Pig Iron

Tortoise Media

A story about the mysterious death – and life – of a young war reporter on the frontline

  • 41 minutes 10 seconds
    Introducing...Dangerous Memories

    Introducing...Dangerous Memories


    When Sarah watched her 23 year old daughter cycle away from her in Chelsea - a well-off corner of London - she had no idea it would be the last time they’d see each other for 6 years. What would make a loving child from a life of privilege sever ties with friends and family, and disappear? 


    It turns out, Sarah wasn’t alone in losing a daughter. Something strange was happening to other young women, too.


    And they all had one thing in common: a kind of therapist figure - a woman they were all seeing and sharing their problems, their secrets, their fears with. But it took years for the truth of what was happening behind closed doors to emerge, and the extraordinary things this woman led them to believe.


    Dangerous Memories is the story of young women who wanted to be healed that became, for us, a story about the healer, and what we risk when we let someone else into our mind, and our memory. The first 2 episodes are out now and released weekly. To binge-listen to all 6 episodes ad-free from today, subscribe to Tortoise+ or download the Tortoise app


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    Reporter: Grace Hughes-Hallett

    Producer: Gary Marshall

    Additional reporting and production: Imogen Harper

    Sound design and original composition: Tom Kinsella

    Theme music: Far Gone (Don’t Leave) by Pictish Trail

    Podcast artwork: Lola Williams

    Commissioning editor: Basia Cummings

    Executive producer: Ceri Thomas


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    9 July 2024, 11:03 am
  • 33 minutes 53 seconds
    Introducing...The Gas Man

    Introducing...The Gas Man


    It starts with a tip-off. 


    It’s the late 1980s and US Special Agent Dennis Bass is warned about a shipment of suspicious chemicals headed to a secret destination. So he follows the lead – and ends up stumbling into a global plot helping fuel a war. The main suspect? The Gas Man. 


    In the decades since, Special Agent Bass has been locked in an international game of cat and mouse with the man who supplied a dangerous regime with the chemicals to make weapons. Every time Bass thinks he’s got his hands on him… The Gas Man somehow manages to slip the net. And he’s still on the run today.


    But after more than 30 years, could his past finally be catching up with The Gas Man?


    The first two episodes of The Gas Man are available now, with further episodes released each week. To get ad-free and early access to more episodes today, become a Tortoise member or subscribe to Tortoise+.


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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 

    Producer: Claudia Williams

    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall

    Sound design: Hannah Varrall

    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella

    Original artwork: Jon Hill


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    28 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 3 minutes 22 seconds
    Introducing...Walter's War

    Introducing Walter's War, a brand new investigation from Tortoise. 


    It’s London, 2012. Oliver is a dashing diplomat. Charlie is a young graduate trying to find her feet in the world. They meet online and she falls in love. With his encouragement, Charlie applies for a job in British intelligence. Then, she receives a text message that turns her life - and her relationship - upside down, and 10 years later, a mystery is still hanging over her. Walter's War is an investigation into what happened next – a journey through big tech and national security, hype and hucksterism, where anyone who can tell a good story can go far. But how much is true? 


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    24 November 2023, 8:49 am
  • 3 minutes 26 seconds
    Introducing... Three Doors Down

    Nikki Allan was 7 years old when she was brutally murdered. Her mother never gave up the hunt to find her killer.


    David Boyd was a convicted child sex offender who lived three doors down from where Nikki first went missing. So how did it take the police thirty years to find him?


    This is a story of class prejudice, police corruption and a shocking miscarriage of justice.


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    20 July 2023, 5:00 am
  • 45 minutes 18 seconds
    Episode seven: Out there

    In the last episode of the series, the team finally hears from a man they’ve been chasing for months. And they return to Maine, to tell Christopher’s parents what they have discovered about their son's life and death.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    29 November 2022, 6:00 am
  • 45 minutes 28 seconds
    Episode six: The rope

    The team tries to understand the connection between Chris's trip to South Sudan, and one taken by a group of American fighters just weeks before. Could this explain why Chris was called a white rebel? And after months investigating, Basia finally speaks to the fighter who fascinated Chris, and she asks – how close really were you? 


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    14 November 2022, 7:49 am
  • 41 minutes 4 seconds
    Episode five: Kaya

    Months after Jeremy first approached Basia, the team fly to Nairobi to sit down with the mysterious essay writer. And it turns out that he is not the only person ready to share what he knows about who killed Christopher Allen.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    13 November 2022, 5:29 pm
  • 37 minutes 6 seconds
    Episode four: The kaleidoscope

    There is a new layer of horror to Chris's story – and in trying to understand it, Basia investigates the evidence that Chris was killed on purpose. The team figures out how to get to South Sudan – and how to finally meet the essay-writer.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    31 October 2022, 6:00 am
  • 46 minutes 55 seconds
    Episode three: The lonely impulse

    Basia traces Chris's career as a young freelancer. By now, it's clear his death is tied to his life as a reporter. But who was he trying to be? Just how close was he to a group of fighters? And after years in Ukraine, how did he end up in a remote corner of South Sudan?


    All episodes of Pig Iron are now available for free. Tortoise members and Tortoise+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts can listen to the entire series, ad-free and get access to bonus content, coming soon. Just subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you will also get access to more of our investigations, and invites to exclusive events. Go to tortoisemedia.com/pigiron and enter the code Basia50 for half price membership.


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    27 October 2022, 5:00 am
  • 39 minutes 10 seconds
    Episode two: Spring break

    At just 22 years old, Chris travels to Ukraine for his spring break, keen to see war up close. For the first time, he experiences the thrill and horror of the frontline. He's hooked. Five years later, Basia, along with Chris's cousin, Jeremy, visit Chris's parents in America to piece together who he really was. There they learn a troubling new detail about Chris's time in Ukraine.


    All episodes of Pig Iron are now available for free. Tortoise members and Tortoise+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts can listen to the entire series, ad-free and get access to bonus content, coming soon. Just subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you will also get access to more of our investigations, and invites to exclusive events. Go to tortoisemedia.com/pigiron and enter the code Basia50 for half price membership.


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    25 October 2022, 5:00 am
  • 34 minutes 32 seconds
    Episode one: White rebel

    Five years after his death on a distant frontline in South Sudan, the truth about what happened to Christopher Allen is still a mystery. Was he a reckless freelancer? A mercenary? Or a young and ambitious reporter, caught in the crossfire? Approached by a family member looking for answers, journalist Basia Cummings begins investigating.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    18 October 2022, 5:00 am
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