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Today in Focus

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Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday


After the Beirut explosion: anger, grief and the fall of the government
Aug 10 • 27 min
It is a week since the devastating explosion rocked Beirut, killing more than 200 people. As shock turns to anger and the cabinet resigns, Bethan McKernan and Martin Chulov report on what comes next for the Lebanese people. Help support our independent…
The Covid long haul: why are some patients not getting better? Podcast
Aug 9 • 22 min
When the Guardian’s Luke Harding began suffering symptoms of Covid-19 he assumed he would be laid low for a couple of weeks. Five months later he is still unwell, and he has found hundreds of people like him. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Hadley Freeman on the future of the royals
Aug 6 • 24 min
Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses the fallout from the publication of Finding Freedom, a biography of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the latest allegations surrounding Prince Andrew. Help support our independent journalism…
How did President Trump get his pandemic response so wrong? Podcast
Aug 5 • 31 min
While Donald Trump continues to claim the US is ‘doing very well’ in its fight against Covid-19, the figures suggest a different story. The US has the highest death toll in the world, with over 150,000 deaths. Guardian US chief reporter Ed Pilkington…
How the world is coping with coronavirus, six months on
Aug 4 • 26 min
From Portugal to Pakistan, the Guardian’s international correspondent Michael Safi looks at the different ways countries have been affected by the virus and the impact that is having on the lives of people there. Help support our independent journalism at…
How cancer care was sidelined in the fight against Covid-19 – podcast
Aug 3 • 26 min
With NHS services consumed by the fight against Covid-19 in recent months, cancer care has been dealt a blow, with diagnoses and treatment delayed. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Inside Lebanon’s economic crisis
Aug 2 • 25 min
Scenes of economic despair are visible across Lebanon – from shops to homes, businesses to hospitals. Guardian journalist Martin Chulov discusses why the country is verging on financial collapse. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Young, British and black: a generation rises
Jul 30 • 21 min
The death of George Floyd in the US provoked massive anti-racism protests in the UK. Guardian reporter Aamna Mohdin discusses what she learned when she interviewed 50 young Britons at the heart of those rallies. Help support our independent journalism at…
How did Britain get so overweight?
Jul 29 • 28 min
As the government launches a newly interventionist strategy to tackle obesity, the Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence looks at whether it goes far enough to take on the might of the food industry. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is Donald Trump playing politics with the Portland protests?
Jul 28 • 27 min
The anti-racism protests in Portland appeared to be dwindling in size until Donald Trump sent in federal officers to confront them, reports the Guardian’s Chris McGreal. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Will we ever achieve immunity from Covid-19?
Jul 27 • 27 min
Recent studies suggest that even where immunity is developed to Covid-19, it may be fleeting. Science editor Ian Sample looks at what this means for vaccines, treatments and living long term with the coronavirus. Help support our independent journalism at…
Are we creating a generation of problem gamblers?
Jul 26 • 25 min
Children as young as 11 are becoming problem gamblers as apps and websites make betting easier than ever. Journalist Jenny Kleeman investigates how it has been allowed to happen. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Covid-19 and the EU: ‘When Italy cried for help there was silence’
Jul 23 • 27 min
When coronavirus swept through the European Union, member states called on Brussels to help. But as Daniel Boffey in partnership with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism discovered, the distress calls too often went unanswered. Help support our…
The shocking truth of racism in British schools
Jul 22 • 30 min
When a teenage activist sent a callout on social media for examples of racism within schools, he was deluged with responses. Aditya Chakrabortty began to investigate. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Sketching a crisis: John Crace on the politics of coronavirus
Jul 21 • 31 min
Sketch writer John Crace reflects on a surreal parliamentary session, including the daily indignities of the coronavirus press conferences, which some cabinet members mastered – and others clearly did not. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is Kanye West seriously running for president?
Jul 20 • 26 min
The rapper has entered the race for the White House invoking his religious beliefs. Prof Josef Sorett looks at whether West’s presidential bid is anything more than a stunt. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Perseverance: the new mission to Mars
Jul 19 • 27 min
Planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson describes how the latest mission to Mars builds on centuries of discoveries about the red planet, our nearest neighbour. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Poland divided and right-wing populists win again – podcast
Jul 16 • 28 min
A narrow win for the populist incumbent Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential election cleared the path for the right-wing Law and Justice party to pursue anti-LGBT policies and further assault the courts and free press. The Guardian’s Christian Davies…
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell and does she hold the key to justice for Epstein’s victims? Podcast
Jul 15 • 30 min
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of the media baron Robert Maxwell, once attended parties with princes, presidents and celebrities. Now she faces up to 35 years in a US prison for her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex…
In conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet
Jul 14 • 32 min
Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet are two of Britain’s most successful contemporary poets. They discuss why, despite being born a generation apart, their work is still exposing racial injustice. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is the UK’s ‘golden era’ of relations with China now over?
Jul 13 • 23 min
China and the UK have clashed in recent months over a draconian new security law in Hong Kong and the Chinese tech company Huawei. The Guardian’s Tania Branigan examines whether a much-promoted ‘golden era’ between the two countries is at an end. Help…
Facebook, white nationalists and becoming the target of a hate campaign
Jul 12 • 27 min
In November, Julia Carrie Wong reported on the continued presence of white nationalist organisations on Facebook – and a weeks-long campaign of racist and sexist harassment followed. She discusses the impact it had on her and why she believes Facebook has…
What would annexation of parts of the West Bank mean for Palestinians?
Jul 9 • 31 min
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has proposed permanently seizing Palestinian territory by annexing swathes of the West Bank - a violation of international law. Journalist Mariam Barghouti and PIPD executive director Salem Barahmeh describe…
The Leicester garment factories exposed by Covid-19
Jul 8 • 25 min
A spike in cases of Covid-19 in Leicester has led Guardian reporter Archie Bland to its garment factories. He discusses a story that goes beyond the pandemic and into workers’ rights, appalling factory conditions and the ethics of fast fashion. Help…
Are the police failing BAME communities?
Jul 7 • 33 min
Bas Javid joined the Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year he became a commander at the Met. He reflects on his experiences as a BAME officer and discusses the use of stop and search, which has been cited as a continued source of tension between the…
Taking on Sir Humphrey: can the civil service be reformed?
