Extras & Special Broadcasts


Special Broadcasts

Throughout the year CRN brings stations a variety of live broadcasts including the Tamworth and Mildura Country Music Festivals, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, International Women's Day content, Federal Budget coverage and much more.

Keep up to date with developments via the CRN Weekly Update emailed each Thursday.

About Extras

Extras 1 and Extras 2 are two program slots in the regular CRN Program Guide.

Extras 1 broadcasts between 13:04 - 14:00 EST/EDT; Extras 2 between 14:04 - 15:00 EST/EDT Wednesdays. Extras feature a variety of programs that change week to week. See below for details on the latest Extras programming.

If you missed this content in its broadcast week, contact crn@cbaa.org.au for a file download.

Upcoming Extras

Wednesday 10 October

On The Road: Memphis (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Renowned pianist Jools Holland drives from Clarksdale to Memphis replicating the journey which so many musicians have made before him.

Once in the Bluff City- arguably the most important music town in the world – he visits the project housing where Elvis Presley lived as a teenager and where he first played in public and goes to Aretha Franklin’s birthplace, situated in an area of tremendous urban deprivation which is gaining a new life through music.

Africa's Big Philanthropy: Health (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

In 2016 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to invest five billion dollars in poverty reduction and health in Africa. Other big givers like the Rockefeller Foundation have spent billions on health, agriculture and livelihood programmes. Some say governments and global agencies have come to depend on the donations of big philanthropic donors for their programmes, but how much influence do they have, and with the rise of home-grown African wealth what is the future is for philanthropy here?

Wednesday 3 October

Breaking The Seal (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Whatever is said in the confessional stays in the confessional; it is a sacred, unyielding law throughout Catholicism, but in Australia it's now being challenged.

In certain states laws are being introduced so priests can now be fined if they are found to have withheld information from the confessions of child abusers. Priests across the country have said they won’t adhere to the law, saying it breaks a sacred trust.

The Children of Belsen (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

In April 1945 a 15-year-old Dutch Jewish girl was interviewed by the BBC in the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen shortly after its liberation by the British.

Weakened by typhoid, Hetty Werkendam, now known as Hetty Verolme, described to reporter Patrick Gordon Walker some of the horrific conditions in the Nazi camp where more than 50,000 prisoners died. She also told him how she and her younger brothers were separated from their parents, and how they lived for the last months of the war in a separate barracks with other Jewish children, largely ignored by the SS authorities.

Past Extras

Wednesday 26 September

Model X (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

In Paris, aspiring models have to adjust to rather spartan conditions - from sharing a flat with strangers to moving around an unknown city all alone and surviving on a mere 80 euros a week.

Despite their bestefforts to get a job, most of the girls will leave Paris with empty pockets.

Former model and now BBC journalist, Alina Isachenka, follows 17-year-old schoolgirl Anna Vasileva from the city of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia on her challenging journey through tough competition and over-demanding casting directors to the top of the fashion industry.

On The Road: Nashville (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Join renowned pianist Jools Holland as he flies to Nashville to visit RCA Studio A. In the 1950s and early 60s under the leadership of Chet Atkins, Studio A was the place where modern day country music was invented.

In the cavernous room meet Dave Cobb and the man they call the soul of Nashville, musician & historian Marty Stuart, and some of the new young stars attracted to the city like the band Midland & Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, star of the TV series “Nashville”.

Wednesday 19 September

The Changing Face of Procreation - Part 2 (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Krupa Padhy meets the scientists at the cutting edge of reproductive medicine and examines the alternative paths being taken to create families. In part two, Krupa looks to what comes next.

She meets the doctor using IVF technology to reverse menopause. In England she visits a family of the future, made up of white British parents and their three boys plus a ‘snow baby’, created during an IVF cycle for her Indian-American genetic parents but adopted as an embryo by her birth family. 

Iceland: What Happened Next? (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Iceland is a small island nation of just 340,000 people but at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008 it was the scene of one of the biggest banking collapses in history.

