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. 

Episodes

The inside story of Newcastle United's Saudi takeover

In a landmark deal signed earlier this month, Newcastle United was bought by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium. The club now has the richest owners in the Premier League. Fans are ecstatic, but as money floods into the club, there have already been protests raising moral objections to the club's new owners. What does this deal tell us about the state of English football?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Matt Lawton, chief sports correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News, ITV, Sky Sports, Channel 4, talkSPORT, 5Pillars, BBC, CNN, The Mirror.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/2128m 16s

What are Vladimir Putin's mercenaries doing in West Africa?

When a cargo plane containing four helicopters and a large consignment of military hardware touched down in the capital of Mali last month, observers raised an eyebrow. The kit was definitely from Russia – but was this the Russian army, or something else?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Roger Boyes, diplomatic editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Al Jazeera, BBC, NBC, Euronews, France 24, Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/2125m 18s

Seventeen years: The Andrew Malkinson story (Pt 4) - Forensics

In episode four of this investigative series, reporter Emily Dugan hears how new DNA testing techniques reveal a different man may have been at the crime scene. Dugan also examines a dilemma that prisoners, who don't admit guilt, face. Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail in 2004 for rape. No forensics linked him to the scene and he’s always maintained his innocence.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Emily Dugan, reporter at The Sunday Times.You can listen to the full series in one place on The Reporter podcast feed.If you have any information that you want to share on Andy's case or remember anything from the time, you can contact Emily Dugan directly on email: emily.dugan@thesundaytimes.co.uk or by direct message on twitter: @emilyduganAudio from HMP North Sea Camp courtesy of Two Step Films. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Rape Crisis England & WalesNHS - Help after rape and sexual assaultCriminal Cases Review CommissionAppeal - Charity and law practice  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2128m 36s

Tim Shipman on Boris Johnson's big gamble

Boris Johnson may have appeared unassailable last week at Conservative Party conference, but could the next few months cause the prime minister more of a headache than he's expecting?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tim Shipman, chief political commentator, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, ITV, Channel 4 News, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/2127m 48s

Testosterone in women's sport: What makes an athlete?

In the UK, there is no clear consensus about how trans athletes should be included in competitive sport. Last month, a major review by the Sports Council Equality Group (SCEG) found that trans female athletes retain some competitive advantages and that inclusion cannot always coexist with fairness and safety. While the new guidance has been welcomed by some, it's also faced criticism from LGBT+ groups. But what impact has the controversy around the topic had on trans athletes themselves?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Amelia Cox, journalist at TalkSport.-Verity Smith, trans rugby player, Trans Inclusion in Sports Youth Worker, Mermaids. -Sammy Walker, trans football player and writer.-Madeleine Pape, Olympian, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne.Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: eNCA, The Guardian, ITV, CBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/2129m 35s

Nine British soldiers and the murder of Agnes Wanjiru

Nine years ago Agnes Wanjiru was found dead in a septic tank in Kenya. The young mother vanished after British troops enjoyed a debauched night out in a hotel. Now detectives want to question the soldiers who were there.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Hannah Al-Othman, news reporter, The Sunday Times-David Collins, northern editor, The Sunday Times. -Esther, Agnes Wanjiru's niece.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/2135m 17s

Prince Andrew: No way back

With allegations of sexual abuse, a dubious friendship with a convicted paedophile and a court case set to unfold in America, is it the end of the road for Prince Andrew? Should the Duke of York ever be allowed to play a public role again?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Roya Nikkhah, royal editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: 5 News, ABC Australia,BBC, CBS, Channel 5, Harpo Production, ITV News, NBC, Pitch@Palace, RNZ, Sky News, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/2130m 36s

Bonus episode: Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

Something a bit different on Stories of our times today.Today's show consists of a recording that was thought to have been lost, of an electric performance at the 2014 Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival - one of the most memorable in the festival's history - by husband and wife Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory of love poems from the poetry collection The Love Book edited by Allie Esiri.Earlier this summer, Damian rediscovered a recording of the event, which he offers here now to listeners as a tribute to his wife, who died in April this year at the age of 52.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/2145m 9s

Seventeen years: The Andrew Malkinson story (Pt 3) - Witness testimony

In episode three of this investigative series, reporter Emily Dugan visits the scene of the crime in Greater Manchester. She also meets a survivor of a different sexual assault who explains how police procedures can lead to victims - through no fault of their own - misidentifying their attackers. Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail in 2004 for rape. No forensics linked him to the scene and he’s always maintained his innocence.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Emily Dugan, reporter at The Sunday Times.You can listen to the full series in one place on The Reporter podcast feed.If you have any information that you want to share on Andy's case or remember anything from the time, you can contact Emily Dugan directly on email: emily.dugan@thesundaytimes.co.uk or by direct message on twitter: @emilyduganIf you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Rape Crisis England & WalesNHS - Help after rape and sexual assaultCriminal Cases Review CommissionAppeal - Charity and law practice  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/2127m 38s

Policing in the dock: What's wrong with the Met?

The murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has brought the force to a point of near-crisis. The government has announced an inquiry. How can the police regain women's trust?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.'Sarah Everard murder: Killer and police shared abusive messages' was first reported by Fiona Hamilton, crime editor at The Times. Guests:- Josh Glancy, special correspondent, The Sunday Times.- Shabnam Chaudhri, former Detective Superintendent, Metropolitan Police.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, Sky News, Channel 5.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/2133m 12s

Sick Money (Pt 2): How Big Pharma made a killing from the pandemic

The second of two episodes this week, taking a deep dive into the pharmaceutical industry.Big drug companies have won plaudits for their work producing Covid vaccines within a year of the start of the pandemic. How much money are they making from them? And why are vaccines for other emerging diseases not being produced?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Billy Kenber, investigations reporter, The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, National Geographic, PBS, Voice of America.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/2124m 39s

Sick Money (Pt 1): Exposing the drug companies' price gouging tactics

In the first of two episodes this week, we're taking a deep dive into the pharmaceutical industry. How much does the medication you take actually cost? What if a company came along and bought the rights to a particular drug and started charging double, triple, or even 10,000 times as much for the same drugs? Today: how a company made millions by raising the price on drugs that should have cost pennies. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Billy Kenber, investigations reporter, The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/2129m 31s

Childcare is a mess. Who will tidy it up?

The childcare sector is on its knees with nursery staff on low wages struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile parents buckle under the pressure of soaring childcare costs. And yet, the government has done little to help. Does this broken system need a complete rethink?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Rosie Kinchen, features writer, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC 2, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/2127m 48s

Seventeen years: The Andrew Malkinson story (Pt 2) - The trial

In the second part of this investigative series on Stories of our times, Emily Dugan looks back at what happened during Andy Malkinson's trial in 2004. She reveals a worrying fact about two witnesses whose testimony helped secure his conviction. Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail after a 33-year-old mother of two was raped and left for dead on a Greater Manchester roadside. But he’s always maintained his innocence.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Emily Dugan, reporter at The Sunday Times.You can listen to the full series in one place on The Reporter podcast feed.If you have any information that you want to share on Andy's case or remember anything from the time, you can contact Emily Dugan directly on email: emily.dugan@thesundaytimes.co.uk or by direct message on twitter: @emilyduganIf you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Rape Crisis England & WalesNHS - Help after rape and sexual assaultCriminal Cases Review CommissionAppeal - Charity and law practice Clips: BBC and Euronews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/2139m 54s

Britain's supply chain crisis: A new 'winter of discontent'?

It's being called a 'perfect storm'. Rocketing gas prices and a shortage of lorry drivers have combined to cause a devastating ripple of chaos for businesses and families across the country. How much of this crisis could have been avoided? And how bad could it get?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Ashley Armstrong, retail editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: 7NEWS Australia, ABC News, The Telegraph, Channel 4 News, ITN, Sky News, ITV News, BBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/2130m 54s

Cannabis psychosis: How super-powered skunk blew our minds

Cannabis is far stronger than it used to be, and psychosis rates are soaring. What's causing some cannabis users to develop mental health issues, and how can they be treated? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimesGuest: Megan Agnew, commissioning editor, The Sunday Times MagazineHost: Calum Macdonald.Clips: Howard Stern show, ITV, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/2131m 33s

The climate change radicals causing motorway mayhem

Insulate Britain has staged sit-ins on the M25 and on the roads to Heathrow and the Port of Dover. The protesters are willing to risk going to prison for the cause. Who are they? And will they succeed?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Ball, reporter for The Times.Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: BBC, ITV, ITN, LBC, Insulate Britain.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/2126m 10s

Cash for access: Prince Charles and the oligarch

Clarence House is caught up in a scandal involving a Russian banker, a group of royal fixers and a £500,000 donation that went missing. The Sunday Times has been investigating the practice of paid intermediaries taking money from wealthy donors in exchange for honours and access to the Prince of Wales. How damaging are the revelations? And what do they mean for the future king?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Correspondent, The Sunday Times. Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: BBC, Sky News, Leus Family Foundation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/2129m 5s

Seventeen years: The Andrew Malkinson story (Pt 1) - Life turned upside down

In 2004 Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail after a 33-year-old mother of two was raped and left for dead on a Greater Manchester roadside. But he’s always maintained his innocence. In the first part of this new series, award-winning investigative journalist Emily Dugan meets Andy to try to understand his story. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Emily Dugan, reporter at The Sunday Times.You can listen to the full series in one place on The Reporter podcast feed.If you have any information that you want to share on Andy's case or remember anything from the time, you can contact Emily Dugan directly on email: emily.dugan@thesundaytimes.co.uk or by direct message on twitter: @emilyduganIf you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Rape Crisis England & WalesNHS - Help after rape and sexual assaultCriminal Cases Review CommissionAppeal - Charity and law practice Clips: AP & BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/2129m 4s

AUKUS: What lies beneath the new submarine pact?

Until last week, it was one of the government's most closely guarded secrets. Only about ten people in Britain had been privy to the details.And then – out of the blue – the UK, the US and Australia unveiled a new strategic alliance. The deal promises nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, and renewed security in the Indo-Pacific region. Today we look at how the announcement has been met in Southeast Asia, where tensions over the South China Sea continue to grow.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News, The Guardian, The Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/2126m 45s

Priti Patel: Turning the tide on the migrant crisis?

In her two years as Home Secretary, Priti Patel has cultivated an image as a hardliner on immigration. Despite all her tough talk, the extent to which she's achieved anything concrete is debatable, and this summer has seen record numbers of migrants crossing the channel. With the Nationality and Borders Bill -- a radical overhaul of asylum laws -- making its way through parliament, will Patel finally get the crackdown she's been gunning for?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Matt Dathan, home affairs editor, The TimesHost: Calum Macdonald.Clips: ITV News, Sky News, Channel 4, London Business School, The Guardian, Telegraph, GB News, Channel 5.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/2128m 57s

Coming soon - Seventeen years: The Andrew Malkinson story

Award-winning journalist Emily Dugan from The Sunday Times investigates a potential miscarriage of justice, which could have cost a man nearly two decades of his life wrongfully behind bars. The new six-part investigative series begins this Friday 24th September here on Stories of our times, with each episode released every Friday.You can listen to the full series in one place on The Reporter podcast feed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/211m 28s

Trouble for Auntie: Testing times at the BBC

It's been an intense year for the BBC: budget cuts, a series of staff departures and redundancies, accusations of bias… and now, it has a hawkish new culture secretary to contend with. Plus, just around the corner, a new deal with the government over the licence fee is widely expected to shrink budgets further. How will the BBC look and sound for future generations?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Rosamund Urwin, media and technology correspondent, The Sunday Times. Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: ITV, BBC, LBC, Channel 4 News, GB News, Parliament TV, CNN, Bloomsbury Publishing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/2126m 6s

Unregistered: The schools unaccountable for child abuse

Violence and neglect are rife in unregistered schools across the UK. We explore how a legal loophole allows these establishments to operate under the radar, ignoring basic educational and safeguarding standards. With inspectors powerless to intervene, the abuse continues.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Ball, reporter for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/2129m 58s

Thinking Straight (Pt 7): The ban

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. In this final episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent turns her attention to Westminster. What's happened in the three years since the Government pledged to end the practice of conversion therapy?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: Matthew Hyndman, co-founder, Ban Conversion Therapy. Jayne Ozanne, director and founder, Ozanne Foundation; chair, Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition.Reverend Jide Macaulay, founding Pastor and CEO, House Of Rainbow.Joe Hyman, LGBTQ+ activist and conversion therapy survivor. Peter Lynas, UK director, Evangelical Alliance.Chris Csabs, co-author and co-founder, SOGICE Survivors.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.Clips: X-Out-Loud, BBC, Core Issues Trust, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/2138m 46s

Justin Trudeau: The rise and (possible) fall of Canada's PM

Last month Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau called a snap election, hoping to capitalise on support for his pandemic response. With the election just days away, and polls showing a neck and neck race, could the move become one of Canada's biggest political miscalculations?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Charlie Mitchell, Canada correspondent for The Times and Sunday Times.Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: Ruptly, CBC, Soheil Koushan, Sun News, Global News, The Canadian Press, Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/2130m 16s

The history of abortion in America

A new law restricting abortions in the state of Texas could spell the end of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which guaranteed access to abortion for women in America. Today: the legal history of abortion in the US, and the effect the new law might have.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Mary Ziegler, Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law and author of Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: ABC, AP, BBC, CBS, Channel 4 News, CNBC, CNN, Global News, KMUW, NBC, PBS, WFAA.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/2135m 0s

San Francisco and the American nightmare

Since the internet boom in the mid-90s, San Francisco has become a tech superpower, overtaking Silicon Valley. The city has more billionaires per square mile than anywhere in the US, but it also has more homeless people. Danny Fortson meets the residents of its tent cities.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Danny Fortson, West Coast correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: Calum Macdonald.Clips: CNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/09/2132m 38s

Back to life? What Covid has in store this autumn

As people return to work and school, and Covid numbers continue to rise, just how normal might this autumn be?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-Jill Treanor, City Editor, The Sunday Times.-Tom Calver, senior data journalist, The Times and The Sunday Times.Presenter: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, Channel 4 News, ITV News, Number 10.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/2131m 23s

Thinking Straight (Pt 6): Conversion and transitioning

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. Research suggests that trans people are twice as likely to have been offered some form of conversion therapy than any other group in the LGBTQ+ community.In this sixth episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent speaks to Dr Kate Nambiar: an endocrinology specialist at a gender identity clinic, as well as being a trans woman herself. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: -Dr Kate Nambiar, endocrinology specialist at a gender identity clinic.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.Clips: LBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/2134m 14s

COP26: The road to Glasgow

Next month world leaders will come together in Glasgow for COP26, the annual UN climate change conference, where the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. The summit will be just the culmination of a long process; much of the real work happens now, in the days and weeks beforehand. So, as COP26 draws closer, are negotiations as far along as they need to be?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Rachel Kyte, Dean of Fletcher School at Tufts University.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: 5 News, ABC News, BBC, CBS, Channel 4 News, DW News, euronews, On Demand News, PBS, Straits Times, The Royal Family.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/2130m 42s

Life after “Mutti”: How Angela Merkel shaped Germany and the world

After 16 years as Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel is exiting the international stage. What did the world's most powerful woman stand for, and what will her legacy be?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Oliver Moody, Berlin Correspondent for The Times and The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: euronews, Channel 4 News, BBC Newsnight, ABC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/2131m 19s

The lie The Times nearly killed (Pt 2): Publication and reaction

A hundred years ago last month, The Times published a series of articles proving the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a conspiracy theory that Jews were looking to control world governments, were a forgery.In part two, David Aaronovitch dives into The Times archive to find out what happened after the proof was made public and why the conspiracy theory never quite went away. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-Rose Wild, Times writer.-Liane MacIver, Times assistant archivist.Presenter: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/2126m 41s

The lie The Times nearly killed (Pt 1): The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

A hundred years ago last month, The Times published a series of articles proving the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a conspiracy theory that Jews were looking to control world governments, were a forgery. David Aaronovitch traces the story through The Times archive.In part one, David looks at how the newspaper first covered the story of the Protocols and how one of our correspondents stumbled upon proof of the forgery.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Rose Wild, Times writer.-Liane MacIver, Times assistant archivist.Presenter: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/2128m 10s

Thinking Straight (Pt 5): Faith and queerness

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. In this fifth episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent explores the way faith intersects with the movement to ban conversion therapy. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: -Suzi Ruffell, Stand up comedian, podcast host.-Steve Chalke, Founding minister of Oasis church.-Peter Lynas, UK director of the Evangelical Alliance. -Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2139m 22s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Bonus) - "Meet Corey Senior"

In this episode John tracks down CJ's father and talks to him about his absence from the 14-year-old's life.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 25th September, 2020.Host: John Simpson, The Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Clips: BBC, ITV, Sky News, ITN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/2139m 40s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 5) - "How do we solve this?"

On the third anniversary of CJ Davis' death John speaks to the lead investigator in the 14-year-old's murder and reviews the evidence considered in the case.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 4th September, 2020.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Clips: Link Up TV YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/2134m 58s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 4) - "The murder scene and the wall of silence"

In the latest instalment of the series, we hear from a witness who tried to save 14-year-old CJ Davis after he was shot in a suspected gang killing in east London in 2017.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 28th August, 2020.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/2132m 7s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 3) - "The gangs of Newham"

In today's episode we examine the gang culture of east London to look for clues as to what happened to the schoolboy, who was apparently caught up in this murky world.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 21st August, 2020.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Anyone concerned they may know of a child being the victim of grooming can contact the police on 101 or the NSPCC.Clips: UK Drill YouTube channel, Olympic YouTube channel, BBC Three.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/2132m 27s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 2) - "Descent into crime"

CJ Davis was shot dead and killed in east London in 2017. He was 14 years old. In this episode John explores how he was forced to leave mainstream education and attend a pupil referral unit, precipitating a fall into a criminal world.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 14th August, 2020.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Clips: UK Drill YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/2130m 27s

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

In the first of an award winning 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.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  This episode was first released on 7th August, 2020.Content warning: Description of suicidal ideation.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, and Instagram: 07535 785774, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Clips: BBC, ITV, UK Drill YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/2134m 20s

Thinking Straight (Pt 4): Undercover again

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. In this fourth episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent goes undercover again, to explore the extremely secretive practice. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: -Suzi Ruffell, stand-up comedian; host, Out with Suzi Ruffell.-Pamela Gawler-Wright, UKCP Accredited Contemporary Psychotherapist; independent consultant to the MoU on conversion therapy in the UK.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/2128m 20s

Who are the 'new' Taliban?

