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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, Today in Focus is The Guardian’s daily podcast that takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday.


Antique firearms: gangs, guns and untraceable ‘ghost bullets’
Aug 15 • 26 min
Kenneth Rosen on how British gangs are using a loophole in the law to get hold of antique firearms and untraceable bullets. Plus: Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner on the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. Help support our independent…
Phillip Hammond, the Treasury and the risk of a no-deal Brexit
Aug 14 • 31 min
Poppy Trowbridge on her work as a special adviser in Hammond’s Treasury as it tried to plan for Brexit and avoid crashing out with no deal. Plus, Carey Gillam on how the biotech company Monsanto tried to destroy her reputation. Help support our…
Helping a nine-year-old recover from an eating disorder
Aug 13 • 27 min
We hear about the importance of early intervention in rare cases of pre-teen eating disorders. Plus, calls to ban hands-free phone use while driving. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The crisis in Kashmir
Aug 12 • 29 min
Azhar Farooq and Vidhi Doshi report on the crisis over Kashmir, triggered by the Indian government’s decision to impose direct rule from Delhi. Plus Jason Burke on life in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Meghan: why all the hate against the Duchess of Sussex?
Aug 11 • 27 min
Victoria Murphy on why Meghan has been subjected to a sustained campaign of criticism from sections of the media and the British public. Plus: Malachi O’Doherty on 50 years since the start of the Troubles. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
In black and white: why Newcastle United fans want Mike Ashley out
Aug 8 • 31 min
As the Premier League season kicks off this weekend, David Conn examines the fraught relationship between Newcastle United fans and the club’s owner, Mike Ashley. Plus, Ammar Kalia on the Miss England beauty contest. Help support our independent…
The mother who hunts paedophiles in her spare time
Aug 7 • 24 min
Libby Brooks investigates Scotland’s self-styled ‘paedophile hunters’ who use Facebook to track down adults intent on grooming children for abuse. Plus: Labour’s Diane Abbott on the legacy of the late Toni Morrison. Warning: this episode contains strong…
Cancer town: life in the shadow of a chemical plant
Aug 6 • 26 min
In Reserve, Louisiana, Oliver Laughland hears how a community is fighting for the right to a safe environment for their children, who face a risk of cancer 50 times higher than the national average. Plus Helen Pidd on the battle to save the dam at Whaley…
How much does Google know about you? – podcast
Aug 5 • 28 min
Alex Hern on how Google’s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance. Plus Lois Beckett on the response to two mass shootings in the US. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The women fighting back in Kenya’s biggest slum
Aug 4 • 27 min
Edita Ochieng and like-minded women are taking a stand against endemic sexual violence and police corruption in Kibera. Plus: Angelique Chrisafis on why climate protesters in France are stealing portraits of Emmanuel Macron. Warning: this podcast contains…
Running dry: the water crisis driving migration to the US
Aug 1 • 26 min
Nina Lakhani explores how drought and famine are fuelling the wave of migration from Central America to the US. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on China and the Hong Kong protests. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Understanding Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s chief strategist
Jul 31 • 27 min
James Graham, screenwriter of the TV drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, talks about Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave director now at the heart of Boris Johnson’s strategy team. And: Daniel Trilling on how the media covers refugees. Help support our…
Obscene texts and corruption: the downfall of Puerto Rico’s governor
Jul 30 • 27 min
Mass protests triggered by leaked text messages have led to the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló. Oliver Laughland discusses his time on the island. And: Larry Elliott on why sterling is at a 28-month low. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
A web of lies: Carl Beech and the VIP paedophile ring
Jul 29 • 32 min
In 2014 Carl Beech claimed he had been a victim of child sexual abuse by high-profile politicians. His allegations snowballed into a multimillion-pound police investigation, but rather than exposing a paedophile ring, Beech ended up on trial. Simon Murphy…
Jeff Bezos and the United States of Amazon
Jul 28 • 28 min
In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, the company that has since made him the richest man in the world. Julia Carrie Wong charts the company’s success and controversies. Plus: Jim Waterson on why young people aren’t watching the news anymore. Help support…
Boris Johnson’s Brexit cabinet
Jul 25 • 28 min
Jonathan Freedland talks about Boris Johnson’s brutal cabinet reshuffle which brings the members of the victorious Brexit campaign into the heart of government. And: Laura Snapes on the nominations for the Mercury music prize. Help support our independent…
Can Labour reunite to take on Boris Johnson? – podcast
Jul 24 • 28 min
Heather Stewart on Labour’s attempts to reunite around its Brexit policy, plus Sonia Sodha on Boris Johnson’s first speech as prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is prime minister Boris Johnson leading us to a no-deal Brexit?
Jul 23 • 29 min
Boris Johnson will enter Downing Street this afternoon as Britain’s new prime minister. But Britain is still hurtling to the Brexit deadline of 31 October – with parliament rising this week for its summer recess. Rowena Mason and Daniel Boffey map out the…
Could Trump’s racist rhetoric win him re-election in 2020?
Jul 22 • 27 min
On 14 July, Donald Trump used Twitter to tell four unnamed Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came’. His racist language shocked many around the world, but he has refused to back…
Stranded in Pakistan: why did the Home Office deny a baby a visa?
Jul 21 • 24 min
Nina Saleh, a British resident for 20 years, travelled to Pakistan to adopt a baby and was then repeatedly denied a visa, leaving her trapped abroad for months on end. Plus: Zoe Williams on what her time as a waitress taught her about being a good diner.…
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Jul 18 • 30 min
The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame haven’t paid up…
Has Brexit saved the Lib Dems?
Jul 17 • 23 min
The Lib Dems have made an extraordinary comeback in 2019 because of their anti-Brexit stance. The Observer political editor, Toby Helm, discusses whether the party is here to stay. And: Oliver Wainwright on the inclusion of social housing in this year’s…
Why do so many people still believe the moon landings were a hoax?
Jul 16 • 25 min
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that first put humans on the moon, Richard Godwin explores why conspiracy theories about the landings still endure. Plus Geoff Andrews on his part in the Guardian’s lunar front page from 1969 – and how he…
The real Boris Johnson: politician or journalist?
Jul 15 • 27 min
The Tory leadership hopeful has long attempted to hold down careers in both politics and journalism. As he hopes to take over as prime minister, his biographers Sonia Purnell and Andrew Gimson look at what his career in newspapers says about his character…
Police chases: are they worth it?
Jul 14 • 29 min
The public expect police to pursue bad guys, but a shocking tally of recent deaths has exposed the risks involved. Tom Lamont discusses how the death of Matthew Seddon could change how we think about police chases. And: Sirin Kale on sexist dress codes.…
Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise?