Ten years on the economy has recovered, thanks to the millions of tourists who now visit every year. But what scars have been left on this close-knit island nation’s collective psyche? 

Wednesday 12 September

The Changing Face of Procreation - Part 1 (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

By the end of the century, an estimated 157 million people alive or 1.4 % of the world’s population will owe their lives to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF, donor eggs and sperm and surrogacy.

So how are people around the world using these innovations? And how well is society doing in getting to grips with the ethical questions that go hand in hand with the creation of life of in these ways? 

Falling (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

A construction worker dies and, instinctively, we blame him. Why wasn’t he wearing his safety belt? But what if we are wrong?

What if all of us – families, colleagues, companies and society as a whole – have been failing workers who have lost their lives or been injured at work, all over the world?

Wednesday 5 September

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

What do our teeth say about us?

BBC Journalist Natalia Guerrero travels to Miami and LA and asks, do we judge others by their teeth and do we demonstrate our own wealth by paying for the perfect smile?

This documentary explores what our teeth say about us.

The Life and Times of Senator John McCain (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Few American politicians have carved such a distinctive career as the late John McCain, the Republican Senator for Arizona.

Anthony Zurcher, the BBC's North America reporter, looks back at his life, including his military service, during which he endured five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and his two unsuccessful bids for the American presidency.

He also examines how McCain gained a reputation as a political maverick, and inflicted one of the most high-profile policy defeats of Donald Trump's presidency to date.

Wednesday 29 August

The Benefits of Nakedness (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Some people just love to be naked in public. Dr. Keon West travels far and wide to speak to those who enjoy taking their clothes off to find out why they do it, and what the benefits – and disadvantages – might be.

Dr. West is a social psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has done some research into naturist groups in the UK.

His work showed that those of us who are naked in public are more likely to be happier not just with our bodies, but also with our lives more generally. 

Aretha Franklin: Queen Of Soul (BBC World Service)

26'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Aretha Franklin, for fifty years the Queen of Soul, with a voice of unique quality and who suffered a difficult and troubled life, has died at the age of 76.

Jumoke Fashola hears from musicians, fans and producers from different parts of the world about what made Aretha Franklin’s music special.

It Includes contributions from South African singer Lira, American musician Valerie June, record company mogul Clive Davis, producer Narada Michael Walden, singer Sarah Dash and music journalist David Nathan.

Wednesday 23 August

Step Away From The Car (Radio Adelaide)

10 x 05'00 to 07'00 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Over a 10-part series of short pieces ready to drop into your radio programs, Step Away from the Car hears from a variety of thinkers who were present at the 2017 Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.

The conference and pieces get listeners thinking about using more 'active' choices when it comes to transport, choices that require stepping away from the car. 

Producer: Nikki Page, Radio Adelaide

Global Beats: Heavy Metal in Finland (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Heavy-metal music, with its distorted guitar sounds, emphatic rhythms and dense bass and drum is incredibly popular in Nordic countries. In Finland there are more heavy-metal musicians per capita than in any other nation on Earth, and the country seems to have a real love affair with this genre of music.

Finnish presenter Ida Kiljander takes us to Tuska, one of her country’s biggest metal festivals, to meet bands including Finland’s Moonsorrow, Sweden’s Bombus and the headlining French band Gojira.

Wednesday 15 August

National Indigenous Music Awards 2018 (TEABBA)

55'50 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

55'50 mins - Extras 2 at 13:04 EST

On Saturday the Darwin Ampitheatre came alive for the 2018 NIMAs.

Catch performances from many award winners, finalists and hall-of-famers including Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir, Roger Knox and Alice Skye (pictured).

Wednesday 8 August

Communities in Control: Part 3 of 3 (SYN Media and Our Community)

27'50 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

Hear from some of Australia’s prominent public figures and community groups who lent their voices to the 2018 Communities in Control Conference, hosted by Our Community.

What does it take to combat inequality from the community level? What impacts are mental health issues and social fragmentation having on Australia as a society? How does difference act as a barrier for social integration? 

