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Please Explain - from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, a weekly podcast that cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ Get in touch with the team: pleaseexplain@theage.com.au or pleaseexplain@smh.com.au

'Degrees of Oppression' : Syria, Turkey and the Kurds
The Kurdish people have an expression that rings true now more than ever. ‘We have no friends but the mountains’. With the US withdrawing troops and Turkey moving in, the Kurds have been forced to side with Assad. We’re joined by The Age’s former foreign editor Maher Mughrabi and independent journalist Anna Therese Day, who spent years reporting from Syria, to discuss the implications of these actions on the Kurds. Investigations editor Michael Bachelard also joins us from the border of Iraq and Syria, w...

'Degrees of Oppression' : Syria, Turkey and the Kurds
The Kurdish people have an expression that rings true now more than ever. ‘We have no friends but the mountains’. With the US withdrawing troops and Turkey moving in, the Kurds have been forced to side with Assad. We’re joined by The Age’s former foreign editor Maher Mugrabi and independent journalist Anna Therese Day, who spent years reporting from Syria, to discuss the implications of these actions on the Kurds. Investigations editor Michael Bachelard also joins us from the border of Iraq and Syria, wh...

From explorers to prospectors: Australia's role in the new space boom
In 1969, it was one small step for man. In 2019, it’s one giant gold rush for mankind. And Australia wants in. We're joined by PhD Candidate at The University of Sydney Annie Handmer, Canberra-based space policy expert Brett Biddington and CEO at Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and Chair of National Space Committee Stephen Bornstein to learn about how technology, business and politics are combining to create a 21st Century space boom. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical fo...


0.75% interest rate: will young Australians lose out again?
This week, a special episode of Please Explain: economics writer Jess Irvine is out of the studio and into the office of Westpac’s Sydney head office. Why? To speak to Bill Evans, the chief economist at Westpac, and one of the few people who has correctly predicted rate cuts over the past decade. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to spec...

0.75% interest rate: will young Australians lose out again?
This week, a special episode of Please Explain: economics writer Jess Irvine is out of the studio and into the office of Westpac’s Sydney head office. Why? To speak to Bill Evans, the chief economist at Westpac, and one of the few people who has correctly predicted rate cuts over the past decade. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content and invitations to spec...

The final straw: Trump faces impeachment inquiry
Could it be the beginning of the end for the President, or just more partisan political warfare? This week on Please Explain, we’re joined by US correspondent Matthew Knott, senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre Bruce Wolpe and Washington Post White House correspondent Anne Gearan as we look into the impeachment process. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-sce...


China's web of interference in Australia is slowly being illuminated
Gladys Liu, a newly minted member of the government’s backbench, reignited debate about what should be considered a risk of interference after revelations of her connections to Chinese Communist Party associations. The elaborate web of Chinese interference in Australia is gradually being illuminated. This week on Please Explain Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann, chief political correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe and our deputy bureau chief Stephanie Peatling join me to di...

China's web of interference in Australia is slowly being illuminated
Gladys Liu, a newly minted member of the government’s backbench, reignited debate about what should be considered a risk of interference after revelations of her connections to Chinese Communist Party associations. The elaborate web of Chinese interference in Australia is gradually being illuminated. This week on Please Explain Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann, chief political correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe and our deputy bureau chief Stephanie Peatling join me to di...

What a mess: Australia's recycling crisis
Every few months, Australians are reminded of the recycling crisis gripping the country. Australia's spotless landscapes are giving way to urban mountains of shattered glass, toxic fires and recycled plastic in landfill. This week World News Editor Chris Zappone is joined by Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's South East Asian correspondent James Massola from Jakarta, Melbourne editor Jewel Topsfield and Re-Group's Chief Development Officer and Waste Management Resource and Recovery Association Australia'...


The first 100 days of the government many thought wouldn't exist
The first 100 days of a new government are crucial for any prime minister. It’s their first opportunity to put in to action a policy agenda promised to voters in an election, and the time when Australians are most open to big plans and big ideas. This week on Please Explain: a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival. Special guests David Crowe, Shane Wright and Jacqueline Maley join National Editor Tory Maguire to dissect the first 1...

