Stories of our times

Stories of our times

By The Times

One remarkable story, told in depth, each day. Our daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day and hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. 


New York versus The NRA

The NRA is one of America's most powerful lobby groups. Now it has become the target of a lawsuit brought by New York's attorney-general. The organisation stands accused of "years of self-dealing and illegal conduct" by its top executives. The lawsuit could spell the end of the NRA, but could it change minds about the role of guns in American society?  Guests: Henry Zeffman, Washington correspondent for The Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: History Channel, C-SPAN, ABC7NY, Bloomberg, CNN, NRA, Reagan Library, Global News, CNBC, ABC News, Jared Law.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/2028m 4s

The Coronavirus Recession

It's official: the UK economy is back in recession. This week we've heard of record-high job losses and a sharp economic downturn - but the worst could still be to come.Guest: Gurpreet Narwan, economics correspondent, The Times.  Host: Manveen Rana.  Clips: BBC, ITV, Sky News.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2021m 42s

TikTok and the data war

President Trump has ordered firms to stop doing business with social media giant TikTok over security concerns. Microsoft was the front-runner to buy the company, but now Twitter has emerged as a possible suitor. What has made the app so popular and so controversial?Guests: Danny Fortson Sunday Times west coast correspondent.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: NBC, Tik Tok, ABC Australian, Biteable, France 24, CNBC, Fox News, Huffington Post, ABC News.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/2029m 6s

Beirut: the blast that shook the world

In one heart-stopping moment last Tuesday, Beirut, a city that’s seen its share of wars, was rocked by the biggest blast in its history. Now that international donors have pledged a quarter of a billion euros in aid for Lebanon, can the country begin to rebuild?Guest Richard Spencer, the Middle East correspondent for The Times.Ghadi Sary, Middle East consultant and journalist. Melissa Ajamian, instructor in the Department of Political Studies at the American University of Beirut.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: FRANCE 24, BBC, CBC, CNN, Sky News.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2035m 44s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 1) - "Meet Corey Junior"

Content warning: description of suicidal ideation.In the first of a special series on Stories of Our Times, The Times' crime correspondent John Simpson attempts to work out who killed a 14-year-old boy in broad daylight back in September 2017 in Newham, east London. CJ Davis' murder has never been solved but the case remains active.  Host: John Simpson, The Times' crime correspondent. Support numbers: If you’ve been affected by anything in this programme contact Samaritans for free on 116 123. Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, email and Instagram: 07535-785-774, and @wkcjdtips.Anyone with information can also contact the police on the dedicated incident room number of 020 8345 3775, or 101. You can also make contact via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at The Metropolitan Police Service offers a £20,000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for CJ's murder.Original Music by Cam Shuck - music by Jordan Powell, Daniel Birch and Breakmaster Cylinder.Actors: Praise Aguda, Tione Chance.Clips used: BBC, ITV, UK Drill YouTube channel.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/2034m 12s

Adieu, Chateau Marmont

At the eastern end of the Sunset Strip is a hotel called Chateau Marmont. For many years it's been the favourite hang-out spot of movie stars and writers; but now the Chateau’s owner has announced the hotel is about to become a private members club. What does the change mean for the future of the iconic venue?Guests:Shawn Levy, author of The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.Jenn Hoffman, former US Weekly reporter.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: OSSA, TMZ, WGN News, CineStars, CBS News, Graham Norton Show, Access Hollywood, Movieclips, Warner Bros Entertainment.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2031m 14s

75 Years On: Remembering Hiroshima

75 years ago this week, a devastating atomic bomb changed world history. What can we learn from these events? Guest:Koko Kondo, Hiroshima bomb survivor and peace campaigner.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: NBC, Imperial War Museum, US Army.You can hear more first-hand memories of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the end of the Second World War by listening to Voices of War at Imperial War Museums’ website  See for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2027m 58s

Turkish Uighurs and the Exiled Poet

Stories about the persecution of China’s Muslim Uighur minority have been in the news in recent weeks. We hear the story of one man living in Turkey: Abdurehim Parac, a Uighur poet in exile.Guests: Hannah Lucinda Smith, Times Istanbul correspondent.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: France 24, Sky News Australia, BBC, Channel 4 News, South China Morning Post, Al, Jazeera, PBS, CNBC.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2029m 2s

Insight Investigation: the SAS killing squad

A High Court case been brought by a young man whose family were shot dead by a rogue SAS unit in Afghanistan. The trial has led to the release of documents which suggest a horrifying pattern of night-raid killings, cover-ups and ‘collective amnesia’ by soldiers in a crack army special forces unit.Guests:Jonathan Calvert, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.George Arbuthnott, Deputy Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.David Collins, Northern Correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen RanaClips used: Guardian, CNN, BBC.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2032m 18s

Meghan and Harry: the inside story

Why did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex really quit royal life? A new book purports to take readers into their inner sanctum. Guests:Valentine Low, Times Royal correspondent. Andrew Billen, Features writer.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CNBC, ABC, NBC, Euronews, ITV.Additional music: Meydan (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/2028m 1s

Wiley and Antisemitism

Wiley - rapper, producer and godfather of grime - has been dropped by his management following an antisemitic Twitter tirade. In the wider conversation that followed, were Black British Jews left out?  Guests:Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, journalist and podcaster. Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for The Times.  Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Sky News interview with Wiley, 5 News, i24 News and Smithsonian channel.Song credits: Asylum, Warner, INCredible, Sony.Additional music: Nctrnm (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2032m 41s

Justice for Christopher

13 year old Christopher Kapessa died in July last year after he was pushed from a bridge over the Cynon river in Rhondda Cynon Taf, south Wales. The Crown Prosecution Service concluded that it was a “foolish prank”. Did racism play a role in his death and the subsequent police investigation?Guests: Alina Joseph, mother of Christopher Kapessa.Hilary Brown, lawyer for Alina Joseph.Suresh Grover, founder of The Monitoring Group.Jude Lanchin, solicitor at Bindmans.Additional music: Jordan Powell (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/2034m 5s

Biden’s choice for Vice President

How do you pick a potential vice president of the USA? With less than a hundred days to go until the American elections, the Democrats still have one major decision to make: Joe Biden’s running mate. Stories of our Times presenter Manveen Rana speaks to The Times' US Editor David Charter about who might get the nod and what their choice might say about Biden's campaign.Guests: David Charter, Times US Editor.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: CNBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NBC, HBO, California Assembly, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Karen Bass.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2025m 46s

Is shielding ending too soon?

At the start of the pandemic, two million of the most vulnerable people in England were told to 'shield' in order to remain safe. This week, the national shielding programme is being put on pause. With hundreds of new coronavirus cases being reported every day, is it too soon? And what will happen to the people most at risk?Guests: Sean O'Neill, chief reporter, The TimesCharlotte Augst, chief executive, National VoicesJudi, shielding in NorthamptonLindsay, shielding in SheffieldHost: Manveen RanaWith thanks to Our Covid Voices:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2028m 11s

Fishing in warzones: a rough guide

On today's programme we take a break from the news. Anthony Loyd is The Times' foreign correspondent, and one of the most experienced and respected war reporters of his generation. When he goes off to war zones he always takes one essential tool: his fishing rod.Guest: Anthony LoydHost: David Aaronovitch  See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/2021m 38s

Russian sports doping: The whistleblowers who risked their lives

While Westminster deals with the fallout from one Russian affair, today’s Stories of our Times podcast is about the couple who blew the whistle on Russia’s state sponsored doping operation in sport. The Sunday Times’ chief sports writer David Walsh told their story to Manveen Rana.Guests: David Walsh, Sunday Times chief sports writer andVitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, Russian whistle blowing couple.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: CBS, ARD, WADA, CGTNAdditional music: Meydan & Scott Holmes (licensed under Creative Commons)  See for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2034m 3s

Britain and China: a new cold war?

China has cracked down in Hong Kong, Britain has banned the Chinese technology giant Huawei from its 5G network, and there’s growing disquiet about human rights abuses against China’s Uighur minority. Are we heading for a cold war with China?Guest: Lucy Fisher, Defense Editor for The TimesHost: David AaronovitchClips: BBC, Talkradio, UK parliament.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/2022m 18s

Scotland's zero-Covid strategy

Over the last fortnight, Scotland has recorded many fewer deaths from Covid-19 compared to the UK as a whole. Does Scotland have a strategy the rest of Britain can learn from? Guests:  Mark McLaughlin, Politics and Education Correspondent, The Times in Scotland Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh Host:  Manveen Rana Clips: BBC, Scottish Government You can hear Cathy Newman's recent interview with Nicola Sturgeon for Times Radio here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2030m 37s

Investigation: The burglary tourists from Chile

A spate of high profile burglaries in expensive neighbourhoods and a mountain of stolen goods lead investigators to discover hundreds of burglars, all on holiday in the UK to commit their crimes. The Times’ crime correspondent explains how these individuals operate and the Sunday Times’ Matthew Campbell tells of his trip to Chile to track down the families of those convicted in the UK.  Guests: John Simpson, Times crime correspondent.Matthew Campbell, Sunday Times foreign features editor.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used from Global News, Fox News and the BBC.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2030m 59s

'Kill-ology': Training US police officers on how to kill

David Grossman is one of America's most prolific and controversial police trainers. His courses on 'kill-ology' put violence and the act of killing at the heart of law enforcement. In the aftermath of Black Lives Matter, Grossman's methods have come under question. Host:David AaronovitchGuest:Laura PullmanClips:ABC, CBS, Warner Bros., Cannon Air Force Base  See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/2025m 36s

Dominic Cummings vs Whitehall

Dominic Cummings has promised that a ‘hard rain’ will fall on the civil service. And last month Sir Mark Sedwill, Britain’s most senior civil servant, stood down. Has the pandemic created a moment for Dom to reinvent the heart of British government? Guest:Oliver Wright, Policy Editor of The Times Host:David AaronovitchClips:BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, CNN, ABC, IPPR, The Ditchley Foundation.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2031m 16s

Inside the Stasi spy school

At the height of the Cold War, East Germany operated an elite secret academy designed to train secret police agents in tradecraft and tactics for psychological manipulation. Now, a trove of previously classified recordings that reveal the inner workings of that Stasi training school have been published. Guests:Oliver Moody, Berlin Correspondent for the Times.Roger Boyes, Diplomatic Editor and columnist at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.With thanks to Südwest Rundfunk (SWR), the German public broadcaster that released the recordings, and the Bundesbeauftragte für die Stasi-Unterlagen (BStU) – Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Files, in English - for the audio.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2027m 16s

The life and death of a stable lad

Groomsman, Michael Curran, was acclaimed for his dedicated work with top horses but went into a spiral of decline that ended in his tragic suicide. What leads someone who reaches the top of their profession to take their own life?Samaritans: 116 123 or Walsh, Chief Sports Writer.Host: David Aaronovitch.Additional music: Scott Holmes, Komiku, Kai Engel and Jordan Powell (licensed under Creative Commons).Clips used: Racing TV and Racing Welfare.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2029m 34s

100 days of Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer has been Labour leader for 100 days, during which he’s had to deal with his own party’s issues as well as offer a response to the government’s handling of the pandemic.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Sunday Times politics and investigations reporter.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, LBC, Channel 4 News, Novara Media, Sky News.Additional music: Komiku (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2023m 20s

The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell - who was a close companion of Jeffrey Epstein - is facing decades in jail after being arrested over charges which include the enticement of minors and sex trafficking of children.Guests: Henry Zeffman, Times Washington Correspondent.Rosie Kinchen, associate editor and the main interviewer of News Review at The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Channel 4, BBC, Sky News, NBC, CNN, CBS, Nine Network Australia.Additional music: Bodysurfer (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/2029m 1s

Bill Browder vs Vladimir Putin

Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was killed in a Russian prison in 2009. Bill Browder shares his decade long journey for justice- campaigning for a new UK law that takes on people who breach human rights. Guest: Bill Browder, financier and head of the Magnitsky Global Justice campaign.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Euronews, Al Jazeera, CBC.Additional music: Jordan Powell, Kai Engel, Komiku and Mystery Mammal (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2031m 20s

Katie Hopkins: Was Twitter right to ban her?

What does the permanent banning of controversial right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins from Twitter say about the current landscape of social media platforms? And will Parler ever take Twitter's place online?Guests: Hugo Rifkind, Times Columnist and leader writer.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: BBC, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, ABC, Fox News, ITV, Sky New Australia.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2030m 30s

Bow bells and facemasks: The end of lockdown in the East End

Across Britain, we are emerging from lockdown. But not everything is back to normal. As shops and pubs reopen their doors, we spend some time with three iconic businesses in London's East End. Guests: Anna Sereno, E. Pellicci's CafeReggie Adams, Marquis of Cornwallis pubMohsin Hassan, Ali's Barber ShopHost: Manveen Rana, Asya Fouks  See for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2029m 46s

Investigating the true origins of Covid-19

An investigation by The Sunday Times has found evidence that connects a deadly incident in 2012 in southern China with the current global pandemic.Guests:Jonathan Calvert, Insight EditorGeorge Arbuthnott, Insight Deputy EditorHost:Manveen RanaClips:BBC, Sky News, CBS, CNN, WHO  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2034m 1s

Sir David King: are we easing lockdown too soon?

As most of England eases lockdown, we ask: is the government making the right move?Guest: Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser, chair of the Independent SAGE.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Independent SAGE, ITV News, BBC, PBS.Additional music: Komiku, Monplaisir, Scott Holmes (licensed under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/2033m 4s

Richard Desmond: The man, the mogul, the scandal

As the Robert Jenrick planning scandal unfolded, investigative reporter Gabriel Pogrund wanted to speak directly with one of the men at the centre: Richard Desmond.  The former newspaper owner and porn publisher has had a unique career.  So who is he, and how did he get close to the British political establishment?  Guests: Gabriel Pogrund is a politics and investigations reporter at The Sunday Times   Host: Manveen Rana Clips: BBC, ITV News, Channel 4 News, The Daily Express, The Telegraph   See for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2024m 1s

Brexit: a tale of two trade deals

A trade deal between Britain and America has been held up as one of the major advantages of the UK exiting the European Union. But the disruption wrought by coronavirus and political turmoil in America are threatening to derail any prospect of a swift agreement being reached. Meanwhile, Britain appears to be inching closer to common ground for a trade deal with the EU.Guests:Henry Zeffman, Washington Correspondent at The Times.Bruno Waterfield, Brussels Correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: VOA News, Global News, The Sun, The Guardian, euronews, CNBC Television, The Straits Times, The Independent, Evening Standard, The Telegraph.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2026m 49s

The virus: Is Britain heading for a second spike?

Much about the virus remains a mystery. Today, we catch up on everything we’ve learned about the virus so far - and the big unknowns - with The Times' science editor. Could a second spike in the UK be on its way?Guest: Tom Whipple, science editor for The TimesHost: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News, ITV News, Al Jazeera, BBC News, DW News.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2027m 30s

The toxic culture of elite gymnastics: Larry Nassar revisited

The former USA Gymnastics team doctor is now a convicted child sex offender, behind bars for 175 years. You might think that was where the story ended. But for many survivors, his sentencing was just the beginning of a long fight for justice in the sport they love. Guests: Rebecca Myers, reporter and feature writer for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Additional music: Meydän (licenced under Creative Commons).Clips: CBS New York, CBS, WXYZ-TV Detroit, NBC, Inside Edition, MLive, Click on Detroit - Local 4 - WDIV.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2029m 35s

Stig Abell: Why don't I have any friends?

1 in 5 men in the UK say they don't have any close friends. Stig Abell is one of them. What are the obstacles to making friends as an adult, and could a psychotherapist help him find answers?Guests: Nadine Abell, Stig's wife.Cate Campbell, Psychotherapist and relationship counsellor.Xand van Tulleken, a former colleague of Stig.Host: Stig Abell, host of the Times Radio's breakfast show.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/2029m 0s

Luke Jones: After coronavirus, will British theatre survive?

This week Manveen and David take a break as Times Radio presenters host the podcast, ahead of the launch of the station on the 29th June.For Luke Jones, going to the theatre has been an almost weekly part of his life for as long as he can remember. That is, until the coronavirus lockdown began, and the theatres closed for public safety. Now, the theatre sector is grappling with the question of how and when they'll be able to reopen.Guests: Alan Cumming, actor.Kate Varah, Executive Director of the Old Vic. Lisa Burger, Executive Director of the National Theatre.Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.Host: Luke Jones, host of Times Radio's breakfast show.Clips: BBC News and What's on Stage.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2026m 2s

Jenny Kleeman: A pandemic and the world of surrogacy

This week Manveen and David take a break as Times Radio presenters host the podcast, ahead of the launch of the station on the 29th June.The images of babies born via surrogate, waiting in a hotel in Ukraine for their biological parents to collect them during lockdown, were broadcast all over the world. Today, we go inside the global surrogacy industry and explore how the pandemic has disrupted the system. Guests: Olga Pysana is an Intended Parent Partner for the UK and US at the 'World Centre of Baby', a surrogacy agency in Ukraine. An anonymous expectant mum. Richard Vaughn, international fertility lawyer. Host: Jenny Kleeman, host of Times Radio's breakfast show.Clips: CBS, Euronews, Al Jazeera.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2026m 24s

Aasmah Mir: The psychological impact of racism on black families

This week Manveen and David take a break as Times Radio presenters host the podcast, ahead of the launch of the station on the 29th June.Since the death of George Floyd, black families around the world have been considering how to cope with the impact of racist killings. But how should we all talk to our children about it?Guests:- Christabel Nsiah Buadi, writer and broadcaster.- Riana Elyse Anderson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan.- Hannah Cusworth, history teacher in South London.Host: Aasmah Mir, host of Times Radio's breakfast show.Clips:ABC, BBC, NPR, CBS.Additional music by Jordan Powell used under Creative Commons licence.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2025m 49s

John Pienaar: Is test and trace working?

This week Manveen and David take a break as Times Radio presenters host the podcast, ahead of the launch of the station on the 29th June.The government's Covid-19 contact tracing system is key to helping contain the spread of the virus, but is it fit for purpose? Guests: Billy Kenber, Investigations reporter at The Times.Anonymous contact tracerHost: John Pienaar, host of Times Radio's drive show.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2031m 8s

Madeleine McCann: who is the new suspect?

This month German police have identified a convicted sex offender as a prime suspect in the case of the missing British girl - last seen in the Algarve in 2007.Guest: David Collins, Sunday Times Northern Correspondent.Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips: Sky News, ITV, ABC, BBC, 7NEWS Australia.Additional music: Jordan Powell, Chris Zabriskie (licenced under Creative Commons)  See for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/2028m 18s

Edwin Moses: Sport and the race for change

For years, many elite black athletes felt they had to hold back from commenting on race and racism. Today multi-Olympic gold medallist Edwin Moses speaks out. Host: Manveen Rana.Guests:Edwin Moses, Double Olympic 400m Hurdles champion.David Walsh, Sunday Times Chief Sports Writer.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/2028m 3s

House Hustlers: Inside Nationwide Corporate Finance

A business offering instant loans to struggling small businesses has been accused of using aggressive and unethical tactics. 76-year-old widow Jill Eade acted as guarantor on a loan with the company. Now, she faces the prospect of homelessness, and repayments of up to 300 thousand pounds. Guests: Kenza Bryan, Money reporter for The Times and The Sunday Times.Jill Eade, guarantor for a loan with Nationwide Corporate Finance. Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2033m 15s

All at sea on the Covid cruise

What happened to the passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, when there was an outbreak of coronavirus in February?   Guests: Katie Glass, feature writer for the Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: Sky, BBC, Channel 4 News, Princess Cruises Youtube channel.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2029m 44s

Defund the police? The US city that restarted its police force

Policing in the US is under the spotlight more than ever. A city in New Jersey has cut crime and won the support of its citizens by scrapping its police force and rebuilding from scratch. Could it be a blueprint to heal an angry nation?Guests: Josh Glancy is Washington Bureau Chief for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Fox, CNN, Comedy Central, MSNBC  See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2023m 0s

Bristol: A tale of two statues

This week, statues have fallen like dominoes around the world, and a new discussion about the people commemorated in our public spaces has begun. We go back to Bristol where the week's events started, and learn why Colston's legacy is still so pervasive in the city. We also hear of a campaign to replace Colston with a statue of some very different figures from the city's past. Guests: Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol Will Humphries, Southwest correspondent for The Times Keri Andriana, granddaughter of civil rights campaigner Roy Hackett Host: Manveen Rana Clips: CBS, BBC, ITV, The Sun, BFI, WVCB Additional music: Jordan Powell, Chris Zabriskie (licenced under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/2025m 41s

Prince Andrew and the Royals in a pandemic

The Royal Family have been in the headlines a lot during this pandemic - not always for the right reasons. But has the pandemic changed the Windsor's relationship to the public forever? Guests: Roya Nikkhah, The Sunday Times Royal Correspondent.Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/2032m 45s

The pandemic: A country divided?

