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Behind the News: September 3, 2019
September 3, 2019
ABC Me  |  September 3, 2019

Amazon Fires
For the past three weeks massive fires have been burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The natural disaster has a lot of experts worried because of how important the Amazon is to the world’s environment. We look at the role of the rainforest and why it’s in trouble.

World War II
Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. We look at the events that led up to the war and present a brief history of one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

Music Copyright
Recently music star Taylor Swift announced she was planning to re-record her first five albums after the rights to the original recordings were bought by someone she doesn’t like. We look at the issue of music copyright and why artists don’t necessarily own their own songs.

Flag Day
September 3 is Australia’s Flag Day - which marks the anniversary of the flag’s first flight in Melbourne in 1901. We look at the history of Australia’s flag and the ongoing debate over whether it’s time for a new national symbol.

Pandas
Olivia goes to Adelaide Zoo to meet Australia’s only two pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. They’ve lived in Australia for 10 years, but like all pandas, they officially belong to China and - while the zoo is hoping to keep them here - their time here could be up next month.

Amazon Fires
For the past three weeks massive fires have been burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The natural disaster has a lot of experts worried because of how important the Amazon is to the world’s environment. We look at the role of the rainforest and why it’s in trouble.

World War II
Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. We look at the events that led up to the war and present a brief history of one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

Music Copyright
Recently music star Taylor Swift announced she was planning to re-record her first five albums after the rights to the original recordings were bought by someone she doesn’t like. We look at the issue of music copyright and why artists don’t necessarily own their own songs.

Flag Day
September 3 is Australia’s Flag Day - which marks the anniversary of the flag’s first flight in Melbourne in 1901. We look at the history of Australia’s flag and the ongoing debate over whether it’s time for a new national symbol.

Pandas
Olivia goes to Adelaide Zoo to meet Australia’s only two pandas, Wang Wang and Funi. They’ve lived in Australia for 10 years, but like all pandas, they officially belong to China and - while the zoo is hoping to keep them here - their time here could be up next month.

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October 29, 2019  |  ABC Me

Brexit Irish Border Brexit has been big in the news as the deadline for the UK's plan to leave the EU gets closer. This week we look at one of the biggest issues in the Brexit debate; the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We find out why that's such a big deal by learning more about Ireland's complicated history. East Antarctic Marine Park This week scientists from around the world are in Hobart for a meeting about Antarctica. One of the things they'll be talking about is a plan - led by Australia - to set up a Marine Protected Area that would make more of the Antarctic ocean off-limits to fishing and mining. We find out more about the creatures that live in this icy deep and why some think they're worth protecting. Waste Solutions As you might have heard, Australia has been facing some waste management problems since overseas countries that used to process our recycling said they didn't want to do it anymore. Last week Victoria's government released a report outlining some possible solutions, including turning green waste into energy and giving households six recycling bins. We take a closer look at some of these plans. Letter Writing Class Leela meets a man who's on a mission to bring back letter writing! Richard Simpkin is the founder of World Letter Writing Day and he travels around the country teaching kids the value of picking up a pen and writing to someone they care about. Halloween History It's Halloween on Thursday, when many people around the world like to get dressed up, go trick or treating, and celebrate all things scary! Jack finds out more about the origins of Halloween and where some of its spookiest traditions began.

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