The window for rescuing Afghans is rapidly closing, and for many, that will mean adjusting to life under the 'new' Taliban. Diplomatic correspondent Catherine Philp first met the Taliban 20 years ago. Today: the differences between the Taliban's claims that they've become more moderate, and their actions. Plus, we profile the leadership.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Catherine Philp, diplomatic correspondent, The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: CNN, WION, NDTV, Al Jazeera, PBS, TOLO News, DW News, Sky News, NewsX.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/2132m 32s

The People's Mujahidin: Inside a secretive Iranian resistance camp

It is not marked on maps. Men with automatic weapons guard its border. Few outsiders have ever visited the heavily guarded enclave in rural Albania that is home to the People’s Mujahidin, or MEK.For its supporters, MEK is the biggest and most resilient Iranian opposition group, a government-in-waiting. Others see it as a bizarre and secretive cult led by a zealot with no chance of replacing Iran's ruthless theocracy.Sunday Times foreign correspondent Matthew Campbell goes in search of the truth – the first British journalist to be allowed inside the camp.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Matthew Campbell, foreign correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: Al Jazeera, BBC News, Channel 4 News, France 24, Fox Business, NCRI.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/2131m 34s

An American fable: The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has left office, resigning after a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. How did he go from potential president to political pariah?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Will Pavia, New York correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, CNBC, Comedy Central.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/08/2132m 12s

The deal that set the stage for a Taliban victory

Every Monday this August, we're looking back at some of the stories from the past year that have stuck with us.With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, we return to the agreement between the US and the Taliban last February that sowed the seeds for what followed. Today we revisit a prescient May 2020 conversation with Times foreign correspondent Anthony Loyd, and our August 2020 interview with Afghanistan's recently deposed president.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Anthony Loyd, foreign correspondent, The Times. - Ashraf Ghani, former president of Afghanistan, 2014-2021.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Channel 4 News, BBC, CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/2129m 5s

Thinking Straight (Pt 3): Surviving

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors’ treatment rooms. In this third episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent speaks to survivors and campaigners about the extremely secretive practice.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: Justin Beck, conversion therapy survivor.Maya, conversion therapy survivor.Matt Mahmood-Ogston, founder, Naz and Matt Foundation.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/08/2139m 54s

Drunk nation: Why do British people drink so much?

We drank our way through lockdown and now we’re back on the razz – doing what we’ve done to let our hair down since ancient times. But why is booze such an intrinsic part of British life? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Josh Glancy, special correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC News, ITV News, Sky News, Asda, C-SPAN, RT.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/2128m 20s

China, the WHO and the power grab that fuelled a pandemic

Did the World Health Organisation miss its chance to stop Covid-19? More than a year and a half into the pandemic, we're no closer to a definitive answer on the origins of the virus. In this episode, The Sunday Times Insight investigation team exposes China's ten-year campaign to seize power within the World Health Organisation, and the impact that had on the scale of the pandemic. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Jonathan Calvert, editor, Sunday Times Insight.-George Arbuthnott, deputy editor, Sunday Times Insight.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: PBS, AAP, NBC, France 24, WHO.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/2135m 38s

'The Taliban will kill me': The interpreter trying to flee Kabul

As the Taliban takes power in Afghanistan, we follow one former interpreter for American and British troops who is trying to escape the country – and speak to the retired major general trying to help his friend to safety.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:- Ahmadzai, former interpreter for British and American forces in Afghanistan.- Charlie Herbert, retired British Army major general.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, CBS, NBC, CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/08/2132m 21s

The struggle for the soul of Hong Kong

Each Monday this August, we're looking back at some of the stories from the past year that stuck with us.In June 2020, with the world's attention on the pandemic, Hong Kong’s freedoms were under threat as the Chinese government imposed a draconian new security law. Now, the city is experiencing its largest exodus since records began. We revisit our interviews with two of Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activists, and find out what they did next.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Didi Tang, Beijing correspondent, The Times.- 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 acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/2128m 21s

Thinking Straight (Pt 2): Undercover

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. In this second episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent goes undercover to explore the extremely secretive practice. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: - Suzi Ruffell, stand-up comedian; host, Out with Suzi Ruffell.- Dr Rohit Dasgupta, University of Glasgow.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.Clips: Core Issues Trust, X-OUT-LOUD Europe, 10 Downing Street.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/2133m 25s

A brief history of the climate crisis

How did we arrive at such a sophisticated understanding of climate change, and yet still end up on the edge of disaster?Today: how 165 years of science and politics led to the United Nations declaring 'code red for humanity' this week – and why the story very nearly turned out differently.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Dr Alice Bell, author of Our Biggest Experiment: A History of the Climate Crisis. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, Sky News, CNN, DW News, Al Jazeera, ABC News, ITN, Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Margaret Thatcher Foundation, WJW-TV8 Cleveland, CBS, Shell, ExxonMobil, Competitive Enterprise Institute.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2129m 41s

The law change that will treat journalists as spies

You might think the UK would be a safe place for journalists, but investigative reporters in this country can face threats, lawsuits and intimidation. And now, the Home Office is proposing changes to the Official Secrets Act that would make the climate for journalists - and their sources - even more stifling. If passed, the legislation could open them up to prosecution.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: - Sean O'Neill, chief reporter for The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: CSPAN, Sky News, CNN, BBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/2129m 49s

Life after a terror attack: How sport can help

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, police officer Kris Aves sustained life changing injuries in the Westminster Bridge terror attack.Today, he tells us how, despite no longer being able to walk, he's found renewed hope in his life through golf, using a special contraption called a Paragolfer.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Kris Aves, Metropolitan police officer.- Cae Menai-Davis, Director and Founder of The Golf Trust.Host: David Walsh, Chief sports writer at The Sunday Times.Clips: TalkSPORT, ITV and Al Jazeera.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2129m 37s

Fighting for democracy against Europe's last dictator

Each Monday this August, we're revisiting some of the stories from the past year that have stuck with us.One year ago today, Alexander Lukashenko claimed to win a sixth term as president of Belarus in an election that was widely regarded as rigged. But after 26 years of Lukashenko's presidency, many in Belarus had had enough. After the election, the country saw the biggest protests in its history, which were met with mass arrests and repression. We followed four young Belarusians caught up in history.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Aliaksandra Yushkevich, student.- Kseniya Tarasevich, journalist.- Evgeniy Ganchits, project manager.- Tanya Alipchikova, PR manager.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC News, Sky News, DW News, France 24, BBC Radio 4, Euronews, Belsat TV, Nexta, WION.Additional music: Peremen! by the band Kino.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/2125m 36s

Thinking Straight (Pt 1): Conversion

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. In this first episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent goes undercover to explore the extremely secretive practice. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.Phone: 116 123Guests: - Jayne Ozanne, director and founder, Ozanne Foundation; chair, Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition.- Dr Qazi Rahman, senior lecturer, King's College London.- Michael King, Emeritus Professor, University College London.Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.Clips: ITV News, Instagram: @xoutloudeuropeofficial, X-OUT-LOUD Europe, Core Issues Trust, BFI, BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2137m 57s

The legacy of Penrhyn Castle (Pt 3)

How has slavery shaped modern Britain? Today, the conclusion of our look beyond the grand interiors of Penrhyn Castle in North Wales, where we discover the dark history its foundations were built on.- Dr April-Louise Pennant, academic.- Gil Pennant, Happiness consultant & mediator.- Dr Marian Gwyn, heritage consultant specialising in colonial history.- Eleanor Harding, assistant curator for Wales at the National Trust.- Rhian Cahill, visitor operations and experience manager for the National Trust at Penrhyn Castle.- Meleri Davies, community developer in Bethesda.Host: Brenna Daldorph.Clips from: 'Wales and Slavery: The Untold Story', BBC Two Wales.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2136m 35s

The legacy of Penrhyn Castle (Pt 2)

How has slavery shaped modern Britain? Today, part two of our look beyond the grand interiors of Penrhyn Castle in northwest Wales, where we discover the dark history its foundations were built on.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:- Dr April-Louise Pennant, academic.- Dr Marian Gwyn, heritage consultant specialising in colonial history.- Elen Simpson, lead archivist at Bangor University.Host: Brenna Daldorph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2127m 51s

The legacy of Penrhyn Castle (Pt 1)

How has slavery shaped British history? On today's Stories of our times podcast, we look behind the grandeur and fine interiors of Penrhyn Castle, in north west Wales, to discover the dark history its foundations were built on.You may also be interested in this article from The Sunday Times: "Meet the sleuths researching their slave-trading ancestors". This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-April-Louise Pennant, Academic.-Marian Gwyn, Welsh historian.Host: Brenna Daldorph & David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2141m 35s

Coming soon: Thinking Straight

Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country, in village churches, Harley street clinics and counsellors treatment rooms.Reporter Emily Sargent goes undercover to expose a once secretive practice: this is Thinking Straight.Listen to Stories of our times Friday 6 August to hear the first episode of this seven-part series.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/211m 31s

Seafarers abandoned in the Gulf

What does it feel like to be abandoned out at sea? We go on board an oil tanker to tell the extraordinary story of those stranded on the MT Iba.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/2128m 45s

The pingdemic: The great British unlocking experiment

The so-called 'pingdemic' paralysed businesses, public services, and even the cabinet. But it was an inevitable side effect of lifting restrictions and letting the virus spread. As the world watches, will the decision to lift restrictions help or hinder business? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:- Helen Heraty, owner of the Grays Court Hotel in York.- Sabah Meddings, senior business reporter, The Sunday Times.- Ben Spencer, science editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, ZOE.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2124m 18s

GB News, free speech and a very polarised nation

Last month, amid much fanfare, GB News was born. It billed itself as a place where people could say the unsayable. But just weeks after its launch, GB News had taken one of its own presenters off air for taking the knee in solidarity with England’s black football players.In his only interview about the incident, Guto Harri takes us behind the scenes at GB News. What was it like to be cancelled by the anti "cancel culture" channel? And what does the fallout reveal about divisions in Britain today?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-Guto Harri, broadcaster.-Chris Curtis, editor-in-chief of Broadcast Magazine.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: GB News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/2128m 38s

The aftermath of the German floods

When parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany were hit by flooding earlier this month, it left a trail of devastation and over a hundred dead. As the flood waters subsided and locals dealt with the clean up operation, a blame game erupted.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Oliver Moody, Berlin correspondent for The Times and The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: DW, BBC, Phoenix, WDR, ABC, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2131m 13s

Leaving Afghanistan (Pt 2): Handing victory to the Taliban

Veteran Times war correspondent Anthony Loyd hits the road with Afghan security forces… and meets the Taliban. The second of two episodes this week looking back at 20 years of war in Afghanistan, and forward to the country’s uncertain future.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Anthony Loyd, foreign correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Manveen's August 2020 interview with the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, is available here.Clips: CNN, BBC, ABC News, Reuters, DW News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2134m 38s

Leaving Afghanistan (Pt 1): Our correspondent's diaries from the 20-year war

After 20 years of war, is the difficult truth that Nato has lost to the Taliban?The first of two episodes this week with Times war correspondent Anthony Loyd, as he looks back at Afghanistan's past – and forward to its uncertain future.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Anthony Loyd, foreign correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, Channel 4 News, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, AP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/2131m 57s

Footballers' wives: Wagatha Christie in the High Court

In 2019, Coleen Rooney, wife of former England football captain Wayne Rooney, accused Rebekah Vardy— also the wife of a prominent footballer or "Wag"— of leaking false stories about her private life. Rooney claimed to have discovered this after a “sting operation” on Instagram. Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, sued for libel. As their case is dragged through the courts, what can we learn about modern celebrity from the battle of the Wags?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:- Rebecca Twomey, showbiz and entertainment journalist.- Jonathan Ames, legal editor at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: This Morning, Loose Women, Channel 4 News, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2123m 8s

Mass shootings: This is America

2021 is on track to be America's deadliest year for gun violence in two decades. With record numbers of mass shootings across the country, is the US finally ready to confront the problem?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:- Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times.- Patricia and Manuel Oliver, Founders of Change The Ref campaign.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, MSNBC, Wired.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/2129m 27s

Police and tasers: The death of Dalian Atkinson

Five years ago, the death of an ex-footballer in the Midlands town of Telford made headlines. Last month, the officer who unlawfully killed Dalian Atkinson by tasering him to the ground and kicking him in the head, has been jailed for eight years. What does this case tell us about how police de-escalate difficult situations, particularly for those involving someone experiencing a mental health crisis?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Fiona Hamilton, Crime and security editor at The Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: Sky News, BBC, Aston Villa, Channel 4 News, TRT World, 5 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2131m 2s

An interview with Michael Wolff: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

The forty fifth president of the US, Donald Trump, will be talked about forever. Now, Michael Wolff in his new book: Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, exposes the chaos behind the scenes at the White House during President Trump's time in office. What did he learn when he sat down with him?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Michael Wolff, journalist and author of Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: LA Times, CBS News, The Guardian, NBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2129m 39s

European Super League: A busted flush?

Earlier this year football fans, politicians and royalty united against the breakaway European Super League. Today we reveal how the multibillion-pound plan was scuppered and ask: could it still be revived?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Oliver Shah, business editor at The Sunday Times. Oliver's article on the Super League can be read here. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips: talkSPORT, Sky.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/2129m 13s

Football and the state of the nation

The online racial abuse of some England players following Sunday's Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy has caused outrage across the country. What does the reaction to Sunday's result reveal about the state of our nation?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Henry Zeffman, chief political correspondent for The Times.-Henry Winter, chief football writer for The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, The Sun, GB News, Sky News, Sky Sports.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2132m 4s

Covid and freedom day: Lessons from around the world

Despite a surge in coronavirus cases, Boris Johnson is set on lifting all restrictions on what's been dubbed as 'Freedom day' next Monday in England. Today, we look at three examples: Israel, The United States and Australia, all of which have had varying success with vaccination programmes and easing lockdowns. Can we learn anything from their pandemic strategies?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Anshel Pfeffer, journalist for The Times, based in Jerusalem.-Bernard Lagan, Australia correspondent for The Times.-Will Pavia, New York correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: DW news , The Telegraph, 7news Australia, Arirang, Bloomberg.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2126m 48s

The anatomy of a global hack

Over the weekend of the 4th July, as Americans celebrated their national holiday, a group of cyber criminals were working hard. Their attack left hundreds of companies scrambling to protect themselves against what may have been the biggest global ransomware attack ever seen. How did they do it and what does it tell us about our global cyber security?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Alistair Dawber, Washington correspondent for The Times and The Sunday Times.-Emily Taylor, Oxford Information Labs CEO.-Marc Bennetts, Moscow correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Global News, France 24, CBS News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2131m 2s

Haiti: The assassination of a President

Last Wednesday a group of gunmen broke into the home of President Moïse in Haiti. Posing as American drug enforcement officials, once inside they shot the president dead. Despite arrests being made, the events are still shrouded in mystery. What does this murder mean for the future of Haiti?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Martin Fletcher, Foreign editor at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: ABC, NBC, BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2130m 56s

Inside the world of internet pickup artists

An investigation by The Sunday Times has uncovered a dangerous network of pickup artists who profess to know how to coach other men to improve their sexual prowess. How does this website operate and what does it offer its users?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Shanti Das, News and features journalist for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/2128m 1s

Gareth Southgate: It's more than just football

At times over the past few years this country has felt quite divided. But now, there's something we can all agree on: it's coming home. Who is the man changing English football?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: David Walsh, Chief sports writer at The Sunday Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV, TalkSport.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2131m 23s

The politics of hair: Why are students calling uniform policies racist?

Students at Pimlico Academy in Westminster, have used boycotts and walk-outs to express their dissatisfaction over policies about their dress code, policies which they say are racist because they discriminate against natural black hairstyles. Today, we explore the politics of hair in British schools. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Sian Griffiths, Education and Families Editor at The Sunday Times.-Emma Dabiri, writer, academic and broadcaster.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2131m 21s

Dark channel: The people smugglers and their clients

Increasing numbers of people from Iran are being sold an escape package out of Turkey and then onto the UK. Who are the men, women and children risking their lives crossing the world's busiest shipping route? And who are the people who sell them the trip?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Louise Callaghan, Middle east correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2127m 7s

South Africa: Jacob Zuma on trial

One week ago, South Africa's Constitutional Court found former President Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear at an inquiry into his alleged corruption. Who is the man behind the turmoil and what does this conviction mean for South Africa?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Jane Flanagan, Africa correspondent for The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, SABC, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2131m 29s

The new Cold War: What really happened in the Black Sea?

