Michelson Alexander Explains…

Our team has unique expertise in media, public affairs, politics and communications, and on our podcast, we put that knowledge to good use.

On the show, the Michelson Alexander team takes a strategic communications lens to the stories you find on the front page of your morning paper, and talks to the movers and shakers that are breaking and making those stories.

You can expect to hear interviews with prominent Australians, explainer episodes on key government policies, and analysis from our team about whichever crisis you have just seen leading the six o’clock news bulletin.

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, or access it via our inbuilt player below.

Latest episodes

The media plays a part... Jen Hewett Explains COVID Recovery

06 October, 2021 | 30min

This week, Michelson Alexander’s Jack Banister and Shannon Gill are joined by Jen Hewett, the Australian Financial Review’s National Affairs Columnist.
Jen has followed the pandemic since March 2020, and we’ll chat to her about how our leaders have responded to it and communicated during it, and how the media have covered these leaders and their messages.

"We need to have a goal" - Paul Guerra Explains COVID Recovery

23 September, 2021 | 37min

The pandemic is once again the force that is driving most of the stories on the front pages, and there’s plenty at stake for politicians, businesses, and citizens alike.
In this mini-series of MA Explains… we’re exploring the different factors in the COVID recovery process.
Today’s guest is Dr Paul Guerra. He is the CEO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victoria’s peak business group, a role he took over in February 2020.
Today’s conversation centres around one key premise: what does business expect from government through the pandemic?

"We need to have conversations and humanity" - Dr Andrés Noé Explains COVID Recovery

18 September, 2021 | 42min

The pandemic is once again the force that is driving most of the stories on the front pages, and there’s plenty at stake for politicians, businesses, and citizens alike.
In this mini-series of MA Explains… we’re exploring the different factors in the COVID recovery process.
Today’s guest is Dr Andrés Noé. He’s a medical doctor, a Rhodes scholar and one of the clinicians involved with the development and trialing of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
As well as vast experiences working on malaria and malaria vaccines, Noé has also spent a decade focused on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. He has now developed high-level COVID-19 expertise via various projects, and led contact tracing teams in the UK. He is currently working at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

What's At Stake? A COVID and Communications Round Table

10 September, 2021 | 30min

The pandemic is once again the force that is driving most of the stories on the front pages, and there’s plenty at stake for politicians, businesses, and celebrities alike.
This week, Michelson Alexander’s Senior Associates, James Fitzpatrick and Shannon Gill, join me to dissect the major stories.
What can businesses do to encourage their employees and customers to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
Why did the public take exception to Scott Morrison’s Father’s Day trip to Sydney to see his family?
And if they had their moments over again, what would Nadia Bartel and Guy Sebastian do differently?

Winning all around! What business and organisations can learn from the Paralympic Movement - Don Elgin Explains Tokyo 2020

24 August, 2021 | 38min

Don Elgin competed at three Paralympics in Athletics and won four medals. He is an amputee, having been born without the lower half of his left leg. He is now the Head of Wallara Online and remains connected to our Paralympic team via StarAmp Global, a management company he founded to support amputee athletes.
Don joins us to talk about what the Paralympic movement has meant to his life, the messaging around disability, and how the moment in the media spotlight the Paralympics will have over the next few weeks can communicate messages far beyond sport.

"This is your one shot every four years" - Lucy Benjamin Explains Tokyo 2020

10 August, 2021 | 34min

The Tokyo Olympics marks the end of, this time around, a 5-year cycle for athletes that will result in a well-earned mental and physical break. But the same applies for those that work with the athletes, including communications professionals.
Lucy Benjamin has worked across the globe in several sports, but most recently, she’s been Australian rowing’s communications and government relations manager.
Lucy is finishing up at Rowing Australia at the end of the Games, so, in this episode of Michelson Alexander Explains, we talk to Lucy about how the Olympics function from a comms perspective.

"You can't be what you can't see" - Nova Peris Explains Tokyo 2020

02 August, 2021 | 31min

One of the stories of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has been the strength of the First Nation’s athletes representing Australia.
Basketballer Patrick Mills carried the flag; the Matildas posed for a photo with the Aboriginal flag before their first game; and the team uniforms are adorned with Indigenous designs.

HUMAN STORIES ARE UNDEFEATED - MA EXPLAINS TOKYO 2020

30 July, 2021 | 23min

The long-overdue 2020 Olympics kicked off on Wednesday, July 21 when Australia was resoundingly thumped by their Japanese hosts on a softball diamond in Fukushima. These Olympics come after months of anything-but-softball from the IOC, which has forged ahead despite repeated outbreaks of COVID-19 globally, and in the host city, Tokyo.

STEVE MICHELSON INTRODUCES... MICHELSON ALEXANDER EXPLAINS

28 July, 2021 | 2min

Michelson Alexander is excited to be launching our new podcast, MichelsonAlexander Explains… Our team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds, and has vast experience in a range of sectors, including the media, communications, legal affairs, politics and policy. On the show, we’ll be taking a strategic communications lens to the stories you’ll find on the front page of your morning paper and talking to the movers and shakers that are breaking and making those stories.

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