Rebecca is an audio producer working across Tortoise’s Slow Newscast, Sensemaker and News Meeting podcasts. She was previously a producer on BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show and Radio 4’s Today programme, and won the Radio Academy’s “30 Under 30” award for her coverage of the 2019 General Election.
Wednesday 27 September 2023
The frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis
Last week, over 11,000 people seeking refuge in Europe crossed the Mediterranean Sea and arrived on the small Italian island of Lampedusa. But is the EU’s plan to stop the boats from leaving Tunisia in the first place the solution?
Thursday 14 September 2023
Bully XL dog attacks: is a ban the solution?
There have been renewed calls to ban the American bully XL dog breed after one attacked an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham. But would banning them make the streets safer?
Friday 8 September 2023
Iran: one year on from the death of Mahsa Amini ￼
Nearly one year ago, the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody sparked protests across Iran. The unrest triggered national protests which were met with brutal repression, leading to a number of deaths. So what’s happening in Iran one year on?
Thursday 7 September 2023
Martha’s Rule: how a 13-year-old died unnecessarily from sepsis
The parents of Martha Mills say her death was caused by a toxic workplace culture in the NHS. They are campaigning to introduce procedures for families to ask for a second medical opinion when they have concerns about the current care they’re receiving.
Friday 1 September 2023
Luis Rubiales: Spanish football’s MeToo moment?￼
The president of the Spanish Football Federation is under pressure to resign for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips after the country won the women’s World Cup. Is this Spain’s MeToo moment?
Thursday 24 August 2023
Japan’s radioactive water release
Japan is going to dispose of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant by pumping it into the Pacific Ocean. But there have been strong objections from environmental campaigners and neighbouring countries.
Thursday 10 August 2023
Cookham Wood: a failing youth prison
Violence is rife and some boys spend more than 100 days in solitary confinement at the young offender institution in Kent. It has had problems for years, so what can be done to fix it?
Monday 7 August 2023
The Post Office scandal continues￼
It has been described as “one of the most widespread miscarriages of justice in UK history” and now an independent inquiry is trying to understand how it happened, so why are the people affected still struggling to get justice?
Thursday 3 August 2023
Trump charged with conspiracy￼
For the third time in four months Donald Trump has been charged in a criminal case. This time it’s for plotting to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. What are the allegations against him?
Thursday 27 July 2023
Do clean air zones work?
A by-election result on the outskirts of London has turned London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone into a political football, but does it improve air quality?
Friday 21 July 2023
El Niño heats up
A weather pattern called El Niño is causing extreme conditions in parts of Europe, Asia and the United States. What is it and why is it wreaking so much havoc?
Monday 10 July 2023
Modern family: I had my dead son’s baby at 68
Spanish celebrity Ana Obregón shocked the world when she announced that she had a child via surrogate, using a donor egg and the sperm of her deceased son. Her story takes us to the new frontiers of fertility, where technology challenges our ideas of family, motherhood and the law.
Tuesday 27 June 2023
Prigozhin’s rebellion: what next?
The rebellion by Wagner mercenaries lasted little more than than 24 hours but it could still have far reaching consequences for Russia and its war in Ukraine.
Friday 23 June 2023
Confusion over festival drug testing￼
Manchester’s Parklife festival didn’t have on-site drug testing this year. It says the Home Office effectively blocked it, but the government says its policy hasn’t changed. What’s going on?
Thursday 22 June 2023
Who was behind the Nord Stream blast?￼
It has been revealed that Western allies were warned about a Ukrainian plot months before three explosions caused leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Will we ever know who did it?
Wednesday 7 June 2023
The war hero accused of war crimes
Ben Roberts-Smith, Australia’s most-decorated living soldier, has lost a defamation case against three newspapers who reported claims that he had murdered unarmed prisoners and civilians while serving in Afghanistan. The judge said the allegations that he was actually a war criminal, a liar and a bully were “substantially true”.
Thursday 25 May 2023
The cladding scandal
Six years after the Grenfell tower fire, tens of thousands of people are still stuck living in unsafe buildings. Residents joined together to create the End Our Cladding Scandal group; they have spent years campaigning to improve building safety. They have just been nominated for a Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Campaigner Award.
Tuesday 16 May 2023
Zelensky’s European tour
Ukraine’s president has been visiting European capitals in an attempt to secure more support ahead of a renewed fightback against Russia. What is President Zelensky asking for and will it be enough?
Wednesday 10 May 2023
Tackling online abuse￼
Content showing the most extreme online sexual abuse of children has doubled since 2020. What’s being done to stop it?
