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# the-explainer - Wednesday 3 August, 2022

The Explainer: What makes Love Island so successful?
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The Explainer: What makes Love Island so successful?

Aug 3rd 2022, 6:00 PM 3,700 Views 2 Comments

Listen in to hear from Love Island expert, podcaster Orlaith Condon.

# the-explainer - Thursday 28 July, 2022

The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?
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The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?

Jul 28th 2022, 5:10 PM 19,930 Views 15 Comments

This week we discussed how different a possible recession could look compared to the post-2008 downturn.

# the-explainer - Thursday 21 July, 2022

The Explainer: What do the recent extreme temperatures tell us about future Irish summers?
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The Explainer: What do the recent extreme temperatures tell us about future Irish summers?

Jul 21st 2022, 6:00 PM 4,283 Views 6 Comments

How frequent will heatwaves become, and how quickly can we turn the tide?

# the-explainer - Friday 15 July, 2022

The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?
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The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?

Jul 15th 2022, 10:45 AM 7,838 Views 10 Comments

Listen in to hear public transport expert Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin explain.

# the-explainer - Saturday 9 July, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
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The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?

Jul 9th 2022, 9:30 AM 3,609 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.

# the-explainer - Thursday 7 July, 2022

The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?
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The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?

Jul 7th 2022, 6:00 PM 5,212 Views 2 Comments

Listen in to our interview with Daragh Cassidy of Bonkers.ie to find out more.

# the-explainer - Saturday 2 July, 2022

The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws
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The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws

Jul 2nd 2022, 6:30 AM 9,027 Views 19 Comments

The landmark decision means Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.

# the-explainer - Thursday 30 June, 2022

The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?
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The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?

Jun 30th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,379 Views 9 Comments

Listen in to our interview with Dr David Kenny of Trinity College School of Law to find out more.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?
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The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?

Jun 21st 2022, 5:00 PM 3,325 Views 5 Comments

On this week’s episode, former army officer Tom Clonan talks to Michelle Hennessy about how the European Union’s defence strategy is evolving.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 8 June, 2022

The Explainer: Why is it so hard to take action on mass shootings in the US?
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The Explainer: Why is it so hard to take action on mass shootings in the US?

Jun 8th 2022, 6:33 PM 3,239 Views 0 Comments

Our columnist Larry Donnelly talks to Michelle Hennessy about gun laws in the USA this week on the podcast.

# the-explainer - Friday 27 May, 2022

The Explainer: What is Sláintecare and how does it aim to reform Ireland’s health system?
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The Explainer: What is Sláintecare and how does it aim to reform Ireland’s health system?

May 27th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,793 Views 4 Comments

Unsure what Sláintecare is? Listen in to hear Liam Doran explain to presenter Michelle Hennessy.

# the-explainer - Thursday 19 May, 2022

The Explainer: Why isn't Ireland winning the Eurovision Song Contest?
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The Explainer: Why isn't Ireland winning the Eurovision Song Contest?

May 19th 2022, 6:00 PM 5,127 Views 3 Comments

Listen to find out some of the surprising reasons why.

# the-explainer - Thursday 12 May, 2022

The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?
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The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?

May 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 3,115 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to be brought up to speed about the weekend’s seismic election result.

# the-explainer - Thursday 5 May, 2022

The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
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The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?

May 5th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,105 Views 0 Comments

The Good Information Project has been looking at the fight against misinfo and disinfo, and this week on the podcast we’re taking a look at how factchecking and how it works.

# the-explainer - Thursday 28 April, 2022

The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?
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The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?

Apr 28th 2022, 5:30 PM 2,854 Views 0 Comments

Listen to hear what reporter Céimin Burke saw while reporting from the Polish-Ukrainian border last week.

# the-explainer - Friday 22 April, 2022

The Explainer: Why is cutting turf so bad for the environment?
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The Explainer: Why is cutting turf so bad for the environment?

Apr 22nd 2022, 7:00 PM 5,403 Views 1 Comment

Listen to hear what Dr Raymond Flynn of Queen’s University Belfast has to say about the topic.

# the-explainer - Thursday 14 April, 2022

The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?
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The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?

Apr 14th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,719 Views 0 Comments

Listen to expert Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway explain.

# the-explainer - Thursday 7 April, 2022

The Explainer: Is there a significant revival of the Irish language underway?
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The Explainer: Is there a significant revival of the Irish language underway?

Apr 7th 2022, 6:57 PM 5,526 Views 9 Comments

Listen here for a discussion on how interest sa Ghaeilge is flourishing, and how the State can harness that.

# the-explainer - Friday 25 March, 2022

Higher prices for meats and dairy products in Ireland 'beginning to happen already'
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Higher prices for meats and dairy products in Ireland 'beginning to happen already'

Mar 25th 2022, 7:00 PM 24,533 Views 23 Comments

The disruption to the supply of wheat and other grains will affect other agri-products, Teagasc explained to The Journal.

# the-explainer - Thursday 24 March, 2022

The Explainer: How secure is Ireland’s food supply?
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The Explainer: How secure is Ireland’s food supply?

Mar 24th 2022, 6:00 PM 5,209 Views 0 Comments

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused disruptions to global wheat supplies, which in turn has caused prices to surge. Russia also produces a significant proportion of the key ingredients in fertilisers.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 16 March, 2022

The Explainer: Is the internet bad for our brains?
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The Explainer: Is the internet bad for our brains?

