Interested in the news but sometimes find there is a whole lot of assumed knowledge which makes it confusing and time-consuming to get across? We hear you. Each week, Squiz Shortcuts will give you the backstory to the big news stories. In the usual Squiz tone, we'll keep it short and sharp, and opinion-free. As always, The Squiz is your shortcut to being informed.
Your shortcut to... Israel and Palestine
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: The conflict between Israel and Palestine is in essence a fight over territory. But it is so much more that with religion, nationalism, and...
Your shortcut to... Donald Trump
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: Donald Trump is probably the most talked about person on the planet. The leader of the free world had a colourful path to becoming President...
Your shortcut to... Joe Biden
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: He's the Democratic candidate running against Donald Trump in November's presidential election. A former vice president, Biden's been around...
Your Shortcut to... China's Belt and Road Initiative
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: It's one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most ambitious foreign policy initiatives - and it's contentious. Officially called One Belt,...
Your Shortcut to... Royal Commissions
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: In this Shortcut we'll look at what a Royal Commission is, the power and effectiveness of Royal Commissions, and take a quick look at the...
Your Shortcut To... Civil Rights in America
Wednesday 03 June 2020
: We take a look at the history of slavery in America, the fight for civil rights, and what's happening now.Squiz Shortcuts - The Back Story...
Your shortcut to... Xi Jinping
Wednesday 27 May 2020
: Xi Jinping is the man in charge of China. So, let’s take a look at who he is, how he came to be the leader, his broad agenda and how he is...
Your shortcut to ... the South China Sea
Wednesday 20 May 2020
: It's the big 'un of global politics... we're talking the South China Sea. By popular request we explain why it is so strategically...
Your Shortcut to... The Federation
Wednesday 13 May 2020
: With the coronavirus crisis requiring a coordinated response between the federal government and our states and territories we take a step...
Your shortcut to... the World Health Organisation
Wednesday 06 May 2020
: We don't need to tell you why the World Health Organisation is in the news a lot lately. That's why you might want to know a bit more about...
Your Shortcut to... Coronavirus Key People (Prof. Brendan Murphy, Greg Hunt and Neville Power)
Wednesday 29 April 2020
: They're some of the key people involved in our coronavirus response. So, who are they and what are we relying on them for? This week on...
Your Shortcut to... Recession
Tuesday 21 April 2020
: Hand in hand with the measures being used to contain the spread of Covid-19 comes the economic consequences. While we are flattening the...
A Squiz Kids Shortcut: Kids-only Coronavirus Q&A with Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Friday 17 April 2020
: Prime Minister Scott Morrison answers kids' questions about Coronavirus, in a kids-only Q&A.Squiz Kids is a news podcast just for kids....
Your Shortcut to... Infectious Diseases
Monday 06 April 2020
: As the world braces for the impact of COVID-19, we're going to take a look back at some of the big infectious disease outbreaks of the past....
Your shortcut to... Daylight Saving Time
Friday 03 April 2020
: Turns out there's a long history of people messing with time. In this episode we'll get you across the reasons it came about in the first...
A Squiz Kids Shortcut: Coronavirus Explained
Friday 27 March 2020
: This Squiz Shortcuts episode is a little different. It’s brought to you by Bryce Corbett, the host of our Squiz Kids podcast. In this 10...
Your shortcut to... Note-able Australian Women
Sunday 08 March 2020
: Dame Mary Gilmore, Mary Reibey, Edith Cowan, and Dame Nellie Melba are four notable Australian women whose significant achievements are...
Your shortcut to... The US Election
Tuesday 03 March 2020
: Who can become the President of the USA, how the parties elect their candidates, the all-important numbers; and what to watch out for in the...
Your shortcut to... Education in Australia
Tuesday 25 February 2020
: How Australian kids perform at school is always a hot topic with parents, teachers and taxpayers. We're taking to take a look at how the...
Your shortcut to... The Rohingya and the Uyghurs
Tuesday 18 February 2020
: The Rohingya and the Uyghurs - both groups are considered by the United Nations to be victims of human rights abuses. Here we explain who...
Your shortcut to... Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese
Monday 10 February 2020
: From how they grew up, how they came to politics and where they stand on key issues - this episode looks at the bloke who runs the country...
Your shortcut to... Coronavirus
Tuesday 04 February 2020
: What coronavirus actually is, where it came from, the broader implications, and how we stop the spread.Squiz Recommends:Quartz "How China...
Your shortcut to... Harry and Meghan's 'new arrangement'
Thursday 30 January 2020
: What it means to be a 'senior royal', how are the Royal Family funded and how do they work with the media? In this episode we tackle those...
Your shortcut to... Huawei
Wednesday 29 January 2020
: It's the Chinese tech company that's been banned from rolling out 5G networks here in Australia, in NZ and in the US. Here we step through...
Your shortcut to... Australia Day
Thursday 23 January 2020
: What the date marks, how it evolved, the argument for and against moving it, and what our leaders think. Squiz recommends: Australia Day...