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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Listen

This month
March 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why does Matt Hancock keep making headlines?
This week, we’re joined by PA Media’s Dominic McGrath to look back over the career of Matt Hancock, and delve into the impact of his leaked WhatsApp messages.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What are 15-minute cities and why do some people think they’re controversial?
Listen in to hear Stevie McDermott and Camilla Siggaard Andersen explain.
This year
# Podcast
The Explainer: Who is Andrew Tate?
Listen in to hear Dr Debbie Ging of Dublin City University explain more about the controversial online figure.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of 2022
Listen in to hear what we picked amongst the range of topics we tackled across politics, sport, entertainment and health this year.
Last year
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is being done for survivors of Ireland's mother and baby homes?
Listen to Órla Ryan, presenter of Redacted Lives podcast, explain about Ireland’s mother and baby home system, and what is happening for survivors.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s the story with the women’s football World Cup?
Listen in to hear reporter Emma Duffy explain.
# episode
The Explainer: What will Putin's next steps be in his invasion of Ukraine?
Listen in to hear retired army officer Senator Tom Clonan explain what’s going on.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why has polio reappeared in some major cities' sewage systems?
Listen in to hear epidemiologist Dr Kathleen O’Reilly explain what it might mean.
# Explainer
The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?
Listen in to hear public transport expert Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin explain.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is Sláintecare and how does it aim to reform Ireland’s health system?
Unsure what Sláintecare is? Listen in to hear Liam Doran explain to presenter Michelle Hennessy.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is cutting turf so bad for the environment?
Listen to hear what Dr Raymond Flynn of Queen’s University Belfast has to say about the topic.
# In full
Listen to the first episode of our new rugby show - The Front Row - with Rob Kearney
Seán Burke, Murray Kinsella and Eimear Considine were joined by Irish rugby royalty to kick off the series, in partnership with Guinness.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?
Listen in to hear what it has to do with inflation – and what inflation is – on this week’s podcast.
All time
# Player power
Extraordinary letter from players shows that the IRFU needs to start listening
The union’s dismissive response simply underlined the point the players were making.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why has no one won the Lotto jackpot yet?
Is it easier to to win now – or harder?
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Stephen Kenny's job as Ireland football manager?
Could Kenny lead Ireland into the Euro 2024 campaign? We take a look at the highs and lows of his role so far.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.
# Podcast
The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan on reporting in Trump's America - and what 2021 holds for Biden
We talk to the Washington Correspondent about the past year.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How Ireland plans to roll-out Covid-19 vaccines
On this week’s podcast, we talk through what we know so far.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?
We speak to Pete Lunn, a behavioural scientist from the ESRI.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What led to the new Covid-19 restrictions?
This week’s episode sees Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET, talk us through the decision making.
# Podcast
The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?
Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump
Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why don't we have a government yet?
We get you up to speed with what exactly is happening.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?
The shocking murder of Keane Mulready-Woods added another layer to the ongoing Drogheda feud. We take a look at what has been going on, on this week’s podcast.
# Podcast
Need a new podcast for over the holidays? Here's how to listen to's Stardust
In a six episode series described as ‘devastating and important’ by The Guardian, will take you through the story from the start to the current day.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How much trouble has Prince Andrew caused for the royal family?
We are joined by Anton Savage this week as we look at the impact of Prince Andrew’s recent media appearances and friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What are Northern Ireland’s abortion laws and how might they be changing?
We look at how legislation passed in Westminster is set to change abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
# Podcast
The Explainer: So what's actually in this new Brexit deal?
We take a look at everything Brexit-related that happened this week, and what it all means.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is chemsex in the news in Ireland and the UK?
We look at what chemsex is, and the role the drugs GHB and crystal meth play in it.
# the explainer
The Explainer: How does Ireland deal with sex offenders after prison?
In the wake of the release of Tom Humphries, there has been much discussion around the treatment of sex offenders post-release. We talk to two experts on this week’s episode.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Can people applying for citizenship spend a day outside Ireland?
We discuss the ruling that led to the shock decision on this week’s podcast.
# the explainer
The Explainer: Why was there controversy over Katie Taylor's recent win?
In this week’s episode, we take a look at why the win is being appealed, and how judging in boxing works.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is John Delaney in the news so much right now?
In the latest episode of our weekly podcast, we look at the reasons why the FAI’s John Delaney has been the focus of media attention of late.
# the explainer
Introducing our new podcast: The Explainer’s new podcast looks at the facts behind the biggest news stories.
# aras 18
The Candidate:'s new presidential podcast
The Candidate brings readers closer to the presidential hopefuls, thanks to six in-depth interviews.
# music to ears
YouTube Music now available in Ireland as Google expands service to 17 countries
It offers both an ad-supported free option or an ad-free subscription service.
# cut the cord
Apple will sell these wireless earbuds for €179, but what do you get?
There is more to them than just the lack of wires.
# Violence
Taoiseach holds meeting with north-inner city residents over gangland shootings
The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and a number of Ministers attended the meeting to hear from local residents.
# TechGuide
Still have your iPhone headphones? You can do quite a few things with them
They can do more than just change the volume or pause a song.