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The Slow Newscast from Tortoise takes the news slowly. We investigate, and every week we focus on stories that really matter in the UK and around the world. From the war in Ukraine, the downfall of Boris Johnson, to true crime and injustice and real life mysteries, The Slow Newscast team is devoted to narrative investigations. From a startup newsroom with a different approach to journalism.
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The Slow Newscast from Tortoise takes the news slowly. We investigate, and every week we focus on stories that really matter in the UK and around the world. From the war in Ukraine, the downfall of Boris Johnson, to true crime and injustice and real life mysteries, The Slow Newscast team is devoted to narrative investigations. From a startup newsroom with a different approach to journalism.
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For early and ad-free access, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.
If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    The Greatest: Simone Biles

    The Greatest: Simone Biles

    She is arguably the best gymnast the world has ever seen. But history shows us that she’s human too. Will Simone Biles fly at the Paris Olympics or will she fall?
    – Clips of Simone Biles from Versus on Watch web series and the Call Her Daddy podcast.
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    • 37 min
    The end of Brexit

    The end of Brexit

    Labour have pledged to make the UK the fastest growing economy in the G7. So is this the end of Brexit?
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    • 37 min
    Dangerous Memories

    Dangerous Memories

    To listen to Dangerous Memories, search for Tortoise Investigates wherever you get your podcasts.
    When Sarah watched her 23 year old daughter cycle away from her in Chelsea - a well-off corner of London - she had no idea it would be the last time they’d see each other for 6 years. What would make a loving child from a life of privilege suddenly sever ties with friends and family, and vanish? 
    It turns out, Sarah wasn’t alone in losing a daughter. Something strange was happening to other young women, too.
    And they all had one thing in common: a kind of therapist figure - a woman they were all seeing and sharing their problems, their secrets, their fears with. But it took years for the truth of what was happening behind closed doors to emerge, and the extraordinary things this woman led them to believe.
    Dangerous Memories is our latest investigation, told over six episodes. It's the story of young women who wanted to be healed that became, for us, a story about the healer, and what we risk when we let someone else into our mind, and our memory.
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    • 41 min
    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 1

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 1

    Episode one: The bath

    Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s most successful authors. And one of the most loved. His works have been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Now two women, a former nanny and a fan, allege he sexually assaulted and abused them while they were in consensual relationships with him. He strenuously denies all the allegations.
    Clip: The Sandman trailer - DC Comics/Netflix
    Clip: The Ocean at the End of the Lane trailer - National Theatre
    Clip: The Simpsons - Disney
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    • 56 min
    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 2

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 2

    Episode two: The Whatsapps
    The former nanny who alleges Neil Gaiman sexually assaulted her shares her WhatsApp messages with him. The messages appear friendly and affectionate. He says they’re evidence that she consented to sex with him. But is there another way of reading them?
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    • 48 min
    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 3

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 3

    Episode three: The pond
    New Zealand police tell the former nanny there isn’t enough evidence to actively pursue her sexual assault complaint against Neil Gaiman. He says he offered himself up for an interview with the police. But the facts may indicate otherwise.
    Clip: 1968 interview with Neil Gaiman - BBC 
    Clip: Big Bang Theory, series 11, episode 21 - CBS/Warner Bros
    Clip: Newsnight - BBC 
    Clip: William Morrow 2014
    Clip: Politics and Prose bookstore 2013

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

east_of_eden ,

Gaiman Want-to-Bes with the one stars lol

Just in the reviews to see who has empathy for a sexual abusers! Masks off, we see you! Thanks for the excellent and complex story. Checks right out.

MereMay87 ,

The News We Need

In a world of fast paced, breaking news, Tortoise stands out above the rest, as it methodically makes it’s way to the finish line, gathering info along the way. This is the kind of journalism we need more of in our world. Listen to Tortoise, you will not be disappointed.

km34 ,

Irresponsible

I found the coverage of the “Neil Gaiman” bit to be irresponsible, bordering on unethical. Innuendo, quick-clips that seem like the reporters are cutting context out, clear cases of the “victim saying ‘I consented,’ and the reporters just ignoring it and launching into their take, etc. The reporters clearly do not accept BDSM as a sexual activity, nor do they agree with a 20-year-old being an adult that can consent (which, by law, they are). The reporters may have bigger points – is BDSM assault? what is consent? can someone say they consent but withdraw it post-facto? – but the fact that they chose what appear to be regretful BUT CONSENTING adults is just irresponsible. Really shoddy work that comes across as a salacious way to hype their podcast/webpage.

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