Jul 11 • 29 min
The first stop and search Jamal ever experienced was when he was 11 years old. Now, at 24, he has been stopped numerous times. Most recently, a stop became aggressive and he was hit in the face with handcuffs, but was charged and convicted with assaulting…
What is happening to migrant children at US border facilities?
Jul 10 • 27 min
Elora Mukherjee is a prominent US immigration lawyer. Several weeks ago she visited the Clint border facility in Texas, which was holding hundreds of children who had tried to cross the border. What she saw was so shocking she has decided to speak out.…
Jeremy Hunt and the NHS: master negotiator or out of his depth?
Jul 9 • 26 min
Denis Campbell assesses whether Hunt’s experience as health secretary warrants him becoming the next prime minister. Plus: Dan Milmo on the Deutsche Bank job cuts. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees
Jul 8 • 27 min
Carola Rackete defied Italy’s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus:…
What really happens to the waste in your recycling bin?
Jul 7 • 23 min
Recycling is often cited as one of the easiest ways to make a difference to the environment. But does old plastic really get reprocessed into new? Guardian reporters around the world have been investigating what really happens to our waste. Also today:…
Who owns England?
Jul 4 • 28 min
It is a simple question with an incredibly complex answer – not even the Land Registry knows the exact ownership of all parts of the country. Guy Shrubsole set out to solve the mystery. Plus Alex Hern on the police’s use of facial recognition technology.…
Is a new generation taking over the Democratic party?
Jul 3 • 27 min
Kamala Harris was the big winner of the first round of Democratic party debates in the US. This week, her poll numbers surged and so did donations to her campaign. But as Lauren Gambino in Washington notes, it was bad news for the frontrunners as Joe…
Should doctors face jail when treatment goes wrong?
Jul 2 • 27 min
The death of a patient at a private London hospital after a delay in his treatment led to the imprisonment of David Sellu. After 15 months behind bars, his name was finally cleared. He tells his harrowing story as a new report reveals that doctors from…
Life in the fastest warming place on earth
Jul 1 • 23 min
In the world’s northernmost town, temperatures have risen by 4C since 1971, devastating homes, wildlife and even the cemetery. India Rakusen and Jon Watts travel to Svalbard to find out how the island is coping with the effects of global heating. And:…
Why is cocaine washing up on the beaches of Fiji?
Jun 30 • 23 min
A multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines is having a major impact on islands in the Pacific. Kate Lyons travelled to Fiji to investigate. Plus: John Harris on Facebook’s cryptocurrency. Help support our independent journalism…
Has Saudi Arabia got away with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?
Jun 27 • 28 min
A UN report on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi has said there is credible evidence linking the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to the crime. Nick Hopkins and Stephanie Kirchgaessner discuss the killing and the fallout in Saudi Arabia…
Why aren’t Hong Kong’s protesters backing down?
Jun 26 • 23 min
Millions of people have taken to the streets over the past three weeks in opposition to an extradition law. The Guardian correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison discusses covering the demonstrations and what could happen next. Plus: Angie Zelter on why she…
Ebola is back – can it be contained?
Jun 25 • 25 min
The current outbreak of the deadly virus in the DRC has been called the most complex public health emergency in history. Peter Beaumont describes his recent visit to the DRC and Sarah Boseley discusses how the 2014 outbreak was eventually contained. Plus:…
Can anything stop Boris Johnson?
Jun 24 • 28 min
The Tory leadership hopeful has spent the past three days avoiding questions on why the police were called to his home after an altercation with his partner. But will questions about Johnson’s previous behaviour and character damage his chances of…
What has changed since the Stonewall rebellion?
Jun 23 • 32 min
The Stonewall rebellion in 1969 started a revolution in LGBT rights in the US. Ed Pilkington revisits the story 50 years on with those who were there. Plus: Lucy Siegle on the rise of fast fashion. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
On the frontline: why has environmental journalism become so dangerous?
Jun 20 • 26 min
The field of environmental journalism is now one of the most dangerous after war reporting. The investigative reporter Juliette Garside and the global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, discuss why journalists are facing rising levels of violence. And:…
Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses?
Jun 19 • 24 min
The Women’s World Cup is nearing the knockout stages, with the tournament favourites, the US, in blistering form. But back home, the players are taking on their governing body in a gender equality lawsuit that could have huge implications for women’s…
What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up
Jun 18 • 29 min
Oil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis. Plus: John Stewart on his campaign to stop…
The rehabilitation of Tony Blair?
Jun 17 • 30 min
Tony Blair’s legacy since leaving office has been the subject of heated debate both within the Labour party and the country at large. As Paul Lewis reports, his re-entry into the national debate on Brexit comes at a time of a crisis of trust in British…
From bootcamp to burnout: how to make it as a YouTuber
Jun 16 • 26 min
Young stars on the Google-owned site can become multi-millionaires almost overnight but controversy has stalked every stage of YouTube’s growth. Plus: Amelia Abraham on rising LGBT hate crimes. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The story of Grenfell United
Jun 13 • 31 min
Natasha Elcock and Ed Daffarn escaped from Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Karim Mussilhy’s uncle died in the fire. Together with other survivors and bereaved people, they formed Grenfell United. They talk about their work over the past two years, while…
Private armies and secret deals: Russia’s drive into Africa
Jun 12 • 30 min
A cache of leaked documents appear to show how a close Putin ally is leading a push to turn Africa into a strategic hub with echoes of Soviet-era zones of influence. Luke Harding reports on the Kremlin’s drive to leave its mark on the continent. Plus…
Change UK: how not to set up a political party
Jun 11 • 26 min
With six of its 11 MPs having quit, Heather Stewart, the Guardian’s political editor, charts what went wrong. Plus Damian Carrington on plant extinctions. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Cruel state: the impact of austerity on disabled people
Jun 10 • 26 min
Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who is disabled, has written about inequality and disability rights for decades. She discusses the impact that austerity has had on those most in need. And: Helen Davidson on the Hong Kong protests. Help support our…
Are peers asleep on the job? Investigating the House of Lords
Jun 9 • 26 min
Investigative journalist David Pegg and data journalist Pamela Duncan have spent the last four months examining the House of Lords. They discuss why the upper house is under such pressure to reform. Plus: Iman Amrani on her modern masculinity series. Help…
Farewell Maybot: John Crace on the changing of the Tory guard
Jun 6 • 29 min
The Guardian’s political sketch writer first coined the term ‘the Maybot’ in 2016, when she robotically repeated the same phrases in a car-crash interview. As she prepares to step down as Conservative leader, Crace discusses who might take over. Plus:…
China’s forgotten protesters: the other Tiananmens
Jun 5 • 25 min
Hundreds of Chinese cities were involved in the student-led demos in 1989. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo discusses the uprisings outside of Beijing. Plus: Patrick Wintour on Saudi Arabia’s hand in Sudan’s military crackdown. Help support our independent…
What is the future for Sir Philip Green?
Jun 4 • 27 min
As Sir Philip Green’s retail empire faces the prospect of entering administration, putting 18,000 jobs at risk, the Guardian business reporter Sarah Butler discusses how we got here. Plus: Sadiq Khan responds to being called a loser by Donald Trump. Help…
Death, carnage and chaos: a climber on his recent ascent of Everest
Jun 3 • 24 min
On 23 May, an image taken by the climber Nirmal Pujra went viral. It showed a long queue of climbers waiting to reach the summit of Everest. Elia Saikaly, a film-maker, was on that climb. He describes the ascent, while the Guardian’s Michael Safi…
Inside Islamic State: meeting Umm Sayyaf, the most senior female Isis captive
Jun 2 • 26 min
Martin Chulov, the Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, tells Anushka Asthana about meeting Umm Sayyaf, who described her role in helping the CIA hunt for the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And: Johny Pitts on how an ice bath with pop duo Jedward…
Trump’s coming to see the Queen but what actually happens on a state visit?
May 30 • 25 min
Ben Rhodes was Barack Obama’s national security adviser and accompanied him on his UK state visit in 2011. He reveals what goes into planning a trip of this scale and what the UK should expect when Trump arrives next week. Plus: Paul Owen on the fallout…
Historical war crimes: an amnesty for British soldiers?
May 29 • 28 min
Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has promised to introduce a ‘presumption against prosecution’ on historical prosecutions for military veterans. Samira Shackle looks back at the collapse of the investigation into abuse allegations in Iraq, while…
What happens to a place when its steel industry collapses
May 28 • 29 min
The announcement that British Steel was entering insolvency came as a hammer blow to Scunthorpe, where it employs 5,000 people. It has become a familiar story in recent years, and Helen Pidd returns to Redcar, which lost the majority of its steelworks in…
The Brexit divide: Britain’s EU election earthquake
May 27 • 26 min
A wave of support for populists and Greens has disrupted centrist parties across the EU. Daniel Boffey considers what it means for the bloc and Brexit. Plus: Julia Kollewe on the world’s first raspberry-picking robot. Help support our independent…
Who is trying to ban abortion in the US?
May 26 • 28 min
Alabama is one of 15 states to recently pass an abortion ban. Although none of the bans are currently in effect, the aim is to place pressure on Roe v Wade, the court decision that enshrined a woman’s legal right to an abortion. The Guardian’s US health…
The end of May: are we headed for Boris Johnson as prime minister?
May 23 • 29 min
Theresa May has entered the final phase of her leadership, with rivals waiting to pounce on the chance to succeed her. Patrick Wintour lays out the route ahead but can anyone stop the clear favourite? Also today: Claire Armitstead on the outpouring of…
Inside the neo-Nazi plot to kill a Labour MP
May 22 • 28 min
A plot to kill a Labour MP and a police officer was only disrupted after an informant within the neo-Nazi group National Action blew the whistle. Robbie Mullen passed the details on to Hope Not Hate’s Matthew Collins. Here, they tell their extraordinary…
Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran?
May 21 • 26 min
Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the…
Shaken up: will Nigel Farage’s Brexit party change politics?
May 20 • 26 min
The Brexit party is expected to top the polls in this week’s European elections in the UK. Farage’s calls to leave the EU immediately without a deal have proved appealing to many voters who feel betrayed that Brexit is yet to be delivered. The Guardian’s…
Abandoned at sea: the cargo crew adrift without wages, fuel or supplies
May 19 • 27 min
When companies run into trouble they can leave ships’ crews drifting at sea with no visas, wages or supplies. Karen McVeigh and Andy Bowerman tell the story of one vessel adrift off the coast of UAE. Plus, Rupert Neate on the tax breaks attracting the…
Mum and me: a story of immigration and integration
May 16 • 30 min
Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, the son of two Indian immigrants, explains why he felt so frustrated with a recent report from Tony Blair’s thinktank. And Katharine Murphy looks ahead to Australia’s imminent election. Help support our independent…
Facing up to Europe’s far right
May 15 • 29 min
The EU elections, beginning on 23 May, are a test for Europe’s mainstream parties as populists appear to be gaining momentum with stark anti-immigration campaigns. Anushka Asthana is joined by Jennifer Rankin, Shaun Walker and Angelique Chrisafis to…
India is voting: who is going to win the world’s biggest election?
May 14 • 25 min
Hundreds of millions of Indians are going to the polls over six weeks to vote for their next government. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, heads out on the trail as the prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes a national security case for…
The Venezuela uprising: the story so far
May 13 • 26 min
Nicolás Maduro appeared on the brink of being forced from power in an uprising plotted by the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. But key figures stayed loyal, allowing the president to begin reprisals. Tom Phillips in Caracas has watched it play out. Plus:…
Smuggled over the border: the school trip, the Stasi and the East German defector
May 12 • 30 min
In December 1984, a group of teenagers on a school trip from West Germany crossed the border into East Germany. When they returned, an East German defector was hiding under a seat on their bus. Sophie Hardach speaks to those involved 35 years on and…
Love Corbyn, hate Brexit? Labour’s EU elections dilemma
May 9 • 28 min
Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s European elections manifesto with a renewed promise to back a second Brexit referendum in certain circumstances – but to also respect the result of the first. Yet for ardently pro-Corbyn Europhiles such as Momentum’s Laura…
Anna Sorokin: the fake heiress who fooled everyone
May 8 • 27 min
For years Sorokin passed herself off as ‘Anna Delvey’, a German heiress worth $60m. Today she will be sentenced in New York and faces up to 15 years in prison. Hadley Freeman discusses how Sorokin was eventually exposed and why her case has attracted so…
Fortress Europe: what happens to the refugees sent back to Libya?
May 7 • 29 min
The EU’s efforts to stem the flow migration from Africa across the Mediterranean has meant assisting the Libyan coastguard to intercept boats. But what happens when asylum seekers are returned to war-torn Libya? Sally Hayden has spent months investigating…
The new space race
May 6 • 27 min
The science writer Philip Ball has always been fascinated by space. He looks at the latest missions to the moon and beyond. And: Carole Cadwalladr on why she used her TED talk to tell tech billionaires they had broken democracy. Help support our…
Fired by Trump: former US attorney Preet Bharara on American justice – podcast
May 5 • 29 min
The ‘sheriff of Wall Street’, who took on mafia bosses and terrorists in court, looks back on his career. Plus: Tim Gordon on the silencing of the oceans. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Are non-disclosure agreements out of control?
