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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.

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.
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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.

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What a mess: Australia's recycling crisis

9/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:38:55

The first 100 days of the government many thought wouldn't exist

9/5/2019
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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...

Duration:00:56:32

Will Australia back the US or China in the trade war?

8/28/2019
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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...

Duration:00:25:15

Why Millennials are getting a raw generational deal

8/22/2019
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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...

Duration:00:30:06

Extra: Pell goes back to prison

8/21/2019
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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...

Duration:00:14:25

Extra: Parliamentary vendettas, betrayals and the price of power

8/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:22:10

Troops at the border: Hong Kong on edge

8/15/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:48

Why is abortion back on the agenda?

8/8/2019
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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...

Duration:01:15:52

Extra: How Adele Ferguson helped ignite a royal commission

8/4/2019
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Banking Bad: How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia Whistleblowers. 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,...

Duration:00:26:26

Crown Unmasked: Inside the investigation

8/1/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:34

Extra: 'Still waiting': Adele Ferguson's new book Banking Bad

7/29/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:26:33

Boris Johnson is prime minister. Now he has to deliver

7/25/2019
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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...

Duration:00:30:11

Extra: Sit down with Jacinda Ardern

7/23/2019
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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...

Duration:00:30:21

"Cheap money gets you into trouble"

7/18/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:51

Jeffrey Epstein: how the powerful are protected

7/11/2019
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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...

Duration:00:33:40

Will Australia repeat the mistakes of Iraq?

7/4/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:31:11

The Setka saga: how will it impact the unions?

6/27/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:59

Is there a free speech crisis in Australia's universities?

6/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:29:13

'Jesus, am I going to be next?': Press freedom under attack

6/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:31:17

Global leaders don't want order, they want a fight

6/5/2019
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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...

Duration:00:34:59