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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. 

    Footballers' wives: Wagatha Christie in the High Court

    Footballers' wives: Wagatha Christie in the High Court

    In 2019, Coleen Rooney, wife of former England football captain Wayne Rooney, accused Rebekah Vardy— also the wife of a prominent footballer or "Wag"— of leaking false stories about her private life. Rooney claimed to have discovered this after a “sting operation” on Instagram. Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, sued for libel. As their case is dragged through the courts, what can we learn about modern celebrity from the battle of the Wags?


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    Guests:
    - Rebecca Twomey, showbiz and entertainment journalist.
    - Jonathan Ames, legal editor at The Times.


    Host: Manveen Rana.


    Clips: This Morning, Loose Women, Channel 4 News, Sky News.
     
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    • 23 min
    Mass shootings: This is America

    Mass shootings: This is America

    2021 is on track to be America's deadliest year for gun violence in two decades. With record numbers of mass shootings across the country, is the US finally ready to confront the problem?


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    Guests:
    - Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times.
    - Patricia and Manuel Oliver, Founders of Change The Ref campaign.


    Host: Manveen Rana.


    Clips: CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, MSNBC, Wired.
     
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    • 29 min
    Police and tasers: The death of Dalian Atkinson

    Police and tasers: The death of Dalian Atkinson

    Five years ago, the death of an ex-footballer in the Midlands town of Telford made headlines. Last month, the officer who unlawfully killed Dalian Atkinson by tasering him to the ground and kicking him in the head, has been jailed for eight years. What does this case tell us about how police de-escalate difficult situations, particularly for those involving someone experiencing a mental health crisis?


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    Guest: Fiona Hamilton, Crime and security editor at The Times. 


    Host: David Aaronovitch.


    Clips: Sky News, BBC, Aston Villa, Channel 4 News, TRT World, 5 News.
     
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    • 31 min
    An interview with Michael Wolff: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

    An interview with Michael Wolff: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

    The forty fifth president of the US, Donald Trump, will be talked about forever. Now, Michael Wolff in his new book: Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, exposes the chaos behind the scenes at the White House during President Trump's time in office. What did he learn when he sat down with him?


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    Guest: Michael Wolff, journalist and author of Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency. 


    Host: Manveen Rana.


     Clips: LA Times, CBS News, The Guardian, NBC News.
     
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    • 29 min
    European Super League: A busted flush?

    European Super League: A busted flush?

    Earlier this year football fans, politicians and royalty united against the breakaway European Super League. Today we reveal how the multibillion-pound plan was scuppered and ask: could it still be revived?


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    Guest: Oliver Shah, business editor at The Sunday Times. Oliver's article on the Super League can be read here.


    Host: David Aaronovitch. 


    Clips: talkSPORT, Sky.
     
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    • 29 min
    Football and the state of the nation

    Football and the state of the nation

    The online racial abuse of some England players following Sunday's Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy has caused outrage across the country. What does the reaction to Sunday's result reveal about the state of our nation?


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    Guests: 
    -Henry Zeffman, chief political correspondent for The Times.
    -Henry Winter, chief football writer for The Times. 


    Host: Manveen Rana.


    Clips: BBC, The Sun, GB News, Sky News, Sky Sports.
     
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

WildeMarigolds ,

Excellent listening!

An excellent podcast - I could listen to Manveen's dulcet tones for hours and hours!
Whilst getting behind the headlines is always done with great aplomb, I really enjoy the unexpected stories, too, such as the China one-child policy episode or the children who won't wake up. Today's Zuma episode was a great listen as I felt I finally understood a story I had whizzed past in the papers for a while now. The episodes on Covid-19, its mutations, vaccines and lockdown implications have been very informative and I find myself becoming something of a science pro - thank you, Tom Whipple!
David's a great presenter too - have a listen to his Cameron series if you haven't already. I always enjoy his pieces in the Times; he seems to be one of the few Times opinion writers who still manage to convince me on issues. I listen religiously to his The Briefing Room, which I highly recommend to other listeners.

My occasional annoyance with this podcast is technical: the editing on some of the episodes can be a bit unpolished but do persevere for the content. Perhaps the pandemic's shortened my fuse as I get rather annoyed with random guest presenters who don't have radioworthy voices or accents I can easily comprehend so I end up switiching off for those episodes. Having said that, the recent book review was good and should be done biannually.

All in all, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this podcast!

stockholmbeijing ,

World class journalism

This is an amazing podcast that should be on everyone’s playlist.
Thank you to all the journalists involved in making it.

ASideOfSriracha ,

Racist? This podcast is for you.

A publication and podcast for white sumpremacists among us.

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