May 2 • 26 min
Zelda Perkins worked for Harvey Weinstein in her early 20s. She signed a non-disclosure agreement when she left his company, but 20 years later decided to break it when allegations about the film producer’s behaviour became public. She has subsequently…
Julian Assange and the story of WikiLeaks
May 1 • 34 min
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions after spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Today, he has an extradition hearing, which could conclude with him…
Accused of cheating: another immigration scandal?
Apr 30 • 26 min
Amelia Gentleman discusses the immigration scandal in which the Home Office has accused 34,000 international students of cheating in English language tests. And: Magid Magid, the 29-year old lord mayor of Sheffield, who is stepping down to run as a Green…
How worried should we be about Huawei?
Apr 29 • 28 min
Theresa May has turned to her national security council to help her decide on whether to allow the Chinese firm Huawei to provide parts of Britain’s 5G network. Guardian reporters Rupert Neate, Alex Hern and Tania Branigan discuss the company at the heart…
On the frontline in the fight for LGBT rights
Apr 28 • 25 min
Ruth Hunt joined Stonewall 14 years ago, quickly rising to become the charity’s chief executive. In that time she has seen huge strides made towards equality for LGBT people. As she prepares to step down in August, she reflects on how much further there…
Are our blueberries radioactive? The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years on
Apr 26 • 28 min
On 26 April 1986, the worst nuclear accident in human history occurred in the No 4 reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. Kate Brown has spent years researching the cover-up that took place afterwards. Plus: Rory Carroll reflects…
A week with Extinction Rebellion
Apr 24 • 26 min
Last week, central London was brought to a standstill when thousands of protesters blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge in a ‘climate rebellion’ organised by Extinction Rebellion. The Guardian reporter Damien Gayle has been with the protesters from the…
Terror in Sri Lanka
Apr 23 • 26 min
On Easter Sunday, explosions across Sri Lanka killed hundreds of people and wounded many more. As the country reels in shock, Michael Safi describes reporting in the aftermath. Plus: the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, Jessica Elgot, on what to…
How the Green New Deal was hatched in a London bar
Apr 22 • 27 min
In 2007, over a friendly drink, the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, came up with a radical plan to address the effects of the financial crisis and climate change. He called it the Green New Deal. Plus: the Guardian’s education correspondent on…
Hope for those with Huntington’s
Apr 21 • 26 min
Robin McKie, the Observer’s science and environment editor, discusses an innovative drug that may soon offer ways to fight Huntington’s disease, while Mark Newnham describes being diagnosed with the inherited condition. Plus: Peter Beaumont describes his…
Is Ukraine about to elect a comedian as its next president?
Apr 18 • 25 min
Ukrainians look set to elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian and actor with no political experience, as their new president on Sunday. Andrew Roth discusses the events that have taken him to the brink of power. Plus: Peter Tatchell on why the British…
When rape cases don’t make it to trial
Apr 17 • 31 min
Recorded rapes have increased by 15%, but recent figures show only one-third of cases referred to the CPS led to charges being brought. ‘Rebecca’ discusses her experience, while the Guardian’s Alexandra Topping looks at why prosecution rates have dropped.…
How protesters toppled Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir – podcast
Apr 16 • 26 min
The Guardian’s Nesrine Malik grew up in Sudan and witnessed first-hand the brutality of the country’s then president, Omar al-Bashir. Malik reflects on what his ousting, after 30 years, means for Sudan. Plus: Angelique Chrisafis on the Notre Dame…
Is English football’s racism problem being taken seriously?
Apr 15 • 30 min
A series of recent incidents in Premier League stadiums and at non-league level has highlighted football’s enduring problem with racism. The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg investigates whether the authorities are taking it seriously enough. Plus: we hear from…
Going viral: Fox News, Davos and radical economics
Apr 14 • 26 min
Rutger Bregman became a social media sensation after his onstage tirade at the gathered elite in Davos this year. His call for higher taxes, open borders and a shorter working week captured the imaginations of millions who viewed the speech online. But…
Brexit means breakfast: behind the scenes at a Brussels all-nighter
Apr 11 • 25 min
After a marathon debate in Brussels, Theresa May emerged with a new October Brexit deadline. Jennifer Rankin and Daniel Boffey, in Brussels, saw it through to the bitter end and explain what happens now. Plus: Richard Sprenger on funeral poverty. Help…
The parent protests that stopped LGBT equality lessons
Apr 10 • 28 min
A bitter row between a Birmingham primary school and its mostly Muslim parents over the teaching of LGBT equality has led to street protests and the suspension of the lessons. The Guardian’s Nazia Parveen traces the origins of the dispute and where it has…
Can the Conservative party survive Brexit?
Apr 9 • 27 min
As Theresa May heads to Brussels to plead for more time to scrape together a Brexit deal, she leaves a party fracturing and shedding members. Nick Boles dramatically resigned from the party last week and now feels emboldened to speak out. Also today:…
King Bibi: can anyone beat Benjamin Netanyahu?
Apr 8 • 27 min
After a series of damaging corruption allegations against the PM, could Israelis decide it’s time for a change? Plus: Sherrie Smith on the discrimination faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
Is Facebook spying on you?
