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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. 

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County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children

September 19th, 2019

25:22

Aamna Mohdin tells Rachel Humphreys how county lines gangs are stepping up their operations by using short-term holiday flats and recruiting local …

Revoke and remain: inside the Lib Dem party conference – podcast

September 18th, 2019

27:12

With a new leader in Jo Swinson and the defection of six MPs to the party, Lib Dems are hoping for a resurgence. Rachel Humphreys reports from party conference. Plus Vince Beiser on the black market in sand. Help …

How dangerous is chlorinated chicken?

September 17th, 2019

26:00

Chlorine-washed chicken from the US has become a totemic issue in the post-Brexit trade deals Britain could look to secure. But is it unsafe? And …

Edward Snowden: life after leaking

September 16th, 2019

30:46

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s life was upended by his decision to expose his government’s programme of mass surveillance. Ewen MacAskill helped break the story for the Guardian back in 2013 and now …

A 2,000km journey through the Amazon rainforest

September 13th, 2019

25:25

Tom Phillips describes his recent Amazon trip and examines the impact of the new era of wrecking ushered in by Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. …

'It's all gone': how Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas

September 12th, 2019

22:00

Oliver Laughland tells Rachel Humphrys about the destruction he witnessed in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Also today: Chris …

Could Boris Johnson's explosive election strategy work?

September 11th, 2019

30:54

Anushka Asthana hears from the Guardian’s John Harris on how the chaos in Westminster looks to people in towns around the UK. Also today: Gaby Hinsliff on accusations of cronyism in Theresa May’s honours list Watch the …

Siri, sex and Apple's privacy problem

September 10th, 2019

23:12

As Apple prepares to launch a new iPhone, Alex Hern explores the privacy scandal around its automated personal assistant, Siri. Plus, Polly Toynbee …

Why do Dubai's princesses keep trying to run away?

September 9th, 2019

23:20

Ola Salem discusses the divorce case of Princess Haya, who fled to London. Why do royal women keep trying to escape the emirate? Plus John Marsden on the growing trend of toxic parenting. Help support our independent …

Malcolm Gladwell on the consequences of misreading a stranger

September 6th, 2019

27:30

The writer Malcolm Gladwell examines our interactions with strangers and what can happen when they go wrong, and Daniel Boffey on the view from …

Reporting from the eye of a political storm

September 5th, 2019

32:59

Anushka Asthana follows the Guardian’s political correspondents in Westminster as they attempt to make sense of another seismic week in British …

Back to school after a decade of austerity

September 4th, 2019

29:16

As the chancellor, Sajid Javid, gears up for what could be a pre-election spending review, education correspondent Sally Weale tells Anushka Asthana …

Boris Johnson's ultimatum: back me or it's a general election

September 3rd, 2019

28:33

Jonathan Freedland joins Anushka Asthana to discuss a pivotal week ahead in British politics. Plus Prof Liz Bentley of the Royal Meteorological …

The man who gave birth

September 2nd, 2019

27:57

Freddy McConnell is a Guardian journalist and trans man who in 2016 decided to begin the process of conceiving and delivering his own child. The film he made about the experience is in cinemas now. And: Andrew Rawnsley …

Antique firearms: gangs, guns and untraceable ‘ghost bullets’

August 16th, 2019

26:00

Kenneth R Rosen on how British gangs are using a loophole in the law to get hold of antique firearms and untraceable bullets. Plus: Guardian …

Phillip Hammond, the Treasury and the risk of a no-deal Brexit

August 15th, 2019

31:23

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 …

Helping a nine-year-old recover from an eating disorder

August 14th, 2019

27:04

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 theguardian.com/infocus

The crisis in Kashmir

August 13th, 2019

29:33

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 …

Meghan: why all the hate against the Duchess of Sussex?

