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#the explainer

# the-explainer - Saturday 11 January, 2020

The Explainer: Why #blackandtans was trending in 2020 - and what's next for State commemorations?

We’re joined by two experts to discuss what went wrong and what we can learn from it.

# the-explainer - Friday 3 January, 2020

The Explainer: How does Met Éireann decide on weather warnings?

Forecasting the weather is a complicated business, so this week on The Explainer we’re looking at how Met Éireann decides on whether a warning should be status yellow, orange, or red.

# the-explainer - Friday 27 December, 2019

The Explainer: Our favorite explanations of the year

The team behind the podcast run through their favourite explanations from the past year.

# the-explainer - Thursday 19 December, 2019

The Explainer: Is it possible to have an environmentally-friendly Christmas?

That’s what we’re asking in this week’s episode.

# the-explainer - Friday 13 December, 2019

The Explainer: What just happened in the UK general election?

There is a lot to unpack about this momentuous election.

# the-explainer - Friday 6 December, 2019

The Explainer: What is happening with the white-water rafting plan for Dublin's city centre?

Where will it be built? How much will it cost? And why white-water rafting in the first place?

# the-explainer - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

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.

# the-explainer - Friday 22 November, 2019

The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?

It’s here in Ireland, and we look at why.

# the-explainer - Friday 15 November, 2019

The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?

We take a look at the issues it has been having with its finances, and what it is planning to do about this.

# the-explainer - Friday 8 November, 2019

The Explainer: How did the judge decide the sentences in the Ana Kriegel case?

Mr Justice Paul McDermott would have given careful consideration to the sentences imposed in this difficult case.

# the-explainer - Sunday 3 November, 2019

'Seeing that little body was unbearable': How Europe is responding to the migrant and refugee crisis

The recent discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry in Essex has put the crisis back under the spotlight.

# the-explainer - Friday 1 November, 2019

The Explainer: Why are people risking their lives to get to Europe?

We look at the ‘push and pull’ factors and the deadly risks people are forced to take.

# the-explainer - Thursday 24 October, 2019

The Explainer: WTF is happening with Brexit right now?

We round it all up for you on the latest episode of our podcast.

# the-explainer - Saturday 19 October, 2019

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.

# the-explainer - Friday 18 October, 2019

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.

# the-explainer - Friday 11 October, 2019

# the-explainer - Thursday 3 October, 2019

The Explainer: How does a US president get impeached?

Donald Trump is the fourth president to face impeachment proceedings – so what happens now?

# the-explainer - Thursday 26 September, 2019

The Explainer: Why was a Quinn Industrial Holdings director abducted?

In the wake of the recent attack on Kevin Lunney, we look at what has been having in relation to the company.

# the-explainer - Friday 20 September, 2019

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 - Friday 13 September, 2019

The Explainer: Why is there so much controversy over the Public Services Card?

It’s a saga that has been rumbling on for years – but what exactly is it all about?

# the-explainer - Friday 30 August, 2019

The Explainer: Why are we being told to eat less meat?

We speak to a food expert and a beef farmer who’s also a journalist.

# the-explainer - Friday 23 August, 2019

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.

# the-explainer - Friday 16 August, 2019

The Explainer: How are we still making discoveries at Newgrange?

And why haven’t we dug the entire Boyne Valley up to find more?

# the-explainer - Thursday 8 August, 2019

The Explainer: What is the Irish backstop?

This week on The Explainer podcast, we look at the backstop, and why it is such a major issue for Brexit.

# the-explainer - Friday 26 July, 2019

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 - Friday 19 July, 2019

The Explainer: Why was there such controversy over Lizzo’s ticket sales?

Why did Lizzo tickets sell out so fast – and what’s happening with ticket reselling legislation?

# the-explainer - Monday 15 July, 2019

The Explainer: Why are your insurance premiums increasing by so much?

And what can be done to fix the industry?

# the-explainer - Friday 5 July, 2019

The Explainer: What's behind the Drogheda feud?

Ending a cycle of violence like this isn’t easy, and often requires a community-wide approach.

# the-explainer - Friday 28 June, 2019

The Explainer: How Patrick Nevin was found guilty in the 'Tinder rape case'

We look at the Patrick Nevin court case which saw him being found guilty of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another.

# the-explainer - Friday 21 June, 2019

The Explainer: The story of the Ana Kriegel trial

A look at the trial which found two 14-year-old boys guilty of the murder of teenager Ana Kriegel.

# the-explainer - Sunday 16 June, 2019

The Explainer: How did a woman who died in Direct Provision come to be buried without ceremony?

Who was Sylva Tukula and what does her death mean for Ireland?

# the-explainer - Friday 7 June, 2019

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.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

'Nobody dies without a Healy Rae send-off - or perhaps nobody is born without a Healy Rae arrival'

Here’s what we learned after taking a dive into Healy-Rae history.

# the-explainer - Friday 31 May, 2019

The Explainer: Why have the Healy Raes never lost an election?

The Explainer: Why have the Healy Raes never lost an election?

In this week’s episode, we take a look at one of Irish politics’ most interesting families: the Healy Raes.

# the-explainer - Friday 24 May, 2019

The Explainer: What's the story with an EU army?

Could an EU army be founded soon? And if so what would that mean for Ireland?

# the-explainer - Monday 20 May, 2019

The Explainer: Why are so many US states tightening abortion laws right now?

With a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives and a pro-life president, this type of shift in abortion legislation had been expected for some time – so what happens now?

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 May, 2019

Why are abortion laws being restricted in the US right now?

This week has seen a lot of discussion around abortion laws in the US state of Georgia and Alabama – but what is the situation countrywide?

# the-explainer - Monday 13 May, 2019

The Explainer: How did Patrick Quirke get convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan?

In this week’s episode of our podcast The Explainer, we look at the evidence used in one of Ireland’s most prolific murder trials.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Simon Harris says Ireland may own its own medicinal cannabis supply in the future

The legislation to underpin the medicinal cannabis scheme is due to be signed off on in the coming weeks.

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?

This will make it significantly less of a grey area in Irish law – and it could also herald the start of the Irish cannabis industry.

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