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What Am Politics?

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When it comes to understanding political issues, Richie is a self confessed toddler. That’s why he’s enlisted the help of Steve, his politically savvy drinking buddy, to help him understand how government effects our everyday lives and our interactions with each other. Join them, as they break down … read more

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140 - What Am Politics? (The Finale)

January 11th, 2022

It took some doing, but after 5 years and 140 episodes we have finally covered every single detail on the subject of politics. From this point …

139 - What Am The Internet? (with Dr Dónal Mulligan)

November 30th, 2021

Are you ready to jack into the metaverse and surf a cyberwave down the information super highway? Stick on these VR goggles and join us as we chat …

138 - What Am Local Government? (with Mayor Peter Kavanagh)

November 16th, 2021

Nobody cares about local government until the bins don’t get collected and the grass has grown really, really long on your local GAA pitch. Nobody, …

137 - What Am Populism?

November 2nd, 2021

Welcome back to Top of the Populists! Stay tuned to hear some anti-elitist bops from DJ Trump and many more!

Seriously though, Steve has finally …

136 - What Am Development Aid? (with Caoimhe de Barra, CEO of Trocaire)

October 19th, 2021

Development Aid isn't just about charity. Its about social justice. It's about helping people help themselves. In today's new episode, Steve and Richie chat to Caoimhe de Barra, CEO of Trocaire, about the organisation's …

135 - What Am Northern Ireland?

September 28th, 2021

We're back, babaí! 

To ease back into things, the boys decided to tackle the light and breezy subject of *checks notes* ... Northern Ireland. 

Steve and Richie chat about the history, the Troubles and the future. 

134 - Who Am The Best Fictional Characters as Political Leaders?

July 13th, 2021

The boys are on holiday! So here is a bonus episode for the HS+ feed to tide you over until August.


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133 - What Am The NHS? (with Dr Ellen Welch)

June 29th, 2021

The National Health Service, Blighty's biggest achievement since giving Mr Hitler the ol’ two fingers. It's been a rough year and a half for the …

132 - Who Am AOC? (with David Freedlander)

June 15th, 2021

What's not to love about AOC? From introducing a Green New Deal, to live streaming Animal Crossing on Twitch, to lampooning alt-right trolls,  …

131 - What Am The UK?

June 1st, 2021

OK, look. Before you even start, we know it's a bit problematic to have two semi-rowdy Irish lads trying to explain the foundations and intricacies of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So they …

130 - What Am Eurovision 2021 (with Dónal Mulligan)

May 18th, 2021

If the pandemic is a drought, then the Eurovision is a fabulous, shining, glittery oasis. Join us, as we leave the parched lands of lockdown behind …

129 - What Am Political Jargon?

May 4th, 2021

Confused by political conversation? Fear not, for we have compiled, and cleared up, a comprehensive catalogue of convoluted colloquialisms!

India …

128 - What Am The Politics of Food? (with Spice Bags Pod)

April 20th, 2021

The government recommends at least 200g of podcasts per day as part of a balanced diet. However, studies show that most people consume less than half of that!

Don't worry though, because this extra large portion on The …

127 - What Am Protests?

April 6th, 2021

Power (and podcasts) to the people! 

When it comes to having your voice heard, protesting is one of the strongest tools in a citizen's belt. In the …

126 - What Am Machine Learning? (with Ger Carney)

March 23rd, 2021

We tried using an AI to generate a description for our newest episode, What Am Machine Learning? 
“The podcast that sounds smart but is actually really dumb?”
“The podcast that's learning while it podcasts.”
And …

125 - What Am Political Advisors? (with Bea Jonite)

March 9th, 2021

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If we were your advisors we’d say you should listen to this episode where Steve and …

124 - What Am QAnon?

February 23rd, 2021

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Grab your tinfoil hats and leave your rational thinking at the door, because this week the boys are learning about the hottest conspiracy theory this side of …

123 - What Am Vaccines? (with Professor Luke O'Neill)

February 9th, 2021

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Did you know that vaccines are cool, fashionable and sexy and that the people who take …

122 - What Am the 90s? (with Julie Jay)

January 26th, 2021

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Are the stresses of modern living making you pine for a bygone era? A time when double …

121 - What Am Brexit? Part II: Endgame

January 12th, 2021

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Everyone’s all coup this, and COVID that. What about Brexit, you guys?

