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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 killer we've invited into the lounge room

    The killer we've invited into the lounge room

    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

    • 35 min
    How Australians are escaping India's Covid catastrophe

    How Australians are escaping India's Covid catastrophe

    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.

    • 40 min
    The rural stoush fuelled by our chicken meat obsession

    The rural stoush fuelled by our chicken meat obsession

    As Australians eat more and more chicken, we need to find places to raise the animals.

    But as broiler sheds pop up across rural Victoria, the neighbours are learning that there are more downsides than the smell.

    A chicken shed next door can stop you building on your own land.

    Rachael Brown heads to Gippsland to investigate why Rosedale locals are worried that their area will soon be nicknamed 'Chickendale'.

    • 39 min
    The memo that erased a scandal

    The memo that erased a scandal

    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.

    • 42 min
    The Archbishop, the luxury pad, and the COVID-ravaged aged care home

    The Archbishop, the luxury pad, and the COVID-ravaged aged care home

    It was the site of Australia's deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

    This week, Ashlynne McGhee investigates how Melbourne's St Basil's Homes for the Aged has been funnelling tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into the Greek Orthodox Church.

    • 38 min
    The hidden park of last resort

    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.

    • 44 min

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Background Briefing

Background Briefing is always unmistakable. Terrific and important journalism.

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Top quality public interest investigative reporting

Background Briefing is the best investigative journalism podcast I have listened to. It covers reports on important topics that need to be told
It is informative and interesting & the reports keep your interest regardless of the topic. I recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to understand our social, political, environmental & cultural landscapes.

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This is a great podcast

I have only just found this podcast and binged it over the past week. Now having heard them all I am so glad I found it.
It is informative, honest and holds people to account. It’s not just about bashing government but opening conversations we should all be having.
The reporters have been respectful and kind in the way they interview people.
I love the honesty from the reporters when they are genuinely shocked at what they hear or see.
Thank you ABC.

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