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

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How to have a Covid-safe Christmas

December 4th, 2020

24:43

Families across the UK are being allowed to gather over Christmas, even as tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases are recorded each day. Is it …

Three women on their fight for abortion rights in Poland

December 3rd, 2020

23:35

Academic Agnieszka Graff, lawyer Karolina Więckiewicz and gynaecologist Anna Parzyńska discuss their fight for abortion rights. An attempt by …

The Crown – fact or fiction?

December 2nd, 2020

26:27

Royal correspondent Jennie Bond, who has covered some of the most dramatic years of the monarchy, discusses whether The Crown is an accurate depiction of palace life. Help support our independent journalism at

The Nobel peace prize winner fighting a war in Ethiopia

December 1st, 2020

32:14

Ethiopia’s prime minister was feted by the international community as a reformer and a peacemaker. Now, as the Guardian’s Jason Burke explains, he has launched a major military campaign in the north of his country that …

He risked his life fighting the Californian wildfires, now he faces deportation

November 30th, 2020

26:27

For weeks, the Guardian US reporter Sam Levin has been speaking to Bounchan Keola, who is being detained by Ice and facing deportation to Laos, a …

Is former Elite boss Gerald Marie the Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry?

November 27th, 2020

28:42

Wendy Walsh was 17 when she moved to Paris to be a model. Within weeks of arriving, Walsh alleges, she was raped by Gérald Marie. She is one of 16 women who have spoken to the investigative reporter Lucy Osborne, who …

How the Covid-19 pandemic has increased Amazon's dominance

November 26th, 2020

24:35

As high street rivals were forced to close this year, Amazon has gone from strength to strength. But reports of conditions in some of its huge warehouses have brought a new level of scrutiny, as John Harris explains. …

A vaccine revolution

November 25th, 2020

27:41

Results from clinical trials have shown that the world has three apparently highly effective vaccines for Covid-19. With the race now on for …

Racism within the Windrush compensation scheme

November 24th, 2020

28:46

The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman wrote her first story on the Windrush scandal almost three years ago – yet she is still hearing from people facing injustice. Alexandra Ankrah, the most senior black Home Office employee …

Gary Younge on minority voters and the future of the Republican party

November 23rd, 2020

31:42

A look at the history of US voting rights and what the changing demographics of the country mean for Republicans. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

How Samuel Paty's murder reignited France's free speech debate

November 20th, 2020

34:43

The murder of a schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech has rekindled a debate in …

How will Joe Biden reset US relations with the world?

November 19th, 2020

26:01

Joe Biden will enter the White House in 2021 facing numerous domestic crises. But as Patrick Wintour explains, he cannot ignore the rest of the world. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

What does the turmoil in Downing Street mean for Britain?

November 18th, 2020

29:46

Boris Johnson has gotten rid of his chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, and his director of communications, Lee Cain. Katy Balls explains what it means for Brexit and the government’s handling of the Covid crisis. Help …

What will it take for Donald Trump to concede defeat?

November 17th, 2020

29:40

Donald Trump is continuing to dispute the result of the US election and, far from offering his concession, is instead claiming victory. Lawrence …

Why a plan to cut pollution is making people across England so angry

November 16th, 2020

20:14

A slew of initiatives from local councils have meant drivers being moved off residential streets and on to busier main roads. But while many residents support the schemes, the measures have provoked protests. Help …

Adrian Chiles on being diagnosed with ADD as an adult

November 13th, 2020

27:36

A year ago, the broadcaster Adrian Chiles opened a book on attention deficit disorder (ADD). Suddenly the good, the bad and the mad bits of his life started to make sense. He describes the impact the diagnosis has had …

The Karens: can friendship trump politics?

November 12th, 2020

33:32

Karen Ward and Karen Cotter live in the town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. There is one thing on which they really don’t agree: politics, and in …

The life and death of White Helmets' founder James Le Mesurier

November 11th, 2020

32:54

James Le Mesurier died a year ago today. The Guardian’s Martin Chulov describes the immense pressure the co-founder of the White Helmets was under, …

Labour's battle to root out antisemitism

November 10th, 2020

28:33

Following the publication of the EHRC’s investigation into antisemitism in the Labour party its leader Keir Starmer called it a ‘day of shame’. …

US election 2020: can Joe Biden unite America?

November 9th, 2020

24:55

After days of tense counting in key states, Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner of the US election, beating the incumbent Donald Trump. But as David Smith explains, his job of uniting the country begins now – and it …

US election 2020: will Donald Trump accept the result?

November 6th, 2020

29:51

Joe Biden was still leading Donald Trump in the tense race to the critical 270 electoral votes as counting continued in key states. Jonathan Freedland describes an election that has provided one clear message: the US …

Light at the end of the lockdown tunnel

November 5th, 2020

25:23

It’s day one of the lockdown in England, and it’s been a turbulent week in US politics. Thankfully Robin McKie, the Observer’s science editor, has …

US election 2020: how the night unfolded

November 4th, 2020

25:55

It’s been a night of increasingly tense election results. Pollsters had projected a big win for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, but with the …

US election 2020: what kind of president would Joe Biden be?

November 3rd, 2020

41:50

If Joe Biden is elected president this week, it will be the culmination of a career in politics that has seen successes as well as controversies. …

US election 2020: who are the voters sticking with Trump?

