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Today in Focus

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 


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The lawyer who fought to free Guantánamo's highest-value detainee-podcast

Nancy Hollander has taken on many difficult cases in her career, but none quite like that of the Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi. Help support our independent journalism at
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Guantánamo?s highest-value detainee and the guard who befriended him

Mohamedou Ould Salahi was once Guantánamo?s highest-value detainee, but during the 14 years he spent behind bars he was never charged with a crime. Salahi and his former guard Steve Wood reflect on their time at the prison. Help support our independent journalism at
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Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and the turmoil inside Scottish politics

With Scotland?s first minister Nicola Sturgeon giving evidence today, the Guardian?s Scotland correspondent, Libby Brooks, charts the unravelling of the alliance between first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond ? once seen as Scotland?s greatest political partnership. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why has the Brazilian butt lift become so popular? ? podcast

The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become the world?s fastest growing cosmetic surgery, despite mounting concerns over the growing number of deaths from the procedure. What is driving its popularity?. Help support our independent journalism at
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The life and death of Robert Maxwell

In 1991, the tycoon Robert Maxwell died in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained. Thirty years on, his legacy is still being felt, says the author John Preston. Help support our independent journalism at
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Is this the worst year ever for the UK music industry?

Guardian music writer Laura Snapes, singer-songwriter Arlo Parks and musician Nitin Sawhney discuss the impact that Covid, Brexit and the ?streaming economy? are having on the sector. Help support our independent journalism at
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No sex please, we're British. Dating in a pandemic

Lockdown rules have left little opportunity for people who aren?t already living with a partner to pursue romantic relationships, explains Zoe Williams. Help support our independent journalism at
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The science behind England?s Covid exit plan ? podcast

Nicola Davis runs through the science behind the government?s decision to begin lifting lockdown restrictions, a four-stage plan that starts with the reopening of schools and could see the return of nightclubs on 21 June. Help support our independent journalism at
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Freshwater part 5: the appeal

Today, the Freshwater Five case is in front of the court of appeal after the disclosure of new evidence that the defence says points to the men?s conviction being unsafe. Why has it taken a decade to get to this point? Listen to episode 1 Listen to episode 2 Listen to episode 3 Listen to episode 4. Help support our independent journalism at
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Freshwater part 4: radar

When the Freshwater Five?s lawyer, Emily Bolton, found new evidence not disclosed at the men?s trial, it set her on a path to the court of appeal and another version of events that adds weight to their claims Listen to episode 1 Listen to episode 2 Listen to episode 3. Help support our independent journalism at
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Freshwater part 3: the clifftop evidence

A major part of the evidence against the Freshwater Five came from the clifftop above Freshwater Bay. It was there that police saw bags being thrown from the men?s boat. But the defence still have questions about what the police actually saw Listen to episode 1 Listen to episode 2. Help support our independent journalism at
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Freshwater part 2: the circumstantial evidence

In the second part of Freshwater, Anushka Asthana examines the circumstantial evidence presented at trial against the Freshwater Five including a series of phone calls from sea and why a man with no prior fishing experience was onboard the boat that night Listen to episode 1. Help support our independent journalism at
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Freshwater part 1: are the wrong men in jail?

In 2011, five men were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always said they are innocent. Now, as new evidence is due to be put before the court of appeal, we investigate the case of the Freshwater Five. Help support our independent journalism at
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Catherine Flowers and her fight for environmental justice in Alabama

In parts of the American south, many homes don?t have access to working waste treatment ? something activist Catherine Flowers is fighting to change. Help support our independent journalism at
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Inside Napier: the former army barracks housing asylum seekers

The Guardian?s home affairs correspondent, Jamie Grierson, discusses the government?s decision to use two former army barracks, Napier and Penally, to house up to 600 vulnerable asylum seekers. Amid allegations of cover-ups, poor access to healthcare and legal advice, and crowded conditions, one former resident describes the impact Napier had on him. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why are farmers protesting against the Indian government?

