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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.

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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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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Episodes

Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?

1/18/2019
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The Democrats are already fighting for the opportunity to take on Donald Trump – but can any of them hope to unseat him? Plus: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on what she would like to tell the US president about building walls. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:46

How Brexit unravelled

1/17/2019
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In a disastrous week for Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, her former director of strategy, Chris Wilkins, and the Guardian’s Daniel Boffey chart where it all went wrong. Plus: Polly Toynbee on what Labour should do next. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:37

The great Brexit rebellion

1/16/2019
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On a monumental day in parliament, Anushka Asthana is with the Conservative MP Anna Soubry as she works across traditional party boundaries to defeat Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Political editor Heather Stewart explains what happens now Plus: the Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone on his time following the Leave Means Leave campaign group. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:26:20

School segregation: a lesson from Birmingham

1/15/2019
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A school in Birmingham is attempting to buck the trend of increasing ethnic and religious segregation in the city. The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin spends a day at the University of Birmingham school that takes its students from across the diverse city. Plus: John Crace on today’s Brexit vote. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:21

China's Muslim detention camps

1/14/2019
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Up to a million Muslims are being held in detention camps in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo visits the region where authorities are expanding the camps and increasing surveillance on ethnic minorities. Plus: in opinion, the writer Bella Mackie on how running helps her cope with anxiety. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:04

Who will pay for Donald Trump's border wall?

1/11/2019
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With the US government in partial shutdown, the president continues to demand funding for his Mexican border wall. Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis. Plus, John Harris looks back to the optimism of 1989. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:25:26

On trial: El Salvador's abortion ban

1/10/2019
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The shocking case of Imelda Cortez has put El Salvador’s strict abortion laws in the spotlight. Human rights lawyer Paula Avila-Guillen and reporter Nina Lakhani describe how a surprise verdict has given fresh hope to women in El Salvador. Plus, in opinion, Randeep Ramesh on the Guardian’s call for a citizens’ assembly to break the Brexit deadlock. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:14

Today in Focus | Deal or no deal? The Brexit road ahead

1/9/2019
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As Theresa May prepares for the showdown Brexit vote on Tuesday, the government is stepping up its contingency planning for crashing out of the EU without a deal. The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour sets out the routes available to the government as the exit date fast approaches. Plus in opinion: Owen Jones on responding to increasing abuse on the streets and online. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:44

What does 2019 hold for Kim Jong-un and North Korea?

1/8/2019
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Kim Jong-un goes into 2019 with momentum to build on after last year’s historic meeting with President Donald Trump. As Kim attempts to negotiate a fresh summit, the Guardian’s Tania Branigan looks at his leadership so far and Emma Graham-Harrison describes a rare trip to Pyongyan. Plus: Catherine Shoard on the annual film awards season. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:21:40

Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk? Podcast

1/7/2019
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The re-emergence of the disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield has fueled a resurgence of vaccine scepticism among rightwing populists. After a surge in measles outbreaks across the EU in 2018, Sarah Boseley looks back at how confidence in the MMR vaccine was dented after Wakefield’s discredited campaign against it. Plus: Sonia Sodha on how to improve the British honours system. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:59

Would you give your kidney to a stranger?

12/21/2018
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The UK’s living donor scheme allows six people to enter a chain, and three of them will get a new kidney from a stranger. Rachel Williams speaks to six participants. Plus: the writer Cecilia Knapp reflects on Christmas. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:22:08

Windrush, Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica: looking back at 2018 – podcast

12/20/2018
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The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, revisits the biggest stories of the year from the Windrush scandal, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, the Brexit saga and the Trump administration to the World Cup and the royal wedding. Plus: Michael Braithwaite on how he got caught up in the Windrush scandal. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:30:20

Can the NHS be saved?

12/19/2018
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A long-term plan designed to secure the future of NHS England has been delayed once again by Brexit. But as Britain’s health service heads into its annual winter beds crisis, the Guardian’s Denis Campbell visits King’s College hospital in London to find out what staff and patients need for the future – and how much it will cost. Plus: Hadley Freeman on why Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was right to distance herself from her father and his media onslaught. To support The Guardian’s...

Duration:00:23:20

Is this the end for the Sicilian mafia?

12/18/2018
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The arrest of the man believed to be the head of the Sicilian mafia this month is the latest blow for an organisation struggling to rebuild after the death last year of Salvatore Riina, the ‘boss of the bosses’. Clare Longrigg, the author of several books on the mafia, describes the current state of Cosa Nostra. Plus: Jonathan Watts on what to take from the COP24 climate talks. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:52

2018: a terrible year for Facebook – podcast

12/17/2018
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Facebook has been hit by a series of data, privacy and hate speech scandals this year. Alex Hern, the Guardian’s UK tech editor, discusses how Mark Zuckerberg has responded. Plus the Guardian environment reporter Oliver Milman on returning to Paradise, California, after the deadliest fire in the state’s history. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:25:09

Is the net closing in on Donald Trump? – podcast

12/14/2018
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The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Plus: Robert Booth on the first phase of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:21

Theresa May: a crisis of confidence

12/13/2018
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After a frenzied day of infighting among Conservative MPs, Theresa May remains prime minister, having survived a vote of confidence in her leadership. But how damaging has the episode been for her party? Anushka Asthana hears from the Guardian’s Jessica Elgot and Conservative MPs Ben Bradley, Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston. Plus: Natalie Nougayrède on a make-or-break week for Emmanuel Macron. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:25:09

Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters

12/12/2018
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The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human rights’. The Guardian’s Damien Gayle has been following the case and hears from demonstrators and deportees. Plus: Soraya Chemaly on the importance of female rage. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:22:47

Labour's Brexit dilemma

12/11/2018
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Theresa May has postponed her crucial Brexit vote amid huge divisions in her party. But there is a dilemma, too, for Labour MPs whose constituencies voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU. How do they square their voters’ wishes with that of their party and their own conscience? Plus: Jonathan Freedland on why Labour should be backing a second referendum. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:22:48

What is it like to fear your own child?

12/10/2018
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Child-on-parent violence is a taboo subject and one that is hardly researched in the UK. We speak to Lesley, a mother who lives with daily violence from her eldest son. It has devastated family life and exposed gaps in a system not set up to deal with the problem. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on the Nobel peace prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who receive their awards today. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:21:17