The first 100 days of the government many thought wouldn't exist
The first 100 days of a new government are crucial for any prime minister. It’s their first opportunity to put in to action a policy agenda promised to voters in an election, and the time when Australians are most open to big plans and big ideas. This week on Please Explain: a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival. Special guests David Crowe, Shane Wright and Jacqueline Maley join National Editor Tory Maguire to dissect the first 1...

Will Australia back the US or China in the trade war?
After discussions with the President on the sidelines of the G7 this weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stepped a little closer to picking sides in the US-China trade war. But would a deal between the United States and China, which everyone is calling for, actually be that great for Australia?This week Tory Maguire is joined by Sydney Morning Herald senior writer Matt Wade, and Tim Harcourt, an economist from the University of New South Wales and host of The Airport Economist podcast. See us record P...


Why Millennials are getting a raw generational deal
The wealth gap between young people and their parents is widening, according to a new report. But why? Is it mismanagement of cash or a deeper economic issue? This week Jacqueline Maley speaks to our Canberra economics correspondents Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw to figure out if young Australians are getting a raw deal in the "generational bargain". See us record Please Explain live at the Opera House during Antidote At 4pm on Sunday September 1 we'll be doing a live recording at the Opera House as pa...

Extra: Pell goes back to prison
Tense scenes and high drama outside the Victorian Supreme Court in Melbourne as the Court of Appeal upheld former Cardinal George Pell's previous conviction and sends him back to jail. In this Please Explain Extra our producer David Estcourt talks to reporters Chip Le Grand and Tom Cowie as Australia's most notorious and controversial inmate made his bid for freedom. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, qu...

Extra: Parliamentary vendettas, betrayals and the price of power
David Crowe talks to Tory Maguire about his new book, Venom, a fascinating inside line on the parliamentary spills and thrills from Abbott to Turnbull to Morrison, and all machinations in-between. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out more great podcasts from The Age & SMH....


Troops at the border: Hong Kong on edge
About two months ago, millions of Hong Kongers marched peacefully to protest an extradition deal with mainland China. It's a far cry from tear-gas filled streets and 'guerilla-like pop-up protests'.  This week we're joined by China correspondent Kirsty Needham, and Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran about the unfolding crisis.  We also speak with journalist Nick Bonyhady about how the clashes have moved to university campuses in Australia. You can join Please Explain live at the Sydney Oper...

Why is abortion back on the agenda?
A proposed bill to remove abortion from NSW’s 119-year-old Crimes Act and instead regulate it with a stand-alone health care act has ignited intense debate, both in public and parliament.  This week we're joined by our state political editor Alexandra Smith, and lawyer and co-founder of WomenVote Maria O’Brien to talk through the criminal and legal implications of the bill. Health editor Kate Aubusson will also discuss access and affordability. You can join Please Explain live at the Sydney Opera House o...

Extra: How Adele Ferguson helped ignite a royal commission
Banking Bad: How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed AustraliaWhistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist's fight for the truth. Adele Ferguson's reporting on the banking sector played a key role in forcing the government to announce the Hayne Royal Commission.On the back of the release of her book, "Banking Bad" on August 5, Ferguson sits down with Business Editor Mathew Dunckley for fascinating a behind-the-scenes conversation on the state of the finance sector, whether the royal commi...

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Crown Unmasked: Inside the investigation
James Packer’s Crown Resorts is a behemoth. Its influence stretches across both major Australian political parties and into the pockets of some of the most powerful people in the world. This week we're joined by Nick McKenzie and Grace Tobin to discuss how Crown's involvement in money laundering, Chinese espionage and links to people traffickers was exposed. Since we recorded the podcast, Crown Resorts responded to the allegations which you can read here. The Please Explain team greatly value your fee...

Extra: 'Still waiting': Adele Ferguson's new book Banking Bad
Senior business and investigative reporter Adele Ferguson talks to Business Editor Mathew Dunckley about her new book Banking Bad. Ferguson's book explores the lingering questions in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission: how the banks bullied their customers, where the regulators have failed, and why many of the victims are still waiting for justice. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journal...

