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.
Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?
Most people will have heard some talk recently about household energy bills rising and the shortage of natural gas. This week, Sinéad O’Carroll speaks to The Journal's business reporter Ian Curran and Muireann Á Lynch of the ESRI about the perfect storm of events both in Ireland and internationally that have brought us to a winter of energy shortages.
Should we be ordering our Christmas presents now?
Yes, we're talking about Christmas in September. Our reporter Ian Curran joins us to discuss the strains facing global supply chains and how it could result in some items being hard to find during the busy winter retail season. And it's not just Covid to blame - semiconductors, pallets, and our old friend the Ever Given are in the mix too.
Where does Ireland fit into the space race?
Space expert Leo Enright joins us on this week's episode to look up at the heavens, and examine what role Ireland plays in getting more stuff up there. We discuss how space technology can benefit us on Earth, the ins and outs of how Ireland's first satellite will work, and how we have Dublin's Royal Canal to thank for a fundamental element of space travel.
By Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our biodiversity?
In a bonus episode, brought to you by our investigative team at Noteworthy, Susan Daly chats with reporter Niall Sargent about the state of Ireland’s biodiversity and what needs to be done to better protect it.
How is Australia battling its biggest Covid outbreak to date?
Peter Bodkin, formerly of this parish but now editor of AAP Factcheck in Sydney, joins us to look at how Australia is handling its latest Covid outbreak. What is life like right now, how is the vaccine rollout going, and what does Delta mean for Covid Zero strategies? We also take a look at what level of misinformation there is down under.
What's the future for women in Afghanistan?
As Afghanistan descends further into an uncertain future, we're joined by Heather Barr, associate director of the women's rights division at Human Rights Watch, to look at what lies ahead for women in the country. Barr, who lived in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, shares her insights on what life was like before the US-led invasion, to what extent the situation improved for women since then, and just what is facing them now.
The Story of the Anna Kriegal trial
This was only my second time to listen to an episode of The Explainer. I really liked the content and how the topic was dealt with.
However, the speed at which the speakers talk (which I understand is due to editing) is quite uncomfortable to listen to. This would affect my interest in listening to further episodes. If I find that this speed is normal for The Explainer I will discontinue listening.
I would prefer less content in the episode at a normal listening speed.
Always comprehensive and clear news analysis
Thank you Sinead O’Carroll and all your guests for clarifying the main issues of the week with such ease and understanding.
I’ve shared different episodes with so many and especially my children who need to hear news from a trustworthy site and this is definitely one of those.
Keep up the good work.
News without the noise - great, balanced and informative