Jazza and

120 - Who Am Our People of the Year? (The Naughty and the Nice)

December 22nd, 2020

Another year, another Christmas recap episode!
Steve and Richie go through some notable people (and dogs) from the past year and decide who should …

119 - What Am Political Video Games?

December 15th, 2020

Does politics have a place in video games? What are the best/worst political video games ever made? Is Mario a communist sleeper agent who will one …

118 - What Am Corruption?

December 1st, 2020

Are people inherently corrupt? How do we prevent corruption from poisoning our politics? Is Boris Jonson in the pocket of Big Clown? Answers to these …

117 - What Am The President of the USA?

November 3rd, 2020

What’s that? You say you’re sick of hearing about the election and US politics? Oh ok. Well… we worked really hard on this episode explaining the …

116 - What Am The UN?

October 20th, 2020

The United Nations recently celebrated it's 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, the boys decided it was about time they did an episode on the worlds largest intergovernmental organisation.

Universal Declaration of …

115 - What Am Our Mental Health Stories?

October 10th, 2020


To commemorate Mental Health Day Steve and Richie have a chat about their mental health challenges, treatments and the importance of talking.

114 - What Am Mental Health? (with Bressie)

October 6th, 2020

A very special episode topic requires a very special guest and we can think of no one better than Nial Breslin, aka Bressie to talk about What Am …

113- What Am The State of 2020?

October 1st, 2020

2020 has been a very, very, very weird election year. Plagues, protests and pompous presidents have dominated the news cycles. The candidates for the top job just met in the first of three debates and the lads are …

112 - What Am GDP?

September 22nd, 2020

Gross domestic product: The metric politicians and economists use to measure how "well" things are going. What is it? What's wrong with it? Why is …

111 - What Am Work?

September 8th, 2020

Steve and Richie have been working from home a lot lately and the lack of a daily commute has given the time to think about the nature of work. How …

110 - What Am Drugs?

August 18th, 2020

Feeling antsy? Don't worry. You’re craic dealers, Steve and Richie, are here with your latest podcast fix.
This week it’s “What Am Drugs?” They discuss the history of narcotics, the war on drugs, legalisation and much …

109 - What Am UFOs?

August 4th, 2020

Steve and Richie have yet to find signs of intelligent life within the world of politics, so this week they're turning their eyes to the stars.

Can …

108 - What Am The Politics of Capital?

July 21st, 2020

€11.26, some lint and an expired voucher for Burger King. These are Steve and Richies combined total assets. Surely, with such meagre wealth, the …

107 - What Am Hamilton?

July 7th, 2020

So, how does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence impoverished …

106 - What Am Trans Rights?

June 23rd, 2020

Trans rights are human rights. For many of us, this is an obvious fact, but like all civil rights movements it has its detractors. In recent weeks the world has seen an uptick in TERF and “gender critical” voices in the …

105 - What Am Islam?

June 9th, 2020

Approaching the politics of any religion is no small task. Even more so one with that is a diverse and complicated faith with over a billion …

104 - What Am Happening? (George Floyd Murder, US Protests, Cummings Scandal)

June 1st, 2020

This week the boys take a break from episode topics to talk about the protests sweeping the US in the wake of George Floyds murder and the Dominic …

103 - What Am Oil?

May 19th, 2020

The modern economy has been built to depend on an industry that sucks black goo from the ground and pours it into every aspect of our lives. But is that system about to run dry? And what has this industry done to the …

102 - What Am Universal Basic Income?

May 5th, 2020

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the world's economy governments are scrambling to find a way to support their citizens. Many experts, including our guest Steve Thomas of UBI Labs, are advocating for Universal Basic …

101 - What Am WHO?

April 21st, 2020

Trump has announced that the US will suspend funding to The World Health Organisation. Luckily, he's doing this at an opportune time when there's not much happening in the world, so there will be no negative …

100 - What Am Whatamtopia?

April 7th, 2020

What does one do with the wealth of political wisdom achieved from making 100 episodes of a What Am Politics? Why, start your own nation state of …

99 - What Am Keeping Us Sane? COVID-19 Edition

March 24th, 2020

Join Steve and Richie as they try desperately to stave off cabin fever.

What Am Keeping Us Sane:

World War Z
Animal Crossing
West …

Rebroadcast - What Am the People vs Tech?