November 2nd, 2020

30:19

Donald Trump faces a major challenge to repeat the swing states victory he achieved in 2016. The Guardian’s Chris McGreal takes a US election road trip and meets voters who explain why they are standing by the White …

US election 2020: Donald Trump and the rise of white supremacist extremism

October 30th, 2020

38:59

White supremacist extremism is the most lethal terrorism threat to the United States. It’s a hateful ideology that the Guardian’s Lois Beckett says …

Marcus Rashford, free school meals and Boris Johnson's political own goal

October 29th, 2020

27:00

Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff looks at why the government has refused to extend the free school meals scheme and how the decision has backfired …

The fight to 'EndSars' in Nigeria

October 28th, 2020

22:19

The Guardian’s West Africa correspondent Emmanuel Akinwotu reports from the protests against the special anti-robbery squad (Sars), which have swept …

US election 2020: are Democrats taking black voters for granted in Wisconsin?

October 27th, 2020

22:25

The Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn grew up in Milwaukee, in the swing state of Wisconsin. She recently returned to see how this year’s pandemic, recession and Black Lives Matter protests are shifting the city’s …

10 years of Instagram: how it has transformed our lives

October 26th, 2020

31:50

This October marks 10 years since the launch of Instagram. Tech journalist Sarah Frier looks at how it went from a tiny startup to a …

US election 2020: Can the Democrats win back trust in Ohio?

October 23rd, 2020

29:35

The race in Ohio has long been a reliable guide to the US election: the state’s winner usually goes on to win the presidency. In 2016, it broke decisively for Trump, but this year there are signs that its voters are …

US election 2020: can we trust the polls?

October 22nd, 2020

29:42

The Guardian US data editor, Mona Chalabi, casts a sceptical eye over the US polling industry that is once again predicting defeat for Donald Trump. …

Inside Australia’s asylum system: a possible model for the UK

October 21st, 2020

31:49

Guardian Australia reporter Ben Doherty looks at the history behind Australia’s asylum seeker policies, including the controversial practice of …

US elections 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump's possible paths to power

October 20th, 2020

29:35

Lauren Gambino, political correspondent for Guardian US, discusses which states Biden will need to win to take the White House, and what Trump will …

Leaded petrol, acid rain, CFCs: why the green movement can overcome the climate crisis

October 19th, 2020

27:55

Guardian environment correspondent Fiona Harvey discusses why the last 50 years of environmental action have shown how civil society can force …

Covid in the UK: a new north-south divide?

October 16th, 2020

26:30

Strict new measures have been imposed on cities in the north of England this week in an attempt to control the increasing spread of Covid-19 …

The story of the Mangrove Nine

October 15th, 2020

26:12

Guardian arts and culture correspondent Lanre Bakare discusses the Mangrove Nine, a group of black activists who found themselves on trial at the …

US election 2020: what if Trump refuses to concede?

October 14th, 2020

32:46

Trump has repeatedly stated that he may refuse to accept defeat in the coming election. As Lawrence Douglas explains, things could get very messy if …

US election 2020: why are so many Americans being denied a vote?

October 13th, 2020

29:32

Millions of American voters will be unable to cast their ballot in this year’s presidential election and those affected will be disproportionately first-time voters and from minority groups, reports Sam Levine. Help …

US election 2020: who is supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

October 12th, 2020

30:49

Today is the start of the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett, a deeply conservative judge who is Donald Trump’s pick for supreme court judge. Guardian US investigative journalist Stephanie Kirchgaessner has …

Understanding the fight over trans rights – part 2

October 9th, 2020

48:54

Last month the equalities minister, Liz Truss, announced that some reforms to the Gender Recognition Act would go ahead but one key aspect – …

Understanding the fight over trans rights — part 1

October 8th, 2020

38:57

Stephen Whittle has been at the heart of trans activism for half a century. He discusses the legal and political progress that has been made over …

Does Sweden have the answer to living with Covid-19? – podcast

October 7th, 2020

30:04

The Swedish example is regularly raised by libertarian-minded Conservatives when protesting against government restrictions aimed at quelling the …

US election 2020: how Covid-19 reached the White House

October 6th, 2020

32:34

Donald Trump spent the weekend in hospital after developing symptoms following a positive test for coronavirus. But with confusing medical briefings …

The ugly side of the modelling industry

October 5th, 2020

25:52

When the model Emily Ratajkowski recently wrote an essay detailing the ways she has felt exploited by the modelling industry, readers were shocked. But on social media, many models responded with similar allegations. …

US election 2020: an ugly fight in the critical swing state of Florida

October 2nd, 2020

27:19

Oliver Laughland, the Guardian’s US southern bureau chief, discusses his recent road trip around Florida, a key state that Trump only narrowly won in 2016. He found two sides bitterly opposed. Help support our …

Has Covid-19 turned the clock back on women's equality? – podcast

October 1st, 2020

29:10

Women seem to be bearing the brunt of the economic fallout and taking on a greater share of domestic work and childcare. Guardian columnist Gaby …

An inevitable crisis: how Covid-19 hit universities

September 30th, 2020

30:22

The academic year has started at universities across the UK but far from the promised freshers’ experience, new students are finding themselves …

Why has activist Nathan Law been forced to flee Hong Kong?

September 29th, 2020

31:01

Nathan Law is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, but his years of campaigning have made him a target for the Chinese government. …

Did the NHS 111 Covid helpline fail hundreds of families?