Boris Johnson is prime minister. Now he has to deliver
Boris Johnson has finally taken up residence in No. 10 Downing Street. While detractors are doubting his ability to lead Britain out of the European union, he couldn't be more upbeat. Former Downing street insider Alastair Campbell and Europe Correspondent Nick Miller join Tory Maguire to discuss Johnson's Brexit conundrum. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Ag...


Extra: Sit down with Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has captured the hearts of progressive voters worldwide. She speaks with chief political correspondent David Crowe about politics, refugees, motherhood and how she hopes to stop horrific attacks, like the recent Christchurch attack, from happening again.  The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning He...

"Cheap money gets you into trouble"
You’d be forgiven for being confused about the economy and markets at the moment. As our business writer Stephen Bartholomeusz says in this week’s Please Explain - “the world is a very messy place”.This week I’m joined by Bartho and our Senior Economics Correspondent Shane Wright to untangle the mess. We also speak to China Correspondent Kirsty Needham to find out what 6.2 per cent growth looks like - and check in on the still very tense political situation in Hong Kong. The Please Explain team greatly...

Jeffrey Epstein: how the powerful are protected
Epstein once evaded serious punishment for his crimes. Not anymore. This week on Please Explain, host Nick O'Malley talks to former Washington DC Bureau researcher Tom Threlkeld and Cynthia Alksne, a former US federal prosecutor about how and why powerful men often avoid accountability. The Please Explain team greatly value your feedback - you can email us here. We'd love to hear from you. And if you value independent, quality journalism, please subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Thank...


Will Australia repeat the mistakes of Iraq?
When the United States walked away from the Iran nuclear deal just over a year ago, the waiting game began. On Monday, Tehran announced it had amassed a stockpile of low-enriched uranium above the threshold allowed in the defunct deal - a move Donald Trump called "playing with fire". An escalating series of incidents - oil tankers holed with missiles; the shooting down of a US "spy" drone; an American cyber attack on an Iranian intelligence group - have watchers on high alert. This week, should we be bra...

The Setka saga: how will it impact the unions?
Nobody better embodies the troubles in the modern union movement than John Setka. Ever since Setka indicated a month ago he would plead guilty to criminal charges of harassing a woman and breaching court orders, the calls for him to step aside have grown louder. All of this, timed perfectly before the first sitting week of the newly-elected Morrison government - which wants to bring back legislation allowing the deregistration of what it calls “rogue” unions. The unions have a dilemma on their hands - af...

Is there a free speech crisis in Australia's universities?
A series of incidences have sparked an outcry in conservative media outlets about a lack of free speech at Australian universities. They exposed a split in the higher education community - traditionally a bastion of free speech and intellectual freedom - over how to manage views that might conflict with a scientific or moral consensus. But there's some debate as to whether there is a problem at all. This week, Please Explain asks is there a free speech crisis in Australia's universities? Host: Jacque...


'Jesus, am I going to be next?': Press freedom under attack
For whistleblowers, journalists and democracy, it’s been a confronting few weeks. Last week many of us were disturbed to see the Australian Federal Police raiding two media outlets - News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC - using the fig leaf of protecting our national security. This is week Investigations Editor Michael Bachelard speaks with two of the country’s most decorated investigative journalists - Adele Ferguson and Nick McKenzie - about the obstacles they face in breaking the stories t...

Global leaders don't want order, they want a fight
It was once known as the global rules-based order - now it could be better called Fight Club. As the US throws punches wildly at smaller countries and China grabs the maritime territories of smaller neighbours to build military bases, the disregard for the traditional international order stunning. This week on Please Explain, as conflict becomes the norm, are we heading for a resounding clash? Host: Tory Maguire, National editor, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Guests: Peter Hartcher, Internat...

Extra: Australia's lowest interest rate ever
The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut official cash rates to a new record low of 1.25 per cent, injecting stimulus into a slowing economy as it looks to turn around sluggish employment, wages and inflation. Senior economics writer Jess Irvine and the Sydney Morning Herald's Economics Editor Ross Gittins react to the first time the RBA has used its monetary policy lever in almost three years - the longest period of interest rate stability in Australian history. Host: Jess Irvine - Senior economics writer...


