It’s May and with it comes a new season of ThinkIns.
We’re getting out and about:
- Today at 10am London time we’re hosting our very first Slow News cafe at the British Library. It’s a drop-in session open to all Tortoise members to discuss the day’s news agenda with our editors. Join us for a strong cup of coffee and a robust discussion about what’s going on in the world.
- Next Wednesday, 11 May, Simon Barnes is taking Friends of Tortoise on a wetlands walk – to talk birds, soil, water and climate.
- And if you haven’t yet booked to join us at the Kite festival on 10-12 June in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, then please do. The line-up is growing, hope you’ll be there.
In our newsroom, it is going to be lively. All our ThinkIns are now in person in the newsroom and, of course, if you can’t make it, you can join online:
- Tonight at 6.30pm, we will be asking if Elon Musk is a good billionaire. Timely, given the Twitter acquisition. And timeless, given the debate over whether billionaires are good. Luke Gbedemah is in the editor’s chair, trying to wrangle the issues of technology, wealth and responsibility.
- Tomorrow at 6.30pm, we start a new series in the newsroom: it’s called “Making sense”. Each week, a Tortoise editor tries to make sense of a fact or feature of our times. Liz Moseley starts by making sense of… dating apps – algorithms and the human heart, sex and safety, loneliness and digital friendship.
- At lunchtime on Thursday, we’ll be continuing to try to understand the future of work. In particular, women@work: is the great resignation set to continue?
- And on Thursday evening at 6.30pm, a question for our times: William or Harry?
The Tortoise Climate Summit is on Thursday 12 May. It’s investigating climate justice – is a fair transition really faster?
If you missed it, the first episode of The Backstory – Andrew Neil’s new podcast for Tortoise – got five-star reviews. James Marriott wrote in the Times: “…tenacious, brusque and intimidatingly well-briefed. In style it’s unlike anything else out there. An old-school, grown-up conversation about geopolitics, Ukraine and the changing nature of war. This could catch on.”
Well, today we publish the second episode of The Backstory. In this week’s instalment, Andrew sits down with Fiona Hill, former director for Europe and Russia at the US National Security Council, who memorably testified against Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial. Having worked under three US presidents as an analyst and advisor on Russia, she provides her insights into Vladimir Putin’s worldview and state of mind. She also shares with Andrew her thoughts on nuclear weapons, why she believes the 6 January insurrection was an attempted coup, the prospect of a second Trump presidency and her journey from a deprived town in the North East of England to Washington, DC. Do give it a listen and, if you haven’t already, catch up on the first episode with former CIA director General David Petraeus.
Hope that you’ll join us, whether it’s at a ThinkIn or listening in. Have a very good week.
Editor & co-founder