Jul 6 • 24 min
Michael Gove has set out his plans for a revolution of Britain’s permanent bureaucracy, the civil service. But as former Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell argues, it is easier said than done. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Maria Ressa and an attack on the free press in the Philippines
Jul 5 • 24 min
One of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines has been convicted of ‘cyberlibel’ in a court process condemned by human rights groups. Journalist Carmela Fonbuena in Manila describes the chilling effect the verdict has had on free expression.…
How one neighbourhood in London lost 36 residents to Covid-19
Jul 2 • 23 min
Guardian reporter Aamna Modhin meets residents from Church End, a small, deprived neighbourhood in Brent, north London. She examines how housing pressures, in-work poverty and racial inequalities contributed to the deaths of 36 residents from Covid-19.…
The scandal of millions of Americans being deprived of running water – podcast
Jul 1 • 28 min
Guardian US environmental justice reporter Nina Lakhani reports on her landmark investigation into America’s water crisis, revealing that millions of Americans are facing unaffordable bills for running water and risk being disconnected or losing their…
Why hasn’t Boris Johnson released the Russia report?
Jun 30 • 28 min
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee produced a report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. It was supposed to be published before December’s election, but the UK prime minister withheld its release. Now, six months later it still…
Lockdown easing: why the UK is better prepared for a second wave
Jun 29 • 22 min
This Saturday, lockdown measures in England will ease further, with people able to get a pint in a pub, have a haircut and see another household indoors. The Guardian’s heath editor, Sarah Boseley, looks at whether another lifting of restrictions might…
Understanding white privilege with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Jun 28 • 23 min
Reni Eddo-Lodge has become the first black British author to top the UK bestseller list with her 2017 book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. In an exclusive interview with the Observer’s Nosheen Iqbal she talks about global discussions…
After a decade of austerity: what now?
Jun 25 • 27 min
Columnist John Harris has spent the past decade touring the country and reporting on what devastating budget cuts have meant to communities. Looking back, he sees some signs of hope amid the devastation. But will the government change its approach for the…
How damaging is John Bolton’s scathing account of Donald Trump’s presidency?
Jun 24 • 26 min
The publication of John Bolton’s White House memoir has caused a sensation. Jonathan Freedland assesses the lurid claims of cosying up to authoritarian leaders as well as descriptions of ‘stunning’ ignorance. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
How did Jordan end up with the highest smoking rate in the world?
Jun 23 • 30 min
When international correspondent Michael Safi began looking into why Jordan had become the country with the highest smoking rates in the world, he began to uncover what public health advocates have described as widespread interference in policymaking by…
Rethinking the police: what can the US learn from Newark?
Jun 22 • 24 min
The New Jersey city had one of the worst reputations for police violence in the US, but as the Guardian’s Ankita Rao discovers, it is leading the charge for reform under a new mayor. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is spyware technology helping governments hack phones?
Jun 21 • 30 min
WhatsApp has accused an Israeli spyware company of hacking 1,400 of its users, including journalists, human rights activists and diplomatic officials. As new allegations emerge, Guardian US investigations correspondent Stephanie Kirchgaessner discusses…
Why is Trump’s comeback rally in Tulsa: the site of a massacre?
Jun 18 • 30 min
The president’s decision to hold his first rally since the coronavirus lockdown in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has ignited fresh controversy. The city was home to one of America’s worst ever acts of racial violence in 1921, a moment marked in recent Black Lives…
Stranded at sea: the crew members trapped on cruise ships
Jun 17 • 23 min
Guardian US reporter Erin McCormick describes why thousands of crew are still stranded on cruise ships after coronavirus bought the industry to a standstill in March. Will Lees describes how it took him 82 days to get back to Canada while Perry, who…
How is Keir Starmer changing the Labour party?
Jun 16 • 27 min
When Keir Starmer was elected as Labour’s new leader in March he was pitched straight into the coronavirus crisis and denied even the chance to hold a victory party. But with public disquiet setting in over the government’s response, Starmer’s own ratings…
Facebook v Twitter: how to handle Donald Trump
Jun 15 • 23 min
As protests erupted throughout the US, Donald Trump posted incendiary comments to social media. While Twitter hid the president’s post, Facebook took no action. The Guardian’s Alex Hern looks at what happened next. Help support our independent journalism…
A journey to Greece for solo IVF during the pandemic – podcast
Jun 14 • 23 min
Laura Barton has always known that she wanted to have children. After years of miscarriages, and a breakup from her partner last year, she decided to embark on solo IVF. In early March, as the world shut down, she found herself flying to Crete to undergo…
How the disappearance of Madeleine McCann became a national obsession
Jun 11 • 33 min
The disappearance of a three -year-old British girl at a Portuguese holiday resort in 2007 quickly became a global news story as the hunt for her grew ever more extensive. Thirteen years later, with the mystery still unsolved, German police revealed they…
Britain’s reckoning with its racist past
Jun 10 • 31 min
UK Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the country. They have not just been about solidarity with the US or racism in Britain today, but also about the need to address Britain’s past and the impact of that legacy. Help support our…
The Rees-Mogg conga: how has the pandemic changed parliament?
Jun 9 • 25 min
MPs have been on a crash course in video conferencing in recent months as the pandemic meant access to parliament was severely restricted and remote voting was permitted for the first time. But with Jacob Rees-Mogg leading attempts to revert to in-person…
Is British theatre about to go out of business?
Jun 8 • 24 min
Every year, 34 million people go to the theatre, double the number that attend Premier League football. But lockdown and physical distancing rules mean the industry is on the edge of collapse. The artistic director of the Pitlochry theatre, Elizabeth…
The sounds of melting icebergs and whale songs: a journey into Antarctica
Jun 7 • 27 min
The effects of global heating are in evidence everywhere across the islands of Antarctica – from penguin colonies to melting glaciers. The Guardian’s global environment editor Jonathan Watts witnessed how conditions are changing quickly. Help support our…
Looking back on the protests that have shaken America
Jun 4 • 26 min
Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn looks back at the 11 days of protest that started in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd, but quickly spread across the rest of America and then the world. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
From Anfield to Cheltenham: did major events cost lives?
Jun 3 • 30 min
A series of high-profile sporting events went ahead as scheduled in mid-March even as Covid-19 was being declared a pandemic. The Guardian’s David Conn investigates the scientific reasoning behind the decision, while Liverpool fan Simon Renoldi reflects…
The death of George Floyd: will anything change?
Jun 2 • 38 min
Protests have exploded across the US after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man, despite his pleas that he could not breathe. Floyd lost consciousness and died.…
England is easing out of lockdown – is it safe?
Jun 1 • 22 min
Health officials and even government scientists have warned against the easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, saying it could lead to a surge in infections. David Hunter, professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Oxford, looks…
The coronavirus crisis in Britain’s prisons
May 31 • 25 min
As Britain faced an unprecedented lockdown, the situation for the 80,000 people in prison was even more stringent. David Adams was recently released from jail and describes how prisoners were confined to their tiny cells for more than 23 hours a day. Help…
Hong Kong: the end of one country, two systems?
