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RN Breakfast is the program informed Australians wake up to. Start each day with comprehensive coverage and analysis of national and international events, and hear interviews with the people who matter today—along with those who'll be making news tomorr

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The multi-million dollar search for alien life

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:52:00 +1000

The first findings of a $100 million study to look for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence have been released, but they haven't shown anything yet.The Parkes Radio Telescope forms part of the Breakthrough Listen project network (Robert Virtue: ABC Local Radio)

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Who will be the World Health Organisation's next Director-General?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:37:00 +1000

The head of the WHO is arguably the world's most powerful doctor, in charge of leading the UN body's response to health crises worldwide.Dr David Nabarro is the UK's pick for the next WHO head (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/

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25th anniversary of The Story of Clara

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:24:00 +1000

25 years ago, Graeme Murphy presented his Australianised reworking of the classic ballet 'The Nutcracker'.The Australian Ballet's 'The Story of Clara' (Supplied: Australian Ballet/Branco Gaica)

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Consumers driving changes to Australia's energy future

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:14:00 +1000

Energy Networks Australia and the CSIRO say that Australia could generate electricity with no carbon emissions by 2050, but a carbon price will be needed to achieve that.Consumers are driving changes in Australia's energy mix (Supplied: Unsplash/Pexels)

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Report finds high rates of intellectual disability in Indigenous Queensland communities

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:06:00 +1000

Calls for a commission of inquiry into Education Queensland's treatment of Indigenous children.How can high levels of intellectual disability in Queensland Indigenous communities be addressed? (ABC News: James Dunlevie)

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Panel: Trump's first 100 days

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:47:00 +1000

If the latest opinion polls are anything to go by, Donald Trump is the one of the least popular US Presidents in modern times.Has President Donald Trump delivered on his core promises in his first 100 days? (Getty Images/Pool)

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Trump and Russia explained in six minutes

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:41:00 +1000

The web of alleged connections between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's government are difficult to understand.Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (

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Politics with Alice Workman

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:00 +1000

Parliament House Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed News Alice Workman joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.(ABC News/Timothy Stevens)

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The woman who changed a film industry

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:51:00 +1000

After becoming the chief executive of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner set the target of having half of all films written, directed and produced by women within four years.Chief Executive of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner (TU Medier i Sverige/

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Trump's plans for a good 100th day

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:45:00 +1000

It's Day 98—or 99, depending on which time zone you're in, of the Trump Presidency.President Trump wants a good 100th day in office (Gage Skidmore/

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Science with Jonathan Webb

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:35:00 +1000

New recordings show humpback whale mothers and calves "whisper" to each other, seemingly to avoid attracting predators.Humpback whales "whisper" to each other, scientists have found (Christopher Michel/

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Off to the movies: Rules Don't Apply and Things To Come

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:48:00 +1000

RN's resident film critic Jason Di Rosso joins RN Breakfast for his take on the latest films.Lily Collins in 'Rules Don't Apply' (Supplied: 20th Century Fox)

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Melbourne-based author Marija Pericic wins the Australian/Vogel literary award

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:37:00 +1000

Who was Franz Kafka in his everyday life? Young and upcoming author Marija Pericic imagines this in her book The Lost Pages.Marija Pericic with her novel, The Lost Pages (Supplied)

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Tech review with Peter Marks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:27:00 +1000

The annual international conference of American broadcasters is taking place in Las Vegas this week, where there's been a lot of speculation about the future of TV.RN Breakfast's Technology Editor Peter Marks (Alex McClintock/RN)

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Viceroy's House chronicles partition of India

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:16:00 +1000

70 years ago, three centuries of British rule of India ended, and the sub-continent was cleaved into two nations, India and Pakistan.Viceroy House, known today as Rashtrapati Bhavan (Getty/Saiko3p)

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Will super exemptions for wealthy downsizers boost housing affordability?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:07:00 +1000

The Federal Government's latest housing policy idea has swiftly been derided as a way to benefit "a small number of very wealthy people" and do nothing about housing affordability.Could wealthy downsizers free up housing supply? (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

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Horse breeders call on the government to compromise on 457 visas

