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# the-explainer - Friday 9 October, 2020

The Explainer: How did Covid-19 get so bad in Northern Ireland?
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The Explainer: How did Covid-19 get so bad in Northern Ireland?

Oct 9th 2020, 5:15 PM 38,005 Views 31 Comments

On this week’s episode we look at the numbers – and the complications inherent in trying to deal with the issue politically.

# the-explainer - Saturday 3 October, 2020

The Explainer: What is the Stay and Spend scheme and how does it work?
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The Explainer: What is the Stay and Spend scheme and how does it work?

Oct 3rd 2020, 7:45 AM 15,183 Views 14 Comments

The new scheme will allow taxpayers claim a maximum of €125 back in tax credits on their spending in the hospitality sector.

# the-explainer - Friday 25 September, 2020

The Explainer Interview: The story of Unquiet Graves with filmmaker Seán Murray
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The Explainer Interview: The story of Unquiet Graves with filmmaker Seán Murray

Sep 25th 2020, 10:14 AM 18,823 Views 38 Comments

Unquiet Graves was aired on RTÉ earlier this month.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

The Explainer: What you need to know about the new Covid-19 levels and restrictions
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The Explainer: What you need to know about the new Covid-19 levels and restrictions

Sep 15th 2020, 8:02 PM 29,135 Views 10 Comments

The Living With Covid plan was launched earlier today.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Brexit back in the news?
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The Explainer: Why is Brexit back in the news?

Sep 8th 2020, 6:00 PM 14,857 Views 9 Comments

It’s like it has never gone away… the latest on why the Brexit trade talks are causing a kerfuffle.

# the-explainer - Thursday 3 September, 2020

The Explainer: Leaving Cert results are out on Monday - here's how it'll work
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The Explainer: Leaving Cert results are out on Monday - here's how it'll work

Sep 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 27,765 Views 9 Comments

We take a look at how the calculated grades system will work.

# the-explainer - Thursday 27 August, 2020

The Explainer: How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?
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The Explainer: How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?

Aug 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 15,038 Views 7 Comments

We speak to Pete Lunn, a behavioural scientist from the ESRI.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

The Explainer: What led to the new Covid-19 restrictions?
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The Explainer: What led to the new Covid-19 restrictions?

Aug 19th 2020, 1:12 PM 22,595 Views 65 Comments

This week’s episode sees Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET, talk us through the decision making.

# the-explainer - Friday 14 August, 2020

The Explainer: What the Covid-19 clusters tell us about the meat industry in Ireland
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The Explainer: What the Covid-19 clusters tell us about the meat industry in Ireland

Aug 14th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,085 Views 8 Comments

This week’s episode of the podcast discusses how meat plants work and how staff are treated.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Ireland delaying the reopening of pubs again?
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The Explainer: Why is Ireland delaying the reopening of pubs again?

Aug 5th 2020, 7:30 PM 21,092 Views 46 Comments

Why was the decision made, and what sort of risks were being balanced? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

The Explainer: What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?
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The Explainer: What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?

Jul 28th 2020, 5:30 PM 20,193 Views 10 Comments

What was in Minister Norma Foley’s announcement – and how does it differ from what countries like Denmark are doing?

# the-explainer - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?
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The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

Jul 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 22,977 Views 17 Comments

We speak to one of the Oxford researchers working on a vaccine that has seen good results so far.

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 July, 2020

The Explainer: Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?
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The Explainer: Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?

Jul 16th 2020, 11:45 AM 16,422 Views 11 Comments

And are they actually legally required to quarantine?

# the-explainer - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
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The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 7,943 Views 15 Comments

And is it here to stay?

# the-explainer - Thursday 2 July, 2020

How does a government handover work? The Explainer podcast asks an insider
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How does a government handover work? The Explainer podcast asks an insider

Jul 2nd 2020, 8:00 AM 7,533 Views 8 Comments

Is it a seamless process or can there be bumps in the road? We ask former government press secretary Feargal Purcell as the new government gets settled in.

# the-explainer - Thursday 25 June, 2020

The Explainer: How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?
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The Explainer: How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

Jun 25th 2020, 7:00 PM 39,012 Views 11 Comments

Is it ‘a one in a million chance’? That’s what we’re asking today.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

The Explainer: Here's what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Greens plan to do if they form a government
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The Explainer: Here's what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Greens plan to do if they form a government

Jun 16th 2020, 6:40 PM 14,768 Views 47 Comments

We take a good look at the draft programme for government.

# the-explainer - Friday 12 June, 2020

The Explainer: What does defunding the police mean?
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The Explainer: What does defunding the police mean?

Jun 12th 2020, 12:20 PM 11,081 Views 5 Comments

Protesters in the US have been asking people to ‘defund the police’, but what does that mean? That’s what we’re asking on the podcast this week.

# the-explainer - Friday 29 May, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Daniel Kinahan back in the news again?
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The Explainer: Why is Daniel Kinahan back in the news again?

