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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: Kiran Stacey, Pippa Crerar, Alex Hern, 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

Tracks

Election Extra: hope (within reason)
Labour has begun to hint that its ambitions in government will go beyond what it has promised in its manifesto, and sources have told the Guardian of plans to look at redrawing wealth taxes. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:19 21/06/2024
Has Clacton fallen for Nigel Farage?
He claims he could be prime minister in 2029 but first he has to become an MP. Will it be eighth time lucky for Reform’s leader? Esther Addley reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
34:18 21/06/2024
Election Extra: All bets are off
The Conservatives have been hit with further irregular gambling allegations and the party’s campaigns director has taken a leave of absence. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:11 20/06/2024
The Lib Dems’ surprising strategy to breach the blue wall
The Liberal Democrats began their campaign with eye-catching stunts, but it’s tactical voting that may help them breach the blue wall. Peter Walker reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
26:28 20/06/2024
Election Extra: inflation on target and the SNP manifesto
The SNP launched its manifesto today amid polling that shows the once dominant Scottish party facing steep losses. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
08:52 19/06/2024
Germans are divided. Can Euro 2024 unite them?
Thanks to a troubled economy and gains by the far right in the European elections, Germany’s sense of identity is in the balance. Could footballing success bring the country back together? Philip Oltermann reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
21:47 19/06/2024
Election Extra: Labour heading for a landslide
A new poll for Ipsos shows Labour heading for an unprecedented majority and spells disaster for Rishi Sunak. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:49 18/06/2024
The British judges ruling on the law in authoritarian Hong Kong
Since 1997 Hong Kong’s highest court has included British judges. But with China changing the laws in the city, they are being urged to resign. Amy Hawkins reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
23:33 18/06/2024
Election Extra: Farage’s five-year plan
Nigel Farage has launched Reform UK’s ‘contract’ with voters, which he insists is not a manifesto. Archie Bland reports on its content and whether it adds up. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:13 17/06/2024
The economy and Labour’s post-election dilemma
Heather Stewart explains how the party’s central economic message could help it win power but then constrain it in office. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
21:59 17/06/2024
Election Extra: Starmer and the Corbyn question
Reform have surged ahead of the Tories in the latest YouGov poll and as Keir Starmer prepares for a BBC grilling, will he have a better answer to questions about his past support for Jeremy Corbyn? Zoe Williams reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:05 14/06/2024
The phone-free, 12-hour school-day experiment
A school in west London is trying to give children their childhood back – by extending its hours from 7am to 7pm. Will it work? Helen Pidd reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
35:03 14/06/2024
Election Extra: Labour’s plan
Labour published its manifesto today with no surprise announcements. But is it the whole story of the party’s plan for government? Heather Stewart reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:25 13/06/2024
Labour takes on the SNP in Scotland
In the 2019 general election, Labour won just one of Scotland’s 59 parliamentary seats. Can it turn around its Scottish fortunes? Libby Brooks reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
32:04 13/06/2024
Election Extra: damage limitation
Have the Conservatives switched their election strategy to simply limiting losses? Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:46 12/06/2024
Election 2024’s battleground: your family WhatsApp group
How are Labour and the Conservatives approaching their online campaign strategies? Jim Waterson reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
30:11 12/06/2024
Election Extra: the Tory manifesto
As Rishi Sunak searches for a gamechanging campaign moment, Heather Stewart combs through the Conservative party’s election manifesto. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:48 11/06/2024
How a far-right push in Europe triggered a shock election in France
The far right has made significant gains in the European parliament elections. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has responded with a high-stakes gamble. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
22:23 11/06/2024
Election Extra: Farage rules out pact with Tories
The Conservative party needs to ‘embrace’ Nigel Farage, according to Suella Braverman. But Farage says a pact between his party and the Tories ‘ain’t gonna happen’. Zoe Williams reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:53 10/06/2024
Magic Dave: David Copperfield’s alleged victims speak out – part 2
Sixteen women have accused the magician of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour spanning decades. Copperfield’s lawyers say the allegations are ‘not only completely false but also entirely implausible’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
33:05 10/06/2024
Magic Dave: David Copperfield’s alleged victims speak out – part 1
Sixteen women have accused the magician of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour spanning decades. Copperfield’s lawyers say the allegations are ‘not only completely false but also entirely implausible’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
45:02 10/06/2024
Election Extra: Sunak’s D-day disaster
The Guardian’s political sketch writer John Crace discusses Sunak’s extraordinary decision to fly home early from Normandy on Thursday and skip the international D-day commemorations. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:21 07/06/2024
The Israeli protesters trying to stop food aid getting to Gaza
International aid organisations are warning Gaza is on the brink of famine. But since the start of the year groups of protesters have been trying to prevent food and supplies from getting in. Emma Graham-Harrison reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
33:28 07/06/2024
Election Extra: New Frank Hester allegations
Former employees of Tory donor Frank Hester have made a series of fresh allegations that Hester repeatedly made comments about race or religion in the workplace, including in recent years. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
10:11 06/06/2024
From child refugee to Guardian reporter: one journalist’s extraordinary story – podcast
How does it feel to report on the refugee crisis when it’s also the story of your own family? Aamna Mohdin explains. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
34:29 06/06/2024
Election Extra: Sunak’s £2,000 ‘lie’
Rishi Sunak’s assertion that people would pay £2,000 more in tax under Labour was called a lie by the shadow chancellor today. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
08:45 05/06/2024
Donald Trump is now a convicted criminal. Do voters care?
The hush-money trial ended with a historic verdict against a former president. Can Joe Biden capitalise on it? David Smith and Alice Herman report. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
26:05 05/06/2024
Election Extra: Sunak and Starmer debate preview
Rishi Sunak will go head-to-head with Keir Starmer tonight in their first televised leaders’ debate of the campaign. Archie Bland reports. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:16 04/06/2024
Has there been a purge of the left wing of the Labour party?
Keir Starmer once promised to lead a ‘broad church’ Labour party. After a week in which Diane Abbott and Faiza Shaheen have complained about their treatment, does that still hold true? Aletha Adu and Aditya Chakrabortty report. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
27:40 04/06/2024
Election Extra: Nigel Farage is back
Nigel Farage has announced he will stand as a candidate in the 2024 election. Archie Bland explains why it’s terrible news for the Tories Sign up for Election Edition with Archie Bland – our UK general election 2024 newsletter. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
09:12 03/06/2024

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