September 28th, 2020

27:57

Hundreds of people believe the 111 helpline failed their relatives. Now the Guardian’s David Conn reports that they are demanding a full inquiry …

Should men-only private members' clubs still exist?

September 25th, 2020

25:35

The Garrick Club was founded in 1831 – a place where ‘actors and men of refinement and education might meet on equal terms’. Women were not allowed to be members and, almost 200 years on, that is still the case. Emily …

Is the UK ready for a Covid second wave?

September 24th, 2020

32:13

From hospitals to care homes to community testing, the first wave of Covid-19 infections was met with unprecedented national efforts but also with panic, errors and delays. As infections begin to rise again, is the …

How the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg could change America

September 23rd, 2020

39:54

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer of women’s rights and a liberal icon of the US supreme court. Her death last week will change the political …

The fight over dyslexia

September 22nd, 2020

34:04

The question of who gets diagnosed with dyslexia and who then receives support was one of many that Guardian journalist Sirin Kale found herself examining when she began a year-long investigation into the condition. …

The growing influence of the QAnon conspiracy theory – podcast

September 21st, 2020

32:53

The Guardian US tech reporter Julia Carrie Wong discusses the rise of QAnon, a wide-ranging and baseless internet conspiracy theory that has been …

Former model Amy Dorris accuses Donald Trump of sexual assault

September 18th, 2020

37:50

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the former model Amy Dorris talked to Lucy Osborne about allegations that Donald Trump sexually …

Brexit, Covid and u-turns: why Tory backbenchers are getting restless

September 17th, 2020

27:47

The PM has been attempting to quell disquiet on several fronts, says the Guardian’s Jessica Elgot, with backbench Conservative MPs rebelling over the government’s latest Brexit plans, Covid-19 restrictions and a series …

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny

September 16th, 2020

29:21

Luke Harding says alleged attack on Russian opposition figure has all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored hit. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Why blaming young people for the Covid-19 spike could backfire

September 15th, 2020

21:37

Before introducing new rules banning private gatherings of more than six people, the health secretary pointed the finger at young people for …

How an Austrian ski resort became the centre of Europe’s Covid-19 outbreak

September 14th, 2020

22:27

When Nigel Mallender headed to Ischgl in March, he was looking forward to a fun-packed break with friends. Just four days later, he and thousands of other tourists were desperately trying to leave after authorities …

Alastair Campbell and family on living with his depression

September 11th, 2020

34:11

Former Labour communications chief Alastair Campbell has always struggled with depression. He, his partner, Fiona Millar, and their daughter, Grace Campbell, discuss the impact it has had on their lives. Help support …

The women fighting sexual abuse in the factories where your jeans are made

September 10th, 2020

27:37

An investigation into working conditions in garment factories in Lesotho revealed widespread sexual abuse of women. Annie Kelly travelled to southern Africa to investigate. Help support our independent journalism at

Is democracy in America under threat?

September 9th, 2020

33:46

As the US election draws closer, the Guardian’s Ed Pilkington hears from civil leaders on their fears for the integrity of the process and the future of their democracy. Help support our independent journalism at

Rule, Britannia! and the manufacturing of culture wars

September 8th, 2020

29:03

Was Rule, Britannia! going to be dropped from the Last Night of the Proms in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement? Apparently not, and yet …

The life and death of Belly Mujinga

September 7th, 2020

31:57

Guardian writer Sirin Kale spoke to friends and family of Belly Mujinga about her life and death. Belly, a transport worker and mother to an …

Will Trump’s law and order gamble pay off?

September 4th, 2020

26:11

The Guardian’s US Washington DC bureau chief, David Smith, discusses Donald Trump’s law and order gamble on the election, and how it is impacting on Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign. Help support our …

Coronavirus: is it safe for children to go back to school?

September 3rd, 2020

21:08

As millions of children in England and Wales return to class, the Observer’s science editor, Robin McKie, weighs up the potential health impact Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help …

What has four years of Donald Trump meant for the climate crisis?

September 2nd, 2020

28:23

Guardian US environment reporter Emily Holden looks at the Trump administration’s impact on the environment, and the consequences for the climate …

Who are Europe's Dreamers?

September 1st, 2020

26:20

Across Europe, millions of young people live in undocumented limbo, in fear of deportation from the countries they grew up in because of hostile …

Leonardo da Vinci and the mystery of the world's most expensive painting

August 31st, 2020

24:55

Salvator Mundi was sold for a record $450m at auction in 2017 to an anonymous bidder. But the painting’s provenance as the work of Leonardo has been …

Revisited: the Windrush scandal isn't over

August 28th, 2020

23:45

Hubert Howard, a prominent Windrush victim, died recently without receiving compensation or a personal apology. Amelia Gentleman discusses his case. …

Revisited: Understanding white privilege, with Reni Eddo-Lodge

August 27th, 2020

23:42

Reni Eddo-Lodge became the first black British author to top the UK bestseller list with her 2017 book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. In an exclusive interview with the Observer’s Nosheen Iqbal, …

Revisited: How the Bristol bus boycott changed UK civil rights

August 26th, 2020

22:11

Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, discusses the 1963 Bristol bus boycott – a protest that proved to be a watershed moment in the UK’s civil rights …

Revisited: Britain's reckoning with its racist past

August 25th, 2020

31:28

UK Black Lives Matter protests have taken place across the country. They have not just been about solidarity with the US or racism in the UK today, …

Revisited: The death of George Floyd – will anything change? – podcast

August 24th, 2020

38:22

Protests ignited across the world after footage showed George Floyd dying under the knee of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Paul …

Who are the people risking everything to cross the Channel?

