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The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.

The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.
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The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.

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English


Episodes

Outback history through VR goggles and reunion of Basque sugar cane migrants

8/11/2019
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This week Charters Towers brings its world war two history to life for tourists with augmented reality goggles; a reunion of Basque migrant families who worked cutting cane in steamy north Queensland mid-last Century; we find out how valuable cattle dogs are, to the large outback stations and a sheep farmer has built his own private museum to showcase the history of the wool industry.

Duration:00:25:46

Traumatic secrets of a Lismore chef and the revival of blacksmithing

8/4/2019
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A Lismore chef uncovers her traumatic childhood as the daughter of a Thai drug-lord; Landcare Adventures offering volunteers a green holiday pulling weeds; a former corporate worker from Brisbane who is forging a new career as a blacksmith; and prison inmates at Broken Hill use music to get in touch with their culture.

Duration:00:25:46

Police and Indigenous youth bond by boxing and a cafe thrives in the drought

7/28/2019
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A boxing academy breaking down barriers between police and indigenous youth; re-enacting brutal Medieval fights with full armour, swords and axes; making traditional brooms using millet straw; and a thriving local cafe that's is keeping up the town's spirits during the drought.

Duration:00:25:36

Prisoners training rescued dogs and footy with mates keeping Indigenous boys in school

7/21/2019
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Rescued dogs being sent behind bars to be trained by prisoners; football academy keeping Indigenous boys at school; shoemaker using traditional techniques to keep the trade alive; vets of tomorrow getting hands-on experience.

Duration:00:25:46

Korean kimchi with a Tasmanian twist and gin lover becomes award winning distiller

7/7/2019
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Growing vegetables for Korean kimchi with a Tasmanian twist; gin lover turns farm shed into distillery; serious business behind cute and quirky pig racing and playing one of the smallest and most inexpensive musical instruments - the gum leaf.

Duration:00:25:45

Rescuing injured joeys and chainsaw racing for fun and fitness

6/30/2019
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'Joey whisperer' shares tips on helping injured animals; chainsaw racing helps truckie stay in shape; martial arts academy offers free training to overcome bullying; heritage restoration provides history lesson.

Duration:00:25:43

Teaching traditional woodworking and canine helpers hunting for truffles

6/23/2019
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Making furniture 18th century style, students practicing bull riding skills, canines helping truffle harvest, grey nomads crossing the country on bike.

Duration:00:26:20

Artist's meticulous study of bush critters and around the clock care keeping koala joey alive

6/16/2019
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Around the clock care for tiny koala joey, artist's love of natural world inspiring unique textile works, exotic dragon fruit thrive on Sunshine Coast farm, competitors hoping to strike it rich in gold panning championship.

Duration:00:25:43

Boxing for fitness, confidence and preserving rural property's history

6/9/2019
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Indigenous women boxing for fitness and confidence; preserving rural property's historic church; ranger catching rabbits with ferrets; rural community draws crowds to pumpkin festival.

Duration:00:25:46

Animals assist with therapy and tasting sweet, black garlic

6/2/2019
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Animals playing a role in therapy, demand grows for sweet black garlic, bamboo farmers finding a market for edible shoots and celebrity chef gets a taste for Murray cod.

Duration:00:25:45

Turning rubbish into art and kindness of strangers feeding families in need

5/26/2019
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Backyard beekeepers microchipping bees, community using social media to connect families in need with kind strangers, artist turning beach rubbish into marine-themed sculptures, couple show off collection of antique sewing machines.

Duration:00:25:45

Swapping homegrown food and retired racehorses become blood donors

5/19/2019
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Community food swap sharing the spoils at harvest time; epic restoration brings old truck back to life; country dance still drawing crowds nearly a century after it first began; retired racehorses giving blood for medical research.

Duration:00:25:53

Help for migrating shearwater fledglings and tasting coffee from remote frontier country

5/12/2019
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Volunteers keeping migrating birds on track; wine loving German couple criss-cross the globe to learn more about their passion; shearer celebrates 50 years of back-breaking work; cafe in remote frontier country serves up locally grown, freshly roasted coffee.

Duration:00:25:09

Record-breaking shearer and young detainees learn life lessons from horses

5/5/2019
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Shearer breaks world record; youth in detention receive life lessons through horse work; child friendly choir helps young mums; aquaponic venture grows two crops on one drop of water.

Duration:00:25:39

Farming family farewells dairy and fishing with MS

4/28/2019
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Farming family farewells dairy herd as drought forces shut-down; Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis doesn't stop fishing fanatic heading out on the water; chestnut harvest underway in north-east Victoria; recognition for long-time poultry breeder.

Duration:00:25:43

Scientists climbing trees for forest research and cocoa farmers meet chocolate makers turning their beans into bars

4/21/2019
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Scientists climbing trees to measure forest health; farmers from rural Bougainville meeting chocolate makers who are turning their cocoa beans into chocolate bars; a community garden is cultivating friendships as well as fresh produce; rock climbing and abseiling challenge helps injured soldiers meet up with mates.

Duration:00:25:15

Bush schools teaching resilience, confidence and desert drive-in a social hub for outback town

4/14/2019
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Schools abandoning classrooms in favour of bush education; desert drive-in a social hub for outback community; pursuing a passion for working with dogs sees city office worker relocate to isolated farm; choir singers raise spirits and money for drought affected community.

Duration:00:25:42

Rugby player's 76 year love of the game and wood sculptor turns cyclone toppled timber into art

4/7/2019
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Love of the game sees rugby player taking to the field for more than 70 years; sculptor working with timber salvaged after cyclone; community sewing project forging local connections; market gardener aiming for tastiest produce.

Duration:00:25:45

Labour of love to restore vintage Kombi and mother and daughter team finding success in working dog competition

3/31/2019
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A vintage Volkswagen Kombi van returned to its former glory with meticulous detail; rare tractor pulls crowds of onlookers; mother and daughter team finding success in working dog trial competitions and orchardists open up farm for tourists to pick their own persimmons.

Duration:00:25:45

Shearers open up about mental health struggles and a new generation of opal hunters seeking fortune in the outback

3/24/2019
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Shearers share mental health stories to encourage peers to seek help; discovering the joy of dancing for fitness; equine enthusiasts celebrate the Australian stock horse; a new generation hoping to find their fortune opal hunting.

Duration:00:25:44