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. 

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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? Podcast

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 – podcast

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 – podcast

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? – podcast

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 – podcast

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 – podcast

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 …

A day of Brexit chaos

November 16th, 2018

23:25
Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support …

The legacy of Islamic State in Iraq

November 15th, 2018

21:00
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 …

The plastics conspiracy: who is to blame for the waste crisis?

November 14th, 2018

21:02
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 …

Can Theresa May deliver Brexit?

November 13th, 2018

21:22
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 …

The cocaine trade: a global trail of violence – podcast

November 12th, 2018

22:27
Anushka Asthana traces the production of cocaine from coca plantations in Colombia with the journalist Joe Parkin Daniels, Adeolu Ogunrombi from the …

Arron Banks: the man who bankrolled Brexit – podcast

November 9th, 2018

21:16
Carole Cadwalladr has been covering the biggest pro-leave donor for nearly two years. As each revelation sparks a new investigation, Arron Banks …

Can you take on the EU and win? – podcast

November 8th, 2018

20:50
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis staked his political career on getting a deal with the European Union – and lost. Now, as Theresa …

How did universal credit go so badly wrong? – podcast

November 7th, 2018

21:26
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 …

Britain's role in the Yemen crisis – podcast

November 6th, 2018

21:55
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 …

Inside the campaign to stop Brexit – podcast

November 5th, 2018

23:11
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 …

US midterms: all about Trump? – podcast

November 2nd, 2018

20:17
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 …

How dangerous is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president? - podcast

November 1st, 2018

20:55
How did a far-right, pro-torture, dictatorship-praising populist become Brazil’s president-elect? The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom …

Introducing: Today in Focus

October 25th, 2018

0:45
Today in Focus is a new daily podcast that brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Hosted by Anushka Asthana, each episode combines personal …
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