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Today in Focus

Podcast Series Today in Focus

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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The Leicester garment factories exposed by Covid-19

The Leicester garment factories exposed by Covid-19

A spike in cases of Covid-19 in Leicester has led Guardian reporter Archie Bland to its garment factories. He discusses a story that goes beyond the pandemic and into workers’ rights, appalling factory conditions and the ethics of fast fashion. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

25 mins

9 July Finished

Are the police failing BAME communities?

Are the police failing BAME communities?

Bas Javid joined the Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year he became a commander at the Met. He reflects on his experiences as a BAME officer and discusses the use of stop and search, which has been cited as a continued source of tension between the force and communities. Ben Bowling, a professor of criminology and criminal justice, examines the history of police race relations. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

33 mins

8 July Finished

Taking on Sir Humphrey: can the civil service be reformed?

Taking on Sir Humphrey: can the civil service be reformed?

Michael Gove has set out his plans for a revolution of Britain’s permanent bureaucracy, the civil service. But as former Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell argues, it is easier said than done. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

24 mins

7 July Finished

Maria Ressa and an attack on the free press in the Philippines

Maria Ressa and an attack on the free press in the Philippines

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One of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines has been convicted of ‘cyberlibel’ in a court process condemned by human rights groups. Journalist Carmela Fonbuena in Manila describes the chilling effect the verdict has had on free expression. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

24 mins

6 July Finished

How one neighbourhood in London lost 36 residents to Covid-19

How one neighbourhood in London lost 36 residents to Covid-19

Guardian reporter Aamna Modhin meets residents from Church End, a small, deprived neighbourhood in Brent, north London. She examines how housing pressures, in-work poverty and racial inequalities contributed to the deaths of 36 residents from Covid-19. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus

23 mins

3 July Finished

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