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# the-explainer - Thursday 26 November, 2020

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

Nov 26th 2020, 6:00 PM 19,895 Views 13 Comments

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

Nov 19th 2020, 9:19 AM 29,918 Views 57 Comments

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

Nov 12th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,559 Views 30 Comments

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

Nov 5th 2020, 7:00 AM 16,407 Views 1 Comment

And what happens to the records now?

# the-explainer - Friday 30 October, 2020

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

Oct 30th 2020, 7:15 AM 12,219 Views 46 Comments

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

Oct 29th 2020, 1:20 PM 42,285 Views 0 Comments

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

Oct 21st 2020, 6:30 AM 12,962 Views 22 Comments

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

Oct 16th 2020, 7:30 AM 11,687 Views 17 Comments

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

Oct 9th 2020, 5:15 PM 38,029 Views 30 Comments

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

Oct 3rd 2020, 7:45 AM 15,185 Views 14 Comments

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

Sep 25th 2020, 10:14 AM 18,831 Views 39 Comments

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

Sep 15th 2020, 8:02 PM 29,141 Views 10 Comments

The Living With Covid plan was launched earlier today.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

The Explainer: Why is Brexit back in the news?
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The Explainer: Why is Brexit back in the news?

Sep 8th 2020, 6:00 PM 14,858 Views 9 Comments

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

Sep 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 27,792 Views 9 Comments

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

Aug 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 15,079 Views 7 Comments

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

Aug 19th 2020, 1:12 PM 22,601 Views 65 Comments

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

Aug 14th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,096 Views 8 Comments

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

Aug 5th 2020, 7:30 PM 21,097 Views 46 Comments

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

Jul 28th 2020, 5:30 PM 20,197 Views 10 Comments

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

Jul 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 22,978 Views 17 Comments

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

Jul 16th 2020, 11:45 AM 16,423 Views 11 Comments

And are they actually legally required to quarantine?

# the-explainer - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
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The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 7,947 Views 15 Comments

And is it here to stay?

# the-explainer - Thursday 2 July, 2020

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

Jul 2nd 2020, 8:00 AM 7,542 Views 8 Comments

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

Jun 25th 2020, 7:00 PM 39,148 Views 11 Comments

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

Jun 16th 2020, 6:40 PM 14,771 Views 47 Comments

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?
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The Explainer: What does defunding the police mean?

Jun 12th 2020, 12:20 PM 11,085 Views 5 Comments

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

May 29th 2020, 11:08 PM 35,284 Views 5 Comments

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

May 21st 2020, 6:30 PM 10,601 Views 25 Comments

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

May 14th 2020, 6:00 PM 33,462 Views 17 Comments

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

May 6th 2020, 6:13 PM 21,780 Views 45 Comments

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

May 1st 2020, 4:08 PM 7,967 Views 5 Comments

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

Apr 24th 2020, 6:00 PM 17,162 Views 26 Comments

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

Apr 16th 2020, 6:00 PM 20,944 Views 45 Comments

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

Apr 10th 2020, 3:52 PM 38,025 Views 27 Comments

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

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:00 PM 31,947 Views 17 Comments

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

Mar 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 25,690 Views 28 Comments

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

Mar 19th 2020, 6:00 PM 25,757 Views 38 Comments

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

Mar 11th 2020, 6:46 PM 37,291 Views 44 Comments

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

Updated Mar 10th 2020, 11:38 AM 15,174 Views 19 Comments

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

Feb 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 11,188 Views 76 Comments

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