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Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.

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Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.

    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 3

    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 3

    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.

    • 38 min
    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 2

    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 2

    Secluded in dense forest, two hours north of New York City, there's a hidden headquarters for a new religious order.

    This otherworldly place is called Dragon Springs and it's sacred to Falun Gong devotees the world over.

    In this week's Background Briefing, Hagar Cohen reveals what goes on inside this gated compound, and how it's led to a strange alliance forged with the Trump Administration.

    • 38 min
    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 1

    The Power of Falun Gong, Part 1

    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.

    • 43 min
    No one told these country mums why their babies died

    No one told these country mums why their babies died

    Claire doesn't know if her daughter's death could have been prevented - and she's not alone.

    Today, babies are more likely to be stillborn in Australia's regional centres than they were 20 years ago.

    This week on Background Briefing, Charlotte King investigates why the gap between these parts of the country and the big cities is only getting bigger.

    • 36 min
    Meet the debt monster

    Meet the debt monster

    In little over two months' time, the support payments keeping millions of Australians afloat through the pandemic are due to end.

    Banks' deferrals on mortgage payments are meant to wind up soon after too.

    This week on Background Briefing, Geoff Thompson shows how the country is driving towards an economic cliff.

    • 33 min
    Why was this woman sent to a men's prison?

    Why was this woman sent to a men's prison?

    As she entered one of Australia's largest male prisons, Mara Ellis was strip-searched by four prison guards: two men and two women.

    She says it was the last time the justice system acknowledged she is a woman before Mara was locked away in solitary confinement.

    This week on Background Briefing, Meghna Bali investigates what happens to women in men's prisons.

    • 40 min

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861 Ratings

861 Ratings

DrHo0 ,

Well researched

I am impressed by the quality of the presentations and the efforts with the investigations.

LTFXM ,

Back ground briefing the truth

Thank you for an informative truth based show . The level the investigations go to are brilliant. I know each listening has a fascinating message to share . Could not recommend your podcast mire highly .
Thanks again for the education we all so need in times of misinformation.

Maria from Perth ,

Great production !!

Thank you for the High quality production !! I thoroughly enjoy !!

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