The Explainer

By TheJournal.ie

The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.

  1. 1.
    What is the government's radical new plan for Direct Provision?
    39:56
  2. 2.
    Why is the government changing the Living With Covid plan again?
    33:38
  3. 3.
    What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?
    24:54
  4. 4.
    What is Article 16, and why has it been causing hassle?
    29:08
  5. 5.
    Delivery woes, efficacy questions, and Brexit - what's going on with AstraZeneca?
    37:34
  6. 6.
    What happens next with Trump's impeachment - and what does it mean for his future?
    37:20
  7. 7.
    What are the issues with the mother and baby home report?
    30:08
  8. 8.
    In Depth: A GP, nurse, ICU consultant and contact tracer on working during the third wave
    56:10
  1. 9.
    The third wave - what happened, and what restrictions are in place?
    31:00
  2. 10.
    Out favourite explanations of 2020
    24:33
  3. 11.
    Interview: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan on reporting in Trump's America - and what 2021 holds for Biden
    44:14
  4. 12.
    How Ireland plans to roll-out Covid-19 vaccines
    28:26
  5. 13.
    Virologist Dr Cillian de Gascun on how Covid-19 vaccines work
    33:10
  6. 14.
    Why has the Irish media been barred from reporting the names of children who have been murdered?
    24:54
  7. 15.
    Why is the 27th Amendment back in the news?
    25:04
  8. 16.
    Professor Philip Nolan on what the numbers are telling us about Covid-19 right now
    42:06
  9. 17.
    Did the polls get it right in the US election?
    31:10
  10. 18.
    In Depth: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?
    51:12
  11. 19.
    The Explainer LIVE: What could Trump's legacy be?
    1:08:26
  12. 20.
    What led to Ireland moving to Level 5 restrictions?
    31:51
  13. 21.
    Is assisted dying going to become legal in Ireland soon?
    26:52
  14. 22.
    How did Covid-19 get so bad in Northern Ireland?
    29:01
  15. 23.
    What is the Stay and Spend scheme and how does it work?
    40:44
  16. 24.
    Interview: The story of Unquiet Graves
    50:11
  17. 25.
    What you need to know about the new Covid-19 levels and restrictions
    38:30
  18. 26.
    Why is Brexit back in the news?
    19:54
  19. 27.
    Leaving Cert results are out on Monday - here's how it'll work
    28:50
  20. 28.
    How could Golfgate impact Irish people’s behaviour?
    30:46
  21. 29.
    What led to the new Covid-19 restrictions?
    38:59
  22. 30.
    What the Covid-19 clusters tell us about the meat industry in Ireland
    34:21
  23. 31.
    Why is Ireland delaying the reopening of pubs again?
    28:16
  24. 32.
    What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?
    20:40
  25. 33.
    How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?
    21:13
  26. 34.
    Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?
    29:49
  27. 35.
    How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
    34:13
  28. 36.
    How do you handover a government?
    31:05
  29. 37.
    How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?
    32:11
  30. 38.
    Here's what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Greens plan to do if they form a government
    36:03
  31. 39.
    What does defunding the police mean?
    29:56
  32. 40.
    What does the George Floyd killing mean for America?
    35:08
  33. 41.
    Why is Daniel Kinahan back in the news again?
    45:39
  34. 42.
    100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?
    36:52
  35. 43.
    What is the mysterious syndrome linked to Covid-19 that's affecting children?
    19:59
  36. 44.
    Will it be possible for pubs to open before 10 August?
    24:02
  37. 45.
    Where are we at with testing for Covid-19 in Ireland right now?
    39:22
  38. 46.
    How well is the State informing the public about the coronavirus crisis?
    28:20
  39. 47.
    What is the current thinking - in Ireland and abroad - about wearing masks?
    26:04
  40. 48.
    What does the data tell us about Ireland's fight against coronavirus?
    49:17
  41. 49.
    How are other countries dealing with Covid-19 compared with Ireland?
    1:16:48
  42. 50.
    What are the British doing to battle Covid-19?
    39:36

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