Apr 7 • 28 min
It is one of the most widely held conspiracy theories in tech: could Facebook be listening to its users in order to target ads at them? It isn’t, says the Guardian’s UK tech editor, Alex Hern, but the company has plenty of other ways to monitor you. Plus:…
The Tories and their Islamophobia problem
Apr 4 • 26 min
The Conservative peer and former party chair Sayeeda Warsi discusses the Tories’ Islamophobia problem, and why they need to be doing so much more to tackle it. Plus Jim Waterson on the Facebook Brexit ads that are secretly overseen by staff of a Lynton…
Blowing the whistle on Brexit
Apr 3 • 25 min
A year after revealing that the official leave campaign broke electoral law, whistleblower Shahmir Sanni and Guardian and Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr assess the impact of the story. Plus Dawn Foster on the Newport West byelection. Help support…
Back-stabbing and Brexit: the Tory leadership race
Apr 2 • 22 min
With Britain’s political system heading for crisis and a possible disorderly Brexit, Conservative MPs are plotting their routes to Downing Street to replace Theresa May. The Guardian’s Rowena Mason discusses the candidates not letting a crisis go to…
Heroin and me: our political sketch writer on giving up drugs
Apr 1 • 32 min
The best decision the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, John Crace, ever made was to give up heroin. Having lost his 20s to addiction, Crace swore he would not touch the drug again. After 32 clean years, he explains how quitting is a lifelong…
Faking your own hate crime? The strange case of Jussie Smollett
Mar 31 • 26 min
Now all charges have been dropped against the actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack, we examine the issues surrounding the case. Plus: Lucy Knight on being gay and a Christian. Help support our independent…
Mozambique: reporting from a disaster zone
Mar 28 • 23 min
Cyclone Idai is one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere. Peter Beaumont discusses his recent trip to Mozambique, where he reported on the devastation the cyclone has caused. Plus: Sonia Sodha on understanding what is…
Cherry-picking, cake and fudge: how the EU set the terms of Brexit
Mar 27 • 26 min
As May announced her intention to quit after phase one of Brexit, MPs attempted to take control of the debate with a series of indicative votes. The former UK ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers reflects on how the negotiation process favoured the bloc…
Mueller report: why Donald Trump is not yet in the clear
Mar 26 • 21 min
The US president has gleefully welcomed the special counsel’s finding of no evidence of collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. However, as the Guardian’s Jon Swaine explains, there are several other ongoing investigations that could yet damage his…
The reality of reality TV
Mar 25 • 28 min
Following the death of Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis, Jonny Mitchell, a friend and former contestant, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a former producer of US show The Bachelor, discuss their experiences of reality television. Plus Gaby Hinsliff on the…
Outsourced schools: the Essex mums fighting back
Mar 24 • 27 min
When Waltham Holy Cross primary school was given a failing report it was immediately under threat of a private takeover in the government’s academisation drive. But parents have fought back – and may yet prevail. The Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty…
Investigating the Loughinisland murders
Mar 21 • 27 min
When two journalists began investigating the unsolved murders at Loughinisland in Northern Ireland in 1994, they had hoped to get justice for the families of the six men who died. Instead, Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney found themselves under arrest.…
Brexit showdown: Theresa May v Brussels
Mar 20 • 23 min
As the PM heads to Brussels to face another battle of wills with the EU commission president, the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour describes the bitter history between Jean-Claude Juncker and the UK – and the latest chapter of the fraught Brexit talks as May…
Gaza: generation blockade
Mar 19 • 25 min
Oliver Holmes describes his recent visit to Gaza, where a generation of Palestinians have spent their entire lives fenced in. Plus: Rafael Behr on why an article 50 extension is not a victory for remainers. Help support our independent journalism at <a…
The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism
Mar 18 • 26 min
The atrocity in Christchurch has focused the world’s attention on the rise of far-right extremism and has piled pressure on tech companies to do more to stop its spread. Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch for the Guardian and foreign correspondent Jason…
Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime
Mar 17 • 31 min
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. Its members tell Robert Booth how they navigate a life through poverty, gangs and knife crime. Plus:…
A week of Brexit mayhem
Mar 14 • 28 min
Anushka Asthana spends a pivotal week in parliament, during which the government lost a series of votes on the Brexit process. MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Sam Gyimah discuss their part in the chaotic proceedings. Plus: the…
Greta Thunberg: how her school strike went global
Mar 13 • 25 min
Greta Thunberg’s school strike against climate change has spread to 71 countries, and this Friday’s action could be one of the largest global climate change protests ever. Now nominated for the Nobel peace prize, she tells our environment editor Jonathan…
Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news
Mar 12 • 27 min
In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland…
Will Brexit be decided today?
Mar 11 • 25 min
Theresa May returns to parliament today after a last ditch dash to Strasbourg to win fresh concessions on her deal. So will the deadlock finally be broken this week? Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Sonia Sodha in London explain how the process could now pan…
Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism
Mar 10 • 23 min
It has become the political buzzword of the decade: populism is said to explain political movements from Brexit to the rise of Donald Trump. But how has it taken hold – and can it be quantified? The Guardian’s Paul Lewis investigates. Plus: Sam Delaney on…
Let’s talk about Michael Jackson
Mar 7 • 30 min
Michael Jackson was once the biggest music star in the world. According to a new documentary, Leaving Neverland, he was also a predatory paedophile. Hadley Freeman, who interviewed James Safechuck and Wade Robson, looks at how Jackson’s celebrity…
Chris Grayling’s failings: ferry fiascos and no-deal Brexit planning
Mar 6 • 26 min
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has fought off calls for him to resign over a series of costly controversies. But was the man at the centre of them all really to blame? The Guardian’s Peter Walker looks back at a catalogue of crises that have a…
Superyachts and private schools: Britain’s dirty money problem
Mar 5 • 31 min
Russian money – some legitimate, some the proceeds of fraud – was channeled through a Lithuanian bank into the UK, according to a major leak of banking documents. The Guardian’s Juliette Garside has been investigating for months and describes how Prince…
Talking to the Taliban: peace at what price?
Mar 4 • 24 min
Donald Trump is becoming increasingly impatient about removing all US troops from Afghanistan, 18 years after the invasion that followed September 11. As peace talks continue, Fawzia Koofi, a female Afghan MP, describes being in the room with the Taliban,…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: can the new star of the US left help beat Trump?
Mar 3 • 24 min
All eyes are on Ocasio-Cortez, but what does her brand of politics actually mean for the Democrats as they head into the presidential elections next year? The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino reports from Washington. And Rupert Jones discusses the dangers of the…
Labour’s antisemitism crisis
Feb 28 • 28 min
The party’s handling of cases came under scrutiny again this week as it suspended MP Chris Williamson. The move came after the resignation of Luciana Berger, who claims she was bullied out of the party for being Jewish. The Guardian’s Jessica Elgot looks…
The fall of Cardinal George Pell
Feb 27 • 27 min
One of Pope Francis’s trusted advisers is now the most senior member of the Catholic church to be convicted of child abuse. The Guardian’s Melissa Davey was in court every day and describes the trial that brought about Pell’s downfall. Plus: Alex Hern on…
Hard Brexit Tories: a party within a party?
Feb 26 • 27 min
The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh and Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan explore whether the European Research Group is as influential as ever - or has it overplayed its hand on Brexit? Plus: Joanna Walters on the Sackler family and the US opioid crisis. Help…
The fit-for-work scandal
Feb 25 • 24 min
After a picture of 64-year-old Stephen Smith’s emaciated frame went viral, the Department for Work and Pensions apologised for passing him fit to work. It was the latest example of how reforms to disability benefits are hitting some of Britain’s most…
Searching for my sister: America’s missing indigenous women
Feb 24 • 26 min
Every year, thousands of Native American women are reported missing across the US. Many are never found and the murder rate of indigenous women is higher than for any other race in the country. Reporter Kate Hodal investigates. Plus: author Mike Carter on…
Racism in Britain: what has changed since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry?
