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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. 
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    Remembering Dame Deborah James

    Remembering Dame Deborah James

    Dame Deborah James, campaigner and podcast host, whose chronicling of her incurable bowel cancer inspired the nation and raised millions for charity, has died. In the final months of her life, she spoke to Alice Thompson about her extraordinary charity work, her family and how she chose to live while knowing that she was dying.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    If you would like to donate to Dame Deborah James's Bowelbabe fund, you can do so here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/BowelbabeFund
    Guest: Alice Thompson, Columnist and Interviewer, The Times
    Host: Manveen Rana.
    Clips: BBC You Me and the Big C, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, 5 News, ITV.

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    • 30 min
    Can an AI bot convince you that it's sentient?

    Can an AI bot convince you that it's sentient?

    Google engineer Blake Lemoine brought an unusual concern to his company earlier this month: he feared the AI language program he was working with had gained sentience. Even if he's wrong (and Google certainly thinks he is) -- is the fact that an AI bot can imitate sentience so convincingly reason enough to be worried?
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    Guest: Tom Whipple, Science Editor, The Times.
    Host: Luke Jones.


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    • 32 min
    Winning at all costs: The toxic culture of British gymnastics

    Winning at all costs: The toxic culture of British gymnastics

    From starving athletes hiding cereal bars in socks to fat-shaming and gaslighting – the findings of the watershed Whyte Review make for grim reading. Why is this scandal so unique to sport – and what next for British gymnastics?
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    Guest: Rebecca Myers, assistant news editor, The Sunday Times.
    Host: Luke Jones.
    Clips: BBC News, Beanyman News, Fox News, Gymnasts Inspire, Gym Angels, ITV News, Rotten Tomatoes TV, Sky News.

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    • 28 min
    Last man standing (Pt 1) - On the trail

    Last man standing (Pt 1) - On the trail

    Anthony Loyd begins his investigation into the disappearance of journalist John Cantlie, who was taken by ISIS in 2012. He explores the events of a prior kidnap and asks: what compelled John to return to Syria after his first escape? 
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Hosts: Manveen Rana and Anthony Loyd, War Correspondent, The Times.
    Clips: BBC, 5 Live, CNN, NBC, Broadcasting House (BBC Radio 4).

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    The fight for the Amazon: The long, bloody history to save the forest

    The fight for the Amazon: The long, bloody history to save the forest

    When journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Perreira were murdered while on a fact finding trip in the Amazon, it highlighted the threats to those working to protect the forest from exploitation. That fight, against those who want to use its resources, is one that has been going on for years - with little end in sight.
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    Guests:
    - Stephen Gibbs, Latin America Correspondent, The Times and The Sunday Times.
    - Leticia Valverdes, Brazilian photographer.
    Host: Luke Jones.
    Clips from: Al Jazeera, Sky News, NBC News, PBS, BBC News.

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    • 26 min
    The beginning of the end for Ireland's billionaire crime family?

    The beginning of the end for Ireland's billionaire crime family?

    For almost two decades the Kinahans have operated one of the most powerful criminal organisations in the world. Now, they’ve been named as some of America’s “most wanted” and people who've been associated with them, such as Tyson Fury, are being refused entry to the US. What action have the authorities taken and can they be stopped?
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    Guest: John Mooney, investigative journalist, The Sunday Times.
    Host: Calum Macdonald.
    Clips: RTE, Storyful, Sky Sports, Virgin Media News, IFL.

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Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Chris D Hughes ,

Great podcast

A great podcast and solid, balanced journalism. The latest episode called “The Taliban will kill me” is incredibly sad and infuriating. Everyone should take a listen to it.

Swaggershot ,

Hunter Biden’s Laptop

We now have come to find out the allegations against Hunter Biden are true. I wonder if there will be any updated podcasts admitting they were wrong. Trumps family would have been crucified if the roles were reversed.

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!

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