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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. 

    Turkey and the Uighur exiles

    Turkey and the Uighur exiles

    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
    Insight Investigation: the SAS killing squad

    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 Rana


    Clips used: Guardian, CNN, BBC.
     
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    • 32 min
    Meghan and Harry: the inside story

    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).
     
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    • 28 min
    Wiley and Antisemitism

    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).
     
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    • 32 min
    Justice for Christopher

    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).
     
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    • 34 min
    Biden’s choice for vice-president

    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.
     
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