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

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    Surviving Britain's homelessness crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 33:13

    Journalist Daniel Lavelle on his experience of homelessness and what it taught him about the impact of government cuts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    50 years of Pride and why we still need it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 37:32

    In 1972, members of the LGBTQ+ community marched through London demanding equality and celebrating their identities. Five decades on, Ted Brown from the Gay Liberation Front recounts his memories of that time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The case against Donald Trump

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 30:52

    The US congressional hearings on the Capitol Hill attack have been prime time viewing. And the case against Donald Trump has been building for all to see, says Lawrence Douglas. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Ukraine: counting the cost of a long war

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 29:30

    President Zelenskiy has urged G7 leaders to urgently send more heavy weapons to Ukraine to bring the war to an end before winter. But, as Dan Sabbagh reports, there is no clear resolution in sight. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The women's lives in danger in a post-Roe America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 28:28

    Jessica Glenza reports on the supreme court ruling and the profound consequences it will have for women facing unwanted pregnancies across the United States. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Can Colombia's first leftwing president deliver change?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 26:13

    Gustavo Petro has been elected as the Latin American country's first leftist leader. But he faces a huge challenge if he is to deliver on his promises, says Joe Parkin Daniels. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Artificial intelligence: conscious or just very convincing?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 33:49

    Alex Hern reports on recent developments in artificial intelligence and how a Google employee became convinced an AI chatbot was sentient. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Is Britain facing a summer of strikes?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 25:36

    Transport correspondent Gwyn Topham reports on the rail strike negotiations, and economics columnist Aditya Chakrabortty analyses the political response from the Conservatives and Labour. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    A tale of two byelections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 28:18

    After the resignations in disgrace of two Tory MPs, the Lib Dems and Labour are hoping to snatch victories in Thursday's byelections. Are Boris Johnson's voters ready to desert him?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    What's at stake in the extradition of Julian Assange?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 28:27

    After the UK home secretary decided to extradite Julian Assange to face trial and a possible life sentence in the US, Ben Quinn reports on what the ruling means for the WikiLeaks founder – and for press freedom. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Walking through a warzone: Igor and Zhu-Zhu's incredible journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 34:48

    When the bombardment of Mariupol became unbearable, Igor Pedin set off with his dog Zhu-Zhu to find safety. Daniel Boffey tells his incredible story. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Abba avatars: will technology change the way we see gigs? | Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 30:57

    More than 40 years since they were last on tour, Abba have returned as digital avatars. Is Abba Voyage, which debuted in London last month, the future of concerts?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 34:26

    Brazilian police have arrested two men in connection with the alleged murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. The pair went missing on an expedition in the Javari region. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Living with long Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 27:11

    With no restrictions in place and a successful vaccine rollout in the UK, it is tempting to think that the threat to health from coronavirus is passing. But millions are struggling with long Covid, says Linda Geddes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Remembering Grenfell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 30:16

    Five years on from the the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the community is grappling with what should happen to the ruined building and the need for a fitting memorial. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Life in the firing zone: the occupation of Masafer Yatta

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 34:27

    After decades trying to resist eviction, the Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta have lost their case in the Israeli supreme court. Bethan McKernan on the controversial decision and the people determined to stay in their homes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Cameras in the courtroom: the spectacle of the Depp-Heard trial | Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 36:44

    The defamation trial was livestreamed and clipped into short videos for millions on social media. Columnist Moira Donegan on cameras in court and the impact of the case on those wanting to report domestic abuse. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Sudden infant death syndrome: will parents finally get answers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 34:07

    Sudden infant death syndrome (Sids), also known as cot death, affects 200 families a year in the UK. Hannah Devlin reports on a new study that has raised hopes of an explanation for parents. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Life in the firing zone: the occupation of Masafer Yatta

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 34:51

    After decades trying to resist eviction, the Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta have lost their case in the Israeli supreme court. Bethan McKernan on the controversial decision and the people determined to stay in their homes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    England's new strangulation law – and why it's needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 29:46

