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Episode Three – Monday, 16 May 2022

  • Is 10,000 really the magic number for steps in a day?
  • What communion tells us about society?
  • How did we deal with a housing crisis in the past?
  • What is rhythm?

Brainstorm, a new RTÉ One television series supported by Intel, delivers fascinating and surprising answers on everything from hurling to hangovers and pollen to postcodes

Social historian Donal Fallon presents a new five-part television series that seeks to answer a range of compelling and intriguing questions

The series complements the RTÉ initiative ‘Brainstorm’ which, since Autumn 2017, has been providing captivating content across its various platforms, tickling the curiosity of readers and listeners and delving into the evidence behind news, events and current affairs topics.

A number of Irish educational facilities are represented in the new series, including contributors from Dublin City University, NUI Galway, TU Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick and University College Dublin

When it comes to finding out if dogs can bring emotional benefits to their owners, Donal Fallon spends time with TU Dublin’s Catherine Kelly and canine behaviourist Samantha Rawson.

Elsewhere, John Perry from the University of Limerick looks into the age-old question of where do amateur sport players, such as those in the GAA, get their motivation from? Social affairs are also on the agenda, with DCU’s Ruth McManus looking into how past housing schemes may give us possible solutions to the housing crisis, while TU Dublin’s Liz O’Sullivan examines whether a child’s diet affects their future.