Episodes
In the penultimate episode of this investigative series, reporter Emily Dugan speaks to one half of a couple whose testimony helped convict Andrew Malkinson. Dugan also discovers internal emails that show The Criminal Cases Review Commission misled her over the last time they looked at Andy’s case. Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail in 2004 for rape. No forensics linked him to the scene and he’s always maintained his innocence. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support...
Published 10/22/21
In Westminster, the shock was palpable. How could this have happened again? While MPs' safety is being re-examined following the killing of Sir David Amess, a new bill has been proposed to end online anonymity. It's being called David's Law – but how much does this proposal have to do with what actually happened to Sir David? 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 10/21/21
As politicians in France vie to be the challenger in next year's French presidential election an outsider looks to be a contender. Who is Eric Zemmour, the right-wing journalist and author and what does he believe in? 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: Adam Sage, Paris correspondent, The Times. Host: David Aaronovitch. Clips: Al Jazeera,...
Published 10/20/21
In a landmark deal signed earlier this month, Newcastle United was bought by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium. The club now has the richest owners in the Premier League. Fans are ecstatic, but as money floods into the club, there have already been protests raising moral objections to the club's new owners. What does this deal tell us about the state of English football? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one...
Published 10/19/21
When a cargo plane containing four helicopters and a large consignment of military hardware touched down in the capital of Mali last month, observers raised an eyebrow. The kit was definitely from Russia – but was this the Russian army, or something else? 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: Roger Boyes, diplomatic editor, The Times. Host: Manveen...
Published 10/18/21
In episode four of this investigative series, reporter Emily Dugan hears how new DNA testing techniques reveal a different man may have been at the crime scene. Dugan also examines a dilemma that prisoners, who don't admit guilt, face. Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail in 2004 for rape. No forensics linked him to the scene and he’s always maintained his innocence. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today...
Published 10/15/21
Boris Johnson may have appeared unassailable last week at Conservative Party conference, but could the next few months cause the prime minister more of a headache than he's expecting?   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: Tim Shipman, chief political commentator, The Sunday Times. Host: Manveen Rana. Clips: BBC, ITV, Channel 4 News, Sky News....
Published 10/14/21
In the UK, there is no clear consensus about how trans athletes should be included in competitive sport. Last month, a major review by the Sports Council Equality Group (SCEG) found that trans female athletes retain some competitive advantages and that inclusion cannot always coexist with fairness and safety. While the new guidance has been welcomed by some, it's also faced criticism from LGBT+ groups. But what impact has the controversy around the topic had on trans athletes themselves? This...
Published 10/13/21
Nine years ago Agnes Wanjiru was found dead in a septic tank in Kenya. The young mother vanished after British troops enjoyed a debauched night out in a hotel. Now detectives want to question the soldiers who were there. 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: -Hannah Al-Othman, news reporter, The Sunday Times -David Collins, northern editor, The...
Published 10/12/21
With allegations of sexual abuse, a dubious friendship with a convicted paedophile and a court case set to unfold in America, is it the end of the road for Prince Andrew? And now, Scotland Yard has spoken to Virignia Giuffre, the woman who claims she was raped and sexually assaulted by the Duke of York when she was 17. Should Prince Andrew ever be allowed to play a public role again? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe...
Published 10/11/21
Something a bit different on Stories of our times today. Today's show consists of a recording that was thought to have been lost, of an electric performance at the 2014 Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival - one of the most memorable in the festival's history - by husband and wife Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory of love poems from the poetry collection The Love Book edited by Allie Esiri. Earlier this summer, Damian rediscovered a recording of the event, which he offers...
Published 10/09/21
In episode three of this investigative series, reporter Emily Dugan visits the scene of the crime in Greater Manchester. She also meets a survivor of a different sexual assault who explains how police procedures can lead to victims - through no fault of their own - misidentifying their attackers. Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail in 2004 for rape. No forensics linked him to the scene and he’s always maintained his innocence. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support...
Published 10/08/21
The murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has brought the force to a point of near-crisis. The government has announced an inquiry. How can the police regain women's trust? 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: - Josh Glancy, special correspondent, The Sunday Times. - Shabnam Chaudhri, former Detective...
