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Summer Season: A far-right troll's journey from an Ipswich bedroom to global infamy
A young Australian far-right troll was known to his online fans as 'Catboy Kami'. Thousands followed his 'edgy' videos where he targeted children online with a mix of racial stereotypes and hardcore shock tactics.
With that fame and notoriety, he's become a useful recruitment tool in the expansion of one of the globe's most extreme social movements.
Alex Mann reveals Catboy Kami's true identity and how this young live streamer from south east Queensland ended up in the United States mixing with the top ranks of the white power movement.
This is a repeat of a program that aired in July 2021.
Summer Season: The hidden park of last resort
It’s one of the last affordable caravan parks near Sydney's CBD where people can actually make a home.
Many of the residents were driven here in one of life's desperate moments, but as Mridula Amin discovers, not everyone wants to leave.
This is a repeat of a program that aired in April 2021.
Summer Season: 'The ghosts are not silent'
An awkward Christmas lunch conversation sends reporter Sam Carmody on a search for answers about his family history. The stories he finds out about are so disturbing, they have implications not just for his family but for the entire region, where his ancestors have a statue in their honour, a highway and even a town named after them.
This is a repeat of a program that aired in September 2021.
Summer Season: The death Uber Eats disowned
Relatives of a dead food delivery rider say he was at work when a truck hit him.
Uber Eats says he wasn’t.
Patrick Begley investigates.
This is a repeat of a program that aired in June 2021.
Summer Season: The place where people mysteriously disappear
Warren Meyer was a keen bushwalker who always came prepared for a hike.
When he vanished in the wild terrain of the Yarra Ranges, police were baffled.
Ashlynne McGhee investigates whether his disappearance could be linked to the other unsolved mysteries of Victoria's high country.
This is a repeat of a program that aired in March 2021.
The giant wind farms clearing Queensland bush
There’s growing community backlash over the locations chosen for a number of massive new windfarm projects in Northern Queensland.
And as Mayeta Clark discovered, its coming from unlikely quarters.
Abuse in Families & split personalities
Thanks so much to Tracey Shelton & ‘Annie’ for this episode.
Great podcast about SW WA
Sam Carmody's podcast about the buried history of settler and traditional owner relations in SW Western Australia is 10/10. This is why I still love the ABC, for all its faults.
Oh give me a break