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This week in Tortoise: Sweet Bobby

This week in Tortoise: Sweet Bobby

In June, Alexi Mostrous, Tortoise’s Investigations Editor, was meeting a source as part of his series of reports on online porn. But there was something else the source showed him – something that had nothing to do with porn. It was a witness statement and it set him on the trail of one of the most extraordinary cases he’s ever investigated.

This week we’re launching Sweet Bobby, a multi-part podcast investigation into a ten-year scam, where one person ripped a woman’s life apart with the use of 50 online personas. It’s a story of lies, manipulation and deceit, but one that could only be possible in the internet age.

Episode One of Sweet Bobby is available exclusively in the Tortoise app today, with Episode Two coming on Thursday. Then we’ll be releasing new episodes weekly, and as a Tortoise member you’ll get access to each of them a week early and ad-free.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to look forward to in this week’s ThinkIns:

And next week, Cop 26. From Monday 3 to Thursday 11 November, Tortoise is moving to Glasgow. Every day, we’ll be holding ThinkIns on the future of our planet at the New York Times Climate Hub. 

In-person and digital tickets are free for Tortoise members and can be booked here. As part of our Accelerating Net Zero Coalition, these ThinkIns reflect our ambition as a newsroom to maximise what comes out of Cop. Whether you’ll be physically in the room with us, or joining in online, we’d love you to be part of it. It could hardly matter more.

Have a very good week.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder