Today in Focus podcast

Today in Focus

Hosted by Michael Safi and Helen Pidd, 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: Aditya Chakrabortty, Alex Hern, Alexis Petridis, Andrew Roth, Emma Graham-Harrison, George Monbiot, Jim Waterson, John Crace, John Harris, Jonathan Freedland, Kiran Stacey, Larry Elliott, Luke Harding, Marina Hyde, Nesrine Malik, Owen Jones, Peter Walker, Pippa Crerar, Polly Toynbee, Shaun Walker, Simon Hattenstone and Zoe Williams. The podcast is a topical, deep dive, explainer on a topic or story in the news, covering: current affairs, politics, investigations, leaks, scandals and interviews. It might cover topics such as: GB, Scotland, England and Ireland news, the environment, green issues, climate change, the climate emergency and global warming; American politics including: US presidential election 2024, Biden, Trump, the White House, the GOP, the Republicans and the Republican Party, the Democrats and the Democratic Party; UK politics including: UK election 24, Parliament, Labour, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, Reform UK, Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer; culture; the royals and the royal family, including King Charles III and Prince Harry; HS2; the police and current affairs including: Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh, Israel, Palestine, Gaza and AI.

Hosted by Michael Safi and Helen Pidd, 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: Aditya Chakrabortty, Alex Hern, Alexis Petridis, Andrew Roth, Emma Graham-Harrison, George Monbiot, Jim Waterson, John Crace, John Harris, Jonathan Freedland, Kiran Stacey, Larry Elliott, Luke Harding, Marina Hyde, Nesrine Malik, Owen Jones, Peter Walker, Pippa Crerar, Polly Toynbee, Shaun Walker, Simon Hattenstone and Zoe Williams. The podcast is a topical, deep dive, explainer on a topic or story in the news, covering: current affairs, politics, investigations, leaks, scandals and interviews. It might cover topics such as: GB, Scotland, England and Ireland news, the environment, green issues, climate change, the climate emergency and global warming; American politics including: US presidential election 2024, Biden, Trump, the White House, the GOP, the Republicans and the Republican Party, the Democrats and the Democratic Party; UK politics including: UK election 24, Parliament, Labour, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, Reform UK, Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer; culture; the royals and the royal family, including King Charles III and Prince Harry; HS2; the police and current affairs including: Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh, Israel, Palestine, Gaza and AI.

 

#299

The king’s speech: how radical will Labour be?

The new Labour government gets its first chance to set a legislative agenda with the king’s speech at the state opening of parliament. Jessica Elgot examines how radical it will be. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

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23 hrs Ago


#298

Has the attempt to kill Trump handed him the election?

As Republicans meet at their national convention this week, has the shooting of the former president altered the course of US politics? David Smith reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

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#297

Inside the biggest art fraud in US history

Orlando Whitfield, the author of All That Glitters, on his years of friendship with the art fraudster Inigo Philbrick. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

15 Jul 2024

35 MINS

35:20

15 Jul 2024


#296

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump – Politics Weekly America

On Saturday night in London, word came through that Donald Trump had been injured during one of his rallies in Pennsylvania. A shooter, who killed another person and seriously injured others, was killed by Secret Service agents. As the US comes to grips with what just happened, Jonathan Freedland presents as special edition of Politics Weekly America. He hears from former Bill Clinton advisor, Sidney Blumenthal on what this tragedy means for Donald Trump with less than five months until the election. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

14 Jul 2024

22 MINS

22:36

14 Jul 2024


#295

Euro 2024: is it coming home?

How did Gareth Southgate get the England team to the Euro 2024 final? Barney Ronay reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

12 Jul 2024

25 MINS

25:31

12 Jul 2024


#294

The Conservative party: rows, resignations … and a tilt right?

After a brutal defeat, the starting gun has been fired on the Tory leadership battle – but which faction will triumph? Kiran Stacey and Peter Walker report. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

11 Jul 2024

33 MINS

33:23

11 Jul 2024


#293

Joe Biden and the Democrats’ dilemma

Since Biden’s poor performance in first TV debate against Donald Trump, his place on the ballot has been under threat. Joan E Greve reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

10 Jul 2024

27 MINS

27:33

10 Jul 2024


#292

France’s leftwing alliance beat the far right, but what now?

A leftwing alliance snatched victory from the far right in the final round of the French parliamentary elections. But will France now fall into political deadlock? Angelique Chrisafis reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

09 Jul 2024

26 MINS

26:17

09 Jul 2024


#291

Keir Starmer’s first weekend in power

Keir Starmer vowed to put the country before his party as he appointed his cabinet and toured the four countries of the UK. Jonathan Freedland reports on what we have learned from the new prime minister’s first days in office. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

08 Jul 2024

27 MINS

27:42

08 Jul 2024


#290

Politics Weekly UK – Labour wins a landslide: Is this a new dawn?

Labour has won a landslide victory with Keir Starmer saying “change begins now”. Is this a new era for the country? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

05 Jul 2024

35 MINS

35:10

05 Jul 2024


#289

Labour’s landslide victory

Labour have won a resounding victory making Keir Starmer prime minister with a thumping majority. Helen Pidd tells the story of the night with the help of Guardian reporters from around the country. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

05 Jul 2024

30 MINS

30:30

05 Jul 2024


#288

Election Extra: a guide to the night

When to set your alarm for the potential Portillo-moments and how to make it through to dawn. With Archie Bland. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

04 Jul 2024

09 MINS

09:14

04 Jul 2024


#287

Will France fall to the far right?

Marine Le Pen’s party won a significant victory in the first round of the French parliamentary elections. Can they be stopped? Angelique Chrisafis reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

04 Jul 2024

37 MINS

37:38

04 Jul 2024


#286

Election Extra: is it over?

Conservatives appear to be close to conceding defeat the day before the election. And Archie Bland hands out his campaign awards. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

03 Jul 2024

10 MINS

10:20

03 Jul 2024


#285

Marina Hyde and John Crace on the 2024 election campaign

Guardian columnist Marina Hyde and parliamentary sketch writer John Crace reflect on the highs and lows of the general election campaign. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

03 Jul 2024

26 MINS

26:32

03 Jul 2024


#284

Election Extra: desperate times

As the campaign enters its final hours, party leaders are trying to reach as many constituencies as they can and throwing out last desperate attack lines. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

02 Jul 2024

10 MINS

10:12

02 Jul 2024


#283

The enigma of Keir Starmer

By the end of the week, Keir Starmer could be the UK’s next prime minister. Why do voters feel they don’t know him?. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

02 Jul 2024

46 MINS

46:31

02 Jul 2024


#282

Election Extra: Is the race to replace Sunak already under way?

The general election may be three days away, but for some Tory candidates it is merely the staging post for the competition they are really focused on: their party leadership contest. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

01 Jul 2024

09 MINS

09:55

01 Jul 2024


#281

The 14 years that broke Britain, part 2

In part two of our miniseries on how 14 years of Tory rule have impacted the UK, Jonathan Freedland explores how chaos from Brexit to Partygate destroyed trust in politics Listen to part 1: austerity. Help support our independent journalism at [theguardian.com/infocus] (https://www.theguardian.com/infocus) ... Read more

01 Jul 2024

45 MINS

45:02

01 Jul 2024