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    The Slow Newscast from Tortoise takes the news slowly. We investigate, and every week we focus on stories that really matter in the UK and around the world. From the war in Ukraine, the downfall of Boris Johnson, to true crime and injustice and real life mysteries, The Slow Newscast team is devoted to narrative investigations. From a startup newsroom with a different approach to journalism.


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    The Greatest: Simone Biles

    The Greatest: Simone Biles

    She is arguably the best gymnast the world has ever seen. But history shows us that she’s human too. Will Simone Biles fly at the Paris Olympics or will she fall?


    – Clips of Simone Biles from Versus on Watch web series and the Call Her Daddy podcast.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 23, 2024

    The end of Brexit

    The end of Brexit

    Labour have pledged to make the UK the fastest growing economy in the G7. So is this the end of Brexit?


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 16, 2024

    Dangerous Memories

    Dangerous Memories

    To listen to Dangerous Memories, search for Tortoise Investigates wherever you get your podcasts.


    When Sarah watched her 23 year old daughter cycle away from her in Chelsea - a well-off corner of London - she had no idea it would be the last time they’d see each other for 6 years. What would make a loving child from a life of privilege suddenly sever ties with friends and family, and vanish? 


    It turns out, Sarah wasn’t alone in losing a daughter. Something strange was happening to other young women, too.


    And they all had one thing in common: a kind of therapist figure - a woman they were all seeing and sharing their problems, their secrets, their fears with. But it took years for the truth of what was happening behind closed doors to emerge, and the extraordinary things this woman led them to believe.


    Dangerous Memories is our latest investigation, told over six episodes. It's the story of young women who wanted to be healed that became, for us, a story about the healer, and what we risk when we let someone else into our mind, and our memory.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 09, 2024

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 1

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 1

    Episode one: The bath



    Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s most successful authors. And one of the most loved. His works have been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Now two women, a former nanny and a fan, allege he sexually assaulted and abused them while they were in consensual relationships with him. He strenuously denies all the allegations.


    Clip: The Sandman trailer - DC Comics/Netflix

    Clip: The Ocean at the End of the Lane trailer - National Theatre

    Clip: The Simpsons - Disney


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 2

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 2

    Episode two: The Whatsapps


    The former nanny who alleges Neil Gaiman sexually assaulted her shares her WhatsApp messages with him. The messages appear friendly and affectionate. He says they’re evidence that she consented to sex with him. But is there another way of reading them?


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 3

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 3

    Episode three: The pond


    New Zealand police tell the former nanny there isn’t enough evidence to actively pursue her sexual assault complaint against Neil Gaiman. He says he offered himself up for an interview with the police. But the facts may indicate otherwise.


    Clip: 1968 interview with Neil Gaiman - BBC 

    Clip: Big Bang Theory, series 11, episode 21 - CBS/Warner Bros

    Clip: Newsnight - BBC 

    Clip: William Morrow 2014

    Clip: Politics and Prose bookstore 2013



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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 4

    Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 4

    Episode four: The fan


    The second woman to allege Neil Gaiman sexually assaulted her first met him as an 18-year-old fan. They began a consensual sexual relationship two years later. She alleges he was abusive and once penetrated her without her consent. He strenuously denies any unlawful behaviour and maintains all their sex was consensual.



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    The Slow Newscast
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Taking the stand: Emma's story

    Taking the stand: Emma's story

    Two reports of rape. Two criminal trials. Two not guilty verdicts. Two men, cleared. Two women – torn apart. A Tortoise investigation has heard how two complainants, Grace*, and Emma*, experienced the justice system from the point their alleged rapist was charged to the moment they were told of the jury’s decision. At a time when a vanishingly small number of police-recorded rapes result in a criminal charge, access to the transcripts of these two trials has permitted a step-by-step analysis of how each woman’s case was prosecuted, how they were cross-examined by the defence, why in one case, a woman’s past sexual history was allowed to be put before a jury, and the “bad character” of one alleged rapist was not.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJune 27, 2024

    Taking the stand: Grace's story

    Taking the stand: Grace's story

    In the UK, more than one in four adult women are thought to have been sexually assaulted or raped in their lifetime. But what is going wrong and where? This is the story of two women, of their two trials, and of a criminal justice system that seems completely broken.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJune 25, 2024

    Frank Hester: Tory Northern diamond

    Frank Hester: Tory Northern diamond

    Frank Hester has given the largest donations to the Conservative party in history. Even with the party's popularity at rock bottom with the public, on the cusp of potentially entering a period in opposition, Frank Hester has continued to prove a lucrative donor to the party. How is it that the Conservative party has come to be so reliant on the money of one man?