Two weeks ago tensions bubbled up in the Black Sea as a British warship, HMS Defender, sailed through Ukrainian waters and encountered Russian forces. What really happened during those 36 minutes? It depends on who you ask…This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry, former Royal Navy officer and former director general in the Ministry of Defence.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera English, Reuters, The Sun, Sky News Australia, TASS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/2126m 52s

Critical race theory and the war for America

It started 40 years ago as an academic movement to critique how historical racism may still be preventing people of colour in the United States from achieving true equality, now it's dividing America. What is critical race theory and why is it under attack?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Will Pavia, New York correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: Fox, PBS, NBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2126m 52s

Next slide, please: The enigmatic Chris Whitty

As the pandemic was changing all of our lives, the most private of men was forced into the pressure cooker of public life, facing increasing public harassment. Sixteen months on, how well do any of us really know the doctor charged with keeping the country safe?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Ben Spencer, science editor, The Sunday Times.-Professor David Mabey, friend and former colleague of Chris Whitty.-Professor John Ashton, former president of the Faculty of Public Health and author of 'Blinded by Corona: How the Pandemic Ruined Britain's Health and Wealth'.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC Radio 4, BBC News, ITV, Sky News, 5 News, Euronews, Royal Society of Medicine, Gresham College, Nerys And The Soul Traders on YouTube, Darren Dutton on YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2127m 27s

By-election: Welcome to Batley and Spen

Tomorrow voters in Yorkshire’s Batley and Spen constituency head to the polls for the fourth time in five years. The previously safe Labour seat is under threat and this by-election is seen as a test of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership. The Conservatives are hoping to win and could get a helping hand from former Labour MP George Galloway who is running for the Workers party and may split Labour's vote. Manveen Rana went to find out what was happening locally.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe before June 29th and save 50% on your first 6 months at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Tony Earnshaw, Democracy reporter at Yorkshire Live.-George Galloway, Workers Party for Britain candidate. -Julian Heather Liberal Democrat activist.-Nadeem Raja, general manager of the Indian Muslim Welfare Society.-Gulam maniyar, former Labour councillor.  Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News, BBC News, Joe.co.uk, ITV News, Conservative PartyThe by-election candidates are (listed alphabetically by surname):Paul Bickerdike - Christian Peoples AllianceMike Davies - Alliance For Green SocialismJayda Fransen - IndependentGeorge Galloway - Workers PartyTom Gordon - Liberal DemocratsThérèse Hirst - English DemocratsHowling Laud Hope - The Official Monster Raving Loony PartySusan Laird - Heritage PartyKim Leadbeater - Labour PartyOliver Purser - Social Democratic PartyCorey Robinson - Yorkshire PartyAndrew Smith - Rejoin EURyan Stephenson - Conservative PartyJack Thomson - UK Independence PartyJonathan Tilt - Freedom AllianceAnne Marie Waters - The For Britain Movement  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2136m 19s

The fall of Matt Hancock

It's not often that CCTV footage changes the political landscape. What does the scandal surrounding Matt Hancock tell us about the way government works? And what does his departure mean for the NHS and the pandemic? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe before June 29th and save 50% on your first 6 months at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Steven Swinford, political editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC, ITV, Sky, The Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2130m 17s

The mob boss waging a YouTube war on the Turkish government

A Turkish mob boss who's on the run, has been making unverified claims on YouTube about corruption and organised crime linked right to the top of president Erdogan's government. His tell-all videos have captivated the nation and turned him into an unlikely social media star.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe before June 29th and save 50% on your first 6 months at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Hannah Lucinda Smith, Turkey correspondent at The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/2125m 39s

The best books to read for summer 2021

From Nobel-winning greats and pacey thrillers to memoirs and historical novels, Times Radio's Stig Abell returns to the podcast for our guide to the best reads for the beach.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe before June 29th and save 50% on your first 6 months at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Books recommended in this episode:Non-fiction:1) The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illness by Suzanne O'Sullivan (hardback / audiobook)2) One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown (hardback / paperback / audiobook)3) Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West by Catherine Belton (hardback / paperback / audiobook)Fiction:1) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (hardback / audiobook)2) Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (hardback / audiobook)3) The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (hardback)Guests: -Robbie Millen, literary editor of The Times.-Andrew Holgate, literary editor of The Sunday Times.Host: Stig Abell. Clips: Baillie Gifford podcast; Suzanne O'Sullivan reading her own book on Audible; Meg Mason reading her own book at a Book People virtual event; Klara and the Sun from Faber on SoundCloud.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2126m 12s

Tough times for the Veep: Can Kamala come through?

President Joe Biden put his VP Kamala Harris in charge of stemming the tide of migrants into the United States in March - a seemingly intractable problem. Since then, many have criticised Harris for not having made a visit to the US- Mexican border, despite being in charge of its management. After mounting pressure - yesterday the Vice President announced she would go and visit personally - but is it a little too late? Today we look at the reputation of a second-in-command who came into office with the world's expectations on her shoulders.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Alistair Dawber, Washington correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: NBC, Fox News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2130m 15s

Confronting the scammers

Fraudsters make millions by exploiting a weak banking system, but who are the crooks behind it all? One of our journalists has turned the table on scammers by recording his calls with them and reporting their methods to the authorities. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Ali Hussein, Chief money reporter for The Times and The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2132m 20s

Should footballers take the knee?

They've been booed and criticised but the England team insist they'll begin tonight's match by taking the knee. A former professional footballer tells us why it matters to the players so much.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Clarke Carlisle, ex-professional footballer, pundit and mental health consultant.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2124m 21s

Back to Brexitland: Inside Britain’s most pro-Leave town

This week marks five years since Britain voted to leave the European union. Today we go back to the heart of Brexitland in Boston, Lincolnshire.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Zoe Beaty, Freelance writer for The Times and local in Boston. Her article can be found here.-Iga Paczkowska, Boston resident.-Gerry Roffey, Boston resident.Host: Asya Fouks.Clips: BBC, CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2132m 23s

Diana, Bashir, and the future of the BBC

Princess Diana's 1995 interview with BBC journalist Martin Bashir is among the most famous in broadcasting history. But last month an independent investigation found that Bashir had engaged in “deceitful behaviour” in a “serious breach” of the BBC’s guidelines. So why was Bashir rehired in 2016? And with a review of editorial policy now underway, does the scandal now threaten to engulf the whole corporation?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Rosamund Urwin, senior reporter, The Sunday Times.- Tom Bower, investigative journalist and former BBC Panorama reporter.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/2131m 52s

Foreign Aid: An end to British benevolence?

Rebel MPs have been lining up to criticise plans to reduce the foreign aid budget from 0.7% of our national income to 0.5%, a loss of £4 billion. Today we explore the impact of these cuts In Westminster and in Mozambique - one of Africa's poorest countries.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:Henry Zeffman, chief political correspondent, The Times.Andrea Wojnar, Mozambique Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC, CBS, and UNFPR.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2131m 26s

What really happened at the G7

As it was the first time world leaders have met since the pandemic began, there was a huge amount to discuss, including: vaccines, climate change and security. But how much was actually achieved at the G7 summit?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:Oliver Wright, policy editor, The Times.Lee Trewhela chief reporter, Cornwall Live. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2130m 18s

The legacy of China’s one-child policy

China has recently changed its two-child policy and is now allowing families to have up to three children legally. It's a move aimed to combat the country's plunging birth rate, but what does this major shift in policy mean for China?This episode describes the loss of a child. Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day. Phone: 116 123 Email: jo@samaritans.org.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Didi Tang, Beijing correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC, CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2134m 30s

The Tokyo Olympics: Are the games in jeopardy?

As athletes and competitors all over the world prepare to descend on Tokyo, locals don't seem to want them to come. With just weeks to go, will the Olympics happen?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia editor for The Times.-Matt Lawton, Chief sports correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: CNN, France TV sport, BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/2132m 6s

Is medicine sexist?

Is medicine sexist, and is female health suffering as a result?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:-Professor Jill B. Delston from the University of Missouri, author of 'Medical Sexism: Contraception Access, Reproductive Medicine, and Health Care'.-Hope Docherty, who suffers with endometriosis. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/2128m 59s

Is this Netanyahu's last stand?

The fifteen year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu could come to an end this Sunday if a newly formed coalition government survives a vote of confidence. What will it mean for Israel if Netanyahu loses power? And what do we know about the man and the coalition set to replace him?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, Reuters, France 24, PBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2132m 5s

Ethiopia: Terror in Tigray

After an outbreak of conflict back in November last year between the Ethiopian military and the Tigray People's Liberation Front, thousands have been killed, and millions are now displaced. Soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea are also involved and suspected of carrying out some of the most brutal violence on civilians. Now, the UN has warned of an imminent famine, which is endangering the lives of millions in the region. Despite this, the Ethiopian government rejects reports of mass atrocities as politically motivated. In today's Stories of our times podcast, we ask: what's happening in Tigray?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Support helplines:the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, on 0808 2000 247.the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year).Guest: Fred Harter, reporter for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, France 24, MSF.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2138m 41s

The ‘super-immune’ residents living in an Italian town

The small, rural Italian town of Vo' Euganeo was sealed off after recording Europe's first Covid death. But now some locals in the village have been dubbed the 'super-immunes' as their blood-tests show that they have an extraordinarily high number of antibodies which have grown rather than fallen as they've contracted the virus. What does this tell us about the fight against Covid-19?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Tom Whipple, Science editor at The Times.-Tom Kington, Rome correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2124m 50s

The third wave: Should the June unlocking go ahead?

One week from today, Boris Johnson has a big decision to make. Is it time to declare 'freedom day' on the 21st of June? Or could the government be walking into another mistake?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Henry Zeffman, chief political correspondent, The Times.- Ravi Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge and member of NERVTAG.- Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at Bristol Medical School, head of Bristol Children's Vaccine Centre and member of the JCVI.- Robert Read, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Southampton and member of the JCVI.- Christina Pagel, professor of operational research at University College London and member of Independent SAGE.- Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London and principal investigator of the ZOE Covid symptom study app.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: Times Radio, Channel 4 News, BBC, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/2129m 45s

How student drug-taking reached new highs (and lows) in lockdown

For much of the pandemic, university students have been confined to their halls for months on end. For some, drugs became a way to pass the time. But as lockdown lifts, will the rise in student drug taking have a more lasting impact?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Megan Agnew, The Sunday Times Magazine commissioning editor.-Claire, student. Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2126m 58s

Why the Wuhan lab leak theory is being taken seriously

President Biden has launched a 90-day investigation into the origins of the virus, following reports which give fresh life to the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis. Once regarded as a conspiracy theory, the idea is now being taken seriously by both American and British intelligence. So what changed?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Warren Strobel, national security reporter, Wall Street Journal.- Tom Whipple, science editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: ABC, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2130m 13s

Trash Island: The mountain of plastic blighting the Balkans

In the middle of one of the world's most beautiful rivers, the Drina, there now floats an island of rubbish – with no one taking responsibility. How did a landscape already ravaged by war become blighted by the peace that followed?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Hannah Lucinda Smith, correspondent for The Times covering Turkey and the Balkans.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2127m 21s

Millennials: Why can't they get on the housing ladder?

Living the British dream – as dozens of TV shows testify – has always meant owning your own home. But today, if you’re a millennial in a city, a dream is quite possibly what it will remain. What's stopping millennials from getting on the housing ladder?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Acting Fashion Editor, The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2126m 20s

Failures of State: The Dominic Cummings evidence

It was a day that brought Westminster to a standstill. Today the Sunday Times Insight team analyses the nearly 7 hours of evidence the former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings gave to parliament last week. And we speak to relatives of those who died of Covid-19 about the questions still left unanswered.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Jonathan Calvert, Insight editor, The Sunday Times.George Arbuthnott, deputy Insight editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: Times Radio, BBC News, DW News, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/2142m 16s

Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 6): Questions and Answers

We've been following the story of how a now disgraced financier, Lex Greensill, wormed his way into the upper echelons of David Cameron's government. Earlier this month, the two men at the heart of the affair appeared in front of parliamentary committees to answer questions about the lobbying scandal that engulfed Westminster. What did we learn?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Parliament TV, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2134m 44s

How Belarus hijacked a plane

On Sunday afternoon, a Ryanair flight to Vilnius made a sudden and dramatic landing in Minsk. In what some have described as state sponsored kidnapping, a prominent Belarusian opposition activist was marched off the plane by members of the Belarusian KGB.What role has Russia played in this extraordinary episode? And with the clamour of international condemnation, will anything really change?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Edward Lucas, Russia expert and columnist at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC News, Reuters, The Telegraph, Ruptly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2129m 19s

The secret life of Bill Gates

Since the announcement of the divorce between Bill and Melinda Gates, a fuller picture of the Microsoft billionaire’s life is emerging. What could it mean for the world's biggest private charitable foundation – and what role might Jeffrey Epstein have played in the rift?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Josh Glancy, special correspondent, The Sunday Times.Emily Glazer, business reporter, Wall Street Journal.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: CBS ABC, NBC, MSNBC, UN, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2125m 56s

The Sunday Times Rich List: How the pandemic spawned more billionaires than ever

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has identified a record-breaking 24 new billionaires this year. For many of us, it's been a bleak year with recurring lockdowns, businesses closed and workers furloughed. So how have these individuals managed to generate so much wealth, and what happens after the boom?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Robert Watts, compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2124m 32s

The Manchester Arena bombing: Four years on

It happened on the 22nd of May 2017, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb as attendees of an Ariana Grande concert were exiting the Manchester Arena, leaving 22 people dead and hundreds injured. An investigation by The Sunday Times has found that a notorious Libyan drug gang operating in Manchester may have had more to do with the attack than previously known.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David Collins, Northern editor for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC and Sky.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2133m 37s

Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 5): The Crash

We've been following the story of how a now disgraced financier, Lex Greensill, wormed his way into the upper echelons of David Cameron's government. On Monday we found out a lot more about metal magnate Sanjeev Gupta, but what happened to his empire that led to the collapse of its biggest financier Greensill Capital?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: John Collingridge, Deputy business editor at The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: GFG Alliance, Parliament TV, Sky News, BBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2134m 48s

Labour's identity crisis: Lessons from the past

The devastating results for Labour at the Hartlepool by-election have made it clearer than ever that the party is facing an existential crisis. But it's not the first time that Labour has been confused about its identity and purpose. What can Labour's past tell us about the party's future?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at Nottingham University and co-author of The Churchill Myths.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: ITV, Sky, BBC, The Daily Mail.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2131m 26s

A view from Gaza

Two-hundred Palestinians, including fifty-nine children have been killed in Israel's bombardment of the Gaza strip over the last week. Despite mounting global pressure on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the exchange of rocket fire between Israel and Hamas looks likely to continue. Today we hear one woman's story as she and her family take shelter in the same home.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Malak Mattar, Palestinian artist and student based in Gaza.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CBC, Global News, BBC, Channel 4, Anadolu Agency, Middle East Eye, Instagram: @Malak_Mattar_Artist, White House, Instagram: @Tamer.Makalda, Instagram: @theimeu, Al Jazeera English.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2137m 13s

Covid: Will the Indian variant change our roadmap back to normality?

Could the Indian Covid-19 variant pose "serious disruption" to lockdown easing and what does our response tell us about the future of our pandemic strategy?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Whipple, Science editor at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Times Radio & BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2129m 41s

Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 4): Sanjeev Gupta, man of steel

We've been following the story of how a now disgraced financier, Lex Greensill, worked his way into the upper echelons of David Cameron's government. Today we explore Greensill's collapse and how it involved their biggest client, metal magnate Sanjeev Gupta and his business empire.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: John Collingridge, Deputy business editor at The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Channel 4 News, GFG Alliance.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2133m 54s

Italy's Five Star Movement: A well executed punchline or a comedy of errors?

Italy's Five Star Movement, a political party co-founded by comedian Beppe Grillo in 2009, promised radical change by putting citizens back in control of politics. Today the party is facing problems. Will this populist force change course or will it continue with its anti-establishment agenda?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Kington, Italy correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2129m 29s

What next for Scottish independence?

Last week the Scottish National Party won a historic fourth term in government. With a commitment to hold another independence referendum – and a majority in the Scottish parliament for it – what happens next?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Kieran Andrews, Scottish political editor, The Times.- Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde.Clips from: BBC, STV, ITV, Channel 4 News, Met Office.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2131m 12s

Empire of pain: The Sacklers and the opioid crisis

Once hailed as a pain obliterating wonder drug, OxyContin helped give birth to one of the most devastating public health crises in the developed world.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker staff writer and author of Empire of Pain.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: CBS News, CNN, C-Span, France 24, Kentucky Attorney General, KSBY, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MSNBC, NBC News, Newsy, PBS, Purdue Pharma, Reuters, Tylenol, Vice, WAVY TV, WMUR TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2138m 20s

India's second wave

All across India there are scenes of devastation and desperation as the country grapples with a brutal second wave of Covid-19. What went wrong? And will this crisis have a lasting impact on the political future of Prime Minister Modi?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Amrit Dhillon, Freelance journalist for The Times.-Hugh Tomlinson, South Asia correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2137m 22s

Investigation: The prince, the palace & Putin

A Sunday Times Insight investigation reveals a royal allegedly using their position to enrich themselves. Going undercover and working with Channel 4's Dispatches, the Insight team filmed HRH Prince Michael of Kent at a business meeting in which prospective clients were told he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make representations to Vladimir Putin’s tyrannical Russian regime. The investigation calls into question the way in which members of the royal family are permitted to make money and how they get involved in British foreign affairs.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Jonathan Calvert, Editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigations team.George Arbuthnott, Deputy editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigations team.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Channel 4 Dispatches, Embassy of Russia, Reuters, BBC, Sambofias.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/2136m 17s

Northern Ireland: Who will replace first minister Arlene Foster?