August 12th, 2019

27:10

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 …

In black and white: why Newcastle United fans want Mike Ashley out

August 9th, 2019

31:15

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. …

The mother who hunts paedophiles in her spare time

August 8th, 2019

24:55

Libby Brooks investigates Scotland’s self-styled ‘paedophile hunters’ who use Facebook to track down adults intent on grooming children for abuse. …

Cancer town: life in the shadow of a chemical plant

August 7th, 2019

26:39

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 …

How much does Google know about you? – podcast

August 6th, 2019

28:00

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

The women fighting back in Kenya's biggest slum

August 5th, 2019

27:50

Edita Ochieng and like-minded women are taking a stand against endemic sexual violence and police corruption in Kibera. Plus: Angelique Chrisafis on …

Running dry: the water crisis driving migration to the US

August 2nd, 2019

26:34

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

Understanding Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's chief strategist

August 1st, 2019

27:30

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 …

Obscene texts and corruption: the downfall of Puerto Rico's governor

July 31st, 2019

27:09

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 …

A web of lies: Carl Beech and the VIP paedophile ring

July 30th, 2019

32:16

In 2014 Carl Beech claimed he had been a victim of child sexual abuse by high-profile politicians. His allegations snowballed into a …

Jeff Bezos and the United States of Amazon

July 29th, 2019

28:31

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 …

Boris Johnson's Brexit cabinet

July 26th, 2019

28:55

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 …

Can Labour reunite to take on Boris Johnson? – podcast

July 25th, 2019

28:05

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 …

Is prime minister Boris Johnson leading us to a no-deal Brexit?

July 24th, 2019

29:02

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. …

Could Trump’s racist rhetoric win him re-election in 2020?

July 23rd, 2019

27:11

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 …

Stranded in Pakistan: why did the Home Office deny a baby a visa?

July 22nd, 2019

24:42

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 …

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal

July 19th, 2019

30:27

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 …

Has Brexit saved the Lib Dems?

July 18th, 2019

23:38

The Lib Dems have made an extraordinary comeback in 2019 because of their anti-Brexit stance. The Observer political editor, Toby Helm, discusses …

Why do so many people still believe the moon landings were a hoax?

July 17th, 2019

25:41

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that first put humans on the moon, Richard Godwin explores why conspiracy theories about the …

The real Boris Johnson: politician or journalist?

July 16th, 2019

27:22

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 …

Police chases: are they worth it?

July 15th, 2019

29:01

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 …

Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise?

July 12th, 2019

29:08

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 …

What is happening to migrant children at US border facilities?

July 11th, 2019

27:42

Elora Mukherjee is a prominent US immigration lawyer. Several weeks ago she visited the Clint border facility in Texas, which was holding hundreds …

Jeremy Hunt and the NHS: master negotiator or out of his depth?

July 10th, 2019

26:28

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

The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees

July 9th, 2019

27:06

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 …

What really happens to the waste in your recycling bin?

July 8th, 2019

23:43

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? …

Who owns England?

July 5th, 2019

28:05

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 …

Is a new generation taking over the Democratic party?

July 4th, 2019

27:31

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 …

Should doctors face jail when treatment goes wrong?

July 3rd, 2019

27:36

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 …

Life in the fastest warming place on earth

July 2nd, 2019

23:49

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 …

Why is cocaine washing up on the beaches of Fiji?

July 1st, 2019

23:04

A multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines is having a major impact on islands in the Pacific. Kate Lyons travelled to …

Has Saudi Arabia got away with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

June 28th, 2019

28:34

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 …

Why aren't Hong Kong's protesters backing down?

June 27th, 2019

23:46

Millions of people have taken to the streets over the past three weeks in opposition to an extradition law. The Guardian correspondent Emma …

Ebola is back – can it be contained?

June 26th, 2019

25:09

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 …

Can anything stop Boris Johnson?

June 25th, 2019

28:40

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 …

What has changed since the Stonewall rebellion?

June 24th, 2019

32:23

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 …

On the frontline: why has environmental journalism become so dangerous?

June 21st, 2019

26:12

The field of environmental journalism is now one of the most dangerous after war reporting. The investigative reporter Juliette Garside and the …

Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses?

