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One remarkable story, told in depth, each day. Our daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day and hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. 

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India's second wave

India's second wave

2021-05-1139:14

All across India there are scenes of devastation and desperation as the country grapples with a brutal second wave of Covid-19. What went wrong? And will this crisis have a lasting impact on the political future of Prime Minister Modi? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Amrit Dhillon, Freelance journalist for The Times. -Hugh Tomlinson, South Asia correspondent for The Times. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A Sunday Times Insight investigation reveals a royal allegedly using their position to enrich themselves. Going undercover and working with Channel 4's Dispatches, the Insight team filmed HRH Prince Michael of Kent at a business meeting in which prospective clients were told he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make representations to Vladimir Putin’s tyrannical Russian regime. The investigation calls into question the way in which members of the royal family are permitted to make money and how they get involved in British foreign affairs. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: Jonathan Calvert, Editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigations team. George Arbuthnott, Deputy editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigations team. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Channel 4 Dispatches, Embassy of Russia, Reuters, BBC, Sambofias.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Northern Ireland's first minister, DUP leader Arlene Foster, has stepped down. Who will take over the top job? And what could it mean for the future of Northern Ireland? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Henry McDonald, contributing writer, The Sunday Times.  - Sam McBride, political editor, Belfast News Letter. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips: BBC, Belfast Telegraph, DUP, Channel 4, Euronews.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
She cofounded Tinder in her twenties, then became the target of misogynistic trolling. Now her female-friendly dating app Bumble has made her one of the world’s wealthiest women aged just 31. How has Whitney Wolfe Herd changed the way we date forever? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Jane Mulkerrins, Assistant editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Thursday the 6th May, voters in Hartlepool will elect the first new MP since Boris Johnson and the Conservatives’ landslide victory in 2019. With polling showing the Tories on course to win the seat from Labour - what can we learn about the national picture from this constituency in the North East? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: Patrick Maguire, Red Box editor at The Times. Mhari Aurora, Red Box reporter at The Times. Host: Will Roe. Clips used: ITV & BBC. Full list of candidates standing in the Hartlepool by-election on Thursday, 6th of May: David Bettney - Social Democratic Party. The Incredible Flying Brick - The Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Hilton Dawson - The North East Party. Gemma Evans - Women's Equality Party. Rachel Featherstone - The Green Party.  Adam Gaines - Independent. Andrew Hagon - Liberal Democrat. Steve Jack - Freedom Alliance. No Lockdowns. No Curfews. Chris Killick - [no description]. Sam Lee - Independent. Claire Martin - Heritage Party. Jill Mortimer - Conservative Party.  John Prescott - Reform UK. Thelma Walker - Independent. W. Ralph Ward-Jackson - Independent. Paul Williams - Labour Party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
President Joe Biden has proposed some of the most expansive and expensive economic reforms in America in recent political memory. He’s been keen to paint himself as a 21st century Franklin D. Roosevelt. How apt is that comparison? Will he pull his grand plans off? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: David Charter, US Editor for The Times. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: CNBC, William J Clinton Presidential Library, CSPAN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After a groundbreaking investigation carried out by The Times back in the 1960s, an anti-corruption police unit was set up to investigate corruption in the Metropolitan police force. How did they do it? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Julian Mounter, former Times journalist. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
They're calling it the 'cash for cushions' scandal. How did the refurbishment of the prime minister's flat snowball out of control? And what lies ahead for Boris Johnson? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: - Steven Swinford, political editor at The Times. - Daniel Finkelstein, columnist at The Times. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: BBC, Sky News, ITV, AP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Sweden’s approach has been different to most western European nations. But a year on, how have the Swedes fared, and did their government let them walk into a second wave?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Daniel Öhman, investigative journalist at Sweden Public Radio. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Channel 4, CBS News, TODAY and Sveriges Radio. On the 16th April, 2020, Manveen spoke to the Sunday Times' Middle East correspondent Louise Callaghan about life in Sweden: Listen to that episode on the 'Curious case of Sweden'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hundreds of children have succumbed to a mystery illness that can keep them in a sleeplike state for years and scientists are stumped. What does it feel like to sleep for months? And how do you treat the children who just won't wake up? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Suzanne O’Sullivan, neurologist. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In March, one digital art creation titled: "Everydays: The First 5000 Days" by artist Beeple, sold for a groundbreaking $69.3 million. What is digital art and why has it taken the world by storm? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Eddie Frankel, Art critics and art editor at Timeout. -Jane Mulkerrins, Assistant editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: AP archive, CNN, Christies.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