'Quietest Australians' case for a 2020 referendum
It’s been two years since the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” called for Indigenous recognition in Australia’s constitution.To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, this weeks’ episode delves into why progress has stalled.Hear Stan Grant's moving reading of the Uluru statement in full and learn why - ahead of next year’s 250th anniversary of Captain Cook arriving in Australia - indigenous Australians believe there is no better time for a referendum to give all Australians a say on official recognition fo...

"Basic rules of combat": dissecting the election
No one saw it coming, or did they?It's the official election post-mortem episode - and boy, our guests don't hold back.Two former advisors let us in on the secrets of campaign battle rooms. What's happened to major party bases in Australia? Can Labor recover and rebrand? What does the result say about the changing nature of Australia's demographics?Plus the director of IPSOS bravely joins us to answer the question: can we ever trust opinion polls again? Host: Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning...

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Extra: Election night's 'huge shock'
It’s an election night that no one expected. And it’s capped off the wild ride that was the five-week campaign. Tory Maguire speaks with federal editor Bevan Shields and chief political correspondent David Crowe as he reports from Labor leader Bill Shorten's campaign party about how the tide turned for the Scott Morrison-led Coalition....


Stay tuned - 2019 Election Night
Join Tory Maguire as she previews election night with chief political correspondent David Crowe and political editor Bevan Shields....

Extra: 'A towering figure': Bob Hawke remembered
During his time as prime minister, Bob Hawke floated the Australian dollar, launched Medicare and introduced the Sex Discrimination Act, but he was also known for his humour, his emotion and ability to skol a glass of beer. National editor Tory Maguire chats with associate editor and special writer Tony Wright about the Labor lion.Photo: Andrew Chapman Host: Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guest:Tony Wright: Associate Editor and Special Writer (Sydney Morning Herald an...

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The final dash: Who is promising what and why?
In the final days before a federal election, two things are certain. One: things get personal. And two: both sides get desperate to nab those last minute undecided votes. For nearly six weeks all parties have been pursuing your precious vote. This Saturday it all comes down to you. So, for the last time before d-day, let’s compare the pair: Who is promising what and why? Host: Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) Guests:Bevan Shields:  Canberra Bureau Chief, SMH/ The AgeDav...

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Will women decide this election?
It's the week where, somehow, the women of the campaign have stolen the spotlight. With a female-studded Labor launch, a high-profile defamation case over sex-related political comments and an unlikely discussion about Bill Shorten's mum all in one week - it's apt that this episode we ask: What do the women of Australia want? And do they have the power to sway this election?PLUS Hear from Nick Bonyhady, who is mid-way through an epic election odyssey from Hobart to Cairns writing a blog we’re calling “Bur...

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Extra: Ipsos poll shows we're in for a seat-by-seat battle
This weekend Labor intensified its pitch to voters in a campaign launch that focussed on wages and jobs, and on Monday we published the latest Ipsos polling, which showed the election is still too close to call. We’re joined today by Chief Political Correspondent David Crowe, who was in Brisbane on Sunday for the Labor Party campaign launch. Our full weekly episode of Please Explain will drop, as usual, this Thursday afternoon. Become a subscriber Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for ...

Dollars and sense: Can Labor keep its cash splash promises?
It’s becoming clear that when you step into the polling booth in just over two weeks you'll have quite a choice to make. Do you buy Bill Shorten’s big taxing, big spending pledge to make Australia more fair, or Scott Morrison’s promise to get government out of the way of the economy so it can do its thing? Mr Shorten started this week at his Labor campaign launch announcing an extraordinary $10 billion package to directly boost the wages of childcare workers as well as access to early education services f...


Extra: Israel Folau sacked
April 4, 2018: Rugby star Israel Folau was asked by a user on Instagram what God's plan for homosexuals was. "HELL” he replied  “Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God." Folau wasn’t bigoted or homophobic, he said, he was guided by his Christian faith. On this Please Explain podcast extra, our chief rugby writer Georgina Robinson joins the Herald’s managing editor of sport, Ian Fuge and columnist, author and former Wallaby Peter Fitzsimons, to dissect a case that has opened up all kinds of issue...