March 10th, 2020

Richie is on vacation in the far east, so we're rebroadcasting a few of our best episodes.

Could the current digital revolution mean the end of our …

98 - What Am Veganism?

February 25th, 2020

How can you tell when someone is vegan? Through normal social interactions and polite curiosity, of course.

Steve and Richie sit down with Lex …

97 - What Am Sustainable Fashion?

February 11th, 2020

As a few previous guests have mentioned, humanity has not been very nice to this world. We've chopped down forests, poured piles of putrid waste into the oceans and burned so much condensed carbon that the earth is …

Brexit Day Relaxation Special

January 31st, 2020


Shhhhhhhhh, it'll be ok.... probably. 

96 - What Am The Irish General Election?

January 28th, 2020

You guys, snap elections are soooooo hot right now. And Ireland, being the trendy little diva that she is, has announced her very own general …

95- What Am Australia Fires & Iran Conflict?

January 14th, 2020

We're two weeks into 2020 and the world is on fire. Literally!

The lads have in-depth chats about the Australian bush fires before moving on to the …

94 - What Am Political Reflections, Meat Smoking and Chrono-Bees?

December 31st, 2019

It's the last day of 2019; a time for reflection, introspection, and smoked meat ingestion. 

Happy New Year!

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93 - What Am 2019? | Christmas Special

December 23rd, 2019

Another year, another series of politically induced existential crises. Join Steve and Richie as they take a look back on 2019 with same irreverence …

91 - What Am Satire?

December 10th, 2019

Do you know your Johnathan Swifts from your John Olivers? No? Do you know what satire is? Kinda? Well then you should probably listen to Steve and …

90 - What Am Millennials? (Live at Dublin Podcast Festival 2019)

November 27th, 2019

They're back. The Bon Jovi of podcasting once again take the stage at the Dublin Podcast Festival for their sold out show. Joining them to talk about …

89 - What Am UK General Election 2019?

November 12th, 2019

"All I want for Christmas... is EUooooooooooooooo!"
So the UK have had a referendum, a Prime Minister swap, a General Election, three years of negotiations, a rejected deal, another Prime Minister swap, another …

88 - What Am Lobbying?

October 29th, 2019

Picture a man wearing a t-shirt that says "BIG TOBACCO" on it. Now picture that man standing outside a government building with a wad of money attached to the end of a fishing line. Prior to this episode, this is what …

87 - What Am Space?

October 15th, 2019

"We choose to make this podcast, not because it is easy, but because it is gas craic"

Space is back in vogue! With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing during the summer, everyone has been turning their gazes back …

86 - What Am Prorogation & Impeachment?

September 29th, 2019

Oh god, oh no. It's all on fire.

Come see us live at the Dublin Podcast Festival! Tickets available here.


State of 2020

85 - What Am The 2020 Elections?

September 24th, 2019

Time flies when you’re having fundamental doubts about the competency of the US president. Trump’s 4 years are almost up and the race to for the position of commander in chief is well underway. 
This week, Steve and …

84 - What Am Campaigning?

September 10th, 2019

Steve and Richie have talked an awful lot about politicians and what they do for a living; yelling, lawing, voting etc. But they've yet to get into …

83 - What Am The Hong Kong Protests?

August 27th, 2019

After weeks and months of demonstrations, and despite a brutal police response, a sea of protestors continue to march through the dense streets of …

82 - What Am Socialism?

August 13th, 2019

Comebacks and remakes are all the rage right now! So it's no surprise that Socialism is making its own glam return to Western politics after having …

81 - What Am Syria?

July 30th, 2019

Pre-conflict Syria was a beautiful country with a vibrant and inclusive culture. Unfortunately, the atrocities of the last few years have completely …

80 - What Am 1984?

July 16th, 2019

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four just turned 75 years old. It was, and still is, the definitive dystopian novel, a horrifying vision of life …

79 - What Am Tory Leadership Race, Democratic Party Debates, Iran-US Tensions? (and more news)

July 1st, 2019

It’s summer time and the living is supposed to be easy, but no one has told the world of politics! There’s leadership elections in the UK, Democratic …

78 - What Am Passports?

June 25th, 2019

Back in the good ol' days, if you wanted to travel to a different country you needed a piece of paper from your King which asked people to kindly not …

77 - What Am Constitutions?

