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Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday 

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Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday 

    What can we learn from China’s handling of coronavirus?

    What can we learn from China’s handling of coronavirus?

    After weeks of lockdown China is starting to lift restrictions in an attempt to return the country to normal. The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, discusses how China coped with coronavirus and what life is like there now. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 23 min
    Coronavirus: the race to rescue the UK’s self employed

    Coronavirus: the race to rescue the UK’s self employed

    Today the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is expected to announce that the taxpayer will pay self-employed workers up to 80% of their recent earnings to help contain the economic impact of coronavirus. Mark Cairns, an Uber driver, and Rob Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs editor, discuss the impact of Covid-19 on gig economy workers and the self-employed. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 24 min
    Coronavirus: why are your parents sending you so much fake news?

    Coronavirus: why are your parents sending you so much fake news?

    An avalanche of misinformation, fake news and hoaxes are being shared widely online as people seek reliable information on the coronavirus crisis. The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, examines where the falsehoods are coming from. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 25 min
    How far do the government's new emergency powers go?

    How far do the government's new emergency powers go?

    A new government bill that brings sweeping new powers to shut down mass gatherings, potentially detain people with coronavirus symptoms and weaken the social care safety net is being rushed through parliament. The Guardian’s Peter Walker explains what is at stake. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 20 min
    The Labour leadership interviews: Rebecca Long-Bailey

    The Labour leadership interviews: Rebecca Long-Bailey

    Long-Bailey only became an MP in 2015, but now she is running to lead her party. Despite loyally serving in Labour’s shadow cabinet and playing a leading role in drawing up the party’s recent manifesto, she is determined not to be portrayed as the continuity Corbyn candidate. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 29 min
    Social distancing: learning to cope with a new normal

    Social distancing: learning to cope with a new normal

    Columnist Zoe Williams has spent the week researching tips for life under a new regime of social distancing and self-isolation. She tells Anushka Asthana it is important to give yourself a break amid the hardships Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

Bradlee_ ,

Admirable.

The greatest aspect of the show is that I can be intrigued and informed without being depressed over current events, and this is not to say that they steer away from what matters.

Erewhom ,

The Brexit analysis is masterly

The podcast is always interesting and offers unusual takes on familiar topics or informative views on the less usual. Friday’s Brexit Gamble analysis, however, went above and beyond this podcast’s usual high standard. It gives clarity, analysis and insights into a topic which one would think had been so chewed over and hackneyed as to be beyond interest; but not in their hands. Great work.

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Very well done!

Just finished listening to “Life after Auschwitz”, very emotional and very informative and touching and most of all a subject that’s so important. Very well put questions and sensitive tone and voice. Highly recommend this podcast...I am impressed, thank you!

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