Voters wait in the bush with baseball bats
Regional Australia is angry - and the government knows it. This week we ask: what will happen to the Coalition if voters desert the Nationals at the May 18 election? Host: Bevan Shields:  Canberra Bureau Chief SMH/ The Age Guests: Tony Wright: associate editor and special writer, SMH / The AgeEryk Bagshaw: economics correspondent, SMH / The AgeDavid Crowe: Chief Political Correspondent, SMH/ The AgeJacqueline Maley: columnist SMH/ The Age Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or ...

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For once, this election might be about policy
We’re a week in to the federal campaign and I don’t want to alarm you, but this election might just turn out to be about policy. Is this how politics is supposed to work? Sure we’ve had campaign mascots gyrating on posters, and the odd candidate faux pas, but the early focus has stayed firmly on income tax, superannuation and climate policy. Maybe it’s a reflection of the candidates, or voters growing tired of pollies bickering about personality - but for the first time in a long time it’s ideas that are...


Extra: Watching Notre Dame burn
As history went up in flames, the sound of song came from Paris' streetsOn what should have been a quiet Monday night in the French capital, thousands of people lined the streets to watch the most famous gothic church in the world burn. The Notre Dame has survived a revolution, two world wars, occupation and over 800 years standing in the centre of Paris. Reporter Megan Clement stood amongst the crowds in hushed awe as the fire was slowly subdued, and night fell. Host: Michael Bachelard: World Editor ...

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What do we do with the Aussie kids of ISIS?
In a putrid, overcrowded camp in northern Syria there are small Australian children, born into the former so-called Islamic State, sleeping in a squalid tent.After the fall of the caliphate, countries around the world are facing a similar quandary: what to do with families who left their native countries for Syria years ago and are now desperate to return? While it seem there’s little political appetite to assist adults, the Australian children and teens are another story. What’s in store for the ‘cubs of...

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What you need to know: 2019 budget breakdown
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down his first, and possibly last, federal budget.   It's the earliest budget on record, with Scott Morrison expected to kick off the election campaign as early as this weekend. On Please Explain this week -  Tory Maguire chats to senior economics reporters Jess Irvine, Shane Wright and chief political correspondent David Crowe about whether this budget is "just throwing large numbers around" with a "no voter left behind" ideology....


Extra: Aussie Islamic State recruit pleads for justice at home
A Please Explain extra - Michael Bachelard calls up defence and national security correspondent David Wroe in Syria. He and photographer Kate Geragthy have just interviewed Sydney man Mohammed Noor Masri, in Kurdish detention for joining Islamic State in Syria....

A triumphant Trump, a worried America
This week, Donald Trump had one of the best days of his presidency. US Attorney-General William Barr announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had finished his investigation and found there was no evidence of collusion between the US president’s campaign and Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election. On Please Explain this week - Nick O’Malley dives into Meuller’s report. US correspondent Matthew Knott and Deputy World editor Chris Zappone grapple with the question of whether the report is a...

After Christchurch: Lessons from an atrocity
A terror attack of unfathomable hatred was unleashed on people peacefully praying in a mosque in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Armed with six guns, a few petrol bombs and white supremacist ideals, Australian expat Brenton Tarrant allegedly drove calmly to Al Noor Mosque and murdered at least 50 people. Senior writers Nick O'Malley, Jacqueline Maley delve into gun control, the Overton Window and the role of social media in radicalising the far-right with host Michael Bachelard. Young muslim woman ...


Is it the recession you have when you’re not having a recession?
With an election looming, treasurer Josh Frydenberg is just weeks away from delivering his first, and possibly last, Federal Budget. Last week, the OECD warned the Australian economy has fallen into a ''per-capita recession'' for the first time since 2006, with global and Australian growth predicted to slow even further. The announcement prompted skepticism from critics. Ross Gittins called it a scare tactic - that any recession qualified by an adjective is not the real deal. This week on Please Explain ...

Extra: Pell taken away in handcuffs
George Pell stood with arms behind his back as Chief Justice Peter Kidd read out the sentence. He did not react. One of his supporters put a hand to her face and cried, while another woman consoled her. The court room was quiet during the hour Judge Kidd spent explaining his decision. In a Please Explain podcast extra, we speak with The Age's court reporter Adam Cooper about the sentencing of George Pell on Wednesday morning....