Northern Ireland's first minister, DUP leader Arlene Foster, has stepped down. Who will take over the top job? And what could it mean for the future of Northern Ireland?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Henry McDonald, contributing writer, The Sunday Times. - Sam McBride, political editor, Belfast News Letter.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: BBC, Belfast Telegraph, DUP, Channel 4, Euronews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/2132m 37s

Apps changing how we date: Meet the founder of Bumble

She cofounded Tinder in her twenties, then became the target of misogynistic trolling. Now her female-friendly dating app Bumble has made her one of the world’s wealthiest women aged just 31. How has Whitney Wolfe Herd changed the way we date forever?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Jane Mulkerrins, Assistant editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2133m 45s

What does the Hartlepool by-election mean for Johnson and Starmer?

On Thursday the 6th May, voters in Hartlepool will elect the first new MP since Boris Johnson and the Conservatives’ landslide victory in 2019. With polling showing the Tories on course to win the seat from Labour - what can we learn about the national picture from this constituency in the North East?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Patrick Maguire, Red Box editor at The Times.Mhari Aurora, Red Box reporter at The Times.Host: Will Roe.Clips used: ITV & BBC.Full list of candidates standing in the Hartlepool by-election on Thursday, 6th of May:David Bettney - Social Democratic Party.The Incredible Flying Brick - The Official Monster Raving Loony Party.Hilton Dawson - The North East Party.Gemma Evans - Women's Equality Party.Rachel Featherstone - The Green Party. Adam Gaines - Independent.Andrew Hagon - Liberal Democrat.Steve Jack - Freedom Alliance. No Lockdowns. No Curfews.Chris Killick - [no description].Sam Lee - Independent.Claire Martin - Heritage Party.Jill Mortimer - Conservative Party. John Prescott - Reform UK.Thelma Walker - Independent.W. Ralph Ward-Jackson - Independent.Paul Williams - Labour Party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2128m 7s

President Biden's grand plan: The new Roosevelt?

President Joe Biden has proposed some of the most expansive and expensive economic reforms in America in recent political memory. He’s been keen to paint himself as a 21st century Franklin D. Roosevelt. How apt is that comparison? Will he pull his grand plans off?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David Charter, US Editor for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: CNBC, William J Clinton Presidential Library, CSPAN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2126m 21s

Corrupt cops and the journalists risking all in the line of duty

After a groundbreaking investigation carried out by The Times back in the 1960s, an anti-corruption police unit was set up to investigate corruption in the Metropolitan police force. How did they do it?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Julian Mounter, former Times journalist.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2135m 8s

Anatomy of a No 10 scandal

They're calling it the 'cash for cushions' scandal. How did the refurbishment of the prime minister's flat snowball out of control? And what lies ahead for Boris Johnson?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Steven Swinford, political editor at The Times.- Daniel Finkelstein, columnist at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, Sky News, ITV, AP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2130m 37s

The curious case of Sweden (revisited)

During the coronavirus pandemic, Sweden’s approach has been different to most western European nations. But a year on, how have the Swedes fared, and did their government let them walk into a second wave? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Daniel Öhman, investigative journalist at Sweden Public Radio.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Channel 4, CBS News, TODAY and Sveriges Radio.On the 16th April, 2020, Manveen spoke to the Sunday Times' Middle East correspondent Louise Callaghan about life in Sweden: Listen to that episode on the 'Curious case of Sweden'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2128m 49s

Mystery: The children who won't wake up

Hundreds of children have succumbed to a mystery illness that can keep them in a sleeplike state for years and scientists are stumped. What does it feel like to sleep for months? And how do you treat the children who just won't wake up?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Suzanne O’Sullivan, neurologist.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2132m 3s

The rise of crypto art: Power to the Beeple

In March, one digital art creation titled: "Everydays: The First 5000 Days" by artist Beeple, sold for a groundbreaking $69.3 million. What is digital art and why has it taken the world by storm?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Eddie Frankel, Art critics and art editor at Timeout.-Jane Mulkerrins, Assistant editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: AP archive, CNN, Christies.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2130m 33s

Dispatch from El Paso: Crisis at the border

President Donald Trump came to power promising to "build a wall." Throughout his term there was turmoil at the border. When Joe Biden took office, he vowed to change course and offer a more humane approach. But with record numbers of migrants crossing the border, and daily expulsions on the rise, has anything really changed?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Manveen Rana.Guest: Trisha Garcia, freelance journalist.Clips used: CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2129m 11s

David Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 3): A pay app for the NHS

The collapse of a financial company, Greensill Capital, has brought to light how former prime minister, David Cameron, had privately lobbied senior figures in government. Emails provide details of how Cameron used his contacts to partner the firm he was working for with the NHS.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Sky News, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2132m 4s

George Floyd: The Derek Chauvin trial - journey to an historic verdict

On Tuesday, the former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. What does the verdict mean for racial equality and policing in the United States?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor at Emory University.-Josh Glancy, Washington bureau chief at The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Reuters, AP, Sky News, NBC, BBC 5Live and Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2132m 14s

Jordan: A very British history and a royal family feud

Almost exactly a century ago, the state of Jordan was created with the help of the British. Now, the Hashemite Royal Family in Jordan have found themselves in the middle of a family crisis that could have major repercussions for the country's future, and for the security of the region.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:-Jassar Al-Tahat, Chief News reporter at Jordan News Daily and contributor for The Times.-James Barr, Historian and author of A line in the sand and Lords of the desert. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: The Guardian, DW News, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Movieclips Youtube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2140m 50s

Covid-19: The unlikeliest of opportunities

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused global disruption and changed so many of our lives forever. Today we look at cases in which lockdown has presented individuals with the rarest of opportunities.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Laura Thompson, Dental hygienist.-James Bloodworth, Author and journalist.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2129m 14s

The Oxfam scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo

An investigation by The Times has brought to light allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, exploitation and assault at Oxfam International's mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. What happens when people delivering aid to a country in need become part of the problem?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Sean O'Neill, Chief reporter for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Sky, ITV, CBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2131m 12s

Inside EncroChat: The criminal chat app

Last summer, a hack of EncroChat phones by police forces led to the arrest of criminals involved in gangs, drugs and weapons across Europe. Who were those swept up in one of the biggest police operations of all time and where did EnroChat come from?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David James Smith, writer for The Sunday Times Magazine.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Channel 4, DW, Euronews, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2132m 10s

Fire on the streets of Northern Ireland

Tensions have erupted in Northern Ireland once again, as leaders attempt to preserve a long-standing peace deal in the region. Twenty-three years after the Good Friday Agreement, why does peace in Northern Ireland seem so precarious and what happens next? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Henry McDonald, Author, journalist and contributor to The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Ruptly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2126m 52s

Vaccine passports and data privacy

Last week it was announced by the government that so-called vaccine passports could be rolled out across the country to help ease lockdown measures. But should we be worried about what this might lead to?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Knowles, Technology correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Times Radio, Channel 4, BBC and Parliament TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2128m 1s

Britain's race report: What went wrong?

At the end of last month, we saw the release of the Race and Ethnic disparities report, it was controversial and many called into question its integrity. Today we dissect it.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Dr Mohammad S. Razai, Clinician and academic fellow at St. George's University of London.-Simon Woolley, Baron Woolley of Woodford and director of Operation Black Vote.-Kehinde Andrews, Author of The New Age of Empire.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: The Evening Standard, ITV News, BBC News, ITV Good Morning Britain, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2136m 29s

David Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 2): Collapse and aftermath

The financier Lex Greensill enjoyed privileged access to No 10 – and dragged former PM David Cameron into a scandal.In this second instalment, we speak to one of the Sunday Times journalists who exposed the story and chart how it all unravelled.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Further reading:'David Cameron and the toxic banker Lex Greensill: the exclusive inside story', Gabriel Pogrund and John Collingridge, The Sunday Times, March 27th, 2021.'David Cameron, Jeremy Heywood, Lex Greensill and all that "free money"', Gabriel Pogrund and John Collingridge, The Sunday Times, April 4th, 2021.'Greensill: The key facts', Gabriel Pogrund, April 4th, 2021.'David Cameron spent two months browbeating Rishi Sunak’s officials', Gabriel Pogrund and Caroline Wheeler, The Sunday Times, April 11th, 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2128m 1s

Philip: The tale of the lost Prince

The longest serving royal consort has passed away after seven decades of steadfast support of our monarch. Today we take you to the moment his wife, Queen Elizabeth the second, learnt she would take over as Great Britain's Head of State. Guests:Kate Williams, royal historian.Matthew Parris, columnist for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Pathé and Thames TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2133m 35s

David Cameron and the toxic banker (Pt 1): The rise of Lex Greensill

The financier Lex Greensill enjoyed privileged access to No 10 – and dragged former PM David Cameron into a scandal.In the first of two episodes we speak to one of the Sunday Times journalists who exposed the story, charting Greensill's rise from son of Australian farmers to the ultimate insider.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. The full series - ‘Cameron and the toxic banker’ - is available to download and listen to all in one place, here.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Further reading:'David Cameron and the toxic banker Lex Greensill: the exclusive inside story', Gabriel Pogrund and John Collingridge, The Sunday Times, March 27th, 2021.'David Cameron, Jeremy Heywood, Lex Greensill and all that "free money"', Gabriel Pogrund and John Collingridge, The Sunday Times, April 4th, 2021.'Greensill: The key facts', Gabriel Pogrund, April 4th, 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2132m 20s

Free speech on campus

The government is proposing new laws that will allow academics, students or visiting speakers the power to sue universities for compensation, if they feel they've been censored or if their free speech is somehow restricted. The announcement has been controversial, but is it the best way to encourage free speech on campus?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Sian Griffiths, education editor at The Sunday Times.Stephen Ceci, professor of psychology at Cornell University.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2131m 54s

Investigation: The leaseholders hung out to dry

Not many feelings come close to the thrill of getting your foot on the property ladder after months of mortgages, solicitors and surveys. But what happens when things start to go wrong? The Sunday Times has been investigating an insurance giant, accused of issuing fraudulent inspection notes that have left leaseholders with vast repair bills.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Martina Lees, Senior property writer for The Times and The Sunday Times.-Martin Scott, Head of construction and engineering at Walker Morris Law Firm in Leeds.-Lydia Turnbull, leaseholder.-Snowden Mount, leaseholder.-Rebecca Goodson, leaseholder.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2133m 49s

Britain's overflowing cemeteries: How to solve a grave problem

There's a looming crisis in the cemeteries of Britain: many of them are running out of space. How have we got here and what can we do about it?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-John Waite, volunteer, Highgate Cemetery.-Ian Dungavell, Chief Executive, Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust.-Dr Julie Rugg, Cemetery Research Group, University of York.-Mohamed Omer, Board Member, Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery.Host: Leona Hameed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2133m 53s

Three incredible tales of scientific progress

Extraordinary scientific advances have taken place over the past year both because of Covid and despite it.Today we bring you three tales of human ingenuity you might have missed – and, for a change, nothing but good news.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: David Aaronovitch.Guests: Tom Whipple, science editor, The Times.Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer, Nasa.Dr Elena Adams, DART systems engineer, Johns Hopkins University.Further reading from The Times: 'Science is fast‑forwarding into the future', David Aaronovitch, December 2nd, 2020.'Deepmind finds biology’s ‘holy grail’ with answer to protein problem', Tom Whipple, December 1st, 2020.'More medical breakthroughs on the way thanks to BioNTech coronavirus vaccine', Tom Whipple, February 8th, 2021.'Nasa will crash rocket into asteroid to avert catastrophe', Will Pavia, April 30th, 2020.Clips used: ITV, CBC, BBC, TRT World, SpaceX.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2130m 51s

The Suez Canal: What happened when a ship got stuck?

After the Ever Given vessel was freed earlier this week, the world breathed a huge sigh of relief. But what does this incident tell us about international trade and globalisation?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent at the Sunday Times.Jill Treanor, City editor at the Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Additional reporting by Ben Spencer, the Science editor at the Sunday Times.Clips used: BBC, Anas Alhajji Twitter and the Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2127m 35s

The Covid superstitions putting people with albinism at risk

In sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism – those born without pigmentation in their skin, hair and eyes – have long been discriminated against and even hunted for their body parts, which are thought to hold magical healing powers. And during the pandemic, fear and misinformation have led some to embrace superstition over science, blaming people with albinism for the virus.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Robert Shivambu, South Africa media manager at Amnesty International.- Irene George, a woman living with albinism.- Cosmas Maduhu, lawyer and activist living with albinism.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Channel 4, ABC News, BBC, Click on Detroit, United Nations, Al Jazeera, Amnesty International.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2122m 18s

Police, protest and Priti Patel

Tensions between the police and communities across the UK are at an all time high. One woman is behind the push to increase police powers. Who is Priti Patel and what's her plan for Britain?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Matt Dathan, Home Affairs editor at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: LBC, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro.co.uk, ITV GMB, Evening Standard, Sky News, The Sun, BBC News, The Guardian.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2135m 16s

The rape culture crisis in Britain's elite private schools

Around the country, girls who have suffered in silence for years at some of England's top schools are finally speaking out about the sexual abuse they've encountered. A stream of hundreds of harrowing stories has emerged. How was this ever allowed to happen? And what can be done to stop it?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Sian Griffiths, Education and families editor at The Sunday Times.-Ben Ellery, News reporter at The Times.-Additional reporting from Isabelle Stanley.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2131m 37s

Peer pressure: Time for change in the House of Lords?

Is it time to rethink the way British democracy works and reform the upper chamber of parliament?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent for The Sunday Times.Tom Calver, Senior data journalist at The Sunday Times.Lord Salisbury, member of the House of Lords.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2138m 42s

British cycling: A doctor, drugs & a scandal

Last week the former Team GB and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman was struck off the medical register after being found guilty of ordering a banned substance “knowing or believing” it was to dope a rider in 2011.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Matt Lawton, Chief sports correspondent at The Times.Host: Will Roe.Much of the original journalism by The Sunday Times' Chief sports writer, David Walsh.Clips used: Times Radio, TalkSPORT, BBC, Eurosport, OMN, Daily Mail, Olympic YouTube Channel, IBTimes UK, Cambridge University Darwin College lecture series and ARD.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2138m 55s

Revisiting old friends after a year of Covid

This week marks a year since the Covid lockdown began. Every aspect of our daily life has been affected and more than 146,000 people have died of the virus in the UK.  In today's episode, we check in with old friends we've featured on the podcast last spring to see how their lives have changed.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Lee Solomon, co-Director of Lilie's Funeral Home.- Spencer Craig, co-founder of Pure, a food-to-go business.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2123m 23s

Dog theft: Inside the canine crime epidemic

Throughout the pandemic, demand for dogs has soared, and thieves have taken note. Dog theft has skyrocketed over the last year with criminal gangs cashing in. How are they getting away with it? And what can be done to stop them?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: -Ameila Gabaldoni, Editorial assistant at the Sunday Times.-Lucinda Jasper, daughter of Mike Jasper, whose dog was stolen.-Neil Austin, Detective superintendent and commander at Operation Opal, the national intelligence team for serious and organised theft.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2124m 17s

General Sir Nick Carter on the threats facing Britain

Yesterday the government published new plans for the future of the military. Manveen Rana speaks to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, about the changing face of war and Britain's future place in the world.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, AP, ITV, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2137m 42s

Prince William: Repairing the crown's image

Almost ten years ago, the world watched as a future king got married. Now, after a bombshell interview, things couldn't feel further removed from that day when the royal family basked in the world's positive attention. How is Prince William planning on reshaping his family's image?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Roya Nikkhah, Royal correspondent at The Sunday Times. You can read Roya's piece on Prince William here. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC News, CNN, ITV, Royal Family Channel, France 24, Sky News, CBS, NBC, Evening Standard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2130m 29s

The food critic behind Italy’s deadliest terrorist attack

Federico Umberto D’Amato, the former spy who created the country’s culinary bible, is accused of being behind the 1980 Bologna atrocity. Could this decades old mystery finally be solved?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Kington, Italy correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2127m 13s

The lost children: How school closures hit the most vulnerable kids

Last week schools in England reopened after months of shutdown due to the pandemic, but has keeping kids out of the classroom come at a social greater cost than we realise?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Shingi Mararike, news reporter at The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2126m 12s

Sarah Everard: How her vigil galvanised a movement

On Saturday night the Metropolitan Police arrested four people at a vigil for Sarah Everard. What went wrong that night? And what does it mean for the police and for women's rights?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Fiona Hamilton, crime and security editor, The Times.- Emma Yeomans, reporter, The Times.- Jack Hill, chief news photographer, The Times.- Hannah Rogers, fashion writer, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Sky News, Counterfire.org.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2129m 9s

The invisible epidemic of eating disorders in Britain

Content warning: this episode contains discussion of eating disorders and mentions of suicidal thoughts.At times during the pandemic, it's felt like diet and exercise - or at least worrying about them - has become a national obsession. But what if your weight was already an obsession? Today we speak to people struggling with eating disorders, which have been on the rise in the past year, and examine the ways these conditions are still misunderstood.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Lara, recovering from an eating disorder.- Dave Chawner, standup comedian, presenter and author of Weight Expectations.- Dr Agnes Ayton, Chair of the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Host: Manveen Rana.Resources if you or a loved one are struggling:Samaritans: call 116 123 or visit: samaritans.orgBeat, the UK's eating disorder charity: beateatingdisorders.org.uk You can also try Hub of Hope, the UK’s leading mental health support database, which helps you connect with the support services in your area: hubofhope.co.uk.Clips used: Bloomberg, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/2129m 48s

Hunting the COVID-19 variants

New variants of COVID-19 have caused spikes in infections around the world and rang alarm bells about vaccine resistance. We speak to two scientists tracking mutant strains of the virus. How are these variants discovered? And just how dangerous are they?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of reader of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimesGuests:-Sharon Peacock, Professor of public health and microbiology at The University of Cambridge and Director of the COVID 19 Genomics UK consortium.-Dr Jeffrey Barrett, Director of COVID-19 Genomics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: BBC News, UK Government, Sky News, UK Parliament, ITV News, DW News, KTLA, Bloomberg, ABC  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2131m 39s

What if bitcoin hits $1 million?