Published 10/07/21
The second of two episodes this week, taking a deep dive into the pharmaceutical industry. Big drug companies have won plaudits for their work producing Covid vaccines within a year of the start of the pandemic. How much money are they making from them? And why are vaccines for other emerging diseases not being produced? 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 10/06/21
In the first of two episodes this week, we're taking a deep dive into the pharmaceutical industry. How much does the medication you take actually cost? What if a company came along and bought the rights to a particular drug and started charging double, triple, or even ten thousand times as much for the same drugs? On today's episode, investigative reporter Billy Kenber describes how a company made millions by raising the price on drugs that should have cost pennies. This podcast was brought...
Published 10/05/21
The childcare sector is on its knees with nursery staff on low wages struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile parents buckle under the pressure of soaring childcare costs. And yet, the government has done little to help. Does this broken system need a complete rethink? 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: Rosie Kinchen, features writer, The Sunday...
Published 10/04/21
In the second part of this investigative series on Stories of our times, Emily Dugan looks back at what happened during Andy Malkinson's trial in 2004. She reveals a worrying fact about two witnesses whose testimony helped secure his conviction. Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail after a 33-year-old mother of two was raped and left for dead on a Greater Manchester roadside. But he’s always maintained his innocence. This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The...
Published 10/01/21
It's being called a 'perfect storm'. Rocketing gas prices and a shortage of lorry drivers have combined to cause a devastating ripple of chaos for businesses and families across the country. How much of this crisis could have been avoided? And how bad could it get? 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: Ashley Armstrong, retail editor, The...
Published 09/30/21
Cannabis is far stronger than it used to be, and psychosis rates are soaring. What's causing some cannabis users to develop mental health issues, and how can they be treated?  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: Megan Agnew, commissioning editor, The Sunday Times Magazine Host: Calum Macdonald. Clips: Howard Stern show, ITV, Channel 4 News.   See...
Published 09/29/21
Insulate Britain has staged sit-ins on the M25 and on the roads to Heathrow and the Port of Dover. The protesters are willing to risk going to prison for the cause. Who are they? And will they succeed? 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: Tom Ball, reporter for The Times. Host: Calum Macdonald. Clips: BBC, ITV, ITN, LBC, Insulate Britain.   See...
Published 09/28/21
Clarence House is caught up in a scandal involving a Russian banker, a group of royal fixers and a £500,000 donation that went missing. The Sunday Times has been investigating the practice of paid intermediaries taking money from wealthy donors in exchange for honours and access to the Prince of Wales. How damaging are the revelations? And what do they mean for the future king? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today...
Published 09/27/21
In 2004 Andrew Malkinson was sentenced to life in jail after a 33-year-old mother of two was raped and left for dead on a Greater Manchester roadside. But he’s always maintained his innocence. In the first part of this new series, award-winning investigative journalist Emily Dugan meets Andy to try to understand his story.  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...
Published 09/24/21
Until last week, it was one of the government's most closely guarded secrets. Only about ten people in Britain had been privy to the details. And then – out of the blue – the UK, the US and Australia unveiled a new strategic alliance. The deal promises nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, and renewed security in the Indo-Pacific region. Today we look at how the announcement has been met in Southeast Asia, where tensions over the South China Sea continue to grow. This podcast was brought...
Published 09/23/21
In her two years as Home Secretary, Priti Patel has cultivated an image as a hardliner on immigration. Despite all her tough talk, the extent to which she's achieved anything concrete is debatable, and this summer has seen record numbers of migrants crossing the channel. With the Nationality and Borders Bill -- a radical overhaul of asylum laws -- making its way through parliament, will Patel finally get the crackdown she's been gunning for? This podcast was brought to you thanks to the...
Published 09/22/21
Award-winning journalist Emily Dugan from The Sunday Times investigates a potential miscarriage of justice, which could have cost a man nearly two decades of his life wrongfully behind bars.  The new six-part investigative series begins this Friday, 24th September, on Stories of our times.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/21/21