May 29th 2020, 11:08 PM 35,272 Views 0 Comments

We take a look at the topic on the podcast this week.

# the-explainer - Thursday 21 May, 2020

The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?
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The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?

May 21st 2020, 6:30 PM 10,598 Views 25 Comments

Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.

# the-explainer - Thursday 14 May, 2020

The Explainer: What is the mysterious syndrome linked to Covid-19 that's affecting children?
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The Explainer: What is the mysterious syndrome linked to Covid-19 that's affecting children?

May 14th 2020, 6:00 PM 33,461 Views 17 Comments

A syndrome linked with Covid-19 is being seen in the UK – but has it been seen in Ireland? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

The Explainer: Will it be possible for pubs to open before 10 August?
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The Explainer: Will it be possible for pubs to open before 10 August?

May 6th 2020, 6:13 PM 21,775 Views 45 Comments

Is it possible for publicans to get their way?

# the-explainer - Friday 1 May, 2020

The Explainer: Where are we at with testing for Covid-19 in Ireland right now?
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The Explainer: Where are we at with testing for Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

May 1st 2020, 4:08 PM 7,967 Views 5 Comments

That’s what we speak to Cillian de Gascun about in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Friday 24 April, 2020

The Explainer: How well is the State informing the public about the coronavirus crisis?
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The Explainer: How well is the State informing the public about the coronavirus crisis?

Apr 24th 2020, 6:00 PM 17,159 Views 26 Comments

Thtat’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 April, 2020

The Explainer: What is the current thinking - in Ireland and abroad - about wearing masks?
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The Explainer: What is the current thinking - in Ireland and abroad - about wearing masks?

Apr 16th 2020, 6:00 PM 20,939 Views 45 Comments

Should you wear one? And if you do, what’s the best way of wearing one?

# the-explainer - Friday 10 April, 2020

The Explainer: What does the data tell us about Ireland's fight against coronavirus?
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The Explainer: What does the data tell us about Ireland's fight against coronavirus?

Apr 10th 2020, 3:52 PM 38,022 Views 27 Comments

We speak to two experts about the issue.

# the-explainer - Friday 3 April, 2020

The Explainer: How are other countries dealing with Covid-19 compared with Ireland?
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The Explainer: How are other countries dealing with Covid-19 compared with Ireland?

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:00 PM 31,940 Views 17 Comments

We speak to four reporters based in the US, Germany, South Korea and Sweden.

# the-explainer - Thursday 26 March, 2020

The Explainer: What are the British doing to battle Covid-19?
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The Explainer: What are the British doing to battle Covid-19?

Mar 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 25,686 Views 28 Comments

Why did the UK take the approach it did, and what does it mean? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s episode.

# the-explainer - Thursday 19 March, 2020

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?
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The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?

Mar 19th 2020, 6:00 PM 25,756 Views 38 Comments

One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

The Explainer: How can Ireland stop an Italy-style spread of coronavirus?
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The Explainer: How can Ireland stop an Italy-style spread of coronavirus?

Mar 11th 2020, 6:46 PM 37,288 Views 44 Comments

How is it spreading so fast there?

# the-explainer - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump
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The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump

Updated Mar 10th 2020, 11:38 AM 15,170 Views 19 Comments

Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.

# the-explainer - Friday 21 February, 2020

The Explainer: Why don't we have a government yet?
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The Explainer: Why don't we have a government yet?

Feb 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 11,184 Views 76 Comments

We get you up to speed with what exactly is happening.

# the-explainer - Monday 10 February, 2020

The Explainer: What’s happened so far in the general election count?
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The Explainer: What’s happened so far in the general election count?

Feb 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 37,255 Views 74 Comments

As the counting continues, we bring you the biggest stories of GE2020 so far.

# the-explainer - Thursday 6 February, 2020

The Explainer Live: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?
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The Explainer Live: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?

Updated Feb 6th 2020, 6:54 PM 11,925 Views 49 Comments

For our first live recording of The Explainer, guests Lise Hand, Gary Murphy and Adrian Kavanagh chatted to Sinéad O’Carroll.

# the-explainer - Friday 31 January, 2020

The Explainer: How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?
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The Explainer: How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?

Jan 31st 2020, 2:12 PM 25,927 Views 20 Comments

On this week’s podcast, our experts fill you in on everything you need to know.

# the-explainer - Friday 24 January, 2020

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?
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The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

Jan 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 40,226 Views 11 Comments

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.

# the-explainer - Saturday 11 January, 2020

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

Jan 11th 2020, 8:00 AM 13,103 Views 8 Comments

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

Jan 3rd 2020, 7:00 AM 7,157 Views 5 Comments

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
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The Explainer: Our favorite explanations of the year

Dec 27th 2019, 7:15 AM 7,085 Views 2 Comments

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

Dec 19th 2019, 7:30 AM 5,549 Views 5 Comments

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