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When it comes to understanding political issues, Richie is a self confessed toddler. That’s why he’s enlisted the help of Steve, his politically savvy drinking buddy, to help him understand how government effects our everyday lives and our interactions with each other. Join them, as they break down big political issues into comedic bite size bits and try to figure out, What Am Politics?

When it comes to understanding political issues, Richie is a self confessed toddler. That’s why he’s enlisted the help of Steve, his politically savvy drinking buddy, to help him understand how government effects our everyday lives and our interactions with each other. Join them, as they break down big political issues into comedic bite size bits and try to figure out, What Am Politics?
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When it comes to understanding political issues, Richie is a self confessed toddler. That’s why he’s enlisted the help of Steve, his politically savvy drinking buddy, to help him understand how government effects our everyday lives and our interactions with each other. Join them, as they break down big political issues into comedic bite size bits and try to figure out, What Am Politics?

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Episodes

84 - What Am Campaigning?

9/10/2019
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Steve and Richie have talked an awful lot about politicians and what they do for a living; yelling, lawing, voting etc. But they've yet to get into the nitty gritty of how someone goes from being a Normal Person to the lofty heights of elected officialdom. Well, it just so happens a previous superstar of a guest did just that! Peter Kavanagh (https://twitter.com/TheKavOfficial) , advocate for the Irish language and Great Beards, ran for the position of City Councillor in Ireland’s recent...

Duration:01:09:33

83 - What Am The Hong Kong Protests?

8/27/2019
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After weeks and months of demonstrations, and despite a brutal police response, a sea of protestors continue to march through the dense streets of Hong Kong. This week Steve teaches Richie about the historical and political reasons behind the Hong Kong protests. ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with @whatampolitics (https://twitter.com/whatampolitics) -----...

Duration:00:50:10

82 - What Am Socialism?

8/13/2019
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Comebacks and remakes are all the rage right now! So it's no surprise that Socialism is making its own glam return to Western politics after having been assumed to be in the trash can of history. Learn what's behind the ideology that drives politicians such as AOC, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, but scares the bejeezus out of most conservatives. Treaty (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty) ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us...

Duration:00:47:54

81 - What Am Syria?

7/30/2019
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Pre-conflict Syria was a beautiful country with a vibrant and inclusive culture. Unfortunately, the atrocities of the last few years have completely overshadowed this. The global perception of Syria has shifted to one of war, hardship, and displacement. How did this happen? Will peace ever be possible? Steve and Richie chat to journalist Razan Ibraheem (https://twitter.com/IbrahRazan) to find out. "The Past is a Foreign Country" Exhibition...

Duration:01:07:45

80 - What Am 1984?

7/16/2019
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George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four just turned 75 years old. It was, and still is, the definitive dystopian novel, a horrifying vision of life lived under the strict control of a totalitarian government. Big Brother, Thought Crimes, Room 101, these terms may be from the plot of the novel, but they have since entered into everyday language. Dorian Lynskey (https://twitter.com/Dorianlynskey) , writer for Q, the Guardian and GQ, and host of the Remainiacs podcast...

Duration:00:55:52

79 - What Am Tory Leadership Race, Democratic Party Debates, Iran-US Tensions? (and more news)

7/1/2019
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It’s summer time and the living is supposed to be easy, but no one has told the world of politics! There’s leadership elections in the UK, Democratic Party debates in the US, international conferences in East Asia, and Trump may start a shooting war in the Middle East at any moment. Jaysus! Is it hot in here, or is it just us? Want to hear Richie describe tantric love making on a future episode? If 5 people Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) then that's exactly what will happen. -----...

Duration:00:50:42

78 - What Am Passports?

6/25/2019
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Back in the good ol' days, if you wanted to travel to a different country you needed a piece of paper from your King which asked people to kindly not kill you. Luckily, things have progressed since then and now we have little book that asks people not to kill you. This week, Steve is joined by Naomi O'Leary (https://twitter.com/NaomiOhReally) to learn all about the political pocket papers we call passports. Check out The Irish Passport Podcast (https://podnews.net/podcast/1246162545) The...

Duration:01:08:08

77 - What Am Constitutions?

6/11/2019
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Would you feel safe in a skyscraper that had no foundations? How's about trying to walk around with no bones in your body? Contrived analogies aside, constitutions are important. So ignore the fact it's episode 77 and we're only mentioning them now and get ready to bone up on the most important part of nearly every country on earth! ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with...

Duration:01:05:49

76 - What Am GoT? Again

5/28/2019
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We're off to Westeros... Again! After eight long seasons, our watch is finally over. The conclusion of Game of Thrones inspired thousands of media outlets to publish related content and we're no different. Were the dragons the WMDs of Westeros? How has the show inspired real life politics? Listeners beware, for the the night is dark and full of nonsensical tangents. ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet...

Duration:01:07:51

75 - What Am Eurovision 2019?

