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The Explainer
The Explainer
The Journal

The Explainer is a weekly podcast from The Journal that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to... more

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Episodes

What do the next five years hold for the European Parliament?

Professor of European Politics at Maynooth University John O'Brennan joins us to look at what the next five years hold... more

20 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
What is the shape of Irish politics after the local and European elections?

The seats are filled, the dust is settling, and the count centre staff enjoying some well-earned rest. To take stock... more

14 Jun 2024 · 37 minutes
How does Ireland's system of voting work?

Virgin Media's political correspondent Gavan Reilly sits down with us to explain what exactly proportional representation with a single transferable... more

06 Jun 2024 · 24 minutes
What exactly are the European elections all about?

On 7 June, you'll have the chance to vote in the European elections - but what exactly will the end... more

01 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
What next for Iran after the death of the country's president?

DCU's Paola Rivetti, an expert in Middle East politics, joins us to look at the fallout from the death of... more

26 May 2024 · 30 minutes
By Noteworthy: Are young people with psychosis getting the help they need?

Presenter Maria Delaney is joined by News Correspondent Órla Ryan who has been leading our year-long ‘Falling Through the Cracks’... more

23 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Climate-related emergencies are on the rise but how are we dealing with them?

Over recent years, Europe has seen a rising trend of severe weather - some of which can be linked to... more

18 May 2024 · 33 minutes
What is Ireland’s history with the European Union?

We're joined by Dr Barry Colfer, director of research at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), to look... more

11 May 2024 · 39 minutes
What is the council’s new transport plan for Dublin city?

We're examining the details of the Dublin Transport Plan to examine its aim and how it will achieve that, as... more

04 May 2024 · 20 minutes
How does sentencing work in Ireland?

We're joined by Paul McCutcheon, a professor of Law at the University of Limerick to examine how exactly sentencing works.... more

27 Apr 2024 · 21 minutes
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