Show cover of The Explainer

The Explainer

The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from 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.


What makes Love Island so successful? 35:45 03/08/22
Is Ireland heading towards another recession? 30:03 28/07/22
What do the recent extreme temperatures tell us about future Irish summers? 22:27 21/07/22
Will Dublin's metro actually be built this time around? 22:10 14/07/22
By Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure? 22:02 09/07/22
Why are energy prices still going up? 23:49 07/07/22
Why was Roe v Wade overturned and what does it mean for US laws? 33:43 30/06/22
What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role? 32:38 21/06/22
Why is homelessness in Ireland on the rise again? 35:59 16/06/22
Why is it so hard to take action on mass shootings in the US? 31:49 08/06/22
What’s causing the chaos at Dublin Airport? 30:21 01/06/22
What is Sláintecare and how does it aim to reform Ireland’s health system? 34:12 27/05/22
Why isn't Ireland winning Eurovision? 35:16 19/05/22
What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland? 32:56 12/05/22
In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work? 38:28 05/05/22
What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine? 28:39 28/04/22
Why is cutting turf so bad for the environment? 34:00 22/04/22
How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted? 34:42 14/04/22
Is there a revival of the Irish language underway? 31:00 07/04/22
What is the census used for? 28:42 30/03/22
How secure is Ireland’s food supply? 30:16 24/03/22
Is the internet bad for our brains? 26:13 16/03/22
What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it? 32:02 08/03/22
What is life like for people in Ukraine, and for those who have left? 36:07 02/03/22
By Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders? 21:36 01/03/22
Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine? 39:10 24/02/22
By Noteworthy: Are public works on our rivers damaging biodiversity? 21:37 21/02/22
How did a truckers’ protest in Canada spread to other countries? 28:24 18/02/22
By Noteworthy: What can be done to improve Irish childcare? 27:26 15/02/22
What is driving Ireland's rising cost of living? 28:21 11/02/22