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Hosted by Rachel Humphreys, Nosheen Iqbal and Michael Safi, 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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A cold winter, a windless summer, and boom in business have combined to create an energy crisis that is hitting particularly hard in the UK. The Guardian’s energy correspondent Jillian Ambrose explains how it happened – and what it will mean for people. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
German voters will elect a new chancellor for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, as the Angela Merkel era ends. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
It came out of the blue – but the new military pact between Australia, the UK and the US could transform international relations for a generation. The Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, explains the Aukus deal that has enraged Beijing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
New albums, new TV series, and actual live shows – the culture taps might have run dry during the pandemic, but this autumn they are switching on again at last. Our critics give their pick of the new crop. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Fikile Ntshangase was involved in a legal dispute over the extension of an opencast mine when she was shot dead in her home. Her daughter Malungelo Xhakaza tells her story to Rachel Humphreys. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
When the ‘subscription social network’ OnlyFans announced it would be banning the sexually explicit content that made it a billion-dollar business, sex workers were up in arms – and many observers wondered how the move could make financial sense. Then it had second thoughts. So what does this tech saga tell us about where pornography fits into the future of the internet – and is it just another example of the sex industry treating women as disposable?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The government’s plan to fix the ailing social care system passed into law this week. But who will benefit most and who will pick up the bill?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
As gaps continue to appear on supermarkets shelves and restaurants take unavailable items off menus, Britain’s supply chains appear to be at the centre of a perfect storm of pandemic disruption coupled with post-Brexit labour shortages. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Scientists treating depression and a range of other mental illnesses have been running controlled trials using MDMA and psychedelic drugs such as LSD and the results have been encouraging. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and standup comedian Nabil Abdul Rashid both came of age in the early 2000s, as Britain’s Muslim communities were feeling the backlash from 9/11. In conversation with Nosheen Iqbal, they look back at the past two decades and ahead to what the future holds for Britain’s Muslims. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Few terrorist organisations survive for more than a few years. Al-Qaida was different. Jason Burke, who has spent much of his career reporting on the group, and former member Aimen Dean reflect on how it was able to carry out the September 11 attacks more than a decade after it was formed – and its struggle to survive the fallout from its ‘catastrophic success’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The children of 9/11

The children of 9/11

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There were 3,051 children who lost a parent on September 11 2001. In the first of three episodes examining the reverberations of the attacks 20 years on, three of that group reflect on the weight of that private grief – and what it meant to grow up with it in the media spotlight. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
More than 40,000 wildfires have burned in the US so far this year – and the firefighters who battle them have been pushed to their limit. Llew, who did the job for 20 years, explains the impact it had on his life. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
A warning call told residents of al-Jalaa apartment block that their homes were about to be destroyed. This is the story of the frantic evacuation that followed – told through recordings made by the people who lived there. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
With new petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned in the UK from 2030, what can a road trip the length of the UK teach us about the future of cars?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
With ministers promising a return to normal in classrooms, it’s a tough time to be a teacher – but with new information constantly emerging on vaccines for children, and the pandemic not yet over, it’s a tough time for parents and pupils too. Jules White and Nicola Davis have done their homework. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
Day after day, Ahmad risked his life to come to the airport with his family, British passport in hand – only to be left behind when the last evacuation flight departed. Now he and many others who hoped to be rescued face an uncertain future in the new Afghanistan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
When the police came to Emma’s door on a Sunday evening, she could never have imagined that her ex-husband would be arrested for downloading indecent images of children. What happens to the families whose lives ‘the knock’ turns upside down?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
The growth of non-fungible tokens has given rise to huge windfalls for those behind early virals. Sirin Kale and Alex Hern explain all. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus
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 theguardian.com/infocus
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Philip Schofield

used to love this podcast but just can't bear new host Michael Safi. It sounds now instead of intelligent chats and informative like a sensationalist true crime podcast and I am not alone in thinking this. I can't understand how he's got this gig. I really miss my daily podcast.

Sep 1st
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nikshikari

I miss Anoushka

Aug 30th
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Faranak Javaheri

so not mentioning Pakistan role !! interesting

Aug 22nd
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Mona Kabian

Since when it is called Arabian Gulf???

Aug 12th
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Ollie

a very important episode

Aug 8th
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Sneha Wilson

Very informative session

Aug 3rd
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Elias Kamaratos

A well researched and produced series on a very scary topic which will doubtless become commonplace in the years to come... unless we collectively do something to stop it. WELL DONE to all the BRAVE reporters in the team!

Jul 23rd
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Hannah Morgan

Very worrying considering how vulnerable the pm is, he doesn't seem to ge that aware of cyber security

Jul 23rd
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Naeem Sarfraz

One of the most moving episodes from this podcast. So many emotions stirred whilst listening to this. Let's hope we, as humanity, don't ever repeat these mistakes.

Jul 19th
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Leo Van Doorn

Will there be anything about the unrest in South Africa soon?

Jul 14th
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Terry madeupisland

There are some emotional hammer blows in here. Never cried listening to a podcast before. Powerful stuff.

Jul 9th
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Parham Movahed

Still no explanation!

Jun 28th
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mickey mór

england will stop paying for NI eventually.

Jun 27th
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Andrew Browne

This from the man that 1. Admitted lying about Iran deal, 2. Pushed Russiagate

May 31st
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majopareja

Thank you for this episode. Brutal, heartbreaking and sobering. It is definitely necessary to rethink gun violence in terms of community building and funding, instead of the high profile cases that get all of the attention.

May 31st
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Ciara G

Excellent episode, lots of different perspectives and well researched

May 28th
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May 17th
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Vita Evans

,i

May 14th
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Midnight Rambler

because adults can ask for help. if it's consenting what's the problem

May 12th
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