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# the-explainer - Thursday 26 November, 2020

The Explainer: Why is the 27th Amendment back in the news?

We speak to an expert about what the amendment was, and why Labour is proposing a Bill related to it.

# the-explainer - Thursday 19 November, 2020

The Explainer: Professor Philip Nolan on what the numbers are telling us about Covid-19 right now

We speak to the NPHET member and chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.

# the-explainer - Thursday 12 November, 2020

The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?

We chat to polls expert Kevin Cunningham of TU Dublin to find out more.

# the-explainer - Thursday 5 November, 2020

The Explainer: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?

And what happens to the records now?

# the-explainer - Friday 30 October, 2020

The Explainer LIVE: What could Trump's legacy be?

What mark will his work between 2017 and 2021 leave on the United States?

# the-explainer - Thursday 29 October, 2020

What could Donald Trump's legacy be? Join us as we discuss on The Explainer live (in your living room)

This week’s episode will be recorded via Zoom this evening – and you can take part.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

The Explainer: What led to Ireland moving to Level 5 restrictions?

We take a look at the facts and figures on this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Friday 16 October, 2020

The Explainer: Is assisted dying going to become legal in Ireland soon?

Gino Kenny’s Dying With Dignity Bill passed through the Dáil recently – we look at the journey to get there, and what happens next.

# the-explainer - Friday 9 October, 2020

The Explainer: How did Covid-19 get so bad in Northern Ireland?

On this week’s episode we look at the numbers – and the complications inherent in trying to deal with the issue politically.

# the-explainer - Saturday 3 October, 2020

The Explainer: What is the Stay and Spend scheme and how does it work?

The new scheme will allow taxpayers claim a maximum of €125 back in tax credits on their spending in the hospitality sector.

# the-explainer - Friday 25 September, 2020

The Explainer Interview: The story of Unquiet Graves with filmmaker Seán Murray

Unquiet Graves was aired on RTÉ earlier this month.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

The Explainer: What you need to know about the new Covid-19 levels and restrictions

The Living With Covid plan was launched earlier today.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Brexit back in the news?

It’s like it has never gone away… the latest on why the Brexit trade talks are causing a kerfuffle.

# the-explainer - Thursday 3 September, 2020

The Explainer: Leaving Cert results are out on Monday - here's how it'll work

We take a look at how the calculated grades system will work.

# the-explainer - Thursday 27 August, 2020

The Explainer: How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?

We speak to Pete Lunn, a behavioural scientist from the ESRI.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

The Explainer: What led to the new Covid-19 restrictions?

This week’s episode sees Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET, talk us through the decision making.

# the-explainer - Friday 14 August, 2020

The Explainer: What the Covid-19 clusters tell us about the meat industry in Ireland

This week’s episode of the podcast discusses how meat plants work and how staff are treated.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Ireland delaying the reopening of pubs again?

Why was the decision made, and what sort of risks were being balanced? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

The Explainer: What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?

What was in Minister Norma Foley’s announcement – and how does it differ from what countries like Denmark are doing?

# the-explainer - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

We speak to one of the Oxford researchers working on a vaccine that has seen good results so far.

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 July, 2020

The Explainer: Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?

And are they actually legally required to quarantine?

# the-explainer - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

And is it here to stay?

# the-explainer - Thursday 2 July, 2020

How does a government handover work? The Explainer podcast asks an insider

Is it a seamless process or can there be bumps in the road? We ask former government press secretary Feargal Purcell as the new government gets settled in.

# the-explainer - Thursday 25 June, 2020

The Explainer: How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

Is it ‘a one in a million chance’? That’s what we’re asking today.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

The Explainer: Here's what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Greens plan to do if they form a government

We take a good look at the draft programme for government.

# the-explainer - Friday 12 June, 2020

The Explainer: What does defunding the police mean?

Protesters in the US have been asking people to ‘defund the police’, but what does that mean? That’s what we’re asking on the podcast this week.

# the-explainer - Friday 29 May, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Daniel Kinahan back in the news again?

We take a look at the topic on the podcast this week.

# the-explainer - Thursday 21 May, 2020

The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?

Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.

# the-explainer - Thursday 14 May, 2020

The Explainer: What is the mysterious syndrome linked to Covid-19 that's affecting children?

A syndrome linked with Covid-19 is being seen in the UK – but has it been seen in Ireland? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

The Explainer: Will it be possible for pubs to open before 10 August?

Is it possible for publicans to get their way?

# the-explainer - Friday 1 May, 2020

The Explainer: Where are we at with testing for Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

That’s what we speak to Cillian de Gascun about in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Friday 24 April, 2020

The Explainer: How well is the State informing the public about the coronavirus crisis?

Thtat’s what we’re looking at in this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 April, 2020

The Explainer: What is the current thinking - in Ireland and abroad - about wearing masks?

Should you wear one? And if you do, what’s the best way of wearing one?

# the-explainer - Friday 10 April, 2020

The Explainer: What does the data tell us about Ireland's fight against coronavirus?

We speak to two experts about the issue.

# the-explainer - Friday 3 April, 2020

The Explainer: How are other countries dealing with Covid-19 compared with Ireland?

We speak to four reporters based in the US, Germany, South Korea and Sweden.

# the-explainer - Thursday 26 March, 2020

The Explainer: What are the British doing to battle Covid-19?

Why did the UK take the approach it did, and what does it mean? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s episode.

# the-explainer - Thursday 19 March, 2020

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?

One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.

# the-explainer - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

The Explainer: How can Ireland stop an Italy-style spread of coronavirus?

How is it spreading so fast there?

# the-explainer - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump

Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.

# the-explainer - Friday 21 February, 2020

The Explainer: Why don't we have a government yet?

We get you up to speed with what exactly is happening.

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