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It was all going so well for the United States and Covid-19. Before the summer, vaccinations were rising and cases falling. It looked normal. And then the Delta variant hit, cases rose, hospital wards began to fill again, and with all that, the death toll increased. With vaccinations hitting a wall, with some governors refusing to impose new restri…
 
There’s the impossible and then there’s the completely unbelievable. This past week has been all about Emma Raducanu. We talk to the sports journalist and commentator Anne-Marie Batson about the young powerhouse that is Emma Raducanu, what she means for the British game and the game in general, as well as why female tennis players are such huge sup…
 
With ever more devastating hurricanes and floods, Miami is set to be transformed if not submerged: sea levels could rise more than 30 inches by 2060, putting over 100,000 properties by the sea at risk. And so, some are already moving to higher ground elsewhere in the city. And that has its own consequences. Today, reporter Kate Fisher details clima…
 
Caution: This episode contains references to drug use. You may know it as an illegal party drug. But there's growing research to suggest that psychedelic drugs could be used , in a clinical setting, as treatments for depression, addiction and PTSD. Some clinical trials seem to show that these substances, when combined with therapy, can be effective…
 
Black women report being dismissed and neglected by healthcare professionals throughout pregnancy, childbirth and beyond - and are four times more likely to die in childbirth than women of other ethnicities. So could inducing pregnant Black women, bringing their birth forward early, address that problem? That’s what one prominent medical committee,…
 
It’s 20 years since a clear, sunny morning in downtown Manhattan was transformed at 8:46am. Four planes were hijacked on the east coast of the USA: two hit the World Trade Center. One hit the Pentagon, the heart of the country’s defence. Another went down in western Pennsylvania. It was a day that left nearly 3,000 dead. It was a day that changed e…
 
Downing Street has said the government will introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and other crowded indoor venues in England and Scotland from the end of September, subject to votes in both parliaments. For some, this makes sense: a public health measure that allows us to return to normality safely, and perhaps acts as an incentive to get vacc…
 
First it was Nando's, then McDonald's, and finally Greggs. Supply issues at major chains have forced a shortage of milkshakes and chicken, with the problems this summer seen as a warning of what's to come. We speak to Business and Global Trade Correspondent Paul McNamara to discuss why there aren't enough lorry drivers and workers - and why the Bri…
 
In China, women have had enough. There's a feminist awakening as groups challenge laws and customs, which they believe are entrenched in sexist ideas. But as the movement grows, the ruling Communist Party wants to shut it down, labelling these liberal attitudes as contrary to their growing nationalist agenda. Today, we speak to the reporter, Jessie…
 
Italy was the first European country to feel the full force of Covid-19. The images of army trucks carrying bodies and of deserted streets in Milan and Rome were the first inkling we had, in Europe at least, of what was to come. Antonello Guerrera, a journalist for the Italian newspaper la Repubblica, talks about how those scenes are embedded in th…
 
Our climate is changing, and the consequences are playing out right before our eyes. As the UN issues a "code red for humanity", Anja Popp is on the front line of our warming planet, reporting on floods in Germany and fires in Greece. In today’s episode of The Fourcast, she tells us what it’s like to witness the devastating consequences of climate …
 
If you thought the summer of sport was over, think again. It’s not just the football that’s back, it’s the Paralympics tomorrow. But just like with the Olympics, with Covid cases increasing in Tokyo, there will be no spectators to watch the athletes. Today, our sports reporter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, who is out in Japan, tells us what we can expect f…
 
Last month, UNESCO stripped Liverpool of its World Heritage status, saying that developments along its waterfront were damaging the historic value of its docks. The last decade has seen the Liverpool skyline transformed - with new buildings popping up alongside the famous Three Graces. Yet the latest batch of modern high-rises and a new football st…
 
More than 75 per cent of adults in the UK have had both doses of the vaccine and more than 90 per cent have Covid-19 antibodies, either from infection or vaccination. At the beginning of the pandemic, scientists speculated that around 60 to 70 per cent of people might need to be immune to the virus to hit the “herd immunity” threshold. This is the …
 
Just weeks after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken more than half of Afghanistan's around 400 districts. More than 1500 civilians have died. Thousands more are fleeing. And many young girls are being forced into underage marriage by the Taliban. Today, we speak to our international editor, Lindsey Hilsum, wh…
 
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