The humiliation of Vladimir Putin
Peter Morgan’s newest play highlights how central rejection is to Russia’s own mythology
Her life wasn’t just about music, it’s a story of reclaiming power in the face of violence
what tina did for me
PP Arnold in the Tortoise Newsroom on meeting Tina – and how it changed her life
Why you’re really watching Succession
In exquisite irony, HBO’s epic satire has rendered the monstrous workings of power in post-2016 America with more devastating accuracy than most newsrooms have been able to muster.
Georgia Pritchett on how the biggest laughs got made
behind the roys
Series creator Jessie Armstrong talks about finding his “inspiration”
Real life Roys – Rupert Murdoch and Fox’s big day in court
For a show full of metaphors, what it says about American myth making is the most important of them all
Long stories short
• Amanda Gorman condemned a Florida school’s decision to ban the poem she performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration.
• Beyonce and Jay-Z bought California’s most expensive home for $200 million.
• Food critics Grace Dent and Jay Rayner said puddings were disappearing from British restaurant menus.
Silicon Valley mogul injects his own son’s blood
it tickled us
What should an eco-conscious billionaire buy next: a pet or a jet?
Want to know what’s next? Call Denise, The Heaven Receptionist
Happily ever after? Not likely. But that’s where the fun – and the fantasy – is.
Natasha Lyonne’s new detective dramedy is a beautifully confusing tease of a show.
we’re listening to…
Arlo Park’s second album is more of what makes her great – poignant lyrics, easy listening.
The Better Food Index
Half of the food sold by the UK’s 30 richest food buisnesses is considered unhealthy
Seven out of ten products from these companies are ultra-processed
The sweetest foods bring the highest profits for food companies
Emissions reporting by food companies is improving – but not fast enough
Meat companies are lagging even further behind behind.
the beat generation
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The Tortoise journalism school
This July, we’ll be throwing open the doors of our newsroom in central London for a week-long intensive training experience. Classes will be taught by some of our most experienced editors and reporters, and students will have an opportunity to contribute.
“It’s all about aggressive reporting… You never let up and you create this environment of: ‘well, let’s go find out’.”
- Bob Woodward, speaking at the Sir Harry Evans Summit in Investigative Journalism
Join us at KITE
A new festival of music and ideas
9-11 June 2023
SUEDE | PRETENDERS
HOT CHIP | ALISON GOLDFRAPP
Plus two days of talks curated by Tortoise featuring Sir John Major, Dame Joan Collins, David Baddiel, George the Poet, Simon Sinek, Elizabeth Day, Adam Kay, Chris Patten, Susanna Hoffs and many more
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