August 21st, 2020

29:04

The number of migrants arriving in small boats this year is already double that of 2019. But those who manage to reach the UK find themselves confronted by a government that is increasingly hostile to new arrivals. …

The trouble with England's test and trace system

August 20th, 2020

27:54

Josh Halliday on failures in England’s coronavirus contact-tracing system as the government replaces the main public health body in the middle of the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at

The A-levels fiasco

August 19th, 2020

31:05

When schools in England closed in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it meant students could no longer take their final exams. Instead, …

Can Kamala Harris help Joe Biden win the US presidency?

August 18th, 2020

30:05

Kamala Harris is the first Indian American and the first black woman to run for US vice-president on a major party ticket. Lauren Gambino discusses why as Joe Biden’s running mate, Harris is in prime position to go one …

The return of Extinction Rebellion

August 17th, 2020

26:29

When Extinction Rebellion began holding protests two years ago, the movement could not have predicted its rapid growth or the public support it …

Could a Belarus protest movement bring down Alexander Lukashenko?

August 14th, 2020

27:26

Since Sunday, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Belarus to contest the claimed election victory of the president, Alexander …

How Britain’s deepest recession is becoming a jobs crisis

August 13th, 2020

27:06

Economics writer Aditya Chakrabortty describes how the coronavirus crisis has sent Britain plunging into a record recession and what it means for the millions of people fearing for their jobs. Help support our …

How one hotel outbreak of Covid-19 put an Australian state back in lockdown

August 12th, 2020

22:12

Melbourne bureau chief, Melissa Davey, discusses life under a second lockdown after a hotel security breach in Victoria caused a resurgence of coronavirus cases. Help support our independent journalism at

After the Beirut explosion: anger, grief and the fall of the government

August 11th, 2020

27:53

It is a week since the devastating explosion rocked Beirut, killing more than 200 people. As shock turns to anger and the cabinet resigns, Bethan …

The Covid long haul: why are some patients not getting better?

August 10th, 2020

22:03

When the Guardian’s Luke Harding began suffering symptoms of Covid-19 he assumed he would be laid low for a couple of weeks. Five months later he is …

Hadley Freeman on the future of the royals

August 7th, 2020

24:18

Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses the fallout from the publication of Finding Freedom, a biography of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and …

How did President Trump get his pandemic response so wrong?

August 6th, 2020

31:28

While Donald Trump continues to claim the US is ‘doing very well’ in its fight against Covid-19, the figures suggest a different story. The US has …

How the world is coping with coronavirus, six months on

August 5th, 2020

26:40

From Portugal to Pakistan, the Guardian’s international correspondent Michael Safi looks at the different ways countries have been affected by the virus and the impact that is having on the lives of people there. Help …

How cancer care was sidelined in the fight against Covid-19 – podcast

August 4th, 2020

26:05

With NHS services consumed by the fight against Covid-19 in recent months, cancer care has been dealt a blow, with diagnoses and treatment delayed. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Inside Lebanon's economic crisis

August 3rd, 2020

25:53

Scenes of economic despair are visible across Lebanon – from shops to homes, businesses to hospitals. Guardian journalist Martin Chulov discusses …

Young, British and black: a generation rises

July 31st, 2020

21:38

The death of George Floyd in the US provoked massive anti-racism protests in the UK. Guardian reporter Aamna Mohdin discusses what she learned when she interviewed 50 young Britons at the heart of those rallies. Help …

How did Britain get so overweight?

July 30th, 2020

28:57

As the government launches a newly interventionist strategy to tackle obesity, the Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence looks at whether it goes far enough to take on the might of the food industry. Help support our …

Is Donald Trump playing politics with the Portland protests?

July 29th, 2020

27:16

The anti-racism protests in Portland appeared to be dwindling in size until Donald Trump sent in federal officers to confront them, reports the Guardian’s Chris McGreal. Help support our independent journalism at

Will we ever achieve immunity from Covid-19?

July 28th, 2020

27:11

Recent studies suggest that even where immunity is developed to Covid-19, it may be fleeting. Science editor Ian Sample looks at what this means for vaccines, treatments and living long term with the coronavirus. Help …

Are we creating a generation of problem gamblers?

July 27th, 2020

25:31

Children as young as 11 are becoming problem gamblers as apps and websites make betting easier than ever. Journalist Jenny Kleeman investigates how it has been allowed to happen. Help support our independent journalism …

Covid-19 and the EU: 'When Italy cried for help there was silence'

July 24th, 2020

27:11

When coronavirus swept through the European Union, member states called on Brussels to help. But as Daniel Boffey in partnership with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism discovered, the distress calls too often went …

The shocking truth of racism in British schools

July 23rd, 2020

30:38

When a teenage activist sent a callout on social media for examples of racism within schools, he was deluged with responses. Aditya Chakrabortty …

Sketching a crisis: John Crace on the politics of coronavirus

July 22nd, 2020

31:20

Sketch writer John Crace reflects on a surreal parliamentary session, including the daily indignities of the coronavirus press conferences, which some cabinet members mastered – and others clearly did not. Help support …

Is Kanye West seriously running for president?