President Donald Trump came to power promising to "build a wall." Throughout his term there was turmoil at the border. When Joe Biden took office, he vowed to change course and offer a more humane approach. But with record numbers of migrants crossing the border, and daily expulsions on the rise, has anything really changed? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Host: Manveen Rana. Guest: Trisha Garcia, freelance journalist. Clips used: CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The collapse of a financial company, Greensill Capital, has brought to light how former prime minister, David Cameron, had privately lobbied senior figures in government. Emails provide details of how Cameron used his contacts to partner the firm he was working for with the NHS. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall correspondent for The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: Sky News, Channel 4 News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Tuesday, the former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. What does the verdict mean for racial equality and policing in the United States? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests:  -Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor at Emory University. -Josh Glancy, Washington bureau chief at The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: Reuters, AP, Sky News, NBC, BBC 5Live and Times Radio.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Almost exactly a century ago, the state of Jordan was created with the help of the British. Now, the Hashemite Royal Family in Jordan have found themselves in the middle of a family crisis that could have major repercussions for the country's future, and for the security of the region. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: -Jassar Al-Tahat, Chief News reporter at Jordan News Daily and contributor for The Times. -James Barr, Historian and author of A line in the sand and Lords of the desert. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: The Guardian, DW News, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Movieclips Youtube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused global disruption and changed so many of our lives forever. Today we look at cases in which lockdown has presented individuals with the rarest of opportunities. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guests: -Laura Thompson, Dental hygienist. -James Bloodworth, Author and journalist. Host: Manveen Rana.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An investigation by The Times has brought to light allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, exploitation and assault at Oxfam International's mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. What happens when people delivering aid to a country in need become part of the problem? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Sean O'Neill, Chief reporter for The Times. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Sky, ITV, CBC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last summer, a hack of EncroChat phones by police forces led to the arrest of criminals involved in gangs, drugs and weapons across Europe. Who were those swept up in one of the biggest police operations of all time and where did EncroChat come from? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: David James Smith, writer for The Sunday Times Magazine. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Channel 4, DW, Euronews, Sky News.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tensions have erupted in Northern Ireland once again, as leaders attempt to preserve a long-standing peace deal in the region. Twenty-three years after the Good Friday Agreement, why does peace in Northern Ireland seem so precarious and what happens next?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Henry McDonald, Author, journalist and contributor to The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips used: Ruptly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last week it was announced by the government that so-called vaccine passports could be rolled out across the country to help ease lockdown measures. But should we be worried about what this might lead to? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Guest: Tom Knowles, Technology correspondent at The Times. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips used: Times Radio, Channel 4, BBC and Parliament TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (6)

ID19405181

Manween is great ans this is an excellent podcast

Jan 12th
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Kirsty Mac

We need to bring home all terrorists and deal with them in the UK. Shamima should never have been striped of her citizenship.

Nov 29th
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Craig Smith

There seems to be conflicting information going around. Particularly as the UK government has decided it is the right time for schools to reopen. Suggest experts are guessing.

May 16th
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Andrew Jackson

They raced at Uttoxeter on the day after the Cheltenham Festival finished.

Apr 30th
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Craig Smith

What difference does it make. What's done is done. What matters is what we do now.

Apr 30th
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