    A new law specifically targeting non-fatal strangulation comes into effect this week in England and Wales. Yvonne Roberts explains why it is necessary. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Boris Johnson's narrow vote of confidence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 21:34

    Boris Johnson won a vote of confidence yesterday – but he suffered a massive rebellion from parliamentary colleagues. Political correspondent Peter Walker explains what happens now. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    100 days of war in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 44:32

    On 24 February Russia began its assault on Ukraine. The explosions that day marked the end of an era in Europe and changed the lives of millions for ever. Michael Safi talks to Vlodomor Ksienich and Kyrylo Demchenko, two of thousands of young Ukrainians who answered a call to protect their country, as well as hearing from Guardian correspondents Emma Graham-Harrison and Shaun Walker, who have been reporting on the ground. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    How to feed the world without destroying it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 31:05

    George Monbiot on the growing global food crisis and the degradation of our soils. Can the solution be found in the lab?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Queen's platinum jubilee and the future of the monarchy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 29:04

    Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, on the importance of this jubilee to the royal family and how the Queen has maintained public support through her 70 years on the throne despite many crises. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Is the UK heading for a recession?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 22:06

    Last Friday, Boris Johnson was asked if the UK was heading for recession. He replied “not necessarily at all”. Richard Partington explains why we are facing such economic uncertainty. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Abuse in the modelling industry

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 38:24

    Six former models have alleged sexual abuse against the fashion agent Jean-Luc Brunel. Lucy Osborne investigates how the industry failed victims of abuse. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Inside the US gun industry – podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 36:10

    There are more guns than people in the United States, and the industry is still able to sell almost 2m a month. Ryan Busse, a former gun company executive, explains how we got here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    How the climate crisis upturned Australian politics

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 27:06

    The rightwing coalition that has run Australia for most of the past decade has been ejected from power by voters sick of its inaction on the climate crisis, says Lenore Taylor. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Sue Gray day: the Partygate finale

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 28:36

    The Partygate saga culminated with a report on Wednesday on the extent of rule-breaking in Downing Street during lockdown. Peter Walker and Jonathan Freedland analyse what it means for the PM. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    How worried should we be about monkeypox?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 24:43

    An outbreak of monkeypox in the UK is ‘significant and concerning', but for now it poses a low risk to the public, says science editor Ian Sample. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Toothaches and waiting lists: where did the NHS dentists go?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 28:55

    Millions of people in the UK are struggling to gain access to affordable dental care. Denis Campbell explores the crisis in NHS dentistry. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    A travesty in Turkey: the Gezi Park trials

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 37:00

    Eight human rights activists have been given long prison sentences for anti-government protests in Turkey. Sami Kent reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The nurses getting huge bills for quitting the NHS

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 26:50

    International nurses working for NHS trusts are being trapped in their jobs by clauses in their contracts that require them to pay thousands of pounds if they try to leave. Shanti Das reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    How Vladimir Putin rejuvenated Nato

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 30:17

    Finland and Sweden this week formally applied to join Nato after years of non-alignment. Jon Henley reports on how the Ukraine war has given the alliance a new lease of life. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The ‘carbon bombs' set to blow up the world's climate pledges

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 27:16

    A Guardian investigation has revealed 195 oil and gas projects known as ‘carbon bombs' that could trigger catastrophic climate breakdown if allowed to continue. Damian Carrington reports Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs' set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Florida's ‘don't say gay' bill

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 30:24

    Florida's legislature has introduced a bill that would allow parents to sue school districts if they consider lessons to not be ‘age-appropriate'. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Marcos' myths: the dictator's son rewriting history in the Philippines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 35:01

    Ferdinand ‘Bongbong' Marcos is on course for a landslide victory in the Philippines presidential election. For those who grew up under the martial law of his father, the result brings up the horrors of the past. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The fight for the right to roam in the English countryside