June 20th, 2019

24:55

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 …

What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up

June 19th, 2019

29:51

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: …

The rehabilitation of Tony Blair?

June 18th, 2019

30:15

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 …

From bootcamp to burnout: how to make it as a YouTuber

June 17th, 2019

26:50

Young stars on the Google-owned site can become multi-millionaires almost overnight but controversy has stalked every stage of YouTube’s growth. …

The story of Grenfell United

June 14th, 2019

31:11

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 …

Private armies and secret deals: Russia's drive into Africa

June 13th, 2019

30:27

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 …

Change UK: how not to set up a political party

June 12th, 2019

26:11

With six of its 11 MPs having quit, Heather Stewart, the Guardian’s political editor, charts what went wrong. Plus Damian Carrington on plant …

Cruel state: the impact of austerity on disabled people

June 11th, 2019

26:49

Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who is disabled, has written about inequality and disability rights for decades. She discusses the impact that …

Are peers asleep on the job? Investigating the House of Lords

June 10th, 2019

26:08

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 …

Farewell Maybot: John Crace on the changing of the Tory guard

June 7th, 2019

29:15

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 …

China's forgotten protesters: the other Tiananmens

June 6th, 2019

25:48

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: …

What is the future for Sir Philip Green?

June 5th, 2019

27:41

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 …

Death, carnage and chaos: a climber on his recent ascent of Everest

June 4th, 2019

24:30

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 …

Inside Islamic State: meeting Umm Sayyaf, the most senior female Isis captive

June 3rd, 2019

26:26

Martin Chulov, the Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, tells Anushka Asthana about meeting Umm Sayyaf, who described her role in helping the CIA …

Trump's coming to see the Queen but what actually happens on a state visit?

May 31st, 2019

25:25

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 …

Historical war crimes: an amnesty for British soldiers?

May 30th, 2019

28:24

Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has promised to introduce a ‘presumption against prosecution’ on historical prosecutions for military veterans. …

What happens to a place when its steel industry collapses

May 29th, 2019

29:55

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 …

The Brexit divide: Britain's EU election earthquake

May 28th, 2019

26:32

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 …

Who is trying to ban abortion in the US?

May 27th, 2019

28:20

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 …

The end of May: are we headed for Boris Johnson as prime minister?

May 24th, 2019

29:58

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: …

Inside the neo-Nazi plot to kill a Labour MP

May 23rd, 2019

28:26

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. …

Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran?

May 22nd, 2019

26:40

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. …

Shaken up: will Nigel Farage's Brexit party change politics?

May 21st, 2019

26:43

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 …

Abandoned at sea: the cargo crew adrift without wages, fuel or supplies

May 20th, 2019

27:25

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 …

Mum and me: a story of immigration and integration

May 17th, 2019

30:35

Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, the son of two Indian immigrants, explains why he felt so frustrated with a recent report from Tony Blair’s …

Facing up to Europe's far right

May 16th, 2019

29:40

The EU elections, beginning on 23 May, are a test for Europe’s mainstream parties as populists appear to be gaining momentum with stark …

India is voting: who is going to win the world's biggest election?

May 15th, 2019

25:34

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, …

The Venezuela uprising: the story so far

May 14th, 2019

26:41

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 …

Smuggled over the border: the school trip, the Stasi and the East German defector

May 13th, 2019

30:00

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 …

Love Corbyn, hate Brexit? Labour's EU elections dilemma

May 10th, 2019

28:54

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s European elections manifesto with a renewed promise to back a second Brexit referendum in certain circumstances – …

Anna Sorokin: the fake heiress who fooled everyone

May 9th, 2019

27:27

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 …

Fortress Europe: what happens to the refugees sent back to Libya?

May 8th, 2019

29:08

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 …

The new space race

May 7th, 2019

27:50

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 …

Fired by Trump: former US attorney Preet Bharara on American justice – podcast

May 6th, 2019

29:20

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

Are non-disclosure agreements out of control?