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJune 18, 2024

    Crushed! Apple's Big Brother moment

    Crushed! Apple's Big Brother moment

    Apple’s latest advert was a disaster. What does it tell us about the company’s future under Tim Cook – and about the relationship between the people who make technology and the rest of us?


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJune 11, 2024

    Sunak's summer shower

    Sunak's summer shower

    Rishi Sunak and the Conservative party are far behind in the polls. There are no good options for Rishi Sunak to call an early election, so why now? This is the story of the day - and the year - leading to his decision, and what it reveals bout a Prime Minister who's not known for taking risks.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enJune 04, 2024

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 5

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 5

    Donald Trump is the first former US president to be convicted of a crime.


    In a special one-off, we will be sharing our new series Word for Word: Trump on Trial. In each episode, we’re bringing you the story of the trial, told using the transcripts of what is said in court. This is the final part.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 31, 2024

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 4

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 4

    Donald Trump is the first former US president to face a criminal trial. He is accused of falsifying his business records by saying a hush money payment to a porn star was for legal fees. He's facing 34 counts of fraud under campaign finance laws, and has pleaded not guilty to all of them. The trial, which is expected to last eight weeks, is being held in a New York court and Donald Trump has to appear for every day. This is the story of that trial, told using the transcripts of what is said in court. Michael Cohen is on the stand.


    Frank Falzon as Michael Cohen.

    Art Brown as Todd Blanche.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 30, 2024

    The Gas Man

    The Gas Man

    It starts with a tip-off. 


    It’s the late 1980s and US Special Agent Dennis Bass is warned about a shipment of suspicious chemicals headed to a secret destination. So he follows the lead – and ends up stumbling into a global plot helping fuel a war. The main suspect? The Gas Man. 


    In the decades since, Special Agent Bass has been locked in an international game of cat and mouse with the man who supplied a dangerous regime with the chemicals to make weapons. Every time Bass thinks he’s got his hands on him… The Gas Man somehow manages to slip the net. And he’s still on the run today.


    But after more than 30 years, could his past finally be catching up with The Gas Man?



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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 28, 2024

    Word for word: Trump on trial – episode 3

    Word for word: Trump on trial – episode 3

    Donald Trump is the first former US president to face a criminal trial. He is accused of falsifying his business records by saying a hush money payment to a porn star was for legal fees. He's facing 34 counts of fraud under campaign finance laws, and has pleaded not guilty to all of them. The trial, which is expected to last eight weeks, is being held in a New York court and Donald Trump has to appear for every day. This is the story of that trial, told using the transcripts of what is said in court. Michael Cohen is on the stand.


    Frank Falzon as Michael Cohen.

    Skye Alley as Susan Hoffinger.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 23, 2024

    Introducing... What's wrong with democracy?

    Introducing... What's wrong with democracy?

    By the end of this year, countries making up half the world’s population will have held elections. But not all of them will have been free and fair. In ‘What’s Wrong with Democracy?’ Professor Ben Ansell of Oxford University will, with the help of academics, journalists, activists and writers, figure out whether democracy is working and how best to preserve democratic freedoms, equality and rights. 


    What’s Wrong with Democracy? is produced by Tortoise Media and supported by Open Society Foundations. 





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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 22, 2024

    The Good Soldier: Killings and cover-up in Afghanistan

    The Good Soldier: Killings and cover-up in Afghanistan

    The British army has never faced more serious allegations of wrongdoing; that the SAS committed multiple war crimes in Afghanistan. A public inquiry is beginning to reveal a troubling picture of UK special forces beyond the control of their military and political bosses.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 21, 2024

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 2

    Word for word: Trump on trial - episode 2

    Donald Trump is the first former US president to face a criminal trial. He is accused of falsifying his business records by saying a hush money payment to a porn star was for legal fees. He's facing 34 counts of fraud under campaign finance laws, and has pleaded not guilty to all of them. The trial, which is expected to last eight weeks, is being held in a New York court and Donald Trump has to appear for every day. This is the story of that trial, told using the transcripts of what is said in court. Stormy Daniels is on the stand.


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 16, 2024

    The Sacklers: Getting away with it

    The Sacklers: Getting away with it

    The Sackler family made billions from the opioid painkiller OxyContin, which played a significant part in the opioid epidemic. The Sacklers have been blamed for fuelling the crisis, but have they really been held accountable – or are they getting away with it?


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    The Slow Newscast
    enMay 14, 2024

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