Thursday 4 May 2023
Georgia’s jailed ex-president
Mikheil Saakashvili claims he has been tortured and poisoned in prison for standing up to Russian president Vladimir Putin. What happens to him could decide Georgia’s future
Tuesday 2 May 2023
The great Pacific garbage patch
The world’s largest mass of plastic marine litter has become a new home for thousands of creatures who haven’t been able to survive in the middle of the Pacific ocean before. What does this new ecosystem show about the extent of human plastic pollution?
Thursday 20 April 2023
Bird flu is back
The world is going through its worst-ever outbreak of bird flu, but restrictions in the UK are being relaxed. How concerned should we be?
Thursday 13 April 2023
The Battle for Bakhmut
Why a small city in eastern Ukraine has become the scene of the fiercest fighting in Europe since World War Two.
Monday 3 April 2023
No questions asked: A convenient death in Rwanda￼
John Williams Ntwali, one of the last critical journalists in Rwanda, died in suspicious circumstances just before Suella Braverman, the British home secretary, flew in to Kigali to sell the country as a “safe” place to send asylum seekers and migrants
Wednesday 15 March 2023
Gary Lineker and the BBC
Gary Lineker was asked to step back from presenting Match of the Day after he tweeted about politics. What does the incident tell us about the BBC’s difficulties in achieving impartial broadcasting?
Monday 13 March 2023
Murdoch: news vs the truth
What happened inside Fox News in those critical weeks following Donald Trump’s election defeat in 2020?
Thursday 23 February 2023
A year in Ukraine
A year since Russia began its full scale invasion of Ukraine, what are the five key moments which have defined the war so far?
Wednesday 15 February 2023
UFOs shot down by the US
After shooting down a Chinese spy balloon the US military has downed another three unidentified flying objects. What is going on and are any of them from space?
Wednesday 8 February 2023
The accusations against Dominic Raab
The deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab is accused of bullying civil servants. Could this be Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s next headache?
Thursday 2 February 2023
OpenAI takes on Google
The company that created an AI-powered chatbot called ChatGPT poses a threat to Google’s dominance as the market-leading search engine. Is it a sign of things to come?
Wednesday 25 January 2023
The fight against AI art
Artificial intelligence is being used to create works of art in seconds. What can human artists do to protect their livelihoods against the machines?
Tuesday 17 January 2023
Healing the Ozone layer
The hole in the Earth’s Ozone layer is shrinking thanks to a landmark international agreement.
Thursday 12 January 2023
What next for the UK’s space industry?
An historic mission to launch satellites from UK soil into orbit has failed. What does it mean for the country’s space race?
Monday 9 January 2023
Andrew Tate arrested
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate has been arrested in Romania as part of an investigation into allegations of human trafficking and rape. Is it the end of his online influence?
Wednesday 4 January 2023
As the war in Ukraine grinds on, the chance of peace still seems far away.
Thursday 22 December 2022
Britain’s housing crusader
This year Kwajo Tweneboa led a searing campaign exposing the squalid living conditions some people are living in, so perhaps it was no surprise when a coroner ruled that a two-year-old boy died from exposure to mould in his home
Tuesday 6 December 2022
A wealthy Conservative MP whose family made its fortune from the slave trade is facing claims for reparations. The government of Barbados wants him to hand over his plantation on the island.
Wednesday 30 November 2022
The boy killed by mould
Awaab Ishak was two-years-old when he died because of exposure to mould in his home. How does that happen in modern Britain?
Tuesday 29 November 2022
China’s Covid protests
In China, large scale dissent has burst onto the streets for the first time in decades and President Xi Jinping has been directly criticised. Why now?
Wednesday 23 November 2022
Tech giants cut jobs
Amazon, Meta, Twitter and Microsoft have all announced they are cutting staff. What’s happening in the tech industry?
Friday 18 November 2022
Hunt’s autumn statement
The chancellor has announced a raft of new tax rises and spending cuts designed to keep inflation down as the country enters recession
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Could the implosion of the crypto exchange FTX trigger a wider meltdown in the world of digital currencies?
Monday 7 November 2022
Just Stop Oil
Protestors from the climate activist group have glued themselves to roads, smeared cake on a waxwork of King Charles and thrown tomato soup at a Van Gogh painting. Who are the people risking criminal records in the name of their cause?
Monday 31 October 2022
Gas price crash
The price of wholesale gas is falling but that doesn’t necessarily mean energy bills will go down. Why?
Tuesday 25 October 2022
The second Conservative leadership contest of the year was conducted with almost no discussion of actual policy, so what kind of prime minister might Rishi Sunak be?
Friday 21 October 2022
Liz Truss quits
Liz Truss will go down in history as Britain’s shortest serving prime minister. How did we get here and what happens next?
Thursday 20 October 2022
China’s beatings on British soil
In yet another sign of China’s disrespect for human rights, Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors were dragged into the grounds of the Chinese consulate in Manchester and beaten up. What does it mean for UK-China relations?