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The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.

The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.

Location:

Ireland

Description:

The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.

Language:

English

Contact:

+35312551346


Episodes

What makes Love Island so successful?

8/3/2022
We're joined by Orlaith Condon, host of the My Pod On Paper podcast, to examine the popularity of reality dating programme Love Island. What's the secret to its success, how has the series developed over time, and how have its creators sought to address the controversies it creates? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning,...

Duration:00:32:50

Is Ireland heading towards another recession?

7/28/2022
Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick economics professor and chief economics writer with The Currency, joins us to look at the factors leading some to predict that Ireland is heading towards another recession. What caused the last one, what are the main risks this time, what action could the government take - oh, and what is a recession? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade....

Duration:00:29:59

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

7/21/2022
We speak to Peter Thorne, a climate change professor at Maynooth University and a coordinating lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to examine what was different about Ireland's recent hot spell, and what it signals for the years ahead. What type of temperatures could we experience, how frequent will they become, and is Irish infrastructure prepared for it? Also, how quickly could we turn the tide if effective action was taken on global emissions? The Explainer is...

Duration:00:22:26

Will Dublin's metro actually be built this time around?

7/14/2022
Brian Caulfield, associate professor with the School of Engineering at TCD, joins us this week to examine MetroLink, formerly known as Metro North. After years of delays the project appears to be back on track - but will it actually come to fruition this time? How much will it cost and how important it is in terms of the city's development? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You...

Duration:00:18:22

By Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?

7/9/2022
In another episode by Noteworthy, Susan Daly speaks to reporters Ella McSweeney and Niall Sargent about their recent investigation, FACTORY FARM which looks at the waste and governance issues around the growth of the poultry industry.

Duration:00:14:48

Why are energy prices still going up?

7/7/2022
Daragh Cassidy, head of communications with price comparison website Bonkers.ie, delves into why exactly your electricity and gas bills keep going up and up and up. How much of a factor is the war in Ukraine, what action can the government take, and why aren't renewables taking the edge off the situation more? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we...

Duration:00:23:41

Why was Roe v Wade overturned and what does it mean for US laws?

6/30/2022
Dr David Kenny, associate professor at the Trinity College School of Law, joins us to examine last week's monumental decision by the US Supreme Court. With almost 50 years of abortion law overturned, what does it mean for people seeking a termination in the US? What other key rulings could now be reviewed, and how do Irish laws on abortion compare? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a...

Duration:00:33:00

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

6/21/2022
Recently elected senator and former Irish Army captain Tom Clonan joins us on this week's episode to examine the future of EU defence. What structures are in place currently, how does Ireland play a role in them, and in what way could the EU's approach to security evolve in future? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning,...

Duration:00:32:14

Why is homelessness in Ireland on the rise again?

6/16/2022
The number of people homeless in Ireland has passed 10,000 for the first time since before the start of the pandemic - Mike Allen, advocacy director with Focus Ireland, joins us on this week's episode to explain why. What measures were used to reduce the number during the height of Covid, did he expect it to rebound so quickly, and what are the key measures which could be considered now? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland...

Duration:00:35:32

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

6/8/2022
In the wake of the horrific shootings at a school in Uvalde, Texas, discussion has turned yet again to gun laws in the USA. The Journal columnist and author Larry Donnelly joins Michelle Hennessy this week to discuss attitudes to gun laws in the country of his birth, and whether they look set to change. The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep...

Duration:00:31:49

What’s causing the chaos at Dublin Airport?

6/1/2022
As summer travel picks up again, Dublin Airport is buckling under the pressure. Editor of Air & Travel magazine Eoghan Corry joins to talk through the scenes witnessed at the airport last weekend and what is being done to tackle it. He also offers advice for passengers who may have missed their flights, or who are jetting off in the coming weeks. The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a...

Duration:00:30:18

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

5/27/2022
It could completely overhaul Ireland’s troubled healthcare system, but what exactly is it? Liam Doran, former general secretary of the INMO, joins us on this week’s episode to give us an insight into Sláintecare. The plan received cross-party support at first, but since then it has been beset by stumbling blocks and resignations. What does it aim to do, and how could it achieve those goals? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in...

Duration:00:33:09

Why isn't Ireland winning Eurovision?

5/19/2022
We're joined by The Journal's News Editor Daragh Brophy, who was at the Eurovision final in Turin, and Johnny Fallon, strategy director at Carr Communications and Eurovision voting expert, to examine why Ireland has been struggling to win the song contest. What went wrong this year, what were our previous successes down to, and does the fact that we once sent a turkey puppet cast a cloud over our chances of ever winning again? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open...

Duration:00:31:33

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

5/12/2022
We’re joined by Press Association reporter Dominic McGrath to dissect the results of Northern Ireland’s election. What will it mean to both unionists and nationalists to have a Sinn Féin first minister - or will the seat even be taken? Who are the Alliance party and what was key to their success? And is this really as seismic an election as it might first appear? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The...

Duration:00:32:56

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

5/5/2022
The Journal's Deputy Editor Christine Bohan and Ciarán O'Connor, analyst with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, join us on this week's episode to examine factchecking - what is it, how does it work, and what impact is it having on tackling misinformation? Are people getting better at spotting false news, or is the situation getting worse? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade....

Duration:00:38:27

What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine?

4/28/2022
Our reporter Céimin Burke tells us about his experience reporting from the Polish-Ukrainian border. We examine why some Ukrainians are heading back to their homes now that Russia forces are concentrating their attacks on the east and south, the Tesco reception centre filled with beds, and the stories of those still fleeing Ukraine. The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can...

Duration:00:28:16

Why is cutting turf so bad for the environment?

4/22/2022
Senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast Ray Flynn joins us to discuss the incredible importance of Ireland’s bogs. With the government proposing to ban the sale and distribution of turf, we examine the damage already done to the island’s wetlands and how some of it can be undone. Ray tells us the value of bogs in mitigating against climate change, and highlights that the scale of peat extraction in Ireland essentially amounts to the largest open-cast mine in Western Europe. The...

Duration:00:32:32

How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?

4/14/2022
As evidence of war crimes by Russian forces in Ukraine mount, we're joined by NUIG's Prof Ray Murphy to discuss what could happen next. When is a crime a war crime, how are they prosecuted, and what leaders have previously been responsible for such actions? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking,...

Duration:00:34:42

Is there a revival of the Irish language underway?

4/7/2022
We’re joined by our reporter Rónán Duffy and president of Conradh na Gaeilge, Paula Melvin, to put the Irish language under the microscope. What more can be done to support it, are we seeing a bit of a revival, and just how much untapped potential is there? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking,...

Duration:00:29:31

What is the census used for?

3/30/2022
It's almost time to fill in your census form - but what's the point in it? Joining us this week is senior statistician with the CSO Cormac Halpin to examine how the questions are set, what changes you might spot on this year's edition, and what exactly the data is used for once collected. The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning,...

Duration:00:28:42