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Background Briefing - Program podcast

Background Briefing - Program Podcast

Radio National's agenda-setting current affairs radio documentary program.
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Residents vs McDonald's

05/19/12
A group of residents in Adelaide have opened a new front against the fast food giant. Theyre trying to stop a McDonalds restaurant opening ...

Fatal shore: the deaths of three teenage surf lifesavers

05/12/12
Matthew Barclay, Saxon Bird and Robert Gatenby all died while competing at national surf championship events on the Gold Coast. Their ...

Lead poisoning: a silent epidemic

05/05/12
Theres growing evidence that lead poisoning shaves IQ points in children and has an insidious effect on behaviour. While experts debate ...

Blood, sweat and tears in the cage

04/28/12
Punch, kick, knee, elbow, choke, stomp, almost anything goes in a cage fight. Its brutal, its legal, its popular and its a public safety ...

Cage fighting and the rise of the UFC

04/21/12
It began as a brutal no-holds-barred experiment and is now a multi-billion dollar fight industry. Cage fighting, or Mixed Martial Arts, is ...

Clive's world

04/14/12
Hes a billionaire mining magnate, a real estate developer, football club saviour, a medical philanthropist, a professor, a political ...

Energy efficiency: Not in Australia mate!

04/07/12
In forty years Australias energy efficiency record has barely improved. Were a land of air con, power hungry industry, and fuel guzzling ...

Energy efficiency: how does your house rate?

03/31/12
Want to avoid big power bills in your next homeThe federal government wants all homes for sale or rent to have an energy efficiency ...

The dark side of the boom

03/24/12
In the 1970s, Joh Bjelke-Petersen told mining companies to build towns or they wouldn't be able to dig out the black gold. That's why towns ...

Bosnia's forgotten victims

03/17/12
With ex Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic about to face a war crimes trial in The Hague, one former British commander, Bob ...

Political micro-targeting

03/10/12
Political parties constantly narrow their campaigns to focus on key marginal seats, and they have to do it more cheaply and efficiently. ...