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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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    How Omicron has changed the political climate

    How Omicron has changed the political climate

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken a battering from voters over his handling of the pandemic during a time of heightened anxiety over the Omicron strain and fury over the home testing kit shortage.

    Voters used to say Morrison and the Coalition were listening to them and focused on the right issues. He led on this measure by 13 percentage points last May when case numbers were down and budget spending was up.

    Now Anthony Albanese and Labor hold the upper hand on the same question.

    Today on Please Explain, chief political correspondent David Crowe joins Tory Maguire to explain the political climate with data from the Resolve Political Monitor, a national sample collected monthly by Resolve Strategic on behalf of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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    Inside the crisis in our hospitals

    Inside the crisis in our hospitals

    For nearly two years, Australia and our health system weathered the pandemic with relatively low case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths compared to the rest of the world.

    But when the easing of restrictions coincided with the Omicron variant, everything changed.

    Now, the health system is inundated. Elective surgery has been postponed in many states, emergency departments are flooded with possible COVID-19 cases forcing them to triage patients separately and, in Victoria, a “code brown” has been declared with all health workers recalled from leave.

    Today on Please Explain, emergency physician Dr Simon Judkins, who is on the board of the Australian Medical Association and works on the front line, joins Nathanael Cooper to take us inside Australia’s collapsing health system.

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    What does 2022 hold in store for climate action?

    What does 2022 hold in store for climate action?

    The world’s biggest money manager, BlackRock, has issued a stern warning to companies that they must decarbonise or die.

    Chairman Larry Fink has written to chief executives warning them not to dismiss environmentalism as simply a “woke” issue but instead a key consideration of “effective capitalism”.

    Today on Please Explain, national climate and environment editor Nick O’Malley joins Jess Irvine to discuss what 2022 holds in store for climate action.

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    What is the impact of the maritime heatwave?

    What is the impact of the maritime heatwave?

    Earlier this month the world’s oceans recorded their hottest temperatures in more than 60 years.

    The temperature of the ocean impacts everything from marine life relied on by ocean communities for fishing; to the Great Barrier Reef’s ongoing crisis to the stability of fragile arctic and antarctic ecosystems; to more significant weather events like cyclones and floods.

    Today on Please Explain, environment reporter Laura Chung joins Nathanael Cooper to look at the impact of the recent heating of the ocean.

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    Why do sharks bite and what do they want?

    Why do sharks bite and what do they want?

    Sharks have been in our oceans for the past 450 million years. Their ancestors fought against the dinosaurs. But what do we really know about why these big fish bite? And what role might our changing climate be playing in the increase in shark bites?

    Today on Please Explain, explainer reporter Sherryn Groch joins Bianca Hall to take a deep dive into the mindset of these fascinating and increasingly threatened apex predators.

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    From Paul Hogan to Cate Blanchett: evolution of the Australian accent

    From Paul Hogan to Cate Blanchett: evolution of the Australian accent

    The Australian accent is a curious beast that is constantly evolving.

    Depending on where you come from you might say “good day” rather than “g’day”, pronounce the Melbourne Bayside suburb of Brighton differently to your neighbour, or even argue over the pronunciation of words like “plant” and “dance”.

    From the development of our accent, derived from the early settlers who arrived as convicts from all over the United Kingdom, to more recent influences from America, the Pacific Islands and even text messaging, you might not think you have an Australian accent, but you absolutely do.

    Whether it’s Paul Hogan’s thick ’strayan or Cate Blanchett’s posh, refined dialect, the evolution of how we speak is fascinating.

    Today on Please Explain, senior culture writer Karl Quinn joins Nathanael Cooper to discover more about the Aussie accent.

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Customer Reviews

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844 Ratings

Dan the Milkshake Man ,

Daily essential listen

Informative and insightful

PeepyJuice ,

Really informative and useful, but politically narrow

I love Please Explained and listen to every episode since Tory was hosting. This would be 5 stars were it not for the unnecessary dismissal of the Greens in the episode about the election year. “Are the Greens even green anymore?” shows a disrespectful lack of due diligence (because yes, they continue to have the greenest environmental policies). Calling them “cranky” is unnecessarily mocking, especially without further qualification. Maybe we all SHOULD be cranky. It’s really disappointing to see a podcast that I appreciate so much be so narrow-minded about the third-largest political force in parliament. The one time the Greens get a mention in this podcast it’s like this? Really disappointing, and clearly biased.

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Luis Ascui

Couldn’t believe seeing what happened to him in Australia. great to hear he’s ok. thanks for the informative podcast

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