In the first weeks of lockdown we saw Brits come together in a show of astonishing unity. But a new poll reveals divisions are emerging. What could this change of heart mean for the UK's future? Guests: Bobby Duffy, professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, King's College London.Presenter: David Aaronovitch.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2026m 18s

Freedom under threat? The struggle for the soul of Hong Kong

Last week Britain offered a possible route to citizenship for around three million Hong Kong residents. Why might that be needed? As Beijing passes a new national security law which could undermine Hong Kong's freedoms, we speak to a veteran pro-democracy campaigner on what has changed in the territory. Guests: Didi Tang, Times' Beijing correspondent.Emily Lau, former member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.Nathan Law, Pro-democracy activist.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: CNBC, BBC News, Sky News, CNN, CBS.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2026m 42s

Lessons from lockdown: policing post pandemic

Is lockdown an opportunity for police to tackle crime differently? We meet the police commander behind a new initiative, where officers visit criminals in lock down and try and turn their life around. Guests: Fiona Hamilton, Crime and Security Editor for the Times.Alex Murray, commander for specialist crime in London.Host: David Aaronovitch.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2023m 46s

Riots, protests and a US election year

As rioting and protests continue to engulf the United States, we examine President Trump's reaction to the demonstrations. How did previous American presidents respond in similar circumstances?Guests: David Charter, US editor of the Times.Kailee Scales, Managing Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: CBS, UVA Miller Centre, ABC, New York Times, KABC-TV, Bush Library, CNBC, NBC, Washington Post, King Rose Archives.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/2028m 25s

Back to the Commons or no going back?

The Government has U-turned on its controversial plans to end remote voting in Parliament, following a backlash from MPs, who feared this would be discriminatory against vulnerable and elderly Members. Today we ask: if the world has changed because of coronavirus, is it time Parliament did too?Guests:Ester Webber, political reporter for The Times Red Box email. Dame Margaret Hodge, Labour politician.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2026m 11s

Smartphones and the virus: an experiment on the Isle of Wight

We are now entering the 'test and trace' phase of fighting the pandemic where we could use our smartphones to keep us all safe from a second spike. One UK population has been chosen as guinea pigs for the rest of us to see if it really works: enter the residents of the Isle of Wight. Guests: Tom Knowles, Times technology correspondent.Rosamund Urwin, senior reporter at The Sunday Times.Rose Hornak, resident on the Isle of Wight. Bob Seely, Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: NHS, BBC  See for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2024m 1s

George Floyd protests: 'I can't breathe'

Protests and riots have been sparked across the US by the killing of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed black man, was filmed dying as a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned down in the road. Today we bring you stories from Minneapolis, where civil unrest continues. Guests: Will Pavia, New York correspondent for The Times.Laura Pullman, New York correspondent for The Sunday Times. Brandon Clayton, protester and resident in Minneapolis.Clips: CBS  See for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2027m 39s

Back to School?

As Primary Schools across the country begin to reopen today we examine the moral dilemma parents and teachers face.Guests: Sian Griffiths, Education and Families Editor at The Sunday Times.Host:Manveen Rana.Clips:BBC  See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2029m 13s

The mind (and blogs) of Dominic Cummings

What can we learn about the Prime Minister's chief adviser from his own words?Guests: Ian Leslie, writer and journalist.Steven Swinford, The Times' Deputy Political Editor.Hosts:Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, The Telegraph. Additional music by Meydän, Daniel Birch, Chris Zabriskie and Jordan Powell used under Creative Commons licence.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2027m 37s

A mayor in Prague and a Russian poison plot

A local mayor in Prague is in police hiding following reports that agents from Russia plotted to have him assassinated. It’s an international incident that began when the mayor removed a statue honouring a Russian World War Two military hero.Guests: Ondřej Kolář is the district mayor of Prague.Edward Lucas is a columnist for The Times, and a former foreign correspondent based in Prague.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Euronews.Additional music: Chris Zabriskie.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2031m 26s

Coronavirus: Becoming a vaccine guinea-pig

We’re almost six months into the pandemic. But how close are we to developing the cure we all so desperately want? We meet a participant in one of the hundreds of trials happening around the world.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2023m 7s

Murder in Stockholm: who killed Olof Palme?

More than three decades on from the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, new evidence has been brought to light that may reveal the identity of his killer. But after 34 years and thousands of theories, will we ever get an answer that truly satisfies everyone? Guests:Oliver Moody, Berlin Correspondent, The Times. Henrik Berggren, a Swedish historian and biographer of Olof Palme.Host: David Aaronovitch.CLIPS: 1972 UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and Swedish TV show "Kvällsöppet" (1977).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2033m 5s

Insight investigation: why was the UK so slow to lockdown?

Britain has the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe despite the government insisting they followed the best scientific advice. The Sunday Times Insight team brings you the inside story into what went wrong for the UK.  Guests:Jonathan Calvert, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.George Arbuthnott, Deputy Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.With additional reporting from:Jonathan Leake, Science and Environment Editor at The Sunday Times.Dipesh Gadher, Chief Investigative Reporter at The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: BBC, @BorisJohnson Twitter  See for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2030m 30s

Murder in the Kingdom in the Sky

The Prime Minister of Lesotho has resigned amid accusations that he was involved in the murder of his estranged wife. His third wife is also set to stand trial over her alleged involvement in the murder plot. We dive into the politics of the small African kingdom of Lesotho. Guests: Witness, anonymous.Lebohang Totanyana, former Minister of Mining in Lesotho.Barnaby Mitchell, BBC camera operator. Host: Manveen Rana. Archive: SABC News, Al Jazeera, DW News, KTN News Kenya. Special thanks to the BBC.Additional music by Chris Zabriskie.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2026m 6s

Happiness in lockdown with Laurie Santos

With experts suggesting that long term lock down will negatively affect our mental health, we ask: what can we all do to bring delight and joy into our lives during the crisis?  Guests: Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale UniversitySanjay Shewakramani, Emergency Department doctor  See for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2025m 21s

Care homes: what went wrong?

