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The Slow Newscast from Tortoise Media
The Slow Newscast takes news slowly. We investigate, we report, and every week we try to focus on the stories that really matter in the UK and around the world. Your host is Basia Cummings.
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What the RFK Jr?! From Camelot to conspiracies
How a member of the Kennedy political dynasty has become the most prolific super-spreader of conspiracies connecting anti-vaxxers, 5G and coronavirus
Jul 29, 2020
The hopeful Chancellor: is Rishi Sunak the right man for the job?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is diligent and decent, but is he really the right man for the job of saving the British economy?
Jul 23, 2020
Silenced in China: the price of protest
Two men from different generations tell us what happened when they dared to demand freedom and democracy in China
Jul 15, 2020
"How are you?" Mental health in lockdown
Olympic champion Kelly Holmes and rugby star Maro Itoje; politicians Nicola Sturgeon and David Lammy. They talk to Alastair Campbell about coping with lockdown. Slow News talks to him.
Jul 8, 2020
Death at the ministry: a very British injustice
As the country locked down, cleaners at the UK's Ministry of Justice had to carry on working. It was a gamble with their lives.
Jul 1, 2020
Uncommon wealth: money and the British Crown
Why is the British royal family getting so much richer?
Jun 24, 2020
Together, with Jurgen Klopp
A conversation with the man who's more than the manager of a team that's more than a team
Jun 17, 2020
The sick man: Boris Johnson, Britain and the virus
They were desperate times in Downing St when Boris Johnson got sick. Like a political thriller - but with huge consequences
Jun 10, 2020
Black Lives Matter 2020
A protest centuries in the making
Jun 3, 2020
Inside Amazon: a superpower in a pandemic
What's in the Amazon box? Tortoise opens up the world's biggest company and takes a look inside
May 27, 2020
What if they don't turn up?
Every year, millions of students migrate around the world. How will university towns survive if they stay at home because of COVID-19?
May 20, 2020
Cash and caring: the business of care homes
The tragedy of COVID-19 exposes deep problems in UK care homes: too little money at the front line, too much in tax havens.
May 13, 2020
The jobs tightrope
Can the UK government afford to pay the wages of 7.5m workers? Can it afford not to?
May 6, 2020
Undercrowded and overfunded: the Nightingale hospitals
What the empty super-hospitals tell us about the UK’s handling of Covid-19
Apr 29, 2020
Coronavirus in Africa: the final straw?
In DR Congo, aid workers left as the virus arrived. One man chose to stay.
Apr 22, 2020
No weddings and fourteen funerals
For a parish priest, joy is in short supply and tragedy is everywhere. But hope lives on.
Apr 15, 2020
Covid-19: The 5G conspiracy
How a bizarre theory went viral
Apr 8, 2020
The zoo-keeper: surviving coronavirus
Can a celebrated zoo live through lock-down?
Apr 1, 2020
Coronaviolence: domestic abuse in a lockdown
For victims of domestic abuse, home is not a place of safety; and to be locked in with an abuser is a nightmare.
Mar 25, 2020
Lives on the line: why is coronavirus killing so many health workers?
Health workers aren't meant to die at work. There should be ways to keep them safe - equipment or procedures. But in the coronavirus pandemic health workers are getting sick and dying in deeply troubling numbers. James Harding goes in search of answers.
Mar 18, 2020
How pandemics end
We talk about the fight against coronavirus as if it's a war to be won or lost. The truth is more complicated.
Mar 11, 2020
The rules: can we fix our broken politics?
British politics is in a mess. If we want to fix it, should we write some new rules?
Mar 4, 2020
A college with secrets
A college at Cambridge University faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and assault. Is this the #MeToo moment for UK universities?
Feb 26, 2020
My mother's murder - episode 4: The last domino
The investigation into Daphne's death seemed stalled then, suddenly, arrests & resignations. Could the prime minister survive?
Feb 19, 2020
My mother's murder - episode 3: Truth to power
One of Daphne's investigations held the key to her assassination. But which one?
Feb 12, 2020
My mother's murder - episode 2: An assassination foretold
Daphne's murder was 'shocking but not surprising' to her family. They knew that a lot of people wanted her dead.
Feb 9, 2020
My mother's murder - episode 1
Daphne Caruana Galizia exposed corruption in her home in Malta, and paid with her life. Her son Paul seeks the truth about who ordered her assassination.
Feb 6, 2020
Trump in Bethlehem
This week we're in Pennsylvania, where Trump won in 2016. Can he win here again?
Jan 31, 2020
The world inside
The most promising and fascinating medical frontier lies between your mouth and your bottom
Jan 29, 2020
Coronavirus: is this the one?
A hero who fought the last epidemic, SARS, has lessons for today
Jan 26, 2020
Three women, homeless
Life is hard on the streets; even harder for women than men. Three women tell their powerful, heartfelt stories.
Jan 22, 2020
Labour's North Star
A surprise candidate shines in the UK Labour leadership race
Jan 15, 2020
The man who counts trees
Trees are critical in the fight against climate change. Why was counting them so controversial?
Jan 8, 2020
The new superpowers: Apple
Big tech is more powerful than most countries. It's time we treated it as seriously.
Dec 13, 2019
Labour: anatomy of a catastrophe
The inside story of Labour's disastrous election campaign
Dec 6, 2019
Nameless, stateless: N3
N3 is a man without a country or a name we're allowed to use. Why is the British government so determined to banish him?
Nov 29, 2019
Murder in Malta
Paul Caruana Galizia’s mother was Daphne, a journalist in Malta who uncovered layers of corruption in the country. Two years ago she was assassinated by a car bomb. This week, justice began to be done.
Nov 22, 2019
The PRince disaster
Prince Andrew’s interview was intended to repair his reputation. In this week’s podcast, we ask why he took the risk, and how much damage he has done to the monarchy
Nov 15, 2019
In this election, the Conservatives are betting on youth to win the social media campaign. The kids running their digital strategy don’t know what a 30th birthday is like but they’re aggressively in charge. And, for better or worse, they’re changing the game.
Nov 9, 2019
It’s Your Identity, Stupid
UK general elections are too good a moment to miss if you want to think about the big ways in which British society and politics are changing. In the first Tortoise election podcast, Tortoise editors Basia Cummings and Ceri Thomas are captivated by the role that the politics of identity is already playing in the campaign.