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# the explainer

# depopulation
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and islander John Walsh tell Susan Daly about what is needed to help our offshore islands thrive.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# System Overload
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is the Irish public health system coping?
Reporter Peter McGuire and Dr Anne Dee of the Irish Medical Organisation tell Susan Daly about public health challenges and reforms.
This month
January 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: Who is Andrew Tate?
Listen in to hear Dr Debbie Ging of Dublin City University explain more about the controversial online figure.
# Fuelling Retirement
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are Irish pensions invested in fossil fuels?
Lauren Boland of The Journal and Ciarán Hughes of ethical investment company Ethico tell Susan Daly about the relationship between pensions and fossil fuels.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How can you make your money go further in 2023?
Listen in to hear financial advisor Nick Charalambous give his advice.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of 2022
Listen in to hear what we picked amongst the range of topics we tackled across politics, sport, entertainment and health this year.
Last month
December 2022
# Waste Away
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What happens to your soft plastic recycling?
Alice Chambers of Noteworthy and Mindy O’Brien of environmental charity VOICE tell Susan Daly about Ireland’s recycling system.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is being done for survivors of Ireland's mother and baby homes?
Listen to Órla Ryan, presenter of Redacted Lives podcast, explain about Ireland’s mother and baby home system, and what is happening for survivors.
# Data Centres
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are data centres ramping up Ireland’s emissions?
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy and UCD’s Dr Patrick Brodie tell Susan Daly about our latest investigation.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What do we know about an alleged coup plot in Germany?
Listen to hear Prof Peter Neumann, a German journalist and academic, explain the background and context to the story.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is happening with inflation and how is it affecting our pockets?
Listen in to hear economist and research affiliate with the ESRI John Fitzgerald to hear more.
Last year
2022
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s Ceta, and will Ireland hold a referendum on it?
On this week’s episode of The Explainer, we’re joined by Trinity College Dublin’s David Kenny to examine the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, and how the Irish Supreme Court has thrown a potential spanner in the works of it.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s happening with the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Listen in to hear The42.ie reporter Gavin Cooney, who’s heading to Qatar, explain.
# Revolving Door
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?
Reporters Cormac Fitzgerald and Stephen McDermott tell Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined lobbying by former government officials.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What do the layoffs at Meta and Twitter mean for the tech industry?
Listen in to hear Elaine Burke, editor of Silicon Republic, explain to Sinéad O’Carroll.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What will the COP27 climate summit focus on?
Our reporter Lauren Boland joins us this week to look at what lies ahead for the climate conference.
# Blind Justice
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Reporter Michelle Hennessy tells Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined the impact of the justice system on Travellers.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Who is Mahsa Amini, and why has her death led to protests in Iran?
Dr Paola Rivetti joins us on this week’s episode to examine the protests that have gripped Iran – what’s driving people out on the streets, and who are the morality police?
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s the story with the women’s football World Cup?
Listen in to hear The42.ie reporter Emma Duffy explain.
# episode
The Explainer: What will Putin's next steps be in his invasion of Ukraine?
Listen in to hear retired army officer Senator Tom Clonan explain what’s going on.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's happening in Brazil's closely-fought election?
Listen in to hear journalist Sam Cowie, who’s based in Sao Paulo, explain.
# budget 2023
The Explainer: What type of tax system does Ireland have?
Is it progressive? And what does that even mean? The ESRI’s Barra Roantree joins us on this week’s episode to explain all.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What do recent arrests mean for the Kinahan gang?
Our reporter Garreth MacNamee joins us to look at how months of intense targeting by international police organisations has impacted the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
# in the weeds
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What are the challenges facing King Charles?
We speak to media consultant and former Sky News reporter Enda Brady explains.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is Ireland so obsessed with Garth Brooks?
Listen in to hear Christina Finn and Alan Corr explain more.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How have abortion laws changed in the US since Roe V Wade was overturned?
Listen in to hear US-based journalist Marion McKeone explain.
# holy land
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how over €90 million worth of properties were sold.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why has polio reappeared in some major cities' sewage systems?
Listen in to hear epidemiologist Dr Kathleen O’Reilly explain what it might mean.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What's being done to stop the spread of monkeypox?
Over 100 cases have now been reported in Ireland.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What makes Love Island so successful?
Listen in to hear from Love Island expert, podcaster Orlaith Condon.
# the explainer
The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?
This week we discussed how different a possible recession could look compared to the post-2008 downturn.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What do the recent extreme temperatures tell us about future Irish summers?
How frequent will heatwaves become, and how quickly can we turn the tide?
# Explainer
The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?
Listen in to hear public transport expert Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin explain.
# factory farm
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?
Listen in to our interview with Daragh Cassidy of Bonkers.ie to find out more.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws
The landmark decision means Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.
# Explainer
The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?
Listen in to our interview with Dr David Kenny of Trinity College School of Law to find out more.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?
On this week’s episode, former army officer Tom Clonan talks to Michelle Hennessy about how the European Union’s defence strategy is evolving.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is it so hard to take action on mass shootings in the US?
Our columnist Larry Donnelly talks to Michelle Hennessy about gun laws in the USA this week on the podcast.