July 21st, 2020

26:15

The rapper has entered the race for the White House invoking his religious beliefs. Prof Josef Sorett looks at whether West’s presidential bid is anything more than a stunt. Help support our independent journalism at

Perseverance: the new mission to Mars

July 20th, 2020

27:34

Planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson describes how the latest mission to Mars builds on centuries of discoveries about the red planet, our nearest neighbour. Help support our independent journalism at

Poland divided and right-wing populists win again – podcast

July 17th, 2020

28:34

A narrow win for the populist incumbent Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential election cleared the path for the right-wing Law and Justice party to …

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell and does she hold the key to justice for Epstein’s victims?

July 16th, 2020

30:05

Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of the media baron Robert Maxwell, once attended parties with princes, presidents and celebrities. Now she faces up to 35 years in a US prison for her alleged …

In conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet

July 15th, 2020

32:39

Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet are two of Britain’s most successful contemporary poets. They discuss why, despite being born a generation …

Is the UK's ‘golden era’ of relations with China now over?

July 14th, 2020

23:40

China and the UK have clashed in recent months over a draconian new security law in Hong Kong and the Chinese tech company Huawei. The Guardian’s …

Facebook, white nationalists and becoming the target of a hate campaign

July 13th, 2020

27:08

In November, Julia Carrie Wong reported on the continued presence of white nationalist organisations on Facebook – and a weeks-long campaign of …

What would annexation of parts of the West Bank mean for Palestinians?

July 10th, 2020

31:43

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has proposed permanently seizing Palestinian territory by annexing swathes of the West Bank - a …

The Leicester garment factories exposed by Covid-19

July 9th, 2020

25:06

A spike in cases of Covid-19 in Leicester has led Guardian reporter Archie Bland to its garment factories. He discusses a story that goes beyond the pandemic and into workers’ rights, appalling factory conditions and …

Are the police failing BAME communities?

July 8th, 2020

33:06

Bas Javid joined the Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year he became a commander at the Met. He reflects on his experiences as a BAME officer …

Taking on Sir Humphrey: can the civil service be reformed?

July 7th, 2020

24:30

Michael Gove has set out his plans for a revolution of Britain’s permanent bureaucracy, the civil service. But as former Downing Street chief of …

Maria Ressa and an attack on the free press in the Philippines

July 6th, 2020

24:33

One of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines has been convicted of ‘cyberlibel’ in a court process condemned by human rights groups. Journalist Carmela Fonbuena in Manila describes the chilling effect the …

How one neighbourhood in London lost 36 residents to Covid-19

July 3rd, 2020

23:03

Guardian reporter Aamna Modhin meets residents from Church End, a small, deprived neighbourhood in Brent, north London. She examines how housing pressures, in-work poverty and racial inequalities contributed to the …

The scandal of millions of Americans being deprived of running water – podcast

July 2nd, 2020

28:40

Guardian US environmental justice reporter Nina Lakhani reports on her landmark investigation into America’s water crisis, revealing that millions of Americans are facing unaffordable bills for running water and risk …

Why hasn't Boris Johnson released the Russia report?

July 1st, 2020

28:37

Parliament’s intelligence and security committee produced a report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. It was supposed to be published …

Lockdown easing: why the UK is better prepared for a second wave

June 30th, 2020

22:38

This Saturday, lockdown measures in England will ease further, with people able to get a pint in a pub, have a haircut and see another household …

Understanding white privilege with Reni Eddo-Lodge

June 29th, 2020

23:47

Reni Eddo-Lodge has become the first black British author to top the UK bestseller list with her 2017 book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. In an exclusive interview with the Observer’s Nosheen …

After a decade of austerity: what now?

June 26th, 2020

27:14

Columnist John Harris has spent the past decade touring the country and reporting on what devastating budget cuts have meant to communities. Looking …

How damaging is John Bolton's scathing account of Donald Trump's presidency?

June 25th, 2020

26:53

The publication of John Bolton’s White House memoir has caused a sensation. Jonathan Freedland assesses the lurid claims of cosying up to …

How did Jordan end up with the highest smoking rate in the world?

June 24th, 2020

30:35

When international correspondent Michael Safi began looking into why Jordan had become the country with the highest smoking rates in the world, he began to uncover what public health advocates have described as …

Rethinking the police: what can the US learn from Newark?

June 23rd, 2020

24:07

The New Jersey city had one of the worst reputations for police violence in the US, but as the Guardian’s Ankita Rao discovers, it is leading the …

Is spyware technology helping governments hack phones?

June 22nd, 2020

30:38

WhatsApp has accused an Israeli spyware company of hacking 1,400 of its users, including journalists, human rights activists and diplomatic officials. As new allegations emerge, Guardian US investigations correspondent …

Why is Trump's comeback rally in Tulsa: the site of a massacre?

June 19th, 2020

30:58

The president’s decision to hold his first rally since the coronavirus lockdown in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has ignited fresh controversy. The city was home …

Stranded at sea: the crew members trapped on cruise ships

June 18th, 2020

23:18

Guardian US reporter Erin McCormick describes why thousands of crew are still stranded on cruise ships after coronavirus bought the industry to a standstill in March. Will Lees describes how it took him 82 days to get …

How is Keir Starmer changing the Labour party?

