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    Stories of our times

    The Story: the flagship podcast from The Times and Sunday Times. One remarkable story, told in depth, each day.


    Hosts Manveen Rana and Luke Jones take you to the heart of the story you need to know with exclusive reports and investigations.


    Plus, each month, William Hague hosts an agenda-setting interview with a key newsmaker or thinker.


    Discover the story behind the story with world-class journalism from The Times and Sunday Times.


    The Story is available at the start of your day from Monday to Friday, with bonus ‘Inside the Newsroom’ episodes every Saturday for Times subscribers, available by connecting your subscription via Apple Podcasts.




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    Episodes (1189)

    What now for the Tories?

    What now for the Tories?

    The infighting has already begun as party leadership hopeful Kemi Badenoch called one of Rishi Sunak’s private secretaries a ‘buffoon’ at a shadow cabinet meeting following their electoral disaster. And with Nigel Farage’s Reform party splitting the Tory vote, how will they deal with his threat?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Steven Swinford, Political Editor, The Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Further listening: The UK economy’s broken. Can Labour fix it?

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'

    Clips: BBC, Parliament Live, UN, LBC, GB News, TalkTV, SKY.



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 10, 2024

    Labour: Meet Starmer's top advisors

    Labour: Meet Starmer's top advisors

    In recent days Sir Keir Starmer has been appointing his cabinet as the country’s new leadership takes shape. But who are the people you won’t see who helped get Labour elected and prepared the party for power? Patrick Maguire profiles Morgan McSweeney, Labour's campaign director, and Sue Gray, the former civil servant who is now chief of staff.

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Patrick Maguire, Columnist and Senior Political Correspondent, The Times and Times Radio.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Further listening: The UK economy’s broken. Can Labour fix it?

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'

    Clips: BBC, ITV, SKY, Channel 4, keirstarmer.com.



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 09, 2024

    How France’s left stopped a far-right surge

    How France’s left stopped a far-right surge

    Against all predictions, France’s left wing coalition won more seats than Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France’s parliamentary elections. With Emmanuel Macron's Renaissance party losing seats and power, what now for French politics?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Peter Conradi, Europe Editor, The Sunday Times

    Host: Manveen Rana

    Clips: France 24, Public Sénat, CGTN.

    Further listening: Young, French, and voting hard-right

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 08, 2024

    Labour: Huge majority, thin support

    Labour: Huge majority, thin support

    As Sir Keir Starmer begins his first full week in Downing Street, he must win over a jaded public and see off the twin challenges of Nigel Farage’s Reform Party and the pro-Palestinian Left.

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Gabriel Pogrund, White Hall Editor, The Sunday Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Further reading: Labour celebrated election success - now they’re targeting Reform

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'

    Clips: BBC News, The Telegraph, Sky News, The Sun, LBC.



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 07, 2024

    Planet Hope: Reconnecting to nature through sound with Michel André

    Planet Hope: Reconnecting to nature through sound with Michel André

    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative, hosted by The Story as a bonus weekly series each Sunday.


    Just as humans depend on sound for survival and expression, animals too rely on auditory cues to navigate their environments. However, nature is increasingly disrupted by human generated noise, from roaring engines to clanking machinery, disturbing the delicate balance of sound in the natural world. Environment Editor for The Times, Adam Vaughan is joined by bioacoustics scientist and Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate Michel André as he strives to restore the balance of human-generated noise and wildlife survival.


    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative. 


    This podcast is advertiser funded.



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 06, 2024

    Election special: Labour landslide

    Election special: Labour landslide

    A clear landslide. But underneath, the tectonic plates of British politics are shifting; Labour was punished in a string of seats for its stance on Gaza, while Reform saw MPs elected for the first time, turning a Tory defeat into a catastrophe. 

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guests: 

    • Tim Shipman, Chief Political Commentator, The Sunday Times.
    • William Hague, The Story presenter, former leader of the Conservatives.
    • Peter Kellner, Political Journalist and Pollster.

    Host: Manveen Rana.

    Clips: Times Radio, Sky News, Channel 4 News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4.

    See the UK results in full.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 05, 2024

    Election special: Coming soon

    Election special: Coming soon

    The Story team will be up all night watching as the results roll in. A special episode will be dropping into your feed at dawn with reaction from William Hague, Tim Shipman and Peter Kellner.

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Host: Manveen Rana.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com




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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 04, 2024

    ‘Politics has failed.’ William Hague talks to John Kerry

    ‘Politics has failed.’ William Hague talks to John Kerry

    Secretary John Kerry served as Obama’s secretary of state and Biden’s climate envoy. He was a senator for decades, a Navy officer and is a three-time purple heart winner. In his monthly series for The Story, Times columnist and former foreign secretary William Hague sits down with Secretary Kerry to discuss the prospects of a Trump presidency, how to reach peace in the Middle East and why he believes climate change can be fixed.

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: John Kerry

    Host: William Hague

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Further listening: Rafah, red lines, and the Biden presidency

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Will Biden step aside?

    Will Biden step aside?

    It’s been nearly a week since President Biden’s disastrous debate against Donald Trump. The resulting panic over a Trump presidency intensified amongst Democrats when the US Supreme Court ruled he has some immunity from prosecution. As the pressure mounts for a last-minute change of candidate, Biden and his family are so far not heeding the call. Is it too late for a change? And if he steps aside, how would he be replaced?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Ben Hoyle, Foreign Editor, The Sunday Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Clips: CNN, The Hill, MSNBC, Fox News, Michigan Senate Democrats.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 02, 2024

    Is the hard-right about to take power in France?

    Is the hard-right about to take power in France?

    As France’s hard-right National Rally take the lead in the first round of the country’s parliamentary elections, will the political spectrum unite to stop them taking over or could next week see the first hard-right government since the Second World War? 

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guest: Peter Conradi, Europe Editor, The Sunday Times

    Host: Manveen Rana

    Clips: Bloomberg, France 24. 

    Further listening: Young, French, and voting hard-right

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'






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    Stories of our times
    enJuly 01, 2024

    Will Reform throw a brick in the Tories' red wall?

    Will Reform throw a brick in the Tories' red wall?

    In 2019, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives upended decades’ of traditional voting behaviour, as lifelong Labour seats in the north and midlands fell to the Tories. But with Brexit delivered and Johnson gone, the Tories are being challenged from the right by a resurgent Reform, as Luke Jones heard in Ashfield.

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

    Guests: 

    • Peter Kellner, Political Journalist and Pollster;
    • Debbie Soloman, Parliamentary Candidate, Conservative and Unionist Party;
    • Lee Anderson, Parliamentary Candidate, Reform UK; and
    • Rhea Keehn, Parliamentary Candidate, Labour Party.

     

    Also standing in Ashfield are: Jason Zadrozny, Ashfield Independents; Daniel Holmes, Liberal Democrats; Alexander Coates, Green Party.

    Host: Luke Jones

    Clips: Sky News; Boris Johnson/Facebook.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 30, 2024

    Planet Hope: Strengthening the protection of oceans with Sylvia Earle

    Planet Hope: Strengthening the protection of oceans with Sylvia Earle

    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative, hosted by The Story as a bonus weekly series each Sunday.


    The acclaimed ocean explorer, scientist, conservationist and Rolex Testimonee, Sylvia Earle shares how her global network of ‘Hope Spots’ are transforming ocean conservation. Sylvia tells Adam Vaughan, Environment Editor of The Times, how our oceans span over 70% of the Earth’s surface, and serve as a crucial life source - providing oxygen, sustenance, and climate regulation - and yet escalating human activities now threaten this vital ecosystem. 



    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative. 


    This podcast is advertiser funded.





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    Stories of our times
    enJune 29, 2024

    Who is the real Nigel Farage?

    Who is the real Nigel Farage?

    From his school days to how he made his money, the friends he’s made (and lost) to his wives, mistresses, and allegations of facism and racism, which he denies, who is the real Nigel Farage?

    The full list of Clacton candidates

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.co.uk/thestory


    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk 

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'

    Further listening: Keir Starmer: Up close and personal 


    Host: Manveen Rana.

    Guest: Michael Crick, broadcaster and journalist. 

    Clips: Channel 4, BBC, ITV, TikTOk/@nigel_farage, Without Me / Eminem / Shady / Aftermath and Interscope, Sky, European Parliament.