The fury and fallout: George Pell convicted
Australia’s highest ranking catholic is in jail - George Pell’s conviction of five child sex offences sent shockwaves across the globe. This week on Please Explain - the fury and fallout of George Pell’s conviction. We speak with: Alex Lavelle, Editor, The Age John Sylvester, author, crime writer and columnist. Louise Milligan, ABC investigative journalist and author of Cardinal, the Rise and Fall of George Pell. Become a subscriber to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....


The fury and fallout: George Pell convicted
Australia’s highest ranking catholic is in jail - George Pell’s conviction of five child sex offences sent shockwaves across the globe. This week on Please Explain - the fury and fallout of George Pell’s conviction. We speak with: Alex Lavelle, Editor, The Age John Sylvester, author, crime writer and columnist. Louise Milligan, ABC investigative journalist and author of Cardinal, the Rise and Fall of George Pell. Become a subscriber to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald....

"It's politicians, acting like politicians"
Once upon a time, incidents like the ones we've seen in the past fortnight might have ended the careers of people involved. Did the standard we hold our politicians to change somehow? Did we miss something? Host:Jacquline Maley: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Guests: Tony Wright: associate editor and special writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.Michaela Whitbourn: legal affairs and investigative reporter (SMH)Hon. Athony Whealy QC: QC and former senior judge, transparency e...

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Please Explain extra: Pell convicted
The news we knew, but couldn’t report until now.  In this mini episode hear from Adam Cooper court reporter for The Age - who witnessed every moment of the Cardinal George Pell’s trials. What happened inside the court, what happens now - and what does it mean for the Catholic Church?   Host: Jacqueline Maley   Guest: Adam Cooper, court reporter (The Age) Producer: Rachael Dexter Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ orThe Sydney Morning Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ How are...

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Are our elections hack-proof?
It's been established that the 2016 US election was subject to attempts foreign interference. Now, after a serious hack of Australian political parties this week, can the public trust the up-coming Federal election?Plus, after another series of mishaps - can the Oscars rehabilitate its image?Host:Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Guests: David Wroe: defence and national security correspondent (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Chris Uhlmann: political editor (Nine News) Gary ...

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Boats and borders: The politics of immigration
On two sides of the world, the same politics are playing out. It's election season in the US and here at home, and immigration is front and centre - yet again.Host:Tory Maguire: National Editor (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Guests:David Crowe: Chief Political Correspondent (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Jacqueline Maley: senior journalist, columnist and former Canberra press gallery sketch writer for The Sydney Morning HeraldMatthew Knott: US-based political reporter (Sydney Morning Herald and The...

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Royal reckoning: is it enough to make the banks change?
8 days of public hearings, 134 witnesses, more than 10,000 public submissions. Australia’s royal commission into misconduct in the banking and financial services sector is officially over. 24 referrals for criminal or civil action, and 76 policy change recommendations will give the industry a shake up not seen in a generation.But will it be the great reckoning the public hoped for? Host:Jessica Irvine: senior economics writer (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)Guests:Shane Wright, senior economics writer ...

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Morrison's campaign heats up, as drought hurts the Murray-Darling
It’s starting to feel a lot like an election season. In the last month, three senior government MPs have declared they will not contest the next election. There’s rumours of more to come. But as the prime minister flew through Queensland this week, he urged political watchers not to underestimate him. Scott Morrison is determined to fight this election on the economy, arguing a Bill Shorten government would drive Australia into recession. The bottom line will certainly be top of mind for most voters, but ...

Are we ready to redefine Australia Day?
The cliches about our identity get rolled out every Australia Day. But in recent times, what, and more importantly, who counts as Australian has been co-opted by far-right fringe groups with a view to exclusion. Undeniably, Australian pride is not as simple as many would like to think. This week on Please Explain, national editor Tory Maguire examines Australian identity in 2019 and how Australians might redefine what it means to be proud of their country. Guests:  Lisa Davies - Editor of the Sydney Morn...

