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This week in Tortoise: CoolSculpting

This week in Tortoise: CoolSculpting

One of the side effects of Covid is that the news has become more than usually repetitive and short-sighted. At Tortoise, we want our journalism to be different.

  • If you listened to Sweet Bobby last year, I hope you’ll agree that there’s room for investigative reporting that is emotional, surprising and still challenges the powers that be, whether that’s technology, community or the police. In that spirit, we are working on a run of multi-part and Slow Newscast investigations for the months to come. 
  • Likewise, as an alternative to the endless scroll of posts and dozens of bulletins broadcast around the clock, the Sensemaker is Tortoise’s one take each day on what matters and what’s going to be driving the news to come. 
  • In our ThinkIns, we’re looking not to tell you the news but to listen.
  • We start 2022 not so much with a set of shiny new year’s resolutions but the ambition to deliver further on our promise to be a different kind of newsroom: slow, open and interested in what happens next. 

This week, our Slow Newscast is an investigation into coolsculpting. Rather than kick off the year with tips on the latest fad in diets and fitness, we’re examining what happened when a lucrative cosmetic fantasy ran into the reality of the human body: Basia Cummings picks up on the trail of Linda Evangelista’s traumatic encounter with coolsculpting and discovers a story in the beauty industry of shame, exploitation and secrecy.

ThinkIns return from tomorrow. We start with our Open News meeting, which we’re moving to Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm. There’s enough to pick over in the past couple of weeks – Covid, the honours system, the Maxwell case – and we hope that you’ll join us for our first news meeting of the year as we set to work on our editorial To Do list.

On Thursday, we ask whether the US, liberal democracy and free markets have had their day. Ray Dalio built the world’s most successful hedge fund. And yet he is a billionaire who has been an outspoken critic of the shortcomings of US capitalism and deepening divisions in western economies. As finance and politics look set collide again this year, join us for a ThinkIn with Ray Dalio about inequality, inflation and the future of the West. 

And, of course, the Sensemaker returns this morning. The last few weeks have seen an overwhelming flurry of numbers: we’ll try and offer some context and assess the very different government responses. 

Welcome back – and from all of us at Tortoise, we wish you a very healthy and happy 2022.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder

P.S. If all of that feels a bit too much like back to work, the good news is that our festive sale – 20 per cent off books, calendars and the gift of Tortoise for those forgotten presents – continues in the Tortoise shop on the website