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    Stories of our times
    enJune 27, 2024

    Trump, Biden and the presidential debate that could change the election

    Trump, Biden and the presidential debate that could change the election

    Tonight, in the first of only two presidential debates, the two oldest candidates in history have a lot to prove. Joe Biden faces serious questions about his mental and physical fitness, Donald Trump may have to conduct part of his campaign from behind bars. Could this debate prove pivotal for the campaign ahead - and the November election itself?


    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.com/thestory

     

    Guests: Ben Hoyle, Foreign Editor, The Sunday Times.

    Host: Manveen Rana.

    Clips: Joe Biden's Twitter, Guardian News, The Telegraph, CTV News, TPM TV, Bloomberg TV, AP Archive, MCamericanpresident Youtube. 


    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk


    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 26, 2024

    The election flutters costing the Conservatives

    The election flutters costing the Conservatives

    Five Conservative politicians are now being investigated by the Gambling Commission for allegedly placing bets on the date of the general election. Hundreds of pre-election bets are now being trawled for connections to the party. Rishi Sunak has withdrawn support from two of those under investigation but how bad could this get for the Tories?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: https://www.thetimes.com/podcasts/the-story

    Guest: Harry Yorke, Deputy Political Editor, The Sunday Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Clips: BBC News, The Sun.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.com

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 25, 2024

    Are animals conscious? Why we’re starting to think so

    Are animals conscious? Why we’re starting to think so

    After centuries of dismissing the rest of the animal kingdom as non-sentient beings, scientists and philosophers are starting to make a new declaration in favour of animal consciousness. So what does that even mean, and what does it change?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.co.uk/thestory

    Guest: Tom Whipple, Science Editor, The Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Clips: Netflix/My Octopus Teacher.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk 

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 24, 2024

    Keir Starmer: Up close and personal

    Keir Starmer: Up close and personal

    Critics say the Labour leader is robotic, boring and hard to read, but is that all there is to the man in the running to become the next prime minister? The Sunday Times has spent three months on the campaign trail in search of the real Keir Starmer. 

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.co.uk/thestory

    Guest: Josh Glancy, News Review Editor, The Sunday Times.  

    Host: Manveen Rana.

    Clips: The Times, Spiked, Talk TV, Sky News, Channel 4 News. 

    Further listening: Hague talks to Rishi Sunak about being a dad, AI, and a terrible political inheritance

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk 

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 23, 2024

    Planet Hope: Rewilding the Earth with Kris Tompkins

    Planet Hope: Rewilding the Earth with Kris Tompkins

    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative, hosted by The Story as a bonus weekly series each Sunday.


    The Southern Cone of South America is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world. However, decades of exploitation have taken their toll. Expansive lands left destroyed from ranching and species like the jaguar teetered on the brink of extinction. Environment Editor for The Times, Adam Vaughan is joined by one of the most successful conservation philanthropists in history, Kris Tompkins, to hear how she’s committed her life to making this corner of the world wilder.


    This is Planet Hope, a podcast from The Times in partnership with Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative. 


    This podcast is advertiser funded.





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    Stories of our times
    enJune 22, 2024

    The Tory wipe out scenario: Canada 1993

    The Tory wipe out scenario: Canada 1993

    In 1993 the Canadian Conservative party went into the election in power but lost all but two of its seats. A party called Reform came to dominate right wing politics, and went on to merge with the Conservatives. Could the same be about to happen in the UK?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.co.uk/thestory

    Guests: -Wayne Hunt, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Mount Allison University in Canada,  and,

    -Danny Finkelstein, columnist, The Times.

    Host: Luke Jones.

    Clips: Times Radio, BBC, CBC, CPAC.

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk 

    Find out more about our bonus series for Times subscribers: 'Inside the newsroom'



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 20, 2024

    The TikTok election wars

    The TikTok election wars

    It’s being described as the UK’s first TikTok election - so can a flying pig, Cilla Black, and Nigel Farage have the power to change the result on the night?

    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: http://thetimes.co.uk/thestory

    Guests:

    • Matilda Davies, Data Journalist, The Times and The Sunday Times.
    • Lara Spirit, Red Box Editor, The Times.

    Host: Jane Mulkerrins.

    Clips: TikTok/@uklabour, Sky News, TikTok/@ukconservatives, TikTok/@libdems, TikTok/@nigel_farage, Twitter/@rishisunak. 

    Further listening: 

    Get in touch: thestory@thetimes.co.uk 



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    Stories of our times
    enJune 19, 2024

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