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:52:00 +1000

Horse breeders fear their industry could be crippled by changes to skilled migration.Horse breeders and racers say 457 visas are integral to the industry (ABC Mid West: Glenn Barndon)

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:48:00 +1000

Paul Bongiorno joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Paul Bongiorno, RN Breakfast Political Commentator (ABC RN/Elliot Dunn)

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Entire US Senate meets with White House for North Korea briefing

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:36:00 +1000

In an extraordinary step, the entire US Senate has met at the White House to be briefed by senior administration officials about the brewing confrontation with North Korea.Senators have been briefed on the North Korea situation at the White House (Ting Chen/

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Will Australia ride the sheep's back again?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:49:00 +1000

Rebuilding Australia's national sheep flock.What next for Australia's sheep flock? (Supplied: Ben Creek)

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Trump administration plans to slash tax rates

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:45:00 +1000

Tax plans are usually big, complicated, unwieldy things that are difficult to understand, but this one isn't too complex — it just about fits on one page.Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and US President Donald Trump (Getty Images/Pool)

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De Jong concerned about whether AOC investigation will lead to change

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:35:00 +1000

The Australian Olympic Committee says it will appoint an independent committee to investigate a bullying allegation against Media Director Mike Tancred.Fiona de Jong (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)

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Cyber-security firm claims Russian hackers targeting Emmanuel Macron

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:20:00 +1000

In France, new evidence has emerged of Russian meddling in the presidential election.French election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron (Official Leweb Photos/

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The Spooky Men's Chorale performs live in the studio

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:48:00 +1000

What do you get when you mix a bunch of blokes with the ancient tradition of Georgian polyphonic singing?Some of the members of the Spooky Men's Chorale (Bryan Ledgard/

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In defence of the selfie

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:41:00 +1000

Selfies are often viewed as narcissistic—but could they really be a tool of female empowerment?What's the value of a selfie? (Pexel / Tookapic/ CC0 License)

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Pope Francis to visit Egypt

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:36:00 +1000

Pope Francis heads to Egypt this week—where there's been a recent spate of violence against the country's Coptic Christian minority.Pope Francis is heading to Egypt (Martin Schulz/

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Talking TV with Dan Barrett

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:25:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's resident TV critic Dan Barrett joins Fran Kelly.(Pixabay)

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Jana Pittman coming to terms with retiring as an athlete

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:15:00 +1000

Now in her mid 30s and with three children, Jana is embarking on a life away from the international track.Jana Pittman has written a new book, Just Another Hurdle (John Ferguson/

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Senate inquiry examines economic impacts of Australia's gender segregated workplaces

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:06:00 +1000

The Australian workforce is highly gender-segregated, and the situation has barely changed in the past 20 years—in fact in some industries like healthcare and construction it's getting worse.How does the gender makeup of a workplace affect pay? (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

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US imposes sanctions on Syrian government workers after sarin attack

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:51:00 +1000

The US has slapped sanctions on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons as part of an ongoing US crackdown.A poison hazard danger sign is seen in a town in Idlib province, Syria, in the aftermath of a chemical attack (Getty Images/Anadolu Agency)

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Kevin Rudd: South Korean election could provide opening for diplomatic dialogue

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:42:00 +1000

There's been no let up in the tit-for-tat taunts between the Trump Administration and North Korea as tensions continue to boil over the rogue state's nuclear weapons program.Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd  (Getty Images: VCG)

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Politics with Niki Savva

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:36:00 +1000

Columnist with The Australian and journalist Niki Savva joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.(ABC News/Timothy Stevens)

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Global investors step up action on climate risks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:50:00 +1000

A new global index has found that, for the first time, a majority of big international investors are taking action to tackle the financial risks of climate change.Former Liberal Party leader John Hewson (ABC RN: Natasha Mitchell)

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Flynn may have broken law in failing to disclose foreign income

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:43:00 +1000

For all the latest headlines from around the world, Fran Kelly is joined by Matt Bevan.Michael Flynn (Gage Skidmore/

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Plastic-munching caterpillar could help the environment