May 28 • 24 min
Protesters have take to the streets again, this time over a national security law that is set to be imposed by Beijing. Verna Yu and Lily Kuo look at how the standoff compares with those of Hong Kong’s recent history. Help support our independent…
The scandal of Covid-19 in care homes
May 27 • 27 min
Why did so many people die in care homes? That may be the most urgent question of the likely public inquiry into the UK’s Covid-19 response. Rob Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs correspondent, on the government failures that led to thousands of care…
Brexit: Is the UK headed for a no deal?
May 26 • 24 min
For the past few months UK and EU negotiators have been locked in talks trying to thrash out a trade deal before 1 January. But after the chief negotiators, Michel Barnier and David Frost, exchanged testy letters last week, the talks risk reaching a…
Why Dominic Cummings won’t resign
May 25 • 33 min
The prime minister’s senior adviser has provoked national outrage by admitting travelling hundreds of miles to stay with family at the height of coronavirus lockdown. The Guardian’s Matthew Weaver reveals how he helped break the story. Help support our…
The killing of Ahmaud Arbery
May 24 • 32 min
On 23 February Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man, was shot dead by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. But it was only when a 36-second video of the killing was leaked on 5 May, generating nationwide outcry, that three men were charged with his murder.…
Otters, badgers and orcas: can the pandemic help rewild Britain?
May 21 • 27 min
Sound recordist Chris Watson shares the birdsong from his English garden, while environmentalist George Monbiot looks at how the pandemic might be an opportunity for rewilding. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Will millions of children really be returning to school in June?
May 20 • 26 min
Oli de Botton is a headteacher of a large state school in Newham, east London. Like many teachers across the country, he is tackling the daunting task of getting ready for the return of some of his students in early June. Sally Weale, the Guardian…
The scientific race to understand Covid-19
May 19 • 25 min
In the five months since the world learned about Covid-19, it has killed hundreds of thousands of people. In that time, what have scientists found out – and what do they still not know? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help…
How coronavirus led to rough sleepers being housed in hotels
May 18 • 22 min
Amelia Gentleman reports on life inside the hotels that are now housing some of the more than 5,400 homeless people across England and Wales. It is part of an unprecedented emergency operation to get all rough sleepers off the streets. Help support our…
Farce and tragedy: how an audacious coup attempt in Venezuela backfired
May 17 • 29 min
An attempt earlier this month to remove Nicolás Maduro from power ended in farcical failure as a seaborne invading force was captured easily following a series of mishaps. World affairs editor Julian Borger tells the bizarre story. Help support our…
Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown part 2
May 14 • 22 min
In the concluding part of our Blind Date takeover, two more couples meet remotely for a socially distanced evening of drinks and dinner. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/infocus">theguardian.com/infocus</a>
Trump versus Biden: the 2020 pandemic election
May 13 • 27 min
The US election campaign is usually in full swing by this stage of the political cycle, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to rallies and fundraising events. David Smith in Washington looks at how the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is…
What does the biggest economic slump in 300 years mean for Britain?
May 12 • 23 min
As the chancellor announces plans to extend the unprecedented scheme to pay the wages of millions of workers, whole sectors of the economy remain shut because of Covid-19, causing a recession unseen in Britain for centuries. Larry Elliott explains what it…
Track and trace: will the government’s new app work?
May 11 • 24 min
Tracking and tracing the movements of people with symptoms of Covid-19 is key to the next phase of ending the lockdown. But as the government trials a contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight, Alex Hern reports on concerns about privacy, effectiveness and…
Is coronavirus being used to turn India into a surveillance state?
May 10 • 26 min
South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 in a country where civil liberties were already being eroded. Help support our independent journalism…
Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown part 1
May 7 • 27 min
Lockdown has changed the way we date. Is it possible to form the same kind of connection through a screen? To find out, we set up six strangers on three virtual blind dates …. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Reopening Mississippi: America’s poorest state begins lifting lockdown
May 6 • 30 min
Despite rising coronavirus case numbers, the US state of Mississippi is moving out of lockdown and reopening parks, restaurants and other non-essential shops. Oliver Laughland went to the resort of Biloxi to see how residents were responding Coronavirus –…
Protecting domestic violence victims in lockdown
May 5 • 21 min
Kate, a call handler for a domestic violence charity, discusses the challenges of trying to deal with the rising number of calls during lockdown. Guardian reporter Helen Pidd has been reporting on the domestic violence cases being heard at Manchester…
The NHS official privately selling protective kit
May 4 • 17 min
Guardian reporters Harry Davies and Simon Goodley tell Rachel Humphreys how they tracked down and confronted a senior NHS procurement official who had set up a company offering PPE for private sale Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus…
The global race for face masks
May 3 • 27 min
The world economy may have dramatically dipped and the price of oil crashed, but one commodity is seeing an unprecedented boom: the face mask. Samanth Subramanian explores the newly distorted marketplace for masks and the lengths some will go to get them.…
Who is Covid-19 killing?
Apr 30 • 45 min
More than 26,000 people in the UK have officially been recorded as having died from the coronavirus. In this episode we look beyond the headline figure at who is dying – and hear from friends and family about the lives cut short. Help support our…
Should the UK bail out Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic?
Apr 29 • 25 min
Guardian wealth correspondent Rupert Neate looks at why billionaire Sir Richard Branson is asking the UK government to give his Virgin Atlantic airline a £500m bailout to help it survive the economic fallout of the lockdown. Help support our independent…
Where is the kit to protect NHS workers?
Apr 28 • 24 min
As medics and carers report widespread shortages of protective equipment, the government is facing pressure to explain why it appears the UK went into a pandemic under-resourced. Daniel Boffey and Rob Davies unpick the strategy and its failures. Help…
The secretive scientific committee guiding Britain’s coronavirus response
Apr 27 • 24 min
Following the revelation that Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, took part in the key scientific committee meetings tasked with providing independent advice, Anushka Asthana hears from the Observer’s Sonia Sodha and the former chief…
Covid-19’s continued spread into South America
Apr 26 • 22 min
From his temporary home in Rio de Janeiro, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, can hear the nightly protests against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, where cases are steadily rising. He…
What is the Covid-19 crisis doing to our mental health?
