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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’s Ceta, and will Ireland hold a referendum on it?

11/22/2022
David Kenny, associate professor at Trinity College Dublin Law School, is back with us to take us through the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, or Ceta. What is it, what are the main sticking points, and why did the Supreme Court rule that it couldn't be ratified without a referendum in Ireland (as it stands, at least)? 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:00:29:55

What’s happening with the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

11/16/2022
This week we have The42's soccer writer Gavin Cooney in studio to answer some of the many questions surrounding this year's World Cup. Why Qatar? Who are the teams to watch? Is it really going to be a carbon-neutral event? We also examine the human rights abuses during the preparation for the tournament, and what Qatari authorities have said about LGBTQI+ rights. The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The...

Duration:00:32:43

By Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?

11/13/2022
In another episode by Noteworthy, reporters Cormac Fitzgerald and Stephen McDermott tell Susan Daly about Noteworthy's latest project which examined lobbying by former government officials. They found almost 400 lobbying returns in which former government officials incorrectly appeared as ‘ordinary’ lobbyists on the register.

Duration:00:15:29

What do the layoffs at Meta and Twitter mean for the tech industry?

11/10/2022
Elaine Burke, editor of Silicon Republic, joins us on this week's episode to look at what's happening in the tech industry. What's behind the latest wave of layoffs, what does it mean for Ireland - and what exactly is going on over at Twitter? 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, explaining and...

Duration:00:16:05

What will the COP27 climate summit focus on?

11/3/2022
Our reporter Lauren Boland joins us this week to look at what lies ahead for the climate conference. The UN summit is taking place next week in Egypt and will be attended by a number of world leaders (yes, including Rishi Sunak), but what will it achieve? What new agreements could be struck? And what's Ireland's place in all of this? 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:00:21:51

By Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?

11/1/2022
In another episode by Noteworthy, reporter Michelle Hennessy tells Susan Daly about Noteworthy's latest project which examined the impact of the justice system on Travellers.

Duration:00:23:41

Who is Mahsa Amini, and why has her death led to protests in Iran?

10/26/2022
We're joined on this week's episode of The Explainer by Dr Paola Rivetti, an associate professor in politics and international relations at DCU whose research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and on social and political mobilisations, to examine what exactly has happened since Mahsa Amini's death on 16 September. What exactly is driving so many people out in protest, who are the morality police, and is there anything different about these...

Duration:00:32:00

What’s the story with the women’s football World Cup?

10/21/2022
For the first time ever, Ireland's women's football team are off to the World Cup. The42's Emma Duffy joins us to explain everything you need to know about the upcoming games, and the background to the team's success. How much has changed since they threatened to go on strike in 2017, and what are their chances of more success in Australia and New Zealand next summer? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of...

Duration:00:30:06

What will Putin's next steps be in his invasion of Ukraine?

10/13/2022
Senator and retired army officer Tom Clonan joins us to look at what comes next in Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The conflict is now in its seventh month, and recent weeks have seen Ukraine make substantial gains against the invading force - so what does Russia do now? How significant is Ukraine's attack on the Kerch bridge, and could Putin resort to using nuclear weapons? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim...

Duration:00:31:37

What’s happening in Brazil’s closely fought presidential election?

10/7/2022
Sam Cowie, a journalist based in Brazil, joins us to examine Brazil's potentially seismic presidential election. The far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro is neck-and-neck with one of the country's former presidents, often referred to as simply Lula. What are their backgrounds, what issues is this election being fought on - and will Bolsonaro even accept the result? The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The...

Duration:00:31:29

What type of tax system does Ireland have?

9/28/2022
Barra Roantree, economist with the ESRI, joins us on this week's episode to put Ireland's tax system under the microscope. What exactly is a progressive tax regime - and does Ireland have one? Are we too exposed to corporation tax? And what are the biggest takeaways from Budget 2023? This episode is proudly sponsored by Taxback.com 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:00:28:41

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