The Guardian?s south Asia correspondent and the founder of a sustainable farming movement explain why farmers are so angry. Help support our independent journalism at
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It's a Sin: a nurse reflects on the Aids crisis of the 80s

Channel 4/HBO Max?s new drama It?s a Sin, written by Russell T Davies, follows a group of friends living through the 1980s Aids crisis. Leigh Chislett worked as a HIV nurse at St Mary?s hospital in London during that period. Watching the show, he saw himself not just in the nurses caring for patients but also in the young gay men navigating their lives. Help support our independent journalism at
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Covid-19 variants and what they mean for vaccines

The Guardian?s health editor, Sarah Boseley, looks at why variants of the Covid-19 virus are alarming scientists. Help support our independent journalism at
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The coup in Myanmar and a fight for democracy

A military coup in Myanmar has removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and sent tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. Rebecca Ratcliffe describes how the country risks turning back the clock to the decades of military dictatorship and economic isolation. Help support our independent journalism at
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How the Queen lobbied for changes in the law to hide her wealth

Government memos discovered in the National Archives reveal that the Queen lobbied ministers to alter proposed legislation. The Guardian?s David Pegg follows the trail and explains its implications for a monarchy which is supposed to stay out of politics. Help support our independent journalism at
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Alexei Navalny?s imprisonment: how Putin put his opponent behind bars

The sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny marks a dramatic turning point in Russian politics, says Andrew Roth. Help support our independent journalism at
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Inside the trial against the 'Ndrangheta - Italy's biggest mafia syndicate

Guardian journalists Lorenzo Tondo and Clare Longrigg discuss the trial against the ?Ndrangheta, the largest mafia trial in three decades. At the centre is Emanuele Mancuso, son of boss Luni Mancuso, who has been revealing the clan?s secrets after accepting police protection. Help support our independent journalism at
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Donald Trump's second impeachment: will the Senate convict him?

Donald Trump?s second impeachment trial begins in the Senate next week. Lawrence Douglas explains the process and politics of the spectacle ahead. Help support our independent journalism at
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Wall Street versus the Redditors: the GameStop goldrush

When a group of amateur investors on a Reddit messageboard began buying up stock in a video games retailer it forced huge losses on major Wall Street hedge funds that had bet against it. But following a trading frenzy the stock began to fall, almost as quickly as it had risen. Help support our independent journalism at
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How the EU?s vaccine effort turned into a crisis

Daniel Boffey, the Guardian?s Brussels bureau chief, looks at why the EU?s vaccination programme has become so chaotic. Last Friday the commission attempted an ill-fated plan to seek to erect a vaccine border on the island of Ireland by triggering a clause in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Help support our independent journalism at
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Inside LA?s Covid crisis ? podcast

Guardian US correspondent Sam Levine visits Martin Luther King Jr community hospital in Los Angeles county, an area battling one of the worst Covid outbreaks in the US. Help support our independent journalism at
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Conversations with kids about coronavirus

Children across the UK talk about how the pandemic has affected their lives. Help support our independent journalism at
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What's up with WhatsApp?

A routine update to WhatsApp?s privacy policy resulted in a public relations fiasco earlier this month, when viral posts questioning the changes prompted users to try out alternative apps. Kate O?Flaherty breaks down what?s next for WhatsApp. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why Brazilians are having to take the Covid crisis into their own hands

Tom Phillips, the Guardian?s Latin America correspondent, looks at the surge of infections in the Brazilian state of Amazonas that has left many hospitals without the most basic supplies and has prompted yet more protests against Bolsonaro. Help support our independent journalism at
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Behind closed doors: Filipina workers trapped by the pandemic

Journalist Corinne Redfern discusses the impact the pandemic has had on the Filipino women trapped overseas, including Mimi (not her real name) who works for a wealthy family in London for just £5 an hour. Mimi was asked to keep working through the first lockdown with the family coaching her on what to say if the police stopped her. In her spare time, Mimi helps other overseas workers escape situations where they are being abused. Help support our independent journalism at
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Vaccine hesitancy: what is behind the fears circulating in BAME communities?

Several national surveys suggest people from black, Asian and minority backgrounds are far more likely to reject having the Covid-19 vaccine than their white counterparts. Nazia Parveen and Annabel Sowemimo explain the root causes of this hesitancy. Help support our independent journalism at
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The fight for recovery from a lifelong eating disorder

The Guardian?s Jenny Stevens struggled with an eating disorder throughout her 20s. When she was able to finally access the treatment she needed, she began a slow recovery ? which she is still coming to terms with. Help support our independent journalism at
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Surviving cardiac arrest: what it's like to come back to life

Last year the Guardian?s Jonathan Watts underwent a lifesaving operation following a cardiac arrest. He tells Anushka Asthana what it taught him about life and death. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why is Sex and the City coming back to our screens?

Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses why Sex and the City was such a successful TV series, while the Guardian?s deputy television editor, Hannah J Davies, looks at what the reboot tells us about TV commissioning today. Help support our independent journalism at
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The end of Trump: where will the Biden era take America?

Guardian US columnist Robert Reich reflects on the unfinished business of the Trump presidency, and what Biden?s administration should aim to accomplish. Help support our independent journalism at
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Is bitcoin a scam?

In 2013 James Howells threw out a computer hard drive containing bitcoin. Last week he again asked his local council for permission to dig for it at his local dump as he believes it is now worth about £200m. The Guardian?s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, looks at the rise of bitcoin and whether it should be banned. Help support our independent journalism at
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Inside an NHS hospital at the peak of the coronavirus crisis

As the latest wave of Covid infections hits hospitals, wards are nearing capacity and oxygen supplies are straining at the volume of new patients. The Guardian?s Helen Pidd spent a day at Milton Keynes University hospital to witness the crisis up close. Help support our independent journalism at
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Trump, the death penalty and its links with America?s racist history

This week, Donald Trump sanctioned the execution of the only woman on federal death row: Lisa Montgomery. She was the 11th prisoner to be killed since the president restarted federal executions in July last year. The Guardian US?s Ed Pilkington looks at why Trump has carried out more federal executions than any other president in almost 200 years. Help support our independent journalism at
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Bobi Wine: the reggae singer vying to be Uganda?s next president

Ugandans go to the polls today to elect a new president. Can a charismatic young musician end three and a half decades of rule by a strongman? Freelance reporter Samuel Okiror has been following Bobi Wine?s campaign to defeat Yoweri Museveni. Help support our independent journalism at
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Covid: vaccinating our way out of a crisis

Government aims to vaccinate 12 million people by middle of February. With the NHS struggling, Robin McKie asks whether it is fast enough. Help support our independent journalism at
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Inside the investigation into how Covid-19 began

This week a team of international experts from the WHO will arrive in China to investigate the origins of Covid-19. A year into the pandemic, Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley looks at what questions still need to be answered. Help support our independent journalism at
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From Yemen to the UK: Noor's story

A women?s rights activist tells the extraordinary story of how she fled Yemen after her life was threatened, and her devastation at having to leave her four children behind. She describes her terrifying journey to the UK, where she faces an uncertain future. Help support our independent journalism at
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The storming of the Capitol and the end of the Trump era

When rioters stormed into the Capitol building in Washington DC this week, it marked a new low for the Trump presidency. David Smith and Lauren Gambino describe a week in US politics like no other. Help support our independent journalism at
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How the Covid surge has left the NHS on the brink

Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown amid fears the NHS could be overwhelmed within weeks with Covid patients. Denis Campbell and Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden describe a service already at breaking point. Help support our independent journalism at
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Is your boss spying on you?

With home working now well established, many companies are finding new ways to monitor the productivity of their employees often with intrusive spyware, says technology editor Alex Hern. Help support our independent journalism at
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A new national lockdown

2021 has begun in crisis mode for Boris Johnson?s government as it scrambles to control new Covid infections by closing schools and implementing a new national lockdown. Peter Walker reports on the new measures Coronavirus ? latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at
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Why do some people find it harder than others to lose weight?

After treating thousands of obese people, bariatric surgeon Andrew Jenkinson was left wondering why, when most people eat too many calories, only some become overweight. After years of research, he believes he has the answer. Help support our independent journalism at
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Revisited: the clitoris coverup ? why do we know so little?

Medical textbooks are full of anatomical pictures of the penis, but the clitoris barely rates a mention and many medical professionals are uncomfortable even talking about it. Reporter Calla Wahlquist and associate news editor Gabrielle Jackson explain the history and science of the clitoris, and speak to the scientists and artists dedicated to demystifying it. Help support our independent journalism at
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Revisited: a cure for insomnia?

Like a growing number of people, Simon Parkin suffered from insomnia for years. After dozens of failed techniques, he finally found one that worked. Help support our independent journalism at
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Revisited: Leonardo da Vinci and the mystery of the world's most expensive painting. Podcast

Salvator Mundi was sold for a record $450m at auction in 2017 to an anonymous bidder. But the painting?s provenance as the work of Leonardo has been called into question. Help support our independent journalism at
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