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A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.
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As coronavirus shuts borders and creates global panic, there is a risk it will reach a point where it cannot be contained. Rick Morton explains where the virus originated and looks at the scientific breakthroughs behind the attempt to combat it. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Anatomy of an epidemic in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The NBN is facing it’s most crucial test yet, and there are serious questions over whether the network will handle the unprecedented load it’s under. Today, Paddy Manning on our virtual lifeline, and how it’s holding up. Guest: Contributing editor at The Monthly, Paddy Manning. Background reading: NBN under pressure in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
A lockdown, together with a shattered economy, means that many domestic violence victims are now trapped inside their home with their abuser, unable to access help and services. Today, Rick Morton on how coronavirus is making Australia’s domestic violence problem worse.  Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Family violence increasing during Covid-19 lockdown in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Policing a pandemic

Policing a pandemic

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The public health response to the coronavirus has quickly become a law and order issue. Extensive new powers have been granted to police in several states, to crack down on public association, private gatherings and travel. Today, Mike Seccombe on how Australia is policing a pandemic. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Covid-19 lockdown and police powers in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
In one share-house, all five housemates have lost work because of the coronavirus shutdown. Today we look at the human cost of unemployment and what the government is doing to help people survive. Guest: Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
In a special bonus episode of 7am host Ruby Jones talks to the show’s editor, Osman Faruqi, editor of The Monthly, Nick Feik, and editor of The Saturday Paper, Maddison Connaughton about how they’re adapting to the shutdown, and what role journalism can play in a crisis. Guest:7am editor, Osman Faruqi. The Monthly editor, Nick Feik. The SaturdayPaper editor, Maddison Connaughton. Bonus Reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
The past week has completely changed the way politics works in Australia, with a right-wing government introducing the most radical economic measures in a generation. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the political earthquake that rocked Parliament House. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Professor Peter Doherty won the Nobel prize for his research on how our bodies fight off viruses. Today, we ask him what makes Covid-19 different from other infections, how it damages our bodies, and what we should be doing now to prepare for the next pandemic.  Guest: Professor Peter Doherty. Background reading: The pandemic we had to have in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Australia’s airlines have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, and they’re asking the government for billions of dollars in financial support. The crisis has even sparked debate over whether the industry should be nationalised. Today, Royce Kurmelovs, on whether it’s time the government took back control of the skies. Guest: Freelance journalist Royce Kurmelovs. Background reading: Australian airlines in turmoil in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As we try and contain the coronavirus outbreak, health authorities, governments and social media platforms are also battling the spread of misinformation about the virus. Today, Mike Seccombe on the question of who we trust in a crisis. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Fighting the Infodemic in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As more of Australia goes into coronavirus isolation, advice is being offered on how to manage mental health during a viral pandemic that forces us to separate. We speak to a Melbourne family who were holidaying in Wuhan during the first outbreak and have been in isolation for almost 80 days.   Guest: Features and field producer Elle Marsh. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly
It’s now been one month since Scott Morrison’s first announcement on the coronavirus pandemic. Since then his response has been criticised as confused and slow. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the political decisions made and how they stack up.  Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: Government's crashing failure in face of crisis The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Teams of researchers are working around the clock to try and develop a vaccine against coronavirus. In Australia, a group of scientists at the University of Queensland are on the verge of a breakthrough. Today, Rick Morton on the race to find a vaccine. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: Exclusive: Inside the hunt for a vaccine in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
With hundreds of thousands of Australians losing their jobs, the economic cost of coronavirus is becoming clear. On Monday the government passed its stimulus measures through parliament, but there’s questions over whether it will be enough. Today, chief economist at The Australia Institute Richard Denniss on how we can get through the next 18 months.  Guest: Chief economist at The Australia Institute Richard Denniss. Background reading: How Australia can avoid economic collapse in the wake of Covid-19 in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Medical experts say that the government’s slow response to the coronavirus outbreak has left Australia exposed, and a lack of resources could make the crisis worse. Today, in part two of our series on COVID-19, Mike Seccombe on the challenge our country and health system is facing. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: What Morrison did wrong on coronavirus in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grows in Australia, hospitals are gearing up for a spike in admissions. Today, Dr Nenad Macesic on how doctors are handling the pandemic and what the future holds. This is part one of a five-part special. Guest: Contributor to The Monthly, Dr Nenad Macesic. Background reading: Behind the coronavirus masks in The Monthly The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Scott Morrison has finally begun to acknowledge the serious economic cost of coronavirus, and speculation is growing about his next big stimulus package. But questions are being asked about whether the government is up to the economic challenge. Today, Paul Bongiorno, on the future of the economy and the Prime Minister. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno. Background reading: Morrison's coronavirus awakening in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, many in the community are still unclear about the virus’s symptoms, how they can keep themselves safe and what kind of responses will be the most effective. Today, Rick Morton answers some of our basic questions about coronavirus.  Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
A year ago, George Pell was sentenced to six years’ jail for the sexual abuse of two Melbourne choirboys. Last week, he appealed against that decision in the High Court and a judgement is still pending. Today, Rick Morton discusses what happened during the final bid for George Pell’s freedom.  Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton. Background reading: George Pell’s High Court appeal in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
Containing the coronavirus outbreak requires clear, decisive action from the government. But public trust in our leaders is at an all time low and it’s impacting the way we respond. Today, Mike Seccombe on what the coronavirus pandemic is telling us about who we trust. Guest: National Correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Trust deficit threatens COVID-19 response in The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper The Monthly For more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.
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Hannah Derwent

this was excellent and your guest so incredibly articulate

Feb 26th
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Kirstie JM

Thanks for an informative year 7am, very sad to hear Elizabeth is moving on but wish her all the best!

Dec 23rd
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Petr Pavlík

I'm sorry to hear that Elizabeth is moving to a different role. Thanks for your fantastic work on the 7am.

Dec 19th
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Julian Sinnema

Big fan of 7am. I use it as my morning alarm, it's lovely to wake up to every weekday morning. It is a top notch source of news. 👌

Dec 5th
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Judd Millner

What's with the background music? It's distracting.

Dec 5th
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Tate Bourke

Hated your coverage of James Todd. Who cares about him? What your coverage did was attempt to humanise a person who is a complete s*** stain on humanity. His story does not deserve to be told. I think your story might better have focused on Euradice's story and either ignored James or highlight what a s*** stain he was. otherwise, love the podcast

Oct 3rd
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Chanae Matthews

My favourite news source while at work, thanks!

Aug 29th
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Sarah Louise

Loving this podcast. Thanks!

Jun 24th
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