Bitcoin is surging. Last month, it surpassed $50,000 per coin, and big institutions are buying in alongside retail investors. The new frenzy has started, partially due to Elon Musk's Tesla announcing its purchase of $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin. So, why now? And what if the bitcoiners are right, and this is only the beginning? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Nic Carter, Partner at Castle Island Ventures and co-founder of Coin Metrics. Host: Asya Fouks.Clips used: CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2131m 46s

Failures of State: The origins of Covid-19 (Pt 3)

In the final part of our Failures of State series, the Sunday Times Insight team take David Aaronovitch on a hunt for answers.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Jonathan Calvert, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.- George Arbuthnott, Deputy Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Links:- Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott.- Audiobook of Failures of State.- 'Revealed: Seven year coronavirus trail from mine deaths to a Wuhan lab', The Sunday Times.Clips used: BBC, CNA, PBS, CBC, AP, South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, NBC, France 24, Chatham House, WION, 'Contagion' (2011) / Warner Bros, 'The Whistleblowers' (2007) / Carnival Films.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/2140m 10s

The fallout in Scotland: What now for the SNP?

For more than a decade Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon were the dream team that dominated Scottish politics, leading the charge for Scottish independence. But damning accusations have brought the pair into the spotlight. And with elections for Scottish parliament looming in May, what does this mean for the future of the SNP and Scottish independence?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-John Boothman, Political correspondent in Scotland for The Sunday Times.-Stephen Gethins, Former Scottish National Party MP for North East Fife.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Scottish Parliament TV and RT.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2130m 23s

Meghan and Harry v The Firm

In a bombshell world exclusive interview, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, sat down with Oprah Winfrey and talked at lengths about reasons for their departure from the Royal Family. What's the future for the couples relationship with the palace?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Valentine Low, Royal Correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: ITV Hub, Harpo Productions/CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC Australia, ABC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/2138m 40s

Failures of State: How Britain made the same mistake twice (Pt 2)

In the second of three episodes this week, the Sunday Times Insight team explains how Britain unleashed a second disastrous wave of the virus despite repeated warnings from experts.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Jonathan Calvert, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.- George Arbuthnott, Deputy Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Links:- Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott.- Audiobook of Failures of State.- ‘Rishi Sunak was the main person responsible for Covid’s second wave’, The Times.Clips used: BBC, ITV, Sky News, Euronews, Unherd, CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/2132m 39s

Failures of State: The inside story of Britain’s battle with coronavirus (Pt 1)

Last year, a Sunday Times investigation exposed failures at the top of government which may have cost thousands of lives. Now the team behind those revelations has written the first major book telling the inside story of Britain's battle with coronavirus.In the first of three episodes this week, we examine what went wrong between January and March 2020.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Jonathan Calvert, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.- George Arbuthnott, Deputy Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Links:- Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott.- Audiobook of Failures of State.- '38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster', The Sunday Times, April 19 2020.Clips used: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, CNA, The Sun, Daily Mail, Met Office, ABC News, DW News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2138m 3s

An exclusive interview with the fake heiress Anna Delvey

What happened when Laura Pullman met the newly released Anna Delvey (AKA Sorokin) for The Sunday Times? Anna is a modern day Gatsby who scammed New York’s high society and ended up in prison.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Laura Pullman, New York correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Laura's piece for The Sunday Times is available here.Clips used: ABC, Vanity Fair, EuroNews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/2134m 15s

The Spider in the Web: The Hans Globke Story (Pt 2)

Today: from Nazi bureaucrat to the architect of modern Germany. In the second episode of this two-part investigation, we look at the power Hans Globke held during the rebuilding of modern Germany and the extent to which he was protected.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Dr. Gunnar Take, historian at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.-Dr. Tim Naftali, New York University.-Prof. Klaus-Dietmar Henke, historian.-Gaby Weber, investigative journalist.-Susan Neiman, moral philosopher.-Manfred Lahnstein, former politician for the SDP in Germany. Host: Oliver Moody, the Berlin correspondent at The Times.Times' written pieces based on this podcast:Hans Globke, Hitler’s former henchman, was true architect of modern GermanyClips used: AP, ARD, The Eichmann TrialEN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2140m 20s

The Spider in the Web: The Hans Globke Story (Pt 1)

Who was Hans Globke? In part one of this two-part investigation, we meet the German lawyer in the Nazi regime who helped to lay the legal basis for the Holocaust and then came back to build the foundations of modern Germany.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Dr. Nadine Freund, historian at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.-Dr. Gunnar Take, historian at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.-Manfred Lahnstein, former politician for the SDP in Germany. Host: Oliver Moody, the Berlin correspondent at The Times.Clips used: BBC, PVT.Snafu, DailyMotion and ARD.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2133m 35s

Budget 2021: Who is Rishi Sunak?

Not many knew of Rishi Sunak until he was appointed Chancellor last year. Now a household name, today he will deliver his second budget which will be central to the government's ongoing response to the pandemic. But who is the man behind the red box?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Matt Chorley, Times Radio host.Lord Daniel Finklestein, Times columnist and member of the House of Lords.Chris Lloyd, Chief feature writer at the Northern Echo and the Darlington Stockton Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: UK Parliament, HM Treasury, Northern Echo, Rishi Sunak MP, HM Government, BBC News, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2133m 56s

Inside Britain's first gaming addiction clinic for teenagers

What would you do if your child couldn't stop gaming? Jenny Kleeman meets a teenage patient getting specialist help. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Jenny Kleeman, Times Radio host.-Dr. Henrietta Bowden Jones, Director of the National centre for gaming disorders.-Kim and Lucas, Mother and son.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2129m 17s

The blame game: What really caused the Texas blackouts?

Texas is still reeling from an unprecedented energy disaster, where unusually cold temperatures brought their power grid to a standstill earlier this month. Now, as the dust settles and the ice melts, the blame game begins.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Michael E Webber, Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas.-Chrishelle Palay and her daughters Faith and Skye, Director of HOME Coalition.-Lyle Larson, Republican Texas State Representative.-Gene Wu, Democrat Texas State Representative.-Celesté Arredondo-Peterson, Housing Justice Director at the Texas Organising Project.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CBSN, KHOU 11, AP, MSNBC, The Guardian, Today Show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/2140m 52s

Update on Shamima Begum: Bring Me Home

The Supreme Court has ruled that Shamima Begum will not be allowed to return to the UK to fight her citizenship case. Begum, who was a teenager when she left Britain to join ISIS, has been fighting a legal battle to return home from the camp in northern Syria where she's currently detained. Today we revisit the first in our five part mini-series providing background on the case. To listen to the rest of the series search 'Bring Me Home' on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.It was a chance meeting in a Syrian camp. A veteran war reporter, a young mother, and an interview that polarised a nation. Shamima Begum was just 15 years old when she and two of her school friends from Bethnal Green left Britain to join Islamic State. Five years later, with her fate still hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court will this week decide whether she can return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of her citizenship. This episode of the Stories of our Times podcast will form part of a week-long series. We'll explore: what should happen to British nationals who left to join Islamic State, and do we have a responsibility to bring them back?The rest of the Bring Me Home series:Episode 2, Life in the Camps Episode 3, Deradicalising Shamima Begu‪m‬Episode 4, Lessons from EuropeEpisode 5, A legal battle over Shamima Begum's future This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Anthony Loyd, Foreign Correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/2148m 39s

The Jessie Earl story: The family pain of an unsolved murder

Features writer for The Sunday Times Rosie Kinchen examines what it's like to live through the ordeal of losing your daughter and never getting the recognition of what exactly happened.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Rosie Kinchen, Features writer for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: ITV news, Police Scotland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2129m 33s

Investigation: One bruise and they took the baby away

If one day, you saw your newborn baby with a little bruise you couldn't explain, what would you do? Many people like Holly Kobayashi would ask a professional for advice and reassurance. Instead Holly set in motion a process which led to her son being taken away and a four-month long fight to win him back and prove that she could care for him.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Emily Dugan, Social affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times.-Holly Kobayashi, mother of Adventure. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/2131m 55s

Guns, skis and corruption: Biathlon

Three years ago, a dramatic raid at the headquarters of a popular winter sports blew open a scandal at the International Biathlon Union. The former president, Anders Besseberg, has been accused of receiving gifts in return for favours. These are charges he denies. What happens to sporting integrity when those at the top are accused of corruption?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David Walsh, Chief sports writer at The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: IBU and Euronews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2130m 54s

From conspiracy theories to Congress: The Marjorie Taylor Greene story

Who is the Congresswoman who has split the Republican party with her toxic views?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Josh Glancy, The Sunday Times Washington Bureau Chief.-Lisa Hagen, WABE Radio reporter.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Vice, AP, 11Alive, Stop the Steal, WABE, Bloomberg, CGTN,  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/2132m 3s

How China uses LinkedIn to steal state secrets

The Times has uncovered that spies are creating fake business profiles on the professional networking site so that they can identify targets and obtain classified information. Under fake profiles, agents offer money and lucrative business opportunities in exchange for sensitive information. What does this tell us about how China operates?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Fiona Hamilton, Crime and security editor at The Times.-Isabel Hilton OBE, Broadcast journalist and long term China watcher.-Philip Ingram, Former senior British intelligence officer.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/2130m 12s

Past Imperfect: Nadiya Hussain

In this special bonus edition we are bringing you an episode from another Times podcast - Past Imperfect.Nadiya Hussain MBE rose to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off back in 2015. She talks to Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson about the way her life has changed since then and how the abuse that she faced as a child inspired her to be a force for change.Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/pastimperfectSamaritans: www.samaritans.orgBlueprint for All: www.blueprintforall.orgThe Survivors Trust: www.thesurvivorstrust.org  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/2149m 54s

It's a Sin: Should gay roles be reserved for gay actors?

Before Channel 4's hit series It's Sin was broadcast, writer Russell T Davies made headlines for his comments on how the show was cast. Should LGBTQ+ roles only be played by those with a lived experience? Or is that in itself, a form of discrimination?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Alex Roberts, actor.-Lucinda Syson, casting director.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips Used: Channel 4, BBC3, Oscars YouTube channel, Columbia Pictures, Sky News Australia, TRT World, ITV Loose Women.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2127m 13s

How Russia's vaccine disinformation war backfired

In October, a Stories of our times investigation blew the lid off a Russian disinformation campaign, which had aimed to stoke fears about the Oxford vaccine.Now Russia has its own vaccine, Sputnik, which is highly effective but still isn't most countries' first choice. Has the Kremlin shot itself in the foot, and become Sputnik’s own worst enemy?We revisit our investigation and check in with our Moscow correspondent for an update.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Marc Bennetts, Moscow correspondent for The Times and The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, CNBC, CNN, Times Radio, Comedy Central.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/2133m 15s

A lockdown exit strategy: Lessons from Israel and Australia

On Monday the prime minister will unveil a roadmap for how we exit lockdown. Today we look to two countries which might show us a glimpse of the future: Australia and Israel.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Tom Whipple, Science editor at The Times.-Bernard Lagan, Australia correspondent at The Times.-Anshel Pfeffer, Freelance journalist for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/2126m 48s

Post-Brexit Britain 2021: Who do we think we are?

It's been over a year since the UK officially left the EU on the 31st of January 2020 in a vote which was fuelled by decades of British Euroscepticism. With terms like 'remainer' and 'Brexiteer' now holding less significance, what are the new identities which have emerged for all of us?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: -Tanja Borzel, Professor of political science at The Free University of Berlin-Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/2130m 55s

Afghanistan's road to peace: Murder in Kabul

Last month, a team of assassins shot and killed two of Afghanistan’s most eminent women. The murder of the two Supreme Court judges is part of an assassination campaign targeting Kabul’s intellectual and social elite. Yet even as violence surges across the country, peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue in Doha. What does the future hold for the nation?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Anthony Loyd, War correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/2136m 17s

The strange case of the spy in the bag: Is it time for a review?

A decade after an MI6 agent was found dead in a North Face holdall, the detective who led the inquiry wants a forensic case review.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David Collins, Northern Editor for The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: BBC Wales and Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/2133m 40s

Inside Porton Down: Britain’s top secret laboratory

What goes on inside one of the most secure, secretive and at times controversial British institutions? The Times is the first newspaper to be allowed into some of the most secure laboratories at Porton Down.Plus: an exclusive interview with defence secretary Ben Wallace, who warns of a growing threat of chemical and biological attacks.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Larisa Brown, defence editor at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Times stories mentioned in this episode:Inside Porton Down, Britain’s biological threats laboratory: anthrax in the fridge and vials of plagueFake finger will test how long coronavirus can surviveGrowing risk of attacks as world order crumblesClips used: BBC, ITV News, ITN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/2128m 53s

Civil disobedience and the future of Myanmar's democracy

Protesters in Myanmar are demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi who was arrested when the military seized power. How did this country become unstable so quickly and what's next for Myanmar's pro-democracy movement?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia editor at The Times.Wai Wai Nu, Executive director of the Women's Peace Network in Myanmar.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: BBC, AP Archive, Myanmar Now, The Guardian.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/2132m 59s

The second impeachment: Trump on trial again

Today the Senate trial begins: Donald Trump is charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’ over the Capitol riot. After four controversial years in power, the former President's ability to hold office again now hangs in the balance. What should we expect from the trial of the first US president to be impeached twice and where does it leave the Republican party?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -David Charter, U.S. editor at The Times.-Sarah Baxter, Sunday Times American Diary writer.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: C-Span, Bloomberg, NBC, Fox News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/2131m 40s

GameStop: A very modern fable

The inside story of how the WallStreetBets forum on Reddit took on Wall Street, sending shares in the struggling retailer GameStop skyrocketing… until they crashed back to earth.Content warning: strong language and mentions of suicide.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Caitlin McCabe, financial markets and retail trading reporter for the Wall Street Journal.Richard Fletcher, business editor, The Times.Simon Dixon, co-founder of Banktothefuture.com and an investment banker.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: WSJ, CNBC, CBS, Sky News, CNN, Bloomberg, Twitter, YouTube, Hollywood Life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/2127m 57s

Brain trauma: The issue rugby can no longer ignore

As the annual Six Nations tournament gets underway this weekend, recent high profile lawsuits filed against rugby union’s governing bodies from ex-professionals have cast a shadow over the game. Is the sport facing a criss that could see parents stop their children from playing it?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Owen Slot, The Times' chief rugby correspondent.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Channel 5, Times Radio, WIDV, Guinness Six Nations YouTube, BBC Radio 4.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/2128m 55s

How Brussels bungled the vaccine

Two weeks ago AstraZeneca shocked the EU by cutting its vaccine delivery by 60%. What went wrong, and why? And could the high drama that followed have a lasting political impact?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Peter Conradi, Europe editor, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Times Radio, BBC News, ITV News, Sky News, LBC, DW News, Al Jazeera, Euronews, CBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, AFP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/2129m 37s

India: The farmers v the government

For months, protesters have been camping out on the outskirts of Delhi, demanding the repeal of a set of agricultural laws. Last week, as India tried to celebrate its Republic Day, violence erupted between the protesting farmers and police. At least one protestor lost his life. Negotiations between the farmers and the government are at a standstill. Now what? Who will win?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Hugh Tomlinson, South Asia correspondent at The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used : BBC, Voice of America, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, PIB, Economic Times, NYOOOZ TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/2130m 9s

What's behind the movement to #FreeBritney?

Britney Spears’s private life has been on show ever since she emerged on the music scene back in the late ’90s. In recent years she's been hitting headlines for other reasons, with new questions arising about her conservatorship which she's been under since 2008. Worried fans have launched the #FreeBritney campaign, but is their continued concern unwarranted? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Jen Zaborowski. host of We Need to Talk About Britney podcast.Zoe Brennan-Krohn, Staff attorney with the ACLU's Disability Rights project.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Page Six, Britney: For the Record, Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show, 5 News, CBS LA News, AP, 2016 Billboard Awards, ABC, ET, NBC, CNN, Britney’s Gram Podcast, Channel 4 News, ITV, Hollywood TV.Instagram: Britney Spears.Youtube: Jake Thompson.Tiktok accounts: tythecrazyguy, thenailaddict, gabytropp, matthewlitty.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/2133m 5s

Love and lockdown: The spike in divorces and breakups

The coronavirus pandemic is keeping us all at home and many of us have been taking a long, hard look at our closest and most intimate relationships - and deciding to call it quits. What's causing all the break ups? And with the end of lockdown far from sight are more relationships doomed?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Katie Glass, Feature writer, columnist and freelance journalist.-Emma Kenny, Psychologist and broadcaster.-Lucy Gould, Senior associate at Stewarts.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/2124m 21s

Universal Credit, Free School Meals and a history of Tory welfare

As the government wrestles with how best to help those in need during the pandemic, it's brought to the surface many of the historical divisions within the Conservative party. After years of austerity and cuts, they're now the party offering financial support to millions. But how long are they prepared to do so?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Esther Webber, The Times's Red Box reporter.Tim Bale, Professor of politics at Queen Mary's University of London.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips from: Euronews, BBC, Telegraph, UK Parliament, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/2134m 18s

When Decca Met... Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, is a conservative superstar of the culture wars. Known for his confidence in debates, Decca Aitkenhead meets him a changed man. Worshipped by many for his self-help scriptures, Peterson has spent the past year battling drug rehab, suicidal thoughts and Covid-19.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Decca Aitkenhead, Chief interviewer for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC News, The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast, CBC, Channel 4, Truthspeak, GQ.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/2138m 47s

A TikTok conspiracy theory: Helen Keller is a fraud?