5/13/2019
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Here we go again! Get those shiny heels gleaming and make that hair larger than a 200 year oak, cause it's Eurovision time. Dónal Mulligan (https://twitter.com/donalmulligan) makes history (again) as WAP's only guest to appear thrice. And this year, the party is being held in a very controversial host nation. This, and many other amazingly glam tidbits of information await! ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address,...

Duration:00:49:56

74 - What Am Election Hodgepodge?

5/7/2019
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From the local county councils in Ireland to the Indonesian Presidency, seems like everyone around the world is hitting the voting booth. This week Steve and Richie bring you the good, the bad, and the bizarre in a special election roundup. Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with @whatampolitics (https://twitter.com/whatampolitics) Famous "Daisy" Attack Ad from 1964 Presidential...

Duration:00:58:07

73 - What Am Operation National Sword?

4/30/2019
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Experts are calling it "the end of recycling as we know it". What is Operation National Sword and why has it changed the way we recycle forever? Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with @whatampolitics (https://twitter.com/whatampolitics) ----- whatampolitics.games (http://whatampolitics.games/) whatampolitics.com (http://whatampolitics.com/) Follow us on Instagram...

Duration:00:18:52

72 - What Am WikiLeaks?

4/22/2019
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What is WikiLeaks? Who is Julian Assange? And why do the cleaners in the Ecuadorian embassy hate him? This week Steve and Richie chat about the worlds worst roommate and the website he founded. Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with @whatampolitics (https://twitter.com/whatampolitics) ----- whatampolitics.games (http://whatampolitics.games/) whatampolitics.com...

Duration:00:47:49

71 - What Am Germany?

4/8/2019
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When talking about Germany, often the subject turns to that big bad thing that happened with all those countries and that horrible monster of a man. So, rather than threading that tired ground, Steve and Richie made an episode focusing on Germany's fascinating origins and its role in the modern world. All without ever mentioning... that thing. Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us...

Duration:01:09:25

70 - What Am The Mueller Report & Brexit?

3/24/2019
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The news cycle has been spinning so fast lately that Richie's gotten all dizzy and nauseous just trying to keep up. What better way to remedy this situation than by dedicating an episode to the two hottest topics of the day: The Mueller Report and Brexit. Donate to The Irish Cancer Society (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nearly-new-boutique) ----- whatampolitics.games (http://whatampolitics.games/) whatampolitics.com (http://whatampolitics.com/) Follow us on Instagram...

Duration:00:34:10

69 - What Am The Politics of Sex?

3/12/2019
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Everyone can agree that sex is super sexy. But what about the disagreements that sex causes in politics? Because they clearly don’t have anything else to argue about, politicians are always fighting over things like ‘family values’, porn, sex workers and sex education. And how is sex approached in different countries? Is an Irish dildo built and sold under the same regulations as American anal beads? Steve and Richie couldn’t approach this topic without just giggling for 60 minutes, so they...

Duration:01:16:44

68 - What Am Youth Politics?

2/26/2019
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What is up, fellow kids? Put down that Fortnite and check out this super lit new episode. Your Fam, Steve and Richie, are gonna teach you all about Youth Politics. If that wasn't turnt enough for you, they've also got a special guest, Una Clarke (https://twitter.com/UnaClarke) from the European Youth Forum. ...EU? More like G.O.A.T! *spins fidget spinner and runs away dabbing* What Wikipedia thinks adults look like (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult#/media/File:RudolfMilly.jpg) Want to...

Duration:00:49:34

67 - What Am The House of Lords | Minisode

2/12/2019
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What do you know about the House of Lords? If you're like Richie, then all you have is a vague assumption that they all sound like Nigel Thornberry. Turns out this was only partially true. In this week's minisode, Steve teaches Richie all about the UK's second chamber of parliament. ----- Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer (http://ko-fi.com/wappod) and leave us your email address, or tweet about the show and tag us with @whatampolitics (https://twitter.com/whatampolitics)...

Duration:00:15:40

66 - What Am Globalisation?

2/5/2019
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This podcast was recorded between Ireland and the UK, on microphones made in the US and Australia, and laptops assembled in China. You're probably reading this on a device manufactured in South Korea or Taiwan. That ironic hipster t-shirt you're wearing? That probably came from Vietnam. Our lives, countries, and cultures are more interconnected than ever before. Globalisation. Is it good? Is it bad? Does it work when placed into the chorus of "Elevation" by U2? Join Steve and Richie as they...

Duration:00:53:31

65 - What Am Wrong With Politics?

1/22/2019
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People are rioting in the streets of France. The Federal Government of the United States has been shutdown for a month. The UK parliament can’t pass a Brexit deal or get rid of the Prime Minister. And Ireland’s Taoiseach wants people to stop eating burgers. We’ve talked about all these problems and much more over the two years of this show, but now with the assistance of Hugh Linehan (https://twitter.com/hlinehan) of the Irish Times, we try to answer the question ‘Is politics just broken?’...

Duration:01:02:02