Astronomical property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are exposing thousands of people to the risk of homelessness.
If you’re a power yoga enthusiast or a hot yoga buff with the ability to pull off 100 surya namaskaras (sun salutations) in one go, India’s oldest yoga teacher...
What's on your cash? Studies show our money carries everything from pet DNA and old food to E.coli and traces of cocaine.
In the past few weeks, California senator Kamala Harris has emerged as a prominent voice in US Senate Intelligence Committee hearings. But if repeated...
Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients' pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn't and how emergency departments...
New research has found growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood can have negative effects on children's brain development.
If we fight for the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot’s wage, this doesn't mean we are fighting for our an increase in our own pay, writes Helen Razer.

Homelessness: The 'other' housing crisis

We burst through the walls of social prejudice, exploring what it means and how it feels to live without a permanent home. Watch SBS's special three-night event, 'Filthy Rich & Homeless', 27-29 June, 8.30pm on SBS. #FilthyRichHomeless

"I just felt completely and utterly disconnected to you and your world. There's no thinking 'next minute, hour or day' like you do when you have the luxury of your own...
“If you have a dollar or if you have $100,000 you are going to be treated exactly the same.”
"People who are homeless have a right to normal housing, and indeed despite myths, they have an aspiration for the same basic standards of living as anyone else.”
"Australia's strict 'no pet' rental rules made me choose between having a permanent place to call home or having a dog. I chose my fox terrier", writes Scarlett...
Australia prides itself on being a giving nation. But would you give unconditionally to a homeless person and be okay with not knowing what your money was spent on?

Dear Jenny: Help me!

The 'real' Jenny's counselling session (often inappropriate but wise) starts here. The Family Law airs on SBS every Thursday at 8.30pm. New episodes and the entire first season are streaming now via SBS On Demand. #TheFamilyLaw

Life's too short to get stuck in a job you hate. But how do you get out of a career path your parents have already laid out for you? The 'real' Jenny advises one...
The 'real' Jenny answers one reader's burning problem about her husband's childish attachment to his mother (and a cheapskate request for home-based hair cuts).
Here's how the 'real' Jenny would deal with a cheating boyfriend: break up with him ASAP and hope his mother cuts him out of the will.
The post-divorce dating game is a minefield, says the 'real' Jenny. Take it slow or you could end up with a dependent old man, a psycho or even an STD.
Here's the real Jenny's tips on how to raise a two-year-old boy without turning him into a jerk.


Here's how you can nourish the mind, body and soul. No empty calories here.

How much does it matter which hand you use to hold the pencil? A lot.
New printable solar technology could revolutionise disaster relief efforts and even make electricity cheaper, say Australian researchers.
At the very least, here's something to read about how to get to sleep next time you can't fall asleep.

Is fear of flying contagious?

If you aren’t afraid of flying, but regularly travel with someone who is, their fear actually can rub off on you.
How do you see the world?
Tourists have been stripping down and photographing themselves, nude, at the world’s iconic locations to the bewilderment of some and the disgust of others. Here...
A new study shows that even caffeine addicts still get an energy boost from a pre-workout cup.


Meet our columnists. They've got strong views on all things. Their words may (or may not) change the world.

Sometimes feeling as though you 'belong' to a new community or culture has little to do with your birthplace or religion, writes Amal Awad, and more to do with the...
There is a common misunderstanding that one particular Qur’anic verse perpetuates violence against women.
"You do not say sorry until you mean it", writes Helen Razer. "To say 'I am sorry if you were offended' is not an apology. It’s an accusation that the wounded...
“I’m not a cold-blooded monster but I also didn’t want to be pregnant. Why is it so controversial that I made a decision about what I want inside my own body?”
The leaking of Facebook's content moderation guidelines provides us with an insight into how the social media giant handles its most sensitive content and -...

Health check

Breaking down the latest medical news, global health issues, research and analyses.

Having an extra body part or organ is surprisingly common and many people don’t know they have them.
Nurses are at the front line of violence in hospitals, to the point where this has become an expected and even accepted part of their job.
A pioneering study that showed images to babies in utero paves the way for more research into our prenatal mental abilities.
Even if you drink alcohol in moderation, new research suggests that you may still be at risk of brain damage over the long-term.
Your gut bacteria are a reflection of your emotional history.
More than 23,000 Australians are currently living with Multiple Sclerosis in Australia. Most of them are young women who speak English or a European language....
Burning the midnight oil may well burn out your brain.
The Young Pope

Get hooked on the critically acclaimed series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, binge the complete season now at SBS On Demand.

I'm Your Man

I’m Your Man explores the diverse history of some of Australia’s best-known boxing legends, using innovative technology to create a fully interactive and immersive experience. 

