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When news breaks, when our world changes, when you need questions answered – or when you need an escape from the headlines – this is where you'll find special, in-depth reporting from ABC News Radio. From hour-long shows covering the COVID-19 pandemic, to thoughtful discussions of politics, to celebrations of the arts. This is audio storytelling at its best, powered by ABC News.
 
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On today’s show: A hungry badger digs up buried treasure, the world celebrates International Day of Education, scientists make fuel from fruit, Canberra gets an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander precinct, and a Kiwi couple grows a jumbo potato named Doug.QUESTIONS:1. In which country did the badger find the coins?2. What date is International D…
 
On the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC News Radio takes an in-depth look at that consequential day in history and its aftermath. “Attack on the Capitol: One Year Later,” is anchored by ABC News Correspondent Aaron Katersky with reporting from ABC's White House Correspondent Karen Travers and Capitol Hill Correspondent…
 
On today’s show: School kids plant some seeds from outer space, a museum becomes friendlier for autistic kids, Australian Test Cricket gets a new star, a caravan of camels treks across the country, and a fossilised sea dragon is discovered in England.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. What street is Colo Vale Public School on?2. What time of day is the Australian M…
 
In the final hour of The Year in Review we look back at some of the biggest stories of the year told through our daily podcast Start Here. We take you back to the morning after US gymnasts Simone Biles, McKalya Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols testified in front of congress over the handling of the Larry Nasser sexual abuse investigation, we…
 
In this hour of The Year in Review we listen back some of our best original reporting for our Holiday specials. We'll introduce you to a woman who is fixing "broken" individuals on the streets of Los Angeles, bring you to southwestern Massachusetts where the newest boom is green, explain why flying is becoming an everyday hobby for many.…
 
In this hour of The Year in Review we look back at some of the biggest stories as reported during our live and special coverage. We start at the beginning of the year with the January 6th attack on the Capitol, then we take you to Minnesota for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, plus a look back at our coverage of 9/11: 20 years later.…
 
On today's show: Scientists scour an island in search of the assassin spider, the Australian Army has a new high-ranking Indigenous soldier, a bird watcher’s hobby helps his feathered friends, a 104-year-old woman proves you’re never too old to learn something new, and an enormous telescope is launched into outer space.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. What do ass…
 
On today's show: A lucky dad and daughter find two FIVE-leaf clovers, a plucky bird flies across the Pacific Ocean, a brand-new school gets set to open, a long-distance swimmer breaks a world record, and astronauts eat space tacos.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. How many leaves does most clover have?2. What's the name of the godwit who had to turn back to Alaska…
 
It's goodbye from The Signal team — join us to revisit our favourite episodes. (We've chosen from a pool of 900, so you know they'll be good.) Keep an eye out for the ABC's new daily news podcast, coming in early 2022! Featured: Ange Lavoipierre, Co-host, The Signal Stephen Smiley, Co-host, The Signal Chris Dengate, Producer & Sound Engineer, The S…
 
Ever since Delta, we've been talking about the inevitability of a new variant. And yet somehow, Omicron came as a surprise. Before Omicron, the end of the pandemic seemed close enough to touch. So was it all a mirage? Today on The Signal, we're asking Epidemiologist, Professor Tony Blakely from the University of Melbourne, about what to expect from…
 
In 2019, lots of people thought they knew what would happen at the federal election. And almost all of them were wrong. This time around, commentators are more circumspect. But if you're after an educated guess about the 2022 election outcome, what should you take into account? Today on The Signal, we speak with Patricia Karvelas about the answer t…
 
The firehose of Trump-era headlines out of America has dried up, but Joe Biden hasn't been having an easy time during his first year in office. In fact, the President's popularity has taken such a knock that many Democrats are bracing for the loss of their wafer-thin majority in Congress during next year's midterms. So can Biden recover to win agai…
 
Parliament has risen for 2021 and it certainly looks and smells like an election campaign is underway. The prime minister Scott Morrison spent Sunday at the Bathurst 1000 V8 supercar event in NSW, while the opposition leader Anthony Albanese held a policy rally in the inner west of Sydney. So after a bruising final stretch this year, who's in pole …
 
On today's show: We celebrate Hannukah, a First Nations basketball referee heads to the US, a new muppet moves to Sesame Street, dinosaur experts solve a case of mistaken identity, and it's International Day of People with Disability.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. What is the name of the candlestick used during Hannukah?2. What is the NBL?3. How old is Ji Young…
 
