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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. 

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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. 

    TikTok and the data war

    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.
     
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    • 29 min
    Beirut: the blast that shook the world

    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.
     
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    • 35 min
    Who Killed CJ Davis? (Pt 1) - "Meet Corey Junior"

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

    Content warning: description of suicidal ideation.


    In the first of a special series on Stories of Our Times, The Times' crime correspondent John Simpson attempts to work out who killed a 14-year-old boy in broad daylight back in September 2017 in Newham, east London. CJ Davis' murder has never been solved but the case remains active.  


    Host: John Simpson, The Times' crime correspondent. 


    Support numbers: If you’ve been affected by anything in this programme contact Samaritans for free on 116 123. 


    Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reach the podcast team by phone, WhatsApp, email and Instagram: 07535-785-774, 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.
     
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    • 34 min
    Adieu, Chateau Marmont

    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.
     
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    • 31 min
    75 Years On: Remembering Hiroshima

    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
     
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    Turkish Uighurs and the Exiled Poet

    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.
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
584 Ratings

584 Ratings

Rakamrouge ,

Excellent manween rana but disturbing agenda at tones

Manween is fantastic
She should be rapidly promoted to run the Times altogether
However I am disturbed by some underlying right wing bias dressed up as balanced reporting
The hapless Lucy Fisher ‘s assessment that the uk is such formidable diplomatic force fails to properly take into account the fact that the whole China uturn is a direct result of U.S arm twisting and her assertion that we need to build alliance does not mention that we have lost our greatest alliance I. E U at a time when we need it most

Ugooner ,

Morning Glory

After a few months this podcast seems to get even better. Now with a real variety of original and rather fascinating subject matters. Manveen Rana in particular hosts thes shows so well. With compassion, empathy and wit, while subtly getting the best out of her guests. It's addictive stuff.

Maggie Parkinson ,

Highest

Thank you for this wonderful indepth reporting. Not o e episode has been disappointing. But I thought this one was particularly good. You are spotlighting a human rights abuse of such huge proportions. Thank you ‘Stories of our Times’ for such indepth investigative reporting, telling the stories behind the headlines.

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