The Tortoise Podcast

The Tortoise Podcast takes news slowly. What’s really going on in the world – in politics, business, climate, culture, technology? Just as importantly, what’s driving it?

Recent episodes

The jobs tightrope

Can the UK government afford to pay the wages of 7.5 million workers? Can it afford not to?

14 May – 27 minutes

Undercrowded and overfunded: the Nightingale hospitals

What the empty super-hospitals tell us about the UK’s handling of Covid-19.

7 May – 29 minutes

Coronavirus in Africa: the final straw?

In DR Congo, aid workers left as the virus arrived. One man chose to stay.

30 April – 26 minutes

Ceri Thomas

Basia Cummings


Basia Cummings, once of The Guardian, and HuffPost, and Ceri Thomas, former BBC Today Programme and Panorama editor, take stock with the help of colleagues from Tortoise.

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