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This week in Tortoise: K2

Monday 15 March 2021


Jeremy Hunt – the UK’s longest serving Health Secretary – joins us for a ThinkIn at 6.30pm this evening to talk about Covid and the NHS. What have have we learnt? And what happens next?

Tomorrow morning, we’ll investigate why two of Google’s top AI ethics researchers, both leading campaigners for diversity, have recently – and suddenly – left the company.

The next ThinkIn of our ongoing Battle for Truth series is on Wednesday: Is local the answer? 

And, on Thursday, Feargal Sharkey and Simon Barnes will help us to discover who, if anyone, can save Britain’s rivers.

The Tortoise File this week takes us to K2, the world’s second highest mountain – and the site of an expedition that has divided the mountaineering world. This week’s Tortoise File investigates a story in which the competing interests of national glory, big sponsorship deals and “adventure influencers” all collided – with tragic effects – at 8,000m. You might even call it a parable, a very contemporary parable, about risk in the age of social media. It starts with the Slow Newscast, today, and a long-read by the award-winning journalist Simon Usborne, tomorrow. On Wednesday, Phoebe Davis sifts through the data to find out why K2 is so deadly – in summer and winter. 

ThinkIns later this month: Tawseef Khan and Hashi Mohamed on how the West got Islam so wrong; Jeremy Darroch, executive chairman of Sky, on responsible business; Michelle Mitchell, CEO of Cancer Research UK, on the impact of Covid-19 on cancer services; and the very first Tortoise Car Summit.

Please do join us.

Allbest.

James Harding,
Editor & co-founder