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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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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

iTunes Ratings

298 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
17
10
7
2

Admirable.

By Bradlee_ - Feb 03 2020
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The greatest aspect of the show is that I can be intrigued and informed without being depressed over current events, and this is not to say that they steer away from what matters.

Great short long form News Podcast

By LukasWeichert - May 23 2019
Read more
Amazing in depth news podcast. Really great work from the guardian. Thank you guys.

iTunes Ratings

298 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
17
10
7
2

Admirable.

By Bradlee_ - Feb 03 2020
Read more
The greatest aspect of the show is that I can be intrigued and informed without being depressed over current events, and this is not to say that they steer away from what matters.

Great short long form News Podcast

By LukasWeichert - May 23 2019
Read more
Amazing in depth news podcast. Really great work from the guardian. Thank you guys.
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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

Rank #1: Meghan: why all the hate against the Duchess of Sussex?

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Victoria Murphy on why Meghan has been subjected to a sustained campaign of criticism from sections of the media and the British public. Plus: Malachi O’Doherty on 50 years since the start of the Troubles. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Aug 12 2019

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Rank #2: What can we learn from China’s handling of coronavirus?

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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 like there now. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 27 2020

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Rank #3: The rise of Netflix: an empire built on debt

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Mark Lawson and Dan Milmo discuss the sustainability of the streaming service. Plus: Lara Spirit on why you should register to vote before Tuesday’s deadline. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Nov 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #4: Labour leadership interviews: Sir Keir Starmer

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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 frontbench. This week he could become Labour’s next leader. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 30 2020

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Rank #5: Where did it all go wrong for Harry and Meghan?

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Hadley Freeman looks at why, 20 months after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the couple no longer want to be full-time working members of the royal family. And: Dan Sabbagh on an unprecedented US intervention in the debate over Huawei. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jan 15 2020

29mins

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Rank #6: Jeff Bezos and the United States of Amazon

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In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, the company that has since made him the richest man in the world. Julia Carrie Wong charts the company’s success and controversies. Plus: Jim Waterson on why young people aren’t watching the news anymore. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jul 29 2019

28mins

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Rank #7: The assassination of Qassem Suleimani – podcast

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The US drone strike on Iran’s most influential general could transform the Middle East. Middle east correspondent Martin Chulov looks at what comes next. Plus: Catherine Shoard on the Golden Globes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #8: Trump and the media: will 2020 be different?

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Ed Pilkington hears from some of the most influential journalists in the US on how hard lessons were learned after their coverage of the 2016 election. But will 2020 really be any different? Plus: Carol Anderson on voter suppression and the US election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jan 06 2020

34mins

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Rank #9: Edward Snowden: life after leaking

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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 visits him in his adopted home of Moscow. Plus Caelainn Barr on why rape prosecutions are at a 10-year low Watch the Guardian’s exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 16 2019

30mins

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Rank #10: Hillsborough: the 30-year fight for justice

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David Conn has spent years reporting on the pursuit of justice by families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at a football match in Sheffield in 1989. Plus, Deborah Mattinson on the importance of older voters in the 2019 election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Dec 02 2019

32mins

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Rank #11: Naomi Klein on how politics can solve the climate crisis

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Activist and author Naomi Klein tells Anushka Asthana that combating the climate crisis must be at the heart of an urgent restructuring of politics and the economy. Plus: Daniel Trilling on the shocking discovery of 39 bodies inside a lorry in Essex. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 24 2019

26mins

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Rank #12: Coronavirus: why are your parents sending you so much fake news?

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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 falsehoods are coming from. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 25 2020

25mins

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Rank #13: Why do Dubai's princesses keep trying to run away?

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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 journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 09 2019

23mins

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Rank #14: The Jeffrey Epstein scandal

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The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame haven’t paid up yet. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jul 19 2019

30mins

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Rank #15: Are Fox News and Donald Trump falling out of love? – podcast

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Luke O’Neil on the powerful relationship between Trump and his favourite TV network. But are things starting to sour? Plus: Jonathan Franklin on the protests in Chile that have turned deadly. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 23 2019

27mins

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Rank #16: The real Boris Johnson: politician or journalist?

