Nathanael is a digital editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.
On Sunday evening in the US, Monday morning Australian time, the 93rd Academy Awards will get underway. This year’s Oscars come as America’s film industry wrestles with the continuing effects of the pandemic which delayed movie releases and shut cinemas. Many of the best-picture nominees aren’t as high-profile as previous years with some released onto streaming services. Today on Please Explain, David King speaks with LA-based Culture Editor-at-Large Michael Idato about how the 2021 Oscars awards ceremony will be quite different as organisers seek to run a COVID-safe event that will still provide viewers a visual spectacle. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: See for privacy information.
This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave a speech to the Business Council of Australia in which he seemed to edge closer to committing Australia to meet a net zero emissions by 2050 goal.  The government has committed $500 million to developing renewable energy, including controversial carbon capture and storage technology.  But it still faces international pressure for more action, pressure which is expected to ramp up this week at the virtual greenhouse summit headed by US President Joe Biden.  Today on Please Explain, Jacqueline Maley speaks with national climate and environment editor Nick O’Malley about what exactly is happening with Australia’s emissions reduction and energy policy. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: See for privacy information.
This week The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald launched the Resolve Political Monitor. RPM is a broad and deep set of survey research about how our political leaders and parties are travelling with voters. The results have been published in a new data centre where readers can explore many different metrics broken down by segments including age, geographical area and gender. On this episode of Please Explain, Tory Maguire joins chief political correspondent David Crowe and Resolve Strategic’s Jim Reed to delve into what the Resolve Political Monitor says about the Australian people. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: See for privacy information.
For the first time in five decades there are now no Australian news outlets with a correspondent in the People’s Republic of China. Mike Smith, from The Australian Financial Review, fled his Shanghai home late last year after he and ABC reporter Bill Birtles came under an unacceptable level of pressure from Chinese authorities. His new book, The Last Correspondent, describes his dramatic exit from the country as well as what life is like for people in a country that's seen huge political and social upheaval in the last two decades. Subscribe to The Age & SMH: See for privacy information.
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