June 11th, 2019

Would you feel safe in a skyscraper that had no foundations? How's about trying to walk around with no bones in your body?

Contrived analogies …

76 - What Am GoT? Again

May 28th, 2019

We're off to Westeros... Again!

After eight long seasons, our watch is finally over. The conclusion of Game of Thrones inspired thousands of media outlets to publish related content and we're no different. 

Were the …

75 - What Am Eurovision 2019?

May 14th, 2019

Here we go again! Get those shiny heels gleaming and make that hair larger than a 200 year oak, cause it's Eurovision time.

Dónal Mulligan makes …

74 - What Am Election Hodgepodge?

May 7th, 2019

From the local county councils in Ireland to the Indonesian Presidency, seems like everyone around the world is hitting the voting booth. This week Steve and Richie bring you the good, the bad, and the bizarre in a …

73 - What Am Operation National Sword?

April 30th, 2019

Experts are calling it "the end of recycling as we know it". What is Operation National Sword and why has it changed the way we recycle forever?

Want to hear our drunken bonus episode? Buy us a beer and leave us your …

72 - What Am WikiLeaks?

April 22nd, 2019

What is WikiLeaks? Who is Julian Assange? And why do the cleaners in the Ecuadorian embassy hate him? This week Steve and Richie chat about the …

71 - What Am Germany?

April 8th, 2019

When talking about Germany, often the subject turns to that big bad thing that happened with all those countries and that horrible monster of a man. So, rather than threading that tired ground, Steve and Richie made an …

70 - What Am The Mueller Report & Brexit?

March 24th, 2019

The news cycle has been spinning so fast lately that Richie's gotten all dizzy and nauseous just trying to keep up. What better way to remedy this situation than by dedicating an episode to the two hottest topics of the …

69 - What Am The Politics of Sex?

March 12th, 2019

Everyone can agree that sex is super sexy. But what about the disagreements that sex causes in politics?

Because they clearly don’t have anything …

68 - What Am Youth Politics?

February 26th, 2019

What is up, fellow kids? Put down that Fortnite and check out this super lit new episode. Your Fam, Steve and Richie, are gonna teach you all about …

67 - What Am The House of Lords | Minisode

February 12th, 2019

What do you know about the House of Lords? If you're like Richie, then all you have is a vague assumption that they all sound like Nigel Thornberry. Turns out this was only partially true.

In this week's minisode, …

66 - What Am Globalisation?

February 5th, 2019

This podcast was recorded between Ireland and the UK, on microphones made in the US and Australia, and laptops assembled in China. You're probably reading this on a device manufactured in South Korea or Taiwan. That …

65 - What Am Wrong With Politics?

January 22nd, 2019

People are rioting in the streets of France. The Federal Government of the United States has been shutdown for a month. The UK parliament can’t pass a Brexit deal or get rid of the Prime Minister. And Ireland’s …

64 - What Am Air Force One? | Minisode

January 15th, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, when the president of the USA wants to travel long distances he doesn't climb into a large medieval catapult and get …

63 - What Am Political NY Resolutions? (and we get tattoos)

January 1st, 2019

This week the boys leave the cosy comfort of the studio to bring Hercules the puppy for a walk in the park. They take advantage of the change of …

62 - What Am 2018? | Christmas Special

December 19th, 2018

Another year, another series of politically induced existential crises. Join Steve and Richie as they take a look back on 2018 with same irreverence …

Brexit: What Am Happening?

December 13th, 2018

Can't keep up with what's happening with Brexit recently? Neither can Richie. That's why he's pulled Steve into an impromptu episode to clear some …


December 10th, 2018

Podcity, a hive of scum and villainy. A place where the lowliest dregs of the internet come to hawk their wares. In an effort to clamp down on the peddling of questionable content, local authorities have begun …

61 - What Am Central Banks?

December 3rd, 2018

Central Banks. They're like banks.... but more central? Before recording this episode this is what Richie thought the term meant. He was, of course, quite wrong.

Join Steve and Richie as they learn all about the …

60 - What Am Good News? (Live from Dublin Podcast Festival)

November 20th, 2018

Misinformation, excessive content, and questionable algorithms. These scary words are the harbingers of a scary problem: a failing news system. 

59 - What Am Lawyers?

November 6th, 2018


Can YOU handle the truth?

