Background Briefing - Program podcast

Background Briefing - Program podcast


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


Sis, we've got your back  

Summer series: The women who spoke out against a protected paedophile in their midst were trolled and threatened by their own community. Their story is extraordinary.

Insurance industry stuck in 'dark ages', say mental health advocates  

Doctor shopping. Delaying vital medical care. Digging into your private records, When it comes to your mental health, are insurers playing fair? Natasha Mitchell investigates.

Why is CSIRO losing its brightest stars?  

Some of CSIRO's top women astronomers are quitting due to a dysfunctional workplace that they say protects harassers and punishes them instead. It's not just a loss for Australia's leading science organisation, but an appalling loss to the nation. Hagar Cohen investigates.

The Joint Strike Fighter  

US president-elect Donald Trump is on record saying the JSF is 'not a very good plane'. Reporter Sarah Dingle investigates one of our most expensive and troubled defence acquisitions ever.

System black  

When a massive storm ripped through South Australia the state went into 'system black'. With the blackout barely hours old it became a political football. David Lewis investigates

Death in Kalgoorlie  

When a 13 year old indigenous boy was allegedly run over and killed by a 55 yr-old white man driving a ute, a WA mining town erupted. Sarah Dingle investigates death and desperation in Kalgoorlie.

Murder on the Derwent  

It's the murder trial that split Tasmania. But is Sue Neill-Fraser innocent or is she - as the jury found - a calculating, manipulative liar who murdered her husband?

The battle over Sydney's heart  

The eviction of social housing tenants from Sydney's CBD is nearly complete. Heritage, history and the wellbeing of an ageing population has been traded off to build more social housing elsewhere.

Betting the farm  

It's been a year of wild weather and farmers are asking is climate change biting harder and faster than predicted?

Early inheritance syndrome  

Children and carers are trying to get their hands on the assets of elderly and vulnerable people who still have many years of life ahead of them. As David Lewis found out, the perpetrators often get away with it.

The body in the freezer  

In 1979 an Adelaide lawyer was shot and his body stuffed in a freezer with frozen food. His boyfriend was found guilty. Now he's appealing that and now suggests the killing was linked to the infamous 'family murders'.

No love lost in the Greens  

You might not know it, but the Greens have a right wing. Mind you, they deny it. Inside the split in the Greens.

Why did my baby die?  

Six babies are born still every day in Australia. Up to a third of those deaths might be preventable, but experts say fatalistic and outdated attitudes are holding back progress. Hager Cohen investigates.

Battle of the brewery  

How do three casuals in Perth get to decide on wages deal at the CUB brewery in Melbourne?

The Australian Brexit factor  

Disenchanted and feeling left behind one in four voters deserted the old parties. Reporter David Lewis investigates the Brexit factor

The brutal politics of a virus that won't go away  

Putin's war on drugs is fuelling an AIDS crisis, while in Uganda HIV+ people are being criminalised. Natasha Mitchell reports.

Black Saturday's long shadow  

Seven and a half years after the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, the ordeal is still not over for many. An historic half billion dollar class action settlement has still not been paid out. Rachel Carbonell investigates why tensions and tempers have begun to flare among some survivors in the class action.

Banks on trial  

Three of Australia’s biggest banks stand accused of manipulating a key part of the wiring behind our financial system. As Mario Christodoulou found out, the unfolding court battle is providing a glimpse inside a sometimes-seedy world of high salaries, bad behaviour, champagne and lap dancing. (Warning: This audio download contains strong language that may be offensive to some listeners)

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