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# Podcast

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is it like to sit the Leaving Cert in 2023?
Luke Saunders, co-founder and CEO of Studyclix, joins us on this week’s episode to give the lie of the land for anyone whose own memory of sitting the exams might be fading. We look at the lasting impact of the Covid pandemic on the exams, and share advice for students and parents alike.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: 16 years on, what is happening with the Madeleine McCann case?
Joining us on this week’s episode is journalist Robbyn Swan, author of Looking for Madeleine and who featured in the Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, to look over the history of the investigation. Are police making progress? Who is the suspect who has been linked to the case?
Last month
May 2023
# the explainer
The Explainer: What's behind Ireland's love affair with the Late Late?
Mark O’Brien, head of DCU’s School of Communications and associate professor in journalism history, and Kirsty Blake Knox, writer with the Irish Independent, delve into the show’s history, examine its enduring popularity, and ask what its new presenter must do to keep it going strong.
# Podcast
Can Munster claim the URC? Or are the Stormers too good?
Ciarán Kennedy and Murray Kinsella look forward to the final in Cape Town, discussing all the latest team news and both sides’ journeys to this decider.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Interview - HSE doctor speaks about her evacuation from war-torn Sudan
We sit down with Dr Sulafa Salama, a Sudanese doctor working in St James’s in Dublin, who was trapped in Khartoum when the fighting broke out. We’re also joined by Dr Aia Mohamed, assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, who speaks to us about how her father was visiting Sudan when the fighting broke out.
Donncha O’Callaghan speaks to Seán O’Rourke podcast about losing money in ‘sophisticated fraud’
Insights will feature conversations with many public figures in Irish politics, culture and sport.
# the explainer
'I couldn't reach my kids for five days': Ireland-based doctor describes outbreak of war in Sudan
“Some people were praying, some people were crying.”
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why are supermarkets suddenly cutting the prices of milk, butter and bread?
We’re joined by Caitríona Morrissey, news editor with the Irish Farmers Journal. She gives us the background to these recent price drops and explains how cuts to ‘loss leaders’ might have little impact on your overall shopping basket.
# Podcast
Rugby Weekly: Leinster and Munster stronger than expected, Connacht's free hit
Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey look ahead to the URC semi-finals.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How does Ireland and the EU fight wildfires?
Marcin Pater, an emergency response officer at DG ECHO’s Emergency Response Coordinate Centre, and Pádraic Fogarty, campaigns officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust explore the issue of wildfires from both an Irish and European perspective. What is being done to help country’s battle these fires, and what type of impact have we seen on the ground in Ireland?
# Podcast
The 42 Rugby Weekly: The URC quarter-finals preview podcast
Ciarán Kennedy and Murray Kinsella look ahead to the weekend’s rugby.
# Watching the Watchdog
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is GSOC fit for purpose?
Journalists Mick Clifford of The Examiner and Alice Chambers of Noteworthy tell Susan Daly about the Garda watchdog’s severe and ongoing problems.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How is Revolut changing and what does it mean for its customers?
Joining us this week is Daragh Cassidy of to look what’s next for Revolut – is it on track to dominate Irish banking, or will it remain nothing more than a handy app for splitting a bill? Should we start viewing it as a traditional bank? And what do the latest changes mean for its customers?
April 2023
# Podcast
The 42 Rugby Weekly: Leinster lose Henshaw, and don't write off Exeter
The thoughts of Eoin Toolan, Bernard Jackman, Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey ahead of Champions Cup semi-final weekend.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is happening in Sudan?
Joining us on this week’s episode to explain more is Jehanne Henry, a human rights lawyer based in East Africa. She was an advisor to the transitional government in 2020-21, and previously held the role of associate director in Human Rights Watch’s Africa division.
# rugby weekly extra
'Honestly, he probably deserves to start the quarter-final when they play Glasgow'
Murray Kinsella, Bernard Jackman and Gavan Casey discuss Ben Healy’s form for – and his impending departure from – Munster.