Hear Stan Grant and Hugh Mackay, plus Ann Burbrook from Illawarra Multicultural Services share their thoughts and insights. 

Producer: Caroline Tung

Winning It Big (BBC World Service)

26'30 - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Most people have dreamed of winning the lottery. It’s a dream that has become ever more common around the world as jackpots get bigger and lotteries more numerous. But does money really make us happy, and how much does this depend on where we live and how we spend it?

To find out, the BBC’s Mike Thomson meets lottery winners from around the globe. Mike dines with Arab/Israeli restaurateur, Jawdat Ibrahim, who spends much of his $23 million windfall on trying to bring Palestinians and Israelis closer together, through good food and dialogue.

Wednesday 1 August

2018 Reith Lectures: Part 5 of 5 (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

The 2018 Reith Lectures with Margaret MacMillan: is war an essential part of being human?

The lectures are recorded in front of an audience and have a question and answer session. They are chaired by journalist and historian Anita Anand.

Episode Five: Fatal Attraction

Historian Margaret MacMillan looks at representations of war: can we really create beauty from horror and death? Speaking at the Canadian War Museum, she discusses the paradox of commemoration. She questions attempts to capture the essence and meaning of war through art. The programme is presented by Anita Anand in front of an audience and includes a question and answer session.

Global Beats: New Labels (BBC World Service)

49'30 - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

When the internet exploded onto the scene, it blew apart the way the music industry worked. Recording artists were no longer dependent on winning the attention of a record label. They could reach millions ofpotential fans all around the world direct.

For a moment it looked as if record labels were on a downward slide, but as it turns out this was wrong. And for new labels that's been very good news, judging from their ever increasing number. Some are dedicated to a particular genre or the music of a particular country, for example Tiger’s Milk, which is on a mission to make Peruvian grooves old and new available to a global audience.

Wednesday 25 July

2018 Reith Lectures: Part 4 of 5 (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

The 2018 Reith Lectures with Margaret MacMillan: is war an essential part of being human?

The lectures are recorded in front of an audience and have a question and answer session. They are chaired by journalist and historian Anita Anand.

Episode Four: Managing the Unmanageable

Historian Margaret MacMillan assesses how the law and international agreements have attempted to address conflict. Speaking to an audience at the Northern Irish Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast, Professor MacMillan outlines how both states and the people have sought to justify warfare - from self-defence to civil war - focusing on examples from Irish and British history. 

Skateboarding is 60 (BBC World Service)

49'30 - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

Sixty years ago, a man wandered into a surf shop on the beach in Southern California with a homemade wooden board with four roller-skate wheels attached. An insignificant beginning for a culture that would eventually influence communities all around the world.

You might see the skateboard as just a toy, but in 60 years, the people who skate have created a culture that has had a profound influence across business, art, architecture, education and gender equality.

Wednesday 18 July

2018 Reith Lectures: Part 3 of 5 (BBC World Service)

49'30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST

The 2018 Reith Lectures with Margaret MacMillan: is war an essential part of being human?

The lectures are recorded in front of an audience and have a question and answer session. They are chaired by journalist and historian Anita Anand.

Episode Three: Civilians and War

Historian Margaret MacMillan dissects the relationship between war and the civilian. Speaking to an audience in Beirut, she looks back at the city's violent past and discusses the impact of conflict on noncombatants throughout the centuries.

She explores how civilians have been deliberately targeted, used as slaves and why women are still often singled out in mass rapes. And she addresses the proposition that human beings are becoming less, not more violent. The programme is chaired by Anita Anand.

Beyond The Bars 2018: Part 2 of 2 (3CR)

55'50 - Extras 2 at 14:04 EST

On the air since 2002, Beyond the Bars in 2018 features stories, songs, opinions and poems from over 100 men and women in the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Barwon Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Loddon Prison and Port Phillip Prison. 

The all-black radio broadcast team present the broadcasts and workshops in the lead up to NAIDOC Week.

Find out how to access these and other CRN programs for your station


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