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Slow Views • Photo Essay

Solo, not alone

Fatherhood changes everything: expanding a person’s world with joy, fear, and love. But when fathers are the primary carers, that love often confounds expectations.


China’s soft power game

How wary should we be of China’s investment in British higher education?


Dictionary corner

Have you ever “pulled a Hancock”? The Health Secretary has inspired a whole new vocabulary.

Creative Sensemaker

Better off dancing

Despite the social media outrage over its content, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights is a total joy.

Slow Views

Rethinking power

Top-down leadership isn’t working. We need a new model, one based on interdependence.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Biden-Putin summit

17 june 2021
  • The House of Representatives voted to make Juneteenth – 19 June, the end of slavery in the US – a federal holiday.
  • Boris Johnson called Matt Hancock’s performance during the Covid crisis as “totally f***ing hopeless”, according to messages leaked by Dominic Cummings.
  • China launched three astronauts into orbit to man their new Tiangong space station, in its first crewed space mission since 2016.

“Now, this is not the first rodeo for either of them,” body language expert Mary Civiello told the BBC about Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin’s handshake at yesterday’s Geneva summit. “So you could tell immediately, from the get go, that they know each other, they’re not exactly friendly.” At least, Biden tried…

thinkin with james harding

The Battle for Truth

Does truth even exist anymore and, if so, who owns it? Welcome to Season One of ThinkIn with James Harding.

What our members are saying about the Battle for Truth podcast series

The Battle for Truth series was outstanding and truly thought-provoking.

I definitely plan to go back to them in my lifelong pursuit of learning how to think.

Debbie, member since April 2020

I have to tell you how outstanding the Battle for Truth podcasts were. The adjective “enjoyable” is too bland. For me they were illuminating.

Thank you for doing this for us, and even better to allocate enough time for an in-depth examination of the issue.

Heather, member since December 2019

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.

covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news.

Members are at the heart of what we do

Our members bring a diverse range of voices into our newsroom to inform our journalism.

Taking the time to get it right

News has become noise. We sort through it all and crunch the data to call out what really matters.

A fresh approach to journalism

We use infographics, absorbing audio and stunning photography to make complex stories clear and enjoyable.