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The Explainer: What is the government's radical new plan for Direct Provision?
Activist Ola Mustapha, Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council and reporter Cónal Thomas talk us through it.
The Explainer: Why is the government changing the Living With Covid plan again?
We take a look for this week’s podcast episode.
The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?
Not sure how many people have had their first vaccination, and how we compare to other countries? Let’s take a look in this week’s episode.
The Explainer: What is Article 16, and why has it been causing hassle?
We take a closer look on this week’s episode.
The Explainer: Delivery woes, efficacy questions, and Brexit - what's going on with AstraZeneca?
We take a closer look on this week’s episode.
The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?
This impeachment hinges on the riot earlier this month in the US Capitol building, as Larry Donnelly explains.
The Explainer: What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?
We outline what’s in the report, and talk to a historian about issues it raises.
The Explainer: A GP, nurse, ICU consultant and contact tracer on what it's like working during the third wave
They speak to us about the challenges of this current phase of the pandemic.
The Explainer: The third wave - what happened, and what restrictions are in place?
Been ignoring the news? Or struggling to keep up? We bring you up to speed with what you need to know.
The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of the year
Here’s the best bits of our podcast this year
The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan on reporting in Trump's America - and what 2021 holds for Biden
We talk to the Washington Correspondent about the past year.
The Explainer: Virologist Dr Cillian de Gascun on how the Covid-19 vaccines work
Virologist Dr Cillian de Gascun breaks the whole thing down for us on this week’s podcast.
The Explainer: Why has the Irish media been barred from reporting the names of children who have been murdered?
We speak to RTÉ reporter Órla O’Donnell and Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan.
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: 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: 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: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?
And what happens to the records now?
The Explainer LIVE: What could Trump's legacy be?
What mark will his work between 2017 and 2021 leave on the United States?
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Interview: The story of Unquiet Graves with filmmaker Seán Murray
Unquiet Graves was aired on RTÉ earlier this month.
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: 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: 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: How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?
We speak to Pete Lunn, a behavioural scientist from the ESRI.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?
And are they actually legally required to quarantine?
The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
And is it here to stay?
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: 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: 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: 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: Why is Daniel Kinahan back in the news again?
We take a look at the topic on the podcast this week.