A bizarre conspiracy theory on the social media platform TikTok is uncovered after a Twitter thread goes viral. What does this say about how misinformation spreads online? What are the unintended consequences? And are generations further apart than ever before?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Daniel Kunka, a screenwriter in Los Angeles.Seren Morris, freelance journalist.Pat Palmer, a former primary school teacher.Elizabeth MacLeod, an author on Helen Keller.TikTokker Keith Runk.Host: Will Roe.Clips used: Krunk19 TikTok, LucyEdwardsblind TikTok, Helen Keller YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/2139m 31s

Empireland: How imperialism shaped modern Britain

In his latest book, Empireland, Times writer Sathnam Sanghera attempts to expose what he sees as a blind spot in our understanding of history: the details and impact of the British Empire. Is there a reason Britain has struggled to face its colonial past?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain and writer for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/2132m 33s

Amanda Knox: Is our obsession with true crime unhealthy?

In a special series for the Sunday Times, writer Rosie Kinchen examines what's behind our true crime obsession. Kinchen makes contact with Amanda Knox - someone affected by this - and finds out Knox recently campaigned for the release of a German national - who Knox believes was wrongfully convicted of murder in the Unites States in 1990, in a story that has echoes of her own. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Rosie Kinchen, features writer at the Sunday Times.Amanda Knox, journalist and podcaster.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: iHeartRadio, Sundance TV and Sundance Now, ABC, ITN, CBS, Sky News, Channel 4, WSLS 10, Phoenix YouTube.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/2129m 44s

Is this the end of QAnon?

Conspiracies spread fast on anonymous platforms like 4chan. QAnon's evolution on the site is fuelled by unfounded theories which suggest that President Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshipping paedophiles who hold some of the highest positions in the country. Now that Donald Trump is no longer in office, what happens to those who believed in QAnon's ideas? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Jared Holt, Visiting research fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research lab.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CBS, CNN, Fox 5 New York, ABC, NBC, CNBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/2131m 21s

The Arab Spring ten years on: Egypt

For Egypt, the Arab Spring was just the start. Ten years ago, protests erupted in Tahrir Square that would force the president from power and kick off a decade of political transformation. We speak to the editor of the country's last major opposition media about how these events changed history and shaped her life.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Lina Attalah, founder and editor of Mada Masr.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: ABC News, CNN, Sky News, France 24, Democracy Now!, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/2127m 45s

The mysterious disappearance of Chinese billionaire Jack Ma

Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has emerged into the public for the first time since disappearing in October last year. Growing scrutiny of his business plans has fuelled speculation that his absence is part of a broader crackdown by the Chinese government. Where has he been? And what does his disappearance mean for the future of Chinese business? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Philip Sherwell, Asia correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: CBC, ABC, CNBC, World Economic Forum, Alibaba Group, CBS, ITV, Financial Times, CNA Insider.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2126m 50s

Inauguration Day: Two presidents, two speeches, and an uncivil war

Some 25,000 troops stood guard during the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The high levels of security was just one sign that the country is facing great challenges domestically. What does the mood in Washington tell us about the future of the United States under new leadership?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Sarah Baxter, Former Sunday Times deputy editor and author of the American Diary in The Sunday Times.John Pienaar, Drive presenter, Times Radio.Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/2136m 52s

The Vaccine: What if the virus mutates again?

Some scientists worry that a new vaccine-resistant strain of the virus could emerge. We speak to virologists about concerns that the UK's vaccine strategy could make an 'escape mutant' more likely. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: - Rhys Blakely, science correspondent, The Times.- Paul Bieniasz, professor of virology, The Rockefeller University. - Deenan Pillay, professor of virology, University College London.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: PBS, 10 Downing Street YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/2127m 50s

Alaska and Trump: Drilling for oil in a wildlife refuge

While attention was pointed towards the storming of the Capitol, over four thousand miles away in north-eastern Alaska, an auction was held to sell the right to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska sits above billions of barrels of oil, but it's also a haven to an array of species and wildlife. What lies behind this controversial decision to allow drilling to go forward? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Amy Martin - Reporter and founder of the 'Threshold' podcast.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/2129m 21s

Impeachment: Lessons from the past

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for inciting a mob that stormed the capitol building - making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice. With a Senate trial looming, and inauguration just days away, what happens next? We look at the past and into the history of impeachment for clues.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Mark K. Updegrove, presidential historian and author.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: The Globe and The Mail, NBC, CBS, WFAA, MSNBC, Washington Post.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/2129m 0s

The Vaccine: When will we all get it?

One of the GPs on the frontline of the UK's vaccination efforts, and the Times science correspondent, on the bottlenecks and obstacles that are holding things up.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Rhys Blakely, science correspondent, The Times. Dr Amir Khan, a GP in Bradford. Host: Manveen Rana. Links:When will I get the Covid vaccine? Find your place on the UK’s priority list (The Times)Clips: BBC, ITV, Sky News, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2128m 15s

The Arab Spring ten years on: Tunisia

In late 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire, sparking waves of anti-government protests. Within weeks, the Tunisian president had fled the country, and protests rippled across the Middle East leading to riots, civil unrest and insurgencies. A decade later, we reflect on how the uprisings have reshaped the Arab world—starting in Tunisia, the place where it all began. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Layli Foroudi, freelance journalist and contributor to The Times.Zied Bouazizi, cousin of the street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi.Clips used: Nawaat, CNN, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2122m 56s

Intersex surgeries: Consent, shame and a lifetime of secrets

Should surgery to alter the reproductive organs of children who are born intersex be stopped?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Faye Kirkland - investigative journalist and a GP.Sara Gillingham - A woman born with intersex traits.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/2129m 55s

Could the NHS be overwhelmed in two weeks?

Is the NHS just weeks from the toughest moment in its history?Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has said the next few weeks will be the worst of the pandemic, and the mayor of London declared a major incident in the city on Friday. Today we speak to doctors on the frontline. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Kat Lay, health editor, The Times.Dr Pushpo Babul Hossain, junior doctor in South London.Dr Christine Watson, intensive care consultant, Nottingham University Hospitals.Dr Adrian Boyle, consultant emergency physician and vice president, Royal College of Emergency Medicine.An anonymous respiratory consultant in South London.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips Used: Sky, BBC, NBC, CBS, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/2131m 30s

Brex and the City

After a turbulent year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally reached a post-Brexit Trade Deal with Brussels. But the UK's exit from the EU customs Union and single market has left financial sector businesses working out what it all means for them.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Oliver Wright - Policy editor at The Times.Jill Treanor - City editor at The Sunday Times.Alasdair Haynes- Founder & Chief Executive of Acquis Exchange.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Sky News, The Sun.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/2130m 19s

Capitol riot: The violent death throes of the Trump presidency

They were scenes that shocked the world: hundreds of supporters of the outgoing president storming into the country's seat of power. On the day expected to be dominated by political shenanigans, it was the actions of the mob that took over. What now for the 'world's leading democracy'?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: David Charter, US editor for The Times. With special reporting from the capital from Laura Pullman, New York correspondent for The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: ABC, NBC, ITV, The Hill, PBS, C-Span.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/2133m 40s

Facial recognition technology: A privacy nightmare?

Facial recognition technology is in the spotlight as the surveillance watchdog raises privacy concerns over its use by police forces. Are these new technologies making the country safer, or creating a new privacy nightmare?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Fiona Hamilton, crime and security editor, The Times.Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2125m 43s

Concussion in sport: Why is boxing still allowed?

With safety protocols in elite sport back under the spotlight due to recent high profile cases in rugby and football, the Times' Chief Sports Writer, Matt Dickinson, did some soul searching around one of the most brutal of all sports he covers: boxing. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Matt Dickinson - The Times' chief sports writer.Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: Sky Sports Boxing, BBC Sounds, SamuraiLifeTV YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/2128m 20s

The psychological effects of a world without touch

The British are not known as tactile people, a firm handshake will do while our continental neighbours embrace with hugs and kisses, but is that really the whole picture? And what has the lockdown induced separation done for our sense of touch and its importance in our lives? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Helen Rumbelow, Times feature writer and columnist.Katerina Fotopoulou, Professor in Psychodynamic Neuroscience University College London.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/01/2127m 55s

The truth behind Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's imprisonment in Iran

Could an unpaid British debt be the reason Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Iran for the past five years?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Richard Ratcliffe, Nazanin's husband.Catherine Philp, diplomatic correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, AP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/2127m 20s

Times cartoonist Peter Brookes: A life in ink

Cartoonist Peter Brookes looks back on some of the more memorable images of his almost 30 years at The Times, and walks us through his creative process.Click here to see the cartoons discussed in this episode.Guest: Peter Brookes, Times cartoonist.Host: Manveen Rana.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Clips used: AP, BBC, CGTN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/2027m 57s

2020: An extraordinary year in Westminster

All this week we look back at the biggest stories of the last twelve months. Today: We ask Matt Chorley and Esther Webber to assess the standout moments from the most eventful political year in living memory.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Matt Chorley, writer and broadcaster for The Times. Esther Webber, Red Box reporter for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Guardian News online, The Sun online, BBC News, ITV, STV, SIXTY Minutes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/2036m 11s

2020: The year that changed everything in the USA

2020 has been quite the year for all of us, but it has been especially tumultuous in the United States. From the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter movement to the election, the year has been full of emotionally charged moments. Our journalists have been on the ground for every twist and turn.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Laura Pullman, New York Correspondent for The Sunday Times.Henry Zeffman, Washington Correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/12/2037m 19s

Tom Whipple’s year in Covid: from Wuhan to lockdown to vaccine

All this week we look back at the biggest stories of the year. Today: Coronavirus. How should we separate the science from the conspiracy theories? What have we actually learnt about the virus? And is there now light at the end of the tunnel?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest:Tom Whipple, Science Editor for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News, Talkradio, France 24, Euronews, BBC, ITV, CNA, CNA2.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/2032m 15s

In a Covid year, why sport matters

Former table tennis player, Matthew Syed, visits a club in Brighton which gets funding from Sported, one of the charities the Times and Sunday Times is raising money for in its Christmas Appeal.This episode is in support of Sported, one of three charities backed by The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Matthew Syed, Times and Sunday Times' columnist.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: CNN, Sky Sports News, ABC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2023m 52s

Wrapped up in books: What to read this Christmas

David Aaronovitch sits down with Times Radio breakfast show host Stig Abell to share some of their most cherished festive page turners.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Stig Abell - Times Radio Breakfast show host, Sunday Times columnist.With book recommendations from:John Witherow - Editor, The Times.Emma Tucker - Editor, Sunday Times.Andrew Holgate - Literary Editor, Sunday Times.Matt Dickinson - Chief Sports Writer, The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch. The books:David: Selling Hitler - Robert HarrisOut of Pure Rage - Jeff DyerStig:Things I Learned on the 6.28: A Guide to Daily Reading - Stig AbellSummer of 1927 - Bill BrysonA Distant Mirror - Barbara TuchmanMatt Dickinson:Moth and the Mountain - Ed CaesarEmma Tucker:The Motion of the Body Through Space - Lionel ShriverAndrew Holgate:English Pastoral - James RebanksJohn Witherow:JFK: Volume 1: 1917-1956 - Frederik Logevall  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/2034m 40s

Times Investigation: The tax enforcers chasing penniless families

An investigation by the Times has found that HMRC, the UK’s authority responsible for the collection of taxes used private debt collection companies and letters accusing people left penniless by the pandemic of deliberately avoiding their tax bills.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations at the Times.Richard Hull, a self-employed carpenter.Kirsty Howe, Director of The Firm.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/2033m 57s

The true price of gold: Inside Ghana's illegal mines

A Sunday Times investigation reveals a shady supply chain stretching from west Africa’s hazardous gold mines through Dubai and on to Europe. Who are the people who work on the illegal mines and what can we do as consumers to ensure we buy ethical gold?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Louise Callaghan, Middle East correspondent for The Sunday Times.Desmond Akudbilla, freelance journalist.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/2027m 21s

Festive Wines: What to drink this Christmas

With a week to go before Christmas, Stories of our times hosts Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch are joined by journalist and wine expert Jane Macquitty, to guide you through five of the best festive wine pairings for Christmas day. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Jane Macquitty, The Times and The Sunday Times Journalist and wine critic. Hosts: Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch.The wines:ChampagneWaitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut ChampagneWhite2018 Domaine Henri Bourgeois Cuvée Le Prieuré des Hublots SauvignonRed for goose and game2017 Villa Antinori RedRed for turkey2017 Brazin Old Vine ZinfandelPortKopke Reserve Tawny Port  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/2034m 42s

Europe's worst shipwreck: What happened to the MS Estonia?

The MS Estonia sank into the icy Baltic Sea in 1994, descending alongside the evidence of what happened that fateful night where 852 people died. Nearly twenty-six years later the shipwreck still sits on a shallow sea bed and new evidence has raised questions about what caused it to go down. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Paul Barney - A Briton who was on board the MS Estonia when it capsized and sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994.- Henrik Evertsson - Documentary filmmaker and journalist prosecuted for investigating the sinking of the MS Estonia.- Matthew Campbell - Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times, was working in Moscow when the MS Estonia sank.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: discovery+. You can watch the full series of Estonia. It is available now on discovery+.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/2029m 17s

USA: Will Trump pardon himself?

During four years in office, President Donald Trump has already handed out a number of controversial pardons to friends and allies, but are there more to come? And what is the intended use of the pardon power?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Michael Gerhardt, professor of Constitutional law at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/2032m 39s

Who’s afraid of a vaccine?

As Britain becomes the first country to embark on a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme, Stories of our times have been given exclusive access to new polling showing just how difficult that task might be for the government. We hear from those who carried out the research about why more than a quarter of the UK’s population are 'vaccine hesitant', while 12% simply will not be vaccinated at all. Meanwhile, an expert on vaccine communication strategies explains what more can be done to tackle the misinformation that’s driving so many people to consider avoiding the coronavirus vaccine. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:-Dr Phillip Lee, a GP who is also a former Conservative MP who defected to the Lib Dems over Brexit.-Thomas Borwick helped to run the Vote Leave campaign and set up get your jabs.com.-Heidi Larson, Professor of anthropology at London school of hygiene and tropical medicine. Professor Larson also founded The Vaccine Confidence Project to help fight global anti-vaccination information.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/2034m 25s

Insight Investigation: The cost of a second late lockdown

Cameron Wellington, a teenager from Walsall, died on November 19th after catching coronavirus. He left a devastated family behind, but could lives like his have been saved if the UK’s second national lockdown had taken place earlier? The Sunday Times Insight team have published a major investigation into the government’s handling of the second wave, and the false dichotomy between saving the economy and saving lives. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Read the Insight team's investigation here.Guests:Jane and Norman Wellington, parents of Cameron Wellington.George Arbuthnott, Deputy Editor, Sunday Times Insight. Jonathan Calvert, Editor, Sunday Times Insight. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/2040m 17s

The rise and fall of Sir Philip Green

After Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group filed for administration last week we trace the rise and fall of the former 'king of the high street'. Is this the final nail in the coffin of his retail empire? The Sunday Times’s business editor Oliver Shah, a man who’s written the book when it comes to Sir Philip, shares the stories of his working relationship and what went wrong for the tycoon.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Oliver Shah, Sunday Times business editor.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: BBC, Iconic, Sky News, New York Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/2030m 32s

Ampleforth: A British public school and a scandal

The leading Catholic school Ampleforth College has been temporarily banned by the government from taking on new pupils because of safety concerns. The boarding school is challenging a poor Ofsted report but the government said it was too slow in making improvements highlighted by repeated inspections dating back to March 2018. How did the school get here and what will happen now?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Sian Griffiths, Education and families editor for The Sunday Times.A30, a former pupil at Ampleforth.Robin Dyer, Headmaster of Ampleforth College.Host: David Aaronovitch.Links to useful charities:Rape Crisis for England and Wales, NSPCC, Safeline, The Survivors Trust.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/2034m 50s

Where are all the gay footballers?

All this week, rainbow coloured bootlaces and armbands are being worn by football players nationwide. This is to mark the Premier League's annual 'rainbow laces' campaign in support of the LGBT+ community. As well as being a celebration of inclusion, the campaign serves as a reminder of the absence of openly gay professional male footballers in the sport. Why is this still the case?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Rebecca is a sports reporter and feature writer for the Times and Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Football Daily, Kick It Out, BBC Three, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/2032m 31s

The Impenetrable Forest: The murder of a silverback gorilla

In June, the charismatic leader of the Nkuringo gorilla group was killed by a poacher. The incident shocked the conservation community and caused an international outcry. How has the death of Rafiki affected the human and gorilla communities in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? And is the pandemic responsible for a rise in poaching?This episode is in support of Tusk, one of three charities backed by The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Jane Flanagan, Africa correspondent for The Times.Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, wildlife vet and founder and CEO of Conservation for Public Health.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Tusk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/2030m 53s

Did pollution kill Ella?

Today, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah will speak at a High Court inquest into the death of her daughter Ella who died following an asthma attack in 2013. She believes it was the high levels of pollution that caused her daughters death. If the coroner rules that air pollution directly caused Ella's death, she would become the first person in the UK and possibly the world to have that listed on her death certificate.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.You can read more about The Times clean air campaign here.Guests: Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Ella’s mother.Ben Webster, Times Environment editor.Charlie Parker, Times trainee reporter.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/2028m 6s

The assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist

When news broke of the assassination of the head of Iran’s nuclear programme the details suggested an operation straight out of an action film. The Iranian government’s story however was very different and involved remote controlled weapons. Yet, the question remained: who was behind the operation and what does it mean for Middle Eastern politics?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Anshel Pfeffer, Times Israel correspondent.Holly Dagres, non-resident fellow at the Washington based think tank, the Atlantic council. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, Channel 4, CNN, France 24, MSNBC, Sky.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/2028m 9s

What are the options for a Covid Christmas?