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The Tory leadership hopeful has long attempted to hold down careers in both politics and journalism. As he hopes to take over as prime minister, his biographers Sonia Purnell and Andrew Gimson look at what his career in newspapers says about his character and abilities for the top job in UK politics. Plus: Sabrina Siddiqui on the widespread condemnation of Donald Trump’s racist remarks about four congresswomen. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jul 16 2019

27mins

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Rank #17: Boris Johnson's Brexit cabinet

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Jonathan Freedland talks about Boris Johnson’s brutal cabinet reshuffle which brings the members of the victorious Brexit campaign into the heart of government. And: Laura Snapes on the nominations for the Mercury music prize. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jul 26 2019

28mins

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Rank #18: Election 2019: Can we trust opinion polls?

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Opinion polls are showing a lead for the Conservatives but as the Prospect editor, Tom Clark, says, pundits and journalists should resist over-interpreting the data. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on the victory of pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong’s local elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Nov 26 2019

30mins

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Rank #19: Malcolm Gladwell on the consequences of misreading a stranger

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The writer Malcolm Gladwell examines our interactions with strangers and what can happen when they go wrong, and Daniel Boffey on the view from Brussels of a chaotic week in British politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 06 2019

27mins

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Rank #20: Can anything stop Boris Johnson?

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The Tory leadership hopeful has spent the past three days avoiding questions on why the police were called to his home after an altercation with his partner. But will questions about Johnson’s previous behaviour and character damage his chances of becoming prime minister?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jun 25 2019

28mins

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Boris Johnson's personal coronavirus battle

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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 theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 08 2020

28mins

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Zaandam: onboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship

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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 theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 07 2020

25mins

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The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine

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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 are still some months away from knowing if one can be put into mass production Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 06 2020

26mins

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

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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

Apr 03 2020

23mins

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On the NHS frontline – podcast

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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 fight against Covid-19. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 02 2020

24mins

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From Houseparty to Zoom: our digital lives in lockdown

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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 editor Alex Hern argues he’s been living this way for years. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 01 2020

24mins

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Lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

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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 lessons to be learned from that pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 31 2020

21mins

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Labour leadership interviews: Sir Keir Starmer

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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 frontbench. This week he could become Labour’s next leader. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 30 2020

32mins

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

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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 like there now. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 27 2020

23mins

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

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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 driver, and Rob Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs editor, discuss the impact of Covid-19 on gig economy workers and the self-employed. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 26 2020

24mins

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

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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 falsehoods are coming from. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 25 2020

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

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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 Guardian’s Peter Walker explains what is at stake. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 24 2020

20mins

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The Labour leadership interviews: Rebecca Long-Bailey

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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 leading role in drawing up the party’s recent manifesto, she is determined not to be portrayed as the continuity Corbyn candidate. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 23 2020

29mins

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Social distancing: learning to cope with a new normal

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Columnist Zoe Williams has spent the week researching tips for life under a new regime of social distancing and self-isolation. She tells Anushka Asthana it is important to give yourself a break amid the hardships Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 20 2020

24mins

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How Donald Trump changed course on coronavirus

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Donald Trump has moved from dismissing coronavirus as similar to the winter flu that would disappear in the spring to declaring a national emergency. But did his administration’s initial response waste valuable time? World affairs editor Julian Borger reports from Washington DC. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 19 2020

24mins

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How coronavirus infected the global economy

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The Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, says the global economy was already in poor shape when the coronavirus crisis struck. Now governments have stepped in with stimulus packages designed to bail out individuals and small businesses – but will that be enough to stave off a recession?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 18 2020

28mins

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Is the government moving fast enough on coronavirus?

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Britain has not joined its European neighbours by shutting schools, closing borders or rolling out mass testing. So why not? Health editor Sarah Boseley looks at the arguments the government is making for its approach. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 17 2020

20mins

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A cure for insomnia?

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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 support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 16 2020

23mins

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Can the NHS cope with coronavirus?

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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 policy editor, Denis Campbell, looks at how well equipped the health service is for the crisis. Plus: Charlotte Graham-McLay on the Christchurch massacre, one year on. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 13 2020

27mins

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The never-ending prison sentences – podcast

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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. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Mar 12 2020

28mins

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iTunes Ratings

298 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
17
10
7
2

Admirable.

By Bradlee_ - Feb 03 2020
Read more
The greatest aspect of the show is that I can be intrigued and informed without being depressed over current events, and this is not to say that they steer away from what matters.

Great short long form News Podcast

By LukasWeichert - May 23 2019
Read more
Amazing in depth news podcast. Really great work from the guardian. Thank you guys.