May 3rd, 2019

26:00

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 …

Julian Assange and the story of WikiLeaks

May 2nd, 2019

34:21

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions after spending almost seven years …

Accused of cheating: another immigration scandal?

May 1st, 2019

26:00

Amelia Gentleman discusses the immigration scandal in which the Home Office has accused 34,000 international students of cheating in English …

How worried should we be about Huawei?

April 30th, 2019

28:15

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 …

On the frontline in the fight for LGBT rights

April 29th, 2019

25:40

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 …

Are our blueberries radioactive? The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years on

April 26th, 2019

28:04

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 …

A week with Extinction Rebellion

April 25th, 2019

26:51

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 …

Terror in Sri Lanka

April 24th, 2019

26:04

On Easter Sunday, explosions across Sri Lanka killed hundreds of people and wounded many more. As the country reels in shock, Michael Safi describes …

How the Green New Deal was hatched in a London bar

April 23rd, 2019

27:29

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 …

Hope for those with Huntington's

April 22nd, 2019

26:18

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 …

Is Ukraine about to elect a comedian as its next president?

April 19th, 2019

25:02

Ukrainians look set to elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian and actor with no political experience, as their new president on Sunday. Andrew Roth …

When rape cases don't make it to trial

April 18th, 2019

31:03

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 …

How protesters toppled Sudan's Omar al-Bashir – podcast

April 17th, 2019

26:00

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 …

Is English football's racism problem being taken seriously?

April 16th, 2019

30:29

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 …

Going viral: Fox News, Davos and radical economics

April 15th, 2019

26:47

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 …

Brexit means breakfast: behind the scenes at a Brussels all-nighter

April 12th, 2019

25:53

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 …

The parent protests that stopped LGBT equality lessons

April 11th, 2019

28:03

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 …

Can the Conservative party survive Brexit?

April 10th, 2019

27:38

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 …

King Bibi: can anyone beat Benjamin Netanyahu?

April 9th, 2019

27:11

After a series of damaging corruption allegations against the PM, could Israelis decide it’s time for a change? Plus: Sherrie Smith on the …

Is Facebook spying on you?

April 8th, 2019

28:46

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, …

The Tories and their Islamophobia problem

April 5th, 2019

26:10

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 …

Blowing the whistle on Brexit

April 4th, 2019

25:42

A year after revealing that the official leave campaign broke electoral law, whistleblower Shahmir Sanni and Guardian and Observer journalist Carole …

Back-stabbing and Brexit: the Tory leadership race

April 3rd, 2019

22:53

With Britain’s political system heading for crisis and a possible disorderly Brexit, Conservative MPs are plotting their routes to Downing Street to …

Heroin and me: our political sketch writer on giving up drugs

April 2nd, 2019

32:00

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 …

Faking your own hate crime? The strange case of Jussie Smollett

April 1st, 2019

26:34

Now all charges have been dropped against the actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack, we examine the …

Mozambique: reporting from a disaster zone

March 29th, 2019

23:54

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: …

Cherry-picking, cake and fudge: how the EU set the terms of Brexit

March 28th, 2019

26:15

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 …

Mueller report: why Donald Trump is not yet in the clear

March 27th, 2019

21:05

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 …

The reality of reality TV

March 26th, 2019

28:52

Following the death of Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis, Jonny Mitchell, a friend and former contestant, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a former producer …

Outsourced schools: the Essex mums fighting back

March 25th, 2019

27:15

When Waltham Holy Cross primary school was given a failing report it was immediately under threat of a private takeover in the government’s …

Investigating the Loughinisland murders

March 22nd, 2019

27:23

When two journalists began investigating the unsolved murders at Loughinisland in Northern Ireland in 1994, they had hoped to get justice for the …

Brexit showdown: Theresa May v Brussels

March 21st, 2019

23:12

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 …

Gaza: generation blockade

March 20th, 2019

25:35

Oliver Holmes describes his recent visit to Gaza, where a generation of Palestinians have spent their entire lives fenced in. Plus: Rafael Behr on …

The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism

March 19th, 2019

26:45

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 …

Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime

March 18th, 2019

31:57

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 …

A week of Brexit mayhem

March 15th, 2019

28:41

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 …

Greta Thunberg: how her school strike went global

March 14th, 2019

25:55

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 …

Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news

March 13th, 2019

27:58

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 …

Will Brexit be decided today?

