Thursday, 5 May, 2022

Teachers strike in NSW; Ed Sheeran’s Ukraine megamix; A tale of two football players; and the bear that got locked in a car.



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Bear in a car:


Sensational World of Civics – Episode 2: What’s an election?


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Schools were closed across NSW and thousands of primary school teachers took to the streets of Sydney yesterday, protesting for better pay and better working conditions.

It was all part of what’s called a strike … which is when a group of people who work in a certain industry band together and refuse to go to work as a form of protest.

Because of the disruption they know it will cause: a strike is usually the last resort that workers take – after discussions with their employer about things like pay and working conditions break down.

In this case, the teachers in public schools have been talking to the NSW government, which pays their wages, to try and secure more money for the work they do .. which is educating you lot … and an increase in the number of colleagues to help them do it. 

Teachers say the better they are paid and the more hours they are paid to plan lessons every day, the better they’ll be able to do their job.

If your teacher looks stressed out today – or any day for that matter – make sure you let them know how much they’re appreciated…



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops. And today we’ve landed in Ukraine, where you’ll be surprised to hear that we’re talking about Ed Sheeran. That’s right, the British pop star has just released a collaboration with Antytila, one of Ukraine’s top bands—who recorded their part of the song while fighting in the war against Russia.

The song, which has already gotten 1.5 million views on YouTube, is a remix of Sheeran’s hit song from last year, 2Step, with an extra verse sung in Ukrainian by Antytila, telling the story of a young family fleeing the war.  All money raised from the song will go to a charity providing aid to Ukrainian refugee children.

Over the next few weeks, Ed Sheeran will be spinning the globe eight more times, releasing global remixes of 2Step with artists from Australia, Finland, Brazil, and more. Exactly who his collaborators will be is top secret, but it’s pretty unlikely any of the other musicians will be wearing military uniforms, and shooting their part of the music video on a GoPro from the frontlines. 

I’ve stuck a link to video of the song in today’s episode notes. 




And it’s off to the United States we go where a man was woken in the night, thinking someone was stealing his mother-in-law’s car.

When he went to investigate, he discovered a big black bear had locked itself in the car and was sitting in the front seat, staring back at him.

The bear had apparently opened the car door, following the scent left in the car by a Maccas takeaway bag – and we all know how they can stink out a car. Mmmm … fries ….

Once trapped in the car, the bear had gone a little nuts, ripping the interior to shreds. Because, you know, when you’re hangry and you smell chippies only to discover the bag is empty – it can make a bear crazy.

There’s a link to video of the bear in the car in today’s episode notes.



How many times have you watched a soccer match and thought that being the goalie is the hardest job on the paddock?

That’s what we thought yesterday when in a Champions League semi-final in Europe, VillaReal goalie Geronimo Rulli had a pretty tough day at the office, letting in three goals to allow Liverpool to come back from 2-0 down and win by 3 goals to 2. Ouch ..

 Liverpool will now play the winner of a Real Madrid and Manchester City semi in the Paris finale at the end of the month.

 HAving an altogether better day in the office yesterday was Aussie soccer player and Matildas star, Ellie Carpenter.

She became the first Australian woman to qualify for not one but two Champions League finals after her French club Olympique Lyonnais beat rival team Paris Saint-Germain to book a spot in the big game against reigning title-holders Barcelona later this month. Go Ellie! 




It’s Thursday – and that means the second episode of our special four-part series, The Sensational World of Civics drops today. 

What’s an election? How do politicians try to win our vote? How do we elect members of Parliament? And why does a political party sadly have nothing to do with fairy bread and balloons?

All of these pressing questions are answered in this week’s excellent episode – which will play immediately after this if you’re listening on an app – or is otherwise available on our website:

Brought to you in association with our friends at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra – it’s a fun, informative romp through the political system that reaches into all of our lives. 

And – with a federal election on the near horizon – it couldn’t be more timely.

So don’t just sit there … get listening! 


This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. As well as playing in France, Aussie footballer Ellie Carpenter is a star defender with the Australian women’s soccer team … who are also called what?
  2. Which British pop star has recorded a song with Ukrainian band on the frontline?
  3. What great big animal locked itself inside a woman’s car in the United States? 




It’s May 5 … Cinco de Mayo – a day of national celebration in Mexico .. 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today… 

Amelia from Craigburn, Kiana from Helensvale, Tom from Chandler, Macarthur from Bombala, Annabell from Springsure, Eliza from Frenchs Forest, Taylor from Doubleview, Khloe from Quirindi and Emily from Edensor Park. 

A belated birthday wish goes to Brayden from Mosman.

Classroom shoutouts go to…Class 3 at Snowy Valleys School in Tumut,

Miss Spooner and class 6A at Geebung State School and all the students at Eumundi State School.


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Matildas
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Black bear