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  1. The scientists and shamans of psychedelic retreats2021/10/03
    A pill containing psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms", which was given to cancer patients as part of a treatment at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne.
  2. The Sydney security expert helping Afghan journalists escape2021/09/26
    Hundreds of civilians boarded military flights at Kabul airport
  3. 'The ghosts are not silent'2021/09/19
    'The ghosts are not silent'
  4. What it's like to face terrorism charges2021/08/15
    A counter-terrorism raid in Queensland
  5. Inside the epicentre of Australia's Delta outbreak 2021/08/08

    As COVID-19 cases surged in Sydney's south-west City of Fairfield, the government enforced tougher restrictions on residents there.

    But as Geoff Thompson discovers, these constraints have had some devastating repercussions on one of Sydney's poorest areas and where more than half its workers are in industries which can't work from home.
  6. Reality TV's reckoning2021/08/01
    Natasha Spencer is a former participant on Married at First Sight.
  7. A far-right troll's journey from an Ipswich bedroom to global infamy2021/07/25
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  8. Myanmar: The Spring Revolution2021/07/18
    Info (Show/Hide)
  9. Unmasking Monsters2021/07/11

    Bob Montgomery was one of Australia's most famous psychologists.
    But he was hiding a dark secret.
    Josh Robertson has the story of how he got away with it for so long.
  10. Her name was Mhelody Bruno2021/07/04

    She died in tragic circumstances, but it seems that the public, her family, even the court may not have been given the full story.

    Elise Kinsella investigates why.
  11. The death Uber Eats disowned2021/06/27
    Uber Eats delivery rider Burak Dogan died on Parramatta Road in Sydney.
  12. The killer we've invited into the lounge room2021/06/20

    When winter arrives there's nothing like curling up in front of a fire heater with a glass of wine.

    But there's something disturbing in this cosy picture.

    As Alison Branley discovers, there's a huge risk to our health that we seem determined to ignore, even though it's estimated to kill hundreds of Australians every year
  13. How Australians are escaping India's Covid catastrophe2021/06/13

    Thousands of Australians went to India back when it seemed like coronavirus was under control.
    Some went to care for elderly parents.
    But, as Alex Mann discovers, their noble intentions counted for nothing when they were locked out of Australia and found themselves in a fight to survive and find a way home.
  14. The rural stoush fuelled by our chicken meat obsession2021/06/06
    Tim and Julie Bowman’s farm in Rosedale, Gippsland, overlooks the Strzelecki and Great Dividing Ranges.
  15. The memo that erased a scandal2021/04/25

    Ballarat orphanage superintendent Hylton Sedgman was due to face nine child abuse charges.
    Buried in a 1964 file is the reason he never stood trial.
    Charlotte King investigates why.
  16. The Archbishop, the luxury pad, and the COVID-ravaged aged care home2021/04/18
    Archbishop Makarios is the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia.
  17. The hidden park of last resort2021/04/11
    An old sign belonging to the West Fairfield Caravan Park.
  18. The Base Tapes | Part 22021/04/04

    In the second and final episode of his investigation, Alex Mann tracks down the two youngest candidates who applied to join the neo-Nazi group and tries to find out how they were radicalised.
  19. The Base Tapes | Part 12021/03/28

    Secret recordings reveal how a global white supremacist terror group dedicated to inciting a race war recruited young Australian men.

    Alex Mann investigates.
  20. The small town torn apart by big bets2021/03/14
    Peter and Kath were investors in the punters' club, The Edge.
  21. The place where people mysteriously disappear2021/03/07
    Missing man Warren Myer with his young children Julien Myer and Renee Dowie (date unknown).
  22. The chilling secrets of a Melbourne guru2021/02/28
    Russell Kruckman in an image posted to Facebook on December 25, 2016.
  23. A nearby nurse and the firefighter left to wait in agony2021/02/21
    Rodney O'Keeffe was left with severe burns and broken ribs after the fire truck he was in flipped over during Black Summer
  24. The fight to stop a tiny battery from killing kids2021/02/14
    Allison and Andrea helped raise awareness about the dangers of button batteries
  25. The scientists and shamans of psychedelic retreats2021/02/07
    A pill containing psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms", which was given to cancer patients as part of a treatment at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne.
  26. Summer Season: how one school failed its students2021/01/03

    Kimberly's sunny, athletic and inquisitive about everything.

    But for years she harboured terrible secrets about what happened to her.

    This week, Janine Fitzpatrick investigates why her school failed to heed credible warnings that she was in danger.
    This is a repeat of a program that aired in October 2020.
  27. Summer Season: This judge’s unfair decisions upended people’s lives. What can be done about it?2020/12/27
    The Lady of Justice statue at the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law building in Brisbane.
  28. Summer Season: He wanted an ambulance. He got a police "dog box".2020/12/20
    Instagram: Tristan Naudi
  29. Summer season: Inside the brazen tax scam where the homeless are made company directors2020/12/13
    Rod Jackson in his commission housing flat in Melbourne.
  30. Buyer Wanted - Mothballed Oil Rig2020/12/06
    The offshore oil platform Northern Endeavour, operated by Northern Oil and Gas in the Timor Sea.
  31. The billion-dollar sports industry that can't keep up with the cheats2020/11/29
    Opening ceremony at the League of Legends World Championship Finals in Shanghai, October 31
  32. 450 days trapped on a cargo ship2020/11/22
    Mr Bibat was stuck on the cargo ship MV Starlight after governments closed their borders.
  33. How contact tracers confront lies on the COVID frontline2020/11/15
    South Australia Hospital staff simulate a drive through coronavirus testing at the Repatriation Hospital in Adelaide, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AAP Image/David Mariuz) NO ARCHIVING
  34. Introducing: Thin Black Line2020/11/08
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  35. The Ponzi scheme that preyed on faith2020/11/01
    Scam victim Bhavesh Patel inside his Sydney home.
  36. Welcome to Tent City, the underside of WA's coronavirus success story2020/10/25
    Mr Riley is one of the residents of "Tent City" on the outskirts of Perth's CBD
  37. A horrific playground incident: how one school failed its students2020/10/18

    Kimberly's sunny, athletic and inquisitive about everything.

    But for years she harboured terrible secrets about what happened to her.

    This week, Janine Fitzpatrick investigates why her school failed to heed credible warnings that she was in danger.
  38. Are these two scholars really a threat to Australia's security?2020/10/11

    One's a former translator for Bob Hawke, the other loves Henry Lawson's poetry.

    So when Professor Chen Hong and Li Jianjun got caught up in a police investigation into foreign influence, many of their colleagues expressed surprise.

    This week, Hagar Cohen investigates why ASIO declared them to be a potential risk to Australia.
  39. How banks help criminals get rich: Part 2 2020/10/04
    Leaked US Treasury documents show that Australian businesses - including banks - have been linked to suspicious transactions worth billions of dollars.
  40. How banks help criminals get rich2020/09/27
    Leaked US Treasury documents show that Australian businesses - including banks - have been linked to suspicious transactions worth billions of dollars.
  41. Assange's extradition: what's really at stake?2020/09/13
    Demonstrators gather outside the Australian High Commission to protest against the extradition of Julian Assange in London.
  42. Response from Falun Dafa Association of Australia2020/08/25
    Info (Show/Hide)
  43. The Power of Falun Gong, Part 32020/08/09

    Fledgling media organisations affiliated with Falun Gong have formed strange alliances with far right movements overseas.

    But what about here in Australia?

    This week on Background Briefing, Hagar Cohen investigates what happens when a pursuit for religious freedom comes into conflict with the transparency and independence required of Australia's fourth estate.
  44. The Power of Falun Gong, Part 22020/08/02
    Info (Show/Hide)
  45. The Power of Falun Gong, Part 12020/07/26

    When you think of Falun Gong – you might think of quiet groups meditating or silently protesting in city parks.

    But a joint investigation by Background Briefing and Foreign Correspondent has uncovered accounts by former Falun Gong insiders, who reveal that in Australia and overseas, the movement has teachings that could be dangerous.

    Hagar Cohen reports.
  46. No one told these country mums why their babies died2020/07/19
    Babies are more likely to be stillborn in Australia's regional centres today than they were 20 years ago.
  47. Meet the debt monster2020/07/12
    The Reserve Bank has acknowledged that the economy is going to need to be supported by Government stimulus for the foreseeable future.
  48. Why was this woman sent to a men's prison?2020/07/05
    Depiction of Mara Ellis in Hakea prison
  49. The rallying cry heard the world over2020/06/28
    Tens of thousands of people have marched through Sydney to protest the death of Indigenous people in police custody after winning a last ditch effort to hold the rally. June 6, 2020.
  50. Who seeks to profit from the trauma of abuse survivors?2020/06/21
    Uncle Justin in his home in rural Western Australia.
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