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From the newsrooms of The Age and SMH, Please Explain gives you a daily insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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From the newsrooms of The Age and SMH, Please Explain gives you a daily insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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    Why is Afterpay’s takeover such a watershed moment?

    Why is Afterpay’s takeover such a watershed moment?

    It’s an extraordinary story of entrepreneurialism and good timing. On Monday, Australian tech company Afterpay became subject of Australia’s largest ever corporate deal when US giant Square bought it for $39 billion.

    The company was founded by two Sydney men just 8 years ago. And one of those men, Nick Molnar, is now just 31 years old.

    On this episode of Please Explain, business editor John McDuling joins Tory Maguire to explain how it happened.

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    How your life and body changes when you quit alcohol for a year

    How your life and body changes when you quit alcohol for a year

    Drinking and getting drunk are a rite of passage in Australia, part of antipodean folklore, but we are also a country with a fraught relationship with alcohol.

    Amid impacts including alcohol-fuelled violence and the negative health effects of heavy drinking, more and more studies are demonstrating the positive benefits of cutting down or giving up.

    But with Australia’s social life centred around our drinking culture, putting down the beer or the wine is a difficult decision for many.

    During the coronavirus pandemic, many alcohol support services have reported an uptick in people turning to them for support.

    Sunday Life associate editor Genevieve Quigley stopped drinking as part of Dry July last year and hasn’t touched a drop since.

    Today on Please Explain she joins Nathanael Cooper to talk about why, and what it has been like.

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    How long before we hit our vaccine targets and come out of lockdown?

    How long before we hit our vaccine targets and come out of lockdown?

    Late on Friday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced National Cabinet had agreed on a roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdowns, with greater freedoms triggered by reaching vaccine targets of 70 and 80 per cent.

    The million dollar question he gave no answer to was how long will it take us to get there?

    Senior economics correspondent Shane Wright has crunched some data from the Health Department and joins Tory Maguire on Please Explain to give us an indication.

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    Pressure, focus, culture: lessons to take away from Olympics week one

    Pressure, focus, culture: lessons to take away from Olympics week one

    It’s been a huge and wonderful week in Tokyo for the Australian Olympic team, and for the rest of us back at home trying to get through various degrees of lockdown.

    Today on Please Explain, senior sports writer Andrew Webster joins Tory Maguire to discuss some of the lessons gained out of the first week of the Tokyo Olympics about pressure, focus and culture.

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    Job losses and stagnant wage growth as cost of living rises during pandemic

    Job losses and stagnant wage growth as cost of living rises during pandemic

    Australia’s major banks are projecting up to 300,000 Sydney jobs will be lost as a result of the protracted lockdown which is now tipped to conclude at the end of August.

    It comes as prices for staples such as fruit, vegetables and petrol rise at double the rate of wages growth.

    Today on Please Explain, economics correspondent Jennifer Duke joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss what this grim outlook means.

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    How the coronavirus pandemic has affected young people

    How the coronavirus pandemic has affected young people

    A new report from charity Mission Australia has painted a grim picture of the impact the various lockdowns around the country have had on young people.

    The Young Voices of the Pandemic: Youth Survey COVID Report 2020 took written responses from people aged between 15 and 19 who said the pandemic impacted their education and mental health and left them feeling isolated.

    High school seniors, particularly those in Victoria, said their final years of high school were severely impacted by COVID-19 while young people around the country said they were left feeling worried and stressed without their usual supports.

    Today on Please Explain, social affairs editor Jewel Topsfield joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the impact of the pandemic on young people.

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Customer Reviews

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786 Ratings

Dan the Milkshake Man ,

Daily essential listen

Informative and insightful

LN_aus ,

Mostly fantastic

Tory Maguire is an excellent presenter and I have been enjoying the daily bite-size format after it changed.
My only issue is Stephanie Peatling’s voice when she occasionally appears on the show. I do not say this to insult her or be mean-spirited. My own voice is not great and I would sound godawful on a podcast. I simply feel that her voice is not suited for this medium. She is a very accomplished journalist and her work is brilliant. Audio is just not the best way to showcase her talent she has in abundance.

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What are the politics behind NSW holding back in lockdown

This podcast has not aged well. Hagiography of Gladys, notwithstanding the congratulatory gladhanding (pun intended) around the health choices is sickening. Unsubscribed. Be warned.

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