Hosted by Anushka Asthana and Rachel Humphreys, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday
How Jewish parents used Guardian ads to save their children’s lives
This month is 200 years since the Guardian was first established in Manchester. For the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, a part of that history is deeply personal. In 1938, there was a surge of classified ads in the Guardian as parents – including his grandparents – scrambled to get their children out of the Reich. What became of the families?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The fight for Hartlepool
Hartlepool has sent a Labour MP to parliament in every election since 1964. But as old allegiances fray, Anushka Asthana looks back at how this previously thriving shipbuilding town has lost out over successive governments and wonders if the ‘red wall’ seat could be about to go blue at tomorrow’s byelection. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
America’s gun debate – why we’re getting it so wrong
Abené Clayton, a reporter on the Guardian’s Guns and Lies in America project, examines why the debate on guns in the US does not treat shooting victims and their families equitably, and the impact that can have on communities. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Why have sperm counts more than halved in the past 40 years?
Dr Shanna Swan has spent more than 20 years examining how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Scotland’s election: a stepping stone to independence?
Constitutional questions have dominated the Scottish election campaign. As voters go to the polls next week, Libby Brooks assesses whether they will give the SNP a majority and a mandate for a new independence referendum. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Cash for curtains: how damaging are the allegations involving Boris Johnson? –podcast
For months, information has been leaked to the press from inside Downing Street, including allegations Boris Johnson was given the cash – which has not yet been published in any declarations – to do up his official residence. The Guardian columnist Rafael Behr discusses how damaging this could be for the prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The epitome of brevity
Love the music by Axel, and Anushka is too professional in all the episodes, consistently. Kudos to the research team, the topics and it’s composition within 30 minutes is quite extra ordinary. I enjoy the topics too, they are very much in vogue and makes you think and feel very informed and up to date!
The content is well constructed and provides an unbiased perspective. Keep it up Guardian.