Journalist Louise Tickle is one of a handful of reporters who covers a secretive and little known area of UK life… the family courts. In this episode she explains the many challenges she faces in reporting even the most egregious cases of wrong-doing, and talks through a potentially precedent setting case. Read all about it:
Ep. 40 O Sister Where Art Thou?
While researching the effects of the One Child Policy in China, LA Times journalist Barbara Demick stumbles upon an extraordinary story: twin sisters, one of whom was forcibly adopted away to the USA. Barbara sets off to find the missing twin, and reunite the family. Read all about it:
Hundreds of miles apart, journalists Jessica Purkiss and JD are working to get answers. They are looking for accountability and justice for an Afghan man named Masih. Masih’s entire family was wiped out in an airstrike, on his house in a remote part of Afghanistan. This is the story of how Masih worked with journalists around the world to get to the truth. Read all about it :
Ep.38 Holding hands to jump
Jodi Kantor was given a beat and had been pointed at a tweet - a single tweet, without any names included that would set her on a months-long investigation. Teaming up with Megan Twohey, the two New York Times’ journalists set off to uncover one of the biggest scandals of the decade: a slew of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Weinstein and lawyers representing his former company went on to deny all wrong-doing.) This is the story of what went into breaking a major story that started a viral, online movement. Read all about it : Jodi and Megan’s book She Said is out now and available from all good booksellers:
Ep. 37 Latitude Live - Anatomy of a conspiracy theory
In a crowded tent at Latitude Festival, journalist Charlie Mole explains how he tracked back how a conspiracy theory had grown and developed, finally ending up on US national news. In this show, recorded in front of a live audience, Charlie explains how the death of a young Democrat staffer, sparked an elaborate story about revenge killings, secret leaks and shady forces at work. Help support the show: