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Economics is applied common sense and the podcast will break down the various arguments in everyday language. We will strive to provide an unbiased account of all arguments relevant to a debate. Sometimes the more interesting questions emerge when you scratch the surface and we'll use the economics toolkit to dig these out. Many of the speakers are working at the cutting edge of their respective fields, guiding us through both the accumulated evidence and showing us where things are likely t ...
 
Rick Steves Britain and Ireland Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of Britain and Ireland's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves London, Ireland, and Scotland guidebooks. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
 
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Q: My wife and I are looking at retrofitting our home to increase our Building Energy Rating (BER). It turns out our local credit union will become an official provider of State grants and will offer a streamlined retrofitting service next month. Should we use the combination of SEAI grant funding and a loan, or should we include some savings we ha…
 
James O'Brien is one of Britain's favourite broadcasters, best known for his LBC radio show and his podcasts.His show has attracted over a million loyal listeners by dissecting the opinions of callers live on air every day. But, as his new book demonstrates, winning the argument doesn't necessarily mean you're right.In How Not To Be Wrong: The Art …
 
Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head to head in the final US presidential debate in Nashville last night.Immigration, COVID-19 and racism were among the topics up for discussion.Although there was significantly less name-calling and interrupting this time around, there was still plenty of tension between the two candidates.But who fared better?Cal …
 
Last weekend was dominated by discussions about whether Ireland should be put under Level 5 restrictions.However, as several commentators pointed out, all 11 people involved in the decision-making process were male. These included the three party leaders as well as Paschal Donohoe, Michael McGrath and Stephen Donnelly, who were briefed by four men.…
 
In her stunning and conceptually adventurous new book Emotions and Colonial Modernity in Colonial India: From Balance to Fervor (Oxford University Press, 2020), Margrit Pernau examines the varied and hugely consequential expressions of and normative investments in emotions in modern South Asian Muslim thought. By considering a wide array of sources…
 
Rob Kearney is Ireland's most decorated rugby player with two Grand Slams, four Six Nations titles, four European titles, six PRO14 medals and a Challenge Cup.He has 95 caps for Ireland, has played for the British and Irish Lions and made over 200 appearances for Leinster.He has now written his autobiography, No Hiding, in which he writes honestly …
 
Arsene Wenger has been one of the most influential figures in world football.In his 22 years as Arsenal manager, he led the club to multiple Premier League titles and a record number of FA Cups, as well as masterminding their historic 2003-04 season when they went unbeaten for 49 games and became known as the Invincibles.Wenger has now written his …
 
Roddy Doyle's latest novel, Love, is the story of two old school friends who reconnect in Dublin and spend an evening together in a series of pubs.Its publication was delayed by the last lockdown, and over the last few months COVID-19 has taken away the camaraderie of the Irish pub, where the novel is set.Roddy joined us on The Last Word to talk ab…
 
GPs are now referring close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases for tests.This will be the case until numbers are manageable for Public Health and contact tracers again. People who tested positive last weekend have been asked to do their own contact tracing due to pressure on the system, and close contacts are in turn being asked to contact their G…
 
JC de Swaan does not shy from a challenge. In his new book, Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), de Swaan, argues that it is possible to work in finance and not fall prey to the worst ethical ills of a profit maximizing industry. A lecturer at Princeton and partner in at Wal…
 
Sir Noel Malcolm’s captivating new book, Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2019), tells the story of Western European fascination with the Ottoman empire and Islam between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the latter half of the 18th century. This beautifully argued, …
 
JC de Swaan does not shy from a challenge. In his new book, Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), de Swaan, argues that it is possible to work in finance and not fall prey to the worst ethical ills of a profit maximizing industry. A lecturer at Princeton and partner in at Wal…
 
This week's Culture Club inductee is singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, whose new album Personal History is out now.She spoke to Matt about her favourite music, plays, TV shows, books, movies and podcasts.First Single Ever Bought: B*witched - C'est la VieFavourite Album: Jeff Buckley - GraceBest Gig: Big Thief at Vicar Street, Wallis Bird at Whelan'sF…
 
The State of Trump's Union is a weekly series airing on The Last Word in the run-up to the US election in November.We'll be talking to a variety of people with informed views about the issues dividing and uniting the United States, where the country is politically, socially and economically, the dangers it's facing, where power lies and how it is u…
 
The HSE is asking thousands of people who tested positive for COVID-19 to carry out their own contact tracing due to pressure on the system.Taoiseach Micheál Martin was only made aware of the situation last night when he received a link to an Irish Times article by text.But why is the system in such bad shape?Catherine Murphy, co-leader of the Soci…
 
