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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...

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Recent Episodes of The Story


Trump shooting: Our eyewitness account

Trump shooting: Our eyewitness account

On Saturday evening, news broke that Donald Trump had been the victim of an attempted assassination during a political rally in Pennsylvania. Our reporter was at the scene where the presidential candidate almost lost his life and talks with Manveen for a special episode taking in the breaking news. What happened and what do we know about the 20-year-old shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks?


Further reading: I was at the Trump rally shooting — there was silence, then chaos https://www.thetimes.com/world/us-world/article/trump-shot-what-happened-shooting-video-27z8w70m5


Guest: Tom Newton Dunn, broadcaster and...

Episode 14 July 2024 32m and 30s


The rise and fall, and rise again of Gareth Southgate

The rise and fall, and rise again of Gareth Southgate

England are through to a historic second Euros  final in as many tournaments - but for Gareth Southgate it hasn’t been an easy journey. The football manager faced calls for his resignation during this tournament. Have the team’s recent poor performances clouded our memories of this once national hero?

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: Matt Lawton, Chief Sports Correspondent, The Times.

Host: Luke Jones.

Clips: TalkSport, The Independent, ITV...

Episode 11 July 2024 29m and 1s


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 i...

Episode 10 July 2024 28m and 11s


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 Ti...

Episode 9 July 2024 27m and 36s


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 touc...

Episode 8 July 2024 25m and 51s


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 Refo...

Episode 7 July 2024 31m and 44s


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 s...

Episode 6 July 2024 36m and 18s


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: Ma...

Episode 5 July 2024 37m and 45s


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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Episode 4 July 2024 1m and 19s


‘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...

Episode 3 July 2024 39m and 23s

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