Feb 21 • 26 min
The 1999 Macpherson report into the investigation of the murder of Stephen Lawrence found the Met police to be ‘institutionally racist’. Now, 20 years on, David Lammy reflects on what has changed – and what hasn’t. Plus: Cornelius Walker looks ahead to…
Has Brexit broken British politics?
Feb 20 • 25 min
Eleven MPs have now left their political parties to join the Independent Group. The Guardian’s political editor, Heather Stewart, asks whether Brexit is pushing British party politics to breaking point. And: Nosheen Iqbal on Sajid Javid revoking Shamima…
David’s mother killed his father, but he wants her freed
Feb 19 • 23 min
In 2010 Sally Challen hit her husband Richard more than 20 times with a hammer, killing him. Her son David Challen explains why she did it. And: Lauren Gambino on why 16 states are suing Trump’s administration. Help support our independent journalism at…
Send me home: what should happen to the Isis wives?
Feb 18 • 24 min
Hoda Muthana, an American who joined Isis four years ago, now wants to return home. The Guardian’s Martin Chulov describes his time at al-Hawl refugee camp, where an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children are seeking safety. And: Polly Toynbee on the…
What a European education project can tell us about Brexit
Feb 17 • 25 min
When the writer Peter Pomerantsev was a teenager, he was sent to a school that was part of the European Schools network, which counts Boris Johnson among its alumni. He discusses what the project can tell us about the EU. Plus: the Guardian’s UK…
Did air pollution kill nine-year-old Ella?
Feb 14 • 22 min
This Friday marks six years since Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death, which her mother believes was partly caused by air pollution. Plus: 15-year-old George Bond explains why he is going on today’s school climate strike. To support The Guardian’s independent…
Selling a kidney to reach Europe
Feb 13 • 25 min
Desperate to reach Europe, people from Africa are travelling to Egypt and selling body parts to pay for their onward passage. Seán Columb has spent more than five years researching this subject. Plus: Ruth Maclean on Nigeria’s upcoming elections. To…
What does Jeremy Corbyn really think about Brexit?
Feb 12 • 23 min
Brexit has become a divisive issue for the Labour leader and his party. Heather Stewart charts Corbyn’s changing relationship with the EU. Plus: Lois Beckett looks at the March for our Lives movement, a year after the Parkland shootings. To support The…
9/11 and the terrorists on trial
Feb 11 • 28 min
The Guardian’s Julian Borger recently spent a week at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, attending the 33rd pre-trial hearing of five 9/11 suspects. He discusses why arguably the most important criminal trial in American history has still not begun.…
Why are homeless people still dying in the UK?
Feb 10 • 22 min
After a spike in deaths among homeless people in the affluent city of Oxford, Robert Booth went to investigate. In a growing community of rough sleepers, there is little support for people with mental health problems and addiction. Plus: Nosheen Iqbal on…
Will the EU stop a no-deal Brexit?
Feb 7 • 26 min
Unless an agreement can be reached in the coming weeks, Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal. There have been stark warnings about the effects for the UK, but how badly would it hurt the EU? The Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin, Angelique…
Pharmaceuticals: who decides the price of life?
Feb 6 • 24 min
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. The NHS says it cannot afford it. Health editor Sarah Boseley explores how the cost of a life-extending drug…
Escape from Syria: the boys stranded after Isis fall
Feb 5 • 26 min
The young children of an Islamic State fighter were abandoned in Syria after his death. But with the help of human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith and reporter Joshua Surtees, the boys have been reunited with their mother. Also today: columnist Gary…
Is climate change way worse than we realise?
Feb 4 • 26 min
David Wallace-Wells, the author of new book The Uninhabitable Earth, depicts a world ravaged by climate chaos. India Rakusen talks to the author about why he thinks we are underestimating the impact climate change will have on the environment. Plus: the…
Hungary, populism and my Orbán-voting father
Feb 3 • 27 min
Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s far-right prime minister, is at the forefront of a nationalist surge in Europe, and his anti-migrant rhetoric has brought condemnation from the EU. The Guardian’s John Domokos went to find out the attraction Orbán holds to…
Disaster in the Australian outback
Jan 31 • 26 min
Searing heat, severe drought and official mismanagement have allowed rivers in south-eastern Australia to run dry. The Guardian reporters Anne Davies and Lorena Allam discuss the devastating impact this has had on wildlife and residents. Plus: Zoe…
Brexit and the Good Friday agreement
Jan 30 • 26 min
The landmark peace deal struck between the British and Irish governments in 1998 paved the way for power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland and ended a 30-year conflict. Henry McDonald reports on how the Good Friday agreement…
Venezuela crisis: can Maduro ride out Guaidó’s challenge?
Jan 29 • 27 min
The opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself Venezuela’s interim president after mass protests against Nicolás Maduro. But the military have so far stayed loyal to Maduro, who has called the attempt to remove him a coup. Virginia Lopez reports…
Order! Order! Speaker John Bercow and Brexit
Jan 28 • 25 min
Today is the day that backbench MPs in parliament could wrestle control of the Brexit process away from the government. Overseeing proceedings is the Speaker John Bercow, whose recent break with precedent infuriated Brexiters. Plus, in opinion: Jonathan…
Going viral: the victims of online conspiracy theories
Jan 27 • 29 min
What is it like to be the focus of an online conspiracy theory that goes viral? Four people whose lives were upended by conspiracists tell the Guardian’s Ed Pilkington how they dealt with it – and why it could happen to anyone. Plus: Jamie Fullerton on…
The Catholic church faces its past
Jan 24 • 28 min
Last year investigations around the world showed that historical sexual abuse within the Catholic church had been covered up for decades. India Rakusen talks to two survivors and hears from the Guardian’s religion correspondent Harriet Sherwood on how the…
Planning for no deal on the Brexit frontline
Jan 23 • 27 min
With less than 10 weeks to go until Britain leaves the EU and still no withdrawal deal agreed, businesses around the country are scrabbling to prepare for the worst-case scenario of a disorderly Brexit. Our reporters in England, Wales, Scotland and…
Deadly air: driving a rickshaw in Delhi
Jan 22 • 25 min
Delhi’s rickshaw drivers are on the frontline of the city’s most notorious problem: horrendous air pollution. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, travels the city with Pandit, a driver whose exposure to the worsening air quality is…
How Ukip embraced the far right
Jan 21 • 27 min
With Brexit talks stalled and some of its supporters pushing a betrayal narrative, the Guardian’s Peter Walker charts how Ukip has begun rising in the polls again. But how did the party come to fully embrace the far right in Britain? And do its supporters…
What can we do, right now, about climate change?