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Brexit breakdown: where to now?
No deal, no confidence and no plan. On March 29, Britain is scheduled to depart the European Union officially after 46 years.After this week's failed vote, and the clock ticking down to d-day, our latest episode of Please Explain looks at the best - and worst -  case scenario for the Brits, and the EU. Guests:Nick Miller: Europe correspondent, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. James Chessell: Executive Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and former London Correspondent for the Australian Fina...


2019: The year of the housing correction
Australian house prices have finally ceased their extraordinary run and started falling back down to earth. Meanwhile, having sat on its hands with interest rates at record lows for more than two years, the Reserve Bank is keeping watch for signs it can begin raising rates to normal levels. This week on Please Explain, guest host Jessica Irving assembles a crack team of economic experts to help you make sense of what’s to come for your wealth, your mortgage and your paypacket.Guests:Ross Gittins,  Economic...

The good, the bad and the ugly: three books that sum up 2018
It's summer - and that means some serious book time. It just so happens three of our best reporters wrote, or are writing, some great long form yarns. This episode you'll hear three interviews about three huge stories that captured the nation last year.South East Asia correspondent James Massola and fixer Veena Thoopkrajae take us behind the scenes of the incredible underground retrieval of 12 Thai boys and their coach, in the book The Great Cave Rescue.  Senior Sydney Morning Herald journalist Helen Pitt ...

"The defining yarn of our generation": our editors reflect on the year that was
What stories defined 2018? This week, Please Explain listeners get a peek into our exclusive subscriber-only events where journalists and editors are themselves in the hotseat in front of a live audience to field all manner of questions about the state of the world, and reflect honestly on their work. Please Explain - from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, a weekly podcast that cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe....

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How a Facebook post could cost you your home: freedom of speech in the lucky country
Sued, gagged and broke: nobody does defamation quite like Australia. It has provided some of the best-read and most colourful cases in our legal history - but defamation law is so bedevilled with complexities and anachronisms that it leaves many lawyers and judges shaking their heads. In the latest episode of Please Explain, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, Larina Alick, editorial counsel for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age,  and group executive editor James Chessell delve into the risks of ...

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When you're the product: Google and Facebook in the hot seat
When it comes to Google and Facebook, you are the commodity.  That's what ACCC chair Rod Sims said of the Australian inquiry into the tech behemoths. "Their business is about gathering data about you and they do that in more ways than you think," he said.  In this episode of Please Explain our panellists national editor Tory Maguire, media and telecommunications reporter Jennifer Duke and technology reporter John McDuling discuss the broad and sweeping changes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commi...

(Un)stable ground: Can the Liberals avoid an epic defeat?
As the last sitting week ends, the Liberal Party is in a "pretty volatile state".   The minority government has become more minor, it has lost control of the floor and the leadership change has bewildered foreign leaders at the G20 in Buenos Aires. But how far does it need to go to recover, and can it?  In this week's episode of Please Explain, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's chief political correspondent David Crowe, political and international editor Peter Hartcher and Nine's political editor Chris...


"Self-destructing before your eyes": Liberals lost at sea
Whichever way you cut it, the Liberal Party is in serious trouble.With the Victorian Liberals banished to the political wilderness for the next four years, is the federal Liberal Party doomed to the same fate in the election next May? Is there a brand of conservatism that appeals to Victoria, NSW and Queensland all at the same time?How do they turn the ship around? Or, is it already too late?Joining host Jacqueline Maley this episode is former Liberal Party leader John Hewson, as well as our in-house polit...

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The Embassy: How Middle East politics came to Canberra
The Holy City of Jerusalem seems a world away from Canberra, but for weeks now our politicians have become obsessed with the location of Australia's Embassy in Israel. Will our government follow the US in reversing decades of foreign policy and move its diplomats from Tel Aviv? Why has this come to the surface now? What is it really about? This week on Please Explain, The Herald and The Age’s Chief political correspondent  David Crowe and Nick O’Malley, senior writer and former foreign correspondent, join...