This week the UK approved its first coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. With the end now clearly in sight, does the government's current plan for a relaxation of restrictions over Christmas still make sense?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Stephen Reicher, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St Andrews. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Times Radio, BBC Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2021m 24s

Changing gender: A landmark judgement in the Keira Bell case

Yesterday at the High Court, a judgement was passed that could have major implications for the treatment of children at gender identity clinics.We speak to two people with very different perspectives: Keira Bell, the 23-year-old who detransitioned and is at the centre of the case; and the mother of a young transgender man, who thinks the court made the wrong decision.Guests:Sian Griffiths, education and families editor, The Sunday Times.Keira Bell, one of the people at the centre of the High Court decision.Jo, the parent of a young transgender man who was also treated at the Tavistock clinic. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky News.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/2032m 55s

Marcus Rashford and Sir Alex Ferguson tackle the hunger game

In Britain, about 2.4 million children live in families who cannot afford all the food they need. During the pandemic, up to 8.1 million Britons have struggled to pay for food. Manchester United’s star striker Marcus Rashford and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson credit their tough upbringings with inspiring them to fight childhood poverty. Rashford and Sir Alex have joined forces to support The Times Christmas Appeal which is raising money for the charity FareShare. We speak with two Times journalists who interviewed the football icons.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Alice Thomson, columnist and interviewer for The Times.Rachel Sylvester, columnist and interviewer for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: ITV, BBC Three, GMB, Manchester United, England.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/2027m 54s

Covid and accusations of cronyism

Transparency rules have been cast aside by ministers in their coronavirus panic. The result? Privileged access for friendly lobbyists and £1.5bn of contracts to Conservative-linked companies. We speak to the Sunday Times journalist who exposed much of it, and a lawyer bringing a case against the government.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Gabriel Pogrund, Sunday Times Whitehall correspondent.Jo Maugham QC, Director of the Good Law Project.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/2031m 40s

Bring Me Home: (Pt 5) A legal battle over Shamima Begum's future

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether Shamima Begum should be allowed to come back to Britain to fight for her citizenship. It's a legal battle that could have enormous consequences for her future and her family.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Mohammed Akunjee, solicitor for family of Shamima Begum.Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling; Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.Anthony Loyd, Foreign Correspondent, The Times.  Fiona Hamilton, Crime and Security Editor, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: The Supreme Court.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/2029m 18s

Bring Me Home: (Pt 4) Lessons from Europe

The UK is not alone in having to decide what to do with its citizens stuck in Syrian camps and Iraqi prisons. Thousands of European nationals travelled to the Middle East to take part in the conflict that has torn the region apart. How is the rest of Europe coping with the problem? Are they bringing foreign fighters back? And what do they do with them if they do return?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Arthur Snell, former head of the Foreign Office counter radicalisation programme  Thomas Schmidinger, University of Vienna Political Scientist and Cultural AnthropologistPeter Conradi, The Sunday Times Europe editor. Dr Neda Richards, counterterrorism psychologist. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, CBC, PBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2033m 1s

Bring Me Home: (Pt 3) Deradicalising Shamima Begum

Supreme Court judges are now deliberating on whether Begum should be allowed back to Britain to fight for her citizenship. But would happen if she did return? How does deradicalisation work and when can it go wrong?All this week, Stories of our Times brings you a special series on Shamima Begum, and her fight to come home to Britain.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Tania Joya, former jihadist, former wife of senior Islamic State leader. Usama Hasan, research consultant, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Christopher Dean, psychologist; Senior Fellow, Global Centre for Cooperative Security.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/2038m 21s

Bring Me Home: (Pt 2) Life in the camps

In the second part of our series on Shamima Begum, we explore the experience of British nationals detained in Syria. What are living conditions like inside refugee camps? And should Britain repatriate its nationals who live in them? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Anthony Loyd, War Correspondent for The TimesVera Miranova, Harvard research fellow.Yasmine Ahmed, director of Rights and Security International.Sir Mark Rowley, former head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the UK. Richard Barrett, director of the Global Strategy Network.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, The Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/2036m 49s

Bring Me Home: (Pt 1) Shamima Begum's story

It was a chance meeting in a Syrian camp. A veteran war reporter, a young mother, and an interview that polarised a nation. Shamima Begum was just 15 years old when she and two of her school friends from Bethnal Green left Britain to join Islamic State. Five years later, with her fate still hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court will this week decide whether she can return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of her citizenship. This episode of the Stories of our Times podcast will form part of a week-long series. We'll explore: what should happen to British nationals who left to join Islamic State, and do we have a responsibility to bring them back?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Anthony Loyd, Foreign Correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/2039m 33s

Next week: Bring Me Home, a series about Shamima Begum

All next week Stories of our times will examine the effectiveness of the UK’s policy towards those detained in Syria; discuss de-radicalisation; and look at the dissenting views on the idea of repatriation as the Supreme Court decides whether Begum can return home to contest the removal of her citizenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/201m 5s

Meeting the fugitive CEO: Carlos Ghosn

When Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled house arrest in Tokyo and turned up in Beirut in December 2019, the details read like they’d come straight from the pages of a spy thriller. Accused of financial misconduct by Nissan, and facing a long trial and prison sentence, he decided to make a break for it. What’s his side of the story?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: John Arlidge, Sunday Times senior business writer.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/2029m 31s

The Princess Diana interview and alleged BBC cover-up

Was one of the most famous interviews in UK television history secured by underhand means? Twenty-five years on, the BBC finds itself under fresh scrutiny. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Valentine Low, Royal Correspondent at The Times.Rosamund Urwin, Media and Technology Correspondent at The Sunday Times. Host: David AaronovitchClips used: BBC Panorama, AP, ITN/ITV  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/2032m 55s

Can Trumpism survive without Trump?

Donald Trump got more Republicans to vote for him than any US presidential candidate in history. He's changed the party and the country forever. And though he may be on his way out, is Trumpism here to stay?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Tom Newton Dunn, Times Radio presenter and chief political commentator.Sam Nunberg, public affairs consultant and former political advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/2025m 7s

Protests and lockdowns: Life on university campuses

It's been a turbulent time on university student campuses, with some erupting in protest against Covid-19 measures. Now, a million students will leave the bubbles they've lived in on campus to travel across the country. Can we bring them home safely?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Sian Griffiths, Education and families editor of the Sunday Times.Izzy Smitheman, Student at the University of Manchester.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC and Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/2031m 21s

All change in No 10: The battle for the soul of Boris Johnson

After a tumultuous week, the Vote Leave contingent that brought the PM to power was expunged from No 10. But what does the undignified power struggle mean for the future of Johnson's government?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC and ITV.Contact us on: storiesofourtimes@thetimes.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/2030m 52s

The Vaccine: The first glimmer of hope

The first in an unfolding miniseries - The Vaccine - tracking the progress of those tackling this historic challenge. We'll be making sense of the latest developments as they happen, taking an inside look at the vaccine industry, and learning from past efforts to defend humanity from our biological enemies.This week: in the war between scientists and the virus it looks like things are going the humans’ way. But this is no quick fix.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Tom Whipple, science editor, The Times.Professor David Salisbury, former director of immunisation at the Department of Health. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips: CBC News, BBC Radio 4, CNBC, TRT World, BBC Radio 2.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/2032m 37s

A trail of violence at the Kakuzi avocado farm

If there's one item of food that defines this era, and a generation of millennials, it's the avocado. But how much do we know about where the avocados in British supermarkets come from? This episode explores the allegations of violence and intimidation emerging from Kakuzi farm in Kenya, which is owned by a British company. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Emily Dugan, Social Affairs Correspondent, The Sunday Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Lidl, Tesco YouTube, Nigella BBC, Sainsbury's.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/2026m 33s

Jeff Bezos and the rise of the Amazon empire

How did Amazon boom during the pandemic? And how big will it grow whilst other retail businesses suffer? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: David Aaronovitch. Guest: Danny Fortson, West Coast Correspondent for the Sunday Times.Clips used: PBS, Blue Origin, DW360 YouTube, Richard Wiggins YouTube.SFX by kwahmah_02 of Freesound.org, licensed under CC BY 3.0.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/2026m 50s

Exclusive investigation: Disinformation and Hunter Biden

Hares Youssef, a Ukrainian businessman, claims he was promised a US visa in return for information that would damage Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Should these new allegations be investigated?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Lt Col Alexander Vindman, Former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council (NSC).Hares Youssef, Ukrainian businessman.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, HBO, Sky.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/2034m 26s

Joe Biden: The next President of the USA

What will a Biden presidency look like? And what do we know about the man taking on the top job in the White House? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for The Sunday Times.Richard Schiff, actor and activist. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Fox News, CNN, The Guardian.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/2030m 53s

French secularism and the resurgence of terror

Over the last few weeks, Islamist terror attacks in France, and then Austria shook Europe, and the world. In response, the UK has also raised its terror threat level to "severe". But the French President Emmanuel Macron's response to the attacks has sent ripples of anger through the Muslim world. Today we take a deeper look at French secularism and the Muslim community in France.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Peter Conradi, Europe Editor, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: The Guardian, BBC, ABC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, The Telegraph, EuroNews, ITV News, France 24 English, CBS, DW News, NBC Today, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/2030m 7s

The road out of the second lockdown

A new national lockdown starts today. It’s due to end on December 2nd, but just what conditions will be necessary to lift the restrictions? And what can be done to slow the spread of infection?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Oliver Wright, Times Policy editor.Tom Whipple, Times Science editor. Host: Luke Jones.Clips used: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/2028m 13s

US election special: No clear winner - what now?

Both President Trump and Joe Biden say they are on course for victory. So, what happens now?The Stories of our times production team has been up all night following one of the most closely fought and historic elections in recent memory.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief, The Sunday Times.Laura Pullman, New York Correspondent, The Sunday Times.Michael Gerhardt, Professor of Constitutional Law.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/2032m 8s

US election special: Coming soon

The Stories of our times team has been up all night watching the results roll in. A special episode will be dropping in your feeds very soon. Here is a taster of what's to come.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/201m 51s

When Decca met... Tracey Emin

Artist Tracey Emin has always shared her most intimate pain through her work. But now she reveals to Decca Aitkenhead how her body has been ravaged by cancer surgery.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Decca Aitkenhead Chief Interviewer, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/2043m 3s

No such thing as a free lunch?

Half term may be over, but the battle to feed the children of this country, certainly isn’t. What will happen when the next holidays come round? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Baron Griffiths of Burry Port, Labour peer. Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times Education and Families Editor. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Sky News, BBC News, BBC and Channel 4.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/2031m 38s

US election: Are the polls right?

With just days until the election, Joe Biden is entering the final stretch with a significant lead in the polls over Donald Trump. But could another surprise result be around the corner?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Henry Zeffman, Washington Correspondent, The Times.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CNN, PBS, MSNBC, NBC, BBC News, CBS, Bloomberg, FiveThirtyEight.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/2022m 59s

US election: Is God still on Donald Trump’s side?

In 2016, 80 percent of white Evangelicals voted for President Trump. How has he repaid them? And four years on, can one of the largest denominations of any religion in the US help him stay in the White House? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: David Charter, US editor of the Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: AP, Fox News, First Baptist Dallas YouTube, Ronald Reagan Library, CNN, Cuyagoha Community College, Joe Biden YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/2029m 9s

US election: Brexit and Ireland

The so-called "special relationship" between Britain and America is often talked about - but after next week's Presidential election - will America be focussing on our neighbours instead?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for The Sunday Times.Justine McCarthy, a Senior Writer for The Sunday Times in Ireland. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: House of Commons, Channel 4, Euronews, AP, Irish American Hall of Fame YouTube, BBC, NBC News, Chatham House.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/2026m 21s

US election: A tale of two battlegrounds

As election day approaches, the campaigning in key battleground states has intensified. Florida and Pennsylvania are just two of a handful of states that could play a major role in deciding who will lead for the next four years. From the Cuban-American anti-socialists, to the pro-fracking white working classes: who are the target voters who will influence the outcome on election night?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Sarah Baxter, American Diary, The Sunday Times.Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief, The Sunday Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/2032m 38s

Investigation: Inside Russia's disinformation war (Pt 2)

This podcast exposed a Russian fake news campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine. Now we follow an intriguing trail which links this Russian disinformation campaign to a British journalist.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Tom Whipple, science editor at The Times.Renee diResta, Stanford Internet Observatory.Dr Jake Wallis, Australian Strategic Policy Institutes International Cyber centre.Edward Lucas, columnist at The Times.Mark Galeotti, Russia expert.Colin Stevens, a publisher.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/10/2029m 14s

Insight investigation: How elderly paid price of protecting NHS from Covid-19

While ministers delayed lockdown, soaring cases were putting immense pressure on hospitals. An Insight investigation shows officials devised a brutal ‘triage tool’ to keep the elderly and frail away.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Jonathan Calvert, Sunday Times Insight editor.George Arbuthnott, Sunday Times Insight deputy editor. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, Sky.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/2035m 4s

Escaping slavery in modern Britain: Hadi's story

When Hadi took a trip to England, she only planned to stay for a couple of weeks. What eventuated was far more sinister: exploited by British traffickers, she was trapped as a domestic slave. This is the story of Hadi's escape. The full digital story is here. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Hadi, chef.Venetia Menzies, photographer journalist for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/2027m 19s

Classical music conductors: Overpaid, oversexed and over the hill?

The Times's chief music critic, Richard Morrison muses over whether a combination of the coronavirus, environmental concerns and the MeToo movement will be the end of the 'maestro' - the classical music conductor - as we know it. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Richard Morrison, Times chief culture critic and music writer. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Metropolitan Opera, Aurora Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, The Hendon Band YouTube Channel, ABC News, Washington Post, NBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/2026m 19s

Inside Operation Venetic: Britain's biggest organised crime crackdown

While you and I were locked down in the middle of this year, the UK's National Crime Agency was frantically carrying out an unprecedented operation. By the time it was made public in July, Operation Venetic was the biggest crackdown on organised crime in UK history. What was it like to be an undercover detective working on one of the most high-tech, fast moving and risky investigations ever carried out in Britain?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Ross Kempsell, Special Correspondent, Times Radio.Peter Stevens,  Branch Commander at the National Crime Agency.  Matt Horne, Deputy Director of Investigations at the National Crime Agency.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/2030m 17s

Extremism in our prisons

A series of attacks by Islamists released from jail highlights the failure to turn them away from extremism. Today: the story of one inmate we know only as 'Jack' and how he was radicalised in a UK prison.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Sean O’Neill, chief reporter for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/2027m 12s

Westminster and a country in tiers

England's new tiered lockdown system has been in the making for months. How did we get here and what does it mean for the future?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Newton Dunn, Times Radio presenter and chief political commentator. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: BBC, ITV, Sky News, RT, Times Radio.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/2025m 42s

Investigation: Inside Russia's disinformation war (Pt 1)

In an exclusive investigation, this podcast has uncovered a Russian campaign of disinformation and fake news aimed at discrediting the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: -Tom Whipple, science editor at The Times.-Edward Lucas, columnist at The Times.-Dr Jake Wallis, senior analyst in information warfare at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.-Mark Galeotti, Russia expert and a senior associate fellow at RUSI.-Dr Andrew Pollard, the chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine team.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CNBC, BBC, Sky, RT, ABC. ABS-CBN News, Today, CBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/2042m 2s

Could Covid-19 change universities forever?

Halls have been locked down. Students have asked for their money back. And among staff, there have been complaints of coercion from management and rumblings of industrial action. For universities, could a short-term crisis develop into an existential threat?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:- Scott Galloway, professor at NYU Stern School of Business.- An anonymous senior academic at one of the UK's top universities.- Jo Grady, general secretary, University and College Union.   Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2030m 20s

Two Cardinals, the Pope and murky Vatican finances

The latest scandal from the Vatican - between two warring Cardinals - has shone a spotlight on the infighting and internal affairs that Pope Francis has been trying to clear up for the last seven years as he aims to modernise the Catholic Church. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Tom Kington, Rome correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/2024m 7s

USA: An encounter with the Proud Boys

The Proud Boys came to international attention when President Donald Trump told them to “stand back and stand by” during the first presidential debate. But who are they and what do they believe in?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Content warning: this programme contains some strong language.Guests: Sarah Baxter, former Sunday Times deputy editor. Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: CBC, NBC, CNBC, The Daily Telegraph, News 5 Cleveland (ABC).“Is that you or are you you” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under CC BY 3.0  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/2029m 31s

Len McCluskey and Labour: Unite or divide?

The Unite union executive has decided to cut its affiliation money to the Labour Party by 10%. How much does the modern Labour party rely on unions? And how much do the relationships at the top shape the left wing in British politics?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/2030m 42s

Trump and Covid-19: The health of the president and the constitution

What do we know about the experimental treatment President Trump was given? And although he isn't the first president to fall ill in office, have the past week's events challenged the usual norms around the president's health?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: David Charter, US editor, The Times.Dr Bob Wachter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and co-author of A Reader's Guide To The 25th Amendment.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Fox News, BBC, CNN, ABC7.'Blue Lobster' by Daniel Birch is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (looped from original).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/2038m 5s

Investigation: Safe as houses?

Three years on from the Grenfell tower tragedy, are building safety standards really what they should be?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guest: Martina Lees, Senior property writer for the Times and Sunday Times.Danielle Mikkelsen, school teacher, mother of two and victim of a devastating block fire.Host: David Aaronovitch"Metal Drone" by Daniel Birch is licensed under CC BY 4.0"Elk" by Meydan is licensed under CC BY 4.0  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/2031m 2s

The end of the beautiful game as we know it?