Apr 23 • 25 min
The biggest health crisis in a generation and the enforced isolation of lockdowns is taking not just a physical toll on people but also affecting mental health. The Guardian’s John Crace discusses his mental health challenges and public health specialist…
Surviving ICU: a story of recovery – podcast
Apr 22 • 21 min
Dave Lewins is a healthy, 60-year old helicopter pilot, who in March found himself in intensive care with Covid-19. He describes the experience and how it has changed his life. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
How the 5G conspiracy theories took hold
Apr 21 • 19 min
The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson looks at why conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to coronavirus have taken hold in the UK, with dozens of phone masts vandalised across the country over the past few weeks. Help support our independent…
Under attack: WHO and the coronavirus pandemic
Apr 20 • 26 min
The World Health Organization has been at the forefront of the global response to new diseases and with differing outcomes. It was hailed for the way it dealt with Sars but pilloried for its handling of Ebola. Now, with its biggest challenge yet, it is in…
Culture under the extended coronavirus lockdown
Apr 19 • 25 min
Three Guardian critics – Ammar Kalia, Laura Snapes and Sian Cain – join Rachel Humphreys with a guide to the best of television, music and books under lockdown. And what the future holds for the arts when conditions are lifted. Help support our…
The story of one care home hit by coronavirus
Apr 16 • 23 min
Julie Roche is a manager of a Buckinghamshire care home that usually has 45 residents. In the past few weeks she has lost 13 patients to Covid-19. She discusses the devastating impact this has had on families, staff and her remaining residents. Help…
The story behind Trump’s ‘miracle’ drug hydroxychloroquine
Apr 15 • 24 min
The drug has been used to treat a number of diseases in the past half-century but after a French study claimed it was effective against coronavirus it has been hailed by the US president as a cure. But there is scant evidence it is effective – and it…
From Liberia to Spain: working in disaster zones
Apr 14 • 21 min
Luis Encinas is a nurse and Médecins Sans Frontières coordinator. He has treated patients in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, in Sierra Leone as Ebola took hold, and now in Spain, battling Covid-19. He and the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent, Sam Jones,…
Why have the UK and Germany taken different approaches to Covid-19 testing?
Apr 13 • 22 min
In February, the UK and Germany were taking a similar approach to testing for coronavirus. But over the subsequent weeks, the two countries began to go in very different directions. Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley and Berlin bureau chief Philip…
How Covid-19 brought Britain back together
Apr 12 • 24 min
After a divisive period dominated by Brexit, the pandemic has brought about a newly fostered spirit of community engagement and everyday heroism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Coronavirus: 100 days that changed the world (part 2) – podcast
Apr 9 • 40 min
After spreading from China into parts of east Asia, the coronavirus hit Europe with a major cluster in northern Italy. But while much of the continent scrambled to shut down cities, Britain left it late to go into lockdown. Michael Safi and Patrick…
Coronavirus: 100 days that changed the world (part 1)
Apr 8 • 42 min
What began as a mystery virus at a Chinese market in December swiftly became a global crisis. The Guardian’s Michael Safi and Patrick Wintour recount the first 100 days as coronavirus took hold, upending the lives of billions of citizens. Help support our…
Boris Johnson’s personal coronavirus battle
Apr 7 • 28 min
The PM’s admission to an intensive care ward in London has shocked the nation and left a gap at the heart of power during the UK’s biggest crisis in a generation. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Zaandam: onboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship
Apr 6 • 25 min
The Guardian US reporter Erin McCormick charts the journey of the Zaandam cruise ship, which has docked in Florida after being stranded at sea with a Covid-19 outbreak. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine
Apr 5 • 26 min
Scientists in more than 40 labs around the world are working round the clock to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. Despite early success in sequencing the virus’s genome, however, Samanth Subramanian tells Rachel Humphreys we are still some months away from…
The devastating impact of Covid-19 in New York – podcast
Apr 2 • 23 min
The Guardian US health reporter Jessica Glenza reports from New York, where medical facilities and staff are being overwhelmed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
On the NHS frontline – podcast
Apr 1 • 24 min
Laura McClelland is a consultant anaesthetist in an intensive care unit at a busy south Wales hospital. She describes being on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
From Houseparty to Zoom: our digital lives in lockdown
Mar 31 • 24 min
The lockdown across the world has led people to desperately seek out new tools for maintaining their work and social lives online. But UK technology editor Alex Hern argues he’s been living this way for years. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic
Mar 30 • 21 min
Science writer and journalist Laura Spinney discusses the outbreak of Spanish flu, one of the worst virus outbreak of modern times, which is believed to have killed up to 100 million people. She believes there are lessons to be learned from that pandemic.…
Labour leadership interviews: Sir Keir Starmer
Mar 29 • 32 min
Sir Keir Starmer began his career as a barrister before rising to become the director of public prosecutions. But since his entry into parliament in 2015, he has risen quickly up the ranks to the shadow cabinet’s frontbench. This week he could become…
What can we learn from China’s handling of coronavirus?
Mar 26 • 23 min
After weeks of lockdown China is starting to lift restrictions in an attempt to return the country to normal. The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, discusses how China coped with coronavirus and what life is like there now. Help support our…
Coronavirus: the race to rescue the UK’s self employed
Mar 25 • 24 min
Today the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is expected to announce that the taxpayer will pay self-employed workers up to 80% of their recent earnings to help contain the economic impact of coronavirus. Mark Cairns, an Uber driver, and Rob Booth, the Guardian’s…
Coronavirus: why are your parents sending you so much fake news?
Mar 24 • 25 min
An avalanche of misinformation, fake news and hoaxes are being shared widely online as people seek reliable information on the coronavirus crisis. The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, examines where the falsehoods are coming from. Help support our…
How far do the government’s new emergency powers go?
Mar 23 • 20 min
A new government bill that brings sweeping new powers to shut down mass gatherings, potentially detain people with coronavirus symptoms and weaken the social care safety net is being rushed through parliament. The Guardian’s Peter Walker explains what is…
The Labour leadership interviews: Rebecca Long-Bailey
Mar 22 • 29 min
Long-Bailey only became an MP in 2015, but now she is running to lead her party. Despite loyally serving in Labour’s shadow cabinet and playing a leading role in drawing up the party’s recent manifesto, she is determined not to be portrayed as the…
Social distancing: learning to cope with a new normal
Mar 19 • 24 min
Columnist Zoe Williams has spent the week researching tips for life under a new regime of social distancing and self-isolation. She tells Anushka Asthana it is important to give yourself a break amid the hardships Coronavirus – latest updates See all our…
How Donald Trump changed course on coronavirus
Mar 18 • 24 min
Donald Trump has moved from dismissing coronavirus as similar to the winter flu that would disappear in the spring to declaring a national emergency. But did his administration’s initial response waste valuable time? World affairs editor Julian Borger…
How coronavirus infected the global economy
Mar 17 • 28 min
The Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, says the global economy was already in poor shape when the coronavirus crisis struck. Now governments have stepped in with stimulus packages designed to bail out individuals and small businesses – but will…
Is the government moving fast enough on coronavirus?
