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Please Explain

A weekly 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’ll cover the biggest news events in national affairs, from federal politics, to the banking royal commission, the state of the economy and more. Dropping every Friday, Please Explain will go deep into the news of the week, so you get the full story.

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

European dis-union.

No deal, little confidence and a shambolic plan - where to now for the Brits?

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal - two years in the making - failed in spectacular fashion this week and the country’s future hangs in the balance.

2019: what will happen with your wealth this year?

'Get used to the fact that prices can go down': 2019, year of the housing correction

Our economy - having racked up a record run of 28 consecutive years of growth - has entered into a delicate new phase.

Summer reads illustration by Matt Davidson.

The good, the bad and the ugly: three books that sum up 2018

In this special summer reads episode of Please Explain, you'll hear from three of our best reporters who wrote, or are writing, books on three separate stories that captured the nation over the past year.

Please explain podcast art. 2018 year in review

'The defining yarn of our generation': Reflecting on the year that was

Our editors and writers talk to you - our readers - about a year of stories moved them and helped define another year of broken norms, leadership spills, and one which left many of us shaking our heads.

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  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.
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  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.
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