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S1 E15: Saving the Big Blue

Saving The Big Blue

A band of inspired young Australians are deploying a new weapon against a global scourge — the great gobs of plastic polluting our oceans. Europe Correspondent Lisa Millar tells how they're doing it.

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The Village

Sean Dorney got thrown out of PNG for his reporting, yet he received one of its top honors. He skippered its footy team and fell for a local girl. Now suffering motor neurone disease, he makes an emotional final visit.

To Burn Or Not to Burn?

There’s a new push in Australia to build incinerators to burn our waste. Is this the way to go? Foreign Correspondent sends Craig Reucassel to Sweden to investigate.

One Love

Jamaica's rich music heritage got hijacked by a vicious and violent brand of homophobia. But along came a new generation of artists who, with a little help from the internet, are wresting it back.

  • 2019-10-15T21:00:00-07:00
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Not Everyone Needs A Goat

Matt Brown reports on a radical cash experiment that challenges some deep-rooted notions of charity — and may hold the seeds of a revolution in social welfare.

  • 2019-10-15T21:30:00-07:00
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A Big Piece of Good News

A wild piece of coast was threatened by malls and McMansions… until a reclusive billionaire couple arrived with the gift of a lifetime. Zoe Daniel reports.

Eye of the Fire

It’s a Greek tale of tragedy, heroism and mind-blowing incompetence. Eric Campbell tells the story of the world’s deadliest bushfire since Australia’s Black Saturday in 2009 - and the fury in its aftermath.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Tiny Estonia is digging in against potential attacks from its giant neighbor Russia. And it's employing defenses far more creative than guns and boots on the ground.

  • 2019-10-22T21:00:00-07:00
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Space Invaders

A new space race is on, as tech companies rush to launch thousands of tiny satellites that will tell us more about what's happening on our planet than ever before. But will the information be used for good, or for harm?

  • 2019-10-22T21:30:00-07:00
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Homeland

Berlin was Holocaust headquarters - but for young Israeli Jews it’s the paragon of cool. Eric Campbell tracks one of the odder modern migrations.

Bloodland

Are attacks on white South African farmers aimed at terrorising them off the land? Should Australia offer them special haven, as some MPs here have suggested? Jonathan Holmes investigates.

Saving The Big Blue

A band of inspired young Australians are deploying a new weapon against a global scourge — the great gobs of plastic polluting our oceans. Europe Correspondent Lisa Millar tells how they're doing it.

  • 2019-10-29T21:00:00-07:00
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Resist!

It's famed as the city of peace and love, but San Francisco is digging in for a fight over President Trump's order to expel millions of undocumented migrants.

  • 2019-10-29T21:30:00-07:00
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The Battle for Rio

Democrat or despot? Brazil’s new strongman is cracking down on rampant crime – but many fear the “Trump of the Tropics” is turning his country into a police state. Sally Sara reports.

Opioid America

A secretive billionaire family pushes a pill that triggers more deaths than guns or car crashes. From backwoods Appalachia to hi tech San Francisco, Conor Duffy investigates America’s opioid scourge.

The Big Goal

China is executing a master plan to dominate world football, pumping billions of dollars into buying up foreign players, coaches and entire European clubs, and grooming new generations of its own young stars.

  • 2019-11-05T20:00:00-08:00
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Line in the Sand

The world is running low on sand. It's a basic ingredient in construction — think skyscrapers, shopping malls, roads and windows — and cities are growing faster and bigger than at any time in history.

In India, where the government promises to build the equivalent of a "new Chicago" every year, the demand is insatiable. Its construction industry is said to have tripled its sand consumption since 2000.

  • 2019-11-05T20:30:00-08:00
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Saving Venice

The “Floating City” is sinking under rising seas and the weight of mass tourism. Now Venice’s residents are fighting to reclaim it, as Samantha Hawley reports.

Tipping Point

China sent Australia’s recycling industry into a spin when it banned most waste imports. Now it’s tackling a home-grown rubbish crisis. Bill Birtles looks at China’s own war on waste and asks: is it winning?

Venezuela Undercover

It's got more oil than any country on the planet but its people eat garbage and gangsters rule. Defying a media ban, Eric Campbell goes undercover in the onetime socialist idyll of Venezuela.

  • 2019-11-12T20:00:00-08:00
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It Doesn't Happen to People Like Me

Thousands of travelers, many of them young Australians, are flocking to the Amazon to chase the highs of the ayahuasca plant. Tragically, some never return. Hamish Macdonald visits to investigate the death of one individual.

 

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