In this case the "truth" is the fact that we have a new episode and that it's about lawyers… so yes, you probably can handle …

58 - What Am Midterms?

October 23rd, 2018


Yes, the buffoonery and bloviating that comes from the Oval Office can be quite distracting, but there is so much more to running the United States than the antics of the tangerine toddler. 

The US Houses of Congress …

57 - What Am The Irish Presidential Election?

October 9th, 2018


Every seven years this ancient land holds a contest to see who can become first of the tribe. Can he who is grey of hair and wise of spirit prevail …

56 - What Am Brazil?

September 25th, 2018


Politically motivated stabbings, vigilante justice, car wash money laundering. These are not plot points for an upcoming Netflix drama, these are …

55 - What Am Fake News? (Live from Electric Picnic)

September 11th, 2018


This week the boys are slapping on some wellies and face glitter as they take their show live to the Electric Picnic festival. Joining them on stage …

Live Show Announcement | Dublin Podcast Festival

September 6th, 2018


We are doing a live show as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival!

You can see us and [The Echo Chamber Podcast]( at The Sound House on Eden Quay on Friday 5th of October.

54 - What Am LGBT+ Politics?

August 29th, 2018


Steve is away this week. So, rather than crawling into his cave of loneliness and introversion, Richie decided to reach out to friend of the show, [Jazza John]( to be a guest host.

They talk …

53 - What Am DACA?

August 14th, 2018


Living under the threat of deportation is a terrifying reality for many in America. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) act offers some respite from this fear for many, but it is far from a permanent …

52 - What Am Refugees?

July 31st, 2018


"No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark; You only run for the border, when you see the whole city running as well." - Warsan Shire

51 - What Am Direct Democracy?

July 17th, 2018


The Olympics. Philosophy. Big marble statues of naked dudes wrestling. Lots of extraordinary things came from Ancient Greece, Direct Democracy being chief among them. 

This week, Steve and Richie learn all about the …

50 - What Am Canada?

July 4th, 2018


Happy 4th of July! Join Steve and Richie* as they celebrate American independence in their time honoured tradition, which is to say discussing the …

49 - What Am Pirates?

June 26th, 2018


Same sex marriage, transparent pay structures, workplace injury compensation, democratic voting practices. No, we're not describing a political wet …

48 - What Am Pride?

June 19th, 2018


The Irish Queer Archive. Imagine the warehouse from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark crossed with the library from Hogwarts, but far more important and slightly more magical. In honor of Pride Week, we sit down with …

47 - What Am "The People Vs Tech: How The Internet Is Killing Democracy"?

June 5th, 2018


Could the current digital revolution mean the end of our fragile democratic system? Is our political free will being eroded way by nefarious and …

46 - Repeal the 8th Special

May 22nd, 2018


Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy ”



The day of reckoning is …

45 - What Am The Free Market?

May 15th, 2018


Steve is skeptical of a lot of things: artificial intelligence, pigeons, and the free market. Currently, there doesn’t exist any experts in the field of AI enabled pigeons for us to talk to, but luckily that’s not the …

44 - What Am Eurovision 2018?

May 8th, 2018


It's that time again! Get your sequin studded cape out of the cupboard, dust off your copy of 'How to Dance Like a Swede' and get ready for …

43 - What Am Trade Unions?

May 1st, 2018


Trade Unions: for many, they are a vital support in day to day working life. So when Ted the Labradoodle, What Am Politics' only employee, approached …

42 - What Am Gun Control? (w/ Jessica Jin)

April 17th, 2018


It is legal for a student to carry a loaded gun into a Texas college classroom. However, if that same student came to class carrying a dildo they …

41 - What Am Diversity? (w/ AlexReads and Raifa Rafiq of Mostly Lit)

April 3rd, 2018


This week Steve and Richie (two straight, white, middle class, cisgender men) teach you about diversity. Lol jk of course not. That’d be ridiculous.

40 - What Am Brexit? (Part Deux) | w/ The Right Dishonourable

March 20th, 2018


You know the way if you repeat the same word incessantly, it begins to have no meaning? Well, that's how it feels with the not-really-a-word-anyway; Brexit.

So to mark one year since the triggering of Article 50, and our …

39 - What Am A TD? (w/ Kate O'Connell)

March 6th, 2018


Politicians are people too. It’s easy to forget that, especially when the misdeeds of a couple of bad apples dominate public perception. This week, …

38 - What Am Watergate?

