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About our audio

Slow news stories designed for listening

Tortoise’s podcasts are focused on untold stories. In the face of information overload, incremental news-gathering and perishable scoops, we take time to investigate human stories that we think offer a deeper, longer-lasting understanding of what’s happening in the world.

The Slow Newscast
Our biggest stories, given voice

Inside Unite

The union, Liverpool and the £100m hotel

21 November 2022
58 minutes

One of Britain’s biggest trade unions has built a hotel in Birmingham at vast cost. Following the threads which explain why it became so wildly expensive leads inevitably to a surprising place: to Liverpool. And to questions which could hurt the Labour party

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Multi-part series

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If you have an idea for a podcast, we’d love to hear from you.

New podcasts for 2022

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.

Visible Women

with Caroline Criado Perez

How can we fix the gender data gap – and build a world that works for everyone?

The Second Elizabethan Age

with Richard Lambert

A reflection on the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II and how society changed under her rule.

Slow Politics

What’s driving the agenda in Westminster each week.

Inside the energy transition

Is a fair transition to 100 per cent clean energy the stuff of dreams, or a genuine possibility?

Life, changing

Early childhood in the UK is radically different to how it used to be. Across three cities, we’re speaking to parents and children about their lives, worries, and dreams, and – with the help of the Nuffield Foundation – uncovering the hidden stories behind these seismic changes.

Editor’s Voicemail

What’s on Tortoise editor James Harding’s mind.

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.”

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.

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.