June 17th, 2020

27:09

When Keir Starmer was elected as Labour’s new leader in March he was pitched straight into the coronavirus crisis and denied even the chance to hold …

Facebook v Twitter: how to handle Donald Trump

June 16th, 2020

23:02

As protests erupted throughout the US, Donald Trump posted incendiary comments to social media. While Twitter hid the president’s post, Facebook took no action. The Guardian’s Alex Hern looks at what happened next. …

A journey to Greece for solo IVF during the pandemic – podcast

June 15th, 2020

23:20

Laura Barton has always known that she wanted to have children. After years of miscarriages, and a breakup from her partner last year, she decided …

How the disappearance of Madeleine McCann became a national obsession

June 12th, 2020

33:50

The disappearance of a three -year-old British girl at a Portuguese holiday resort in 2007 quickly became a global news story as the hunt for her …

Britain's reckoning with its racist past

June 11th, 2020

31:10

UK Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the country. They have not just been about solidarity with the US or racism in Britain …

The Rees-Mogg conga: how has the pandemic changed parliament?

June 10th, 2020

25:56

MPs have been on a crash course in video conferencing in recent months as the pandemic meant access to parliament was severely restricted and remote voting was permitted for the first time. But with Jacob Rees-Mogg …

Is British theatre about to go out of business?

June 9th, 2020

24:07

Every year, 34 million people go to the theatre, double the number that attend Premier League football. But lockdown and physical distancing rules …

The sounds of melting icebergs and whale songs: a journey into Antarctica

June 8th, 2020

27:45

The effects of global heating are in evidence everywhere across the islands of Antarctica – from penguin colonies to melting glaciers. The …

Looking back on the protests that have shaken America

June 5th, 2020

26:50

Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn looks back at the 11 days of protest that started in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd, but quickly …

From Anfield to Cheltenham: did major events cost lives?

June 4th, 2020

30:43

A series of high-profile sporting events went ahead as scheduled in mid-March even as Covid-19 was being declared a pandemic. The Guardian’s David …

The death of George Floyd: will anything change?

June 3rd, 2020

38:07

Protests have exploded across the US after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, …

England is easing out of lockdown – is it safe?

June 2nd, 2020

22:28

Health officials and even government scientists have warned against the easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, saying it could lead to a …

The coronavirus crisis in Britain's prisons

June 1st, 2020

25:06

As Britain faced an unprecedented lockdown, the situation for the 80,000 people in prison was even more stringent. David Adams was recently released from jail and describes how prisoners were confined to their tiny …

Hong Kong: the end of one country, two systems?

May 29th, 2020

24:59

Protesters have take to the streets again, this time over a national security law that is set to be imposed by Beijing. Verna Yu and Lily Kuo look at how the standoff compares with those of Hong Kong’s recent history. …

The scandal of Covid-19 in care homes

May 28th, 2020

27:29

Why did so many people die in care homes? That may be the most urgent question of the likely public inquiry into the UK’s Covid-19 response. Rob Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs correspondent, on the government …

Brexit: Is the UK headed for a no deal?

May 27th, 2020

24:09

For the past few months UK and EU negotiators have been locked in talks trying to thrash out a trade deal before 1 January. But after the chief negotiators, Michel Barnier and David Frost, exchanged testy letters last …

Why Dominic Cummings won't resign

May 26th, 2020

33:50

The prime minister’s senior adviser has provoked national outrage by admitting travelling hundreds of miles to stay with family at the height of coronavirus lockdown. The Guardian’s Matthew Weaver reveals how he helped …

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

May 25th, 2020

32:22

On 23 February Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man, was shot dead by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. But it was only when a 36-second video of the killing was leaked on 5 May, generating nationwide outcry, that three …

Otters, badgers and orcas: can the pandemic help rewild Britain?

May 22nd, 2020

27:32

Sound recordist Chris Watson shares the birdsong from his English garden, while environmentalist George Monbiot looks at how the pandemic might be an opportunity for rewilding. Help support our independent journalism …

Will millions of children really be returning to school in June?

May 20th, 2020

26:40

Oli de Botton is a headteacher of a large state school in Newham, east London. Like many teachers across the country, he is tackling the daunting …

The scientific race to understand Covid-19

May 20th, 2020

25:19

In the five months since the world learned about Covid-19, it has killed hundreds of thousands of people. In that time, what have scientists found out – and what do they still not know? Coronavirus – latest updates See …

How coronavirus led to rough sleepers being housed in hotels

May 19th, 2020

22:24

Amelia Gentleman reports on life inside the hotels that are now housing some of the more than 5,400 homeless people across England and Wales. It is part of an unprecedented emergency operation to get all rough sleepers …

Farce and tragedy: how an audacious coup attempt in Venezuela backfired

May 18th, 2020

29:25

An attempt earlier this month to remove Nicolás Maduro from power ended in farcical failure as a seaborne invading force was captured easily …

Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown part 2

May 15th, 2020

22:50

In the concluding part of our Blind Date takeover, two more couples meet remotely for a socially distanced evening of drinks and dinner. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Trump versus Biden: the 2020 pandemic election

May 14th, 2020

27:13

The US election campaign is usually in full swing by this stage of the political cycle, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to rallies and …

What does the biggest economic slump in 300 years mean for Britain?

May 13th, 2020

23:59

As the chancellor announces plans to extend the unprecedented scheme to pay the wages of millions of workers, whole sectors of the economy remain …

Track and trace: will the government's new app work?

May 12th, 2020

24:31

Tracking and tracing the movements of people with symptoms of Covid-19 is key to the next phase of ending the lockdown. But as the government trials a contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight, Alex Hern reports on …

Is coronavirus being used to turn India into a surveillance state?

