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Please Explain

A daily podcast hosted by Tory Maguire, National Editor, and regular contributors. We cut through the noise and give you insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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Hear directly from some of the most experienced journalists in the country such as David Crowe, Peter Hartcher, Adele Ferguson and Stephen Bartholomeusz.

We cover the biggest news events in national affairs, from federal politics, to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the economy, and more.

Tory Maguire
National Editor and Host

Tory is the national editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has held senior roles at a number of major Australian mastheads and was most recently editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia for two-and-a-half years.

Latest Episodes

Christine Holgate will stand aside as chief executive of Australia Post while there is an investigation into the purchase of luxury watches.

Please Explain podcast: Why is the government investigating Australia Post?

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by national affairs editor Rob Harris to discuss what's going on at our national postal service. 

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Please Explain podcast: Biden prepares while Trump rallies ahead of final debate showdown

In this episode, climate and environment editor Nick O'Malley is joined by US correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the dying days of the 2020 US election.

Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.

Please Explain podcast: Victorian Chief Health Officer in hotel quarantine inquiry spotlight

Sunday Age editor David King joins The Age's investigative reporter Richard Baker to discuss Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday.

Please Explain podcast: Can Gladys Berejiklian survive ICAC revelations?

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by state political reporter Lucy Cormack to discuss the explosive ICAC investigation into disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire, and the future of Gladys Berejiklian. 

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  1. Open the ‘Podcasts’ app on your iOS device. If you don’t have it on your device you will need to download it from the App Store.
  2. Open the search page by tapping on the magnifying glass button in the bottom right corner. This will open up the search box.
  3. Search the name of the podcast you want to find (e.g. Please Explain) and tap the search button on the keyboard. You will then be shown a grid of search results.
  4. Tap on the podcast you want from the search results and this will take you to the homepage with a list of available episodes.
  5. Choose an episode to play by tapping on it or subscribe to the podcast to have it appear in your library and automatically download the latest episodes.
  6. For more information refer to Apple support.

On your Android device

  1. Download and install the Google Podcasts app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the ‘Google Podcasts’ app and use the search box to search the name of the podcast you want to find (e.g. Please Explain).
  3. Tap on the podcast you want from the search results and this will take you to the homepage with a list of available episodes.
  4. Choose an episode to play by tapping on it or subscribe to the podcast to have it appear at the top of the app. A new section of the app will then notify you of new podcast episodes when you are subscribed.
  5. For more information refer to Google support.