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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

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

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United Kingdom

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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

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English


Episodes

How MI5 uncovered a Chinese ‘agent’ in parliament

1/20/2022
Britain’s security services have named Christine Lee as an ‘agent’ of the Chinese state attempting to run influence operations in parliament. Dan Sabbagh explains what is behind the extraordinary statement and what it means for British politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:26:44

On the frontline of the cost of living crisis

1/19/2022
Households across the UK will see rising prices and stalling wages strain their budgets in the year ahead, money and consumer editor Hilary Osborne reports. Some families are already feeling the pinch. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:30:48

The rise and rise of Liz Truss

1/18/2022
As Boris Johnson faces questions over his future, Conservative members and MPs are looking at their options for who might replace him and one name keeps coming up. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:27:02

Afghan female MPs fight for their country in exile

1/17/2022
After a harrowing escape from the Taliban, Afghanistan’s female politicians are regrouping in Greece to fight for their country. Amie Ferris-Rotman reports on the work of the Afghan women’s parliament in exile. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:35:02

A royal mess: Prince Andrew faces a US trial

1/14/2022
The Duke of York’s attempts to get a civil case over allegations of sexual assault thrown out have failed. Ed Helmore in New York examines the case against the prince and his narrowing options to salvage his reputation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:20:10

Will Boris Johnson’s apology be enough to save him?

1/13/2022
Boris Johnson faced anger and derision as he admitted attending a drinks party during the first lockdown but claimed that he believed it to be a work event that did not break the rules. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:27:05

What does the Omicron winter crisis mean for the NHS?

1/12/2022
Hospital trusts across England have declared ‘critical incidents’ in record numbers as the Omicron wave brings rising admissions and staff sickness. But the strains on NHS capacity long predate Covid, says Denis Campbell Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:29:43

Guantánamo Bay at 20: why have attempts to close the prison failed?

1/11/2022
The US prison in Cuba has been beset by allegations of torture since it was set up 20 years ago. But despite all the promises to close it down, it remains operational with no end in sight, says Julian Borger. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:33:19

A moral victory: what the acquittal of the Colston Four means for future protests

1/10/2022
Last week a court acquitted four protesters who helped tear down a statue of the notorious slave trader Edward Colston. Damien Gayle describes what the case means for future protests and one of the defendants, Sage Willoughby, describes the jubilant moment the verdict arrived. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:28:16

Culture 2022: what to watch, read and listen to this year

1/7/2022
Guardian critics Charlotte Northedge, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Simran Hans look ahead to the best of the year in culture. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:26:11

How the Capitol attack still divides the United States

1/6/2022
A year ago today, rioters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC after Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march on Congress to protest against the election result. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:30:54

Can the UK cope with the Omicron surge?

1/5/2022
The year has begun with warnings of critical incidents in UK hospitals and fears over school re-openings but there are reasons to be optimistic, says science correspondent Nicola Davis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:24:11

The joy of missing out: how to manage your time in 2022

1/4/2022
We only have about 4,000 weeks of life on average, says the writer Oliver Burkeman, so make sure you are prioritising what really matters. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:25:51

Revisited: how a Disney movie helped solve a decades-old adventure mystery

1/3/2022
In 1959, nine experienced hikers were mysteriously killed in Russia’s Ural mountains. Conspiracy theories circled for years, but an unlikely pairing of science and the movie Frozen may have helped solve the cold case. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:30:57

Revisited: the secret deportations of Chinese merchant sailors

12/31/2021
During the second world war, Chinese sailors served alongside their British allies in the merchant navy, heroically keeping supply lines open to the UK. But after the war hundreds of them who had settled in Liverpool suddenly disappeared. Now their children are piecing together the truth. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:31:58

Revisited: Josh Cavallo, the only openly gay top-tier men’s footballer

12/30/2021
Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo says the response to his recent coming out as gay has been overwhelming. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:27:31

Revisited: Emily Ratajkowski’s body – and what she wants to make of it

12/29/2021
The model, actor and writer views her body as a ‘tool’ to make a living – but ever since 2013’s Blurred Lines video, it has also been treated as public property. In this interview, Ratajkowski explains why she has written a book about her experiences, from an allegation of assault by Robin Thicke to how motherhood has changed her. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:25:30

Revisited: An Al-Qaida recruit-turned-spy and the road to 9/11 podcast

12/28/2021
Few terrorist organisations survive for more than a few years. Al-Qaida was different. Jason Burke, who has spent much of his career reporting on the group, and former member Aimen Dean reflect on how it was able to carry out the September 11 attacks barely a decade after it was formed – and its struggle to survive the fallout from its ‘catastrophic success’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:39:31

Revisited: Britain’s rich history of black literature

12/27/2021
In Black History Month we brought together star authors Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson to discuss the past, present and future of black writing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:34:00

Looking back on the Guardian’s 200th year

12/24/2021
Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner reflects on how a newspaper founded two centuries ago chronicled the particular ups and downs of 2021. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

Duration:00:30:42