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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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    Is war between Russia and Ukraine imminent?

    Is war between Russia and Ukraine imminent?

    The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasing, with more than 125,000 Russian troops gathering on the border.

    Even as both sides agree to uphold a 2014 ceasefire agreement, tensions are spiralling and troops at the border appear to be readying for war.

    Today on Please Explain, political and international editor Peter Hartcher joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the looming crisis.

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    • 18 min
    Freeing the Aboriginal flag

    Freeing the Aboriginal flag

    The history of Australia’s national flag – the blue one, with the stars and the Union Jack – is well known to most Australians. We’re taught it at school.

    But do you know the full history of the iconic Aboriginal flag, which in 1995 was also recognised as an official flag of Australia?

    Most of us don’t. But an announcement this week by the Prime Minister that taxpayers will pay $20 million to secure the original copyright of the image, and some licence rights, is a chance to change that.

    Today on Please Explain, national affairs editor Rob Harris joins Jess Irvine to discuss it.

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    • 16 min
    Should we stop worrying about Omicron?

    Should we stop worrying about Omicron?

    It’s been two years since Australia first recorded a case of COVID-19, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the virus itself.

    On Christmas Day, Australia had recorded a cumulative total of 300,594 coronavirus cases. Last week, that number climbed to 1.95 million infections.

    The scale of new infections has stretched graphs so far upward it looks like the first two years of the pandemic simply did not happen. Despite this, the number of people in hospital suffering from COVID-19 is relatively stable, and this morning we’ve woken to headlines declaring the worst is over.

    Today on Please Explain, national science reporter Liam Mannix joins executive editor Tory Maguire to explain what the new phase of the coronavirus pandemic means, and if there’ll ever be an end to it.

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    Who will take the title at the Australian Open?

    Who will take the title at the Australian Open?

    Novak Djokovic’s visa debacle may have dominated the headlines around the Australian Open, but after a week the grand slam has settled into what it is supposed to be: great games of tennis.

    From shocking defeats like Anisimova’s come from behind win over Osaka, to sensational triumphs like Ash Barty’s sensational performance this year, the players themselves have proved the Australian Open is indeed bigger than one player.

    Today on Please Explain,The Age’s sports reporter Sam McClure joins Nathanael Cooper on week two of the Open to discuss who could take home the Grand Slam title. 

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    • 12 min
    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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    • 16 min
    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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    • 16 min

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