Mar 16 • 20 min
Britain has not joined its European neighbours by shutting schools, closing borders or rolling out mass testing. So why not? Health editor Sarah Boseley looks at the arguments the government is making for its approach. Help support our independent…
A cure for insomnia?
Mar 15 • 23 min
Like a growing number of people, Simon Parkin suffered from insomnia for years. After dozens of failed techniques, he finally found one that worked. Also today: Sally Hayden on a locust swarm in east Africa. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Can the NHS cope with coronavirus?
Mar 12 • 27 min
NHS staff are bracing for a surge in hospital admissions as the number of people in the UK with coronavirus continues to rise. The Guardian’s health policy editor, Denis Campbell, looks at how well equipped the health service is for the crisis. Plus:…
The never-ending prison sentences – podcast
Mar 11 • 28 min
A spate of deaths of people serving indeterminate prison sentences has led to calls for such sentences to be revoked. The Guardian’s Jamie Grierson investigates. Plus: Larry Elliott on Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus budget. Help support our independent…
How coronavirus closed down Italy
Mar 10 • 28 min
With Italy in lockdown, Peter Beaumont charts the spread of Covid-19 in the country while Lorenzo Tondo describes its impact. And: Christina Figueres on tackling the climate crisis. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The Labour leadership interviews: Lisa Nandy
Mar 9 • 32 min
The Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy speaks to Anushka Asthana. Also today: Nils Pratley on a plunge in the financial markets as coronavirus spooks traders. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Hadley Freeman’s 18-year search to uncover her family’s secrets
Mar 8 • 29 min
When Hadley Freeman found an old shoebox full of pictures and documents in the back of a wardrobe, it began a quest to find the real story of her family’s history and her grandmother’s escape to America from the Nazis. Plus: Annette McGivney on the…
Grounded: why Heathrow’s third runway may never happen – podcast
Mar 5 • 29 min
Last week the Court of Appeal ruled the decision to allow the Heathrow expansion was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into account. Is this the end of the third runway? And: how our quest for a good night’s sleep is leading to a…
Macron, Merkel and the battle for the future of Europe
Mar 4 • 27 min
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has staked out his vision for the future of Europe, but with Germany reluctant to sign up, will it fall flat? Plus: Jonathan Freedland on Joe Biden’s spectacular comeback in the Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday.…
Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus? – podcast
Mar 3 • 29 min
As Britain faces rising cases of Covid-19, the prime minister has laid out a ‘battle plan’ for how his government will face the growing crisis. Also today: Sarah Todd on learning to read as an adult. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Super Tuesday and the arrival of the billionaire Mike Bloomberg
Mar 2 • 28 min
The Guardian US political correspondent Lauren Gambino looks at which Democratic candidates are likely to dominate on Super Tuesday today – the biggest moment in the US election calendar after polling day itself. And: Polly Toynbee on the shock…
What’s behind the rise of Germany’s far right? – podcast
Mar 1 • 33 min
A terrorist attack in Hanau was the latest incident of far-right violence in Germany. It’s a growing problem, says the Guardian’s Philip Oltermann. Also today: Amy Hodge on her series of films on Europe after Brexit. Help support our independent…
Who should lead Labour?
Feb 27 • 31 min
Ballots went out to Labour members this week as the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader intensifies. The remaining candidates, Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy, all made their pitches to a live audience at this week’s Guardian hustings…
How the Harvey Weinstein trial ended in a guilty verdict
Feb 26 • 27 min
On Monday the jury returned a guilty verdict on two of the five charges against the movie producer, who is now awaiting sentencing. The Guardian US reporter Lauren Aratani discusses covering the trial and what the verdict means for the #MeToo movement.…
India, Modi and the rise of Hindu nationalism
Feb 25 • 29 min
With Delhi rocked by deadly protests as Muslim and Hindu groups clash violently, Guardian writer Samanth Subramanian looks at the rise of Hindu nationalism within India. And: Daniel Boffey on the EU’s negotiating position with the UK. Help support our…
Coronavirus: could this be China’s Chernobyl moment?
Feb 24 • 30 min
The coronavirus crisis engulfing China is the biggest political test yet for Xi Jinping. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo looks at how it may become an economic crisis. Plus Michael Safi on a humanitarian breakthrough in the Yemen conflict. Help support our…
Manchester City: following the money
Feb 23 • 30 min
Manchester City’s fortunes changed dramatically with the takeover by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi. But after years of success, Europe’s governing body has banned the club from its most prestigious tournament, the Champions League. David Conn explains why.…
Syria: the fight for Idlib – podcast
Feb 20 • 34 min
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Syria after the government’s attempt to take back the opposition-held city of Idlib. Bethan McKernan describes how the fighting and freezing conditions have caused hundreds of thousands of displaced people to…
Flooded Britain: a new normal?
Feb 19 • 30 min
A series of storms have lashed Britain in the past two weeks resulting in widespread floods that have left residents and businesses devastated. But as the climate heats up and towns expand into floodplains, is this the new normal? Also today: Richard…
Inside Trump’s Facebook campaign – podcast
Feb 18 • 29 min
Guardian US tech reporter Julia Carrie Wong spent a year analysing Trump’s Facebook campaign. She discusses how the sophisticated social media machine is targeting voters. And Leah Green reflects on the death of former Love Island presenter Caroline…
Can the fashion industry ever be sustainable?
Feb 17 • 27 min
Environmental journalist Lucy Siegle has been writing about the fashion industry for 15 years. As London fashion week draws to a close, she discusses ways the industry could become more environmentally friendly. And: Laura Snapes on the Brit awards and…
Venezuela: a year on from the failed uprising
Feb 16 • 28 min
Tom Phillips, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, is back in Venezuela a year after the start of a dramatic, but so far unsuccessful, attempt to topple Nicolás Maduro. While conditions in Caracas appear slightly improved, outside the capital…
Who killed Swedish prime minister Olof Palme?
Feb 13 • 29 min
After a night at the cinema in 1986, Olof Palme was assassinated on Stockholm’s busiest street. The killer has never been found. Jan Stocklassa discusses whether novelist Stieg Larsson’s theory can provide any answers. And: the first same-sex couple to…
What is it like to come out late in life?
