Today in Focus podcast

Today in Focus

Hosted by Nosheen Iqbal and Michael Safi, 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. Today in Focus features journalists such as: Kiran Stacey, Pippa Crerar, Alex Hern, Helen Pidd, Peter Walker, Luke Harding, Andrew Roth, Shaun Walker and Jim Waterson. The podcast is a topical, deep dive, explainer on a story in the news, covering: current affairs, politics, investigations, leaks, and scandals. It might cover, for example, topics such as: the environment, green issues, climate change, the climate emergency and global warming; American politics including: Biden, Trump, the White House, the GOP, the Republicans and the Republican Party, the Democrats and the Democratic Party; UK politics including: parliament, Labour, the Conservative party, the Liberal Democrats, Rishi Sunak, and Keir Starmer; culture; the royals and the royal family, including King Charles III; HS2; the police; Ukraine; Russia; and Bangladesh

Hosted by Nosheen Iqbal and Michael Safi, 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. Today in Focus features journalists such as: Kiran Stacey, Pippa Crerar, Alex Hern, Helen Pidd, Peter Walker, Luke Harding, Andrew Roth, Shaun Walker and Jim Waterson. The podcast is a topical, deep dive, explainer on a story in the news, covering: current affairs, politics, investigations, leaks, and scandals. It might cover, for example, topics such as: the environment, green issues, climate change, the climate emergency and global warming; American politics including: Biden, Trump, the White House, the GOP, the Republicans and the Republican Party, the Democrats and the Democratic Party; UK politics including: parliament, Labour, the Conservative party, the Liberal Democrats, Rishi Sunak, and Keir Starmer; culture; the royals and the royal family, including King Charles III; HS2; the police; Ukraine; Russia; and Bangladesh

 

#299

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 2

Russia’s invasion changed everything for Ukrainians – and for one man it presented an opportunity to reboot his political career and reclaim lost power. Tom Burgis reports from Kherson. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

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#298

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 1

Vladimir Saldo was swept from Ukraine’s parliament after the Maidan revolution appeared to end his political career. By 2022, police were preparing a case against him as a suspect in a contract killing. Then Russia invaded and everything changed. Tom Burgis reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

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#297

How a ceasefire vote led to two days of chaos in the Commons – podcast

All parties were calling for a pause in the conflict. So why did MPs storm out and why is the speaker facing calls to quit? Kiran Stacey reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

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23 Feb 2024


#296

Is an uprising by Europe’s farmers sowing the seeds for the far right?

Furious farmers across Europe have blocked roads and railways as part of protests against new regulations and cheap imports. Jon Henley reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

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20:50

22 Feb 2024


#295

Why the NHS needs Martha’s rule

Following a campaign by her family in memory of Martha Mills, the NHS is introducing Martha’s rule giving hospital patients in England access to a rapid review from a separate medical team if they are concerned with the care they are receiving. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

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21 Feb 2024


#294

The shocking death and extraordinary life of Alexei Navalny

The opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner was Putin’s fiercest critic. What does his death in a Siberian prison tell us about Russia today? Andrew Roth reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

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20 Feb 2024


#293

Deported and disgraced: the students wrongly accused of cheating

In 2014, the Home Office revoked the visas of 35,000 students accused of cheating in an English language exam. The consequences for those wrongly accused was devastating. Amelia Gentleman reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

19 Feb 2024

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19 Feb 2024


#292

Why is it becoming so hard to retire in the UK?

Everyone agrees the state pension system needs reforming – so why is changing it so hard?. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:30

16 Feb 2024


#291

Israel’s threat to Gaza’s last refuge

What does the Israeli ground invasion threat mean for the million refugees sheltering in the city of Rafah? Ruth Michaelson reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:17

15 Feb 2024


#290

What on earth is going on in the Rochdale byelection?

An antisemitism row has led to Labour withdrawing its support for its candidate; a disgraced former Labour MP is running for Reform – and a political troublemaker is back. Helen Pidd reports on the chaos. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

24 MINS

24:11

14 Feb 2024


#289

Is Biden too old to be president?

Joe Biden’s age is increasingly becoming a political liability – even though Trump is just four years younger. David Smith reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

24 MINS

24:08

13 Feb 2024


#288

Why does the UK lag behind on cancer care?

Britain’s cancer survival rates are improving but the UK still lags behind comparable countries. The Guardian’s health editor, Andrew Gregory, reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

26 MINS

26:42

12 Feb 2024


#287

Labour’s £28bn green policy U-turn

Keir Starmer has abandoned his totemic pledge on green investment amid fears it opens the party to attacks on its economic credibility. Is he being too timid? Kiran Stacey and Fiona Harvey report. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

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28:22

09 Feb 2024


#286

Why the military are the real winners of Pakistan’s election

After loudly criticising the army, Imran Khan, reported to be Pakistan’s most popular politician, has been hit with several jail sentences. Mehreen Zahra-Malik reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

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29:40

08 Feb 2024


#285

Why is generation Z so divided on gender?

Studies on the attitudes of young people between the age of 16 and 29 show a serious split towards both feminism and influencers such as Andrew Tate. What’s behind it?. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:07

07 Feb 2024


#284

The murder of Brianna Ghey

A year on from the murder of Brianna Ghey, her killers have been sentenced, and her mother is leading an extraordinary campaign of compassion. Helen Pidd reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

30 MINS

30:17

06 Feb 2024


#283

The disposable vape ban

Vapes are often used by smokers to help them quit cigarettes, but in recent years more British children have taken up the habit. So is a ban the right course of action? Sarah Boseley reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

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23:20

05 Feb 2024


#282

The deal that could transform politics in Northern Ireland

A deal agreed with the DUP will allow power sharing to resume in Northern Ireland, with Sinn Féin as the largest party. Rory Carroll reports from Belfast. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

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30:18

02 Feb 2024


#281

Is Britain fit to fight a war?

The British army has been struggling to attract applicants for years. Why don’t young people want to sign up? Dan Sabbagh reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

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22:53

01 Feb 2024