It’s US television’s night of nights, The Emmy Awards. It’s the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live, but socially distanced, broadcast during COVID-19, and no surprises it all looks a bit different. This year’s awards came to us from 114 different locations across 10 different countries, with awards were presented alongside nurses and alpacas and even from the side of the road. Zendaya made history becoming the youngest winner for best lead actress in a drama and for all you basketball fans, The last Dance took home best documentary series. Meanwhile, comedy series Schitt’s Creek snagged a record 7 awards. Unfortunately, none of our Aussie favourites managed a win, but, as I always say, you can’t win an Emmy every year, particularly during a pandemic. TOUR DE FRANCE RESULTS Richie Porte has earned a place on the podium in the Tour de France. He finished third in the world’s most famous and most difficult bike race, just the second Australian to accomplish the feat after Cadel Evans won the Tour in 2011. Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won this year’s race a day before his 22nd birthday. He’s the youngest winner in more than 100 years! WHALES FIND FREEDOM Some great news now from the Northern Territory where a humpback whale stuck in a croc-infested river has made its way back out to sea! We told you about its surprise appearance last week where up to 3 whales apparently made a wrong turn swimming up the East Alligator River. No-one was really sure how to guide them to safety. Now the last of the whales in the river has safely left on high tides all on its own. Great result! KOONIBBA ROCKET LAUNCH Australia’s first commercial rocket has launched to the edge of space! It took off from Koonibba, an Aboriginal community in South Australia. It’s a huge deal for the area and for the future of Australia’s space industry. It may not have been as big or as explosive as you’re maybe picturing, but this event was a huge history-making deal! At 8 minutes past ten on Saturday morning, the 3.5 metre, 34-kilogram rocket, blasted 85 kilometres into the sky. This wasn’t the first attempt. Originally, the rocket was meant to launch last Tuesday and the community had spent weeks preparing for it and decorating the town, but then on the day of launch the rocket misfired. The successful launch also delivered a small device about the size of a banana to the edge of space, designed to collect info about our atmosphere on its way down. The company in charge is hoping this is just the first of many more rockets to launch from Aussie soil. BERLIN LIGHT SHOW Berlin is the land of lights! At least for the past week or so. More than 100 landmarks all around the German capital were lit up for the annual Festival of Lights. This year’s theme was “Together we shine” but if people came together to shine too much the lights were temporarily switched off to keep crowds under control. SQUIRREL MONKEY IN LONDON A troop of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys have been fighting over ice lollies at London Zoo. Zookeepers say these treats are a fun way to keep the monkeys cool and busy in the September heat. I wonder what the monkey word for delicious is. TURKISH PARAGLIDER This Turkish paraglider and YouTuber flew through the air on a giant bed attached to a parachute, because, why not? He even set an alarm clock and took a short nap. Like all air beds, I’m sure it’ll go down eventually. __________________________________________ For the past 50 years, Behind the News has been helping to break down current issues and events for young people all around the world. The program is a high-energy, fun way for people to learn about the stories we see in the news, while providing background information that isn’t usually given by other news bulletins. We have over 1000 stories on all sorts of topics – everything from politics & volcanoes, to online security & fortnite. If you’re looking for help to understand something, you’ll probably find it on BTN. Make sure to like & subscribe our videos if you want to stay in the know! Follow us on Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: