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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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Protesters have take to the streets again, this time over a national security law that is set to be imposed by Beijing. Verna Yu and Lily Kuo look at how the standoff compares with those of Hong Kong’s recent history. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Why did so many people die in care homes? That may be the most urgent question of the likely public inquiry into the UK’s Covid-19 response. Rob Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs correspondent, on the government failures that led to thousands of care home deaths. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
For the past few months UK and EU negotiators have been locked in talks trying to thrash out a trade deal before 1 January. But after the chief negotiators, Michel Barnier and David Frost, exchanged testy letters last week, the talks risk reaching a stalemate. Is the UK headed for a no-deal Brexit?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The prime minister’s senior adviser has provoked national outrage by admitting travelling hundreds of miles to stay with family at the height of coronavirus lockdown. The Guardian’s Matthew Weaver reveals how he helped break the story. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
On 23 February Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man, was shot dead by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. But it was only when a 36-second video of the killing was leaked on 5 May, generating nationwide outcry, that three men were charged with his murder. Why did it take so long?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Sound recordist Chris Watson shares the birdsong from his English garden, while environmentalist George Monbiot looks at how the pandemic might be an opportunity for rewilding. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Oli de Botton is a headteacher of a large state school in Newham, east London. Like many teachers across the country, he is tackling the daunting task of getting ready for the return of some of his students in early June. Sally Weale, the Guardian education correspondent, looks at the backlash against this drive to return some year groups to school. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
In the five months since the world learned about Covid-19, it has killed hundreds of thousands of people. In that time, what have scientists found out – and what do they still not know? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Amelia Gentleman reports on life inside the hotels that are now housing some of the more than 5,400 homeless people across England and Wales. It is part of an unprecedented emergency operation to get all rough sleepers off the streets. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
An attempt earlier this month to remove Nicolás Maduro from power ended in farcical failure as a seaborne invading force was captured easily following a series of mishaps. World affairs editor Julian Borger tells the bizarre story. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
In the concluding part of our Blind Date takeover, two more couples meet remotely for a socially distanced evening of drinks and dinner. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The US election campaign is usually in full swing by this stage of the political cycle, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to rallies and fundraising events. David Smith in Washington looks at how the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is playing out. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
As the chancellor announces plans to extend the unprecedented scheme to pay the wages of millions of workers, whole sectors of the economy remain shut because of Covid-19, causing a recession unseen in Britain for centuries. Larry Elliott explains what it will mean for the country. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Tracking and tracing the movements of people with symptoms of Covid-19 is key to the next phase of ending the lockdown. But as the government trials a contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight, Alex Hern reports on concerns about privacy, effectiveness and trust. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 in a country where civil liberties were already being eroded. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Lockdown has changed the way we date. Is it possible to form the same kind of connection through a screen? To find out, we set up six strangers on three virtual blind dates .... Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Despite rising coronavirus case numbers, the US state of Mississippi is moving out of lockdown and reopening parks, restaurants and other non-essential shops. Oliver Laughland went to the resort of Biloxi to see how residents were responding Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Kate, a call handler for a domestic violence charity, discusses the challenges of trying to deal with the rising number of calls during lockdown. Guardian reporter Helen Pidd has been reporting on the domestic violence cases being heard at Manchester magistrates court over the past few weeks. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Guardian reporters Harry Davies and Simon Goodley tell Rachel Humphreys how they tracked down and confronted a senior NHS procurement official who had set up a company offering PPE for private sale Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The world economy may have dramatically dipped and the price of oil crashed, but one commodity is seeing an unprecedented boom: the face mask. Samanth Subramanian explores the newly distorted marketplace for masks and the lengths some will go to get them. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
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Comments (105)

John McIntosh

March 2020 - everybody: "...Guardian, stop talking about Brexit!" Guardian: "...ok, lets talk about Coronavirus." May 2020 - everybody: "Guardian - stop talking about Coronavirus!!" Guardian: "...ok... let's talk about Brexit" :O)

May 27th
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Jebin James

The guests’ voice is amazing!

May 20th
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Pouya Ardi

Actually I like it. However, seems to me Such video calls are kinds filtering our real ourselves. All of us have been through this before. Such online relationships on the very first days are working like a clock. However, in seeing each other in person, we come to know that these visual relationships still have a long path to replace the real dating.

May 18th
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Christopher Andrew

illoi

May 12th
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Don Purpura

Look at Chump he injects light 💡 in his body and thats why he's orange !

May 1st
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Don Purpura

Richard should Bail us out that rich mofo!

Apr 30th
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Kathy Simpson

face masks. really? well I'm going to another podcast now.

Apr 30th
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khadim g

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, known as BCI, is the state's official crime lab serving the criminal justice community and protecting Ohio families. BCI also provides expert criminal investigative services to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies upon request

Apr 27th
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Don Purpura

WHO DG Tedros let 40,000 plus Wuhan, China folks spread the Corona world 🌏 wide!

Apr 24th
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Viktor S

So much focus on the negative with Covid-19. Mental health? Mine's better than ever thanks to the lack of commuting, lack of being chained to an office desk (WFH is incredible), running my own schedule. I fully understand it's not the same for everyone, particularly those out of work. Pollution? Refocussing on what's actually important? Some more positive reporting please 😅. There's a lot of good that can come out of all this.

Apr 24th
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Jebin James

This podcast use to be something I enjoyed in the mornings now it’s just the same thing again and again and again. Both Anuska and India are amazing hosts but the topics are just really draining.

Apr 23rd
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Jebin James

I know we’re in a pandemic but can we please talk about something other than Corona virus :(

Apr 23rd
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ck1

I do really like this podcast, but have switched off from with the back to back covid 19 related episides! Surely by there's been at least one other interesting / meaningful / important topic to shed some light on in the past month?

Apr 18th
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Sam Harris

just me or was thinking be section repeated?

Apr 17th
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Pouya

There is an other significant reason, why Germany have way less deaths than other Countries. Germany have besides powerful health system, the best food industry in whole world and because of that germans are healthy people and they are able to beat this Illness easier.

Apr 15th
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John Great

How does not closing borders NOT work though? Why would the WHO advice the whole world not to close borders? How does that even make sense? Allowing possibly sick people into your country to infect as many as they can... How does that work though? How about you close your borders, AND you put other measures in place? Couldn't they have advised that? #Coronavirus

Apr 13th
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Margaret Lewis

inspiring to hear. also inspiring that the media actually want to cover it. There are kind and generous people who help others everyday and at least the media can report on that. #goodnews #gooddeeds

Apr 13th
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Aygun Farhadi

What the hell was that 😑😑😑😥😥😥

Apr 7th
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Juliana N Ma

I do take awhile to catch up listening to podcast on Wednesday 25 March 2020 Prince Charles Did tests positive for coronavirus. you should issue statement of correction! UK coronavirus live: Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/mar/25/uk-coronavirus-live-news-covid-19-pmqs-boris-johnson-parliament-to-close-early-for-easter-recess?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Messages

Mar 29th
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K Muzaffar

awesome

Mar 26th
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