Mar 16th 2022, 7:30 PM 2,898 Views 0 Comments

Listen here to find out from cyberpsychology researcher and lecturer Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton.

# the-explainer - Saturday 5 March, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
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The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 10:00 AM 5,319 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.

# the-explainer - Thursday 3 March, 2022

The Explainer: What is life like for people staying in Ukraine - and those who have left?
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The Explainer: What is life like for people staying in Ukraine - and those who have left?

Mar 3rd 2022, 9:45 AM 4,810 Views 0 Comments

Listen here to find out how life is on the ground for people living in Ukraine, and those who have crossed the border.

# the-explainer - Monday 21 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?
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The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?

Feb 21st 2022, 1:15 PM 2,940 Views 1 Comment

Noteworthy’s Anthea Lacchia and An Taisce’s Elaine McGoff tell Susan Daly about how arterial drainage works are changing our waterways.

# the-explainer - Saturday 19 February, 2022

The Explainer: How did a truckers’ protest in Canada spread to other countries?
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The Explainer: How did a truckers’ protest in Canada spread to other countries?

Feb 19th 2022, 3:54 PM 7,242 Views 0 Comments

Listen here to find out how external forces helped spread these trucker protests across Canada – and around the world.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?
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The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?

Feb 15th 2022, 3:42 PM 3,279 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Peter McGuire and Professor Mathias Urban tell Susan Daly about the challenges facing Ireland’s childcare system.

# the-explainer - Friday 11 February, 2022

The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?
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The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?

Feb 11th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,813 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to hear what it has to do with inflation – and what inflation is – on this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Thursday 3 February, 2022

The Explainer: What can Ireland do to become a safer place for women?
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The Explainer: What can Ireland do to become a safer place for women?

Feb 3rd 2022, 6:00 PM 4,998 Views 0 Comments

We speak to Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland to get a sense of what more can be done – from the courts to domestic abuse services – but how ultimately there are no quick fixes.

# the-explainer - Friday 28 January, 2022

The Explainer: Why is Ireland reopening now - and how do people feel about it?
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The Explainer: Why is Ireland reopening now - and how do people feel about it?

Jan 28th 2022, 11:00 AM 9,587 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to hear behavioural scientist Pete Lunn and immunologist Christine Loscher give us the latest info and research on the reopening.

# the-explainer - Thursday 20 January, 2022

The Explainer: Healthcare staff on what it's like working during the Omicron wave
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The Explainer: Healthcare staff on what it's like working during the Omicron wave

Jan 20th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,794 Views 0 Comments

Click to listen to a GP, a paramedic, an emergency medicine consultant, and the head of an intensive care unit talk about how our hospitals are coping with the Omicron wave.

# the-explainer - Thursday 13 January, 2022

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?
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The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?

Jan 13th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,830 Views 1 Comment

Click to listen to our interview with former Kazakhstan resident, and expert in post-Soviet countries, professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin.

# the-explainer - Saturday 8 January, 2022

The Explainer: What can we learn from South Africa’s Omicron wave?
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The Explainer: What can we learn from South Africa’s Omicron wave?

Jan 8th 2022, 10:00 AM 11,099 Views 5 Comments

Can we say for definite now that Omicron is milder than other variants?

# the-explainer - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
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# Funding Fertility

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?

Updated Jan 5th 2022, 7:05 AM 11,979 Views 7 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.

# the-explainer - Thursday 30 December, 2021

The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of the year
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The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of the year

Dec 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 3,054 Views 0 Comments

Here are some of the best bits of The Explainer from 2021.

# the-explainer - Thursday 2 December, 2021

The Explainer: Does global vaccine inequality put us at risk of new Covid variants?
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The Explainer: Does global vaccine inequality put us at risk of new Covid variants?

Dec 2nd 2021, 7:16 PM 3,369 Views 2 Comments

Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Kim Roberts, and Dimitri Eynikel from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ‘Access’ campaign join us on the podcast this week.

# the-explainer - Thursday 25 November, 2021

The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?
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The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?

Nov 25th 2021, 5:30 PM 6,459 Views 8 Comments

Will everyone get a booster vaccine, and how long will booster immunity last?

# the-explainer - Thursday 18 November, 2021

The Explainer: What is the stand-off at the Belarus-Poland border about?
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The Explainer: What is the stand-off at the Belarus-Poland border about?

Nov 18th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,814 Views 1 Comment

Thousands of migrants are travelling to the border, with some deaths reported in recent weeks. We explain what’s behind it.

# the-explainer - Thursday 11 November, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
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The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?

Updated Nov 11th 2021, 5:15 PM 7,957 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney and social care worker Anne Marie Quilligan tell Susan Daly about the conditions faced by Traveller children in the country’s education system.

The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?
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The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?

Nov 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 3,015 Views 2 Comments

You guessed it – it’s climate change related.

# the-explainer - Thursday 4 November, 2021

The Explainer: Is Sinn Féin a sure thing to lead the next government?
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The Explainer: Is Sinn Féin a sure thing to lead the next government?

Nov 4th 2021, 6:00 PM 7,843 Views 8 Comments

After the recent ard fheis, we take a look at where things stand with the party.

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