March 12th, 2019

25:44

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 …

Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism

March 11th, 2019

23:28

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 …

Let's talk about Michael Jackson

March 8th, 2019

30:07

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, …

Chris Grayling's failings: ferry fiascos and no-deal Brexit planning

March 7th, 2019

26:10

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 …

Superyachts and private schools: Britain's dirty money problem

March 6th, 2019

31:20

Russian money – some legitimate, some the proceeds of fraud – was channeled through a Lithuanian bank into the UK, according to a major leak of …

Talking to the Taliban: peace at what price?

March 5th, 2019

24:10

Donald Trump is becoming increasingly impatient about removing all US troops from Afghanistan, 18 years after the invasion that followed September …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: can the new star of the US left help beat Trump?

March 4th, 2019

24:10

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 …

Labour's antisemitism crisis

March 1st, 2019

28:13

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 …

The fall of Cardinal George Pell

February 28th, 2019

27:40

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 …

Hard Brexit Tories: a party within a party?

February 27th, 2019

27:37

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 …

The fit-for-work scandal

February 26th, 2019

24:41

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 …

Searching for my sister: America's missing indigenous women

February 25th, 2019

26:44

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 …

Racism in Britain: what has changed since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry?

February 22nd, 2019

26:50

The 1999 Macpherson report into the investigation of the murder of Stephen Lawrence found the Met police to be ‘institutionally racist’. Now, 20 …

Has Brexit broken British politics?

February 21st, 2019

25:39

Eleven MPs have now left their political parties to join the Independent Group. The Guardian’s political editor, Heather Stewart, asks whether …

David's mother killed his father, but he wants her freed

February 20th, 2019

23:08

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 …

Send me home: what should happen to the Isis wives?

February 19th, 2019

24:08

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 …

What a European education project can tell us about Brexit

February 18th, 2019

25:55

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 …

Did air pollution kill nine-year-old Ella?

February 15th, 2019

22:32

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 …

Selling a kidney to reach Europe

February 14th, 2019

25:15

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 …

What does Jeremy Corbyn really think about Brexit?

February 13th, 2019

23:43

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 …

9/11 and the terrorists on trial

February 12th, 2019

28:55

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 …

Why are homeless people still dying in the UK?

February 11th, 2019

22:50

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 …

Will the EU stop a no-deal Brexit?

February 8th, 2019

26:33

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 …

Pharmaceuticals: who decides the price of life?

February 7th, 2019

24:47

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. …

Escape from Syria: the boys stranded after Isis fall

February 6th, 2019

26:59

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 …

Is climate change way worse than we realise?

February 5th, 2019

26:34

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 …

Hungary, populism and my Orbán-voting father

February 4th, 2019

27:51

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 …

Disaster in the Australian outback

February 1st, 2019

26:55

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 …

Brexit and the Good Friday agreement

January 31st, 2019

26:56

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 …

Venezuela crisis: can Maduro ride out Guaidó’s challenge?

January 30th, 2019

27:21

The opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself Venezuela’s interim president after mass protests against Nicolás Maduro. But the military …

Order! Order! Speaker John Bercow and Brexit

January 29th, 2019

25:12

Today is the day that backbench MPs in parliament could wrestle control of the Brexit process away from the government. Overseeing proceedings is …

Going viral: the victims of online conspiracy theories

January 28th, 2019

29:20

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 …

The Catholic church faces its past

January 25th, 2019

28:21

Last year investigations around the world showed that historical sexual abuse within the Catholic church had been covered up for decades. India …

Planning for no deal on the Brexit frontline

January 24th, 2019

27:28

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 …

Deadly air: driving a rickshaw in Delhi

January 23rd, 2019

25:09

Delhi’s rickshaw drivers are on the frontline of the city’s most notorious problem: horrendous air pollution. The Guardian’s south Asia …

How Ukip embraced the far right

January 22nd, 2019

27:11

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 …

What can we do, right now, about climate change?

