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Our new podcast, The Ferret Investigates, is now available wherever you get your podcasts!

We begin with a three-part series examining the health gap between rich and poor. The epsiodes look at health inequalities faced in Scotland and how radical approaches to tackling this disparity have found success in other parts of the world.

Listen to the episodes here and get stuck into the rest of our Mind the Health Gap reporting here.

There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for The Ferret. In a few weeks, we'll be taking a deep dive into the state of Scotland's environmental protection in a new investigation.

Ferret journalists have also been working with students at Stirling University to help them develop investigations of their own, which you'll see on The Ferret later in the year.

And if that wasn't enough, you can expect all our usual investigations, fact checks and podcasts as well. You lucky bunch.
Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
In Scotland, men in the most deprived areas have a life expectancy of almost 14 years less than those in the most affluent areas. Of the 753 people that completed suicide in 2021, three quarters were men.

In this episode of our health gap podcast we hear from James, a joiner from Glasgow, about his struggles with his mental health and Bill Hill of the Lighthouse charity tells us about the way the construction industry, which is currently losing two workers to suicide every day, has been forced to mobilise to save lives.

We also visit San Francisco’s Harm Reduction Therapy Center and find out how offering people struggling with substance use therapy on the street is dismantling the myth that some are hard to reach.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Why does a good start matter for our children’s health? The Ferret investigates…
Episode one looks at the challenges in terms of child and infant health and wellbeing across Scotland.
How does finding connection prevent drug deaths? The Ferret investigates…
In part two of The Ferret investigates…the health gap we look at drug deaths, one of the key factors driving Scottish health inequalities.
Nearly 50,000 animals licensed to be killed by NatureScot
Wild animals spanning 84 species have been licensed to be killed by Scotland’s wildlife agency in recent years, The Ferret has found.
How prescribing safe supply is helping drug users in Canada turn their lives around
While still limited, the number of safer supply programmes in Canada’s major cities has grown in recent years.
For Fact’s Sake podcast: Does the latest box office hit promote child trafficking conspiracies?
An new film released in the UK has taken the US box office by storm, but has run into controversy.
Far right Homeland member loses shotgun licence
A member of a new political group formed by a far right activist in Skye has lost his shotgun licence because of his alleged involvement with Patriotic Alternative.
Pentland land managers’ access fees and rules see running events cancelled
Popular outdoor events have been cancelled this year due to new restrictions and price demands from a secretive land manager’s group and the Ministry of Defence.
Question of the Week
Does Scotland need to introduce safe drug supply?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Revealed: undercover UK police officer deceived woman into 19-year relationship
The officer concealed his real identity from the woman for the duration of that period, using his fictitious identity on the birth certificate of their son. (Guardian)
The serial killer hiding in plain sight
Though officials likened him to Ted Bundy, it took months before an alleged American serial killer’s murder of sex workers in Mexico raised the alarm. (Vice)
How a conservative, gun-toting doctor defended abortion access in Appalachia
To be a doctor performing abortions in a small southern US town is to be in a state of rational hypervigilance, a whisper of worry that pervades the everyday. (Stat)
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