Episodes

  • Creator and host of The Tip Off, Maeve McClenaghan has written a book, and it is now out in paperback.


    No Fixed Abode: Life and Death Among the UK’s Forgotten Homeless tells highly personal, human and sometimes surprisingly uplifting stories of real people struggling in a crumbling system. The book goes behind the scenes of the dramatic, winding investigation that revealed - for the first time - how and when people were dying homeless in one of the richest countries in the world.


    This paperback edition includes a new preface covering the impact of Covid-19.


    Here’s some of the nice things people have said about it:

    “A conscience-pricking look at the reality of life on Britain’s streets . . . No Fixed Abode couldn’t be more illuminating, timely and urgent.” - Sunday Times

    “Urgent, gripping and devastating” - the Secret Barrister

    “A campaigning book of the very highest order” - Irish Times

    ‘A meticulous investigation exposes the shameful truths surrounding the UK’s homeless population . . . moving and revealing” - Guardian


    Available here and in all good bookshops: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Maeve-McClenaghan/No-Fixed-Abode--Life-and-Death-Among-the-UKs-Forgotten-Homeless/25638386


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  • Cheats: we love to hate them. But in this climate of fast news, short attention spans, 280 characters, do we ever get the full picture? Cheat!, a new podcast from Somethin’ Else, digs underneath the surface to tell the inside stories behind some of the biggest scandals in contemporary history and introduces you to the flawed protagonists at their heart: controversial and contentious figures from the world of pop culture, business, sport, politics and love. Available now wherever you get your podcasts.

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  • Sarah Turnnidge started her journalism career at local papers so it was there she first encountered press releases from police forces. But over time Sarah started to wonder - did they tell the whole story.


    In this episode Sarah talks through her meticulous data project which revealed a worrying disproportionality when it came to information put out about black criminals.


    Read all about it:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/metropolitan-police_uk_603fa18ec5b617a7e411ffc5 


    This episode was made with the production support of Studio To Be. 


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Edited by: Alice Milliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse



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  • Andrew Gold, a freelance journalist, is feeling out of his depth. He is in a church hall on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and the priest he is there to see is not happy.


    This is the story of how Andrew tracked down a man who claimed to be exorcising demons. 


    WARNING: contains descriptions/audio of supposed exorcisms, which some might find upsetting.


    Read all about it:

    BBC Three Exorcism The Battle for Young Minds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l78hW8qVIWI 


    Andrew's podcast: On The Edge With Andrew Gold https://podfollow.com/on-the-edge-with-andrew-gold


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Edited by: Alice Milliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse


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  • Pete Murimi has stumbled upon a horrifying hypothesis - that people are snatching children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. Now he is working for BBC Africa Eye and is on the trail. Working with Njeri Mwangi Marc Perkins (Editor) and Tom Watson (Exec), this is how the BBC investigations team exposed a shocking tale.



    Read all about it: 

    BBC The Baby Stealers https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08yjy5r/africa-eye-africa-eye-the-baby-stealers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ix5jbCmiDU


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Edited by: Alice Milliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse 


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  • To commemorate getting to our 50th episode we look back at what happened next after some big stories went out. 


    Jane Bradley, Samir Jeraj, Natalie Bloomer and Aliaume Leroy broke some great investigative scoops, but the story didn’t end there. The impact of their work continues to reverberate and impact change - here’s what happened next.


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Theme music: Dice Muse



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  • In late winter 2017 I was struck with what I thought was a simple question… how many people were dying while homeless? It turned out nobody knew the answer - so I set out, with colleagues around the country, to find out. 


    In this episode I dissect one of my own investigations, focusing on the reporting process around one man’s death. 


    I go deeper and tell more of these stories in my new book No Fixed Abode: Life and Death Among the UK's Forgotten Homeless. The book is on sale now in hardback and audiobook form. https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Maeve-McClenaghan/No-Fixed-Abode--Life-and-Death-Among-the-UKs-Forgotten-Homeless/24568143 

    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/No-Fixed-Abode-Audiobook/1529023742 


    The project has now been taken over by Museum of Homelessness, you can read and support their work, or let them know of any deaths, here: https://museumofhomelessness.org/ 


    If you want to support organisations working with and for those experiencing homelessness, you might look at:

    https://www.streetskitchen.org/ 

    https://hobstafford.co.uk/

    https://www.streetlink.org.uk/ 

    https://www.crisis.org.uk/


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Theme music: Dice Muse



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  • Samir Jeraj and Natalie Bloomer have decided to team on to take on an investigation… they want to know if and how police forces are sharing information with immigration officials, and they are about to uncover some shocking findings. 


