By The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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/
||CleanAre 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 Morning Herald. Stan Grant - ABC's Global Affairs and Indigenous Affairs analyst. He is about to release his book Australia Day. Michelle Simmons - 2018 Australian of the Year and quantum phsyicist at the University of New South Wales. Subscribe to The Age:https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Sydney Morning Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||22 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrexit 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 Financial Review. John McDuling: business, media and technology writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Sydney Morning Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||16 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2019: 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, Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Shane Wright, senior economics writer in Parliament House, Canberra Martin North, Principal of Digital Finance Analytics Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Sydney Morning Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||9 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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 Massolaand fixer Veena Thoopkrajaetake 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 journalistHelen Pitt won the 2018 Walkley Book Award for her ode to the Sydney Opera House, The House, which was released just in time for the Everest racing scandal debate. And, Walkley award-winning reporter Adele Fergusongives us a sneak peak at her forthcoming book Banking Bad: How greed and broken governance conspired to break our trust in corporate Australia. 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 Sydney Morning Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||2 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The defining yarn of our generation": our editors reflect on the year that was||What stories defined 2018? Listen in to our exclusive subscriber-only events where editors of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age dissect the news events that shaped the world.||26 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow 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 publishing, including the social media dangers that most users of Facebook and Twitter are completely unaware of. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||19 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen 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 Commission recommend for the two tech giants. McDuling catches up with Sims himself and foreign and investigations editor Michael Bachelard takes time out while on assignment in Jordan to chat to Please Explain about his experiences in refugee camps near the border of Syria. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(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 Uhlmann join Tory Maguire to discuss what has led us to this point, and what we may see from the flailing party in the lead up to a possible May 2019 election. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||6 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"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?||27 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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.||20 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPower 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 activist and campaigner Sally Rugg discuss the impact #metoo has on the powerful. Jacqueline Maley also speaks with senior crime reporter John Silvester on the devastating impact the Bourke St attack has had on Melbourne. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn 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 editor Michael Bachelard and defence and national security correspondent David Wroe just how significant is this Beijing visit by our foreign minister really is. Tory also speaks to US correspondent Matthew Knott on the line from the US, where the midterms have just wrapped up. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFear and loathing in the US midterm elections||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||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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 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, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||24 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe battle for Wentworth - Scott Morrison's big test||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.||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNation 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?||11 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBanking 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.||4 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat 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 of the ABC. Subscribe to The Age: https://subscribe.theage.com.au/ or The Herald: https://subscribe.smh.com.au/||27 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIs 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/||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing 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.||16 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Does The Age + SMH= Unbiased?
2 quality news leads with unquestionably diverse personal sources. Well presented. I feel their diverse backgrounds equals a professional, classy & even-biased,(is that a word? or did I just make it up? Presentation. Worth your time.
New to Please Explain
I have only heard 2 eps so far, & thoroughly appreciate getting a balanced view on current topics. I enjoyed the intelligent & thoughtful comments, I will keep listening with interest- thank you
While there are too many Insidery podcasts in the market this one is probably the best. Good insight. Not too much comment. Balanced panel.