Jan 20 • 27 min
Calamitous weather events and warnings from scientists that the planet is warming faster than previously believed are causing alarm. Global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, describes the shifts needed to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Plus:…
Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?
Jan 17 • 24 min
The Democrats are already fighting for the opportunity to take on Donald Trump – but can any of them hope to unseat him? Plus: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on what she would like to tell the US president about building walls. To support The…
How Brexit unravelled
Jan 16 • 24 min
In a disastrous week for Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, her former director of strategy, Chris Wilkins, and the Guardian’s Daniel Boffey chart where it all went wrong. Plus: Polly Toynbee on what Labour should do next. To support The Guardian’s…
The great Brexit rebellion
Jan 15 • 26 min
On a monumental day in parliament, Anushka Asthana is with the Conservative MP Anna Soubry as she works across traditional party boundaries to defeat Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Political editor Heather Stewart explains what happens now. Plus: the…
School segregation: a lesson from Birmingham
Jan 14 • 24 min
A school in Birmingham is attempting to buck the trend of increasing ethnic and religious segregation in the city. The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin spends a day at the University of Birmingham school that takes its students from across the diverse city. Plus:…
China’s Muslim detention camps
Jan 13 • 23 min
Up to a million Muslims are being held in detention camps in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo visits the region where authorities are expanding the camps and increasing surveillance on ethnic minorities. Plus: in opinion, the…
Who will pay for Donald Trump’s border wall?
Jan 10 • 25 min
With the US government in partial shutdown, the president continues to demand funding for his Mexican border wall. Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of…
On trial: El Salvador’s abortion ban
Jan 9 • 24 min
The shocking case of Imelda Cortez has put El Salvador’s strict abortion laws in the spotlight. Human rights lawyer Paula Avila-Guillen and reporter Nina Lakhani describe how a surprise verdict has given fresh hope to women in El Salvador. Plus, in…
Today in Focus | Deal or no deal? The Brexit road ahead
Jan 8 • 24 min
As Theresa May prepares for the showdown Brexit vote on Tuesday, the government is stepping up its contingency planning for crashing out of the EU without a deal. The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour sets out the routes available to the government as the exit…
What does 2019 hold for Kim Jong-un and North Korea?
Jan 7 • 21 min
Kim Jong-un goes into 2019 with momentum to build on after last year’s historic meeting with President Donald Trump. As Kim attempts to negotiate a fresh summit, the Guardian’s Tania Branigan looks at his leadership so far and Emma Graham-Harrison…
Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk?
Jan 6 • 24 min
The re-emergence of the disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield has fueled a resurgence of vaccine scepticism among rightwing populists. After a surge in measles outbreaks across the EU in 2018, Sarah Boseley looks back at how confidence in the MMR vaccine was…
Would you give your kidney to a stranger?
Dec 20, 2018 • 22 min
The UK’s living donor scheme allows six people to enter a chain, and three of them will get a new kidney from a stranger. Rachel Williams speaks to six participants. Plus: the writer Cecilia Knapp reflects on Christmas. To support The Guardian’s…
Windrush, Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica: looking back at 2018
Dec 19, 2018 • 30 min
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, revisits the biggest stories of the year from the Windrush scandal, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, the Brexit saga and the Trump administration to the World Cup and the royal wedding. Plus: Michael…
Can the NHS be saved?
Dec 18, 2018 • 23 min
A long-term plan designed to secure the future of NHS England has been delayed once again by Brexit. But as Britain’s health service heads into its annual winter beds crisis, the Guardian’s Denis Campbell visits King’s College hospital in London to find…
Is this the end for the Sicilian mafia?
Dec 17, 2018 • 23 min
The arrest of the man believed to be the head of the Sicilian mafia this month is the latest blow for an organisation struggling to rebuild after the death last year of Salvatore Riina, the ‘boss of the bosses’. Clare Longrigg, the author of several books…
2018: a terrible year for Facebook
Dec 16, 2018 • 25 min
Facebook has been hit by a series of data, privacy and hate speech scandals this year. Alex Hern, the Guardian’s UK tech editor, discusses how Mark Zuckerberg has responded. Plus the Guardian environment reporter Oliver Milman on returning to Paradise,…
Is the net closing in on Donald Trump?
Dec 13, 2018 • 23 min
The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic investigation…
Theresa May: a crisis of confidence
Dec 12, 2018 • 25 min
After a frenzied day of infighting among Conservative MPs, Theresa May remains prime minister, having survived a vote of confidence in her leadership. But how damaging has the episode been for her party? Anushka Asthana hears from the Guardian’s Jessica…
Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters
Dec 11, 2018 • 22 min
The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human rights’. The Guardian’s Damien Gayle has been following the case and hears from demonstrators and deportees.…
Labour’s Brexit dilemma
Dec 10, 2018 • 22 min
Theresa May has postponed her crucial Brexit vote amid huge divisions in her party. But there is a dilemma, too, for Labour MPs whose constituencies voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU. How do they square their voters’ wishes with that of…
What is it like to fear your own child?
Dec 9, 2018 • 20 min
Child-on-parent violence is a taboo subject and one that is hardly researched in the UK. We speak to Lesley, a mother who lives with daily violence from her eldest son. It has devastated family life and exposed gaps in a system not set up to deal with the…
End of an era: Angela Merkel’s long goodbye
Dec 6, 2018 • 24 min
Angela Merkel steps down as the leader of the CDU party today after 18 years at the helm, although she plans to remain Germany’s chancellor until 2021. Her move comes after the migration crisis left her party languishing in the polls and amid a rising…
Why are millions fleeing Venezuela?