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Power and Control: #Metoo hits Australia's power brokers
When alleged sexual harassment victims are used for "political point scoring", the motivations of our politicians becomes questionable. Corrections Minister David Elliott's decision to air allegations against former opposition leader Luke Foley under parliamentary privilege, without the victim's consent, has led to Mr Foley's resignation, a defamation threat and a public apology. This week on Please Explain, The Age's social affairs editor Miki Perkins, Women’s Agenda contributing editor Georgina Dent and...


In from the cold - Australia back in Beijing
In the wake of a near collision between US and Chinese warships in the South China Sea, defence and national security correspondent David Wroe said, in the interest of diplomacy, 'sooner or later somebody's going to have to back down'. Australia's diplomatic freeze, prompted in part by foreign interference laws introduced under Malcolm Turnbull, appear to be thawing as Marise Payne makes the first diplomatic trip by a foreign minister to Beijing in almost three years.  This week on Please Explain,  world ...

Fear and loathing in the US midterm elections
It’s a week of fear and loathing in United States democracy. On this episode, Tory Maguire calls up Matthew Knott in New York, and former US correspondent Nick O'Malley, to understand the ructions of America's midterm elections. And expert eye Steve Bartholomeusz reflects on the impact Trumpism and US politics are having on global markets. You can listen to all that right now, or even better, you can subscribe for free and have Please Explain arrive every week in your app of choice - Apple Podcasts, Googl...

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The ghosts of prime ministers past
Some of them haunt the halls of parliament house. Quite a few of them run off to the Big Apple. You often find them lurking on twitter. They’re the ghosts of prime ministers past. From The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age - this is Please Explain - a weekly podcast where you and I get the full story on some of the most significant issues facing Australia, and a look inside the newsrooms that bring them to you. It’s a week of fear and loathing in United States democracy. On this episode, Tory Maguire cal...

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The battle for Wentworth - Scott Morrison's big test
It’s the most important week of the year for the Federal Liberal Party. This Saturday the 103,000 people registered to vote in the Sydney electorate of Wentworth get to do two things - choose a replacement for Malcolm Turnbull, and decide if Scott Morrison gets to hold on to majority government or has to preside over a hung parliament. For new prime ministers by-elections are always high-stakes - but Wentworth is also high-cost. The Liberal Party is throwing everything at retaining the seat, including hug...

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Nation population: How big is too big?
This year Australia's people count ticked over 25 million - three decades earlier than experts planned.In this episode of Please Explain we're taking on the issue crying out to be addressed by Australians all over. From our car-clogged cities, to dusty farms, people want to know: what is the plan for our population?Host Tory Maguire is joined by Politics Editor Peter Hartcher and Chief Political Correspondent David Crowe to discuss the politics of population - in a nation buit on immigration.Producer David ...

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Banking Bad - inside the royal commission
Rorts, fees for no service, charging fees from dead people, misleading regulators - and we're only half way through the commission. This week on Please Explain national editor Tory Maguire is joined by senior business journalist Adele Ferguson and senior columnist Stephen Bartholomeusz. What motivates the banks? And what contributed to such widespread misconduct? Business journalist Sarah Danckert talks us through the most dramatic moments of the commission, and NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn gives us an insight...

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What on earth is going on at Aunty?
In episode 2, Please Explain takes a look inside the tumult of our national broadcaster to ask what on earth is going on at Aunty? National editor Tory Maguire is joined by executive editor James Chessell and columnist Jacqueline Maley to get to the the heart of the matter. Plus, we hear from former host of ABC's Media Watch Jonathan Holmes on the exalted role the charter plays in the goings-on at the organisation, and entertainment reporter Broede Carmody tells us what it means for viewers and listeners o...

Is democracy dead?
Our first episode - “Is Democracy Dead?” - features Chief Political Correspondent of The Herald and The Age David Crowe, Nine’s Political Editor Chris Uhlmann and former Daily Telegraph editor David Penberthy. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/ How are we doing? Get in touch with the team: pleaseexplain@theage.com.au or pleaseexplain@smh.com.au...

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Coming soon - Please Explain
A new podcast from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, cutting through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation. Search 'Please Explain' on iTunes now to subscribe. How are we doing? Get in touch with the team: pleaseexplain@theage.com.au or pleaseexplain@smh.com.au...