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About our audio

Slow news stories designed for listening

Our audio journalism invites you into our newsroom, and takes you deeper into the stories.

The Slow Newscast covers our biggest stories and investigations of the week; the Editor’s Voicemail reveals what’s on co-founder James Harding’s mind; and in Sensemaker Daily our journalists serve up one short story every day to make sense of the world.

Our new podcast

Slow Politics

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

The Slow Newscast
Our biggest stories, given voice


23 May 2022
35 minutes

The Ukrainian port normally feeds the world, but the Russian invasion means nothing is getting out. Can we reopen the port – or will millions starve?

More episodes

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.

Editor’s Voicemail
James Harding dials in

voicemails from ukraine


A collection of daily messages from inside Ukraine as the Russian invasion unfolds.

Brand new podcast series

Inside the energy transition

Is a fair transition away from fossil fuels the stuff of dreams, or a genuine possibility?

Over six episodes, Centre for Net Zero CEO Lucy Yu and Tortoise editor Giles Whittell explore the biggest questions and debunk the most commonplace myths about the transition to a green, clean energy future.

Sensemaker Daily

One story every day to make sense of the world.


The China Problem

“What we’re going to do in this series of podcasts is take a big idea and look for the moments that shine a light on it.”

A multi-part podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?

Listen to our six-part investigation into one of the world’s most sophisticated catfishers.

Audio essays

Matthew d’Ancona investigates

Over the last two years, Tortoise editor Matthew d’Ancona has been investigating the UK government and, among other things, its management – and mismanagement – of the pandemic.


Our new Sensemaker podcast that covers everything football-related. We’ll be bringing you one story every day to make sense of the world of football.

The people vs Harvey Proctor


What lessons does the story of Harvey Proctor – the twice-disgraced former Conservative MP with extreme anti-immigration views – hold about the way society deems it acceptable to treat those who we cast as hate figures?

a four-part podcast series

Hidden homicides

How many women are killed – but not counted?

Left to die

When Islamist insurgents attacked a town in Mozambique in March, civilians and foreign contractors raced to a local hotel for safety. Over three agonising days, they waited for a rescue. But no one came.

My Mother’s murder

An investigation by Paul Caruana Galizia into the life and killing of his mother, the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.