Episodes
This August, we're revisiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year. What happens when one half of a couple becomes a parent against their will? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.   Guests: Jenny Kleeman, Times Radio presenter and investigative journalist. Host: David Aaronovitch. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022....
Published 08/19/22
Published 08/19/22
Failed by everyone supposed to protect them, steelworkers were misled into moving £2.8bn out of their final salary pensions. Five years on they are still fighting for compensation. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Imogen Tew, senior money reporter for The Times and The Sunday Times. Host: David Aaronovitch.  Clips: Channel 4 News, GMB. Our...
Published 08/18/22
Energy prices have become a national crisis. But for the energy companies, things have never been better. Surely something has to give?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Jamie Nimmo, Associate Business Editor, The Sunday Times.  Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: Times Radio, Sky News, BBC News, Channel 4 News, CBS News. Our GDPR privacy policy was...
Published 08/17/22
It’s been a year since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, during the chaotic withdrawal of western allied forces. Images of thousands of people desperate to leave the country were broadcast across the world. What happened to the Afghan people who were left behind?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Charlie Faulkner, correspondent for The...
Published 08/16/22
This August, we're revisiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year. 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? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Host: David Aaronovitch. Guest: Michael Sheridan, former foreign correspondent...
Published 08/15/22
When a British minister tells reporters that John Cantlie is still alive in February 2019, the search is on again. What does the British government know? Anthony Loyd shares his conclusions. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Hosts: Manveen Rana and Anthony Loyd, War Correspondent, The Times. Clips: CNN, Sky, Voice of America, Channel 4, ABC. Our...
Published 08/12/22
In the final episode of this four part series, we meet those who remain loyal to Adnan Oktar and hear from a British lawyer who was at his trial.  In January last year, the leader of Turkey's most powerful cult was sentenced to over 1,000 years in prison. But what happened? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. This episode was first published on 18th,...
Published 08/11/22
Warning: This episode includes explicit sexual references from the start. In the third episode of this four part series, a former male member of the cult threatens legal action over his interview. Also, we relive the moment the organisation was finally brought down. In January last year, the leader of Turkey's most powerful cult was sentenced to over 1,000 years in prison. But what happened? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times....
Published 08/10/22
In the second episode of this four part series, we hear the testimony of a woman who says she was sexually abused by Adnan Oktar. Plus, a former male member of the cult rethinks his own crimes. In January last year, the leader of Turkey's most powerful cult was sentenced to over 1,000 years in prison. But what happened? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at:...
Published 08/09/22
In the first episode of a four-part series, The Sunday Times's award-winning Middle East Correspondent, Louise Callaghan, tries to get to grips with one of the most bizarre stories she's ever covered. In January last year, the leader of Turkey's most powerful cult was sentenced to over 1,000 years in prison. But what happened? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at:...
Published 08/08/22
Anthony retraces John Cantlie’s steps on the streets of Mosul, the Iraqi city where John was last seen alive. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Hosts: Manveen Rana and Anthony Loyd, War Correspondent, The Times. Clips: CNN and BBC. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Published 08/05/22
This episode contains discussions of violence and suicide. It's 20 years since the murder of 10-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman horrified the nation. Times crime writer Sean O'Neill, who as a young reporter covered the story, talks to the detective who brought the killer to justice and reflects on the profound impact the case had on all those involved in it – including himself. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday...
Published 08/04/22
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have got just five weeks left in the Conservative leadership contest. But with ballot papers already going out to party members, how much do we really know about the UK’s next prime minister?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Charlotte Ivers, Times Radio political correspondent and Sunday Times columnist.  Host: Jenny...
Published 08/03/22
Is levelling up over? Boris Johnson's big promise – to fix the country's regional inequalities – might have ended with his government. We visit Wolverhampton, aka levelling up HQ, to see what the programme has done so far – and what is at risk of being lost. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guests: - Steve Chatha, Wolverhampton resident. - Jane...
Published 08/02/22
Description: In January, Sunday Times correspondent Louise Callaghan met 26-year-old dolphin trainer Vladyslav Litnievskyi while reporting in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. She wondered what would happen to him and his animals if Russia invaded. Last month, Callaghan returned to the dolphinarium not sure what to expect. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at:...
Published 08/01/22
Last weekend, Stories of our times won the award for interview of the year at the British Podcast Awards. The judges said: "This standout interview was a well-executed and compelling listen, which didn't shy away from challenging its subject." So today we're listening back to that interview with the then Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, about the changing face of war and Britain's place in the world. This episode was first published on 23 March 2021. This podcast was...
Published 07/30/22
As one by one the British and American hostages are killed by their captors, John Cantlie emerges in a series of Islamic State propaganda films, ‘Lend Me Your Ears’. His new role keeps him alive. It also attracts questions. Is the hostage becoming a willing messenger? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes. Hosts: Manveen Rana and Anthony Loyd, War...
Published 07/29/22
In eight slick, highly produced sessions that played out like a Netflix series, the House Select Committee for investigating the Capitol riots of January 6th, 2021, made a compelling case against former president Donald Trump. But beyond good ratings, what impact did they actually have, particularly on their main target? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at:...
Published 07/28/22
Ten years ago today, 900 million people watched London’s Olympic opening ceremony, marking the start of a games which, it was hoped, would help regenerate a corner of East London. Looking at the site now, how have those hopes held up? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guests: - Jonathan Morrison, architecture correspondent, The Times. - Mike...
Published 07/27/22
As the Ukraine war progressed, journalists, activists and critics were forced to flee the country. But as Putin’s grip on the media tightened, what was it like for the people who were left? And when does it become too dangerous to stay?  This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Marc Bennetts, foreign correspondent, The Times and The Sunday...
Published 07/26/22
Tonight, the two contenders for prime minister take part in their first head-to-head TV debate. Meanwhile, unnoticed by the general public, one former diplomat has played a key role in the contest, as part of his mission to create a new ideological faction. The Frost story – and various sliding doors moments along the way – could explain how the Conservative Party got to this point, and where it’s heading… This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The...
Published 07/25/22
Some of the hostages who were held with John Cantlie describe what life was like inside their prison cell, under the watch of brutal Isis guards. Their captors had a special role in mind for John… but why did Isis pick him? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Hosts: Manveen Rana and Anthony Loyd, War Correspondent, The Times. Clips: Acceleration TV,...
Published 07/22/22
The heads of MI5 and the FBI recently warned about the growing threat from China’s efforts to spy on the world as it attempts to stay ahead of rivals in technology, industry, politics and power. But has Britain been slow to grasp the scale of the issue? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Ian Williams, author, 'The Fire of the Dragon: China’s New...
Published 07/21/22
Inflation has hit a new 40-year high – just living life is expensive at the moment, and it’s getting worse. But to fight rising prices, politicians will first have to understand what’s causing them. The war in Ukraine and the pandemic are two factors, but is that the full picture? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.  Guest: Mehreen Khan, Economics...
Published 07/20/22