Care home deaths in England and Wales now account for forty percent of all deaths from coronavirus - and one result has been a political row. Why have things gone wrong for our most vulnerable citizens and the people who care for them?  Guests:Greg Hurst, social affairs editor at The Times.Irene Owen, a 91-year-old resident of Devonshire Court in Leicestershire.Sonja Bell, daughter of a elderly resident at The Heights in Buckinghamshire.Kimberly Ross, care assistant at Connaught Court in York.Karen Casey, activity co-ordinator at Zetland Court in Bournemouth.Additional support: Michael Clarke, Times Video Team.Host: David Aaronovitch.Additional music: Chris Zabriskie (licenced under Creative Commons).Clips: BBC, TalkRadio, TalkSport.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2027m 54s

Diary of a funeral director

When Lee Solomon set up his funeral home, he had one mission: to give families the sendoff they really wanted. But now that's no longer possible. For a month Lee has been keeping an audio diary for us, chronicling the experience of running a funeral home during the Covid-19 outbreak and the hardships that come with it.Guest:Lee Solomon runs 'Lilies Funeral Directors' in Sutton Coldfield.Host: Manveen Rana.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2031m 1s

Inside the Sunday Times rich list

The Sunday Times rich list has published the names of the wealthiest people in Britain since 1989. Today we meet its compiler to find out who reached the top this year and explore what drives them.Guest: Rob Watts, Compiler of The Sunday Times Rich.Host: Manveen Rana.More on Rich List here: Youtube (Richard Branson), E! Red Carpet & Award Shows, BBC, ITV.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2025m 36s

Coronavirus: Could testing in an Italian village save the world?

The Italian village of Vo’ Euganeo was the home of the first European to die in Europe of covid19. Now the same town has become a unique test-bed for scientists to learn how to combat the disease. Could it offer new insights into how to fight back? Guest: Peter Conradi, Europe Editor of The Sunday Times. Host: Manveen RanaArchive: MSNBC, BarbART YouTube channel, France 24, Sky News, RAI Sport TV.Additional music: Jordan Powell, Chris Zabriskie (licenced under Creative Commons).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2026m 8s

Stay alert: the psychology of changing lockdown messages

Behind the scenes, a group of social scientists has been advising the government on how to communicate to the public during the crisis. But has some of their advice been ignored? Guest: Steve Reicher, professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrews and member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours. Host: Manveen Rana. Archive: BBC, ITV, DW News, ABC News, TalkRadio.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2023m 5s

Universal Medicine: taking on a cult

An Australian cult is operating from a B&B in Somerset and despite court rulings against it, is ripping families apart. It is just one of an estimated one thousand cults that operate in the UK. Who are the people fighting to expose them? Guests: Rosie Kinchen, associate editor and the main interviewer of News Review at The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Audio from:Esther Rockett.Serge Benhayon TV.Content warning: contains discussions of sexual abuse and is not suitable for everyone.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2026m 18s

Coronavirus: surviving death in an ICU

Some 10,000 people in the UK have needed critical care to deal with the virus already. What's it like to be in an ICU with Covid19?Guests: Roger Boyes, Diplomatic Editor and columnist for The Times.Dr Sonia Hudson, consultant in intensive care medicine at Broomfield Hospital.Host: Manveen Rana.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2034m 30s

How to recover from a coronavirus recession

As we begin to relax the lockdown, the UK is facing its biggest economic shock for 300 years. Can past recessions teach us what to do next? Guest:David Smith, Sunday Times Economics EditorAnn Pettifor, economistHost: Manveen RanaArchive: BBC, Talkradio, CNN, CBS, Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg  See for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2025m 28s

Victory over coronavirus: the lessons of VE day

What can the jubiatilion and uncertainty of VE day teach us about what 'victory' over coronavirus might look like?Guest:Ben Macintyre, associate editor, columnist and a writer-at-large for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Imperial War Museum.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2025m 2s

Europe: life after lockdown

This weekend Boris Johnson is expected to talk about the UK's exit strategy and outline the beginning of the end of lock down. But what can we learn from other European nations and their approach?Guest: Oliver Moody, The Times Berlin Correspondent.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: Marco Meeßen.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/2025m 38s

The US and China: the coronavirus conspiracy theories

In recent weeks the world’s two biggest superpowers have been playing a blame game around the global pandemic. What do the Chinese communists and the American Republicans stand to gain from the spread of myths, fake news and propaganda?Guest: Catherine Philp, the Times Diplomatic Correspondent.Henry Zeffman, the Times Washington Correspondent.Host: David Aaronovitch.Archive: Newsweek  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2024m 25s

Have the Taliban won the Afghan war?

Four decades of war have ravaged Afghanistan, cost America $2 trillion and left more than one million dead. As US troops prepare to withdraw, what next for a nation more divided than ever?Guest: Anthony Loyd, Times foreign correspondent. Host: Manveen Rana.Archive: Euronews  See for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2029m 58s

The Hound of Hounslow and the Flash Crash

An extraordinary story about the man who helped trigger one of the biggest financial crashes in US history - ten years ago this week - from his bedroom in a West London semi-detached house. Guest: Liam Vaughan, journalist and author of Flash Crash. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips:Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2030m 51s

Policing a lockdown

Under lockdown, police have been given extraordinary new powers. What do the new rules mean for bobbies on the beat, and how will they change our relationship to the police force?  Guest: John Simpson, Times crime correspondent Jonathan Ames, Times legal editorJohn Apter, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales Host: Manveen RanaClips: BBC, Talkradio  See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2023m 2s

Hold your horses: Should Cheltenham Festival have gone ahead?

