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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

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?

12/8/2018
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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

End of an era: Angela Merkel's long goodbye

12/7/2018
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Angela Merkel steps down as the leader of the CDU party today after 18 years at the helm, although she plans to remain Germany’s chancellor until 2021. Her move comes after the migration crisis left her party languishing in the polls and amid a rising tide of populism in Europe. The Guardian’s Kate Connolly in Berlin takes a look at her legacy. Plus: Rania Ali on debunking stereotypes about refugees. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:25:00

Why are millions fleeing Venezuela?

12/6/2018
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Twenty years on from the election of Hugo Chávez, his legacy faces ruin. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing their country after a political crisis became a humanitarian one. The Guardian’s Tom Phillips witnesses how a once booming economy has turned so sour. Plus: Mona Chalabi on the chronic lack of diversity in Britain’s police. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:03

In the room for the Brexit showdown

12/5/2018
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In July, Nick de Bois found himself as chief of staff in the Brexit department after the sudden resignation of David Davis and the appointment of Dominic Raab. So what did the fevered EU negotiations look like from the inside? And what happens now? Plus: Poppy Noor argues that the crisis on the high street is hitting women’s jobs hardest. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:22:28

Bias in Britain: the truth about modern racism

12/4/2018
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An exclusive Guardian study has shown the extent of racial bias faced by minority ethnic citizens. The Guardian’s Afua Hirsch and Anushka Asthana discuss how growing up in a majority white society felt to them and whether attitudes have significantly changed since. Plus, Kehinde Andrews on rethinking the historical figures we revere in Britain. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:32

Honduras, a dam and the murder of Berta Cáceres

12/3/2018
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Seven men have been convicted of the murder of an award-winning environmental activist in Honduras. But has justice been done for Berta Cáceres? The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani explores what the case says about the state of modern Honduras. Plus: Mark Townsend on how easy it is to buy converted firearms in the UK. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:32

The G20: Donald Trump and the rise of the strongmen

11/30/2018
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How did a forum for global cooperation become a stage for authoritarians? The Guardian world affairs editor, Julian Borger, analyses the G20 ahead of the summit in Buenos Aires with the help of the Guardian’s foreign correspondents. Plus William Davies on why we stopped trusting elites. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:24

North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau – podcast

11/29/2018
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The death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked a backlash in India. The Guardian’s Michael Safi describes how John Allen Chau was killed after trying to preach Christianity to one of the world’s last remaining indigenous societies who live in total isolation. Plus John Harris on the trouble with Airbnb. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:55

Has France fallen out of love with Emmanuel Macron?

11/28/2018
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France has been gripped by protests sparked by anger over fuel tax rises, which have mushroomed into demonstrations against the ruling class. The Guardian’s Angelique Chrisafis has been covering what were supposed to be peaceful protests. Plus: Owen Jones argues that if a ‘Brexit betrayal’ narrative takes hold, Britain’s far right is poised to capitalise. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:00

Untested and unsafe: the medical implants scandal – podcast

11/27/2018
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More than a million people around the world have been harmed by medical devices they assumed were safe. We hear from one woman whose life has been devastated by what she thought was a routine procedure. Science correspondent Hannah Devlin lifts the lid on the implant industry. Plus, Bryan Mealer on walking with the migrant caravan trying to reach the US. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:26:18

Why did the fishing industry vote for Brexit?

11/26/2018
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In June 2016, a poll suggested that 92% of the fishing industry voted to leave the EU. Sam Wollaston spent four days onboard a trawler to find out why. Plus: Nesrine Malik argues that Hillary Clinton is wrong to claim that curbing migration is the answer to rightwing populism. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:22:51

Is big pharma ignoring the poor?

11/23/2018
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Pharmaceutical companies are driven by profit. Is that why diseases that kill thousands of people every year have been ignored – even though the cures may already exist? Health editor Sarah Boseley investigates. Plus: Hillary Clinton argues that Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists gaining ground. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:21:28

Why is Steve Bannon in Europe?

11/22/2018
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Donald Trump’s former strategist has been touring the continent and attempting to sign parties up to his pan-European populist project. But as the Guardian’s Paul Lewis finds, it is not going completely to plan. Plus: David Conn on preparations for Qatar 2022, the most improbable football World Cup yet. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:25:35

Donald Tusk, Russia and the plane crash that changed Poland

11/21/2018
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In 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s president and plunged its prime minister Donald Tusk into crisis. Agata Popęda and Daniel Boffey discuss how this incident still affects Tusk’s political career today. Plus: film-maker Mike Leigh on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:24:33

Asia Bibi: sentenced to death over a cup of water

11/20/2018
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Asia Bibi was kept in solitary confinement on death row after being convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan over an argument about a cup of water. Now, after her acquittal eight years later, she is in fear for her life. The Guardian’s Memphis Barker and Harriet Sherwood trace the story back to the original incident on a farm in 2009. Plus: Zoe Williams on why a housing market crash would benefit no one. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:20:34

Poverty in Britain: a social calamity

11/19/2018
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As part of his field work for a damning report into poverty in the UK, Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur, visited Newcastle where he found people struggling to negotiate the benefits system and going hungry. He called it a ‘social calamity and an economic disaster’. Plus: John Kerry on how Donald Trump has undermined global institutions. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:32

A day of Brexit chaos

11/16/2018
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Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from her autobiography, Michelle Obama reveals how she met her husband, Barack. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:23:25

The legacy of Islamic State in Iraq

11/15/2018
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Two years on from the ‘liberation’ of Fallujah from Isis control, the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont has returned to the Iraqi city. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Brexit. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism, visit gu.com/todayinfocus/support

Duration:00:21:00

The plastics conspiracy: who is to blame for the waste crisis?

11/14/2018
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The world is waking up to the danger posed by single-use plastics to the environment. But consumer pressure is not enough to reverse the decades of plastic waste that litter the globe and clog up the oceans. Stephen Buranyi tells Anushka Asthana how an anti-plastic revolution is under way but the plastics industry is in no mood for retreat. Plus: George Monbiot on why climate change is a crisis that requires a response of civil disobedience. To support The Guardian’s independent journalism,...

Duration:00:21:02