Feb 12 • 27 min
Nicholas McInerny, a writer, came out as gay aged 45 and after nearly 20 years of marriage. It took a huge toll on his family and it all came flooding back last week when the TV presenter Phillip Schofield went public with his story. Also today: Alex Hern…
Back from the brink of death: reversing a heroin overdose
Feb 11 • 30 min
Anti-overdose drug naloxone has been in clinical use since the 1970s but not always where it’s needed most. The Guardian’s Jamie Grierson visited Redcar in North Yorkshire where a group of former drug users provide at-risk people with kits that could save…
Life on Lesbos: what’s happening to the refugees there?
Feb 10 • 27 min
Harriet Grant travelled to the Greek island of Lesbos to report on the crisis playing out in its refugee camps. Plus: Lisa O’Carroll on Sinn Féin’s election success. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Friends across the divide: does Labour have room for Blairism and Corbynism?
Feb 9 • 41 min
Peter Mandelson and Steve Howell represent the two opposite poles of the Labour party: one was a key architect of Blairism, the other of Corbynism. But they started out as inseparable friends at the same school in north London. Now their focus is on what…
Why are the Oscars still so white?
Feb 6 • 30 min
Following a strikingly white and male list of Bafta nominees, this year’s Academy Awards shortlists are barely more diverse. It’s a chronic problem in an industry running out of excuses for its slow pace of change. Lanre Bakare examines why the Oscars are…
Will HS2 really benefit the north?
Feb 5 • 37 min
As the government prepares to give the green light to a new high-speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, Helen Pidd looks at the dire state of transport links in the north of England. Plus: Annabel Dixon argues that Britain…
Will Ireland’s election see the end of Leo Varadkar? – podcast
Feb 4 • 32 min
Varadkar rose to the top of Irish politics without winning an election as leader of Fine Gael. Now he faces voters at a time when many appear to be in the mood for change. Rory Carroll joins the taoiseach on the campaign trail and looks at what the…
The rise of facial recognition technology
Feb 3 • 30 min
Facial recognition technology is getting more sophisticated each year and is now being used commercially as identification instead of passwords as well as being adopted by the Metropolitan police in London. Our UK technology editor, Alex Hern, explores…
US election: The importance of Iowa
Feb 2 • 32 min
Chris McGreal visits the first US state to vote in this year’s race for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are vying for crucial early momentum in the race to take on Trump. Plus: Iman Amrani on…
The Brexit gamble – podcast
Jan 30 • 33 min
Anushka Asthana looks back on an extraordinary period of chaos in politics since David Cameron called the EU referendum. Plus: on the day the UK leaves, Faiza Shaheen argues that remainers must now put their energy into ideas to take Britain forward. Help…
The race to contain coronavirus
Jan 29 • 27 min
Health editor Sarah Boseley tells Rachel Humphreys that the coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan is serious but not yet a global crisis. Plus Louisa Egbunike looks back at the legacy of the Biafran war in west Africa, 50 years on.…
The end of the affair: how Britain walked away from the EU
Jan 28 • 32 min
John Palmer was the Guardian’s correspondent in Brussels in 1973 when the UK entered the European Economic Community. Now, 46 years later, Jennifer Rankin is in Brussels for the Guardian as British MEPs are packing up and leaving. They tell Anushka…
Armando Iannucci on politics and satire - podcast
Jan 27 • 22 min
The creator of The Thick of It and Veep discusses why modern politics has moved beyond satire. And: Bryan Graham on Kobe Bryant. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/infocus">theguardian.com/infocus</a>
Life after Auschwitz
Jan 26 • 36 min
Ivor Perl and Susan Pollack were 12 and 13 when they were transported to Auschwitz. On the 75th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation, they tell their stories. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
How did Isabel dos Santos become Africa’s richest woman?
Jan 23 • 30 min
Dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the former president of Angola, claims to be a self-made businesswoman, but the Luanda Leaks, a cache of 715,000 emails, charts, contracts, audits and accounts, help explain how she actually built her business…
Peak meat: is veganism the future?
Jan 22 • 27 min
Marco Springmann, a public health expert, tells Anushka Asthana why cutting out animal products is the best route to a healthy diet – and why veganism is good for the planet. Plus: Alex Hern on the Guardian’s exclusive story of how the Amazon chief, Jeff…
Zoe Brock: my case against Harvey Weinstein
Jan 21 • 28 min
Like dozens of women in the entertainment industry, the actor, model and writer Zoë Brock has claimed she had a traumatic encounter with the film producer Harvey Weinstein. Now she is faced with a settlement offer that she believes would allow him to…
The trial of Harvey Weinstein – podcast
Jan 20 • 31 min
Ed Pilkington looks ahead to Weinstein’s court battle where he faces charges of rape and sexual assault, which he denies. And Jamie Grierson on why counter-terror police have listed Extinction Rebellion as a ‘key threat’. Help support our independent…
Can the BBC win its battle with the government? – podcast
Jan 19 • 34 min
The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, takes stock of a bruising general election campaign for the BBC and subsequent threats to the licence fee from the prime minister. Plus: the BBC’s editorial director, Kamal Ahmed, denies the broadcaster is…
The fallout in Iran
Jan 16 • 25 min
International correspondent Michael Safi discusses the mistakes and dangerous miscalculations that have been made by Iran in the wake of Qassem Suleimani’s death. And parliament’s youngest MP, Nadia Whittome, talks about her new role. Help support our…
Who can lead Labour back to government?
Jan 15 • 29 min
The race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party has been narrowed to five candidates this week. Political editor Heather Stewart looks at the challenge ahead for the party as it faces five more years of opposition. Plus: John Abraham on…
Where did it all go wrong for Harry and Meghan?
Jan 14 • 29 min
Hadley Freeman looks at why, 20 months after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the couple no longer want to be full-time working members of the royal family. And: Dan Sabbagh on an unprecedented US intervention in the debate over Huawei. Help…
Why did former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn choose a life on the run?
Jan 13 • 27 min
The former CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, was once one of Japan’s most respected business people. Now, as the Guardian’s Justin McCurry reports, he’s on the run in Lebanon after fleeing the country to escape financial misconduct charges. Also today: Gary…
Why did Paul Blackburn spend 25 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit?
Jan 12 • 29 min
Paul Blackburn spent a quarter of a century in prison after being found guilty of a terrible crime. But after his conviction was quashed, he has tried in vain to get an apology for what he went through. Plus: Zoe Williams on an extraordinary year for…
Ayia Napa: Why was an alleged rape victim convicted for lying?