Working from home is costing people more money, according to the results of a new survey.In the latest Taxback.com Consumer Sentiment Survey, 89% of respondents said remote working is costing them extra. The additional cost of household utilities, particularly home heating, is a burden for many workers. Some have also had to upgrade their broadband…
 
From midnight tonight the entire country will move to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, resulting in the closure of many businesses, including all non-essential retail. In today’s episode, Cliff Taylor speaks to Arnold Dillon, Director of Retail Ireland about the impact on trading in the run up to Christmas and how the sector will survive further lock…
 
What are the possibilities and what are the inequalities of the digital world? In The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave, 2020), Francesca Sobande, a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University explores the experiences of Black women as producers and as consumers of digital media. The book offers a rich combination of arc…
 
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, over three hundred young Jewish women from Orthodox, mostly Hasidic, homes in Western Galicia (now Poland) fled their communities and sought refuge in a Kraków convent, where many converted to Catholicism. Relying on a wealth of archival documents, including court testimonies, letters, diaries, …
 
Today Mick spoke with his old friend and Lagan College alumnus Shane Greer, who now owns and publishes Campaigns and Elections Magazine and lives and works in Washington DC about whether in order for Northern Ireland to get a good reset we need to think more globally, not to mention bigly. The main impetus for the start of the discussion was his re…
 
Schools will remain open as the country moves to Level 5 restrictions.However, teachers' unions are still concerned about safety, despite Taoiseach Micheál Martin's assurances that the government would continue to work with school leaders to ensure this.But will schools be in a position to return safely after the mid-term break?We spoke to INTO Gen…
 
The government has confirmed that the country will move to Level 5 restrictions from Wednesday night.Only essential retail will be permitted to open, while pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to operate takeaway and delivery services.Schools and creches will remain open, and only essential travel will be permitted within 5 km of your home.Col…
 
As the country moves to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks, many will return to remote working.Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to recommend some gadgets that will help you be more productive while you're stuck at home.AndaSeat Dark Demon and Jungle gaming chair - €350 or €240Jabra Speak 510 Speaker Phone - €110Levoit Air Purifier - €199M…
 
With many of us working from home for an extended period and no end in sight, what responsibilities do employers have towards their employees?Employment solicitor Richard Grogan says employees must be provided with a proper desk and chair, but many don't have these basic necessities.He predicts an increase in personal injury claims as a result of r…
 
The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell UP, 2020) is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces the biographies of Soviet things, examining how the material world of the late Soviet period influenced Soviet people's gender roles, habitual choices, social trajectories,…
 
The Protestant Reformation looms large in our cultural imagination. In the standard telling, it’s the moment the world went modern. Casting off the shackles and superstitions of medieval Catholicism, reformers translated the Bible into the vernacular and democratized religion. In this story, it’s no wonder that Protestantism should give birth to li…
 
The State of Trump's Union is a 10-part series airing on The Last Word in the run-up to the US election in November.We'll be talking to a variety of people with informed views about the issues dividing and uniting the United States, where the country is politically, socially and economically, the dangers it's facing, where power lies and how it is …
 
The government has accepted NPHET's recommendation to move the country to Level 5 restrictions.It's the second time NPHET has made this recommendation in recent weeks, and an announcement is expected this evening outlining exactly what the new restrictions will entail.But has there been enough clarity up to now? Does the government's message need t…
 
The government is preparing to announce Level 5 lockdown restrictions for the entire country for the next six weeks.Cabinet Ministers met at 4pm to discuss NPHET's recommendation, which has been agreed on by the government party leaders.Daniel McConnell, political editor of the Irish Examiner, told The Last Word that schools are expected to remain …
 
The articles presented in Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) aim to explore the current political and administrative challenges that Ukraine is facing. The volume draws particular attention to the issues that have been escalated and intensified since the inception of the Russo-Ukrainia…
 
A seven-time All-Ireland winner with Dublin, Bernard Brogan is considered to be one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of his generation.He has now written his autobiography, The Hill, which explains how he reached the pinnacle of his sport despite failing to make the cut at underage level and suffering some injury setbacks.Bernard joined us on The…
 
The IFTAs will be taking place this weekend, albeit virtually, and all eyes will be on the stars presenting awards.Normal People's Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, Star Wars' Daisy Ridley, Caitriona Balfe, Pierce Brosnan, Ruth Negga, Liam Neeson and Chris O'Dowd will all be taking part, along with President Michael D. Higgins, who will give a spe…
 
NPHET has once again recommended that the entire country be placed under Level 5 restrictions.It's the second time such a recommendation has been made, with public health officials saying restrictions should remain in place for six weeks.But will the government accept NPHET's advice this time around, and what exactly would Level 5 entail?Fianna Fái…
 
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