ryan have been the subject of abusive messages that many say come from trolls. So, what are trolls and what’s the best way to deal with them? Gambling in Games Last week the Victorian government launched a program designed to reduce the risk of kids being exposed to gambling through popular video games. It comes after a study showed that almost half of Australia’s top games have features that could be called gambling. Exo-Planets A team of international astronomers who are putting together an encyclopaedia of exo-planets has just announce that their list of alien worlds just tipped 4001! That’s exciting news, especially given that less than 30 years ago we didn’t know if there were any planets outside of our solar system. We take a look at what exo-planets are and why astronomers are so keen on tracking them down. Lent Right now, thousands of Christians in Australia are in the middle of an important religious festival. It’s called Lent and it usually involves fasting or giving something up for 40 days. We talk to some kids who are observing Lent to find out more about it and why it’s important to them.

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