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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 do recent arrests mean for the Kinahan gang?

9/23/2022
Our reporter Garreth MacNamee joins us to examine the future of the Kinahan Organised Crime Gang in the wake of significant moves by international police forces to crack down on the gang this year, and recent high-profile arrests. Is it still able to operate as a criminal enterprise, are other gangs filling the void left in Ireland, and what will become of Daniel Kinahan's aspirations to be a boxing promoter? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable...

Duration:00:19:00

By Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

9/20/2022
Our investigations team at Noteworthy examine the use of pesticides by public authorities. They've found that almost all councils still apply chemical weedkillers, particularly glyphosate (known as Roundup). Here, Susan Daly speaks to reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh about these chemicals and their potential to cause harm to the public. 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...

Duration:00:22:39

What challenges will Britain's new king face?

9/15/2022
Joining us this week is Enda Brady, London-based journalist and media consultant, to examine what lies ahead for Britain's new head of state. What changes might King Charles III make to the monarchy, what do the British public make of him - and will he be able to smooth over the numerous controversies facing the royal family? 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...

Duration:00:23:55

Why is Ireland so obsessed with Garth Brooks?

9/8/2022
RTÉ arts and culture journalist Alan Corr and The Journal's resident Garth Brooks fan Christina Finn join us to look at the return of the country music superstar. Brooks is back in Ireland for five sold-out gigs - but what's the secret to his enduring popularity in Ireland? What happened to the 2014 concerts, and will this year's run be his last in Ireland? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal...

Duration:00:29:01

By Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?

9/7/2022
In another episode by Noteworthy, Niall Sargent and Austrian vet Dr Alexander Rabitsch tell Susan Daly about animal welfare concerns in the growing live export trade to Europe. In TRADE OFF, Sargent also examined the growth of the export trade in line with dairy export and spoke to industry insiders about what solutions, if any, can be offered to limit welfare concerns raised.

Duration:00:18:04

How have abortion laws changed in the US since Roe v Wade was overturned?

9/1/2022
Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for the Business Post, joins us to look at how abortion laws in the United States have evolved since Roe v Wade was overturned. What changes have been made, how is it impacting people, and is there anything the Biden administration can do? 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,...

Duration:00:27:40

By Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?

8/30/2022
In another episode by our investigations team, Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly that though most religious congregations have paid redress offered for institutional child abuse, there is still a shortfall of around €105m, with over 90% of this from the Sisters of Mercy who are in the middle of transferring two further properties. 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:00:22:37

Why has polio reappeared in some major cities?

8/26/2022
Dr Kathleen O'Reilly, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, joins us to talk about polio. The virus, long eradicated in many parts of the world, has been detected in the wastewater of several cities, suggesting it is now circulating. How did this happen, what are the risks, and what action needs to be taken? 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:00:27:42

Is Ireland facing the threat of winter power blackouts?

8/19/2022
ESRI energy economist Muireann Lynch joins us on this week's episode to look at how the energy crisis could impact Ireland. As supply dwindles and what's left becomes more expensive, will we be able to keep the lights on over the coming months? Under what conditions could a blackout happen - and how is the electricity supply managed in the first place? 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:00:35:00

How is the global monkeypox outbreak being managed?

8/11/2022
Cillian De Gascun, head of then National Virus Reference Laboratory, joins to discuss what we know so far about monkeypox. The virus has gained a foothold in many Western countries, and the World Health Organisation has now declared it a public health emergency. How is it spreading, who is most at risk, and why is the vaccine used to protect against it in such short supply? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the...

Duration:00:32:34

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