# Podcast
Rugby retirements, Connacht's big blow and Munster's mission
Ciarán Kennedy and Murray Kinsella reflect on another enforced retirement, as well as previewing a big weekend of URC games and Ireland Women’s daunting task against England.
# Podcast
The Journal's Redacted Lives wins silver at New York Festivals Radio Awards
The awards have celebrated broadcasting excellence since 1957.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Everything you need to know about the trial of Gerry Hutch
Frank Greaney, courts correspondent with Newstalk and Today FM, joins us on this week’s episode to delve into the case. We examine the origins of the feud, explain who exactly The Monk is, look at key moments from the trial, and explore the origins of the Special Criminal Court.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the story with Irish neutrality?
We’re joined this week on the podcast by Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, to look at Irish neutrality and its opaque history.
# Podcast
Prendergast gets his start and a low point for Carbery
Listen to the latest episode of Rugby Weekly.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What does Trump being indicted mean for him and the 2024 election?
This week on The Explainer, Laura Byrne is joined by The Journal columnist and University of Galway law lecture Larry Donnelly to delve into the case.
March 2023
# Podcast
Crowley gets his chance: Champions and Challenge Cup preview
Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey look ahead to Leinster-Ulster, Sharks-Munster and Benetton-Connacht.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why are there concerns over how TikTok is using your data?
Chris Stokel-Walker, author of a definitive book on TikTok, joins us this week to explain what the controversies around the Chinese-run app are.
# Podcast
Connacht's coup, Six Nations starts, Stormers' mission
Listen to the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly with Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's behind the recent wave of bank failures?
Brooke Masters from the Financial Times joins us on this week’s episode to explain exactly what is going on. What caused the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank? How did it cause ripple effects across the world? And although we’re hearing a lot about venture capital, how worried should Joe and Jane Doe be about their savings?
# assessing autism
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why is it so tough to access autism services?
Reporter Niall Sargent and expert Eleanor McSherry tell Susan Daly about chronic delays in autism assessments and services for children.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is shrinkflation?
This week on The Explainer, Laura Byrne speaks to Edgar Morgenroth, professor of economics at DCU Business School, to delve into the subject more. What level of shrinkflation are we seeing right now, is there anything to protect consumers from it – and when will it end?
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is it like to be a humanitarian on the ground in Ukraine right now?
Presenter Sinéad O’Carroll speaks with Claudia Amaral, head of office with DG ECHO in Kyiv, about her work. What type of assistance do people need the most? What stories has she heard from people on the ground? And how long will her work be needed?
# Podcast
'He’s one of the very best, and I mean that across all positions'
Tadhg Furlong’s return to the Ireland team was discussed on today’s Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why does Matt Hancock keep making headlines?
This week, we’re joined by PA Media’s Dominic McGrath to look back over the career of Matt Hancock, and delve into the impact of his leaked WhatsApp messages.
# shall not pass
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the environmental cost of hydropower?
Reporter Anthea Lacchia tells Susan Daly about declining fish stocks and significant changes in Ireland’s longest river.
# Podcast
Marmion's exit, Snyman's return, and Ireland's injuries
Listen to the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly podcast.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What are 15-minute cities and why do some people think they’re controversial?
Listen in to hear Stevie McDermott and Camilla Siggaard Andersen explain.
# faz jr
'Farrell has been retired if you read the media, which is ridiculous'
The England captain has been facing criticism again.
February 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why are there still problems accessing a drug that prevents extreme morning sickness?
Listen in to hear political correspondent Christina Finn explaining the situation with Cariban.
# Podcast
Aviva atmosphere, Munster's new signing, Ireland's health
Listen to the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is Bertie Ahern back?
Listen in to hear Lise Hand and Sinéad O’Carroll discuss the highs and lows of his career – and what might be in store next.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How could the war in Ukraine end?
Donnacha Ó Beacháin, professor of politics at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, joins us.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How does Ireland's immigration system work?
Listen in to hear Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council explain.