February 20th, 2018


You guys, political corruption is soooo hot right now. 

Thanks to Trump, federal government investigations may seem like a trendy news story, but he …

1: 37 - What Am Love? (w/ Erin McGathy)

February 14th, 2018


What am Love? (Baby don't hurt me, Don't hurt me, No more)

It’s Valentine’s Day and we thought we’d ask the question that lies in everyone’s hearts; What am Love? To answer, we asked veteran podcaster, actor, comedian …

36 - What Am Weapons of Mass Destruction?

February 6th, 2018


There are enough nuclear bombs in the arsenals of the world to blow us all up several times over. And hovering over the buttons that can launch them are the fingers of Donal Trump, Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin. Steve …

INTRODUCING: Newsie- a brand new news review podcast. NEW!

January 31st, 2018


Newsie- a brand new podcast in which Steve will gather witty and well informed people to discuss the big news stories. Plenty of people have come …

35 - What Am One Year of Trump?

January 23rd, 2018


Donald Trump has been President for one year. 12 Months. 52 Weeks. 365 Days. 8765 Hours. 525948 Minutes. 31556926 Seconds. But hey, who's counting? The boys discuss the lows and… well, let's face, they have all been …

34 - What Am Happening in 2018?

January 9th, 2018


2018: The much anticipated sequel to the critically panned "2017". Join Steve and Richie as they look to the year ahead and breakdown its potential …

33 - What Am Christmas? (and 2017 Year In Review)

December 23rd, 2017


And thus the inaugural year of our humble little podcast comes to an end. Steve and Richie are poised at the entrance to memory lane and are assuming …

32 - What Am Cyber Security? (w/ Dr Jessica Barker)

December 12th, 2017


These days nearly everything is connect to the web. You can even get 'Smart' toasters. So when Steve hacked into Richie's toaster and burnt his breakfast, he decided it was time to learn more about Cyber Security. The …

31 - What Am China? (w/ Mei Fong)

November 28th, 2017


577 Emperors, 4000 years of history and 1.4 billion people is a lot to cover in one episode, but if anyone can, its Steve. At least, thats what he …

30 - What Am The Eighth Amendment? (w/ Tara Flynn)

November 14th, 2017


New Episode! The boys sit down with comedian, author, actress, and all round wonderful human being, Tara Flynn, to discuss Ireland’s Eighth Amendment …

29 - What Am the Alt-Right? (w/ Dr Joe Mulhall)

October 31st, 2017


As two liberal snowflakes, it's hard to think of anything that scares Steve and Richie more than the Alt-Right movement. So, what better way to spend Halloween than by learning all about this chilling subject from the …

28 - Who Am Teddy Roosevelt Part II

October 17th, 2017


"We're bringing Teddy back. Them other presidents don't know how to act." - Excerpt from our upcoming album, "Future Teddy Love Sounds" dropping later this year. 

If you can't wait for that, then please enjoy the second, …

27 - Who Am Teddy Roosevelt?

October 10th, 2017


It's Steve's birthday! Apparently that means he gets to pick this week's topic. So settle in and enjoy the story of Steve's favorite president, and all-round badass, Theodore Roosevelt. Want to be on the show? Leave us …

26 - What Am Nobel Peace Prize?

September 26th, 2017


In a little over a week, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize nominees list will be released. To get ready, Steve teaches Richie all about the awards history, purpose, and its best and worst winners. The boys also discuss some …

25 - What Am Austerity?

September 12th, 2017


It's a reunion episode! The boys are back where it all began, in Steve's house. What better way to celebrate than by talking about the happiest and …

24 - What Am Game of Thrones?

August 29th, 2017


There's more to Game of Thrones than Dragons and Jon Snow's arse. No, really! Though it's a work of fiction, there are some striking political …

23 - A Song of Fire and Fury (What Am Happening?)

August 15th, 2017


How many of your preferred political news outlets use fake movie trailers to tell their stories? Exactly, none. 

["Fire and Fury" | Trailer 2017](

22 - What Am The Politics of Language? (w/ Peter Kavanagh)

August 8th, 2017


This week the boys learn all about the politics of language from the suavest Irish speaking man alive, Mr Peter Kavanagh. Come for the whimsical and …

21 - What Am North Korea?