Cheltenham Festival was the last major sporting event to take place prior to the national lockdown in the UK. But should it ever have happened? The four-day fixture took place in March and has since become a lightning rod for criticism around perceived government inaction on the coronavirus crisis. We talk to people who were there.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2029m 48s

Donald Trump and the corona protests

Donald Trump is under pressure as libertarian demonstrators insist their freedom is being infringed by lock down. Has the virus revealed the gap between the President's rhetoric and the reality of governance? And is the pandemic changing his re-election chances?Guests: Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for The Sunday Times.Julie Kelly, senior contributor for political blog American Greatness.Host: David Aaronovitch.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2024m 56s

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson’s return to No 10

How has the government fared enforcing their mantra of: 'stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives'?Guests: Caroline Wheeler, Deputy political editor of The Sunday Times.Rosamund Urwin, Senior reporter at The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2026m 29s

Coronavirus and ethnic minorities

Times writer Sathnam Sanghera goes on a personal journey to find out why people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19.Guest: Sathnam Sanghera, author and writer at the Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Sathnam's article for the Saturday magazine: Clips: BBC, @borisjohnson, Good Morning Britain (ITV), TalkRadio.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2026m 15s

Planet Corona with Liz Bonnin

The waters have cleared in Venice, air pollution over China has dropped and goats have reclaimed a Welsh town. But just how sustainable are these seemingly positive side effects of the coronavirus crisis on our climate and the natural world?Guest: Liz Bonnin, scientist and natural history presenter. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, NBC, Channel 4, DW News.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2026m 37s

Could tech giants get us out of lockdown?

Technology might be the answer to our problems - but could we be giving up our privacy in return for our liberty? Guest: Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times West Coast correspondent Host: David Aaronovitch  See for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2026m 38s

Inside The Sunday Times investigation into coronavirus and Boris Johnson

Last weekend's investigation by the Insight team into the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic made headlines around the world. We talk to them about how they researched the story and get their rebuttal to the government's subsequent criticism.Guests:Jonathan Calvert, editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigative teamGeorge Arbuthnott, deputy editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigative teamHost:Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2036m 58s

Zookeeping under ISIS: Meet the Father of Lions

We take a break from social distancing and life in lockdown to bring you an extraordinary story from Iraq. The Sunday Times' Louise Callaghan tells Manveen the tale of Abu Laith- the zookeeper of Mosul, and the man who kept a lion alive through mortar fire and raids by ISIS. Guest:Louise Callaghan, Sunday Times Middle East correspondentHost:Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2029m 22s

When staying at home is not an option

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives. But what if you don't have a home to stay in? Greg Hurst on the government campaign to protect the homeless. Guests: Greg Hurst, Social Affairs Editor for The Times. Rob in London, Richard Todd in Exeter and Theresa Frampton in Bristol. Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2028m 48s

Human origins: who do we think we are?

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, Homo sapiens were not alone. Tom Whipple explains how we once shared the earth with Neanderthals and even 'hobbits'. Guest: Tom Whipple, Science Editor for The Times. Chris Stringer, Merit Researcher in human origins at the London Natural History Museum. Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2022m 56s

The curious case of Sweden

The Swedish government's approach to coronavirus has been controversial. Unlike in the UK, they have urged citizens to take personal responsibility for enforcing social distancing rather than using police forces to ensure rules are followed. Now that the country has passed the grim milestone of 1,000 coronavirus deaths, what can the UK learn from the Swedish government's light-touch approach to the pandemic? Guests: Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times.  Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2024m 58s

The future of Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is fighting extradition to the US, after seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy. This week it was revealed that he secretly started a family during his time in hiding. Is it in the public interest for Julian Assange to be sent to the States?Guests: John Simpson, crime correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2028m 50s

The search for a remedy

As a number of existing therapies are being re-purposed to help patients with the most severe Covid-19 symptoms, we speak to a UK-based bioscience company about a drug they've developed and explore how it is being used in Italy. Guests: Tom Whipple, The Times science editorSomeit Sidhu, CEO and Co-founder of Izana BioscienceHost: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2020m 17s

What to read in lockdown

With reading on the rise under the lockdown, the Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell suggests three books for a little escapism during these uncertain times.  Guest: Stig Abell  See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2030m 47s

ICU: A doctor's story

We have been warned that the Easter bank holiday could see the peak of the coronavirus crisis in the UK. But are our hospitals ready?Guest:‏Lucy Cocker, Junior Doctor and Deputy Chair of the BMA's Junior Doctor Committee.Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2023m 33s

President Trump and the virus

It looks like the US will be badly hit by coronavirus. Could President Trump's approach be his downfall? Guests: Henry Zeffman, the Washington Correspondent for The Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2023m 39s

Voices from New York

The United States is now at the centre of the global coronavirus crisis and New York is the worst hit city in the country. What’s it like for regular New Yorkers at the centre of the pandemic? Guests:‏Laura Pullman, The Sunday Times New York correspondent.The audio diaries from nine New Yorkers. Host: Manveen Rana. NB: Caurice Wynters, one of the New Yorkers who spoke with us, is raising money to cover medical and living expenses for her family, after they all got sick with covid-19. You can contribute here:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2024m 8s

Brazil: a country divided

As Brazilian politicians argue over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, we speak to three residents about their experience of the crisis.  Guests: Lucinda Elliott‏, news contributor at The Times. Giuseppe Bossetti, Vivian Bernfeld and Marcus Assunção in Sao Paulo. Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2024m 48s

Keir Starmer: the man, the party, the crisis

On Saturday Labour party members selected a new leader. Is this the end of Corbynism? And what is the role of the opposition in the time of crisis? Guest: Rachel Sylvester, political columnist for The Times.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2023m 45s