January 21st, 2019

27:13

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 …

Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?

January 18th, 2019

24:46

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 …

How Brexit unravelled

January 17th, 2019

24:37

In a disastrous week for Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, her former director of strategy, Chris Wilkins, and the Guardian’s Daniel Boffey chart …

The great Brexit rebellion

January 16th, 2019

26:20

On a monumental day in parliament, Anushka Asthana is with the Conservative MP Anna Soubry as she works across traditional party boundaries to …

School segregation: a lesson from Birmingham

January 15th, 2019

24:21

A school in Birmingham is attempting to buck the trend of increasing ethnic and religious segregation in the city. The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin …

China's Muslim detention camps

January 14th, 2019

23:10

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 …

Who will pay for Donald Trump's border wall?

January 11th, 2019

25:26

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 …

On trial: El Salvador's abortion ban

January 10th, 2019

24:14

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 …

Today in Focus | Deal or no deal? The Brexit road ahead

January 9th, 2019

24:45

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 …

What does 2019 hold for Kim Jong-un and North Korea?

January 8th, 2019

21:40

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 …

Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk?

January 7th, 2019

24:59

The re-emergence of the disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield has fueled a resurgence of vaccine scepticism among rightwing populists. After a surge in …

Would you give your kidney to a stranger?

December 21st, 2018

22:08

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 …

Windrush, Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica: looking back at 2018

December 20th, 2018

30:20

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 …

Can the NHS be saved?

December 19th, 2018

23:20

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 …

Is this the end for the Sicilian mafia?

December 18th, 2018

23:47

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 …

2018: a terrible year for Facebook

December 17th, 2018

25:09

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 …

Is the net closing in on Donald Trump?

December 14th, 2018

23:43

The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The …

Theresa May: a crisis of confidence

December 13th, 2018

25:09

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 …

Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters

December 12th, 2018

22:47

The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human …

Labour's Brexit dilemma

December 11th, 2018

22:48

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 …

What is it like to fear your own child?

December 10th, 2018

20:40

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 …

End of an era: Angela Merkel's long goodbye

December 7th, 2018

24:25

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 …

Why are millions fleeing Venezuela?

December 6th, 2018

23:03

Twenty years on from the election of Hugo Chávez, his legacy faces ruin. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country after a political crisis …

In the room for the Brexit showdown

December 5th, 2018

22:28

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 …

Bias in Britain: the truth about modern racism

December 4th, 2018

23:32

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 …

Honduras, a dam and the murder of Berta Cáceres

December 3rd, 2018

23:32

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 …

The G20: Donald Trump and the rise of the strongmen

November 30th, 2018

23:24

How did a forum for global cooperation become a stage for authoritarians? The Guardian world affairs editor, Julian Borger, analyses the G20 ahead …

North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau

November 29th, 2018

23:55

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 …

Has France fallen out of love with Emmanuel Macron?

November 28th, 2018

23:00

France has been gripped by protests sparked by anger over fuel tax rises, which have mushroomed into demonstrations against the ruling class. The …

Untested and unsafe: the medical implants scandal

November 27th, 2018

26:18

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 …

Why did the fishing industry vote for Brexit?

November 26th, 2018

22:51

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 …

Is big pharma ignoring the poor?

November 23rd, 2018

21:28

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: …

Why is Steve Bannon in Europe?

November 22nd, 2018

25:35

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 …

Donald Tusk, Russia and the plane crash that changed Poland

November 21st, 2018

24:33

In 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s president and plunged its prime minister Donald Tusk into crisis. Agata Popęda and Daniel Boffey …

Asia Bibi: sentenced to death over a cup of water

November 20th, 2018

20:35

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, …

Poverty in Britain: a social calamity

November 19th, 2018

23:32

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 …

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