The decision by the government to prevent fans from attending football matches in the UK has left many lower league clubs facing an uncertain future. What's it like to play for a National League and just how important are local clubs to their towns?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Gregor Robertson, Times sport columnist and co-host of the Game podcast. Host: David Aaronovitch .Clips used: GTFC Official.'Blue Lobster' by Daniel Birch is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (looped from original).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/2026m 10s

Harry and Meghan: Have they passed the point of no return?

Last month the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke on US television urging voters to come out for the November presidential election. For some, they were getting involved in politics and overstepping the mark. For others, the couple were just expressing themselves in their new roles. So, who's right?This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests: Valentine Low, Royal Correspondent for The Times.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, ITV, Evening Standard, Time Magazine, Fortune.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/2031m 35s

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: Who's afraid of the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is a divisive idea for the economies of the future, derided by the right as ill thought out, its left wing proponents see it as a way of saving the environment while keeping up economic growth. Manveen Rana has been speaking to the co-authors of a new book on the subject, Professors Robert Pollin and Noam Chomsky.This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.Guests:Robert Pollin, Professor of economics and co-director of the political economy research Institute at University of Massachusetts Amherst Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor at the University of ArizonaHost: Manveen Rana.Clips used: AP, The Hill.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/2031m 16s

Escaping the rat race and sailing away

Life in lockdown has left many dreaming of an escape from the 9 to 5, the office, the commute, just our own living rooms. Thom D’Arcy is one who got away from it all when he left on a sailing trip in 2016 and only just returned.Guests: Thom D’Arcy, sailor.Host: Manveen Rana. "Somnolence" by Kai Engel is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (looped from original)"The road we use to travel when we were kids" by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 (looped from original)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/2025m 10s

China and Australia: The standoff

The last two reporters working in China for Australian media have flown home after a drawn out diplomatic standoff. Their exit means for the first time since the mid-1970s, there are no accredited Australian journalists in the country. Why have relations between Australia and China deteriorated?Guests: Bernard Lagan, The Times Australia correspondent. Mike Smith, China correspondent for the Australian Financial Review. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Channel, BBC, ABC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/2028m 0s

Man down: Why are middle-aged men unhappy?

On paper, he’s a success — he’s nailed life’s goals. So why is Matt Rudd, and so many middle-aged men like him, unhappy? Guests:Matt Rudd, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, columnist and author of Man Down. Host: Luke Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/2024m 54s

When the scammers came for Mum

During lockdown those living alone have faced greater risk, not only to their health but also their finances. According to the Dementia Society the condition has worsened for many during the pandemic, and the isolation of lockdown has also exposed many to telephone scams.Guests:David Byers, Times Money Deputy Editor.Paula Saunderson, cares for her mother.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clip used from: The Express.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/2026m 58s

The Covid Act: A rebellion

It's been six months since MPs voted for the Coronavirus Act, a set of laws that gave the government sweeping powers over almost every aspect of daily life. Now a rebellion is brewing. Some MPs want more of a say over the prime minister's coronavirus strategy. Guests: Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, The Times.Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe.Host: Ross Kempsell. Clips used: TalkRadio and Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/2024m 59s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Bonus) - "Meet Corey Senior"

In this episode John Simpson tracks down CJ's father and talks to him about being absent from the 14-year-old's life.Host: John Simpson, The Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, email and Instagram: 07535785774, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 - satellitestudios.co.uk.Additional Music by Breakmaster Cylinder and Jordan Powell."Candlepower" by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under CC BY 3.0.Clips used: BBC, ITV, Sky News, ITN.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/2039m 41s

Agent Sonya: The Soviet spy who came in from the Cotswolds

She was a top Soviet spy and a colonel in the Red Army, who had plotted to kill Hitler and sent secrets from the British atomic bomb programme to Stalin. So how did Agent Sonya - or Mrs Burton to her neighbours - evade MI5 for so long?Guests: Ben Macintyre, associate editor and columnist, The Times, and author of Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy.Rosa Ellis, interactive journalist, The Times and The Sunday Times.Host: David Aaronovitch."Merfolk Music Box" by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 (looped from original)"Melancholic Ending" by Soft and Furious is licensed under CC0 1.0  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/2036m 10s

RBG and what’s next for the US Supreme Court

On Friday, US Supreme court justice and 87-year old five foot pop culture icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. With her passing, a prized vacancy on the highest and most influential court in the US has opened up. Who is going to fill it and what will it mean for the future of American politics? Guest:Henry Zefffman, Washington Correspondent for The Times.Host: Luke Jones.Clips used: BBC, The Kennedy Center.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/2025m 59s

Greece and Turkey: Historic rivals in a showdown

Tensions between Greece and Turkey have reignited this summer over a gas dispute, with the country's leaders trading rhetorical blows. But how precarious is the situation and could they be sleep-walking into a war in the Mediterranean?Guest: Hannah Lucinda-Smith, The Times' Istanbul Correspondent. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Aljazeera, France24, DWNews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/2027m 2s

Salmondites v Sturgeonites: The future of Scotland

A Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government's handling of complaints against Alex Salmond has continued to make headlines. But what does it mean for the future of the SNP and Scottish Independence? Guest: Kieran Andrews, The Times' Scottish political editor. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: Scottish Parliament, BBC, 5 News, Telegraph, Guardian, The Nine (BBC Scotland).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/2027m 12s

In conversation with Kim Darroch

In an event exclusively for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times via Times+, Kim Darroch, former UK Ambassador to the US, has a conversation with Manveen Rana.Find out more here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/202m 37s

Long covid: A young artist’s battle

In the UK, 60,000 people have reported coronavirus symptoms that last more than three months. Artist Monique Jackson is one of them. What do we know about long covid, and how is the COVID Symptom Study app helping us fill in the blanks?Guests:Monique Jackson, artist with long tail covid.Prof Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, co founder of ZOE Covid Symptom Study app.Host: Manveen Rana. With reporting from Asya Fouks.You can download the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app here.And you can follow Monique Jackson’s Corona diary on Instagram.Additional Music: Broke for Free and Chris Zabriskie (licensed under Creative Commons).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/2026m 28s

‘Suckers’ and ‘Losers’: Trump’s war with the military

With less than 50 days until the US presidential election, Donald Trump's relationship with the US military has become strained. But how is the fallout impacting his hopes of returning to the White House?Guests: Henry Zeffman, Washington Correspondent, The Times.Admiral James Stavridis, Retired US Navy admiral and Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Think Progress, Fox News, CNN, The View, Good Morning America, ITV News, Illinois Channel TV, ABC News, Twitter, NBC News, Arirang News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/2030m 56s

Abuse, drugs, revenge: A scandal in French sport

Today: the story of one French athlete with dreams of attending the Olympics. Her hopes were put in jeopardy when she was accused of doping, but everything is not as it seems. Host: David Aaronovitch. Guest: Adam Sage, Paris correspondent for The Times.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/2025m 32s

Anti-vaxxers: The doctor who fooled the world

How does Andrew Wakefield’s pseudoscience help us understand our modern post-truth crisis?Guest: Brian Deer, former Sunday Times investigative reporter, author of The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Andrew Wakefield's War on Vaccines.Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: Channel 5 and ET Canada.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/2028m 52s

The Second Wave

A sudden rise in coronavirus cases has sparked alarm and a strengthening of public health measures. As of today, much of the UK is living by "the rule of six". Could this be the beginning of a second wave?Guest: Tom Whipple, science editor, The Times.  Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: Times Radio, CBS News, Sky News, BBC News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/09/2023m 15s

The trip of a lifetime, with Decca Aitkenhead

When Sunday Times journalist Decca Aitkenhead went to report from a Jamaican magic mushrooms retreat last year, she arrived a sceptic – but left feeling profoundly changed.Guest: Decca Aitkenhead, chief interviewer, The Sunday Times.Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/2031m 22s

Dr Fauci: America's doctor on working with Trump

Anthony Fauci is the most important doctor in America, and he's the public face of the battle against Covid-19 in the US. Does President Trump listen to his advice?Guest: Rhys Blakely, science correspondent, The Times.  Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Sky News, US National Library of Medicine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/2026m 36s

Putin, Navalny and yet another novichok poisoning

On August 20th, Russia's most prominent opposition politician was taken ill on a flight after a suspected Novichok poisoning. Alexei Navalny was put into an induced coma and flown to Germany. What does this latest incident mean? And why was Angela Merkel's government keen to take him to Berlin? Guest: Edward Lucas, Times columnist. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: The Sun, DW News, BBC.Additional Music: Mystery Mammal, Daniel Birch and Chris Zabriskie (licensed under Creative Commons).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/2024m 29s

Brexit: Britain's bold move explained

Brexit’s back. Trade talks resume today following two bombshells: a leak that Downing Street is preparing to tear up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the prime minister’s statement that no deal would be a "good outcome" for the UK. Is Britain headed for no deal?Guest: Oliver Wright, policy editor, The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.Clips: Sky, BBC, Euronews, DW News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/2026m 32s

Surviving Covid: Life after ICU

What are the longterm effects of Covid-19? Times’ journalist Roger Boyes spent weeks under sedation in the intensive care unit after being diagnosed with covid-19 in March. He is one of the thousands who were put on a ventilator for lifesaving treatment at the height of the pandemic.Guests:Roger Boyes, Times Diplomatic Editor.Dr Joel Meyer, ICU consultant.Dr Alex Quigley, clinical psychologist.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/2027m 59s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 5) - "How do we solve this?"

On the third anniversary of CJ Davis' death John speaks to the lead investigator in the 14-year-old's murder and reviews the evidence considered in the case.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, email and Instagram: 07535785774, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 - satellitestudios.co.uk.Additional Music by Jordan Powell and Chris Zabriskie (licensed under Creative Commons).Actor: Tione Chance.Clips used: Link Up TV YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/2035m 25s

Left Out: The inside story of Labour under Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn’s journey from the backbenches to party leader is well known. But this week sees the publication of a book that takes us down the other side of the slope, and shows how, late last year, the Corbyn project imploded.Guests: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent, The Sunday Times.Patrick Maguire, Red Box reporter, The Times.They are both the authors of "Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn".Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, GQ, Joe, Al Jazeera.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2031m 42s

How do we reopen our schools?

As students all around the country return to school we explore the issues facing pupils, teachers and parents. Guests: Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times Education and Families editor.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, The Sun.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/2028m 44s

Lockdown and the rise of race hate crime

As Britain went into lockdown fears about health infection rates and the catastrophic impact on the economy set in, but something else was taking hold. We've been speaking to the anti-racism charity, The Monitoring Group, and they've noticed an alarming trend: a rise in racist hate crime. Guests:Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Group.Dorothea Jones, The Monitoring Group.Host: Manveen Rana.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/2030m 52s

The arrest and unravelling of Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign chief, appeared in Manhattan federal court via video last week. He was arrested and charged for allegedly siphoning money from a fundraising campaign to build the president’s controversial border wall with Mexico. He pleaded not guilty. Today we take a look into his past to separate the man from the myth. Guests:Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for The Sunday Times.Sebastian Gorka, Former Deputy Assistant to the President in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.Host: Manveen Rana.Clips used: CNBC, DW News, CBS News, Ruptly, The Sun, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/2028m 31s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 4) - "The murder scene and the wall of silence"

In the latest instalment of the series, we hear from a witness who tried to save 14-year-old CJ Davis after he was shot in a suspected gang killing in east London in 2017. Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, email and Instagram: 07535785774, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 - satellitestudios.co.uk.Additional Music by Jordan Powell, Chris Zabriskie (licensed under Creative Commons) and Breakmaster Cylinder.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/2032m 46s

Mike and Kamala: Scoping the veep

The US is nearing the finish line of a much anticipated election campaign, and the conventions made headlines this week. It's Trump v Biden for the soul of America, but what about their running mates? We put Mike Pence and Kamala Harris under the spotlight. What do we really know about who they are and what they want? Guests: Henry Zeffman, Washington correspondent for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: CBN, Mike Pence’s Instagram, NBC News, CNN, The Guardian, Joe Biden’s Twitter, ABC News, CBS Philly, Politico, CNBC, Roll Call, Inside Edition, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, KCRA News, Fox News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/2029m 14s

Fighting for democracy on the streets of Belarus

Two weeks ago, Alexander Lukashenko claimed to win a sixth term as president of the Republic of Belarus. But after his 26 year rule, many in Belarus have had enough. Since the August 9th election, the country has seen widespread protests which have been met with mass arrests and repression. We follow four young Belarusians caught up in history.Host: Manveen Rana.Guests: Aliaksandra Yushkevich, student.Kseniya Tarasevich, journalist.Evgeniy Ganchits, project manager.Tanya Alipchikova, PR manager.There's a full interview with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the ex-teacher who ran against Lukashenko, in today's paper.Clips used: BBC Radio 4, euronews, Belsat TV, Nexta.Additional music: Peremen! By the band Kino.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/2029m 22s

Tracking and tracing the rise of Dido Harding

Last week Dido Harding, the former amateur jockey and TalkTalk boss who since May has been the head of the ramshackle NHS Test and Trace programme, was put in charge of England’s new pandemic response agency. Sunday Times business reporter Sabah Meddings traces Harding’s rise to the top of one of the most important organisations in the country.Host: Manveen Rana.Guest: Sabah Meddings, pharma, consumer and leisure correspondent for The Sunday Times.Clips: BBC News, Talkradio, Sky News, BBC Radio 4, UWE Bristol, The King’s Fund, OECD.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/2026m 15s

Insight investigation: The curious case of the Cheshire killings

A confidential report has identified a string of murder-suicides that could in fact be the work of a serial killer who attacks vulnerable elderly couples with extreme violence. Could this killer still be at large? And could a pattern of behaviour truly have been missed for 15 years?Guests: David Collins, Northern correspondent, The Sunday Times. Jonathan Calver, Insight Editor, The Sunday Times.George Arbuthnott, deputy Insight editor, The Sunday Times. Additional music by Jordan Powell licenced under Creative Commons  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/08/2034m 13s

BONUS: The Great British Staycation

Sales of camping gear have jumped as more Britons opt to holiday within the UK this summer due to coronavirus. Today we take you under canvas in the great British outdoors. Guest: Ben Machell is a feature writer for The Times.Host: David Aaronovitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/2022m 39s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 3) - "The gangs of Newham"

14-year-old CJ Davis was shot and killed in broad daylight in east London in 2017. In today's episode we examine the gang culture of east London to look for clues as to what happened to the schoolboy, who was apparently caught up in this murky world.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.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, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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.Anyone concerned they may know of a child being the victim of grooming can contact the police on 101 or the NSPCC.Original Music by Cam Shuck - satellitestudios.co.uk.Clips used: UK Drill YouTube channel, Olympic YouTube Channel, BBC3.Additional music: Jordan Powell, Chris Zabriskie (licensed under Creative Commons) and Breakmaster Cylinder.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/2032m 38s

Why the A-levels fiasco is the tip of the iceberg

In the past week the Education Secretary has defended the use of an algorithm to produce A-level grades, categorically ruled out a U-turn and then completed said U-turn. But what if this is just the most high-profile example of algorithms creeping into our everyday lives?Guests: Steven Swinford, deputy political editor, The Times.Timandra Harkness, author of Big Data, Does Size Matter?Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips: BBC News, Evening Standard, Sky News, Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/08/2027m 30s

A conversation with the President of Afghanistan

The Afghan war could finally be limping to an end, and a peace deal with the Taliban could now be on the horizon. But will some of the most dangerous Taliban fighters have to be released back into society?Guest: President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: BBC, Channel 4, CSPAN.Additional Music: Jordan Powell, Nihilore (licensed under Creative Commons).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/2022m 59s

Lampedusa: The island at the heart of the migrant crisis

As the eyes of British news crews are trained on migrants crossing the Channel in boats, Lampedusa on Europe’s southern border is seeing far greater numbers of migrants coming from a new country of origin: Tunisia. What brings these families to Italy?Guest:Tom Kington, the Times Italy correspondent.Host: David Aaronovitch.Clips used: Euronews, Tele Studio 98, TRIS, La Republica, BBC News, Home Office.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/2027m 8s

Inside the Government Whips' Office

An MP has been accused of rape - and questions are again being asked about the role of whips in protecting parliamentary staff. Historically, the whips have a reputation as the shadowy brokers of backroom deals and the keepers of secrets. But is the notorious office where the real power in Westminster truly lies?GuestsEsther Webber, Red Box reporter.Anne Milton, former MP and deputy chief whip.Host: Manveen RanaClips used: BBC, the National Theatre  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/08/2033m 49s

Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 2) - "Descent into crime"

CJ Davis was shot dead and killed in east London in 2017. He was 14 years old. In part two of this special series, we explore how he was forced to leave mainstream education and attend a pupil referral unit, precipitating a fall into a criminal world.Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent.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, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 - satellitestudios.co.uk.Clips used: UK Drill YouTube channel.Additional music by Jordan Powell (licensed under Creative Commons).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/2030m 27s

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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2035m 44s

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

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.Content warning: Description of suicidal ideation.  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, wkcjd.tips@gmail.com 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 - satellitestudios.co.uk.Additional music by Jordan Powell, Daniel Birch and Breakmaster Cylinder.Actors: Praise Aguda, Tione Chance.Clips used: BBC, ITV, UK Drill YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 iwm.org.uk/victory  See acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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: https://ourcovidvoices.co.uk/  See acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 jo@samaritans.org.Guest:David 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 acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2029m 34s

100 days of 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/sunday-times-rich-listArchive: Youtube (Richard Branson), E! Red Carpet & Award Shows, BBC, ITV.  See acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2026m 18s

Coronavirus: cheating death in 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy 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 acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2024m 56s
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