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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Investigating the Loughinisland murders – podcast

March 22nd, 2019


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 – podcast

March 21st, 2019


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 - podcast

March 20th, 2019


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 - podcast

March 19th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 18th, 2019


The Bollo youth club in Acton is barely a mile from wealthy Chiswick but to the teenagers who use it as a second home, it can feel like a world …

A week of Brexit mayhem – podcast

March 15th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 14th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 13th, 2019


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? – podcast

March 12th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 11th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 8th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 7th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 6th, 2019


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? – podcast

March 5th, 2019


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? – podcast

March 4th, 2019


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 – podcast

March 1st, 2019


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 – podcast

February 28th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 27th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 26th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 25th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 22nd, 2019


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? – podcast

February 21st, 2019


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 – podcast

February 20th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 19th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 18th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 15th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 14th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 13th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 12th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 11th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 8th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 7th, 2019


The cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi could extend the lives of thousands of children – but it comes with a price tag of £105,000 per patient per year. …

Escape from Syria: the boys stranded after Isis fall – podcast

February 6th, 2019


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? – podcast

February 5th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 4th, 2019


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 – podcast

February 1st, 2019


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 – podcast

January 31st, 2019


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? – podcast

January 30th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 29th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 28th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 25th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 24th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 23rd, 2019


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 – podcast

January 22nd, 2019


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? – podcast

January 21st, 2019


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? – podcast

January 18th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 17th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 16th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 15th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 14th, 2019


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? – podcast

January 11th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 10th, 2019


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 – podcast

January 9th, 2019


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? – podcast

January 8th, 2019


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


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? – podcast

December 21st, 2018


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


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? – podcast

December 19th, 2018


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? – podcast

December 18th, 2018


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


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


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 – podcast

December 13th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 12th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 11th, 2018


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? – podcast

December 10th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 7th, 2018


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? – podcast

December 6th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 5th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 4th, 2018


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 – podcast

December 3rd, 2018


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 – podcast

November 30th, 2018


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


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? – podcast

November 28th, 2018


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


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? – podcast

November 26th, 2018


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? – podcast

November 23rd, 2018


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? – podcast

November 22nd, 2018


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 – podcast

November 21st, 2018


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 – podcast

November 20th, 2018


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 – podcast

November 19th, 2018


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 – podcast

November 16th, 2018


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


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? – podcast

November 14th, 2018


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? – podcast

November 13th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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