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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

315 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
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2

A request

By tc28011974 - May 02 2020
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Great podcast - thanks for making it happen everyday under trying circumstances. Any chance you could do an episode on what’s happening with COVID-19 in Africa, perhaps bring Jason Burke on? Cheers

The best

By Anne Nordmann - Apr 29 2020
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I listen to dozens of different podcasts and Today in Focus is one of the very best. I learn something new with every episode, and am often moved and/or inspired as well. The reporting is first-rate, the topics are varied and important, and the information is presented in an interesting, intelligent, and compassionate manner. I can't recommend this program highly enough.

iTunes Ratings

315 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
19
10
7
2

A request

By tc28011974 - May 02 2020
Read more
Great podcast - thanks for making it happen everyday under trying circumstances. Any chance you could do an episode on what’s happening with COVID-19 in Africa, perhaps bring Jason Burke on? Cheers

The best

By Anne Nordmann - Apr 29 2020
Read more
I listen to dozens of different podcasts and Today in Focus is one of the very best. I learn something new with every episode, and am often moved and/or inspired as well. The reporting is first-rate, the topics are varied and important, and the information is presented in an interesting, intelligent, and compassionate manner. I can't recommend this program highly enough.
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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: 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

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Rank #3: Where did it all go wrong for David Cameron?

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As the former PM publishes his memoirs, Patrick Wintour tells Anushka Asthana that Cameron’s pursuit of austerity and decision to call an EU referendum sowed the seeds of his demise. Plus, in opinion, George Monbiot on the global climate strike. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech: preparing for an election

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Boris Johnson used his first leader’s speech at the Conservative party conference to set up a new phase of negotiations with the EU and an election confrontation with Jeremy Corbyn. Plus: Jim Waterson on Prince Harry, privacy and the media. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #6: The election fallout: what happens next? – podcast

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The Guardian and Observer’s Sonia Sodha, looks at what happens next for the Conservatives and Labour. Plus, Samanth Subramanian on the hidden cost of the home delivery revolution. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Dec 16 2019

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Rank #7: Could this impeachment inquiry end Trump’s presidency?

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In a July phone call between Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden. An intelligence official decided to blow the whistle on the call. Lauren Gambino discusses how this has led to an impeachment inquiry. And: Joseph Harker on the start of Black History Month. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 01 2019

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Rank #8: Boris Johnson's ultimatum: back me or it's a general election

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Jonathan Freedland joins Anushka Asthana to discuss a pivotal week ahead in British politics. Plus Prof Liz Bentley of the Royal Meteorological Society on the destructive force of Hurricane Dorian, which has been battering the Bahamas and is heading for the US. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #9: Reopening Mississippi: America's poorest state begins lifting lockdown

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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 residents were responding Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 07 2020

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Rank #10: How did a town in West Virginia become the opioid capital of the US?

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Chris McGreal reports on the web of doctors, pharmacists and drug companies that made rural Mingo county, West Virginia, the opioid capital of America. And: Emma Barnett on why we need to be better at talking about periods. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #11: Prince Andrew's damaged reputation

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Last week Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts did her first television interview, and in it restated claims that she had been made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17. ITV royal editor Chris Ship discusses the Duke of York’s friendship with deceased child abuser Jeffrey Epstein. And: Labour MP Paula Sherriff on standing up to Boris Johnson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 27 2019

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Rank #12: Is this the end of the road for remainers?

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Jonathan Freedland joins Anushka Asthana to discuss how the pro-EU movement has grown in numbers and developed its own political identity based around opposing Brexit. Also today: Denise Phelan on the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Oct 22 2019

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Rank #13: Covid-19's continued spread into South America

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From his temporary home in Rio de Janeiro, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, can hear the nightly protests against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, where cases are steadily rising. He discusses how Brazil and other South American countries are trying to deal with the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Apr 27 2020

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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: Trump's impeachment hits primetime TV

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Julian Borger in Washington DC on how the US is preparing for wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment of Donald Trump, which moves to public hearings today. Plus Peter Walker on Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats: is their campaign yet to take off?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #17: Revoke and remain: inside the Lib Dem party conference – podcast

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With a new leader in Jo Swinson and the defection of six MPs to the party, Lib Dems are hoping for a resurgence. Rachel Humphreys reports from party conference. Plus Vince Beiser on the black market in sand. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #18: Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown - part 1

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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 at theguardian.com/infocus

May 08 2020

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Rank #19: How dangerous is chlorinated chicken?

