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Hollywood’s cultural revolution

When China opened up to the West, Hollywood saw a massive opportunity. But China had its own dreams. Now the movie studios are beginning to realise what they gave away

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Delayism and disinformation

Misinformation about climate change remains rife online. What should platforms do about it?

visible women

Can playgrounds be sexist?

Girls are being pushed to the edges of their own playgrounds. What we can do to fix it?

tech states

Is Google facing a retail downturn?

Google’s Ad and Search business made hay during the pandemic. Could it all come crashing down?


David Miliband

Andrew Neil talks to the former foreign secretary about Keir Starmer, the war in Ukraine and the Rwanda policy.

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Double whammy

24 june 2022
  • The EU confirmed Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for union membership.
  • Staff at London’s Heathrow airport approved a plan for a series of strikes over the summer.
  • A study in the Lancet said Covid vaccines had saved 20 million lives. 

It turns out watching porn in the House of Commons and receiving a child sex abuse conviction can have serious consequences for a prime minister whose stock of public trust is already draining away.

War in Ukraine

All our coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in one place, including daily voicemail updates from people inside the country.


The Backstory

With Andrew Neil

A series of in-depth conversations with people in power and those trying to influence them, hosted by the UK’s most formidable interviewer – Andrew Neil.


Matthew d’Ancona

Every Monday, Tortoise editor and award-winning commentator Matthew d’Ancona picks apart the political stories that matter with wit, flair and insider knowledge in his weekly column.

Slow Politics

Matt d’Ancona and Lara Spirit investigate what’s driving the agenda in Westminster each week.

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We’re not cutting emissions fast enough.

Which is why we launched the Accelerating Net Zero Coalition last year: a group of partners determined to make progress towards net zero. With the help of these businesses we’re hosting solution-focused discussions on how to get there together.

The Slow Newscast

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Hollywood’s cultural revolution

20 June 2022
39 minutes

When China opened up to the West, Hollywood saw a massive opportunity. But China had its own dreams. Now the movie studios are beginning to realise what they gave away.

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Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?



We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of this year.


Policing INquiry

Are the police institutionally sexist?

Last year we held the Tortoise Policing Inquiry to discover why policing goes wrong, and whether it can be fixed.

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