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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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    Salman Rushdie, Islamic fundamentalism and cancel culture

    Salman Rushdie, Islamic fundamentalism and cancel culture

    Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie thankfully survived a horrific stabbing attack in New York last weekend, although with permanent damage to his sight and body, and surely his sense of security.

    It is hard to imagine what life has been life for the Indian born British-American in the 34 years that have passed since his novel The Satanic Verses was banned in many Muslim countries and the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa ordering Rushdie’s execution.

    In the days since the attack by a 24-year-old New York local, the Iranian government has denied any connection to the stabbing.

    Today on Please Explain, Tory Maguire is joined by The Age columnist Julie Szego to discuss how Salman Rushdie has evolved from standing up to Islamic fundamentalism to resisting a brand new threat: cancel culture. 
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    'Allergic to personal responsibility': Scott Morrison refuses to resign

    'Allergic to personal responsibility': Scott Morrison refuses to resign

    Former prime minister Scott Morrison – who also secretly held the portfolios of health, finance, home affairs, treasury, industry, science, energy and resources during his time in office – defended his actions on Wednesday, staring down calls for him to leave Parliament.

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese revealed on Tuesday that Morrison had secretly taken on ministerial responsibilities for five departments.

    Then-treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who was also deputy Liberal leader and spent months living at the Lodge with Morrison during the pandemic, only discovered the subterfuge this week.

    Morrison had secretly taken on responsibilities for the treasury portfolio less than a week before the May 2021 budget.

    Former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, who also discovered the news this week, was among those who called for Morrison to resign.

    But in a highly charged press conference, Morrison defended his actions, saying he acted with the interests of Australians front of mind at all times.

    Today on Please Explain, columnist and senior reporter Jacqueline Maley joins Bianca Hall to discuss what could have motivated Morrison, the former "minister for everything".
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    Scott Morrison’s secret ministries

    Scott Morrison’s secret ministries

    It is now three days since we learned that Scott Morrison had himself sworn as health minister in 2020 as the government geared up to tackle the covid pandemic.

    Since then we have also learned that he had himself sworn in as resources minister too, and as finance minister.

    Today, Anthony Albanese revealed that Mr Morrison might have been secretly sworn into five portfolios.

    Today on Please Explain, Nick O'Malley is joined by national affairs editor James Massola to discuss Morrison's secret ministries.
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    The rogue gallery owner and the missing art

    The rogue gallery owner and the missing art

    A rogue art gallery owner, missing paintings, a billionaire - it’s a story that feels like it belongs in the Thomas Crown Affair. But the case of Tristian Koenig isn’t a movie plot line, it’s very real.

    Late last year, The Age published an investigation looking into allegations that Koenig had sold the work of artists that he represented without telling them and pocketed the money himself.

    Now some of those artists and the collectors who bought their work are trying to get to the bottom of what went on, while Koenig himself seems to have gone missing.

    Today on Please Explain, Osman Faruqi is joined by The Age chief reporter Chip Le Grand to discuss the power imbalance between artist and art gallery owner.
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    • 11 min
    Please Explain farewells Nathanael Cooper

    Please Explain farewells Nathanael Cooper

    After hosting 185 episodes of Please Explain and 20 years as a journalist, Nathanael Cooper bids farewell to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

    In this special episode, Tory Maguire joins Nathanael to chat about his favourite episodes and looks at how Please Explain has unpacked the biggest stories over the last few years, from the war in Ukraine, to the federal election, and the pandemic.
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    What is productivity, exactly, and why does it matter?

    What is productivity, exactly, and why does it matter?

    As the economy slips and slides through pandemics, wars, inflation, wage stagnation and other calamities, a certain word keeps popping up: productivity.

    If you look it up in the dictionary, the definition is, “the state or quality of being productive,” which isn’t especially helpful to understanding what it means when you’re talking about the economy.

    Does it mean working harder to get more stuff done? Does it mean cramming more work into your day so you are seen as being more productive so your boss gives you more money?

    Today on Please Explain, senior economics correspondent Shane Wright joins Nathanael Cooper to get to the bottom of what productivity is, and what it’s important.
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