Jan 9 • 30 min
On 17 July 2019, an 18-year old British woman claimed she had been gang-raped by a group of Israeli tourists. But 10 days later she was being charged with lying by the Cypriot police. Michael Polak, her lawyer, discusses the case, while Israeli journalist…
‘It’s unimaginable’: the Australian bushfires
Jan 8 • 26 min
Bushfires have swept large parts of Australia since October, leaving more than 23 people dead, destroying thousands of homes and devastating wildlife – 1 billion animals have been killed. Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor describes reporting on the…
Owen Jones on toxic politics and becoming a target of abuse
Jan 7 • 25 min
Guardian columnist Owen Jones describes the way political debate in Britain has become increasingly divisive and how abuse is now a daily occurrence for most people involved in it. Plus: Helen Pidd on the sentencing of Britain’s most prolific rapist. Help…
The assassination of Qassem Suleimani – podcast
Jan 6 • 30 min
The US drone strike on Iran’s most influential general could transform the Middle East. Middle east correspondent Martin Chulov looks at what comes next. Plus: Catherine Shoard on the Golden Globes. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Trump and the media: will 2020 be different?
Jan 5 • 34 min
Ed Pilkington hears from some of the most influential journalists in the US on how hard lessons were learned after their coverage of the 2016 election. But will 2020 really be any different? Plus: Carol Anderson on voter suppression and the US election.…
The man who gave birth: a look back
Jan 2 • 25 min
Freddy McConnell is a Guardian journalist and trans man who in 2016 decided to begin the process of conceiving and giving birth to his own child. The film he made about the experience is in cinemas now. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Pharmaceuticals: who decides the price of life?
Jan 1 • 24 min
This week we are looking back at some of our favourite episodes from 2019. The cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi could extend the lives of thousands of children – but it comes with a price tag of £105,000 per patient per year. In this episode from February,…
How Greta Thunberg’s school strike went global: a look back – podcast
Dec 30, 2019 • 24 min
Today in Focus talked to the climate change activist Greta Thunberg in March about the campaign of school strikes she started. As part of a series looking back at some of our favourite episodes of 2019, she told our environment editor Jonathan Watts how…
The strange world of TikTok: a look back – podcast
Dec 29, 2019 • 24 min
This week we are returning to some of our favourite episodes from 2019. In October, the UK technology editor Alex Hern joined Anushka Asthana to discuss the social network that is growing its user base with shareable short videos set to catchy…
Abandoned at sea, the cargo crew adrift without wages, fuel or supplies: a look back – podcast
Dec 26, 2019 • 24 min
This week we are returning to some of our favourite episodes from 2019. When companies run into trouble they can leave ships’ crews drifting at sea with no visas, wages or supplies. In May, Karen McVeigh and Andy Bowerman told the story of one vessel…
Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime: a look back – podcast
Dec 23, 2019 • 29 min
This week we are returning to some of our favourite episodes from 2019. The Bollo youth club in Acton is barely a mile from wealthy Chiswick but to the teenagers who use it as a second home, it can feel like a world away. In March, its members told Robert…
Hong Kong: the story of one protester
Dec 22, 2019 • 28 min
A Hong Kong protester describes why he returns to the streets, week after week, in the face of an increasingly brutal crackdown by the authorities This episode was first broadcast in October 2019. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
It’s in the stars: charting the return of astrology
Dec 19, 2019 • 21 min
Astrology is back! The Guardian’s Aamna Modhin looks at why millennial women are taking life advice from the stars. And: spoken word artist Sophia Thakur on why we should be a bit kinder at Christmas. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner on an extraordinary year – podcast
Dec 18, 2019 • 28 min
Viner reflects on a turbulent year in politics. 2019 started with Theresa May as prime minister and is ending with Boris Johnson, who now has a huge Conservative majority in parliament. And: Miranda Sawyer on interviewing the grime star Stormzy. Help…
Inside the mind of scientist James Lovelock – podcast
Dec 17, 2019 • 26 min
James Lovelock, who turned 100 this year, discusses his life’s work, including his latest theory that AI might be the key to saving the planet. And: former US ambassador Samantha Power on finding ways to make a difference in the face of daunting…
The ups and downs of Jamie Oliver – podcast
Dec 16, 2019 • 25 min
Fifteen Cornwall, one of Jamie Oliver’s last UK restaurants, shut last week with 100 job losses. Anna Berrill and Sarah Butler look at what went wrong for the celebrity chef. Also: Annie Kelly on a landmark legal case in the US against the world’s largest…
The election fallout: what happens next? – podcast
Dec 15, 2019 • 31 min
The Guardian and Observer’s Sonia Sodha, looks at what happens next for the Conservatives and Labour. Plus, Samanth Subramanian on the hidden cost of the home delivery revolution. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Election 2019: what just happened?
Dec 13, 2019 • 25 min
Anushka Asthana is joined by Guardian reporters and columnists to tell the story of election night. A massive swing to the Conservative party means Boris Johnson will continue as prime minister and now has a majority for his Brexit deal. Help support our…
Election 2019: John Crace on the lowlights and the gaffes – podcast
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
The Guardian’s political sketch writer, John Crace, runs through the highs and the many, many lows of the 2019 general election campaign. And: Patrick Butler on the Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The empty doorway: the people behind Britain’s homeless statistics
Dec 10, 2019 • 31 min
A record number of homeless people died in 2018 and charities are warning this year could be worse. Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been delving behind the statistics into the lives of those sleeping rough. Also today: Haroon Siddique on how…
Election 2019: on the campaign trail with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn
Dec 9, 2019 • 33 min
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are criss-crossing the country in a final dash to the campaign finish line. Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart have been following the leaders’ campaigns up close for weeks. Plus: Gabrielle Jackson on the deadly bushfires…
Election 2019: Gary Younge returns to his childhood town of Stevenage – podcast
Dec 8, 2019 • 26 min
The Guardian columnist returns to his home town to see how the bellwether constituency views the election. And: Micha Frazer-Carroll asks whether there will be a ‘youthquake’ in Thursday’s vote. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Election 2019: inside Momentum
Dec 5, 2019 • 35 min
Anushka Asthana reports from inside Momentum, the grassroots movement hoping to propel Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. And: Rana Foroohar on why we need to regulate big tech. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Iran’s deadly protests
Dec 4, 2019 • 26 min
When Iran’s government announced it was raising the price of fuel by up to three times, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest. Michael Safi reports on what happened next. And: Jim Waterson on how social media has changed the way we consume…
Election 2019: could Tory remainers deny Boris Johnson a majority?
Dec 3, 2019 • 25 min
Conservatives who voted remain in the EU referendum are facing a dilemma at this election: a vote for their usual party will mean putting pro-Brexit Boris Johnson back in Downing Street. Anushka Asthana visits Winchester to find out which way Tory…
When should terrorists be released from prison?
