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Today in Focus

Today in Focus

Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, Today in Focus is The Guardian's daily podcast that takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday. 


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Antique firearms: gangs, guns and untraceable ?ghost bullets?

Kenneth R Rosen on how British gangs are using a loophole in the law to get hold of antique firearms and untraceable bullets. Plus: Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner on the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. Help support our independent journalism at
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Phillip Hammond, the Treasury and the risk of a no-deal Brexit

Poppy Trowbridge on her work as a special adviser in Hammond?s Treasury as it tried to plan for Brexit and avoid crashing out with no deal. Plus, Carey Gillam on how the biotech company Monsanto tried to destroy her reputation. Help support our independent journalism at
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Helping a nine-year-old recover from an eating disorder

We hear about the importance of early intervention in rare cases of pre-teen eating disorders. Plus, calls to ban hands-free phone use while driving. Help support our independent journalism at
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The crisis in Kashmir

Azhar Farooq and Vidhi Doshi report on the crisis over Kashmir, triggered by the Indian government?s decision to impose direct rule from Delhi. Plus Jason Burke on life in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. Help support our independent journalism at
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Meghan: why all the hate against the Duchess of Sussex?

Victoria Murphy on why Meghan has been subjected to a sustained campaign of criticism from sections of the media and the British public. Plus: Malachi O?Doherty on 50 years since the start of the Troubles. Help support our independent journalism at
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In black and white: why Newcastle United fans want Mike Ashley out

As the Premier League season kicks off this weekend, David Conn examines the fraught relationship between Newcastle United fans and the club?s owner, Mike Ashley. Plus, Ammar Kalia on the Miss England beauty contest. Help support our independent journalism at
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The mother who hunts paedophiles in her spare time

Libby Brooks investigates Scotland?s self-styled ?paedophile hunters? who use Facebook to track down adults intent on grooming children for abuse. Plus: Labour?s Diane Abbott on the legacy of the late Toni Morrison. Warning: this episode contains strong language and references to abuse. Help support our independent journalism at
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Cancer town: life in the shadow of a chemical plant

In Reserve, Louisiana, Oliver Laughland hears how a community is fighting for the right to a safe environment for their children, who face a risk of cancer 50 times higher than the national average. Plus Helen Pidd on the battle to save the dam at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire. Help support our independent journalism at
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How much does Google know about you? ? podcast

Alex Hern on how Google?s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance. Plus Lois Beckett on the response to two mass shootings in the US. Help support our independent journalism at
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The women fighting back in Kenya's biggest slum

Edita Ochieng and like-minded women are taking a stand against endemic sexual violence and police corruption in Kibera. Plus: Angelique Chrisafis on why climate protesters in France are stealing portraits of Emmanuel Macron. Warning: this podcast contains references to sexual abuse. Help support our independent journalism at
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Running dry: the water crisis driving migration to the US

Nina Lakhani explores how drought and famine are fuelling the wave of migration from Central America to the US. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on China and the Hong Kong protests. Help support our independent journalism at
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Understanding Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's chief strategist

James Graham, screenwriter of the TV drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, talks about Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave director now at the heart of Boris Johnson?s strategy team. And: Daniel Trilling on how the media covers refugees. Help support our independent journalism at
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Obscene texts and corruption: the downfall of Puerto Rico's governor

Mass protests triggered by leaked text messages have led to the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló. Oliver Laughland discusses his time on the island. And: Larry Elliott on why sterling is at a 28-month low. Help support our independent journalism at
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A web of lies: Carl Beech and the VIP paedophile ring

In 2014 Carl Beech claimed he had been a victim of child sexual abuse by high-profile politicians. His allegations snowballed into a multimillion-pound police investigation, but rather than exposing a paedophile ring, Beech ended up on trial. Simon Murphy discusses the story. And: Shaun Walker on the possible poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Help support our independent journalism at
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Jeff Bezos and the United States of Amazon

In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, the company that has since made him the richest man in the world. Julia Carrie Wong charts the company?s success and controversies. Plus: Jim Waterson on why young people aren?t watching the news anymore. Help support our independent journalism at
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Boris Johnson's Brexit cabinet

Jonathan Freedland talks about Boris Johnson?s brutal cabinet reshuffle which brings the members of the victorious Brexit campaign into the heart of government. And: Laura Snapes on the nominations for the Mercury music prize. Help support our independent journalism at
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Can Labour reunite to take on Boris Johnson? ? podcast

Heather Stewart on Labour?s attempts to reunite around its Brexit policy, plus Sonia Sodha on Boris Johnson?s first speech as prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at
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Is prime minister Boris Johnson leading us to a no-deal Brexit?

