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tonight’s Thinkin

Making sense of Web3

Web3 may be the latest obsession of venture capital firms and startups, but what is it exactly? Some say it’s the future of the internet – so why isn’t it doing so well? Join us in our newsroom this evening at 6.30pm to find out.


Ask not what Sue Gray can do for you…

It’s up to us to confront the threat the PM poses to British democracy.

Slow newscast


Russia’s war means nothing is getting out of the Ukrainian port of Odesa. If it doesn’t reopen, millions will starve.

The Backstory

Episode 5 – Ash Sarkar

Andrew Neil talks to the journalist about her political beliefs how she deals with the abuse she gets on Twitter.

Tech states Sensemaker

Have we passed peak Amazon?

The tech giant’s stock price is dropping. How much trouble is Amazon in?

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters


25 may 2022
  • Russia said more than 900 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in Mariupol have been sent to prison camps in Russian-held Donbas.
  • Recep Tayep Erdogan said Turkey was serious about preventing Finland and Sweden’s accession to Nato membership.
  • Tom Cruise got a standing ovation at Cannes for saying he did his own stunts for the same reason Gene Kelly did his own dancing. 

If a cryptocurrency collapses somewhere in the ether, does anyone in the real world care? We know the answer now, because it happened last week. It’s yes, up to a point.

War in Ukraine

All our coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in one place, including daily voicemail updates from people inside the country.


Brand new podcast series

Inside the energy transition

Is a fair transition away from fossil fuels the stuff of dreams, or a genuine possibility?

Over six episodes, Centre for Net Zero CEO Lucy Yu and Tortoise editor Giles Whittell explore the biggest questions and debunk the most commonplace myths about the transition to a green, clean energy future.


Matthew d’Ancona

Every Monday, Tortoise editor and award-winning commentator Matthew d’Ancona picks apart the political stories that matter with wit, flair and insider knowledge in his weekly column.

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough.

Which is why we launched the Accelerating Net Zero Coalition last year: a group of partners determined to make progress towards net zero. With the help of these businesses we’re hosting solution-focused discussions on how to get there together.

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.

The Slow Newscast

Our biggest stories given voice


23 May 2022
35 minutes

The Ukrainian port normally feeds the world, but the Russian invasion means nothing is getting out. Can we reopen the port – or will millions starve?

A multi-part podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?



We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of this year.


Policing INquiry

Are the police institutionally sexist?

Last year we held the Tortoise Policing Inquiry to discover why policing goes wrong, and whether it can be fixed.

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