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From the newsrooms of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Please Explain cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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From the newsrooms of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Please Explain cuts through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation.

    Victoria's COVID-19 deaths overtake Black Saturday

    Victoria's COVID-19 deaths overtake Black Saturday

    Today, the state of Victoria will pass 173 deaths from COVID-19, the same toll from the Black Saturday bushfires, Australia’s worst natural disaster.
    In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's chief reporter Chip Le Grand to discuss how Melbourne is faring as they grapple with the stage four coronavirus restrictions.

    • 9 min
    How did a 'floating bomb' cargo ship lead to the Beirut explosion?

    How did a 'floating bomb' cargo ship lead to the Beirut explosion?

    Over 100 people were killed, including one Australian and 4000 wounded after a warehouse filled with Ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.
    In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by Europe correspondent Bevan Shields to discuss the aftermath of the horrific explosion, how it happened and why such volatile material was housed in the middle of a big city.

    • 12 min
    Closed for business: the cost of Victoria's lockdown

    Closed for business: the cost of Victoria's lockdown

    Non-essential retail stores in Melbourne will shut at midnight tonight as part of the city’s stage four COVID-19 lockdown. The move is expected to lead to 250,000 workers being stood down.
    The harsh measures have shattered hopes of a swift economic recovery, with independent modeling showing Victoria’s state government debt ballooning to $60 billion next year.
    In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by economics correspondent Jennifer Duke to discuss the ripple effect the Victorian lockdown is having on businesses.

    • 12 min
    'More chillies!' Why are Australians gambling more in lockdown?

    'More chillies!' Why are Australians gambling more in lockdown?

    Australia's obsession with gambling has propped up some of the world's biggest corporate bookmakers during the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking fresh calls for a federal government crackdown. 
    The superannuation sector has also reported savings taken out in the federal government’s early release program being splurged by punters on online gambling. 
    In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley to discuss why Australia is so addicted to gambling.

    • 10 min
    State of disaster: stage four restrictions lock Melbourne down

    State of disaster: stage four restrictions lock Melbourne down

    Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews declared that Victoria is officially in a state of disaster. 
    For the next six weeks, Melbourne will be under an 8 pm curfew while regional Victoria has moved to stage three restrictions in an attempt to suppress the spread of the coronavirus.
    In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by acting editor of The Age Michelle Griffin to discuss how Melburnians are faring on day two of the stage four restrictions.

    • 11 min
    Treasurer unveils code to rein in digital giants

    Treasurer unveils code to rein in digital giants

    Last year, Google and Facebook made almost $400 million more in Australian advertising revenue than five of our major media outlets combined.
    Today, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg unveiled a draft code aimed at reining in the dominance of the digital platforms and strengthening the media companies that have lost significant ad revenue to the international tech giants.
    In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by media and telecommunications journalist, Zoe Samios to discuss the implications of the code for Australian media and the companies.

    • 11 min

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bidvid ,

Thanks once again!

Thanks Tori. Listening to you from a distance in the UK. It’s nice to hear your balanced interrogation.

Why can’t the intrepid Australian retirees travel in Australia rather than overseas? Maybe that’s the cash stimulus that our country needs!

Thayley ,

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Today’s podcast needs a trigger or content warning! Talking about brutal rape without a warning is not ok.

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SAS war crimes

Excellent reporting - great episode. Hope Nick is right and the long awaited report is released to the public

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