May 11th, 2020

26:21

South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of …

Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown part 1

May 8th, 2020

27:33

Lockdown has changed the way we date. Is it possible to form the same kind of connection through a screen? To find out, we set up six strangers on three virtual blind dates .... Help support our independent journalism …

Reopening Mississippi: America's poorest state begins lifting lockdown

May 7th, 2020

30:07

Despite rising coronavirus case numbers, the US state of Mississippi is moving out of lockdown and reopening parks, restaurants and other non-essential shops. Oliver Laughland went to the resort of Biloxi to see how …

Protecting domestic violence victims in lockdown

May 6th, 2020

21:04

Kate, a call handler for a domestic violence charity, discusses the challenges of trying to deal with the rising number of calls during lockdown. …

The NHS official privately selling protective kit

May 5th, 2020

17:52

Guardian reporters Harry Davies and Simon Goodley tell Rachel Humphreys how they tracked down and confronted a senior NHS procurement official who had set up a company offering PPE for private sale Coronavirus – latest …

The global race for face masks

May 4th, 2020

27:07

The world economy may have dramatically dipped and the price of oil crashed, but one commodity is seeing an unprecedented boom: the face mask. Samanth Subramanian explores the newly distorted marketplace for masks and …

Who is Covid-19 killing?

May 1st, 2020

45:36

More than 26,000 people in the UK have officially been recorded as having died from the coronavirus. In this episode we look beyond the headline figure at who is dying – and hear from friends and family about the lives …

Should the UK bail out Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic?

April 30th, 2020

25:55

Guardian wealth correspondent Rupert Neate looks at why billionaire Sir Richard Branson is asking the UK government to give his Virgin Atlantic airline a £500m bailout to help it survive the economic fallout of the …

Where is the kit to protect NHS workers?

April 29th, 2020

24:08

As medics and carers report widespread shortages of protective equipment, the government is facing pressure to explain why it appears the UK went into a pandemic under-resourced. Daniel Boffey and Rob Davies unpick the …

The secretive scientific committee guiding Britain’s coronavirus response

April 28th, 2020

24:20

Following the revelation that Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, took part in the key scientific committee meetings tasked with …

Covid-19's continued spread into South America

April 27th, 2020

22:35

From his temporary home in Rio de Janeiro, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, can hear the nightly protests against Brazilian …

What is the Covid-19 crisis doing to our mental health?

April 24th, 2020

25:27

The biggest health crisis in a generation and the enforced isolation of lockdowns is taking not just a physical toll on people but also affecting …

Surviving ICU: a story of recovery – podcast

April 23rd, 2020

21:13

Dave Lewins is a healthy, 60-year old helicopter pilot, who in March found himself in intensive care with Covid-19. He describes the experience and …

How the 5G conspiracy theories took hold

April 22nd, 2020

19:24

The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson looks at why conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to coronavirus have taken hold in the UK, with …

Under attack: WHO and the coronavirus pandemic

April 21st, 2020

26:41

The World Health Organization has been at the forefront of the global response to new diseases and with differing outcomes. It was hailed for the …

Culture under the extended coronavirus lockdown

April 20th, 2020

25:02

Three Guardian critics – Ammar Kalia, Laura Snapes and Sian Cain – join Rachel Humphreys with a guide to the best of television, music and books …

The story of one care home hit by coronavirus

April 17th, 2020

23:07

Julie Roche is a manager of a Buckinghamshire care home that usually has 45 residents. In the past few weeks she has lost 13 patients to Covid-19. …

The story behind Trump's 'miracle' drug hydroxychloroquine

April 16th, 2020

24:39

The drug has been used to treat a number of diseases in the past half-century but after a French study claimed it was effective against coronavirus it has been hailed by the US president as a cure. But there is scant …

From Liberia to Spain: working in disaster zones

April 15th, 2020

21:27

Luis Encinas is a nurse and Médecins Sans Frontières coordinator. He has treated patients in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, in Sierra Leone as Ebola …

Why have the UK and Germany taken different approaches to Covid-19 testing?

April 14th, 2020

22:02

In February, the UK and Germany were taking a similar approach to testing for coronavirus. But over the subsequent weeks, the two countries began to go in very different directions. Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley …

How Covid-19 brought Britain back together

April 13th, 2020

24:43

After a divisive period dominated by Brexit, the pandemic has brought about a newly fostered spirit of community engagement and everyday heroism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help …

Coronavirus: 100 days that changed the world (part 2) – podcast

April 10th, 2020

40:01

After spreading from China into parts of east Asia, the coronavirus hit Europe with a major cluster in northern Italy. But while much of the continent scrambled to shut down cities, Britain left it late to go into …

Coronavirus: 100 days that changed the world (part 1)

April 9th, 2020

42:02

What began as a mystery virus at a Chinese market in December swiftly became a global crisis. The Guardian’s Michael Safi and Patrick Wintour …

Boris Johnson's personal coronavirus battle

April 8th, 2020

28:15

The PM’s admission to an intensive care ward in London has shocked the nation and left a gap at the heart of power during the UK’s biggest crisis in a generation. Help support our independent journalism at

Zaandam: onboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship

April 7th, 2020

25:11

The Guardian US reporter Erin McCormick charts the journey of the Zaandam cruise ship, which has docked in Florida after being stranded at sea with a Covid-19 outbreak. Help support our independent journalism at

The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine

April 6th, 2020

26:24

Scientists in more than 40 labs around the world are working round the clock to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. Despite early success in sequencing the virus’s genome, however, Samanth Subramanian tells Rachel Humphreys we …

