From Channel 4 News, an in-depth look at the news stories you need to know about; how the past shapes the present and what might lie ahead for us all.
Cops on Trial - sexual misconduct and the police
Since the murder of Sarah Everard, it has come to light that a number of police officers abuse their positions to target women, and a recent episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches programme revealed the shocking scale of that abuse.
In the past four years, nearly 2,000 police officers, special constables and PCSOs in the UK have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.
Dispatches interviewed dozens of women who were victims, and the programme asked whether enough was being done to investigate these crimes.
On today’s podcast we speak to the investigative journalist, Ellie Flynn, about the widespread police sexual misconduct and police-perpetrated domestic abuse in the UK.
And a warning - this podcast contains themes that some listeners may find distressing.
Can ‘levelling up’ bridge the north-south divide?
Ever since Boris Johnson marched into Number 10 after his 2019 landslide, he has promised to level up.
But the government was accused of ‘betraying’ the North recently after scrapping parts of their plans for HS2 - the high-speed rail service that was meant to transport the region’s infrastructure.
Number 10 argued their revised plan for the project was still "one of the biggest single acts of levelling up of any government in history"
But what exactly is levelling up and do voters really understand it or even care about it?
Our political correspondent Liz Bates explains how a political slogan and manifesto promise is now considered important enough to have its own government department.
Breaking with Britain: Barbados becomes a Republic
55 years since Barbados achieved independence from British rule, tomorrow the country will make history by becoming the first country in almost three decades to sever ties with the British Royal family. Today, Ayshah Tull asks what this move means for the Royal family but also for the status of ‘global Britain’.
We speak to Guy Hewitt, former High Commissioner of Barbados in London about why, after decades of discussions, Barbados has decided now is the right time to depart with the past and start the next chapter in the country’s history.
And we talk to Dr Christopher Sabatini, senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, about what concrete changes this could bring for the people of Barbados and whether countries around the world will follow suit.
Sources: ITV News, Sky News, Television Jamaica
Will it be Covid protests and compulsory jabs for Christmas?
When it comes to Covid, what starts in one country, quickly spreads to another. As Europe is gripped by a fourth wave, and sees civil unrest as some protestors say “no” to new restrictions, will we see infections, and tempers, peak in the UK too?
Here in the UK, our Delta wave came much earlier in the summer, and our boosters are working - although cases remain high. So has the UK’s path through the pandemic taken a different turn to the rest of Europe? Are we on top of it, or do we need Covid passports, or vaccine mandates to keep things under control?
On today’s Fourcast, our Health and Social Care Editor Victoria Macdonald explains why the cases are rising in Europe and asks whether the compulsory jab mandates seen on the continent are coming to our shores next.
Climate jihad: how a changing planet fuels terrorism
For some parts of Africa, climate change is already destroying populations, causing unpredictable rains, failing crops and starving livestock. And now, as the battle for resources intensifies, it’s fuelling terrorism and war.
One of the worst areas affected is the Sahel, a swathe of arid land crossing central Africa, where temperatures are rising by 1.5% more than the global average.
Conflict over diminishing resources is driving jihadi violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Today, our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports on her recent trip to Niger.
Azeem Rafiq speaks: cricket’s racism problem
Last week, Azeem Rafiq gave a devastating account of the racism he faced at Yorkshire Cricket Club, and it's turned the cricket world upside down.
Is this a watershed moment for English cricket? Or is there a deep-rooted racism in the gentleman's game that's too entrenched to eradicate?
In today's episode, Rafiq sat down with our sports reporter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan to discuss his cricket career and what he hopes will change after his story.
And a warning, this episode contains some upsetting language and themes.