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Chlorine-washed chicken from the US has become a totemic issue in the post-Brexit trade deals Britain could look to secure. But is it unsafe? And what does it say about the different attitudes to food production on either side of the Atlantic? Also today: Israelis go to the polls for their second election of the year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #20: Election 2019: John Crace on the lowlights and the gaffes – podcast

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The Guardian’s political sketch writer, John Crace, runs through the highs and the many, many lows of the 2019 general election campaign. And: Patrick Butler on the Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Dec 12 2019

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The coronavirus crisis in Britain's prisons | Podcast

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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 cells for more than 23 hours a day. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Jun 01 2020

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

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

May 29 2020

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The scandal of Covid-19 in care homes

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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 failures that led to thousands of care home deaths. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 28 2020

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Brexit: Is the UK headed for a no deal?

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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 week, the talks risk reaching a stalemate. Is the UK headed for a no-deal Brexit?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 27 2020

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Why Dominic Cummings won't resign

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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 break the story. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 26 2020

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The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

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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 men were charged with his murder. Why did it take so long?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 25 2020

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

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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 at theguardian.com/infocus

May 22 2020

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

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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 task of getting ready for the return of some of his students in early June. Sally Weale, the Guardian education correspondent, looks at the backlash against this drive to return some year groups to school. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 20 2020

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The scientific race to understand Covid-19

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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 all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 20 2020

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How coronavirus led to rough sleepers being housed in hotels

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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 off the streets. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 19 2020

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

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An attempt earlier this month to remove Nicolás Maduro from power ended in farcical failure as a seaborne invading force was captured easily following a series of mishaps. World affairs editor Julian Borger tells the bizarre story. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 18 2020

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Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown podcast - part 2

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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

May 15 2020

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Trump versus Biden: the 2020 pandemic election

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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 fundraising events. David Smith in Washington looks at how the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is playing out. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 14 2020

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

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As the chancellor announces plans to extend the unprecedented scheme to pay the wages of millions of workers, whole sectors of the economy remain shut because of Covid-19, causing a recession unseen in Britain for centuries. Larry Elliott explains what it will mean for the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 13 2020

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

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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 concerns about privacy, effectiveness and trust. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 12 2020

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

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South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 in a country where civil liberties were already being eroded. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 11 2020

26mins

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Blind Date takeover: looking for love in lockdown - part 1

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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 at theguardian.com/infocus

May 08 2020

27mins

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Reopening Mississippi: America's poorest state begins lifting lockdown

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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 residents were responding Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 07 2020

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Protecting domestic violence victims in lockdown

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Kate, a call handler for a domestic violence charity, discusses the challenges of trying to deal with the rising number of calls during lockdown. Guardian reporter Helen Pidd has been reporting on the domestic violence cases being heard at Manchester magistrates court over the past few weeks. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 06 2020

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The NHS official privately selling protective kit

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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 updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

May 05 2020

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iTunes Ratings

315 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
19
10
7
2

A request

By tc28011974 - May 02 2020
Read more
Great podcast - thanks for making it happen everyday under trying circumstances. Any chance you could do an episode on what’s happening with COVID-19 in Africa, perhaps bring Jason Burke on? Cheers

The best

By Anne Nordmann - Apr 29 2020
Read more
I listen to dozens of different podcasts and Today in Focus is one of the very best. I learn something new with every episode, and am often moved and/or inspired as well. The reporting is first-rate, the topics are varied and important, and the information is presented in an interesting, intelligent, and compassionate manner. I can't recommend this program highly enough.