Contraceptive choices for Australians haven't really budged in the last few decades. So what's the hold up? And how far off are some of those big breakthroughs, like male contraceptives? Today on The Signal, it's the future of contraceptives and why that future is taking so long to arrive. Featured: Georgia Hitch, ABC Reporter, Canberra Parliament …
 
Scott Morrison has a plan to end online trolling in Australia. A draft of the Government bill released yesterday would force social media companies to keep a record of their users' real identity, as well as overturn a recent High Court decision that ruled social platforms are legally publishers, for defamation purposes. So are those ideas any good?…
 
Sexual harassment and bullying are rife within Australian federal politics. That's the finding of a landmark report by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, based on anonymous interviews with hundreds of people employed in parliamentary workplaces. Kate Jenkins' inquiry was initiated back in February, when allegations came to light that…
 
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was only named on Friday, but it's already notorious. Even though there are still more questions about it than answers, the new variant is already wreaking havoc worldwide, as governments pre-emptively throw up borders and reintroduce restrictions in a bid to slow its spread. So what do we know about Omicron for sure…
 
This pandemic is far from over, with scientists scrambling to get a handle on the Omicron variant as governments worldwide throw up hard borders. Nevertheless, countries from around the world are already starting to prepare for the next one, with a meeting underway today to potentially thrash out a new pandemic treaty. So what options are on the ta…
 
On today's show: A history-making marathon win, volcanoes on the moon, trees made from dry grass, giant owl-spotting, and a pollution-sucking jumping castle.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. How many golds did Madison win in Tokyo?2. How old were the most recently discovered moon rocks?3. What does 'Tjanpi' mean?4. In which country was the Shelley's eagle owl spot…
 
Vaccinated, cured, or dead: those are the three likely paths ahead for Germans, according to the country's Health Minister, as it prepares to plunge into pandemic winter. Many European countries are currently in the grips of a brutal fourth wave of COVID-19. It's so bad that Austria has just gone back into lockdown in an attempt to spare the countr…
 
This Thanksgiving, ABC News Radio presents “On The Move,” a three-hour special. Alex Stone hosts this in-depth look at the latest in transportation technology and the many ways we move around Planet Earth … and beyond. We’ll meet the scientists and engineers developing a spacecraft that will orbit an asteroid in deep space, gathering valuable, pote…
 
Religious discrimination, voter ID laws, a federal anti-corruption watchdog: Scott Morrison's end-of-year parliamentary to-do list is long. So why is a group of the government's own parliamentarians trying to derail it with a fight over state vaccine rules? Today on The Signal, why backbenchers are revolting, and what it might mean for the Morrison…
 
The Victorian Government's own logging business, VicForests, is facing new allegations of illegal logging. In the past it's been found to have been clearing in protected areas -- including the habitat of endangered species. This time, the allegations are to do with illegally clearing within the Melbourne catchment area in a way that scientists say …
 
COVID-19 had been largely kept out of the Northern Territory, but in the past few days that changed. Now, residents in a string of communities are living under some of the harshest lockdowns yet imposed in Australia, as the virus spreads in Katherine and across the outback. So what went wrong? Today on The Signal, we're examining how the virus spre…
 
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been talking up the future of the coal industry in the decades to come. That's despite a COP26 promise to "phase down" coal, and frequent widespread predictions that market forces are already forcing coal into terminal decline. So who's right? Today on The Signal, the surprisingly bright future of mining in Aus…
 
We're celebrating World Children’s Day with five stories all about amazing kids.QUIZ QUESTIONS:1. What type of science will Allegra study at uni?2. How much will the Merimbula skatepark cost?3. What is the name of the fashion show Quaden starred in?4. How old is Caydence Fouracre?5. What is Logan's drag queen name?BONUS TRICKY QUESTIONWhat was the …
 
Most of the world's nations struck a major deal on Sunday in Glasgow to do more to bring down their emissions. But for the deal to be worth the paper it's written on, one key assumption has to be true: that we actually know what our emissions are. So can we really keep track of our climate-altering emissions? And if we can't, how much trouble are w…
 
A new migrant crisis is building on the European Union's eastern frontier. At the border with Poland, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers are camped out in forests and woodlands in Belarus trying to enter. So how did they get there? And how does this impasse resolve? Today on The Signal, how Belarus engineered a migrant crisis, and why. Featur…
 
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