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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 billion dollar sports industry that can't keep up with the cheats.

    The billion dollar sports industry that can't keep up with the cheats.

    It's got audiences bigger than the Superbowl.

    It's star players earn more for a single tournament than the winner of the Australian Open.

    Mario Christodoulou investigates how esports became such a success with the match-fixers too.

    • 35 min
    450 days trapped on a cargo ship

    450 days trapped on a cargo ship

    Ronbert has sailed into bustling ports all over the world.

    But he can't get home or even set foot on dry land.

    Geoff Thompson investigates how the closure of borders has left 400,000 seafarers stuck on ships and what can be done to save them.

    • 39 min
    How contact tracers confront lies on the COVID frontline

    How contact tracers confront lies on the COVID frontline

    They helped stamp out coronavirus by relying on human intelligence.

    But as Rachael Brown discovered, there was a weakness in the system.

    Sometimes people can't be trusted.

    • 40 min
    Introducing: Thin Black Line

    Introducing: Thin Black Line

    On a spring afternoon in Brisbane's Musgrave Park, 18-year-old traditional dancer and amateur boxer Daniel Yock is drinking with his mates.

    But when a police van arrives, the mood suddenly changes, triggering a dramatic chain of events.

    Presented by Allan Clarke, Thin Black Line is a deep dive into what happened that day — according to the one eyewitness who saw it all unfold, speaking publicly for the first time in almost three decades.

    • 7 min
    The Ponzi scheme that preyed on faith

    The Ponzi scheme that preyed on faith

    Bhavesh was in trouble. His wife had just suffered three heart attacks and he couldn't afford treatment.

    So he turned to trusted members of his spiritual community for help.

    But as reporter Meghna Bali discovers, Bhavesh soon started getting death threats instead, and he found himself at the wrong end of one of Australia's biggest cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes.

    • 37 min
    Welcome to Tent City, the underside of WA's coronavirus success story

    Welcome to Tent City, the underside of WA's coronavirus success story

    The thin walls of Neville Riley’s makeshift tent do little to block the constant sound of passing cars and trains.

    And if he was living in a different city when COVID-19 hit Australia, chances are Neville would have been given emergency accommodation months ago.

    This week, Alex Mann investigates whether a historic opportunity to address homelessness in Western Australia has been lost.

    • 33 min

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