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 29:00

    A campaign to widen access to the English countryside is gathering momentum. However, as Helena Horton reports from a mass trespass event in Devon, there is little sign the government is willing to budge. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Why are so many journalists being killed in Mexico?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 30:10

    The death of Mexican crime reporter Margarito Martinez shocked his friends and colleagues in Tijuana. Tom Phillips reports on how the Mexican president's verbal attacks on the press are putting its country's journalists at risk. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Putin's dilemma: what is his next move in Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 27:27

    Vladimir Putin's Victory Day speech revealed a man facing one of the biggest decisions of his presidency: to escalate or de-escalate the war in Ukraine. Andrew Roth reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    What does Sinn Féin's win mean for Northern Ireland?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 29:57

    The Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin won the most seats in the Northern Ireland assembly last week for the first time. Rory Carroll explains what happens now. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Division: New Orleans – part four

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 49:07

    The division begins to reinvestigate Kuantay Reeder's case, discovering new evidence that could hold the key to his freedom. The Guardian's US southern bureau chief, Oliver Laughland, goes to interview Harry Connick, the district attorney from 1973 to 2003, to ask how he felt about presiding over an administration accused of rights violations and disproportionately punishing the city's poorest Black residents.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Division: New Orleans – part three

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 38:07

    In 2020 a change comes to New Orleans. The city elects Jason Williams, a progressive Black prosecutor who promises to reckon with the past. One of the first things he does is set up a civil rights division, led by Emily Maw. The division takes on the case of Kuantay Reeder, and assistant district attorney Bidish Sarma is able to view Reeder's case file. Will there be evidence inside to support his claim of innocence?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Division: New Orleans – part two

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 34:59

    In 1995, Kuantay Reeder is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit. He spends years doing hard labour in the fields of the prison, and trying to have his conviction overturned. By 2020, he has exhausted almost every legal avenue available to him. But 2020 is also the year that Jason Williams is elected to be the new district attorney of New Orleans. Will the creation of a new civil rights division in his office offer hope to Reeder?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Division: New Orleans – part one

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 41:25

    The Guardian's US southern bureau chief, Oliver Laughland, has spent the past six months following what happened when a progressive Black district attorney called Jason Williams was elected in Louisiana, the heart of the deep south. Jason had promised sweeping reforms across New Orleans, and part of that change involved opening up a civil rights division to look over old cases. Kuantay Reeder has been in Louisiana's ‘Angola' prison since 1995 for a murder he says he didn't commit. Will the division be able to help him?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The US supreme court is ready to overturn the right to an abortion. What happens next?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 28:52

    A leaked draft opinion lays out the supreme court's plans to overturn Roe v Wade. It is something abortion activists have long feared – and will have lasting repercussions for all Americans, reports Jessica Glenza. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Walls, ‘gates' and Britain's local elections

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 25:42

    Whether its a focus on the ‘red wall' or the ‘blue wall', Partygate or Tractorgate, local elections are an important guide to the prospects of the national government and opposition alike, says Heather Stewart. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Wagatha Christie case (part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 26:10

    As the so-called ‘Wagatha Christie' trial approaches, neither side is backing down from a case that has legal fees running into the millions, says media editor Jim Waterson Listen to part 1. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    The Wagatha Christie case (part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 28:35

    A sensational libel trial is due to begin next week. Jim Waterson dives into the worlds of celebrity, media and the courts to understand how we got here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Will Elon Musk regret buying Twitter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 30:59

    It's not rocket science – but it might be even harder. Alex Hern explains why Elon Musk may find that running Twitter and making a profit is a greater challenge than he bargained for. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    Searching for the shadow man (part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 43:13

    A genocide researcher investigating a 2013 atrocity committed in Syria creates an alternate online identity – the character of ‘Anna S' – to entice a military commander to confess to war crimes. But how far can she push? And how long can Anna go on? Listen to part 1. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

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