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:
- Tonight we’re joined by the Nobel prize-winning economist – and science fiction superfan – Paul Krugman for a ThinkIn, not about inflation or stimulus packages but about Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic novel. Together with Matt d’Ancona, he’ll be reviewing the movie and reflecting on the evolution of the sci-fi genre as a whole.
- We’ve got two lunchtime ThinkIns this week. Today at 1pm BST we’ll be examining the idea of clean tech, asking whether technology is part of the solution to the climate crisis, or the problem. And tomorrow we’ll be discussing what we can do now to prepare for the labour market of tomorrow.
- Tomorrow evening, with only days to go until the opening of Cop 26 in Glasgow, I’ll be speaking with Dave Lewis, Chair of the WWF, Executive Chair of Xlinks and former Tesco CEO, about climate, business, supply chains, energy and, well, the future of the UK.
- On Wednesday evening we’ll be joined in-person in our newsroom by founding member of Duran Duran Nick Rhodes for a discussion about pop music nostalgia – and its future.
- On Thursday, the day after Rishi Sunak’s Budget, we’ll be discussing what the chancellor’s proposals mean for households, business and the economy as a whole – as well as for the increasingly open divisions between Numbers 10 and 11.
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.
Editor & co-founder