Today in Focus
Hosted by Anushka Asthana and Rachel Humphreys, 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
Is sitting still slowly killing us?
Wednesday 21 April 2021
: Modern lifestyles are increasingly sedentary and inactive, and the public health effects of this are only just starting to show up, says...
How UK scientists are tracking down new Covid variants
Tuesday 20 April 2021
: Since the pandemic began, a crack team of scientists have been working to track Covid variants as they appear, to try to stop them from...
Did ‘eat out to help out’ cost lives?
Monday 19 April 2021
: Last August, Bob Pape and his family went on a city break to Birmingham, making the most of the chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘eat out to...
Becoming Prince Philip: an interview with The Crown’s Tobias Menzies
Friday 16 April 2021
: Tobias Menzies played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown. On the eve of the royal’s funeral, Menzies discusses the unique challenge of...
David Cameron’s lobbying scandal
Thursday 15 April 2021
: The Guardian’s banking correspondent, Kalyeena Makortoff, and political correspondent Rajeev Syal discuss the unprecedented formal inquiry...
Will we need a Covid pass to get into the pub?
Wednesday 14 April 2021
: The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced plans for a domestic Covid-status certificate. We look to Israel, where a similar scheme...
What is really behind the riots in Northern Ireland?
Tuesday 13 April 2021
: The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, looks at what is fuelling loyalist anger in Northern Ireland. Help support our...
Remembering the Brixton riots 40 years on
Monday 12 April 2021
: In April 1981, a simmering tension between the police and Brixton’s black community erupted in violence. Forty years, on Aamna Modhin...
Risk, reward and the AstraZeneca vaccine
Friday 09 April 2021
: People in the UK under 30 will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine because of a possible link to rare blood clots. Could...
The death of George Floyd and the case against Derek Chauvin – podcast
Thursday 08 April 2021
: The death of George Floyd after being restrained by Minneapolis police last year sparked a wave of outrage that swept across the US and then...
How can the UK stop harassment and sexual abuse in schools? – podcast
Wednesday 07 April 2021
: The Everyone’s Invited website has collected 14,000 testimonies so far, painting a picture of widespread sexual harassment and violence in...
Why the government's race report sparked a furious backlash
Tuesday 06 April 2021
: A new report into racial inequality in the UK has been condemned by campaigners and was called a ‘green light for racists’ by Doreen...
A year of Keir: has the Covid pandemic sidelined Labour's leader?
Monday 05 April 2021
: Keir Starmer is marking a year as leader of the Labour party in which one issue has dominated above all else. The Guardian’s political...
Why are gay conversion practices still legal in the UK?
Friday 02 April 2021
: The UK government has pledged to ban gay conversion practices – which involve trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender...
What is the police and crime bill and why are people protesting against it?
Thursday 01 April 2021
: Thousands of people have been protesting against the government’s police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, which would allow police to...
Unblocking the Suez canal
Wednesday 31 March 2021
: The gigantic cargo ship the Ever Given blocked the world’s busiest shipping lane for a week. Michael Safi reports on what the costly...
Joe Biden's border challenge: reversing Trumpism
Tuesday 30 March 2021
: The 46th US president took office promising a more welcoming immigration policy. But Republicans are calling a new wave of migrants at the...
Freshwater part 6: the decision
Monday 29 March 2021
: The court of appeal heard the appeal of the Freshwater Five last week. In the final part of our miniseries, we hear how the judges reached...
The aftermath of a rape
Friday 26 March 2021
: While working in Abu Dhabi launching a literary festival, Caitlin McNamara alleges she was raped by a member of the Emirati royal family. A...
Europe's third Covid wave
Thursday 25 March 2021
: As a deadly third wave of Covid infections sweeps across the continent, Jon Henley reports on how EU leaders are considering restricting...
Men! What can you do to help fight misogyny?
Wednesday 24 March 2021
: Educator and author Dr Jackson Katz discusses why all men need to be part of ending violence against women, and what they can do to help....
A year inside: what shielding has meant for the most vulnerable
Tuesday 23 March 2021
: The first national lockdown began in Britain a year ago today, but for those identified as clinically vulnerable, the restrictions often...
Professor Neil Ferguson on the Covid year that shattered our way of life
Monday 22 March 2021
: Prof Neil Ferguson was one of the first scientists to raise the alarm in Britain that unless the government radically changed policy, it was...
Is it time to abolish the monarchy?
Friday 19 March 2021
: Jonathan Freedland looks at whether the fallout from last week’s Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan has moved the monarchy...
What do progressives make of Joe Biden's presidency so far
Thursday 18 March 2021
: Lauren Gambino, political correspondent for Guardian US, discusses the $1.9tn Covid relief package, which was passed by Congress last week....