WHO knows best? How to beat the virus

Are we doing enough to stop the spread of coronavirus? And what does the World Health Organisation think our approach should be from here?Guests:  Dr Kluge is Europe Director of Public Health at the World Health Organisation Kat Lay is Health Correspondent at The Times.  Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2020m 9s

Fighting the lockdown with a new volunteer army

An army of volunteers has sprung up across the country in response to the coronavirus crisis. Today, we tell their stories. And we ask: is there a new team spirit that will outlast the lockdown? Guests:Martin Fletcher, former foreign editor of The Times. Alison Langan, retired teacher. Joe Pegg, IT specialist, and chief technical officer for the Long Ashton covid support group. Sharon Shamir, solicitor and co-founder of the Telegraph Hill covid support group. Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2020m 12s

How do we get out of lockdown?

As we get used to our new lives in isolation, there’s a question on everyone’s lips: how long will this last? And perhaps even more importantly: what needs to happen for life to return to normal?  Guest: Tom Whipple, Science Editor at The Times Host: David Aaronovitch  See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2028m 49s

Lessons in isolation (from Antarctica)

One week into the shutdown, and millions of us are dealing with the effects of isolation for the first time, but one British doctor is better prepared than most of us. Dr Beth Healey shares her lessons from a year spent in Antarctica studying the effects of isolation.Guest: Dr Beth Healey. Host: Manveen Rana.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2027m 14s

What does the coronavirus mean for jobs?

We follow the owner of a food-to-go shop as he tries to keep his workforce employed. Our Enterprise Editor explains what the government's economic interventions really mean for jobs.  Guests: Spencer Craig, co-founder of Pure - a food to go business James Hurley, Enterprise Editor at The Times Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2021m 15s

Love (and divorce) in the time of corona

Couples all around Britain are being asked to make tough decisions. Apart or together, the Health Secretary's advice is clear: "make your choice and stick with it." We speak to one couple in the middle of a divorce in isolation together, and one couple very much in love but separated by coronavirus (and an ocean). Guests: Steph (a nurse in Chicago treating coronavirus patients) and Katie (a tech consultant from London).Kenny (a former journalist now in PR) and Helen (a business coach), both living in Wales.Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2021m 35s

Lessons from a past pandemic

In the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS pandemic called for a clear, bold public health message. David Aaronovitch explores whether there are lessons to be learned for the government's response to Covid-19. Guests: Malcolm Gaskin, designer who created the UK's 1987 'Aids: Don't Die of Ignorance' campaign. Simon Fanshawe is a broadcaster and activist. He is one of the founders of Stonewall. Host: David Aaronovitch   See for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2023m 49s

Living with the lockdown: Meet Norman and Jorge

Norman and Jorge are flatmates. But Norman happens to be 92 and Jorge is 26. In the time of coronavirus, this makes their friendship hard to navigate. What does the future hold for our intergenerational relationships? And how can we best keep our loved ones safe?  Guests: Norman, 92, Jorge, 26.  Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director for Age UK. Host: Manveen Rana. Special thanks to Two Generations for putting us in touch with the duo.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2021m 10s

Bonus episode: You must stay at home

As strict new restrictions on daily life are announced by Boris Johnson we ask: what does it say about his leadership? Guests: Daniel Finkelstein and Matthew Parris, Times columnistsHost: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2014m 0s

Fighting to save Australia's koalas

Will the iconic koala be able to survive after Australia's recent bushfires left the country's vast wildlife population in peril? Guest: Bernard Lagan, Australia Correspondent at The Times Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2024m 2s

Has the government done enough?

What's going on behind the scenes at Number 10 to tackle coronavirus? And is the government moving fast enough to prevent the spread of covid-19 across the UK? Guests: Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor at The Times. David McCoy, professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University in London. Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2022m 15s

The Virus: An Olympic sized problem

Should the Olympics be postponed? And what could this mean for athletes? The Times's own Olympian and sports columnist Matthew Syed has the story. Guests: Matthew Syed, table tennis player and Times columnist Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player Host: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2021m 43s

The Virus: A world shut down

David Aaronovitch talks to the editor-in-chief of the Lancet, Dr Richard Horton, and Times science editor, Tom Whipple, about the global response to the crisis. Which country has got the right approach? Guests:  Dr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet Tom Whipple, The Times science editor Host: David Aaronovitch  See for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2021m 16s

The Virus: Splendid isolation with Jon Ronson

The World Health Organisation has recognised that the coronavirus crisis is generating stress and has advised people to avoid watching, reading or listening to news that causes feelings of anxiety. But for author Jon Ronson, living with anxiety at the time of a pandemic holds some advantages too. Guest: Jon RonsonHost: Manveen Rana  See for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2024m 24s

The Virus: When the doctors get sick

What happens when doctors get coronavirus and how will the NHS cope? Manveen Rana speaks to two NHS doctors who've tested positive - and are about to return to work. Guests: - Dr Clare Gerada, NHS GP in London and former head of the Royal College of General Practitioners. - Anonymous consultant anaesthetist, practicing at a hospital in England. - Andrew Gregory, Health Editor, The Sunday Times. Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2026m 23s

The Virus: The race for a vaccine

The story of a former resident of Wuhan - the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak - who is now part of a UK team racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Guests: - Dr Kai Hu, Research Associate, Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London. - Tom Whipple, Science Editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/2028m 11s

Introducing: Stories of our times

Introducing the best journalism from Britain’s most trusted newspaper, now as a podcast. Our new free daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/201m 3s
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