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One remarkable story, told in depth, each day. Our daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day and hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. 

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The Omicron variant: What we know so far

Dec 1 • 33:26

The news of a new Covid variant swept the world in hours. Days later, new restrictions were introduced. Today: what the emergence of Omicron could mean for the next few months....

The end of an era: Barbados becomes a Republic

Nov 30 • 27:09

Fifty-five years ago, Barbados gained independence from Britain. Despite independence, Queen Elizabeth has remained head of state. Today, that's come to an end. Barbados has formally cut ties with the British monarchy and declared itself a republic. Will other realms in the Commonwealth follow? And what does the move mean for the royal family?...

Can working with abusive men cut violence against women?

Nov 29 • 26:48

Domestic violence programmes have traditionally been tailored for the victims. Now, there’s a push to work with the perpetrators to stop their abusive behaviour. How do these programmes work? Can abusive men ever change?...

Ghislaine Maxwell on trial

Nov 26 • 34:57

On Monday, after 16 months in solitary confinement, Ghislaine Maxwell will finally go on trial in New York, where she is charged with multiple sex trafficking offences relating to the Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse case. It's the most eagerly anticipated trial of the year, so what can we expect as it unfolds?...

The fourth wave: What's behind Europe's Covid riots

Nov 25 • 26:11

Europe is being battered by a fourth wave of Covid. Today we speak to our correspondent in Berlin, to find out how the German-speaking parts of Europe became the epicentre for both the fourth wave of the virus and a wave of antivax riots sweeping the continent....

Can the NHS cope this winter?

Nov 24 • 30:26

The NHS is under intense pressure, but since the peak of the pandemic public attention has largely moved elsewhere. Today we catch up with The Times' health editor – and with the doctors we spoke to in January, during the peak of the pandemic – to find out how the NHS is coping....

Crisis on Europe's doorstep: When migration becomes a weapon

Nov 23 • 25:36

Last week tensions at the border between neighbouring Poland and Belarus escalated as thousands of people, looking to start a new life in the West, were stranded in desperate conditions. Belarus has been accused of 'weaponising' the plight of migrants in a geopolitical standoff between the EU and its neighbour. So what's behind the situation - and what happens next?...

Xi Jinping: The man behind the myth

Nov 22 • 29:51

Xi Jinping is consolidating his position as the all-powerful president of China. But who is the man at the top of the sharpest pyramid in the world of politics?...

Botched Botox and fillers: The ugly side of the beauty industry

Nov 19 • 25:18

Last month, the government brought in a new law to stop under-eighteens using Botox and fillers for cosmetic reasons in England. But with reports of botched procedures and easy access to products online - is this law enough to tame the industry? And who's paying the price for beauty?...

COP26: Success - or cop out?

Nov 18 • 27:23

The ink has dried on the agreement and the dignitaries have returned home - so what really happened at COP - and what does it mean for the planet?...

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