Boris Johnson will enter Downing Street this afternoon as Britain?s new prime minister. But Britain is still hurtling to the Brexit deadline of 31 October ? with parliament rising this week for its summer recess. Rowena Mason and Daniel Boffey map out the coming months as Johnson?s plan comes into contact with the harsh realities in Brussels. Plus: Rebecca Nicholson on comedy and canned laughter. Help support our independent journalism at
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Could Trump?s racist rhetoric win him re-election in 2020?

On 14 July, Donald Trump used Twitter to tell four unnamed Democratic congresswomen to ?go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came?. His racist language shocked many around the world, but he has refused to back down. The Guardian?s Jamiles Lartey looks at Trump?s history of racism while David Smith discusses how it may affect the 2020 presidential race. And: Julian Borger on the Iran crisis. Help support our independent journalism at
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Stranded in Pakistan: why did the Home Office deny a baby a visa?

Nina Saleh, a British resident for 20 years, travelled to Pakistan to adopt a baby and was then repeatedly denied a visa, leaving her trapped abroad for months on end. Plus: Zoe Williams on what her time as a waitress taught her about being a good diner. Help support our independent journalism at
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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal

The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame haven?t paid up yet. Help support our independent journalism at
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Has Brexit saved the Lib Dems?

The Lib Dems have made an extraordinary comeback in 2019 because of their anti-Brexit stance. The Observer political editor, Toby Helm, discusses whether the party is here to stay. And: Oliver Wainwright on the inclusion of social housing in this year?s Stirling architecture prize. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why do so many people still believe the moon landings were a hoax?

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that first put humans on the moon, Richard Godwin explores why conspiracy theories about the landings still endure. Plus Geoff Andrews on his part in the Guardian?s lunar front page from 1969 ? and how he missed the famous quote. Help support our independent journalism at
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The real Boris Johnson: politician or journalist?

The Tory leadership hopeful has long attempted to hold down careers in both politics and journalism. As he hopes to take over as prime minister, his biographers Sonia Purnell and Andrew Gimson look at what his career in newspapers says about his character and abilities for the top job in UK politics. Plus: Sabrina Siddiqui on the widespread condemnation of Donald Trump?s racist remarks about four congresswomen. Help support our independent journalism at
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Police chases: are they worth it?

The public expect police to pursue bad guys, but a shocking tally of recent deaths has exposed the risks involved. Tom Lamont discusses how the death of Matthew Seddon could change how we think about police chases. And: Sirin Kale on sexist dress codes. Help support our independent journalism at
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Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise?

The first stop and search Jamal ever experienced was when he was 11 years old. Now, at 24, he has been stopped numerous times. Most recently, a stop became aggressive and he was hit in the face with handcuffs, but was charged and convicted with assaulting an officer. There is little evidence stop and search works in combating violent crime, but critics say it disproportionately targets young black men. Help support our independent journalism at
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What is happening to migrant children at US border facilities?

Elora Mukherjee is a prominent US immigration lawyer. Several weeks ago she visited the Clint border facility in Texas, which was holding hundreds of children who had tried to cross the border. What she saw was so shocking she has decided to speak out. And: Jennifer Silvers on how our experiences when we are young can affect the rest of our lives. Help support our independent journalism at
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Jeremy Hunt and the NHS: master negotiator or out of his depth?

Denis Campbell assesses whether Hunt?s experience as health secretary warrants him becoming the next prime minister. Plus: Dan Milmo on the Deutsche Bank job cuts. Help support our independent journalism at
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The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees

Carola Rackete defied Italy?s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian?s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus: Simon Jenkins on the leaked diplomatic cables of the UK?s Washington ambassador, which were highly critical of Donald Trump. Help support our independent journalism at
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What really happens to the waste in your recycling bin?

Recycling is often cited as one of the easiest ways to make a difference to the environment. But does old plastic really get reprocessed into new? Guardian reporters around the world have been investigating what really happens to our waste. Also today: Bryan Mealer on a shocking spate of murders of black trans women in Texas. Help support our independent journalism at
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Who owns England?

It is a simple question with an incredibly complex answer ? not even the Land Registry knows the exact ownership of all parts of the country. Guy Shrubsole set out to solve the mystery. Plus Alex Hern on the police?s use of facial recognition technology. Help support our independent journalism at
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Is a new generation taking over the Democratic party?

Kamala Harris was the big winner of the first round of Democratic party debates in the US. This week, her poll numbers surged and so did donations to her campaign. But as Lauren Gambino in Washington notes, it was bad news for the frontrunners as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faltered. Also today: Daniel Boffey on the new cast of characters taking over the EU?s top jobs. Help support our independent journalism at
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Should doctors face jail when treatment goes wrong?

The death of a patient at a private London hospital after a delay in his treatment led to the imprisonment of David Sellu. After 15 months behind bars, his name was finally cleared. He tells his harrowing story as a new report reveals that doctors from ethnic minorities are twice as likely to face disciplinary action as white doctors. Plus: Gaby Hinsliff on Jeremy Corbyn and the civil service. Help support our independent journalism at
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Life in the fastest warming place on earth

In the world?s northernmost town, temperatures have risen by 4C since 1971, devastating homes, wildlife and even the cemetery. India Rakusen and Jon Watts travel to Svalbard to find out how the island is coping with the effects of global heating. And: Gary Younge on Ivanka Trump?s presence at the G20. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why is cocaine washing up on the beaches of Fiji?

A multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines is having a major impact on islands in the Pacific. Kate Lyons travelled to Fiji to investigate. Plus: John Harris on Facebook?s cryptocurrency. Help support our independent journalism at
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Has Saudi Arabia got away with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

A UN report on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi has said there is credible evidence linking the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to the crime. Nick Hopkins and Stephanie Kirchgaessner discuss the killing and the fallout in Saudi Arabia and among its allies. Plus: Patrick Timmons on the political reaction to the deaths of a father and daughter in the Rio Grande this week. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why aren't Hong Kong's protesters backing down?

Millions of people have taken to the streets over the past three weeks in opposition to an extradition law. The Guardian correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison discusses covering the demonstrations and what could happen next. Plus: Angie Zelter on why she doesn?t regret being arrested at an Extinction Rebellion protest. Help support our independent journalism at
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Ebola is back ? can it be contained?

The current outbreak of the deadly virus in the DRC has been called the most complex public health emergency in history. Peter Beaumont describes his recent visit to the DRC and Sarah Boseley discusses how the 2014 outbreak was eventually contained. Plus: Helen Pidd on what has been achieved with the ?northern powerhouse?. Help support our independent journalism at
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Can anything stop Boris Johnson?

The Tory leadership hopeful has spent the past three days avoiding questions on why the police were called to his home after an altercation with his partner. But will questions about Johnson?s previous behaviour and character damage his chances of becoming prime minister?. Help support our independent journalism at
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What has changed since the Stonewall rebellion?

The Stonewall rebellion in 1969 started a revolution in LGBT rights in the US. Ed Pilkington revisits the story 50 years on with those who were there. Plus: Lucy Siegle on the rise of fast fashion. Help support our independent journalism at
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On the frontline: why has environmental journalism become so dangerous?

The field of environmental journalism is now one of the most dangerous after war reporting. The investigative reporter Juliette Garside and the global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, discuss why journalists are facing rising levels of violence. And: Polly Toynbee on Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson making it to the final in the Tory leadership race. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses?

The Women?s World Cup is nearing the knockout stages, with the tournament favourites, the US, in blistering form. But back home, the players are taking on their governing body in a gender equality lawsuit that could have huge implications for women?s sport. Plus: Jonathan Freedland on Donald Trump?s economic record. Help support our independent journalism at
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What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up

Oil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis. Plus: John Stewart on his campaign to stop the third runway at Heathrow. Help support our independent journalism at
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The rehabilitation of Tony Blair?

Tony Blair?s legacy since leaving office has been the subject of heated debate both within the Labour party and the country at large. As Paul Lewis reports, his re-entry into the national debate on Brexit comes at a time of a crisis of trust in British politics and a rise in populism. Also today: Jim Waterson on the Saudi investment in the Evening Standard. Help support our independent journalism at
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From bootcamp to burnout: how to make it as a YouTuber

Young stars on the Google-owned site can become multi-millionaires almost overnight but controversy has stalked every stage of YouTube?s growth. Plus: Amelia Abraham on rising LGBT hate crimes. Help support our independent journalism at
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The story of Grenfell United

Natasha Elcock and Ed Daffarn escaped from Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Karim Mussilhy?s uncle died in the fire. Together with other survivors and bereaved people, they formed Grenfell United. They talk about their work over the past two years, while the Guardian?s social affairs correspondent, Rob Booth, discusses government inaction. Help support our independent journalism at
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Private armies and secret deals: Russia's drive into Africa

A cache of leaked documents appear to show how a close Putin ally is leading a push to turn Africa into a strategic hub with echoes of Soviet-era zones of influence. Luke Harding reports on the Kremlin?s drive to leave its mark on the continent. Plus comedian Jon Stewart tears into US lawmakers over the treatment of 9/11 first responders and emergency services. Help support our independent journalism at
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Change UK: how not to set up a political party

With six of its 11 MPs having quit, Heather Stewart, the Guardian?s political editor, charts what went wrong. Plus Damian Carrington on plant extinctions. Help support our independent journalism at
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Cruel state: the impact of austerity on disabled people

Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who is disabled, has written about inequality and disability rights for decades. She discusses the impact that austerity has had on those most in need. And: Helen Davidson on the Hong Kong protests. Help support our independent journalism at
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Are peers asleep on the job? Investigating the House of Lords

Investigative journalist David Pegg and data journalist Pamela Duncan have spent the last four months examining the House of Lords. They discuss why the upper house is under such pressure to reform. Plus: Iman Amrani on her modern masculinity series. Help support our independent journalism at
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