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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
William and Rupert: the prince and press baron
Paul Caruana Galizia investigates whether Prince William reached a secret out of court settlement with Rupert Murdoch and News Group over phone hacking. What were the terms of the reported deal and how much money changed hands?
Boris’s Baroness: The mysterious rise of Charlotte Owen
From intern to baroness in seven years, Charlotte Owen’s entry to the House of Lords has left even friends scratching their heads in wonder. Her elevation might be hard to explain, but it tells us volumes about the way British democracy works.
Attack of the killer whales
What happens when another powerful carnivore threatens humans in a place where they are the masters?
Spotted: snooker’s fight against match fixing
In June a scandal erupted that threatened the future of snooker after ten elite players were banned for match fixing. It all starts in a small snooker hall in Sheffield, but ends on a journey through a several hundred billion dollar a year black market in south-east Asia. This is the story of the biggest British match-fixing scandal in over a decade
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One story every day to make sense of the world.
The News Meeting
Each week, three Tortoise journalists pitch the story they think should lead the news.
Mel’s Electric Adventure
Come on a drive with comedian Mel Giedroyc and Tortoise journalist Giles Whittell in their podcast about electric cars.
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.
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.
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.