Dec 3, 2019 • 28 min
After the terrorist attack in London last week, political parties are blaming each other. Jamie Grierson reviews the evidence on sentencing and rehabilitation. Plus: Patrick Wintour on the arrival of Donald Trump for a Nato summit. Help support our…
Hillsborough: the 30-year fight for justice
Dec 1, 2019 • 32 min
David Conn has spent years reporting on the pursuit of justice by families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at a football match in Sheffield in 1989. Plus, Deborah Mattinson on the importance of older voters in the 2019 election. Help support our…
The alarming rise of the rough sex defence
Nov 28, 2019 • 22 min
Too many women’s lives are ending after what those accused of their deaths say were ‘sex games gone wrong’. Anna Moore looks at why strangling has become so normalised. And: Helen Pidd looks back on the general election week. Help support our independent…
Election 2019: shifting identities in Peterborough
Nov 27, 2019 • 32 min
Robert Booth on the battle for Peterborough, one of the key swing seats set to determine the election. Plus: Can Dündar on press freedoms under threat in Turkey. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Election 2019: the battle to unseat Boris Johnson in Uxbridge – podcast
Nov 26, 2019 • 26 min
Rachel Humphreys heads to Uxbridge, where the 25-year old Labour candidate Ali Milani is campaigning to unseat Boris Johnson. And: Jonathan Freedland on antisemitism in the Labour party. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Election 2019: Can we trust opinion polls?
Nov 25, 2019 • 30 min
Opinion polls are showing a lead for the Conservatives but as the Prospect editor, Tom Clark, says, pundits and journalists should resist over-interpreting the data. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on the victory of pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong’s…
The rise of Netflix: an empire built on debt
Nov 24, 2019 • 27 min
Mark Lawson and Dan Milmo discuss the sustainability of the streaming service. Plus: Lara Spirit on why you should register to vote before Tuesday’s deadline. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Windrush: the scandal isn’t over
Nov 21, 2019 • 27 min
Hubert Howard, a prominent Windrush victim, died recently without receiving compensation or a personal apology. Amelia Gentleman discusses his case. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the boldest Labour manifesto for a generation. Help support our independent…
Election 2019: Labour’s plan to nationalise ‘rip-off’ companies
Nov 20, 2019 • 31 min
On the day of Labour’s manifesto launch, economics editor Larry Elliott and financial editor Nils Pratley discuss the party’s radical plans to nationalise key British industries. Plus Max Rushden on the return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League. Help…
Election 2019: The Welsh village on the frontline of the climate crisis – podcast
Nov 19, 2019 • 28 min
Rachel Humphreys reports on her time in Fairbourne, which will be dismantled by 2045 due to rising sea levels, while Sandra Laville looks at why flooding and the climate crisis should be a key issue in the general election. And Lily Kuo on the Hong Kong…
Election 2019: is Brexit reshaping politics in east Belfast?
Nov 18, 2019 • 28 min
The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, visits east Belfast, where a majority of the protestant and unionist population backed Brexit. Is there an opening for a new kind of centrist politics? Plus: Suzanne Moore on the questions that remain…
The Marseille mothers taking on the mafia
Nov 17, 2019 • 24 min
Angelique Chrisafis discusses meeting a group of mothers who are fighting to plough money confiscated from organised crime into small associations on impoverished housing estates. Plus: Jamie Grierson on factchecking the Conservatives’ immigration claims.…
Election 2019: why is Hartlepool the Brexit party’s top target?
Nov 14, 2019 • 32 min
Anushka Asthana visits the historically Labour-held seat of Hartlepool in north-east England that is the Brexit party’s top target in the general election. Plus: Sonia Sodha on how flooding in the north of England has affected the campaign. Help support…
Election 2019: is Scotland moving towards independence?
Nov 13, 2019 • 28 min
Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks tells Rachel Humphreys how the chaos of Brexit has put independence back centre stage at this election. Plus: Sayeeda Warsi on the Conservative party’s enduring problem of Islamophobia. Help support our independent…
Trump’s impeachment hits primetime TV
Nov 12, 2019 • 28 min
Julian Borger in Washington DC on how the US is preparing for wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment of Donald Trump, which moves to public hearings today. Plus Peter Walker on Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats: is their campaign yet to take off?.…
Election 2019: Is the NHS up for sale?
Nov 11, 2019 • 30 min
The NHS is one of the major battleground issues of the general election as parties debate the future of healthcare in the UK. Sarah Boseley and Denis Campbell discuss the extent of private company involvement in the NHS. Plus: Dan Collyns on the downfall…
Meeting George Soros
Nov 10, 2019 • 27 min
Shaun Walker has spent years covering Russia and eastern Europe and watched how the billionaire philanthropist George Soros has become a figure of hate among populists and the far right. Plus: Lea Ypi on the millions of people who do not have a vote in…
A day inside the hidden world of youth courts
Nov 7, 2019 • 34 min
The Guardian’s north of England team has spent a month investigating the youth justice system in England and Wales, in which children as young as 10 are put on trial. Today in Focus joined the editor Helen Pidd in a youth court on the final day. And:…
Election 2019: Dark arts and dirty tricks online
Nov 6, 2019 • 29 min
Media editor Jim Waterson tells Anushka Asthana how political parties are pushing the limits of what is allowed in the unregulated space of social media. Plus: Sabine Rennefanz on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Help support our…
Mexico’s war with the drug cartels
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
Tom Phillips joins the search for some of the thousands of people who have gone missing or been murdered in the country’s bloody drug wars. Plus Luke Harding on the government’s delay in releasing a report on Russian meddling in UK politics. Help support…
How a Guardian story led to a landmark case against big tobacco
Nov 4, 2019 • 25 min
In June 2018 Sarah Boseley wrote about child labour in the tobacco fields of Malawi. Human rights lawyer Martyn Day read her story and decided to sue British American Tobacco. They recently returned to Malawi to check on the progress of the case. And:…
David Attenborough: the making of a British icon
Nov 3, 2019 • 29 min
Patrick Barkham joins Anushka Asthana to chart the rise of one of Britain’s best-loved personalities: the natural history broadcaster David Attenborough. Plus: Gaby Hinsliff on women and the myth of ‘likability’. Help support our independent journalism at…
Cannabis farms and nail bars: the hidden world of human trafficking
Oct 31, 2019 • 28 min
Last week 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated lorry trailer in Essex. Annie Kelly discusses the case of Minh, a Vietnamese teenager who was trafficked into the UK in 2013 and found himself enslaved on a cannabis farm. Plus: Robert Kitson on…