July 25th, 2017


This week the boys talk about China's crazy next door neighbour, North Korea.

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Follow us: …

20 - What Am Environmentalism? (w/ Ed Davitt)

July 11th, 2017


Mother Nature isn't mad at us, she's just disappointed. For the last last couple of centuries, we've made a big mess and are doing a terrible job at cleaning it up. Is it possible to make things right before she disowns …

19 - What am Russia?

July 4th, 2017


Releasing an episode about Russia on the 4th of July? Some might call it political satire about the rising influence of Russia on the American …

18 - What am America?

June 19th, 2017


A Mexican, a Muslim and two Irishmen walk into a bar. They record a podcast about what it means to be American. 
To cap off Richie's time in the states our boys sit down with a couple of special guests to have a chat …

17.5 - UK General Election Results Breakdown

June 9th, 2017


Did you know the UK had an election yesterday? It's true, they did. This, and other similarly groundbreaking political insights are waiting for you …

17 - The U.K. election (What am happening?)

June 6th, 2017


Do you want to know who's going to win the UK election?* Or maybe you want to find out what Richie did with a Star Wars Lego set and a bunch of old …

16 - What am monarchies?

May 23rd, 2017


Monarchies: The Kings and Queens of calling dibs.
Subjects covered include: Comey’s sad walk home, temporary decapitations, terrible French …

15 - What am history? (With special guest Bruce Carlson)

May 16th, 2017


If you're like Richie, and all you know about political history comes from Hamilton the musical, then you're in luck. This week Bruce Carlson, the …

14 - What am Eurovision? (With special guest Dónal Mulligan)

May 9th, 2017


Why is Richie covered in glitter? Why does Steve have a wind machine blowing his long flowing locks gracefully around his face? Why is special guest …

13 - Trump's first 100 days (What am happening?)

April 29th, 2017


Today is Trump's 100th day as President of the United States. Come celebrate our continued survival and learn about the successes and failings of the Trump administration to date.
Joining us in the "studio" this week is …

12 - What am feminism? (With special guest Leena Norms)

April 25th, 2017


This week Steve and Richie overcome their childhood fear of talking to girls as they speak with special guest Leena Norms about "What am feminism?" Subjects covered include: Ireland is Hufflepuff, the Femictionary, …

11 - The UK snap election (What am happening?)

April 19th, 2017


We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a sleep deprived and giggle filled breakdown on the UK snap election announcement. Why was it called? Where …

10 - What am EU? (With special guest Ger Carney)

April 11th, 2017


Prepare your ears for the sultry, buttery tones of our special guest, Mr Ger Carney. The boys talk to Ger about the European Union, it's history, …

09 - What am social media? (With special guest Dónal Mulligan)

March 28th, 2017


If this week's episode has an uncharacteristic air of legitimacy to it, then it is entirely down to the political wit and insight of our special …

08 - Paddy's Day Special: What am Irish politics?

March 14th, 2017


It's a St Patrick's Day special! What does that mean? Well, in addition to drinking while recording (which is nothing new, really) Steve teaches …

07 - What am voting?

March 7th, 2017


Welcome to a very special, a very sultry, and a very velour clad episode of What am politics. Richie makes the most of getting to record in the …

06 - What am congress?

February 28th, 2017


How is the founding of the United States congress related to the rebooted Planet of the Apes movies? Listen to this weeks episode to find out as our boys tell you everything you need to know about "What am congress?"

05 - What am law?

February 21st, 2017


After taking a quick detour in which Steve airs some deep personal grievances towards a certain sunglass wearing frontman, our boys tackle the big …

04 - What am political ideology (left vs right)

February 14th, 2017


Left wing vs right wing politics, the latest installment in our boys booze fueled opus.
How did these ideologies come about? What makes them …

03 - What am US Supreme Court (and Trump follow-up)

February 7th, 2017


President Donald Trump has been a busy boy these past two weeks. Initiating a travel ban that's huge in scale but small in thought is no small feat, but somehow he still found time to announce his pick for the US …

02 - What am Brexit?

February 2nd, 2017


Did you hear about Brexit? Maybe you didn't. It was this super underground, low key political movement that got little to no media exposure. Not to …

01 - What am Trump?

January 30th, 2017


For their inaugural episode, Steve and Richie tackle Trump... not literally, but that'd be funny.
Where he came from, what he's done, what will he do?

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