    Read all about it:

    https://www.politics.co.uk/news/2017/04/05/met-police-hands-victims-of-crime-over-to-the-home-office 

    https://www.politics.co.uk/news/2017/08/11/sex-worker-robbed-at-knifepoint-faces-deportation-after-cont

    https://www.politics.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/woman-reports-rape-to-police-and-is-arrested-on-immigration


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Theme music: Dice Muse 



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  • Omar Radi is working in dangerous circumstances. His journalism is exposing how tribal lands are being snatched away from inhabitants in Morocco, only to be sold off at exorbitant rates. He knows this work is making him enemies… but he has no idea just how serious things will get.


    Support Omar:

    Sign the Amnesty International Ireland petition: https://www.amnesty.ie/urgent-action-morocco-stop-harassing-journalist-omar-radi/


    Write to or tweet at your Moroccan Embassy, in the UK: https://www.moroccanembassylondon.org.uk/en/Contact%20us.html / @MOROCCOinUK 


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Theme music: Dice Muse 



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  • Peter Geoghegan is standing on a train station platform when he sees it - a large advert in a free-sheet newspaper that will set him off on an investigation into the dark world of campaign spending.


    In this episode we hear how he worked to unravel the secrets behind the Brexit campaigning by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party - as he attempts to follow their funding to the source.


    Read all about it:

    Peter’s book Democracy For Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics is out now https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Peter-Geoghegan/Democracy-for-Sale--Dark-Money-and-Dirty-Politics/24069555 


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Theme music: Dice Muse 



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  • BBC journalist Ellie Flynn is nervous, she is about to go undercover to meet a man who is offering a bed in his flat, but there is a catch… 


    For weeks Ellie travelled the country meeting men who were advertising rent in exchange for sex. This is how she produced a documentary for BBC Three about this shockingly prevalent practice.


    Read all about it:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y93q5


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Alice Miliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. Thanks to our Patreon supporters who make these stories possible - you can support us at: https://www.patreon.com/thetipoff


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  • HuffPost UK's Nadine White is onto a story- following allegations of fraud and wrong-doing in a well-publicised British church. But why has no-one else spotted the story? Could it be because these are black victims?


    In response to Nadine's findings, SPAC Nation denied the allegations and said that it has thousands of members and police should carry out the review and take whatever measures they deemed fit.


    Read all about it:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/spac-nation-pastors-church-knife-crime_uk_5dc47ee4e4b0eb0ef22b13d8


    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/spac-nation-opinion-media-politicians_uk_5dcd91f1e4b03a7e0296d035


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Cheeka Eyers

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. Thanks to our Patreon supporters who make these stories possible - you can support us at: https://www.patreon.com/thetipoff


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  • Ayo Awokoya had an idea and she couldn’t let it go. This is how a talented and tenacious freelancer followed her instincts to uncover a shocking story - revealing modern day slavery practices happening in European agriculture. The work later won the Frontline Club Award for Print.


    Read all about it: 

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/20/tomatoes-italy-mafia-migrant-labour-modern-slavery


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Cheeka Eyers

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. Thanks to our Patreon supporters who make these stories possible - you can support us at: https://www.patreon.com/thetipoff


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  • For years Alon Aviram and Adam Cantwell-Corn followed a story - a story that took them to dingy warehouses, stake-outs in cars, and undercover work in ice cream vans. This is how the Bristol Cable tracked alleged wrongdoing in one of the city’s well-known businesses.


    The multi-award winning investigation took years and had big impact… this is how they did it.


    Read all about it: https://thebristolcable.org/2019/05/finally-exposed-how-lopresti-ice-cream-boss-kept-men-in-slave-like-conditions-tenants-and-families-in-squalor-but-people-spoke-out/


    https://thebristolcable.org/2019/10/revealed-an-anti-slavery-court-order-was-made-against-local-boss-lopresti-heres-evidence-it-may-be-being-breached/


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Alice Miliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. Thanks to our Patreon supporters who make these stories possible - you can support us at: https://www.patreon.com/thetipoff


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  • This week we offer you a taste of something new... enjoy an extract from new podcast series The Immaculate Deception.


    Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and always leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic - the Karbaat Kids - began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. 


    What happened in Dr Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else, The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. 


    Find it now wherever you get your podcasts.


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  • 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:

    https://openfamilycourt.wordpress.com/


    https://www.patreon.com/louisetickle


    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/19/right-open-family-courts-scrutiny-high-court


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Cheeka Eyers

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. 


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  • 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:

    https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-08-07/how-a-journalist-discovered-and-reunited-identical-twins


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Alice Milliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. 



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  • 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: 

    https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2019-06-03/us-bomb-kills-afghan-family


    https://youtu.be/cUNihuiCp3o


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Alice Milliken

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.


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  • 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: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586563/she-said-by-jodi-kantor-and-megan-twohey/


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Cheeka Eyers

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. 


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  • 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: www.patreon.com/thetipoff


    Read all about it:

    https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/bbc/conspiracy-files-murder-in-washington-bbc2/5127901.article


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-43727858


    Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan

    Production support: Cheeka Ayers

    Theme music: Dice Muse


    This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation. 


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