Dec 5, 2018 • 23 min
Twenty years on from the election of Hugo Chávez, his legacy faces ruin. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country after a political crisis became a humanitarian one. The Guardian’s Tom Phillips witnesses how a once booming economy has turned so…
In the room for the Brexit showdown
Dec 4, 2018 • 22 min
In July, Nick de Bois found himself as chief of staff in the Brexit department after the sudden resignation of David Davis and the appointment of Dominic Raab. So what did the fevered EU negotiations look like from the inside? And what happens now? Plus:…
Bias in Britain: the truth about modern racism
Dec 3, 2018 • 23 min
An exclusive Guardian study has shown the extent of racial bias faced by minority ethnic citizens. The Guardian’s Afua Hirsch and Anushka Asthana discuss how growing up in a majority white society felt to them and whether attitudes have significantly…
Honduras, a dam and the murder of Berta Cáceres
Dec 2, 2018 • 23 min
Seven men have been convicted of the murder of an award-winning environmental activist in Honduras. But has justice been done for Berta Cáceres? The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani explores what the case says about the state of modern Honduras. Plus: Mark…
The G20: Donald Trump and the rise of the strongmen
Nov 29, 2018 • 23 min
How did a forum for global cooperation become a stage for authoritarians? The Guardian world affairs editor, Julian Borger, analyses the G20 ahead of the summit in Buenos Aires with the help of the Guardian’s foreign correspondents. Plus William Davies on…
North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau
Nov 28, 2018 • 23 min
The death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked a backlash in India. The Guardian’s Michael Safi describes how John Allen Chau was killed after trying to preach Christianity to one of the world’s last remaining indigenous…
Has France fallen out of love with Emmanuel Macron?
Nov 27, 2018 • 23 min
France has been gripped by protests sparked by anger over fuel tax rises, which have mushroomed into demonstrations against the ruling class. The Guardian’s Angelique Chrisafis has been covering what were supposed to be peaceful protests. Plus: Owen Jones…
Untested and unsafe: the medical implants scandal
Nov 26, 2018 • 26 min
More than a million people around the world have been harmed by medical devices they assumed were safe. We hear from one woman whose life has been devastated by what she thought was a routine procedure. Science correspondent Hannah Devlin lifts the lid on…
Why did the fishing industry vote for Brexit?
Nov 25, 2018 • 22 min
In June 2016, a poll suggested that 92% of the fishing industry voted to leave the EU. Sam Wollaston spent four days onboard a trawler to find out why. Plus: Nesrine Malik argues that Hillary Clinton is wrong to claim that curbing migration is the answer…
Is big pharma ignoring the poor?
Nov 22, 2018 • 21 min
Pharmaceutical companies are driven by profit. Is that why diseases that kill thousands of people every year have been ignored – even though the cures may already exist? Health editor Sarah Boseley investigates. Plus: Hillary Clinton argues that Europe…
Why is Steve Bannon in Europe?
Nov 21, 2018 • 25 min
Donald Trump’s former strategist has been touring the continent and attempting to sign parties up to his pan-European populist project. But as the Guardian’s Paul Lewis finds, it is not going completely to plan. Plus: David Conn on preparations for Qatar…
Donald Tusk, Russia and the plane crash that changed Poland
Nov 20, 2018 • 24 min
In 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s president and plunged its prime minister Donald Tusk into crisis. Agata PopÄ™da and Daniel Boffey discuss how this incident still affects Tusk’s political career today. Plus: film-maker Mike Leigh on the…
Asia Bibi: sentenced to death over a cup of water
Nov 19, 2018 • 20 min
Asia Bibi was kept in solitary confinement on death row after being convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan over an argument about a cup of water. Now, after her acquittal eight years later, she is in fear for her life. The Guardian’s Memphis Barker and…
Poverty in Britain: a social calamity
Nov 18, 2018 • 23 min
As part of his field work for a damning report into poverty in the UK, Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur, visited Newcastle where he found people struggling to negotiate the benefits system and going hungry. He called it a ‘social calamity and an economic…
A day of Brexit chaos
Nov 15, 2018 • 23 min
Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from…
The legacy of Islamic State in Iraq
Nov 14, 2018 • 21 min
Two years on from the ‘liberation’ of Fallujah from Isis control, the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont has returned to the Iraqi city. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Brexit. To support The Guardian’s independent…
The plastics conspiracy: who is to blame for the waste crisis?
Nov 13, 2018 • 21 min
The world is waking up to the danger posed by single-use plastics to the environment. But consumer pressure is not enough to reverse the decades of plastic waste that litter the globe and clog up the oceans. Stephen Buranyi tells Anushka Asthana how an…
Can Theresa May deliver Brexit?
Nov 12, 2018 • 21 min
Once Theresa May brings her Brexit deal to parliament it will face a crucial vote. The Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart looks across the House of Commons at the warring groups the prime minister will need to win over to seal a deal before the…
The cocaine trade: a global trail of violence
Nov 11, 2018 • 22 min
Anushka Asthana traces the production of cocaine from coca plantations in Colombia with the journalist Joe Parkin Daniels, Adeolu Ogunrombi from the West African Commission on Drugs and the author JS Rafaeli. Plus: Rafael Behr on why we need to look…
Arron Banks: the man who bankrolled Brexit – podcast
Nov 8, 2018 • 21 min
Carole Cadwalladr has been covering the biggest pro-leave donor for nearly two years. As each revelation sparks a new investigation, Arron Banks rubbishes her journalism. But those investigations are beginning to bite. Also today: Eva Wiseman on our…
Can you take on the EU and win?
Nov 7, 2018 • 20 min
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis staked his political career on getting a deal with the European Union – and lost. Now, as Theresa May enters the Brexit endgame, he looks back at the negotiating tactics used against Greece, and what the…
How did universal credit go so badly wrong? – podcast
Nov 6, 2018 • 21 min
This week the government revealed its plan to fix some of the problems associated with the rollout of its flagship welfare policy. But how did universal credit end up in such a mess? The Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler, runs through the…
Britain’s role in the Yemen crisis
Nov 5, 2018 • 21 min
Three years into a devastating civil war in Yemen, 9 million people are in urgent need of medical care and the UN has warned of an imminent famine. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Bethan McKernan, has been reporting on the war in which all sides…
Inside the campaign to stop Brexit
Nov 4, 2018 • 23 min
As Brexit negotiations gear up again this week, the campaign for a second referendum is gathering momentum. But who are the people trying to stop Brexit? We hear from James McGrory, the director of the People’s Vote campaign. Plus: a week on from the…
US midterms: all about Trump?
Nov 1, 2018 • 20 min
Gary Younge visits Racine, Wisconsin, one of the bellwether races in the US midterms. In recent history the city has been a reliable predictor of which way the country will swing. But how much will the Trump factor influence the result? Plus: Gaby…
How dangerous is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president?
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
How did a far-right, pro-torture, dictatorship-praising populist become Brazil’s president-elect? The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, describes his run-in with Bolsonaro and the fallout from his election. Plus: Polly Toynbee on her…
Introducing: Today in Focus
Oct 25, 2018 • 0 min
Today in Focus is a new daily podcast that brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Hosted by Anushka Asthana, each episode combines personal storytelling with insightful analysis to take you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news