The devastating impact of Covid-19 in New York – podcast

April 3rd, 2020

23:29

The Guardian US health reporter Jessica Glenza reports from New York, where medical facilities and staff are being overwhelmed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

On the NHS frontline – podcast

April 2nd, 2020

24:11

Laura McClelland is a consultant anaesthetist in an intensive care unit at a busy south Wales hospital. She describes being on the frontline of the …

From Houseparty to Zoom: our digital lives in lockdown

April 1st, 2020

24:52

The lockdown across the world has led people to desperately seek out new tools for maintaining their work and social lives online. But UK technology …

Lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

March 31st, 2020

21:20

Science writer and journalist Laura Spinney discusses the outbreak of Spanish flu, one of the worst virus outbreak of modern times, which is believed to have killed up to 100 million people. She believes there are …

Labour leadership interviews: Sir Keir Starmer

March 30th, 2020

32:38

Sir Keir Starmer began his career as a barrister before rising to become the director of public prosecutions. But since his entry into parliament in 2015, he has risen quickly up the ranks to the shadow cabinet’s …

What can we learn from China’s handling of coronavirus?

March 27th, 2020

23:12

After weeks of lockdown China is starting to lift restrictions in an attempt to return the country to normal. The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, discusses how China coped with coronavirus and what life is …

Coronavirus: the race to rescue the UK’s self employed

March 26th, 2020

24:23

Today the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is expected to announce that the taxpayer will pay self-employed workers up to 80% of their recent earnings to help contain the economic impact of coronavirus. Mark Cairns, an Uber …

Coronavirus: why are your parents sending you so much fake news?

March 25th, 2020

25:31

An avalanche of misinformation, fake news and hoaxes are being shared widely online as people seek reliable information on the coronavirus crisis. The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, examines where the …

How far do the government's new emergency powers go?

March 24th, 2020

20:12

A new government bill that brings sweeping new powers to shut down mass gatherings, potentially detain people with coronavirus symptoms and weaken the social care safety net is being rushed through parliament. The …

The Labour leadership interviews: Rebecca Long-Bailey

March 23rd, 2020

29:08

Long-Bailey only became an MP in 2015, but now she is running to lead her party. Despite loyally serving in Labour’s shadow cabinet and playing a …

Social distancing: learning to cope with a new normal

March 20th, 2020

24:08

Columnist Zoe Williams has spent the week researching tips for life under a new regime of social distancing and self-isolation. She tells Anushka …

How Donald Trump changed course on coronavirus

March 19th, 2020

24:53

Donald Trump has moved from dismissing coronavirus as similar to the winter flu that would disappear in the spring to declaring a national …

How coronavirus infected the global economy

March 18th, 2020

28:26

The Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, says the global economy was already in poor shape when the coronavirus crisis struck. Now …

Is the government moving fast enough on coronavirus?

March 17th, 2020

20:04

Britain has not joined its European neighbours by shutting schools, closing borders or rolling out mass testing. So why not? Health editor Sarah …

A cure for insomnia?

March 16th, 2020

23:34

Like a growing number of people, Simon Parkin suffered from insomnia for years. After dozens of failed techniques, he finally found one that worked. Also today: Sally Hayden on a locust swarm in east Africa. Help …

Can the NHS cope with coronavirus?

March 13th, 2020

27:05

NHS staff are bracing for a surge in hospital admissions as the number of people in the UK with coronavirus continues to rise. The Guardian’s health …

The never-ending prison sentences – podcast

March 12th, 2020

28:40

A spate of deaths of people serving indeterminate prison sentences has led to calls for such sentences to be revoked. The Guardian’s Jamie Grierson investigates. Plus: Larry Elliott on Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus budget. …

How coronavirus closed down Italy

March 11th, 2020

28:15

With Italy in lockdown, Peter Beaumont charts the spread of Covid-19 in the country while Lorenzo Tondo describes its impact. And: Christina Figueres on tackling the climate crisis. Help support our independent …

The Labour leadership interviews: Lisa Nandy

March 10th, 2020

32:53

The Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy speaks to Anushka Asthana. Also today: Nils Pratley on a plunge in the financial markets as coronavirus spooks traders. Help support our independent journalism at

Hadley Freeman's 18-year search to uncover her family's secrets

March 9th, 2020

29:49

When Hadley Freeman found an old shoebox full of pictures and documents in the back of a wardrobe, it began a quest to find the real story of her …

Grounded: why Heathrow's third runway may never happen – podcast

March 6th, 2020

29:21

Last week the Court of Appeal ruled the decision to allow the Heathrow expansion was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into …

Macron, Merkel and the battle for the future of Europe

March 5th, 2020

27:08

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has staked out his vision for the future of Europe, but with Germany reluctant to sign up, will it fall flat? …

Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus? – podcast

March 4th, 2020

29:30

As Britain faces rising cases of Covid-19, the prime minister has laid out a ‘battle plan’ for how his government will face the growing crisis. Also …

Super Tuesday and the arrival of the billionaire Mike Bloomberg

March 3rd, 2020

28:57

The Guardian US political correspondent Lauren Gambino looks at which Democratic candidates are likely to dominate on Super Tuesday today – the …

What's behind the rise of Germany's far right? – podcast

March 2nd, 2020

33:20

A terrorist attack in Hanau was the latest incident of far-right violence in Germany. It’s a growing problem, says the Guardian’s Philip Oltermann. …

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