"To map Australia’s boxing legacy is to also map the history of some of our country's most socio-economically disadvantaged. To these men boxing is not just a sport it...
I’m Your Man explores the diverse history of some of Australia’s best-known boxing legends.

I'm Your Man

An interactive documentary about Australia's boxing legends.
Offering free boxing lessons for Indigenous children every week, the program has attracted descendants of Aboriginal boxing legends such as Lionel Rose and...
In the lead up to #MundineGreen2, NITV takes a look back at some prominent Aboriginal boxers of yesteryear.


Let's talk about sex, love, dating, marriage, coupledom.

SBS Life spoke with two Australian escorts to get the real story about what it means to be an escort in 2017, and they each paint a very different picture.
What does 200 years of love, marriage and cultural diversity look like?
In the face of existential threats over which you exert very little control, you may find yourself holding loved ones closer.
"Social media is a digital maze of fun-house mirrors, a hall of distorted images; it may reflect certain truths about a person, but you won’t know if you can...
Why cross-generational friendships among women are on the rise.


Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

Giving your child a “foreign” name in Egypt could land you in prison.
Children don’t always want to eat what’s in front of them. Here's what you can do to change that.
Ian Rose looks on as his Vietnamese partner pushes their kids into language school, when they’d rather be doing anything else.
One of the drawbacks of having children later in life means that when they finally leave home their parents are dealing with their own issues.
Peter Papathanasiou’s grandparents were Orthodox Christian refugees expelled from Anatolia in Turkey. Their treacherous trek to Greece, reminiscent of the current...

When your child is a psychopath

Experts can spot the untreatable condition in a child as young as three or four, but a new clinical approach offers hope.
Here's the real Jenny's tips on how to raise a two-year-old boy without turning him into a jerk.

Celebrating womanhood

Relish in our inspiring, motivational and celebratory news with a feel-good SBS story. 

Fairytales have taught us that the figure of the stepmother is loaded. Neha Kale speaks to three stepmothers and finds out that the rewards and challenges of step...
Who are these doting women we know as aunts?
Does the prospect of organising a satisfying Mother’s Day paralyse you with a deep, dark dread? Well, rest easy! We’re here to help.
To all the women who keep charging forward, who never give up despite all that is thrown at them. You are the women who have shaped me.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen wasn’t always a vegan or a feminist or proud of her Vietnamese heritage. In this letter to her younger self, she braces her teenage self...

Keeping the faith

We celebrate and explore a multiplicity of spiritual beliefs from around the world. 

There is a common misunderstanding that one particular Qur’anic verse perpetuates violence against women.
Shaun Micallef's Stairway To Heaven
Extreme faith? Try extreme food. Comedian Shaun Micallef was in America to discover what life's like as a Mormon, but his digestive system got as much of a challenge as his thoughts on spirituality.
New data suggests religious Americans with college experience tend to participate in services more often than their peers.
With so much happening around us, how do we even start to comprehend the enormity of ‘tragic circumstances’ across the world? Anglican minister, Dr Michael Jensen, explains what he sees as the fli...
Faith in contraception could spell the end of atheism, according to a new study.

Challenging racism

Stories that wrestle with matters of identity and culture, and challenge racial preconceptions.

'Speed Date A Muslim' is not a romantic or social event. It's a meetup with a difference, designed to provide a safe space for non-Muslims to meet Muslims, ask questions and smash racial boundaries.
Thanks to new science on the psychology of racism, you can measure your own racial bias – and make a start towards reducing it.
White guys who say they're into 'Asian chicks' might think they're super progressive, but some Asian women disagree – strongly.
How much do we actually know about the concept and history of this sociological term, which is rapidly gaining popularity?
Do we really believe that all racists care about women’s rights?
It's Harmony Day, so we're sharing stories from these stars about facing racism and how they've dealt with it.
Identity politics is coming under fire from conservatives who say it is promotes false grievances, and progressives who call it a distraction from class issues. Omar Sakr explains why he thinks those ...


Stories bringing Indigenous into Australia’s identity. Celebrating inspiring groups and individuals. #WalkWithUs

Ampilatwatja local, Mark Fordham, saw first hand how the Barkly Shire Council gutted employment prospects for Aboriginal locals. After he spoke up about the injustices happening in the NT he was sacke...
On June 21st 2007, the Racial Discrimination Act was suspended to allow the Northern Territory Response Act 2007 a controversial move that still effects communities in the Northern Territory.
A recent SBS commissioned study found that 1 in 5 Australians have experienced racism.  And Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 25 per cent more likely to encounter racism than Australia...
Naming conventions can be inherently colonial. Whoever gets to decide the names of things has a position of power over the thing they are naming.
Bilingual education has proved to be an effective tool for learning so why is it not used more widely?

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