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:35:00 +1000

Researchers in Europe have made a pretty remarkable—and accidental—discovery that could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution.A caterpillar chews through plastic (Supplied: Federica Bertocchini, Paolo Bombelli, and Chris Howe)

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Arkansas rushes through executions before lethal drug expires

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:19:00 +1000

In a bid to rush through executions, Arkansas has executed two men back to back despite international condemnation and legal challenges.Arkansas' supply of a lethal drug will soon expire (Public domain)

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Engineer's chemical energy machine invention could shake up renewable power

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:45:00 +1000

Behdad Mogtaderi has built a fully-functioning machine that he says can replace hot water systems and air conditioners, plus generate electricity, and store energy for when you need it.Professor Moghtaderi and the Chemical Looping Energy on Demand System (ABC RN: Matt Bevan)

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Wartime quilts made by male soldiers and prisoners of war

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:37:00 +1000

Quilting isn't something we usually associate with war and soldiers—but an exhibition at the Ipswich art gallery in Queensland may very well change that.One of Dr Annette Gero's wartime quilts (Supplied)

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Historian uncovers forgotten NT diggers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:16:00 +1000

A Darwin historian has uncovered the names of dozens of forgotten Territorians who served in the Great War.Norman Cramp hopes his research will set the record straight on 40 World War I diggers who have been missing from history books. (ABC News: Mitch Woolnough)

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Would Nick Xenophon back any Coalition move on gambling advertising during live sports broadcasts?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:06:00 +1000

Federal Cabinet is expected to consider a plan to curb gambling advertisings on TV during live sports events.TV advertising and mobile phones make it easier than ever to bet during sporting matches (ABC)

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Anzac Day: The Turkish perspective

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:52:00 +1000

The Anzacs' battle at Gallipoli is well known thanks to soldier's diaries, newspaper accounts and films, but not as much is known of the Turkish side of the storyA Turkish general delivers orders to batteries at Anzac Cove (Public domain)

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:47:00 +1000

Paul Bongiorno joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Paul Bongiorno, RN Breakfast Political Commentator (ABC RN/Elliot Dunn)

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Brave coastwatchers went behind enemy lines for Allied forces

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:50:00 +1000

The advance warnings given by the coastwatchers helped the Allies win the war in the Pacific.Captain Martin Clemens, a coastwatcher who provided intelligence to Allied forces in 1942 and 1943 (Public domain)

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After Brexit success, Ukip focuses on Muslims

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:45:00 +1000

Ukip wants to ban the burka, ban Sharia law, impose a moratorium on new Islamic schools in the UK, and instigate mandatory checks on school children to prevent female genital mutilation.Ukip leader Paul Nuttall (European Parliament/

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Baritone opera singer Nathan Lay

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:36:00 +1000

Nathan Lay had two great grandfathers who fought in World War One.Nathan Lay (Supplied)

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Venezuela braces for more protests in wave of unrest

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:21:00 +1000

Venezuela is spiralling into chaos with more anti-government protests planned this week as the calls for President Maduro to step down continue to grow.Venezuelan opposition activists march against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas (Getty Images/Juan Barreto)

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'A ploy': Marine Le Pen steps down as leader of France's National Front

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:16:00 +1000

Le Monde editorial director Sylvie Kauffman says the move is a ploy to distance the leader from the controversial party.French election frontrunner Marine Le Pen (European Parliament/

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Thousands gather for Anzac Day dawn services amid heightened security concerns

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:12:00 +1000

Thousands of people across the country have been gathering for Anzac Day dawn services to remember the Australian men and women who gave their lives on battlefields around the world.Australia's light horseman being honoured at Currumbin dawn service. (ABC News: Tom Forbes)

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Funding for community legal centres reinstated

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:51:00 +1000

The Turnbull Government says it will restore nearly $56 million in funding to the sector in the May budget.Volunteers speak with the members of the public at the Redfern Legal Centre (ABC: Thuy Ong)

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Spinal discs healthier, larger in joggers and runners: study

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:46:00 +1000

Most people will suffer an episode of back pain sometime in their lives—often more than one.Is there a link between jogging and back pain?

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